First Christian Church "E-news" for

February 21, 2019

Elders & Deacons Shepherding

Jesus gave us the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. He also showed us how to love and care for others.  As the Elders and Deacons of First Christian we want to better serve the needs of the congregation of First Christian as well as the ministries here and the worship service.

During 2018 we began a change away from the traditional model of serving the congregation to a model known as a “Shepherding Program”.  Through the new approach an Elder is paired with two (2) Deacons and assigned responsibilities for a number of families in the Church.  These responsibilities do not take away from the responsibilities of the Pastor but provide a collaborative approach to supporting the congregation.  These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·       Praying regularly for the congregational families

·       Visits as appropriate

·       Communion with Shut-ins

·       Praying regularly for the Pastor, Church and Ministries of the Church

·       Responding to congregation requests

·       Collaboration with Pastor regarding prayer concerns requested

·       Serving the Congregation during the Worship Service

We hope this change will allow us to better support our Church family.  Your Shepherding team does not replace the Pastor, but works in collaboration with Vinson to life you up in prayer, as well as support spiritual or other concerns that you may have.

The two (2) greatest commands are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as our self.  We pray this new model of service will allow us to better demonstrate that love to our Church family.

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Men’s Spaghetti Dinner for Special Needs Camps

(February 24)

Come to a spaghetti dinner prepared by the Christian Men’s Fellowship, following worship.  Free-will donations will be accepted; the men are raising funds to support Craig Springs Church Camp scholarships for youngsters and adults with special needs.  Besides helping out the campers, this is a marvelous opportunity to just enjoy being together as a church.

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Week of Compassion Offering

(February 24)

The Week of Compassion offering is how we as Disciples of Christ join with hundreds of thousands of people to express our Christian witness and create real change in the world.  Christ’s work in the world healed the sick, fed the hungry and brought hope to communities burdened by challenges.  The call in our age is to carry on this mission of care for others, in Jesus’ name.  Week of Compassion responds to needs and disasters within the U.S. and abroad.  Your individual offering matters, and while giving can be done online year-round, we will be taking up this special offering on Feb. 24th.

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Ash Wednesday Service

(March 6)

The start of Lent is just around the corner, and our Ash Wednesday service will be a reflective service at 7 p.m., for those able to join us.

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Easter Flower Orders

(March 10 - 24)

Flowers will be placed in the sanctuary for Easter morning.  You may order Easter flowers starting on Sunday March 10th and continuing through March 24th. Order forms will be in the bulletins starting March 10th.  Along with the order, you may also make a monetary gift in support of The Welcome Table.

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Craig Springs Work Camp

(May 24-26)

 Registration is open until May 15th for helping at the Craig Spring Camp in preparation for the summer program.  The food and lodging are free.  More information will be put out in the March eNews, but for your planning purposes –dates are Friday, May 24th (arrival and work at any point in day), through Sunday afternoon (May 26th).  Flier and registration forms are available at church office, but online registration is preferred by the camp.  To do so, go to  Please note:  ALL COUNSELORS (nature Camp included) must register online at:


2019 Schedule

Spring Work Weekend—May 24-26

Diversity Camp – June 17-22

Nature Camp – June 24-28

Special Camp – June 30-July 3

Art, Music, Photography, Dance & Drama Camp – July 8-13

1st Triple Camp – July 14-19 (3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th grades)

2nd Triple Camp – July 28-August 2 (3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th grades)

New Covenant – August 3-9 (1st-3rd grades)

Family Retreat – August 9-12

Fall Work Weekend – October 11-13

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CMF District 8 Meetings (2019 Schedule)

April 25, 2019 - Chalice Christian

July 25, 2019 - Grafton Christian

October 24, 2019 - Virginia Beach Christian

* Copies of the schedule through October 2024 are in narthex. *

* These are all “dinner” meetings which start at 6:30 p.m. *

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Contribution Statements

Contribution Statements are still available in the narthex/greeting area.  If you need yours to be mailed to you, please call the church office.

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Note of Appreciation

De Profundis.  Out of the depths.

The psalmist said, “Out of the depths I cry to thee, oh God.”  That psalm has been in my mind so long, and I want to say that from the depths of my heart and soul, I have cried out, and God has heard my prayer.

For it is from the depths that I want to thank my church family and all of the angels and saints in that family who have prayed for me, sent cards, left gifts, visited me and done unbelievable things for me when I couldn’t do them for myself.  Words will never be able to express my gratitude, but as I read through the psalms, there are so many that remind me of you and how the Lord uses people to bring blessing.

