Happy New Year from the staff at FCC!  May God bless you in the new year!

Message from Greg
     First, my family and I would like to say thank you for the 'love gift' we received from the church during the Christmas season.  We are grateful for your generosity.  Nancy and I are thankful to be able to serve as pastors of this wonderful congregation.  Thank you again for your many expressions of support not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.
     On a different note, we are beginning a new year and that means that many of us are making plans or setting goals for the future.  A number of you will be making resolutions as 2017 begins.  That usually is a good news/bad news kind of exercise.  The good news is you are looking forward with hopes and dreams for the future and you are expressing that in resolving to do a list of certain things.  Now for the reality check or the bad news.  It is widely acknowledged that most of those resolutions will be broken within the first two weeks after they have been made.  According to researchers virtually no one keeps or even remembers their resolutions after a month has passed.  
     So if you are going to make a resolution this year let me suggest one from Theodore Roosevelt that doesn't involve making a list of things to do: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." And I would add, with Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, as your guide!  That is a resolution worth remembering and keeping.  GOD BLESS YOU! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Peace,  Greg
Scripture of the Month  
Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is a time for everything , and a season for every activity under the heavens:
KAIROS
John Prewett
     It is that time (chronos) of year when we turn the calendar to a new year.  We can look back at the past or contemplate the future.  What experience would we change if we could?  What experience do we want to hold fastly in our hearts forever?  The latter speaks to KAIROS.  
     Last Advent, hopefully, we all experienced (kairos) time.  That time in which we were lost in the awe of God's gift for each one of us.  It is the time in which we cry out with joy for the love sent to us in the presence of Jesus, The Christ.  Here at First Christian Church, there are many ways to experience kairos.  Get involved in Gods work!  Get out of your box! (Remember Peter getting out of the boat!)  Give of your God given talents, time and resources.  Go to a bible study or prayer partners.  Share the "Word of Truth" with others you encounter.  Give back a portion of the love in which God has extended to you.  
     Lastly, many thanks for the cards, comments, prayers for me and my family in the loss of my mother, Rosalee, on Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.  They have given me GREAT comfort.
PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS: 
HOSPITAL:  
REHAB:
NURSING HOME/HOMEBOUND:  St
Anthony's : Lynn Mann, Martha Oliver    
Norma  Sue England - Fowler Apts # 514 - Broke foot    Cumberland Pointe : Harriett McDowell 
Signature Healthcare :  Mary Bogan- broken hip GreenTree:   Suzie Mounts Westminster:  Frances Britt
Rosewalk Commons : Vernetta Lynn; Verne & Rosemary Comer   
St. Mary's  Jim Sipple (now in secure area) see person at desk
At Home : Jeanne Dible, Marilyn Galloway; Ruby Ward at home of son, Marcus Haley 8415 Turner Rd. West Point, IN 47992
Becky Britt - 2106 S. 7 th St.  Lafayette 47905
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:  Loretta Lowe - Louise McDole's niece - cancer, Ann Prather - eye issues       
Jan Rybka recovering at home, Cindy Garvey - chronic shoulder pain, Cay Long - health issues

Our sympathy to the family of Mary Coon who passed away in Connecticut at age 100 - There will be a service on January 20, 2017 @ Hippensteel with Visitation from Noon - 1:30 - Service @ 1:30 with private burial
Our sympathy to Mary Lou Curtis on death of her sister, Jane Packard on 12/8   
Our sympathy to the family of Thelma Dolick who passed away in Colorado on 12/8
Our sympathy to Beverly Conn and family on the death of her daughter, Kathryn Flinn on 12/15   
January Diaconates
Jan. 1st
10am
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally Brunger
Jan. 8th
10am
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Mary Sego & Daryl Killian
Jan. 15th
10am
Team Leader: Dave Schluttenhofer
Serving: James Sanders
Serving: John Sanders
Serving: Denise Sanders
Serving: Matthew Stewart
Set Up & Clean Up: Sanders
Jan 22nd
10am
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Robin Sturgeon
Serving: Larry Sturgeon
Serving: Paula Floyd
Serving: Letcher Floyd
Set Up & Clean Up: Paula & Letcher Floyd
Jan. 29th
10am
Team Leader: Kathy Stirlen
Serving: Melanie Davis
Serving: Michael Davis
Serving: Harriet Beeler
Serving: Crystal Cover
Set Up & Clean Up: Melanie & Michael Davis
Memorials
For Vera Idle:   Harriet Beeler; Louise McDole; Wanda Sharp; Channing & Janet Blickenstaff; Mary & Nelson Mosson; Harry & Charlotte Martin and the Chad Clevenger family;
Marian Godeke Miler; Dorothy Lantz; Steve & Carolyn Henry; Lenora Smith; Patricia Buschman; and Nell Merimee
 
