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Midweek Update for October 5
Coming Soon at FCC

October 5

6:00 p.m.
Faith Foundations
6:30 p.m.
Choir Practice
7:00 p.m.
Cantata Practice

Sunday, October 9
8:45 a.m.
Christian Comrades Prayer Gathering
9:00 a.m.
Sunday School 
10:15 a.m.
Morning Worship
11:30 a.m.
Ona Ruth Women's Fellowship
5:00 p.m.
Faith Foundations

Tuesday - Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Adventure Nook Preschool and Mother's Day Out

October 10

7:00 a.m. 
Men's Bible Study
6:30 p.m.
Elders Gathering

October 11

10:00 a.m.
Ladies Bible Study
6:30 p.m.
Finance Council

October 12

8:00 a.m.
Young At Heart
Faith Foundations
6:30 p.m.
Choir Practice
7:00 p.m.
Cantata Practice
Prayer Requests 
Prayer requests are
regularly shared 
through our
CareLine telephone 
messages. To share
a prayer request or
to add a telephone
number to receive
CareLine messages,
please email the
church office
or call
Prayers for Health & Healing:
Libby Carpenter
Dustin Chandler
Janet Clark
Jim Clifford
Pat Favorite
David Hamilton
Carl Hayes
Ron Koepp
Barbara McClary
Greg McClendon
Mark Newton
Don Wurner
Prayers for Those Receiving Long-Term Medical Care:
Jane Belcher
Marlene Dillon
Kathie Owens
Susan Smith
Sunday Servants for October 9


Jim Baxter
Beverly Baxter

Barbara Carpenter
Bob Clark
Janet Clark
Carl Crosby
Linda Crosby
Bob Lamb
Janice Lamb
Scott Long
William Mee
Jim Perkins
Bebe Randell
Ginny White

Ashley Chester
June Pryor

Sunday School Greeter
Ross Lange

Worship Greeters
Bud & Georgia Flora

Sanctuary Greeters
Trudie Edwards
Edith Carreras

Dominic Mirabito
Lauren Blakenship

Children’s Worship & Wonder
Ashley Chester
Jennifer Powell
Susan Scales

Nursery Volunteer
Mandy Clark
This Week in Sunday School

Christian Comrades:
From Dream to Destiny: 
Joseph's life 
"The Power Test"
Forward to Friend

New Series Begins Oct. 9

Who are your neighbors?  Do you know them?  What does it mean to be a good neighbor?  What happens when you don't see eye to eye?  Join us this Sunday as Rev. Troy Tatum begins a new series of sermons on community, connections, and what it means to love our neighbor, even when it is hard to do.  
We invite you and your family to join us on Saturday, October 15 for a day of service to our community. Opportunities to serve are available for all ages. At 8 AM we will gather at the church for breakfast and communion, and then head out to our worksites at the Lovelady Center, First Light Shelter, and Workshops, Inc. Go to to sign up today.

Faith Foundations Groups Now Underway

Faith Foundations is a series of small group experiences designed to help you grow closer to God and to one another. Right now we are offering one session of Joyful Generosity (FF3), and one session of Intro to Discipleship (FF1).  Intro to Discipleship meets on Wednesday evenings, and Joyful Generosity meets on Sunday evenings.  If you weren't able to sign up for a fall group, don't worry: we'll offer additional groups this spring.

Faith Matters, a new Sunday morning class for adults and older youth, meets each week at 9 AM in Room 205 upstairs.  Troy Tatum and Robin Blakemore will take turns leading this discussion-oriented class, working through a new topic every four to six weeks.  If you are not currently involved in a Sunday morning small group, we hope you will give Faith Matters a try! 

Friday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m.
"Stitches and Stuff" will meet this Friday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fireside room.

If you have a knitting or sewing project or if you just want some good fellowship...all are welcome to join us!
Columbus Ship Tour 
Wednesday, October 12
(Guntersville, AL)

Just a reminder:
if you have not signed up it's not too late!

The Niña and the Pinta are replicas of the ships on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492.  Columbus sailed these tiny ships over 25,000 miles.  They were last heard of in 1501, but the new ships are a floating museum. 

