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Vol. 68, No. 4
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Courier
Bellingham First Christian Church
An Open and Affirming Congregation April 2018

WildGoose
Wild Goose Worship
Worship
Presents
Presents
“Finding Jesus in the 21st Century”
“Finding Jesus in the 21st Century”
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
6-7p Potluck Supper
Tuesday, 7-8pApril
Worship3, 2018
6-7p Potluck Supper
What to Bring
• 7-8p
A happy, willing, and adventurous Worship
spirit. We never know where Spirit will lead!
• A main dish and salad or dessert to share.
• Whatever instrument you play or would like to play — participants will accompany
What to Bring
the singing for our worship. We’ll try traditional worship songs, contemporary, folk,
bluegrass, & gospel. If it sounds fun and will touch our spirits, we'll give it a go!
• A happy, willing, and adventurous spirit. We
never know where Spirit will lead!
What is Wild Goose?
How to Find Us
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together, make music together, and
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build community.
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Shoe’s News

First Christian Church Reflections on the Journey
(Disciples of Christ)
Sandy Messick, Regional Minister
I read an article recently by Susan Nienaber from the
Congregational Consulting Group titled “A Recipe for Vitality.”
495 East Bakerview Road http://www.congregationalconsulting.org/a-recipe-for-vitality/
Bellingham, WA 98226
360.734.6820 In it she talked about the Graham United Methodist Church in rural
office@bellinghamdisciples.org Minnesota. She writes, “GPS won’t exactly get you there, but when
www.bellinghamdisciples.org you arrive you won’t want to leave, for this is a vital congregation.”
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Graham UMC has a ¼ time minister in a rural community. This is
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) not exactly your typical recipe for success and yet this church is
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented thriving, particularly in its ministry to and with children and young
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we families. How are they doing this? The author identified a few key
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God
concepts:
welcomed us.
All of Us • They have a heart for children. When they finished the year
Ministers with a financial surplus, they dedicated the money to
Rev. Gary Shoemaker sending children to camp and funding the youth group.
Pastor • They empower younger/newer members to lead and longer
gary@bellinghamdisciples.org
time members serve as mentors and encouragers rather
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman
than gatekeepers
Director of Education & Community Outreach
Courier Editor • There is openness to change.
tamalyn@bellinghamdisciples.org
• The church is strongly lay-led. This seems obvious
Amelia Nye considering a ¼ time pastor, and yet many congregations
Accompanist
when moving to part-time ministerial leadership struggle to
Katie Ramstead
re-evaluate the expectations of what the pastor will be
Childcare Provider
responsible for and what will be led and directed by the lay
Rev. Sandy Messick
Regional Minister
people.
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens • The church is reaching out beyond itself. It is planning its
General Minister and President first adult mission trip to allow all people opportunities to
Sunday Schedule (Labor Day - Memorial Day) learn and serve
10:50 a.m. Gathering Time • Hospitality is a genuine value and strength and is lived out
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
both within and beyond the congregation
11 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Time • The church deals well with conflict. This is key. Many
1 p.m. Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday) churches can imagine and even try new ways of being but
2 p.m. Someone Cares! Community Meal
back off when conflict inevitably arises. A congregation that
(2nd Sunday)
Office Hours can deal well with, even embrace conflict is one that can
Tuesday - Friday move through the stormy times into the fruitful ministry
9 a.m. - noon that waits beyond.
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office
This article reminded me of a church I served in rural Pennsylvania
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule. when John was just a baby. It was a Sunday only church meaning I
pretty much only pastored on Sundays and special occasions. Yet
Officers
Gregg Heyne, Moderator the church had a thriving ministry, particularly to children. And if
Renee Hoemann, Vice Moderator for some reason I wasn’t able to make it on a particular Sunday or
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer to a particular meeting, I knew that ministry would continue. The
Melissa Henderson, Secretary church indeed was not the pastor, or even pastor dependent. How
Important Links: does that song go? We are the church together.
Regional Website (including monthly
Walking this journey with you,
newsletter): disciplesnw.org
General Church Website: disciples.org Sandy

