First Christian Church "E-news" for October 6 , 2019


(October 20)

The 50th Anniversary of the first “Crop Walk” is a special opportunity to continue the fight to eradicate hunger in our community and abroad.  You can walk the 3 miles with us which represents the average distance folks in impoverished countries have to walk for clean water.  You can help raise funds for your walk, make a donation to a walker, donate can foods or donate shoes you no longer wear (they are reconditioned and resold to raise funds).  Join in!  There are walkers from First Christian Church and Hilton Christian Church… including both pastors!  If you want to know more about Crop Walk, go to their website at:

Starting place for this year’s Crop Walk will be at Grace United Methodist Church, 1209 Country Club Road, Newport News. Registration starts at 1:15pm and the walk begins at 1:45 pm, on Sunday, October 20th.   Come to church in relaxed clothes if you are a walker and join in this very worthwhile cause!

If you want to be a walker, please contact Rob Cuthrell for a packet.  If you are donating to a walker, checks can be made payable to: CWS/CROP.

As part of this effort, you can also contribute foodstuff to the Foodbank – or – shoes to THRIVE, which sends them for renewal overseas in a way that helps those local economies.

We walk because they walk, ending hunger one step at a time!

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Feel that the chill in the air this week?  Fall beckons, even if Virginia weather will probably mean more hot days yet.  This is a perfect time to take a look at your shoes.  You know, the ones that are well-worn or otherwise simply not being used anymore.  THRIVE can make use of those very same shoes, both as a means to raise income for TRHIVE while providing a means of helping our local economies and the needy aboard where they ship all those shoes for renewal.  So, sort out your closet and make use of the drop-box in the Narthex!  Your feet and someone else’s, will be glad you did, and so will THRIVE!

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(Due by Nov 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 end of this eNews for the list 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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Our friends at HELP have received funding to assist with outreach efforts for their medical and dental clinics.  This means they will be able to add capacity for approximately 300 additional patients, under the care of the free medical clinic.  On upcoming Tuesday evenings at The Welcome Table, HELP will have an outreach worker present to provide information about their medical and dental services to our guests.

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(October 27)

October 27th is “Youth Sunday,” and our young people, with the assistance of Rob Cuthrell and Connie Herring, have planned an extra special worship event, with the youth responsible for nearly the entire service!  You, truly, won't want to miss this, so please mark your calendars and bring a friend for this special day.

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(October 26)

Twice a year, we take time to tend to the building and grounds with the help of a lot of extra hands, Spring and Fall.  Come out and lend a hand as we take care of those tasks inside and outside, to care for our building and grounds.  We are asking folk to arrive around 8:00 am, so we can get started and finished quickly.  Thank you!

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District VIII CMF & CWF Gatherings

(November 2)

It has been many years since we have gathered as district congregations; on Saturday, November 2nd, we will as a district come together at Hilton Christian Church (100 James River Dr, Newport News).  This will be our first opportunity to meet and hear the vision of our new regional minister, Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning.  Some details are still being finalized, but Rev. Spangler-Dunning will speak with the CMF gathering about planned activities for the regional CMF, with any plans for CWF uncertain as of now.  As this is a district function, all are invited – both CMF (men) and CWF (women), with lunch being served ($7.00 per person).  We will need to RSVP no later than Sunday, October 27, so there will be a sign-up sheet (or you can call Dick or Vinson to add your name).  The offering collected during worship will be divided between the CMF and the new District fund.  As more is known, that information will be pushed out to everyone.


Saturday, November 2:

11:00 - 11:30 - Registration

11:30 - 12:15 – Meal, in social hall

12:30 – 1:30   - CMF Meeting in sanctuary with Regional Minister

2:00 - 2:30     - Closing Worship & Communion

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An email was received addressed to Pastor Vinson and our congregation, by the family of one of our Welcome Table guests, after the memorial service we provided for the family of a murder victim, on the Tuesday, October 8th –

“Thank you very much for welcoming and providing the service.  The Body of Christ comforting in this time, is certainly an overwhelming awe of agape love.  I have been profoundly moved.  I have no home church and I have never felt the agape love and compassion and the only words I can say is thank you.  Thank you for taking the time, thank you for answering the call on your lives and I am just so moved.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may he shine his glory on you.

Additionally, I appreciate the meal among friends!  It was very delicious, and I hadn’t been able to eat a meal in over a week!”

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A thank you card was received from the principal of Tarrant Middle School, with whom we are a partner,

“Thank you so much for the “donation blessings” of school supplies and delicious breakfast provided for our staff.  Words cannot begin to express our deepest gratitude for your kindness and generosity.  We look forward to an amazing school year of teaching, learning, student achievement, and continuous partnership with our community.

