February, 2017

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Mid winter rally

 

Nate dancing.

Posted by Michelle Swim on Saturday, February 25, 2017

This past weekend our youth were able to go to Amarillo to the Mid Winter Rally that was held at FCC Amarillo. Thank you FCC Amarillo for hosting us and the other churches that were able to attend the youth Rally. I , being the great participator that I am, Failed to take any pictures. I left my phone in my bed and just was part of things. I did manage to go live with a spectacular video of Nate doing a bit of his favorite thing which is dancing. Let me give you all a recap of the weekend.
Well, we left Plainview Friday night kind of late but we managed to get the FCC Amarillo only 10 minutes late . We weren’t the only ones late so that’s ok. While setting up, I realize that I forgot to get my covers to sleep under. No way am I sleeping without covers so a quick trip to the closest Walmart was in order. There was some fellowship and such on Friday night but the big day was Saturday. On Saturday morning we got up, ate a great breakfast, cleaned up, listened to a message from Mark Weathers, and loaded up to go to the food bank in Amarillo. While at the food bank, we formed an assembly line around a conveyor belt. Each person got to put food items into boxes and with nearly 50 of us working we managed to fill quite a few boxes. Our time at the food bank Flew by! Before we knew what was happening, it was time for a break and loaded back up to head back to the church. I absolutely love that These kids and myself got to take part in this community service. You don’t know who will get the boxes we filled but you do know that we were able to fill the box and make a difference in someones day/week/life by just giving a little bit of time and effort. Blessings on those that get the boxes.
We are back and it’s time to get ready for lunch and I feel like we ate food the whole weekend because it always seemed time to eat every time we turned around. Reality was it was only three meals but time flew by. There were small groups throughout the day divided by age/grade. There was another message from Mark Weathers from FCC Canyon after our meal time followed by some free time. We then loaded back up and went to Canyon to the WT rec. center which was a fantastic time. Swimming , basketball, and showers all around ( kids get kinda stinky )
Back to the Church for more food that someone so kindly prepared for us ( grilled burgers) , fun, fellowship and Worship. One more sleep over and one more meal and one more clean up and we were able to attend “big Church” at FCC Amarillo. Thank you again for hosting us.
It can get hard to keep so many kids engaged in Worship especially the younger ones but My hope is this… That every child, teen, and adult that were able to be there were blessed by their experience and realize that maybe, just maybe they were able to be a blessing to others around them. May the God of all bless you as you have read this and may he continue to bless in your daily lives.
Much love in Christ,
Michelle (youth Sponsor /Mom)

The Makeover + Matt 17:1-9

Message from Sunday February 26, 2017

Matthew 17:1-9  (RSV)

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The Transfiguration

17 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Eli′jah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli′jah.” He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son,[a] with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.”

Chasing Perfection – Matthew 5:38-48

Chasing Perfection

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Matthew 5:38-48 (RSV)

Concerning Retaliation

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“Turning the Scoreboard Off” Matt 5:17-20

 

Sermon from February 12, 2017 enjoy and share on your favorite social outlet.

Matthew 5:17-20 (RSV)

The Law and the Prophets

17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Newsletter, February, 2017

 

February is upon us. We are halfway through the liturgical season of Epiphany, and on our way to Lent. I have been here as your pastor for eight months now, and I am really beginning to see some actual growth in spirit as a congregation, as the people of God, as the Church. We have had great worship, our spirit is great, and I know we can expect even more as the temperatures begin to warm up and the days get a little longer.

 

I was out for the day a couple of weeks ago with other ministers from the Hi-Plains Area. We met in Canyon, and spent the day at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, wandering up and down the trails, conversing and sharing and giving and taking about what God is doing in the lives of our churches. Everybody wanted to hear about what is going on in our little outpost in God’s Kingdom. I simply told them that the greatest gift that God is giving to us is a spirit of hospitality, a spirit of compassion, and a spirit that is helping us, day by day, to get on the same page. I can promise you that there is not much more that a minister can ask of a congregation.

 

As spring approaches (it’s only 50 or so days away), our church will be busier and our lives will be busier. Our kids will be going to their mid-Winter rally in late February. Our spring bible study will begin February 28. It will be a Lenten bible study, and will conclude April 12, the week before Easter Sunday. It will be offered at the same times as the fall bible study—Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. We are also looking at the possibility of having a joint worship service on Ash Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church on March 1, and maybe doing something together on Maundy Thursday.

 

If you are ever on the internet, take a moment and look at our web page, firstchristianchurchplainview.com . Michelle Swim has done a great job in both setting up and maintaining our web page. My sermons are linked into our web page, in case you are ever out of town or not able to be here on a Sunday morning.  If you are on Facebook, the church also has a Facebook page. Michelle also helps to maintain this page, too. On both pages, you can also find information and photos of church events. Our Facebook page also has a ling to the webpage, if you wish to hear the sermon.

 

For all of the good or all of the bad concerning social media, one of the things that it does is that it puts information out about First Christian Church to the community in general. If you are on Facebook, and “like” our page, you can “share” the church’s post, and all of your “friends” will see the post. We can “boost,” or sponsor the post for a small fee, and the post, such as the one we are sponsoring now, simply invites folks in our community who might want to start going to church, or start going again, to come visit us.

 

After the potluck and board meeting on February 19, I will leave to attend Ministers’ Week in Fort Worth, hosted by TCU and Brite Divinity School. It is a great time for learning and renewal, and I am grateful that you will allow me to attend. I will be back in the office Thursday afternoon, February 23.

 

As always, please keep looking for opportunities for ministry. When you find such an opportunity, please tell me, or tell somebody who will tell me. If you know someone who is in a pastoral need, please let me know.  Also, please remember our school backpack ministry is ongoing, and you may donate school supplies to the box in the foyer or by monetary gift. Finally, the Week of Compassion special offering will be taken February 19 and 26. It’s an opportunity to respond to the Gospel, and to put our faith into action.

 

I am truly blessed to be your pastor. Please partner with me as we respond to Christ’s call to minister to our community.

 

Blessings and peace,

 

Richard+

 

“Salt and Light” Matthew 5:13-15

The sermon from February 5, 2017. Please listen and share with your friends and family via your favorite social media, email, ect. May God bless you in your daily life and in the lives of the people that you  have contact with daily.  

In Christ,

Michelle

Matthew 5:13-16 (RSV)

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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