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IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH

Saturday Sept. 19
S.U.P.P.E.R. (anti-racism discussion group) via Zoom 6:30 PM


Sunday Sept. 19
Adult Bible Study (via Zoom) 9:00 AM
In-person Worship  10:45 AM

Online Worship via You Tube 10:45 AM
Anti-Racism Book study via Zoom 3:30 PM

 

Tuesday Sept. 21
Book Discussion group in Social Room @ 9 AM 
(Discussing "Jesus and John Wayne")
 

This Sunday in worship, Pastor Brian again invites us into an interactive exploration of scripture, as this week we pose the question "What do you feel?" How has the past year and a half of Covid affected you, your spirit, your connections to others, and your plans for the future? We'll pose these questions while exploring an ancient story of Jesus healing a possessed man. 

Worship in the sanctuary begins at 10:45 AM. Please wear a mask and social distance for the safety of yourself and others.   


As usual, our online service will premiere on YouTube, also at 10:45 AM, and may be found at the link below (and can be viewed at that link any time after that.)  The online service this Sunday will be led by Keisha Davis, Evelyn McBride, and Pastor Brian.  

Experience our Online Service via YouTube.

Download/view the bulletin for this Sunday's online service
COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON ANTI-RACISM
The local group S.U.P.P.E.R., focused on discussions of anti-racism, will meet via Zoom at 6:30 PM on Saturday September 18. This week's conversation will focus on COVID, race, and health inequities. All are welcome.

Join this meeting via Zoom
We hope you and your family will plan to join us as we celebrate our final outdoor worship service of the season in Krug Park on Sunday Sept. 26 around the main pavilion at the top of the park (10:45 AM-Noon). In the tradition of the early church, our time of worship will be centered around a shared meal -- a catered picnic lunch. The meal and worship will happen at the same time. A few tables with seating will be provided, but for those who are able we encourage you to bring your own seating (lawn chairs, blankets, etc).

To get an accurate estimate of how much food to order for the meal, we ask that you make a reservation either by going to our online reservation form, or by contacting the church office by email (fcc927stjo@yahoo.com) or phone (816-209-8212) by Tuesday Sept. 21 to let us know how many in your family plan to be in attendance. 
We celebrate with Casey and Soleah Arney who came forward in worship last Sunday to officially become members of 1st Christian. Casey is a counselor at Central High School. Her husband Brett is a scientist. And Soleah is a 7th grader. Welcome them to our faith community!
Last Sunday during in-person worship,  we shared that a stranger drops by our church office once a month.  I say he is a stranger because, though he lives in our church neighborhood, he never identifies himself. He simply stops by each month with an envelope in hand.  And this monthly envelope always contains the same thing: a generous donation, in cash, to be used for the ministry of our church. The stranger gives the same amount each month with no more stipulation than “use it where it will do the most good.” This is just one of many stories of those who generously support our ministries to this community and beyond -- ministries that often touch lives in ways we are unaware. Ministries that offer a word of hope, a vision of welcome, a sign of peace, a pathway forward.  When we each give to this faith community, in ways large and small, we too are putting our financial resources in a place where we can trust they will be used to do the most good for the sake of God’s kingdom.  My thanks to each of you for your continued generosity and faithfulness.
Your brother in Christ, Pastor Brian
HURRICANE IDA RELIEF
We hold in prayer all those with loved ones in the path of Hurricane Ida. Our partners through Week of Compassion are working on our behalf to provide support and relief in that area. You are invited to give directly to Week of Compassion, designating gifts for “hurricane.” through their website or by texting WoC to 41444.
STAY CONNECTED WITH OUR CHURCH FAMILY
What? You haven't downloaded our church photo directory app yet? It's so easy, and it gives you instant access on your computer or mobile device to phone, email, home address and other info on our church family. With the app you can directly contact a person or get directions to their home.  This is a secure app and is password protected. Only those listed in the directory can access the information and only you will know your personal password. 
 
How to Install the Instant Church Directory App: Go to your app store on your device. In the search space, type in Instant Church Directory (the icon is a little yellow church). Click on the install button. Once you have clicked the install button, this app will be downloaded to your device. Once installed, you'll be asked for the email address you have provided to our church. Type it in and click the “request password” button. You will be emailed your personal password.  Enter that password into the app and you are good to go! 
 
If the church does not already have your email and contact info, if you are not already in the directory, or you'd like to update your info and photo, please contact Kenny in the church office and he'll be happy to assist you. 
 
OUR BLESSING BOX MINISTRY CONTINUES
Food donations in our blessing box never last very long before they find their way into the hands of those in need in our church neighborhood. We welcome your non-perishable food donations at any time. You may place them in the basket in the foyer outside the sanctuary, drop them off at the church office, or place them directly in the red Blessing Box on the Faraon Street side of our building. Or you may contribute financially to this ministry by sending a check or giving a donation online by selecting "Food Ministries" from the drop down menu of our online Tithely giving app

 
It's so easy to give online to support our ministries.  Either use this direct link 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
Ann & Creath Thorne, as Ann faces ongoing health issues.
Jessie Lent, as he begins his new ministry in Iowa. 
Ann Zarate, recovering from a fall, resulting in a cracked vertebrae. 
Micah Beedle, diagnosed with a serious joint condition.  
Stephanie Stewart's friend Dave, in the hospital with serious health issues.

Rev. Kimi Yokoyama, Zion UCC, living with cancer. 
Barry Hall, receiving treatment for ongoing health issues.
Kate Davison's husband Don, recovering from surgery. 
Janet Pullen's friend Angie in the passing of her father and mother-in-law

Sandy Rogers' friend, Terry Oldenberg, dealing with health issues. 
Dennis Beaderstadt, recovering from back surgery. 
John Chavez, 3 years old, friend of the Potter family, battling cancer. 
Manuel Zarate, recovering from  shoulder surgery.  
Mike Barton, recovering from brain surgery.
Dorothy Wenz, friend of our congregation, in rehab. 
Carole Walters, now living at the Riverside care facility.
Beth Kar, daughter of Bev Grienke, living with cancer
Bette Lampton, in care at home
Francis Hesnault, homebound
Sandy Hamlin’s father, Wiley Wilson, dealing with health issues

Judy Spencer,  continuing cancer treatment.
Kathy Long, friend of Janet Pullen. 
Robin Knotts, mother of Kayla Ann Harris, living with cancer. 
Our foster parents, Mark & Miranda Virden, Chuck Vaughn & Chris McCarty, and Derrick & Molly Ring. 

 
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