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A publication of First Christian Church of Edmond, OK Vol. 3 No. 22 June 16, 2011

The Chalice

Come and See

When Susan and I look into our back yard today, the reality is pretty stark. It is simply grass and fencing. So we often find ourselves reflecting on the beautiful landscaping we have achieved in other yards over the years and dreaming about what we can achieve in this yard. In short, we envision a landscaping plan that will include an expanded patio and a five year, evolutionary planting and development process that will involve lots of work and pleasure. Once John had baptized Jesus, witnessed the Holy Spirit come upon him, and recognized him as the Son of God, two of Johns disciples began

Rev. Dr. Jerry Black, Associate Minister

to follow Jesus. Noticing them, Jesus stopped and asked, What is it that you want? To this question, the two disciples replied, Rabbi (teacher), where are you staying? In other words, We want to go with you. So Jesus replied, Come and see. And they did. (John 1:29-39) In our table conversations over the past two weeks we have been affirming, as Paul suggested to the church at Philippi, that which in our life together is good and true; that which is commendable and right; that which is just and worthy of praise; that which is honorable and excellent (Philippians 4:8). Now we begin the process of interweaving these qualities into the fabric of our future. With the gifts we possess, we can start to dream. We can follow Jesus and see the possibilities for that which God is calling us to be and do. So, come and see.

Our Sunday Morning Schedule for June 19 and 26

Each Sunday morning at 9:15, we will gather around round tables in Fellowship Hall to share our stories.

9:15am: Table Conversations

10:45am: Unified Worship

Our Table Conversations experience will be followed by a fellowship gathering, hosted by Membership Ministries.

Freedom Fest 2011

Few things are more exciting than Independence Day. Celebrating the 4th of July and the Declaration of Independence is one of the hallmark events of any calendar year. In conjunction with the Edmond Liberty Fest Parade on July the 4th, 2011, we will continue our First Christian Church tradition of celebrating Freedom Festthe free distribution of hot dogs, chips, water, and watermelon to parade attendees. Join us as we partner with our community in serving others and demonstrate our deep commitment to radical hospitality. Sign-up this Sunday at the table display in the rotunda or online at to serve with us and/or make donations. Thank you! Your Evangelism Ministry Team

The First Christian Church Child Care Center has a few spots remaining in our Private Kindergarten class for the 2011-2012 school year. We offer a full day program with a certified teacher and a faith based curriculum. If you are interested, please contact the Child Care Center office at 341-2626.

Wow! We have had an AWESOME time at Vacation Bible School this week. We made new friends, played cool water games, made some pretty crazy crafts, watched Psalm 139 come to life in our Wild Bible Adventures, and my personal favorite - praised God with our singing and dancing! Janet Helms Erin Robertson Lyndsay Parks Allyson Cain Carter Cain Lee Christensen Benny Christensen Travis Christensen Charmei Coleman Carol Schwabe Beau Schwabe Brian Haley Molly Haley Allison Ernst Mitchem Ernst Davis Ernst Greysen Ernst Delaney Ernst

Also, as part of VBS week, Robbi Kinnaird led our 5th graders in mission projects reinforcing that service to others is what we are all about. Their projects will benefit the Renewal process, Breakfast on Boulevard, and the newly built Childrens Garden. Jennifer Hunt Greg Hunt Jennifer McGrew Jennifer King Michele Schlough Shannon Smith Danette Farrah Julie Bunton Mikayla Bunton Susan Hurst Katie Hurst Steve Hanson Wendy Hanson Desi Stout Janell Lee Sydney Price Ashley Schwartz Zane Raines

I would like to thank the 2011 Directors: Courtney Moeller and Shannon Medley, whose energy and commitment have inspired me, and strengthened my belief that ministering to children is the most important thing we can do as a church body. My thanks also go out Jennifer Humphrey, Mark Taylor and Greg Bunton, who spent countless hours, time away from their families, and whose moral support seemed to be endless. Thanks to all of you that have donated supplies, offered help, and support this very important ministry of Vacation Bible School. Thank you to all of our leaders, and there were many: Robert Hall Dennis Gallop Debby Gresh Missy Blevins Amy Hepler Sarah Rogers Sherry Parks Becky Winn John Werhun Jessica Werhun Linda Wilmoth Sidney Baker Josh Biby Jerry Black Karla Mahan Jeff Williams Karen Endicott and the Nursery Staff

Lynn Burgess Greg Burgess Heather Feith Joanna Baugh Belinda Davis Beth Anne Kinnaird Letitia Anthony Christian Swearingen Mac Mecoy Will Mecoy Jamie Gable Thomas Spurier Kristen Caluag Meredith Farley Angie Percival Steve Percival Dan Moeller Bill Medley

