A Cultural Awakening

Dear Friends,

Like you, I have been seeing the news of more and more public figures, Hollywood elites, politicians, and journalists being accused of sexual assault or harassment. It seems that we are experiencing some sort of public cultural awakening.  There was the hashtag on social media, #metoo that women (and some men) shared at having experienced sexual assault. The “Time Person of the Year” was just named as the women they are calling, “Silence Breakers.” More and more victims are coming forward and joining their voices with others.

I’m not sure you need one more public commentary on the reality of sexual assault and discrimination. But, you may need an apology – an apology from the Church.  I’m not speaking specifically about First Christian Church, but from the Church universal, the institution of the entire Church.  The Church has historically handled the reality of sexual assault in our world and even within our Church walls, terribly. As a minister, a representative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this saddens me. I lament that the institutional Church has historically chosen self-preservation over accountability. The institution of the Church has sometimes been quick to “speak for” rather than to listen. The Church has all too often pushed victims to silence. Or used God’s Word to hurt, rather than to heal.  I lament that for some, the Church has not been a safe place.

Here’s what I want you to know: That your minister and the entire staff take seriously our role in the safety and well-being of all of God’s children (in our building or otherwise.)  We also have policies in place here at First Christian for those who work with children that are designed for their protection.  Finally, I want you to know that no matter what burdens you carry, I strive to have compassion, a listening heart, and a willingness to walk with you on the journey. The great thing about Church is that you do not have to walk this road alone.

P.S. This Sunday we are lighting the Candle of Peace – Don’t we need it?  See you Sunday!

Glad to be in ministry with you!

Peace, Kara

Ministry Events on Our Horizon

Calling all shepherds, angels, and wisemen! Don’t forget to join us for practice this Sunday at 4pm in the Sanctuary as we get ready to perform a life nativity on Sunday, December 24th in the morning worship. This is for ALL Children and Youth of all ages!

Congregational Meeting immediately following worship THIS Sunday to approve the 2018 Ministry Budget and the Leaders for 2018.

Sign up to deliver the food & Angel Tree Gifts! Want to spread some joy? We will need volunteers to deliver these items. Volunteers are meeting on Tuesday, December 19th at 9am. There is also a sign-up sheet in the entryway/narthex by the Angel Tree.

Give $20.17 to go towards buying fresh food items and meat for our Christmas Baskets of food. (One penny for every year since Christ’s birth. You can make checks to FCC).

Collect & bring in these food items for the Christmas Baskets & drop off in the entryway by December 17th: Animal Crackers or Cookies, Ritz or Regular Crackers, Jelly, Peanut Butter, Coffee, Cheerios, Oatmeal, Can goods, Instant Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese.

Advent Beginning

Dear Friends,

On Thanksgiving Day I officially began to think about Christmas in my home.  After we ate dinner and the kitchen was cleaned – we all piled on the couch and turned on one of my favorite Christmas movies from my childhood, “A Christmas Story.”  (Okay, I’ll confess…I fell asleep about halfway through the movie.) I have my favorite scenes that I almost have memorized. I love Christmas movies! I love the happy endings and the messages of love and joy.

Advent is a Christian season of preparation and waiting. It is a time to make room for the birth of Christ anew in our lives. This Advent Season I am using some of my favorite Christmas movies to tell the story of Advent.  Each week the title of my message will feature a Christmas movie. This Sunday is all about hope, so I have chosen little Ralphie and his hope for his “Red Rider BB Gun” from “A Christmas Story.” The title of my message is, “You’ll shoot your eye out.” I promise – the topic will be HOPE.  I’ll also be talking a lot about John the Baptist and his own hope for the Messiah.

Each Sunday will feature a different movie, but on Sunday the 24th we need Children and Youth to tell THE big story!  Sometimes when things are so big – so miraculous — we need more than words. We need music & images to tell a story as big as Christ’s birth! We are going to have children and youth of all ages help us tell the story with a nativity scene that day. We need lots of shepherds and angels of all sizes! If you have a child or youth – we need their help to tell this sacred story! They’ll be practicing THIS Sunday, on December 3rd and 10th from 4 to 5pm. (And performing on the 24th in Sunday morning worship.)  Meet in the Sanctuary on Sunday at 4pm to begin practicing! For questions – don’t hesitate to reach out to Jaimee or Alice at Church – 821-5335.

What are your favorite Christmas movies? I’d love to hear! Drop me an email.

Glad to be in ministry with you!

Peace, Kara

Special Thanks to everyone who took an “angel” card off the tree! The tree in our narthex has nothing but lights on it now & that is great news!  Don’t forget you can collect food items &/or donate $20.17 to go toward our Christmas baskets of food.

