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Putting Our Faith in Action at Bellingham First Christian Church
Thank You Received from Interfaith Coalition Planning for the Future
“Thanks First Christian Church for your generosity to At the special congregational meeting
our 2017 Hope Auction. In addition to what those of held March 26th, a Land Conveyance
you in attendance contributed through ticket or Option with Opportunity Council was
auction item purchase, your faithful response through approved.
your congregation gift of a year of monthly pie and
The document signed by the Trustees
coffee sold for $600, and both of your gifts helped to
and The Opportunity Council specifies
raise a record total auction amount of over $193,000! 
the land is a total of 1.7 acres, which is
Know that every day families and individuals in
along East Bellis Fair Parkway.
Whatcom County are lifted up and experience hope
because of you. Thank you!” The option expires March of 2019 if
there is no final transfer of property.
Any further action will be brought
Request Received from Blue Skies for Children before the Trustees and the Board, and
“If you have the capacity to do so, we would LOVE if any action is needed, to the
blankets again this year. congregation in a special meeting.
“We have a greater need for blankets than inventory The proposed project is in the hands
and will likely serve over 600 this Fall through our of the planners, developers, and the
Winter Warm Up Program.” City of Bellingham.
Just last fall we were able to deliver several boxes and The second item for consideration at
baskets of afghans and fleece blankets to Blue Skies for the meeting was the Family Promise, a
Children, which sponsors homeless, low-income and program of Interfaith Coalition, to
foster children. address the issue of homeless children
The impact First Christian Church of Bellingham is having and their families. The Board had
on our community is one of warmth, compassion, and approved making our church a Host
love, as we warm hearts, bellies, and bodies, with meals, Family.
clothing, blankets, blessing bags, and so much more. After considerable discussion, the
Thank you for all you do to share God’s love with one congregation voted to postpone any
another and with our community. Now, start collecting big action allowing more time for
batches of fleece. It’s time to stitch more blankets for cold consideration of further details to
kids! come.
First Christian Church It’s the Berries!
(Disciples of Christ)
With spring trying to make itself known
summer comes close behind. As the
temperatures warm and the sun shines
the berry crops begin to be harvested.
495 East Bakerview Road Nurse’s Notes We look forward to eating the delicious
Bellingham, WA 98226
fruit whether from our own gardens or
the various fruit stands and markets
around Whatcom County.
Berries are not only delicious but very nutritious. Incorporating
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berries into your diet is a fun way toward healthy eating. Berries
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) come in a diverse range of small fruits that lack large seeds and
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented can be eaten whole without peeling or pitting. We are aware of the
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we more common berries: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God strawberries. Some of the less common berries include acai
welcomed us. berries, boysenberries, cloudberries, cranberries, gooseberries,
lingonberries and wolfberries.
All of Us
Ministers There is not one best berry — they are all typically very nutritious.
Rev. Gary Shoemaker Generally berries contain healthy levels of fiber (one cup of
Pastor raspberries or blackberries contains around 8 grams of fiber). One cup of blueberries or strawberries has around 3 grams of fiber (as
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman compared to a packet of instant oatmeal contains 4 grams of fiber).
Director of Education & Community Outreach A high fiber diet can help improve cholesterol levels and lower
Courier Editor blood pressure. Despite their sweet and tart taste, berries generally have a low glycemic (sugar) load. This means that they digest fairly
slowly due to their fiber content, which keeps the bump in blood
Amelia Nye sugar (and the insulin response) modest after eating them. Berries
Accompanist provide an abundant array of vitamins including vitamins A, B, C,
Katie Ramstead, Aneesa Ahad K. Potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron are the minerals
Childcare Providers berries provide.
Rev. Sandy Messick
Regional Minister Phytonutrients or polyphenols are beneficial plant chemicals that
berries provide which include tannins, lignans, and flavonoids
Rev. Sharon Watkins and anthocyanins which are the pigments that give berries and
General Minister and President other plants their color, and are especially abundant in
Sunday Schedule berries. These chemicals that are in berries have anti-cancer and
9:30 a.m. Sunday School anti-inflammatory effects. They also protect nerve cells and the
10:50 a.m. Gathering Time brain, help fight infection and boost the immune system, and
11 a.m. Worship improve blood vessel function, cholesterol levels and blood
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Time pressure.
12:30 p.m. Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday)
2 p.m. Someone Cares! Community Meal A diet that emphasizes a wide variety of minimally processed fruits,
(2nd Sunday) vegetables, and other plant foods including berries go a long way
Office Hours toward good health and reduced risk of disease. Studies have
Tuesday - Friday
suggested that a few weekly servings of common anthocyanin-rich
9 a.m. - noon
berries such as strawberries and blueberries, may significantly
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the
reduce the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, delay
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office
by years the cognitive decline associated with aging, and reduce
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule.
the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Officers So, enjoy the spring and summer and the healthy harvest that
Renee Hoemann, Moderator comes with the season.
Don Hoffman, Vice Moderator
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer Meditation: God within me, God behind me, maker of the earth,
Melissa Henderson, Secretary maker of the plants, maker of all that lives and moves and has its
being in you, may all that we think and say be in harmony with your
To unsubscribe or go paperless: way and will. Amen
Contact 360.734.6820, 495 East Bakerview
Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, or Jane E. Kletka,RN Faith Community Nurse

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Courier Insert May 2017

Financial Update
First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Bellingham, WA

Checkbook Balance
Offerings Expenses at End of Month
December 2016 $27,673.18
January 2017 $9,958.92 $14,109.81 $24,155.42
February 2017 $10,726.99 $14,747.92 $21,104.77
March 2017 $9,538.25 $16,720.63 $14,226.40

The Income and Expenses shown reflect the figures for the Annual Budget passed earlier this
year, which, as always, is a "faith" budget that we would bring in $13,126 per month to cover
basic expenses (heat/lights/kitchen & office supplies/Staff salaries & benefits/etc.).  If you do
the math, the Income and Expenses will not equal the Checkbook Balance.  This is because
our "Ministries" funds (Mission/Worship/Evangelism/etc.), which are not a part of our Annual
Budget, are also currently coming out of the General Fund. 

