Outreach

Life Line Screenings

FRIDAY, NOV. 2nd at FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

These screening go beyond regular checkups to look inside your
arteries for signs of plaque build-up.
5 screening for $139.00
Carotid Artery/Plaque Screening
Heart Rhythm Screening
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening
Osteoporosis Risk Assessment
3 ways to register:
Call toll-free: 1-866-2290469
Online:www.lifelinescreening.com/community circle
Text: circle to 79797

Adult Literacy Program

Camp Work Day

 

First Christian will be going to a Camp Christian on
Saturday, June 30th. We will meet at the church at 7:45 AM. We
will need to get on the road by 8:00 and arrive at Camp Christian
around 10:00. The campers will be going home as we are arriving.
We will be helping Al Channel, Camp Superintendent with cleaning
of cabins, cleaning of bathrooms, and mowing lawn at camp. I will
be putting up a sign up sheet on the Narthex Table. I am asking for
anyone who can make it, please come. We need to show up in a
big way as there is a lot of work to do. I also ask that you please
bring your breakfast with you to church (including coffee and juice)
and a sack lunch. Any questions, please see Matt Thomas.

Outreach News

We would like to send out a huge thank you to all who contributed
to our Outreach projects this year. The food, gifts for children,
monetary donations, help with shopping and gift wrapping allowed
us to help many individuals and families. We received special gifts
for our Hat and Mitten Tree and would like to say thank you to
Joann Grimes for the beautiful handmade hats. Families will be
picking up their food boxes and gifts this Thursday and what a
blessing it is to be able to add some joy to their lives. Thank you
for making this possible!

We became aware of the plea for assistance for the Middletown
family of nine children who recently lost their mother. Outreach
responded with a $200 contribution into the account established
for the family.

Another way to give of ourselves is to volunteer to help with
SHALOM. We are still in need of help with meals, the time slot
from 7 to 10 pm and overnight. If you would like to share your gift
of time with individuals who are very appreciative of all that we
offer, this is a great opportunity. We have a sign-up sheet in the
narthex or you may contact Linda Poynter or Sharon Amburgey if
you have questions. We can partner you with someone who has
experience in this service.

The dates we serve are January 1, 3 and 5. The dates of our
second week include January 29, 31 and February 2, 2018. Thank
you for being a blessing!!!

Central Academy Week of Giving

On Wednesday December 20th, we had students from our neighbor Central Academy come to join us in preparing for Christmas eve services, they helped assemble luminaries, and prepare candles for candlelight service among many other things.

 

This is part of Central Academy’s 12th Week of Giving where the School sends students to organizations in town, to teach them the importance of volunteering in your community.

 

Outreach News

This holiday season we adopted 10 families, including 19
children, to provide for on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had a
good response from our congregation on helping us. With
monetary donations and a gift card from Meijers, we were able to
purchase 10 turkeys and all of our perishable items. Families
picked up their food boxes on November 20th
.

On December 3rd, we will hand out food requests plus gift
requests for all of the children for Christmas. We will also dust off
our “Hat and Mitten Tree” which John Newby designed for us
many Christmases ago.
On November 8th, Dave and Linda Lombard, Linda Poynter
and Sharon Amburgey attended the city-wide SHALOM meeting. It
was uplifting to see so many churches represented in a unified
effort to help the homeless population in our community. We will
again partner with Christ United Methodist Church during our host
weeks. Our first week begins on Sunday, December 31st. Our
second week begins on January 28th. Representatives from both
churches met on November 13th to finalize our hosting
responsibilities. We will be asking for many volunteers to sign up
in December to help us in this very meaningful program.
In the mist of preparing to provide for our adopted
families, we were again blessed by a huge donation of clothes
from SanMar Corporation. We filled three trucks with wearing
apparel and with the help of Sally Williamson, SHALOM
representative from Christ United Methodist Church, we worked
for two days to sort items that could be used immediately by the
homeless. We will store part of the shipment for a later
distribution.

2017 Thanksgiving Special Offering

2017 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.

 

FCC in the News!

From Disciples.org 

 

Pastor and Her Friends Take Pies in the Face: First Christian Church Surpasses Food Drive Goal

Middletown, Ohio— September 13, 2017 — Pastor Tracy Siegman wanted to put the congregation to the test. She set the goal of 200 lbs of food for an August food drive. If the congregation reached the goal, they could throw 2 pies in her face. The congregation accepted the challenge and wanted an even bigger goal. Two members volunteered to take a pie in the face if the church reached bigger goals. Martin Schaefer offered to join in if the congregation reached 300 lbs and Larry Steele offered to do so if they reached 400 lbs. When the collection was weighed at the Salvation Army food pantry, the total was 717.5 pounds of food.

“I knew they were capable of doing great things, so I challenged them. I wanted them to understand that they can exceed their own expectations. This was an important lesson for the church to learn as we are praying for God to show us how we can make an impact in our community through serving our neighbors,” said Pastor Tracy Siegman. She does this in memory of Harold Harmison, a mentor and lay pastor from Illinois, who set the example of challenging congregations.

In celebration of their achievement, the church enjoyed a pie fellowship following the service on Sunday, September 17, 2017 during which Pastor Tracy, Martin, and Larry received 2 pies each in the face.

 

           

Pet Blessing!

 

 

join us for a Pet Blessing on Saturday September 30th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

BSA Pancake Breakfast

 

Join Us at First Christian Church for a pancake breakfast to benefit the Hopewell District of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Tickets are $6.00

The Hopewell District Covers Warren County, City of Middletown, City of Monroe, and Madison Township.

To learn more about the Hopewell District of the Dan Beard Council please visit: www.DanBeard.org/Hopewell/

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)