A MESSAGE FROM REV. GREG
   
I have pondered from time to time about the audacity it takes for a denomination to claim as its name 'Disciples of Christ.'  I believe it implies at least these things:


 

1. Everything we say is measured by what Jesus teaches.  If we are learners, followers, disciples we necessarily have to commit ourselves to learning, knowing what Jesus teaches.  A disciple recognizes that what Jesus says has authority.  "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matt 5:  44) isn't then just another interesting idea about how to live your life.  It is Jesus saying this is what we need to be about not just talk about.


2. Everything we do is measured by what Jesus does.  The story of Jesus taking time to talk to a woman at a well (John 4: 4-41) isn't just an interesting counter cultural event (Jesus was not supposed to be talking to a Samaritan or for that matter a woman).  It is Jesus showing us how to relate to people, all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender or any other categories that we use to create division.

 

3. Everything we are is measured by who Christ calls us to be.  Jesus says, "You are the salt of the earth...You are the light of the world..." (Matt 5: 13, 14).  "You are blessed." (Matt 5: 3-12).  Remember then:                 YOU ARE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST!


God Bless You!  See you Sunday!   Peace,  Greg   

Scripture of the Month  
 I Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.  God's own people, an order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
God's Blessings
John Prewett
     May is a month of renewal.  We have perennial plants returning to their summer green, seedlings popping out of our fertile ground here in the midwest, and flowers bursting into bloom.  It is a month of renewal that follows the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.  The reminder of the assurance that we have in His saving grace gives us new life, analogous to the perennial plants coming back to life.
     May also holds Mother's Day and Memorial Day.  There is no other love on earth greater than a mother's love.  And, no sacrifice is greater than giving one's life for the freedom of which we enjoy in our great democracy.  Hold these days closely in your hearts throughout the month and celebrate the love of mothers and love of our fallen patriots.
     This past month we have had three staff members loose fathers and mothers in death.  Reverend Greg and Reverend Nancy lost their fathers and Michelle lost her mother-in-law, (Dave's mother).  Our hearts go out to all the families and our prayers are for the families to "TRUST" in God's promises of eternal life.  Philippians 4: 6-7 tells us " Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS: 
HOSPITAL:  St. Elizabeth:  Marilyn Galloway  # 2S64 - broken hip & some other health issues
NURSING HOME/HOMEBOUND: St Anthony's: Lynn Mann, Martha Oliver    Cumberland Pointe: Harriett McDowell   
Elmcroft(GreenTree # 124:  Suzie Mounts   Westminster:  Frances Britt; Lucille Maris # 1112     
Rosewalk Commons: Vernetta Lynn; Verne & Rosemary Comer Rosewalk Village # 131   Sue England -490-0838   
Friendship House:  Flo Peters # 320 M. Charlene Bowman  502 W. Jackson St.  Mulberry 46058;     
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. 7th St. Lafayette 47905 Wanda Sharp - home  
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS: Cay Long Ann Prather Jan Rybka- continued progress Ralph Ward Rosemary Ward Connie Zarzour Fowler Apts. # 414 for recovery & rehab from severe stroke.  Clara Goldberg home - broke arm -immobilized arm for 5-6 weeks
CWF
Thank you to the many helpers for the Spring Rummage Sale! Many hands made for quick work with set up and clean up. The workers during the sale were very helpful, too.We appreciate everyone who made donations.   In addition to raising $1140 for CWF projects and missions, we donated books to our local library, clothing to our Veteran's home, clothing for the Hondura's mission, and many items for Native American missions.

The Fashion Show is on May 11, at 6:00. We still need models! You can model clothes from Christopher and Banks, or Cato, or both. Please contact Dee Chitty,  if you are interested. There will be a Taco Bar for dinner. See Donna Adams for a ticket. Advance sale tickets are $5.00, or $7.00 at the door.


