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July 5, 2019, 11:00 AM

July 5, 2019


 
FCC Office will be closed Thursday & Friday this week!
Happy 4th!!
 
MALE CALL
Saturday, July 6
Breakfast @8:00 - All are welcome!
VBS Work Day (HOUR)
Can you help for an hour? There are a few things that
need to get ready for VBS - beginning July 14!!!
Thanks in advance!
 
If you have teenagers and you don't have a church home, Shawn Colson is the first and best reason that you should join FCC! She is a Pied Piper of our young people. She loves them and they love her. They call her "Mama Bear". She teaches the Christian Youth Fellowship Tuesday night class, organizes youth activities throughout each month, and serves as an area youth leader. She organizes and coordinates fall and mid-winter retreats, and directs the CYF summer camp at Camp Gonzo. She is one of the regional leaders for the annual Youth Mission projects, called Disciples Summer Mission. She is a Deacon of our church and participates in all aspects of our fellowship, missions and church life. Even if you don't have a teenager, Shawn may still be the first and best reason for you to be with us!!
 
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
 
July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom
Associate Pastor, FCC
 
July 21 - Belinda Gardner
Volunteer Coordinator, CTMC
 
July 28 - Christopher Sanchez
Housing Coordinator, San Marcos Housing Task Force
 
 
Cookies Needed for VBS
Homemade or Store bought!!! Cookies are the dessert for each of the five evening meals, so we will need lots of cookies.
Please bring the cookies - marked VBS and put them
in the kitchen by Friday July 12th!!
Please, no cookies with nuts or peanut butter! Thanks!!!
 
July Anniversaries
Jerry & Betty Davis July 3
Marlene & Jerry Weidman July 18
Mac & Mattie Howard July 20
Tony & Kerry Rash July 24
Crystal & Nathan Baker July 27
 
July Birthdays
Mary Wasson July 1
Betty Davis July 2
Lynn Starkey July 2
Alyssa Thompson July 5
Keith Ralph July 9
Teri Stapp July 10
Noah Baker July 11
Phil Elam July 11
Steve Fox July 12
Jason Braun July 15
Chase Stapp July 15
Teela Herman July 16
Mercy Miller July 16
Gavin McGowan July 17
Margo Gregory July 18
Jodi Fox July 19
Caitlin Pardo July 20
Jay Wesson July 21
Margie Harmon July 23
Scott Mann July 23
Nathan Baker July 25
Rae Bostwick July 25
Noah Herman July 27
Susan Pruett July 27
Robert Volk July 29
Brad French July 30
 
(please let us know of any names inadvertently left out, misspelled or incorrect dates, we are working on updating the data base and hope to correct any mistakes soon.)
 
A few more items are needed to complete our Lazarus bags:
Sunscreen
Combs
Deodorant
washcloths
Thanks so much!
 
United Campus Ministries
GARAGE SALE
Start collecting/saving your unwanted items to support and benefit UCM.
Your items will be greatly appreciated and will need to be delivered
to the United Campus Ministries Building between
Monday, July 29 and Friday, August 2.



June 30, 2019, 8:46 AM

June 28


 

 

 

 

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Richard A. Earl biologically matured in San Pedro, California, the port city for Los Angeles during the turbulent 1960s. His family attended the First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro in which he was confirmed in 1960. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he attended and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA he was an active member of the Geography Club and a founding member of the UCLA Conservation Club. He completed his Ph.D. in Geography at Arizona State University. At New Mexico State University (NMSU he served as Geography Program Coordinator where he helped grow a dying program from 8 majors to over fifty majors between 1985 and 1989.

He joined Southwest Texas State/Texas State Geography and First United Methodist Church-San Marcos in 1991. Between 2006 and 2016 he served

as Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Geography. During that time, he has helped to maintain the majors count of over 600 while updating academic curricula and increasing academic standards to insure the professional success of the graduates. Among his most proud accomplishments has been his role as faculty advisor for the Texas State chapter of the Geography honor society, Gamma Theta Upsilon that has received national recognition in 1997, 2004, 2014, and 2016. He has supervised more than 40 completed masters degrees and served on numerous completed Ph.D. and masters committees. He is recognized as a “real,” “down to Earth” geographer for his teaching field methods courses, and his organizing and conducting numerous field trips in our region, and field excursion to Europe, Chile, and the American Southwest.

