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The Chalice

A publication of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

201 East Second Street , Edmond Oklahoma 73034

Vol. 2 No. 7 February 18, 2010

What Is Essential?
by Rev. Chris Shorow

The church Ministry where participants are asked

season of Lent to go on a 21-day financial fast. She
started this asks her volunteers to commit to not
week. using plastic, credit or debit, for three
Wednesday, weeks, and not buying anything that is
February 17 not essential in their lives. Things like
marked the start groceries, gas and paying bills are fine,
of the 40-day just skip the unneccessary Starbucks,
period before movies, books, videos, fast food,
Easter where Christians throughout our doughnuts–you get the picture.
history have entered into a somber Her theory is not that plastic is Summer Family
evil, but she aims to help us remember
period to prepare themselves for Easter.
Yes, that’s right, Easter is coming soon. who is in charge when it comes to Camp 2010
Don’t worry that time is passing so using plastic. Too often it gets out of Estes Park, Colorado
quickly, Easter is very early this year. our control and then our money
controls us, rather than us using our July 11 - July 17
Maybe we’ll even have some more
snow for Easter! (just kidding) money wisely and for the things that
Traditionally, we Christians really matter in our lives. The concept Summer family camp 2010
have given something up for Lent. Fatty is basic good stewardship. And, oh yes, signup is now underway.
foods, ice cream, cussing, drinking and you have to use only cash during that Come join us this year and
sugar have been some popular items to time. Have you used much cash lately?
experience the best vacation you
sacrifice. The idea is to enter into I don’t think that you have to do
and your family will ever have.
spiritual discipline so that Easter this program, even for the 40-days of
becomes a true time of resurrection in Lent this year. But I think it is an
intriguing concept. And it doesn’t even There is something for everyone;
our personal lives.
Recently I heard about a book last the full 40 days. I simply want to golfing, mini-golf, putt-putt,
by Michelle Singletary, the financial invite you to think about one of the campfires, hiking and more!
reporter for the Washington Post and most powerful things in your life–
frequent contributor to NPR. The book money–and how much time we spend We have just 9 spaces left, so
is called “The Power to Prosper.” It is worrying about it, planning to use it, don’t delay–call Susan Huffer
written about a volunteer effort in her and often mindlessly spending it. Let’s
at 623-2185 today.
home church called Prosperity Partners be wise stewards of what God has
given to us. Happy Lent!
Stories of our Faith: Electronic Giving
Lenten Lunch & Sharing First Christian Church offers automatic
Wednesdays, February 24 – March 24, bank drafting as a convenient way to
Noon to 1pm–Fellowship Hall give to our General fund and Building fund,
and fulfill your pledges. You can schedule
Each Wednesday during Lent, we will offer a simple an automatic electronic withdrawal from
meal of soup and bread, followed by a speaker your checking account for the 1st or 15th
sharing a story of their personal faith journey. Lent of the month. Questions? Contact
is an appropriate time to focus on our walk with Business Administrator Karla Mahan at or 341-3544
God, and each of us has a story of faith to share.

Rev. Chris Shorow will be our first presenter, on Wednesday, February 24. He Simplify Your Life
will be sharing his “calling” and how it shapes his journey toward baptism, You won’t have to remember whether you
gave this month or need to send an
the journey we are all taking with our Pastor’s class this year. Come and join
offering by mail when you’re on a trip.
us for stories that will touch and inspire you in your faith.
Help the Church
Every person who gives through
automatic giving plan makes our record-
keeping much easier and more efficient.

Save the Dates! Steps to set up your ACH bank

draft are simple.
Vacation Bible 1. Pick up our Automated Giving
School 2010 enrollment brochure from the welcome
center or download & print from
June 14-17 from 6 to 8:30 pm
2. Fill out the form
Registration Begins May 2 3. Attach a voided check
To volunteer contact Julie Bunton 4. Place in the offering plate in a or Carol Schwabe sealed envelope, or mail to: First Christian Church of Edmond
Attn: Karla Mahan,
Business Administrator
PO Box 3548
Edmond, OK 73083

