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March 5, 2011
First Christian Church of Minneapolis (Disciples of Christ)
March is Minnesota FoodShare Month
Inside the Courier:
• A Look at the Brite
Side, page 2 • Board Notes, page 3 • Vandal(s) strike(s) again, page 3
On the Web:
FCC’s website Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) national organization 2011 Hunger Fact Sheet “To Catch a Thief, Love a Thief”
During the month of March, our congregation is joining people of good will from across the state to help alleviate hunger. Minnesota FoodShare‘s March Campaign is the largest food drive in the state, and congregations like ours are the heart of the campaign. Our local Emergency Food Shelf, located in the basement of Plymouth Congregational Church at Groveland & Nicollet, was able to respond to the 21,200 requests for food in 2010. This was 5000 more visits than in 2009. This year our congregation will be collecting both food and cash contributions throughout the month of March for Groveland Food Shelf. Since our local churches are facing the financial pinch again this year we don't know if they will be able to support us at the same level for another year. All we can do is to ask everyone to be as generous as they can.
March 5, 2011
A Look at the Brite Side
Building damaged, but not ministry
phen‘s) offended? Is it somebody who is simply mad at organized religion, and chosen our building to take out their frustrations? Or just some kids who think it‘s fun to destroy property? And where, in the midst of all this snow, are they getting the bricks? There‘s a feeling of violation of our souls in the midst of all this. So we have to take extra measures to keep the building secure which involves extra expense. At the same time, we can give thanks that no human lives have been damaged or lost. We also heard this week that John Carter down in Paraguay was robbed of his mission payroll and special funds, and was tied up and left for 14 hours before somebody found him. (He‘s ok, and we‘re taking up a special offering to help make up his lost funds of over $2000.) It‘s a strange world we live in, and seems to be getting stranger. But I want to remind folks that just because our building has been damaged, that doesn‘t mean we stop being Christian. We continue to reach out in ministry to people on the streets. We continue to support Feed My Starving Children (work day on March 31) and Community Emergency Services, and Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, and trying to provide a spiritual home for gay teens and their families, and a host of other causes. We continue to reach out to people who are hurting with God‘s Good News and healing power. It‘s at the heart of Christian ministry to do so; if we don‘t do such, our faith becomes more damaged than any brick through a building can do. I‘d like to see YOU on Sunday!! Bob
Pastor Bob Brite
One has to wonder at the motivations of a troubled soul. I‘m speaking, of course, of the person or persons who has/have committed five acts of vandalism on the church since the start of the new year. Most of it has been the very expensive breaking of windows with bricks in the office wing (once) and the fellowship hall (3 times), plus some graffiti New Year‘s weekend on our front sign. Is it somebody we (or the folks at Spirit of St. Ste-
In Our Prayers
Gracious God, we lift up these persons in our prayers, asking the blessing of your Grace and outpouring of your Love upon them.
We pray in celebration with Russ Griffin who celebrated his 85th birthday recently, and also in concern for him and for Karen Plantikow, both of whom fell on ice Feb. 20 and suffered broken bones; in sympathy for the family of former member Max Orr who passed away Feb. 21 and for Lois Swenson, whose sister passed away recently; for Rick Rusinak recovering at home from open heart surgery and for Belinda Flanagan’s young nephew who is slowly recovering from a grave illness; for John Carter, who was tied up and robbed of his mission money in Paraguay last week (he specifically asks for prayers for the 3 young men who robbed him); in fellowship with Zach Colby, our new tenor section leader; for Dorothy Stegner, who lost 2 cousins and 3 lady friends during a rough January (she appreciates calls from church folks); in concern for people in conflict around the world and in our country, their differences may be settled in peace and in fairness for all; Amen.
Page 3 Christian Courier
Two opportunities to stay up to date on FCC’s future plans
Board Chair Tom Curry has announced two upcoming meetings for the congregation to stay informed about current plans to join the Ministry Center Partnership along with Lyndale UCC and Salem Lutheran. An informational meeting for the congregation will be held after worship on Sunday, March 6. Congregation members can ask questions and hear from various committee members about the current plans and progress for the Ministry Center, which is currently under construction. Also, the General Board of FCC will hold its April meeting on Sunday, April 17 following worship. Tom is planning to have Sunday Board meetings once a quarter to accommodate board members who have a difficult time making night time meetings. All congregation members are welcome to attend any Board meeting.
