First Christian Church "E-news" for

October 8, 2018

World Communion Sunday (October 7th)

This Sunday is “World Communion Sunday.”  The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture around the world, break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church.  It is a day to remember we are part of the whole body of believe lives and strengthening Christ's witness in the world – the witness that we love one another, even as Christ continues to love us!  Given our heritage as Disciples, a Christian unity movement founded on the American frontier, this is a celebration of the Lord’s truly expansive table, that is near to our faith and practice.

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Reconciliation Offering (October 7th)

Your gift to 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 and 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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24th Annual Peninsula Crop Walk

(Sunday, October 21st)

The annual “Crop Walk” will be held on Sunday, October 21st at Grace United Methodist Church.  Registration will begin at 1:15pm.  If you would like to participate as Walker please let me know.  I hope to have the packets very soon.  Everyone can participate as no donation is too small.  Checks should be made payable to First Christian Church and notated "Crop Walk".  We will receive all donations Sunday, October 21st.  Additionally, Thrive Peninsula will be at this event again this year and will take your donated, used shoes.  I will set up a donation box for shoes in the Narthex.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of this outreach ministry, "ending hunger one step at a time".

Rob Cuthrell

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Samaritan’s Purse “Christmas Child Mission”

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.  You can decorate a shoe box, use a plastic box (not from Dollar Tree, they break!), or pick up a box at church.  Then, fill it with gifts for a child of your choice between the ages of 2 and 14, with the boxes then 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.

Please look below the Pastor’s Word, for the suggested and not-allowed items.  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.   Everything will need to be turned in by November 4th.

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Week of Compassion & Hurricane Florence

In North Carolina, there is confirmed damage at First Christian Church, Wilmington (sanctuary closed for repairs due to water damage), Armenia Christian Church in Kinston (flooded, not sure of its current status), and Southwest Christian Church in Kinston (flooded for foreseeable future they are meeting at a Methodist church).  Camp Caroline sustained minor damage to buildings, mostly downed trees and power. 

Week of Compassion is responding to this disaster, even as it is responding to the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, and earlier flooding in September in Kentucky, Texas, India, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. If interested in knowing more, go to:  

Responses — Week of Compassion

2016 Responses DISASTER RELIEF AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. Africa Burundi, Conflict Relief Chad, Refugee Response DR Congo, Flood Relief Ethiopia, Drought Relief

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Welcome Table Needs

Often the smallest thing can be the most timely and best assistance.  If you want to contribute “in kind” items most needed for meal preparation for The Welcome Table, see list below, or check with Connie H. or Linda K.  Due to possible latex allergy issues for guests, nitrite gloves are required for those handling food..  Also, if looking for this and other ways to help… see the standing lists of the Welcome Table, CWF, Salty Christians, and other groups at end of the eNews.



Butter or Margarine quarters


        Nitrile Gloves

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Love is in the Air!

If you haven’t noticed, romance is clearly alive and well in our congregation.  Congratulations to Melissa (Fails) and Raymond Lopez, married on Saturday, September 22.  The following day, at th*e close of worship Shamell Brumfield surprised Mckayla Fails by proposing to her in front of the congregation!  And, this Sunday, the women are hosting a wedding shower for Carolyn McIntosh, after worship.

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Word from the Pastor

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,,

the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our troubles,

so that we can comfort those in any trouble

with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

(II Corinthians 1:3-4, NRSV )


I’ve been thinking about an interaction I once observed, of the low point in the life of a sailor, while I’ve been pondering a question I received in a recent email: “Why does (God) let bad things happen and not intervene?”

Now, in no way can my poor words in this small space fully answer that question.  Books attempt to do so and even they can fail miserably.  So, like the only story about how does one eat a whole cow? – one bite at a time – this is just a bite out of that very large question.

Certainly, some draw great comfort by a sense of purpose discovered amid the ashes, a rearview mirror way of noticing and extracting wisdom and much more from painful life experience; or, by just happening upon some sort of “good” that was a consequence.  I know through my own experience, there has been good in nearly every challenge.  But no matter the wisdom or benefits, suffering itself still may seem unworthy trade of such sacrifice for such gain.

That’s what got me to thinking about that particular sailor, and his interaction with a nurse, and wisdom observed.

It was a simple gesture really, to smile and ask: “Can I bring you something to eat?”  Now most of us don’t get all that excited about hospital food (the rock band “eels” once made an odd song “Hospital Food” on such a drab note!).  At this moment, however, what the nurse offered was as good as a banquet.  Until then, nothing had been eaten by the sailor all day.  Just being asked, in and of itself, mattered.

It was a simple gesture, really, one human being to another, offering words of compassion.  The man’s feeling of shame not denied by another’s words implying at some level to “shut up” as someone else had it worse.  No, that same nurse’s comment in response to a moment of self-pity, was “This can happen to anyone, so please be kind to you.”

