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A Note From Jerry
Dear FCC Family,
It is with sadness to announce that Dr. Patricia Slomanski (Pat) and FCC are no longer involved in a working relationship as of Wednesday, Feb.18, 2015. This decision was neither a quick decision nor an easy decision to make. Significant efforts were made in order to maintain Pat as our organist. We wish Pat the very best going forward. Plans for replacing Pat are under way and the music program for FCC will continue to add to the worship experience at FCC. Please direct any questions to Rev. Bob Franz, Chris Furr or Jerry Roberts.
Grace,
Jerry Roberts
Chairman of the General Board
A Stewardship Moment
When I see the amount of God's work being carried out by members of our congregation and see the hopes and dreams being presented by ministry teams for the church, I can feel God's presence amongst us saying " well done, my good and faithful servants". The positive atmosphere flowing through our congregation is very exciting, and makes us want to do more of God's work as we are able. As mentioned before, our Stewardship theme for the church year 2015-2016 is "From Bread and Wine to Faith and Giving". God gave his very best to us which is represented in the Bread and Cup - His very own son. What are we willing to give in return to carry out his work? On Sunday March 29th, Transformation Sunday, we will be asked to make a pledge answering the question, "What does God want me to give?" 2Corinthians: 7-9 says You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will provide all you need. then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the scriptures say godly people give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will never be forgotten. Prayerfully consider taking a "Step Up" this year.
Yours in Christ,
Darrell McHaney Co-Chair, Stewardship/Finance
Our worship teams have been dreaming of what our church needs to be doing and what we would like to be doing, to step up our commitment to do God's work. Some of our dreams for the coming church year and beyond are to increase programs for our youth, through Sunday School and Bible school. We also would like to update our new member and visitor packets and increase our fellowship opportunities. Another dream is a "Battle of the Bands" (religious bands) and a picnic in our ball field in the summer. This will hopefully increase interest in our church and some of the programs we have to offer. Heather has some very exciting activities planned for our youth, which will hopefully bring more youth to our programs. CACS has some very ambitious plans to reach out in a much greater way to help the poor through our emergency food packets program and a new family support program. All of these, and many more dreams will greatly increase our commitment to doing God's work. Our World outreach committee is striving to move our church up to a tithe of our church's budget, to the greater church's budget for emergencies around the world. Many of these funds are returned to help in North Carolina. All of these "dreams" will of course take on a commitment of our congregation. Please carefully and prayerfully consider how you will respond to our carrying out God's work through First Christian Church Wilmington.
Prayerfully yours,
The Stewardship and Finance Team           
Do you like reading these Stewardship Moments? Then head over to our website, where we have compiled them all together in the Stewardship Blog
Electronic Giving Reminder
We want to remind you that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. Direct Debit Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account. Credit & Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a pre-determined schedule using a credit or debit card. Online Giving lets you go to our website – fccilm.org - at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Additional information is available from the church office or from members of the Stewardship and Finance Ministry Team.
Can You Help?
We received a note from the Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network Director that Dyshawn, a young man who was a guest at our church last fall (along with his Mom Emily, Dad Cliff and brother Cameron), has broken his ankle and will be having surgery. The family is in need of a wheel chair for several months. The wheelchair will need to have the ability to elevate his leg. If you have one you are willing to loan to the family for an extended period of time, please contact Ellie Duckett or Ann Boston so we can coordinate this with the Director. Thanks for your help and please pray for Dyshawn’s full recovery. The CACS team
Out of My Mind- A Note from Rev Franz
I don’t always get to say this, but I am truly enjoying my time with our Stewardship & Finance Committee. This group has good leadership and other members who are upbeat and positive about the future of First Christian Church. The result is a team open to the ideas, dreams, and needs of our congregation. This is an especially important attitude for a group charged with the responsibility of helping us build a budget that is exciting, that will challenge us, and that is reachable. Our ministry teams have been busy preparing their budget requests and soon you will see what they contain. Expect to see approaches that build on and nurture the programs that have been working, but also expect to see new and innovative ideas to better transform lives though God’s love. The campaign will be one that is new to us, but we are enthused about it, especially because its theme is centered around the Lord’s table and prepared by DoC experts. We plan to include more information to help families, children, and youth make their plans to share in the joy of giving. As always, any program of the church needs to be led by prayer; so please begin lifting up this effort to God. We pray that we will do what God wants done, and the way God wants it done.
50+ Group News
The 50+ (yet to be named) group had its first meeting in November with lunch at Wrightsville Beach. This month we will be going to Gibby’s Dock and Dine restaurant in Carolina Beach for lunch on Thursday, March 5. Although we are saying 50+, all who are interested in participating are welcome and guests are welcome as well. We plan to meet once a month, probably on the first Thursday of the month. Please call Phyllis Powell at 910-395-1400 no later than Tuesday, March 2, to let her know if you can join us for fun and fellowship on March 5. We will be taking the church bus and those who want to ride the bus or who want to drive their own cars and car pool to Carolina Beach will meet at the church at 11:15 a.m. If you are meeting the group at Gibby’s, plan to be there by 11:45 a.m. Let’s fill the bus and several cars! 
Naming Contest
This group got off to a great start in November. There is one big problem – NO NAME. So, here’s your chance to be creative. We are having a contest open to all ages in the church to name the group. Between now and March 27, we need your suggestions. You may leave them in a basket set up in the Fellowship Hall, or drop them by the church office. The winner will receive a terrific prize: your choice of Myrtle Sander’s mouth watering chocolate pie or Margaret Jarman’s delicious banana pudding- yummm! You will need to sign your name in order to receive the prize, but the names will be removed before our panel of judges makes its decision.
Coming Up

