A publication of First Christian Church of Edmond, OK Vol. 5 No. 16 April 25, 2013
Circle of Compassion
By Rev. Chris Shorow, Senior Minister
This Sunday will be an exciting day for our church family. First of all, we have one unified service at 10:45am. For those who have attended unified services in the past, you know that it is very inspiring for all of us to gather together as a church family in one service. The singing, the Spirit of worship and the whole atmosphere is dynamic. For your information, we have four unified services every year. Since we have 3 different services—the traditional and more informal 8:15 service, the contemporary 9:00 and the traditional 11:00 service that meet different tastes in our congregation—we limit the number of times we gather for one service. But we do enjoy meeting as one family on those occasions. The second joy of this Sunday will be the Circle of Compassion lunch that will take place immediately following our worship. The Circle of Compassion is the endowment that benefits our Week of Compassion. Remember that Week of Compassion is our Disciples fund that reaches out to communities in tragedy. For instance, this week there has been a tremendous response to the horrible explosion in West, Texas. The First Christian Church of Rowlett has been collecting material to bring down to West to help out. And our Week of Compassion offering money is already there, assisting those whose lives have been devastated by the explosion. The Circle of Compassion is a group of churches that have pledged $10,000 to the WOC endowment fund. The intent is that the proceeds from that fund will provide enough funding to WOC that their administrative costs are covered and for additional money to go to help people in need. In other words, 100% of your money given to WOC will aid our brothers and sisters who are suffering. Our lunch on Sunday is a fundraiser for the Circle and our goal is $10,000. We already have some funds
committed—our children’s ministry did their “Penny Drive” and raised almost $700—in pennies! So in addition to our meal—a bargain at $5—we will have many auction items available for you to purchase. There will be both a silent and a live auction. These auctions have always been a blast here in the past. Frank Gresh and Mark Nash will be our auctioneers and will be offering many items, from catered meals to massages, Jazz Lab tickets, jewelry, piano lessons, OU and OSU paraphernalia, there is even a children’s table with goodies for the kids like Beanie Babies and (get ready for this) a 12 volt Silver Mercedes Benz G Child’s Car! Parents, get ready to bid on that one! The meal is being catered by our own Russell Kious. Those of you who have eaten his feasts in the past will not be disappointed as he is working his magic once again. The theme is international and there will be four food stations featuring an international feast of Italian, Oriental (complete with Sushi!), Mexican and, of course, Oklahoma BBQ! So come and enjoy the party and raise money for a very worthy cause.
Join First Christian of Edmond THIS SUNDAY for a
Unified Worship Service
Sunday, April 28 10:45am
Let’s gather for 9:30am Sunday School and 10:45am Unified Worship Service followed by the Circle of Compassion Dinner and Auction at noon.
GIVE LIFE. GIVE BLOOD.
Sunday, April 28 9 AM to 1 PM Fellowship Hall North
Our goal: we would like to see five NEW donors participate in this drive...have you ever thought about donating blood? NOW is the time! Help us meet our goal and give life...give blood!
Circle of Compassion Dinner and Auction
THIS Sunday, April 28 12pm Noon Fellowship Hall and Family Life Center
As First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we continually seek ways to serve others both within our own community and beyond. One of the ministries we support is Week of Compassion (WOC). (WOC is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). WOC seeks to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and promotions of mission opportunities.) Week of Compassion has challenged Disciples Churches to become a part of the “Circle of Compassion” - 100 Disciples Churches to raise $10,000 for the endowment fund for Week of Compassion. First Christian Edmond has accepted this challenge! We are hosting a dinner and an auction event this coming Sunday, April 28, in the Fellowship Hall and Family Life Center to support the “Circle of Compassion” endeavor. Tickets are on sale now and will be at the door: $5 for each person (children under 5 are free.) Please join us this Sunday, April 28, at noon for a delicious lunch. After lunch, we will be auctioning off some great items - with both a silent auction and live auction! Come check it out! If you have questions regarding this Sunday’s event, please contact Iris Muno Jordan at 341-3544, ext. 110.
Teaser of Auction Items
“Friends, Arts & Wine” Evening with The Shadids Original Framed Photograph “The Cross” by Todd Ward Starbucks “Create Your Own” Tumbler Kit Gift Certificates for Haircut & Style with JC’s Funky Hair Ranch Stylist Mercedes Benz Children’s Ride-On Car A “Homemade Dessert Every Other Month” Certificate by Tana Stufflebean Red Dirt Ranger CDs 2012-13 OSU Women’s Basketball Team Signed Basketball 2012-13 OSU Men’s Basketball Team Signed Basketball Handmade Beaded Bracelets by Iris Muno Jordan Bar-B-Q Gift Basket by Cedar Hill Seasonings Select Wines for Wine Pull (wine not served at event)
Beautify Your Garden with TLC Gift Cards!
