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Vol. 70,Christian
No. 1
Courier Bellingham
The Christian Courier
First Christian The ChristianJanuary
Church Courier2020


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Our New Year’s Wish for You, Our Congregation all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be
As we begin a new journey around the sun, the future is well.” (Thank you, Julian of Norwich.)
ours to create. Sure, we have by-laws and a constitution And, yes, as you keep breathing, all 525,600 minutes of
we must follow. We have traditions we love. We certainly
2020, we wish you God’s love. May it be in every breath
have budget constraints. But, we have creativity and hope.
you take. So much so that you feel it in the very marrow
We have faith and a clean slate. And we have Spirit
of your bones. May you exude in in every act you do.
moving and blowing and pushing and pulling each of us
May it come pouring out in your words. May all who know
through our days. ‘
you, see you, hear you, never doubt for a moment that
As you ponder the next 365 days, we wish you peace. As you are God’s child.
you watch the news, as you drive the freeways, as you
May this congregation make a difference in our world in
navigate your way through all the moments, both little
2020, so that God will smile and the world will smile and
and big, we wish you God’s peace.
all will know that there is good in this world and grace is
As you forge through the next 52 weeks, we wish you joy. still possible.
In both good times and bad (because you know there will
With fingers crossed, knocking on wood, and holding you
be both), we pray that you may cling to that inner feeling
in our prayers,
of well-being, that knowledge that “all shall be well, and
Pastors Gary and Tamalyn
Coming Events

First Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

495 East Bakerview Road

Bellingham, WA 98226
360.734.6820 Wednesday, January 1 and visiting Steve Hutchens’s &
Find us on Facebook Happy New Year! Celia Obrecht’s home (contact
Follow us on Twitter • No regularly scheduled events them for details)
Thursday, January 2 Saturday, January 18
• Please note office closure • 7:30a Men's Breakfast, Denny’s
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for family funeral
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. Sunday, January 19
Saturday, January 4
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all • 9:15a Sunday school (older
• 7:30a Men's Breakfast, Denny’s youth - adult)
to the Lord’s Table as God welcomed us.
Sunday, January 5 • 10:50a Gathering Time
All of Us
• 9:15a Sunday school (older • 11a Worship [Children’s Church
youth - adult) follows Children’s Moment]
Rev. Gary Shoemaker, Pastor
• 10:50a Gathering Time • 12:15p Fellowship Time
• 11a Worship [Children’s Church • 5p Board Meeting, library
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman, Associate Pastor follows Children’s Moment] Monday, January 20
- Ed. & Community Outreach -
• 12:15p Fellowship Time • 11a Esther Group meets for
Courier Editor
Monday, January 6 - Epiphany lunch
Tuesday, January 7 Tuesday, January 21
Amelia Nye, Accompanist • 11a Bible Study, library • 11a Bible Study, library
Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister Wednesday, January 8 Wednesday, January 22
• Bulletin deadline • Bulletin deadline
Rev. Terri Horde Owens • 11a Mindful Meditation, Prayer • 11a Mindful Meditation, Prayer
General Minister and President Room Room
Sunday Schedule • 6:15p Bell Choir rehearsal • 6:15p Bell Choir rehearsal
9:15a Older Youth-Adult Sunday School • 7:15p Chancel Choir rehearsal • 7:15p Chancel Choir rehearsal
10:50a Gathering Time Saturday, January 11 Thursday, January 23
11a Worship • 7:30a Men's Breakfast, Denny’s • 5p Checking In Group, location TBD
12:15 Fellowship Time Sunday, January 12 Saturday, January 25
1p Out-to-Lunch Bunch • 9:15a Sunday school (older • 7:30a Men's Breakfast, Denny’s
(4th Sunday) youth - adult)
2p Someone Cares! Community Meal Sunday, January 26
(2nd Sunday)
• 10:50a Gathering Time • 9:15a Sunday school
• 11a Worship [Children’s Church • 10:50a Gathering Time
Office Hours follows Children’s Moment] • 11a Worship [Children’s Church
Tuesday - Friday • 12:15p Fellowship Time follows Children’s Moment]
9 a.m. - noon • 2p Community Meal & Joseph’s
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the • 12:15p Fellowship Time
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office • 1p Out-to-Lunch Bunch, Round
Tuesday, January 14 Table Pizza, Sunset Square
hours or make an appointment that fits your
• 11a Bible Study, library • 7p Book Group
Wednesday, January 15 Tuesday, January 28
Officers • Bulletin deadline
Gregg Heyne, Moderator • 11a Bible Study, library
• February Courier deadline Wednesday, January 29
Leslie Pinkston, Vice-Moderator
• 11a Mindful Meditation, Prayer • Bulletin deadline
Betty Schmidling, Secretary
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer • 11a Mindful Meditation, Prayer
• 6:15p Bell Choir rehearsal Room
Important Links: • 7:15p Chancel Choir rehearsal • 6:15p Bell Choir rehearsal
Regional Website (including monthly Thursday, January 16
• 7:15p Chancel Choir rehearsal
• 6p Pub Theology will be Saturday, February 1
General Church Website: changing venue for the month • 7:30a Men's Breakfast, Denny’s

2 January 2020
Nurse’s Notes

Suicide: A Mounting Health Concern (Part Three)

