Newsletter - First Christian Church in Chattanooga

Servants in Worship
The Bridge Newsletter • February 1, 2015
Worship Leader................................................................Betty Woomer
Greeters .................................................................................Kemp Class
Acolyte(s)......................................................................Sam Edmondson
Red Book Pickup .....................................Betty Floyd / Jennifer Atchley
Deacons Coordinator.....................................................Sherry Baldwin
Ushers & Servers .........................Shannon Beattie, Peggy Brannen,
Debby Demos, Judy Duncan
Other Servers .........................................Jim Grant, Darby Standefer,
Barbara Voss
Elders at the Table
Pulpit Side (Prayer of Consecration) .........................John Holcombe
Pulpit Side (Pastoral Listener) ...................................Dan Summerlin
Lectern Side (Prayer of Thanksgiving) ...........................Sally D. Hunt
Lectern Side ((Pastoral Listener)................................Lonna Williams
Scripture.......................(Mark 1:21-28) ...........................Betty Woomer
Proclamation................”“Sin, Healing, and Witness”” ..............Pastor Mark
The Week Ahead
Sunday, February 1
9:45 am
10:35 am
10:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
6:30 pm
Sunday School Classes
Elders’ Prayer Circle; Meditation Chapel
Morning Worship; Sanctuary
Fellowship; Parlor
Lobby Committee Meeting
Faith Collective: Group for Young Adults
10:00 am
10:30 am
3:00 pm
7:30 pm
Staff & Officers Meeting; Conference Room
Ladies Prayer Group; Fellowship Hall
PAWS Meeting
NA Monday Group; Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm
NA Tuesday Group; Fellowship Hall
9:00 am
6:00 pm
Food Bank Volunteering
Choir Practice
7:00 am
3:00 pm
Men’s Study Group; Bluegrass Grill
PAWS Meeting
7:30 pm
NA Friday Group; Fellowship Hall
Monday, February 2
Tuesday,February 3
Wednesday, February 4
Thursday, February 5
Friday, February 6
Saturday,February 7
No Scheduled Activities
Sunday, February 8
9:45 am
10:35 am
10:45 am
12:00 pm
6:30 pm
Sunday School Classes
Elders’ Prayer Circle; Meditation Chapel
Morning Worship; Sanctuary
Boy Scout Sunday
Fellowship; Parlor
Faith Collective: Group for Young Adults
Words of welcome...
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and
from the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7, NIV).
Welcome to the Lord’s house for worship!
In Our Thoughts & Prayers...
Caroline Moore; Marty Dunagan
(Friend of Bea Lyons & Betty Proctor);
Walter Hershey (Linda’s husband &
Darby’s dad); Brenda Russell (Louise’s
daughter-in-law); Ansel Rogers (Ardian
Totten’s son); Lisa Wilkes, Debbie
Demos & Judy Duncan; Katie King;
Greg & Diane Givens & Family; Sandra
Riddle (friend of Chuck Martin);
Scrappy Moore; Jo Bevilaqua; Kyle
Cutsinger; Doug Beuoy (Brannens’
son-in-law); Liz Love; JoJo Wise; Luther
Whitaker; David Blackburn; Doris
Aldrich; Jim Northcut; Harrison Gill;
John Black (Barbara Voss’s Brother);
Melvin Smith; Bob Lewis; Bettye
Gerow; Joel Westbrook; Sharon Narey;
Bill Allen; Tim Suits; Judy Kirby (Larry &
Barbara’s sister-in-law); Erick Griggs;
Bill Hobbs; Leona BonDurant (Carl’s
Grandmother); Don Baldwin; Paul
Shoun; Oscar Hurley; Lauren
Niemeyer (Barbara Voss’s sister)
Church
church@firstchristian-chat.com
Pastor Mark
Lenten Living
Lent begins on
Ash Wednesday,
February 18 this
year. Christians
have observed
this season of the
church year since
the fourth century. It’s traditionally a time of
reflection, penitence and spiritual renewal
before Easter.
