Chalice Tidings

Newsletter of

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

120 N. McArthur Macomb, Illinois

(309) 837-6473

Volume V, Number 13 March 30, 2000

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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


If you would be able to play the piano for Everly House Vesper services please let the office know. These services are on the third Sunday of each month. A list of piano players would then be available for the Cottage Group doing the service each month.


Herb Knudsen, the Regional Minister for the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Illinois and Wisconsin region, will visit our Church the evening of April 24th. The purpose of his visit is to get us started in the process of searching for a new minister. There will be a time for questions and answers as well as a time for the meeting with the Search Committee. Details for his visit will be in next week's newsletter.


There will be a Wenois Cluster Assembly meeting on Sunday, April 2, 2000 at the Pittsfield Christian Church in Pittsfield. The meeting will be at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend.


The Mission 2000 Team will give a report of their trip this Sunday, April 2nd during the Worship Service.


Please contact Jean Smith if you would like to ride the church van to the meeting on April 15 in Jacksonville.


The Property Cmte will not meet on April 5. There will be a special committee meeting on April 17 at 3:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to talk to an insurance representative.


This breakfast will be held at Days Inn at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. All men of the church are welcomed.


This Sunday shut-in communion will be served. The Elders scheduled to serve are Dave Taylor and Darlos Mummert. Deacons serving with them are Mike Drake and Paul Huff. If you can not serve on this day, please find a substitute.

These are the days of the wilderness time. Now we journey in search of a holy land. Sometimes it is a pilgrimage and sometimes it is a wandering. Sometimes we have a pretty good idea where we are going and sometimes we are turned inside out and upside down.

Sometimes, like Israel, we have to set up an extended camp and let the wilderness come to us. That is, we have to learn one place in the wilderness well enough to have a starting place again.

In part of the wilderness story we find ourselves grumbling that all of our needs are not being met, as if the wilderness were the end of the journey! Numbers reports that, in that mind set, the people were snake bit. So, in response to God's command, Moses built a Bronze Serpent and held it up. When the people were snake bit, they looked at the Bronze Serpent and they did not die.

Both Paul and John take up this image in speaking about the Cross. They say that Christ on the Cross must be lifted up for the world to see. For, symbolically speaking, it is not uncommon for people to be snake bit in the wilderness when they are wandering and grumbling. In such time, keep your eye on the symbol.

Love, Jim

Things I Want to Accomplish Before Moving

I have been teaching a class called Marriage Temshell. It is a rather long course, preparing couples for marriage. Jan Rockwell will finish teaching the class. I hope to have completed the writing of the course in the next couple of weeks.

Covenental Licensed Lay Ministry will have its supporters and teachers long after I have left. Barbara Allen, Associate Regional Minister in the Midwest is working on that. A few nearby ministers are to be involved as well.

In addition, I shall continuing writing the text for Telling the Biblical Story which is being taught by Angela Odorizzi, Bob Chatterton and Vickie Taylor.

Furthermore, the door to my office remains open for you.

Love and Grace, Jim


On April 7th there is a concert sponsored by M.A.M.A. Daniel's Window will be performing at Fellheimer Auditorium, 8:30 p.m. Admission is one canned good to be donated to Loaves and Fishes Ministry. New Covenant will also be performing as an opening act.


Our church will be the host of some upcoming organ recitals. On Sunday, April 2, Jill King, who is this year's winner of the Sacred Music Scholarship, will be playing the prelude for morning worship. That afternoon, at 4:00, the WIU organ studio will present a recital. Jill will be playing, as well as our own Kevin Chunko and Jay Regennitter. The program includes works by Bach, Brahms, Barber, Scheidt, and several contemporary pieces.

On Friday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m., Jill will present her senior recital. Her program includes works by Bach, Barber, and a set of pieces for organ and flute by Alain. Please come and support our organ students by attending.


Russell Gibble was in The Intensive Care Unit at McDonough District Hospital. He was moved out on Monday.

Minnie Arnold is a patient at McDonough District Hospital.

Our sympathy goes to Bill Kauzlarich and his family at the loss of his wife Louise.

Prayers and sympathy continue to be offered for Doris Tippet at the loss of her daughter, Judy Herron.

We continue to remember Irwin McGaughey's family in our thoughts as well.

Youth Group is meeting again from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday afternoon. This session will go through April 16th.


"Don't be so busy with the things of time that you forget the things of eternity."

Submitted by our April Worship Leader

On April 27, 2000 the General Macomb Chapter, NSDAR will be honoring Col. Leo Manning with a National Medal of Honor for Community Service. If anyone would like to write a note of congratulations to Leo, for a Memory Book, please do so by April 17 and mail it to:

Donna Weinberg

1827 S. Madison St.

Macomb, IL 61455

We hope to make this a special event for Leo.

Good Friday Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 136 W. Carroll, on April 21st from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The service will rotate on a twenty minute schedule. You can come anytime during the lunch hour, stay twenty minutes or more and experience a meaningful service. We hope to see you there.


The Gathering for CWF in Jacksonville, IL will be held on April 15 and not April 5 as stated in last week's newsletter.


Worship Leader

Bob Chatterton


Arlene Westerhold - Loaf Prayer

Charlotte Davis - Cup Prayer

Assembly Deacons

Mike Anderson, Sharon Butcher, Mike Drake, Carrie Finson, Ronda Kimler, Dorothy & Larry Loop, Bessie Marlow, Mary Raymer, Valerie Barber, Debbie Smith, Michelle Neve

Preparatory Deacons

Mary McMullen, Lesa Barry, Judy Graves

Greeters - East Door

Jack & Mary Keith McKinnon

Greeters - South Door

Bob & Donna Blansett

Sanctuary Superintendent

Tweed & Nikki Mummert


Betty Aten, Ruth Albee, Tim Adams, Rod Burg, Larry Loop (elevator)

Sunday Morning Office Staff

Helen Miller

Figuratively Speaking

March 26, 2000

Worship Service 185

Sunday School 58

Sunday Sermon: "Eyes on the Symbol"

Sunday Scripture: John 3:14 and Numbers 21:4-9

Church Calendar

Sunday, April 2

Prayer Group 8:30 a.m.

Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

Wenois Cluster Assembly 2:00 p.m.

Shut-In Communion 1:30 p.m.

Organ Recital 4:00 p.m.

Youth Group 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Community Lenten Service 7:00 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church

Monday, April 3

Staff Meeting 10:00 a.m.

L.L.M. 5:00 p.m.

Life Support 7:00 p.m.

.Tuesday, April 4

Boy Scouts 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5

Quilting Mission Group 6:30 p.m.

Choir Practice 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 6

CWF Executive Board Mtg 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 7

Organ Recital 8:00 p.m.

Christian Concert 8:30 p.m. - Fellheimer Auditorium

Sunday, April 9

Elders Breakfast 7:45 p.m.

Youth Group 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Community Lenten Service 7:00p.m. at St. George Episcopal Church