It has been said that “Love is Friendship set to Music” – and you’re going to love the evening we have planned for you! Be ready for…… A great meal - prepared by our First Christian Church cooks extraordinaire!

¯Entertainment – singers, instrumentalists, and a few surprises
from St. Paul’s Methodist Church will be here!

Door Prizes – fun stuff

- be a winner!

Each year the Disciples Women’s Fellowship invites you to share in our Friendship Dinner. It is planned as an adult evening for our members and their friends. We hope you will join us. Get your tickets early, as space is limited. Saturday, March 1, 2008 6:30 p.m. in Sippel Hall TICKETS - $10 per Person


Tickets will be sold after first and second services on February 17th and 25th. Questions??? Contact Judy Rickabaugh at 424 263-4052 or email


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February 14, 2008

Disciples Women’s Ministry
February may be a short month, but it will be a busy one, as the Disciples Women’s Fellowship is on the move, from beginning to end! What a way to start, with our Women’s Sunday – wasn’t it wonderful! Inspiring messages from Janie Oden and Lynne Redderson-Lear, and a beautiful “Ave Maria” set the tone, and each woman who participated added her own loving reverence to a beautiful and moving service. Thank you everyone! And of course, now that the Lenten season is under way, there will be much planning as we go forward to Easter. There are plans in the works for - activities for the kids, speakers and studies, meals to be cooked and served, songs to be learned – all the wonderful building blocks that help us take steps upward and onward from Ash Wednesday to the Resurrection of our Lord that is celebrated on Easter Sunday. We invite each woman of the church to join in the journey of faith and the fellowship that can be experienced. We expect to end our February journey with an exciting afternoon. Sunday, February 24, is our monthly DWF luncheon, and it promises to be an outstanding one. Our program for the afternoon is “Project Impact”. This is a faith-based, recognized unit of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – one of their many outreach programs. Project Impact offers a comprehensive juvenile diversion program, providing at-risk youth with positive alternatives to drugs, gangs, and other elements that destroy young lives. It was founded by Dr. Matthew Harris and his wife, Mary. You can get lots of information about the program by logging in to their wonderful website at http:// This website will help you gain insight into this inspiring ministry, and we know you will want to support Project Impact as our service project for February.

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Please plan to join us at 12:00 noon for a great lunch, prepared by the New Hope women’s group. Susan Babcock will lead us in Worship, followed by our program. We look forward to welcoming you to our table!

Women Doing Ministry
Our hats are off to Sakura Koontz, the Worship Coordinator for the Disciples Women. Sakura organized last Sunday’s worship and coordinated with Pastor Kel to make two very meaningful services. The talent that was displayed by all of the women and girls is testament to the very strong community that we have here at First Christian Church of Torrance. We want to thank everyone who participated and especially our speakers Lynne Redderson and Janie Oden. Chery Carew Disciples Women

Did You Know That…..
… Disciples Women leaders from all over the United States and Canada gathered in Beaumont, TX in January, 2008, for a Habitat Blitz Build? This house was built with love for single mom Crenetta Searles and her two daughters. The home they were renting was destroyed two years ago by Hurricane Rita. For photos and more information, go to The Blitz Build was made possible through a partnership among Habitat for Humanity, Week of Compassion, Disciples Home Missions’ Office of Volunteering, and Disciples Women’s Ministries. After the Blitz Build, the Disciple Women Staff Fellowship was held in Houston, Texas. Staff Fellowship meets annually and is made up of women from all over the denomination who lead regional and general women’s ministries.

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A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this. He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air. My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by who we are. As we look into the dark places of our lives during this Lenten season, let us do so remembering that we are children of God and if we hold strong to our faith there will always be light in the darkness. Blessings, Pastor Kel

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Catherine Bales passed away on Bible Study—10:00 a.m. February 6. Services were held at Green (Wednesdays) Hills on February 12. Choir—7:00 p.m., (Thursdays) Bonnie Evans will be having a blood Praise Team Practice—6:00 p.m., (Thursdays) C.M.F.—8:30 a.m., Feb. 16. transfusion later this week. President’s Day—Church Office Closed Ruth Morrison fell and bruised her eye Love Group—9:30 a.m., Feb. 19. and also got a knot on her head. Faith Group—1:30 p.m., Feb. 19. David Stoodley is at Long Beach Elders Meeting—7:00 p.m., Feb. 19. Memorial Hospital undergoing tests. He Women’s Lunch—12:00 p.m., Feb. 24. will soon be transferred to a transitional Young Adults—5:00 p.m., Feb. 25. care facility in Torrance. Acapulco “Fun Raiser”—4:30-9:00, Feb. 26. Nosrat Baghai mother fell and broke Friendship Dinner—6:00 p.m., March 1. her hip. She is in the hospital receiving Holy Week—March 17-21. treatment. Cantata “Soldier of God”—7:00 p.m., March 20. Grant & Betsy Galyardt are vacationing Easter Sunday—March 23. in Egypt for two weeks. Gene & Doreen Jackson will be on a Mexican Cruise this week. Pastor Kel Henderson will be on vacation visiting friends in San Francisco.

Dear Special Friends,
On behalf of the staff of All Peoples Christian Center and myself, I would like to thank you for your generous contribution toward the Staff Holiday Celebration. From the smiles on everyone’s face and the laughter in the room, I can sincerely say we all had a wonderful and memorable time. Thank you again, and we wish you a fantastic 2008. Sincerely, Saundra Bryant, LCSW Executive Director All Peoples Christian Center
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February 2008 (Revised
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday WORSHIP SERVICES 8:30 and 10:30 am Sunday School 9:15 am



Worship Committee Mtg. 7:00 p.m. Trustee Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Bible Study 10:00 to 11:30 a.m Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m.


