Fall Kickoff Sept. 18

Mark your calendars for our Fall Kickoff, Sunday, Sept. 18.

Join us at 9:00 am for a variety of adult and children/youth classes. Worship will be at 10:00 am, and followed by a cookout meal for lunch. A mini-carnival, cake walk and bounce house for the kids is also planned. Come one, come all, invite your friends! We are also looking for help that day, check out our sign-up if you are able to bring a side dish or be a hands on volunteer!

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Start and End Dates: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to Monday, September 19, 2016

World Cafe during worship July 24 followed by potluck

Please mark your calendars for World Café, which will be held during the worship service on July 24. Our Regional Minister, Bill Spangler Dunning, will be with us that morning. The worship service will be mostly devoted to discussions about the process for selecting the next permanent pastor and your desires about what you think is important in the next minister.

Start and End Dates: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 to Monday, July 25, 2016

Vacation Bible School, June 6-10, 2016

June 6-10, 2016
family meal:  5:30pm
program:  6:00-8:10pm

Come one come all!  Available for children preschool through 6th grade (grade fall 2016).  Jr High and High School youth, AND adults are needed as volunteers.  Whatever your gift or interest, we can use your help!  

Invite your neighbors and friends, please use the online registration to get your kids signed up, and let me know if you have any questions!

 
Start and End Dates: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Friday, June 10, 2016

May 1 Potluck to Welcome our New, Interim Pastor

portrait of Brad ThorntonThere will be a pot luck honoring Pastor Brad following worship on May 1. In addition to delicious food, there will be a short program. We hope many of us will be able to be present to welcome our new interim minister to FCC.

Note that we will NOT have a "potluck" on our usual end of the month Sunday, April 24. Instead, we will be having a fundraiser to send children to church camp on April 24, walking tacos.

Start and End Dates: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to Monday, May 2, 2016

Church Camp Fundraiser April 24 Following Worship

Support our Youth

Come to the Church Camp Fundraiser on Sunday, April 24, following worship (about 11:15 am). Join us for walking tacoss!

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

Freewill donations help send our kids to summer camp at the Christian Conference Center in Newton, Iowa.

(If you really want to bring something, Hey, bring a dessert to share and further help the youth group.)

Start and End Dates: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to Monday, April 25, 2016

Schedule for Easter, March 27, 2016

Two Services will be held on Easter Sunday, March 27:

  • 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Early Worship –Communion and Baptisms
  • 8:30 a.m. - Easter Breakfast – Menu: Pancakes, eggs, pork sausage, vegetarian sausage, orange juice, and coffee.    
  • 9:00 a.m. - Children’s Easter Egg Hunt (please bring Easter baskets)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Easter Worship Service with Communion and Baptisms

The crew for fixing the Easter Breakfast meet at 7:30.

Start and End Dates: 
Saturday, March 26, 2016 to Monday, March 28, 2016

Work Camp and Volunteer Opportunities for 2016

Following a planning meeting on November 15, two week-long work camps are scheduled for 2016. During the week of March 14-18 (which is Spring Break for the University and Iowa City Schools) we will be working at the former post office in Coralville to get it ready for and to help with moving the Ecumenical Food Pantry to a new location there. We will be working mainly out-of-doors at the Village Community during the week of June 20-24.

March 14-18

The Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry, CEFP, is one of the few social services located in Coralville. It was started a few years ago by six Coralville congregations including First Christian. Darrel Courtney and Mike Alber are First Christian’s representatives on the governing board. Currently it shares a building with New Life (Christian Reformed) Church, and although the church’s lease has been extended on a month-by-month basis with 90 days minimum notice, that building will be torn down and the site redeveloped. We expect that the food pantry will be able to stay in its current location for a while beyond March 1, but the Coralville City Council has agreed to lease the old post office building to the Food Pantry Board for a minimum of 3 years. It is likely that in three or more years the old post office will be razed and the area will be redeveloped into a 9 multi-story commercial-residential complex. CEFP will need to remodel and outfit the former P.O. to be the food pantry and then prepare for another, hopefully more permanent location. The roof is expected to need only minor repairs. The 2350 sq. ft. building has a concrete floor covered with tile, two restrooms, furnace and a/c, flat roof, and loading dock. It will need a new sink put in which will require cutting into a concrete floor. It needs painting and probably some floor covering repair or replacement, as well as the removal of a P.O. Box wall. There are a variety of organizations who are willing to help CEFP refurbish the Post Office, and it is not our intent to ask CEFP to wait until our work camp week to accomplish those tasks. Already, some portable office walls and office furniture have been donated and moved into the P.O. building. A construction trades class is willing to remove and rebuild some wood framed walls. Mike Alber arranged for a concrete contractor to donate the pouring of a pad for a walk-in cooler/freezer and the concrete products company to donate the concrete. The cooler/freezer is on site and needs to be assembled. At this time, we have been assured that there will be work for us to do, but we do not know precisely what that work will be. Some of the final tasks will be laying glue-down commercial carpet, assembling metal shelving, and transporting food and putting it on the shelving/in the cooler/freezer.

June 20-24

The Village Community is well known to most of us. It is a group of intellectually handicapped youth and adults and their families who own about ten acres, including a program building, a farmhouse, and a big red barn between Iowa City and West Branch. We helped the Village Community out last year with 1,000 hours of labor and $5,000. If you go to their website you find a list of current programs  which include, athletics, music, art, and theatre. Ann Brownsberger, who had been Director of Handicare (a preschool for handicapped and other children in Coralville) for 17 years now works fulltime with the Village Community. We all had a great time last summer, and I have already talked with our dance caller about doing another barn dance. Most of the work would be outside- trees, maintenance, etc. and our out-of-town workers could again stay at the reservoir campground and our local congregations be involved in providing hospitality as well as working a few hours or all week at the Village Community. You’ll see a picture of us on their website at: http://www.thevillagecommunity.org. Since John McKinstry will be retiring at the end of March, Tom Burns (who has been a work camp leader with us for many years) will be the lead organizer for the June work camp.

Start and End Dates: 
Sunday, January 17, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016

Lenten Activities

Soul Keeping book on a table next to a cup of coffeeBeginning on February 7 at 9:00 a.m. in fellowship hall a new class, Soul Keeping, will meet every Sunday morning. At 6:15 p.m.every Wednesday beginning February 10, Ash Wednesday, there will also be a 30-minute Soulkeeping discussion prior to the weekly Lenten worship services which will be at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday until Holy Week. Everyone is invited to participate in one or both Soul Keeping sessions each week during Lent. Participants are encouraged to buy the book Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. Copies are available in the gathering space for $16 each, or online and in local book stores for your Kindle, iPad, Nook etc.

Start and End Dates: 
Sunday, January 17, 2016 to Saturday, March 26, 2016

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