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The Chalice A publication of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 201 East Second Street
The Chalice
A publication of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
201 East Second Street , Edmond Oklahoma 73034
Vol. 1 No. 11
September 10, 2009
Making A Difference
Season Begins Now!
Minister’s Message by Rev. Chris Shorow, Senior Minister
It’s an exciting
time of year. Fall
is upon us, and
mean football
games and the start of the school year.
It is also time for our Annual Campaign
here at the church. The good news is
that our budget is doing great. Receipts
for this year are above other years and
our giving looks healthy. So we enter
our campaign for 2010 (boy, that sounds
so futuristic!) with hope that we will be
able increase our budget and do more
ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.
Our worship services will focus on
our theme of “Making a Difference” for
the next four weeks. This Sunday we
will look at Jesus’ claim in John 2:13-22
to tear down the Temple and in three
days he will raise it up. What if First
Christian Church were torn down, or
worse yet, what if FCC never existed?
How have we made a difference in the
The next Sunday will highlight
Nicodemus, (John 3:1-10) who comes
to Jesus at night, and finds that he
must be born again. What if you had
never been born? What difference
have you made in the world? Then on
Sept. 27, we will look at the difference
we want to make in the future, both as
a church and as individuals. Finally, our
Consecration Sunday on Oct. 4, World
Communion Sunday, will focus on the
difference we can make. What is our
calling as First Christian Church?
The highlight of our campaign this
year, just as it was last year, is our
Gratitude Celebration on Sept. 20. If you
have not signed up for this great event
yet, please make plans to come. It was
so much fun last year and it really fired
all of us up for the difference we can
make in the world through the church.
(Although, hopefully, this year will not
include an imitation of me by Billy
Harrison.) But who knows what will be
in store? You need to be here to find out!
Sign up now at
gratitude-celebration so you do not
miss out. I hope you will be a part of all
of these activities, and continue to be a
part of First Christian Church making a
difference in the world.
“Eleanor Roosevelt”
to Speak at First
Sunday, September 20 at 5:00pm
Come celebrate the ways First Christian is
Making A Difference in God’s World!
The evening begins with a pre-party under the portico, followed by a
program in the sanctuary. Fun children’s activities will take place in the
Family Life Center while adults attend the program. A FREE and DELICIOUS
dinner will top off the evening. We hope you will be here so we can
say “Thank YOU for all the ways YOU are Making A Difference!”
REGISTER BY September 13 Sign-up in the rotunda, or
online @
All women are invited to join
our September Disciples
Women general gathering
on Tuesday, September 15
at 6:30pm. Come, bring a
friend, and a salad to share with
the group. Our featured speaker
will be Erma Stewart,
impersonating Eleanor Roosevelt.
Erma was a librarian at Edmond
Memorial High School for 22
years. She has presented Eleanor
in cities from coast to coast.
Lectures on Early Christian Voices Coming To OKC By Rev. Chris Shorow Cornerstones Sunday School
Lectures on Early Christian
Voices Coming To OKC
By Rev. Chris Shorow
Sunday School Class
Continues Study of
“Deadly Sins”
On The Road
On September 25 and 26, we will have a great
learning opportunity as The Jesus Seminar on the
Road comes to Oklahoma City. Scholars Kathleen
Corley, from Claremont Graduate School and Brandon Scott, from Phillips
Theological Seminary will be presenting lectures on Peter, Paul and Mary, Three
Early Christian Voices. They are both doing cutting-edge work on the Mary
Magdalene, and Peter and Paul. Those of you who have attended my Bible
studies have heard much about Dr. Scott’s work on the parables. He will be
bringing that same scholarship to Peter and Paul.
The lectures kick off Friday night, Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm and then there are
workshops on Saturday from 9:30-4:00. You can attend individual sessions for
$20 or $30, or come to all for $60. If you are interested in attending, please
contact Iris Jordan at and we may take a bus down to
Mayflower Congregational Church where the event is happening. For more
Starting September 13 for 10 weeks,
the Cornerstones Sunday School
Class is continuing their study of the
Seven Deadly Sins. This is a
historical look of each sin and how
they became known as deadly. Adults
interested in the topic, or searching
for a class are welcome to join us in
Room 115 at 10:00am anytime during
this series. Questions? Contact Kelly
VanOsdol @ 478-5287
information, please contact Chris Shorow; or 341-3544.
UNITE on Wednesday nites!
On Wednesday evenings during the school year, we UNITE for dinner, learning and fellowship. In a culture that is
increasingly individualistic, personal and private, we are called as Christians to connect, grow, serve and care together.
Come UNITE with us this fall! REGISTER and VOLUNTEER now @
Fall 2009 UNITE Calendar
• September 9, 16, 23, 30
• October 7, 21, 28
• November 4, 11, 18
• 5:00-6:00pm Adult Bible Study
• December 2, 9
led by Rev. Chris Shorow
Kid’s Schedule
(Pre-K –
Rm 125 (Begins September 16)
We’ll be looking at the theology of
Paul and what his message means for
us today.
Cherub Choir (preschool)
Kids Choir (elementary)
Dinner in Fellowship Hall
“Studio Go!
Game Show” Together we’ll meet leaders
from the Bible who teamed up with God
and decided to GO for it!
6:30-7:30 Kids Small Groups
7:30-8:00 Kid’s Extended Session
(for families with older children in
the youth program)
• 6:30-7:30pm An Introduction to
the Old Testament
led by Rev. Dr. Jerry Black - Rm 116
Students Schedule
Books $15, pay in person or online
We will use the Bible (any translation)
and Celia Brewer Marshall’s, A Guide
STUDENTS (6th-12th grade)
Through the Old Testament.
This year we will be taking a serious look at
the life of Jesus by “Walking In His Footsteps.”
Bring your bibles; you are going to need them!
5:30 Choir in Chapel
5:45 Dinner in FLC
6:30 Worship in Chapel
7:15 Small Groups
• 7:30–8:45 Chancel Choir
led by Diane Ball - Sanctuary
Could You Help With UNITE?
We are still seeking volunteers to help with dinner preparation, dinner
set-up, dinner clean-up, home baker, children’s small group leader,
children’s crafts, children’s games. Let us know if you can help. Sign up on
your connection form in worship, or online @
(Nursery Available)
Our Chancel Choir offers musical gifts
throughout the year in worship services
and on special occasions. We would
love to have you sing with us!

Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People OUR PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN THE HOPITAL Neal Hunt in Edmond; Doris

OUR PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN THE HOPITAL Neal Hunt in Edmond; Doris Dowell in Mercy OTHERS IN NEED OF PRAYER Kelly VanOsdol, Ed Berry, Bart Rodr, Betty Winn, Ron Davis, Grady Freeman (Les & Tracy Hastings’ grandson), Nita Johnson (Robert Hall’s mom), Charlie Young, Kathy Lee, Roger Banks (Jennifer McGrew’s dad), Barbara Hall, Ed Penland, Dana Shadid, Phil Rehrig (Glo Rehrig’s son), Nita Williams (Jeff Williams’ mom), Hank Thomas (Randy Thomas’ brother), Hurshell Wright (Patrick Wright’s dad), Margaret Basso (Anne Stone’s sister), Patrick Douthitt (Duke Douthitt’s brother), Eric & Penny Koegel, Alyssa Baker

OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS to the family of Georgia Kerley, who passed away on September 4. Services were held on September 8.

OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS to the family of Ted Garrett in the death of Ted’s father, Charles Garrett, who passed away on September 5. Services were held on September 9.

CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF A NEW LIFE Isaac Gregory Pinter, born September 7 to Jeff & Carrie Pinter of Fort Worth, TX. Proud grandparents are Greg & Linda Hall.

Worth, TX. Proud grandparents are Greg & Linda Hall. Classics Plan Fall &Holiday Trips Monday, September

Classics Plan Fall &Holiday Trips

Monday, September 21 the Classics head north to Stillwater for a tour of the new OSU Athletic facilities. Meet at the church at 8:00am and carpool. Tuesday, October 13 - Fall Get-A-Way Climb aboard for a day trip to Weatherford. We’ll stop at Lucille’s Roadhouse Lounge, Stafford Air & Space Museum, enjoy lunch at White Dog Hill Resaturant, then on to Freightliner Speciality Vehicles for a tour, followed by tours of Heartland of America Heritage Musuem and Weatherford’s Wind Energy Farm.If you wish to reserve a spot call Winnie Hall at 341-4297 or Ellen Chitwood at 341-2859. The yearly Classics Branson Trip will be December 3-5. The exciting itinerary includes dinner and show featuring the Miracle of Christmas. A $50/pp deposit is due with reservation, and final payment is due November 3, 2009. For more information or to make your reservation now call Winnie Hall at 341- 4297 or Ellen Chitwood at 341-2859.

Inaugural Winter Family Camp

Set For March 16-21, 2010

Winter Family Camp will be a 5 night trip to YMCA Park at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado. Just like summer family camp in Estes Park, there will be activites for everyone! Some of the choices include:

Snow skiing at Winter Park and/or Solvista Cross Country Skiing in Snow Mountain

Indoor Climbing wall


Craft Barn (Really, there is one - we gotta check this out!)


Ice Skating


Horse drawn sleigh rides

We will stay in Silver Sage Lodge, very similar to Eagle Cliff in Estes Park. Rooms have 1 queen bed, 2 sets of bunk beds, and a private bath. The lodge is close to the dining hall. Space is limited so call Susan Huffer quickly at 623-2185.

Happy Birthday!

9/14 Ted Garrett, Tamela Hamilton, James Kerr IV, Molly Mabry, Jacob Weaver

9/15 Jan Harrison, J.W. Michael, Parker Mullins


Colton Lagasse, Fern Rice


Luann Arnold, Patty Dailey


Boston Harris, Tommie

Inman, Jennifer Marks, Max Moore


Jack Smith


Jo Ann Bullard, Don Mecoy,

Mark Preslar, Ruth Preslar

Student Ministries

get connected@ students

Sunday, September 13 10:00am Youth Café & Classes – FLC Wednesday, September 16 5:30pm UNITE Thursday, September 17 Lunch North Freshman Academy Sunday, September 20 Gratitude Celebration 2009! Please sign up to help with games & fun for the little kids. They look up to you!

Ways YOU Can Make A Difference!

Come help fill shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child” - Sept. 17 10-1pm Give Blood - Sept. 27 8-Noon CROP Walk/Fight Hunger Oct. 4 @ 2pm at Mitch Park

Newspapers Needed!

One of our Wednesday night activities requires lots of newspapers. Please bring your old papers to the workroom of the church offices by Wed, September 16. Thank you, Julie Bunton

FCC FOLLIES and Chili Cook-Off October 4, 2009 Worship at First Christian 8:15, 9 &
FCC FOLLIES and Chili Cook-Off
October 4, 2009
at First Christian
8:15, 9 & 11am on Sundays
Making A Difference!
September 13
Message: Rev. Chris Shorow
Scripture: John 2:13-22
September 20
Plans are cooking for our 3rd annual FCC FOLLIES and CHILI COOK-OFF, on October
4. Our old fashioned chili cook-off will begin at 5:30 pm. If you don't have a famous
chili recipe, then please bring your favorite finger food or dessert to share.
Our variety show will kick off at 6:30 pm. Sign up now, either as a group or
invidiual and share your talent! Would your Sunday school class like to do a skit? Do
you have a secret past as a circus juggler or a flamenco dancer? Do you tell a good
story, play the harmonica, swallow fire, or do all three at the same
Register online @ or in person at the
Follies display in the Rotunda. Deadline to register your act and/
or chili is Sunday, September 27. Questions? Contact Diane Ball
@ , or any of the FOLLIES Committee: Dana
Theobald, Darcy Biby, Frank Gresh, Sherry Parks, Mark Nash, or Gary
Message: Rev. Chris Shorow
Constitution Week is September 17-23, 2009. Thursday, September
Scripture: John 3:1-10
Shelley Regan, Editor
submit or read news online @
17, 2009, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week of the 222nd
anniversay of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. The
weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our
country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament
to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and
freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American. In honor of this
observance the bells rung on Thursday September 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. are in
honor of the signing of the Constitution.