Church News

Youth Confirmation Classes
Rev. Williams is offering a Confirmation Class for any youth who has completed seventh grade or above and who has not had the opportunity to be a part of a membership class.  The pastor will have special meeting with interested youth and their parents on Sunday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the confirmation process. This will be an important orientation meeting that will set the stage for the classes that follow.
Find out more about this year's Confirmation Classes.

Vacation Bible School Planning Meeting
All interested persons are invited to be a part of this summer's V.B.S. are invited to our next planning event on Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Christian Church.

Vacation Bible School
This year's V.B.S. will be enjoyed on Monday-Friday, June 25-29 (5:30-8:10 p.m.).  It is the First Christian Church's turn to host V.B.S. since we played host last year.  However, adults from both congregations will be helping and, of course, any child in the community is invited to attend.  Registration will open soon.  In the mean time, you can find out more about this year's Vacation Bible School right here on our website.

Upper Room Magazines
The May-June 2018 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Fall Food & Fellowship Report
Thanks to everyone who helped with this fun (and delicious) annual tradition.  We raised $1,612.08 this year.  The Church Council voted to direct all the proceeds this year to the Scholarship Fund.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays.  Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Church Steeple Repair
Long ago our church steeple had a decorative topper.  However, it broke off many years ago (10 years at least).  At that time a coffee can was placed on top of the steeple as a quick fix.  A couple of years ago we noticed that the coffee can had disappeared; probably blown away in a storm.  Since then the Trustees have wondered how to get to the top of the steeple to determine its condition.  The concern was that there might be a hole up there that would allow rain and snow to get in.  Well, thanks to a camera-bearing drone we now have our answer.  As you can see there is definitely a hole that needs to be addressed.  We are currently trying to decide the best way to cap off the hole and how to get up there to do it!!  No small challenge to be sure.  Thanks to Dan Gawedzinsky who was kind enough to bring his drone to the church and take the photos.  If you would like to see more detail, click here to see pictures

Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]