Temple Bells
 May
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

We came out of one of the most picturesque Easter Sunrise Services I have ever seen and heard about the bombings in Sri Lanka. Before the week after Easter ended, we heard about a shooting at a synagogue in California. We turn on our TV’s and hear language of hate and blame and the old adage, ‘divide and conquer’ rings true. We live in a deeply divided country, in a deeply divided world, and it only seems to get worse.

We hear how the mainline church is one of the many things in the world falling apart, that the church is losing members, torn apart by schism and scandal, making it difficult to know what the church stands for anymore. I recently read that there is a time-honored saying in the Anglican church that schism is worse than heresy, meaning it is OK to disagree, but not to let go of one another.

Back in 1991 a wonderful older woman died at the age of 97. She had been born in 1894 and seen many changes. When she was born there were no airplanes, no cars, and the only way to Europe was by boat. And while her short-term memory grew worse, her long-term memory got better and she told a story from her childhood when she and some of her girlfriends hitched up their long skirts and climbed Mount Washington in New Hampshire. They went too far up the mountain and stayed too long and before they knew it the beautiful sunset they were watching had turned into a foggy dusk so thick they could not see their hands in front of their faces.

No one had a flashlight, they had not been invented yet, and no one knew for sure which was the way home, but they agreed they would all hold hands and that they would not, under any circumstance, let go of one another. So that’s how they did it, one girl at the front, picking her way down one step at a time, and all the rest of them strung out behind her, holding onto each other’s wrists so they made a living human chain. Every now and then there would be an argument about which was the best way to go, and the others would listen, but what none of them did was let go. She said, “Sometimes all I could see was the hand ahead of me and the hand behind me. Sometimes my arms ached so badly I thought I would cry, but that is how we made it at last. We found our way home by holding on to one another.”

The cross reaches from heaven to earth, and reminds us that God refuses to let go of us, no matter how sinful or wrong we are. And the arms of the cross reach from east to west to remind us that we are called to hold onto one another, and when we keep Christ as our center we discover that is truly the way of the Kingdom. It is a picture the world desperately needs to see. That’s why the church is the Body of Christ, we remind people that God will not let go of us and we will not let go of one another. 

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!!!


 
5/5
(Third Sunday of Easter)

*Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19
(Sermon Text: “Fishing For The Wrong Things”)
 
5/12
(Fourth Sunday of Easter; Mother’s Day)

*Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30
(Sermon Text: “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done”)
 
5/19
(Fifth Sunday of Easter)**
*Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35
 
** Rev. Norma Anne Chattin will be preaching on this Sunday
( Sermon text- "Honor System )
5/26
(Sixth Sunday of Easter

*Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9
(Sermon Text: “But You’re A Woman!”)


 
**In the 7 week period following the celebration of Easter, the church uses this time to reflect on the impact of Jesus’ death and resurrection, so for the next 7 weeks, the first lesson Scripture Readings are from the Book of Acts, giving us a renewed sense of how Easter relates to the church’s mission, moving out into the world as faithful witnesses.
 


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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.




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.

REGIONAL NEWS

2019 Camp Forms Now Available!
For more information, visit: www.theretreatatsilversprings.org



WEEK OF COMPASSION

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed.” (John 20:1)

Easter means waking up to good news. When we were kids, maybe that meant running to see what treats the Easter bunny left us--perhaps getting up much earlier than usual. As adults, maybe it means waking up a little earlier too; to breathe in the spring air and give thanks for the resurrection of the earth before we head to worship.

On this Easter Sunday, we woke again to the news that the tomb was empty; and the reminder that the empty tomb means new life. At the same time, we awakened to the news of horrific bombings in Sri Lanka, resulting in hundreds of lives lost. There’s a painful tension between these two narratives. How can the truth of resurrection stand alongside the reality of so much violence and hate?

And it didn’t end with Sunday. Tuesday [4/23] brought news of an earthquake in the Philippines. Communities all over the world are still reeling from recent disasters. And every day, we are mindful of the refugee crisis in many places, with the numbers of displaced people reaching an all-time high.

How do we hold the good news of resurrection alongside so much human suffering?

There is no easy answer. But in every place where there is pain and heartbreak, our Easter good news reminds us that there is also new life at work in the darkness. In each of these places, we hear an invitation to respond as people who believe that good news is always coming. Or, as the poet Wendell Berry has said-- “practice resurrection.”

