A Message From Greg 
How do you define when summer is over?  Some of us might answer September 22 nd .  That is the official beginning of fall.  Others may say after Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer.  Still others, and most of them would be students and teachers, would answer early August.   Our local school systems and colleges have opened their doors and have welcomed students back to school thus ending their 'summer.'  Keep our community's schools, students, and teachers in your prayers as the new school year begins.  Our prayer and hope is that it will be safe and productive year for everyone.

As summer draws to a close, however that closure is defined, our church is beginning to look toward the fall and all the activity and opportunity it will bring.  As your routine changes with the change in seasons keep the church in your prayers and make the church's ministry part of your plans.   God Bless You!  See you Sunday!   Peace,  Greg

Scripture of the Month  
Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 

GOD CONVERSATIONS
Join us for our conversations around Adam Hamilton's book "Half Truths."  God helps those who help themselves and other things the Bible doesn't say.  We will be starting on September 7th at 6:30pm.
Gods Ways - by John Prewett
     Oh! For the Good Ole Days!  Churches like ours were filled with people going to worship.  The ministries were many and very active.  No, we are NOT as we were in the "Good Ole Days".
     What we ARE now, is different, that is, smaller and less active than yesteryear.  Personally, I believe that, while not the same, we still have a very spiritual and action-oriented church.  It is important that we know and understand why we have the "church" and what meaning that it has in our lives.  I could go on about this, but I think the Apostle Paul does a much better job.  Please read the Book of Ephesians again.  Read it slowly, let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts.  I also like study bibles as well, which shed light on concordance and the historical context.  There is also a book written by Joshua Harris titled " Why Church Matters".   I think it would be a good read as it relates to the church, i.e., The Body of Christ.  
     The text above  gives us enlightenment on how we understand church, not only to help us, but to help enable us to reach the unchurched or the "I'm spiritual, but not religious" folks we encounter.    
See you Sundays in our "Body of Christ".   God loves you all and so do I.  
Memorials
Lois Roberts from Lou & Marsha Hill, Ron & Sonja Weigand
Mildred Brooks from  Patty Spiehler and family, J erry & Linda Day,  Dick & Joyce Wiegand
Mildred Brooks from Vera Lannerd,  Jerry & Linda Day,  Dick & Joyce Wiegand,  Marilyn Korn

