Continuing with our Giving It Up and Taking It On Lenten sermon series, Rev. Jim Warren will discuss John 5:1-9 as he explores "Giving Up Apathy and Taking on Compassion." Hear him preach at both the 9:00 a.m. traditional and 10:15 a.m. progressive services.
The Chancel Choir will sing a Gift of Music at the 9:00 a.m. service, and the One and All Band will sing and play some favorites. As always, a light breakfast will be served for the 10:15 One and All service. Come a little early and enjoy a bite to eat, some hot coffee, and warm fellowship.
This Sunday is Blanket Sunday and a special offering will be taken. We will have a short video about the work Church World Service does with the blankets, and one of our Reach Out Stewards, Julie Robinson, will share more about this mission effort during Children's Time.
About the current sermon series, Giving It Up and Taking It On: "Two of the traditional Lenten disciplines are giving up something we've been doing and taking on something new. I will encourage our congregation to engage in these two disciplines, but on a deeper level. I will invite individuals to give up and take on things that God wants us to give up and take on, not just during the 40 days of Lent, but forever. We'll look at giving up grudges, apathy, selfishness, fear, and death, and taking on forgiveness, compassion, generosity, trust, and life." -- Jim Warren
Gifts for Another Table:
Let's keep bringing items for the worthy charity
Center for Hope Ministries! Still needed are rice and rice dinners, potato dinners, pasta of any kind, pasta sauce, Hamburger Helper, dinner meals, cereal, mashed/boxed potatoes, and canned fruits and vegetables. Thank you!
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Activities/Events at Our Church
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship in the
Worship and Wonder in
after Time for
Sunday School for Adults
(Conference Room and
One and All Progressive
Service (Fellowship Hall)
CARD SHOWER: Doris Thompson
Blanket the world in peace
OSF St. JOSEPH: Marilyn Kopp
HOSPICE: Harold Goyen
Don Gottselig, Forrest Kaufman, Sharon Warren
HAPPY 90+ BIRTHDAY
: Dorthy Neal turns 90 on March 30
Serving this Sunday
Please note: This is current data as of Friday Email publishing date. If you know of changes to your own duties, please continue as you have planned. Please make sure the office is aware of changes. Thank you!
9:00 Holly Rocke, Juan Mejia
10:15 James & Libby Nussbaum
Alan & Kathie Chapman
Ron & Nancy Gramley
Sound Tech: Dave Phillis
Time for Children:
Worship & Wonder Greeter:
Jim Warren - John 5:1-9
"Giving Up Apathy and Taking on Compassion" -
This story from John tells of a man who had been waiting for many years to be lowered into the pool of Bethzatha, but no one would help him. Jesus appears, shows compassion, and heals the man. How often do we turn a blind eye to the needs of those around us and not get involved. We need to turn from apathy to compassion and show mercy to those in need.
Things to Do While
You Are at Church
Sign up at the Info Desk for the Disciples Women's Ministries May 2 event,
"Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft: All the latest information by Greg Liepold, Normal Police Department CSO." The session, in Fellowship Hall, starts at 11:00 a.m., with lunch at noon. Limited to 80 participants.
Drop off your Box Tops for Education in the Disciples Women's Ministries mailbox outside the church office door.
Make a new friend! Greet a visitor. Greet someone another member has greeted! Several contacts truly make a person feel welcome. A great resource for helping a visitor is the bulletin, and you can also walk them to the Info Desk for another warm greeting and more information.
"Check In" on Facebook while you are at church.
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See the Youth Bulletin Board in the Centrum for Youth news and opportunities.
Sunday School for Children and Youth, and Youth Groups, are on break this Sunday and next, and will resume April 7. Enjoy your Spring Break!
Camp Registration is open for all 2019 camps. See the bulletin or
Messenger for information.
Note: Youth Group meetings are from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and guests are invited.
Generally, we will no longer have meals at Youth Group. Generally, Kids for Christ (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) will only meet on the first Sunday of the month, as per tradition.
Brown Bag Bible Bunch meets at
noon on Wednesdays. The group is on break this coming Wednesday, but will resume on April 3. Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study. All are welcome!
- March 24 Blanket Sunday
- April 6 Spring Cleanup: Beginning at 9:00 a.m., we will have an all-church cleanup of the FCC grounds. Contact John Dailey or Doug Reed if you have questions. Please bring gloves, yard tools, and a wheelbarrow if you have one.
- April 14 Palm Sunday Services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
- April 16 Blood Drive: Mark your calendar now and sign up beginning March 31.
- April 18 Maundy Thursday: Meal at 6:00 p.m.; Worship at 6:30 p.m., all in Fellowship
- April 19 Good Friday Worship at 12:10 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church
- April 21 Easter Services at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:15 a.m.
- April 28 Volunteer Celebration
Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls. Opportunities to be involved in our community...
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If you would like to help provide meals for the Warren family, please follow the steps below:
- Go to the web site: takethemameal.com
- Type in "Warren" for the family name
- The Password: Godisgood
- Sign up for the time(s) when you would like to supply a meal, and just follow the simple steps for delivery.