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ARE YOU FLOATING AWAY? 
II Peter 1:1-15  

This true story was written up in the Florida newspaper, “Orlando Sentinel.”  Glenda and Robert Lennon were alone four miles off the coast of Florida fishing from their 21-foot boat.  Glenda decided to take a swim to do some spearfishing, planning to safely paddle around 15 to 20 feet from the boat.  She soon found an 8-knot current had carried her too far out from the boat. Not being able to make any headway back to the boat swimming against the current, she called out to her husband for help, “Robert, I’m not going anywhere.” Robert dove in and swam to her, but they were both carried out further to sea by the strong current.  Robert was a champion swimmer in school, but she was not. They made a plan. He would swim against the tide to keep the boat in view until the tide ceased and he could reach the boat. She would save her strength and just float with the tide, and he would come and get her. He fought the tide for six hours until the tide turned, and his strokes carried him to the boat exhausted. The sun had set. He took the boat back to find Glenda but couldn’t find her. She later said that she could just see a tiny speck of the boat in the distance.  Robert circled for hours before going back to shore to get help. The next morning, the search party found his wife – 20 miles out and still alive.

That story can illustrate that a Christian who just floats -- won’t be staying in the same place.  As we open the second letter of Peter this Sunday, we’ll discover that we must intentionally make every effort to grow in our faith. Christians must always be striving against the currents in this life. The tide of the temptations and deceptions in this world can sweep us away.

In this first chapter of II Peter are several actions that we all need to take to strengthen us to be able to stand against the powerful currents of this world.  See you Sunday!  Don’t drift away.

Alan
THIS FRIDAY

You are invited to join us for a fun night as we share the future of our small groups. 

If you are curious about what a ‘Life Group’ is and how it might be the best thing you do this year, you will not want to miss this BBQ. Perhaps you are interested in hosting a Life Group at your house or maybe you would like to lead and facilitate a group? If so, we'd love for you to join us as we share the vision, mission, and your role in Life Groups.

Why is Life Group Important?

Despite technology improving communication, true connection is rarer than ever. Everyone is craving true and meaningful relationships. Life Groups provide a life-changing community that fosters these relationships both with God and with one another. As we engage with the Bible, in prayer, and with one another, we see God doing amazing things both in us and through us.

Here are the Details:
When: Friday, August 6th at 6:30 PM
Where: First Christian Church
What: BBQ and Sides

Will there be childcare provided? Yes!

If you are planning on coming, could you help us out and RSVP so we can plan accordingly? You can do that here.
All Church Adventure!  August 13 & 14

Join us Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14 for an all-church fun-filled weekend as we will be camping and floating down the Bourbeuse River with Devil’s Back Floats in Beaufort, MO.

Details:

  • Primitive camping $5 a person 16 years old and up, under 16 years old is free.
  • Canoe rental $25 launch time is 8 AM on Saturday, August 14.
  • Kayak rental $30.
  • Bringing your own canoe or kayak contact Devil's Back.
All reservations must be made through Devil's Back Floats by calling 573-484-3231 and letting them know you are with First Christian Church or FCC to get this awesome deal.
Join us on August 21, from 5:30-10:30 AM, for the First Annual FCC Catfish Classic at the Huxel Farm, 4040 Sunny Road, Washington MO 63090. Prizes awarded for largest and smallest catfish caught; brunch to follow.

Volunteer Help!

“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” - Luke 17:5

We love seeing how the Lord is working at First Christian Church and in New City Kids. We are BUSTING at the seams and we need your help!

As more and more families come back to church, we are in need of more kids volunteers.

We Want You!

The disciples had their worries when it came to following Christ and becoming kingdom-minded people. In Luke 17:5 they shout out, “Increase our faith!” What a subtle yet incredible prayer of faith. We are asking the Lord to increase our faith so that we may increase our ministry. 

So, we are adding people to our children’s ministry team now. We need YOU to pray and consider being a part of this awesome team. You get to teach, help, pray and love on our kids as we point them to our savior, Jesus! Is there anything better than that? 

We know that this may be a step of faith for you, but it’s only when we take those steps of faith that we are stretched and real growth happens. You can do this! You will get so much joy and satisfaction in being a part of this team. We have spots for teachers, helpers, check-in helpers, and more. 

We will be available this Sunday and in the weeks to come to help answer your questions and get you connected. You can fill out a card this Sunday, connect with Christine Rash or you can email us at: kids@fccunion.org

Thank you all and may God continue to bless our church, families and community!
UPCOMING EVENTS

August
  • 6, Life Group BBQ
  • 13-14, All Church Camp/Canoe Adventure
  • 18, 212 Students Sand Volleyball 
  • 21, Fishing Tournament
September 
  • 6, Church office closed
  • 11, All Church Safety/Security Training
  • 14, Volunteer Training
  • 18, Fishing
  • 25-10/2, Ninos de Mexico Missions trip
October
  • 3, Church In The Park
  • 22, City of Union BooBash
  • 23, 212 Students Hog Roast
November
  • 14, All Church Thanksgiving
December
  • 24, Christmas Eve Service
Mark your calendar for these special events.  All events are subject to change so keep an eye on the "E-newsletter" and the "First to Know" bulletin for more details.
For more information click here.

Jesus Storybook Bible - Family Reading Plan

Hi parents!  This week's Jesus Storybook Bible reading is week one for August, "Filled full"!  You can find it on page 244 of your book.  Gather the kids around and have fun reading this story. 

