First Christian Church "E-news" for November 7 , 2019


(Sunday, November 10)

This Sunday, before the start of the service, we will take some time to lift up by name each of our veterans.  This is meant to be an act of love by the community of Christ for those who may or may not have had a choice to don the uniform.

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(Due: Sunday, November 17)

This International Relief Program for Children is a loving and fun way to share with children around the world in areas of impoverishment alongside their need of the Gospel message.  Pick up one of the 25 boxes available at church, or you can certainly decorate your own shoe box or use a plastic box (not from Dollar Tree as they break!).  Fill it with gifts for a child of your choice between the ages of 2 and 14, knowing these boxes will be distributed around the world.

When a child receives an “Operation Christmas Child” shoe box gift, it is only the beginning.  Millions of boys and girls are given the opportunity to learn more about Christ’s gift of salvation and what it means to follow Him through “The Greatest Journey,” with the story added to the boxes in their language.  After attending a program at a local church, the children also receive a Bible in their own language.

Due to the lengthy list of suggested items, please scroll toward the end of this eNews for the list of suggested items (and those not-allowed).  We will also include an insert in the bulletin as a handy shopping guide.

For those who want to help out in addition to or in place of a filled shoebox, consider the suggested $9 shipping cost donation per box.  For any questions, please contact Eleanor.  Everything must be turned in by November 17th.

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(Sunday, November 17)

We will have a congregational meeting after worship on November 17, to vote on the 2020 budget.  Please plan to remain for this important meeting!

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(Sunday, November 17)

The men’s group of First Christian Church is hosting a “Pancake Lunch” following worship on November 17.   This is a major fundraiser to support sponsorships for Special Needs camping experiences at the region’s Craig Springs.  The camp’s website is: .  Any questions, please see Dick Garrett.

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(Orders start November 10)

This year as we decorate our sanctuary for the Advent season, we will also offer a blessing to help feed those who hunger for food and companionship.  You may order poinsettias ($8.00 each) or make a donation (in any amount) for The Welcome Table, First Christian’s weekly free dinner ministry.


If you would like to have your gift acknowledged in memory or honor of your loved one(s), please provide the following information:


I would like ________ poinsettia (s) to be used in our sanctuary at a cost of $8.00 each.


I am making a donation in the amount of ______________  for The Welcome Table, First Christian’s ministry to people who hunger for food and companionship.


I am making this purchase or donation in honor of: _____________________________________________________________


I am making this purchase or donation in memory of: _____________________________________________________________


From: _______________________________________________________


Please return this information with your money or check (with "Poinsettias & Blessings" in the memo), by Sunday November 24th.  You may place these in the offering plate or mail them to the church office.

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On behalf of the congregation, a special THANK YOU to our amazing young people!  They did exceptional with everything from the puppets, to acting as deacons, to a dynamic sermon dialogue.  Well done!  None of this would have been possible without the combined efforts of Rob, Tina and Connie – THANK YOU!

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We truly enjoy the refreshments and fellowship following worship!  Thank you to those who generously volunteer to bring cookies and finger foods!  The sign-up sheet is in the narthex.  Individuals or groups providing cookies or a reception in the narthex following worship are also responsible for clean-up afterward.  Ask for help if you need it. We have many who will pitch in!

Clean-Up Note:  Please take soiled tablecloths or overlays home to wash, then return clean cloths to the wood linen closet in Room 18 and the colored square overlays to hangers in Flower Closet.  (If tablecloths have just a few cookie crumbs, just brush them thoroughly or take them outside to shake before replacing on the tables.)  As part of the clean-up, check the floor for spills and sweep up any large bits of cookies or cake.  Thank you!

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(November 28 & 29)

The church office will be closed Thursday November 28th & Friday November 29th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will resume our normal schedule on Monday, December 2nd.

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(Saturday, November 30)

Starting at 9 am, we will hang the greens and prepare the Lord’s house for the Advent season.  Come when you can, stay as long as fits in your schedule.

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“Now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you;

and I also will show this goodness to you,

because you have done this thing.”

2 Samuel 2:6 (NRSV)


While I was still on active duty, I was often over in Suffolk at the state military cemetery as part of the honor team for military burials of veterans.  I always tried to research who the deceased was while on active duty, making it a point to stop and tell the family a bit about the veteran’s type of work and the characteristics of their subcommunity within the military.  It mattered often to the grandchildren, who had no memories of that time.  Then I would specifically thank the family for what they themselves had given up in order to support the military member: countless moves, deployments separating them from all the missed life events from babies born to graduations and even the burials of family members, and yes… spouses and parents changed by the experience of war.  More often than not, the family would smile with tears streaming – hearing a needed and often missing acknowledgment.  Nearly always it elicited healing conversations afterwards.

