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Bellingham First Christian Church
Vol. 68, No. 6 An Open and Affirming Congregation June 2018

Friday, June 29 - Saturday, June 30
9a - 3p
Empty your garages and closets,
cupboards and spare rooms.
Now is the time to glean and clean.
Sorting and pricing will begin soon.
Sunday, June 3 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
Contact Kathy Wheeler to assist with the prep
10:20a Gathering Time work and the sale or sign up in the fellowship
10:30a Worship hall for the following shifts:
11:45a Fellowship Time Thursday, June 28, time TBD
Friday, June 29, 7:30a - 11a
2nd Sunday Community Meal, 2p Friday, June 29, 8a-10a
Friday, June 29, 10a - 2p
4th Sunday Out-to-Lunch Bunch, 12:30p Friday, June 29, 11a - 3p
(location TBD)
Saturday, June 30, 7:30a - 11a
5th Sunday Jesus Has Left the Building, 12:30p Saturday, June 30, 8a - 10a
Away Team — YWCA Saturday, June 30, 10a - 2p
Saturday, June 30, 11a - 3p

Meet Sarah Lane
Sarah Lane has been hired as the new Program Director of Family Promise Whatcom
County.  She started on January 2nd and we are very excited to welcome her and wish her
well.    Here is a statement from Sarah:
Everything that has happened in my life seems to have prepared me for this moment in time,
and I am so happy serve as Family Promise Director for the Interfaith Coalition.  I grew up in
Cleveland, Ohio in a family of artists.  There was a certain idealism in that creative mindset. 
Rather than use this idealism in art, I made then next logical choice:  I went to West Point. 
Though art and the military seem to clash, I brought the idealism of childhood into my
service; at 18, I believed that an organization as big as the military could accomplish things
like ending world hunger.  As a young engineer officer, I deployed to Haiti, where I quickly
learned that sweeping efforts at change without deep love, connection and empowerment
rarely succeed.  I also learned how to guide and empower my soldiers and their families
through some of their most challenging times and learned just how critical that family unit is.
Continued on p. 3
Shoe’s News

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Shoe’s News
“A Growing Region”
495 East Bakerview Road
Bellingham, WA 98226 At our most recent Regional Assembly, we took an historic
360.734.6820 vote to change the size and shape of our Region. We voted to combine two Regions (Pacific Northwest and Montana)
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
into one new Region. The vote just starts the process, we
have a lot of work to do in the meantime. We’re hoping to
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented finalize the merger in 2020. It’s personally exciting to me
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we because I was born and raised in the Montana Region and
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God currently reside in the Pacific Northwest Region. I feel like
welcomed us.
we’re combining the best of both worlds into one!
All of Us
Of course this potential action will come with its challenges.
Rev. Gary Shoemaker
You think Sandy has a long way to travel now, just wait! We’ll have to understand that we won’t have the same
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman access to her personal visits as before. Also there will be
Director of Education & Community Outreach the challenge of rethinking our Regional Board, camping
Courier Editor programs, Regional Assemblies, etc. But there will also be
new possibilities. With both current Regions struggling with
Amelia Nye financial challenges, there will be greater opportunities for
creative staffing and a larger financial pool from which to
Katie Ramstead
Childcare Provider
draw for ongoing needs within the Region.
Rev. Sandy Messick
Regional Minister One of the greatest positive aspects is that my Mom and I
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens will be in the same Region for the first time in 30 years! I
General Minister and President mean, we ought to do it for that reason alone, but
Sunday Schedule (Memorial Day - Labor Day) apparently there are other reasons as well.
[Sunday School on Hiatus for Summer Months]
10:20 a.m. Gathering Time This change won’t impact Bellingham First Christian
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:45 a.m. Fellowship Time
Church too deeply, but it will increase the number of
12:30 p.m. Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday) churches with which we covenant in order to carry on our
2 p.m. Someone Cares! Community Meal camp program, our outreach programs and our general
(2nd Sunday) fellowship opportunities. Being in partnership with an even
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday
wider diverse group of churches will be an ongoing source
9 a.m. - noon of learning and possibility.
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office In this day and age, even the Regions are having to be
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule.
creative in how they live out being the church in
Gregg Heyne, Moderator
challenging times. The good news is that this change will
Renee Hoemann, Vice Moderator bring some great people together so that we can be the
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer church in more creative ways.
Melissa Henderson, Secretary
Important Links: Pastor Gary
Regional Website (including monthly
newsletter): For more info on this topic, see article on page 5,
General Church Website: “New region in the works in upper left of U.S.”

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Nurse’s Notes

Osteoporosis: the Bare Bones of It
May was osteoporosis month but as a disease every month is important in terms of
preventing it or helping it not to progress.
Osteoporosis is common, serious and costly – and it can lead to increased risk of bone
Nurse’s Notes fractures, usually in the wrist, hip, and spine. It is often called the “silent disease” because
bone loss occurs without symptoms — until a sudden bump or fall causes a fracture.
About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and 34% million are at risk.
One out of every two women and one in four men aged 50 and older will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their
life time.
24% of hip fractures in patients age 50 and older die in the year following their fracture.
Listed below are risk factors linked to the development of osteoporosis and contribute to an individual’s likelihood of
developing the disease:
• Gender: Women have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis due to less bone tissue and changes that
occur due to menopause.
• Ethnicity: Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk. African American and Hispanic women have lower
but significant risk.
• Age: Older adults have greater risk of osteoporosis because bones become thinner and weaker with age.
• Body Size: Small, thin-boned women are at greater risk.
• Diet: An inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D over a life time makes an individual more prone to bone
loss and contributes to the development of osteoporosis.
• Lifestyle: An inactive lifestyle or extended bed rest tends to weaken the bones.
• Family history: Heredity plays a part in developing the disease.
• Smoking: Women who smoke have lower levels of estrogen compared with nonsmokers and may go through
menopause earlier and may absorb less calcium from
their diets.
• Medications: Long term use of certain medications Meet Sarah Lane, cont’d from page 1
can lead to bone loss and fractures (check with your When I left the military after five years to raise my
health care provider to see if you are taking any of own family, my sense of service was changing. I
these medications). began to explore feelings that service comes from a
• Alcohol: Those who drink heavily are more likely to place other than an idealistic desire to fix things.
suffer bone loss which leads to fractures because of Over many years and through diverse work as a
poor nutrition and the increased risk of falling. mother of four, teacher, writer, deputy coroner,
People with osteoporosis may have several risk factors, while volunteer coordinator for WSU, contracting officer for
others who develop the disease may have no known risk the Navy, and yoga and fitness instructor for the
factors at all. YMCA, I learned that change comes from individuals,
grassroots efforts and communities. I also got to
Osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease. Early know different populations really well. What I found
diagnosis and treatment can reduce or prevent fractures. was that, while we are unique, we are also very
Medicare provides coverage of bone mass measurement for much the same—valuable and deserving of love and
certain eligible beneficiaries. This important benefit can aid in longing for that opportunity to find our success. I
the early detection of osteoporosis before fractures happen, also learned that our circumstances don’t define us
provide a precursor to future fractures, and determine the or change this sameness. They offer each of us,
rate of bone loss. whether we are guest, volunteer or staff, an
Check with your health care provider to see if you are due for opportunity to grow our love, to follow our own,
a bone density scan. Also, discuss if you are at risk for unique faith journey and to bring about lasting
osteoporosis and what treatments are recommended. change in our communities. I believe this is what
the Interfaith Coalition does so well in our
(Source: professional newsletter) community. In doing so, it empowers families to
Meditation: Walk with us Lord as we continue on our life grow out of homelessness and into sustainability in a
path. Hold, strengthen and grant us courage as we continue rich and loving community. I am so honored to be
along our individual way. May we care for our bodies and part of chartering Family Promise in Bellingham as
spirits so as to honor the life we have been given. Amen part of the important work for which Interfaith
Coalition has been well known.
Jane Kletka,RN

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Who’s on First?! Birthdays & Anniversaries Joys and Concerns

Happy Birthday
Paul Van Dyke 1
Orrin Char 3
Virginia Haldeman 5
James Becker 8
Briella Rose Stanbro 10
Sunday, June 3 Connie Page 12
Elder: Kelvin Smith Alexis Pinkston 13
Gregg Heyne 15 Happy Anniversary
In Home Communion: Kathy Wheeler
Nicole Herrera 25 Linda & Allan Botts 15
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker
Helen Blaney 30 Judy & Walter Bayless 19
Reader: Marceille Kobel
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring June birthdays Joys and Concerns
Please submit written requests to update list.
Sunday, June 10
Elder: Leslie Pinkston
Medical concerns:
Deacons: James Becker, Linda Heyne
Reader: Kris Ann Lewis • Rev. Gary Shoemaker
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman • Darleen Page & Family
Children’s Church: Linda Botts • Bea & Ralph Gilfilen
Flowers: TBD • Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law
Fellowship Time: TBD • Helen Blaney
• Kelly Franks
• Marian Crim
Sunday, June 17
• Daisy Shoemaker, Pastor Gary’s mom
Elder: Jane Kletka
• Steve Shoemaker, Pastor Gary’s brother
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Celia Obrecht
• Chloe Gibson
Reader: Melissa Henderson
• Gary Schwebel, Diana Findlay’s son
Children’s Moment: Linda Heyne
• Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s stepdad-in-law & Vivian Lewis,
Children’s Church: Katie Ramstead Kris Ann’s mother-in law & entire Lewis/Spiller family
Flowers: TBD Life’s challenges:
Fellowship Time: TBD
• Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
• Kris Ann Lewis’s family: brother Phil, sister-in-law Cary,
Sunday, June 24 nephew Matt, niece Hannah, Brenchly family
Elder: TBD by Elders Beyond Our Walls:
Deacons: Melissa Henderson, Kris Ann Lewis • For the healing of our nation
Reader: Fran Frazee • Refugees worldwide
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker • Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman • Raices Culturales/Community to Community
Flowers & Fellowship Time: Esther Group families in their gardening program in our field
• Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and
important ministries: President
• Read scripture during Sunday morning worship • Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and
• Bring flowers for Sunday worship • Our General Church ministries
• Provide goodies for fellowship time following • Yakama Christian Mission
Sunday worship • Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty, disease,
and disaster worldwide
Please contact the office for more info.
• All troops involved in world conflict
• Peacemakers worldwide

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Regional News Thank You Notes

Disciples News Service
New region in
the works in
upper left of U.S.
Posted on May 23, 2018
at 6:08 pm.
19 I am about to do a new thing;

now it springs forth,

do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)

Alaska, Washington State, North Idaho, and Montana
soon may be part of one big region. On April 28 and
May 19 respectively, the Montana Regional Assembly
and the Northwest Regional Assembly unanimously
approved its formation. God is doing a new thing in
the upper left-hand corner of the United States!
Sandy Messick, regional minister of the Northwest
Regional Christian Church and Ruth Fletcher, regional
minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in
Montana agree: the new plan will require us to do
effective regional ministry differently. The two regions
hope technology will allow them to change the tools
they use without losing the personal, pastoral touch
they want to offer.
Between now and Dec. 31, 2019, the two regions will
enter into transition phase. They will gather in
Rathdrum, ID on Sept. 7-8 to consider the structure,
staffing, and name of the new region. A resolution
regarding the new configuration will go to the 2019
General Board and General Assembly for a vote. If the
resolution is affirmed, the new region will begin its
ministry in January of 2020.

First Christian Church, Thank You to Our Fred Meyer Shoppers
Thank you for all the years we were able to use your Our supporters
facility. We are now a very small group and are able to
(4 households)
meet in one of our homes. Once again thank you and we
want to give you this donation ($100) in the name of our who shopped
group, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Whatcom County. at Fred Meyer
Judy Weaver
1-1-2018 and
Dear First Christian Church, (Cycle 2018,
We want to thank you for allowing our class to use your Quarter 1)
parking lot on Thursday mornings for our Bible Study have
Fellowship class that meets at Bellingham Covenant contributed to our $19.79 total donation.
Church. Your generosity is very appreciated! God bless
you as you continue to serve Him.
The church will be receiving a Kroger check
Sincerely, in this amount by the end of May 2018.
Diane Majors, class administrator

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Resources for Young Families Other Important Stuff

Resources for Your Family Kids’ Coloring Page
The second Sunday of June leads us to the Garden of Eden, a
favorite story for adults and children alike. It does, however, pose
some difficulties. Here are a few resources to help you walk
through them with grace and, hopefully, fewer giggles as you
contemplate those *GASP* naked bodies!

The first half of the story of the Fall - with the apple - appears on
the first Sunday of Lent in Year A of
the RCL  The second half - with all
the consequences - appears only
here.  Adults may know and be
able to explore the whole story with
only these half readings,
but children need to hear the
whole story each time.  It is short
enough to read from the Bible, but
Desmond Tutu offers a more child
friendly account in The Children of
God Storybook Bible.  Go
to Children of God Audio
Downloads and click on "Leaving Click here for a full size coloring page.
the Garden" to hear Desmond Tutu
reading this story.  (You might want to play the recording in
worship.  It is beautiful!) 
Family Activity
Most Adam and Eve Spiders are our friends. Introduce your
art understandably emphasizes their children to the wonder of spiders and their
nakedness. Unfortunately that leads to webs. If they have not had the privilege, read
giggles. To get past the giggles and them the classic story Charlotte’s Web by E.
talk about how Adam and Eve felt, B. White. [Or watch the movie.]
show this picture after reading the
Spider webs are notoriously easy to find
story. Identify the pair’s feelings
outside. They’re usually in such dark musty
knowing what they had done. They
places as a barn, crawl space, or garage.
felt guilty, scared, ashamed,
Look closely to see if the spider is “home.”
embarrassed. They felt for the first time like hiding from God.
Find a dead bug and try to offer it to the
Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of
Peace, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, is a Observe different kinds of webs. Some are
wonderful retelling of the story of the silky, horizontal creations, while others seem
problems between the first brothers that led like funnels. Have your children sketch the
to murder. It raises the same issues of bad webs found around your yard and look for
choices and the divisions between God and variations each week. If your family is into
people that result from them that the apple photography, take pictures of the webs at
story does. But, the main characters are different times of the day and especially after
brothers and everyone keeps their clothes a rain. (The Book of Family Fun)
on. This makes it a good addition to worship
[Editor’s note: Not a fan of spiders? As we
built around the Fall. (FYI this story does not
consider God’s wondrous creation, remember
appear at all in the RCL. Who knows why!) It takes a full 10
that they are God’s creatures, too. Remember
minutes to read this insight filled book. At the beginning of
that we would be chest deep in bugs without
summer it might be a good sermon followed by comments about
the help of our arachnid friends. And
forgiveness from the New Testament.
remember that our kids do not need to share
our squeamishness and phobias!
Resources found at:

