A Message From Greg 

A few observations on life and work:
  1. Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool.
  2. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
  3. Borrow money from a pessimist:  they don't expect to get it back.
  4. If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
  5. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
  6. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you will have to catch up.
  7. If a first you don't succeed, then skydiving isn't for you.
     There are a number of places in the Bible that offer a differing viewpoint on life and work. One of my favorite verses on the subject is found in Colossians 3.  The 17 th verse reads:
     "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
     God Bless You!  See you Sunday!   Peace, Greg

Scripture of the Month
John 13: 34,35
"A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you  must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Jim's Jots

It has been my honor and pleasure to serve you as the Chair of the Board and Congregation of First Christian Church for the past two and a half years.  According to our Constitution, the Chair serves for one year and cannot serve more than three consecutive terms.  My term will end at the end of June and constitutionally, I am unable to continue in this role.  I am writing because at this time, we have not yet identified a person to assume the responsibility of Board Chair for 2016-2017.  
     According to our Constitution, the role of the Chair is to preside over Board and Congregational meetings, to select ministry and committee Chairs (subject to confirmation by the General Board), and to serve as an ex-officio member of all of our functional ministries and committees (this does not mean that one needs to attend every meeting !).  In addition, the Chair has signature power for some Church business.
     The Chair also gets consulted whenever something comes up that does not quite fit into our usual operating procedures; the Chair does not have to solve every issue, just find the right person to address it.
     Our Church has many very talented people, and I am quite confident that God will call the right person to this ministry. If you suspect that you are being called, I invite you to talk with me (413-7200) and to talk with Pastor Greg.  The sooner that we can identify this person, the smoother will be the transition in July.
     On a related note, the Nominating Committee will be meeting in the next month.  Its role is to match up the various talents that we have in our congregation with the various needs of the congregation.  If you are a Ministry Chair, please try to attend this meeting when the invitation is sent; we need your input in making these matches.  If you are a member of our congregation, please prayerfully consider if you are able to serve First Christian Church when someone from the Nominating Committee calls to invite you to serve in some role.
     Jim Rybka, Chair of the Board and      
Christian Education
The kids will be putting together coffee cans filled with items that can help the homeless.  If you have MEDAL coffee cans that are 3-5 lb size, please leave them in the church office.  The cans MUST be medal.  The plastic ones will not work.  If you would like more information contact Susie Nelson @ 714-2456.  Thank you! 
February Diaconates
One Service @10am
(Downtown ONLY)

February 7th
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Laura Gullian
Set Up & Clean Up: Cindy McDonald & Laura Gullian

February 14th
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Laura Gullian
Set Up & Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally Brunger

February 21st
Team Leader: Dave Schluttenhofer
Serving: Missi Findley
Serving: Shawn Findley
Serving: Susie Nelson
Serving: Mike Nelson
Set Up & Clean Up: Missi & Shawn Findley

February 28th
Team Leader: Kathy Stirlen
Serving: Kathy Kremer
Serving: Gery Kremer
Serving: Crystal Cover
Serving: Richard Shaw
Set Up & Clean Up: Kathy & Gery Kremer
The following memorials have been received for David DeSplinter:  from Caryn & Walter Simons; Sally Stohler; Craig & Sabrina Jensen; Howard (Curt) & Linda Koekenberg

For Cheryl Tully:  from Channing & Janet Blickenstaff; Hare, Russell and Holder P.C.; Ryan Gleitz; Julia & David Windhorst; Steve Dobler; Lenora Smith; Melanie & Stewart Braswell; Linda Edwards; Jim & Jan Rybka; Vince & Lisa Bailey; Maury & JoAnn Wilhoite; Don & Cindy Lindstrom; Brett Bayston, Edward Jones; Steve & Carolyn Henry; Bill & Jackie Johnson; Ken & Mary Lou Curtis; Mike & Jane Rubesch; Calla Gonzalez.        

Thank You t o all who attended our wedding on January 10th, 2016.  We were very pleased with our wedding and your helping us to celebrate.
~Frank & Leslie Bradshaw Decker   

On behalf of Alex and Sarah and their parents Chuck and Robin Long, we want to express our family's deep and sincere appreciation for all the prayers, notes, cards, text messages, well-wishes and expressions of concern for their survival and recovery.  Your support in this time of need has been overwhelming and a source of great comfort!  Thank You one and all....Norm and Cay.

