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trauma, and civil unrest, we believe it is
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• Prevent a physical confrontation
Sundays important to prepare ourselves to help diffuse
situations which may arise in our faith

• 9:15a Older Youth - Adult Sunday School De-Escalation Training


communities, businesses, and other public
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Time: 10am - 11:30am


spaces, decreasing risk of harm for our
• 10:50a Gathering Time Location: FCC Sanctuary
guests/clients, ourselves, and others.
Where: First Christian Church (Disciples)

495 East Bakerview Road

• 11a Worship What: De-escalation is what is used during
a potentially dangerous or threatening
Bellingham, WA 98226

• 12:15p. Fellowship Time situation, in an attempt to prevent a


person from causing harm to
For more information, contact 360.734.6820
or office@bellinghamdisciples.org

Tuesdays Justice
• 11a Bible Study Sunday
3rd Wednesdays (note change of night) Sunday,
• 6p Pub Theology Sept. 29
Thursdays (note change of night) brings our
• 6p Bell Choir Rehearsal next Justice
• 7p Chancel Choir Rehearsal Sunday.
Please
bring a
main dish
and salad or dessert, as we begin with a
potluck lunch immediately following worship.
We will then write letters for justice, do some
clean-up around our church facility (inside
Family Promise Hosts and out), and send our Away Team out to do
First Christian will be hosting families the chores for church folks who need a little
week of Sept. 15 - 21. A “real” sign up sheet extra assistance. Please contact the office if
is available in the fellowship hall or you may you know of anyone who would like to be on
click here to sign up online. the “Please Help Me Out List.”
Shoe’s News

First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ) Shoe’s News
“Back in the Saddle”

495 East Bakerview Road


Bellingham, WA 98226
As most of you know, I’ve been away for several weeks this summer.
360.734.6820 Part of that time was spent remodeling bathrooms at home and
office@bellinghamdisciples.org making a group of twenty-foot trees into twelve-foot trees in our
www.bellinghamdisciples.org backyard. (I hauled away over 5,000 pounds of branches.) But part of
Find us on Facebook that time was spent in what I call “renewal mode.” I have had the
Follow us on Twitter chance to relax, reflect, enjoy, breathe and renew.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) It was good.


A movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. Now, I feel ready to take up the mantle and launch into fall’s agenda.
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all
to the Lord’s Table as God welcomed us. I want to thank my supply preachers. Tamalyn and Jordan both did
incredible jobs filling the pulpit. I listened to and watched Jordan’s
All of Us
Ministers
two sermons from the last two Sundays, and I was moved. Thank
you both for doing a fine job and making it even more difficult to
Rev. Gary Shoemaker, Pastor
reach the high bar you both have set!
gary@bellinghamdisciples.org
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman, Associate Pastor We all need to have “renewal mode” now and then. And even
- Ed. & Community Outreach - churches need to have times of renewal. I feel that the work of the
Courier Editor Visioning Task Force will give us some new directions and a general
tamalyn@bellinghamdisciples.org sense of renewal as we forge our way into the future. We need to be
Amelia Nye, Accompanist open to the new winds of the Spirit that are blowing through the life
of our church. We’ll need to do some re-inventing of how we see
Kimberly Tadlock, Childcare Provider ourselves and how we do things. But that’s good. Without change
Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister there is only stagnation and decay.
Rev. Terri Horde Owens We are all picking up the mantles of our regular group activities that
General Minister and President have been laid aside for the summer. May we find them to be both a
welcome return to the familiar and an invitation to a new day.
Sunday Schedule
9:15a Older Youth-Adult Sunday School Pastor Gary
10:50a Gathering Time
11a Worship
12:15 Fellowship Time
1p Out-to-Lunch Bunch
(4th Sunday)
2p Someone Cares! Community Meal
(2nd Sunday)
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday Our recent trip to the Food
9 a.m. - noon Bank weighed in at 54
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the pounds worth of donations.
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office Added to January’s 223
hours or make an appointment that fits your lbs, that brings us to to a total of 277 for 2019. Keep up the good
schedule. work! The hungry people of Whatcom County need us.
Officers
Gregg Heyne, Moderator
Leslie Pinkston, Vice-Moderator
Betty Schmidling, Secretary “Life starts all over again when it gets
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer
crisp in the fall.”
Important Links:
Regional Website (including monthly – F. Scott Fitzgerald
newsletter): disciplesnw.org
General Church Website: disciples.org

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Sunday Ministry Teams Birthdays & Anniversaries Financial Summary

Sunday, September 1
Deacons: Kris Ann Lewis, Celia Obrecht
Elder: Jane Kletka
Reader: Gregg Heyne
Elder of the Month: Kathy Wheeler
Children's Moment: Tamalyn Kralman
Deacons: James Becker, Bentley Becker
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
Reader: Kris Ann Lewis
Flowers: TBD
Children's Moment: Linda Heyne
Fellowship Time: TBD
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne
Flowers: TBD Sunday, September 22
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring September Elder: Bob Fisher
birthdays Deacons: Linda Botts, Melissa Henderson
Reader: Fran Frazee
Sunday, September 8
Children's Moment: Linda Heyne
Elder: Leslie Pinkston
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Zoe Ila Becker
Flowers & Fellowship Time: Esther Group
Reader: James Becker
Children's Moment: Megan Shoemaker Sunday, September 29
Children’s Church: Linda Botts Elder: Linda Heyne
Flowers: TBD Deacons: Kris Ann Lewis, Celia Obrecht
Fellowship Time:TBD Reader: Melissa Henderson
Children's Moment: Megan Shoemaker
Sunday, September 15
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
Elder: Brenda Riseland
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these important ministries.