Planning Christmas

Dear Friends,

What a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration we had on Sunday? I am grateful to all who served and shared their gifts in so many ways during worship, the luncheon, and dessert auction for Camp Kum Ba Ya. Thank you! When I count my blessings this year, First Christian Church of Madisonville is on the list. I am grateful for you!

I look forward to being in worship with you on Sunday morning & then I hope you will plan to come back at 4pm for the Christmas Workshop in the gym & the Hanging of the Greens Service at 6pm in the Sanctuary.  The Christmas Workshop is a fun event for all ages! We will get to make some Christmas crafts & share in our favorite Christmas cookies! Invite a friend and join us! At 6pm we will begin the Hanging of the Greens Service in the sanctuary. This is a fun time to decorate the sanctuary together as a Church and sing songs of the Season. Choirs will be singing & you won’t want to miss this interactive worship.

Finally, I want to make you aware of those in our congregation who are in need of our prayers.  Our sympathy is extended to the Cox family in the death of Bill Cox.  Visitation will be held on Friday, the 24th at Barnett-Strother from 4-7pm. A service will be held in the Sanctuary on Saturday at 1pm with visitation at the Church beginning at 11:30am. We give thanks to God for Bill’s life.

I also ask you to continue to keep Wayne Edwards in your prayers who has been moved to Select Specialty in Evansville (400 South East 4th Street).  Mary Zimmer is having surgery in Louisville on the 27th and would appreciate your prayers as well.

Glad to be ministry with you!  Peace, Kara

Other Ministry Events on our Horizon

Called Board Meeting to potentially approve the Ministry Budget for 2018 on Sunday, December 3rd.  This meeting will be held immediately after worship. If the Budget is approved a congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, December 10th.

Also on Sunday, December 3rd, West Area Regional Minister, Rev. Beth Dobyns will be in worship with us to officially install Kara Foster as Senior Minister.

A Nativity Scene is in the works for all children and youth to be shared with the Church during Sunday morning worship on December 24th. This is for all ages!  There are two rehearsal Sundays, December 3rd & 10th. We want all kids and youth to be involved!  Jaimee Duncan & Alice Chaney want to hear from you! Call them at 821-5335 for more information.

Holiday Preparations

Friends,

Sunday is our Church Thanksgiving celebration! The Hospitality Committee is working hard to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving feast! Come hungry! If you ever are interested in helping with the prep, set up, clean up and all that goes into fellowship meals at our Church – don’t hesitate to reach out to  by email: Tim Clark, Hospitality Chair (or phone: 270-871-7733).  Many hands make for light work!

I also want to remind you that we are having a Dessert Auction at the luncheon to help raise funds for facility projects at Camp Kum Ba Ya.  The auctioneer is set & we are in need of dessert/baked good donations! You can drop your donations off Saturday morning in the gym or on Sundaymorning before worship. This is a great chance to buy some desserts for your Thanksgiving feast!

Just around the corner is our Hanging of the Greens and Christmas Family Workshop on Sunday, November 26th at 4pm.  The Christmas Family Workshop is a fun time in the gym for families to begin Christmas traditions. You are also invited to bring a favorite cookie or finger food to share!  At 6pm we will have our Hanging of the Greens Service. Choirs of all ages will sing and play & together we will begin prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ!

What better way to prepare for Christ than by serving others? Here’s a list of some of the ways you are invited to spread the love of Christ this Season!

Opportunities to Serve:

Sponsor an Angel from the Giving Tree! These are all low-income children who have been given to us from the Family Resource Center.  You take a “tag” off the tree and buy some or all of the requested items and return them to the Church wrapped by Sunday, December 10th. There are also book tags for you to buy a book for a child. *Please be sure to sign your name and the tag you take on our list by the tree. Contact Anita Alford with questions (anitasalford@gmail.com270-871-1872)

Sign up to deliver the food & Angel Tree Gifts! Want to spread some joy? We will need volunteers to deliver these items. Volunteers are meeting on Tuesday, December 19th at 9am. There is also a sign-up sheet in the entryway/narthex by the Angel Tree.

Give $20.17 to go towards buying fresh food items and meat for our Christmas Baskets of food. (One penny for every year since Christ’s birth. You can make checks to FCC).

Collect & bring in these food items for the Christmas Baskets & drop off in the entryway by December 17th: Animal Crackers or Cookies, Ritz or Regular Crackers, Jelly, Peanut Butter, Coffee, Cheerios, Oatmeal, Can goods, Instant Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese.

Special Thanks to the Christian Action Committee who works to organize these efforts!

Glad to be in ministry with you! Peace, Kara

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