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First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
120 N. McArthur Macomb, Illinois
(309) 837-6473

October 17, 2013

Clergy Appreciation Day


October 20, 2013  Fellowship Hall 12:00 Noon


October is Minister's Appreciation month so to show our appreciation and thanks to Rev. Kelly and Anne, the Worship and Membership departments will be hosting a Minister's Appreciation luncheon on Sunday, October 20, immediately following the church service.


This will be a soup, salad and dessert occasion.  The departments will furnish the soup, drinks and table service.  You are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. 


We will have a basket in the Parlor that morning if you would like to bring a card to be presented to them at the meal. 




Well, Anne and I had an almost perfect week to spend in Oklahoma with my family. Lots of time with family members, opportunities to run errands, the dogs got a couple of swims in my sister’s pool, and I was able to preach at First Christian Church in Claremore, OK. I even got a golf game in with my nephew at the first course I ever played. (If OU had beaten Texas, all would have been perfect!)


Preaching in Claremore brought back a lot of memories for me. I was a bit overwhelmed with these thoughts as I stepped into the pulpit. So much of my early religious life happened there. My family began attending church on a regular basis when I was in 5th grade. It was then that I was introduced to Sunday School. My parents helped create a new youth group. We went on trips and had retreats. I went to my first church camp. I was elected to district level leadership for youth. A friend and I taught a class for our mid-week program called Youth Club. We put on dramas and Youth Sundays. I was baptized. First Christian Church in Claremore, OK was the first training ground for my religious endeavors.


First in Claremore is not all that different than First in Macomb. In fact, the two towns are not all that different either. Both are on the smaller side. Both have universities. Trains run through both towns on more than regular schedules. The similarities of the churches—great, sincere, friendly, God-loving people who remember days when the church was fuller but continue to be faithful. And both have served, are serving and will continue to serve as the first training ground for people to come to know of God’s goodness and love and grace.


We have just completed a very successful capital campaign and next week we have a fall festival which concludes with Macomb’s Got Talent emceed by Bryce Dexter. A few weeks after that we’ll have our Thanksgiving dinner. Then, Advent and Christmas. And then, well, there will be something else.


Invite your neighbors and friends to church. Maybe we can be their first step on the journey to knowing God more fully. It’s what we do—historically…currently…forever!


Peace, Kelly


Sermon Date

Sermon Title


October 20

Leave Nothing Undone

II Timothy 3:14-4:5

Loaves and Fishes 20-Year Celebration


All volunteers and contributors are invited to the 20-year Celebration of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on Sunday, November 3, from 1-3 in the atrium of Wesley Methodist Church. Following lunch, we will enjoy a program honoring Bob Bowen, who is retiring from his leadership of the organization as well as others who have volunteered or contributed to the success of the pantry.


The meal and event are free, but we need to know the number of those attending. So please phone (309-837-1586) or email Janna Haworth by October 25th (


Homemade Candy Sale


9:30 AM Sunday November 17 in the Parlor


It is time to buy your holiday candy!  Disciple Women will have a homemade candy sale in the parlor on Sunday, November 17 at 9:30 AM.


Annual Thanksgiving Dinner


The Disciples Women will host the annual Thanksgiving Dinner on November 10 at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall.


Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, dressing, rolls, and drinks will be provided. Please bring your own table service and a vegetable, salad and/or dessert to share.


We have added a new event this year: Silent Auction. There will be five baskets in the Parlor on November 3 and 10 to bid on; we will take them to Fellowship Hall during the dinner. Each basket will go to the highest bidder. A basket will be made by each group of the Disciples Women. 20% of the money made on the baskets will go to the Salvation Army and 80% will help with the cabinetry to be purchased for the south kitchen wall.


Please begin making reservations on the Friendship Register for this dinner. Just put a number beside your name and we will know it is a reservation for the dinner.


You won’t want to miss it! 