Nurse’s Notes
from Your Faith The subject of suicide is not pleasant at any time of year but especially during
 the holidays. Unfortunately the holiday season can make some people more
prone to suicideWednesday
Tuesday than other times Thursday
of the year. The holidays
Fridayare supposed to be
a time of gatherings, connections and fun, but for some it is a time of sadness
because they feel alone, disconnected, unloved.
This is a continuing article about suicide. We need to be aware that due to
social, political, and personal distress suicide seems like the only “ way out”
for some. Become informed so that if someone close to you seems depressed
you will know what questions to ask and behaviors to watch for and when to get professional help.
To safeguard a person’s safety difficult questions need to be asked. Usually these questions need to be open-ended so
as to encourage a response. An example of a general question might be, “Has something happened recently that has
affected your well-being?” If someone is depressed, they may have trouble organizing their thoughts, causing a delayed
response. Be patient and give time for an answer. Although not a trained mental health professional you can be the first
line of protection for this person if you are aware and watchful. Safety is the first priority. People who have a clear
intention of taking their life require higher levels of protection than those with less inclination toward dying. Depending
on the level of risk of suicide some people may require inpatient care, which offers an increased level of supervision and
higher intensity of care. Those at intermediate and low acute risk may be referred to an outpatient care setting. With
appropriate support and safety plans, people at lower risk may be able to be followed up in the community.
Another area of concern is lethality. Lethality focuses on the method used, the circumstances surrounding the attempt,
and the chance of rescue. Lethality has to do with whether a person has a well thought out plan and if they have
access to the means to complete the plan. Lethality is concerned about the “risk tipping point” and the need to take an
action that may deprive a person of their rights versus not taking an action that might result in suicide.
Listed below are the five levels of lethality:
1. Subliminal – the lowest level. Death is impossible to highly improbable.
2. Low—death is improbable and is not the usual outcome, but may be possible as a secondary complication of
factors other than the suicidal behavior.
3. Moderate – Probability of death is in the middle order.
4. High – Chance of death is high and is the usual or likely outcome of the suicidal act.
5. Extremely high – Chance of survival is minimal and death is considered almost certain.
There is often a mismatch between the intent of the suicidal act and the lethality of the method chosen. Some may
want to die but survive because their method was not foolproof or because they were interrupted or rescued. A point to
remember is that any former suicide attempt must be taken seriously because a second attempt may result in death.
Warning Signs
Warning signs are indications of suicidal ideation and behavior that are observed by or reported to another, and indicate
risk for suicide within minutes, hours, or days. About 80% of people who attempt suicide show some sort of warning
sign. Knowing and recognizing these signs can help family and friends take action before suicidal thinking turns into
Warning signs can be acute and urgent or simple red flags for concern. Widely accepted general suicide signs include:
(these signs may not always be spoken, so affect and behavior must be observed).
➢ Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
➢ Feeling that there is no reason to live; purposelessness
➢ Rage, anger, or aggression
➢ Recklessness, engaging in risky activities without thinking
➢ Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
➢ Withdrawing from family and friends
➢ Hopelessness
➢ Feeling trapped
Recognizing warning signs, knowing how and where to get help, can result in saving a life. If you are concerned for
someone’s life call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273 8255.
Blessing: May all be well. May all be safe. May all be at peace. Through the love of God. Amen.
Jane E. Kletka, RN FCN

3 January 2020
Sunday Ministry Teams Birthdays & Anniversaries Joys & Concerns

Joys and Concerns

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update this list.
Medical concerns
Sunday, January 5 Sunday, January 19
• Chloe Gibson
Elder: Jane Kletka Elder: Renee Hoemann
• Diana Findlay’s son, Gary Schwebel
Elder of the Month: Brenda Deacons: Kris Ann Lewis, Celia
• Bob Fisher’s brother Allen Fisher;
Riseland Obrecht
sister-in-law, Ellen Fisher
Deacons: James Becker, Reader: Gregg Heyne
• Maureen Thompson, Melissa
Bentley Becker Children's Moment: Linda
Henderson’s mom/Leslie
Reader: Melissa Henderson Children’s Church: Tamalyn
Pinkston’s sister
Children's Moment: Megan Kralman
• Megan Shoemaker’s dad, Kyle
Children’s Church: Linda Heyne Flowers: TBD
Flowers: TBD Fellowship Time: TBD
• Sandy Grant’s friend, Bruce
Fellowship Time: TBD, Sunday, January 26
honoring January birthdays Life’s challenges
Elder: Kathy Wheeler
Sunday, January 12 Deacons: Linda Botts, Melissa • Ardythe Hannah & granddaughter
Elder: Steve Hutchens Henderson Stephanie
Deacons: Renee Hoemann, Reader: Kris Ann Lewis • Jimmie & Dick Talley
Zoe Ila Becker Children's Moment: Megan
Reader: James Becker Children’s Church: Tamalyn Beyond Our Walls
Children's Moment: Tamalyn Kralman • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional
Children’s Church: TBD Flowers: Esther Group Minister and President
Flowers: TBD Fellowship Time: Esther Group • Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General
Fellowship Time: TBD Minister and President
• Kristine Tissinger, missionary
Sign up in the fellowship hall to help in these important ministries. partner in Ghana
• Yakama Christian Mission
• Our General Church ministries
• Iglesia de Dios, as together we
share God’s love
Zoe Ila Becker 17 • Community to Community families
Happy Birthday: James Char 17 in their gardening program in our
Samantha Becker 2 Marceille Kobel 19 field
Kathy Wheeler 1 Bruce Radtke 26 • For the healing of our nation
Chloe Gibson 8 Victoria Botts 27 • Refugees worldwide
Jane Kletka 10 Benjamin Shoemaker 29 • Victims of hatred, injustice,
Mark Hoemann 10 violence, poverty, disease, and
Charles Schmidling 14 Happy Anniversary: disaster
Celia Obrecht 15 Max & Cheryl Perry 12 • All troops involved in world
• Peacemakers worldwide

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Thank us, once again, this Christmas, with
our Christmas bonuses. Your
you generosity is so greatly appreciated.

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Pastor Gary, Pastor Tamalyn, & Amelia activities & ministries of this congregation
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4 January 2020