First Christian Church
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri

May 9, 2018
Kentucky church uses dinner model to expand communion

For church planter Rev. Rachel Woehler, the call to form a new kind of church came from the Lord's Supper.

"In summer 2011, I got a metaphorical burr in my saddle," Woehler said. "Almost suddenly my ear became attuned to certain words: feast, meal, table, and fellowship. I was especially aware of these words when I witnessed church leaders speak about the Lord's Supper."

Over the next two years, Woehler worked to transform that yearning into action. "During those two years of working through my fears," Woehler remembers, "I read everything I could find about table fellowship, church planting, and the Lord's Supper."

Woehler came to develop a new model of worship, which she named Potluck Church. This worship centered on a meal, at which all were welcome to be nourished - both physically and spiritually.

At the suggestion of Kentucky's Regional Minister Rev. Greg Alexander, Woehler attended Hope Partnership's Leadership Academy. There, she mapped out a timeline for her new venture and established relationships that would provide future support.

"Leadership Academy helped me articulate God's vision and calling for Potluck Church, so that when I returned home, I felt more confident about boldly inviting others," Woehler said.

Soon after, First Christian Church in Woehler's hometown of Madisonville, KY, freely offered their gym to host Potluck Church gatherings.

With support and guidance, and a free meeting place, Woehler, along with her husband and ministry partner, Eric, began inviting others to join their new community. Read more.
"Not only does Scripture call us to care for the poor, the Poor People's Campaign is calling the nation to stand WITH those impacted by poverty. We must transform our society according to the call of Scripture, and in obedience to Jesus' commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves."
- General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens, who will be speaking at the May 14 launch of the campaign's Forty Days of Moral Action in DC. Use their interactive map to find events near you.
Special offering for new churches
Your gift to the 2018 Pentecost Offering (received in many congregations on May 20 and 27) will help new churches grow in your own Region or Area, and it will provide support to new church planters across the life of the Church through Hope Partnership's New Church Ministries. Learn more.
News in the Church                                         Other News                          
Announcement of the search process for National Pastor for Hispanic Ministries
The Hispanic Board of Directors and Pastoral Commission for Hispanic Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has begun search process for the National Pastor for Hispanic and Bilingual Ministries. The National Pastor is the executive of the Central Office for Hispanic Ministries, a general ministry responsible for developing programs and offering pastoral care to Hispanic ministers, lay leaders and Hispanic congregations, as well as advocating for the Obra Hispana before General and Regional expressions within the community of Disciples' faith. The deadline to apply is May 25, 2018Learn more.
Poor People's Campaign profiled in The New Yorker

DHM's Refugee & Immigration Ministries offers Mother's Day devotional resource

GMP responds to comments on immigration
NBA offers free webinars
National Benevolent Association has two webinars available this spring:
Registering for both webinars is free, and all will be offered on Thursdays at 1:00 PM EST.
Disciples gear available
It's time to add more chalices to your wardrobe by visiting our online store! Whether you order an existing print or create a custom design for your congregation, ten percent of your purchase supports Disciples Mission Fund, which connects you to the Church around the world. Shop now.
DHM offers Black Leadership Project Grant
The Black Leadership Project Grant provides funds projects that develop, nurture, and strengthen church leadership in African American congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The 2018 grant process is now open. The application deadline is May 31. Learn more and apply online.
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Events, Resources and Ministry in Action                                                   
WOW Adult Work Camp at ChristmountMay 13-19, Black Mountain, NC
40 Days of Moral Action begins, May 14 for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
How to Start a Prison CongregationMay 17, National Benevolent Association webinar
Reconciliation 2.0: The Urgency of NowMay 19Lexington Theological Seminary webinar

Transforming Communities: the Book and the JourneyMay 22, National Benevolent Association webinar
Camp SunshineJune 4-8 and June 18-22, Christmount

Choral and Handbell WorkshopJune 14-17, Christmount
Hispanic Biennial Assembly, July 12-14, Phoenix, AZ
2018 Summer ADM ConferenceJuly 15-20, Oklahoma City University
National Convocation Biennial SessionJuly 19-22, Birmingham, AL
S.O.I.L. at ChristmountJuly 23-28, Black Mountain, NC
NAPAD ConvocationAug. 8-11, Portland, OR
NBA Incubate SENT SeminarSept. 12-15, St. Louis, MO
Find more on the 
Building an Inclusive Church toolkit

Worship Words resources for liturgies and more 
 Ministry in Action
Disciples Volunteering looking for mission trip participants

Christmount invites volunteers with RVs to stay 2 weeks to 6 months
You can find ways to plug into mission and more through these ministries:
We are instruments
We are called to action in the face of violence. A page of resources and possible actions has been posted on

You are encouraged to access the Injustice Anywhere documentary hosted by the National Benevolent Association's website and the accompanying study materials specifically for interracial understanding. The film was produced in response to the troubles in Ferguson, MO, that began in August 2014.