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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 this week’s blog post and other vital information to stay connected.

In this Newsletter...
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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 we kick-off our Easter theme - HUMILITY. Join us as we take a closer look at Philippians 2:3-8 and Jesus' ultimate example of humility. He gave up everything to come to earth to save us.

You won't want to miss this great opportunity to kick off the Easter season with your family. 
Childcare provided for infants and toddlers.

We will also take a look at upcoming summer activities. 

Wednesday | April 5th | 6:00 pm
 



FUEL - The Upper Room
 
Both Jr. and Sr. High FUEL, please join us at The Loft, this Sunday for our annual Upper Room experience. We will be taking a look at John 13 and the example that Jesus spoke of and modeled. 

The Loft is located at 311 Norfolk Ave.  Please enter from the south entrance in the alley and come upstairs. 

For questions, please contact Marshal Hardy at marshall@fcnorfolk.org.
 
Sunday, April 9th | 6:00 - 7:15 pm

FCC Blog
God's Creation Project

The Cross, and Christ’s resurrection, is all part of God’s plan in His creation project. God has been building His Kingdom on earth since creation, and His plan through Jesus is to dwell in us to further His Kingdom work. Listed below are four points about God’s work that N.T. Wright (British New Testament scholar and author) discussed in his lecture “Why Does Jesus Resurrection Matter?

  • We may not understand God’s larger patterns as to where our actions fall.
  • Love in action is beauty and justice.
  • Art is love creating new worlds
  • Justice is love rolling up its sleeves to heal the old one.


When the church is doing beauty and justice there is a whole new world with the risen Jesus in the middle of it.

To be a Christian is to be a little walking part of God’s creation project.

God’s intention is to flood the whole creation with His joy, justice, love and wisdom.” (Wright)  This has begun with Jesus’ resurrection, and He invites us to be a part of His work.

The Missions team encourages you to consider one of firstChristian’s CORE missions and in contemplative prayer ask God how you could be a “walking part” of one of these missions as God uses them (and you) for His Creation Project. 

Ephesians 3:10  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Scott Dodson - firstChristian Missions Team   

Nebraska Christian College Matching Gift

When a man or woman responds 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 during the month of April.

Visit https://nechristian.edu for a closer look at Nebraska Christian.
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Mahalo!

firstChristian Church humbly invites you to attend the Hawaiian Themed Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. 

Enjoy dinner, meet fellow volunteers, and let us celebrate the difference you make in the lives of those around you each week by sharing your gifts and talents.

Wear your favorite Hawaiian attire:
Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, flip flops, and sunglasses welcome! 

RSVP through the Volunteer Hub or by confirming in Planning Center. 

Maundy Thursday Service
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
Easter Weekend Services
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 6:00pm, 9:15am, and 11:00am services. We hope 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 meaningful 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

Do you have a friend that would like to join the celebration? Get them connected with firstChristian here.
Easter Weekend Volunteers
Over the course of Easter weekend, an even larger number of people will join us in our celebration. To help welcome everyone, we will need an expanded team of volunteers!

What better way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus than by serving in His name, welcoming others to join in His praise. This is a wonderful opportunity to make this weekend a great experience for everyone, allowing God to not only work in you but also through you. So, s ign up at the Connection Center or the Volunteer Hub on Sunday.
In other news...
Congratulations
Nicole Chasteen was b aptized at first Christian  on April 2nd at the 11 am Sunday service and Tomas Howell was baptized at FUEL on April 2nd.

Congratulations and welcome to the first Christian  family.

We are celebrating with you!

Morning Star Preschool
Has your life been impacted by Morning Star or Kiddie Kollege Preschool? Though we will not be offering it next year, we want to recognize and celebrate what God has done through FCC’s preschool over the years. We invite you to join us by sharing your stories.

Please email them to  office@fcnorfolk.org.   We will compile your stories and share them this Spring. If you have any questions concerning this project or the decision to not provide preschool please contact the church office at office@fcnorfolk.org
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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 firstChristianGod’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.

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.

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.
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
April 2, 2017
 
Attendance 
Worship: (338, 276) 614
Sunday School: 243

General Fund
Budgeted weekly: $14,704
Given: $17,453
Budgeted ytd: $191,152
Given ytd: $218,515
 
Missions
Given: $2,207
Given ytd: $26,499
 
Thrive Vision | Building
Given: $22,131
Total given to Thrive: $955,490
Households Participating: 319
 
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