I’ve discovered, often as a witness to others’ lives, that God’s intervention may not look like what we expect.  As Christians, we affirm that it once showed up as a helpless baby laying in a manger, it also showed up as a man hanging on a cross, and it even showed up in the early morning light, mistaken as a gardener.  In our own experience, it may show up in a stranger asking if one would like a meal, or the offer of words of encouragement that dismiss self-shame.  In a world in which we are given “free will” and things can go wrong for reasons that may be impossible to decipher in this life, Jesus was right when he promised “I will not leave you comfortless.”  In the mystery that is the movement of the Kingdom of God, the work of the Holy Spirit, the incarnation of God’s presence is made visible.  Perhaps it shows up as simple gifts of kindness, whether in word or deed.  They may not look like a lot, but “enough” is often just that…. words and deeds of restoration without lecture, love without condensation, presence without expectation.  Grace in the darkness, presence amid loneliness.

Blessings!  Vinson

Rev. Vinson Miller, Pastor

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Samaritan’s Purse “Christmas Child Mission”

What Goes in the Box?

(Suggested Items from Website)

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


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


 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.

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After Worship Refreshments Sign-Up.

Want to help out 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 (Pam Goode provides everything needed for the birthday celebrations).  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, in the event that we do not have a cookie volunteer.

 Sermon Copies & Lectionary Readings.

Printed sermon copies are on literature carousel in Narthex, and can be read online at:

Sea & Anchor

Life as the Pastor of a Very Lively Church

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

Lectionary - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Lectionary readings and links to the scriptural text for the current liturgical calendar.

 Church on the Web at:

“You are invited to “AN AFTERNOON OF STORYTELLING,” on Sunday, August 26th at 12:15 PM, following worship. “Mz. Shiela” Arnold, who is a nationally-recognized professional storyteller for adults and children alike, will be doing Historical Character Presentations and Christian Monologues.

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!

 2018-2019 Congregational Directory “The Pilot”.

Copies of the new directory are in the Narthex, so don’t forget to grab yours!  If you would like to have the electronic version, or if you are out of the area, contact the church office to make arrangements for it to be sent to you.

CWF Mission Fund Contributions, in Lieu of Yard Sale.

The CWF no longer has the spring and fall yard and bake sales, that generated funds for a CWF contribution to the Disciples Mission Fund. The CWF encourages members to continue to support the Disciples Mission Fund by writing a check rather than spending a week working on a yard and bake sale. Please make your check payable to CWF, write Disciples Mission Fund on the memo line, and give to Barbara Mathews, treasurer. Thank you for your continued support!

 Receptions Following Funerals.

The CWF adopted a policy of providing receptions following memorial services or funerals for members or their family members held at the church. If the family would like a reception for family and friends at church, the CWF will provide beverages (lemonade, coffee, tea), an assortment of cookies or handheld bars, and one type of sandwich. Any other arrangement, involving a larger variety of food or a meal, to include set-up and clean –up, will be the responsibility of the family.


 Welcome Table Wish List.

If you bring these items on Sunday morning, please place them on the table by the Welcome Table pantry.  Thank you!   To check before buying, call Linda K. or Connie H.


Butter or Margarine quarters


Nitrile Gloves


Comfort Bags for Cancer Patients.

We all know someone who has gone through the tough experience of chemotherapy.  As an ongoing ministry, the “Salty Christians Sunday School” class assembles “comfort bags” for patients receiving chemotherapy at Riverside.  Well more than 40 bags and 20 crocheted hats have been provided.  Each bag contains items that hopefully make the treatment day a little easier - hand sanitizer, wipes, lip balm, hard candies, gum, hand lotion, pencil and sharpener and eraser, pen, crossword or Sudoku activity book, note pad and nail file.  Want to help out?  Purchase any of these items (many of which can be found at the local Dollar Tree stores), and place them in the basket on the table in the Narthex.  If you like to knit or crochet and want to make hats, we know they will be a treat for those in need.  Thank you for your help!

 Got Clothes You No Longer Need?

Fall cleaning and those great clothes don’t fit anymore (one way or the other)?  Bring CLEAN clothes in good repair to the Girl Scouts’ clothes closet at the church.  It is open during Welcome table hours and gets a lot of much-appreciated use!  Clean clothes, shoes, hats, etc. – are all needed.

 HELP Inc’s Community Pantry & Medical Needs.

  • Emergency Food Pantry.  Always needed – peanut butter, dry potatoes, SpaghettO’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.


Oct 7

World Communion Day

 Reconciliation Offering

 Oct 10

Business Cabinet Meeting, 6:00 pm

Oct 14

Elders & Deacons Meeting, 12:15 pm

 Oct 18

CWF Group 1 Meeting, 6:00 pm, Mary Staton’s Home

 Oct 21


 Oct 25

CMF District 8 Meeting, First Christian Church, 6:30 pm


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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