Celebrating 66 Years


Ron & Norma Kimler will be celebrating their 66th Wedding Anniversary on October 26. 



Ron & Norma Kimler

1821 S Meridian Rd

Apache Junction, AZ 85120


Thank You

The family of Chester Baugher would like to thank you for your prayers and support during our time of grief.  A special thank you to Rev. Kelly Ingersoll for putting all our memories together into a wonderful story of Chet's life.  Thank you also to First Christian for the lovely plant sent in his memory. 


A special thank you to the CWF women's groups for providing the delicious luncheon for that day.  It was appreciated by all who attended. 


Family of Chester Baugher


FCC Fall Festival


Preparations are being made to make this a wonderful time. Many activities are being planned for children and adults.  See below for schedule of events.


We will have fliers available after worship on Sunday. Please take as many as you need to distribute to your neighbors and friends.


Please support this event by helping spread the word and working at the various activities through the week of October 21. The events will be held in our own parking lot.


Nancy Reed & The Evangelism Comm


Save the dates!


Pumpkin Sale (while supplies last)
October 21-27th 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23
 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE Family Activities
 (Fire Engine for children, story time with Mayor Inman, Ukulele (sing-a-long)


Friday, October 25
5:30-7:30 p.m. Games for All Ages!
Variety of games, face painting, stained glass and potter’s wheel demonstration. The evening will close with Trunk or Treat

Saturday,October 26
10:00 a.m.- noon Inflatable Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Cornhole, Caramel Apples, Cotton Candy and more!

Bryce Dexter will be the Emcee & Guest Performer


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost


Sermon Title:

Leave Nothing Undone



II Timothy 3:14-4:5


Lectionary Readings:    

Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm 119:97-104
Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 121
Luke 18:1-8


SERVING THIS WEEK OF October 20, 2013

Worship Leader:

Grant Reed



Jean Vaughn (bread); Mike Drake (cup)




Don Hodges, Dorothy Loop, Larry Loop, Margaret Taylor, Pat Ward, Marcia Higgins



Bob Sherwood, Samantha Adams, Natalie Workman



Marcia Higgins, Donna Bainter, Sharon Butcher




Larry Loop


Central East

Dorothy Loop


Balcony South

Roselyn Chown



Jeanna Montgomery


Sanctuary Superintendent(s):

Bob & Betty Sherwood


Soundboard Tech:

Chris Dace


Children's Moment:

Rev. Ingersoll


Children's Church:

Jonelle Schauble & Jeanna Montgomery


Coffee Fellowship Time:

Joyce Randall


Hospital Caller(s):

Char Charden


Sunday Morning Office Staff:

Janet Shank


Weekly Calendar

Sunday, October 20

Bill Butcher opens/closes church
Bill Butcher drive(s) the van
8:30 AM Prayer Group
9:00 AM Sunday School
10:00 AM Coffee Fellowship
10:30 AM Worship
2:00 PM Grand Prairie
Elder: Mary Stipanowich
Deacons: Bob & Betty Sherwood
4:00 PM Everly House


Monday, October 21

5:30 PM Pumpkin Sale
6:00 PM Trustees
7:00 PM Church Board


Tuesday, October 22

5:30 PM Pumpkin Sale


Wednesday, October 23

5:30 PM Pumpkin Sale, Fire Engine,
Story Time, Yoga for kids,
Ukulele sing-along
6:30 PM Choir Rehearsal


Friday, October 25

5:30 PM Games, Face Painting,
Artist’s demos, Trunk or Treat


Saturday, October 26

10:00 AM Bounce House, Petting Zoo,
Games, Caramel Apples,
Cotton Candy & more
4:00 PM Talent Show
6:00 PM Surprise Guest Performance


Sunday, October 27

Bob Sherwood opens/closes church
Bob/Karen Chatterton drives the van
8:30 AM Prayer Group
9:00 AM Sunday School
10:00 AM Coffee Fellowship


Birthdays and Anniversaries

20 Harley Call

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