Mar 19
March 19, 2021, 1:23 PM
 
 

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March 19, 2021

 

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How to pray continually

Four spiritual habits of the first Christians

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)

Bible study, fellowship, communion, prayer – these are the four essential habits of a follower of Jesus. All these habits nourish our soul and the soul needs prayer like the body needs air; prayer is spiritual breathing.

 

A good example comes from Mother Teresa:

There were likely many moments when her sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, felt overwhelmed as they poured out their lives to care for the poorest of the poor around the world.

This was Mother Teresa’s response to people who told her about the overwhelming amount of work in their lives.

“If we don’t take time to pray, we could not

do this work. If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy!”

 

Two ways to pray throughout your day:

1. Keep a running conversation with God – “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). God is your life-giving and sustaining Parent. His Spirit is within you. Acknowledge that wonderful gift and don’t be afraid to speak and listen to him throughout your day.

2. Set a time or times each day to pray: To begin, simply make sure you have a consistent prayer time and routine each day. Even if you can pray for only ten minutes, find a way to do it every day so that you build up the habit, and through the habit build your relationship with God.

 

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The staff and board of First Christian discuss and decide each quarter how we shall conduct ourselves as a church during the pandemic. So far, we have chosen not to gather inside the church building but to gather outside on Sunday mornings social distancing and wearing masks. We will review these choices again soon.

 

In the meantime, let us continue to follow the medical guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

 

That means, be hopeful, but be patient. We believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. But the virus doesn’t know that, and it will continue to hurt people until we can stop it from spreading. To quote the apostle Paul to the Galatians: “You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7) Let us, to quote Paul again, “finish the course”. We are getting close!

 

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Parking Lot

Communion Service

Every Sunday @ 10:30

 

We hope you will join us. When you arrive, drive under the portico, where our communion servers

will provide you with sanitized communion

elements and a song sheet.

If rain is likely please

check your email on Saturday after 3:00 pm

to make sure that the service will take place.

 

Also Our Online Sunday Celebration

is on our Website and on Facebook at 10:30

See you Sunday!

 

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Please pray for these . . .

For FCC, the Board and Staff for decisions

that are being considered and must be made.

For those who lost family this past week from Covid.

For all of those in our community

who are in great need and are being impacted in

ways we can't comprehend by this pandemic.

 

Also for these with special health needs

and those experiencing grief.

 

Family of Eric Elder; Honey Cuellar; Kelly Casparis and Family;

David Voight; Charles Scott; Covid Vaccine (praise);

Phillip Reyes; Mary Hinson and family; Leslie Detamore;

Rex Dowden; Meghan Rameriz; Greg LaCoss: Guye Rheinlander;

Rebecca Chapmon; Vicki Roberts; Dawn Jester; Bert Cobb;

Susan Pruett; Jackie Cable; Judy Deforest;

Kathy Smith; Tracy Wilson; Dorothy McLendon; Mary Tijerina;

Dawn Shank; David Warren; Richard McDaniel;

Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Lois LaCoss; David Druham;

Rose Seagrave; (Praise) Jay Monson; Jackson Karlik & Family

 

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Disciples of Christ Easter Offering

The Easter Offering, received by most congregations on

March 28 and April 4, 2021,

supports several of the general ministries of the Christian Church. Your gift supports college students in leadership development programs, global mission partners, health and social service ministries, the formation of new congregations, support for pastors and chaplains, and so much more.

If you wish to give to this worthy cause mark your check

DOC Easter Offering. Thank you!

 

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Make a check to FCC for either the Food Bank or

Southside Community Center (designate in memo line) and mail it or drop it off at FCC. Mail drop in office door.

 

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These items are needed:

• Canned meats, fruits, vegetables

  • Canned tomato products (
  • Soups • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Rice and beans • Pasta and pasta sauces
  • Macaroni and cheese • Shelf-stable milk
  • Cereal • Granola bars • Applesauce

• Trail Mix • Pancake Mix • Oatmeal

  • Fruit cups • Raisins • Bottled water

 

Food donations may be dropped off in the bins at FCC or

on the front porch at the Food Bank on the green bench.

The Staff at the Food Bank will check the green bench regularly for any donations.

Thank you for your help.

Check the Food Bank website https://haysfoodbank.org

for other ways to help or donate.

If you need a receipt for food donations,

please email Jessica Cruz @ https://haysfoodbank.org/