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Vol. 70,Christian
No. 2
Courier Bellingham
The Christian Courier
First Christian The ChristianFebruary
Church Courier2020

Journeying Through
Lent 2020
Lent begins with Ash
Wednesday, February 26, a
day of repentance and
Interfaith Coalition Music
This year, we are pleased to offer you two options for
Festival your personal Lenten journey. The first is a devotional
Sunday, Feb. 23 booklet, “Practicing Lent,” This modern and inspiring
3pm. Lenten booklet will be the perfect companion to your
First Congregational Church Lenten journey, with weekly practices and reflections.
2401 Cornwall Ave. Thoughtful, tenderly written, and provocative, the
Join us for an uplifting program of booklet will challenge you to see the hope and light all
spiritual music from our diverse around, even as you stay present and awake to the
congregations, showcasing solo, choral, injustices of the world. 
and instrumental music. It ends with an The second option is a Lenten calendar, for families
exuberant grand finale involving the with children, offering daily ideas for walking a
audience and all the performers. There thoughtful journey through the 40 days of Lent.
will be a freewill offering to support
You will find these resources available in the
Interfaith Coalition programs.  We hope
narthex beginning Sunday, February 23.
to see you there!

Palms Up
Save the Date:
Thursday, March 12, 2020
6 - 8 p.m.
The Bellingham Visioning Task Force

invites you to an evening of
conversation with the Rev. Jennifer
Smith of Marysville United Methodist
Church, as we explore the “Palms Up”
rhythm and movement way of being

Palms Up and doing church. Show up. Pay

attention. Cooperate with God. Release
the outcome.
Shoe’s News

First Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ) Shoe’s News
“There’s room for many a more!”

495 East Bakerview Road

Bellingham, WA 98226 The old spiritual, “Get On Board Little Children” has that line,
360.734.6820 which is written above. “There’s room for many a more.” It was true for that heaven bound train and it’s true for our church.
Find us on Facebook When we talk about our church, I don’t know how many times
Follow us on Twitter I’ve heard someone say, “We have so much to offer! We just
need more people.” And it’s true. But it can’t stop there.
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) During my call to communion last Sunday, I asked you to
A movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all imagine the people who might become a part of our church. I
to the Lord’s Table as God welcomed us. asked you to imagine their faces. And then I asked you to be
All of Us looking for those faces when you’re out and about.
I’m like you, I don’t find it easy to invite people to church. And
Rev. Gary Shoemaker, Pastor
I’m not asking you to just go out and knock on doors or accost
folks in the line at the grocery store. Instead, just be aware of
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman, Associate Pastor
- Ed. & Community Outreach - people who might be looking for what we have at our church.
Courier Editor
We are a progressive Christian community that takes seriously
our call to follow Jesus.
Amelia Nye, Accompanist
Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister
That’s why we grapple with issues of hunger and
homelessness. That’s why we struggle to create a more just
Rev. Terri Horde Owens
General Minister and President
and equitable society and world. That’s why we work for
peace. That’s why we serve our guests at the community meal
Sunday Schedule
rather than have them line up at a ’soup line’. That’s why we
9:15a Older Youth-Adult Sunday School
10:50a Gathering Time study what it means to be a progressive Christian. We ask the
11a Worship hard questions.
12:15 Fellowship Time
1p Out-to-Lunch Bunch Someone who attended our worship recently said, “People
(4th Sunday) don’t want to be challenged in church. You challenge people
2p Someone Cares! Community Meal here.” And she meant that in a positive way. Most churches try
(2nd Sunday)
to make everyone feel comfortable, both in worship and in
Office Hours their faith. But that’s not what Jesus was about. He sort of
Tuesday - Friday
9 a.m. - noon
kicked the hornet’s nest by challenging people to love beyond
Our staff are in and out of the office throughout the their comfort zones, to reach beyond their safe boundaries. If
week. Please feel free to stop by during their office we are to follow Jesus, we need to respect his teaching
hours or make an appointment that fits your enough to at least try to follow his Way.
Officers I know that there are people who want that sort of Christianity.
Leslie Pinkston, Moderator Look for those people, listen for those people. And when you
TBD, Vice-Moderator find them, let them know about the ministry of our church.
Betty Schmidling, Secretary
Cheryl Perry, Treasurer
Because, well, there’s room for many a more!

