First Christian Church

Hampton, Virginia


November 22, 2017


Service of Installation for Rev. Miller

The Rev. Vinson W. Miller was formally installed as minister of First Christian Church at a Service of Installation on Sunday, November 19, at 4:00 p.m.  The Rev. Steve Doan, retired Chaplain and Endorsing Agent for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), delivered an exceptional message on the role of ministry, Not Only the Gospel of God, based upon I Thessalonians 2:3-12. The Rev. Coretha Loughridge, interim Regional Minister for the Christian Church in Virginia, welcomed Vinson to the Region and did the installation.

In addition to members and friends of the congregation, many former colleagues and friends of Vinson and Julie Miller attended.  The service was followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.  The events of this day mark the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our 129 year-old congregation!

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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

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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).

Interested in helping? Contact Brenda Wilkerson, 757-879-9998

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The Welcome Table “Dream” Freezer Arrives

On November 13 a Turbo Air Super Deluxe Two Section 49 cu. ft. Solid Door Reach in Freezer and $1500 worth of frozen and shelf stable food was delivered to our Welcome Table pantry, courtesy of Food Lion and through the Virginia Peninsula FoodBank!

In celebration of its anniversary, Food Lion grocers gifted Great Pantry Makeovers valued at $5000 each to two agencies addressing hunger needs for each of 60 FoodBanks on the east coast.  Our Welcome Table Steering Committee submitted a grant application for a freezer and in late summer received the wonderful news that we were one of the two local agencies selected.

On Monday afternoon, November 13, the freezer arrived from the FoodBank, accompanied by managers of the Peninsula Food Lion stores, their supervisor and a representative from the Food Lion corporate office.  Karen Joyner (Chief Executive Officer), Scott Gray (Chief Operating Officer), and Katie Patrick (Agency Services Director) of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank were also on hand.  What an occasion!

The Food Lion team assembled a utility cart for our use and installed shelves and casters on the freezer.  When the truck with the food arrived, the women store managers unloaded the food, carted it in, unpacked it and stored it in our new freezer and on shelves in the pantry. 

If you have not yet seen the new freezer and would like to do so, see one of the lead cooks or Steering Team members, and they will be happy to unlock the pantry door so you can admire it. 

In this season of Thanksgiving, we count this gift as a special blessing, enabling us to safely store more food for meals to address hunger needs of our Welcome Table community. 

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Church Website & Facebook Updates

As some of you may have noticed, changes have been happening to our church’s website and Facebook page.  If you are on Facebook, read, like, and share with local friends our Facebook page.  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 is going through major revision, so it is not there yet, but a lot already has been changed.  Suggestions are welcomed!




Pastor’s Note

It has been an amazing and truly spiritual experience to find myself a part of this congregation and as your pastor.  You are a remarkable group of joy, diversity, and clear commitment to service to each other and the community which surrounds us.  I am in awe!  As we continue to learn more of each other, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If there isn’t an opportunity at church or elsewhere and you think we need to chat, I have a handy cellphone with me at all time, and do both phone calls and text, and if non-urgent my work email works if that is easier for you.  Julie and I feel very much like we have walked into a “home” for ourselves, as much as a ministry!


Rev. Vinson Miller, Pastor

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Thanksgiving Offering

Thank you for all of your donations toward higher education, developing leaders for our communities and the church. The total collected was $159.00.

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Samaritan’s Purse

Thank you to all who helped put a box together or donated money. We collected 53 boxes to deliver and $477.00 to go towards postage. Thanks be to God!

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Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed Thursday November 23rd & Friday November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, November 27th.

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Fall Work Day

 The Fall Work Day was a success! We have updated the list so if you have a spare moment and would like something fun to do come by and pick an item off the list. The list will be posted in the hall on the CMF bulletin board.

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Choir Rehearsal

 There will be no choir rehearsal on Dec 20th. Bell Choir Practice will be at 6:30pm. 

On Dec 27th there will be no practice for either group. Practice will resume as scheduled on Jan 3, 2018.

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Congregational Meeting Dec 3rd

We will have a congregational meeting after worship on December 3 to vote on the 2018 budget. Please plan to remain for this important meeting.

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CWF Meetings

  • Group 2- Thursday, December 7th at 10:30 am, at Martha Wright’s home
  • Group 1- Wednesday, December 20th at 6:00 pm at Rosalitas

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Moving Toward Advent…

Decorate the Church

Saturday, Dec 2nd, beginning at 9 am

Hang the greens and prepare the Lord’s house for the Advent season.  Come when you can, stay as long as fits in your schedule.

The Warming Tree

The warming tree will be up in the Narthex/lobby by Sunday Dec 2nd, 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.

Let’s Go Caroling!

Sunday, December 3, 3:00 pm

Meet at the church; from there we’ll head out to carry Christmas greetings and share Christmas carols with our church family unable to get out and about this season.  Then we’ll head back to the Herrings’ home (across the street from the church) for food and fun; bring a snack to share!

All-Church Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 6, 6 pm

Let’s get together for a covered dish meal, and maybe (so we’ve heard…) a visit from Santa!  Bring your laughter, your singing voice, and a generous dish to share.  Ham, rolls and beverages will be provided.”

Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 10, 10:45 am

Come share the joy of the Choir’s Christmas Cantata, presented during worship! The choir giving extra time and extra energy to this gift – come and receive! 

Christmas Offering December 10th  &  17th

The Special Christmas Offering supports regional ministries of the Disciples of Christ in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia region nurtures ministers and provides opportunities to congregations for work, worship and retreat.  This offering will be received December 10 and 17. 

Poinsettias & Blessings,

This year as we decorate our sanctuary for the Advent season, we will also offer a blessing to help feed those who hunger for food and companionship.  You may order poinsettias ($8.00 each) or make a donation (in any amount) for The Welcome Table, First Christian’s weekly free dinner ministry. 

If you would like to have your gift acknowledged in memory or honor of your loved one(s), please provide the following information:

I would like ________ poinsettia (s) to be used in our sanctuary at a cost of $8.00 each.

 I am making a donation in the amount of ______________  for The Welcome Table, First Christian’s ministry to people who hunger for food and companionship.

 I am making this purchase or donation in honor of:_________________________________________

  I am making this purchase or donation in memory of:__________________________________________


Please return this information with your money or check (with "Poinsettias & Blessings" in the memo), by Sunday November 26th.  You may place these in the offering plate or mail them to the church office. 

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Box Tops for Education

Please bring in any box tops and put in the basket in the narthex.

Welcome Table Prayer Requests:

Lead Cook

ServSafe Manager

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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)


Nov 23

Thanksgiving Day

Office Closed

Nov 24

Office Closed

Nov 29

WT Steering Team 5:00 pm

Dec 2

Decorate the Church

Dec 3

Congregational Meeting after worship

After worship

Caroling Party 3:00 pm at the Herring Home

Dec 6

CWU Meeting, 10:00 am

 All Christmas Church Dinner 6:00 pm

Dec 7

CWF Group 2, 10:30 am, Martha Wright's Home

 Dec 10


Elders & Deacons Meeting, after worship

Dec 10 & 17

Christmas Offering

Dec 13

Business Cabinet, 6:00 pm

Dec 20

CWF,  Group 1, 6:00 pm at Rosalitas