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Vol. 68, Christian
No. 11
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Courier Bellingham
The Christian Courier
First Christian The Christian
Church Courier
November 2018

Holiday Bazaar 2018

Come and enjoy the annual Use your Bazaar
Holiday holidayatdollars in life
y First Christian Church saving, world changing ways!
er 10When: November 11, 2018Come early for breakfast in our
9 AM to 3 PM
“cafe,” find hidden treasures in
3 p.m. Where: First Christian Church 495 E.Attic, shop for beautifully
Bakerview Road Bellingham, WA 98226items to put under
handcrafted Commitment
your Sunday
What: Come and enjoy hand made crafts,
Christmas tree and baked goods to
baked goods, a delicious lunch
share, with
gently used and family.
friends Celebration Luncheon
items in Granny’s Attic. WePurchase
will have craftwork
our from local November 4, 2018
al non-profits,
usual bake sale but new this year will
artisans. be
Support local and following worship
“Cookies by the Pound.” Select a varietynon-profits,
international of then stay for
cookies and pay by the pound. There will
homemade beand pieThe
soup Stewardship Ministry invites you
for lunch.
specialty cookies baked and priced by the to a celebration of our ministry here at
baker. First Christian Church. Lunch will be
We will also have Granny’s Attic again where provided.
gently used holiday and other items are for
hurch A special thank you goes to Boy Scout
st) sale.
ew Road
Troop #23, which will be serving our
So come and enjoy. Any donations of time, meal. Rolls
Beverages & Cinnamon
crafts, baked goods , gently used items are
encouraged and welcome. Donations of time, served 9 - 11 a.m.
talent, baked goods, general items for saleserved 11Reminder:
Lunch a.m. - 2 p.m.
You are asked to bring your
will be greatly appreciated. stewardship pledge cards to worship
Any questions check with Kathy Wheeler that morning.
First Christian Church

Shoe’s News
(Disciples of Christ)

495 East Bakerview Road

Bellingham, WA 98226
360.734.6820 Tamalyn and I have attended two regional meetings
Find us on Facebook in the past few months where we’ve been asked to
Follow us on Twitter bring something from home to represent us. At an
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) event in Idaho we were asked to bring a rock. At the
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. Turner Lectures last week we were asked to bring
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all
to the Lord’s Table as God welcomed us. something from nature.
All of Us
Ministers At both of these meetings, the objects that folks
Rev. Gary Shoemaker, Pastor brought from home were placed on the worship
center table. As I was looking at all the items last
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman, Associate Pastor
- Ed. & Community Outreach - week, I was moved by the vision of every person
Courier Editor having a part in the beautiful arrangement of nature.
Amelia Nye, Accompanist
Every time we come together, I want you to know that
Aneesa Ahad, Childcare Provider
your presence makes a difference. We are only
Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister
community when we are working, praying, visiting,
Rev. Terri Horde Owens supporting, engaging one another. You are an
General Minister and President
important part of this community.
Sunday Schedule
9:30a Sunday School
10:50a Gathering Time As we move through our stewardship campaign,
11a Worship
12:15p Fellowship Time
please know that no matter how much you contribute
12:30p Out-to-Lunch Bunch financially, your presence is far more important. I am
(4th Sunday)
2p Someone Cares! Community Meal
always bragging about how much this church does
(2nd Sunday) for the good of the community and world.
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday Perhaps one of these Sundays we ought to have
9 a.m. - noon
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the everyone bring something that represents them to
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office worship. We could create our own worship center
hours or make an appointment that fits your
with a symbol of every single one of us joined
Officers together in a beautiful arrangement.
Gregg Heyne, Moderator
Renee Hoemann, Vice-Moderator
Melissa Henderson, Secretary
In the meantime, know that you are an integral part of
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer what we are and what we do as a congregation.
Important Links: Thank you for being a part of it all!
Regional Website (including monthly
General Church Website: Pastor Gary

