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Vol. 69, No. 3


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Bellingham First Christian Church
An Open and Affirming Congregation March 2019

FCC Hosts Family Promise


March 10 - 16
Sign up in the fellowship hall to be a dinner
host, an evening host, or an overnight host.

Cabin Fever College


Thursday, March 14
• 5:30p Soup Supper
• 6-7p Class Session A

Interfaith Coalition Hope Auction • Mandala Ball Creation


Instructor: Barbara Davis
Saturday, March 24
• Intro to Meditation
Support homeless families while having a Instructor: Jane Kletka
wonderful evening out with friends and
neighbors. The benefit begins at 5:30p at Four • The Last Week, part I
Points by Sheraton. Tickets are available at Instructor: Kevin Clark, DMin
interfaithcoalition.org. (using the Borg & Crossan book
of same title)
• 7-8p Class Session B
Justice Sunday • Creative Baking
Do Justice Instructor: Kathy Wheeler
March 31
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Shoe’s News

First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ) Shoe’s News
“Community”
495 East Bakerview Road
Bellingham, WA 98226 As I’ve said a few times in my recent sermons, one of the
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office@bellinghamdisciples.org
reasons I love being a part of the church is the fact that I’m
www.bellinghamdisciples.org accepted for who I am. Even growing up I felt that the
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter church was the one place where I didn’t have to struggle to
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) fit in. So many times in life we get messages that we don’t
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented quite measure up. We’re not athletic enough, attractive
world. As part of the one body of Christ, we
welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God
enough, young enough, old enough, talented enough to be
welcomed us. a part of “the group.” But in the church, if we’re truly
All of Us modeling the Spirit of Christ, there is an authentic welcome
Ministers to all.
Rev. Gary Shoemaker
Pastor This doesn’t automatically happen in every church. It has
gary@bellinghamdisciples.org
to be learned. We’ve been learning together what it means
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman
Associate Pastor
to be a church of radical welcome. I’ve seen you model this
-Education & Community Outreach- behavior countless times and I believe that it has now
Courier Editor become part of our DNA at the church.
tamalyn@bellinghamdisciples.org
Amelia Nye Of course, there are times when it’s a challenge to be such
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a welcoming community. If we’re truly welcoming and
Aneesa Ahad
Childcare Provider create a place for all, we’ll welcome in folks who don’t
Rev. Sandy Messick follow our usual norms of behavior. There have been times
Regional Minister when I sense that it’s been a challenge for us to adapt to
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens individuals who are “unique” in what they say and do in
General Minister and President worship or in groups. But let me say that I have been really
Sunday Schedule (Labor Day - Memorial Day) proud of your willingness to continue creating a place for
9:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School all.
10:50 a.m. Gathering Time
11 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Time Thank you for being a place of radical acceptance and
1 p.m. Out-to-Lunch Bunch (4th Sunday) continuing to be a church that has expanded to create a
2 p.m. Someone Cares! Community Meal
(2nd Sunday)
welcome home for all. We all need to know that we’re
loved and accepted fully and the church may be one of the
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday last places where that truly happens.
9 a.m. - noon
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the Thank you,
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office
hours or make an appointment that fits your schedule.
Pastor Gary
Officers
Gregg Heyne, Moderator
Leslie Pinkston, Vice Moderator Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ,
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer
Betty Schmidling, Secretary for he is going to say: I was a stranger and you
Important Links:
Regional Website (including monthly welcomed me (Mt. 25:35).
newsletter): disciplesnw.org
General Church Website: disciples.org ~ Rule of St Benedict 53:1-2

