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Bellingham First Christian Church

November 2015

Consecration Sunday
November 1, 2015
11 a.m. Worship
Rebecca Sumner, guest speaker
12:30 p.m. Catered Lunch
Please RSVP

Share the Spirit


Bazaar

Saturday, November 14, 2015


9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday, November 28
10 a.m. - Noon

First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ)

495 East Bakerview Road


Bellingham, WA 98226
360-734-6820
office@bellinghamdisciples.org
bellinghamdisciples.org
Beverage and Cinnamon Rolls served from
9 - 11 a.m.
Lunch Served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Gather in the sanctuary to


prepare for the beginning of the
Advent season. Well place
greens, banners, candles,
trees, lights, nativity scenes,
and all manner of festive and
sacred reminders of the One
who is to be born in our worship
space.
Come be a part of the fun and
festivities, then pile in your cars
and well head to a local fast
food place to grab a bite to eat
and fill our bellies to celebrate a
job well done, afterward.

Shoes News

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First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ)

An Armed Jesus

495 East Bakerview Road


Bellingham, WA 98226
360.734.6820
office@bellinghamdisciples.org
www.bellinghamdisciples.org
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Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


A movement for wholeness in a fragmented
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we
welcome all to the Lords Table as God
welcomed us.
All of Us
Ministers
Rev. Gary Shoemaker
Pastor
gary@bellinghamdisciples.org
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman
Director of Ed. & Community Outreach
Courier Editor
tamalyn@bellinghamdisciples.org
Michele Fode
Finance Administrator
finance@bellinghamdisciples.org
Amelia Nye
Accompanist
TBD
Childcare Provider
Rev. Sandy Messick
Regional Minister
Rev. Sharon Watkins
General Minister and President

Sunday Schedule
10:50 a.m.
11 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
2 p.m.

Office Hours

Gathering Time
Worship
Fellowship Time
Out-to-Lunch Bunch
(4th Sunday)
Someone Cares! Community Meal
(2nd Sunday)

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - noon
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office
hours or make an appointment that fits your
schedule.

Officers
Don Hoffman, Chair
Megan Shoemaker, Secretary
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer

Our country had a visit from Pope Francis a few weeks ago. It was the
first time he'd ever been in the United States.
That alone was
surprising to me, though it probably shouldn't have been.
We
somehow expect that if someone is a world leader, they've been in the
U.S. at some point. But that was not the case. Apparently the world
doesn't always rotate around the U.S.
He came preaching a message of peace and justice. He reminded us of
the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto
you." But then he had the gall to apply that to the immigrant/refugee
situation across the world. It seemed odd to have the words one
would expect to hear in a church echoing through the halls of
Congress.
But why not?
Shouldn't we take the basic religious
principles that are present in nearly every religion in the world and
apply them to our everyday lives?
It was a bit surreal to have the Pope preaching peace and justice in
the midst of a renewed national debate on gun control. Listening to
the Pope, or to Jesus, or to...(fill in the blank with the name of most
any pastor) gives us a different take on many global and national
issues. It was also a bit surreal to see a group of pro-gun rights
people in Roseburg picketing the President when he went there to
console the families of those who had recently lost their lives due to
gun violence. When I saw that, my first thought was, "Really?!? This
is the time you think it's appropriate to stand up for gun rights???"
I just can't imagine the Pope carrying a gun, or Jesus, or...
Lest you think that I'm absolutely anti-gun, I'm not. I own guns. But
I'd never think of carrying a gun around just because I have the right
to do it. Unfortunately, there is a correlation between the availability
of guns in a community and the amount of gun related violence. That
pretty much dispels the theory that we just need more guns to answer
the gun violence issue. Right now there are more guns than people in
the U.S. If the presence of guns reduced gun violence, we'd be the
safest country in the world. But we're not. Far from it.
People have the right to own guns. But what about regulations that
require people to store guns in a particular secure way, or the new
technology that prevents anyone but the owner from firing the gun?
What about some common sense procedures before allowing a person
to purchase a weapon?
Surely there's a middle way here. We follow a Jesus who practiced
non-violence.
Perhaps there's a role for the church in finding a
solution to gun violence.
Pastor Gary

Remember to change your clocks and fall back


Saturday night, October 31.
Daylight Saving ends Sunday, November 1.