During Lent, some
Christians give up
something that
hinders their relationship with God.
Others do something extra for
their spiritual
growth or make a
special sacrifice.
The key is to make
Lent a memorable
season of sincere
spiritual growth —
a time that can set
the tone for the
rest of the year.
mark@firstchristian-chat.com
Jonathan Hyde
[email protected]
Chuck Martin
chuck@firstchristian-chat.com
Beth Harris
beth@firstchristian-chat.com
Russ Draeger
[email protected]
BRIDGE Deadline
Monday, NOON
Website
www.firstchristian-chat.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/FCC.Chattanooga
February:
2
Susan Haymes
5
Matt Smithson
10 Forrest King,
Gayle Mingledorff
11 Emily Auten, Luther Whitaker,
Sarah Flynn
14 Justin Givens
18 Sherry Baldwin
20 Joni Sharp
22 Dreema Adkins
23 Laura Richie, Jilly Fulgham
24 Bryce Lee Wynn
25 Rachel Allen
26 Matthew Hamilton
March:
1
Halah Hipp
4
Bettye Gerow
5
Ruby Lewis
Mark’s Musings
The initial phase of my ministry with you
is just about complete. This past Sunday
the Board blessed the work of the Search
Committee, giving credence to a fresh
mission/identity statement. The statement and its supporting values represent the information gleaned during the Cottage Meetings in October and
November of last year. You will receive your copy soon.
Someone asked me, “How is this statement going to
benefit the church?” That is a very important question.
First, it could have little affect if it is left lying on a shelf of
the pastor’s office. That happens with the results of
much strategic planning, sad but true. However, if your
leadership uses the document, it will focus the congregation for the foreseeable future.
How? First, it will serve as a means of informing ministerial candidates of who you are and what you wish to accomplish in ministry and mission. The statement is the 4”
brush: painting wide strokes that talk about your dreams
and hopes for FCC. The candidates for the settled pastor
position want to know “where you want to go”, and this
document provides them that direction.
It’s not just for the candidates that are being interviewed,
though. It is a tool for you and the congregation’s leaders. It will provide a framework for designing a new
church structure that is nimble and responsive to opportunities of ministry and mission. FCC needs to redesign its
governance and service structures to be faithful and effective. Your identity/mission statement will ground the
work of developing a system of governance and staffing
that makes good stewardship of your time and resources.
Finally, the document will serve as a filter as you consider
both new and existing program and ministry. Your
church is not so very different from most: A committee
assess that the congregation must grow. So what do they
do? They explore the great variety of evangelism programs on the market, make a selection and buy the materials, then try to figure out who is going to organize and
implement the new program. Sound familiar?
What if that committee used the identity/mission statement and its support data to establish criteria for why
growth is important and how best to accomplish that,
then found persons with passion to develop and implement a ministry to meet those ends? It is a new way of
thinking about your church, but one which seeks to do
authoritative mission and ministry that is focused and
true to who you are becoming.
Well, there’s your “teaser.” Watch for your copy of the mission/identity statement. Be sure to tell Dan and members of the Search Committee how much you
appreciate their work. Their work has been faithful.
Most important, this is your document, your statement.
Give it legs and life. Memorize it. Share it with your
friends. Make it your own.
Pastor Mark
Chattanooga Area Food Bank
1st Wednesday, monthly
Betty Woomer: [email protected]
Feb
4
Community Kitchen: 727 E. 11th St.
1st & 3rd Friday, monthly;
9:00 to 11:45am
Rona Gary: [email protected]
Habitat for Humanity
2nd Saturday, monthly; 8:30am
Larry Kirby: [email protected]fi.com
Room In The Inn Meals
Prepare a meal for the families at
Chattanooga Room in the Inn, 4 times
a year on any fifth Sunday - Shannon
Beattie at 423-883-9083 or
[email protected]
Family Promise of Chattanooga
Feb
6&20
Feb
14
March
29
Help us host families for a week, several times
each year. Julia Martin: [email protected]