First Christian Church
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
January 22, 2020
Disciples invited to Ecumenical Advocacy Days, April 24-27
Since 2003, people of faith from all traditions and walks of life have gathered to learn, worship, and speak out, on issues that impact us all, at Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD).
This year’s event is April 24-27 in Washington, DC. The theme of the gathering is “Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored,” and will focus on the intersection of the climate crisis and economic injustice. Registration is now open.
The first two days of the conference are filled with plenary sessions, keynote speakers, and a variety of workshops. On the third day, attendees visit Capitol Hill and meet with their Members of Congress advocating for the causes discussed and championed throughout the gathering. The event ends with a shared worship service.
This structure provides a powerful experience for all participants – whether its a first step into advocacy or a supplement to decades of experience. “It can be lonely doing activism from home, like writing a letter to your Congressperson or figuring out how to take on a big issue,” explains Krista Johnson Weicksel, Associate for Global Advocacy and Education at Global Ministries and member of the EAD planning team. “But being in a room with 700 others helps you feel less isolated working for peace and justice.”
Invitation to join in prayer
We thank you, loving Creator, for the region of Illinois/Wisconsin as they intentionally work toward living out Your call to be a movement for Wholeness, Oneness and Welcome (WOW!), whether it be in building a community of campers, developing leaders in their School for Ministry, encouraging the sharing of life-giving/life changing stories, or the work of the Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. Guide them in your healing ways. Amen.
Upper Midwest opens search for new regional minister
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest is seeking to call an ordained minister with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to the position of Regional Minister and President. A Regional Profile and Position Description are posted here.
All applicants are required to provide updated search and call paperwork in order to be considered. Furthermore, all applicants are required to submit a Letter of Interest to the Upper Midwest Regional Office by March 1, 2020, addressed to: Search Committee Chairperson, Rev. Suzie Moore, Christian Church in the Upper Midwest, 5064 Lincoln St., Newton, Iowa, 50208.
Applications open for HELM scholarships
The Leadership Fellows program is a leadership development program for Disciples undergraduate students. Each of the four years of undergraduate education has a different focus: Community, Transformation, Global Awareness, and Mentoring. Click here to learn more about the Leadership Fellows program and to access the online application.
For Disciples students pursuing a PhD in the field of religion, HELM offers two scholarships, the William Gilbert and Florence Leonard Jones Scholarship and the Ann E. Dickerson Scholarship. Click here for more information on these scholarships and to access the online application.
All application materials for both the Leadership Fellows Program and PhD scholarships must be received by April 30. If you have questions, please contact Jon Barnes.
2020 Year Book reporting window is open through March 15
The annual Year Book & Directory is all about connections between expressions of the Church. Congregations and clergy, general and regional ministries, and General Assembly reports and resolutions are contained in each issue.
The reporting window for the 2020 Year Book is open through March 15, 2020.
Visit to download instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, instructional webinar for congregations, PDF forms in English, Spanish, Korean, and French, and to submit your report online.
The Year Book serves as an invaluable resource for church staff and members, as well as the official record of a year in the life of our Church – and it’s not complete without you!
Global Mission Internship application window open
Do you have a young adult in your life who is interested in international service? Are you approaching graduation and want to witness God’s work in the world? Global Ministries’ Global Mission Intern (GMI) program invites you to serve for one to three years with one of our international partners.
As you offer yourself in service, you learn more about yourself, your relationship with God, and the amazing work that God’s people are doing around the world. You build relationships with other GMIs, other mission co-workers, and amazing international partners that can change the way you look at the world. 
Global Mission Interns come back to the United States equipped to provide a global perspective on issues facing the church in our world today. In partnership with domestic partners, U.S. based placements are offered for up to a year after return.
Who can apply?
  • Any young adult who is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and/or the United Church of Christ between the ages of 21-30 who has graduated or who is about to graduate from college
  • Any young adult willing to receive the gifts of our partners as well as to share in an intentional process of service.
If you are interested, please fill out the application and return it to the Mission Personnel Office by Jan 31. The Global Mission Intern program is generously funded by Week of Compassion and special gifts to Global Ministries.
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Applications for NBA's 2020-21 XPLOR program are now open!
NBA XPLOR is a movement for young adults who are considering lives of care and service. The Residency provides 10-month professional development and vocational discernment opportunities for 21-30-year-olds to live simply in community and engage in direct service and justice work. We partner young adults with Disciples congregations, regional and general ministries, and wider communities—positively engaging neighborhoods, the congregations, and the young adults. 
If you, or someone you know would be interested in NBA's XPLOR program please consider applying on the NBA website. The final deadline is Feb. 14.
Peace Intern application window open through Jan. 26
The Disciples Peace Fellowship's Peace Intern program is a paid, twelve week, intensive internship that provides the opportunity to travel the U.S. attending different week-long church camps and denominational events as an ambassador for peace and justice.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old by June 1 of their internship year. The deadline to apply for the 2020 summer internship is Jan. 26. Internship training takes place during the last week of May and concludes by Aug. 15.
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