For the week of
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 through
Monday, October 19, 2020
Tip: Commit to getting trained
in mental health first aid. If you are interested in training, please let the church office
"But the tax
collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast saying,
'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' "
~ Luke 18:12
Teresa Nixon: "CWF Group ll will meet on Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m. for a regular
meeting. We will not be cleaning the FH and kitchen as is listed in the CWF
CWF is preparing for its annual Noel Market to be held November 7, 8 a.m. to noon in
the Fellowship Hall. This year's Market will be modified, having no baked
food items to sell, and no soup and cornbread luncheon because of COVID-19. If
you have items made for the bazaar, please get them to us so they can be advertised on
CWF is also selling the Stained Glass Window notecards with envelopes, 8 for $10.00,
and antique quilt raffle tickets. The quilt was crafted in the 1940's and has
a scalloped border. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each, or 6 for
$5.00. To purchase tickets please contact any CWF member, or Leah Hart at
270-293-1213 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or tickets can be
purchased at the Noel Market.
NOTE FROM THE
Dear Church Family
We continue to grieve in the aftermath of the unexpected death of our beloved sister in
Christ, Glenda Roos, who passed away on Friday morning, October 9, at the
Murray Calloway County Hospital. She was surrounded by her loved ones as she took her
last breath and transitioned over into her eternal home. Saturday would have been
Glenda’s birthday on earth, which she instead celebrated in heaven. Her family gathered
at her home that evening to share precious memories of her. As of this evening,
we still have not received definite funeral plans, but we will email that information
out once we have it. While we originally intended to bring a bereavement meal to
one of their homes following the funeral, the family has said that since our church
brought meals to the hospital the week leading up to her death, Sammy Cunningham’s
church would like to offer a bereavement meal for them.
I want to alert you that I will be taking a week off, beginning on Monday, October
19. Russ has an early morning medical appointment with a neurologist at
Vanderbilt that Wednesday, which will require us going into Nashville the day before.
We have a number of other personal errands that we need to take care of that week as
well. Therefore, I will be off the grid all week. I have asked our new
youth directors, Matthew Sandiford and Elena Roberts, to oversee communion and bring a
message on Facebook Live for Sunday, October 25, and to do my parts in our outdoor
Simplicity Sunday worship service that day. There will not be a Saturday
newsletter delivered to the homes of those not on the internet or emailed out that
In Christian Love and Service,
YOUR HELP NEEDED!
The youth group will be filling a number of Blessing Boxes in the
community this Sunday. You may bring items for the Blessing
Box to the fellowship hall (leave outside the door) or to our Simplicity
Sunday outdoor worship next Sunday, October 18.
Keisha Kinsley and Andrew O’Rourke are hosting a fundraising event in memory of
Andrew’s brother Pete. They are needing bottles of water and granola
bars by this Saturday. If you would like to donate some, please leave it
outside the door leading into the fellowship hall. Someone will be by the church every
day to check.
NOTE THE FOLLOWING CALENDAR CHANGE: Because of the likelihood that a
Presidential Debate will take place on Thursday, October 22, we have moved our
discussion of the final chapters (20-31) of Janice Morgan’s book Suspended
Sentence, to Thursday, October 29, from 7 to 8:30 PM. Rev. Dennis
Gray’s presentation as part of our “Sharing Stories About Race” series, originally
scheduled for October 29, will be moved to a later date TBA.
NOTE: This week there will be workshops every evening as part of our virtual
Regional Assembly. All who registered for this will have received an email with
log in information and a schedule. Therefore, there will not be a Wednesday Night
‘Virtual’ Live gathering this Wednesday.
Tuesday, October 13,
at 1 p. m. ~ CWF’s Group One will meet in the Fellowship
Hall. We will follow the reopening committee’s recommendation to stay six feet
apart, wear masks, and provide our own snacks and beverages. Let’s attend to
enjoy spending time together after a long absence and to renew our commitment to the
Christian Women’s Fellowship.
Thursday, October 15,
noon to 1 p.m. ~ The Sanctuary will be open for a time of personal prayer and
Thursday, October 15,
1 p.m. ~ ROK prayer meeting has been CANCELLED both this Thursday, October 15,
and next Thursday, October 22, since Nancy Dycus who leads this gathering has medical
procedures those days.
Thursday, October 15,
5-7 p.m. ~ Crystal Dillard and social workers with the local DCBS office will
be using our church parking lot (and a table or two) to hand out pizzas to foster
families in lieu of an appreciation dinner.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020
A copy of our at-home worship service will be included as a link on our church website
at www.fccmurray.com. A manuscript
version of the sermon (which will be on the tenth commandment, “You shall not covet
anything that belongs to your neighbor” from Exodus 20:17) will be included as a PDF
file that will be emailed out, which also will be attached to our church’s website
at www.fccmurray.com. Pastor Ruth’s
message can be listened to on Facebook Live (technology and internet service
permitting). You may access this by going to the Facebook icon on our church’s website
or through your own Facebook page.
10 a.m. ~ ‘SIMPLICITY
SUNDAY’ WORSHIP CELEBRATION IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT: A time of music, prayer,
and communion will be offered in the parking lot at the back of the church. (Please
park at the side of the church or, if you have mobility issues, you may park at the
bottom of the back parking lot).
Special music: Mark Dycus will sing an arrangement of Blessed
Assurance for solo voice and guitar
Note: check your email and the church Facebook page if the weather looks
questionable. We will get information out if we need to cancel. Those of you who do not
have internet access will have to use your own
COMMUNION: If you are
using your at-home worship kits, we encourage you to take communion at 11 a.m., as you
join with others at this time to share in the bread and cup. This Sunday we will be
offering communion during our gathering on the church parking lot at 10 AM (weather
OFFERING: You may mail
your check to the church at First Christian Church, 111 North Fifth Street, Murray, KY
42071 or drop it off in the secure mail slot in the door beside the one leading into
the fellowship hall. You may also give online through our Givelify
FELLOWSHIP GATHERING at 4 p.m. ~ the Zoom link will be emailed out before
GATHERING from 5-7 p.m. in the fellowship hall with youth directors Elena Roberts and
Matthew Sandiford. The youth will be filling blessing boxes in our community with food
during this special monthly outreach project.
Thank you to everyone who
has sent in their tithes and offerings to the church! We encourage you to continue to be
faithful in the giving of your tithes and offerings by mailing them to the church
at: First Christian Church, 111 North Fifth St., Murray, KY 42071 or
giving online through Givelify!
If you rather bring your offerings to the church, there is now a mail slot, located in
the door to the fellowship hall kitchen.