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it all takes place
Sunday, September 10
9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. beginning
Adult Sunday School
Sunday, September 10
10:50 a.m.
Gathering Time 11:30 a.m.
A 9:30 a.m. Sunday School class is just too difficult to
11 a.m.
Worship achieve with small children and we know it! So,
with the Annual Blessing of the Backpacks, because we feel your pain, the early morning Sunday
Bible Dedications, School class will be no more!
and Children’s Church (see box at right)
12:15 p.m. Children’s Church will begin immediately after the
Fellowship Time Children’s Moment in the worship service, with the
children leaving from the sanctuary and going
2 p.m.
Community Meal & Joseph’s Closet directly to their classroom.

New Member Dessert Potluck
Tuesday, September 19
6:30 p.m.
New members and all those seeking info regarding membership at First Christian Church are invited to a
dessert potluck. This is an opportunity to get to know one another and to chat with the pastors in an informal
setting. Bring a dessert to share and all your burning questions!
Location: 1348 McLeod Road, Bellingham, WA 98226
Shoe’s News

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Shoe’s News
“Why We Need the Gospel”

495 East Bakerview Road I thought I was skating on thin ice a few weeks ago when I preached
Bellingham, WA 98226 a sermon challenging the role that certain segments of Christianity
have been playing in our current culture of suspicion and hate. I was
amazed at the positive response from the gathered congregation. I
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter realize that there is a diversity of points of view, but there comes a
time when you have to speak your truth in the midst of a myriad of
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) confusing voices.
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we I have attempted to remain as true to the Gospel as possible all
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God through my life and ministry. The Gospel is not always what we want
welcomed us. to hear. It’s not always how we want to live. It’s not even always what
All of Us we want to believe. It’s a constant challenge for me to hold my
Ministers attitudes, beliefs and behaviors up to the mirror of the teachings of
Rev. Gary Shoemaker
Jesus. I fail more often than I succeed, but still I continue to attempt
Pastor to conform my life to the vision and example of Jesus. As I said in that sermon, we need a REVIVAL. We need to call people
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman to the authentic teachings of Jesus and not some system of belief and
Director of Education & Community Outreach behavior that leaves room for prejudice and self-centeredness. The
Courier Editor Christianity being popularized in our culture is antithetical to the teachings of Jesus. It’s not a religion that resonates with the grace-
Amelia Nye filled, inclusive, radical hospitality that Jesus exemplified and taught.
Accompanist Recent events across our country have proven, once again, that we
Katie Ramstead, Aneesa Ahad have a long way to go to become the country that we ought to be.
Childcare Providers The teachings of Jesus lead us in a very different direction than where
Rev. Sandy Messick we seem to be headed. I can understand why people choose some of
Regional Minister the policies and leaders that are currently defining our culture. But at
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens the base of those decisions lies a selfishness, a cultural protectiveness,
General Minister and President a fear of change and losing influence. Those decisions create an “us
Sunday Schedule (begins 9/10/17) verses them” mentality that has little to do with the core of
10:50 a.m. Gathering Time Christianity. That core being the life, teachings and influence of God
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School revealed in Jesus.
11 a.m. Worship We must make better choices, we must allow our faith to affect our
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Time lives in real ways. And we must stand up and say “NO” when the
1 p.m. Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday)
name of Jesus is being used to exclude, impoverish and nationalize.
2 p.m. Someone Cares! Community Meal
(2nd Sunday)
We must say no to neglecting the care we need to show to the most
Office Hours vulnerable amongst us. We must show a better way.
Tuesday - Friday That’s where we need to be headed as a faith community. That’s what
9 a.m. - noon people are hungering for as they reject the inauthentic Christianity
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the that has sent so
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office many people away What a fabulous job the volunteers
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule.
from church. did today! [ed. note: July 30, for
Officers Jesus Has Left the Building] My word,
Renee Hoemann, Moderator
And it must begin
now, or the they outdid themselves! Our yard is
Don Hoffman, Vice Moderator looking far better than it has since last year!
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer opportunity will
pass us by as we Thank you for gracing us with them today --
Melissa Henderson, Secretary
remain silent in the they're a wonderful group of individuals!
Important Links: face of Christianity
Regional Website (including monthly
Jeanette Campagna
being hijacked. Program Coordinator
General Church Website: Pastor Gary Sean Humphrey House

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

Welcome to Our Newest Member
Linda Mederis transferred her membership to First Christian
Happy Birthday Happy Anniversary Church, Bellingham, on Sunday, July 30, 2017.
Ardythe Hannah 2 Bob & Karen Gilda 15 We welcome, Linda and her husband Gene!
Derek Stanbro 7 Gaylen & Terry Udo 22 Welcome to Our Newest Baby
Janet Franks 13 Joe & Lynn Plancich 24 Proud Grandpa Joe Plancich happily
John Bisceglia 13 announced the arrival of new
Maggie Henderson 25 granddaughter, Zariah Ruth Stanbro, born
Lee Brown 28 Friday August 11, 2017 at 3:31pm, 8lb
8oz and 20in long. Zariah is born to Derek
and Tristin Stanbro and joins siblings
Mason & Briella. Grandma is Lynn.

