THE UKIAH DISCIPLE
News of the First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ & United Church of Christ)
Serving This Month:
Dates to Remember
FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCK:
We’re having an ICE CREAM SOCIAL
August 5th! Invite a friend.
BOARD MEETING: Sunday, August, 12
WOMEN’S MINISTRY: Thursday, August 16
CHERIE’S OUT OF TOWN: Dawn leads worship, Sunday, August 19
A NOTE FROM PASTOR CHERIE ...
It seems something got “turned on” in our church last month. With the story of David dancing before the Ark – dancing out of pure joy and awe – we were reminded that true worship is about a joyful response to the overwhelming gift of God’s love for us – not about obedient, silent pew-sitting.
From this, Laura was inspired with the idea of making ‘offerings of our individual gifts’ as part of our worship. She is currently working through what form this might take. It will be interesting to see where this takes her (and us). While many of our gifts may seem to have more to do with day-to-day maintenance of our church, they all can be offered to God and the community as gift.
Last Spring, when Gale organized our multi-church musical evening, several of the musically inclined among our own church family came together to make “a joyful noise” with voice and instruments. There was some talk of continuing this but not much happened at first. Now we have an actual Music Ministry Team which is coming together to find ways to broaden our musical experience of worship. (See the article inside with more info). It’s important to note that this team will be augmenting and adding to Mary Beth’s lovely keyboard work - not replacing it. We’re keeping our traditional format and adding in some new musical expressions.
P.S. I’m still waiting for someone to dance!
NOTES FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD ...
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I can't believe it's already August. At our July board meeting, we picked a date for the ice cream social -- August 5th -- Friendship day! Looking forward to lots of goodies! We also talked about the need for a new copier. Unfortunately, ours is on it's way out. You might have noticed some beautiful pictures in the back of the sanctuary. They are Laura's, and with some help from Dan, they will be gracing the walls of our sanctuary soon. They will be a lovely reminder of God's beauty in the world. After church on July 22nd, several of us met together to toss around some ideas for a music ministry. Everyone had different ideas -- and I liked all of them! Dawn-Karen will explain a little more in her article. I'm hoping to hear some joyful noise for the Lord!
I will be gone for the next board meeting on August 12th. I am going to visit my stepson on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. (I know -- not everyone's idea of a dream vacation!) Porter will fill in as vice-chair for the meeting.
I recently finished reading "The Shack". What an awesome book! It really broadened my image of God and my relationship with God. One part (of many) really spoke to me. When asked about always putting God first, Jesus says "I don't want to be first among a list of values; I want to be at the center of everything. When I live in you, then together we can live through everything that happens to you. Rather than the top of a pyramid, I want to be the center of a mobile, where everything in your life -- your friends, family, occupation, thoughts, activities -- is connected to me but moves with the wind, in and out and back and forth, in an incredible dance of being". Doesn't that sound wonderful? I really like that image! May you feel Jesus' presence with you on your mobile of life!
Love and blessings, Patti
Our Ice Cream Social is finally scheduled:
Sunday, August 5th after worship
We’ll have ice cream with all the trimmings
(instead of our usual First Sunday Potluck).
Invite a friend (or two!) to come and join us.
Printed invitations are available at the church
SOMETHING NEW AT FCC:
Our new Music Ministry Team enjoyed a successful first meeting as Pam Pam, Porter, Patti and Dawn brain-stormed ideas for new music as well as enhancing some of our traditional hymns for services. Two of the new pieces that were voted on were, “You Raise Me Up” (inspired by Josh Groban’s arrangement) and an old gospel song, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”
Come join us! FCC Music Ministry is open to everyone and we would love you to join us as we begin this joyous ministry of song. For now we will probably meet the 2nd and the 4th Sundays after fellowship/coffee for rehearsals with mini meets in between as needed.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY NEWS ...
We haven’t been doing a very good job of getting together lately – but hey, it’s summer and we’ve all got places to go and people to see. I hope you are all enjoying the summer.
Our August meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 16th,
at 11:30 as usual, and we are going to really try to stick with that schedule. Bring your own lunch. We will continue our Beatitudes Study, and see who, if anyone, is going to make it to Fall Retreat at Mission Springs
NEWS OF THE CONGREGATION ...
Cherie will be out of town Sunday, August 18th (at her 50th High School Reunion - good grief!). Dawn Karen will preach, the elders will lead worship, and our newly formed Music Ministry Team will provide music - don’t miss it
· We have a new Copy Machine at the church, thanks to a very generous donation from a church member. It’s a small unit, not meant for big, heavy-duty jobs, but it should fit our needs nicely.
· As noted last month, the Bag Lunch format is changing. Porter and Gary will be attending an informational meeting this month and reporting back to the rest of us just what these changes are and what they’ll mean for us.
Blessings on the rest of your Summer!
Saturday 11:00 a.m.
Invite a friend!
COME JOIN THE FUN!
May today there be peace within...
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be...
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith...
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you....
May you be content knowing you are a child of God...
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