Dr. Earl has been on the Board of United Campus Ministries at Texas State University for the past several years.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

 

July 7 - Shawn Colson

Director of Youth Ministries, FCC

 

July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom

Associate Pastor, FCC

 

July 21 - Belinda Gardner

Volunteer Coordinator, CTMC

 

July 28 - Christopher Sanchez

Housing Coordinator, San Marcos Housing Task Force

 

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MALE CALL

Saturday, July 6

Breakfast @8:00 - All are welcome!

VBS Work Day (HOUR)

Can you help for an hour? There are a few things that need to get ready for VBS - beginning July 14!!! Thanks in advance!

 

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Cookies Needed for VBS

Homemade or Store bought!!! Cookies are the dessert for each of the five evening meals, so we will need lots of cookies.

Please bring the cookies - marked VBS and put them

in the kitchen by Friday July 12th!!

Please, no cookies with nuts or peanut butter! Thanks!!!

 

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Reminder - - Wedding Reception

For Bonnie and Steve this coming Sunday after church in fellowship hall.

We will have cake and snacks. Remember to bring your card

and please, no gifts.

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Nice Clean Kitchen

A few afternoons of cleaning have made a great difference in the church kitchen. During the process items were discovered that have been left in the kitchen over the past few months. Those items are now on a table in the Education Hallway. Please take a look to see if any of those belong in your kitchen.

 

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Lazarus Bags Ready for Pickup!!

Our Kids in Children's Church have completed the Lazarus Bags and they are in the Narthex ready for you to pick one up to keep in your car. Be sure to check the table by Fellowship Hall - only a few are left!

 

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Camp Nurse Needed

July 7-13, 2019. For Chi Rho camp @Disciples Oaks Camp

This position can be filled by an EMT, Paramedic, LVN, or RN. Retired or working as long as their paperwork with the State is current. This is a paying position, plus 3-meals a day, and the use of the Lindley Center which now has internet. This is a very important part of the staff of Disciple Oaks

and is one that needs to be filled.

 

We hope and pray that someone feels the call to be part of this

year's camping program and will serve that week.

 

You can reach Rev. Scott Miller at (830) 437-2900 call or text or

e-mail discipleoaks@gmail.com

 

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United Campus Ministries

GARAGE SALE

Start collecting/saving your unwanted items to support and benefit UCM.

Your items will be greatly appreciated and will need to be delivered

to the United Campus Ministries Building between

Monday, July 29 and Friday, August 2.

 




June 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

June 21


 
June 23, Third Sunday in the Season of Pentecost
 
Quote FROM CS Lewis
 
"Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking.
It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true?It’s like upsetting a milk carton and hoping that the way it splashes will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or
anything else. Unless I believe in God,
I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use
thought to disbelieve in God." 
 
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
 
June 30 - Dr. Rich Earl  
Professor of Geology, Texas State University
 
July 7 - Shawn Colson
Director of Youth Ministries, FCC
 
July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom
Associate Pastor, FCC
 
July 21 - Belinda Gardner
Volunteer Coordinator, CTMC
 
July 28 - Christopher Sanchez
Housing Coordinator, San Marcos Housing Task Force
 
 
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Wedding Reception
Wedding Reception for Bonnie (Whittington) and Steve Hill, Sunday June 30, after church in fellowship hall. They were married on June 9.
We will have cake and snacks. Cards are welcome; please no gifts.



June 14, 2019, 3:21 PM

June 14


 
 

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June 16, Second Sunday in the Season of Pentecost

 

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Pentecost Sunday, June 9, was a grand celebration at First Christian Church.

During the celebration three were baptized:

Tom Ritchey, Vivienne Ritchey and Cora LaCoss.

Pentecost is "The Season of the Church," and continues

for 24 Sundays until the Season of Advent leads us to Christmas.

