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Welcome to the firstChristian E-Newsletter!

If you are reading this, it means you are on your way to learning more about upcoming events and getting up close and personal with all the things happening within the FCC family. Be sure to check out this week’s blog post and other vital information to stay connected.

  In a few months we get to share new space for children, connecting, and communicating Jesus with northeast Nebraska. God’s faithfulness and your generosity is realizing the Thrive Vision. March brings the 2 year anniversary, and now, the Thrive Vision is more needed than ever. Whether you were here from the beginning or if you just found firstChristian, as a part of firstChristian you are part of the Thrive Vision. Sunday, we are getting a sneak peek of the building progress.  And on March 26, everyone is encouraged to join in for a special 2 year Thrive Vision anniversary gift. God can do more through us together, than what we could ever do alone!
In this Newsletter...

3.19 Serve Somewhere Sunday

3.19 TNT Game Time

3.22, 3.26  First Look Class

3.26 Thrive 2 year Anniversary

4.2 Drop in the Bucket

4.3 Family Dedication Class

4.4 Women's Unashamed Study

4.5 Family JAM - Family FX 

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TNT (55+) Game Time
The Tried and True (55+) group is holding a Game Time at first Christian ! Please bring your favorite table game and join us for fun fellowship. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Hopkins at 402-371-1466.

Sunday, March 19th | 1:30-3:30 pm
First Look Classes
If you are new to firstChristian or want to learn more about who we are – firstChristian invites you to our firstLook class with Lead Minister, Tim DeFor. This is a great opportunity to learn about the vision, mission, and purpose of firstChristian. It will also allow you to dig deeper into the history, philosophy, and doctrine of the church.

Classes will be offered:

Wednesday, March 22 | 6-7:30 pm

Sunday, March 26 | 1:30-3 pm

Sunday, March 26 | 3:30-5 pm

You can register online here  or contact the church office for more information.
Drop in the Bucket
Drop in the Bucket takes place on the first Sunday of every month. The people of firstChristian have the opportunity to anonymously give to people in need by dropping change or dollars into buckets around the church. Each month we give whatever is collected to someone in need as God directs.

Sunday | 4.02.17

Family Dedication Class

FamilyD Class is the first step for families wishing to participate in our Family Dedication Celebration. Family D is for parents wanting to commit to raising their child(ren) in a Christ-centered home.. The class will explain the dedication process and inspire parents to invest in the things that will matter most to their child’s faith. Parents participating in the FamilyD class will then invite family and friends to join them for the FamilyD Celebration event.  Class attendance is required to participate in the Celebration event.

You can register online here or contact the church office for more information.

Monday, April 3 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Women's Bible Study

Christine Caine explores the often-hidden consequences of shame and shows you how you can move from a shame-filled life to a shame-free future.  As she leads you into God’s Word, you will see how God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, and your limitations. 

Contact Chris McKibbon at cmckib@telebeep.com or sign up at the Connection Center on Sunday, March 19th, March 26th or April 2nd after Sunday Service.

Monday | April 3 | 9:00 am 

Tuesday | April 4 | 6:30 pm

Study book cost is $9.  (Prepayment is appreciated.)

Family JAM - Family FX

Our Family FX creates a shared experience for parents and children as well as a fun place to bring friends for the first time. The Family FX includes worship, interactive learning, and fun for all ages. This month's theme is FORGIVENESS. Join us as we focus on God’s love that went to great lengths to rescue us from our sin. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. 

Wednesday | April 5th | 6 pm
Easter Service Times
We hope you join us for our Maundy Thursday service. This is a special communion service where we reflect on Jesus’ last supper with His disciples and the suffering soon to follow. This is a powerful opportunity to prepare our hearts for the Easter weekend. 

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 13
6:30 pm

Join us for our Easter Celebration for dynamic worship and real-life biblical teaching.  We have  pro gramming  for children from birth through 4th grade during the Saturday evening, Sunday  9:15 am and 11:00 am Services. We are hoping that these service times will give you and your family a chance to celebrate with us what God has done and to be involved in the many events and gatherings that happen during this time. 

Saturday Easter Service
Saturday, April 15th
6:00 pm

Sunday Easter Services
Sunday, April 16th
7:30 am
9:15 am
11:00 am
FUEL
Our Junior High and High School Ministry (FUEL) is a place for 7th-12th graders to connect with other students, caring adult leaders and most importantly with God. The student ministries at firstChristian exist to help students journey to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ in environments where students learn to love God, love others and serve the world!

