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

October 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner


November 10, 2013

6:00 PM

Fellowship Hall


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!




Thank you! What a kind and caring congregation you are. Anne and I are so fortunate, so blessed to have found you. At every turn you have enriched and encouraged us. I am so glad to be your minister. Thank you for appreciating our shared ministry so well. The lunch, the cards and the heart-felt comments are a bit overwhelming—in a very good way.


Believe it or not, I have known churches and ministers who do not always get along so well together. This has happened for a variety of reasons. With that knowledge, let us give thanks to God for what is happening in the life of our church right now. Let us truly see God’s presence in our midst. Let us continue to celebrate well, realizing God’s joy is ours.


This week our worship will focus on Luke 18:9-14, a famous story about the prayer of a Pharisee and that of a tax collector. Jesus makes some harsh remarks about the Pharisee who is prideful. The tax collector, hated by his community, is praised by Jesus for his humility. May we find a bit of divine help as we study this passage.


I hope to see all of you during the fall festival either as a participant or volunteer. This is a great opportunity for us to share our friendship and kindness with our community. We are hopeful that people will understand our commitment to young families in the sharing of the upcoming activities. Please invite your neighbors and friends. As you eat out this week, take along a flier and give it to a young family in the restaurant. Send people to our website for more information.


The prayer of the tax collector is “God be merciful…” Our fall festival probably will not help one to know God’s mercy or be an overwhelming conversion experience for anyone. But, quite possibly, it can be a first step for someone’s journey of faith. We are hopeful to partner and walk with that person at First Christian Church. God be merciful.


Peace, Kelly


Sermon Date

Sermon Title


October 27

Merciful God

Luke 18: 9-14

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 (




The Youth Group lock-in, scheduled for November 1 and 2 has been postponed.  Watch for details about a new date.


Women's Ministries Disciples of Christ


Several women have expressed interest in starting a new women’s group. If you are interested in learning more about it or have interest in leading, please contact Anne Ingersoll at 309.421.0540 or email:


The goal would be to start meeting in January but some planning will take place before that time. (This would be for women not already involved in a Disciple Women’s circle.)


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.


Youth For Christ


The 22nd annual Youth for Christ banquet will be held at the Spoon River College Outreach Center (2500 E Jackson) on Friday, November 15. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and the dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.


The traditional basket auction will begin at 6:00 pm.


The dinner is complimentary again this year but reservations are required, so reserve early! Call Youth for Christ (309.833.3026) or register online at


The reservation deadline is November 8.












Jeanna Montgomery and Marissa Meunier are celebrating their Bronze Medal for taking third place finish in an area bowling tournament in Moline on October 6.  Congratulations to both of them!


FCC Fall Festival


Many activities are being planned for children and adults.  See below for schedule of events.


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 27, 2013

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost


Sermon Title:

Merciful God



Luke 18:9-14


Lectionary Readings:    

Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
Psalm 84:1-7
II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18


SERVING THIS WEEK OF October 27, 2013

Worship Leader:

Mike Drake



Mary Stipanowich (bread); Jean Moore (cup)




Karen Chatterton, Judy Graves, Roselyn Chown, Jack McKinnon, Ron Vaughn, Josh Butcher



Collin Reed, Jeanna Montgomery, Shannon Reed



Pauline Dunn, Barbara Markley, Cindy Moon




LouAnn Herriman


Central East

Karen Chatterton


Balcony South

Jeanna Montgomery



Les Herriman


Sanctuary Superintendent(s):

Jeff & Teresa Bennett


Soundboard Tech:

Eric Reed


Children's Moment:

Sue Cangro


Children's Church:

Jack McKinnon


Coffee Fellowship Time:

Jonelle Schauble


Hospital Caller(s):

Patti Jones


Sunday Morning Office Staff:

Bev Drake


Finacial Escort

Ron Vaughn


Weekly Calendar

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
10:30 AM Worship


Monday, October 28

5:30 PM Evangelism
6:00 PM Stephen Ministers
6:00 PM Worship
7:00 PM Elders


Tuesday, October 29

1:30 PM Martha Shemwell Circle @ Norma Kentner’s home


Wednesday, October 30

6:30 PM Choir Rehearsal


Saturday, November 2

7:00 AM DW Men @ Macomb Family Diner


Sunday, November 3

Eric Reed opens/closes church
Eric Reed drives the van
8:30 AM Prayer Group
9:00 AM Sunday School
10:00 AM Coffee Fellowship
10:30 AM Worship
1:30 PM Shut-in Communion
Elders: Char Carden
Jean Moore
Deacons: Larry Ellis


Birthdays and Anniversaries

26 Ron & Norma Kimler (a)
28 Janet Oldham
Lukus Craig-Bailey
Lillian Craig-Bailey
29 Janet Stone

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