November 2015

Caring for Gods World

Thank You for Well Offering!


What a generous congregation First Christian Church is! Thanks to
everyone who collected coins and even added a few checks the
October 4 offering for the well at Shekwa, Zimbabwe, totaled
$731.72.
We are nearing the half way point with our offerings to date totaling
$3252.72. The amount needed to dig the one well is $6,680 per well,
including $200 for community training on use and maintenance of the
well.
Those who have not filled their jars or want to fill a second jar may
continue to do so until the last Sunday in January. That will mark the
conclusion of our annual collection for the well. Jars will be available in
the entry to the sanctuary and the church office.
The well, to be located at Shekwa Primary School, is a priority of the
United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe, one our Global Mission partners, in Africa. This well will mean girls will be able to
continue in school and not be pulled out of class to collect water for family and school use.
Outreach Ministry

Help Deliver Warmth and Comfort


to People Living on the Streets

To join us in caring for our neighbors, volunteers are


asked to attend one shelter training at the site where
they would like to volunteer.

Interfaith Coalitions Severe Weather Shelters welcome


homeless men and women to come in off the streets on
the coldest nights of the year. The two shelters --- one
for men, the other for women and children --- are
staffed by open-hearted volunteers who work from 5
p.m. to 8 a.m. each evening the shelters are open.
Interfaith needs many caring volunteers to staff the
three nightly shifts. Our volunteers greet guests,
prepare basic food, distribute sleeping mats, launder
blankets, clean each shelter site and offer simple
acceptance to people whose lives are difficult.

The mens shelter training is offered at the Lighthouse


Mission Drop-In Center (1013 W. Holly, Bellingham):
Tuesday, November 3 rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or
Thursday, November 5th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
The womens shelter is at Garden Street United
Methodist Church (1326 N. Garden, Bellingham). Please
use the Magnolia Street entrance: Tuesday, November
3rd from 12:30-2:30 p.m. or Wednesday, November 4th
from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
For more information call: Interfaith at (360) 734-3983

Socks Needed for


CAST
As the weather changes and cools, a
reminder that First Christians Socks On
T h e S t re e t p ro g ra m fo r t h e C A S T
downtown homeless ministry needs your
help. Please bring mens new crew socks
and place them in the bin in the Fellowship
Hall. Or, if you dont like to shop, give your
cash to Brenda Riseland and she will shop
for you.
Many cold feet will appreciate your
donations of socks. Our wet and colder
weather is on its way. Contact Brenda if
you need more information.

November 2015

Fall back Sat., Oct. 31!

Whos on First?!

November

Sunday, November 1
Elders: Joe Plancich (O), Don Hoffman (C)
Lock-Up: John Riseland
In Home Communion: Leslie Pinkston
Gregg Heyne
Deacons: Jane Kletka, Lynn Plancich,
Alexis Pinkston
Reader: James Becker
Greeters: Schmidling Family
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD
Mower: Gary Shoemaker
Sunday, November 8
Elders: Leslie Pinkston (O), John Riseland (C)
Deacons: Marian Overcash, Linda Heyne,
Max Perry
Reader: Lillian Moir
Greeter: Jane Kletka
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD
Sunday, November 15
Elders: Melody Hoffman (O), Margaret Brown (C)
Deacons: Lois Oswalt, Pat Whitney, Connie Page
Reader: Charles Schmidling
Greeter: Connie Page
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD
Sunday, November 22
Elders: Gregg Heyne (O), Brenda Riseland (C)
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Ardythe Hannah
Reader: Don Hoffman
Greeter: Lois Oswalt
Flowers: Esther Group
Fellowship Time: Esther Group
Sunday, November 29
Elders: Lillian Moir (O), Joe Plancich (C)
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Ardythe Hannah
Reader: Melody Hoffman
Greeters: Kathy Wheeler & Alisha Sanchez
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD

Bridget Naidu
Linda Botts
Pat McGovern
Mkena Schmidling
Sarah Hulbert
Ahline Botts
Ann Hall
Lois Oswalt

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Bea Gilfilen

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Happy Anniversary
Bill & Debbie Ruther

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Joys and Concerns

Please submit written requests to update this list.


