“What would Jesus do?” Christians have been asking themselves this question, one way or another, since the foundation of the church of Christ. However, in the 1890’s these four words became a very common household phrase for members of the Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas. Charles Sheldon, who was the preacher at that time, developed a series of “sermon stories” that he could read to his congregation on Sunday nights to, hopefully, spark some interest in attendance. One such story was published in 1896 as the book entitled, “In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?” Since it’s first printing, more than 50,000,000 copies have been printed and sold around the world in at least 20 different languages, making it one of the most read books of all time.
WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) became a simple motto for teens at the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan in 1988. Inspired by Sheldon’s book, Dan Seaborn, who was the youth minister at Central, had been using the phrase as a sort of slogan for his youth ministry and was looking for a way to have it printed on something that his teens could carry with them as a reminder of the commitment they had made to follow Jesus. The end result was a woven bracelet with the four-letter acronym, WWJD, printed on it. Since that time, WWJD has been marketed around the world through a variety of means to remind people of their commitment to follow Christ and seek ways to live out their faith in their schools, homes, careers and social lives.
Yet, before all of this began, Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, was asking the same question to his readers, hoping they would also follow “in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21) by living their lives faithful to Jesus even through the persecution that they were going through.
This Sunday, we will be examining what it means to follow Jesus in a world that doesn’t particularly care about Him or those who follow “in His steps.”
1st Annual Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament
Congratulations to our WINNERS!
We had 35 fathers participate in our First Annual Father’s Day Tournament this past Sunday, June 20th. Our winners were Matt Kliethermes, first place, Josh Harrison, and Rob Rash tied for second place. Matt’s total score was eight points, Josh and Rob scored seven points each, Bryan Tenny came in with six. Congratulations to all the dads and granddads that took part in the tournament fun. Awards will be given this Sunday.
No doubt these winners will be pondering big endorsements and considering a new career track in their dreams. However, it may be wise to consider there will be thirty-one or more hungry for victory next year. Eager for their name at the top of the board. Who knows, ESPN may cover this tournament next year. Start practicing now!
Hi parents! This week's Jesus Storybook Bible reading is week four for June, "Heaven breaks through". You can find it on page 200 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.
When our group to CIY is away the rest of us have Fire and Ice Wednesday! Get ready for Capture the Flag with water guns! We will be roasting marshmallows and hotdogs by the bonfire! Plus Snow Cones available for all! Last but not least, there will be a special pottery wheel demonstration by Kerry Klenke! Hope to see you all there. Bring your friends!
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 email@example.com so we can work together to help our students grow as musicians, Christians, and leaders.
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/.
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, June 26 @ 7 AM for a men's Bible Study at Red, White, and Brew coffee house in Union.
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.
Union Firework Festivities
July 3, 2021
Veterans Memorial Park (600 Progress Parkway)
Approximately 9:30 PM.
Bring lawn chairs, coolers, blankets and yard games to make an evening of it at the park!