Temple Bells
 January
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 Calendar
6-7:30 pm


By Rev. Donn Brammer

As we face a New Year I want to remind us of a story in the Bible (Numbers 13) when the Israelites came to the Promised Land. You may recall that God had delivered the Israelites out of slavery and out of the land of Egypt. But even though God had provided miracle after miracle to help them escape Egypt (crossing of the Red Sea); gave them guidance as they journeyed, (pillar of fire at night, pillar of cloud during the day) and provided for them in the wilderness (manna, water), when they saw the Promised Land some of them despaired. Remember? Moses sent out 12 scouts to explore the Promised Land. Ten of the scouts came back and said, ‘These people are giants, we are like grasshoppers to them, there is no way we can enter the land.’ But two of the scouts, Joshua and Caleb said, ‘we got this because we’ve got God.’
 
Some people see challenges, others see opportunities; some despair, others hope. People can see the same thing, and yet reach two totally different conclusions.
 
Sometimes because of previous pain or disappointment, people will make their conclusions about life. This means that beyond just seeing what is wrong with the world, they lack the courage to do something about it, they are afraid of accepting responsibility. Such people are often called ‘cynics.’ The word ‘cynic’ comes from the Greek word for dog. The original cynics were followers of the ancient philosopher Diogenes and were called dogs because they proposed to live like dogs, no convictions, no shame. They believed the universe had no meaning; that aspirations were mere pretension; and to accept the meaninglessness of the universe; to just lie down on a park bench and get some sun while you can.
 
We are not followers of Diogenes; we are followers of Jesus, which means we have hope.
 
Joshua and Caleb saw ‘the Promise’ of the Promised Land, the promise that God would be with them. That’s the whole message of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, Immanuel; God with us, and here we are at the start of a year and lest we think the challenges are too big, don’t forget, God is with us. Someone once said, ‘Faith requires belief, and believing is what we do with our minds. Faith requires commitment, and commitment is what we do with our wills. But faith must also have hope, and hoping is what we do with our hearts.’ The Bible says it like this, ‘ hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.’ (Romans 5:5)
 
So I wish you a Happy New Year, I wish you a Healthy New Year, and I pray that each of us will face this New Year with hope. We’ve got this, because we’ve got God. God Bless,
                                                                                                          Donn

                                        


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!!!

1/6 Epiphany
(Star Sunday)
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
 
1/13
(Installation and Ordination of Elders and Deacons)
Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
 
1/20
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11
 
1/27
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21




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.



REGIONAL NEWS
Winter Family Camp

Come join Mr. Popper, Captain, Stinky, Lovey, Loudy, Bitey and Nimrod as we learn to appreciate the important things in life. Cost: Adults 18+ $150; Youth (12-17) $100, children (4-11) $75, 3 and under are FREE But wait, there’s more! IF you register before January 9th, EACH family member will receive a $25 discount! See Donn for registration forms.
 
Adult Camp Experience
January 18-20, 2019
“STEP ASIDE: Move out of the way and let God be God”
Reflecting on how we can say, “When I’m weak then I’m strong” and really mean it. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
 
Beginning with supper on Friday and closing with an early lunch on Sunday. Activities include all the great things about camp: God, worship, community, friends, fun, games, crafts, singing,…so much goodness! Cost is $140.00 per person. See Donn for registration forms.



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 Eric Kelly who was baptized on December 16. Eric’s information is already in our directory (under Marilyn Ivory).
 
We welcome Jonathan Gordon who joined our congregation on December 16. Jonathan is already in our directory (under Sandra and Howard Lemon).
 
We welcome Lorelei Kelley who was baptized on December 23. Lorelei is already in our directory.

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
Jamie and Vance Kite
on the dedication of their daughter Jane Merritt Kite on
December 23






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

  

By Candy Hansen

 
As Nicole so aptly put it, “I won’t want to be looking at 2018 in my rear view mirror!” I can so emotionally identify with that statement. It has been a year of uncommon highs and lows - from the January death of my mother; to the September birth of my third grandchild; to the December illness of my boss, for whom I have worked almost 25 years. I heard someone compare life to a patchwork quilt: you take all the mismatched pieces you’re handed, and stitch them together as best you can. With the help of the Master Quilter, of course ~~~
 
The January 1 message from my God Calling devotional continues to capture my imagination: I stand between the years. The light of My presence is flung across the year to come - the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness. Backward, over the past year, is My shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and disappointment.
 
Song of Solomon 2:15 - “take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” It’s easy to underestimate the erosive potential of small crises, particularly when larger ones loom. Someone recently challenged me to be ‘aware’ of what I had, as opposed to what I didn’t. I was given the opportunity of immediately practicing that suggestion through a series of small, exceedingly annoying events.
 
Case in point: when my bathroom outlets ceased to work one fine morning; when throwing my breakers didn’t solve the problem; when the cost of an electrician loomed; I purposed myself to take it in stride. What I didn’t have was a convenient outlet that worked. What I did have was an extension cord to reach one that did. That evening, and for no apparent reason, my outlets were ‘healed’! I’d like to think I was extended grace for passing the attitude test. Which, as anyone who knows me well will confirm, is not always the case ): How grateful I am that God never gives up on me; continuing to light my path, and shadow past failings. A full time job!
 
January 27: general meeting, where we will be teaming up for Taste of the World dinner assignments. Blessed to be a blessing . . .
 
Thought for the Month and 2019: gratitude is an attitude.

                                                 
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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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Thank you to John Brewer and Eddie Decker who spread over 120 bags of mulch in our courtyard and around the building and trees. It looks beautiful!

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 BIRTH OF JANE MERRITT KITE ON LULY 16, 2018
JIM & BETH GILLESPIE”
 
Thank you to Beth and Jim Gillespie who have chosen to honor the birth of their granddaughter 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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( yes, we know this might
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JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

1       Scott Del Mastro
3       Sharon Hambright Layton
3       Nicole Richardson
6       Lisa Moore
10     JoAnne Lyon
11     Amy Young
13     Kristen Lagasse
14     Justin Ramich
19     Jamie Kite
21     Karla Del Castillo
22     Charlie Branch
23     Andreus Brammer
25     Celia Moore
29     Gloria Hambright

February Birthdays

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 (89 in 2019)
25     Tyler Groelle
27     Joan Smith
28     Marie Derthick
28     Marguerite Owens



JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES

1       Debi and Bobby Dahl
7       Mari Guzman and Melissa Holme s

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES

11     Barbara and Clarence Elder
18     Loretta and Rick Rossano
21     Cheryl Baylor and Stephen Ramich (married in 04?)
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 !