Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter, October, 2017

Dear Church Family,

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, with those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

I have always been what one might call a “news-a-holic.” I just never can get enough of what is happening in the world around us—locally, nationally, or globally. But in these recent days—this month in particular—I sit down and wonder—how much worse can it get? I mean, really—Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose’; the fires in the Northwest and Canada; the earthquake in Mexico City; the threats and rhetoric of conflict, even war, that seem to fill the air even as I write.

I watch the TV, I read on my computer, I look at the newspaper—and I know you do the same—and I wonder where this is all taking us. If I told you I had the answer, I would be lying. But I have learned over these 61 years that it does me no good to sit around and wonder why all of this is happening, and seemingly happening all at once.

But then, I realize our job, as Christians, the ones who profess to be followers of the One who fed and healed and comforted and prayed, is to be the folks who do the same, not sit around and whine and point fingers and say, “Why me?” or “Why us?”

There is no shortage of opportunities for ministry. Our mission and our task is to look for those opportunities for ministry, and instead of “being in the church,” let’s seek out “the least of these,” and then let’s go “be the church.” And maybe our main opportunity for ministry is to pray for those affected, for those with big decisions to make. Let’s do not fail to do what needs to be done as we seek to minister to others.

October is “Toilet Paper Month.” We are collecting packages of toilet paper to take to FISH (Faith in Sharing House), our local food bank. Toilet paper is a big need among those in need.

Our Fall Study is in full swing, dealing with prayer. Each lesson is independent of the others, so feel free to join us at any or all of the remaining sessions. We meet on Tuesdays from 7-8 PM in the fellowship hall. Our study concludes October 24.

Our kids will be having their major fall fundraiser, the 5th Annual Enchilada Casserole Fundraiser, on Sunday, October 22, raising funds for camp and other activities throughout the year. You will be able to eat after church in the fellowship hall, or you will be able to take it home. If you would like to eat later, the kids will be serving in the evening, also.

Our church has purchased an automatic external defibrillator (AED). The machine will be mounted in the fellowship hall. On October 22 at 9 AM in the fellowship hall, our own Rusty Powers, fire chief for the City of Plainview, will be leading a training session for CPR and use of the AED. There is no cost for this training, unless one needs a certification card. The church will cover that cost for members ($5).

First Christian Church congratulates The Rev. Dr. Doug Skinner in celebrating 20 years of ministry at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. Several of us were fortunate to hear Doug at the Disciples of Christ Gospel Weekend event at First Christian Church-Lubbock in September. Doug and Mary Lynn served FCC-Plainview in the early-mid 1980s, and is fondly remembered by those that were here during his tenure.

And we welcome the Rev. Dr. Andy Mangum, who will begin his tenure as Regional Minister on November 1. Andy has previously served as senior minister of First Christian Church-Arlington. Andy will do a great job for folks in the Christian Church in the Southwest.

Sarah and I are indeed grateful for all that you do for us. We look forward to having you over to the parsonage in the near future. If you know of new ministry opportunities, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Blessings,

Richard+

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