e-newsletter  //  May 25, 2017

As our family prepares for our daughter Brianna's wedding, we're excited for a Sunday break. I'm especially thankful that this Sunday the whole church family will be blessed to hear a very special guest preacher, Darrell Jones. Darrell and his wife Ellen were a part of First Christian many years ago before entering full-time ministry and pioneering a new church in 1993, Hope Christian Church in Columbia, Illinois. The church has grown to averaging 750 people each weekend. Darrel says about Hope, "We have a good outreach for hurting people, and have been named number one food pantry in Southern IL for the last 2 years, with our volunteers doing an excellent job. It's like a family. As we started Hope, we prayed God would let us raise our 3 children in the same church. Now we are asking for the grandchildren!" Darrell's Memorial Day Weekend message is "Remember" at both the 8 am & 10:30 am services.

Thankful. Hopeful.

Steve Wingfield, senior pastor
UP to Something good...JAM Choirs!
What a powerful ministry our church has to bless others through "UPKids" ... our children's ministry of First Christian! Summer break has arrived after just wrapping up an amazing Wednesday night program. More than 110 children shared in our JAM Choir closing productions. Thank you to our JAM Choir directors Ruth Wingfield (elementary JAM) & Lauren Shelnutt (preschool JAM). And thank you to more than 20 servants who helped with drama parts, choreography, costumes, stage sets, sound and lights. The memorization of scripture and message in the music will have a lasting impact on these young lives.
SERVE...More Than Volunteering
Sunday, June 4, before & after 10:30 am service

What family chore is God calling you to do? Our Deacons are servant leaders with a primary role of helping you to find your place of service. Sunday, June 4th our deacons will be visible to offer opportunities in our church ministry fair.
Summer VBS & Christian Camp
Parents, register your children and serve others at Vacation Bible School June 12-16. It may be your child's greatest week all summer. Also, ask your kids about having an adventure at High Hill Christian Camp. With a little bit of encouragement, it will replace summer 
boredo m with great fun and learning.   

Jr. High Camp & High School Conference
Summer Fun
St. Louis Cardinals
Just for fun and to further develop friendships, we're putting together several summer events. How about a Cardinal's game followed by fireworks to kick off your July 4th weekend! There will be an outdoor movie night on the church back lawn. And we are reserving an area pool for family night.  
Summer Giving...Online & Mobile Options
Help us to avoid a summer slump in giving! As many as one third of our members are away on vacation each Sunday of Summer. Thank you for being faithful to give, so our ministry together can remain strong. One of the best ways you can do your part is to set up an automatic "recurring" gift with your bank or give online.

Online Giving - This method allows you to schedule a one-time or recurring gift, which can be charged to your debit card.  Give online quickly and easily via our online church app! Click here to sign up  

Mobile Giving - This method allows you to give via the text feature on your phone. Simply open up a new text message, type 84321 in the 'To' column, then type a dollar amount in the text message section. You will receive a reply with easy to follow directions.
Current Sunday Series: WA+CH
If summer travel or sickness keep you away on a Sunday, you can watch our 10:30 am service "Live" on Facebook at First Christian in Florissant. Log in with a comment to give us feedback and let us know when you're watching.  

Messages in our current series include: Wake Up - Watch Your Self - Mom Goggles - Ready to Serve - Lion Watch - All Seeing Eye