2 November 2016
Welcoming New Staff Children’s Church & Financial Info Pub Theology Outing

Announcing a Change in November Children’s Church

In September, our Children’s Church program started
Childcare Staff studying the stories of the Bible, beginning with the
Katie Ramstead, who has served creation story in Genesis. Using the Spark Story Bible,
as our childcare attendant since each session includes crafts, games, and songs to
December 2015, has left to coordinate with the week’s story.
concentrate on her student
teaching and her studies. While we November’s schedule will follow the stories of Abraham
are sad to see her go, we are and Sarah and their family.
delighted to announce the return of • Sunday, November 4 — “Abraham and Sarah’s Visitors,”
Aneesa Ahad, who served as our pp. 34 - 37
childcare attendant in 2013, prior to
her move to Alaska. • Sunday, November 11 — “Rebekah and Isaak,” pp. 38 -
Aneesa has agreed to return on a
temporary basis, as we reevaluate • Sunday, November 16 — “Isaac’s Blessing,” pp. 42 - 45
our childcare needs, here at First • Sunday, November 25 — Jacob Wrestles, pp. 46 - 47

Income Expenses 2018 YTD 2018 YTD YTDTotals include

totals donor
include donor
Income Expenses restricted funds. Please
restricted funds. Please
A Word from Stewardship

contact the Stewardship

January 8,520.51 17,798.45 8,520.51 17,798.45 contact the Stewardship
Ministry for a greater
Ministry for a greater
breakdown of our income
February 10,634.61 14,823.22 19,155.12 32,621.67
breakdown of our
and expenses.
March 10,309.7 8,108.89 29,464.82 40,731.56 income and expenses.
April 10,929.76 16,423.10 40,394.58 57,154.66

May 9,515.7 10,639.14 49,910.28 67,793.8

June 11,424.87 17,083.54 61,335.15 84,877.34

July 5,902.57 12,310.78 67,237.72 97,188.12

August 12,188.60 11,942.84 79,426.32 109,130.96

September 13,985.75 17,756.59 93,412.07 126,887.55

November Pub Theology

Our November 15 Pub Theology will feature a
special outing to the Mount Baker Theatre.
Tickets are $25.00 each and come with a signed
copy of Almost Everything! Tickets are subject to
applicable fees depending on method of
purchase. Seating is general admission. Doors
open at 6:00pm.

Anne Lamott will sign books at the event, but no

personalized autographs, please. Click here for
info and tickets.

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Nurse’s Notes

Gratitude: More than Just Saying “Thank You”

Of course saying “Thank You“ is important – it reflects good manners and a desire to show
consideration toward others.
To be genuine gratitude must come from our deepest selves. It requires us to be aware and
Nurse’s Notes truly be in touch with our lives and the good things that flow our way. An attitude of
gratitude contributes toward healthier communities by making each of us feel respected and
connected when people show appreciation and kindness – and often we want to give back in
return. This interdependence allows for the individual and society as a whole to survive and
In this age of smart phones, texting, and emails, all designed for quick, superficial messaging, we often are too busy
and unaware to actually sit down to think about what we are thankful for and then to communicate that gratefulness to
others – with the sad consequence of loneliness, isolation, depression, all of which can contribute to ill health.
Gratitude serves as a corrective as we stop and deeply consider the good things that flow to us moment by moment,
day by day. So, stop. Consider. Make a gratitude list. Look around. Notice the multitude of blessings: family, friends,
health, shelter, food, the beauty of these crisp Fall days, etc.
Gratitude helps us on many levels:
• We tend to feel happier. In studies subjects wrote down one thing for which they were grateful every day for
a full six months. At the end of the time they reported less depression.
• A boost in energy levels. Subjects in studies reported greater energy with keeping attitude journals. Their
health improved and consequently their energy.
• A gratitude practice has also been associated with improved kidney function, reduced blood pressure and
stress hormones levels and a stronger heart. Slowing down so as to truly be aware, mindful does lead to
better body function.
• When we notice kindness and other gifts our brains become wired to seek out the positive in most
situations; we are better able to adjust and cope with stress in a more effective way.
• Our personal relationships improve if we are more mindful of the good of the other and regularly
acknowledge those good points.
• We become nicer people. When appreciation is expressed, it triggers a biological response in the recipient’s
brain of dopamine, a chemical that gives us a feel good surge. When gratitude is expressed toward another
they feel good in return, which sets up a give and take of appreciation. If we feel good about what we are
doing or saying we will want to continue.
So, for your own good health and well–being stop and count your blessings, count them one at a time, and then
notice how well you feel. Notice how those around you feel as they benefit from your good will and appreciation
of them.
Meditation: With gratitude remember daily the blessings that come our way. With gratitude remember the people,
the creatures, the earth, the sky; in gratitude remember all of God’s blessings. Offer gratitude for safety, for this
earth, for this community, for those who support and love us. Sit in gratitude for the very life you have been
In mindful awareness offer these blessings to others:
“May you be joyful”
“May your happiness increase”.
“May you be well”
“May you live in peace and thanksgiving”
Jane E. Kletka, RN, FCN
Faith Community Nurse

