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  • First Christian Church of East Moline April 2019

    Helmets of Hope scavenger hunt

    Another “Make and Take”

    “Rise Up, Church” projects

    The May Centennial event

    Help us raise money for Helmets

    Annual rummage sale

    Cleanup day

    Nicole Sullivan’s wedding

    Easter Sunday plans

    This and more inside!

  • “... there’s nothing particularly heroic or praiseworthy about treating

    others with respect or tolerance”

    I’ve been affected by the intention, if not always the execution, of our current sermon series called “Who is he to you? At one level, the series reminds me of the conversation Jesus had with his disciples in which he first asked them who other people thought he was, and then asked the far more personal question, Who do YOU say that I am?

    At one level, the series has moved me to think about the difference between public faith and personal faith. Public faith is going to church, acting civilly at the grocery store, treating others with respect, and contributing to worthy causes. Public faith is the collection of actions objective onlookers would likely decide are good, decent, and proper.... But they’re also easy. And if not easy, then not demanding.

    Though sometimes it feels like it, there’s not much sacrifice to getting in our vehicles and making our way to Sunday worship (think about all the people who will find ways to get to churches this weekend!) And though sometimes it feels like it, there’s nothing particularly heroic or praiseworthy about treating others with respect or tolerance. We can do it with our eyes closed... make that, with our hearts closed.

    The principal difference between public faith and personal faith is that public faith is external actions, while personal faith is internal/spiritual conviction. We can be nice to people without caring for them. We can give to causes without concern for the difference they make. We can go to church without experiencing spiritual passion. When Jesus asks his followers who THEY say he is, he’s inquiring about their personal faith.

    Has their spending so much time around Jesus transformed their hearts and minds? Are they different inside because for them Jesus is Lord and Savior, not just a powerful teacher and miracle worker?

    At another level, our current sermon series has moved me to think about the power of encounters with Jesus. An encounter is not a website, or a Sunday group lesson, or a preacher’s best efforts. An encounter is a profoundly personal experience of Jesus, one that results in personal faith. Without encounters, Jesus is a prominent historical figure without authority, and Christianity is an association of like-minded people who enjoy each other’s company and do their best to make a difference. Without encounters, a relationship with Jesus is about belief - what I think is true - not faith - what I know is true.

    Whatever your politics, I bet you’ll agree we live in crazy times. The American social fabric is more tattered and discolored today than at anytime in my adult life. People are hurting and taking that hurt out on each other. The solution is not a sermon from the FCCEM archive. The answer is an encounter with Jesus, an experience through which he becomes more than a character in ancient sacred literature, when he becomes more than someone else’s Lord. The answer is encounters that produce personal faith - a sense that heaven is personally involved in your life. The answer is personal faith.

    The resurrected Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations. What he meant was, make it personal for people. Let’s start with you and me.

    Easter is a holiday on the calendar unless somebody finds new life.

    Spring clean-up day is May 18 Small church that we are, we depend solely on volunteers to maintain our building. In that spirit, we’ll hold our annual spring cleaning event on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

    This will be a head-to-toe cleanup, focusing, as you might guess, on the spaces most frequently used: the lobby, worship center, Memorial Room, restrooms, and fellowship hall. This cleanup day takes on added importance given that our own Nicole Sullivan will be married in our worship center just one week later.

    Whatever your skills, experience, or physical capabilities, we’ll find a way for you to contribute to our efforts. If you’ll have the time to be with us in the noon hour, bring or plan to go out and get a carryout lunch for when we eat together, perhaps on The Pointe, if the weather cooperates.

    “To the Pointe” group to resume sessions on the pointe on May 5 One of our Sunday groups for adults is called “To the Pointe” primarily because its preferred meeting location is the natural setting of the picnic tables that sit on the knoll on the east side of our building. Now that spring has (finally!) sprung, the To the Pointe group (finally!) will move back to The Pointe.... on Sunday, May 5, we hope. The Rise Up, Church! improvements to the area will be underway, but access to the tables will not be impeded. If you’re not part of a Sunday group already, consider spending an hour of your Sunday with the To the Pointe group, which currently is taking a leisurely journey through the Psalms (as well as lots of amiable and interesting conversation before each week’s Bible study).