Check out our upcoming Summer Schedule and register for upcoming events here.
In Other News...
DONALD (DICK) AND VERA BRUNER'S 65TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

The family of Donald (Dick) and Vera Bruner wish to invite you to celebrate in the festivities of their parents' 65th wedding anniversary on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. at firstChristian Church sanctuary. There will be a program at 3 p.m. with refreshments and fellowship to follow.  Please RSVP to email address wanda_henry@hotmail.com

Dick and Vera request No Gifts Please.

Saturday | April 26th | 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Missions Update

Who is LATM?

Literature And Teaching Ministries was established in August 1992 to put Christian books into the hands of church leaders all over the world in their own languages. LATM does whatever it takes to guide these books through the publishing process, from translation to proofreading to formatting to printing. LATM's main job is to help provide funds for these book projects by partnering with churches and individuals in the United States.  firstChristian is one of those partners!

Why does firstChristian partner with LATM? There is an abundance of books in English in the U. S., but in most countries, books are a rarity. A church leader who has even a handful of books in his own language is fortunate. Most church leaders would love to get their hands on good books in their native tongue, but in most cases, they simply do not exist!

What does our partnership do to assist LATM? Our gifts to LATM will help them publish 5500 books this year.  This amount would almost completely fund one of LATM’s largest book projects in 2017, 365 Daily Devotions in the Hindi language.  Christian reading material assists the Word of God to significantly impact a culture.  Consider how your life has been influenced by other Christian reading and imagine what it would be like to have never experienced those resources.  Could you help influence a culture that has few contacts with reliable Christian books in a way that helps Scripture come alive?  You can, by partnering with LATM.


Stay Connected
Sunday Announcements
If you missed Sunday's video announcements or last week's newsletter, you can view them on our website at fcnorfolk.org/news.
March Song of the Month

This song was inspired by a prayer who many attribute to Saint Patrick of the 5th century. The chorus gives us the chance to pray to God that,

“Above and below me, before and behind me, in every eye that sees me, Christ be all around me.”

This prayer affirms a powerful scripture, Romans 12:1. I love the way Eugene Peterson interprets its’ meaning, writing:

 “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.”

God desires our praise, honor, and obedience not just on Sunday mornings, but in “every moment”. That when people see us in our words and actions, they would see Jesus, they would see His love, His truth, His servant heart, His compassion, His good news. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. “In this world you will have trouble.” Jesus told us that, however He concludes it, not with encouragement that we can overcome, but rather that we can “take heart for I (Jesus) have overcome the world” John 16:33. God promises us His help in the world transforming work, it’s up to us to seek that help and accept it.

May we seek God’s will, and God’s protection and leading in every moment realizing them as opportunities to bring about God’s will “on earth as it is in Heaven”.

Take firstChristian With You
We know that you aren’t in town every weekend, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on Sunday Mornings at firstChristian. All of our sermons are available on our website, fcnorfolk.org and can be automatically delivered to your apple or android device every week when you subscribe to our podcast.

On the website, you also have the opportunity to keep the conversation going with our sermon discussion guides.  Parents can do the same with their kiddos using the Parent Cue. No matter where you travel, you can always take firstChristian with you. 
THE BIG FOUR

At firstChristian, we believe many disciplines help shape our faith and strengthen our relationship with Jesus. Of those, we have narrowed our focus down to four essential practices that can be found throughout Scripture, and we have seen and experienced to be true. We call them The Big Four. Each of these are an influential aspect of forging a faith that goes beyond the everyday and into the extraordinary. They encourage us to partner with God in changing our attitudes and actions, shaping us more into who God made us to be. But don't be fooled by their simplicity. They are bursting with limitless opportunities and next steps, but never a final step.   

Gather Big: Gathering together every Sunday to learn more about who God is and praise Him for what He has done. God does something special when we gather together.

Group Small: Meeting weekly with a few to do life together and to “keep the conversation going” beyond Sunday morning.
   
Serve Somewhere: Using our gifts, skills and passion to serve within the church and community. One cannot be like or become like Jesus without serving.    
 
Give Something: Practicing generosity in everyday life. Giving releases the grip of stuff on our hearts, so we can more fully give our hearts to God. 

Participation and Giving
March 12, 2017
 
Attendance 
Worship: (259, 236) 495
Sunday School: 225

General Fund
Budgeted weekly: $14,704
Given: $16,442
Budgeted ytd: $161,744
Given ytd: $169,819
 
Missions
Given: $1,374
Given ytd: $20,446
 
Thrive Vision | Building
Given: $13,814
Total given to Thrive: $929,237
Committed: $1,354,600
 
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