4 November 2016
Ministry Teams Birthdays & Anniversaries Joys & Concerns

Friday Saturday

Sunday, November 4 Happy Birthday Ahline Botts 16

Bethany Hoemann 1 Jack Schmidling 17
Elder: Leslie Pinkston
Bridget Naidu 1 Ann Hall 21
In Home Communion: Kelvin Smith
Linda Botts 2 Bea Gilfilen 28
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker
Pat McGovern 2
Reader: Fran Frazee
Mākena Schmidling 14 Happy Anniversary
Children's Moment: Tamalyn Kralman
Sarah Hulbert 15 Bill & Debbie Ruther 12
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring Nov.
birthdays Joys and Concerns
Please submit written requests to update list.
Sunday, November 11 For a complete list, please see the Sunday bulletin or
Elder: Jane Kletka contact the office.
Deacons: James Becker, Zoe Ila Becker Medical concerns:
Reader: Megan Shoemaker
• Maureen Thompson, Melissa Henderson’s mom/Leslie Pinkston’s
Children's Moment: Linda Heyne sister
Children’s Church: Linda Botts
• Frances Forhan
Flowers: TBD
• Bruce Wheeler
Fellowship Time: TBD
• Virginia Bock, Pastor Tamalyn’s mom
• Darleen Page & Family
Sunday, November 18 • Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law
Elder: Kathy Wheeler • Marian Crim
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Celia Obrecht • Chloe Gibson
Reader: Kris Ann Lewis • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findlay’s son
Children's Moment: Megan Shoemaker • Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s stepdad-in-law & Vivian Lewis, Kris
Children’s Church: Alisha Sanchez Ann’s mother-in law & entire Lewis/Spiller family
Flowers: TBD Life’s challenges:
Fellowship Time: TBD • Ardythe Hannah & granddaughter Stephanie
• Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
Sunday, November 25 • Kris Ann Lewis’s family: brother Phil, sister-in-law Cary,
Elder: Steve Hutchens nephew Matt niece Hannah, Brenchly family
Deacons: Melissa Henderson, Kris Ann Lewis Beyond Our Walls:
Reader: James Becker • For the healing of our nation
Children's Moment: Tamalyn Kralman • Refugees worldwide
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman • Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
Flowers & Fellowship Time: Esther Group • Raices Culturales/Community to Community families
in their gardening program in our field
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
important ministries: • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and 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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First Christian Church, Bellingham, WA, Christian Holidays Nov 2018 (Pacific Time - Los Angeles)
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9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline All Saints' Day All Souls' Day 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition 7pm - [4H] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Staff Mtg]
1 1 a m - Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 3 0 p m - Halloween Party
& Potluck
1 2 : 3 0 p m - Out-to-Lunch
7 p m - Book Group

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9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 1 : 3 0 p m - [Community to 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Community mtg] Denny's
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Staff Mtg]
1 1 a m - Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 3 0 p m - Stewardship

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9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School 6 : 3 0 p m - Stewardship Mtg 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline Courier deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition 6 : 3 0 p m - Pub Theology, 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Staff Mtg] Jeckyl & Hyde's
1 1 a m - Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal

2 p m - Community Meal

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9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School 1 1 : 3 0 a m - Esther Grp 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 1 : 3 0 p m - [Community to 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Lunch Community mtg] Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition 5 p m - Checking in Group, 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Wednesday Thursday

Staff Mtg] location TBD

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

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal

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9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 p m - [Family Promise 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Coordinators' Mtg] Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Staff Mtg]
1 1 a m - Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 3 0 p m - Out-to-Lunch
7 p m - Book Group

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