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Midweek Update for February 3
Coming Soon at FCC

Wed, February 3
6:30 p.m.
Choir Practice

Saturday, February 6
9:00 a.m.
KID's Mission Project (meet at ServPro)

Sunday, February 7
 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School
10:15 a.m.
Morning Worship
11:30 a.m.
Reception for Jan

Mon. February 8
7:00 a.m.
Men's Bible Study
11:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Elders Gathering

Tuesday, February 9
10:00 a.m. Ladies
Bible Study

Monday - Thursday
The Adventure Nook Preschool & Mother's Day Out 
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. 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
Prayers for Health & Healing:
Janet Clark
David Hamilton
Kathey Long
Nickey Rudd
Barry Storer

Prayers for Those Receiving Long-Term Medical Care:
Jane Belcher
Luci Colee
Kathie Owens
Susan Smith
Sunday Servants for February 7

Elder

Ross Lange

Deacons
Charles Almond
Sylvia Almond
Joshua Berry
Shaina Berry
Bobby Boyd
Faye Boyd
Ken Champlin
Brad Johnson
Shannan Johnson
Jenny West
Shane West

Communion Preparation
Sheila Murphy
 
Sunday School Greeter
Ross Lange

Worship Greeters
Bob & Janice Lamb

Sanctuary Greeters
Trudie Edwards
Linda Byrd 


Acolyte
Luke Tatum
 
Children’s Worship & Wonder
Storyteller:
Joye Taylor
Greeters:
June Pryor
Leigh Ann Tatum
 
This Week in Sunday School

Christian Comrades:
"Study on the book of Acts"

Disciples Class:
Finish Acts 17
 
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SPRING FAITH FOUNDATIONS GROUPS

Faith Foundations is a series of small group experiences designed to help you grow closer to God and to one another.  We believe all of our members and friends can benefit from this experience, so we are offering several Faith Foundations groups over the Lenten season.

The first step on this discipleship journey is Faith Foundations 1: Intro to Discipleship.  (Many of you completed this step last fall).  In this group, we consider the questions  Christians ask today about believing, belonging, and living our faith in everyday life.  We’ll discuss what it means to be a follower of Jesus, how scripture can shape our lives, the power of prayer and other Christian practices, and who we are as part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  FF1 will be offered on Wednesday evenings (click to sign up).

Once you have completed Intro to Discipleship, the next step is Faith Foundations 2: Releasing Your Gifts.  In this group, we reflect upon our lives’ direction, purpose, and meaning.  Each person has a unique story to tell and an essential contribution to make in daily life.  Through inventories, story-telling, and other exercises, we will clarify the gifts we are already exercising in our lives as well as the hidden gifts still waiting to be released.  FF2 will be offered on Sunday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Wednesday evenings (click on the day/time of your choice to sign up).

The next steps are Faith Foundations 3: Joyful Generosity and Faith Foundations 4: Sharing Your Faith, both of which will be offered next year.

Click here for more information and for registration options.  Groups begin February 17, and continue through March 23.  Childcare is available on Wednesday evenings; contact the church office to make childcare reservations. 

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR JAN WATTS
Please join us this Sunday, Feb. 7, as we honor Rev. Jan Watts upon her retirement with a recognition during morning worship and a reception following worship.
Join us as Rev. Troy Tatum preaches a new sermon series, Defying Gravity, taking a closer look at some of the miracles of Jesus.  If Jesus can heal the sick and calm the storm, imagine what he can do in your life? 
 
Audio recordings of recent sermons are available to stream or download here.
KIDS MISSION PROJECT
Join us this Saturday, February 6 as we participate in the February VFS Backpack Buddy packing party.  Last Sunday we made cards and collected candy to take with us and pack bags for area Shelby County Schools. We will meet at the site: New ServPro Building, 2000 Huntley Parkway in Pelham, AL ((Highway #52 and #11 meet).  Saturday morning we will meet at 9:00 am and be finished at 10:30 am. We hope you can join us for this important mission project.
Will will have open registration (for the public) on Thursday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m.  Current students should have received enrollment forms already.

Please tell your friends and family about us.  You are our best advertisement!  

Thank you!
Debbie
Journey Together
Intergenerational Lenten Experience
Lent is a time of reflection, repentance, and connection with God and one another. This Lenten Season we would like to invite you to join us on Sundays at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall for Journey Together beginning Sunday, February 14 and continuing through Sunday, March 20. We will have different guests each week join us in leading an intergenerational Lenten Experience. Guest Leaders include:  John Mobley, Jim Brooks, Mary Pat Spencer, and Chrystal Whitehead among others. This journey of faith invites us to share identity, mission, love, and life as we seek to grow in relationship with one another and with God.

We begin February 14 with Spiritual Practice for the Lenten Journey with Chrystal Whitehead. Chrystal is a new member at FCC, and has worked in youth and retreat ministry for over 20 years with an emphasis on Spiritual Disciplines. This will be a wonderful opportunity to enrich your own Lenten Journey.
2016 COATZ FOR KIDZ
First Christian Church will hold it's 2016 Coatz for Kidz drive beginning on Sunday, March 6th and ending on Sunday, March 20th.    We are asking for boys' and girls' coats in sizes 5/6, 7/8, 10/12, 14/16. There will be a table in the Narthex for depositing coats beginning on March 6th.
 
FCC has had tremendous success with this ministry.  Thank you all for your continued support.  As you hit the up-coming sales and clean out your closets, don't forget Coatz for Kidz!

Outreach Mission
CARING & SHARING WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP
Caring & Sharing will meet at church after Bible study on Tuesday, February 23, just to chat and discuss possible adventures for 2016.  Please bring a sack lunch and drink. Hope the new year is rolling in smoothly for all! Praise God for his many blessings.  

Love you all!  
Kathey Long
The next scheduled tours of Red Mountain Park are February 11 and March 17.

Send me an email at JL091649@yahoo.com to get on the list for these dates or to be advised of future tours!

Jim Langley
OFFICE HOURS
The church office is open 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Thursday.  The office will be closed on Fridays.  If you need to reach a pastor while the office is closed, please dial 205-295-6708 to reach the minister on call.
February Church Calendar & Serving Schedule
Please click here to download the February calendar and serving schedule.  Printed copies will also be available in the narthex on Sunday.
UPDATE FROM THE FINANCE COUNCIL
To fully fund our programs and ministries in 2016, we will need $418,000 in offerings for the year.  This is approximately 5% more than we received in offerings in 2015, a goal we believe our congregation is more than capable of meeting.  Here is a brief update on how we are doing so far:
 
January 2016
Actual Offerings:          27,852.56
Budgeted Offerings:     34,833.33
Other Income:                1,686.50
Expenses:                    34,908.64
Net Income:                 (5,369.58)                              

Thank you for your continued support of the mission and ministry of First Christian Church in 2016.
 
Electronic Giving:
Fast, Easy, & Secure
 
Electronic giving is a convenient and secure way to provide consistent financial support to the mission and ministry of First Christian Church.

To set up a recurring contribution:
 
1. Go to www.fcc-bhm.org/give then
2. Click on the Give Now button.
3. Click on the Create Profile button, then
4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
 
If you would like some help setting up your recurring contribution, contact the church office.
 
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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