For Don Smith:  Claire Brettnacher; David & Carol Luhman; David & Anita McGaughey; Norm & Cay Long; Barbara Bigler; Channing & Janet Blickenstaff; Mary & Nelson Mosson;
Polly & Donald Halter; Tim & Karla Smith; Steve Dobler; Jim Vruggink; Jean & Joann Evans; Harry & Charlotte Martin & the Clevenger family; and Marian Godeke Miller.  Beth & Barney Wick
 
For Lenora Smith:  David & Anita McGaughey; Claire Brettnacher;  Nelson & Mary Nelson; Ronda Connoway & Martha Gentry; Sylvia Moore; Barbara Bigler; Marian Godeke Miller; Lafayette Quality Products; Purdue Alumni Association; Kim DeWees;  Sue Scholer; Steven Mather; Debbie Vansco, Cheryl Church; Timothy & Karla Smith; Polly Halter;
David & Carol Luhman; Harriet Beeler; Jane Kenny; Helen Hunt Smith, Elizabeth, Lynne and Michael; Larry & Lynette Swanson; Jane Hickman; Robert & Linda Pierret;
Carolyn & Steve Henry; Mary Alice Bauman; Matt & Cheryl Sutton; Sheila Klinker; Pamela Grenard; Tjhomas & Paula Robertson; Richard & Helen Hayden; Charlotte & Harry Martin & the Clevenger family.  Lucille Maris;  Barney & Beth Wick
 
For Rachel Roudebush:  Jim & Nell Merimee; William & Billie Forney; E.K.& J.R. Hale; William & Corliss Fassel; Ruhl & Judith Robbins; Barbara & James Montgomery;
Paul & Lisa Fallen; Rodger &  Cheri Brouwer; Keth & Mary Sapp; Larry & Joyce Shaw; Charles & Joyce Lange; Lonnie & Darlene Courtney; Charlie & Ceil Ante; Jane Kenny;
Wanda Sharp; Shirley Ellsworth; Harry & Charlotte Martin & the Chad & Mary Clevenger family; Marian Godeke Miller; Harriet Beeler;  and Roberta Pilotte.  
Lucille Maris;  Claudia McLaren
Thank You!
Dear Friends, We want to thank all of you who have called, prayed and/or brought food to our home while I've been ill.  We still do not have answers to the cause of my headaches but the doctors are working on it.  Again thank you for all your care and concerns.   Thank you Cay
Kids Club (K-5th grade)
Jan. 1st      NO KIDS CLUB
Jan. 8th     Game Night at Pizza King (18th & Veteran's Mem.) 5-6:30pm
                  Pizza provided just bring money for a drink and a friend!
Jan. 15th   Get Air Trampoline Park Noon-1pm Cost: $13
                  3540 St. Rd. 38 Your parents need to sign a waiver go to  www.getairlafayette.com
Jan. 29th   Kids Club in Fellowship Hall 5-6:30pm!  Bring a friend!
    
     Jan. 1st     NO MTG!
     Jan. 8th     Game Night at Pizza King (18th & Veteran's Mem.) 5-6:30pm
                       Pizza provided just bring money for a drink and a friend!
     Jan. 15th   Get Air Trampoline Park Noon-1pm Cost: $13
                       3540 St. Rd. 38 Your parents need to sign a waiver go to
                       www.getairlafayette.com
     Jan. 29th   Youth Mtg in Fellowship Hall 5-6:30pm (We need to plan a few
                                              winter events.....like the Ski Trip!)
GOD CONVERSATIONS
Come join us on Wednesday evenings in Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm.
 
Mr.Enosh Kazem of the Muslim Student Association at Purdue will be coming to speak Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30pm.  Mr. Kazem will be a guest speaker to share with our church so that we may have a better understanding of the Muslim believes and community.  Our guest speaker has grown up in W. Lafayette and is a doctoral student at Purdue University.  His title is: Understanding our Muslim neighbors.  Rev. Greg & Nancy
Click on this link to see the calendar.   http://www.fcclaf.org/#/calendar
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Lafayette, IN 47901