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Jesus challenges us to see the world differently. By doing so, followers of Jesus get to live in an alternative reality. We can discover, like Alice in Lewis Carroll’s story of Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, that things are often not as they seem. Luke recounts how Jesus turned the accepted view of his day upside down and inside out. Join us for the next few weeks, as we look at Jesus, the world and ourselves through the mirror of Luke 5 and 6. It may not be what you expect, but it will be worth the adventure. 

In this Newsletter...
Staff Blog
Marshal's Musings:

Baseball is over for the evening, the yard has been mowed, the dog has been trained, dance classes instructed by my wife are over, dance pictures are finished, the supper dishes are done, showers are taken, and we are sitting in the living room as a family. It is 8:42 and this is the first time, since the morning routine, that we have all been in the same room. It was a good day, a successful day, a fun day (school picnic day), a busy day, a stressful day, but it was still a good day. I want to hear about the picnic, how the dance costumes looked, while mentally thinking through my coaching decisions during the baseball game (they are 8 and 9, really?) and at the same time attempting to be intentional with the last few moments of the day. I am guessing that we are not the only family that meets itself coming and going. We are not the only family that has to either eat supper at 4:30 or 8:30. We are not the only family that skips shower night because it is just one more thing to manage. Never fear, summer is coming and all schedules and responsibilities no longer matter.                   

There was one word in the above paragraph that I would like to revisit for a moment.  “Intentional." How are we going to be intentional about not going on a summer vacation from Jesus? How are we going to be intentional in our small moments of conversation to model the love of Christ? How are we going to be intentional in our schedules and priorities? How are we as parents going to be intentional in saying “no” to some good things, so that we can say “yes” to the best things?                 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love baseball, I love dance (watching it), I love getting things done. However, what price is my family paying? I realize how old I am, due to the fact that one of my own children is now in my program. Am I modeling what I encourage others to do? Am I being intentional? Am I intentionally getting in the word with my children and helping the Bible make sense to their everyday? Am I leading my wife and loving her like Christ loved the Church in Ephesians 5:25 “and gave himself up for her.” 

To be totally transparent, there are some nights that I think my brain is leaking out of my left ear. I have no more words and my thoughts are so distracted due to what I had to handle throughout the day. Guess what? My kids don’t know that, and they wouldn’t know how to respond if I did unload my day on them. They need me to pray with them. They need me to remind them about how they are made in the image of God. They need to know that there is nothing that they can do that will cause me to love them any less, because that is how God sees his children, myself included.                

Our children need their parents in the stands to cheer for them. Our children need parents to haul them around to their various activities. Our children need their parents to be involved and engaged in their lives. Our children also need parents to lead them to Jesus through example, repetition and love, even during the summer. 

#sandwichesagain #grassstainedknees #eatontherun #loadup #ontheroadagain #rawcheeksfromsunflowerseeds #youcansleepwhenyouaredead #intentional

Learning to be intentional, 
Marshal Hardy

Missions Update
  30 Days of Prayer for the Peoples of Southeast Asia
May 27- June 25th 

FirstChristian supports missionaries in Southeast Asia. For the next 30 days, during Ramadan, we invite you to pray through parts of Southeast Asia with us. We will pray over 10 people groups. All 10 are Unreached People Groups (UPGs), meaning less than 2% of the people are followers of Jesus. IN this area of Southeast Asia, though, there is not even one people group with over .1% of the people that follows Jesus.   

According to tradition, it was during Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad. Muslims mark this event by fasting each day from sunrise to sunset. The fast is a strict one—no food or drink, not even water. It is a time to cleanse body and soul, to pray more earnestly, to read the Qur’an and to reflect on God. It is our prayer that God will provide ways for them to hear about Jesus, draw them to himself and into a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Prayer guides are available at the Connection Center. These prayer guides introduce you to all 10 people groups. This guide is an invitation to pray and to join in what God is doing throughout the Muslim world. We ask that God will transform Southeast Asia as well! That thousands of Muslims from all 10 unreached people groups would come to know Jesus and that God would transform this land. For every single movement of Muslims becoming followers of Jesus, a prayer movement preceded it. Thank you for joining the prayer movement for Southeast Asia.  

Upcoming Events
Click here to see a complete list of happenings.
New Way Singers - Journey Christian Church
  Sponsored by Nebraska Christian College

New Way Singers, from Nebraska Christian College in Omaha, is in its 45th year. This group is an auditioned worship band and choir, comprised of high school students from all over the United States. New Way Singers travels around the Midwest during the summer, presenting concerts to various churches and church organizations. Many of these participants have gone on to be Church leaders as God has used this experience to call them to ministry. There is a tremendous response every year to not only the music but the ministry of New Way Singers. 

Journey Christian Church is privileged to have two high school students accepted to travel and perform with the New Way Singers, Morgan Barner and Sara Duncan. 

Journey Christian Church in Wayne, NE
Wednesday | June 14th | 7 pm

Children's Ministry Activity Schedule
Our JAM Kids Ministry strives to combine the critical influences of the church and home to incite wonder, provoke discovery and fuel passion in the hearts of children toward the love of Jesus. We believe children’s ministry should be fun, creative, powerful and life-changing all at the same time. Our curriculum is always relevant, Biblical, engaging and experiential, and it also emphasizes a relationship with God and with others.   
Summer Camp

Ignite Camp
June 18 – 21 | 4th – 5th grade
Cost: $88
Register online here.

