First Christian Church "E-news" for August 29, 2019

School Supplies for Children & Breakfast for Staff

Tarrant Middle School

Following last Sunday’s service of blessing for school supplies, on Monday volunteers transported 6 crates and as many bags over to our partner school, Tarrant Middle School.  In addition, amid the pre-school workdays, a breakfast of bagels and juice was provided for teachers and staff!  Thanks to all who supported!

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Invitation to Picnic with Hilton Christian Church

(September 1)

As our beloved Sylvia reminded us this past Sunday, the members of Hilton Christian Church not only have voiced their appreciation to FCC for hosting their church retreat recently, but specifically asked if we might join them for an end of summer picnic, following this Sunday’s worship.  This is a real opportunity to strengthen our friendship and mutual support, and for those with nowhere to go for the Labor Day weekend… this is a good opportunity to just enjoy the weekend!

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Church Office Closed on Labor Day

(September 2)

The church office will be closed on Monday, September 2nd.  Also, with the Labor Day weekend upon us, activities of our church life will return along with the school year including our  Choirs, CWF, CMF, etc.

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Attention All Singers!

(September 4)

The bell choir will be rehearsing Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm, and the adult choir will get back to “work” at 7:15 pm. If you enjoy singing, come out and join in the fantastic fellowship and great music!  If you’ve ever thought about joining the choir, now is a great time for it!  Come on out and join us in the fun!

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Christian Stewardship

“What It Takes for Us to Remain Faithful to Our Mission”

(Sunday Worship Service, September 15)

On Sunday September15th, the worship service will include a presentation on the many ministries of our congregation, and how we can best support these ministries in order that we remain a primary recourse for the community that we serve, and to do so in a manner that reflects our love of Christ, and to honor the responsibilities that has been placed before us.  Sheila Arnold, our professional storytelling, will be our “teacher” during the Youth People’s Moment in worship, with Totten Avis providing the presentation.

If you have ever wondered what it takes to carry on the mission of our church this would be the time to find out.  Stewardship is everybody’s responsibility and it is important that we all understand the cost and labor needed to pull it all together.

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Reconciliation Offering

(September 29 & October 6)

This annual offering within the Disciples of Christ that funds “Reconciliation Ministry,” is transforming lives and strengthening Christ's witness in the world – the witness that we love one another, even as Christ continues to love us!  Your gift helps fund the Disciples’ mission to become a pro-reconciling and anti-racist church through leadership development, curriculum for dialogue & learning, intentional conversation, and partnerships within the Church and with our communities.  Be a part of the healing through your offering!

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Region’s Craig Springs Fall Work Weekend

(October 11-13)

The summer camping program for the Virginia Region has now concluded, and soon the needed Fall Work Weekend will tend to camp repairs and ready the amp for mountain wintertime weather.  Typical projects range from painting, cleaning, and organizing, to working in flower beds, repairing plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and landscape maintenance  This essential work needs volunteers, and there is no cost with both lodging and meals provided.  Projects are planned for all age levels, skill sets, and abilities.  One does NOT need to be a member of our denomination to help, no more that to experience the camping program.  The schedule & registration form can be viewed at:


*Our own “Fall Work Day” will soon be scheduled, so look for an upcoming announcement in the eNews!

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50th Anniversary CROP Walk!

(October 20)

Mark your calendars for this 50th anniversary CROP Walk, to join and/or support our participation this year.  Rob Cuthrell again takes the lead, so if you think you would like to participant or support this financially, please note the last paragraph and speak with Rob.

When CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946), CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program.  Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with the hungry survivors of post-World War II Europe and Asia.  CROP Hunger Walks today help provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs - something CWS has learned through 70 years of working in partnership around the world.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first CROP Walk held on October 17, 1969 in Bismarck, ND, when over 1,000 people walked and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger.  CROP Hunger Walks are now rightly "viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity walks!"  More than 1,600 communities across the U.S. host more than 800 CROP Hunger Walks each year, with more than five million CROP Hunger Walkers having participated in excess of 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone!

Participants:  If you register NLT 20 September and raise a minimum of $100, you will receive a handmade scarf commemorating the event.  The scarf represents the story of moms like Yance Tefa, known as Mama Yance in her community in West Timor, Indonesia.  She has four kids and works hard as a farmer and weaver.  Mama Yance wanted to expand her weaving business for a more stable future, and CROP Hunger Walk funds helped her and other mothers in her community receive the specific business training they needed, including bookkeeping and marketing education, to make each dollar go further, creating a savings account from which each can take out small loans from the group to buy supplies for weaving as they expand.  This has resulted in stronger businesses, stronger families, and a stronger community!

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Fall District Gathering!