This Sunday, June 16, Prince Altom, our Associate Pastor will begin

a two-part sermon series title, "Why Do We Have The Church, Anyway."

 

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My name is Taylor Goodman and I just graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Mass Comm. I am originally from Austin, Texas and in the Fall I will be moving to Brooklyn, New York to work with a college ministry called Cru. I am very outgoing and social, an 8 on the enneagram, and I am passionate about helping people see their potential, repairing broken relationships, and fighting for justice. I hope to one day be a marriage and family counselor, a writer, or a lawyer. In my free time, I like to go to the river, go on road trips and hangout with my friends!

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS



June 23- Rebecca Chapmon

Musician, Educator

 

June 30 - Dr. Rich Earl

Professor of Geology, Texas State University

 

July 7 - Shawn Colson

Director of Youth Ministries, FCC

 

July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom

Associate Pastor, FCC

 

July 21 - Belinda Gardner

Volunteer Coordinator, CTMC

 

July 28 - Christopher Sanchez

Housing Coordinator, San Marcos Housing Task Force

 

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Wear your Painting Clothes to Church!!!

Let's get a head start!!

Paint an hour and then go to lunch to celebrate Dads!!

 

Painting the Hallway in the Education Wing

Beginning Tuesday, June 18 at 9:00 am.

We are beginning a major clean up and spruce up of the Education wing - starting with painting the hallway.

We hope to have everything completed by VBS, July 14.

If you can help for an hour or two please email Leta at fcc@fcc-sm.org or let her know on Sunday.

 

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Youth camps and the Disciples mission trip are

wonderful opportunities to prioritize our youth.

 

Here is how you can show them your support:

Mission trip needs: Please bring your cards for your student this Sunday,

give them to Gael! (at the latest Wednesday).

Remember to pray for the trip in advance and during the week, June 23-29.

Camp participants: Please pray for our campers - for their relationship with Jesus to grow, safety, vital friendships, ways to put what they learn into action at home, for us and their families to nurture that growth,

and whatever God lays on your heart.

CYF Camp is June 9-15

Eighters Camp is June 16-22

JYF Camp is June 25-29

The Disciples mission trip to Springfield, MO is June 23-29

Chi Rho Camp is July 7-13.

 

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Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception for Bonnie (Whittington) and Steve Hill, Sunday June 30, after church in fellowship hall. They were married on June 9.

We will have cake and snacks. Cards are welcome; please no gifts.

 




June 7, 2019, 11:14 PM

June 7


 
 

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Sunday, June 9

 

Christianity is rooted in four great events: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost. The word "Pentecost"come from the Greek word for "fiftieth."

During this ‘quiet’ interval of 50 days after Easter Jesus' disciples became convinced that Jesus had risen from the dead.

On Pentecost Sunday they went public and history was changed.

 

The story is found in the fifth book of the New Testament, The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2. On the seventh Sunday after the day of resurrection 120 followers of Jesus in the city of Jerusalem were gathered to celebrate and experienced a physical manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

As the day progressed a crowd gathered and Peter, the leader of the Apostles, preached. Three thousand people were convinced that day, said, "We believe," and were baptized. We call it the birthday of the church.

 

Come this Sunday wearing red, if you wish, which symbolizes; joy, the fire of the Holy Spirit and, sadly, the blood of all martyrs who have died because of their faith. In many parts of our world today Christians are being tortured and killed simply because they believe and will not recant.

 

In the 2/3 world Christianity is still spreading like wild fire. In the 1/3 world, our world, Christianity is waning. The latest research indicates that 73% of Churches in the USA are declining. We could use another day of Pentecost.

 

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A renowned entrepreneur and strategist, Matthew Dowd is widely viewed as one of the most independent and creative thought leaders in America today.

 

As a bestselling author interpreting change in America and the globe, Dowd is out with a groundbreaking book on leadership in this disruptive and crucial moment titled A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve. Serving as chief political analyst for ABC News, Dowd regularly brings his insights on cultural, economic and spiritual trends to Good Morning America, Nightline, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos providing a common sense perspective.

