Weekly Announcements

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

 

For the week of
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 through Monday, August 10, 2020


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"Then they cried to God in their trouble, and God delivered them from their distress;" ~ Psalm 107:6
 
 
The Church Board says hello!
 
NOTE FROM PASTOR RUTH
 
Dear Church Family and Friends,
 
This evening the Church Buildings Reopening Committee will be meeting in the sanctuary to section off pews and strategize on how best we can physically distance once we are able to meet again in person.  This will be one of the last steps needed to meet all the internal benchmarks we must achieve. Sadly, the external benchmarks will not allow us to open to in person worship at this time as Covid-19 cases are rising and today our community mourned our fifth death. Fortunately, our worship celebration in the church parking lot on Sunday mornings at 10 AM is going well, with many people present. Our Minister of Music, Mark Dycus, is working hard with people to bring special music, Donnie’s piano playing is beautiful as always, and our elders have been officiating at our outdoor communion table as people have been partaking using pre-fab communion bread and grape juice. Announcements, joys, and concerns are shared as we join our hearts together, reciting the Lord’s Prayer.  Weather permitting we will be continuing in this manner for the time being.  If the weather looks questionable, please check both Facebook and your email as we will get information out on Sunday mornings if we are cancelling.
 
The great civil-rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis passed away on July 17, 2020.  Those of us who participated in last year’s educational mission trip to Alabama learned about his important work as we also drove across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma that he was beaten on in his march for voting rights.  His death comes in the midst of significant racial unrest not only in our country but also in our community, as there is much debate about the place of the Robert E. Lee statue on our square.  Americans are responding to this challenge in various ways, as the following social media post indicates: 
 
“Some are protesting on social media
Some are protesting in the streets
Some are donating silently
Some are educating themselves
Some are having tough conversations with family and friends.
A revolution has many lanes—be kind to yourself and to others who are traveling in the same direction.
Just keep your foot on the gas.”
 
I have been asked what ‘lane’ I, as the minister of First Christian Church, feel called by God to be on.  My answer is that I will not be out protesting in the streets (although I was happy to be able to bring a prayer for peace in the town square as one of the ministers participating in Saturday’s prayer walk that was organized by Benson Jones) or making public statements in the newspaper or aligning myself with factions but rather will quietly continue doing the anti-racism / pro-reconciliation work that our congregation has been engaged in for the past three years, which is educational in focus.  As a congregation we have worked hard to come to a better understanding of both the historical roots of racism and systemic racism through presentations, handouts, sermons, guest speakers, films, Wednesday Night Live presentations, our trip to Alabama, and much more.  This past Thursday Bob McAllister and his four adopted children (one white and three African American who zoomed in from around the country) gave a meaningful presentation on “The Challenges and Blessings of Being an Interracial Family.”  It is part of an educational series our congregation is offering called “America’s ‘Original Sin’: Sharing Stories about Race in America.” The McAllister family candidly shared what their experiences, both good and bad, were here in Calloway County.  Over 35 people participated not only from our church but from other churches, places in the community, and other parts of the country. This upcoming Tuesday, August 11, at 6 PM, this series will continue when my close friend Dawn Thierry, will be the key speaker at a Zoom presentation on the topic of “The Challenges and Gifts of Growing Up Biracial in the Midwest.” Dawn will share what it was like to have a black father and a white mother (at a time when such marriages were actually against the law in much of the country), who raised by her African American grandmother, while she attended a white Catholic school, but worshiped in an African American congregation on Sundays.  As such, she has a foot in both worlds and will share stories that will challenge us into greater awareness.  I encourage you to participate in that (the Zoom link will be sent out this Saturday and also next Tuesday), as well as to participate in the special film screening of “The Long Shadow,” along with the Q & A discussion with the director Frances Causey about it this upcoming Sunday, August 9, at 5 PM.  We are grateful that First Presbyterian Church and their MOTA campus ministry are making this available to the entire community.  Please see the information and link below.
 
I hope to see many of you for our Zoom gathering tomorrow evening and for worship this Sunday!
 
In Christian Love and Service,
 
Pastor Ruth

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS


On Sunday, August 9, at 5 p.m, First Presbyterian Church and MOTA (Ministry Open to All) campus ministry will host "The Long Shadow" film screening and Zoom Q & A discussion with Director Frances Causey. To view the film in advance and register for the Zoom Q & A event, visit: http://thelongshadowfilm.com/mota/ . Visit Facebook to view the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2330515537255135/.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Tuesday, August 4, 7 PM ~ Church Buildings Re-opening Committee will meet (socially distanced) in the sanctuary.
 
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Wednesday, August 5, 6-7:30 PM ~ Wednesday Night ‘Virtual’ Live Zoom meeting for a time of fellowship and to reflect prayerfully upon our lectionary psalm and another piece of writing.  The Zoom link is below and also will be emailed out tomorrow, along with the writings we will be looking at.
 
First Christian Church Murray is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Wednesday Night 'Virtual' Live meeting
Time: Aug 5, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 836 3031 1261
Passcode: 527258
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August 12 at NOON is the next episode of "NOW is the Time series," presented by the West Kentucky chapter of the National Organization for Women. Let moderator, Robyn Pizzo, introduce you to Virginia Langford and Charlotte Goddard, both officers for the Mayfield Graves County Chapter of the NAACP. 

West KY NOW is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: West KY NOW Chapter Meeting August
Time: Aug 6, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 818 7428 1555
Passcode: 496208
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/krpaiDJ5r

 
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Sunday, August 16: The next Elders meeting has been rescheduled to August 16. Information on the Zoom meeting will be forthcoming, so watch this space!
 
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SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
 
A copy of our at-home worship service will be included as a link on our church website at www.fccmurray.com.  Pastor Ruth’s sermon (part three of her sermon series on “Ahseret ha-Debrot: The Ten Spiritual Principles for Transformation,” which will explore the second commandment “you shall not make for yourself an idol”) will be included as a PDF file that will be emailed out on Saturday, which also will be attached to our church’s website at www.fccmurray.com.  Her message can also 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.
 
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10 AM ~ SPECIAL MUSIC, COMMUNION, AND PRAYER 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).

 
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COMMUNION: If you are using your at-home worship kits, we encourage you to take communion at 11 AM, as you join with others at this time to share in the bread and cup. If you are on Facebook, Pastor Ruth will be officiating at the communion table before the videoed message. This Sunday we also will be offering communion during our gathering on the church parking lot at 10 AM (weather permitting).
 
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CHILDREN’S ZOOM FELLOWSHIP GATHERING at 4 PM ~ The Zoom link will be sent out by Saturday. If you know children who might like to attend, please let Pastor Ruth know by emailing her at ruthragovin@gmail.com.

 
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Tuesday, August 11, 1 PM ~ “Faith and Food” Gathering (socially distanced) in the fellowship hall. Bring your own beverage and food if you would like while we continue discussing Mitch Albom’s book The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

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FINANCIAL GIVING
 

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. 

 
ONLINE GIVING
 

Missing worship service? No problem. Make your tithes and offerings with Givelify from wherever you are, using your computer or your Smart phone app.

To make a computer donation, go to https://www.givelify.com/givers to start giving. To make a mobile donation, we recommend you download the Givelify app for Android or iPhone.

It's free to download and use. It’s totally safe and secure, and for tax time you have one-tap access to your complete donation records.