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Vol. 69,Christian
No. 6
The Christian Courier
First Christian The Christian Courier
Church June 2019

Pentecost Sunday
June 9

Come for our Gathering Time at

10:20a and we’ll sing some
rousing songs guaranteed to welcome the Spirit into our
midst. The joy will continue on into worship at 10:30.
Be sure to wear red. Or dress up like a flame. Or dress
up like the Holy Spirit — if you can come up with
appropriate attire for THAT, we’ll come up with a prize
for you!

Pastor Debbie is coming!

Pastor Debbie is coming!
Graduate Recognition
Most of us know the Rev. Debbie Little
from her years here as Associate
This year’s graduates include
Pastor. After leaving Bellingham, she
Brett Kralman-Shoemaker,
served Bremerton First Christian
Bellarmine University, BSN.
Church for 13 years, retiring on
Do you have other 2019 high Sunday, August 30, 2015.
school or college graduates in your household who We are delighted to welcome Rev. Little
need to be honored? Please contact the office to share back into our pulpit, as our guest
your good news and add your grad to our list. preacher, Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle

Tuesday June 18

Our congregation will be hosting this

community-wide monthly prayer vigil. If you
would like to help plan and/or lead the service,
please contact the church office, or
Shoe’s News
First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)

“Politics in Church”
495 East Bakerview Road
Bellingham, WA 98226 I’ve been thinking a lot about politics in church. I know that
360.734.6820 it’s rarely a good idea to actually talk politics in worship. But I wonder if we need to clarify just what we mean when
Find us on Facebook we say politics. For instance, I read a prayer request from
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someone (they didn’t sign it) who had sent it up to be
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) included in the time of prayer. The message was pretty
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. specific and pointed in its disapproval of our current
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all president. I felt (even though I did give a bit of personal
to the Lord’s Table as God welcomed us.
disclaimer in the prayer) that I needed to read it out loud,
All of Us as I do all of the prayer requests. Perhaps that was wrong.
I don’t have much time to editorialize the prayer requests
Rev. Gary Shoemaker, Pastor
since I get them just before we begin our time of prayer.
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman, Associate Pastor
- Ed. & Community Outreach - It was a political statement about a particular politician.
Courier Editor Whether or not I happen to agree with the person who submitted it (I’ll leave that speculation up to you), it
Amelia Nye, Accompanist probably did cross the line into inappropriate political
TBD, Childcare Provider statements. I don’t blame the person who wrote it; they are
Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister
fully entitled to their opinion and perspective. But I doubt
that I’ll include another such prayer in worship.
Rev. Terri Horde Owens
General Minister and President
On the other hand, when it comes to issues such as gun
Sunday Schedule
Sunday School on summer hiatus
violence, immigration, LGBTQ+ issues of inclusion and
10:20a Gathering Time understanding, families being separated by policy,
10:30a Worship environmental issues being ignored, the poor, the
11:45a Fellowship Time homeless, health care for all, military budgeting, war or
12:30p Out-to-Lunch Bunch
(4th Sunday)
rumors of war, etc., I believe that the church needs to have
2p Someone Cares! Community Meal a voice. I also believe that we need to apply the gospel to
(2nd Sunday) current events and issues. I try to be honest in my
Office Hours application of the teachings of Jesus and the way of Jesus
Tuesday - Friday and the Spirit of Jesus to what’s happening in our world.
9 a.m. - noon However, I’m only human and I’m sure I’ve messed up
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office
from time to time.
hours or make an appointment that fits your
schedule. I will try to stay away from partisan politics, but I refuse to
Officers stay away from challenging the direction of culture and
Gregg Heyne, Moderator nation when it goes against the way of Jesus. It’s
Leslie Pinkston, Vice-Moderator
Betty Schmidling, Secretary
impossible to follow Jesus and not get involved in
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer conversations about the challenging issues of our day. If
you call that politics, well then I guess I have talked politics
Important Links:
Regional Website (including monthly and will continue to talk politics in church.
General Church Website: Pastor Gary