(New requests in  bold )

HOSPITAL: Bob Prather, Seton Inpls #116; Lois Roberts, St. Elizabeth
REHAB: Melvin Graham, The Springs #302; Harriett Beeler, Westminster Healthcare B12;
Sue England-Signature; Barbara Harvey-University Place; 
NURSING HOME/HOMEBOUND: St. Anthony's; Lynn Mann, June Brummett, Martha Oliver; University Place: Don Smith; Fowler Apts: Sue England; Cumberland Pointe: Harriett McDowell; Signature Healthcare; Mary Bogan; Westminster Village: Betty Mowery; Wesley Manor: Edith Sipple; Green Tree: Suzie Mounts; GreenTree: John & Norma Doremire are now residents-3575 Senior Place Apt. 201, WL 47906 
At Home: Jeanne Dible, Mary Goodwin, Marilyn Galloway, Jim Sipple.
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:  Tom Tully, brother of Joe; Walter Colburn; Caroline Richardson, niece of Lindstroms; Becky & Fran Britt; Sarah Campos, Deb Goonen's daughter; Barb & Charlie Fisher, The Springs, Cindy Lindstrom; Bob & Ann Prather; Denise Webb, sister of Carla Reeves; Loretta Lowe, niece of Louise McDole; Carol Bunker, hospice; Grace Jackson, granddaughter of Marty Jackson; Jane Sandifur, friend of Dee Chitty; Jennifer Gutwein;Tom Strahlem, Susie Nelson's son; Dave Howell;
Lisa, friend of Cindy Garvey; Lucille Maris; Alex & Sarah Long, grandchildren of Norm & Cay Long
     This is a reminder for the month of March, we will need workers for the Food Pantry  March 24th . The committee decided the pantry would be closed on the 25th (Good  Friday ).
     March is our month for food and/or money donations.  Volunteers are needed for an intake person and someone to unload the Food Finders truck.  They could also use someone to stock shelves.  Sign up at the Gathering Place.  Thanks!

     Rachel Circle hosted the Mitten Tree on Sunday,  December 13. While attendance was lower than usual, the number of items donated set a record at 857 items, compared to last year's 735 items. Cash donations totaled $131.  Dr. Dick Ellsworth delivered the items to the Lafayette School Corporation Head Nurse.  Many thanks to the Rachel Circle, Dee Chitty, Circle Leader, for all of their work making the Mitten Tree a success.  Kathy Stirlin made photos of the event and has posted them on the CWF bulletin board.  Donna Adams spent many hours making many little mittens for table decorations, each one different and very creative.
     Also, thanks to Ruth Circle, Harriet Beeler, Circle Leader, and Rachel Circle, Dee Chitty, Circle Leader, for each hosting a  Funeral Dinner in December.
Thanks to Donna Adams and Paula Floyd who prepared and served food following the Taize Service Celebrating the Week of Prayer on January 19.
The CWF also recently purchased two more round tables for Fellowship Hall, bringing the total to 20 new tables. And 20 new tablecloths.  
     More than 60 birthing kits were completed by Donna Adams, Harriet Beeler, Cay Long, Jane Rubesch, Joyce Hamilton, and Carolyn Henry recently.  These will be sent to Guatemala.
     Carolyn Henry,  CWF President



Pastoral Caregivers News
January 13, 2016
Our January meeting was quite productive. After touching base on the folks that we visit, we discussed two major items:

1.  Kathy Stirlen has started a great ministry at the apartment complex where she lives. She is offering free art classes within the complex, but open to the community.  In addition to the art, the group is sharing their lives with each other - a bonus as they bond not only in a common interest, but emotional support as they go through their daily lives.  She's got a good-sized group, and we decided to ask donations for art supplies from the congregation. Here is a list of what is needed: colored pencils, markers with narrow tips, acrylic paints, drawing paper, adult coloring books (very cheap at Ollies). Look for the box as you enter the church on Sunday morning!
2.  Cay Long brought up a great idea for those of us who do not have family living in town, and that is to leave contact information at the church office.
3.  Jan Rybka stressed the importance of not relying upon the hospital to inform the church that you've been admitted. Take the time and call the office.
The Christmas card drive to send cards to shut-ins was incredibly successful, with lots of positive feedback! Thanks to all of you who participated. We'll do that again next year!
Thank you for your gift of $1500.00 to the Lafayette Urban Ministry's Good Samaritan Fund.  I am grateful that you have chosen to so generously support our work to enhance the health and well-being of our community's neediest children and families.
Joe Micon,  Executive Director

                              Michelle Schluttenhofer 

           Feb. 6-7th   Ski Trip to Bittersweet, MI!  
                               Permission slips are at the Gathering Place
           Feb. 14th    NO YOUTH MTG Valentin's Day Luncheon
                              downtown after the service.
                                         Feb.21st     Get Air Trampoline Park (located by K-Mart) @1pm
                                                            Cost: $15 You must have a signed form from your parent
                                                            go to www.getairlafayette.com to sign one!
                                         Feb. 28th    Youth Mtg downtown 5:30-7pm
Kids Club (K-5th grade)
Michelle Schluttenhofer

Feb. 7th      No Kids Club (ski trip)
Feb. 14th    Valentine's Lunch after church downtown
Feb. 21st     Get Air Trampoline Park @ 1pm.  (Located by K-Mart.)  Permission slips
                    must be signed by a parent.  Go to www.getairlafayette.com to sign online.
                    Cost: $15 ( Contact me if you need help with the cost!)
Feb. 28th     Kids Club downtown 5:30-7pm!  Bring a friend! 

Click on this link to see the calendar.   www.fcclaf.org 
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329 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901