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IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH

Sunday May 30
Adult Bible Study (via Zoom) 9:00 AM
Online Worship via YouTube 10:45 AM

 

Tuesday June 1
Book Discussion group 9 AM (via Zoom)

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

Sunday June 13

Online Worship via YouTube 10:45 AM
Worship in Our Sanctuary 10:45 AM

WORSHIP SUNDAY MAY 30
We conclude our series on the hardest Parables in Matthew's gospel this Sunday with a look at the familiar "Parable of the Talents." We'll ponder together what image of the divine presence this parable invokes and consider "What images of God do we carry with us in our daily lives?" 

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 always find the link for the most current online worship service pinned to the top of our page on Facebook.
Greetings friends in Christ,
You may have heard the news that our time of quarantine is almost over. On Sunday June 6, we'll worship together in-person in Krug Park and then on Sunday June 13 we'll return to worship in our very own sanctuary after an almost 14-month hiatus. As a congregation, we have committed to being as safe as possible during this pandemic, for our safety and that of our communities. As we return to in-person worship, I ask that you continue to practice patience as our staff and church leadership determine the best ways to gather us together in one space.  I imagine that none of us may be entirely satisfied with the safety precautions we'll ask you to observe for these gatherings. Some of us may think we are being overly cautious. Others of us we'll wonder if we're being cautious enough. So again I invite us to practice patience and grace -- with our staff, our church leadership, and with each other as we navigate the days ahead.  

And a reminder: For those of you who are not ready, or not able, to return to in-person worship, our online services will continue on Sundays as usual. Those online services may change a bit in the weeks ahead as we determine the best way to utilize our limited time and resources as a staff to begin offering worship both online and in-person.  So, again a measure of grace will help us discern the best path forward.   

Most importantly in this time of transition, let's remember to care for and love one another, to focus on the what matters most,  to let the non-essentials rest for the time being, and continue our witness as a faith community focused on radical welcome, justice, and compassion. 
                                              

Your friend in Christ, Brian
KENNY CRAWFORD ON VACATION
Our church administrator, Kenny Crawford, will be on vacation and so out of the office next week, May 31-to June 4.  Pastor Brian will be in and out of the office at various times depending on his schedule, so if you need anything, please contact him by phone or email. 
Thank you!  55 households so far have responded to our online survey about the future of our ministry together.  If you have not had a chance to respond, there is still time. Just click on the link below. It will only take a few minutes to complete. Your responses will help our board and other leaders plan for our ministry priorities in the coming months. We encourage you to fill out this online survey by Sunday May 30. After we collect all the data, we'll share the results with you. 

Online Survey
IT'S TIME FOR CHURCH CAMP! SIGN-UP TODAY
Our regional summer caps for children and youth church 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. 
Each June our church hosts Royal Family Kids Camp, a free one-week camp for local at-risk children, many of whom are in foster care.  This special camp is only possible through the generous outreach giving of our church and the community. There are several ways you can help:

1) Contribute all or a portion of the $350.00 cost for one child to attend camp (send a check to the church or use our online Tithely giving app. Simply choose RFKC from the drop down menu)

2) Purchase items for camp from our online Amazon Wish List

3) Sign up to be a prayer partner for someone on the camp staff, writing them a letter/prayer of support and keeping them in prayer throughout the week of camp. Contact Debbie Sherard (dsherard@gmail.com) to volunteer. 
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: This week we pray for our partners and projects in Egypt. Learn more here
Judy Van Vickle, recovering from hip surgery.
Barb Edwards’ niece and nephew, Maida & Nick, with health concerns
Susan Zion, recovering from knee surgery. 
Jessie Lent, recovering from a fall and injury.
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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