First Christian Church "E-news" for

June 21, 2018


Installation - New Officers, Elders & Deacons

Commissioning of Campers

(June 24th)

On Sunday, June 24th, we will have a busy morning service.  Because the first Sunday in July falls on the 1st, which is the start of special needs camp AND the start of the new church year… it is a double-header!  Please join us for this special day!

 Deacons Meeting (June 24th)

The Deacon’s will be meeting after worship in the front of the sanctuary, Sunday, June 24.  The purpose of the meeting will be to elect a new Chairperson and set  up the serving schedule for the coming year. Hope to see you there!

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Choir Picnic & Dance! (June 27th)

The choir end-of-the-season picnic will be on Wednesday, June 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  All present and former choir members and their families are invited.  For more information you may call Connie, 838-6357.

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Interment of Dot Penn at Arlington

Luncheon with Bliss

(July 6th)

On July 6th at noon, Dot Penn will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery beside her late husband.  If anyone is interested in attending, please let Bliss know and she will pass this to Denise & Kermit Ashby (Dot’s daughter).

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Join Us at the Ballpark!

(Order tickets by July 1st )

On Thursday evening, July 12th, we will head to a Peninsula Pilots ballgame, because like any healthy family, it’s time to go and have some summertime fun together.  Please see Ernie Garrett for tickets!  Game starts at 7 PM.  Our group rate tickets are $5.00 each (CHEAP!).  Ernie will need the funds in hand by July 1st,  for this CMF-sponsored event.

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CWF Study Books (Order by July 15th)

First Christian CWF will use the Presbyterian Women’s study book for our 2018-2019 Bible study.  “God’s Promise: I Am with You,” by Amy Poling Sutherlun, traces God’s recurring promise of presence from Genesis through the Gospels.  God’s “I am with you” promise is spoken in varied circumstances and to many different people throughout scripture.  Some instances in the nine lessons may be quite familiar, while others might surprise us!

Regular print editions are $10, and large print, spiral bound editions are $15.  If you would like a personal copy, please contact Sylvia Winfrey (595-3001 or, by July 15.  Those ordering a copy, will pay the CWF Treasurer, Barbara Mathews, once the books are delivered.

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New Issue of “The Pilot” Coming Soon!

Do you have changes to report?

Please review your information in the 2018-2019 Pilot and contact the church office by July 12th 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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Volunteers Needed at the Welcome Table!

Summertime plans have depleted our numbers of volunteer servers and kitchen crew for the past three weeks.  At the same time, our guest numbers have been creeping back up.  This week we were at 130.  So if you can lend a couple hours any Tuesday, check with Dick, Linda, or Connie.  Or, if you have friends who may be involved in another church who would like to help out the community, we would likewise welcome the help!  Thank you!

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Word from the Pastor

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.”

(Matthew 25:31-33, NRSV)

It was 1999.  Serb Christians were engaged in “ethnic cleansing,” the slaughter and displacement of Muslims living in Kosovo.  At the time, I was the chaplain for the SEAL teams on the East Coast, and it meant traveling with platoons to the theater of operations, and returning with those rotating  out… helping them to process the awful side of their missions.  For some, whom I knew to be devout Christians, it had been painful to hunt down those who wore the ‘badge” of Christ, yet whose deeds were so evil, it had also been a just duty.

At one point in all of this, I spent a couple days near where my Great-Great-Grandfather Miller left Germany back in the early 1830s.  I walked around the town square in nearby Wittenberg, looking upon the very administrative office he had gone to before leaving Germany forever.  It had been savagely bombed in World War II.  The cathedral had been rebuilt, leaving intact the burn lines, identifying how far down the building had been bombed.  Strafing marks pockmarked the tower.  I walked around it contemplating as the words “not one stone left upon another” ruminated through my mind.  Then I saw it.  A jumble of granite blocks, ivy creeping around them, with a simple brass marker.  My German was at least rusty then, as I read Matthew 24:2 engraved in brass, with date of the bombing.  In that southern German province, the hotbed of the Nazi movement, I thought about distant kin and what deeds they had likely done, especially when I returned to walk the cobbled streets and sleep in the barracks of a nearby former German base, one built by Jewish slaves who were afterwards taken to a nearby concentration camp and murdered.  It was a humbling and disconcerting experience, a reminder of the close proximity between oneself and the utter depravity of humanity.

In the echoes of such, I find no joy in addressing this, but Christians dare not be silent nor consensual in the presence of wrong, including that by the state.  There are some pragmatic things before us, and I ask you to pray and to reflect, but it cannot stop there.  There are multiple ways to support better treatment for  these families who have come… desperately hopeful …to our borders: those seeking asylum waiting sometimes for weeks in the hot sun at legal portals as well as those caught crossing illegally seeking better opportunity, employment, or simply immediate, and then, long-term safety.  As with most hot button issues, immigration is not simply a black and white situation, but a long, convoluted history bearing multiple shades of gray: among them -- economics, racism, misogyny, violence, fear, religious oppression, and the like.  Meaningful reformation of our immigration system will take time, care, compromise, and willing hearts.  The discussions are long past due, yet humane decisions are direly required.  In the meantime, I urge you all to:

*Read the statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and become a signatory.

*Know your legislative districts and elected officials.  Contact them.  Write.  Call.  Email.  Visit.

*Support peaceful protest, which -- like your vote -- is not simply a right, but also a privilege.  There is a protest scheduled for Norfolk, in front of Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) on June 30th, as well as one in Washington DC in front the White House.  A Peninsula based rally is in the works as well for that date, though plans have not yet been finalized.

*Donate.  There are church and civil agencies working directly in support of the families, and financial support is welcomed.  For instance, Week of Compassion is accepting designated online gifts to provide assistance.

*Listen and educate yourselves.  All politics is local, and most of us have more areas of agreement on the rights and wrongs of policy than we do areas of disagreement.  Respectful discussion and listening to understand, not argue, are skills we all need to enhance, for SILENCE is NOT a feature of the walk in Christ; certainly not when the “least of these” are mistreated.  I implore you… as people of faith, we must actively seek solutions.



Rev. Vinson Miller, Pastor

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Sermon Copies & Lectionary Readings

Vinson not only publishes his sermons online, via his blog Printed copies are available outside the church office in the rotating literature rack.  Also, Vinson generally preaches from the “lectionary” so if you are a reader or not and want to read ahead for the Sunday, go to the link below.  Readings are in the New Revised Standard Version.

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Church on the Web!

The church website has gone through major changes to make it a “one-stop shop” for church members and those interested in what we may have to offer.  It is meant as a resource to you and to our community.  The “Welcome” page has links to all our social media sites, the scriptures for each Sunday, and the pastor’s sermons.  Other pages provide links to daily meditations, helpful resources, and more.  Make it a “favorite” for yourself and others!

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Comfort Bags for Cancer Patients

We all know someone who has gone through chemotherapy for cancer treatment.  It can be a tough experience.  The Salty Christians Sunday School class is organizing “comfort bags” for patients who are receiving chemotherapy at Riverside.  To date we have delivered 40 bags and 20 crocheted hats.  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.  If you would like to donate any of these items (many of which can be found at the local Dollar Tree stores), please 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!

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Got Clothes? (You Don’t Want)

Spring 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.

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H.E.L.P. Donations

HELP will gladly accept walkers, wheelchairs, adults “Depends” and children’s diapers, for use in their medical clinic.  As to their pantry, please remember that HELP does not accept expired items to their pantry, nor will they accept ANY soft drinks.

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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 Wish List

* To check before buying, call Linda K. or Connie H. *

Butter or Margarine

Canned vegetables (except green peas)

Canned baked beans

Canned peaches or apples

Canned sweet potatoes

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Creamed soups (chicken, mushroom, celery)


Dates to Remember!

June 21

CWF Group 1, 6:00 pm - Rosalita's

June 24

Ordination of Elders & Deacons

Camp Commissioning

June 27

Choir Picnic, 5:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

July 6

    Interment of Dot Penn

July 12

Pilot Ballgame, 7pm

Welcome Table Teams

                        Cooking        Shopping

   June 26    Kuster & Cuthrell

   July 3       O’Brien & Raiford

     July 10    Day/Miller & Kuster

   July 17    Herring & 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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Hampton, VA  23666

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