Faith and Trust

Friends,

This Sunday we will continue our series, “Living our Call.” Sunday we will talk about having faith. I think to talk about having faith means we really need to talk about trust.  Trust in what we cannot yet see. Dr. King used to say that, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  As a church and as people of faith we are called to have faith. Sometimes that is easier said than done. On Sunday morning I’ll be sharing one of the calling stories of the disciples. I think within this story is a lesson on faith for us all. I can’t wait to share it with you!

I wanted to extend an invitation to anyone interested in the 4-week Sunday School class called, Disciples 101 that I will be leading. Class will begin on Sunday, October 22nd at 9am and end on November 12th. Anyone is welcome to come, but this class is geared toward folks who are new or “new-ish” to First Christian Church. This is a chance for you to ask your questions about FCC.  Maybe you want to learn more about baptism? Or want to learn more about the history and values of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)?  Maybe you are wondering where the gymnasium is located?  THIS is the class for you!  We will meet in the Chapel (near the Church offices) at 9.  For planning purposes, I’d love to know if you are coming so drop me an email: kara@madisonvilledisciples.com.

Glad to be in ministry with you! Peace, Kara

Happenings on our Horizon…

Sunday, October 15th – Youth are serving at the Evansville Rescue Mission (and having some fun after with lunch and a trip to the Walther’s Golf & Fun Center)

Sunday, October 22nd:  Is our Stewardship Commitment Sunday & also Committees will meet after worship with lunch

After Worship on the 22nd there will be a brief meeting immediately following worship for youth and their families to hear about the Summer Youth Mission trip to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. This is for 6th-12th graders. You can learn more at:  www.heifer.org. Contact Jaimee Duncan for questions.

ALL Disciples Sing is also on the 22nd at 4pm. Come and hear some great music at First Christian Church, Hopkinsville. Located at 2601 S. Walnut Street.

How Long O Lord?

Dear Friends,

As I tucked my children safely into bed last night my heart was full of grief for the families in Las Vegas who were weeping for the loss of their own children, friends, neighbors, and parents.  There are no words that seem to work in the face of such evil and violence. There are no explanations that make sense for this atrocity. I have had a small phrase from Psalm 13 in my head these last few days, “How long O Lord?”

Even though I continue to feel despair, I am mindful that my faith will not leave me there.  Our faith calls us out of the shadows of our despair and into a world that is hungry for a different way.

Just in case, you are feeling the shadows of despair creep in around you this morning. Or if you are feeling overwhelmed by the violence. Let me remind you of a few things this morning: We have a God whose heart breaks at the violence we do to one another. We have a God who hears our cries in prayer. We can hold up the first responders who go running into the very places of danger. We can speak out. Vote. Act. Listen. Give. We can commit ourselves to living lives of love and mercy.  Those who choose violence will not get the final word.  Good Friday always gives way to Easter morning – because, love wins.

I’ll see you Sunday.

May Peace Prevail..Kara

Happenings on Our Horizon

Blessing of the Pets Service at 3pm on Sunday

Bring your critters and furry friends on Sunday at 3pm and gather at the columns on the Church grounds for a Blessing of the Pets (or in the gym in case of rain).  Donations for the Hopkins County Humane Society will be received. Help us spread the word about this great community event!

Opportunity to Serve!

Would you be willing to drive &/or ride along with the Church van on Sunday mornings to bring people to church? A need has arisen in our community for those who do not have transportation to church. Talk to Donna Edwards (Membership Chair) to volunteer 270-825-4230 or wayne-e@att.net.

Remember in Prayer

Our sympathy to Dr. Bobby Cook in the passing of his wife, Nancy. Dr. Cook was the interim minister at FCC in 1993. His wife Nancy was in choir and wrote an arrangement of the 23rd Psalm that we have in our music library. (Dr. Cook’s Address: 6904 Lomo Alto Dr. Fort Worth, Texas  76132-3560)

Why Church?

Dear Friends,

Admit it. Maybe there has been a time in your life when you have wondered, “Why even bother going to church?”  You are a believer, after all.  Plus, you have so much to do and there is so much pressure during the week that maybe Sunday morning begins to feel like, “One more thing you HAVE to do.”  Truth is, there are lots of folks who have come to that same conclusion. You drive by Cracker Barrel on Sunday morning and the parking lot is full. There are lots of reasons people step away. Lots of reasons people have decided that Church is not a place they want to spend their time in.

But, there is something about Church I have never found at Cracker Barrel. It is one of the reasons I think why walking through these doors is important. I am challenged here. It is that simple – I am challenged. In so many ways, I am challenged. This week’s scripture for my sermon is from Matthew 19:13-15 and it is a perfect example of just one of the ways I am challenged by being a part of a Church family and hearing these stories.

At church I am challenged to care for someone other than myself.  I know how often I am quick to surround myself with folks who think and act a lot like me. I have the news channels that I watch and the ones I never turn on.  I have “my people.” My life revolves around the needs of my family and there is certainly nothing wrong with caring for one’s family. But when I come to Church and read the stories of Jesus I am challenged to discover that Jesus’ definition of family is a whole lot bigger than my own.

Invite one of “your people” to join you in worship this Sunday. The orchestra is playing and as always, the music will be spectacular. Tell whoever you invite to “come as they are,” and be challenged to grow, change, and learn as a follower of Jesus Christ!

Glad to be in ministry with you!

Peace,    Kara

Ministry Happenings On Our Horizon:

Sunday is your last day to bring in your food items for the “Backpack Blessings” at West Broadway Elementary School. 30 Kids in the school receive these backpacks! Let’s fill the car up!

You are invited to bring an animal you love to the Blessing of the Pets Service on Sunday, October 8th at 3pm.  All God’s Critters are welcome – just make sure they are properly leashed.

September 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

On Sunday morning we will wrap up my September selections of sharing from my favorite stories from the Bible. This Sunday’s story comes from the book of Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-10). It is the well-known story of God calling young Samuel in the night. There is so much that I love about this story. I can’t wait to explore it with you on Sunday morning!

Speaking of Sunday morning…don’t forget to bring your “Backpack Blessing” of food donations. The youth have challenged the entire congregation to “Fill the VW Bug” of food to support the West Broadway Elementary School’s “Backpack Blessing” Program. This is a great way to put our faith in action!  Backpack Blessings sends our most vulnerable children home with a backpack filled with food to eat over the weekend.  I’ll put the list of foods to be collected at the bottom of this email.

One of the reasons I love the story of Samuel’s calling by God is that it is a reminder to us all that God does not only use adults.  God called Samuel when he was just a boy. God uses our lives now – even our young people.  All of us have gifts to offer and I believe the Church is at our best when we recognize and affirm the gifts of all ages, especially our young people.  I would not be in the position I am in today without those who encouraged me as a young person. But, I think perhaps even more importantly, I would not be the person of faith that I am today without the encouragement and love of so many people who were right there with me in the pews on Sunday morning.

Our youth have offered us a great challenge. Let’s show them that we are listening and ready to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable children.  We belong to each other.

If you haven’t already – invite someone to join you in worship this Sunday!

Glad to be in ministry with you!

Peace, Kara

Items to be collected: macaroni and cheese cups, fruit cups, applesauce, single serving cereal, granola bars, instant oatmeal, juice boxes, Chef Boyardee cups, Campbell’s Soup Micro cups, single serving pretzels, single serving pudding, pop tarts, trail mix, beef stew (single serve), cheese and crackers, tuna, ramon noodles, beanie weenies.

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