February 25-
March 3

Wednesday, February 25
7a AA
10:30a Spiritual Life Group
6p Supper Plus Potluck
7p JO Williams Speaking and Worship

Thursday, February 26
7a AA
12p High Noon AA
6p Worship Band
6p Foster Parent Training

Saturday, February 28
7a AA
9a-3p, 6-8p Seventh Day Adventists

Sunday, March 1
8:45a Turning Point
8:45a CWW (Room 2)
9:45a Coffee Fellowship
9:45a Sunday School
11a Traditional Worship

Monday, March 2
7a AA
12p Al Anon
6p Girl Scouts

Tuesday, March 3
7a AA
12p High Noon AA
6p Caduceus 12Step
6p Foster Parent Training
6p Circle Martha
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March
Please bring in
CANNED FRUIT
Put it in the wagon in the hallway
Reflections
In recent years, nearly every community in the United States has been equipped with a 911 emergency phone system. All a person has to do is dial those three numbers and he is instantly connected to a dispatcher's computer screen. The screen identifies the number from which the call is being made, the address, and the name by which the telephone number is listed. The system is simultaneously connected to the police department, the fire department and the paramedics. A person using the 911 system doesn't even need to utter a word in order for help to be dispatched to the scene. The Lord has had His own 911 system - a system more foolproof, failsafe and faithful than anything man can hope to design. When we "dial" 911 prayers, we are sometimes hysterical, or we don't know the right words to convey the deep need we feel. But God hears!
 
He already knows our name and all about our circumstances. He knows the precise answer to our need even before we voice it. His help is on the way the very moment we turn to Him.
Matthew 12:34

Serving March 1

11:00 Communion Table Prayers
Charlie Prickitt & Charles Sanders
 
Homebound Communion
Dava Bright & Tena Perry
 
Turning Point
Patsy Emmart
 
March Deacons
Pat Brooks, Steve Brooks, Myra Ferris,
David Sharrat, Marion Vernon,
Sherry Hickman, Linda Reinger

March Communion Prep
Pat and Steve Brooks, Myra Ferris 
 
Greeters
8:45  Dava & Steve Bright
 
11:00 Nancy Manning & Patsy Emmart
 
Lay Reader
Morgan Adam
 
Sunday Door Lock-up
Charles Manning
Notices & Reminders
 
2/25                                    Supper Plus Begins
6pm Our Supper Plus Program will kick off this night honoring African American History Month. The Reverend J. O. Williams will lead us in worship following the fellowship dinner. Please bring a covered dish and join us for dinner and worship. 
Upcoming Elder's Meetings are as follows: 
  • Wednesday, March 11, 6:00pm, Room 12
  • Tuesday, April 14, 6:00pm, Room 12
  • Saturday, May 2, 6:00pm, Room 12
  • Tuesday, June 9, 6:00pm, Room 12