2 Note: Worship Summer Hours begin Sunday, May 2 June 2019

Nurse’s Notes Ice Cream Fundraiser

A Few Facts about Fruits The inclusion of fruits in the daily diet help protect from
minor ailments like wrinkling of skin, hair loss, and
With the advent of Spring most memory loss. Fruits help avert some major diseases
of us are looking forward to
Monday associated with
Tuesday Wednesday aging, such as Friday
Thursday macular degeneration
Saturday of
fresh fruits and vegetables the eyes, diseases related to memory, some cancers, and
Nurse’s Notes grown locally in Whatcom bone loss.
County --- fresh, not boxed in
storage facilities for months! Research studies suggest that any serving of fresh fruits is
recommended, usually 2-3 per day.
Generally, most fruits contain vitamins A , C, B1, B2, B6,
and E. They are a good source of natural sugar, protein, Choose organic over inorganic produce for maximum
fiber, water, energy (calories). Most fruits contain less nutritional benefit. Choose fruits that feature freshness,
than one gram of fat per 100 grams. bright in color and flavor and feel heavy in the hand.
Look carefully for blemishes, spots, molds and signs of
Fruits are wonderful “eye candy” with their beautiful insecticide spray. Buy whole fruits instead of a section of
colors and shapes. Fruits are nature’s wonderful gift to them. Always wash fruit soon after shopping. Rinse them
humankind, indeed, they are life-enhancing, packed with in salt water for a few minutes and wash in cold running
vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and many micronutrients. water until satisfaction of complete cleanliness is reached.
They help the human body to be fit, rejuvenate and be Fruits have a short shelf life so they need to be eaten
free of disease. while fresh and also to benefit from their health
Fruits are low in calories and fat and are a source of simple properties, which declines with time. Store in plastic
sugars, fibers, and vitamins, which are important for good storage bags and keep refrigerated. For top enjoyment
health. Fruits provide an adequate amount of soluble eat with no additions to benefit from their true flavor and
dietary fiber, which helps to ward off cholesterol and fats their nutrition benefits.
from the body and to help in preventing constipation. Fruits So, enjoy the coming of Spring and all the wonderful fresh
have many antioxidants that help the human body protect produce that is a gift of the season.
from oxidant stress, diseases, cancers and assists the body
in developing the capacity to fight against these ailments Meditation: Consider the fruits of the spirit as listed in
by boosting the immunity level. “Blue-fruits” include blue- Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience kindness,
black grapes, mulberries, acai berry, chokeberry, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. As with actual fruits
blueberries, blackberries. Consumption of fruits rich in blue that keep our bodies healthy, these spiritual fruits keep us
pigments offer many health benefits. The compounds in healthy in our minds, hearts and spirit. Be still and sit in
these pigments have potent antioxidant properties that gratitude for these wonderful gifts provided by God. So
help remove free radicals from the body, and thus provide may it be.
protection against cancers, aging, and infections. A Jane E. Kletka, RN FCN
majority of these pigments in the fruits tend to concentrate Faith Community Nurse
just underneath the skin.

A Truly Fun Fundraiser

We love our coffee, our music, and our ice cream! Thank you to The Toppers, who provided us with a wonderful evening
of entertaining and inspiring music. Thanks you to Kathy Wheeler, Ann Hall, and Jayne Witman, who decorated the
fellowship hall so delightfully. And thank you to all of you who supported this event. We raised $1,703. And, the Toppers
donated an additional $100. (Note: the photographers apologize for the blurry pictures. These are action shots!)

