First Christian Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
November 28, 2018
GMP delivers Advent message of confidence and invitation
"I have seen the richness of the diversity of our Church. I have seen visible signs of hope and joy and plans for the future." General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens delivers an Advent message, reflecting on her first 16 months of sharing life with the Church.
An Advent message from General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens
Georgia church responds to loss with mental health initiative in community
For members of First Christian Church in Winder, GA, issues surrounding mental health are personal.
Shawn Smith formed the church’s Mental Health Initiative committee after her son Candler, who grew up at First Christian, died by suicide in 2017. Talking about the challenges her son faced was a healing process, Smith says.
“I looked at this group as a way to help change the way people look at mental health – to be open about it, to break that stigma around these challenges, to be comfortable saying the word suicide and asking a loved one if they're considering ending their life. I want others to be aware of, and be looking for signs of, what might be in the back of someone’s mind. That’s where this group of wonderful friends came together to share Candler’s story and impact the community around us.”
The church’s volunteer youth leaders Joseph and Ruth Hasty joined the committee, recognizing this work’s importance. “Candler had been active in youth group,” Joseph said, “so when he died, we wanted to be able to do something in his memory.”
Hasty also remembered feeling a connection to the wider Church on this topic. “We were voting delegates at the 2017 General Assembly and noticed that mental health was a focus. The Georgia region has taken on mental health programs, too…We felt it as a calling. The general and regional Church are saying it’s important, and our local church was feeling the consequences of what happens when we ignore our mental health.”
Brite Divinity School hosts symposium on Design
2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of The Design for the Christian Church. Brite Divinity School is pleased to offer a symposium on this topic Jan. 14, 2019, with several noted speakers.
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Pacific Southwest region opens search for new leadership
The Board and Search Committee invite nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Regional Minister(s) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Pacific Southwest Region. We seek the leader(s) who understand(s) the diverse and changing context of the church and society, and who can offer a clear vision for ministry that draws all to Christ’s Table. The application period closes Dec. 7, 2018.
People-to-People Pilgrimage to Palestine/Israel open for registration
Global Ministries Service Worker Jeff Wright and his wife, Janet, are hosting their annual pilgrimage Feb. 8-19, 2019. Walk the streets of Jerusalem, shop the market in Hebron, visit holy sites in Bethlehem, Nazareth and along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and meet with Global Ministries’ mission partners and other Jews, Muslims and Christians who are working for a just and lasting peace. The registration deadline is Dec. 15, 2018.
2019 General Assembly resolution deadline and procedures available
The deadline for resolutions to be submitted for consideration at the 2019 General Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, is Jan. 2, 2019. Resolutions may be submitted by e-mail to Beth Sullivan, Executive Assistant to the General Minister and President, at Resolutions may also be submitted by mail to: Office of General Minister and President, Attn: Beth Sullivan, 1099 N. Meridian St., Ste. 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Questions may be directed to Beth at (317) 713-2402. 
Details regarding General Assembly resolutions, including processing procedures may be found here.
Application window open for 2019 Woman-to-Woman Worldwide journey to Morocco
While the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide journey isn’t a ‘hands-on’ mission, it does offer a way to respond to the call for Disciples women to experience solidarity with one another, to affirm the unity of the church in Jesus Christ, and to join the common struggle for justice and peace in the world today by educating and advocating for those needs. These international, ecumenical, and personal experiences encourage faithful women to see the world through new eyes and bring that perspective back to their congregation and community. An integral part of the post-journey experience is giving presentations about their experiences and sharing what they have learned with others. Learn more about this year's opportunity from Disciples Women and Global Ministries. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2019.
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Refugee and Immigration Ministries offers Advent devotional materials
In collaboration with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC), Disciples Home Missions' Refugee and Immigration Ministries is offering a collection of ecumenical Advent and Epiphany devotions called “Holy Days & Holidays.”
This year, RIM invites Disciples to join the spiritual journey of “Walking Toward Hope,” by participating in an eight-part Advent and Epiphany series focusing on themes related to immigration, refugee, and asylum concerns.
Disciples Mission Fund connects whole Church
Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) brings the whole Church together, connecting us to the life-giving and life-saving work we have been called to do. It also simplifies giving for congregations and individuals, providing a way to support the entire Church at once. DMF-funded regional and general ministries offer opportunities for Disciples to serve as missionaries, attend college or seminary, advocate for the least of these, and so much more.
When you make a gift to Disciples Mission Fund, you share God’s love from your doorsteps to the ends of the Earth.
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