The DWM Retreat is scheduled for March 20th and 21st at Camp Caroline.  If you are interested in attending and would like to ride up EARLY Saturday morning, 3/21, Faye Hodges will be driving the Church Bus...Yes, Faye will be taking us.  Please contact Elizabeth and let her know; she will have a sign up sheet.  We need 15 to commit so that we can take the bus.  Maggie Archibald will be the Keynote Speaker.  What a fun day this will be.  Also, you will need to register for the Retreat....copies of the forms are on the DWM Bulletin Board and must be in the Regional Office by March 11.  If you have questions you can call Sherry Hickman at 297-1368.
Jim Price would like to announce the birth of his granddaughter on February 13, 2015. Lyra Underwood Lennon Price is the daughter of Suzzanne and Jim Price, IV. She is Jim’s little Valentine.
Camp Caroline Work-Day Feb 28 The Camp has small-large work needs including a chainsaw and anyone with a log splitter to help clean-up some downed trees, electrical and plumbing needs for specifically gifted folks in those areas, and if you are a drywall specialist they have a need for your help! If the weather permits they are hoping to get Ward Hall Painted and the Pool House painted, too.
Youth Information
Registration for Chi Rho Spring Retreat due February 25th. The retreat will be March 6-8 for students in middle school. If you are interested in going we need the forms turned in as soon as possible.
Calling all youth interested in serving during the 11:00 worship service. We need acolytes and lay readers. Please let Heather know if you might be interested.
Fundraising for youth to attend Winterfest in Gatlinburg at the end of the year. We have teamed up with Funding Factory to recycle used printer cartridges, old cell phones and much more into money for this trip. There are boxes in the Narthex and fellowship hall for drop off.  Any questions, contact Heather.
February 25th  
Supper Plus Starts - This particular night we will conduct a service project here at the church
 
March 6-8th
Spring Retreat  for Grades 6-8 (Paid for by the church) More info coming soon!
 
April 19th
Youth Service Day Bake Sale after 11:00 Worship (Proceeds to benefit Good Shepherd)
 
June 22-26th
Camp Caroline ALPHA Camp for grades 1-3
 
June 26-28th
Camp Caroline Sailing & Kayaking Camp for grades 4-7
Attention Flower Lovers!
I am looking forward to sharing some tricks I have learned about flowers.  On March 4, 11, 18 and 25th, we will meet after the meal at Supper Plus. I need to have a sign up list, in order to provide handouts and needed supplies.  I plan on having simple, inexpensive supplies for you to purchase. You will have the opportunity to make your own little tool/ supply kit.  Please save an adult sized shoebox or buy a plastic one.  We will use these supplies in some hands-on flower arranging, bow tying, air grafting and other flower fun!
 
Please don’t let $$ keep you from being a part of this group during Supper Plus!   A few, gracious FCC folks are contributing money towards scholarships for others who would like to take the workshop, but do not have funds available to do so.   I will need to limit the group to 15 folks this time, so please get your name on the list ASAP! If these classes go well, they will be offered again later and a waiting list will begin after the initial 15 students. Your best bet would be to email me at milliesbloomers@gmail.com.  Please be sure to leave a phone number. You could call me at 540-0216 (cell) or at 686-1393 (home).   I need to order the supplies by Tuesday, February 24th.I am looking forward to sharing the chance to showcase God’s glorious blossoms and to learn your ideas, too! 
Worship Team News
You may have noticed that we have made two changes in the order of worship for the traditional service. Passing of the Peace is after the call to worship and the announcements are after the closing hymn. Hopefully this will help with the flow of the service. We continue to struggle with the noise level in the narthex prior to the service. In an attempt to help with this, we are asking that the sanctuary doors be closed at 11:00 o’clock. The prelude will begin right at 11:00. Hopefully all will be seated in time for the prelude which signals the beginning of the service. We ask for your help with this. Lenten devotional booklets and prayer cards are available for those who wish to use them for personal and family devotional time. We would like for our congregation to begin practicing a daily devotional time during Lent....(add something instead of giving up something for Lent). It is our hope and prayer that our personal/family devotional time will carry over after Lent. The Worship Team will be looking into providing daily devotional books to those who would like to have them as a resource. Let us hear from you as to what you might like for us to provide for you as you make this a personal/family time of sharing God’s word in your daily lives. We have many worship opportunities available to us from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Watch the N&V for dates and times for these special services. See you in church Sunday!
Dear FCC Family:
Thank you for your cards, phone calls and prayers during my recovery. Your 
care helped Alan and myself greatly. Every day becomes easier and I am back at work. Your prayers + GOD's love = my healing.
Thank you all,
Barbara Anderson

Ann and I thank First Christian Church for the support and friendship so freely offered Zola and her family. My mother’s memorial service was symbolic of so much that is good at our Church. Thank you is inadequate to the contributions of Glenn Brigman, Jane Coleman and her volunteers, Millie Griffin for the beautiful flowers, Cheryl Cribbs for the beautiful music and Darrell McHaney’s wonderful poem.
With Love,
Bill and Ann Boston,
Martha Jo and Mike Sullivan
Colby Westbrook - a Brownie Scout with Troop 3681 (FCC’s sponsored Troop) - is selling delicious Girl Scout Cookies. We would like to send a huge, sparkly THANK YOU to all of those who have already purchased cookies! Through the end of February, Colby will be taking and filling orders for any who are interested. For more information or to order online, please email Colby’s mom Alesha (edibrook1@gmail.com)
 