Keep it simple.  Read the story and ask your kids what their favorite part of the story was?  Or what picture did you like the most?  And then say a short prayer. That's it!

We pray this is a blessing to you and your family. 

Last week we hosted our Camp David Debrief, where our 6 students joined us for a Q&A about their time serving at Camp David. It was an inspiring evening, as these students were able to share their hearts for this ministry in unpacking their time at Camp David. This week we will be returning to our study on Galatians, Freedom in the Kingdom, with a study on Galatians 5:7-15, as Paul provides a faithful reminder on where we should place confidence in our faith, as well as rebuke for those who lead others astray and a reminder of what our freedom in Christ should and should not look like. This promises to be a night students won’t want to miss!
 
I’d like to leave you with a Word from Paul, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)
 
As Paul continues the transition from theological information to personal application, he reminds his readers of their freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1), but now goes beyond freedom from the Law, that is the heretical notion of salvation by works that was being pushed by the Judaizers, to a recognition and warning against swinging to the opposite extreme in becoming slaves to our own self-indulgent flesh.
 
You can almost hear Paul’s rhetorical argument in Romans 6 in the background of this thought, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” No, we are certainly not enslaved to a false religious framework of salvation by works, but we also know, “that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7)
 
As Christians we have been set free from the chains of legalism, as well as the chains of sin, and have been set free for a purpose: to glorify God by the way we live—selflessly loving one another as Christ has loved us, and not by selfish lives of sin and self-indulgence.
 
Paul will really expound on this as we move forward in the weeks ahead, painting for us vivid and relatable pictures of life in the flesh versus life in the Spirit, and it is my prayer for each and every one of us that we would continue to grow by the Spirit in love for God and one another, using our freedom to the fullest in Christ.
 
Grace and peace to you friends, God bless and keep you in the week ahead.

For more information, click here.

Shaun

 

We Need You
As I Am Music, our student-led worship band and music ministry, has grown so has our need for leaders and teachers. If you are musically gifted and would be willing to spend Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 PM pouring into our students, I Am Music is looking for you. Even if you could only spare one Tuesday a month, please contact Shaun at shaunratcliff@fccunion.org so we can work together to help our students grow as musicians, Christians, and leaders.

For more information click here.

High Hill Christian Camp

High Hill has set the dates for their summer camps.  To register or find out more information click here or go to www.highhillcamp.org/summer-camp/.

Bible Study

Tuesday mornings from 9-11 AM. The Bible is always applicable, so even if you can't make it at the beginning, you are always welcome!  The gathering is in the Fellowship Hall downstairs.

 

Join us Saturday, August 7 @ 7 AM for a men's Bible Study at Red, White, and Brew Coffee Company.

 

Needs arise more than just on a Sunday morning. If you need prayer at any time, please know you can text ‘prayer2fcc’ to 94000 and a staff member will receive your request any time and be praying for you.

You can also email your request or call the church office to be placed on the prayer list. There is a prayer table in the lobby where you can place a prayer request in the box and we will pray for you! 

We are family, and we want to support you in any way we can and prayer is always the first and best place to start. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

 

Join us in the Fellowship Hall downstairs for Celebrate Recovery.  We will start with a time of food and fellowship at 6:00 PM.  We have childcare starting at 6:30 PM. Please sign your child in at the welcome desk and a team member will assist you in helping them to their class.  We want to spread the love of Jesus to everyone in recovery from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups. 
 
Check out our Facebook page at @FCCUnionCR. If you have any questions, comments, or requests feel free to email us.

Tai Chi Fitness

Tai Chi Fitness Fun for All!

Monday's from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, First Christian Church, Union will be a place to participate in a free class for (mostly) senior citizens, but anyone pursuing a healthier life is welcome.  Tai Chi fitness is a program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a Chinese physician living in Australia.  It is used worldwide for anyone who wants to improve their physical health and strengthen themselves for fall prevention.

Tai Chi originated in the orient, but the emphasis will be on Christ, beginning and ending each session with prayer.  Any reference to any kind of oriental philosophy will be turned toward Christ and His sovereignty.

The medical field and Medicare recognize its effectiveness in improving health and vitality. It is a slow-moving exercise designed to deliberately make a mind/body connection, enabling awareness of our center of gravity, weight distribution and where our balance lies.  It is not rigorous, and we don’t get down on the floor.  If necessary, this program of Tai Chi can be done by holding onto a chair or even sitting in one.  So, if people can get into the building, they can do it!  Sessions will be held downstairs in the large, blue room nearest the glass double doors.

Questions?  Call the church office, ext 5, or Jenny Hannaford.

 

Have you ever wanted to do a Bible study with your spouse, kids or maybe a group of friends but you didn’t know where to start? Leading a Bible study can seem like such a big task. Planning what to say and what questions to ask can be one of the reasons people are so hesitant to lead a study. Well, what if we took all the planning and prep work out of it and made it easy for you to do right in your own living room?

As someone who attends First Christian Church you have access to RightNow Media, a website with hundreds of video-driven
studies. There are studies on just about every topic you may want; from parenting to having “the talk” with your older kids, marriage, studies on books of the Bible and so much more. There are even cartoons for the kids that teach Biblical principles. And the best part is, it costs you nothing! If you would like to check out this incredible resource you can sign-up here.
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