First Christian Church
Friday, June 18, 2021
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
December 30, 2020
Training for Alex yearbook reporting begins Jan. 5
Congregational user info sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays 
in January!
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New in 2020 for the January – March 2021 reporting period: Alex – Data for Disciples. Gone are the paper forms mailed in January to congregations. Gone is the clunky online form to fill in attendance data averages for the whole year.
This online reporting system is free to congregations and offers features not available in previous modes of yearbook data collection.
1.     Congregations can enter attendance and giving data weekly, along with notes, so they can track trends in real time. This info is entered via a web portal, so you can do it from any device that has an internet connection. Even in a year like 2020, there are interesting trends to see. Perhaps your online attendance spiked the week you hosted a special musician. Perhaps your giving peaked just after an email appeal.
Lift your voice
The National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) invites you to join the Disciples Virtual Choir as we present the anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” in February. Recordings are due Jan. 27. 
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Disciples Peace Fellowship accepting intern applications
Disciples Peace Fellowship is now accepting applications for our 2021 Peace Interns! This 12-week, paid internship allows young adults to live out the Gospel imperative for peace and justice by working with camps and conferences, partnering with Disciples Justice ministries, teaming up with ecumenical and interfaith peace movements, and advocating for peace for justice.
Information about this life-changing summer internship, the application process and all online application materials can be found at All applications and references must be completed and submitted byJan. 31, 2021.
If you have any questions about the internship or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact DPF's Mission Director, Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, at
Journal of Discipliana to launch next month
Disciples of Christ Historical Society announces the launch in January 2021 of the Journal of Discipliana, an online only, open access, peer-reviewed journal for original scholarship that explores issues related to all aspects of thought and religious life and practice within the historical or contemporary Stone-Campbell Movement.
The Journal of Discipliana continues the legacy of the quarterly print periodical Discipliana, which suspended publication in 2014. Manuscripts may be submitted in Microsoft Word to Dr.Marc Toulouse at .
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Higher Education and Leadership Ministries announces scholarships
HELM is excited to announce that the application period for students to apply for the Leadership Fellows Program, PhD Scholarships and Seminarians Grants will run from January 1 to March 31, 2021
For more information on the application process and eligibility requirements, please visit the HELM website at or contact Jon Barnes at
Week of Compassion reviews 2020 responses
In our own communities and around the world, this year has been filled with loss and heartache. But as we respond to the needs of a global pandemic, historic natural disasters, and ongoing development projects, this year has also brought countless opportunities to love our neighbors and to show compassion.
You can find out more about the work of Week of Compassion, the Disciples' disaster relief and long-term development fund, on their website.
Week of Compassion Year-End Message
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Virtual learning opportunity
The Christian Church in Kansas is opening up their March 2021 Art of Church Communicationseries to the wider Church. The virtual nature of this five-week session works to your advantage since you don't have to travel to Kansas to participate!
Enrollment numbers need to be met (10 participants) and there is a $30 fee for each class.
Other News
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Disciples Home Missions offers a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 resourcethat can be shared with your congregation and community. Please follow the link above for information. 
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More opportunities to put ministry into action
  • Implement these ideas for virtual advocacy visits to legislators in the Advocacy Toolkit

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