Important Links: Pastor Gary

Regional Website (including monthly
General Church Website:

2 February 2020
Nurse’s Notes

Suicide: A Mounting Health Concern (Part Four)

Nurse’s Notes
from Your Faith Following is more information regarding the ever growing
 mental health and sociological problem of suicide. This is not a
Nurse Tuesday Wednesday
comfortable Thursdaybecause
subject but necessary, Friday Saturday
perhaps the time
may come when this information may save someone’s life.
The holidays are now past and we move on into another year.
The holidays are meant to be happy, a time when friends and
families gather, a time of lights and glitter, a time of
remembering the principles we believe Jesus taught, a time of reflection, a time of inner growth, a
time of remembering others less fortunate than ourselves. Many may be joyful during this time, but
many more may not feel particularly joyful. For a variety of reasons many feel very depressed
during the holidays. What may be tolerable during the year may worsen when the sense of being
alone, poor, suffering many injustices intensifies. The probability of suicide can become a reality
with those who may be vulnerable. Those around these people need to be observant of mood,
behavior, especially if the wish to die is verbalized. If suicide seems possible call 911 or the Suicide
Prevention Hotline.
Assessment of Lethality
Lethality refers to the method of suicide used, the circumstances surrounding the attempt, and the
chance of rescue. Lethality is related to the severity of physical consequences as well as the amount
of medical intervention needed following an attempt.
Assessing lethality includes how well thought out the plan is and whether the person has access to
the means to complete the plan. Notice if the person is at a “tipping point” : showing or verbalizing
distress, showing marked behavior changes (unusually withdrawn or showing anger), verbalizing a
desire to die, or actual witnessed attempt. This is an emergency. Call 911.
It needs to be remembered that a prior suicide attempt is a highly potent risk factor for eventually
dying by suicide. Any suicide attempts or thoughts must be taken seriously, including those that
involve little risk of 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 action.
Warning signs can be acute and urgent or simply red flags for concern. Widely accepted general
suicide signs include: anxiety, agitation, sleepless, or mood swings; feeling that there is no reason
to live (purposelessness); rage, anger, or aggression; recklessness, engaging in risky behavior
without thinking; increased alcohol or drug abuse; withdrawing from family and friends;
hopelessness; feeling trapped. Recognizing warning signs, knowing how and where to get help can
save a life.
Resource: WSDOH; USDVA
Meditation: May those troubled and hurting be surrounded by loving family and friends, receive the
best in medical and psychiatric care, and come to know that we all are vulnerable to the vicissitudes
of life and need a steadying hand and an open heart. May we be comforted by the ever present
compassion and love of God.
Jane E. Kletka, RN,FCN

3 February 2020
Get Involved, Pray for, & Celebrate Our Church!

Children’s Church: Linda Heyne

Flowers: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD
Sunday, February 16
Elder: Linda Heyne
Deacons: TBD
Sunday, February 2 Reader: James Becker
Elder: Jane Kletka Children's Moment: Linda Heyne
Elder of the Month: Bob Fisher Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman
Deacons: TBD Flowers: TBD
Reader: Nancy Langford Fellowship Time: TBD
Children's Moment: Megan Shoemaker Sunday, February 23
Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman Elder: Brenda Riseland
Flowers: TBD Deacons: TBD
Fellowship Time: TBD, honoring February birthdays Reader: Gregg Heyne
Sunday, February 9 Children's Moment: Megan Shoemaker
Elder: Renee Hoemann Children’s Church: Tamalyn Kralman (Messy
Deacons: TBD Church!)
Reader: Melissa Henderson Flowers: Esther Group
Children's Moment: Tamalyn Kralman Fellowship Time: Esther Group

Beyond Our Walls

Joys and Concerns • Rev. Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and
Please submit written requests to update President
Sign•up in the
Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and
Medical concerns
• Kristine Tissinger, missionary partner in Ghana
• Chloe Gibson
• Yakama Christian Mission
• Diana Findlay’s son, Gary Schwebel
• Our General Church ministries
• Bob Fisher’s brother Allen Fisher; sister-in-law,
• Iglesia de Dios, as together we share God’s love
Ellen Fisher
• Community to Community families in their
• Maureen Thompson, Melissa Henderson’s
gardening program in our field
mom/Leslie Pinkston’s sister
• For the healing of our nation
• Megan Shoemaker’s dad, Kyle Davis
• Refugees worldwide
• Sandy Grant’s friend, Bruce
• Victims of hatred, injustice, violence, poverty,
disease, and disaster
Life’s challenges • All troops involved in world conflict
• Ardythe Hannah & granddaughter Stephanie • Peacemakers worldwide
• Jimmie & Dick Talley

Happy Birthday:
Cris Botts 4 Lynn Plancich 16
Velma McDonald 7 Margaret Brown 17
Tristin Stanbro 7 Mason Stanbro 18
Brenda Riseland 10 Gaylen Udo 22 Click here to learn more about the
Phyllis McKinnon 11 Leslie Pinkston 25 activities & ministries of this congregation
Gray King 13 Megan Shoemaker 26 and how you can get involved.

