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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 the upcoming events and other vital information to stay connected. 

What would Jesus think if he visited firstChristian? What is he looking for? What does Jesus want to see in a local church?

Thankfully, we are not left to wonder. In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John records seven letters from Jesus to seven first-century local churches in the western part of modern-day Turkey. Jesus has a message for each church struggling with persecution and the temptation to compromise their faith. Though 2,000 years and 6,000 miles separate us from them, we still face similar challenges. Join us for our summer series on Revelation 1-3, as we visit these churches through the messages of the seven letters and see ourselves and our church more clearly.

The Bible Project Revelation (2 part video)

In this Newsletter...
Getting the What (and Why) Out of FCC

Significant updates are coming to a Bulletin and E-Newsletter near you!

In July, the updated Bulletin will include more information about available ministries, ongoing weekly programs, upcoming events and highlighted opportunities for you to get connected. To provide space for this added information, we will include a handy sermon note insert with questions to help us keep the conversation going as we group small.

The updated E-Newsletter will move from every week to once a month, ensuring that it will be much more than a repeat of Bulletin information. The E-Newsletter will include an extended look at events for the upcoming months, big announcements, the teaching themes for children, youth, and adults, church celebrations, statistics and information connected with the Big 4, Thrive Updates, firstChristian family highlights and much much more. The Newsletter will feature the "What" as well as the "Why" of FCC’s mission.

Watch for the updated Bulletin and Newsletter in July!

Drop in the Bucket
Drop in the Bucket is happening this Sunday and takes place on the first Sunday of every month. The people of firstChristian have the opportunity to anonymously give to individuals 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 | 7.02.17
Thrive Update - The Work Next Door
I am reminded daily of the Thrive expansion going on next door. Trucks and equipment welcome me as I pull into the parking lot. Inside the building, crews are busily drilling, nailing, installing, painting, wiring, tiling, and plumbing. Construction noise invades my office and invites me to come and see. With each walk through I am amazed at the work being done next door. But what excites me most is the work being done next door in neighborhoods and communities all around northeast Nebraska.
Every day, Jesus is working through His Spirit, you, and life to draw all people to himself right next door to where we live, work, and play. As he does, we get to do the work of inviting and welcoming them to God’s family and FCC.  That is what Thrive is all about, helping neighbors to hear, celebrate, and live out the Good News of Jesus as part of his family.
The construction next door will be done in about a month. But we must always remember next door in our communities, that God’s work and ours, continues.
Onward and Upward,
Ministry Highlight - Club 56

firstChristian provides an after school program called Club 56 during the regular school year on Wednesday afternoons, from 2:00-4:00pm. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, Christ-centered environment for middle school students.

We commit to offering the best possible program for your student. There are plenty of fun, active teaching, games, snacks, and a chance for your student to connect with their peers and at the same time, develop or grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Club 56 costs $65 per student for the entire semester. For more information or to register online check our our website at

Thrive Vision - Volunteers Opportunities
The anticipated completion of the Thrive Building Expansion is fast approaching and that means there are more opportunities and more need for volunteers – immediately! Whatever your interests, gifts, and skills are, we need you! From Children’s Ministry to Worship Technology and everything in between, we currently have openings for someone just like you!

If you are interested in volunteering, stop by the Connection Center in the Lobby on Sunday or fill out a volunteer application today!
Parent Resource - Parent Cue App
Hey Parents!!!

Have you downloaded The Parent Cue App? The Parent Cue App is designed to help every parent do something each week to help move their child toward a deeper faith and a better future. The most important decision your child will ever make is to put their faith and trust in their heavenly Father. The best person to influence your child’s faith is you. As parents, you will play a significant role in the faith and journey of your child through the way you love God, love your family and love others. The Parent Cue App is a practical, fun and easy resource for any parent or grandparent with kids ages birth to 18 years. The content is age specific, based on the current phase of each child and - it's FREE! Download it from your app store today!  

Download the Parent Cue App here  .
Get the Parent Cue emailed to you here.

Upcoming Events
Click here to see a complete list of happenings.
Evening at the Lake
Looking for some summertime fun?

Mark your calendar for FCC’s Evening at the Lake on July 5th at 5:00 pm . Join us at Willow Creek State Recreation Area for food, boating, swimming, devotion and fun for everyone. Kids under 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult. Meat, water and chips will be provided. Please bring cookies or bars to share with everyone. Boats and drivers are also needed.

Visit our website, for more information or to register! Everyone is welcome! 
Register online here.

Wednesday | July 5th | 5 pm

Night JAM (K-1st Grade)

Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Cost: $5
Register online here.

Join us for a fun-filled night created just for incoming Kindergarten and 1st grade students. We’ll be “JAM’n” with music, food and fun while learning to focus on things above.

Thursday | June 29th | 6 – 8:45 pm

Kid's Ministry Activities
(Kindergarten Promotion)

Incoming Kindergartners
Register online here.

Thursday | July 27th | 7 pm

(5th Grade Promotion)

Incoming 5th Graders
Register online here.

Thursday | August 3rd | 7 pm

Youth Ministry Summer Schedule
Faith In Action

Thursday, June 29
Thursday, July 20

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

Wednesday Evening FUEL

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.


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

FCC Core Missions
firstChristian partners with our Core Missions through giving, special projects and trips. Please consider connecting you and your family with one of these missions listed below:
If you are interested in learning more about our core missions, check out our missions page at

T o give to these missions, please designate it on your check memo and giving envelope, or give online
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
June 25, 2017
Worship: (282, 263) 545
Sunday School: 184

General Fund
Budgeted weekly: $14,704
Given: $10,593
Budgeted ytd: $382,304
Given ytd: $384,625
Given: $803
Given ytd: $57,244
Thrive Vision | Building
Given: $2,835
Total given to Thrive: $1,021,431
Households Participating: 319
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