Aug 21
September 26, 2020, 9:46 AM
 
August 21, 2020
 
First Christian Church of San Marcos
exists to lead people into a growing relationship
with Jesus Christ!
 
Join us this Sunday on FACEBOOK
look for the red "live" button.
Or on our website @ fcc-sm.org
Sermon title
"What Jesus said about . . . an eye for an eye"
at 10:30 am
Music will begin @10:15.
See you Sunday!
 
On August 30, we plan to wrap up our Community Focus Series with an interview with Ruben Garza from Southside Community Center. Southside is committed to improving the living conditions and personal dignity of those in need in San Marcos and Hays County. The following Sunday Gregory will give the final report/update for the series. It's not too late to make a donation to any of these organizations that are going above and beyond for our community during this pandemic: Hays Caldwell Women's Center; Hays County Food Bank; Mendez Elementary School and Southside Community Center. You can send a check with the organization noted on the memo line. Thanks for your generosity.
 
The Youth met
Last Wednesday August 19
via Zoom !!!
and had a fun game of Family Feud!!!
 
NEXT Wednesday they will meet in person
under the portico at the church.
 
Also Shawn & Nikki will be meeting in
person with each youth over the next 2 months.
They will be taking dinner and a
back to school care package to each youth!
 
 15 Ideas to Practice Kindness During
The COVID-19 Crisis
By: Kathryn Good ~ from Inspire Kindness
 
It is a time full of unknowns and disappointments.
Schools are virtual AND in-person, events are canceled, the news is scary, and the what-ifs are troubling. This is an unprecedented time, and we need unprecedented kindness.
How can you be kind and still protect yourself and your family?
Here are some ideas, they aren't new ones, just a reminder of
some simple things we can do. :
 
5 Ways to Be Kind to Your
Community
Be a good neighbor.
Check in with your neighbors to make sure they have what they need and to let them know they have people that care. Be especially aware of elderly neighbors and people that live alone. You know all that technology we have - let’s use it like never before to truly connect.
Support local businesses.
Order takeout or buy gift cards for later use. Send a Facebook message to remind them that we will all be back out and about again to visit their business. Keep your memberships going. Continue to give to your church & area nonprofits and give more if you can.
Remember the caretakers.
Find a way to say thank you to health professionals and first responders. Post word of encouragement on their social media.
If you have to go to the doctor’s office or hospital, practice grace and understanding if they are short on time, resources, or answers.
Be generous.
Don’t take more than you need when it comes to groceries and supplies. Or if you do buy extra, drop them off at police stations, fire stations, and emergency rooms. If you eat out or take out leave a bigger tip than usual.
Help people.
From hungry kids that are missing school lunch to people in demand-shifted jobs like restaurant workers and event custodians, there will be people all over our communities that will be struggling. If you know them, think of what help could look like and reach out. If no one comes to mind, give to our local Food Bank; the needs they are addressing are fierce.
5 Ways to Be Kind to Your
Friends and Family
Be goofy.
Listen to music - loud. Sing along - in funny voices. Have a dance party - in costumes. Laugh and then laugh some more. Then FaceTime some best friends and get them to join in virtually.
Eat and drink well.
Open the old cookbooks that just sit on your shelf. Cook a creative meal with the entire family. Open that bottle of wine you have been saving. Let the kids drink an extra soda.
Have family time.
Play the board games that your kids always want to play, but you never really play. Have a basketball goal? Play a family game of HORSE. Actually use the fire pit you put in years ago.
Reconnect, Pick up the phone.
Write emails to childhood or college friends that you haven’t heard from in a long time. Detail what has been happening in your life and ask about what is going on with them. Tag them in an old photo.
Call grandma, your favorite aunt, your best friend. Use FaceTime to see the face of someone you love or at least just call them to hear their voice. We are going to need to do better than merely texting right now.
 5 Ways to Be Kind to
Yourself
Organize.
View this extra time at home as an opportunity to finally declutter. Clean out the closets and reorganize the drawers. How about all the photos trapped on your devices? Use this time to clear your house and mind - and smile, laugh, and cry at the memories that come up as you go through your home.
Get outside.
Take a hike, go fishing, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy our world. The grandness of our world, combined with its attention to detail, has a way of making everything else seem like it will all be ok.
Stay calm.
Meditate and take deep breaths, anything to practice some mindfulness, and reduce anxiety. Take this time to rest and restore your mind, body, and soul. Oh yeah, Netflix and chill, and don’t feel guilty about it.
Read.
Go through your bookshelf and open up a book that you keep meaning to start but haven’t gotten around to it. Gather a pile of books that you need to pass on to others because if you are honest with yourself, you’ll never actually read them.
Feel your emotions.
If the trip you have been saving for is canceled, it’s ok to be disappointed. If social distancing gets you down, it’s ok to be lonely. Feel the sadness. Cry and yell for a minute. Then intentionally find joy and be grateful for all that you have. Have faith that we will get through this. And then pass it on, because faith and joy are just as contagious as fear and panic.
Stay well, and be kind, friends.
We need it now more than ever.
 
