Newsletter for May 21, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR

PENTECOST is this Sunday!  It’s a great day for us to begin hybrid worship, birthing a new ministry, on the day we celebrate the birth of the church.  Here are a couple things to expect:

  • Masks will not be required.  Following CDC advice, fully vaccinated folx do not need to wear a mask indoors.  Children and unvaccinated adults are encouraged to wear a mask.  Regardless of your vaccination status, you are welcome to wear a mask.
  • We will begin singing as a congregation.  Now is probably not the time to begin singing with full gusto, but how we normally sing will be allowed.
  • You may pick up communion and an order of worship as you enter the sanctuary.
  • You may place your offering in the tray at the entrance of the sanctuary or you may give online through the website or the Givelify app.
  • Wear red, orange or yellow to celebrate the Spirit.

Pastor T

Kentucky Disciples Women Online Gathering
Kentucky Disciples Women Online Gathering

Jun 19 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Disciples Women of Kentucky missed Spring Conferences in 2020, but this year they are making plans for an online conference. Details are still being planned, but the day will include worship, communion, offering, and two breakout workshop rooms with good workshops. Maryilyn Williams from North Carolina will join us as the preacher for the day.

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Disciples Virtual Gathering Saturday, August 7, 2021virtual gathering logo

An opportunity for Disciples to connect, learn, worship, and imagine new ways of gathering as church.

Through Bible study, workshops, and worship, the event will focus on the covenant we share as Disciples and the promise of Romans 8:38-39 that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Regular registration starts at $25, which includes access to all sessions and workshops, as well as the virtual exhibit hall. Options for reduced registration fees will also be available so the event can be accessible by all. Sign up above to be notified when registration is open. For more information and to sign up go to https://disciples.org/2021-virtual-gathering

Be the New Church

For the past thirteen months, many of us have stayed away from our places of worship to keep ourselves and our faith communities safe.

How have new church leaders responded? By spreading the word about Disciples through DoorDash, meeting with folks struggling with anxiety on Zoom, and addressing returning citizens’ needs.

Chaplains, pastors, and others have answered the call to be the new church.

To support them, contribute to the Pentecost Offering on May 16 and 23. Half of the gifts go to regions to support new church development. The other half goes to New Church Ministry, which trains, equips, assists, and multiplies new church leaders.

Let’s all be the new church, together.

Please give generously to this year’s Pentecost offering by following the link below: https://newchurchministry.org/give/give-now/


FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH LITTLE LIBRARY

The little library is installed!  The little library ministry allows people to come take a book for free.  If you have used books that are in good condition, please bring them to the church so that we can put them in our library.  You can make plans with Lori to drop them off at the office or bring them to church on Sundays.  I would love it if we could include some Bibles too.  Please consider purchasing a Bible to be placed in the library to help spread the word of God through this ministry.

Thank you to Doug, Alex, Joe, Lettie, Jim and Tim for your contributions to the project.

** for all Zoom meetings, contact the office to get participation info. **

ELDERS MEETING

The next Elders’ Meeting will be Sunday, May 30th at 1:00 pm.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY

There will be no Tuesday Bible Study May 25th, 2021

BOOK CLUB

Our next book club is June 13th at 1 pm.  ** Note the date has changed. **

On Thursday, May 27th at 3:00 pm, we will meet to discuss how to provide faith formation for our children during worship.  Please plan to attend if you have an interest.

BAPTISM AND NEW MEMBER CLASS

If you’ve signed up for these classes, I will be contacting you soon to schedule our meetings.

ANTI-RACISM BOOK CLUB

The book study of “Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism” by Carolyn B. Helsel has been postponed until Fall.

DECORATE THE CHURCH WITH PRIDE

We will be decorating the church for Pride month on Saturday May 22nd at 10:00 am.  Please come and help.

Please join us for our annual Multifaith PRIDE Celebration on Thursday June 3rd! Doors open at 6 PM and the celebration officially starts at 6:30 PM prompt.  First Christian Church Covington will be participating in the service.  The celebration will be held outside overlooking the city of Cincinnati under a large tent at Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.  Social distancing and mask required.

We will be participating in the Northern Kentucky Pride Festival on Sunday June 6th in Mainstrasse Village from noon to 5:00 pm.  We will have a vendor booth.  You are invited to participate in the booth and be a part of sharing the love and welcome of our church with the LGBTQ+ community. 

We will be participating in the Northern Kentucky Pride Festival on Sunday June 6th in Mainstrasse Village from noon to 5:00 pm.  We will have a vendor booth.  You are invited to participate in the booth and be a part of sharing the love and welcome of our church with the LGBTQ+ community.

THERMOSTATS

The thermostats in the sanctuary, Arnold House and fellowship hall are programmable thermostats.  They are pre-set to be a comfortable temperature when we are regularly here.  If you would like to change the temperature while you are here outside of the program, please feel free to do so, but DO NOT press the hold button.  When you change the temperature, it will automatically cycle back to the program at the next timed change.  If you press the hold button, it will hold that temperature until someone manually turns off the hold.  This means that the space could be held at cool for a couple days or a week.  If you need a permanent change to the program, please let Pastor Tracy know.