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Midweek Update for July 30
This week at FCC

Thursday, July 31
6:30 p.m.
Advocates Men's Bible Study

Sunday, August 3
9:00 a.m.
Sunday School
10:15 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
Youth Ministry Adult Leaders Meet

Monday, August 4
7:00 a.m.
Men's Bible Study
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting

Wednesday, August 6
6:30 p.m.
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
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 Who Mourn:
The family of Bob Tomlinson
Sunday Servants  for August 3

Earl Strickland
Kathey Long
Jay Barkley
Lisa Burdette
Wayne Dutt
Donni Girratono
Virginia Guthrie
Fletcher Hamilton
Sandy Hamilton
Mike Mee
Donnette Mee
Bob Smith
Darren Williamson
Julia Williamson

Communion Preparation
Rebecca Lange

Sunday School Greeter
Jim Baxter

Worship Greeters
Bob & Janice Lamb 
(Welcome Table)
Mary Jean Baumgartner 

Luke Williamson
Children’s Worship & Wonder
Andrew Ford
Sarah Ford
Jenny Long
This Week in Sunday School

Christian Comrades:
"Post Rapture"
The End Times in Chronological Order 
The Disciples:
"Consolation Granted Through Prayer
2 Corinthians
Young Adults:
Current Events
Forward to Friend

Youth Ministry Fall Kick-off
Chi-Rho (6th – 8th grade)
 CYF (9th – 12th grade)
Sunday, August 10   -   5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

It’s time for school again and that means we’re ready to get started with Sunday evening fall programming. Youth Ministry (grades 6-12) will begin Sunday, August 10. Come join us as we brainstorm, dream, and grow  together!
Children’s Ministry Back to School Cookout
Children (age 4K-5th grade)
Sunday, August 24   -   5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

Children and families need to mark their calendars now for our Back to School Family Night. It’s going to be epic: food, games, and fun for everyone. Bring the whole family, and join us as we celebrate together. Regular Bible Buddies (4K-1st grade) and Cool Kids (2nd – 5th grade) will begin September 7.
Children’s Ministry Parent Meeting
September 7  -  5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Please plan to come and meet with Robin Blakemore, our new minister to children and youth!
Vacation Bible School
If you were around the church last week you felt the excitement in the air as 70 different children and over 30 volunteers explored and experienced  how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God!  This week could not have been possible without the following  people who generously gave of their time, energy, talents and    resources. We are so blessed to have so many dedicated members and friends who love the Lord and love the church.  Our  volunteers were Linnea Blakemore, Kallie Blakemore, Karaley  Carmichael, Barbara Carpenter, Edith Carreras, Reagan Everling, Billy Farquhar, Annie Franklin, Virginia Guthrie, Tucker Hagood, Carson Hall, Sandy Hamilton, Clarissa Harms, Julie Henderson, Houston Hollis, Shannan Johnson, Thomas Jordan, Alyssa Lamb, Janice Lamb, Ginger Rudd Lee, Gloria McWilliams, Donnette Mee, William Mee, Kassidy Mixon, Sheila Murphy, Virginia Nall, Shirley Naylor, June Pryor, Soren Reitsma, Jacob Rich, Caleb Teeters, Regena Varvoutis, Bill Watts, Ginny White, Olivia Wurner, and Barbara Wyrosdick.  Our church staff members also went above and beyond with extra time, effort, and energy; thanks to Robin Blakemore, Chris McCayna, Jennifer Powell, Layla Stern, Lloyd Smith, and Jan Watts.  Finally, a special thank you to our extraordinary directors, Deb Carpenter and Leigh Ann Tatum ,who worked so hard at putting this together!!  Truly, FCC is a church where children are nurtured and thrive. Thank you All!
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

2 Corinthians 4:1-6:2
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

What is one of the amazing ways God has changed your life? Share that change with someone today.

Lord, I am thankful for all the wonderful changes you have made in my life and heart. Help me to accept the difficult changes as well.    
School Supply Drive
What an overwhelming response!  72 backpacks were picked up and are being filled with much needed supplies to help  children at Vincent and Calera Elementary schools. Please try and have the backpacks returned to FCC by this Sunday.  School starts on the 7th and we would like to get these supplies to the schools by Tuesday.   
Steve Pasky, Chair, Outreach Mission

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.

News from the Adventure Nook
I am very excited about my position as interim director for The Adventure Nook.  We have a great staff returning for our new year, which begins, Sept 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM.  We have spaces available in some of our classes, so please spread the word!  Our phone # is 991-9952.  Thanks!  Debbie Braswell.
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