2 March 2018
Who’s on First?! Birthdays & Anniversaries Joys and Concerns

Sunday, March 3
Elder: Leslie Pinkston
Elder of the Month: Jane Kletka
Deacons: James Becker, Bentley Becker
Happy Birthday
Reader: Marceille Kobel
Bridget Becker 1
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker
Aaron Pinkston 3 Happy Anniversary
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne
Judy Bayless 6 Paul & Frances Van Dyke 13
Flowers: TBD
Doug Farrar 6 Mark & Renee Hoemann 21
Fellowship Time: TBD, w/ b-day cake
Jim Franks 15
honoring March birthdays
Kade O’Halloran 17
Sunday, March 10 Opal Hanna 28
Elder: Kathy Wheeler
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Zoe Ila Becker
Reader: Fran Frazee
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman Joys and Concerns
Children’s Church: Linda Botts Please submit written requests to update list.
Flowers: TBD Medical concerns:
Fellowship Time: TBD • Jimmie Talley’s mom
Sunday, March 17 • Maureen Thompson, Melissa Henderson’s mom/Leslie Pinkston’s
Elder: Bob Fisher sister
Deacons: Kris Ann Lewis, Celia Obrecht • Virginia Bock, Pastor Tamalyn’s mom
Reader: Gregg Heyne • Darleen Page & Family
Children’s Moment: Linda Heyne • Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman • Marian Crim
Flowers: TBD • Chloe Gibson
Fellowship Time: Book Group • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findlay’s son
• Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s stepdad-in-law & Vivian Lewis, Kris
Sunday, March 24 Ann’s mother-in law & entire Lewis/Spiller family
Elder: Linda Heyne Life’s challenges:
Deacons: Linda Botts, Melissa Henderson • Ardythe Hannah & granddaughter Stephanie
Reader: James Becker • Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
Children’s Moment: Megan Shoemaker • Kris Ann Lewis: loss of father-in-law, brother Phil, sister-
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman in-law Cary, nephew Matt niece Hannah, Brenchly family
Flowers & Fellowship Time: Esther Group Beyond Our Walls:
• For the healing of our nation
Sunday, March 31 • Refugees worldwide
Elder: Brenda Riseland • Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
Deacons: James Becker, Bentley Becker • Raices Culturales/Community to Community families
Reader: Melissa Henderson in their gardening program in our field
Children’s Moment: Tamalyn Kralman • Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and President
Flowers: TBD • Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and
Fellowship Time: Justice Sunday Potluck President
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • Our General Church ministries
important ministries: • Yakama Christian Mission
• Read scripture during Sunday morning worship • Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty, disease,
• Bring flowers for Sunday worship and disaster worldwide
• Provide goodies for fellowship time following • All troops involved in world conflict
Sunday worship • Peacemakers worldwide

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First Christian Church, Bellingham, WA, Christian Holidays Mar 2019 (Pacific Time - Los Angeles)

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March 2019
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
24 25 26 27 28 1 2

9 : 1 5 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 St. David's Day 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Community mtg] Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 5:30pm - Nurture Meeting 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition 5 p m - Checking in Group, 3 p m - Spong Study Group 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Staff Mtg] location TBD
1 1 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 3 p m - [4-H Presentations] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Anonymous]
1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal

1 2 : 3 0 p m - Out-to-Lunch 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal


Bunch
5 p m - Board Meeting

7 p m - Book Group
March 2018 calendar

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

9 : 1 5 a m - Sunday School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Ash Wednesday 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents 3 p m - Spong Study Group 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Anonymous] Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 7pm - [4H] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal

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

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Family Promise hosts

9 : 1 5 a m - Sunday School 6 : 3 0 p m - Stewardship Mtg 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 1 : 3 0 p m - [Community to Courier deadline 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
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 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents 3 p m - Spong Study Group 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Staff Mtg] Anonymous]
1 1 a m - Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios]

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

2 p m - Community Meal

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

St. Patrick's Day 1 1 : 3 0 a m - Esther Grp 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents 3 p m - Spong Study Group 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Lunch Anonymous] Denny's
9 : 1 5 a m - Sunday School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal 6 : 3 0 p m - Pub Theology, 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Jeckyl & Hyde's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal

1 1 a m - Worship

1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

9 : 1 5 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 3 p m - Spong Study Group 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Community mtg] Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition 5 p m - Checking in Group, 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Staff Mtg] location TBD
1 1 a m - Worship 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal 6 p m - [Family Promise
Coordinators' Mtg]
1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents
Anonymous]
1 2 : 3 0 p m - Out-to-Lunch
Bunch
7 p m - Book Group

31 1 2 3 4 5 6

9 : 1 5 a m - Sunday School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents 3 p m - Spong Study Group 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Anonymous] Denny's
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal 7pm - [4H] 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 a m - Worship 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal

112:15p - Fellowship
2 : 1 5 p m Justice Time
Sunday

March 2018