Temple Bells
 February
2019
  The mission and ministries of First Christian Church are to share the Good News of Jesus Christ by being instruments of God’s unconditional love and grace for all people. We live and practice Jesus’ command to “love one another as you would love yourself.” We are a dynamic and diverse congregation and would like to invite you to become a part of our church family.
    
215 South Congress Ave. West Palm Beach Fl. 33409
    Phone 561-683-881 
Bible study for all ages  Sunday 9:00
     Worship Service     Sunday 10:15

Wednesday night Bible Study
See online Calendar for dates
6-7:30 pm


By Rev. Donn Brammer

I am going to share with you 4 words with short definitions, and 1 opportunity.
 
Pity. Pity is when we recognize another person is suffering.
 
Sympathy. Sympathy is when we care about another person’s suffering.
 
Empathy. Empathy is when we feel another person’s suffering.
 
Compassion. Compassion is when we want to relieve another person’s suffering.
 
In our Christian walk we go from seeing, to caring, to feeling, to doing, which leads me to the opportunity I was talking about. The Week of Compassion. We collect our Week of Compassion Offering February 17-24. Unless a special appeal is made, we only collect this offering once a year, so this is the opportunity I was talking about. This offering helps with disaster relief and supports long term development projects/programs.
 
Sometimes we see or hear about a disaster, a storm, an earthquake, a flood, a volcano, etc. and we want to do something to help those who have been affected. Our Week of Compassion offering does just that. All around the state, the country and the world, all year long, our offering helps to relieve other people’s suffering.
 
The fact of the matter is we are blessed with the ability to do something about suffering. Think about it, we can actually ‘do’ something. We can help. And chances are you probably will.
 
I’m sure you’re aware enough to catch the fact that there are steps in those definitions, there is an increase in level of maturity with each step. It doesn’t take a great awareness to recognize someone is suffering; it doesn’t take a saint to care that people are suffering; but it does take a person who is willing to ‘step up’ to the highest level and ‘do’ something about it. Please give generously, give graciously, give knowing your gift matters because people matter and God gives us a chance to actually ‘do’ something about it.

Thank you.

                                        


Everyone is welcome 
Come as you are, we a re a friendly bunch of loving Christians who invite you to worship with us!

Please stay a while after the service for a little snack and fellowship.

You're welcome here!!!

2/3

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (Sermon Text: “Love”)
Luke 4:21-30
 
2/10

Isaiah 6:1-8
(Will be Sermon Text on 2/17, “Being Sent”)
Psalm 138
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11
(Sermon Text: “To You Who Are Searching”)
 
2/17

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Luke 6:17-26
 
2/24

Genesis 45:3-22
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Luke 6:27-38
(Sermon Text: “Is This Required Or Just For Extra Credit?”)




Fellowship Table If you would like to host our Fellowship Table that we enjoy after the worship services on Sundays, please sign up on the sheet provided in the Fellowship Hall.

Gift Cards: Gift cards are still being sold for all kinds of occasions! You can buy some cards today or if you want a card we don’t have on hand (there are over 1,000 retailers to choose from), you can order the card today and it will be ready for you to pick up the next Sunday. See Ellen or Janice at the table and they will help you fill out forms and answer questions. Each card gives First Christian a certain percentage, but you get the full value! Thanks for your support!

Prayer Chain Warriors: We have a dedicated group of people who pray every day not only for the church and its ministries, but also for friends and families who are in need of healing, comfort, guidance, and strength. Members are notified through email and are given daily (sometimes more) updates and each week a Prayer List with all of our concerns are listed. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please give Donn your email address and let him know. Thank you.

Remember! Our Temple Bells Newsletter is now online. For those who do not have internet access a few printed copies are available in the foyer.

Change for Change: Put your loose change to good use! Bring it to church and place it in the
“Change for a Change” container located in the Narthex. This money will be used for the re-roofing and remodeling projects of the church.

C.R.O.S. (Christians Reaching Out to Society) Ministries: Thank you for your faithful contributions to the food pantry. Please remember food can be placed in the designated area in the Narthex. Many of you make good use of the BOGO (Buy One Get One free) offers. Thank you.

Van Drivers are needed for Sunday mornings to pick up worshipers at the Fountainview (next door to the Christian Manor) and the Christian Manor and take them back after worship. You do not need a special license, but you do need a driver’s license. Drivers serve 1 month at a time. Please see Donn if you can help with this ministry.




