For the week of
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 through
Monday, November 16, 2020
Tip: Let someone know you
"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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com; or to Jean
Bennett, 806 S. 16th Street or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
NOTE FROM THE
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
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,
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
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.
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!
15, 5 PM ~ Stewardship Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom. (The link
will be emailed out to those who are part of this
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.