First Christian Church "E-news" for
September 20, 2018
Welcome Table Gift News!
Sunday morning, our congregation was informed that “The Welcome Table” received a donation of $1500 from the chapel at Naval Station Norfolk – in support of our provision of meals to our guests. Navy chapels throughout our region released Religious Offering Funds this past week to a wide swath of relief organizations, each benefitting from the generosity of active duty and retired sailors, and their families. It is a part of our worship to give thanks and present an offering to God; the same is true during Navy chapel worship services. However, chapel offerings aren’t used to pay for buildings, maintenance, lights and staff, but are used solely for chapel social/food events and to be given away to local 501(c) civic and faith organizations – especially those providing relief. Not alone in such good news, Hampton’s ecumenical relief organization HELP, Inc. also received a donation of the same amount from this chapel, as have other organizations in the larger Hampton-Roads area. Thanks be to God for this generous gift!
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Summer is Over! Back into the Swing of Activity!
Bell Choir! Resumed Wednesday evening rehearsals at 6:30 pm.
Choir! Resumed Wednesday evening rehearsals at 7:15 pm. If you enjoy singing, come out and join in the fantastic fellowship and great music! If you’ve ever thought about joining the choir, now is the time. Come on out and join in the fun!
CWF/CMF! Meetings have resumed. We look forward to seeing you!
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September 30 & October 7
Your gift to Reconciliation Ministry is transforming lives and strengthening Christ's witness in the world – the witness that we love one another, even as Christ continues to love us! Your gift helps fund the Disciples’ mission to become a pro-reconciling and anti-racist church through leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, intentional conversation, and partnerships within the Church and with our communities– be a part of the healing through your offering.
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24th Annual Peninsula Crop Walk
(Sunday, October 21st)
The annual “Crop Walk” will be held on Sunday, October 21st at Grace United Methodist Church. Registration will begin at 1:15pm. If you would like to participate as Walker please let me know. I hope to have the packets very soon. Everyone can participate as no donation is too small. Checks should be made payable to First Christian Church and notated "Crop Walk". We will receive all donations Sunday, October 21st. Additionally, Thrive Peninsula will be at this event again this year and will take your donated, used shoes. I will set up a donation box for shoes in the Narthex.
Thank you in advance for your continued support of this outreach ministry, "ending hunger one step at a time".
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Welcome Table Needs
It is often the smallest thing that can be the most timely and best assistance. We know this in our own lives, and the same is true with The Welcome Table. When out and about, if you want to contribute “in kind”, below are those items most needed for use at The Welcome Table (check with Connie H. or Linda K. if you have questions!). As those who help on Monday well know, since closure of Farm Fresh we no longer receive some items in our grocery story pick-ups... such as eggs, butter or margarine. In addition, due to latex allergy being a concern, nitrite gloves for food preparation and serving is a requirement. In addition, at the end of this newsletter there is always a standing list of ways you can help Welcome Table and other ongoing ministries of our church by CWF, Salty Christians, and other groups – please check them out!
CURRENT WELCOME TABLE NEEDS:
Butter or Margarine quarters
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Word from the Pastor
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself,
she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.
(Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-30, RSVA)
As many of you know, I was out this past Sunday the 16th. Things didn’t go quite as planned with a minor back procedure, so I got benched. I especially want to thank Linda, Dick, Connie & Frank for seeing to the service, a hymn sing, prayers for those contending with the impact of the hurricane, and communion. Thank you!
In my reading, amid the time at home, I noted that this past Sunday one of the readings was from Proverbs 1:20-23, which speaks of Wisdom. It is a hard passage, because, quite frankly, Wisdom is not happy: “Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof...” Against this image, stands the verse above taken from the Wisdom of Solomon, a book of the “apocrypha” that was, like others of that age, not included in the Old Testament canon. Thought to be written by the Jewish community in Alexandria, Egypt, a century or so before Christ, it nevertheless holds out this marvelous image of how Wisdom... we would call the Spirit of God… is to be heard and honored in our lives.
As one marvelous commentary puts it, it is as if Wisdom shouts “How long you fools?” to which someone from inside a locked house calls back, “This is the world, get used to it! This is the way people treat one another, the way we use our money. This is the way things are. It is what it is!” And she calls back, “No it’s not what it is, because it’s no longer what I made it to be. Your city is not a true city, you are not truly people, your world is not a true world, and your wisdom is not true wisdom. I’m the mirror of God, and I don’t recognize my creation any longer.”
We gather as a community, hearing this dialogue, knowing that the universe was crafted in love, fashioned by God’s own Wisdom... a spotless mirror of his being. Whether as individuals or when we gather as church, a question for us is whether we will allow wisdom to speak so freely, especially if the Word goes against our desires.
