First Christian Church "E-news" for

                          February 15, 2018


First Christian Church

Hampton, Virginia

Cards for Dot

Please don’t forget to write your favorite memory/story about our beloved friend, Dot Penn, on the card that was provided and return it to Linda Kuster, by Feb 25th.  This will be included in a book to be given to her much-loved sister, Bliss Wagstaff.  Extra cards are available!

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Lenten & Holy Week Observances

Palm Sunday – March 25th

Service at 10:45 a.m.

Maundy Thursday – March 29th

Service planned for 6:15 p.m.

Good Friday – March 30th

Reflection & Prayers at Noon (Library)

Easter – April 1st

Service at 10:45 a.m.

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Elders & Deacons Training (Feb 18)

Please join us for the next part of our webinar series, "How to Survive and Thrive as an Elder" on Sunday, February 18th from 6-7pm

All current Elders and Deacons are encouraged to come, and if you feel the pull towards becoming an Elder or Deacon, please join us.  If there are any concerns that need to be brought to our attention prior to February 18th please let me know.

Tina Cuthrell

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Week of Compassion Offering (Feb 18 & 25)

The Week of Compassion offering is our opportunity to team up as Disciples of Christ with congregations across the U.S. in support of year-round relief and other responses – within the U.S. and aboard.  The special offering will be held on Feb. 18th and Feb 25.

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Easter Flower Orders (Mar 4 & 11)

Flowers will be placed in the sanctuary for Easter morning.  You may order Easter flowers starting on Sunday March 4th and continuing through March 11th, with the order placed with florist on Mar 12th. Order forms will be in the bulletins on March 4th & 11th.   Or, call Tiffani at the church office and she will assist you!  Along with the order, you may also make a monetary gift in support of The Welcome Table.

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Serv Safe Training (Mar 16)

If you are a “Welcome Table” FOOD BANK SHOPPER or if you pick up food at FARM FRESH on Mondays, you are required to have an up to date certificate.  Our church will host a training workshop on Friday, March 16th from 9 am – 12 pm.  Registration deadline is Sunday, March 4th and the sign-up sheet is in the narthex.  Those with current certificates are due to expire in August, according to church records.   Even if you are not a shopper or on the pick-up team for Farm Fresh and Panera, but volunteer in another way at the Welcome Table – you are encouraged to join us.

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A Word from the Pastor

Welcome to Lent!  I encourage you to set aside time each day for reflection.  For yourself.  For our congregation.  For those you work with, live next to, or run across.  For your family and friends. For our Welcome Table guests.  For our congregation.

This is a time of spiritual “housekeeping” as much as it is for readying ourselves to take the good news of Easter to others.

I highly encourage you to go to our denomination’s Homeland Miniseries online Lenten resource.  This marvelous daily reading and prayer, make a great centerpiece for spiritual reflection as we pass through the days of Lent.  It can be found at:

Finally, for the next five Sundays, I will use an overall theme of “rehab” as the context of my sermons.  Like all of my sermons, they will also be posted on my blog and Facebook, for those unable to be present on Sunday morning.

In Christ,


Rev. Vinson Miller, Pastor

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CMF Pancake Lunch

This was a lot of fun & a great success!  Your donations totaling $575 will be used to provide full scholarships to the weeklong Craig Springs Christian Church Camp, for people of all ages with special needs.

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Mid-Winter School Supply Drive

The “Mid-Winter School Supply Drive” has ended, and it was a huge pile that was brought forward on Sunday.  Thank you to all who donated and to Brenda Wilkerson who spearheaded this effort in support of our partner school, Davis Middle School.  Thanks for your help!

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Thank You Note - Received

Thank you to First Christian Church for the generous use of your sanctuary and grand piano for our piano recital. You guys saved the day for us!

Betty Warren

Centurion Interdenominational Church

Fort Monroe

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Communications Survey

Although we live in the “Communication Age”, getting information to our church family is a continuous challenge.  Currently we communicate via Sunday morning announcements, information on the church web site and group email addresses on various church lists.  However, not everyone attends worship services each Sunday, some people cannot easily access the church website, and emails are not received by all the addressees.  Hence, we are looking at both how to make the current systems work better and some new methods.

We are in the process of developing a survey form to go to everyone.  Since it is now obvious that no one system works for everyone, the survey will include requests for information on the communications methods available to you and your preferences.  Everyone interested in receiving the Enews, information about church events and prayer requests should be prepared to respond so that we can best meet your needs.

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Craig Springs Work Camp (May 25-27)

Registration is open until May 15th for helping at the Craig Spring Camp in preparation for the summer program.  The food and lodging is free.  More information will be put out in March, but for your planning purposes –dates are Friday, May 25th (arrival and work at any point in day), through Sunday afternoon (May 27th).   Flier and registration forms are available at church office.

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Regional Assembly (May 31-Jun 1)

For your long-term planning, this year’s Regional Assembly of the Christian Church in Virginia is scheduled for May 31st through June 3rd on the Lynchburg College campus.

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H.E.L.P. Donations

While all donations are appreciated, please remember when donating that HELP does not accept expired items to their pantry.  Please do not donate soft drinks, as they are not on their list of needed nutritious foods.

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Box Tops for Education

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

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Welcome Table Volunteer Needs

Lead Cook

ServSafe Manager

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Welcome Table Wish List

Canned vegetables (except green peas)

Canned baked beans

Canned peaches or apples

Diced tomatoes

Canned sweet potatoes

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Light brown sugar

Creamed soups (chicken, mushroom, celery) 



Feb 15

CWF Group 1, 7:00 pm

Feb 18

Elders & Deacons Workshop,  6:00 pm

Feb 18 & 25

Week of Compassion Offering

Feb 28

WT Steering, 5:30 pm

March 1

CWF Group 2, 10:30 am

March 7

Business Cabinet,  6:00 pm

March 11

Elders and Deacons, 6: pm

Board Meeting, 7:00 pm

March 16

Serv-Safe Training, 9:00 am

March 25

Palm Sunday

Service at 10:45 am

March 29

Maundy Thursday

Service planned for 6:15 pm

March 30

Good Friday, Reflections & Prayers at Noon (Library)


Welcome Table Teams

Cooking       Shopping

                                        Feb 20    Kuster….Cuthrell

                                        Feb 27    O’Brien…Raiford

                                        Mar 6      Herring….Kuster

                                        Mar 13     Kuster …..Cuthrell


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