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CONNECTION

A publication of First Christian Church of Edmond, OK Vol. 4 No. 32, August 16, 2012

The Chalice

Focusing To Hear Gods Voice and Respond to Gods Call


By Rev. Chris Shorow, Senior Minister
This Sunday will be a real treat for those who attend our Sunday morning activities. As you know, we will have a unified Sunday School session at 9:30 followed by a unified worship service at 10:45. These services are always an inspiration because it allows all of our church community to gather as one. With a full sanctuary, our singing, our praying and our fellowship are greatly enhanced. In addition, we get to see some folks from other services that we may not see regularly. The other treat is our presenterthe Rev. Dr. Dick Hamm. Dick is a consultant with the Columbia Partnership and I encourage you to visit their website to find out more about the great work they do: www.TheColumbiaPartnership.org. Dick is certainly well-known and respected among Disciples. He is a former General Minister/President and has also had extensive experience in the local church. As his biography states, he has served in rural, exurban, urban and suburban settings, has been an associate, a founding pastor of a new congregation and the senior minister of a multiple staff. He has also been a regional minister, serving Tennessee. That is where I first encountered Dick. He brought a breath of fresh air to the Tennessee region and greatly enhanced the regions ministry. Dick is not short on brains, either. He is a great scholar, with eight honorary degrees from various Disciple schools nationwide (including Phillips!). He, like a good Disciple, has also been very passionate and committed to ecumenical work throughout our world. You can read all about his previous work on the Columbia Partnership website. What I am excited about is the work Dick is doing with us. He will make a presentation at the Sunday School hour on the status of our church and where we are right now. Dick has done extensive research into how our church works and how we are organized. Then we will have a spirited worship with an inspiring word from Dick. He is challenging us to begin 90 Days of Prayer and Discernment, a process he will introduce on Sunday. The gift he brings to us is a great understanding of church and how it does and does not work. How can he assist us in fulfilling our calling? How can we more clearly hear Gods voice, and then respond? In our initial meeting with Dick, our board heard his presentation on the challenges of being a church in todays world. For the first time our churches have 6 generations of Christians worshipping together, with some very different understandings of faith and how we are to live it out. Thats certainly true in our church. For instance, how do you like to communicate with other church members? Face-to-face, a handshake, a phone call, a newsletter mailed to your home, a voice mail, an e-mail or a text message. All of these reflect our generation and how we respond to one another. How do we work to unite our church with challenges such as these? Its going to be exciting work! See you this Sunday as we gather as one family of God.

Focusing on Our Future


9:30 Common Sunday School
All Adults to meet in Fellowship Hall Rev. Dick Hamm presenting on our Focus process

Sunday, August 19

10:45 Unified Worship


Rev. Dick Hamm, Guest Preacher

BRIDGES
Christians Connecting with Muslims
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM Starts September 5
Do Muslims seem mysterious to you? Do you have questions about the Muslim faith? Christians have responded to Muslims in many ways, but all too often, without the compassion that characterized Jesus. Bridges seeks to replace fear and intimidation with love and gentle boldness, reshaping the way Christians view and respond to their Muslim neighbors. Join us for the Bridges study to focus on similarities, not differences. Christianity and Islam are not the same, but they are similar. You can learn how to take similar concepts in Christianity and Islam, and build a bridge. There are 7 million Muslims that live and work among us in North America. These lessons discussed in this study will help us develop a better understanding of Muslims and Islam. The goal is to show us how to be an ambassador and be moved to share the hope of Christ with a Muslim. This class will be taught by Mona Ernst, who was raised a Muslim and is now a Christian. Topics will be Islam Rising, Muslim Belief and Ritual, Attitudes of an Ambassador, Bridging the Gospel, Tools for Reaching Muslims, Women and the Muslim Faith and Islamic Folklore. For more information on this 7-week study, please call Kelly VanOsdol at 405-341-0922 or 405-478-5287.

UNITE Starts September 12


This year, all Wednesday UNITE activities (includes dinner, worship and small group classes) for children, youth, and adults begin Wednesday, September 12th! Fall UNITE dates will run from September 12 through December 5. There will be no UNITE events on October 10 (Fall break) or November 21 (Thanksgiving break). Additional registration information is coming soon - watch for it!

