Advent @ FCC

Join us for Advent at First Christian Church


Sunday, December 1st, 2019First Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

“What Can Love Do?” -Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

Sunday, December 8th, 2019Second Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Sermon- Rev. Dr. Pamela T. Barnes-Jackson, First Lady/Associate Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Pamela T. Barnes-Jackson

Sunday, December 15th, 2019Third Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Sermon- Rev. Connor L. Thompson, Associate Pastor

The Rev. Connor L. Thompson

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2018Fourth Sunday of Advent

Worship: 10:30 A.M.

Sermon- Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

Tuesday, December 24th, 2018Christmas Eve

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

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson

Christmas Eve, Rev. Dr. Willie Barnes-Jackson

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.


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.


Day Ten

Tomorrow is the tenth day of Advent.

Sing Christmas carols at the top pf your lungs in the shower, in your car or while you’re walking down the street.

Day Nine

Tomorrow is the ninth day of advent.

Give handmade thank you notes to your mail carrier and garbadge collectors.

You may need to plan ahead for this one if your garbage dosen’t come on Monday.

Day Eight

Tomorrow is the eigth day of Advent. Light two candles.

Meditate: Peace looked down and saw war. “I will go there,” said Peace.

Read Isaiah 11:1-10.

Pray: God, pour out your peacce so that the wolf may lie down with the lamb, and no one will hunt or destroy on your holy mountain ever again.

We will light the candle of Peace during service tomorrow if you’d like for that candle lighting to be your day’s devotion.

Day Seven

Tomorrow is the seventh day of Advent.

Leave Quarters in every gumball machine you see on your errands today.

You might consider gumall machines, games, rides or vending machines.

Day six

Tomorrow is the sixth day of Advent. Observe Sabbath time. Turn everything off in the evening. No computer, no phone, no television, no radio, no screens. Listen for God’s still small voice.

Day Five

Tomorrow is the Fifth day of advent. Write a short “I beleive…” Manifesto and share it on facebook.

Here are some examples: “I beleive despair will give way to hope.” “I beleive being a vegetarian reduces suffering.” “I beleive everyone has a story worth telling.” “I beleive He was born.”

Day Four

Tomorrow is the fourth day of Advent.

Subtract one thing from your day today – and use the extra quiet time to pray for better relationships between people, especially races, in our country, our city, and our neighborhoods.

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