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Vol. 68, No. 12
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Courier Bellingham First Christian Church
An Open and Affirming Congregation December 2018

Preparing the Way
Wednesday, November 28
10a Hanging of the Greens —
Come decorate the sanctuary
and narthex and prepare for
the joys of the Advent and
Christmas seasons.

First Sunday of Advent
Hope
December 2
9:30a Adult Sunday School
10:50a Gathering Time
11a Worship — Featuring
Children’s Pageant
12:15p Potluck Lunch &
Christmas Cookie Exchange
(for more info, see article on Celebrate the First Sunday of Advent
page 3)
with
Second Sunday of Advent
Peace Cookies and Kids
December 9
11a Worship
9:30a Adult Sunday School Featuring: The Children’s Christmas Pageant
10:50a Gathering Time
12:15p Potluck Lunch & Christmas Cookie Exchange
11a Worship Bring a main dish and salad to share
12:15p Fellowship Time & Christmas cookies to trade
2p Community Meal &
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Joy December 23
6:30p Candlelight Worship
December 16 9:30a Adult Sunday School
Service
9:30a Adult Sunday School 10:50a Gathering Time
10:50a Gathering Time 11a Worship, featuring the
11a Worship Chancel Choir Christmas
12:15p Fellowship Time Cantata: “Heaven’s Child”
12:15p Fellowship Time
Shoe’s News

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Shoe’s News
“A Report from the Middle East”
495 East Bakerview Road
Bellingham, WA 98226 On Tuesday, Bruce Radtke and I went to hear our Global
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Ministries partner who’s been serving in Israel/Palestine.
www.bellinghamdisciples.org Loren McGrail presented an extremely informative and
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Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented Even though I try to keep up with current events, the
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God
situation in the Middle East doesn’t get a lot of attention.
welcomed us. And the attention it does get is normally from the
All of Us
perspective of Israel.
Ministers
Rev. Gary Shoemaker Loren shared mainly about the plight of the Palestinians.
Pastor Especially those who were living in that land before the
gary@bellinghamdisciples.org current occupation. It was amazing for me to see how the
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman territory set aside for Palestinians has been getting
Associate Pastor
-Education & Community Outreach-
progressively smaller and smaller. This comes with the
Courier Editor building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, their
tamalyn@bellinghamdisciples.org land is being stolen one village at a time.
Amelia Nye
Accompanist This might seem like just one more difficulty in the world
Aneesa Ahad and why should we care about it? However, the
Childcare Provider government of Israel could not do what it’s doing without
Rev. Sandy Messick the backing of the United States. We are complicit in the
Regional Minister
destruction of schools, homes, and entire villages of
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
General Minister and President Palestinian Christians.
Sunday Schedule (Labor Day - Memorial Day)
10:50 a.m. Gathering Time
We tend to get compassion fatigue when we have so much
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School happening around the world and in our own community.
11 a.m. Worship But I would encourage you to pay attention to what is
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Time happening to our sisters and brothers in the Middle East.
1 p.m. Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday)
2 p.m. Someone Cares! Community Meal And lest you think I’m against Judaism in any way, some of
(2nd Sunday) the most powerful charges being made come from Jewish
Office Hours groups who are attempting to reverse the occupation and
Tuesday - Friday work for peace.
9 a.m. - noon
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office If you want to know more, the Global Ministries has posted
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule. a statement on current U.S. policy in the Middle East. It
Officers can be found at https://www.globalministries.org/
Gregg Heyne, Moderator ecumenical_statement_on_current_u_s_policy_and_israel
Renee Hoemann, Vice Moderator
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer
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Melissa Henderson, Secretary
Important Links:
I hope you’ll check it out.
Regional Website (including monthly Pastor Gary
newsletter): disciplesnw.org

2 December 2018
Who’s on First?! Birthdays & Anniversaries Announcements!

Happy Birthday
Cyndy Koehn 1
Walter Bayless 2
Alisha Sanchez 7
Terry Udo 9
Devon Martin 12
Sandy Grant 13
Betty Erickson 21
Sunday, December 2 Joe Plancich 28
Elder: Brenda Riseland Blair Whitney 30
In Home Communion: Kathy Wheeler
Deacons: Kathy Wheeler, Bentley Becker
Reader: Megan Shoemaker Happy Anniversary
Gary Shoemaker & Tamalyn Kralman 27
Children’s Moment: Children’s Pageant
Don & Melody Hoffman 30
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne
James & Bridget Becker 31
Flowers: Poinsettias
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring December
birthdays

Sunday, December 9
Elder: Kelvin Smith
Deacons: James Becker, Zoe Ila Becker
Reader: Kris Ann Lewis
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne
Flowers: Poinsettias
Fellowship Time: TBD

