I hope you are all staying healthy and somewhat entertained during these unprecedented times. Not since the Spanish flu of 1918 have places of worship been closed across the United States. Thankfully we have the technology to continue to hold our services and dedicated members and staff to make it happen.
To find the Sunday services live, go to our Facebook page and follow the link starting at 10:00 a.m. We have the worship team singing, a moment of reflection on communion, prayers, and of course, Pastor Steve's message.
What we do not have is an opportunity to continue to financially support the congregation. Sadly, the needs of the church do not stop during the shutdown. We have had numerous phone calls asking how you can continue your generous offerings, and we have a few choices. You can mail us a check or drop them in the mail slot at the office; you can also call Cindy from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and give her your debit/credit card information.
These are difficult times and we will continue to support our members and the community in anyway necessary. If you have a need for food, help to run errands, or just talk to someone, please call the office, Pastor Steve, or one of the Elders, and we will do everything we can to help you.
I would ask that all of us utilize these quiet times to catch up on reflective readings, add Bible time to your days and please Pray for the world to be freed of this pandemic.
May the peace and the glory of God continue to fill your lives,
Chair of the Elders
The In-Betweeners Second Hour Class meets in the Pastor's Study and is for anyone between college to retirement-age. We have no agenda planned for our second hour gatherings and just go with the flow. It's lots of fun! We would love to grow our group so I encourage people to bring a friend or two!
The other option is open to all adults and meets in the Fireside Room. This discussion group covers various topics and themes, usually led by the Pastor. (Books, Videos, Topical Discussions)
There is a new program starting the first of March...
There will be a "card table" in the multi-purpose room after church. A variety of greeting cards will be available for you to select from, write a note, address from the directory, and leave in the mailing box. When Steve announces there is someone ill, or having surgery, or a birthday, you can get a card ready to mail while it is on your mind. There will also be member pictures available to look through in case you are not sure who someone is. In other words, you can put a face to the name.
By the way, we are glad to take donated cards, if you have any laying around your house that you are willing to give away.
As everyone settles in to staying at home until this virus runs its course, we are cancelling Senior Lunch Bunch until church services resume again in the next few or more weeks. After this is all over we will be picking up with some really fun guests.
Keep watching the newsletter and church emails for when normal church functions and activities can resume.
All First Christian Church regularly attending high school seniors have been mailed scholarship information and forms. Please remember that the deadline for turning in applications is May 3 at noon.
All are welcome to join the Grief Support Group, led by Danika (Beard) Turney, in the Fireside Room every third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Participants experience the support and caring of other grieving persons, as well as receive helpful information about grieving and the grief process.
This time of the year can be even more of a challenge for those working through their journey. Check in with folks and share some love and ti
We were very sad and disappointed that the Holy Land & Passion Play tour had to be postponed due to the coronavirus disruption of international travel. Israel, concerned for the safety of citizens and travelers, is closed to visitors at this time. And the Oberammergau committee decided to cancel the Passion Play for this year and move all performances to 2022. Given this situation, over 90% of tour groups affected have decided to reschedule to 2022. This is what our group is doing. We plan to go on the same trip, same awesome itinerary, around the same time in May 2022. Now there's time for more folks to sign up.
Each June, we have an All Church Camp-out at South Beach State Park. This year the dates are June 26th-28th . In addition to fellowship and sharing meals, a worship service is held Sunday morning. We still have a service at the church for those unable or choosing not to go to the beach and for visitors! Reservations need to be made for camping spots as soon as possible - Loop B or as close as you can. Come for one day or all! www.reserveamerica.com
The Regional Board of the Christian Church in Oregon & SW Idaho oversees the ministries done together by Disciples in our area. Allison Zitzelberger from Silverton FCC will be one of two youth representatives who are a liaison between the Regional Board and youth in our congregations.
Like other regional board members, the youth members share information about regional church programs and relay concerns and questions from the churches to the board. They review the programs and expenses of the regional church and learn about Global Ministries, Week of Compassion, New Church Ministry and many other activities of the regional church.
Marcus Clark, also from Silverton FCC, has served on the Regional Board for the past two years and will continue as a Santiam District representative. The regional board meets three times per year.
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