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IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH


Sunday July 4
Adult Bible Study (via Zoom) 9:00 AM
Online Worship via YouTube 10:45 AM

In-Person Worship in Krug Park 10:45 AM

Tuesday July 6
Book Discussion group @ Big Biscuit 9 AM 
B-Attitudes Women's Group  6 PM
(At home of Shirley Evans.- 5214 N Mockingbird Ln.)


Sunday July 11
Worship in the Sanctuary & Online @ 10:45 AM

WORSHIP SUNDAY JULY 4
Before the fireworks, before the bbq, we hope you'll join us for worship this Sunday July 4 to celebrate blessed and sacred community together. If you are local, we invite you to grab a lawn chair or blanket and head out to Krug Park for another of our monthly "Wild Worship" experiences. We'll gather around the main pavilion at Krug Park at 10:45 AM for music, message, communion, fellowship, and thanksgiving for God's amazing creation. Rev. Krista Kiger will be our guide as she plays her guitar, invites us to sing, and offers our morning's focus: "Sharing the New Creation." (PLEASE NOTE: In case of rain, this service will be held in our sanctuary.) 

Krista will also lead our online service, along with church friends Nancy Nash and Katey Girard. 
Our online service premieres as usual 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.
Do you remember the last time you were visiting a church...for the FIRST time? For some of us, we haven't had that experience for decades. For others of us, it might have been just a few weeks ago.  As we navigate the sort of church we are called to be post-quarantine, I want encourage us all to do what we can to help our newcomers to feel welcome and comfortable as they join us for worship on any given Sunday.  If you see someone you don't know, please introduce yourself. Ask if they have any questions about the worship service or our church. Another way you can help: fill out the tear-off portion of the bulletin with your contact information and put it in the offering plate. Even if you are a long-time member, doing so may encourage our visitors to do likewise. After worship, take a moment to thank a visitor for joining us and invite them to return, or point them my direction. Perhaps the best way you can be helpful as we extend a welcome to new folk finding their way to 1st Christian: just keep being the caring, compassionate, beautiful and justice-filled people I know you to be. 

Your brother in Christ, Pastor Brian
PASTOR BRIAN OUT-OF-THE-OFFICE
Brian will be on vacation and away from the office June 30-July 11. If you have an emergency pastoral need during this time, please contact Kenny in the church office or Sandy Hamlin, chair of the elders. 
NEW BOOK STUDY BEGINS JULY 6
You are invited to join our "Coffee & Conversation" group on Tuesday mornings beginning July 6 for a multi-week exploration of the new book "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation."  This provocative text explores the political and Christian landscape of our country since the 1950's in an effort to try to understand where we are today.  This gathering happens on Tuesdays beginning at 9 AM in the backroom of Big Biscuit Restaurant in St. Joseph. Grab coffee or some breakfast and be part of the fellowship. Our first discussion will be led by Katey Girard. 
B-ATTITUDES WOMEN'S GROUP JULY 6
Our "B-Attitude" womens group will meet Tuesday July 6 at 6 pm at the home of Shirley Evans on her deck (5214 N Mockingbird Lane, St Joseph). All are welcome. If you plan to attend please contact Shirley or Janet Pullen (jpullen196@gmail.com) so we can make sure enough chairs are available. You are invited to bring a snack to share if you like, and think about your answer to the question: "What do you love from the 1970's decade?"  The group will also chat about the "Vocation" chapter (starting on page 26) of the text "Front Porch Tales" by Phillip Gulley. 
Our food pantry shelves are almost bare and we need your help to keep our Blessing Box full of food for those in need in our neighborhood. Please consider bringing food items with you to worship this Sunday (or dropping them by the church this coming week).  We especially need items that are easy-to-open and that can be consumed without cooking.  This might include peanut butter, breakfast bars, canned meats, canned fruit.  But any and all non-perishable food items are welcome. Individual hygiene items are also welcome. 
A REMINDER...
Are you traveling for vacation or worship this summer? You can still join us for worship even when out-of-town by joining our online worship experience each Sunday at 10:45 AM via YouTube. Take a break from your busy life and share your presence with others in this time of sacred online worship.  
Interested in becoming part of our tech ministry, either for our online presence (shooting video, editing, social media posting, etc.) or for our in-house presence (running sound, staffing the powerpoint slides,  lighting, "stage design" of the sanctuary, etc.)? If so, please contact Pastor Brian or Kenny Crawford to learn more. Volunteers are needed now, more than ever, as we strive to maintain both our online and in-person ministry presence. 
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

Global Ministries: This week we pray for our partners and projects in Philippines. Learn more here
Ron Johnson's father, suffering a stroke this week. 

Manuel Zarate, having shoulder replacement surgery next week.  
Mike Barton, recovering from brain surgery.
Sandy Hamlin, recovering from eye surgery. 
Chuck Medley's sister Amy, recovering from surgery.
Judy Spencer, recovering from hip surgery.
Dorothy Wenz, friend of our congregation, in rehab. 
Judy Van Vickle, recovering from hip surgery.
Carole Walters, now living at the Riverside care facility.
Beth Kar, daughter of Bev Grienke, living with cancer
Arlene Sollars, with a recent "remission" diagnosis from her cancer treatment
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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