Amazing Gray’s Youth/Young Adults 12:30 (Seaside Church 1:00 (Dodge ball) Potluck/Game)

New Hope 7 Choir 7:00 p.m

Women’s Sunday Chi Rho/CYF 12:30 All church trip to Skirball

Women’s Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Cabinet Meeting 7:00 p.m.



Choir 7:00 p.m


Love Group 9:30 Faith Group 1:30 Elders 7:00 p.m.

No Bible Study


Presidents Day Holiday Weekend No Church Office Closed Youth Groups

Choir 7:00 p.m

Disciples Women Lunch 12:00 p.m. Chi Rho 12:00-1:30 CYF-6:00-7:30


Bible Study 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.


Newsletter Acapulco “Fun Raiser” Young Adults 5:00 p.m. 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.
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Choir 7:00 p.m

Friday Saturday
February Birthday’s
Michael Gonzalez (6) Marie Wood (6) John Galyardt (7) Carole Colby (10) 2 Brent Foster (10) Doreen Jackson (11) Jean Richards (12) Carol Rimmey (12) Ted Oden (13) Connie Gonzales (17) Barbara Myers (17) Shirley Johnson (20) 9 Cheryl Crawford (22) Ruth Singleton (24) Jeff Wood (28) Bob Rogers (28) Bob Thomas (28)


Pillows & Pajamas 7:00 p.m. (Sippel Hall)



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C.M.F. 8:30 a.m.


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On Friday, March 7, 2007 join together in prayer with women from over 170 countries. On this day we encourage the women of First Christian Church, Torrance to affirm their faith in Jesus Christ and share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs. Through World Day of Prayer, women around the world affirm their faith in Jesus Christ share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs Through World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged to become aware of the whole world and no longer live in isolation to be enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures to take up the burdens of other people and pray with and for them to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society. For more information, please go to

The Wednesday night Bible study will begin on Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. David Matson will be leading this study on the book of Mark. Pastor Kel will be leading the group after that. Come down and join in the discussion.

Last month we welcomed new members Bob and Ginny Schnepp. They are Andrea Whobrey’s parents. They are coming from the Port Hueneme area and have relocated to Torrance. They attend second service and you are all invited to welcome them to their new church home.
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Acapulco Fun-Raiser for the Youth
On Tuesday, February 26, from 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., the youth are inviting their church family to come enjoy an evening of food and fellowship which will help them earn money for the “Youth Lounge.” Room 8 is slowly turning into a comfortable and relaxing environment for our young people to go during portions of their church day. Proceeds from the fun-raiser will go to equip the room with the sound system needed to hear the worship service. It will also be going toward decorations and refreshments for the room. Please come out and support our young people. PS. Thank you to those who have shared food donations for the Lounge, all donations are needed and appreciated.

That Michele Wood successfully defended her PHD dissertation on HIV/Drug usage on Jan 29. She has filed her papers and has officially earned her PHD in Public Health, with a minor in Sociology. She will be teaching program evaluation for graduate students in the community health science program in the spring quarter. Let’s all make sure to address her as “Dr. Wood” when we see her at church. Congratulations, Michele

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Adult Church School
Come join us this month as Mary Ibe continues her study series entitled, “Under Doctor’s Care.” This study explores the spirituality of compassion through the eyes of “Luke, the great physician.” Through scripture, study, and discussion the group will be called to new understandings and expression of spirituality. It challenges one to see how compassion and contemplation meet.

Children & Youth
The Middle and Primary grades have been practicing a song to share with the congregation on Palm Sunday. The group practices the first 15 minutes of class and new voices are always welcome. The High School kids have pulled the puppets out of the attic and have begun working on a puppet show about the Easter story to be shared during Egg Excitement.

Everyone enjoyed this month’s trip to the Getty. Our group of 15 spent the afternoon wandering the vast and beautiful grounds set high up in the hills. Seeing the enthusiasm of the group, the CE committee has decided to plan monthly outings to places such as the Getty. In March we will be reattempting our trip to the Skirball. If anyone has any ideas for trips please share them with Sakura Koontz, Chair of Education.

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Upcoming Events
Chi Rho Fun Night - March 7, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Children sing in both worship services – March 16. Egg Excitement – March 16. (after church) April 26, has been booked for a retreat date at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center Youth Sunday – April 27. Church School classes bring flowers to Sunnyside during the church school hour- May 4.

Amazing Grays
The group will be meeting Monday, March 3, at 2:00 p.m., at the Catalina Coffee Company. Come and join in the fun.

Our trip to the Skirball Cultural Center in LA has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 2. We will be leaving from church at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. If you are interested in going on this trip; please see Sakura Koontz to purchase tickets.

Come join us this month on Wednesday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. as Pastor Kel helps as she explores the wonderment of laying on of hands, through a “healing touch” experience. Healing Touch is an energy-based approach that attempts to connect the body and mind to promote health and healing. **Next Newsletter articles need to be at the church office by 2/25/08.
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FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ) 2930 El Dorado Street Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 328-2820 Fax 310 328-2929 E-mail - Web address - Sunday Schedule 8:30 a.m. - Worship - Informal 9:15 a.m. - Church School for all ages 10:30 a.m. - Worship - Traditional Children’s Worship - Ages Pre-school through 2nd Grade (During the Traditional Worship Service) Nursery Provided For birth through age 3 during Sunday School and the Traditional Service Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff Associate Pastor - Kel Henderson Administrative Assistant– Camelia Olloque Choir Director - Ken Potter Nursery Attendant - Sherril Wiechmann


The Christian Messenger

First Christian Church 2930 El Dorado Street Torrance, CA 90503



Officers Chair - Basil Ibe Vice Chair - Doug Crawford Treasurer– Richard Koontz Financial Secretary - Betsy Galyardt Clerk– Chery Carew

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