Carter Raines Sara Raines Cole Stanley Jaxon Humphrey Cameron Woods Kim Woods Jill Wilburn London Carrington Sally Leonard Hallie Ball Lori Goodbary Chrisha McGann Cyone Harris Andrew Harris Diane King Scott Peters Robbi Kinnaird Kim Kerr

and for all of those who prayed for a successful VBS, or, who may have been inadvertently left from this list thank you, thank you, thank you & God bless you! ~Anna Lisa Stanley, Childrens Director

Prayers of the People

THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER Geri Moffatt, Willa Hill, Lori Fuller, Virginia ONiel, Kathy Lee, Reese Gates. Cathy Justice, Reta Clopton, Shirley Strasburg, Jill Wilburn, Margaret Hall, John Werhun, Phil Fraim, Naomi Bell (Karen Walenciaks mom), Carol Sterling, Rose Marie McKee, Mary Lou Womble, Barbara Hall, Bert Lindsay (Donna Clarks dad), Dona Lee Denton (Carrie Akins sister), Bill Hamilton, Joe Samuels, Bart Rodr, Ann Douthitt (Duke Douthitts mom), Sharon Luton (Susan Blacks cousin), Ed Berry, Hank Thomas (Randy Thomas brother) OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS To Bob & Kathy Thomas and Scott & Robbi Kinnaird in the passing of their brother-in-law and uncle, Kenneth Stone, on June 10. Services were held Monday, June 13.

Happy Birthday!
6/19 Hallie Ball, Josh Biby, Amy Booher, Mariah Danley, Andy Eischeid, Marilyn Noles 6/20 DeeAnn Flippin, Jacob McGrew 6/21 Shirley Brown, Theo Kinnaird, Debi Taylor 6/22 Dave Francis, Robert Rowley, Preston Stout, Bomaonye Tienabeso 6/23 Herb Davis, Alaina Hamilton, Kelly Raines, Abigail Robertson 6/24 Joe Biby, Ann Cather, Linda Hall, Bev Schmoyer, Hannah Stone 6/25 Molly Haley, Susan Lide, Emily Sarani, Don Wiechmann 6/26 Bennett Stone

Its not too late to purchase a TLC Greenhouse gift card! Available for $20 each. All proceeds support Student Ministries. Show your garden some love! Contact Sherry Parks at 471-4354

Its Time To Get Your Garden Growing Again!

Adopt a Box for Our Troops

Look forward to adopting a box and filling it for a military person! The boxes will be at a display table in the Fellowship Hall from June 23 - July 17. Pick up a list of needed items and some patriotic pages to color at the display table. Add a personal note of encouragement. Once filled, please return the open boxes to the table by July 17. The Blue Star Mothers pack is scheduled to go to Peace Lutheran on Danforth on July 23. Thank you! -Becky Winn

Special thanks to Connie Westhof who created the beautiful Pentecost Banner displayed in Sanctuary.

Financial Report
from the Finance Committee
Through May general fund revenues are 106.3% of budget. Year to date pledged giving is 108.2% and non pledged giving is 109.4% of year to date budget. General fund expenses are at 90.9 % of year to date budget. Year to date 2011 building fund revenue is behind mortgage payments by $20,875.70 and lags May 2010 building fund revenue by over $14,500.00. The year to date (YTD), through May 31, 2011, revenue and expenses are shown below. General Fund Building Fund YTD Actual YTD Actual Revenue $475,105.71 $92,770.70 Expense $405,886.88 $113,646.40 Excess/(Shortfall) $69,218.83 ($20,875.70) PLEASE: Remember to note on your checks or envelopes to which church accounts you want your contribution credited.

Classics Outing Tuesday, August 2

Moore First Baptist Church 9am to 4:30pm 301 NE 27th Street $35 per person Good Food! Gospel Music! Comedy! Door Prizes! Dont miss will be blessed! Call today: Ellen Chitwood 341-2859 or Winnie Hall 341-4297

Sabbatical Plan Information Contacts

8:15, 9 & 11am

at First Christian
June 19, 2011 Fathers Day
Message: Rev. Dr. Jerry Black Scripture: Mark 1:16-20

Loree Rice Pastoral Relations Committee Chair (405) 341-3710 Frank Gresh Moderator-Elect of the Board (405) 417-1977

June 26, 2011

Message: Rev. Greg Bunton Scripture: Isaiah 43:19


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Our Senior Minister, Rev. Chris Shorow, is currently on sabbatical. He began his sabbatical on May 20. It concludes on September 5, 2011. A sabbatical plan, including a list of job responsibilities and contact information, has been prepared and reviewed by the Personnel Committee, Chriss Pastoral Relations Committee, and the staff. Information from those plans has been included in a Sabbatical Guide which isavailable at our Welcome Center or online at The churchs office staff can help you get in touch with the appropriate contact person. Call (405) 341-3544 for assistance. To give us a small glimpse into his sabbatical experiences and the Shorow family travels, Chris will blog occassionally and post pictures at chriscrossings.

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