A Note From The Communications Team
Just a reminder.  Please submit any articles you may have for News and Views to Elizabeth Cosper in an email or as an attachment to an email by 1100 am on Mondays.  Please check to see that your article has the correct time and date - if it is an event - and that it has been proofed for typos, spelling and grammar.  This will cut down on editing time and mistakes in the final issue.  If you do not have access to a computer or email, please contact Ellie Duckett and she will help get your information ready for publication. Please do not call the church office and dictate an article over the phone or drop a hand written note in the church inbox. Your help in these areas will insure that we can more efficiently publish a weekly newsletter without negatively impacting other church business. Thanks in advance for your help with this.
Recent Attendance
 
DATE 8:45 11:00 TOTAL
01/04/15 no count 75 75+
01/11/15 54 72 126
01/18/15 39 75 114
01/25/15 61 96 157
02/01/15 76 102 178
02/08/15 77 70 147
02/15/15
02/22/15
58
69
83
82
141
151

 
Prayer Concerns

Church Family
Michelle Allen, health issues
Vanessa King, breast cancer/recovering from surgery
Vivian Vaughan, recovering from surgery
JC Davis, health issues/surgery on 1/8
Hugh Cason, health issues
Barbara Anderson, recovering from surgery
Vivian Vaughan, recovering from surgery
Roger Bullock & Family, he is serving in Afghanistan 
Hunter Singletary
Ann & Bill Boston, for the loss of Zola
  
Our Friends and Family
Nancy Shelton, Mike Brown's niece
Laura Cochrane, Barbara Capps' sister, health issues
Ernest Duckett, brother of Ellie Duckett & son of Jane Duckett, diagnosed with colon cancer
Alison Grimes, niece of Joanne Stout, in clinical trial for cancer
Cristi Pollock, friend of many church members, diagnosed with central nervous system vasculitis
Christy McGirt, Nancy Cherry-Simcox’s friend, undergoing chemo and radiation
Lilly Millis, dealing with her mother, Christy’s, illness
Scott Corbett,  friend of Ray Gardner, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation
Marji Hillard Johnson, friend of the Mays, husband was killed by a drunk driver
ŸMillie Bless, dealing with health issues
ŸVerta Blake, Pam Furr’s Aunt, recovering from shoulder replacement
Maria Kinzer
Ella Sue Stanton, Libby Stanton’s Mother, health
John Montgomery, Tena Perry’s Uncle, kidney cancerŸ 
Troy Law, Jane Duckett’s brother, health issues
Kelsy Mills, health issues
Susan Johnson, friend of the Emmarts, recently diagnosed with rare liver cancer
Penny & Kevin Phipps, friends of the Mays, health problems
Kredrick Brown, friend of the Stakely-Coffeys, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 
Frank Ridgeway, Sherry Hickman's Father, health issues
Scriptures for March
 
3/1/15
Psalm 19:1-11
Mark 8:31-37
 
3/8/15
Psalm 1
John 2:13-22
 
3/15/15
Psalm 108:1-5
John 3:36-21
 
3/22/15
Psalm 119:105-112
John 12:20-33
 
3/29/15
Psalm 118:19-29
Mark 11:1-11
It’s Time For Supper Plus Again!
 
Classes Offered
Young Children (4 years to 4th Grade):
Learn Worship music and art activities in preparation for Palm Sunday
Older Children (5th Grade and Up): Activity TBA
 
Flower Arranging with Millie Griffin
Young Parents Class with Bill DeLeo
Lenten Bible Study: Challenges of Social Justice with Rev Bob
 
Meal Schedule
2/25 Potluck Supper
3/4 Spaghetti Dinner
3/11 Elders Providing Meal
3/18 Catering by Duke’s Old South BBQ
3/25 DWM & CMF Providing Meal
FCC Wilmington Staff
 
Robert Franz Interim Minister
Cheryl Cribbs Music Director Brad Dean Turning Point Director
Heather Fahnestock Youth Director  Elizabeth Cosper Administrative Assistant
Myrtle Sanders Financial Secretary
Tammy Connell Nursery Attendant/Cleaning ServiceJohn Lanier  Janitorial Service
Russ & Carlotta Smith Spiritual Directors


Telephone

Office 910-762-1389 | Spiritual Directors 910-616-5846
CareNet Counseling Partner 910-799-1071
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