New to Our List:
Ethan Powers, great-grandson of Marian Crim,
celebrates he is now cancer free!
Diana Findley, health concerns for herself and
her son
Connie Eckler, sister Marshas upcoming surgery
Please continue to pray for those listed previously.
For a complete list, contact the church office.

An Update Received on Thelma Hicks


We all miss our dear friend, Thelma. Marian
Crim, who is probably our churchs best
correspondent, has been kind enough to
share a letter she recently received from
Thelmas daughter-in-law, Maura. Here is a
brief excerpt.
Thelma, unfortunately, is not doing well. Shes been
transferred to a skilled nursing facility since Golden Meadows
can no longer meet her needs.
Thelma has had a couple of bouts of pneumonia and other
health issues. She has been moving back and forth between
San Gorgonio Hospital and the Cherry Valley Skilled Nursing
Facility. This has been going on for several weeks now and its
not looking good.
If you would like to send words of love to Thelma, please
contact the church office for contact info. In the meantime,
remember to keep her and her family in your prayers.
Blessings on you, Thelma, as you read this newsletter. Please
know how very much we love you and treasure the time we
had with you here in our midst. And may God hold you
tenderly, lovingly during this difficult time.

Remember to change your clocks and fall back on Saturday night, October 31.
Daylight Saving ends Sunday, November 1.

November 2015

November calendar

November 2015
Sunday

Monday

All Saints Day 1


Consecration
Sunday
Did you change your
clocks before you
went to bed last night?
9:30a Sunday School
10:50a Gathering Time
11a Worship
12:15p Fellowship Time
12:30p Catered Lunch

9:30a Sunday School


10:50a Gathering Time
11a Worship
12:15p Fellowship Time
2p
Someone Cares
Community Meal
& Josephs Closet
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Wednesday Thursday
Wednesday

Tuesday
3

Noon
Bible Study

6:30 p
Stewardship
Meeting

11

Noon
Bible Study

17

18

7:30a Mens
Breakfast,
Dennys

12

13

Bulletin
deadline
6p Bell Choir
Rehearsal
7p Chancel
Choir
Rehearsal

14

7:30a Mens
Breakfast,
Dennys
9 - 3 Share
the Spirit
Bazaar
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20

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Bulletin deadline

Courier Deadline
7:30a Elders Mtg
9:30a Sun. School
10:50a Gathering Time
11a
Worship
12:15p Fellowship Time

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29*

9:30a Sun. School


10:50a Gathering Time
11a
Worship
12:15p Fellowship Time

5:30 p.m .
Prayer Vigil for
Peace, Christ
the Servant
Lutheran
6p Bell Choir
Rehearsal
7p Chancel
Choir
Rehearsal

Noon
Bible Study
11:30 a.m.
Esther Group

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9:30a Sun. School


10:50a Gathering Time
11a
Worship
12:15p Fellowship Time
12:30 p Out-to-Lunch
Bunch
7p
Book Group

November 2015

Saturday

Bulletin
deadline
6p Bell Choir
Rehearsal
7p Chancel
Choir
Rehearsal

10

16

Friday

24

Noon
Bible Study

25

Bulletin
deadline
6p Bell Choir
Rehearsal
7p Chancel
Choir
Rehearsal

7:30a Mens
Breakfast,
Dennys
6:30 p.m.
Pub Theology,
Hops N
Headz

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7:30a Mens
Breakfast,
Dennys
10a Hanging
of the Greens

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*Please note that the 2016 budget and slate of officers will
be posted by Sunday, November 29 for viewing. The
board will then take an electronic vote. The follow up
congregational vote will be done at the Congregational
Meeting on Sunday, December 13.

First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ)
A church of grace and welcome for all!
495 East Bakerview Road
Bellingham, WA 98226-9168

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Save the Dates


Sun., Dec. 13

12:15 p.m., Congregational Meeting

Tues., Dec. 22 6:30 p.m., Longest Night Worship: A


service of comfort for those who
grieve during the holidays
Thurs., Dec. 24 Living Nativity & Candlelight Worship
Service

Daylight Saving ends Sunday, November 1.

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