(October 26)

For your planning purposes, we will have the first District gathering of area Disciples congregations in quite a few years.  This will be held at Virginia Beach Christian Church, in place of the October district CMF meeting and open to everyone!  Tentative plans include: “Coffee Fellowship” at 2 pm, “Breakout groups” at 3 pm, “Worship” at 5 pm, and then a supper at 6 pm.  More to follow on the specifics of what the “breakout” groups will discuss.

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2019-2020 Church Directory Is Now Available

The new congregational directory is now available for pick-up, with copies in the Narthex.  An electronic copy is also available by request.  Out of area members may contact the church office to request a copy of the “The Pilot.”

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Bible Trivia!

Hope you’re enjoying this monthly trivia!  It is meant to pull you into the pages of our Bible and stir you, for we are a people of THE STORY and our spiritual health rests upon immersing ourselves in the Word… regularly.

·       In whose Gospels do the Beatitudes appear?

·       Who was Joseph's master in Egypt?

·       After he fled for his life, which tree did Elijah sleep under?

·       Name the Israelite woman who had two Moabite daughters-in-law.

·       What was it that David was not allowed to do under the influence of Abigail?

·       Who went with Paul on his first missionary journey?


Bonus Round:  When reading Hebrews 13:1-16 (one of the readings for this coming Sunday, which one verse is of most interest to you?  How does it challenge you?  How does it comfort you?  Why?


Answers found in:

Matthew 5:3-12 & Luke 6:20-22; Genesis 37:36; I Kings 19:5;

Ruth 1:1-5; I Samuel 25:1-35; Acts 13:1-3

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Word from the Pastor

“Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.  Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap.  For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.  Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

(Luke 21:29-36)

 Summer is soon ending, and I just planted a fig tree.  As is implied within the words of the parable Jesus told in Luke 21, it probably should have been planted in the Spring while the plant was dormant.  But I think it will be OK as figs are so hardy that a cutting jammed into the dirt will root nicely.  It’s in a sunny spot… a good place to grow and spread out… a good place to be watched over and maybe bear a few figs next July.

Throughout God’s Word, the fig tree appears.  In the creation narrative (listed immediately after the Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge in Genesis 2:16-17!) and when clothing became a necessity in the 3rd chapter… and both shade and instructive when Elijah is worn out (I Kings 19:5).  In Proverbs 17:18, we are told that “Anyone who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and anyone who takes care of a master will be honored.”  I think this verse may well have been in the mind of Jesus in his words recorded in Luke 21, as to how we honor God with life lived in non-anxious, but watchful vigilance.

If we are mindful of so much news that cannot be ignored… some good and certainly some bad, learned through social media or news media, sometimes it just seems more than we can bear.  Amid such times, more if one keeps the cable news on of whatever slant, there is risk… for us to become exceedingly anxious in such a way that can distance us from God, or to just tune it all out and end up denying the just God has a word for every age and society.

Perhaps in this, we would do well to slow down and re-read what Jesus says as to “Be alert at all times,” but put alongside this his warnings about being anxious.  So how to handle?  I think Jesus adds the key modifier, when he then added “…PRAYING that you have the strength to escape all these things…. And to stand before the Son of Man.” Here was a word the early community gathered in Christ needed, Luke having been written shortly after the destruction of the Temple and fall of Jerusalem amid a revolt against the Romans, this made absolute sense.  Well, we are in our own age with its aspects of tribulation, and this word continues to be relevant.

Proverbs, in its usual pithy way of making a point is right.  Tend the fig tree, whether in or out of season.  Fruit will happen in due course after the leaves are fullest.  Put our eyes upon what honors the Lord.  It isn’t to tune out or to ignore, but to ground ourselves in the eternal reality, through the connection of prayer and the affirmation of our identity.  Then, we can be equipped to speak to and act where and when we can… in the person-to-person acts of love and justice and as the Body of Christ… present in the world.

In Christ’s peace,


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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)

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. *






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!




Sept 1

Invitation to

Hilton Christian Church

End-of-Summer Picnic

12:00 pm


Sept 2

Labor Day

Office Closed


Sept 4

Business Cabinet, 5:30 pm


Bell Choir Rehearsal , 6:30 pm


Choir Rehearsal

7:15 pm


Sept 5

CWF Group 2, 10:30 am


Sept 8

Elders & Deacons, 6:00 pm


FCC Board, 7:00 pm


Sept 12

CMF Meeting, 6:30 pm


CWF Group 1, 7:00 pm—Barbara Mathew’s Home


Sept 15

Giving Sunday


Sept 29 & Oct 6

Reconciliation Offering


Welcome Table Teams

  Cooking        Shopping

Sept 3     O’Brien & Cuthrell

Sept 10    Miller & Boyer

Sept 17    Herring & Kuster

Sept 24    Kuster & 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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