4 February 2020
Community Meal Task Force Report

A Report to the Congregation from the Someone Cares Community Meal

Task Force
As members of the Someone Cares Community Meal Task Force we would like to take this opportunity to give an
update on how this Mission/Outreach program is going.
You may remember that this program was started after input from the congregation and much research on the Task
Force’s part. We served the First Someone Cares Meal in August, 2014. Since that time a meal has been served the
second Sunday of each month from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. The meal attracts mostly marginalized and homeless folks from
the community and our neighbors around the church area. Joseph’s Closet, a used clothing bank, is also available
during the afternoon and guests are encouraged to take any clothing they need. There are also care packages of small
toiletries and other items often available for the taking.
Someone Cares relies on monetary and food donations from the congregation as well as the time and efforts of those
willing to set up, prepare, cook, serve, and clean up on meal day.
During the Year 2019:
Someone Cares attendance averaged just slightly under 50 people per meal.
The crew of our folks helping with the meal averaged 12-15 people per meal.
About 1/3 to 1/2 of the food items needed for each meal was donated in-kind by congregation members.
Many of you continued to donate to the Someone Cares Meal Fund that is used for the shopping for grocery items
needed for the meal each month.
Many of you handed to Brenda cash that is used to purchase last minute items for meals.
$240 was taken from the Someone Cares Meal fund and put into the Church Budget to pay for the coffee used for
each meal.
The Someone Cares Program would not be in existence without so many members of the congregation helping out in
so many ways! Your help is the blessing that makes this program go!
We hope that you will continue to support the Someone Cares Meal Program in the ways that you have to this point.
Money to purchase food, food donations, and just some plain people help is needed each and every month.
Thanks for all you do!
Someone Cares Task Force
Ann Hall Megan Shoemaker
Tamalyn Kralman Brenda Riseland Interfaith Coalition
Bruce Radtke Annual Hope Auction
Saturday, March 28
Four Points by Sheraton
For over 25 years, Interfaith’s Hope
Auction has brought fellowship,
inspiration, and hope to our community
while raising awareness and support for
our neighbors in need. Please join us
for an evening that pulls together heart
and effort in eliminating family
homelessness and poverty. There are
many ways to participate: donate an
auction item, purchase tickets, or
consider sponsorship of the event. Call
or go to our website for more info or to
purchase tickets: 360-734-3983,
Save the date and visit for more info.

5 February 2020
Table 1
February 2020
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

26 27 28 29 30 31 1

7:30a Men’s Break-

fast, Denny’s

 3 4
6 7 8

9:15a Sun. School
 11a Bible Study Bulletin deadline

7:30a Men’s Break-
10:50a Gathering
11a Meditation
fast, Denny’s
11a Worship

12:15p Fellowship Time
 6:30p Bell Choir 

7:15p Choir

 10 11
13 14 15

9:15a Sun. School
 11a Bible Study Bulletin deadline Courier deadline

10:50a Gathering
11a Meditation
7:30a Men’s Break-
11a Worship
fast, Denny’s
12:15p Fellowship Time
6:30p Bell Choir 

Monthly Calendar

2p Community Meal
7:15p Choir

16 17
21 22

9:15a Sun. School
 11a Bible Study Bulletin deadline

7:30a Men’s Break-
10:50a Gathering
11:30a Esther 11a Meditation
fast, Denny’s
11a Worship
Group Lunch
12:15p Fellowship Time
 6:30p Bell Choir 
 6p Pub Theology
7:15p Choir

23 9:15a S. School
 24 25
26 Ash Wednesday
28 1

10:50a Gathering
11a Bible Study Bulletin deadline
7:30a Men’s Break-
11a Worship
11a Meditation
fast, Denny’s
12:15p Fellowship Time

1p Lunch Bunch
6:30p Bell Choir 
 5p Checking in
7p Book Group
 7:15p Choir Group

February 2020