 

Dowd has worked both sides of the aisle serving Presidents, Governors, and Senators, but now considers himself a vehement independent. This included serving as strategist for President George W. Bush, Lt. Governor Bob Bullock, and US Senator Lloyd Bentsen. For his innovative political work,

he was awarded Strategist of the Year by the bipartisan American Association of Political Consultants. His plea for our politics today is for leaders to put Country over Party, for which he started an online community to encourage this approach.

 

Dowd’s most recent startup is a venture firm, Paradox Capital, investing in early stage locally driven for profit, for good businesses. His desire is to bridge capitalism and social consciousness to help bring solutions to our communities. Over the years Dowd has given advice to Bono and the One campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the NBA. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication and has taught seminars at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, and The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Dowd serves on the board of Texas Habitat for Humanity and Texas Interfaith, lives in Wimberley, Texas and is the proud father of three sons

and a beautiful daughter.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS



June 16 - Taylor Goodman

2019 Graduate - Texas State University

 

June 23- Rebecca Chapmon

Musician, Educator

 

June 30 - Dr. Rich Earl

Professor of Geology, Texas State University

 

July 7 - Shawn Colson

Director of Youth Ministries, FCC

 

July 14 - Dr. Prince Altom

Associate Pastor, FCC

 

July 21 - Belinda Gardner

Volunteer Coordinator, CTMC

 

July 28 - Christopher Sanchez

Housing Coordinator, San Marcos Housing Task Force

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•••• Lazarus Bags Are Ready ••••

 

Look for them in the Narthex - pick one

up for your car.

 

In order to complete the remaining Lazarus Bags

the following items are still needed.

 

Please bring Small Sizes of these items

Sunscreen

Food Items such as

Protein bar w/o nuts or peanut butter

Cheese crackers or plain

Bandaids



Thank You!!

 

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LAST VBS Planning Meeting

After church on June 9

 

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Can YOU Help?

Painting the Hallway in the Education Wing

Beginning Tuesday, June 18 at 9:00 am.

We are beginning a major clean up and spruce up of the Education wing - starting with painting the hallway.

We hope to have everything completed by VBS, July 14.

If you can help for an hour or two please email Leta at fcc@fcc-sm.org or let her know on Sunday.

 

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are wonderful opportunities

to prioritize our youth.

 

Let's Show Them Our support:

 

UPDATED NEEDS

Mission trip needs: Snacks for the trip (no chocolate as it melts).

Please mark for the mission trip - deliver to the church kitchen by June 19.

 

Mission trip participants: CARDS for CAMPERS NEEDED. Write a card

of encouragement or "Hope you are having fun" for one of these campers.

Deliver to the church by June 19. Contact Gael Thompson for a

student’s name.

 

Camp participants: Adopt a Camper! Using a Medium flat rate mail box, fill with snacks, items for the pool, card games, word puzzle books, etc. to use at free time. Also include a card expressing what you hope for them for the week and blessing for how it can shape their lives. We have 9 students attending 4 different camps. If you will “adopt” one of these students, contact Gael for a specific student.

 

Finally, and most importantly . . . Please pray for their relationship with Jesus to grow, safety, vital friendships, ways to put what they learn into action at home, for us and their families to nurture that growth, and whatever God lays on your heart as in silent listening you hold this student in your heart. These students leave on Sunday for CYF Camp. Sierra, Brenna and Claire.

 

CYF Camp - June 9-15.

Eighters Camp - June 16-22.

JYF Camp - June 25-29.

The Disciples mission trip to Springfield, MO - June 23-29.

Chi Rho Camp - July 7-13.

 

Contact Gael Thompson in person at church,

cell: 832-858-0932, email: gaelthompsonlpc@gmail.com



 

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Our Cub Scouts are going to Summer Camp!

They will need food each day. Can you provide drinks, a sack lunch (for example, sandwich, bag of chips, cookie), and snacks, for 11 boys like small bags of chips, bottles of water, gatorade,

sweet treats like cookies or candy.

Please, things that won't melt at room temperature.

Camp starts June 17, please bring items to the church and ma rk them Mendez Cub Scouts Camp!!


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