Weekly Announcements

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
111 North Fifth Street
Murray, Kentucky 42071
(270) 753-3824

For the week of
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 through Monday, January 20, 2020

Tip: Honor high school youth with a lunch at your church to exchange stories,
and dreams.

"...you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you ..." ~ Isaiah 43:4



Note: This evening’s CWF I meeting at 6:30 PM will be held in the fellowship hall.

Out to Lunch will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, at noon at Sirloin Stockade. Please join us for food and fellowship!


 Faith and Film
At Eternity’s Gate
Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m.

At Eternity's Gate is surely the most empathetic film ever made about Vincent van Gogh, the tortured genius and deeply spiritual artist who opened our bodies, minds and souls to the wonders of a sense-luscious world. Master director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) has created a remarkable film out of the passionate acting of Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh.” – Film Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Communion Message on "Gratitude," Sunday, January 12, 2020
by Elder Erica Gray
As Pastor Ruth mentioned last week, our denomination has chosen to make mental health a topic of focus this year.  Many times when we mention “mental health”, we might first think of issues concerning mental illnesses: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, addiction; even topics like Alzheimer’s and dementia. But what about mental WELLNESS? What does it mean to be mentally well? How, or CAN we even, improve our own mental wellness?

Over the course of the past year, several recurring themes have crossed my newsfeed that have to do with the concept of Gratitude.  While each article took its own spin on what gratitude might mean or feel like to a person, each had a similar vein: Gratitude is one of the most common traits of a person who is at peace, who is mentally well, and while we cannot control all of the factors in our lives, we can actively work to cultivate gratitude.  And this is important because the emotion of gratitude generates a climate of positivity that reaches both inward, creating internal peace, and outward spreading peace to others. It fosters both physical and psychological health, even among those already struggling with mental health issues.  The expression of gratitude can repress negative emotion cycles and in brain scans actually show lasting changes in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain responsible for future experiences of gratitude.  The intentional task of feeling grateful literally helps you feel more grateful in the future.

What better place for us as Christians than to start, or continue, an intentional mindset of gratitude than at this very table. Let us take a brief moment to perhaps close our eyes and count, on our hands, thinking of 5 things for which we can thank our Heavenly Father.  Our families, our church, our health, our jobs, all of our blessings we can thank Him for.  Let us begin our new year with an intentional mindset of gratitude, so that we may feel peace within ourselves and exude peace to others.

Tuesday, January 14
6:30 p.m. ~ CWF I

Wednesday, January 15
2 p.m. ~ CWF kitchen committee meeting in the fellowship hall

Noon ~ Out to Lunch at Sirloin Stockade

6 p.m. ~ Elders meeting

7 p.m. ~ Choir

Happy Birthday Leah Ann Enzendorfer!

Thursday, January 16
6 p.m. ~ Faith and Film (At Eternity's Gate)

6:30 p.m. ~ Boy Scouts

Happy Birthday  Brandon Daughaday, Lyn Ryan!

Friday, January 17
Happy Birthday Henry Kwan!

Sunday, January 19
9:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School 

10:30 a.m. ~ Worship 

Happy Birthday Jennifer Donnelly!

Monday, January 20

7 p.m. ~ Home Bible Study

7 p.m. ~ CWF II

Happy Birthday Blake Morris!

Tuesday, January 21
7 p.m. ~ Far West KY DMF in Mayfield