    Easter Season Donations 2019 Donation from: To Honor or in Memory of:

    Carl & Marlowe McSparin Floyd (Jake) & Veryl (Toddy) Jacobs

    Karen & Erin Anderson

    Jackie Hume Ruby & Charles Stoneburg;

    Elaine & Ivan Tank; Bill Hume

    Bob Grove Shirley Grove; Terri Grove

    Shari & Bill Coley Shari's parents: Don Mee; Nancy Mee

    Bill's parents: Arlene & Fred Coley

    Karen Lavalle Sawyer & Tenacity

    Jerry & Maurine Unzel Our sons Kevin & Greg Lavalle

  • Two thousand years ago, an empty tomb changed human history forever. How has that empty tomb changed YOUR history? Testify!

    Second “Make and Take” event set for May 5 To-date in 2019, we’ve made three times as many deliveries and delivered three times as many items to our partner agencies than we did in the same time period last year. All those deliveries cost money, of course, which compels us to ask for donations and create fundraisers.

    Among the fundraisers coming up soon is our second-ever “Make and Take” event on Sunday, May 5, beginning at 2:00 p.m. From a catalog and a couple of printed sheets that are available in the church lobby, you pick designs and colors for the decorative boards you’ll make at the event (or will have made for you, if you’d prefer to have someone from our church put your order together for you).$10 from each p comes back to Helmets of Hope. It’s a fun and simple way to decorate your home and support your church’s signature ministry.

    So that the supplies you need for the items you want to create are available at the party, you need to place your order at Mission Central by this Sunday (April 21). But even if you don’t pre- select your design, come to the party anyway since the host will have extra boards and designs available, one of which might just be what you’re looking for.

    So, join us for the event in fellowship hall. We’ll provide refreshments and great company. Come for the fun, the friends (invite people to the event!) and to make a difference in the lives of the veterans we serve.

    Help us expand our Helmets fundraising Our Helmets of Hope ministry to veterans costs lots of money, so we’re open to many forms of fund-raising. In the next couple of weeks, we have two fundraisers. We’ve already received a greater number of donations from individuals this year than we did in all of 2018 (but not yet a greater amount of dollars).

    And we’d better! Helmets’ service area has now expanded all the way to the Illinois/Indiana border, a total of 36 counties in Iowa and Illinois. We expect more and more supply requests from our partner agencies, which will require more and more financial support. So we’re planning to add to our fund- raising options the collection boxes you see in the picture next to this article. More, we’re inviting you to help us purchase as many of them as we can at $15 each.

    We’ll station these containers at cash registers in local convenience stores, gas stations, and similar locations, hoping that people will donate their spare change - and perhaps more - to our ministry. The picture gives a sense of the graphics we’ve designed for the boxes. A sample box is now posted at Mission Central. If you want to help us buy these collection boxes, be sure to mark your donation clearly.

    We live both in the shadow of the cross

    and the light of the resurrection.

    First-ever Helmets of Hope scavenger hunt is almost here We’ve talked about it for weeks; now it’s show time.

    The first-ever Helmets of Hope scavenger hunt will challenge four person teams to scour the Quad Cities for two hours looking for items to bring back to the church (for example, bring back a grocery store receipt time stamped since the scavenger hunt began), or for settings in which to take team pictures (for example, take a picture of your team standing next to a house for sale sign). At the end of the hunt, we’ll award points for every successfully completed objective. The team with the most points will be the winner.

    We’ll also raffle off some gift baskets, so we’re hoping for a big and fun night for our guests and for our Helmets of Hope ministry. Spread the word about this event. Scavenger hunts for adults are a big thing these days