This week at First Christian
Adult Bible Study - Linda Vetters @9:30 am on Zoom
Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am on Facebook or @ fcc-sm.org
Pastor on the Porch - Friday @ 10:00 am
Informal meeting with Pastor Gregory Ross on zoom
 
How Can We Pray for You?
If you wish Prayer for any reason send your request to fcc@fcc-sm.org
place "Prayer Request" in the subject line -
our staff & team will pray for you.
Please pray for these.
Olga Gerhart; Maren Kay Milam; Charles Cobb;
Kathy Kunchick; SMPD; Vicki Roberts; David Voight; Dawn Jester; Susan Pruett; Carolyn Scott; Jackie Cable; Judy Deforest; Bert Cobb; Kathy Smith; Dorothy McLendon; Jean English; Honey Cuellar; Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; David Warren; Coy Rowdon;
Mildred Scott; Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Richard McDaniel;
Robert Volk; Melissa and Brett; Martinez extended family;
Patrick McGuire; Judy Ritchie;
 
FCC Directory IS Available
under the MEMBER TAB @ fcc-sm.org
Kerry Rash has been working hard to produce a current
church directory. It has been posted
on the website at www.fcc-sm.org 
in the member tab in pdf form for download.
If you prefer a printed copy, you can either download it and print it at home, or contact the church at fcc@fcc-sm.org and you can receive a hard copy by mail. Be sure to confirm your mailing address.
 
Thank you from Dorothy McLendon
Dorothy would like to thank everyone for the
many birthday cards she received.
SO thanks everyone!!!
 
Food Bank Donations
UPDATE
Your generous response to the Food Bank in the past few weeks has been AMAZING!!
So far this year our church has given
over 18,750 pounds.
Our goal is 20,000!! - Thank You!
 
Continued Needs
Hand soap
Personal Protection Gloves
Canned meat (tuna, salmon, chicken)
Canned fruits
Canned tomato products
Caned veggies (please no green beans or corn)
Canned beans
Condiments
Food donations may be dropped off on our front porch
(at the Food Bank) or placed in the green bench outside.
It will be checked regularly.
 
You can send Food Bank donations to
FCC marked "Food Bank"
or mail checks directly to the Food Bank
220 Herndon St,
San Marcos, TX 78666
OR go to their website at www.haysfoodbank.org
 
Your giving allows us to sustain our worship & service.
We encourage all of you who call FCC home to continue to give faithfully and prayerfully. This is a time to lean
forward in mission and ministry and we
thank you for your continued generosity. 
 
Ways to Give
 
 1. Mail a check or money order:
First Christian Church
3105 Ranch  Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
ATTN RAE
 
2. Make a donation online:
 
3. Use the drop box:
in the office door mail slot.
 
4. Set up automatic payments
from your bank account: