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Vol. 68, No. 8
Courier Bellingham First Christian Church
An Open and Affirming Congregation August 2018

Becoming One: Designing a New Region
and our Life Together
Sept. 7 - 8, 2018
Twinlow Camp & Retreat Center
Rathdrum, Idaho
Regional Leadership from both
regions are urged to attend.
All members from both regions are invited and
encouraged to attend!
We will begin with dinner on Friday evening,
September 7 and conclude Saturday afternoon at
3pm. We will be gathering in fellowship with Will You Mind the Office?
members of both the Northwest and Montana We are in need of volunteers to greet
regions to worship together, build and strengthen visitors, answer phones, and collect the mail,
relationships and begin defining the structure, when staff is away. The responsibilities are
staffing, and naming of our new shared region. minimal and the hours are brief, but this is a
Costs Per Person vital part of keeping our church functioning
Two nights, six meals:  $126 during the summer months.
Thursday: Dinner
 Please contact Tamalyn if you are available
Friday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 to mind the office 9a - noon on any of the
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch following days:
One night, four meals: $ 73 Tuesday, August 28 - Friday, August 31
Friday: Lunch, Dinner

Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch Tuesday, September 4 - Friday, September 7
One night, three meals: $63 Thank you for your assistance and your
Friday: Dinner
 patience in this matter.
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch

“There is no better exercise for the
To help those traveling long distances, you
may add on an additional night of lodging and heart than reaching down and lifting
dinner on Saturday for $12, checking out on people up.”
Sunday morning (breakfast not included). ~Author unknown
Kral’s Scrawls

Kral’s Scrawls
First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)

“Walking in Shoe’s Shoes”

495 East Bakerview Road How do we walk with grace in times of absolute grief? How do we
Bellingham, WA 98226 cling to faith when suffering and disease rob our loved ones of
360.734.6820 strength, of sound mind, or of life itself? How do we go on when
we are overcome by the enormity of the tasks ahead, even in the
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Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) These are questions many of us have asked and answered, as we
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented have walked through the difficulties of life. As we have faced
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we illness, tragedy, death, we have been forced to make choices for
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God our lives: learn, grow, and live or give up and remain in despair.
welcomed us.
These are also the questions others have sought to answer for us.
All of Us
Friends, colleagues, theologians, people greeting us after the
memorial service of a loved one often seem to have answers.
Rev. Gary Shoemaker
Pastor In recent days, I have lost count of the number of people who have said to me, “God does not give us more than we can handle.”
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman Into my head has popped an image of some divine being handing
Director of Education & Community Outreach out troubles, one after another. “There you go. And, here’s another.
Courier Editor And another. Oh, wait. I think you can carry more burdens. Let’s
see if you can balance this on the tippy top of your pile.” As if it’s
Amelia Nye all some cosmic game.
I suppose we get the idea from the Book of Job, wherein God
Katie Ramstead
Childcare Provider accepts Satan’s strange dare, allowing Satan to deprive Job of all
Rev. Sandy Messick
he loves, all in an effort to test Job’s faith and integrity. We forget,
Regional Minister however, that while this tale serves a purpose (and that’s a topic
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens for another day), it does not give us a full representation of the
General Minister and President loving, compassionate ways of our God, who walks with us in times
of difficulty, breathing Spirit into our being, enabling us to take on
Sunday Schedule (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
10:20a Gathering Time
the seemingly impossible tasks of living, breathing, being in each
10:30a Worship new tomorrow.
11:45a Fellowship Time In recent days, I have stood at my husband’s side and watched as
1p Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday)
he has handled each new challenge with grace and faith. I have
2p Someone Cares! Community Meal
(2nd Sunday) watched as he has reached out in love, kindness, and compassion
Office Hours to those around him who suffered, as well. And I have watched as
Tuesday - Friday he stepped into each new day with fortitude and his characteristic
9 a.m. - noon humor, working to continue sharing the love of God, as well as his
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the own love, with all those around him.
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule. May you remember whose you are and in whose image you are
Officers made, each time you think you may falter. May you always trust
Gregg Heyne, Moderator that God is not playing a cosmic game of “Gotcha” with your life.
Renee Hoemann, Vice Moderator May you remember whose hands enfold you with strength and
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer love. And, should you ever wonder just how to do all that needs to
Melissa Henderson, Secretary be done, know that you have a pretty darned good pastor leading
Important Links: you onward. He’s been where you are and he knows the way.
Regional Website (including monthly Peace,
General Church Website:

