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Midweek Update for July 23

Thursday, July 24
8:30 AM -12:00 PM
Vacation Bible School
"Workshop of Wonders"
6:30 PM
Advocates Men's Bible Study

Friday, July 25
8:30 AM 
Vacation Bible School
"Workshop of Wonders"
11:30 AM
VBS Children - Musical Performance for Parents

Sunday, July 27
9:00 AM   
Sunday School
9:45 AM
Fellowship Moment
10:15 AM
Morning Worship
11:15 AM
A Moment of Prayer with Elders
11:30 AM
Monday, July 28
7:00 AM
Men's Bible Study
10:00 AM
Staff Meeting

Wednesday, July 30
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
China Painting Seminar
6:30 PM
Choir Rehearsal

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
991-5000. We are
grateful to Claradel
Holcombe for 
coordinating this
important ministry.

Prayers for Health & Healing:
Janet Bonds
Bob Coupland
George Dudley
Dotsy Kennedy
Jim Perkins
Lillian Rodriguez
Haley Rushing
Barry Storer
Connie Tabb
Leigh Ann Tatum
Bob Tomlinson
Margaret Willis
Russell Fountain

Prayers for Those Receiving Long-Term Medical Care:
Luci Colee
David Hamilton
Nancy Hubner
Susan Smith

Sunday Servants  for July 27

Charles Daniels
Peggy Daniels
Luci Colee,
Buzz DeVore,
Nancy DeVore,
Judy Dudley,
Jeff Eady,
Bob Frederickson,
Julie Henderson,
Scott Long,
Bruce Moon,
Marian Moon,
Virginia Nall, 
Garry Tyree

Communion Preparation
Annie Franklin

Sunday School Greeter
Bruce Moon

Worship Greeters
Jim & Beverly Baxter (Door)
Sheila Murphy (Welcome Table)

Dominic Mirabito
Children’s Worship & Wonder
Joye Taylor
Linda Hamilton
Hope Beaton
This Week in Sunday School

Christian Comrades:
The End Times in Chronological Order 
by Ron Rhodes

The Disciples:
"Seek the Good of Others"
1 Corinthians
Young Adults:
Christian Ethics
Forward to Friend

If you are around the church this week you can't help but feel the excitement in the air as 63 children and over 30 volunteers explored how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God!  The adventure includes interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great game, and more.

This week could not have been possible without the volunteers who generously gave of their time, energy, talents and resources. We are so blessed to have so many dedicated members who love the Lord and love the church. 

Blessing Boxes
Cardboard Blessing Boxes were distributed in the spring to each family at church.  We ask that when you feel God's blessing, you place a gift to God in your Blessing Box (coins, cash, check).  Blessing Boxes will be collected at the end of the summer, with proceeds supporting our BackPack Buddies Ministry.

The Joy Dare

Matthew 3:13-4:17
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."' - Matthew 4:4

Give a friend, relative, or even a stranger a Bible so she can learn about Jesus, the Bread of Life.

Dear God, I am thank­ful for your Holy Word and all the direction and comfort it gives to me.

Any Requests?
Thanks so much to each one of you who submitted ideas for my “Any Requests?” sermon series.  This Sunday I'll preach the final sermon in the series: How Do I Make Sense of the Trinity?

Again, I am so very grateful to each of you for taking the time to share your ideas, and I hope to address them all in one way or another, both in this series and through other sermons in the coming months and years.


3rd Annual Laura Langley
Memorial Blood Drive
Saturday, Aug 23
The 3rd Annual Laura Langley Memorial Blood Drive will occur on Saturday Aug 23, from 10:00 - 4:00 here at FCC!  Please mark your calendars.  We will soon have both electronic and hard copy fliers about the event that we hope you will help us distribute to spread the word.  Our goal is to exceed the results of our previous blood drives by hosting this year's event at Laura's home church.  If you are willing to help by volunteering on Aug 23 and/or by distributing publicity materials, please contact Ann or Jim Langley at 980-1827.
Welcome Robin Blakemore!
Earlier this year, the Personnel Committee recommended and the Mission Council approved the creation of a new part-time staff position to guide our ministry with children and youth.  Moderator Clarissa Harms appointed a search committee, and on Sunday the Personnel Committee affirmed the search committee’s recommendation to hire Robin Blakemore as Minister to Children and Youth.

Robin comes to us with a long history of professional ministry experience, most recently serving as Director of High School Ministries at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church and as a coach with the Center for Youth Ministry Training.  Over the last seventeen years Robin has worked in large, established youth ministries, and has also helped to grow ministries from the ground up. 

Robin has jumped right into her work at Vacation Bible School this week.  Please take the time to introduce yourself and welcome Robin to First Christian Church.
Welcome Debbie Braswell!
We also want to welcome a familiar face to a new role.  Debbie Braswell began serving as the Interim Director of the Adventure Nook on July 14.  Debbie has worked with TAN for over twenty years, most recently serving as Assistant Director.  Debbie has been hard at work this first week in her new role, and we are really looking forward to all that her leadership will bring to our wonderful preschool.  As you are at the church during the week, please introduce yourself to Debbie and express your appreciation for her leadership and dedication in this new role.  
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