From the Interim Minister
     Dorothy and I are pleased to be here.   We can't remember when we have been so welcomed.   Many people in addition to the search committee have expressed their delight.   We thank you.
     Dorothy and I met on the campus at Phillips University in Enid, OK.  We first met there at high school conference, but she does not remember that.  I guess I did not make much of an impression.  She remembers our sharing in college church activities the summer after her freshman year.  Anyway we will celebrate our 60 th wedding anniversary in June.
     I served two student churches while I was at Phillips; one in Kansas and one in Oklahoma.  I served four churches as settled pastor; two in Kansas, one in Nebraska and one in Iowa.  In 1997 we started interim ministry.  Those churches have been in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Montana, Idaho, Missouri, Colorado, Alabama, Wyoming and now the 17 th interim with you in Indiana.
     In the event that you were not in church on the 21 st I will let you know what I prefer to be called.  You may address me at Phillip, Pastor, Pastor Phillip, or Pastor Hayes.  Please do not refer to me as either Reverend or Phil.
     Lent is upon us.   We will celebrate both Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday on February 14.
Blessings,  Pastor Hayes 
 (If you would like to email Pastor Hayes his email is phillip.hayes@fcclaf.org) 

Thank you from Greg & Nancy
Nancy and I and our family would like to thank you for an absolutely amazing retirement celebration.  To say we were overwhelmed would be an understatement.  The day was more than we could ever have imagined or hoped for and we both say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.  Your generosity to us and expressed love for us is something we will always treasure.
We will miss being your ministers and it has been one of the great honors of my life to have been able to serve First Christian for nineteen years.  God is faithful and I am confident beyond measure that God will lead this great church into a vital future.  We will continue to pray for the church as you begin the search process and we know that God will guide the church as you seek your next Senior Minister.  
While no longer doing funerals, weddings, dedications, etc. as your ministers we will continue to rejoice with you in times of celebration and mourn with you in time of sadness as your friends.  God Bless You and thanks again for a great send off and nineteen wonderful years.
Peace, Greg and Nancy  

REHAB:  Marilyn Galloway #513, Donna Adams Creasy Springs
Lafayette Rehab: Warren Mick Cory
St. Anthony's: Lynn Mann Cumberland Pointe: Harriett McDowell Elmcroft #124: Suzie Mounts Westminster: Lucille Maris #1112 Rosewalk Commons: Vernetta Lynn; Verne Comer Rosewalk Village #216 Sue England Friendship House #320 Flo Peters, M. Charlene Bowman 502 W. Jackson St. Mulberry 46058; Wanda Sharp-home, Connie Zarzour-#114 Fowler Apts.
At home: Jeanne Dible, Ruby Ward at home of son, Marcus Haley 8415 Turner Rd. West Point, IN 47992
Congregational Prayer Requests: Ann Prather, Sue England's sister, Helen, Cay Long-Diamond Headache Clinic & St. Joe Hospital, June Beigh-eye procedure 12/4, Jim Ogden-brain cancer friend of Daryl Killian, Sue England's niece, Sandra-cancer, Don Weedon-health issues, Barb Renaud-Prescott, MI friend of Carolyn Weedon-aggressive lung cancer, Julie Bowlds, Cory & Aiden Kirts - friends of the Chitty's
Thank You
June, Jan and Michelle would like to thank the congregation for the Love Offering in December.  

Dear Church Family,
Thank you for the Texas Roadhouse gift card.  My family will use it the next time we eat there.  Sam Hilgediek

Thank you for all the cards and prayers! Jeanne Dible

We will leave the church on Feb. 17th at 6:30am to go to Bittersweet.  We will return to the church on the 18th around 1pm.  Please fill out a permission form at the Gathering Place.  If anyone would like to sponsor a youth for the ski trip please let me know or you can write a check to the church and put "ski trip" in the memo section.  I have 3 youth who could use the help.  The cost just to ski is $73.  Thank you!  
February Muggers
Dick & Shirley Ellsworth

February Diaconates
February 4th
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Carolyn Weedon
Serving: Melanie Davis
Serving: Michael Davis
Serving: Josh Tully
Set Up & Clean Up: Carolyn Weedon & Josh Tully
February 11th
Team Leader: Dave Schluttenhofer
Serving: Harriet Beeler
Serving: Richard Shaw
Serving: Roberta Pilotte
Serving: Crystal Cover
Set Up & Clean: Harriet Beeler & Crystal Cover
February 18th
Team Leader: Howell
Serving: Howell
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Denise Jones
Serving: Howard Jones
Set Up & Clean Up: Howell & Cindy McDonald
February 25th
Team Leader: Howell
Serving: Howell
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Denise Jones
Serving: Howard Jones
Set Up & Clean Up: Denise Jones & Howard Jones
 Kids Club & Youth Activities for February
                              Feb. 4th         Game Night at Pizza King 4:30-6pm
                                                     Pizza provided just bring money for a drink
                              Feb. 11th       Valentine Lunch after church in F.H.
                              Feb. 17-18th  Ski Trip to Bittersweet, MI
                               Feb. 25th       Bowling at Arrowhead Bowling Alley at  Noon 
                                                     Cost: $10
**Summer Camp info is out!  It's June 11th-16th.  For more info go to www.indianadisciples.org or call Michelle at 765-742-4058.
Jubilee Christmas 2017 was a huge success and I would like to thank each one for your contribution to make it so great.   Your help on Jubilee day was greatly appreciated and the gifts of toys, pajamas, food and money made it possible for 36 families in the Lafayette area to have a more joyous Christmas day.   Each child received 4 toy, a stuffed animal and a fleece blanket.   The food baskets were filled to the top this year.   As God has blessed us, we have been able to share our blessing with those less fortunate.   Now as we look forward to 2018 we hope to have several events throughout the year to make our next Jubilee Christmas another special day for those in need.   Blessings to all and watch for information on the upcoming event.   
Sandie Hauser
Faith, Hope and Love!
Valentine's Meal and Dessert
February 11, 2018
12:00 noon (after church service)
Fellowship Hall
Come and help support Jubilee Christmas while treating your Valentine to a delicious meal!
Tickets are $5.00 each and includes entry into a raffle for a "special" prize!  Invite your friends and neighbors!
Questions?  Contact Dee Chitty dsbzybnch@yahoo.com or 765-572-2592

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First Christian Church | office@fcclaf.org | http://www.fcclaf.org
329 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901