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IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH

Sunday May 16
Adult Bible Study (via Zoom) 9:00 AM
Online Worship via YouTube 10:45 AM

 

Tuesday May 18
Book Discussion group 9 AM (via Zoom)

Looking Ahead
Sunday June 6
"Wild Worship" in Krug Park  10:45 AM

 

WORSHIP SUNDAY MAY 16
This Sunday we continue our new message series in worship focused on some of the hardest parables in Matthew's gospel.  This Sunday we explore  "The Parable of the Wicked Tenants." 

As usual, our online service premieres on You Tube at 10:45 AM and can be experienced at the same link any time after that. You will also find the link for the current week's online worship service pinned to the top of our page on Facebook.
Each summer our church hosts Royal Family Kids Camp,  a free one-week camp for local at-risk children, many of whom are in foster care.  Held at a local campground, the week includes crafts, worship, singing, swimming, nature hikes, and special events like an all-camp birthday party, a carnival, and a visit from the Mustangs baseball team. This special camp is only possible through the generous outreach giving of our church and the community. Our cost per child is $350.00. If you'd like to make a financial contribution to ensure all eligible children can attend Royal Family Kids Camp this summer, please send your donation to the church or use our online Tithely giving app. Simply choose "RFKC" from the drop down menu.  Any amount will help us make this camp for these special kids a reality. And if you'd like to volunteer to help out in other ways, please contact Theresa Pinson, co-director of our Royal Family Kids ministry. 
PRAYER PARTNERS NEEDED
From Royal Family Kids Camp staff member Debbie Sherard:
"It is that time of year again! Royal Family Camp is happening and we are so excited. We continue to rely on this church for many things, but I believe one of the most important is your support. Prayers are so necessary throughout the year, but needed so much more during Camp week. If you would like to be a Prayer Partner to one of the staff, please let me know and you will be matched with one of our Big Campers or one of the rest of the staff.

You might be asking what this means. We ask prayer partners to write a prayer to pass along to your matched staff person on Sunday, June 20th (that’s the day staff leaves for camp) and to meet and pray with them that morning. If you want to write them a prayer that they can open every day at camp that would be great (It meant a lot to me when I was a Big Camper -- helped me remember that I wasn’t alone in this endeavor), but that isn’t necessary. What is necessary is that you  pray daily for your prayer partner, the campers, and the rest of staff. Please give this consideration and let me know. These staff members look so forward to getting those prayers and meeting you that Sunday morning as they prepare to embark on one of the longest, hardest, most rewarding weeks of their lives. If you aren’t able to be there that morning, but want to be a prayer partner, no problem. Once you get your prayers written, we can pick them up. Thanking all of you in advance for the support you have given and will give the week of camp and throughout the coming year."
CHURCH CAMP OPPORTUNITIES SUMMER 2021
Our regional children and youth church camps are happening this summer, observing special Covid safety guidelines. A reminder that First Christian offers scholarships to all our children and youth to cover the full cost of one summer camp. For more information on camp descriptions and dates go here. Once you have registered online, contact Kenny in the office so he can arrange for registration payment from the church to the regional office. 
CONNECTING WITH OUR WIDER CHURCH

Read the joint statement of The Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ regarding the current crisis in Israel and Palestine. 

Get connected with The Poor People's Campaign, a continuation of the work of Martin Luther King, led by a Disciples of Christ pastor. 

Learn more about our national lgbtq+ ministry: AllianceQ.

Webinar: What does the Bible say about capital punishment? Should followers of Jesus Christ, who was executed himself, oppose the use of capital punishment? Join this online webinar on May 26 as we talk through these questions.
Our in-person worship gatherings in Krug Park will continue the first Sunday of each month throughout the spring and summer, or until we return to our building.  All services will be at 10:45 AM. 
It's so easy to give online to support our ministries.  Either use the link on our website or simply download the free Tithe.ly app to your phone, tablet or computer. Then select our church by name or zip code (64501), connect your bank or credit account and start giving. Use the drop down menu on our Tithe.ly app to let us know which fund or ministry you are supporting (and consider checking the box labeled "cover fees" to help us cover the processing fees.) 
WE HOLD IN PRAYER
All the medical and health care professionals serving during this pandemic.
Global Ministries: Pray for our partners and projects in Lesotho. Learn more here.
Carla Willis, a prayer of celebration in the birth of her new grandson Elliot. 
A prayer of gratitude for all the teachers in our congregation and communities. 
Susan Zion, recovering from knee surgery. 
Jessie Lent, recovering from a fall and injury.
Kristi Bartlett, recovering from recent surgery.
Suzanne Shay, recovering from a foot injury
Carole Walters, now living at the Riverside care facility.
Beth Kar, daughter of Bev Grienke, living with cancer
Arlene Sollars, living with cancer

Steele, teenage son of Sara McLaren's cousin, recovering from a serious head injury.
Bette Lampton, in care at home
Sandy Hamlin’s father, Wiley Wilson, dealing with health issues

Judy Spencer,  continuing cancer treatment.
Kathy Long, friend of Janet Pullen. 
Carolyn Koftan, sister-in-law of Sandy Hamlin, in hospice care.

Robin Knotts, mother of Kayla Ann Harris, living with cancer. 
Our foster parents, Mark & Miranda Virden, Chuck Vaughn & Chris McCarty, and Derrick & Molly Ring. 
Our Homebound:  Frances Hesnault, Bette Lampton
 
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