World Vision Dodgeball Tournament

Sunday, March 7, 1-5pm - Family Life Center
Help our youth sponsor their World Vision Child, Ntombizolile Brukkie from South Africa!
Put together a team to play in our Dodgeball Tournament. The entry fee is only $50 per team,
and a team consists of 6-8 players. If you would like to play in the tournament, please register
your team at no later than Sunday, February 28.
Questions? Contact Greg Bunton at or Mark Taylor at
Prayers of the People Happy Birthday!
OUR PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN THE HOSPITAL 2/21 Martha Jacobs, Laura Rankin,
Darro Oclaray (Jennifer Hast’s dad), Mercy; Foy Hurst, Andrew Woods
Manor Care Health Services. 2/22 London Carrington, Shari
Elliott, Ed Fry, Jim Quade, Keith Smith,
OTHERS IN NEED OF PRAYER Ashley Banuet, Bev Schmoyer, Betty McMillen Georgia Sparks
(Jennifer Brumback’s grandmother & Shirley Strasburg’s mother) Judy Joy, Les Lee, 2/23 Ron Brumback, Ross Herndon,
Julie Clay and Shannon Fenner (Scott Peter’s sisters), Bill Dobson, Betty Winn, Lois Chelsey Moffatt
Roberts, Ed Berry, Taylor Wheeler, Hank Thomas (Randy Thomas’ brother), Patrick
2/24 Carter Coleman, Mark Mades,
Douthitt (Duke Douthitt’s brother)
Emily Shipley
OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS to Frank and Debby Gresh in the death of Frank’s 2/25 B. Ann Cole
mother, Winnie Gresh, who passed away on February 13. Services at First Christian on 2/26 Betsy Jones, Jim Nelson,
Friday, February 19 at 3pm. AND TO Randel Lee in the death of his father, Tommy Sarah Penland, David Rankin, Ryan
Lee, who passed away on February 17 in Sherman, Texas.
Simpson, Pierce Theobald, Rita Ward
WE CELEBRATE WITH our own George Houser in his recent induction into the 2/27 Diane Ball, Robert Rice
Southwstern Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame. George was inducted in honor of 2/28 Haley Jones, Errol Myers
his 27 years at the helm as Bulldog basketball coach.

WE CELEBRATE WITH our own George & Winnie Hall who were featured by the
Edmond Sun in a Valentine’s weekend story “Love Blooms Again for Edmond Couple.”
Edmond Blue
WE ARE DELIGHTED that the Edmond Sun featured several members of First
Christian Church in their “Noteables” column this week; including Mike O’Meara, Greg Star Mothers of
Bunton, Benny Christensen, Dot Hammond and Judy Bennett. America invites
you to share a
“lucky charm”
with our
Come Sing in Our Easter Cantata! troops!
The Chancel Choir will be presenting an Easter cantata at the 11:00 service on
Easter morning. If you love to sing, and don’t have time to commit to choir full We are collecting items to send to
time, please join us for this short time commitment. Rehearsals just began last the troops to cheer them for St.
Wednesday. We rehearse from 7:30-8:15 in the sanctuary. Questions? Contact Patrick’s Day in March. You can drop
Diane Ball, Minister of Music at or 341-3544, ext. 25.
off items in our Fellowship Hall
through February 21. Here is a

Credit-To-Patient Blood Drive sample of what you might bring:

handheld games, board games,
benefitting Taylor Wheeler Sunday, February 21 puzzles, notepads, hackie sacks,
The OBI Blood Mobile will be parked along Boulevard, frisbees, yo-yos, chapstic, eye drops,
ready to take your donations! hand sanitizer (wipes), disposable
Sponsored by the Outreach Ministry Team razors, neck coolers, bandannas,
handheld-battery operated fans
(foam or plastic blades - misters
Did You Know? preferred), prepaid international
We have a pop machine conveniently located in the foyer of the Family phone cards, toothpaste, floss,
Life Center. A great selection of products, including water bottles, are antacids. Our next packing party is
now available close at hand. All proceeds from pop sales benefit February 27. For more information
students traveling on our International Affairs Seminar experiences. contact Becky Winn at 532-5150.
The Classics Hit the Road Again, March 23

Military Pride!
Worship An early morning departure March 23 will allow time to arrive in the Southwest
City of Altus to visit the Altus Air Force Base. Home of the Mobility Training
at First Christian 8:15, 9 & 11am
Center of Excellence! Where they enable global mobility by expertly trainign
airlift and aerial refueling aircrews.
February 21, 2010 A tour of the base offers visitors opportunties to experience Life Support
Message: Rev. Chris Shorow training with night vision goggles, a K9 demonstration, tour of the C17 aircraft
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17
and a tour of the air traffic control tower.
Following this fascinating tour the group will continue to Quartz
February 28, 2010 Mountain Lodge for a delightful lunch and tour of this beautiful facility.
Message: Rev. Chris Shorow Our final stop brings us back to Hobart General Tommy Franks
Scripture: Matthew 26:26-30 Leadership Institute and Museum. Here, General Frank desires for visitors
to witness the compelling stories of leadership, patriotism, and service through
artifacts, papers, diorama and interactive components;
appeal to visitors of all ages, interests, education, and
The Chalice CONNECTION backgrounds.
Shelley Regan, Editor The price of the trip is $79 per person and includes transporation, lunch, all admissions and
submit or read news online attractions as indicated by itinerary. Deposit: full
@ payment due with reservation. For information and
reservations contact: Winnie Hall at 341-4297 or Ellen
Chitwood 341-2859.

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