First Christian Church
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
August 15, 2018
NAPAD elects leader, celebrates in historic venue
The North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD) elected Rev. Chung Seong Kim to a six-year term as executive pastor at their 20thbiennial convocation in Portland, OR. Kim has served the past two years in an interim capacity. (Photo by Pastor Baek Hee Kim)
The meeting place has historic significance for NAPAD. In 1891, First Christian Church of Portland was the incubator for the first Chinese Christian church sponsored by the Christian Women’s Missionary Society. Rev. Jeu Hawk was a leader in spreading the Stone Campbell movement in the Portland area.
The assembly’s theme, One in Christ, was based on Ephesians 4:13. With more than 15 ethnic backgrounds represented among NAPAD’s congregations, the theme of diversity without dividedness resonated throughout messages from General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens, Division of Overseas Ministries President Julia Brown Karimu, newly-ordained Rev. Tevita Uesi and the Bible lecturer, Rev. Dr. Seong Hyun Park of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
One of the highlights of any NAPAD convocation is the cultural night celebration. Members of the NAPAD community bring music and dance from across the globe, sharing the joy of both folk and formal performances. This year, the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago announced a new scholarship in honor of Rev. Geunhee and Geunsoon Yu. Rev. Yu led NAPAD from 1992 to 2011 with another stint as interim executive pastor in 2016.
Submissions sought to identify General Assembly preacher
The planning for the 2019 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) being held July 20-24 in Des Moines, IA, is well underway. But one thing remains undecided: the Sunday evening preacher. It could be someone you know (or even you!). The worship planning team invites sermon submissions focused on the assembly theme, “Abide in Me.” Submissions should be rooted in the John 15:1-5 text that supports that theme.

Any ordained or commissioned minister, along with any seminarian pursuing ordination (under care), within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is eligible to participate. Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 15, 2018.
Disciples Public Presence conference set for September
Following the fatal shooting of young adult Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, a new conversation emerged to engage the infrastructure for justice work within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). After sustained conversations about justice infrastructure with ministry partners across the life of the church, including the Office of the General Minister and President, and groundswell of activism around the Poor Peoples Campaign, a next step conference is being organized to make progress to strengthen the infrastructure for justice work within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The conference aims to bring together grass roots activists found in Disciples Public Presence, Disciples justice networks, General Ministries, Regions, and local churches for the sake of showing up together as Disciples in justice work.
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NBA offers restorative justice webinar series

In a world where retributive justice has resulted in over-crowded prisons, a school-to-prison pipeline, and mass incarceration disproportionately affecting people of color, there is another way. The Restorative Justice movement continues to gain support and demonstrate a better way of addressing criminality in our country. This first of two webinars focusing on Restorative Justice will introduce the principles of restorative justice and share the power of its application by an experienced Restorative Justice practitioner and advocate.
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Time: 1:00pm EST / 12:00pm CST / 11:00am MST / 10:00am PST
More than rebuilding
It has been nearly a year since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. But the people of the island are resilient and are making inroads in rebuilding. Our sister denomination, the Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico (ICDCPR), is graciously opening its arms to mainland Disciples who are willing to come as ambassadors and friends, building relationships while learning about life on the island and assisting in group projects.
To find out more about how you and your group can participate in this learning experience, go to the Disciples Volunteering website.
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