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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 the upcoming events and other vital information to stay connected. 

By Your spirit I will rise, From the ashes of defeat. The resurrected king, Is resurrecting me. These words from the song "The Resurrecting King" tells a story. It is a story about a king who himself once was dead and now lives forever. It is a story of those who have tasted death at the heart level and are discovering the life Jesus came to give.

In this Newsletter...
Nebraska Christian College Matching Gift

When people respond to God’s calling, they soon discover the need to prepare for ministry challenges ahead. One of the biggest barriers to fulfilling their calling is the cost of quality ministry training. Now, for the first time, you can be a double answer to their prayers.

Nebraska Christian College, one of FCC’s Core Missions, strives to “prepare exceptional Christian leaders.” During April, all gifts to Nebraska Christian through FCC will be doubled up to $5,000 and will be used for scholarships. A generous donor has made this opportunity possible.

Together, we can encourage men and women to prepare to help a local church to Thrive. Please consider a gift to Nebraska Christian College during the month of April.

Nebraska Christian College will be 
joining us during both services this Sunday, April 30th.

April 30th | 9:15 & 11:00 am

Visit https://nechristian.edu for a closer look at Nebraska Christian.
Missions Update
Literature and Teaching Ministries, one of firstChristian's Core Missions, supplies ministry leaders around the world with resources in their heart language. Phil and Susan Casey of LATM will be in Norfolk in two weeks. Join us for Sunday Service on May 7th as they share their heart for ministry.

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 5,500 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.


The Caseys will also be at both services on Sunday, May 7th. 
Learn more about LATM here http://latm.info/

Would you like to give to the Literature and Teaching Ministry? Giving opportunities can be found here: LATM

May 7th | 9:15 & 11:00 am

Family Dedication Celebration
On Saturday, April 22nd, firstChristian held a FamilyD Celebration Event. Seven families made the commitment to raise their children in a
Christ-centered home. 

Ethan and Holly Larsen 
dedicated Halle

Adam and Amanda Cronin
dedicated Allison and Ashton

Lance and Kelsey Morrow 
dedicated Kamryn

Josh and Serena Siebrandt 
dedicated Abigail

Richard and Erin McAuliffe 
dedicated Journey

Brandon and Jodi Viterna
dedicated Brynlee

Kevin and April Mozer 
dedicated Gracelynn

Congratulations to each of you on your commitment!

Thrive With Us

Jesus came to give life. The Thrive Vision is about sharing Jesus’ thriving life with northeast Nebraska. God continues to draw people to Himself and to firstChristian. God’s faithfulness and your generosity is realizing the Thrive Vision. 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.

The Thrive expansion and remodel will provide space to share Jesus with children, space to connect with each other, and space to communicate and celebrate the life-giving good news of Jesus. The anticipated completion of the expansion is June 2017 and the remodel September 2017.

For more information on the Thrive Vision, visit our website. Click on the link above to view the latest time lapse video of the expansion construction.

Upcoming Events
Click here to see a complete list of happenings.
TNT (55+) Event
TNT (55+) is featuring NOAH (and the Ark) by The Sights and Sounds Theatre in Branson, Missouri, on Saturday, April 29th, from 5:30-8:00 pm at firstChristian Church. We will also have a good ol' chuck wagon supper of BBQ pork, baked beans, chips, and, of course, animal cookies!

Mark your calendars! You won't want to miss out on this wonderful adventure in the times of NOAH.

Saturday | April 29th | 5:30 to 8:00 pm
This Sunday is Family 5th Sunday!
This Sunday, April 30th, parents and kiddos have the opportunity to worship together at both the 9:15 and 11:00 am services as part of Family 5th Sunday!
 
K-12th Students: Students in grades K-12 will have the opportunity to worship with their families during the entire main service.

Preschool 4's & 5's: Preschool children ages 4-5 will join their families for worship in the main service and be dismissed before the sermon to join their regular programming.

Nursery, 2's & 3's: Children ages birth through 3 years will have regular programming during both of our services

Sunday | April 30th
Family JAM Picnic

Join us for the Family JAM picnic as we celebrate a great year! We’ll eat, laugh, play games, enjoy time with our JAM family and maybe eat some more. Meat, drinks and desserts will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share with everyone.

Register online here.

Wednesday | May 3rd | 6 pm

Morning Star Preschool
morning star logo

Has Morning Star or Kiddie Kollege Preschool impacted your life? We invite you to join us in recognizing and celebrating what God has done through FCC’s preschool over the years.

Please share your stories with us before May 8th, by emailing them to office@fcnorfolk.org.

Serve Somewhere Opportunity
Funeral Luncheons
We are looking for volunteers to assist with funeral luncheon preparation, serving, and cleanup. Volunteers see firsthand how grateful the families are, and the people who attend can feel the love and compassion extended to them.

If you are interested in being contacted to help serve, email us at: office@fcnorfolk.org or sign up online: Funeral Kitchen Team
FCC Women's Softball

It's the perfect time to join firstChristian's women's softball team!

Games start mid-May and are scheduled for Tuesday evenings.

If you are interested in joining: 
Contact Melora Hirschman at 402.841.5907.

Registration deadline: Wednesday | May 3rd

FCC Kitchen Towels
Have you seen the first Christian kitchen towels? We appreciate everyone's assistance within the kitchen between making meals, serving meals, and communion preparation! With all of the recent events, we are missing many of our dish towels. If you have any extra towels that you would like to donate or may have taken a few home to wash, please feel free to drop them by the first Christian office.
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. 
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.
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
April 23rd, 2017
 
Attendance 
Worship: (330, 241) 571
Sunday School: 263

General Fund
Budgeted weekly: $14,704
Given: $15,582
Budgeted ytd: $249,968
Given ytd: $268,141
 
Missions
Given: $2,016
Given ytd: $33,429
 
Thrive Vision | Building
Given: $5,628
Total given to Thrive: $982,044
Households Participating: 319
 
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