A gift has been given to the FCC Music Fund from Crawfordsville First Christian Church in honor of Rev. Brian Nelson and his role as Transitional Minister for the past 8 months.
PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS: 
(new requests in bold)
HOSPITAL : No one at this time. 
REHAB:  No one at this time.    
NURSING HOME/HOMEBOUND:      
St Anthony's: Lynn Mann, Martha Oliver; University Place: Don Smith;
Fowler Apts #514 Sue England - having health issues; Cumberland Pointe: Harriett McDowell, Vera Idle # 206;  
Signature Healthcare:  Mary Bogan- broken hip       GreenTree:  Suzie Mounts    
Rosewalk Commons: Vernetta Lynn; Verne & Rosemary Comer St. Mary's: Jim Sipple - #114 
Westminster: Frances Britt
At Home: Jeanne Dible, Marilyn Galloway; Ruby Ward at home of son, Marcus Haley 8415 Turner Rd. West Point, IN 47992, Becky Britt at 2106 S. 7th St. Lafayette 47905
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:   
Loretta Lowe - Louise McDole's niece - cancer, Barbara Jones - Louise McDole's sister - pulmonary fibrosis, 
Ami - friend and client of Sandie Hauser - uterus cancer,  
Rhiannon Garvey in relocation back to Lafayette,
Virgene Skiver, Rachel Roudebush,  Norma Doremire who has relocated to Oregon with her daughter who lives out there. This will be a permanent move.
Pastoral Care News
     We are having a special meeting on Wednesday, September 14. The Pastoral Care group will be having a brown bag lunch at Centennial Park at noon. Kathy Stirlen will be bringing her dog Tater Bean, who has been going through training to become a visiting dog at nursing homes. Kathy will be sharing the story of Tater Bean's training, as well as what she has learned from the training experience.
     Please join us if you are interested and bring your lunch! If it is raining we'll find a room in the church to gather!
     We have a super pastoral caregivers group here at FCC. If you would be interested in doing visiting please let me know!   Blessings,  Jan Rybka
Technical Arts
The Technical Arts team needs a hand (or two)!
We have a small talented team, and need more hands to help us to spread the good news.  We especially need help at the 8:00 AM Sunday worship service.  This ministry requires some technical skills (but not a lot, really), a feel for the flow of the worship service (so you can turn the right mic on at the right time), and an attention span that lasts through the service (younger children may not be able to stay on task for an hour).  If you enjoy pushing buttons, then you may wish to help us by volunteering to help us at the sound board !  If you are interested in helping the Church in a new way, or have any questions please contact Jim Rybka or even better, come up to the balcony any Sunday morning to see what we do and how you can help us!
Did you know that our Worship Services are recorded and easily available to you in a few different ways.  In the entry area to the church there is a box that has CDs from past services.  If you cannot find the one you seek, let us know and we can get you another copy.  You can also find copies of the sermons at the First Christian Church website.  You will find them in the Sermon Archive in the Media Center, http://www.fcclaf.org/#/media-center . Click on the one that you wish to hear, sit back, and enjoy it in the comfort of your easy chair.
Jim Rybka, Chair of Technical Arts
Hearing Loop Grant
We are pleased to announce that First Christian Church will receive a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette towards the purchase and installation of a hearing loop in the Sanctuary.  If you have a hearing aid with a telecoil coil (t coil), then you will soon be able to pick up the sound of the Sunday worship services in your own hearing device !  
The amount of the grant is $7,639.  We expect that there may be additional expenses of about $1,500 that the grant will not cover. Any contributions to defray this expense would be greatly appreciated. The installation should be completed within the next 90 days; we'll let you know when it is ready to use.   Jim Rybka, Chair of Tech Arts
September Diaconates
Sept. 4th
1st Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally Brunger
2nd Service
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Carolyn Weedon
Serving: Crystal Cover
Serving: Christina Tully
Serving: Josh Tully
Set Up & Clean Up: Carolyn Weedon & Crystal Cover
Sept. 11th
1st Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Mary Sego & Daryl Killian
2nd Service
Team Leader: Dave Schluttenhofer
Serving: Carolyn Kanehe
Serving: Roberta Pilotte
Serving: Suzie Kelsey
Serving: Dave Kelsey
Set Up & Clean Up: Carolyn Kanehe & Roberta Pilotte
Sept. 18th
1st Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up  Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally Brunger
2nd Service
Team Leader: Kathy Stirlen
Serving: Juanita Hobaugh
Serving: Roberta Pilotte
Serving: Melanie Davis
Serving: Michael Davis
Set Up & Clean Up: Melanie & Michael Davis
Sept. 25th
1st Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Mary Sego
Serving: Daryl Killian
Set Up & Clean Up: Mary Sego & Daryl Killian
2nd Service
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Harriet Beeler
Serving: Robin Sturgeon
Serving: Larry Sturgeon
Serving: Greg Smith
Set Up & Clean Up: Robin Sturgeon & Larry Sturgeon
It's not to early to be thinking about Jubilee Christmas. This is definitely one place we can all share our riches with those who have little.  At this time I am looking for several people to sew some stockings.  We will need around 100 stockings so each child will receive one at Christmas.  If you are willing to sew some, please contact me and I will get the pattern and fabric to you.  It is also time to start watching for food items on sale to fill the baskets again this year.   Please contact me at 427-2672.  Thanks for all your help and support with this rewarding mission.  Sandie Hauser
Kids Club (K-5th grade)
  Sept. 4th      Kids Club in Fellowship Hall from 5-6:30pm!  Pizza,
                     devotion and games!  Bring a friend!
Sept. 18th     Join us for the "Hunger Hike".  We will meet on the steps at Riehle Plaza
                     at 1:30pm.
Sept. 25th     Bowling at Arrowhead Bowling Alley @12:30pm!  Cost:6
Sept. 4th        Youth Mtg in Fellowship Hall from 5-6:30pm.
Sept. 11th       NO YOUTH MTG 
Sept. 18th       Join us for the Hunger Hike!
Sept. 25th       Bowling at Arrowhead Bowling Alley @12:30pm.  Cost:$6
We will have a team walking in the Hunger Hike on September 18th!  We meet on the steps of Riehle Plaza at 1:30pm.  The walk begins at 2pm.  Donations can be turned in the day of the walk.  Contact Michelle with any questions at 765-742-4058.  This is open to EVERYONE!  Come and walk with us!   


Music Ministry upcoming events:
Sunday, September 11     Interfaith Service of Peace and Unity - 3:00 pm 
                                         @ Columbian Park's Memorial Island
Tuesday, September 20    Tippecanoe TaizĂ© @ First Christian -  7:00pm in the Chapel 
Sunday, October 23          University Choir @ First Christian /  Foods Resource Bank
                                          Harvest Celebration  one service - 10:15am           
Sunday,  November 20      Celtic Thanksgiving Sunday -  featuring bagpiper 
                                          Hope Oak  one service - 10:00am
Sunday, November 27      Hanging of the Greens  one service - 10:00am
Sunday, December 11       Combined Christmas Musical - 10:30am  with Congress
                                          Street UMC, First Baptist, and University Church 
Sunday, December 18       Steven Spencer & Jeffrey Goodspeed piano/organ 
                                          concert - 4pm  Mitten Tree Celebration - 5pm
Click on this link to see the calendar.   http://www.fcclaf.org/#/calendar
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329 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901