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Choir Invitation

I am excited and honored to be leading music at FCC and I would like to invite anyone that has the desire to sing (even if you’ve never been in a choir before) to join the choir! Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30-8:00pm, and we will begin singing for the services on Sunday, September 8 (week after Labor Day). We would love to have you come and join us. I hope to see you there!

In Christ’s Love,

Michael Hefner

Aug. 25th Special Congregational Meeting

Join us after worship on Sunday August 25th, for a congregational meeting. We will have a proposal to vote on from the Pastoral Search Committee.

We encourage all members to attend this very important meeting.

Congratulations to our new Missionary!

We are so proud of Kaitlin Thompson as she received her
commission to work with the mission, Cominante, in the
Dominican Republic. During a special ceremony at our
General Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa last week, Kaitlin
was one of twelve missionaries commissioned to serve
throughout the world. They are being sent to Kenya,
Thailand, Japan, Greece, Morocco, Haiti, Jamaica,
Cayman Islands, Zambia, Republic of Korea, Dominican
Republic and Palestine. It is God’s plan that we share His
Word. What a blessing it is to have a member of our
congregation, our community, our region, and our
Country volunteer and say, “Here am I, Send me!” May
God’s blessings and our prayers be with Kaitlin
throughout her service.

Lifeline screening May 23rd

Life Line Screening is the world’s leading provider of preventive health screenings AND WE ARE COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FOR ONE DAY!

The screenings offer a 5-test package to thoroughly check your risk for Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease and other chronic conditions. The combination of these tests can help detect problems before you have symptoms and while your doctor can still take action so you can keep doing the things you love!

Many events also offer blood tests, including Cholesterol, Glucose and C-Reactive Protein screenings, as well as take-home colon cancer early detection tests.
Screening packages start at $149. Single tests cost around $70.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment and get a special discount call, (800) 690-6495 or you can register on line at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle. Pre-registration is required.
You can even request an appointment with Facebook!
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Don’t forget to like and follow our page for up-to-date information on future visits to YOUR community.
See you May 23rd @ First Christian Church, 4520 Rosedale Road in Middletown

“The Shack” Bible Study

Bible Study will resume on January 22nd at 7:00 P.M.

We will be studying based on the movie “The Shack”

Bible study will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 7p.m.

January 20th & 27th, The Rev. John Dick

The Reverend John Dick is a retired ordained minister in the American Baptist Church. John is a resident of Middletown. John has served American Baptist Congregations in Midland, MI; Haddonfield, NJ; Wyoming, OH; Middletown, OH and Worcester, MA.

January 6th & 13th, The Rev. Sue Glaab

Reverend Glaab is an ordained minister. Sue was a member of First Christian Church while she attended United Theological Seminary. She holds a Masters of Divinity from UTS.

FCC Live!

Join us for Worship and other events live!

Middletown Youth Connection Christmas Gathering

Sunday December 9th, We had youth and chaperones attend the Middletown Youth Conneciton. Those in attendance assembled 50 stockings to be handed out to those attending Christmas Eve Service at The Gathering.

Middletown Youth Connection is supported by: The Gathering, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), First Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

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.

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