May 19th, 2023


Your elders, along with the usual "elder duties," are currently exploring a process referred to as Natural Church Development (NCD). This process has been developed over time as the result of a focused investigation of thousands of churches around the globe. 

Christian Schwarz and his colleagues have developed a set of tools to evaluate the current status of any particular church. After evaluating these tools and comparing the results to the health of those churches, steps have been developed to help guide any church interested in improving its health. 

What is a "healthy church"? A church that embraces the truth of the Bible, supports its members and shares the gospel with as many people as possible. 

To help in this process at FCCTD, Lynn Kent, who was introduced in a recent Elder's Corner newsletter and who recently spoke from the pulpit, has been brought on board. He is well versed in NCD and can't wait to help us take advantage of its potential. 

He has already interviewed a number of church members but still has more to go. His intent is to interview a "representative sample," but if you have a burning desire to share your point of view, whether you are a member or not, contact one of the elders or Pastor Mike and let your interest be known. 

~ Art Van Eaton


  • Pray for #2 son & daughter. They need God's direction in their marriage.~ Daryln
  • Please continue to pray for Children's Outreach for this summer as we continue to plan at least 5 one-day clubs on Thursdays and FCC VBS the first week of August. We need volunteers to help so please pray for the Lord to bring people on board. Goodman's
  • My daughter's family seems like it's one thing after another. Now middle son has serious ankle fracture, possible surgery. My son's family: daughter needs to make better life choices.

Livestream link for Sunday May 21st

"What About Gray Areas?"

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You will also be able to watch any service at any time.

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Did you forget when you're scheduled to volunteer?

Click here for May's Volunteer Schedule

Men’s Breakfast

May 20th ~ 8am

It’s time for our monthly Men’s Breakfast on Saturday May 20th. The cooking crew will have everything ready to serve at 8am sharp. Invite a friend and come enjoy some “guy time”.


Ladies -

On June 17th the ladies of FCC will prepare & serve Men’s Breakfast for the guys of FCC. We’re looking for people to prepare & serve the meal as well as other donations. Please see the list at the Hospitality Desk for ways you can help. If you have questions please call Dottie Hansen at 541-993-9669.



Mark your calendars for a no-host luncheon at Portage Grill on Saturday June 24th at 11:30am


Is there a book in the church library that you’d like to add to your personal library? All the books on the shelves in the Fireside Room are free for the taking. Call Daryln Hansen if you have any questions 541-980-1767


Summer Kickoff Potluck

Sunday June 11th*

Bring your favorite summertime dish:

main dish, salad or dessert


 table service & beverages 

* immediately following morning service

Sunday School (for kids) will wrap up on Sunday May 21st. Adult Class continues through the summer.

Our Elders are available in the study after service if you desire personal prayer.



April 2023 budget amount $132,806.00

received to date: $117,498.00

spent to date: $109,529.20

WHAT WE BELIEVE...First Christian Church The Dalles is not affiliated with a denomination, instead choosing to be overseen by a team of elders. We consider the Bible to be the words of God, thus being incapable of error. As we seek a unified practice of our faith, we follow the teachings of the New Testament. We share communion each Sunday and follow the Biblical pattern for conversion. We support any who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord through belief, public confession of faith, baptism by immersion and continual obedience to Biblical standards of living. We hold firmly to essential doctrines but celebrate freedom in non-essentials as we seek to love God, love people, and make disciples who follow Jesus.
First Christian Church, The Dalles