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Midweek Update for March 18
This Week at FCC

9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
5:30 p.m.
Lenten Dinner & Classes
6:45 p.m.
Choir Practice

Thursday, March 19
9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
6:30 p.m.
Advocates Bible Study

Sunday, March 22
9:00 a.m.
Sunday School
10:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Greeter Training
5:00 p.m.
Children & Youth

Monday, March 23
7:00 a.m.
Men's Bible Study

9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting

Tuesday, March 24
9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
9:45 a.m.
TAN Chapel
10:00 a.m.
Ladies Bible Study

Wednesday, March 25
9:30 a.m.
The Adventure Nook
5:30 p.m.
Lenten Dinner &
6:45 p.m.
Choir Practice
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:
Jane Belcher
Pat Deaton
Don Garrison
Mickey Hubner
Ray Mohnssen
Tim Offet

Nickey Rudd

Prayers for Those Receiving Long-Term Medical Care:
Luci Colee
Bill Franklin
David Hamilton

Susan Smith

Prayers for Those Who Mourn:
The family of Nancy Hubner
The family of Gloria McWilliams
Sunday Servants for March 22

Edith Carreras
Joye Taylor

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

Communion Preparation
Sheila Murphy

Sunday School Greeter
Bruce Moon

Worship Greeters
Bob & Janet Clark

Sanctuary Greeters
Trudie Edwards
Donna Strickland

Aiden Johnson
Children’s Worship & Wonder
June Pryor
Ashley Chester
Tom Scales
This Week in Sunday School

Christian Comrades:
"A Study of The Book of Judges"

The Disciples:
"Receive The Holy Spirit"
John 20: 19-23
Young Adults:
Encountering Jesus
Forward to Friend
Encountering Jesus: A Call to Deeper Discipleship
Join us in worship over the weeks of Lent as Rev. Troy Tatum presents a series of sermons entitled, “Encountering Jesus: A Call to Deeper Discipleship.”  Throughout Lent we will explore in worship the stories of those who met Jesus in scripture, and see how their encounters might teach us how to respond as we meet Jesus in our daily lives.  This would be a great time to invite a friend, neighbor, or co-worker to come with you to church.  Please make worship a priority for your faith journey this Lenten season as we encounter Jesus in story, song, and sermon each Sunday. 
If you have missed any of Troy's sermons, audio CD's are available in the narthex, and all sermons are
posted online here.
Lent is a special time in the life of the Church, a time to come together collectively and ask “How is Jesus calling us to live? What is Jesus calling us to do? Where is Jesus calling us to go?” It is also an opportunity for each of us individually to search within for the ways we need to change. During this season many are looking for ways to draw closer to God. We’d like to invite you to join our Wednesday evening LIVE L.I.F.E. LIVE LENT series. We will begin gathering at 5:30 for dinner, have a brief time of communion each week and then move into small groups. Small groups will conclude at 6:45. We will meet each Wednesday through March 25.
Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton
Class led by Jim Clifford

Making a Mess & Meeting God
Class led by Carole Rudd & Robin Blakemore

Stories of the Hymns We Love
Class led by Jan Watts

The Gospel in the News
Class led by Troy Tatum

Boston Butts & Smoked Hams Delivery Today!
Orders for Boston Butts and Smoked Hams will be delivered today and ready for you to pick up from church. This should be especially convenient if you plan to attend the Lenten gathering this evening; you may also pick up your order between 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 
Thank you for supporting our youth!


Accepting donations now thru March 22!
In years past, Coats for Christ has served schoolchildren in our local community and children and adults in local shelters. We are currently accepting donations of new and gently used, practical coats.  We need:  

·       Men’s coats (all sizes, especially L & XL)
·       Women’s coats (all sizes, especially L & XL)
·       Children’s coats (sizes 5/6, 7/8,10/12, 14/16)

Coats for Christ donations will run until March 22.  A table for collection will be placed in the Narthex just outside the entrance to the Sanctuary.  So as you clean out your closets and hit all the sales, don’t forget Coats for Christ!
Ashley Chester, Coats for Christ Coordinator
This year for Easter our children in Bible Buddies and Cool Kids are putting together Easter baskets for children in need this holiday.  If you have a child in this age range who would like to participate they should get an Easter basket, and fill it with (candy, toys, art supplies, stuffed animals, etc.) that someone their age and gender might like. Wrap it in plastic and tie it with ribbon.  Then bring their basket to church no later than Sunday, March 22.  On that same evening we will have someone judge the baskets and there will be a prize for the best girl basket and the best boy basket.  The baskets will go to "Hands On Birmingham" who will distribute them to homeless shelters and mother and children shelters throughout Birmingham.  Let's make this Easter a little more special for children in need this holiday!

MARCH 27 - 30

How can you help?  Clean out your closets!!!  Bring your used clothing, kitchen ware, household decor, garage tools, appliances, furniture, camping stuff, baby stuff, games, lamps, ETC to FCC ASAP and not later than March 22.   All proceeds from the sale of all your donated items will be returned to FCC for the Backpack Buddy Bag ministry.  
Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 29 at 11:30 am
Bring your favorite dish or dessert to share!!
Following our Maundy Thursday service on April 2, we will begin a 24 hour prayer vigil.  Please sign-up in the narthex if you would like to participate in this meaningful tradition.
Join Us For An "Egg" citing Easter Sunday
On April 5, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt for children at 9:00 a.m.  We will gather in the gym and have lots of fun finding eggs, reading a special Easter Story, and enjoying a snack before worship at 10:15 a.m.  We can't wait to see you!
Again this year we are going to have hydrangeas in the Sanctuary for Easter morning.  The hydrangeas are $22 per plant, and you are encouraged to purchase one in honor or in memory of a loved one.  Please note on your check, "For Easter Hydrangeas".  A sign-up sheet is in the narthex.
Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 10th Annual Birmingham Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Caldwell Park - stepping off at 2:30 p.m.

After several rainy past events, we've moved the walk date a bit earlier and are looking forward to lots of sunshine and fun for our 10th Anniversary.

This 5K family walk event supports the local hunger fighting efforts of Greater Birmingham Ministries and the world hunger programs of Church World Service.

We will have walker registration forms and promotional materials available soon.  Please plan to support this event so we can reach our goal of $100,000.00 raised so far.  Thank you for your wonderful support of hungry families in Birmingham and around the world.

Sharon Orazine, Outreach Mission

Pastor’s Blog

Writing has always been important to me, but like many, I often don't make or take the necessary time. So, I've taken on writing a blog as part of my Lenten discipline this year. My intent is to post something each week throughout Lent, hopefully creating some habits that extend beyond the season. Click here to check it out, feel free to share, and let me know if something you read stirs up any thoughts or questions.

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