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A Call to All Women of the Congregation

 

A special call to all the women of the congregation for the CWF general meeting. It will be held Thursday June 8th at 10:30 am in the parlor. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers, to pass the budget and to discuss the future of the spring and fall yard sale. We hope to see you there!

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Virginia Region Survey

 

Please remember to complete the survey form sent out by the Regional Search & Call Team.  This will guide the Team in selecting a permanent Regional Minister to effectively work with all the Disciples churches in the Virginia Region.  

Take a few moments and complete the survey by clicking on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/vVjyi1ZHnH9MPvdB3   

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Office Hours

The office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday May 29th. We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, May 30th.

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Time to Cut the Grass

Every Thursday at 10:00 AM, volunteers will be here at the church cutting grass and doing the trimming.  Come on out whenever you can; your help will be deeply appreciated!

Rain date is always Fridays at 10:00 AM.  

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New Pilot Coming Soon!

Do you have changes to report?

Please review your information in the 2016-2017 Pilot and contact the church office by July 14th regarding any changes that need to be made to your address, phone numbers, or emails.  If you have adult children or other family members with a separate listing, please verify their information as well.

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Calling All Graduates!  

Are you graduating?  Do you know someone in our congregation who is graduating this year?  Please let the office know; First Christian would like to celebrate with you!

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Choir Picnic!!

The choir end-of-the-season picnic happens on Wednesday, June 14, 5:00 p.m., at the home of Connie and Dennis Herring, 3 Patrician Drive, Hampton.  All present and former choir members and their families are invited.  Call Connie, 838-6357, if you have any questions.

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Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child Mission

Are you interested in helping?

This is a fun International Relief Program for Children started by Franklin Graham. You decorate a shoe box, use a plastic box, or pick up a box at church and fill it with gifts for a child of your choice between the ages of 2 and 14. The boxes are 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. After finishing the training given by local churches the children receive a Bible in their own language.

What Goes in the Box?

Doll, Car, slinky, stickers, health supplies, school items, t-shirt, socks, undies, whatever(MIX IT UP). Please no fighting items(guns, figures, etc), no candy, food, liquid, or toothpaste. A list of acceptable items will be provided.

Dollar Tree is a Great Place to shop or use coupons. We can start now and take advantage of sales as this is not seasonal. The boxes will be collected then delivered before Thanksgiving to the pickup point.

Additional: There is a $9.00 shipping charge for each box. If you do not fell you can fill a box, perhaps you would consider a donation for shipping.

If you are interested please see Eleanor Brown or leave you name in the office.  

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2017 General Assembly

The 2017 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be held July 8-12, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Our church is entitled to representation at this assembly.  Anyone interested in attending and representing us at this assembly should contact John Mathews.

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Craig Springs News

Sign Up for Craig Springs Summer Camps

Would you like to be a part of church camp this year? First Christian offers scholarships of half the cost of a session for those in our congregation.  Camp dates are below. Packets are located in the narthex.  For more information please visit www.CraigSprings.com

Spring Work Weekend—June 2-4

Men’s and Women’s Retreat—August 4-6

Fall Work Weekend—October 6-8

 

  June 4th, Come Ready to Celebrate!  

The book of Acts reports that on the day of Pentecost, there was a rush of wind, and tongues as of fire appeared among the disciples, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit….

And the Church was born!

This Pentecost Sunday, if you have red in your wardrobe, wear it!  

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Pentecost Offering

The Pentecost Offering supports Disciples’ efforts to plan, nurture and sustain new congregations.  Fifty percent of your gift will stay here in Virginia to support new congregations; the balance supports the work of new church training and establishment across the United States and Canada.  Your offering will be collected on June 4th and 11th.

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Thank you

Congregation,

I want to thank everyone for the cards and prayers during my recent illness. This was the first time I have even been confronted with a potentially life threatening medical condition. I found it a very lonely place to be. Your thoughts and prayers are a comfort to me as I progress through the illness and recovery. Thanks again for all your support.

Sincerely,

Jesse Wallace

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Prayers for the Pulpit Committee

Please do continue your prayers for the church and for the Pulpit Search Committee:  Sylvia Winfrey, Rob Cuthrell, Pam Goode, Karen Lyle, Vicky Odom, Jimmy Oliver, and Sonie Statzer. 

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A New Partnership

Blessings abound! Two and a half years ago as our Welcome Table Ministry began a concern was -where will we get meat to serve. Now we have enough meat to serve with meat to share. (Our former pastor and dear friend would say “that’s joy.”) Because we are a Food bank agency we get food from Farm fresh on a weekly basis. We store what we can use and now Youth Challenge will pick up and use all that we cannot. Many beyond our Tuesday night guests will be fed and blessed.

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Welcome Table Prayer Requests:

Lead Cook

ServSafe Manager

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Welcome Table Wish List

Canned vegetables

Canned baked beans

Canned peaches or apples

Diced tomatoes

Canned sweet potatoes

Instant Mashed Potatoes