As Veterans Day rolls around, I have been thinking… not just about the sermon I am amid writing for this coming Sunday, but about a certain phrase which has entered common usage among Americans over the past decade or so, one that often seems to be offered in a slightly obligatory way:  “Thank you for your service.”  Hear me well, I am not knocking it, most especially for our Vietnam era vets who sorely need these words, ones they would have longed for upon their difficult return decades ago.  Rather, what catches me is how often the way these words are spoken seems to mimic the way folk ask in greeting, “How are you doing today?” as then, without stopping for any answer, walk onward leaving one perplexed about the missed opportunity to respond and be understood.

This brings me to the words of appreciation spoken by David, which he offered after the last battle and his kingship had begun:  “Now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing,”  They may resonate with our nation’s veterans, but I would suggest they speak to those joined in the common cause for the Kingdom of God, in Jesus Christ.  These words of thanks are surely something to hold in heart, on tongue, and in the understanding of the kind of loyalty we find in the community centered in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Paul, repeatedly makes a point of lifting up the spirit and the service of fellow believers.  If we find ourselves loyal to one another, gratitude is so often part of that which “glues” us in fellowship.

So it is, that “We ought to always thank God for (one another), brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love of all of you have for one another is increasing” (I Thessalonians 1:3).  In this, the late Mother Teresa was correct to observe that we “can do no great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

In Christ.

Pastor Vinson

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Time for an opportunity to peruse a short prophetic book, one that narrates events of 520 BC, in the year that the Jews returned from their 80-year Babylonian captivity.  As you find the answers to the questions, ask yourself what things stick out to you as familiar to your own life and to our society.  How do you see God as speaking to you through these few pages?

  • Who is king during the time of Haggai?

  • What is the problem described in Haggai 1:6?

  • What happened to the land?

  • Who was the father of Zerubbabel?

  • What four things does the Lord say he will shake?

  • Whom does God say will desire to come to see Him as He fills His house with glory?

  • What is the final word of the Prophet Haggai?

  • Bonus: Name another book of the Bible of which Darius is spoken and who he appoints as an administrator of his kingdom.



Haggai 1:1; 1:6; 1:11; 1:14; 2:6; 2:7; 2:23; Daniel 5:30-6:3

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Sermons on Sundays

For hearing impaired, “hard copies” of Vinson’s sermons are available during Sunday worship.  Check with Julie for a copy.  If you are not in area or just want to look back, all of Vinson’s past sermons are posted at: .

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What Goes in the Box?

(Suggested Items from Website)


Dollar Tree, Ollie’s, and Walmart are all great places to shop.  (If using a plastic box instead of a shoe box – do not buy at Dollar Tree as they don’t hold up in shipping.)


After decorating (do not seal), mark box by which category:

§  Gender: Boy or Girl

§  Age:  2-4 years, 5-9 years, or 10-14 years



 A Personal Note

You may enclose a note to the child and photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name, suggest you use our church street address in case the child is able to write back.


“Wow” Item

·       Soccer ball and manual air pump (deflate ball for packing)

·       Small musical instrument such as a harmonica or recorder

·       Skipping rope/Jump rope

·       Etch A Sketch

·       Stuffed animal

·       Clothing outfit

·       Finger puppets

·       Doll

·       Slinky

·       Binoculars

·     Wristwatch

·     Bead jewelry kit

Clothing and Accessories

·     Shirts and pants

·     Pillowcase dress/ loose-fitting sundress

·     Underwear

·     Shoes & pants

·     Flip-flops

·     Sunglasses

·     Tote bag or purse

·     Friendship bracelets

Personal Care Items

·     Comb or Hairbrush

·     Toothbrush

·     Washcloth

·     Bar soap

·     Adhesive bandages (colorful, without antibiotic ointment)

·     Reusable plastic containers (cup, water bottle, bowl)

·     Blanket

·     Compact mirror

·     Flashlight (solar-powered or hand-crank preferred)

School Supplies & Crafts

§  Pencils

§  Small manual pencil sharpener

§  Colored pencils

§  Pencil case

§  Markers

§  Pens

§  Picture book

§  Notebooks

§  Small roll of adhesive tape

§  Watercolor set, brushes, canvas or paper

§  Stickers

§  Chalk

§  Plastic dinosaurs, animals

§  Solar-powered calculator

§  Blank index cards

§  Scissors – must be blunt point, children’s

§  Metric/English ruler

§  Protractor

Please, Do Not Include: Candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.



