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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.

Join us Sunday as we continue our sermon series which takes a deeper look into the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah is a dramatic story of one man’s faith-fueled response to seeing God’s people and city in a neglected state of disrepair. God providentially protects and provides as His people are stirred to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, and in the process are rebuilt themselves. 
In this Newsletter...

3.12 Volunteer Hub Launches

3.19 Serve Somewhere

3.19 Thrive Sneak Peek

3.26 Thrive 2 year Anniversary

4.2 Drop in the Bucket Sunday

4.4 Women's UnashamedStudy

Click here to see a complete list of happenings.
THRIVE - 2 Year Anniversary

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 FCC, as a part of firstChristian you are part of the Thrive Vision. Together, we invite and welcome those God is drawing to Himself, and to firstChristian.

On March 19th and 26th we are going to celebrate what God is doing and share special opportunities to participate in the Thrive Vision. God can do more through us together, than what we could ever do alone! 

Check out the Thrive Time Lapse Video at!

Daylight Savings

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

To register, please call the office at: 402-371-5738.
Deepest Condolences
Our sympathies go out to Barb Juracek, Bonnie Scobee, and their families. Barb and Bonnie's mother, Vernel Nelson, of Norfolk passed away on Monday, March 6th. Services are to be held on Friday, March 10th at firstChristian. Please keep Vernal's family and friends in your prayers as they mourn their loss.
Easter Service Times
Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 13 | 6:30 pm

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

Sunday Easter Services
Sunday, April 16th | 7:30 am
9:15 am
11:00 am
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 First Christian 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...


Karen Petsche placed membership at firstChristian on Sunday, March 5th.

Congratulations and welcome to the firstChristian family!


Jasmine Phander was b aptized at first Christian  on March 5th at the 11 am Sunday service.

Congratulations and welcome to the first Christian  family.

We are celebrating with you!
Missions Update

We partner with our Core Missions through giving, hands on projects, and trips, to help build God’s kingdom both in the US and abroad.  From time to time on Sunday mornings during our services you will hear updates from the mission field.

Interested in connecting with one of our core missions? You can assist through financial giving through our giving envelopes while attending Sunday Services or online at:

Stay Connected
Sunday Announcements
If you missed Sunday's video announcements or last week's newsletter, you can view them on our website at
Staff Blogs

Each week, one of our ministers at firstChristian writes up an amazing blog entry that you can check out on the firstChristian website.
Stay Connected through our Staff Blogs at:

March Song of the Month
Christ Be All Around Me from All Sons & Daughters

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, 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. 

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 5, 2017
Worship: (338, 301) 639
Sunday School: 246

General Fund
Budgeted weekly: $14,704
Given: $19,430
Budgeted ytd: $147,040
Given ytd: $153,376
Given: $2,719
Given ytd: $19,072
Thrive Vision | Building
Given: $19,686
Total given to Thrive: $915,423
Committed: $1,354,600
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