And when you pray this week: Praise our Lord and Savior; Praise God for giving you the invitation to pray. Praise God for giving you the desire to learn to pray. Ask God to strengthen your prayer life. Thank Him for His many blessings; Pray for our church and the members; for our country; and ask extra blessings and help for the following:
Dear Church Family,
I hope everyone is having a good rainy week. I'm enjoying the cooler days and I know my yard is enjoying the water. Let's all pray that all we get is a good watering. Let's all pray hard for those in the path of Hurricane Florence. And let's all continue to pray for our country in the wake of the 17
anniversary of 9/11. Things seems bad everywhere we look, but with prayer comes HOPE.
My message in the Messenger last week was a bit of a downer. It was not meant to be a downer, but a wake up call to action. Our church has such a wonderful history of positive influence in Beaumont that I don't want it to end. So, the first thing I asked for help with was prayer. Because with prayer comes hope.
And we have lots of things to be hopeful about! Things are happening here at First Christian Church. Our facilities are being used more by the community. We have a new Worship service on Sunday evenings. Our children's group is being revitalized. We are working hard to ensure that this place is a safe and inviting place to worship and grow. We are trying new things. There is a fresh spirit of excitement flowing when you enter the grounds!
So let's continue to pray for God to guide our church. Now, here is a second challenge: Try something different. Come to the evening Worship. Try the Book Club. Hang out with the kiddos. Help us bless the dogs at Dogtober Fest. It's fun. It's exciting. It'll put a spring in your step and a song in your heart. But, more importantly, God's spirit can be felt when we step out of our comfort zones with faith and with hope.
Stay dry and have a blessed week!
God loves you and I do too!
CELESTE, STELLA, & COOPER JR STEPHENSON
THE DIXON FAMILY
JEFF LEGER - Answered
DUKE BONURA - Answered
ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH
SHOOTING VICTIMS OF SANTA FE, TX
THE GAY FAMILY
ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY FIRST RESPONDERS & OUR MILITARY PEOPLE
WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER:
Nella Cary, The Allens, Robert Chambers, Layla Grace, Ashlynne, Mabel Ferrell, David Delaney, Sasha Fisher, Lucien Hebert, Ramon Ordonez, Mandy and Kory Gerber, Inge & Dr. Brad Black, Gary Bruce, The Carlisles, Kenneth Connor, Stephanie Cowart, Bill Cumming, Linda Dallas, Mary Dalton, Debra Dunham, Linda Sue Earls, John T. Franks, Mark Severns, Fay Henry, Shirley Hilton, Barbara Huffhines, Betty McLean, Stella Melder, Cindy Moses, Mary Weitzel, Johnny Wills, Brandi & Joe Wood, Alice Springfield, The Haney Family, Melissa Hubbard, Casey Brown, Linn Wallace, John & Evelyn Gerber, The San Miguel
Family, AJ Arisco Family
Janice & Jon Justice
Tithe Counters: Joan & Dick Morrow
Worship Deacon: Sally Milich
Elders: Marty Graham & Kristy Boswell
Worship Leader: Linn Wallace
Open Building: Mike Hamilton
Home Centered: Marty Graham & Kristy Boswell
Ushers: Charlotte Davis & Geoffrey Stephenson
Greeters: Shelby Evans, Mike Milich, &
Thursday, September 13th
8:00am Workday (Donut Day!)
11:00am Matityahu Homeless Ministry
Friday, September 14th
Sunday, September 16th
*9:15am Sunday School
*10:30am Sunday Worship
*Elders' Meeting after Worship
*6:30pm Evening Service
Tuesday, September 18th
Wednesday, September 12th
6:00pm Bible Study
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal