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Midweek Update for October 1
This Week at FCC

October 2

9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
6:30 p.m.
Advocates Men's Bible Study

Friday, October 3
11:00 a.m.
Memorial Service for Sharon Freeman

Sunday, October 5
9:00 a.m.
Sunday School
10:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Homecoming Luncheon
3:00 p.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal

5:00 p.m.
Children and Youth meet

Monday, October 6
7:00 a.m.
Men's Bible Study
9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
5:30 p.m.
TAN Support Group

October 7

9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook 
9:45 a.m.
TAN Chapel
10:00 a.m.
Ladies Bible Study

Wednesday, October 8
9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal
7:30 p.m.
Cantata 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:
Bob Browning
Janet Bonds
Bob Coupland
Dotsy Kennedy
Jim Perkins
Barry Storer
Margaret Willis

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

Prayers for Those Mourn:
The family of Sharon Freeman
Sunday Servants  for October 5

Jim Langley
Ann Langley

Luci Colee
Buzz DeVore
Nancy DeVore
Judy Dudley
Jeff Eady
Bob Frederickson
Julie Henderson
Scott Long
Bruce Moon
Marian Moon
Chuck McWilliams
Virginia Nall
Garry Tyree

Communion Preparation
Annie Franklin

Sunday School Greeter
Jim Baxter

Worship Greeters
Jim & Beverly Baxter
(Welcome Table)
Sylvia Almond

Luke Williamson
Children’s Worship & Wonder
Sarah Ford

Andrew Ford
Cayla Corbin
This Week in Sunday School

Christian Comrades:
"Is a Christian under the Law?"
Great Truths of the Bible
The Disciples:
"Improbable Possibilities"
Jeremiah 33
Young Adults:
Bible 101
Forward to Friend

Join Us For Homecoming!
 October 5
This Sunday, we will celebrate our 140th year as a church. This special service will include a sermon by Rev. Jim Brooks, a past associate minister of the church. Following the service, the Fellowship Mission is providing a great meal of a meat and three vegetables, dessert and drink. The cost for the meal is $7.50 for adults, $3.00 for  children 5-10 years old, and  children under 5 are free. There is still time to make your meal reservations, either by signing up on the sign up sheet in the narthex or by calling the church office. Homecoming is a great opportunity to invite old and new friends alike to worship.
For Such A Time As This:
Sermon & Stewardship Series
This fall, we’ll spend the month of October thinking about the ways that God has gifted us as  individuals and as a church, and about the ways we can use our gifts to carry out the mission and vision God has given us.  We’ll hear stories from scripture about the way God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes.  We’ll hear stories from church members about the ways God is working in our congregation and changing lives in our community.  On October 26, we’ll have the opportunity to pledge our financial support for the ministries of First Christian Church for 2015. 

I believe God has gifted us, encouraged us, loved us, and empowered us, so that we can make a difference in Birmingham, in Shelby County, and to the ends of the earth.  God has put us here for just such a time as this.  I look forward to worshipping with you in October as we get ready to carry out the good and important work God has given us. 

Blessings, Troy
You can listen to last week's sermon
(along with other recent messages)
  by clicking here.

We Need YOUR Help With Trunk or Treat!
On Sunday, Oct. 26, we will gather at the church, open the trunks of our cars, and invite children and families from the community to Trick or Treat.  We’ll also have a cakewalk, face painting, hayride, pumpkin decorating, prizes, hot dogs, and more. There will be something for everyone!  Expect all kinds of fun festival activities in addition to the trunk or treating. 
None of this can happen without YOU.  We need as many people as possible to sign up to decorate a trunk (sign-up sheet in narthex or call/email Chris in church office). You can decorate however you would like.  If you need a place to start, do a Google search of “trunk or treat ideas” and you’ll find all sorts of great possibilities.  Plan on having enough candy or treats for 100+ trick-or-treaters. Set-up will begin in the  soccer field at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 26th.  Cars, trucks, or vans need to be parked, decorated, and ready for activities by 2:45. All cars should remain parked until 5:00 p.m.  This is important for the safety and enjoyment of our children!  The more trunks we have the better!!!
We also need to folks to sign-up to provide baked goods for the cakewalk (sign-up sheet in narthex or call/email Chris in church office) and to help us get the word out. This is a community event: please invite your friends, neighbors, and family members.  Fliers are available that you can hang up at work or businesses you frequent, or to pass out as an invitation.  Also watch the church’s Facebook page for an event invitation you can share on social media.
Join us on Oct. 26th!   Come as you are or come in a costume…no matter how you dress, please come join us and join in the fun!   
Thursday, October 30, 6:00PM—7:30PM
The Adventure Nook pre-school children are busy and focused in a nurturing program here at First Christian Church….a mission which proves that this congregation reaches beyond itself.
On Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 TAN will sponsor a Fall Festival fundraiser by selling tickets for prizes.  Parents bring their children in Halloween costumes to enjoy fun activities in the Fellowship Hall while mom and dad peruse the prize table, have dinner, and wait for the drawing. 
Donations of items such as children’s toys, gift cards for restaurants, jewelry, house décor, etc. are appreciated.  If you care to make a “prize” donation please see Sandy Hamilton, Shaina Berry, Julie Henderson, Donna Penn or me by Sunday, Oct. 26. 
Thank you for your support. 

Sylvia Almond Chair, TAN Support Group


We are very excited to begin a new Sunday School model for children’s ministry starting this Sunday, October 5th. We will use a rotation model that focuses on the same Biblical story for an entire month. Each week of that month children will have the opportunity to explore the story through different activities. During this month we’ll focus on Creation and throughout the month children will explore the Creation story through Art, Drama, Games, and Music. We can’t wait to share this with our children, so be sure to be there on October 5! If you have

Saturday, October 4, 6:00 p.m.
Gary & Annie Franklin’s
2024 Forest Meadows Circle, Birmingham, 35242. 
Phone: 991-6768. 
Please call if you plan to attend


Rehearsals for bell choir will be on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. and continue through November.   Bell Choir Sunday will be on November 30.    No experience needed, just a desire to have fun, fellowship, and worship with music.

Also, rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata will start on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
See you there, I hope!
In Christ, Jan

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