 
Noah's Ark... It's Not Just A Children's Story (Getting Along with Different Folks)
 
SEE DONN FOR REGISTRAION FORMS
 
 
GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from around the country and around the world gather every 2 years for what we call our General Assembly for worship, workshops, fellowship and fun! This Assembly’s theme is “Abide In Me” based on John 15:1-5, and will meet July 20-24, 2019 in Des Moines, IA. Registration is now open and if you are interested in attending please see Donn
Everyone in the area knows Maria Trinidad (or Fela, to those who really know her). For years they have come to her home at the top of a hill in Ciales, Puerto Rico, for school uniforms and party dresses, for trouser hems and alterations. Mrs. Trinidad could look out the window above her sewing machine and see the whole neighborhood. For over four decades, she has looked out over the place she calls home as she has created clothes for her neighbors.
 
In September of 2017, Mrs. Trinidad’s home was destroyed. When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Mrs. Trinidad took shelter with her sister in the back room of the house--the only part of the structure made of concrete--as the wind and rain howled through the hills. After the storm, the two women found the rest of the house in ruins. Debris was strewn everywhere. Yet, in the middle of the fractured rafters and twisted roofing stood a table and on it, Mrs. Trinidad’s sewing machine.
 
In partnership with Week of Compassion, the Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico is helping her piece things back together. Though she received financial assistance from federal programs, the funds would not cover the cost of the extensive repairs. Mrs. Trinidad did not know what else to do when a neighbor referred her to the local Disciples congregation. Disciples leaders soon met with Mrs. Trinidad and began coordinating resources and volunteers to rebuild her home so she can get back to the sewing she loves.
 
Through the Programa Edifiquemos, your gifts to Week of Compassion are strengthening congregations for disaster response, rebuilding homes damaged by the hurricanes, and helping restore communities. Your gifts do more than we can imagine!
           
Week of Compassion partner, IMA World Health, has announced a merger with the Lutheran World Relief. These organizations are combining operations to dramatically increase their impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities around the world.
 
The organizations integrated on January 1 with a single CEO, leadership team and staff, and a shared board of directors. The combined organization mobilizes a joint staff of 550 people in 21 countries around the world.
 
Week of Compassion was one of the first member organizations of IMA World health, and enthusiastically supports this new relationship. “It made sense,” says Executive Director Vy Nguyen. “They both are strong ministries and merging will make their impact even stronger. As a long-term partner of IMA World Health, we will continue to see our impact grow through this new relationship.”
In addition to its ongoing work serving more than 35 million people around the world, the combined agency is expanding programs to improve water and sanitation and thwart cholera in Haiti; prevent the spread of Ebola along the Ugandan-Congolese border; and provide treatment for pediatric and cervical cancer in Tanzania. Their combined resources and complementary work in public health, rural livelihoods and emergency relief greatly extend their reach around the world.

At Week of Compassion, we know that the landscape of our work is changing due to many factors, including the role of government, private sectors, and faith-based organizations. We are extremely grateful that our partners, such as IMA World Health and Lutheran World Relief, are positioning themselves to continue their work in an even more effective and compassionate way. As a ministry of the church our work has always been ecumenical, and with this new relationship, we will continue to implement our work together.

Judy Pierson new address
3959 Hadjes Dr. # 2415
Lake Worth Fl 33467

Pam Thomas new address
2090 N. Congress Ave. #228
West Palm Beach Fl. 33401

There are a tremendous amount of events happening this month, please click below to see our list of important dates and events


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
We welcome Dianna Emmans and Erykka Emmans who joined our congregation on Sunday January 20

Stay in Touch with Rev. Cindy

Cinthia James
Calle Batalla de Salado 34
Esq izq 1 A
28045 Madrid Spain

Email her at 

revcindy2008@gmail.com

 Text or call her on WhatsApp

and look for her soon on Facebook!

We congratulate Frabia Smith (former member, now living in GA) and James Tingle on their wedding at Cherry Log Christian Church (in GA) on January 6.
 
We congratulate Donovan Kelley who was awarded the White Star for having the most Christ-like attitude on his basketball team. Only one player is chosen each week for this honor and Donovan received it in his first ever game, January 12! We are so proud of him!






Disciples Women are on the move!!!
Working together as women of faith

  

By Candy Hansen

 
If it’s “Taste of the World”, it must be February-proceeds earmarked for ‘where most needed’ at First Christian. Think of it as a combination fun/fundraiser. Make your reservation with our little ticketmaster, Linda Buchanan, and enjoy samples from Greece, Italy, China, the South, Spain and France. Adults ($8.00), ages four to nine ($5.00), ages three and under (no dollars).
 
And a very exciting first from a future Disciples Woman: Lorelei Kelley will treat us with her special dessert table. Thrilled with her participation and enthusiasm !!!
 
Thought for this Valentine month: some things the heart sees which are invisible to the eye.
 