Joys and Concerns
Please submit written requests to update this list.
Medical concerns:
• Helen Blaney
Sunday, September 3 • Kelly Franks
Elders: John Riseland (O), Gregg Heyne (C) • Marlin Erickson
Lock-Up: Joe Plancich • Lois Oswalt
In Home Communion: Leslie Pinkston • Marian Crim
Don Hoffman • Daisy Shoemaker, Pastor Gary’s mom
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker • Mary Ann Teeters
Reader: ??? • Chloe Gibson
Flowers: TBD • Donna Fairchild
Fellowship Time: TBD • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findley’s son
• Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s step-dad-in-law
Sunday, September 10
Elders: Brenda Riseland (O), Jane Kletka (C) Life’s challenges:
Deacons: James Becker, Linda Heyne • Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
Reader: ??? • Matthew, Kris Ann Lewis’s nephew
Flowers: TBD Beyond Our Walls:
Fellowship Time: TBD • For the healing of our nation
Sunday, September 17 • Refugees worldwide
Elders: Joe Plancich (O), Don Hoffman(C) • Disciples House Residents, past, present and future
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Celia Obrecht • Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
Reader: ??? • Raices Culturales/Community to Community families
in their gardening program in our field
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD • Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
• Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and President
Sunday, September 24 • Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and
Elders: Margaret Brown (O), Leslie Pinkston C) President
Deacons: Pat Whitney, Kris Ann Lewis • Our General Church ministries
Reader: ??? • Yakama Christian Mission
Flowers: Esther Group • Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty, disease,
Fellowship Time: Esther Group and disaster worldwide
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • All troops involved in world conflict
important ministries. • Peacemakers worldwide

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Nurse's Notes

You See, This is A1C
Several in our congregation are diabetic or at least need to monitor their diabetic (or pre-
diabetic) status. To do this the doctor or health care provider will order a test called A1C.
Most who have this test done know what it is for, what it measures, but here is a short review
Nurse’s Notes that will make understanding more clear.
In the past diabetics needed to depend on urine tests or daily finger sticks to measure blood
sugars. These tests were accurate but only for the moment. They did not provide an overall
measurement. Blood sugars can vary quite differently depending on the time of day, activity
levels, and even hormone levels. A blood sugar could be very high at 3 AM but unknown to the individual.
The laboratory name for A1C is glycosylated hemoglobin. There are several components to this test, A1C being only
one part. The test became available in the 1980s and became an important tool in measuring and controlling diabetes. 
A1C tests measure average blood glucose over the past two or three months. Even with a high fasting blood sugar the
overall blood sugars may be normal; or on the other hand, a normal fasting blood sugar may still mean the possibility of
type 2 diabetes. A1C tests do not require fasting. They are used for diagnosis and screening of pre-diabetes.
What exactly does A1C measure? A1C measures the amount of hemoglobin in the blood that has glucose attached to it
(glycosated hemoglobin). Hemoglobin is a protein found inside red blood cells that carry oxygen to the
body. Hemoglobin cells are constantly dying and regenerating but have a life span of three months. Because glucose
attaches (glycates) to hemoglobin the amount of glucose attached to hemoglobin also lasts for three months. If too
much glucose is attached to the hemoglobin cells, A1C will be high; if the amount of glucose is normal, the A1C will be
The effectiveness of the test is based on the life span of the hemoglobin cells. Hemoglobin carries a "record" of how
much glucose is attached to the hemoglobin during the last three months.The A1C test provides an average of blood
sugars over time. 
A non-diabetic will have about 5% of their hemoglobin glycated, so an A1C below 5.7% is normal; 6.5% or above
indicates diabetes; 5.7%-6.4% indicate pre-diabetes. A1C should be tested twice yearly.
Accuracy of the test has been improved by the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program. Manufacturers of
A1C tests now have to prove their tests are consistent with major diabetic studies. Before making a diagnosis of
diabetes the doctor should repeat the tests.
Anemia, kidney failure, liver disease can give false results. Ethnic groups (African, Mediterranean, South East Asian)
also influence the test due to these groups having a less common type of hemoglobin that interferes with some A1C
If an individual's A1C is high and indicates diabetes small changes in life style such as losing weight, exercise can
sometimes move them from diabetes to non-diabetes. High A1C for those with pre-diabetes or diabetes for a long time
will mean the need to start medication (or change whatever is being taken) along with lifestyle changes.
Diabetes can be managed so as to assure a healthy, normal life even within the parameters of the disease. The A1C
test is one strategy toward that goal.
Reflection: It has been said the devil is in the details, but what
about thinking that perhaps God is in the details. Mindfulness, Hospice House Volunteers Needed
paying attention to each day with its possible blessings is a
way to notice those sacred details. Take time to notice inward Those interested in learning more are invited to
and outward beauty: the inward beauty of kindness, the attend an Informational Meeting to be held
outward beauty of God's creation. So often the daily blessings Saturday, September 23, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
of small things are overlooked. Let us stop and notice the Hospice Administration Building, Lower Level
blessing of a report of good or improved health, when that 2800 Douglas Ave., Bellingham
health test is clear of disease, when what was a worry is
resolved, when conflicts are eased. Notice what beauty The 32-hour Patient Care and 4-hour Indirect
surrounds us, notice and be thankful.  "He has made all things Care Training programs will be explained at that
beautiful in its time."  Ecc. 3:11  Amen. time. For more info contact Dianne M. Gillespie,
Jane E. Kletka, RN Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, 360-788-6892,
Faith Community Nurse

