Tuesday begins Pride month! We have decorated the church to show our support of our LGBTQ+ members, friends and neighbors. Save the date of Thursday June 3rd for the Multifaith Pride gathering for Cincy, NKy and L’burg Pride (details below).
We will be participating in the Northern Kentucky Pride festival on Sunday, June 6th from noon to 5 pm. If you are interested in participating in our vendor booth at the festival, please let me know. We’ll need help setting up our booth before noon (during worship). We will have 2 art projects in our booth for festival attendees to participate in. We need help coordinating those projects – Alex, Pastor Sheri and I have the idea for you to implement. If you can help, let me know.
To show our support of our LGBTQ+ friends for whom their preferred pronouns are not recognized, gender is non-binary or are questioning their gender identity, we will offer gender inclusive words for the Doxology during the month of June.
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.
The Grace In Which We Stand The Kentucky Women’s Disciples Ministry
The Women’s Ministry Cabinet and I are planning a virtual mini-conference for Kentucky Disciples Women. The gathering will be held via zoom from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, June 19.
The theme for the day is “The Grace in Which We Stand,” with the informing scripture being Romans 5:1-5.
There is no registration form or fee for this mini-conference. All you have to do is click on the zoom link below on the appropriate day and time to use on your internet-connected device of choice. Everyone at the gathering will be on mute except for the speakers and musicians but you will be able to look around, see who is there and type “Hellos” and messages in the chat room.
You will have an opportunity to make an online offering to support future women’s ministries events. Any blessing box offerings may be sent to the regional office at P.O. Box 910503, Lexington, KY 40591. If you need further information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgI sure hope to see you there!
Regional Board Calls Don Gillett as Regional Minister
Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett II has been called as the new regional minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky. The regional board voted unanimously on Saturday, May 22, to approve the Regional Minister Search Team’s recommendation that Rev. Dr. Gillett be called to this position. He will begin this ministry on Aug. 1
Rev. Dr. Gillett stated, “I am honored and privileged to have been called to regional ministry in Kentucky. I am truly excited and feel called to this ministry at this moment in time and look forward to working with all who make up the Christian Church in Kentucky.”
Reverend Dr. Gillett has four children, Jeremy, Liyah, Tasia, and Donald, III (Trey) and one grandchild, Jayda. He is married to Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, President of the Lexington Theological Seminary.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH LITTLE LIBRARY
The little library is being emptied out as quickly as it is filling up! That’s such good news that our neighbors are enjoying the resources in the little library. There will be a tote in the back of the sanctuary on Sundays for you to drop off your donations. Or, feel free to fill up the little library with what you bring.
Happy birthday to all of our June birthday members!!
Our communion wear and candles have been sitting around collecting dust for 14 months. Join us on Tuesday, June 8th at 10:00 am at the church to polish all the silver and gold pieces used for worship. I’ll make coffee and hot water. Bring a snack if you’d like to share.
If you would like to help prep the trays for communion each week, please let me or Lori know. We can set a schedule and train you. It’s much easier and quicker than filler trays and juice cups.
NEW SOUND / AUDIO EQUIPMENT
If you are interested in having a look at the new equipment, Alex Gallenstein is willing to give you a tour. If you’re interested in learning how to run the new equipment and join a team of volunteers to serve in a rotation, Alex is willing to train you. Contact Alex if you’d like to learn more.
** for all Zoom meetings, contact the office for participation information. **
**Notice Date and Time Change** The next Elders’ Meeting will be Tuesday, June 1st at 7 pm.
Before the meeting, all Elders are asked to watch the worship video from Sunday May 30th. We’ll celebrate the things that are going well and offer thoughts on additional tweaks to be made.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Our next book club is June 13th at 1 pm.
Our next book club book is “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman.
The next meeting of the Leadership Council will be Sunday, June 20th at 7 pm. This is an open meeting.
Great American Cleanup Saturday May 29, Sept 18, and Oct 23 9a-12p
Great American Cleanup is our largest annual event where we pick up litter, plant flowers, spread mulch, and more at sites all over Covington. We currently have 8 sites signed up to volunteer with us on May 29. You can still register your site for one of three remaining Saturdays and we will provide your group with grabbers, tools, trash bags, gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, breakfast, and a give away! To register your site or volunteer with one that’s already signed up visit our website.
Come on and Laugh a Little
“Illiterate? Write to the church office for help.”
“Ushers will swat the latecomers.”
“The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.”
“The peace making meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.”
“Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It is a great chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.”
“Life groups meet on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM for food, fun, and fellowwhipping.”
“The beautiful flowers on the altar this morning are to celebrate the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Julius Belzer.”
From our very own inhouse unknown comedian….Joe Pro
What is the hardest thing about learning to ride a bicycle? The pavement.
What did the green grape say to the purple grape? Breathe!
Where is a robin’s favorite place to get coffee? At the Nest Cafe’
What would the tin man say when he got run over by a steamroller? Curses, foiled again!
A man went to the doctor saying “I keep hearing this faint buzzing”. The doctor said “Oh, don’t worry, that’s just a bug!”