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From my Plate to yours, “Something to Chew on”

Something to Chew On, Issue XVI

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Since early January, I have been receiving by email daily insights on what it

means to become a transformative congregation. These are sent by George

Bullard, President of the Columbia Partnership, a group of church consultants who

are based in Columbia, South Carolina. These insights come from George’s book,

Faithsoaring Churches. I have shared a few with some of our leaders.

About a week ago, I sent George Bullard an email and I asked him if he would

give me permission to use some of these insights as launching points for this article

as long as I made sure that I gave him the credit for the insight. He responded to

me very quickly with a strong “Yes”. Therefore, starting this week and from time to

time in future weeks, you will be seeing some or part of these insights with some of

my added comments. I pray that you will enjoy them and that they will enrich our

life together in our time of transition as much as they have enriched mine.

Since I do not have each of these insights dated, I can only refer to possible

time of receiving one. The following from George Bullard struck me as significant:

“Very few congregations transform by focusing on developing successful ministry

projects. Some will see short-term significance by focusing on mission action.

Generally it will take full surrender to ongoing missional engagement for

congregations to transform.”

Consider First Christian. We do ministry at Hope House. We offer time,

people, and ministry resources for the homeless through Shalom. We collect

various special offerings such as Week of Compassion or Blanket Sunday. We

collect mittens and hats for children. Each of these ministries is a short-term

missional project.

Think about ways in which we can reach out into the community of

Middletown over the long term so that we may more aggressively embrace the

mission and ministry to which God calls us.

 

Pastor Nik

From my Plate to yours, "Something to Chew on"

From my Plate to yours, "Something to Chew on"

LATEST EVENTS

Prayer Triad Meeting

    All members of the prayer Triads are invited to meet on Monday April 25th, at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall to help draft a new Mission/Vision Statement for the Congregation. … [Read More]

Camp Season Has Arrived!!!

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Applications are available in the Narthex. There is a camp for all ages. Check it out! All forms and more information are available at the Christian Church in Ohio website. Grandparent and Me Camp! June 10 & 11, 2016 An interactive Camp for Children who are in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade AND their *Grandparent *Child may be … [Read More]

Old Fashioned Sunday

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  MARK YOU CALENDARS MAY 15TH WE WILL BE CELEBRATING PENTECOST SUNDAY AND OLD FASHION SUNDAY. Everyone is in for a treat and for a few surprises! Worship will be filled with many of your favorite older hymns, complete with music to accompany and enjoy. Dress in your best old time favorite clothes. Worship will be held … [Read More]

Easter Photos

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Easter Sunday at FCC!

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Easter is a full morning at FCC 7:30 a.m. Sunrise Worship (outside if weather permitting) 9:00 a.m. continental breakfast in our Fellowship Hall,the children will have an Easter Egg Hunt, our Easter celebration of worship will be 10:00 a.m. our Easter celebration of worship will begin Invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us … [Read More]

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LATEST NEWS

Camp Season Has Arrived!!!

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Applications are available in the Narthex. There is a camp for all ages. Check it out! All forms and more information are available at the Christian Church in Ohio website. Grandparent and Me Camp! June 10 & 11, 2016 An interactive Camp for Children who are in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade AND their *Grandparent *Child may be … [Read More]

Recommended Reading!!

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church, 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. Groups as well as prayer triad participants are invited to purchase a copy of the above book for study and reflection. A sign-up sheet for those interested will be in the Narthex. … [Read More]

CWF NEWS

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CWF wishes to thank everyone who attended and helped in any way with the Soup and Salad Luncheon. The gross receipts were $675 and after expenses of $134, we had a net profit of $541. Proceeds will benefit both local and national missions. It is now time to re-enroll in our Kroger Rewards program. To re-enroll, go to www.kroger.com … [Read More]

Nik’s Nook- April

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As I write this, the full signs of spring are upon us. The temperature is up and the trees are beginning to leaf out. Everything seems to be growing. To make that last statement gives me pause for the moment. Can we apply the realities of spring to the life of the church and where we seek to be moving? I believe that we can. We … [Read More]

Nik’s Nook -March

  Holy Week is almost upon us and with that come a variety of activities and opportunities for special worship. On Palm Sunday, we will celebrate the day with the parade of the palms. I will be ending my sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer by addressing the fuller meaning of the petition, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us … [Read More]

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