There is still plenty of time to sign up for the study of the Hebrew Scripture book of Genesis. The Wednesday evening group will begin this week (drop-ins are welcome and encouraged) and the Sunday evening group will begin on Sunday, March 2nd!
TIMES: Wednesday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
All you need is your Bible; a willing and open attitude; and a desire to learn something (hopefully) new! Please fill out an enrollment form, call the church office or email Jack (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Habitat for Humanity Apostles' Build this Spring
The Denton County Habitat for Humanity will be building a house this Spring and for us this is an opportunity for 'hands on' outreach. The build is here in Denton, near Cross Timbers street. Beginning in March the basic hammer and nails construction will take place. As it progresses, painters will be needed as well as landscapers. Any of you are welcome to work on any phase of the build. All through the 12 weeks lunches will be provided for the workers. Since we Disciples do food so well, I volunteered our church to provide a month's worth of lunches. This means a group of us will gather each Friday or Saturday morning to put together sandwiches, cookies, fruit, chips, etc. for 25-30 workers and take it on site. I'll know more about specific dates after the next HfHDC meeting. Suggestions for the menu are appreciated as well as contributions of food items and helpful hands.
The next HfHDC meeting will be Monday evening, Feb. 24 at FUMC in Denton. Would anyone like to go with me?
On September 15 the youth, with guidance from Youth Director Olivia Countryman, led the first of what we hope will be a series of contemporary worship services. The service was at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel. It was a very personal, and thought provoking service with lots of music and a dramatic parable presented by the youth. Attendees were impressed by the amount of thought and organization the youth had put into the service! As the picture shows, communion was served to all. The next service will be held in October - please watch the newsletter for the date and time!
On September 8 over 50 members of the congregation met in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and to explore the question, "What are our congregational core values?" The group started with a list of 34 value statements and with lots of time, sweat, and maybe a tear or two worked it down to a list of 8 core values that we believe represent who the congregation is right now. This is distinct difference from the list which might have been created if the group had focused on "what values should our church have." Here is the list of core congregational values:
One of our church's crowned jewels is our church camp outside of Athens - "Disciples Crossing." If you click here you can see the newest edition of the camp's newsletter and find out what is going on at camp!
In July our youth group, led by Youth Director Olivia Countryman along with sponsors Charlotte Stephens and Marianne Burns, went on a mission trip to Christmount, a Disciples of Christ camp and conference center in the North Carolina Smokey Mountains. They and all the youth from other churches who had come worked. They worked hard! They worshiped joyfully. They made great friends. They grew in their faith. And they learned what mountains really are! It was a great adventure! The following pictures do not begin to tell the story of their trip - that is something that the youth will do if you give them the slightest opportunity!
If you Click Here you will see a list of all the many needs that our church camp currently has. If there are individuals or groups that can come help or people who can donate materials or funds this would be a tremendous help because we feel like we are pushing a bolder up the mountain and the mountain is getting bigger every day! We need your help. Please see if there is something you can do! If so then Click Here to go to the Disciples Crossing webpage and find out how to get involved.
One of the untapped resources of our church is our library. There are some great resources there but people do not know what is available. To help you connect with the books you can use, Click here to see a pdf version of the more that 800 volumes so far catalogued.
October 20 @4:00 - Board
November 17 @3:00 - Cabinet
December 1 @12:30 - Board with a lunch provided
December 8 @ 12:15 - Congregational Meeting
January 19 @3:00 - Cabinet and 4:00 - Board
February 16 @3:00 - Board
March 16 @3:00 - Cabinet
April 27 @4:00 Board
As presented on CNN, the following is a list of the 50 worst charities as determined by looking at the last 10 years of available Federal tax filings and looking at how much money was spent soliciting money and how much money was actually spent on the cause that the charity exists to work for. Click here to see a pdf of the entire list. Some of them have not dispersed anything at all except for staff salaries and to pay solicitors!! Don't send you money to groups that don't do what they promise to do!!!
FCC Denton supports ( $$, volunteers, materials, etc.) a wide number of organizations in Denton, in North Texas, and nationally. If you click here you will go to a "page" with an extensive list of these organizations and ministries. There are links for more detailed information on almost every organization.