First Christian Church "E-news" for July18, 2019

Missionaries as Guest Speakers!

(Sunday, July 21)

Come and join us for this special opportunity!  During our Sunday morning worship on the 21st, we will be blessed to host Donald and Carol Paige.  They have served in the Republic of Paraguay since July 2008.  Donald is a journeyman silversmith and has developed friendships with and ministers to Paraguayan silversmiths in the town of Luque.  Carol has a master’s degree in social work and teaches third grade at Asunción Christian Academy, a local Christian school, while completing her doctorate in Christian Education Leadership.  Additionally, they pastor a Methodist congregation in Lugue.  They and their children, Cora and Daniel, have bridged the cultures, and Sunday will be our opportunity to experience a connection to the church beyond our borders!  Missionaries spend a hectic month when home on leave, so this is a rare treat!  They come to us, by way of a long friendship with Sheila Arnold, when they worked together at Colonial Williamsburg.  

Please note that after worship, there will be Paraguayan silver filigree jewelry available in the church library, with any funds raised going to the individual crafters in Paraguay.

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 Welcome Lillian Claire Deal!

 Please help us welcome Lillian Claire Deal, daughter of Rob and Claire Deal.   She was born at 4:00 PM on July 16, 2019.  She weighed 9 lbs 3 oz and was 22 inches long.  After a long delivery, all are doing well and Langston is a proud big brother.  We will be going up Sunday to meet them.

                                        Beth Deal

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District Men’s Gathering

(July 25)

District VIII Quarterly Meeting and Dinner will be held at Grafton Christian Church (109 Brick Church Road, Yorktown).  The guest speaker will be Special Agent Carl Greene, of the FBI, who will address “Personnel Security.”  Main dish for the dinner is Pulled Pork.  Whether you are a “regular” in our men’s group or not, if you are interested in going or just need a ride up to Grafton, please give Dick Garrett a call.

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Pastor on Vacation

The pastor will be on vacation, 18-24 July.   In his absence, we are blessed to have guest missionaries, thanks to connections made through Sheila.  If a pastoral care emergency arises, please contact your elder or Dick Garrett.

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Tarrant Middle School Supply Drive

“Back to School” Supplies

(Through August 25)

One of the outreach ministries of our congregation is assisting the young people at Tarrant Middle School, which certainly helps the teachers too!   Take advantage of the sales which happen over the summer, which as every child knows… is too short!

It is clear from speaking with the teachers and staff at TMS, that there are many children whose families do not have the adequate means to provide everything needed for school.  The list is likely more than what we may have experienced decades ago, but the school system does not provide supplies for students and teachers.

Recommended:  #2 pencils, pens, highlighters, loose-leaf (lined) paper, erasers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, index cards, composition books, spiral single-subject notebooks, 5-subject notebooks w/pocket dividers, pocket folders - with or without prongs), binders with zipper pouch, backpacks, flash drive/jump drive, bottles of glue, and hand-held pencil sharpeners which catch shavings.  Any glue sticks and 24-count box crayons received will go to Alfred S. Forrest Elementary School).

A box will be kept in the narthex/greeting area to receive your donations through August 25th.   If you have the money but not the time or legs to hit the school supply sales, Brenda Wilkerson will be glad to assist you.  (She is amazing with making those dollars stretch!)  If you need her to pick them up from your place, she will also assist!

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Bible Trivia!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these!  We are a people of THE STORY, and in the many stories of God’s people, we learn much about ourselves and God’s purposes.

1.     What is the shortest book of the Bible?

2.     “In every battle you will need faith as your ______ to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.”

3.     What was the Apostle Paul’s tribe?

4.     Who recognized Jesus as the Messiah, when he was presented at the temple?

5.     How many rivers formed from the river that came out of Eden?

6.     Who said “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”?


Bonus Round:  When reading Matthew 5:1-12, which verse do you find is most applicable to your life, and why?  Write it down, stick it to the fridge, and give it thought and/or prayer each day until our next issue of the eNews!

 Answers found in:

I John;  Ephesians 6:17; Romans 11:1; Luke 2:25-35;

Genesis 2:10; Joshua 24:15

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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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CMF District 8 Meetings (2019-2020 Schedule)

July 25, 2019 - Grafton Christian

October 24, 2019 - Virginia Beach Christian

January 23, 2020 – West Side Christian

April 23,2020 – Hampton Christian

July 23, 2020 – Park View Christian

October 22, 2020 – Holton/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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Craig Springs Camping Program

 Remaining 2019 Schedule

2nd Triple Camp – July 28-August 2 (3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th grades)

New Covenant – August 3-9 (1st-3rd grades)

Family Retreat – August 9-12

Fall Work Weekend – October 11-13






Welcome Table Wish List.

The Wishlist has been updated to reflect items needed for weekly meals. Our pantry is in short supply of items not available from the Foodbank and not received in weekly Food Lion pickups. 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:

§  Eggs

§  Margarine or butter quarters

§  Cornbread mix

§  Beef broth

§  Vegetable broth

§  Canned sweet potatoes

§  Stuffing mix

§  Cream of mushroom soup

§  Beans-black, pinto, navy, great northern

§  Applesauce

§  Canned fruit

Items NOT Currently Needed:

  • Instant mashed potatoes

  • Tomatoes (any type)


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!




July 21

Sunday Worship

Guest Speakers


July 24

WT Steering Team Meeting, 5:30 pm

 July 25

CMF District 8 Meeting, Grafton Christian Church-6:30 pm

 Aug 4

Elders & Deacons Meeting, 12:00 pm

 Aug 7

Business Cabinet, 6:00pm

Sept 2

Labor Day



Welcome Table Teams

  Cooking        Shopping

July 23     Herring & Cuthrell

July 30      Kuster & Boyer

Aug 6       O’Brien & Kuster

Aug 13     Miller & 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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Hampton, VA  23666

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