Financial Report

from the Finance Committee


Through July of Budget Year 2012, our general fund revenues remain good. Year-to-date pledge giving is 106.1% of yearto-date pledge budget and year-to-date non-pledge giving is 118.8% of year-to-date non-pledge budget. General fund expenses are 97.9% of year-to-date budget. Building fund year-to-date is 94.0% of year-to-date building fund pledges. The Year-to-Date (YTD), through July 31, 2012, Revenue and Expenses are as follows: General Fund Building Fund YTD Actual YTD Actual Revenue $679,675.18 $148,894.93 Expense $648,309.68 $159,104.96 Excess/(Shortfall) $31,365.50 ($10,210.03) Please remember to note on your checks or envelopes to which church accounts you want your contribution credited. Thank you!

Unite Small Group Teachers Needed!


Have you ever wondered where can you serve? In order to keep this vital ministry running successfully - Unite Small Group Teachers are still needed! If you are available on Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 pm and LOVE to teach, please contact Anna Lisa Stanley at 341-3544. Thank you!

Prayers of the People


THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER Chris Gibson, Dale Jones, Dena Stapp, Bob Jennings, Jason Scheer (Larry & Judy Freemans son), Judy Joy, Larry Hays (Dyke Moffatts brother-in-law), Jim Hays, Haynes Phillips (Anna Lisa Stanleys dad), Jerri Jones, Rose Marie McKee, Bart Rodr, Virginia ONiel, Cynthia David (Winnie Halls daughter), Ed Berry, Bill & Mary Lou Womble

Happy Birthday!
8/19 Steve Allison, Naomi Harp, Fred Hepler, Margaret Hostetter 8/20 James Bare, Jackie Booher, Bob Griffis, Trevor Schmoyer, Jake Wilkins, Russ Wood 8/21 Suzann Allison, Steve Hall, Amanda Jennings, Sandy Mitchell, Karla Rowley 8/22 Tavares Higgs, Ruth Mundy, Hunter Steuart, Chris Stone 8/23 Donna Clark, Sarah Combs, Kimberli Engel, Michael Hast, Kay Mades, Bonnie Smith 8/24 Emma Hendershot, Debbie Howell, Randle Lee 8/25 Anne Holzberlein, Sophia Hunt 8/26 Susan Black, Jill Keel, Robbi Kinnaird, J.D. Metcalf

CHOIR PRACTICE TO RESUME!


The Chancel Choir will begin rehearsing on Wednesday evening, August 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. If you love to sing and have fun, now is the perfect time to try it out. Questions? Please contact Diane Ball at dball@fccedmond.org or 341-3544 ex.115.

Seeking an Interim Director of Childrens Ministry


The Personnel Committee of First Christian Church of Edmond is currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in filling a long-term role (6 to 12 months) as Full-Time Interim Director of Childrens Ministry. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and a resume to jobs@fccedmond.org or mail them to First Christian Church, ATTN: Greg Bunton, PO Box 3548, Edmond, OK, 73083. Submissions need to be received no later than August 27, 2012. Please NOTE: The selected Interim Director will not be considered as a candidate for the permanent position when that application process begins in 2013.

Child and Parent Orientation


During the 11:00 a.m. worship service come see what it is all about!

Children Worship & Wonder


Sunday, August 26

Winter Family Camp: First Come! First Serve!


There are only THREE spots left for FCCs Winter Family Camp - & - the deadline to grab up these remaining spots is August 28! So ACT now! Family Camp is December 30, 2012 through January 4, 2013, at Snow Mountain Ranch (a Y Camp in Granby, Colorado). Since there are ONLY 3 rooms left, call and reserve your familys spot now! For more information, please call Susan Huffer at 405-623-2185.

Edmonds Hope Center Needs Volunteers


The HOPE Center of Edmond works to provide assistance to members of the Edmond community by providing food, clothing, household items and financial assistance (rent and utilities) - and they need volunteers! Volunteers work in 2-3 hour shifts, once a week. Areas in need include the Food Pantry and the Clothing Closet. If you are interested, contact Cheryl Woods at 348-1340.

Worship
8:15, 9 & 11am

at First Christian
August 19, 2012 Common SS Hour - 9:30AM-FH Unified Service - 10:45AM
Guest Minister: Rev. Dr. Dick Hamm Scripture: John 5:2-9

Join the Womens Connections Bible Study group for this 8-session study! This study looks at the implications of our faith and will inspire you to put your faith into action in practical ways.
Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Monday 7:00-9:00 pm Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 24 Oct 8 Oct 22 Nov 5 Nov 19 Dec 3 Thursday 9:30-11:30 am Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 11 Oct 25 Nov 8 Nov 29 Dec 13

August 26, 2012

Message: Rev. Greg Bunton Rev. Chris Shorow Scripture: Luke 6:6-11

The Chalice CONNECTION


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