First Christian Church "E-news" for December 7th, 2017




Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 24, 7 pm

As we await the coming of the Christ child, we will gather in candlelight to the Biblical story of the birth of our Lord, interspersed with many beloved carols, as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Son of God.

If you donated a poinsettia, you are welcome to take it home at the end of Christmas Eve service.  (A label with your name is attached to foil wrap on your poinsettia.)


The Warming Tree

The “Warming Tree” has been set up in the Narthex/lobby, and it’s ready to receive your hats, scarves, gloves, men’s-size long underwear, and gently used coats!  All donations will be delivered to the Peninsula Rescue Mission for distribution.  Thank you!


Christmas Offering December 10th & 17th

The Special Christmas Offering supports regional ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia.  Our region nurtures ministers and provides opportunities to congregations for work, worship and retreat.  This offering will be received on both December 10th and 17th. 


Caroling with the Choir

The choir and some extra talent(!), went caroling on Sunday, December 3rd, with the caravan of 18 members and friends visiting some of our church members who aren’t able to get out.


CMF Fundraiser

On Behalf of the CMF Group, we would like to thank all of the people who contributed to the spaghetti dinner we had last week. We raised over $545.00 which goes toward special camperships at Craig Springs. Hopefully next time the bread won’t be so hard. 😊

Jimmy Oliver


Family of Patricia Loveless

“To all First Christian Members that helped make Patricia Loveless memorial service possible, ‘May God richly bless you for your kindness.’ With sincere gratitude thank you.  David and Claudine Loveless & Family”

(The service was held in September, and a memorial gift accompanied this kind note).


Welcome Table Prep Team Information

Due to the holiday Season the Monday Prep Team will not meet on Monday Dec 25th or Monday January 1st. The Tuesday dinner will still be held. We will resume Monday Prep on Monday January 8th.


To all the Elders and Deacons

Please join me on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 6pm as we begin our 4-part series on "How to Survive and Thrive as an Elder." Rev. Bill McDonald presents a refresher course for those who have served as Elders and for fresh recruits to the Eldership.

This workshop/webinar will give helpful ideas on fulfilling our role as an Elder. From preparation to prayer, from the Lord's Table to the hospital room, from shepherding to servanthood, from the how to the why, through stories and scripture, this webinar will offer a broad scope and detailed information for elders in the church.

The course will also be beneficial to those serving as Deacons as you may consider serving as an Elder in the future. Please join us as we begin our journey to become stronger shepherds to those we care for in our congregation and community.

Tina Cuthrell, Elders Chair


Night’s Welcome Needs Help

A Night’s Welcome Winter Shelter is a program for the homeless in which area congregations rotate hospitality providing shelter, dinner and breakfast meals during the cold winter months.  Doors open at 6 pm (1 hr. earlier) and close at 7 am the next morning. Each guest has a detailed case management intake sheet completed and they are evaluated for additional services. The program currently runs 24 weeks during the coldest winter months, from October through early April.

The following churches will be hosting this year and are in need of whatever help we can provide.

  • Langley Christian Church (12/16-12/23),
  • Ivy Memorial Baptist Church (12/23-12/30),
  • Bethany United Methodist Church (1/20-1/27).

Want to help?  Contact: Brenda Wilkerson, 757-879-9998


Choir Rehearsal

Dec. 20th - No choir rehearsal

                   Bell Choir Practice will be at 6:30 pm.

Dec 27th -  No practice for either group.  Practice will resume as scheduled on Jan 3, 2018.


CWF Meetings

Group 1- Wednesday, December 20th at 6:00 pm at Rosalitas


Church Office Holiday Closings

The office will be closed Monday Dec 25th and Tuesday Dec 26th in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will have regular hours Wed. Dec 27th- Fri. Dec 29th.  

We will be closed on Monday Jan 1st for New Year’s Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday Jan 2nd.


Pastor’s Note

One of the things I have noticed over the 34 years that I have been in ministry is that it is often hard for those who need ministering to… to ask for it.  Often because they think others need it more, or they don’t “want to bother the pastor.”  That’s nonsense.  If we need support, we need it.  And, to be honest – one of the things about being in an authentic “church” is that we do have a team of pastor, elders, and others in the congregation who work in partnership to meet the needs of our flock.   That means your needs too.   I also want to be clear, if you need me to stop by, or to meet for coffee, or to have a more serious conversation, I encourage you to contact me – I will make you a priority!


Rev. Vinson Miller, Pastor


Church Website & Facebook Updates

Still working on the webpage, but Facebook is up and running!  If you have photos or other items you would like to see posted, please send them to Vinson, by: (a) via text message to Vinson’s cellphone, (b) private message “PM” to church Facebook page, or by emailing him.  The church website still has major work ahead, but a lot already has been changed.  Suggestions are welcomed!




Box Tops for Education

Bring in any box tops and put in basket in the Narthex.


Welcome Table Prayer Requests:

Lead Cook

ServSafe Manager


Welcome Table Wish List

Canned vegetables

Canned baked beans

Canned peaches or apples

Diced tomatoes

Canned sweet potatoes

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Light brown sugar

Creamed soups (chicken, mushroom, celery)