First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
120 N. McArthur Macomb, Illinois
Volume V, Number 11 March 16, 2000
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LENTEN SERVICE SCHEDULE
All services begin at 7:00 p.m.
March 19 - St. Paul Catholic Church - Rev. Jim Stovall
March 26 - Wesley United Methodist - Father Richard Pricco
April 2 - First Presbyterian Church - Rev. Susan Coller
April 9 - St. George Episcopal Church - Rev. Bill Brown
April 16 - Scotland Trinity Presbyterian -Rev. Edward DenBlaauwen
The Community Lenten Service for the Second Sunday of Lent will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m on March 19. Rev. Stovall will be the speaker for the evening. Please be reminded that the offering taken at this worship service will be given to Loaves and Fishes. Loaves and Fishes is a helping program for members of our community who often are in need of food, money for utility bills, and help with transportation resources.
FROM WESLEY VILLAGE
A "Cards for Alzheimer's Party" will be held at Wesley Village in Macomb on April 4 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. A springtime dessert will be served and there will be a drawing for door prizes. A $3.00 donation per person or $12.00 per table of four is requested. The event will benefit residents of Wesley Village's Alzheimer' Care Unit. Reservations are limited and should be made no later than March 31, by calling (309) 833-2123, weekdays.
Come One Come All to Walter Scott any or all of March 6, 7, 8 and or March 20, 21, 22 to help finish the lodge addition. All skill levels are needed. (Carpentry, Painting, Cleaning) Bring your own hand tools. As always, four hours work equals room and board. Questions and reservations should be made to Burley Herrin at the camp 217-739-2332 or Gene Lamport volunteer coordinator at 217-523-4956.
Camp Management Cmte.
SAMARITAN WELL FUND RAISER
Remember the Spaghetti Lunch and Auction to be held at Wesley UMC this Saturday. Serving begins at 11:00 a.m. with a silent auction following. Many wonderful donations have been coming in all week. Some of the items being auctioned are "Theme Baskets". Come and check these out and enjoy a delicious lunch. All proceeds go to the Samaritan Well.
MARRIAGE TEMSHELL CLASS
The Marriage Temshell Class will meet again each Sunday morning beginning March 19, at 9:00 a.m. in the Senior Minister's Study. This class is working on developing a text for pre-marital guidance. We are always welcoming new members to the class. The study is across from the library on the second floor of the north portion of the building.
Remember the song done by Bette Midler, "From a Distance." She says, "God is watching us from a distance." This sort of watching is done not so much by miles or kilos but by time. God sees through the eyes of the eternal. Human eyes that see over the distance of time can see what is important, compared to the trivial. Many poets, theologians and artists become famous long after they die. Posterity tells what we do not see at first.
We are not yet to the cross in Lenten Venture. But as we approach that benchmark for understanding, the 22 Psalm is helpful. Crucifixion was death for the outcast. The book of Deuteronomy says, "Cursed is he who hangs upon a tree." To be hanged on Golgotha was to lose one's citizenship in the nation of Israel and, therefore, one's salvation. Yet, posterity says something else. It says that in the long run God sees what is helpful and beneficial. Posterity has the last word. Living in faith allows this to happen. Sometimes the immediate experience seems unimportant. Wait for the long run.
A ROARING GREAT EXPERIENCE
Our mission to Bani went well this year. We shall be sharing the experience with you in morning worship on March 26. We built four casita latrinas which will enable four families to have a sanitary lot upon which to live.
We bought a house for a Haitian woman and her four children who had been burned out by biased neighbors.
We purchased a generator for the Nutrition Center so that the women will not lose electricity every day while they care for the children who go there because of malnutrition.
A water retention system was built for the nutrition center as well. That will go with the raised garden provided so that the center will have fresh fruits and vegetables.
ister Catherine reports that there are already six banana plants rising in he soil of the garden.
During morning worship on March 26, we shall be sharing some of our personal experiences.
Hey, our youth will be back in action this weekend. Youth Group will meet from 4:00 to 5:30
p.m. this Sunday afternoon. We will return to our focus on reaching a deeper level of spirituality
through prayer, Scripture reading and journaling.
If you are a young person who hasn't yet experienced what Youth Group is about, please come by and see us this Sunday. I know you will find it a joyful time. Besides that, you'll at least get to enjoy some pizza and pop!!
AMONG THE FLOCK
Leo Manning was in the hospital over the weekend.
Rick Land, son of Dick and Pauline Land, has been added to our prayers. He was scheduled for an operation on Tuesday to remove a tumor. Pauline , also, has been on our prayer list.
Camilla Mercier has completed five weeks of radiation treatement. Her mother is Shirley Rigg. Shirley sends thanks for all the prayers that have been given in behalf of Camilla.
Louise Kauzlerich, Windy McGaughey and Martha Graham are in McDonough District Hospital.
The outreach department will be collecting candle stubs, etc. These can be any color, scent, size, or shape. They will be recycled into new candles that will be sold as a fund raiser for Outreach. There is a box available in the office hallway for your donations. The department would also be appreciative of any donations of jelly jars to be used for the recycled candles. Contact the office for more information.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
It's time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School. This year the dates are June 25th through the 28th. This past week we had a meeting with the Presbyterian church and concluded that VBS would be held here at First Christian again due to their remodeling work.
This year's theme is "On the Road with Jesus." We will be using the Story Teller Series again and having a carnival that will supplement the series' message. It will be a very fun and exciting learning experience for all ages from preschool through adult. If you can help with VBS this summer please contact Jack McKinnon.
WIRC- Victim Services is in need of donations of non-perishable food items and other supplies for women and children who are in domestic violence situations. Most needed items include canned goods, non-perishable food items, large diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. If you are interested in donating please contact Amber Graves, 8am-4pm Monday through Friday at 837-6622 or weekends and evenings at 836-7321.
SERVING MARCH 19
Eva Vail - Loaf Prayer
Bob Sherwood - Cup Prayer
Myron Raymer, Mary Lou Kerr, Mike Marlow, Richard Nott, Rod Burg, Nita Burg, Sig Carden, Karen Chatterton, Don Hodges, Margaret Reed, Gentry Bryant, Richard Anderson
Kay Heaton, Kim Wisslead, Shannon Reed
Greeters - East Door
Lloyd & Katie Dorethy
Greeters - South Door
Janet & Joe Stone
Barb & Kent Woodford
Doris Allen, Lois Longwell, Nita Burg, Leo Manning, Gail Randall (elevator)
Sunday Morning Office Staff
March 12, 2000
Worship Service 152
Sunday School 49
Sunday Sermon: "It All Comes Out In The Wash"
Sunday Scripture: Psalm 22
Thanks: The Lenten Service Offering for Loaves & Fishes was $149.00.