On Easter Sunday--and every day-- we are Disciples who embody a resurrected Christ. We believe in the power of a love that transforms all things: even death. Every time we respond to suffering in that spirit--whether with prayer, presence, or financial gifts--we practice resurrection. And we trust that good news always comes in the morning.




We have a correction for Denise Gomez’s phone number: The correct phone number is: 561-365-7290
 
June and Elwyn Moore’s email is: marielewismoore@gmail.com


NEW CHURCH DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY MORNINGS IN THE NARTHEX


Thank you to all who helped with and supported the Disciples Women’s Scrap N Stamp. We raised over $1,400 (Before Expenses!)
 
Thank you to all who helped, supported, and participated in our Easter Egg Party Saturday, April 20. We had a great time!

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


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!
Tree Of Life
In Loving Memory of
NELDA DUPERE
Jan. 13, 1922 – Nov. 8, 2018
Rev. Donn Brammer and Family

In Loving Memory of
GLORIA BUTLER
Mar. 18, 1927 – Feb. 18, 2019
Rev. Donn Brammer and Family

In Loving Memory of
RICK LYON
Apr. 20, 1961 – Mar. 3, 2019
Rev. Donn Brammer and Family





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

  

By Candy Hansen

 
May is for Mother’s Day,
Most would say.
But so many roles,
We women play.
 
Such a clever ‘reveal’! “Would you like to see the t-shirt Zoey wore in that video,” my son asked? He had recently sent me a clip of my one-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter playing with her baby doll. From what I could see of the shirt behind the baby doll, it looked cute enough but . . . I was perplexed. Until he held it up: In 2019 I will be a big sister. Surprise! And I do mean surprise!!! And a grandbaby per year, for this Grandma, the past four years: Sebastian, 2 ½; Zoey, 1 ½; Jude, ½; and ? My family coffee cup runneth over. As well as . . .
 
My gene pool included only a brother. So, God provided me with First Christian ‘’sisters of the heart”. A truth that was unexpectedly brought home to me this week. I walked into our monthly Fine Clay supper feeling we were coasting on fumes and should call it a day. And I’m the group leader! 

Then the girls began to share their thoughts:

             how this group felt like family.
                      how they felt safe in sharing her             
how they experienced spiritual growth.
 
They proposed fresh approaches to meeting schedules, discussion points and study pursuits. I felt the peculiar power of God-infused fellowship – resulting in honest, constructive brainstorming and group problem solving. In retrospect, I couldn’t identify our problems because I was coasting on fumes and needed a spiritual jump start. I needed my Girls!
 
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: Applicable, I think, to the countless and varied roles women play, are these four little words, “At least I tried.” And that’s all we can expect of ourselves, with the help of God and those sisters with whom He blesses our lives.

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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 Claudia Schwenk and Norma Ann Chattin
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 Gloria Hambright
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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
  

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!


  Need Directions to get here ?
Lost?  

Find your way !

( yes, we know this might
have two meanings)

 


MAY BIRTHDAYS
1       Lorraine Wells
2       Marisol (Mari) Guzman
12     Su George
12     Andrew Hertel
16     Patricia Wikoff
17     Bryn Ramich
19     Doris Bartley
20     Marcia Hermoan
21     Bill Hambright
23     Judy Schulman
24     Andy Hertel
24     Rose Hertel
28     Kathy Groelle
30     Gerline Casseus
31     Merrill Branch

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

1       Denise Gomez
2       Andria Pascoe
5       Anya Baxter
6       Karen Kelley
7       Niari Owens
14     Jonathan Gordon
17     Verdina Coleman
17     Matilda Veillard
18     Stephanie Artero
20     Elizabeth Kelley
21     Rosie Ysaguirre
22     Margaret Good
24     Carol Capanna
24     Erykka Emmans
26     Maxwell Hertel
29     Shannon Groelle
30     Bradock Kelley
30     June Moore





MAY ANNIVERSARIES

10     Jamie and Vance Kite
16     Sandra and Howard Lemon
24     Dee Dee and Mike Scott
25     Susan and George Ysaguirre
31     Lorraine and Jeremiah Griffin

JUNE ANNIVERSARIES

17     Debby and Paul Horne
21     Teddi and Stacey Sofoul
25     Beth and Jim Gillespie
26     Kathy and Bob Groelle

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 !