Care for Your Soul


• Sunday School, 9:15 Sunday
• Out-to-Lunch Bunch, 1p, 4th
Happy Birthday Happy Anniversary • Book Group, 7p, 4th Sundays
Ardythe Hannah 2 Gaylen & Terry Udo 22 • Esther Group, 11:30a, 3rd Mondays
Derek Stanbro 7 Joe & Lynn Plancich 24 • Bible Study, 11a, Tuesdays
Janet Franks 13
• Pub Theology, 6p, 3rd Wednesday
Dick Talley 25
• Checking in Group, 5p, 4th Wed.
Marguerite Henderson 25
• Bell Choir, 6p, Thursdays
Lee Brown 28
• Chancel Choir, 7p, Thursdays
• Men's Breakfast, 7:30a, Sat., Denny's

Finan¢ial Update Care for God’s World


• Annual Bazaar
• Alternative Christmas Faire
General Fund • Blessing Bags
Balance 1/19/19 $0 • CAST
Income 1/1/ - 6/30/19 $73,161.58 • Clean Water Projects
Expenses 1/1 - 6/30/19 $76,260.17 • Comfort Quilt Ministry
Balance 6/30/19 -3,098.59 • Community Gardens
• Community Meal
Cash Assets • Family Promise Hosts
CD $27,775.12 • Family Promise Day Center
• Food Bank collections
Checking (general) 7/15/19 $20,150.63
• Joseph’s Closet
Checking (restricted) 7/15/19 $17481.16
• Justice Sunday
$65,406.91 • Socks on the Street

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Nurse’s Notes Joys & Concerns

Meditation: Waking to Wholeness


Nurse’s Notes
from Your Faith “ ….. I am fearfully and wonderfully made….” Psalm 139:14
Community 
 We humans are indeed “wonderfully made,” but how often do we actually
Nurse stop and mindfully recognize that fact? Probably not often — and as we age
with attendant age related changes, often around pain, we may not think we
are made so wonderfully!

However, our bodies are usually able to keep us healthy for many years. It is
designed through various processes to maintain balance and health. This
balance is called homeostasis.

Mindfulness meditation is a process of engaging in deliberate, focused time of mental and physical stillness. A time
when we stop and sit in mindful silence, a time when nothing is required other than to be still and actually do nothing.
This “nothing” is actually not “nothing,” it is everything – it is a journey into our deeper selves, a visitation into what is
beneath the surface of our often chaotic, noisy lives. (See Psalm 46:10)

One area where meditation can take us is into the wondrous wholeness or interconnectedness of our physical bodies
along with our emotional and spiritual selves.

For a few moments, perhaps after you read this article, allow yourself to sit comfortably and with intention notice how
all life and living are interconnected. How everything from the solar system to your very body is part of a huge system
of one thing dependent on another. The house you live in, the furniture you sit on , the food you eat, the air you
breathe are all part of a complex system of interconnections. Think of all life as a huge circle with each item on that
circle dependent on the one behind and the one before – an ever evolving circle, continuous, never ending, eternal.
Nothing occurs in isolation.

Allow yourself “to expand your perspective on who you are and your relationship to the world and to reflect more
deeply on and develop greater confidence in your own body and mind – to know yourself, no matter what age, as a
wholly integrated thinking, feeling and socially interacting being.” (Kabbot-Zinn)