Thank you all so very much.  You will never know what you mean to me.

All my love,


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Word from the Pastor

I If I take the wings of the morning

and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,

even there your hand shall lead me,

and your right hand shall hold me fast.

Psalm 139:9-10 (New Revised Standard Version)


Back in 2007, when I was assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, one of my “areas” was the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Given that more than 300 babies a month are born over at Portsmouth, odds favor a handful in the NICU.  Some with a tenuous hold on life, so much so that it might be a week or so before there is any certainty of survival.  Amid such uncertainty, it can be difficult for an already overwhelmed parent to make the effort to “bond” with an infant.

One night a nurse expressed frustration about one young mother not interacting with her newborn daughter.  She had tried in vain to instruct the new mother on how to touch, and rub, and cradle the wee infant.  The lack of such aspect to bonding might make the difference in survival, she worried.  Having carried my firstborn straight into a NICU and cared for her the first days, without Julie, I remembered my own sense of incompetence and fear, and how regardless of clear verbal instruction from the nurse, I had held back, until she put her hands over mine and led me through everything.  This new mom was anxious she might press down too hard on that frail child and had held back, so I asked the nurse to put her hand over the mother’s as the mother put her hand on her infant, and then to press on the mother’s hand as if she pressing on the infant.  In that moment of being one with one another, in their hands, the mom got it!

Sometimes, in this walk of life, especially in times we find ourselves in those “farthest limits” of which the psalmist sang.  It is in that lonely place where the “ministry of presence” is the very instrument of the Lord’s grace.  It could be that one hand upon another, like the nurse of many years ago.  It might be taking a favored soup to a friend, it could be sitting quietly with someone, it could be so very many things.  It may be “doing” something and other times it may be doing nothing but being physically present in the quiet moment.  It may look like no big deal, but in such moments, for others, this is when another experiences how God’s “right hand shall hold me fast” – because they aren’t alone amid whatever they are contending with in life.  This is why I have come to observe this insight and appreciate the words of Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things, but we can do small things with great love.”  For there… that is the place in life where Christ is present.



 Pastor’s Sermon blog:

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Welcome Table Wish List.

The Wishlist has been updated to reflect items needed for weekly meals. Our pantry is in short supply of items not available from the Foodbank and not received in weekly Food Lion pickups. Please check the Wish List in the most recent e-news prior to making a purchase, as changes will be made based on needs identified by the lead cooks. If you bring donations on a Sunday, please place them on the tables across from the Welcome Table pantry. As always, your gifts are greatly appreciated!

Current Needs:

§  Eggs

§  Margarine or butter quarters

§  Cornbread mix

§  Beef broth

§  Vegetable broth

§  Canned sweet potatoes

§  Stuffing mix

§  Cream of mushroom soup

§  Beans-black, pinto, navy, great northern

§  Applesauce

§  Canned fruit

Items NOT Currently Needed:

§  Instant mashed potatoes

§  Tomatoes (any type)

§  Canned corn


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. Leave your bag of donated clothes outside the clothes closet door.


HELP Inc’s Community Pantry & Medical Needs.

·       Emergency Food Pantry.  Always needed – peanut butter, dry potatoes, SpaghettiO’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.




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 kept on the literature carousel in the Narthex, and online at:

Read the scriptures lessons for upcoming Sundays online, go to:  Readings are in the New Revised Standard Version.


Church on the Web at:

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!




Feb 21, CWF Group 1 - 7:00 pm,Barbara Mathews Home


Feb 24

Week of Compassion Offering

 CMF Spaghetti Dinner, after worship


Feb 27

WT Steering Team Meeting, 5:30 pm

 Mar 6

Ash Wednesday

 Business Cabine, 6:00 pm

 Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00 pm


Mar 7

CWF Group 2, 10:30 am


Mar 10

Daylight Savings Starts

(“Spring Forward!”)

 Elders & Deacons Meeting, 6:00 pm

 FCC Board, 7:00 pm


 Welcome Table Teams

   Cooking        Shopping

   Feb 26 Miller & Cuthrell

   Mar 5 Herring & Boyer

   Mar 12 Kuster & Kuster

   Mar 19 O’Brien & 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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First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

1458 Todds Lane

Hampton, VA  23666

Office:  757-826-0711


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