  Summer JAM

June 22 – 23 | 2nd – 3rd grade
Cost: $38
Register  online here .
Night JAM

Wednesday | June 30 | 6 – 8:45 pm
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Cost: $5
Register online here.

Evening at the Lake

Wednesday | July 5 | 5 pm
Register online here.
Registration deadline for JAM Summer activities is June 1st. Register Today!
Youth Ministry Activity Schedule

Our Student Ministry exists to challenge students to actively pursue a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, through various worship experiences, biblical teachings, service opportunities and opportunities to fellowship with other believers. This ultimately results in growth toward spiritual maturity. 

Day at the Lake

Friday | June 23 | 2-8 pm
Cost: $10
Incoming 5th – 8th
Online registration link


July 9 – 14
Cost: $275
Incoming 9th – Graduated 12th
Promo video
Online registration link

Summer Fusion

July 30 – August 2
Cost: $110
Incoming 6th – 8th
Promo video
Online registration link

Faith In Action

Thursday, June 1
Thursday, June 15
Thursday, June 29
Thursday, July 20

Watch Facebook for details, locations, supplies needed and times.

Wednesday Evening FUEL

June 7th 6:00-8:00
“Old School” Big Base Kickball Tourney @ Ta-Ha-Zouka

June 21st 6:00-8:00
Ultimate Frisbee Tourney

July 5th 5:00-9:00
Evening at the Lake
Willow Creek SRA
Boats/drivers/supervision needed

July 26th 6:00-8:00
Mini Golf Tourney

Watch Facebook for details, locations, supplies needed and times.

In Other News

Timothy Spray was baptized at first Christian  on May 21st.

Doug and Chris McKibbon were baptized at first Christian on May 22nd.

Congratulations and welcome to the first Christian  family.

We are celebrating with you!
Serving Opportunity - American Red Cross
Are you looking for opportunities to serve your community? Do you like to bake? Then the the American Red Cross is looking for you! Help with the American Red Cross blood drive by baking and donating six dozen cookies or six dozen bars one Tuesday in June. If you are interested in taking advantage of this excellent serving opportunity and would like more information please contact Sarah Bauermeister at  or give the office a call at 402-371-5734 to sign up.
Love Fund
The Love Fund is a donation-funded account, managed by a team of volunteers, that helps people of firstChristian and the community. Thanks to your generous gifts, the Love Fund has helped 13 families with over $2,000 in financial relief since the beginning of 2017!
If you would like to help those in need through firstChristian’s Love Fund, please designate your gift to the Love Fund on an offering envelope or on your check memo.
Ministry Highlight - Journey Men
Journey Men is a weekly gathering of men to talk about life and what it means to be Men of Integrity. Men of Integrity devotionals are available at the Connection Center in the lobby on Sunday mornings.

Meeting Times at firstChristian:
Tuesdays | 6:30 am
Fridays | 6 am
Saturdays | 7 am
The Thrive Vision
The Thrive Vision is about helping northeast Nebraska Thrive through Jesus. Your giving and God’s faithfulness are making it a reality.

The Thrive Vision provides space to share Jesus with children, to connect with each other and to communicate and celebrate the good news of Jesus. The expansion will be complete in just over two months. Remodeling our current space will begin this summer with completion in the fall. While under construction, God continues to draw more people to himself and firstChristian Church.

What does that mean for firstChristian
  • More Volunteers: There is more opportunity and more need for volunteers – immediately! The greatest needs are in Worship Technology (video, audio, lighting), Guest Services (coffee, greeting, ushering) and Children’s (check-in, nursery, teachers, small-group leaders).  
  • More Flexibility: Sometimes the sidewalk, parking, lobby and other spaces will be construction zones. Some spaces will not be available this summer. We will need to be flexible, adapt and press on!
Thank you to all who are making the Thrive Vision a reality. It is exciting to see how God continues to use firstChristian (and our facilities) to help the people of northeast Nebraska Thrive.

Onward and Upward,


PS For more information on the Thrive Vision, visit our  website . Click on the image below to view the latest time lapse video of the expansion construction.
Employment Opportunity:
Building and Grounds Ministry Coordinator

Could you assist FCC’s ministries to be effective? Do you want the people of FCC and our guests to have a clean, comfortable, safe and welcoming environment? Would you like to help others do the same? Then we are looking for you! firstChristian is seeking a Building and Grounds Ministry Coordinator to provide and manage FCC’s maintenance. This person will oversee and work alongside paid and unpaid staff, and recommend, arrange and schedule ongoing maintenance. This is a 15-20-hour-a-week position. We would like to add the right person to our team by June 1. If interested, please contact Angela or Sarah in the office for more information.

Phone: 402-371-5734 

Congratulations to Albert Ponder, who has served as our Building and Grounds Ministry Coordinator. He has accepted a full-time position in another community. We pray for all the best for him and his family.

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. 
Stay Connected
Sunday Announcements
If you missed Sunday's video announcements or last week's newsletter, you can view them on our website at
Participation and Giving
May 21, 2017
Worship: (311, 279) 590
Sunday School: 243

General Fund
Budgeted weekly: $14,704
Given: $16,151
Budgeted ytd: $308,784
Given ytd: $324,549
Given: $4,335
Given ytd: $49,167
Thrive Vision | Building
Given: $3,004
Total given to Thrive: $996,734
Households Participating: 318
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