FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
111 N 5TH ST.
MURRAY, KY 42071
PH: (270) 753-3824
For the week of Tuesday, December 4, 2018
We received an urgent call from Need Line, who gives a Christmas food box to 600 food insecure families in our county. This year they are short in being able to service 300 of these. We have signed up to provide as much boxed macaroni and cheese and boxed Jell-o as we can. Since they need to have them by December 6, please drop them off directly at Need Line.
Staff Gifts: From Rob Clause:
We now have the opportunity to show our appreciation for all of our hardworking staff. Please let them know with a gift of love by December 16th. These can be given to an elder or put with the
weekly collection clearly labeled ' Staff Gifts'. Thank you.
Poinsettia Dedications: Please see the attachment for your Poinsettia Dedication Form. If you would like to purchase a Poinsettia this year, they are $10 each. Please complete the form and return along with your check to FCC with "Poinsettia" in the memo line no later than Sunday, December 9. You may place your form and check in the offering plate, drop it off in the church office, or mail it in to us. If you have questions, contact Jean Bennett: 270-753-2590 or email@example.com.
Christmas Gifts for 6 School Children: Many thanks to everyone who took one of file cards placed on the Christmas tree at the back of the sanctuary on which were listed gifts for the four young people from Calloway County and two from the Murray Independent Schools. They will help bring the joy of Christmas to people who would otherwise not receive much. Please return the gifts, with the original card placed on it, no later than Sunday, December 9 and place either in the plastic bin at the back of the sanctuary or in Nancy Dycus’ office. Please DO NOT WRAP the gifts, leaving the parents the opportunity to do this.
Christmas shopping? There are still beautiful gifts for purchase from the CWF Noel Market in the parlor.
HAVE YOU FILLED OUT YOUR PLEDGE CARD YET? Our Stewardship Finance Committee has worked hard to prepare our 2019 budget, which will be voted on this Sunday, December 9 at a brief congregational meeting following worship. This year we have received a total of 34 pledges, totaling $132,516. Last year by this point we had received 42 pledges, totaling $147,026. If you have not yet filled out your pledge card and need one, they are available both in the narthex and in the church office. Thank you for caring enough about First Christian Church to help support its important ministry!
A Dollar a Day (ADAD): We appreciate all of your generous gifts during 2018 and for your continued giving to our “A Dollar A Day” (ADAD) fund, which presently has received $2871 toward our goal of $5,700. Since we continue to be significantly behind in our giving, we greatly appreciate all the contributions toward this and any extra you might be able to give as a kind of Christmas present to the church as we finish up this fiscal year.
If you are starting your Christmas shopping, we hope you will help out FCC by using Amazon Smile. If you start at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your
eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
To support First Christian Church when shopping on Amazon, simply click on the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/61-0482959 and shop!
It’s that easy!
Tonight at 6 p.m., Ann Thornton will host a Faith and Food gathering at her home. All women of the church are invited. We will be reading aloud O. Henry’s delightful short story The Gift of the Magi (copies to be provided then) and exchanging either used or new Christmas ornaments. Please bring an ornament to exchange (either used or new) and a dish to share! We will be carpooling from the church parking lot at 5:45 PM.
On Sunday, December 9 after worship there will be a short congregational meeting in which we will vote on the budget and new slate of church officers. Also, from noon to 2 p.m., there will be a Church Wide Craft & Cookie Bake for people of all ages! The children will make sugar cookies while the adult and youth will make other goodies to be given out to people in our community when the choir goes caroling on December 16. If you would like to make any special cookies (outside the usual sugar cookies we make), please provide the ingredients. “Little Acts of Kindness” bags will be filled during this event.
RSVP for the Christmas Out to Lunch: Out to Lunch will be held on December 12 at noon at Tom’s Grille. Please RSVP before Monday, December 10 at noon by calling or emailing the church office or signing the sheet outside the office.
Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 p.m., CWF I will be held at the home of Betty McCord.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, AND EVENTS HELD AT OUR CHURCH THIS UPCOMING WEEK
Tuesday, December 4
8-10 a.m. ~ TOPS
6 p.m. ~ Faith and Food gathering at the home of Ann Thornton
Wednesday, December 5
No YOUTH GROUP
7 p.m. ~ Choir
Happy Birthday Taylor Lynn Garland!
Saturday, December 8
8 a.m. ~ DMF breakfast in FH
Sunday, December 9
Noon - 2 p.m. ~ Church Wide Craft & Cookie Bake/Filling “Little Acts of Kindness” bags (see list at the end of this Tuesday email)
Monday, December 10
6:30 p.m. ~ Boy Scouts
7 p.m. ~ Home Bible Study
Happy Birthday Ashley Criswell (Nichols)!
8-10 a.m. ~ TOPS
1 p.m. ~ Book club in parlor
6:30 p.m. ~ CWF I at the home of Betty McCord
Happy Birthday Brandon Redd!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CHURCH
· December 12, 12 noon, Out to Lunch will meet at Tom’s Grille.
· December 12 at 5:30 p.m., youth group will meet at FPC for a Christmas party at MOTA House.
· December 12, 6 p.m., Elders Meeting.
· December 16, the choir will perform its Cantata and the children will perform a Christmas skit during worship. “Lunch and a movie” will be provided following worship.
· December 16, the choir will go caroling, in which attendees of church (even if you’re not in choir) are invited.
· December 17, 5:30 p.m., CWF II will host its Christmas potluck at the home of Carmen Garland.
CHURCH POLICY INFORMATION
Deadline to submit information for Church Life is the 15th of the month. Please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know someone who would like to receive the Tuesday email or Church Life or if you would like to opt out of receiving emails from us, please email us at email@example.com.
If you would like to be included on our prayer list or would like to be removed, please call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note policy regarding benevolence requests: All requests for benevolence aid must go through Pastor Ruth or Debbie Batteiger. What this means specifically is that if someone from the congregation is asked for money from someone in need, please let them know that the church policy is that all requests must go through official channels. We have had a number of incidents where some individuals have been asked for money and this has put them in a difficult situation.
PLEASE NOTE: The City of Murray has passed a No Smoking Ordinance. You will notice that No Smoking signs have been placed on the doors in all of the entrances. It is now prohibited to smoke in all enclosed public places, outdoor public places, within 15 feet of outdoor entrances, recreational areas and parking lots. A person found to be smoking in a prohibited area is subject to the following fines by the Murray Police Department: $50 for first violation; $100 for a second violation; and each additional violation within a year is an additional $150. If you have any questions about the city’s ordinance, you can visit http://www.murrayky.gov/_docs/2018-1757.pdf for more information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE: If either school district (Murray Independent or Calloway County Schools) are cancelled due to bad weather, Wednesday Night Live will also be cancelled.
To help our church
The following items are needed at the church: Donations of AA and AAA batteries.
To help our community
Fabric (1 ½ yards) is needed for Celeste McAllister to continue making “Little Acts of Kindness” bags. It may be dropped off in the Elder’s Room or Church Office.
Green Needline Bags: For the month of November, we will collect canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables, soap and toothpaste. These may be placed in the Green Bags at the back of the sanctuary or in the green bag on the back pew.
Please collect quarters for “Laundry Love”: There are “Laundry Love” offering boxes in the narthexes for you to take home to put your quarters in. We will be overseeing Laundry Love three times a year. The next date in which we are scheduled to oversee Laundry is Jan. 28, 2019. If you bring quarters in the church, you may empty them and put your quarters in the plastic box on the table in the Elders room on Sunday mornings or in the various Laundry Love collection boxes throughout the church.
The Main Street Youth Center is in need of individually wrapped after school snacks. Donations may be dropped off in the bin at the back of the sanctuary or at the center at 513 South Fourth St. from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. each weekday. For more information, you can call the center directly at 270-753-8336.