2 August 2018
Nurse’s Notes from Your Faith Community Nurse For the Kids

Epilepsy Talking to Your Kids about Death
This is an important article that all Death is not always our favorite topic. We don’t
in the congregation need to be want to plan for it, think about it, deal with it. And,
aware. We have some in our faith when it comes to talking to our children about
Nurse’s Notes community that have epilepsy and
are prone to seizures from time to
death, many of us might opt for that birds and bees
talk, instead.
time. The likelihood of you
Yet, death comes. Children learn this. They see dead
witnessing a seizure is quite
bugs and roadkill and they lose pets and they lose
possible. You need to know what to do. Find that
loved ones. So, the conversations are essential for
information below.
their well-being.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which brain
Here are some tips from Psychology Today on
activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of
helping you navigate your way.
unusual behavior.
Seizures have a series of events:
• Tell the truth about what happened right away.
• The person may become unresponsive and may • Be prepared for a variety of emotional responses.
• Make sure to use the words dead or died.
• Muscles clench and become rigid (this is the tonic
phase and may last a few seconds). • Share information in doses.
• A series of jerking comes next (this is the clonic phase • Be comfortable saying, "I don’t know."
and may last seconds or minutes). • Cry. Cry together. Cry often. It’s healthy and
• When the jerking stops the person may regain healing.
consciousness and may be confused /disoriented. • Allow your child to participate in rituals.
What to do if you witness a seizure: • Let your child grieve in his or her own way.
• Keep the person safe from sharp objects or anything • Prepare your child for what they will see in the
that could harm. funeral home or service.
• Keep other people out of the way. • Prepare your child for the future without your
• Do not try to hold the person down or stop the loved one.
movement. • Prepare to talk about thoughts and feelings often.
• Place the person on their side to keep airway clear. • Remember to take care of yourself.
• Time the seizure. If the seizure lasts more than five Don’ts
minutes call 911. If breathing or consciousness has • Don’t hide your grief from your child.
not returned call 911. If another seizure follows the
• Don't be afraid to share memories of your loved
first call 911.
• Do not put anything in the mouth (they won’t swallow
• Don't avoid connecting with your child because
their tongue, you could to damage to the teeth, plus
you feel helpless or uncomfortable, or don't know
they could bite your fingers).
what to say.
• Often the person will go into what is called a postictal
• Don't change the subject when your child comes
phase which means they will be confused or sleepy for
into the room.
an hour or so.
• Don’t change your daily routine.
• Once the person is awake and out of danger they need
a time of rest. • Don't think that death puts a ban on laughter.

Hopefully, knowing this information will be useful for your • Don’t put a time limit on your child’s bereavement
education and also enhance the safety and wellbeing of – or your own.
those in our congregation who have this diagnosis. ~Do’s and Don’ts list adapted from “The Do's and
Gracious God: Bless and hold us in grace, helping us to Don'ts of Talking with a Child about Death,
minister to our own health needs and to the health and Parenting tips to help grieving children;” to read the
safety of others. May we be experience the wholeness that article in its entirety, visit https://
comes from recognition that we are enfolded in sacred care.
Amen. depression/201612/the-dos-and-donts-talking-child-
Jane Kletka, RN, FCN

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

Sunday, August 5 August Birthdays August Anniversaries
Elder: Kathy Wheeler Kim Naidu 4 Margaret & Lee Brown 8
In Home Communion: Leslie Pinkston Steve Hutchens 5 Megan & Zach Shoemaker 10
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker Cheryl Perry 9 Laura & Orrin Char 17
Reader: Fran Frazee Marian Overcash 16
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker Diana Linayao 18
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne Emmett Shoemaker 24
Flowers: TBD Rowan Shoemaker 24
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring August David Fairchild 25
birthdays Jennifer Char 31
Sunday, August 12
Elder: Leslie Pinkston
Deacons: James Becker, Linda Heyne
Be the Hands of God (nurture the world)
Reader: Megan Shoemaker
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman • Annual Bazaar • Facility for Family
Children’s Church: Linda Botts • Alternative Christmas Promise Day Center
Flowers: TBD Faire • Family Promise Hosts
Fellowship Time: TBD • Blessing Bags • Food Bank collections
• CAST • Joseph’s Closet
Sunday, August 19 • Clean Water Projects • Jesus Has Left the
Elder: Linda Heyne • Comfort Quilt Ministry Building/Justice
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Celia Obrecht • Community Gardens Sunday
Reader: James Becker • Community Meal • Socks on the Street
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
Fellowship Time: TBD

