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General Assembly Elects Teresa Hord Owens as First African-American
Woman to Head Mainline denomination
INDIANAPOLIS - Rev. Teresa "Terri" Hord Owens was elected Sunday night to serve as the
General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United
States and Canada. She is the first African-American to hold this post and the second woman
to lead the denomination.
Hord Owens comes to the position in a time of renewed emphasis on the issues of race,
particularly in the United States. Her election comes on the 50th anniversary of the Merger
Agreement uniting the African-American and largely white branches of the American-born
denomination. She is currently pastor of a predominately white congregation in the Chicago
area.
"We need to stop demonizing differences as deficiencies," Hord Owens says. "We should seek to understand, to work
through our differences in priorities, opinions, methods, and goals. This will not be easy, but imagine what an example
this will be for the world if we can bridge the gaps in politics, identity, geography and theology."
Hord Owens' resume includes more than 20 years in corporate America leading diverse teams in data management
before she entered seminary. For the last 15 years, she has been the dean of students at the University of Chicago
Divinity School, shepherding a varied student body in both background and theology.
The election of Hord Owens follows the 12-year tenure of the Rev. Sharon E. Watkins, who was the first female to lead
a mainline denomination in the United States upon her election in 2005. Hord Owens' term is six years with an option
for re-election in 2023 for an additional six-year term.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was born out of the Stone-Campbell Movement, part of the Great Awakening
on the American frontier in the early 1800s. The denomination is congregationally governed, meaning each
congregation appoints its own leadership and determines its own mission and support. There are 32 regional bodies
that support congregations as well as relate to the
How Did You Experience general ministries of the denomination. (More
information on structure: http://disciples.org/our-
the 2017 General identity/our-structure/)
Assembly?
On July 8 - 12, members of the Christian
Churches (Disciples of Christ) gathered in Indianapolis to Worship in the Park
worship, learn, share, connect, and reconnect with one Sunday, August 27
another. Bob Fisher and Mary Ann Teeters were able to 10:30 a.m.
attend, on our behalf. (Thank you, Bob and Mary Ann!) Bring a main dish, salad, or
If you missed the life feeds of the assembly, visit http:// dessert to share, a chair or
ga.disciples.org/worship/ to read the texts of the sermons or blanket to sit on (if so
to watch the videos and http://ga.disciples.org/business/ to desired), a sweater to wrap up
read the resolutions that were discussed and see which were in (just in case), and be ready
adopted. for a day of fun, as we
worship in the picnic shelter and then break bread
It is good to be part of such a large body of faithful people together.
working on our behalf. And be sure to save the date for the
next General Assembly: Des Moines, IA on July 20-24, 2019. (Hotdogs, buns, condiments, chips, and drinks, will be
Your voice is important and your soul will thank you. provided by your Nurture Task Force.)
Stewardship Report

First Christian Church Type to enter text
(Disciples of Christ)

Stewardship Report

495 East Bakerview Road by Bekki Weston
Bellingham, WA 98226
360.734.6820 Here’s where we stand, half-way through the year.
office@bellinghamdisciples.org
www.bellinghamdisciples.org Checkbook Balance

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Offerings Expenses at End of Month
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) December $27,673.18
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we January $9,958.92 $14,109.81 $24,155.42
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God
welcomed us. February $10,726.99 $14,747.92 $21,104.77
All of Us
March $9,538.25 $16,720.63 $14,226.40
Ministers
Rev. Gary Shoemaker April $12,899.69 $10,257.04 $17,772.55
Pastor
gary@bellinghamdisciples.org May $10,208.00 $15,888.20 $12,305.27
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman
Director of Education & Community Outreach June $11,443.80 $12,800.14 $12,831.35
Courier Editor
tamalyn@bellinghamdisciples.org
Amelia Nye
Reminder that the funds in the “Offerings” column are just that; other
Accompanist “designated funds” monies have been received, and are included in the
Katie Ramstead, Aneesa Ahad Checkbook Balance.
Childcare Providers
Rev. Sandy Messick A rough estimate of our monthly FIXED expenses (from our 2017 budget):
Regional Minister
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
General Minister and President
Payroll & Benefits $10,040
Summer Sunday Schedule
10:20 a.m. Gathering Time Utilities - Gas $355
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:45 a.m. Fellowship Time - Electric $300
Noonish Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday)
- Garbage $126
2 p.m. Someone Cares! Community Meal
(2nd Sunday) - Phones - service $250
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday - Phones – equip. $136
9 a.m. - noon
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the - Stormwater $404
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule. Copier $250
Officers Our total monthly expenses
Building Insurance $690
Renee Hoemann, Moderator in the Budget are estimated
Don Hoffman, Vice Moderator Bldg. Ins. – Umbrella Policy $115 at $13,641, which also
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer includes VARIABLE expenses
Melissa Henderson, Secretary Building Cleaning $189
such as office supplies,
To unsubscribe: Property Taxes $247 postage, restroom/kitchen
Contact 360.734.6820, 495 East Bakerview
supplies, building & grounds
Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, or Bookkeeping Service $175
office@bellinghamdisciples.org. (furnace & lawnmower
TOTAL $13,106 repair), etc.