CMF District 8 Meetings (2019-2020 Schedule)

*January 23, 2020 – West Side Christian

*April 23,2020 – Hampton Christian

*July 23, 2020 – Park View Christian

*October 22, 2020 – Hilton/Korean Christian

* Copies of the schedule through October 2024 are in narthex.

* These are all “dinner” meetings which start at 6:30 p.m.

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(Tidewater/Hampton-Roads Area Disciples of Christ)

The minister at Virginia Beach Christian Church has graciously created a new district website, as one part of the movement back toward more engagement between our congregations and our pastors.  The website is still being developed, but thus far it has links to all the area congregations’ websites and is posting congregational events other congregations might be interested in attending.  To view it, go to:

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The new website for the Virginia Region is up and running, with major improvement as to content and transparency!  Our new regional minister, Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning is well-engaged in a new vision of leadership.  See what’s happening, go to:



and other



Welcome Table Wish List.

The Wishlist has been updated to reflect items needed for weekly meals. Please check the Wish List in the most recent e-news prior to making a purchase, as changes will be made based on needs identified by the lead cooks. If you bring donations on a Sunday, please place them on the tables across from the Welcome Table pantry. As always, your gifts are greatly appreciated!

Current Needs:

·       Margarine or butter quarters

·       Cornbread mix

·       Beef broth, chicken broth

·       Vegetable broth

·       Canned sweet potatoes

·       Stuffing mix (turkey, chicken or herb)

·       Cream of mushroom soup; cream of chicken soup

·       Applesauce

·       Canned fruit

·       Chocolate and vanilla cake mix

·       Brownie mix

·       Cookie bar mix

·       Prepared frosting

·       Brown sugar

·       Cranberry sauce

·       White sugar

Items NOT Currently Needed:

·       Instant mashed potatoes

·       Tomatoes (any type)

·       eggs


HELP Inc’s Community Pantry & Medical Needs.

·       Emergency Food Pantry.  Always needed – peanut butter, dry potatoes, SpaghettiO’s, canned chicken/spam/ham, cereal, oatmeal, grits, powdered milk packets, canned vegetables & toilet paper.  HELP will not accept expired items nor soft drinks.

·       Medical Equipment & Supplies.  Have no longer needed walkers, wheelchairs, adults “Depends” or children’s diapers, or other unused medical supplies?  HELP’s medical and dental clinics can use them to assist those without medical insurance.


Box Tops for Education!

Bring in your "Box Tops" and drop in the basket in Narthex.



 After Worship Refreshments Sign-Up.

Want to help with cookies or simple finger-foods for members and guests to enjoy following worship?  A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.  No baked goods requiring the use of plastic utensils or paper plates, except for the first Sunday of the month when we celebrate birthdays.  Those providing cookies may also provide lemonade if so desired.  The CMF will continue to prepare the coffee and maintains a stash of commercially packaged cookies, if we do not have a cookie volunteer.

 Sermon Copies & Lectionary Readings.

Printed sermon copies are kept on the literature carousel in the Narthex, and online at:

Read the scriptures lessons for upcoming Sundays online, go to:  Readings are in the New Revised Standard Version.

 Church on the Web at:

The website is a useful “one-stop shop” resource for church members and the community.  The “Welcome” page has links to all our social media sites, scriptures for each Sunday, and pastor’s sermons.  On other pages you can find links to daily meditations, helpful resources, and more!  Make it a “favorite” for yourself and others!




Nov 7, CWF Group 2 - 10:30 am


Nov 10

Elders & Deacon’s Meeting, 6:00 pm

FCC Board Meeting, 7:00 pm


Nov 17 & 24

Thanksgiving Offering


Nov 17

Congregational Meeting (following worship)

 Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes Due

  Pancake Lunch


Nov 24

Last Day to Order Poinsettias


Nov 28



Nov 30

Decorate the Sanctuary


Dec 7



Dec 22




Welcome Table Teams

  Cooking        Shopping

 Nov 12       Herring & Boyer

Nov 19       Kuster & Kuster

Nov 26     All cooks & Cuthrell

  Bulletin & eNews Inputs


Bulletins.  If you have calendar items for the Sunday bulletins, please let Tiffani know by close of business on Mondays, so there is plenty of time to get everything right in them and on the announcement roller before worship.

 ENews.  Same thing, please send or drop off with Tiffani on Mondays, every other week.  Because that can be hard to keep up with, just call Tiffani.  She keeps us all straight!

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First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

1458 Todds Lane

Hampton, VA  23666

Office:  757-826-0711


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