Again, thank you for your continuous support!”

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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:

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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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“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Letter to the Philippians 3:12-14 (ESV)


During the years I served in the military “readiness” became the operative word. Physical Readiness.  Mental Readiness.  Spiritual Readiness.  Family Readiness.

In truth, isn’t that the life to which we are called in Jesus Christ?  Isn’t that what Paul is getting at when he speaks of “press on” – “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead”?  Isn’t this indeed, the very “upward call of God in Jesus Christ”?

So let me make a suggestion, as it seem to me that everything comes down to our being “intentional” in how we live each day and prepare for the next.  In this, I think Gordon McDonald is on point in a book he wrote many years ago: “The Life God Blesses.”  He wrote of his observation “that in order for a sailboat to maintain a steady course, and in order for it not to capsize -- there must be more weight below the waterline than there is above it.  Any violation of this principle of weight distribution means disaster.”  Then he note how “It's easy in the day-to-day stuff of life to spend our years building the “rigging, the sails, and the mast of life,” but how we too easily forget the stuff that’s below the waterline and somewhat out of sight… that inner stuff of our lives.  What we may discount is actually key to our survival.

He isn’t the first to ponder this, as Henry David Thoreau wrote philosophically of his journey "I Went to the Woods":


Because I wished to live deliberately,

   ‘To front only the essential facts of life'

       And see if I could not learn

          What it had to teach, and not,

          When I came to die, discover

              That I had not lived.


What are those essential facts of life?  What helps us live?  This is where McDonald reminds us of the seven disciplines each of us are called to be intentional about every day, as a person of faith:


1. My personal life:

        how I take care of my body.


2. My relational life:

        how I deal with my marriage, family, friends.


3. My intellectual life:

        how I take care of my mind.


4. My vocational life:

        how, where, and why I do my job.


5. My financial life:

        how I manage my money.


6. My recreational life:

        how I rest and manage pleasure.


7. My spiritual life:

        how I commune with God.


In these abbreviated categories is much for us to consider.  We are amid discussions as a congregation on our “stewardship” of the church, including its financial support with the understanding that a life centered in faithful stewardship is holistic, if we rightly consider God’s intent and call upon our lives.  Holistic in how we apply these 7 principles as to what takes place within our congregation.  Holistic in how we care for our personal lives.

As the leaves soon turn with color, I ask you to take this list and do some homework,  perhaps write out what you do for each of these 7 categories.  Take a week, dedicating a day to pray about each and how God calls you in them – in your personal life and as a part of our fellowship centered in Christ.

We’ll continue to talk about these, as a church.


In Christ.

Pastor Vinson

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This issues is all about the Psalms!  If there are any pages of the Bible which speak to the human experience, you will find them in the Psalms!  As always, when finding the answers, take time to read the whole passages and ponder their meaning for YOUR life.

  • Which famous Psalm of David contains the line, "he maketh me to lie down in green pastures"?

  • Which is the longest Psalm?

  • Which Psalm describes how well the Lord knows man, starting with the line, "O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me"?

  • How many types of musical instruments are mentioned in Psalm 150?

  • Which is the shortest Psalm?

  • What is the "chorus" in Psalm 136 which is repeated in every verse?



Psalm 23:2; Psalm 119; Psalm 139:1; Psalm 150; Psalm 117, Psalm 136

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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.


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CMF District 8 Meetings (2019-2020 Schedule)

November 2, 2019 – Hilton Christian- 11:00 am

*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.






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 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!




Oct 16

Bell Choir, 6:30 pm

Choir, 7:15 pm

 Oct 20

Crop Walk, 1:15 pm

Oct 24

CWF Group 1, 7:00 pm—Patti Moore’s Home

 Oct 26

Fall Work Day, 8:00 am

 Oct 27

Youth Sunday

 Nov 2

District 8 Gathering, Hilton Christian Church—11:00 am

 Nov 3

All Saints Day

Nov 6

Business Cabinet, 6:00 pm

Nov 7,

CWF Group 2, 10:30 am

 Nov 10 & 17

Thanksgiving Offering

 Nov 17

Samaritan Purse

Boxes Due


Welcome Table Teams

  Cooking        Shopping

 Oct 15    Herring & Cuthrell

Oct 22    Kuster & Boyer

Oct 29   O’Brien & Kuster

Nov 5     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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First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

1458 Todds Lane

Hampton, VA  23666

Office:  757-826-0711


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