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Advent @ FCC

Join us for Advent at First Christian Church

Services:

Sunday, December 16th, 2018Third Sunday of Advent: Peace

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Pulpit Guest: The Reverend John Dick

The Rev. John Dick

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018Fourth Sunday of Advent: Joy

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Pulpit Guest: The Reverned Louis Vetri

Rev. Louis Vetri

Monday, December 24th, 2018Christmas Eve

Cookies & Wassail: 6:15 P.M.               Candle-light Worship: 7:00 P.M.

                           Pulpit Guest: The Reverend Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

2018 “Messiah”

The location for the 2018 Middletown Civic Chorus performance is First Christian Church, 4520 Rosedale Rd, Middletown.

December 9th, 3:00 P.M.

There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken. A small reception follows.

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Messiah (HWV 56)[1][n 1] is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Handel’s reputation in England, where he had lived since 1712, had been established through his compositions of Italian opera. He turned to English oratorio in the 1730s in response to changes in public taste; Messiah was his sixth work in this genre. Although its structure resembles that of opera, it is not in dramatic form; there are no impersonations of characters and no direct speech. Instead, Jennens’s text is an extended reflection on Jesus as the Messiah called Christ. The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds, the only “scene” taken from the Gospels. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the “Hallelujah” chorus. In Part III he covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the individual numbers. In the years after his death, the work was adapted for performance on a much larger scale, with giant orchestras and choirs. In other efforts to update it, its orchestration was revised and amplified by (among others) Mozart (Der Messias). In the late 20th and early 21st centuries the trend has been towards reproducing a greater fidelity to Handel’s original intentions, although “big Messiah” productions continue to be mounted. A near-complete version was issued on 78 rpm discs in 1928; since then the work has been recorded many times.

Dessert & Movie

Bring your favorite dessert to share!
Kate Thompson will present a brief presentation on the Mexican
celebration of the day of the dead…followed by the movie, Coco, a movie for all ages.
It will be a great night before our All Saints Day celebration on Sunday November 4th.

Carols for the Bell

Share a festive holiday meal with your church family as well as invite your family and friends to join us for a holiday meal with all of the trimmings.
Live entertainment!
Get ready for the Christmas season.
Dinner will be served family style at 6:00 p.m.
 
Menu:
Turkey and Dressing
Mashed potatoes and Gravy
Green beans
Cranberry sauce
Pie and a beverage
Tickets: 
$18.00 adult
$9.00 Child
All proceeds go to the Keep the Bell Ringing Campain to pay off the Mortgage on Camp Christian operated by the Christian Church in Ohio.
 
Large family price negotiable. Do not let price keep you from joining us.
Meal will be served family style.

To Buy Tickets online, Click the Link below.

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November 11th, 18th, and 25th, Rev. Carol Oetzel

Carol is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ).

Carol is the Pastor of Assimilation at Legacy Christian Church In Harrison, Ohio. She serves on the Commission of Ministry  and the Camp Christian Committee for our region.

Carol served as Associate Pastor at FCC-Middletown for 13 years. Carol also served Walnut Hills Christian Church as Co-Pastor.

November 4th, Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

The Reverend Doctor Willie J. Barnes-Jackson will be with us in worship on November 4th.

Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson was born in Bourbon County, Paris,
KY. He is the son of Mrs. Wanda M. Anderson of Dayton OH, and Dr.
Willie J. Barnes of Longview, TX. Dr. Barnes-Jackson accepted his call to
ministry on August 22, 1998 at a John Maxwell “Equipping the Saints”
seminar in Toledo, Ohio.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
in 1998 from Central State University, graduating with Magna Cum Laude
honors. He graduated in 2002 from Payne Theological Seminary with his
Master of Divinity degree in Theological Studies and Pastoral and Marriage
Counseling, while having matriculated as a Daniel A. Payne Presidential
Scholar. He also completed over 400 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education
and was ordained in December 2002 by the Christian Church in Ohio and
Summit Christian Church under pastoral leadership of
Rev. Dr. J. Thomas Johnson. In 2013, he graduated from United Theological
Seminary after completing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian
Education and Urban Ministry Development.
Dr. Barnes-Jackson has volunteered as a Chaplain for both Miami
Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals in Dayton. He is a member of the
Disciples Chaplain Association. He held the position of President of the
Reconciliation Committee. He is a trained member of the Anti-racism and
Pro-reconciliation Commission and is considered a New Church Planter for
the Ohio Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United
States and Canada. Dr. Barnes-Jackson established the first and successful

annual Brother’s in God’s Grace (B.I.G.G.) Men’s Rally at Tabernacle
Baptist Church. He spearheaded the development of a Clergy Social Action
effort called Dayton Ecumenical Social Action Collaborative and led the
development of a non-profit Community Development Corporation and
Action group with parishioners at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dayton,
Ohio.
Currently he is an Associate Minister at Summit Christian Church in
Dayton. Rev. Dr. Barnes-Jackson was an Associate Minister at Tabernacle
Baptist Church and Pastor of Light of the Community Christian Church
(DOC). He is married to Rev. Dr. Pamela Barnes-Jackson and is father to six
children and fourteen grandchildren. He and Pamela celebrated thirty-one
years of marriage on February 22, 2018 and currently reside in Clayton,
Ohio. He is a loving and caring member of the Body of Christ and a
dedicated man of God who looks forward to working with others in ways that
enhance and promote continuous spiritual growth.

October 28th, Rev. Carol Oetzel

Carol is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ).

Carol is the Pastor of Assimilation at Legacy Christian Church In Harrison, Ohio. She serves on the Commission of Ministry  and the Camp Christian Committee for our region.

Carol served as Associate Pastor at FCC-Middletown for 13 years. Carol also served Walnut Hills Christian Church as Co-Pastor.

October 21st, Cliff Thompson

Cliff has been a member of FCC for more than 20 years. He has served as Deacon, Elder, Vice-Moderator, Men’s Ministries Chair, Property Committee Chair, and Leader of the A/V Team.

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

Trunk or Treat

We are organizing a Trunk or Treat from 6-8 pm on
Saturday, October 27th It will be “rain or shine” event.
There will be a cupcake walk, corn hole, food, and
hopefully a couple of surprises. Since this is our first
endeavor we will need all hands on deck. People will be
needed to decorate their trunks, pass out candy and to
help with the various activities. All are encouraged to
wear costumes. Donations are needed of cupcakes,
chips, bottled water, and fun-sized candy.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)