Messenger 6.22.14

by Arwen Rimmer on July 2, 2014
The Messenger
June 22, 2014
Coffee Fellowship—8:30 a.m.
Sunday School—9 a.m.
Worship Service—10 a.m.
Close to 50 kids, ages 3 through 5th grade, have had a wonderful week of learning about how the love of God, shown to us in Jesus Christ, is giving, helping, caring, forgiving and unending.  Now this Sunday, June 22, our VBS children and their wonderfully dedicated staff of adult leaders would like to share with you some of what they’ve learned.   Let’s fill the sanctuary as our children sing some of their VBS songs, read Bible memory verses and share with us some of the pictures from a memorable week.


Seven of our church’s women will be commissioned  this Sunday during worship as they make final plans to attend the Quadrennial Assembly, June 25-29 in Atlanta, Georgia this coming week. Quadrennial Assembly is a Disciples Women’s Event which lifts up women from around the world through fellowship, worship, service, and education. It is sponsored by International Disciples Women’s Ministries ~ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).   Our denomination’s home webpage makes this statement of the event:
“Dubbed by many general church leaders throughout its history as ‘one of the best things that happen among Disciples of Christ,’ these assemblies have provided a means of showcasing the creative abilities of women, and have served as a training ground for preparing women for fuller participation in the total life of the church.”
Attending from our church this year:  Jo Brister, Marilyn Camp, Cindy Kyle, Judy Ross, Martha Williams, Nancy Worden and Kathleen Yant. We give them our blessing and support.

Dan and Jenny Jones invite you to an open house this Sunday, June 22, 2-4 p.m.   The Jones’ have planned this come-and-go event as a time to thank the members of their church family for so supporting them through Jenny’s year of cancer treatments and as a celebration on the occasion of Dan’s 30th anniversary of ordained ministry.  The Jones’ live at 2514 Country Club Parkway, Garland, Texas, 75041.  No gifts please.

Camp Season has officially started at Disciples Crossing!  We have multiple youth and adults headed to camp each week.  It is always exciting to receive mail at camp.  If you are interested in supporting our youth with a note or care package, here is the address and a list of who will be at camp when:
3693 State Hwy 31E
Athens, Texas 75752
Conference (10-12th) – June 23-28th – Catherine Lines, Cameron Cossio, Monica Martinez
Niners – June 23-28th – Justus Hightower, Shatai Harris, Alan Huddy, Logan Williams, Erich Womack
JYF (4-5th) – June 30-July 4th – Nicole Watkins, Levi Williams, Shannon Lines, Branson Wasson, Sarah Dacon, Daisy Nowlin
Eighters – July 6-12th – Faythe Armstrong
The following have already been to camp: Alyssa Huddy (Middle School), John and Don Dacon (Grand Camp), and the Ortiz, Houston, and Dacon Families (Family Camp).

Construction begins Monday, June 23.
The purpose of the construction is to provide a more accessible entrance for our members who have physical challenges. During the 2-week construction time, the Avenue A entrance will be closed. You may enter the church either through the main entrance on Glenbrook, or the side doors near the playground.

Dr. K has agreed to be our guest preacher and Sunday school teacher Sunday, July 13.  We had anticipated Dr. K. leading our adult Sunday school classes June 8th,  but due to a family emergency, plans were canceled.   Pastor Dan has extended the invitation to Dr. K. to speak on the theme of “The Adventure of Following Jesus.” 
Dr. K., who serves through the Campus Crusade in Southeast Asia (Singapore), has experienced that adventure first hand.   In remembering his faith journey, Dr. K. writes: “When Christ sent me to minister in Japan in the early 1990’s, I thought I’d stay there until He called me home.  Four years later the Lord showed me my need for further biblical study and I returned to the US to enroll in Dallas Theological Seminary, completing a PhD in 2011.  After serving DTS as an adjunct professor for two years, I again heard the call to missions!  This time in Southeast Asia.  Next stop Singapore!”

The Elite Group would like to invite you to take a day trip to Ham Orchards on Friday, June 20th in Terrell, TX.  We will take the church bus and plan to leave the church at 9:30am.  We will visit the orchard and then have lunch on our way back. Contact Sondra Martin at 469.600.3168 for any additional information.
Movie Night at 7pm - July 9th, August 6th
Game Night at 7pm - July 20th, August 6th, August 20th

Sermon:  “As Good as Gold”
Scripture:  Acts 3:1-6
Synopsis:  A man in need holds his hands out to Peter and John expecting some pieces of gold or silver.  Instead, he gets something far greater.  On the VBS Sunday we celebrate what the writer of 1 Peter calls “more precious than gold.”  Today we celebrate the riches of the Christian faith.
Scripture Link:

Don’t let it sneak up on you this year… Start your collection of shoes and socks now! We will have a two tier contest: Sunday School classes from young adult down are being asked to collect socks and underwear. Each pair will count as one. All adult classes will be asked to collect sneakers. There will be one winner for young adult down and one winner for adult classes.  Please have all items in you classrooms prior to the service on July 27th.  Winning classes will have some input into what is served for breakfast. Let’s outdo ourselves this year!!!

Time: Monday, June 23 at 6pm
Place: Morris and Claudia Womack’s Home at 1506 Carriage Lane in Garland
Call (972)-926-9900 with any questions.
Dinner will be served!

Prayer Requests
Marty Rogers- cup of life                        Judi Archibald-The Grapevine
Gary Carroll-Hands of Faith                      Dennis Lee – hands of faith
Sheri Dacon - shepherds                             Ruth Remeur - Hands of Faith

If you would like to donate individually wrapped snacks to our 17 youth and adults going to Galveston, TX from July 13th-19th, please place them in the bin in Fellowship Hall.  We would love things like granola bars, snack pack chips, fruit snacks.  We are not asking for water or Gatorade this year.

The office is pleased to welcome Arwen Rimmer to the FCCG family! Arwen has agreed to serve our church as temporary office administrative assistant through the end of July. Arwen, her husband Paul, and their two children, Tristan and Henry, are visiting her parents, John and Judy Grasham, from their home in Scotland where Paul works at St. Andrews University. Arwen will keep the following office hours: 8am-1pm  M-F, excepting Wednesdays (8-2).
You may contact Arwen by calling the church office, 972-272-5423, extension 221, or by emailing her at .

PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASS/SUNGLASS DONATION Disciples Women’s Ministry would like to ask for everyone’s help in collecting prescription eye or sun glasses.  All the glasses will be taken to the 2014 Disciples Women’s Quadrennial Assembly in June to donate to the Lions Club.  This outreach project is in honor of FCCG member, Tom Daniel, and his many years of dedicated service to the Lions Club organization.  There will be a box in the Fellowship Hall in which the glasses may be deposited.