The Youth are selling $20 TLC gift cards NOW through Sunday, May 12. The cards are redeemable at TLC Florist and Greenhouse. It is easy to purchase the cards on Sundays, in the rotunda, and on Wednesday evenings. What a wonderful gift for that someone special on Mother’s Day! The TLC cards are good for all plants, trees, fertilizer and soil to help you get your garden growing this spring! (excludes landscaping services) Your purchase will help support youth activities and summer youth mission trips. Contact Missy Blevins at (405) 833-1115 with questions. Pick up your TLC cards today!
Prayers of the People
OUR PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN THE HOSPITAL Virginia O’Niel in Bellevue Rehab Center; Joan Grant in Epworth-Rehab THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER Doris Dowell, Betsy Jones, John Werhun, Nancy Gallop, Gabe Wiechmann (Don & Jenny Wiechmann’s son), Earl & Loree Rice, Judy Joy, Gayle Jones (Jennifer Cain’s mom), Lori Snider (Loretta Park’s daughter), Cynthia David (Winnie Hall’s daughter), Bill & Mary Lou Womble OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO Grady & Donna Daniel in the death of Donna’s mother, Lucille Thomas, on April 17. Services were held on Monday, April 22 at First Christian - Edmond. To: Christian Church Board Members and Friends - As a friend of the Jarrett Family, I thank you for the many inquiries and concerns you have expressed during Phyllis’s hospital stays and the death of her daughter. As parent and siblings, they are beginning to live with the loss of yet another of their circle. I also appreciate your concern for me as I try to support them. Thank you, Gladys Dronberger
4/28 Steve Joy, Wes Moffatt, Linda Murray 4/29 Amanda Greenfield, Jeff Luton, Beth Simpson 4/30 Megan Tobey, Cathy Tompkins 5/1 Julie Baker, Nancee Robertson, Allyson Cain, Luke Preslar, Susan Hurst 5/2 Dana Shadid, Chuck Racster 5/3 Hayden Nordstrom, Athena Jones, Allen Clark, Tim McFall, Lexi Belardo 5/4 Debbie Schmoyer 5/5 Bret Keel, Deia Crull
Escape to Athens with Paul!
This year’s theme for Vacation Bible School is “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.” Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry people, imprisonment, and even earthquakes — all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love! Registration for VBS begins May 5! If you register by May 27, it is FREE! After May 27, the cost will be $10. VBS will be Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14, for ages Kindergarten (those who have completed Kindergarten) through 5th Grade. For questions, contact Michelle at 341-3544 or [email protected]
Mark your calendars today!
Friday, June 21 at 1pm
First Christian’s Annual Golf Tournament is back! It will be held at Kickingbird Golf Course with an $80 Entry Fee. For more information, call Bob Stafford at (405) 359-8900 or email him at: [email protected]
Save The Date!
Donations Needed for Youth Garage Sale
Saturday, May 11 9am to 2pm Family Life Center
Coming up next week:
We would appreciate gently used clothing (no shoes please), toys, furniture, working electronics and household items. Funds raised at the sale support our mission trip this summer and other youth events. Donations will be accepted May 6-10, from noon to 7pm in the Family Life Center. Limited pick up for furniture items only will be available that same week; first scheduled-first served. Contact Mark at 341-3544 or [email protected]
Join the Youth of FCC as they lead us in the 9:00 and 11:00 am worship services.
8:15, 9 & 11am
Want to Help? Want to Volunteer? Want to Participate in a Worthy Ministry? Here are some wonderful opportunities for you...
CW&W Greeters Needed
Children Worship and Wonder will begin offering a service during the 9:00 am worship time. We are in need of Greeters. Greeters assist with welcoming, mentoring and guiding the children through the worship experience. There will be training for CW&W Greeters on Sunday, May 5, and Sunday, May 19, following the 11:00 am service. We need at least 12 wonderful individuals to start with so that the rotation would only require volunteers to greet once each month. If you love working with children, this is the perfect ministry for you! Email Michelle at [email protected]
or call 341-3544 to sign up for training.
at First Christian
April 28, 2013 Sunday School - 9:30am Unified Worship - 10:45am
Message: Rev. Chris Shorow Scripture: Acts 11:1-18
May 5, 2013 Youth Sunday
Message: Rev. Dr. Jerry Black Scripture: John 15:12-15
Looking for B.O.B. Volunteers
Breakfast on Boulevard serves the needy each weekday morning, Monday through Friday. BOB needs additional helpers one to two times a month from 5:30 am to 7:30 am. Please contact Judy Griffis at 348-1443 with questions or to sign up to volunteer.
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Disciples Retirement Community of Oklahoma (DRCO)
What is the DRCO? Formed in 2005, the Disciples Retirement Community of Oklahoma (DRCO) has been working to provide assistance to our own here in Edmond - specifically at Bradford Village, a retirement home on Broadway. (This ministry has been around since the 1950’s under the name of Oklahoma Christian Retirement Community.) The DRCO now needs your assistance in supporting this worthy ministry! Learn more about the DRCO - Disciples Retirement Community of Oklahoma and how you can help at: www.fccedmond.org/drco
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