Sunday, December 16
Elder: Kathy Wheeler
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Celia Obrecht
Reader: Darleen Page
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
Flowers: Poinsettias
Fellowship Time: TBD
Welcome to the world
Sunday, December 23 Abigail Maxine Henderson
Elder: Leslie Pinkston Born: Monday, November 12, 2018
Deacons: Melissa Henderson, Kris Ann Lewis 6 lbs, 15oz at 35 weeks
Reader: Gregg Heyne
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
Flowers: Poinsettias We wish you a
Fellowship Time: Esther Group Merry
Sunday, December 30 Christmas!
Elder: Jane Kletka
Deacons: Melissa Henderson, Kris Ann Lewis Your church staff,
Reader: Fran Frazee
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman Pastor Gary,
Children’s Church: TBD
Flowers: TBD Pastor Tamalyn,
Fellowship Time: TBD & Amelia

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Cookies, Kids, & Families Joys & Concerns

Celebrating Advent with Cookies Joys and Concerns
and Kids
 Please submit written requests to update
The people and animals of the Nativity return list.
to our sanctuary on Sunday, December 2 Medical concerns:
during worship. Our children will reenact the • Maureen Thompson, Melissa
Nativity Story to remind us of how Jesus Henderson’s mom/Leslie Pinkston’s sister
entered the world in a most humble way.
 • Bruce Wheeler
We continue the festivities after worship with a • Virginia Bock, Pastor Tamalyn’s mom
potluck meal and cake to celebrate our • Darleen Page & Family
December birthdays. • Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law
• Marian Crim
Since December is a time to celebrate families • Chloe Gibson
and visiting, we will help you out with our • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findlay’s son
Second Annual Cookie Exchange. Bring about 2 • Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s stepdad-in-law & Vivian
dozen cookies to church where you can trade Lewis, Kris Ann’s mother-in law & entire Lewis/
in yours for another Spiller family
families’ special
Life’s celebrations:
cookies. Please send
• Baby Abigail Henderson & family, Mama Melissa,
your recipes to Daddy Paul, & big sister Maggie
Tamalyn by Sunday,
November 25 so she Life’s challenges:
can publish a book of • Frances Forhan’s family, as they grieve the
our favorite family loss of beloved mom and grandmother, Frances
cookie recipes. • Kim Naidu & family, on the death of beloved
husband and father Robert
• Ardythe Hannah & granddaughter Stephanie
• Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
• Kris Ann Lewis’s family: brother Phil, sister-in-law
Cary, nephew Matt niece Hannah, Brenchly family

Beyond Our Walls:
• For the healing of our nation
• Refugees worldwide
• Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s
Family Corner love
• Raices Culturales/Community to Community
During the season of Advent, our children will families in their gardening program in our field
be reading the stories of Mary and Joseph, the • Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
• Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and
magi, and the shepherds, and, of course, the President
birth of the baby Jesus. They will be selecting • Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister
their favorite costumes, rehearsing for the and President
pageant, discussing just who they think visited • Our General Church ministries
that baby in the stable, and, of course, what • Yakama Christian Mission
gifts they would take to baby Jesus. In your • Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty,
homes, take this opportunity to share these disease, and disaster worldwide
stories. Make them real. Make them fun. And • All troops involved in world conflict
rejoice! Because that baby is coming! • Peacemakers worldwide
Peace to you all this holy season. Please submit written requests to update this list.
Pastor Tamalyn (aka Grandma!)

4 December 2018
October 93,412.07 126,887.55
Stewardship Info Community Outreach

A Word from Our Stewardship Ministry

General Donor General Donor
2018 YTD 2018 YTD
Income restricted Expenses Restricted
Income Expenses
income Expenses

January 8,520.51 17,798.45 8,520.51 17,798.45

February 10,634.61 14,823.22 19,155.12 32,621.67

March 10,309.7 8,108.89 29,464.82 40,731.56

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 12,218.15 1,767.60 15,427.99 2,328.60 93,412.07 126,887.55

October 8,764.32 358.00 13,108.74 2,200.68 102534.39 142,196.97

Please note: the donor restricted income and expenses were included in general income and
expenses totals January - August. Therefore, the YTD totals include donor restricted funds. Please
contact the Stewardship Ministry for a greater breakdown of our income and expenses.

A Thank You Received from Interfaith Coalition
With Deep Appreciation:
Thanks to your generosity, there were plenty of coats and warm items
to warm the bodies and hearts of our guests at the Interfaith Coalition
coat distributions around Whatcom County this past month. It would be
impossible to fully describe the grateful thank yous, and the look on
faces of our guests at the distributions, as more than 3,000 items were
shared with families who came for help to make it through the
upcoming winter.  This is an effort that is made possible by so many of
you choosing to help.  Our deepest gratitude to your congregation reps,
the volunteers who collected and dropped off coats, or helped at the
events, and all who donated.  May you be blessed in knowing that there
are many families who will be warmer because of you.
Thank you!

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