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Social Justice

May 24, 2018
Dear supporters,
Last August you stood with C2C and the H2A workers who were fired when Honesto Silva Ibarra died due to
complications related to diabetes and long hours in extremely hot, smoke-infested fields. His diabetes was exacerbated
by extreme dehydration and low food rations provided while working and living in Sarbanand Farms' company-owned
barrack housing, a prison camp-like setting.
On February 1, 2018 the Dept. of Labor and Industries (L&I) found the farm not negligent in the death of Honesto.
This, in spite of the farm managers denying him his request to get health care for several days until he collapsed.
L&I found that Sarbanand Farms had committed 13 violations last summer related to depriving farm workers of rest
breaks and serving their meals late. L&I had chosen to fine Sarbanand for just one of those missed rest breaks and one
of those late meals.
The next hearing is scheduled for June 19, 2018 – please save the date!
In spite of our protests and outrage, the farm is still operating. Sarbanand Farms plans to bring in as many as 600+
workers on the H2A program (a contracted “guestworker” program, a legal quasi-slave labor program). Until 2016,
there were no H2A farmworkers working in Whatcom County.
We are calling on you to help us fight the expansion in Whatcom County of the H2A program. We must confront issues
of broken labor laws and racism and defend workers' right to organize in order to achieve immigrant justice and food
To protect the farmworker families who live among us and provide our food, and stay up to date with accurate
information, legislation and general awareness of our families’ lives and needs, see how to get involved in the campaign
1. Join us the 4th Thursday of each month at 1:30pm: First Christian Church, 495 E. Bakerview RD, Bellingham, WA
2. Schedule presentations to your groups, organization or church about local farmworker issues
3. Join informational consumer leafleting on the H2A program, sustainable farming, and how to protect local family
farms and farmworkers at local grocery stores, farmers markets, and local events
4. Call Governor Inslee (360-902-4111) and ask the governor to form a special task force to investigate the impact of
the H2A program on farmworker families and our state economy
5. Call the Dept. of Labor and Industries Director Joel Sacks (360-902-5584) and demand that L&I reopen the
investigation in the death last summer of Honesto Silva Ibarra
If you are interested in participating in our campaign to hold Sarbanand and the Department of Labor and Industries
accountable for the death of a farmworker in Whatcom County, e-mail us at or or call Carla Shafer (360) 961-2320
In Solidarity,
Community to Community Development
Note: First Christian Church serves as a local partner with Community to Community, hosting their local family garden
and the monthly interfaith meeting. If you would like to know more, please contact Rev. Tamalyn Kralman.

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First Christian Church, Christian Holidays Jun 2018 (Pacific Time)
June 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
27 28 29 30 31 1 2

Trinity Sunday 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline Corpus Christi 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 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition Staff 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

1 1 a m - Worship

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship time

1 p m - Out-to-Lunch Bunch

6 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]
June 2018 calendar

7 p m - Book Group

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 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 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition Staff 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

6 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - Stewardship Mtg 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 5 : 3 0 p m - Wild Goose Worship Courier deadline 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst, Denny's

1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 6 p m - [Fam Prom Volunteers 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition Staff 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
mtg] Mtg]
1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

2 p m - Community Meal

6 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 1 1 : 3 0 a m - Esther Grp Lunch 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - Pub Theology, Jeckyl & 9 a m - Rummage Sale
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition Staff 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst, Denny's
1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

6 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

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1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 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, Denny's
location TBD
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition Staff 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

1 2 : 3 0 p m - Out-to-Lunch Bunch

5 p m - Board Meeting

6 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

7 p m - Book Group

June 2018

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