2 August 2017
Who’s on First?! Birthdays & Anniversaries Joys & Concerns

Happy Birthday
Sunday, August 6 Kim Naidu 4 David Fairchild 25
Elders: Leslie Pinkston (O), Kelvin Smith (C) Cheryl Perry 9 Jennifer Char 31
Lock-Up: Gregg Heyne Marian Overcash 16 August Anniversaries
In Home Communion: Gregg Heyne Diana Linayao 18 Margaret & Lee Brown 8
Jane Kletka Emmett Shoemaker 24 Megan & Zach Shoemaker 10
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker Rowan Shoemaker 24 Brenda & John Riseland 18
Reader: Kris Ann Lewis
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD Joys and Concerns
Sunday, August 13 Please submit written requests to update this list.
Elders: Jane Kletka (O), Melody Hoffman (C)
Deacons: James Becker, Linda Heyne Medical concerns:
Reader: Betty Schmidling • Marlin Erickson
Flowers: TBD • Lois Oswalt
Fellowship Time: TBD • Marian Crim
Sunday, August 20 • Daisy Shoemaker, Pastor Gary’s mom
Elders: Gregg Heyne (O), John Riseland(C) • Matt Nelson
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Celia Obrecht • Harmon Woodworth
Reader: Don Hoffman • Mary Ann Teeters
Flowers: TBD • Chloe Gibson
Fellowship Time: TBD • Donna Fairchild
Sunday, August 27 • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findley’s son
Elders: Margaret Brown (O), Joe Plancich C) Life’s challenges:
Deacons: Pat Whitney, Kris Ann Lewis • Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
Reader: Gregg Heyne • Matthew, Kris Ann Lewis’s nephew
Flowers: Esther Group • Jim Blaney’s family
Fellowship Time: Esther Group Beyond Our Walls:
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • For the healing of our nation
important ministries: • Refugees worldwide
• Read scripture during Sunday morning worship • Disciples House Residents, past, present and future
• Bring flowers for Sunday worship • Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
• Raices Culturales/Community to Community families
• Provide goodies for fellowship time following
in their gardening program in our field
Sunday worship
• Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
Please contact the office for more info. • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister & President
• Rev. Teresa Horde Owens, General Minister & President
• Our General Church ministries
“What is the essence of life? • Yakama Christian Mission
• Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty, disease,
To serve others and to do good.” and disaster worldwide
• All troops involved in world conflict
— Aristotle • Peacemakers worldwide

Visit http://disciplesnw.org/newsletter/northwest-passage-july-2017 to read the recent
issue of the Regional Church Newsletter

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First Christian Church, Christian Holidays, Holidays in United States Aug 2017 (Pacific Time)
August 2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 2 p m - Bible Study Pastor G's vacation

1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class Pastor T's vacation

1 1 : 3 0 a m - Potluck Brunch 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] Bulletin deadline 7pm - [4H] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Breakfast,
Denny's
1 2 p m - JHLB 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
August 2017 calendar

6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Pastor G's vacation

Pastor T's vacation

1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 2 p m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Breakfast,
Denny's
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers]

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Pastor G's vacation 6 : 3 0 p m - Stewardship Mtg Assumption of Mary Bulletin deadline Pastor T to Oregon

Pastor T's vacation 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] Courier deadline 6 : 4 5 p m - [Guide Dogs] 7 p m - [4H fair prep] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Breakfast,
Denny's
1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 1 0 a m - Nurture Meeting 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 1 2 p m - Bible Study

2 p m - Community Meal 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class

6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers]

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Pastor T to Oregon 5 p m - Checking in Group, 1 2 p m - Out-to-Lunch Bunch 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Breakfast,
location TBD Denny's
1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 1 0 a m - Total Eclipse of the Sun! 1 2 p m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 1 1 : 3 0 a m - Esther Grp Lunch 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class

6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers]

27 28 29 30 31 1 2

1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship in the Park @ 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 2 p m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Breakfast,
Cornwall Park, 3424 Denny's
Mpe m
7 r i d-i Book
a n S t ,Group 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Bellingham, WA
98225, USA 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers]

August 2017