Join us for this opportunity to catch a glimpse of history. We will meet at church at 8:00 am and return by 4:00 pm.

After our tour we will eat lunch at Café 336 (cost not included)  Cost: $10 which is payable the day of the trip. To register call the church office or email Robin by Monday, October 10.
Congregational Meeting Set for Oct. 23
We will have a congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, October 23.  The primary purpose of this meeting will be to consider changes to our governing documents.  Please click here for more information about these proposed changes and the agenda for the congregational meeting.
The Ladies Bible Study meets in the Farkas Room on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM for study, fellowship, and service.  Each week we fill our Backpack Buddy Bags for Vincent Elementary students, and spend time in discussion.  This fall we are studying A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.  On October 11, we will discuss Chapter 6 (March).  We would love for you to join us!
Thursday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m.
We would like to invite you all to come to our "Fall Festival" on October 27, 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  You are guaranteed to have a great time!  Our smallest friends, will be dressed in costumes.  The T.A.N. support group, headed by Sylvia Almond, will be serving food and possibly manning some of the fun games.  Mack Carpenter will be cooking some of his almost famous spaghetti!  The cost is $7 per person, unless you would like to volunteer to work and then we will gladly feed you for free!  We can always use extra hands for the games or serving food.  Just call the T.A.N. office at 991-9952 or contact Debbie Braswell.  We look forward to a fun time together and hope you make plans to join us.

Thanks for all the love and support First Christian Church gives us!  We love you all!


This week:
(Columbus Day)
This week:
(Columbus Day)
Our students are excited about the opportunity to spend time together and grow in their faith as they learn to follow Jesus more fully. And we all know it just wouldn't be the same without food, right? We would appreciate it if you would consider signing up for a meal one week. We are using sign-up genius to help track each week and we think it will make everything simpler. All you have to do is click the link below for a list of available dates, choose one that works for you and sign up. You're welcome to team up with others, just choose a point person to sign up. Please remember, if you would like to be reimbursed, save your receipts and give them to Donnette Mee or Robin Blakemore and we'll make sure you get a check. Also, you can apply those receipts to your giving statement if you'd like to make it a tax deduction.

Check out the schedule and sign up here.

If you have questions please contact Robin.

Tuesday, October 25
Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery

It's time to put our October meeting on your calendar.  We will learn about  "Fall into Winter Planting" with Cindy and Charlie Thigpen at the beautiful Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery at  Pepper Place, 2805 2nd Ave. So., B'ham, AL 35233 on Tuesday, Oct. 25.  
You can come to the church to carpool at 11:15 or join us for Bible study at 10:00 if you can.  We will leave at 11:30 to  travel to iCantina Tortilla Grill (see their web site for yummy menu) at Pepper Place.  
We plan to be at Charlie's for "class" at 1:45.  You may join us there if you don't want to carpool or eat.
Hope you will come as we meet together to learn about the beauty around us in God's amazing creation.
Please respond to Kathey Long with your plans and if you can or cannot attend.  This will help to know how many to expect in the group for class and for lunch.  Don't want to leave anyone "waitin' at the church"!
Now Hiring
First Christian Church is actively seeking to fill two staff positions.  We are searching for an additional paid nursery worker for Sunday mornings. Interested applicants should contact Robin Blakemore.  We are also searching for a music director.  More information about the music director position, including how to apply, is available here.
Dear Church family,
Thank you so much for mom's birthday cards!  She absolutely loved receiving them and Jim and I really appreciate you keeping her in your thoughts and prayers.  

Just a reminder that mom is now at our address, so please send any further cards to the address below.
(for some reason the post office is not forwarding all of mom's mail)
Thanks again!
Virginia & Jim Crim
5735 Annanadale Lane
Irondale, AL 35210

October Church Calendar & Serving Schedule
Please click here to download the October calendar and schedule. Printed copies will also be available in the narthex on Sunday.
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Thank you for considering this option for giving, and thank you for your generosity and support of what God is doing at First Christian Church!
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