First Christian Church 

(Disciples of Christ) 

14 West Fifth St. 

Covington, KY  41011

November 2021

The Gleam

A publication of First Christian Church, Covington, KY  

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First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 




We continue our home improvement work!   We need your help raising funds for 2 vital projects to improve our home.  The wood front doors have had new locks and safety mechanisms installed.  The Sunday school floor needs a new air conditioner that cools the chapel, the Worship and Wonder room and the men’s and women’s classrooms.  We need to raise $15,000 for these improvements.  We already have $3,000 pledged or given.  We are asking for your special giving to this Home Improvement Fund.  You can write in the memo of your check or online gift “Home Improvement.”

Second, we have lots of projects to complete around the church.  It’s a long list.  I tried to include work for every skill level, including some professional work that we need to consider doing in the future.  On Sunday, November 7th after church, we will have a work afternoon.  We will order some pizzas for sustenance before we start.  Please let me know if you plan to stay so I can order accordingly.  If you’d rather work on your own time at your convenience, please let me know what you’ll be doing so we make sure to save the project for you – or sign up on the list in the sanctuary.

Thank you for your generous sharing of God’s abundant grace through your gifts.

Pastor Tracy

Hanging of the Greens

Let’s decorate the sanctuary for Advent on Tuesday, November 23rd.  We’ll meet in the sanctuary at 1 pm and work ‘til its done.  We will likely have White Castle to enjoy after the work is done.

Faith In Action Together (F.I.A.T)

The Faith in Action Together team met for the first time in September month.  It is not too late to join the team!  If you are interested in being a part of the ministries that will move us into justice work, join the FIAT team.  We are looking for people who are interested in any or all of this work to join us virtually on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7 pm to help us move forward together.  If you have questions, please contact Joe Gallenstein or Pastor Tracy

Want to help keep recyclable items out of the landfill?

This is great news about recycling items that cannot be recycled with Rumpke or other trash services!

The Cincinnati Reuse and Recycle Hub in downtown Cincinnati is amazing! I have been recycling about everything imaginable with them for about 6 months now.

They are a charitable organization depending on grants, donations, help of volunteers and money they get by selling certain recycled items.  They also try to ‘Reuse” and ‘Repurpose’, and let people come on certain days to take items they can use. For example, teachers might come and get office and school supplies that someone has brought.  I saw someone take a bunch of plastic storage bags for blankets and sheets, plant pots, carpet remnants to use at school or for crafts or art projects.

A very extensive list of all items they take is below, at the end of this note. It is almost overwhelming to think about all they accept. So, instead, we’ll focus on recycling one item category at a time.

This first item will be Styrofoam. There are two plastic bins at church located in back of the sanctuary where you can place your items. I will then pick them up and take them to the Recycle/Reuse Hub when we have collected sufficient amounts.  All styrofoam is accepted, if clean and dry: packaging from boxes, as well as Styrofoam food containers, trays, cleaned and dried, and the softer wrap style used to package.  Let’s fill up the bins, and keep styrofoam out of the landfill, parks, woods, streams, and ocean!

In case you are interested, below is the almost overwhelming list of many other items they accept, and there are more!

All plastics – such as number 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, as well as those that do not have a number on them.

Right now they cannot accept #1. which are largely the clear hard plastic containers containing berries, leaf lettuce and spinach etc. This is likely temporary, as they’re searching for a new buyer for those # 1 plastics.

Coffee bags, toothbrushes, oral care containers like toothpaste cleaned and dried, cosmetic product containers, contact lens packaging, medicine bottles, prescription and nonprescription, old and new pens, markers, office supplies, old gift cards and plastic cards, metal, CD and DVD cases and DVDs and CDs, regular batteries, various kinds of electronics, printers, computers, electric cords and cables, razor blades and razors, wrapped and unwrapped plastic utensils, like forks and spoons, small lids and caps, paktech, plant pots, straws, plastic Solo cups, disposable tablecloths like we use at church luncheons, denim fabric, eyewear, old VHS cassettes and tapes, memory cards and sticks from computers, phone cases, silica packets packed with things like shoes, bread bag tags, netting such as from bags of potatoes or lemons, metal based cooking tools and pans, Rubbermaid containers, Britta filters, egg cartons, laundry packaging, corks, aluminum foil and aluminum foil lined bags, such as potato chip bags, air fresheners, spray top bottles, personal care and beauty items, deodorant, all kinds of plastic film, frozen vegetable packaging, granola bar packaging – and the list could goes on… Help us keep recyclable items out of the landfill!

Hildy Baldridge

Blanket Collection

The Emergency Shelter of NKY and Mental Health America have requested blankets for their outreach and shelter.  Please donate blankets that we can share with them.  There is a bin in the back of the sanctuary to drop off your donations.  Or, you can make a gift online or by check – note blankets – Debbie Smith and I are glad to shop for you.  If you are heading to the store, Aldi has blankets for $4.99 (probably for a few days) and Ross, TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory have great prices on warm fuzzy blankets.  Debbie Smith would be glad to do a front porch pick up of your blanket donation.  Please contact her or I if you’d like to help or have questions.

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplace or Business at the NKY Pride Community Awards

Richard Damien Addison and I accepted the recognition of First Christian Church as a finalist as an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplace or Business at the NKY Pride Community Awards this afternoon.  Next year, the NKY Pride Community Awards will include an award for inclusive faith communities.

 For all Zoom meetings, contact the office for participation information


Please join us for Bible study on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 pm. There is an optional prayer time  at 1:45p.


Please join us for the Elder’s Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021 07:00p 

BOOK CLUB Book:  The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi . 

Join us for the Book Club on Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 02:00p


The next Leadership Council Meeting will be Sunday, Nov 21st, 2021 at 7p


The first Faith in Action Together Meeting will be on Wednesday Nov 24th, 2021 7p.


Hello friends!  Our online auction has started and bidding is officially open!  

Please visit to participate and bid on your favorite items!

Our goal is to get 100 bids.  Whether big or small, bid on something today to help us reach our goal.

Forward this to your friends.  There is something for everyone – day trips, sports memorabilia, electronics, family vacations, golf gadgets, home living goodies and more!!

Every bid and every donation counts, come help us reach our goal!

Come on and Laugh a Little 

I can’t take my dog to the park because the ducks keep trying to bite him.
I guess that’s what I get for buying a pure bread dog.

What did the big flower say to the little flower?
Hi, bud!

How does NASA organize a party?
They planet.

How many tickles does it take to get an octopus to laugh?
Ten tickles.

Bulletin Blunders

“Applications are now being accepted for 2 year-old nursery workers.”

“The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.”

“The associate minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.'”

“This evening at 7:00 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.”

“Next Thursday, there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.”

“The ‘Over 60s Choir’ will be disbanded for the summer with the thanks of the entire church.”

“Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our Church and community.”

“Church office will be closed Monday. Halleluia. Halleluia.”

“A song fest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.”

Jokes from our very own Joe Pro

What do you get when you cross a camel with a garbage truck?  Humpty Dumpty

A horse walks into a bar, the shocked bartender points a finger at him and yells “Hey!” And the horse says “You read my mind buddy!”

What do you call an exploding monkey?  A Baboom!

“I can’t believe you got back together with Sheila.” One fire-eater said to another 

“What can I say?”He replied “you know me, I just can’t resist an old flame.

Why do penguins make such unreliable brides?  They’re prone to getting cold feet!

Teacher:   How did the pharaohs become so wealthy?

Student:  They were running huge pyramid schemes!

What happens to geese when they grow up?

They grow down.

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