Vandal(s) strike(s) for 5th time
Our FCC building was hit with vandalism last week for the 4th time since the New Year; our 1st Avenue sign was also vandalized shortly after the first of the year. We do not know if it is one or more persons. In response, we engaged the services of Mill City Security Services as of Feb. 23rd, which is patrolling the church property and keeping a close eye on the Fellowship Hall area in the overnight hours. The Minneapolis Police Department and MIA security are additionally on high alert. Given the increase in occurrence of these incidences of vandalism, the entire 5th precinct of the MPD has been made aware of what is going on. Between the security service, the police, and MIA security, we are working intensely to apprehend the individual who is responsible for these attacks. Rev. Dennis Sanders held a worship service in the Fellowship Hall on Feb. 23 to reflect and pray about these attacks. He also wrote reflection called ―To Catch a Thief, Love a Thief‖ on the blog section of FCC‘s website.
Approximately nine board members and three staff members attended the Feb. 15 meeting of the FCC General Board. The major items addressed at the meeting were the following: Transition Team has completed its task of helping the congregation decide about future location. It will be ―in hiatus‖ until needs arise. Board voted to accept appointments to committees overseeing Partnership planning: Design Team – Skip Wolverton, Earl Dunham, Max Hurlocker; Interim Ministry Council—Tom Curry, Martha Harris, Bobbi Hall, Val Dunham; Covenant Revision – Pat Dunlop, Skip Wolverton; Kitchen Subcommittee – Sandy Morgan, Mike Hesano, Lu Griffin; Signage – Dennis Sanders. Deb Murphy will chair a committee on revision of FCC‘s Constitution and Bylaws. The Board approved a motion from the Trustees to add FCC to the legal title for the Ministry Center; to make a payment of $370,000 to equalize payments previously made by Salem and Lyndale; to authorize future payments to Ministry Center as required, not to exceed $1,200,000; and to seek funds for said payment either by borrowing or prepayment of the note owed to FCC by Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Tom Curry announced that forming a Call Committee will be discussed at the March Board meeting Discussion of ways to disburse some of the Billman education funds Finance Committee approved purchase of a new computer for the teller‘s room
Sundays at First Christian Church
Sunday Worship at 10:30 am Before Worship (9:15 am):
Reflections on the Word
Readings from 3.6.11 ―Then Peter said to Jesus, ‗Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.‘ –Matt. 17:4 Some believe that Peter was so overwhelmed by what he saw that this statement is merely his stammering response. But doesn‘t it also seem that he wants to hold on to Jesus, Moses, and Elijah for a little while? Our ―mountain top‖ experiences are few and far between in life—weddings, graduations, and a few others—that it is natural to want to hold on to them. Yet, the best in life is often only fully realized in retrospect, when it is no longer there to touch. Loving Jesus, in our holding on and in our letting go, continue to hold us in your eternally-loving embrace. Amen. --Chris Wogaman
Spiritual Formation Classes
After worship: Fellowship Hour 11:45 am
This Week at FCC
Sunday, March 6 Breakfast Club first gathering 8:45 am Congregation information meeting 12 n. Monday, March 7 Design Team Tuesday, March 8 Property Committee 7pm 7 pm
Next Week at FCC
Sunday, March 13 Tuesday, March 15 Teachers Luncheon FCC Board Meeting Wednesday, March 16 Forum (GR) Bell Choir Chancel Choir Thursday, March 17 Handcrafters
12 noon 7 pm 6pm 6:30 pm 7:45 pm 9 am
Wednesday, March 9 Ash Wednesday Finance Committee 5:30 pm NO Choirs or Bible Study Ash Wednesday Service 7 pm (Sanctuary) Thursday, March 10 Handcrafters Saturday, March 12 Men‘s Group
Saturday, March 19 Men‘s Group 9 am Laura Lynn/ Naomi Circle 10 am Serve at St. Stephen‘s dinner 6 pm
A Thoughtful Church in the Heart of the City Ministry Team
All Members of the Congregation Robert Brite, Interim Minister Dennis Sanders, Minister of Diversity and Mission Chris Wogaman, Office Manager Rick Bowman, Building Manager Deb Murphy, Director of Spiritual Formation & Community Ministry James Baumgartner, Interim Music Director Bryon Wilson, Interim Organist Serena Carlson, Nursery Attendant Martha Harris, Courier Editor Telephone: 612.870.1868 Prayer Phone: 612.870.0984 Christian Courier is published bimonthly. Send items and ideas to church office or to Martha Harris email@example.com by Sun. March 13 next issue.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF MINNEAPOLIS (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
2201 1st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404
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