First Christian Church
Friday, February 22, 2019
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
February 20, 2019
Boundless compassion, a world away
Submitted by Week of Compassion
With God – and through your generosity – we can do “more than we can imagine.” Week of Compassion works with partners all over the world so that we are prepared to respond quickly in times of crisis.
In September of 2018, an earthquake caused a deadly tsunami in Indonesia, off the coast of Sulawesi. More than 4340 are known to have died. In the aftermath, needs were overwhelming. Conditions were unsanitary, and thousands of people were left without basic necessities of food, water and shelter.
When disaster strikes so far away, and so many people are suffering, it seems impossible that we might be able to make a difference. In a place so small and remote, many would not even be aware of its existence on the map. But our faith tells us that God’s love knows no limits. There is nowhere we can go that is beyond the reach of God’s love and mercy.
And so our compassion must also be boundless. As Disciples of Christ, we are called to bear witness to the love of Christ in even the most remote corners of the earth. Where people suffer most – that is where our gifts are most needed.
Photo Credit: Church World Service
Disciples Seminary Foundation offers free webinars
The below webinars will be available from Disciples Seminary Foundation over the next few weeks. Replays will be available, but you have to register first.
Chalice Press offers final printing of Chalice Hymnal
The final printing of Chalice HymnalChalice Praise, and related music resources will occur in early 2019.
A traditional hymnal with 620 songs and readings plus 75 pages of worship resources, Chalice Hymnal was released in 1995. Chalice Praise, a smaller hymnal of contemporary Christian music with almost 200 entries, debuted in 2003.
Congregations can pre-order Chalice Hymnal, Chalice Praise, and related large-print and spiral-bound books through Feb. 28, only at Orders will be delivered in approximately May, depending on the availability of paper and press schedules. Payment will be due when the books ship.
Week of Compassion special offering received this Sunday
Received in many congregations on Feb. 24, the Week of Compassion special offering supports our Church's relief, refugee and development mission fund. Your gift supports Week of Compassion's work all around the world, helping victims of natural disasters, war, and more, rebuild and strengthen their communities.
A variety of worship resources are available online to help you and your congregation tell the Week of Compassion story as you prepare to receive this special offering.
Pre-events add value to General Assembly
Three pre-events will help you get more out of your trip to Des Moines for the General Assembly this July:
  • Friday-Saturday: Doing and Denying Justice: A History of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Social Justice, offered by Phillips Theological Seminary
  • Thursday-Saturday: Clergy Retreat - Resilient Hearts, Leaders, Communities, offered by Green Chalice of Disciples Home Missions
  • Saturday: Shine 2019, offered by Disciples Church Extension Fund
  • Feb. 25-27: Winter Talk, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK
  • March 24: Ghent Christian Church, Akron, OH
  • April 5-9: Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington DC
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MissionFest! looking for projects
Often when Disciples gather we are energized by the creativity and passion of those who have launched and sustained ministries and mission in their communities. We want to hear how they did it and maybe get some advice about how we could implement a similar mission in our own area.
We are looking forward to learning from each other at this General Assembly through the MissionFest! Does your congregation have a passion for serving that has resulted in a ministry? Could you share your successes and lessons learned with other congregations? Please let us know if you might be willing to share your experiences at our MissionFest! display in the exhibit hall during General Assembly.
Global Ministries offers young adult journey for justice in Palestine
The Joint Advocacy Initiative of East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine invite international young people worldwide to the Journey for Justice in Palestine, July 27 - Aug. 4, 2019.
Young adults between 17 and 30 years of age, from all over the world, in any background, religion or membership are welcomed to participate. The Journey includes guided tours and visits into various areas and sites to witness life in Palestine with its heritage and culture.
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