First Christian Church "E-news" for

August 16, 2018

You are invited!

“An Afternoon of Storytelling”


Sheila Arnold

Sunday August 26th @ 12:15 pm

Plan to enjoy a free Lasagna lunch with entertainment provided by one of our own, Sheila Arnold.  A free will offering will be accepted, with proceeds going to the CWF Missions Fund.

Sheila Arnold has been gifted by God with performance skills and has been using this talent since she was eight years old.  Since 2003 she has been a full-time Storyteller traveling through the United States and sharing a variety of stories - “whatever fits in her mouth”, as well as doing Historic Character Presentations and Christian Monologues. At her core, Ms. Sheila, as she is commonly called, is a Professional Imaginator with a passion, vision and ministry of healing hearts, unifying communities and reminding people to share their stories

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2018-2019 “Pilot” Directory Is Now Available

The new congregational directory is available for pick-up in the Narthex, so don’t forget to grab your copy. 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.

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School Supply Drive – Tarrant Middle School

(formerly known as Davis Middle)

Now through August 26th

As you know, we are a “community partner” with our neighborhood middle school.  Each year we assist those children whose families do not have finances to adequately provide for their children’s required items for school.  It adds up… fast!  Please note there is a box in the narthex/greeting area to receive your donations through August 26th.

Suggestions:  #2 pencils, pens, highlighters, loose-leaf (wide ruled) paper, erasers, large glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons (boxes of 24), dry erase markers, index cards, composition books, spiral single-subject notebooks, 5-subject notebooks w/pocket dividers, pocket folders (with prongs and without prongs), binder with zipper pouch, flash drive/jump drive, bottles of glue, hand-held pencil sharpener (that catches shavings).

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HELP Fundraiser @ 1st Presbyterian (Aug 18th)

Hampton’s ecumenical partnership, “HELP,” will have a fundraiser concert “Music Helps” to support its mission! The event’s headliners are D.Luis Otero & Matthew Stearn, Pianists in concert.  Look forward to a great evening of music and fun in support of those in need right here in Hampton!

“Music Helps” will be held on August 18th, from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 514 S Armistead Ave, Hampton.   The Suggested Donation is $20 per person.  All proceeds support the mission of HELP INC.

 HELP, Inc.’s Community Pantry is Bare!

HELP is in desperate need of peanut butter, dry potatoes, SpaghettO’s, canned chicken/spam/ham, cereal, oatmeal, grits, powdered milk packets, canned vegetables & toilet paper.  Please remember that HELP does not accept expired items to their pantry, nor will they accept ANY soft drinks.

Have no longer needed walkers, wheelchairs, adults “Depends” or children’s diapers?  HELP’s medical clinic can use them to assist those without medical insurance.

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Word from the Pastor

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

(Ephesians 4:1-7, NRSV)

“In necessariis unitas, in non-necessariis (or, dubiis) libertas, in utrisque (or, omnibus) caritas."  "IN ESSENTIALS UNITY, IN NON-ESSENTIALS LIBERTY, IN ALL THINGS CHARITY.”

It is easy to think that this marvelous saying originated with Alexander Campbell or others who initiated on the American frontier what eventually would become the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1832.

They didn’t.  While its origins seem lost in history, with some attributing it to St. Augustine who lived a millennium ago, its true author is known but to God.  What is certain is that in 1627, amid the devasting “Thirty Years War” in Europe between Christian faith groups, this was the first line in a small tract published about St. Augustine, in what is now Frankfurt, Germany, by one Rupertus Meldenius.  Nearly two centuries later, with the new American republic taking steps to steer a path unlike that of Europe in regards to matters of faith, this expression came to be on the lips of pragmatic Americans wrestling with what Christianity should look like, as they sought to emulate the early church.  Trying to figure out what really matters and what falls in the realm of preferences over which needless energy is too often expended and which had fragmented upon fragmented the Christian community in the Old World.  They too, wanted the defining characteristic, regardless of where the line was between essential and non-essential – they saw that charity (“love”) had to be the defining trait of the Christian community.

It isn’t a trite phrase, but one grounded in the spirit and the word of the Gospel.  Over the past few weeks this has been ruminating in my mind, as we continue on this journey together, strengthening our community while introducing changes, small or large.  So I am inviting us to contemplate and pray about what things should be “essential” in practice and attitude, in the many expressions of our church, and what perhaps is “non-essential.”  Then, to step back and ask how “love” influences our perspective.

Blessings, Vinson

Rev. Vinson Miller, Pastor

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Pastor on Leave (Aug 15-24)

Vinson will be taking some vacation time (locally).  During this time, your elders will provide care.  If you aren’t sure who your family’s elder is, contact Tiffani during office hours and she will relay your request, or contact our chair of elders, Tina Cuthrell.

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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), and 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.

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Refreshments Following Worship

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.

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Sermon Copies & Lectionary Readings

Printed copies of Vinson’s sermons are available in literature carousel in the Narthex.  The sermons are also online at:

Vinson generally preaches from the “lectionary” so you can read ahead for upcoming Sundays, by going to:  Readings are in the New Revised Standard Version.

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Church on the Web!

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!

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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!

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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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Box Tops for Education

Bring in your "Box Tops" and drop in the basket in Narthex.

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Egg Cartons

The Welcome Table does presently need your used egg cartons at this time.  Since we ceased to receive food from the now-closed Farm Fresh, we are not receiving cartons containing broken eggs from Food Lion that need replacement.  We have a good stockpile of egg cartons in the event that we do need them.  Thank you for your past support in providing them!

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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!

Aug 18

Music HELPS, 6:30 PM

Aug 26

Last day for School Supply Drive

An Afternoon of Storytelling, 12:15 pm

 Sept 3

Labor Day

Sept 5

Business Cabinet, 6:00 pm

 Sept 6

CWF Group 2, 10:30 am

 Sept 9

Elders & Deacons meeting, 6:00 pm

 Board meeting, 7:00 pm

 Sept 13

CMF, 6:30 pm

 Sept 30 & Oct 7

Reconciliation Offering


Welcome Table Teams

   Cooking        Shopping

   Aug 21  Kuster & Kuster

   Aug 28  O’Brien & Cuthrell

   Sept 4   Miller & Raiford

   Sept 11 Herring & Kuster


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

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