August, 2016

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 Here are just a few things going on in the coming weeks at First Christian Church Plainview, Tx.  I have recently ADDED a calendar to the ” What’s Happening tab  at the top of the page. Please have a look and see what’s going on in September.

Wednesday, August 31, Dine & Devotion will me at I-HOP at 6:00pm.  This happens when there are 5 Wednesdays in a month.

Monday, September 5th, the office will be closed to celebrate the holiday “Labor Day”.

Cabinet Meeting will meet on the second Sunday, September 11th at 6:00pm because of Labor Day weekend on the first Sunday.

School supplies or a monetary donation is being taken to purchase supplies now for next year while items are on sale. This will be an ongoing collection throughout the whole year as we will  be able to bless families in our community.

T-Shirt … time is running out….please order your T-Shirt before Sept. 11th. ….($20.00)…forms in the foyer. Please  turn the forms in to Michelle Swim or Charity Lockridge. Michelle  will be placing the orders in Sept. 12, 2016.   You can put your money right in the plate  but make sure it is earmarked  for T- shirts or, You can give it directly to Michelle or Charity along with the order forms.

  Thank you and many Blessings,




This past Sunday, August 21, 2016, our church held the Installation  service  of Richard Dye as Pastor of First Christian Church in Plainview Texas.  I had the pleasure of taking  photographs  during this very touching service.  I do not  profess to be a pro by any means, but I truly did enjoy the task at hand.  We had the honor of inviting Richard to become our Pastor and  he was  led by God to take the position. So … June 1, Richard moved back to Plainview after a career as a teacher, coach, and  mentor to many of his students.  Here we are, two and a half months later, at this  milestone in our church. We welcome Richard and his wife Sarah into our fold.  I, myself, look forward to many  wonderful things  happening  within our church and our community. Many blessings to you all.


P.S. click on the tab above labeled  Installation Service  of Richard Dye to see the pictures of the day.

School supply outreach

school supply back packHello  Friends,

We have just finished our 4th School supply community outreach.

It was amazing!!!! Our people provided supplies  and/or money  to buy supplies and we were able to

show the love of Christ to 100 children. I believe we  helped about 30 families all together. This is what

outreach is all about. Reaching out to our community without asking for anything in return.  We filled up 100

String bags(backpacks) with  various school items…2 spirals, 8 or 9 pencils, 2 blue pens, 2 black pens,

2 red pens, markers, crayons , scissors,  erasers, 2 glue sticks and Map colors in each bag.  Unfortunately,

we had to turn away 100 or more people because we just ran out of stuff.

We were able to have our own young people help by filling and passing the bags out and offering a smile.

Our kids are really great young people, growing bigger and stronger in Christ everyday . Our Pastor, Richard Dye,

was on hand to pray with anyone  that wanted prayer for any reason. 

This is an  outreach that we will continue to provide to our community whether it is 50 bags, 100 bags, or 300 bags.

It can be as little as 25 bags , but as long as our goal is to help those in need and share the love of Christ we are doing what

God has called all Christians to do. Please remember to pray for all of the needy families in our and your community today.

Many blessings In Christ,




August News letter 2016



What a wonderful experience I am having as I share ministry with you here at First Christian Church.  Summer is passing us by so quickly, and school is just around the corner. We will have some new and fresh ideas for the fall.


I am still experiencing the learning curve as I make my way around the activities of the church and our community. I have been able, in the last month, to renew acquaintances all over town as I visit various agencies and institutions.  I am so happy to be in Plainview, and ecstatic to be your pastor.  


Our summer Bible study began the last week of July, and will continue for three weeks in August.  We are studying the Letter of James, an integrated study in the Christian Reflection series. We meet on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. For those who would prefer a morning Bible study, the same study is offered on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM.  Bring your coffee or your cold drink, and we are here for about an hour. If you missed the first meeting, come on anyway—we can get you caught up.  The course will last four weeks, and will conclude in mid-August, before school starts.


Our youth have returned from camp, and are looking forward to great things in the fall. I also hope they are looking forward to school, but they may not terribly fired up about that yet.  Our youth will participate in the Operation Serve event on July 30, which is a city-wide clean-up and service day. We are also gearing up for youth Sunday school in the fall. They are also looking at having a t-shirt sale fundraiser in the fall.


Our Outreach folks are planning a school supply distribution event on Saturday, August 13. The church is providing small backpacks for kids in the community.  They are asking that our congregation help out by providing school supplies (pencils, pens, paper, folders, markers etc.) to fill the backpacks. Money donated for the project will be used to purchase additional school supplies. Let’s do all we can to make this event a success.  


Our worship services have been great this summer, thanks to very capable lay leadership and our wonderful music professionals, Dr. Sam and Betty Jayne. We have other activities in the life of our church, too. Dine and Devote meets every Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM at a selected restaurant for a meal, fellowship, and a short devotional. SAM, our senior adult ministry, meets the 4th Tuesday of each month for lunch and fellowship. We have church Game Night the last Sunday of the month at 6:00 PM. And of course, our potluck fellowship is after church on the 3rd Sunday of the month (it will be on August 14 this coming month). Come join us for any or all of these activities and events. We love each other’s company, we love to eat, and we love to get together as a church family.


On another note, I know that you know that we are living in different, if not tough, times. I had an opportunity to visit with our police chief and fire chief at the town hall meeting July 19. Sometimes we feel that we are somewhat removed from the events of the world here in Plainview, but they are closer to home than we might want to realize. I would like for us to make concerted efforts to pray for our policemen, our deputies, our firemen, and all of our community’s first responders—pray for their safety, pray for their good judgment, and let them know that you appreciate what they do. It’s a tough job.


Finally, we will have a Service of Installation for me as your pastor. The service will be on Sunday, August 21, during the 10:45 AM worship service. Our Mission West/Hi-Plains area minister, Rev. Charlotte Hoppe, will be here to preach and conduct the service of installation. Rosalie McClanahan’s granddaughters, Erin and Angela, will be here to sing for us. This will be a great day in the life of First Christian Church.


If you do Facebook and have not yet “liked” our Facebook page, “First Christian Church Plainview, Texas,” please do so. We try to put something on there every week, including pictures.  Soon, we will have a church webpage. We also hope to be recording sermons to post on the Facebook page and on the webpage.


I thank you for all that you do in the service of our Risen Lord and First Christian Church.


Grace and peace.