Christian Education

Thanksgiving Special Offering

The Thanksgiving Offering benefits the Colleges, Universities, Seminaries, and Divinity Houses affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).These learning communities are an extension of the church, challenging students to understand and respond to God’s call to serve.

From the very beginnings of the movement, Disciples have founded institutions of higher learning, encouraging students in their intellectual pursuits. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is still committed to higher education. Your gift to the Thanksgiving Offering helps underwrite the education of students attending one of our fourteen undergraduate institutions and our seven seminaries or divinity houses.

Thousands of students have attended the Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church receiving both a quality education and the opportunity to remain within our Disciple’s heritage. Your financial gift provides scholarships and support for spiritual life offices. By giving to the Thanksgiving Offering you are investing in our students and helping keep education costs down.

The Thanksgiving Offering also provides scholarship and support for those pursuing theological education at one of our seven seminaries or divinity houses. Consider the many generations of pastors, who, if not for the support of faithful congregations and individuals over the ages would not have flourished as our pastors, teachers and leaders. What impact has your pastor had in the life of your church, community or region? You can thank them by supporting the Thanksgiving Offering.

Attending a Disciples College or Theological School is possible through the scholarships and grants that are made available by generous individuals, the Disciples Mission Fund and your gifts to the Thanksgiving Offering.

 

Take a few minutes to get re-acquainted with Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) with this video. You can also give to the offering at http://disciplesmissionfund.org

 

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.

Bible Study

Wednesday morning Bible Study with Pastor Roe will continue with the book of Romans. The group meets Wednesdays 10:30AM – 12:00N. Our current session is scheduled for April 22 through May 20. Please read Romans 1:1-17 for our first class.

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New Children’s Class

Beginning Sunday April 12th, we are offering a special Sunday School Class session for our 3rd – 5th grade children.  Class time will begin after the Children’s Sermon (10:20) and go through the end of Sunday Worship (11:15).  We will continue this session until May 31.  The class will be led by Lora Schueller.

Our tentative plan is to have six-week sessions of classes and take a break for a few weeks and resume class again.  Hope to see all of our awesome kids there!!Sunday School_t_nv

Valentine Discipleship Day

Come join us for another Discipleship Day full of “LOVE” on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  This event is for all children and youth, hosted by the Christian Education Team.  We will have an afternoon and evening full of fun activities and crafts surrounding 1 Corinthians 13.  Dinner and snacks will be provided, so this gives all our “LOVE BIRD” parents/grandparents a chance to go out for Valentine’s Day.   If you have any questions, please contact Lora Schueller or Mary Helen Shetter.  Hope to see all of our youth there!!

 

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Elders’ Study

SW WholeBeginning in September, our Elders will be studying Whole: A Call to Unity in Our Fragmented World by the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins.  In her hope-filled new book, Sharon Watkins, the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and moderator-elect of the National Council of Churches, shares her vision of how the good news of Jesus calls American Christians to unite around justice, mercy, and openness in the 21st century.  She explores the question of how do we take the liberating gospel of Jesus to the world today?  Then explains that what really matters “is the relationship with a living, loving God, a God who calls us to love each other, to create communities of care and equipping for wholeness, so that the love and hope we know through our relationship with Christ can truly be carried from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.”  The book can be purchased at www.chalicepress.com.

Worship Series: Healing

Some of the most powerful stories in the Gospels are the ones when Jesus heals – body, mind, spirit.  Throughout our lives we need healing – these times are important in our journey with

God and Jesus Christ.  Let’s hear the stories of Jesus and tell our own healing stories – heal together, grow together.

July 6        Matthew 8:1-4            Jesus cleanses leper

                  Matthew 8:5-13          Jesus heals Centurion’s servant

                  Matthew 8:14-17        Jesus heals many at Peter’s house

July 13     Matthew 8:28-9:1      Gadarene Demoniacs

July 20    Matthew 9:2-8           Jesus heals paralytic

Aug 3       Matthew 9:18-26       Jesus brings girls back to life

                                                     Hemorrhaging woman healed

Aug 10     Matthew 12:9-21      Jesus heals on the Sabbath

Aug 17      Luke 17:19                 Jesus heals 10 lepers

Aug 24     Matthew 15:21-31    Jesus heals Canaanite daughter

Discipleship Day

Saturday, June 14 10a.m. – 4p.m. we will gather at the church for our first ever Discipleship Day.  Think camp-style revival.  The day will begin in the sanctuary with singing and celebrating followed by activities and teachings for all ages.  The children will be involved in VBS type activities while the adults are engaged in in-depth Bible study.  Everyone will gather together for opening, lunch and closing worship.  Great opportunity to re-energize your faith and spend the day connecting with your church family.Discipleship Day June 2014

Youth News

Youth NewsChi Rho & JYF 

                       Our Chi Rho middle school youth group and our JYF elementary school youth group will meet February 9 and 23, 12:00-2:00p.m.  Lunch is provided.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Helen Shetter.

 

CYF & Chi Rho to Serve SHALOM

                       On Sunday, February 16 our CYF high school youth and our Chi Rho middle school youth will be serving SHALOM.  The youth will meet at FCC at 4:00p.m. to prepare dinner.  They will then travel down the road to Christ United Methodist Church to serve the guests of SHALOM.  Following dinner the youth will stay until 10:00p.m. and play board games, shoot hoops, etc. with SHALOM guests.

 

Chi Rho Lock-in

                       After serving SHALOM on February 16, the Chi Rho youth will return to FCC for a lock-in.  If the schools decide to use February 17 (President’s Day) as a make-up snow day, the lock-in will be cancelled.

Looking For a Few Good Rockers!

rockerWould you like to rock some of these cute babies who are at church?  You could volunteer one hour a month.  Yes, just one hour a month is all we are asking.  You can volunteer for either first service or second service.  Please consider doing this for the children of our church.  If you would like to do this, please let Beth, Mary Helen or Lora know. Thank you.