3 Note: Worship Summer Hours begin Sunday, May 2 June 2019

Who’s on First? Birthdays & Anniversaries Outreach & Fellowship

Briella Rose Stanbro 10

Connie Page 12
Alexis Pinkston 13
Happy Birthday
Gregg Heyne 15
Paul Van Dyke 1
Orrin Char 3
Happy Anniversary
Virginia Haldeman 5
Linda & Allan Botts 15
Sunday, June 2 Kris Ann Lewis 6
Judy & Walter Bayless 19
Elder: Jane Kletka James Becker 8
Elder of the Month: Brenda Riseland
Deacons: James Becker, Bentley Becker
Reader: Fran Frazee Be the Hands of God (nurture the world)
Children's Moment: Tamalyn Kralman • Annual Bazaar • Community Meal
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne • Alternative Christmas • Family Promise Hosts
Flowers: Judy & Walter Bayless Faire • Family Promise Day
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring June • Blessing Bags Center (Disciples House)
birthdays • CAST • Food Bank collections
Sunday, June 9 • Clean Water Projects • Joseph’s Closet
Elder: Bob Fisher • Comfort Quilt Ministry • Justice Sunday
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Zoe Ila Becker • Community Gardens • Socks on the Street
Reader: Darleen Page For more info on how to assist in any of these projects,
Children's Moment: Linda Heyne please contact us at
Children’s Church: Linda Botts
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time:TBD Be a Part of A Small Group (nurture your soul)
Sunday, June 16 • Women's Spiritual Growth Groups - Please contact the
church office if you would like to be a part of a group.
Elder: Linda Heyne
Deacons: Kris Ann Lewis, Celia Obrecht • Sunday School, 9:15a (fall - spring) - exploring the
Reader: James Becker scriptures & theology, this group works at expanding minds
Children's Moment: Megan Shoemaker and hearts. Come ready to learn, laugh, & grow.
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman • Out-to-Lunch Bunch, 1p, 4th Sundays - An informal
Flowers: TBD gathering that visits locally owned restaurants.
Fellowship Time: TBD • Book Group, 7p, 4th Sundays - This group explores books
to expand their minds and hearts.
Sunday, June 23
• Esther Group, 11:30a, 3rd Mondays - A women's group that
Elder: Kathy Wheeler
meets for lunch in local restaurants. (No host.)
Deacons: Linda Botts, Melissa Henderson
Reader: Kris Ann Lewis • Bible Study, 11a, Tuesdays - Meeting in the church library,
Children's Moment: Tamalyn Kralman this group explores the lectionary scriptures.
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman • Bell Choir, 6p, Wednesdays (fall - spring) - Beginners to
Flowers & Fellowship Time: Esther Group well-experienced, music readers or not, all have fun and make
beautiful music to enhance our worship
Sunday, June 30 • Chancel Choir, 7p, Wednesdays (fall - spring) - Opera
Elder: Leslie Pinkston ready or no experience whatsoever, all are welcome. Come
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Zoe Ila Becker ready to sing for God. And for worship!
Reader: Melissa Henderson
• Pub Theology, 6p, 3rd Thursdays - Beer, conversation, and
Children's Moment: Linda Heyne
God! (Or any beverage of your choice.) Jeckyl & Hyde Deli &
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
Ale House 709 Orchard Pl #1.
Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: Justice Sunday Potluck • Checking in Group, 5p, 4th Thursdays - A supportive
group of people who share life's journey together.
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these • Men's Breakfast, 7:30a, Saturdays at Denny's - 

important ministries. All men are invited to join this weekly breakfast group for fun
and fellowship. (No host.)

4 Note: Worship Summer Hours begin Sunday, May 2 June 2019

Financial Report - Family Promise Thank You - Joys & Concerns - General Assembly

April Financial Report

We are four months into 2019 and our income is keeping up with the expenses. In fact we are in the black by $177.
Listed below is a report comparing the income with the expenses in the General Fund. (Fund we pay day to day bills)
Sunday Balance: January
Monday 1, 2019 Tuesday Wednesday
$0 Thursday Friday Saturday
Income: Jan. 1/19-April 30/19 $53,592.17
Expenses: Jan. 1/19-April 30/19 $53,414.92
Balance April 30/19 $ 177.25
Additional Accounts Balances:
Checking Account Balance $34,398.35 (include. $13.887.56 transfer.)
Designated Savings $32,890.62
Misc. $ 3,544.71
We also have two accounts that are Designated Investments
Thirteen Month CD (Transferred from Church Extension) $27,775.12
Fund for Living Ministry (Restricted Funds)
(Deposited with Christian Church Foundation) $99,005.85
While we have several different accounts which make the Financial Report look very good, we must realize that much
of the money is designated fund and cannot be spent for paying bills. But we also have good news in the fact that the
General Fund Income (Tithes and Offerings) is up from last year. This might seem a little much to take in all at one. If
you have questions contact a member of the Finance Committee: Max and Cheryl Perry, Suzy Merrick, or Dick Talley.