Women's Retreat
Save the date for the Women's Retreat!  
It will be on September 15th-16th.  More details to come!
Technical Arts News
The Tech Arts team needs your help. We need a few volunteers to help on the soundboard on Sunday mornings, especially at the 8:00 service. If you are able to help us, please contact me or just come up to the balcony any Sunday morning to see what we do and what it takes to serve this ministry.  
I also need someone to help me posting the weekly sermons on the Church's web page. All you need is a computer with a CD drive and access to iTunes and the internet and a basic knowledge of how to use iTunes and the internet. It's an easy task and together we can split it up and keep making these sermons available on line.    Jim Rybka, Tech Arts Chair
May Diaconates
May 7th
8am
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally Brunger
10:15am
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Carolyn Weedon
Serving: Crystal Cover
Serving: Juanita Hobaugh
Serving: Sue Dismore
Set Up & Clean Up: Carolyn Weedon & Sue Dismore
May 14th
8am
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Mary Sego & Daryl Killian
10:15am
Team Leader: Dave Schluttenhofer
Serving: Robin Sturgeon
Serving: Larry Sturgeon
Serving: Brittany Feeney
Serving: Josh Tully
Set Up & Clean Up: Robin & Larry Sturgeon
May 21st
8am
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving; Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally  Brunger
10:15am
Team Leader: Kathy Stirlen
Serving: Matthew Stewart
Serving: Suzie Kelsey
Serving: Dave Kelsey
Serving: Greg Smith
Set Up & Clean Up: Dave & Suzie Kelsey
May 28th
8am
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Mary Sego & Daryl Killian
10:15am
Team Leader: Letcher Floyd
Serving: Carolyn Kanehe
Serving: Harriet Beeler
Serving: Melanie Davis
Serving: Michael Davis
Set Up & Clean Up: Melanie & Michael Davis
Memorials
The following memorials have been received in memory of Rachel Roudebush.  Dorothy and Dick Stewart;  Marta Stewart and Mark Rada; and Janice Stewart and Dave Overdier

Thank You
Thank you so much for all the cards, condolences, and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers during the loss of my Father, Jim Stinson. We are truly blessed to have such a loving church family.      Dave & Suzie Kelsey & Family

  "Dear Friends...               
                              It is so good to be back in church again after missing nine weeks with you! My headaches are now less frequent and less intense.  I have learned new ways of handling/managing the headaches when they do happen.   Norm and I want to say Thank You  for your many  phone calls, cards of encouragement, gifts of food, and most of all for your prayers of healing.   The headaches are not all gone, yet lately I have actually l had days without any headache, so there is healing and hope!!!   Thank again.....Cay"

A special thank you to all who have prayed and supported us during the difficult time of the passing of our son Tom.  May God Bless you.  Mike and Susie Nelson

Thank you for the prayers, cards and well wishes.  It's very much appreciated.  Denise Sanders

Thank you so much for your prayers, cards and well wishes.  Glenda Cory
                                 CYF (JR. & SR. HIGH)
May 7th     Bowling at Arrrowhead from 12:30-2pm - Cost: $10
May 14th   No Youth Mtg HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
May 21st   Game Night at Pizza King on Veteran's Mem. & 18th St. 5-6:30pm.
                  Pizza provided just bring money for a drink and a friend.
May 27th   Cookout at the Schluttenhofer's from Noon-3pm.  Bring a chair, towel,
                   any outdoor games and a side to share.  We will have hotdogs, drinks
                   and water balloons! Address: 3709 N. 950 W. Mulberry 46058
                                          Questions: 765-742-4058
OUR KINGS ISLAND TRIP IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 24TH!  MORE INFO SOON!

Kids Club (K-5th grade)
May 7th     Bowling at Arrrowhead from 12:30-2pm - Cost: $10
May 14th   No Youth Mtg HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
May 21st   Game Night at Pizza King on Veteran's Mem. & 18th St. 
                  5-6:30pm.   Pizza provided just bring money for a drink 
                  and a friend.
May 27th   Cookout at the Schluttenhofer's from Noon-3pm.  
                   Bring a chair, towel,  any outdoor games and a side to share.  
                   We will have  hotdogs, taco salad, drinks  and water balloons!  
                   Address: 3709 N. 950 W. Mulberry 46058 Questions: 765-742-4058

One of our mission projects this summer for our "Mission Day" on June 11th with Trinity U.M. church will be to stuff boxes for "Operation Christmas Child."  We are in need of shoeboxes or plastic boxes the same size as a shoebox.  They have to have a lid.  We also need hard candy (only hard candy) and small stuffed animals.  Please have your donation to the church by June 4th.  Thank you!!
Click on this link to see the calendar.   http://www.fcclaf.org/#/calendar
First Christian Church | office@fcclaf.org | http://www.fcclaf.org
329 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901