4 September 2017
From the Community Stewardship Report

Reminder that the funds in the
“Offerings” column are just
by Bekki Weston that; other “designated funds”
Stewardship Here are our current numbers. monies have been received,
and are included in the
Checkbook Balance at Checkbook Balance.
Offerings Expenses End of Month
July Offerings include “one-
December $27,673.18 time” donations of
January $9,958.92 $14,109.81 $24,155.42 approximately $7,500 and the
$1,000 rent from the Saturday
February $10,726.99 $14,747.92 $21,104.77 Church that is now going into
the General Fund (Offerings),
March $9,538.25 $16,720.63 $14,226.40
instead of the Building Fund
April $12,899.69 $10,257.04 $17,772.55 (Designated Fund). If you
subtract these amounts from
May $10,208.00 $15,888.20 $12,305.27 the Offerings listed above, the
June $11,443.80 $12,800.14 $12,831.35 total Offerings are $11,881
which is comparable to
July $20,381.25 $10,675.13 $24,661.47 previous months.

Thank You for Supporting Family Promise of Whatcom County!

Love of neighbor is They are then transported to a centralized Day Center,
common to most where families have access to showers, laundry facilities
faith traditions, and social services, and children get picked up for school.
and many of us At dinner time, they are transported back to the
are familiar with congregation.
hymns, songs,
The process to implement the Family Promise program
poems, and stories
is progressing well under the auspices of Interfaith
of this virtue. Yet
Coalition. So far, ten congregations (out of the thirteen
not all of us have
needed) have signed on to be host congregations, and
had the opportunity
4 have agreed to support them. An enthusiastic and
to show this love for the poorest among us.
energized core group of volunteers continues to recruit
By agreeing to be a host or support congregation for host and support congregations, work on finding a
Family Promise of Whatcom County, a program of suitable Day Center, communicating the vision of the
Interfaith Coalition, your congregation is expressing program, and raising working capital. The hope is to
the love of God in a tangible, far-reaching way. You will have the program up and running in early 2018.
be meeting the urgent needs of vulnerable homeless
Your help in embodying God’s love of neighbor is a
children and their families in our community for safety,
blessing. Thank you for your commitment to meet the
shelter, and meals.
needs of the growing number of homeless children in
The premise of Family Promise is simple. Congregations our community.
open their facilities for one week quarterly throughout the
Laura Harker
year to 4 or 5 families, offering a place to have dinner,
Executive Director, Interfaith Coalition
spend evening time together, sleep, and have breakfast.

A note from our moderator: We need 1-2 individuals, from within our congregation, who would be willing to serve as
Volunteer Coordinators for Family Promise. Please contact the office for more info.

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1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time Labor Day 1 2 p m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 7pm - [4H] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst, Denny's

1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal @ Choir 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
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1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers]

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9 a m - Continental Breakfast 6 : 3 0 p m - Stewardship Mtg 1 2 p m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline Courier deadline 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst, Denny's

9 : 3 0 a m - Adult Sun. School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class 6 p m - Bell Choir 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal @ Choir
1 1 a m - Worship

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time

2 p m - Community Meal

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9 : 3 0 a m - Adult Sun. School 1 1 : 3 0 a m - Esther Grp Lunch 1 2 p m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - Pub Theology, location 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst, Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class 6 p m - Bell Choir 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 6 : 4 5 p m - [Guide Dogs]

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time 6 : 3 0 p m - New Member Dessert 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal @ Choir
Potluck Room

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9 : 3 0 a m - Adult Sun. School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 2 p m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 5 p m - Checking in Group, 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst, Denny's
location TBD
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 5 : 3 0 p m - Spanish Class 6 p m - Bell Choir 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal @ Choir
1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time

1 p m - Out-to-Lunch Bunch

7 p m - Book Group

September 2017