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Scripture Stewardship 2019

Dear Friend of Slash Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),

As a congregation, a living community of faith, we are blessed by God who gives "more than enough" for the needs of the abundant ministry entrusted to us. God freely gives. A few years ago, I heard a lesson about the Sabbath given by an Old Testament professor. The part that blew my mind is that the Sabbath was created to show God's abundance. God has given us so much that we don't have to work all the time. We have more than enough to take time to rest. That lesson helped me see God's abundance in the world.

Slash lives in God's abundance every week -- when we have over 20 children in Worship & Wonder, when we serve at Mission of Hope, as participation in all our small groups and classes grow. I looked at my Sunday School class last week and realized a third of the class is newer than me. And I've only been here five years! We've also seen loss in that same five years. And in that change, regular giving is lower than it used to be. Memorials and one-time gifts are bridging the gap, but our giving will not sustain the abundance of ministries we have now.

Over the next few weeks, you will hear stories and sermons about how God has given "more than enough." We are invited to respond to God's blessings and offer our covenant of giving cards. It will take about $10 more per week per family than we're currently giving as well as covenants from new givers to fund our 2020 ministries. As is said in our Disciples tradition, "we are the people we've been waiting for."

Through this stewardship campaign, we will choose the church we want to be. I hope you will be intentional about responding to this important invitation and offer your covenant of giving card by placing it in the offering plate, the box in the sanctuary, or in the mail by November 3rd. Your covenants make it possible for us to plan and implement ministry, mission and programs that help people grow in their faith and share God's love and presence in the world. We will dedicate our giving at the Holiday Luncheon on December 8th, after our congregational meeting.

Thank you for walking alongside of me as a part of Slash Christian Church (DOC).


Mark Highfield
Chair, Stewardship and Finance Team

Board Meeting

Splinters from the Board
Reggie Martin, Moderator

Next Board Meeting 
November 17, 7:00 p.m.

Next Cabinet Meeting:
December 15, 4:00 p.m. 

Say YES to the Nominating Committee!
The nominating committee will be contacting people to serve in 2020.  
Committee members are Leslie West, Rebecca Highfield, Ed Hellermann, Jean Smith and Wendy Benson.
These wonderful folks will be putting together a new slate of officers, trustees, diaconate, and elders for congregational approval at our December meeting. 
Please find your ministry for 2020 by saying yes when they ask.

Reaching Up

November Serving Schedule
 Elders Meeting: November 5; 7:00 p.m.
Elder of the Month: Mark Highfield
Communion Prep: Jean Smith

Date Genesis Elder/Greeter Elders Diaconate Acolytes
3 Harold Manahan Don Richardson Irene Wells * Adam Pike
  Cathy Tillman (G) Mark Highfield Keith Dalton Ben Peterman
      Daniel Peterman (J)  
      Brenna Peterman (J)  
10 Judy Pierce Mark Highfield Jared Pierce * Corinne Colbert
  Ed Baugher (G) Ted Jones Jean Smith Ava Verrier-Naas
      Carlton Shelton  
      Hailey Pierce (J)  
17 Mark Highfield David Bremner Deborah Sadler * Elena Highfield
  Jared Pierce (G) Patsy Fowler Kelly Benson Carrie Peterman
      Wendy Benson (J)  
      Chris Benson (J)  
24 Leslie West Madelyn Logan Anna Oliva * Tristan Goodman
  Lloyd West (G) Gen Bohannon Pat Penley Ella Baugher
      Alan Goodman  
      Chad Baugher  

 (G) Greeter; (J) Junior Diaconate
*If you are unable to serve please find a replacement or contact  Becky Baugher  


Hot dogs, beverages and paper products will be provided.

Other family members who will be remembered are Ann Graham, Donald Lee McLaughlin, Trudy Hellermann, Elizabeth Erlyne Mangum, Beverly Vaughan, Gordon Vernon "Punky" Clarke, Donald Eugene Michael and Charles Williamson.
If you have a loved one in your family that you would like us to remember on All Saints Sunday, please call (804-798-4520) or email the office

You won't want to be late for worship on Sunday, November 3rd!  

Turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, Nov. 2nd.

All are invited to join SASS 
(Slash Adult Sunday School) 
Meet in the Conference Room
 of the Education Building at 9:45 a.m.
Our Sunday School class will begin studying the book of Joshua on November 3. 
All are welcome. See Julie Peterman for details. 
The Fellowship Sunday School Class
meets in the Loving Building 
next door to the Sanctuary
This class will continue their studies from the NIV Standard Lesson Commentary. 
All are welcome.

Flower Ministry

sanctuary flowers
The 2019 flower chart is posted by the office.  If you would like to purchas e flowers  in me mory of or in honor of a loved one please sign up on the flower chart, fill in an order form and return it to the office. You may email or call the office (798-4520) to order sanctuary flowers.   The sanctuary flower price is $27.00 with checks made payable to Slash Christian Church. Orders do not have to be prepaid. November 10 is the next available date.


Poinsettias! We will be decorating the sanctuary with Poinsettias at Christmastime.  Order forms will be on the back table  November 10th and November 17th.  Cost is $13 per plant. Forms and payment are due November 18th. Please place them in the offering or submit them to the office. Poinsettias may be taken home on Christmas Eve!

Reconciliation Special Offering

Thank you for your gifts to the Reconciliation Special Offering totaling $215

The "knitters" have been hard at work knitting hats for our Hanover Christmas Mother. The hats along with pairs of gloves will be shared with those in need this winter. Glove donations may be placed in the boxes in the Loving and Education buildings until November 23rd.  We need lots of gloves!  If you have any questions, please contact Betty Sue (798-4553) or June Chappell (730-1418).  The knitters meet at Lebanon at 6:30 every second Thursday of the month.  

We will be supporting a Christmas Family  again this year. Let's help to give some joy to this family. Let's once again make Christmas a little merrier! Watch your bulletins and the Slash Flash for more information.

The Thanksgiving Offering benefits the Colleges, Universities, Seminaries, and Divinity Houses affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Higher education has been an important focus for Disciples since the very beginning of the movement. Throughout our history, Disciples have founded institutions of higher learning to educate students and form leaders to make a difference in the world. 

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is still committed to higher education. Your gift to the Thanksgiving Offering helps support the education of thousands of students at our fifteen colleges and universities as well as our seven seminaries and divinity houses. 

 The Thanksgiving offering supports everything from scholarships, to religious life offices, to faculty growth and development and for scholarship and support for our theological education institutions. By giving to the Thanksgiving Offering you are helping our institutions invest in students as they prepare themselves to become leaders.  Please give generously to this offering. Your gift makes a difference in the lives of our students and it makes a difference in the world.

It is time to mail off all of our old Sunday School materials.  We mail them to Edwin L. Hodges Ministries in Alabama.  They in turn ship them to third world countries and use them for teaching and training of pastors and lay people.  They have asked for any Christian materials, books, DVD's, CD's, as long as they are in good condition.  They especially need bibles.  Please bring all materials to the Loving Building (room with the piano) by 12/1/19.  If you have any questions, please contact Betty Sue.     

Slash Youth News
Everyone 6th grade through 12th grade is invited to join us for youth group. Our student leaders are planning a wonderful year of mission, study, and fun. We hope you will join us.

Group Week of Hope
to Charleston, SC
July 5-10, 2020

Fund Raising events coming up this year for our trip include:
  • Face Painting at the Fall Festival
  • Wrapping Paper Event. The youth will wrap Christmas gifts for you on December 15th.
  • Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
  • Church Yard Sale -Please save any old items and we will sell them.
  • Proceeds for all events will go to youth missions.
Youth and Parents Mission Trip Forms Due
The simple registration form is available on the bulletin board outside of Rev. Michael's office. Remember the $50 deposit and form are due on October 31st. Bring them to church this Sunday.