That willingness to hear what we may not want to hear is exactly the dynamic that is in play in the other reading for this past Sunday, the one from Mark 8:27-38, where Jesus asks his disciples “Who do you say that I am?”
Peter says “You are the Messiah.” Point for Peter!
But wait... that point goes away when Jesus begins to explain just what beng the “Messiah” will entail. He will suffer. He will be rejected. He will die. He will be resurrected.
Peter explodes. He rebukes Jesus, and Jesus responds, saying: “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
We too sometimes want to be “protective” of Jesus, the implications are that Jesus is to follow us, not the other way around, like it was with Simon Peter. There are whole legions of folk these days seeking to be of that kind of protectiveness of Jesus. But it isn’t just that Jesus doesn’t need protection, it is that such an approach really isn’t about Jesus, but self. It was the implications of being a disciple of the Messiah, that Peter resisted. It meant going in harm’s way in the world – as followers of Christ holding up the image of how God intends his Creation to function. It is scary, and yet we are never alone. It is hard work, and yet we are provided with all that is needed. It may not be received well – by those who in their own sight are being “protective” of Jesus, but it is our authentic commitment that we witness most strongly.
Who do we say Jesus is, is much more than identifying him as the Christ. (As it’s pointed out in the Gospels, even the spirit of darkness knows he is the Christ). Who do we say Jesus is, is about the implications for us as his followers – commending our lives to him, so that the Spirit “passes into our holy souls and makes them friends of God, and (yes!) prophets.”
Rev. Vinson Miller, Pastor
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WAYS TO HELP & STANDING ANNOUNCMENTS
After Worship Refreshments Sign-Up.
Want to help out 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 (Pam Goode provides everything needed for the birthday celebrations). 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, in the event that we do not have a cookie volunteer.
Sermon Copies & Lectionary Readings.
Printed sermon copies are on literature carousel in Narthex, and can be read online at: https://seaanchor.wordpress.com/.
Read the scriptures lessons for upcoming Sundays online, go to: http://disciples.org/resources/lectionary/. Readings are in the New Revised Standard Version.
Church on the Web at: http://firstchristianhampton.org/
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!
2018-2019 Congregational Directory “The Pilot”.
Copies of the new directory are in the Narthex, so don’t forget to grab yours! If you would like to have the electronic version, or if you are out of the area, contact the church office to make arrangements for it to be sent to you.
CWF Mission Fund Contributions, in Lieu of Yard Sale.
The CWF no longer has the spring and fall yard and bake sales, that generated funds for a CWF contribution to the Disciples Mission Fund. The CWF encourages members to continue to support the Disciples Mission Fund by writing a check rather than spending a week working on a yard and bake sale. Please make your check payable to CWF, write Disciples Mission Fund on the memo line, and give to Barbara Mathews, treasurer. Thank you for your continued support!
Receptions Following Funerals.
The CWF adopted a policy of providing receptions following memorial services or funerals for members or their family members held at the church. If the family would like a reception for family and friends at church, the CWF will provide beverages (lemonade, coffee, tea), an assortment of cookies or handheld bars, and one type of sandwich. Any other arrangement, involving a larger variety of food or a meal, to include set-up and clean –up, will be the responsibility of the family.
WANT TO HELP OTHERS?
Welcome Table Wish List.
If you bring these items on Sunday morning, please place them on the table by the Welcome Table pantry. Thank you! To check before buying, call Linda K. or Connie H.
Butter or Margarine quarters
Comfort Bags for Cancer Patients.
We all know someone who has gone through the tough experience of chemotherapy. As an ongoing ministry, the “Salty Christians Sunday School” class assembles “comfort bags” for patients receiving chemotherapy at Riverside. Well more than 40 bags and 20 crocheted hats have been provided. 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. Want to help out? Purchase any of these items (many of which can be found at the local Dollar Tree stores), and 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!
Got Clothes You No Longer Need?
Fall 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.
HELP Inc’s Community Pantry & Medical Needs.
Emergency Food Pantry. Always needed – peanut butter, dry potatoes, SpaghettO’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.
Dates to Remember!
Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 pm
Sept 30 & Oct 7
CWF Group 2, 10:30 am
World Communion Sunday
Business Cabinet, 6:00 pm
CMF, 6:30 pm
CMF District 8, 6:30 pm
Welcome Table Teams
Sept 25 O’Brien & Raiford
Oct 2 Miller & Kuster
Oct 9 Herring & Cuthrell
Oct 16 Kuster & Raiford
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)
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Hampton, VA 23666
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Pastor's Blog: https://seaanchor.wordpress.com/