A Thank You Received Joys and Concerns

Dear Team of Hosts and Supporters, Please submit written requests to update this list.
I am writing to offer our deep thanks
for all you did last week to support our Medical concerns: • Ardythe Hannah &
Family Promise families. Your • Kevin Clark granddaughter Stephanie
volunteers helped make it a good • Jimmie Talley’s mom • Katie, Bob Fisher’s daughter
week for our families. I continue to • Maureen Thompson • Kris Ann Lewis’s family: brother
be amazed when volunteers, like • Darleen Page & Family Phil, sister-in-law Cary, nephew
yours, don't just spend time with our • Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law Matt niece Hannah, Brenchly family
families but they make the • Chloe Gibson Beyond Our Walls:
experience rich and memorable. • Gary Schwebel, Diana Findlay’s son • For the healing of our nation
Through your grace, our families • Pat Spiller, Kris Ann’s stepdad-in- • Refugees worldwide
have had a good week. Both the law & Vivian Lewis, Kris Ann’s • Iglesia de Dios, as together
Interfaith and Family Promise mother-in law & entire Lewis/Spiller we share God’s love
communities thank you. family • Raices Culturales/Community
Paula Tarleton Life’s challenges: to Community families in their
Family Promise Leadership Team • Jimmie & Dick Talley gardening program in our field

July 20 - 24, 2019

Des Moines, Iowa
• Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and
• Rev. Nancy Gowler, First Christian Church,
Puyallup, WA
• Rev. Ruben del Pilar, Community Worship
Center, Gardena, CA
• Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale and Rev. Mark Briley
• Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
For more info, visit

5 Note: Worship Summer Hours begin Sunday, May 2 June 2019

First Christian Church, Bellingham, WA, Christian Holidays
June 2019 Jun 2019 (Pacific Time - Los Angeles)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Family Promise hosts

9 : 1 5 a m - Sunday School 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline Ascension Day 3 p m - Spong Study Group 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Denny's Sunday
1 0 : 5 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 6 p m - Bell Choir Rehearsal 6 p m - [Family Promise 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
Coordinators' Mtg]
1 1 a m - Worship 7 p m - Choir Rehearsal 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents
1 2 : 1 5 p m - Fellowship Time

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

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,

Anonymous] Denny's
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 7pm - [4H] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship Time

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Pentecost Whit Monday 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 1 : 3 0 p m - [Community to 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] Courier deadline
Community mtg]

1 0 : 2 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 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Staff Mtg] Anonymous] Denny's
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship Time

2 p m - Community Meal

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Trinity Sunday 1 1 : 3 0 a m - Esther Grp 1 1 a m - Bible Study Bulletin deadline 6 p m - Pub Theology, Jeckyl 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Lunch & Hyde's @ Jeckyl & Denny's
1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 4 5 p m - [Boy Scouts] 5 : 3 0 p m - Prayer Vigil for 6
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WA 98225, USA
1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship Time

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Wednesday Thursday

Corpus Christi 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
1 0 : 2 0 a m - Gathering Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 9 a m - [Interfaith Coalition 5 p m - Checking in Group, 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]
staff mtg] location TBD
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 p m - [Family Promise
Coordinators' Mtg]
1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship Time 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents
7 p m - Book Group

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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 6 : 3 0 p m - [Co-Dependents 6 : 3 0 p m - [Iglesia de Dios] 7 : 3 0 a m - Men's Brkfst,
Anonymous] Denny's
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Worship 6 : 3 0 p m - [Toppers] 7pm - [4H] 9 a m - [Iglesia de Dios]

1 1 : 4 5 a m - Fellowship Time

2 p m - Marian Crim's

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