Sunday, August 26 Be a Part of A Small Group (nurture your soul)
• Women's Spiritual Growth Groups - Please contact
Elder: Brenda Riseland
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: Gregg Heyne
informal gathering that visits locally owned restaurants.
Children’s Moment: Katie Ramstead
• Book Group, 7 p.m., 4th Sundays - This group
Children’s Church: Katie Ramstead
explores books to expand their minds and hearts.
Flowers: Esther Group
• Esther Group, 11:30 a.m., 3rd Mondays - A women's
Fellowship Time: Esther Group
group that meets for lunch in local restaurants. (No host.)
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • Bible Study, 11a, Tuesdays - Meeting in the church
important ministries: library, this group explores the lectionary scriptures.
• Pub Theology, 6:30 p.m., 3rd Thursdays - Beer,
• Read scripture during Sunday morning worship conversation, and God! (Or any beverage of your choice.)
• Bring flowers for worship or treats for fellowship Jeckyl & Hyde Deli & Ale House 709 Orchard Pl #1.
• Checking in Group, 5 p.m., 4th Thursdays - A
• Provide goodies for fellowship time following supportive group of people who share life's journey together.
Sunday worship • Men's Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Saturdays at Denny's - 

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

4 August 2018
Congratulations go to Joys and Concerns
Andrew Hoemann! Please submit written requests to update list.
For a complete list, please see the Sunday bulletin or
Andrew graduated with honors contact the office.
with a BA in Business from Rollins
College, Winter Park, Florida, on May 13. Medical concerns:
He is currently looking for someplace where he • Bruce Wheeler
• Rev. Gary Shoemaker
can put his brand new degree to work! • Steve Shoemaker, Pastor Gary’s
Cards may be sent to Andrew at 170 S. 46th St., brother
Bellingham, WA, 98229. • Virginia Bock, Pastor Tamalyn’s mom
• Darleen Page & Family
• Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law
• Marian Crim
A Thank You Received from • Chloe Gibson
Africa • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findlay’s son
• Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s stepdad-in-law & Vivian
Kris Ann Lewis, who has been Lewis, Kris Ann’s mother-in law & entire Lewis/
visiting her mom, writes to say, “21 Spiller family
Calculators have been donated to Life’s challenges:
BLISS high school in Meru, Kenya. • Bea Gilfilen
• Arlene Peightal & family
Thank you to those who helped make it happen!" • Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
Thank you, Kris Ann, for delivering the school • Kris Ann Lewis’s family: brother Phil, sister-in-
law Cary, nephew Matt, niece Hannah, Brenchly
supplies, for your work with the kids, and for
providing a $100 scholarship. We love that you
help us understand just how small our world Please submit written requests to update this list.
really is and that we are all in this together. And Contact the office for a complete copy of the
we look forward to seeing your pictures. ongoing prayer list.

Family Promise Bed Race
to Help Homeless Children
September 30
2 - 4 p.m.
Civic Field Parking Lot

Enter a team, become a Family Promise Sponsor,
or volunteer at the event.
Sign up:

Announcing: Nominations for the 16th Annual Peace Builders Awards
The Whatcom Dispute and Resolution Center is looking for individuals or groups that have contributed to peaceful
conflict resolution, promoted reconciliation, built an understanding between divergent groups, and have contributed
overall to increased peace and collaboration. The nominees must also live in Whatcom County. The Nominations are
due by August 10th. 
Recipients will be celebrated at the 16th Annual Peace Builder Awards on November 16th, 2018, presented by
Peoples Bank. The event’s theme is people putting the pieces together for creative conflict resolution in our
neighborhoods, our schools and our community. In addition to the awards, the event features music, dinner, a silent
auction, and grand prize raffle. Proceeds of the Gala benefit the WDRC’s mission to provide and promote constructive
and collaborative approaches to conflict. [Info:]

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Pastors away 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,
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Jeckyl & Hyde's Denny's
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1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship time Courier deadline

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Community mtg] Denny's
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5 p m - Board Meeting

6 p m - [Iglesia Apostolica]

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