2 April 2018
News Around the Church

New Officers, Elders, & Deacons Joys and Concerns
We have filled a number of positions since the Please submit written requests to update list.
Congregational meeting. Thank you to the
following people who have volunteered to fill the Medical concerns:
following roles: • Bea & Ralph Gilfilen
Church Officers • Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law
Gregg Heyne, Church Moderator • Helen Blaney
Melissa Henderson, Board Secretary • Kelly Franks
• Marian Crim
Elders
• Daisy Shoemaker, Pastor Gary’s mom
Jane Kletka, Chair
• Steve Shoemaker, Pastor Gary’s brother
Linda Heyne
• Chloe Gibson
Steve Hutchens
• Gary Schwebel, Diana Findlay’s son
Deacons • Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s stepdad-in-law
Melissa Henderson Life’s challenges:
• Jon-Paul, Sue Ann Cross’s family
Promise Village Update • Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
The Opportunity Council is continuing to move • Kris Ann Lewis’s family: brother Phil, sister-in-law Cary,
forward with their plans to develop rental housing nephew Matt, niece Hannah, Brenchly family
for low-income families on property donated by Beyond Our Walls:
FCC. You may recall that FCC entered into a • For the healing of our nation
Conveyance Option Agreement for donation of • Refugees worldwide
1.6 acres for the project in March, 2017. The • Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
Opportunity Council was recently informed that • Raices Culturales/Community to Community
the City of Bellingham will provide some of the families in their gardening program in our field
needed funding for the project. • Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
Opportunity Council representatives met with • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and
members of the Board, the Pastor and the President
Director of Education and Community Outreach in • Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and
October, 2017. At that time, it was discussed that President
developing a larger project was more financially • Our General Church ministries
feasible. The project was originally slated to be • Yakama Christian Mission
located on 1.6 acres. The Opportunity Council’s • Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty, disease,
amended proposal would require 2.9 acres. This and disaster worldwide
was an informational meeting and no decisions • All troops involved in world conflict
were made at that time. • Peacemakers worldwide

The Board discussed this issue at its February
meeting. It was decided that the Executive
Committee and Trustees would gather
information on the current market value of our
property. This will allow the Board to enter into
negotiations with the Opportunity Council
regarding the additional land. Negotiations could
include leasing the additional land to the
Opportunity Council, selling the land to them,
etc. Opportunity Council representatives have
indicated they are willing to meet with us to
discuss our ideas and the needs of the
congregation.
Please stay tuned for more information regarding
this project. If you have questions, concerns or Laura Char invites you to walk with her at the upcoming
ideas, please feel free to contact the Pastor, MS Walk, Saturday, April 7. Click here or contact the
Director of Education and Community Outreach, office, 360/734.6820 or office@bellinghamdisciples.org,
any member of the Board or a Trustee. for more info.

April 2018 3
Who’s on First?! Birthdays & Anniversaries God at Work in Us

Sunday, April 1
Elder: Brenda Riseland
In Home Communion: Linda Heyne
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker Happy Birthday Jordan Devin 23
Reader: Darleen Page Pat Whitney 1 Maija Haggith 25
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker Sarah Wheeler 2 Elise King 28
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne Mary Ann Teeters 2
Flowers: TBD Connor Hoemann 4 Happy Anniversary
Fellowship Time: TBD Frances VanDyke 9 Kelly & Tom Gilson 10
Abigail Hulbert 14
Sunday, April 8 Allison Ronney 17
Elder: Linda Heyne
Deacons: James Becker, Linda Heyne
Reader: Kris Ann Lewis Be the Hands of God (nurture the world)
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman
Children’s Church: Linda Botts • Annual Bazaar Center
Flowers: TBD • Alternative Market • Family Promise Hosts
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring April birthdays • Blessing Bags • Food Bank collections
• CAST • Joseph’s Closet
Sunday, April 15 • Comfort Quilt Ministry • Clean Water Projects
• Community Gardens • Jesus Has Left the
Elder: Steve Hutchens
• Community Meal Building
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Celia Obrecht
• Disciples House/ • Socks on the Street
Reader: Melissa Henderson
Family Promise Day
Children’s Moment: Linda Heyne
Children’s Church: Katie Ramstead For more info on how to assist in any of these projects,
Flowers: TBD please contact us at office@bellinghamdisciples.org.
Fellowship Time: TBD