Sun., Oct. 27
4:30-6:30 pm
Fall Festival
get your Halloween Costumes ready
Sat., Nov. 2
Shalom Farms
We will work in the garden to help provide healthy food for those in need.
Sun., Nov.10
5-6:30 pm
Youth Group at church
Sun., Nov. 24
5-6:30 pm
Youth Group at church

2020 Dates
June 26-28
Craig Springs Homecoming Weekend (NEW!)
June 29-July 3
Nature Camp
July 5-10
Special Camp
July 12-17
Triple 1
July 20-25
July 26-31
Triple 2
August 2-7
New Covenant
August 7-9
Family Retreat

Bible Study Fall 2019
Fall Bible Study

We are studying Acts in our day and evening Bible Studies on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 through November 20th. You will not be required to purchase a book, but Frances and Michael will be teaching from Called to Be Church by Anthony Robinson.


Children in grades K-5 are invited to join us for bells and singing at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday in the sanctuary.

Dear Slash Christian Church,

On behalf of ACES, please accept my deepest appreciation for your very generous donation of $1250.00. It is an honor for our organization to have been chosen by you to receive this gift. Additionally, thank you for the abundance of food you recently collected for our pantry. In 2018 we helped 1,642 families and our drivers provided 849 one-way rides to seniors in our community who can no longer drive but who wish to remain in their own homes.  We are indeed blessed by your continued support!
With much gratefulness,
Bonnie Hoskin

Current Needs: 
Adult Clothing: 
Women's new underwear and bras - all sizes
Men's new white t-shirts and underwear - all sizes (especially boxers)
Men's gently used tennis shoes,  Men's jeans
Children's Clothing:
Girl's sport bras/bralettes (all sizes),  Girl's summer clothes (sizes 10 and larger)
Boy's underwear (sizes 5 - 8), Boy's summer clothes (sizes 10 and larger)
Boy's socks (for shoe sizes 4 and larger), 
Diapers, Pull-ups, and Baby wipes (all sizes)
Canned fruit, Shelf stable milk
Canned meat and fish (spam, tuna, chicken, etc.), Canned pork and beans
Canned baked beans, Canned vegetables (except not green beans or corn)
Pasta sauce, pasta,  boxed rice, potatoes
Toilet paper,  Feminine products
Toothpaste and toothbrushes, Soap, Shampoo

Thank you for your continued support!

Church Family:  Sherri Beth Smith, Don Kersey, Lauren Markley, Gail Hellermann, Becky Baugher, Betty Pierce, Dianne Jones
Homebound: Doris Talley,  Buck Hale, H.T. Loving
For Healing
Jim Slater (brother-in-law of Ed and Becky Baugher), The Spence family, the Scott Family, the Fortune family (relatives of Gail Hellermann), Pam and Craig Brown (friends of Gail Hellermann), Zachary Fowler (son of Buddy and Patsy Fowler)
Barron Lawson (friend of Amy Jones), Anna Henderson (friend of Hailey Pierce), Nick Harrison (father of Steve Harrison), Christopher Keenan (father of Kelly Benson)
Shirley Bunce (mother of Gail Hellermann), Louise Hodges Hill (friend of Michelle Weeks), Allen Loving (son of Sandra and Brooken Loving), Bob Henderson
Jerry Kersey (brother of Don Kersey), Dave Lamamma (friend of Christine Harrison)
Beth Bareford and family (neighbor of Becky Baugher), Jessica Thompson (niece of Jessica Colbert), John Cox (mentor of Buddy Fowler), Shelby Slaughter (friend of Elana Gant), Charlie League (friend of Patsy Fowler), Military personnel, first responders and families, 
Unspoken prayer concerns

Love and sympathy are extended to Julie Matthews upon the death of her husband, George Wayne Matthews

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