Weekly Announcements

For the week of
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 through
Monday, November 16, 2020

Tip: Let someone know you forgive them.

"If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, Abba God in heaven will also forgive you."  ~ Matthew 6:14
Simplicity Sunday Worship on November 8, 2020
YOUR HELP NEEDED!  The Stewardship Finance Committee has worked hard to prepare the 2021 budget.  We encourage you to return your pledge card to the church either through the church mail slot of by returning it in the envelope enclosed in the materials you received. Thank you so much for your love of and support of First Christian Church!

The youth will be filling a number of Blessing Boxes around our community.  You may drop food for the blessing boxes off outside the fellowship hall door.
From Rebecca Landolt: It is time to prepare for the annual Thanksgiving “brown bag” food collection for families whose names will be provided by Need Line.  This year due to COVID the Need Line director has given us permission to decide the best plan for our church to participate; namely, we may collect the food, sort for each family and Need Line will be responsible to distribute the boxes of food to the families if that is the easiest for us (I recommended this procedure and she said it would be fine –I told her we cannot gather to prepare and deliver as teams as we have done in the past.  However, it will be helpful to have a few people to devise a plan for this project.
I have requested names of 15 families (plus if there are church members who would appreciate some extra food for the holidays).  We will distribute the brown bags with a list of suggested items for a Thanksgiving dinner.  Please purchase the following non-perishables and bring them to church:

2 cans of vegetables
box of stuffing
can of cranberry sauce
instant mashed potatoes
can of pumpkin pie filling

pie crust

We will need contributions to purchase turkeys and perishable items as we have done each year.  Food Giant graciously took our list last year and gathered all the items to load into the van (they had ordered the turkeys and had everything ready to pick up on Saturday before
we distributed).
PLEASE MAKE A NOTE ON YOUR CALENDAR TO HAVE THE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS AND CHECKS TO THE CHURCH (make checks payable to FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH and mark for Thanksgiving baskets) by Sunday, November 22, 2020. If you have questions about this project, you are welcome to call Rebecca Landolt at (270) 293-3155 or email 21rl@murray-ky.net.  

From Jean Bennett:

Due to this terrible world-wide pandemic, we don't know what's in store for us during our upcoming Christmas season.  So, let's start creating the spirit we want to feel during this season by sharing one of our favorite Christmas memories with each other through creating a December daily calendar booklet of those special Christmas remembrances!

We have 25 days we can use to share those special memories.  We may well have more than one memory per day and, if that happens, that will be wonderful!

In order to have our calendar booklet available by December 1st, please get your memory to FCC, 111 N. 5th Street or fccmurray@gmail.com; or to Jean Bennett, 806 S. 16th Street or jeanbennett28@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, November 18 (earlier if possible!!)


COMING UP: The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 26 at the Murray Banquet Center, 926 12th St. Due to COVID-19, there will be take out and delivered meals only. Takeout meal pickup is 11 a.m. to noon.

To arrange delivered meals, call (270) 753-0274 by Monday, November 23.

To make a donation, send a check to Soup for the Soul, P.O. Box 1001, Murray, KY 42071. Make checks payable to Soup for the Soul and include "Community Thanksgiving" in the memo line. 

GIFTS NEEDED FOR SPRING CREEK: Spring Creek Nursing and Rehab Center has asked our church again for 30 gifts for residents - under $5. They do not have to be wrapped, but if you do so, please mark any male gifts - MALE. You can drop them off on Ruth Daughaday’s front porch if she is not home, 1400 Vine. She will also put a box on the counter between the kitchen and the fellowship room at the church to collect them. Suggested items: Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, liquid soap, Men’s/Women’s cologne, hand sanitizer, lotions, Kleenex, Chapstick, brush/comb sets, hand mirrors, necklaces, pens, colored pens or pencils, adult coloring books, word puzzle books - large print, small craft kits, seasonal de cor. Ruth will need these by Dec. 5th. Thanks you for your outreach.
Dear Church Family and Friends,
I ask for your urgent prayers for our beloved brother in Christ and church organist Donnie Hendrix, who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 since Thursday, October 29.  While he began to show some improvement a few days ago and was moved from CCU to a regular room in the Covid unit of the hospital, this past Friday evening he began to decline, struggled to breathe, and became increasingly weak.  They put him on a bipap machine to help with his breathing, but did not help. With Donnie’s consent, they put him on a ventilator on Sunday evening in the hopes that this will give his body an opportunity to begin to heal.  I was fortunate to be able to pray with him over the phone before they did so and I assured him of our love and that we all will be praying for him. Thank you for all the prayers you will be lifting up for our precious Donnie! I also ask that you pray for Nancy Dycus and Brenton Hall, who also have Covid, but with mild symptoms.  Mark Dycus is also presently quarantined but has tested negative for Covid.
Please note that we continue to be in a ‘red zone’ with dangerously high Covid-19 cases in our community.  In keeping with the criteria of our Church Buildings Reopening Committee (see the recent edition of Church Life), no events will be held in the church buildings this upcoming week (CWF I on Tuesday and the opening of the sanctuary at noon on Thursday will be cancelled).  However, we hope you will participate in our two Zoom gatherings this week: Wednesday Night ‘Virtual’ Live at 6 PM and our final Mental Health Awareness Session of this year on Thursday at 7 PM when members from our local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will talk to us about this important organization. The Zoom links will be included below.

Additionally, it was determined by the Church Buildings Reopening Committee that when the weather dips below 45 degrees or it rains we will be meeting for our Simplicity Sunday worship celebration at 10 AM via Zoom.  Debbie Batteiger will be sending our instructions on how to get onto Zoom to help those of you who do not know how to do so.  Should we have to meet via Zoom, the link will be sent out via email on Sunday morning by 9:30 AM.
In Christian Love and Service,
Pastor Ruth

NOTE: Since we are presently in a red zone, CWF will not meet on Tuesday and the sanctuary will not be open this week on Thursday at noon for a time of personal prayer and reflection.
Wednesday, November 11, 6-7 PM ~ Wednesday Night ‘Virtual’ Live Zoom meeting for a time of fellowship and to reflect prayerfully upon our lectionary psalm and poem. 

Thursday, November 12, 7 PM ~ A Mental Health Awareness Presentation featuring the president of the Murray family support group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) who will share information about this important organization.  We hope you will attend and tell others about it! 
Sunday, November 15, 5 PM ~ Stewardship Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom.  (The link will be emailed out to those who are part of this committee).
Sunday, November 15, 6 PM ~ The Church Board will meet via Zoom (the link will be emailed out to Board members)



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.