Sunday, April 22 Be a Part of A Small Group (nurture your soul)
• Women's Spiritual Growth Groups - Please contact
Elder: Leslie Pinkston
the church office if you would like to be a part of a group.
Deacons: Melissa Henderson, Kris Ann Lewis
• Out-to-Lunch Bunch, 12:30 p.m., 4th Sundays - An
Reader: Fran Frazee
informal gathering that visits locally owned restaurants.
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker
• Book Group, 7 p.m., 4th Sundays - This group
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
explores books to expand their minds and hearts.
Flowers & Fellowship Time: Esther Group
• Esther Group, 11:30 a.m., 3rd Mondays - A women's
group that meets for lunch in local restaurants. (No host.)
Sunday, April 29 • Bible Study, Noon, Tuesdays - Meeting in the church
Elder: Jane Kletka library, this group explores the lectionary scriptures.
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker • Pub Theology, 6:30 p.m., 3rd Thursdays - Beer,
Reader: James Becker conversation, and God! (Or any beverage of your choice.)
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman Jeckyl & Hyde Deli & Ale House 709 Orchard Pl #1.
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne • Checking in Group, 5 p.m., 4th Thursdays -supportive
Flowers & Fellowship Time: TBD group of people who share life's journey together.
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • Men's Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Saturdays at Denny's - 

important ministries. Please contact the office for All men are invited to join this weekly breakfast group for
more info. fun and fellowship. (No host.)


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The Church as a Village Family Resources

The Empty Tomb — A Family Activity Kids’ Coloring Page
Scripture Reference: Mark 16:1–8

The Dividing Line
Kids explore the difference between happy and sad as they learn
that Easter is a happy day!

Supplies:
• Masking tape

Set Up:
Tape a long line of masking tape down the center of your
gathering space room. Use additional pieces of masking tape to
create a smiling face on one side of the line and a frown face on
the other.

Instructions:
In the Bible story today, the women visiting the tomb
were confused when they found it empty. An angel
stopped them and told them that Jesus was alive. What
joy! The women went from very sad to very, very happy!
Let's play a game that's all about the words "happy" and
"sad." Click here for a full size coloring page.

Have kids line up on the center line. As you read each situation,
invite kids to move to the side of the tape that expresses how Tips from Tam
they feel.
• You fall and hurt your knee Bunnies and eggs or Jesus and an empty
tomb? Do we need to choose fun or faith? Or
• Your parent comes and kisses your knee to make it feel better can we have our cake and eat it, too?
• The weather isn't nice, so you have to play inside
Here at FCC, choose fun AND faith. So, bring
• You play hide-and-seek with your friends on the Bunny and the egg hunt. But, then let’s
• You cry dig in and find the real meaning of Easter.
Because God’s love is too big to be ignored.
• You feel scared about "monsters" under the bed
• You go "monster hunting" and find that there are no monsters To help your kids understand a bit more about
under your bed Holy Week - from Palm Sunday to Easter
morning and then on to the ascension, check
• Your friend makes a funny joke out this video from the folks who created The
• Jesus died Beginner’s Bible: “The Story of Easter.” (It
• Jesus rose again. He is alive! does have commercials, but they’re brief.)
For your littlest ones, The Beginner’s Bible is
Happy, sad, happy, sad. . .. Easter is a happy day! always a good choice.
Featuring longer stories, The Spark Bible, is
If you have less time. . . better for older children. The people at Spark-
Only read a few situations. Be sure to include the Easter-themed house Press also offer individual story books,
ones! such as The Story of Easter.

If you have more time. . .. However you choose to celebrate this holy
Invite kids to take turns making up their own happy and sad season, do make it significant in your home
situations. and for your kids. They’re learning from you!
May God’s Spirit of Wisdom be with you,
Adapted from sundayschool.sparkhouseonline.org Tamalyn

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First Christian Church, Christian Holidays Apr 2018 (Pacific Time)
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Easter Sunday Easter Monday 1 1 a 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
9 : 3 0 a m - Adult Sun. School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 6 p m - Wild Goose Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir 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 Room
1 1 a m - Worship

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time
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9 : 3 0 a m - Adult Sun. School 6 : 3 0 p m - Stewardship Mtg 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 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] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 6 p m - Bell Choir 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 a m - Worship 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal @
Choir Room
1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time

2 p m - Community Meal

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

1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Guide Dogs]

1 1 a m - Worship 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal @
Choir Room
1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time

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9 : 3 0 a m - Adult Sun. School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a 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,
location TBD Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 5 p m - Board Meeting 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 a m - Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal @
Choir Room
1 p m - Out-to-Lunch Bunch

7 p m - Book Group

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9 : 3 0 a m - Adult Sun. School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a 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 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 p m - Wild Goose Worship 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 Room
1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time

April 2018