To understand yourself as a whole, integrated human being may inspire you to try mindfulness meditation practice on
your own, or with the mindfulness meditation practice group
that meets at FCC on Wednesdays at 11 AM. Joys and Concerns
Please submit written requests to update this list.
As you continue to sit in attention trace your body from head to
toe noticing how all the systems (GI, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Medical concerns:
Respiratory, Nervous, Muscular, etc.) work together to keep you • Bea Gilfilen’s sister, Dory
healthy over a lifetime. • Chloe Gibson
The most fundamental aspect as living beings is a sense of • Darleen Page & Family
wholeness and connectedness, both in our physical and • Diana Findlay’s son, Gary Schwebel
emotional and spiritual selves. Even with the scars and • Ellen Fisher, Bob’s sister-in-law
ravages of the years, our intrinsic wholeness remains. We are • Jimmie Talley’s mom
still who we were at birth — whole and complete — as before
• Kevin Clark
the scarring. With meditation we can connect with that
wholeness so that with intention and attention begin to make • Kris Ann Lewis’s family, including stepdad-in-law,
Pat Spiller, & mother-in law, Vivian Lewis
our way through the harmful effects of the past. As long as we
are still breathing it is possible to heal the fragmentation and • Maureen Thompson, Melissa Henderson’s mom/Leslie
isolation we have encountered over time. It takes time, Pinkston’s sister
attention, and intention but for many can be a way forward Life’s challenges:
toward healing. • Ardythe Hannah & granddaughter Stephanie
Meditation/blessing: Here is a blessing of wholeness for all. • Jimmie & Dick Talley
May all beings be safe. May all beings be healthy. May all • Bob Fisher’s daughter Katie
beings have enough. May all beings have ease of body and • Kris Ann Lewis’s family: brother Phil, sister-in-law
mind. May all beings be at peace. In the name of the sacred Cary, nephew Matt niece Hannah, Brenchly family
wholeness of God. Amen
Contact office@bellinghamdisciples.org to see the
Jane E. Kletka, RN,FCN complete list of Joys and Concerns.

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Visioning Task Force Update New Childcare Attendant Interfaith Coalition Info

New Visioning Group of Whatcom County


a program of Interfaith Coalition

Update
Family Promise
3rd Annual
Engaging in healthy and holy conversation, as we create a
new vision for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2019
Bellingham, WA
Bed Race
Race to end family homelessness!
Blessings from the New Visioning Group
(NVG)
Sunday, September 8
As chair of the NVG I want you to know that we are continuing
2-4 p.m.
to work over the summer to determine the best next steps for
FCC, Bellingham. Since we met with you, at the luncheon in Civic Field Parking Lot, Bellingham
May, we have received a report that analyzes where we are www.familypromisebedrace.com
and based on the information compiled there, we are choosing For more information: Interfaith Coalition
which direction would be best for our future. Much discussion
has taken place and continues to take place as we bring ideas
together. Some ideas are inspiring and bring hope for our
tomorrow. Rest assure that when there is something to
announce, we will do so. But know this right now, doing Sunday, Sept. 8, 2-4 P.M.
nothing is no longer an option. Civic Field Parking Lot, Bellingham

If you have something God has put upon your heart to say, we www.FamilyPromiseBedRace.com
are here to listen. Now is the time. Feel free to speak to For more information: Interfaith Coalition Main Office: 360-734-3983

anyone in the group, we will hear you with respect and deliver
your thoughts to the group. Continue in prayer for the church
and the group as we try to discern what God would have us
do.
Your servants in Christ Jesus,
Chair: Leslie Pinkston
NVG members: Megan Shoemaker, Renee Hoemann, Steve
Hutchens, Kevin Clark, Gregg Heyne, Gary Shoemaker, Tamalyn
DONATIONS of gently used and
gently-used and new
new
Kralman coats,
coats, hats
hats &
& mittens
mittens are
are appreciated
appreciated
through
through Sunday,
Oct. 14. October 13.

NEED
NEED A
A COAT?
COAT? Coats
Coats distributed
distributed on
on
Sat.,
Sat., Oct
Oct 19, from 11am
20 from 11am –– 1:30pm
1:30pm and
and Sat.,
Sat.,
Meet Kimberly Tadlock! Oct.
Oct. 26,
at
from 10:30am
27 from
Assumption
10:30am –– 12:30pm
Church
12:30pm
Gym, 2116
at Assumption Church Gym, 2116
Cornwall
Cornwall AveAve in
in Bellingham
“My name is Kimberly Bellingham

Tadlock, I am a Whatcom
Community College
graduate with my Early
Childhood Education
Degree. I’ve been working
with children for 5 years,
teaching, and I find it to be one of my true passions in life. I have had experience
working with infants through preschool ages. Throughout my experiences, I’ve
discovered that working with younger children is my favorite, especially when you
get to help them learn about the world around them and grow into great human
beings. Working with kids is incredibly important to me to ensure that they are
getting the love and care they need to have good self-esteem and self-worth in the
future. All children are unique in their own ways, and we need to be able to
empower them to be the best that they can be in their lifetimes! We need to work
and embrace all children, regardless of background, in order to create a better
world, and starting young is truly the best way to help them the most.”
Please help us welcome Kim as our new Childcare Attendant.

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7p Choir Rehearsal
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9:15a Sun. School
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10:50a Gathering Lunch 11a Meditation
 6p Bell Choir 
 3p Spong Study Grp fast, Denny’s
11a Worship
6p Pub Theology 7p Choir Rehearsal
12:15p F’ship

5p Board
Family Promise Hosts

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9:15a Sun. School
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10:50a Gathering
11a Meditation
 6p Bell Choir 
 3p Spong Study Grp fast, Denny’s
Wednesday Thursday

11a Worship
5p Checking In Grp

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7p Choir Rehearsal
12:15p Fellowship

7p Book Group

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Friday

10:50a Gathering

11a Worship

12:15p Fellowship

12:30p Justice Sun.
Saturday

September 2019
September Calendar