FCC News

January 9, 2017

Re-Post WV Disciples Online for 1/4/17

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New Year’s Letter from the General Minister & President Posted on January 4, 2017 at 8:47 am by Sharon Watkins.

January 2017

Dearest Friends in Christ –

“Hope is a star that shines in the night, leading us on till the morning is bright.”

From the Advent promise of Emmanuel: God with us; to the Epiphany revelation: God-with-us-now, we hope.

And yet, I confess, as 2017 begins, my heart is bruised by the pain and division the United States and Canada have experienced which have filtered into our communities and congregations. Antagonistic elections in the United States have upended civil discourse. Repeated public incidents of both individual and institutional racism have fractured relationships in communities. And beyond our borders, civil wars in places like South Sudan and Syria, as well as natural disasters in long-suffering Haiti, only increase the need for healing of all kinds.

Still, along with “all of creation” in Romans 8:18, we wait expectantly “for the children of God to be revealed.”…  read more

Christmas Offering Thanks Please accept the gratitude of the whole church for your support of the Christmas Offering this year.  This offering, which is vital to sustaining regional ministry, remains entirely within the region for that purpose.   You can give online here, and until Jan. 8 the offering will be credited to your congregation for 2016.  We are grateful for your support and ongoing witness for the gospel in our region!

Treasurers: Please Note

The deadline for contributions for the Christmas Offering and for other Disciples Mission Fund giving to be credited to your congregation for 2016 is Jan. 8.

Given the holiday schedule, that means you need to have your check  mailed in time for delivery in Indianapolis on January 6 (Friday).
Thank you for attending to this important part of our covenantal life together. If you prefer to mail directly to the Regional Office for that purpose, send to 1402 Washington Ave., Parkersburg, WV  26101

NEW FOR TREASURERS from the Christian Church Foundation: The Handbook for Treasurers of congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been updated to take into account changes in health care for church employees. You can download and print a copy here: http://www.christianchurchfoundation.org/…/Treasurer’sHandb…

Dr. Thurston’s Work Honored We were pleased to learn that the Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bowman Thurston’s recent book on Charles de Foucauld,  Hidden in God, has just been named by Spirituality and Practice (an inter-faith organization) one of the best spiritual books of 2016.  We send congratulations on another fine work. Visit our Amazon page to view and purchase the book.

General Assembly July 8-12 in Indianapolis Visit ga.disciples.org for details and registration.

Bridge for Winter from the Pension Fund

Legacies for Fall, 2016

The Regional Church, in partnership with our sister region and the Christian Church Foundation, is pleased to offer a new edition of Legacies – our planned giving periodical designed to help you and your congregation grow as stewards of God’s good gifts.
You can read a copy online here, or download a tabloid (11×17) for copying for your congregation (the 3rd sheet is designed to be printed on two sides of an 8.5×11 sheet as an insert).
Your congregation’s office will receive sample copies to distribute, unless you reply now and advise us that you do not desire them to be mailed.  We appreciate your help in saving costs by duplicating in your own congregation.Stay Connected! Wondering where to get information about events, resources or recent news in the general Church? Keep up with all the latest from the general Church by subscribing to Disciples News Service, a weekly e-letter. Sign up hereAbout the News… It is our intent to offer this weekly news, published Wednesday mornings, for use throughout the region, as a means to help us stay more connected.  We hope you’ll encourage others to follow and subscribe by using the “Forward to a Friend” link below, and by sharing this on Facebook & Twitter.
If you have news of an important event in the life of your congregation that might have broad appeal, please forward it to dtchafin@gmail.com for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue.  Some photos will be gladly received as well.  Try to send items a week in advance of the Wednesday publication date.
For now, we thank you for your participation in our regional church life, and urge you to share the word of this new publication schedule with the folks in your congregation.


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