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From Above

I’ve dabbled in some genealogical research for my family. Initially, the purpose was to confirm what has been said through the years about where our family comes from, and I’ve been surprised a few times with what I’ve discovered. Most of us consider our pedigree as something that is solid and unfiltered. We speak as if we’re full-blooded whatever, yet when we look at the true history of our families, we find out we’re not who we really think we are. As a matter of fact, the research confirms, we usually are something totally different. What I’ve discovered is that most of us come from a giant melting pot of human heritage. To say that our gene pool is a little cloudy might be an understatement.

Well, the people thought they knew who Jesus was when He was venturing out around the Sea of Galilee and down into the area surrounding Jerusalem. “We know who He is! He’s the carpenter’s son from Nazareth. He’s the boy that grew up in our synagogue and community.” However, they were sadly mistaken. He was no more the carpenter’s son than I am a child of George Washington.

In our message this Sunday from John’s Gospel, we’ll discover that Jesus isn’t even from this world, but He’s from above with the ability to trace His heritage all the way back to before the creation of the world.

Bring your History Book (Bible) with you this Sunday and we’ll do a little research together.
 
John

      
TONIGHT

VOLUNTEER SHOUT-OUT!  
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 6:30 PM


It is time to “SHOUT-OUT” some thanks and appreciation to FCC’s faithful and hard-working volunteers.  All of you that are loving the Lord by giving your time and talents to this church are invited to this “VOLUNTEER SHOUT-OUT”.  A BBQ meal will be provided, the fellowship will be enjoyed, vital information will be shared.  A FREE GIFT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU.   

Who should attend? The following teams: First Impression Team: parking lot, door and lobby greeters, lobby communion servers, communion meditation givers Worship Team: – vocalist, instrumentalist, slide, lights & sound, 212 Youth Team: Leaders, New City Kids Children’s Ministry: teachers and helpers, Facilities Team: members, Finance team: members, Elders.  If you are a volunteer in any ministry or serving in a ministry that is not named, or interested in discovering your team, please plan on attending.  YOU ARE INVITED, AND WE HAVE A SPECIAL GIFT FOR YOU.
Saturday, September 18, we will be hosting a Family Fun Fest out at the Matthews' Farm in Leslie, MO from 7 AM to 4 PM. This will be a day of fun, fellowship, and of course…great food, with events planned for the entire family. We will provide pork steaks, hamburgers, brats, and hotdogs, as well as iced tea, lemonade, and water, and everyone is invited to bring a side or dessert to round out the meal. We will have prizes for the fishing tournament, the games, as well as attendance prizes for all ages. Everyone is invited, so bring a friend, a neighbor, your Uncle Joe from Katmandu, and join us as we close out Summer 2021 with a bang and make a few great memories along the way.
 
Our schedule includes:
7-11 AM Fishing Tournament
10 AM-4 PM Bounce House
11 AM Sack Race
12 PM Lunch
1 PM Attendance Prize Drawing
1:30 PM Watermelon Eating Contest
1:45-4 PM Cornhole Tournament
2-4 PM Hayride
 
Directions:
Hwy 50 west, to left on CC at Leslie
8 miles on CC
Antioch Christian Church is the halfway point.
Left on Hecht road - 1 mile, farmhouse on the left.
4847 Hecht Road, Leslie, MO

Did you know that Sunday, September 19th is ‘National Back to Church Sunday’? It’s true! And we believe now is not only the perfect time for you to get plugged back in but for you to invite someone to join you!

Our schedules can get filled up with many things, but ‘many things’ won’t have near the same eternal value as worshiping our Savior with one another. As you begin to find your rhythm, we want you to consider who it is in your life that might need to know Jesus. Is there a friend or family member or teacher or associate that needs the saving grace of Jesus? 

Would you begin praying for that person? And would you take a step of faith and ask them to join you for worship on September 19?

Join us for National Back to Church Sunday!


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

September 
  • 14, Volunteer Shout Out! 
  • 18, Family Fun Fest 
  • 19, Back To Church Sunday
  • 22, See You At The Pole
  • 25-10/2, Ninos de Mexico Missions trip
October
  • 3, Church In The Park
  • 22, City of Union Boo Bash
  • 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.