 
Philippians 4:19) . . . And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
 
Up until recently, I thought “active water” referred to a strong ocean current. But in emergency language, it means that your main house water can’t be on without your tub faucet running non-stop as well.
 
I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch lately. About the last thing I needed was a plumbing bill capped with a $100.00 emergency service fee. But it was what it was: an excellent plumber was called, and darkness found me once again with reliable running water. Darkness, also, found me making a trip to my forgotten mailbox. Tucked in between the customary junk mail was a thin envelope from my mortgage servicer. Inside, an unexpected escrow refund check - enough to cover the plumbing bill and then some. It occurred to me that check had been resting in my mailbox before I even knew I had a crisis. He had gone before me to meet my need. What a breathtaking moon greeted my awe-filled thanks for His thrilling grace.
 
PRAYER: Your resources, Lord, are limitless. Your creativity boundless. Thank you for humbling, and delighting, me all at the same time. And, as always, thank you for having my back. Amen.
                                                       
January 27: general meeting, where we will be teaming up for Taste of the World dinner assignments. Blessed to be a blessing . . .
 
                                           
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DISCIPLES WOMEN GROUPS
Fine Clay / led by Candy Hansen
Meets 3rd Thursday at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

Grace / led by Beth Gillespie - Meeting Times Vary

Sojourner Sisters / led by Pam Grant
Meets 2nd Thursday of the Month at 2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

If you are interested in joining a Disciples Women Group, please contact any of the above group leaders or DW President Amy Young 
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When the service is over
   don't go.... 
hang with us for a while
After the service joins us in the fellowship hall for some refreshments and some conversation. Meet someone new, ask questions and chat with our Minister.

Visitors are more than welcome so please... stay a while
  
TREE OF LIFE
“In Honor Of The Wedding Of Marlena and Drew Marshall November 3, 2018 With Love, Mom and Dad”
 
Thank you to Diana and Donn Brammer who have chosen to honor the marriage of Marlena and Drew by purchasing a leaf for the Tree of Life located in the Narthex of the Sanctuary. Leaves may be purchased ($100 or more) to honor people and special events.


At times, we all could use someone walking along beside us, praying for us, supporting and encouraging us. We want to provide the opportunity for you to do just that! We would love for you to feel free to post your requests on the wall or if you feel more comfortable, you can keep your request confidential and our staff will pray for you.

 It is privilege for us to support one another during difficult times, and we want to thank those of you who are faithfully praying for others!

Remember to share those praises as well!


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Lost?  

Find your way !

( yes, we know this might
have two meanings)

 

February Birthdays

2       Drew Marshall
3       Liz Youngs
5       Paris Horne
9       Patsy McClain
9       Victor Miguitama
10     Reeves King
16     Stacey Sofoul
17     Daniel Ysaguirre
18     Dewayne Kelley
19     Marjorie Mott
22     Glenn Kelley
22     Joe Likavec
24     Ed Trauschki
25     Tyler Groelle
27     Joan Smith
27     Baron Thomas
28     Marie Derthick
28     Marguerite Owens

MARCH BIRTHDAYS
1       Eduardo Del Castillo
5       Natalie Horne
6       Carlos Gomez
8       Andrea Brewer
8       Linda Navis
9       Dee Earnest
9       Bryan Kelley
11     Vance Kite
13     Reese Branzell
18     Gloria Butler
19     Jim Gillespie
26     Bessie Klein
28     Lorelei Kelley


FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES


11     Barbara and Clarence Elder
18     Loretta and Rick Rossano
21     Cheryl Baylor and Stephen Ramich


Note from the Scholarship Committee 
The Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the first series of scholarships given to members of our congregation who are pursuing educational goals beyond the high school diploma.
We are pleased that our church has made this possible and would like to thank those of you who have donated for your donations to the scholarship fund.
For those who would like to donate, please include your donation amount along with your weekly tithe and designate the amount on your check/envelope. As always, we support our congregation in love.
 

   Every Monday at First Christian Church 
( rooms 1-2)

7:00 pm- NA Courage to change group (open discussion)
8:30m - AA-Twelve & Twelve Group (closed discussion)


 


Be a movie Star!!!


As a part of our upcoming Facebook strategy to reach over 1,500 people , we will be accumulating video testimonials for sharing from members, visitors and from Donn and Cindy.

 Please let Stacey know if you would like to share you story of how Jesus has changed your life, what our Church means to you , or any other interesting and compelling story that you think would be helpful to others.

Go ahead, share your story...It just might change someones life!!
 
Be a Prayer Warrior
Every day a faithful group from our congregation pray for those who request and are in need of prayers
 
 
  ONLINE NOW !