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop
in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of
that missing drop.
~ Mother Teresa

Courier Insert May 2017
Who’s on First?! Birthdays & Anniversaries Joys & Concerns

Happy Birthday
Frances Forhan 18
Bobbie Kiep 3
Max Perry 19
Bill Ruther 5
Pastor Gary Shoemaker 20
Darleen Page 6
Sunday, May 7 Brett Kralman-Shoemaker 20
Bentley Becker 14
Elders: Margaret Brown (O), Leslie Pinkston (C) Betty Schmidling 26
Melissa Henderson 14
Lock-Up: Gregg Heyne Cameron Hulbert 26
Jayne Witman 16
In Home Communion: Margaret Brown Happy Anniversary
Bob Gilda 18
Brenda Riseland Russ & Bekki Weston 25
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker
Reader: James Becker
Flowers: Darleen & Chuck Page Joys and Concerns
Fellowship Time: Cheryl & Max Perry, honoring
May birthdays Please submit written requests to update
this list.
Sunday, May 14
Elders: Melody Hoffman (O), Kelvin Smith (C) Medical concerns:
Deacons: James Becker, Linda Heyne • Daisy Shoemaker
Reader: Betty Schmidling • Kathy Wheeler
Flowers: Brenda & John Riseland • Matt Nelson
Fellowship Time: TBD • Harmon Woodworth
Sunday, May 21 • Mary Ann Teeters
Elders: Don Hoffman (O), Brenda Riseland (C) • Chloe Gibson
Deacons: Ardythe Hannah, Renee Hoemann, • Donna Fairchild
Celia Obrecht • Nathan Klemann
Reader: Gregg Heyne • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findley’s son
Flowers: Max & Cheryl Perry Life’s challenges:
Fellowship Time: TBD • Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
Sunday, May 28 • Matthew, Kris Ann Lewis’s nephew
Beyond Our Walls:
Elders: Leslie Pinkston (O), Margaret Brown C)
Deacons Pat Whitney, Kris Ann Lewis • For the healing of our nation
Reader: Don Hoffman • Refugees worldwide
Flowers: Esther Group • Disciples House Residents, past, present and future
Fellowship Time: Esther Group • Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
• Raices Culturales/Community to Community families
in their gardening program in our field
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
important ministries: • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister
• Read scripture during Sunday morning worship • Rev. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President
• Our General Church ministries
• Bring flowers for Sunday worship • Yakama Christian Mission
• Provide goodies for fellowship time following • Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty, disease,
and disaster worldwide
Sunday worship
• All troops involved in world conflict
Please contact the office for more info. • Peacemakers worldwide

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May calendar

May 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sunday Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4 5 6
• Noon - Bulletin
Bible Study deadline
• 5:30p • 6p Bell •7:30a Men’s
Spanish Choir Breakfast,
Class • 7p Chancel Denny’s

7 8 9 10 11 12 13
•9:30a Sunday School Bulletin
•10:50a Gathering Time deadline •7:30a Men’s
•11a Worship • Noon - • 6p Bell Breakfast,
•12:15p Fellowship Time Bible Study Choir Denny’s
• 5:30p • 7p Chancel
Spanish Choir
Class Rehearsal

14 15 16 17 18 19 20
• 9:30a Sunday School Bulletin
• 10:50a Gathering Time Courier • Noon - deadline • 6:30p Pub •7:30a Men’s
• 11a Worship deadline Bible Study • 6p Bell Theology, Breakfast,
• 12:15p Fellowship Time • 6:30p • 5:30p Choir Hops ’N Denny’s
• 2p Someone Cares Stewardship Spanish Rehearsal Headz
Community Meal & Meeting Class • 7p Choir
Joseph’s Closet Rehearsal

21 22 23 24 25 26 27
• 9:30a Sunday School Bulletin
• 10:50a Gathering Time • 11:30a • Noon - deadline • 5p •7:30a Men’s
• 11a Worship Esther Bible Study • 6p Bell Checking in Breakfast,
• 12:15p Fellowship Time Group • 5:30p Choir Group, Denny’s
(location Spanish Rehearsal location
TBD) Class • 7p Choir TBD

28 29 30 31
• 9:30a Sunday School • Noon - Bulletin
• 10:50a Gathering Time Bible Study deadline
• 11a Worship • 5:30p • 6p Bell
• 12:30p Out-to-Lunch Spanish Choir
Bunch, location TBD Class Rehearsal
• 7p Book Group • 7p Choir

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June 20, 6:30p Longest Day Worship, courtyard
July 8 - 12 General Assembly, Indianapolis (More info available at
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