Jesus Storybook Bible - Family Reading Plan

Hi parents!  This week's Jesus Storybook Bible reading is week two for September, "The Servant King".  You can find it on page 286 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. 

For more information click here.

Last week we continued our series, Freedom in the Kingdom, with a study on Galatians 5:20 and a look at the warnings against idolatry and sorcery. This was a memorable night with clear biblical teaching on the issues of idolatry and drugs, and a heartfelt appeal to students to flee from falling into both. This week we continue our study with a focus on the various evidences of selfishness in our lives. In a culture that elevates self-identity, self-ambition, self-fulfillment, and self-gratification as the epoch of human experience, this lesson promises once again to stand in stark contrast to prevailing worldviews on the subject.
 
I’d like to leave you with a Word from the Apostle Paul, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,” (Galatians 5:19-21)
 
As Paul continues to lead readers through the sinful works of the flesh evident in the natural man or woman, our list here brings with it the idea of sin with a capital “I”, as all the aforementioned concepts in red are ultimately rooted in selfishness.
 
Enmity, sometimes translated as hostility or hatred, centers on the idea of looking with evil suspicion on someone different than yourself. It’s about not only building fences but waiting behind them with a weapon in the event another crosses that boundary.
 
Strife, or discord, is the result of a living at enmity in the world, and as Kenneth Boles defines it is "the open outcome of inner hatred” that we see in enmity. Ultimately a heart full of enmity produces discord and strife in the world around it.
 
Jealousy in its negative, most familiar sense, is wanting what others have or what they have to offer because of our own selfish desire.
 
Fits of anger is exactly that, unchecked and unresolved anger that explodes like a quick-burning house fire, causing hurt and harm to all around it.
 
Selfish ambition, or rivalries, is not only the self-promoting ambition of a crooked politician who is only in it for the money and power he can gain but goes deeper to the point that they also want to see their opponents destroyed as they rise to the top. It certainly doesn’t take a whole lot of detective work to find selfish ambition in our culture today.
 
Dissension is a concept that says, “we’re right and you’re wrong”, and we don’t need to look further than Facebook for evidence of dissension in our culture.
 
Divisions or factions is the idea of choosing sides over an issue, in which it is not rather we choose right or wrong, but the fact that we are choosing that is the heart of the matter (1 Corinthians 1:12). Like dissension, a heart consumed with divisiveness is set on creating separation and sides, as opposed to seeking reconciliation, peace, and common ground.
 
Envy is the last concept Paul lists, and it is the final state of a person consumed with jealousy, as it is not only the desire for what another has, but goes so far as to feel pain at someone else’s blessings, success, etc., and to desire bad for them. The person that struggles with an idea like “that spoiled brat gets everything handed to them on a silver spoon, I hope they get what they have coming to them” is struggling with envy. Once again, we find our society is plagued with the wicked spiritual fruit of envy.
 
Ultimately, each of the aforementioned sins is centered on self, on “I”. I deserve what they have. I’m right and you are wrong. I don’t want you around. I hate you because you are different than me. I hate you because you have what I deserve. “I”, “me”, and “mine”, and they all add up to, at their core, selfishness.
 
In a selfie culture that exalts self to the point of making it the most common form of idolatry, it is of no surprise that we needn’t search too diligently to find examples of these sinful behaviors. It is then of no wonder that the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, the evidence of God at work in the hearts and minds of His children, should stand out, should shine so brightly as it produces selflessness in each of us. May we all be found doing just that; 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.

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, September 18 @ 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. 

So many times we hear “leave a legacy'' which sure- we should leave a legacy; Dave Ramsey has spent the better part of his life teaching how to do just that financially with his ‘7 Baby Steps’. There are many people who have left legacies, like Albert Einstein in the educational world and who can deny the spiritual legacy left by Billy Graham? What if, instead of dying to leave a legacy we strive to live a life of legacy. Check out how Celebrate Recovery can help you start living your best life and living to leave a legacy. Click here to see our new blog!
 
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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