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Maundy Thursday

Join us for Maundy Thursday Worship on April 1st at 7:30 PM. We will be joined by Brothers and sisters in Christ from First Baptist Church and At. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

We will recall the final night in the upper room before Jesus was betrayed, and crucified.

Lenten Study: Listen

Join us as we journey through the season of Lent with our study, LISTEN.

This series looks at many ways that the voice of God speaks to us, and explores things we can do to strengthen that connection.  From meditation and music to study and social action, guests Yvette FlunderJack LevisonCarl McColmanBruce EpperlyPhileena HeuertzDoug Pagitt and Chuck Marohnic join Eric Elnes and Chris Alexander to look for the voice of the spirit… and find it active in surprising places.

Join us on zoom, Tuesdays at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Lent Series: Listen

Have you ever misplaced your phone–which is on vibrate of course–and
then asked someone to call it? We get really still and really quiet. Our
ears perk up in all directions in order to be ready to hear that little buzz. It
is a quieting down and high alert all at the same time. This Lent we will
quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of
God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as
meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest,
come and listen. Join us for Worship during Lent, Sundays at 10:30 AM.

Modern Worship

Join us on Thursday evenings beginning March 25th at 7:30 PM for our new Modern Worship service. We will have a casual “come as you are” service with modern music and a message followed by a question and answer session. This will be a great time for anyone who wants to join us, whether a new Christian or a life long believer.

Advent Study

Join us as we look at our Advent Bible Study. We will be using Incarnation by Adam Hamilton. We will have sessions on Tuesdays @ 1pm and 7pm with the option to login via zoom.

Advent Sermon Series

Join us for worship during the season of Advent as we prepare for Christmas with our sermon season An Unexpected Gift!

Worship Return on Pentecost

As the state of Ohio has started to relax it’s orders from the Department of Health, we start to look at returning to gathered worship, within the guidelines we are provided with.

After a meeting of representatives of the Elders, Moderator, Deacons, Trustees, and Property teams, as well as staff, we have determined as long as the stay at home order is lifted on May 29th, we will return to gathered worship on May 31st to celebrate Pentecost.

I want to assure you, while the building has been closed, your property team has been busy insuring that the building is cleaned, maintained, and prepared for our return. Our associate from Q and R Cleaning, has been there every week ensuring that our facility remains maintained, and ready for us. Phones have been upgraded, light bulbs and fixtures replaced as needed, Bathrooms, door handles, carpets, and floors were all cleaned, and disinfected.

To abide by the principles of social distancing we will have some changes to worship:

  • No bulletins, hymnals, or bibles will be available, all items will be projected on the screen, you are welcome to bring your own bible to worship.
  • Offering will be collected when you come forward for communion, rather than passing the offering trays.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available after you give your offering to use before receiving communion.
  • Communion will not be served in trays, but rather individually at two stations in the sanctuary.
  • Masks will be REQUIRED! If you do not have a mask and need one, please contact Marilyn Chamberlain. A limited number of disposable masks will be available at the church.
  • Seating will be in observance of social distancing. Every other row will be closed, there will be a required 6 foot spacing between each individual/family unit.
  • Doors will remain open to most rooms to prevent needing to touch those high touch door handles.

Most importantly, returning to worship is not a requirement or an expectation, but rather an option. The decision to return to worship in person is ultimately yours. I want to encourage you to make a decision that is best for you!

Blessings,

Rev. Connor L. Thompson

Associate Pastor

COVID-19 Update

All Activities at First Christian Church will be cancelled until further notice.

Should you have pastoral needs, please contact Pastor Connor or Pastor Jeff.

Join us for online worship on our YouTube Channel.

Bible Study

Bible Study will begin on
Tuesday Dec. 3, 2019 with two class offerings. The
afternoon class will be from 1:00pm – 2:30pm and the
evening Bible study class will be from 6:00 – 7:30pm on
the same days.

The “Book of Revelation” will be the focus for both Bible
Study classes.

Commissioning of The Rev. Connor L. Thompson

Join us Sunday October 20th for the Commissioning of The Rev. Connor L. Thompson as Associate Pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Middletown, Ohio.

The message that morning will be given by The Rev. Rick Spleth, Regional minister of the Christian Church in Indiana and Visiting Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Ohio. The Rev. Carol Oetzel will be present representing the Christian Church in Ohio Commission on Ministry.

Rev. Thompson is a lifelong member of First Christian Church. Rev. Thompson is also a Middletown native having graduated from Madison High School and will graduate from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Non Profit & Community Studies. Rev. Thompson intends to continue graduate education at Phillips Theological Seminary, and is is excited to serve in his home community.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)