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The Powerful Pen of Peter

Suffering Well

In declaring our intent of freedom and independence from a foreign nation, our forefathers penned the following words,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Life. Liberty. Happiness. Did you notice that there is no mention of pain, toil, persecution or suffering? 

Our country is built on the ideals of human autonomy and the right to all that life could be. However, we rarely talk about the work, the sweat, the blood and tears it most certainly requires to reach our fulfillment. 

Ever since Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the garden, our world has been stained by the affects of sin. What started out as paradise in the presence of God has turned into a struggle. From our first breath until our last, we will struggle to create a life free from the pains of suffering. In fact, everything in our being fights against any type of suffering, discomfort and pain. 

But what if we learned to embrace suffering? What if it is God’s gift to us? What if we have missed the goal and opportunity that suffering presents? What if we understood suffering as a way that God is at work IN us and even THROUGH us for His glory?

Beloved friends, this Sunday we will explore Peter’s understanding on why we suffer, how to suffer and how God is at work in the midst of it all. And when e begin to embrace it, it becomes a beautiful means of His grace.

Rob
All items need to be dropped off at FCC THIS Sunday, July 25

If you are writing a check please make the check payable to FCBTSF or Franklin County Back To School Fair or click here for online GOFUNDME.

New Items Needed:
  • Wide ruled spiral notebooks
  • Wide ruled composition books
  • Backpacks
  • Glue sticks
  • 24 count crayons
  • Folders
  • Makers
  • Colored pencils
  • Earbuds
  • Highlighters
  • Large pink erasers
Gently Used Items Needed:
  • Children's books
  • Children's clothes (no adult or baby)
  • Shoes (ages 5-18)
Volunteers are needed:
  • Sunday, July 25, 12 PM - 3 PM (Sorting Clothes)
  • Monday - Friday, July 26 - 30, 9 AM - 5 PM (Sorting clothes)
  • Friday, July 30 TBD
  • Saturday, July 31, 7:30 AM - 3 PM
Any questions please contact Janice Mantle at 314-650-2080.
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.
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

July
  • 28 @ 6:30 PM,  Everyone is invited to join 212 as students talk about their time at Camp David 
August
  • 6, Life Group BBQ
  • 13-14, All Church Camp/Canoe Adventure
  • 21, Fishing Tournament
September 
  • 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 three for July, "The Singer".  You can find it on page 228 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 returned to our series on the book of Galatians, Freedom in the Kingdom, with a study on Galatians 5:1-6, as we began unpacking what our freedom in Christ looks like as we live out our faith. This week, we will be special as we take a break for a series for a Q&A with 212 alumni Leah Scharfenberg who will be sharing about her life as a missionary in Ukraine. Your student will not want to miss what is certain to be an inspiring and memorable evening.
 
One other thing: we will be playing Messy Wiffle Ball Wednesday night. Think shaving cream, oatmeal, and baby oil, and we are highly encouraging all students to wear old clothes, bring a towel, and maybe even a change of clothes. This is a fun game, one the students will absolutely love, but it doesn’t get the moniker “Messy” for no reason; you have been warned!
 
I’d like to leave you with a Word from the book of Proverbs, “Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” (Proverbs 25:25)
 
It really is a double blessing to hear how God is working in and through others across the world. We are just so blessed and excited to hear Leah share her heart with our 212 students, knowing full well that God may use this to inspire one of our students to enter the mission field, to impact even more lives.
 
The truth is we all have stories of how God is moving in our lives, and I’d like to add to what Alan was sharing Sunday in encouraging each of you to look for opportunities to point others to the way the Lord has blessed you. You just never know how the Lord can use your testimony to expand the blessings.
 
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.

Bible Study


Join us Saturday, July 24 @ 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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