BIBLE READING for Sundays' sermons: August 19th; Romans 12:3-8; Matthew 25:31-40, August 12th; I Corinthians 13:1-7, August 5th; Exodus 15:22-25, July 29th; Hebrews 12:2 John 1:29 Matthew 19:23 Mark 10:17 Luke 18:18, July 22nd; Matthew 21:18-22.

A RECEPTION FOR THOM AND SUE CHRISTIAN will be held this Sunday, August 19, from 2 to 4 PM, at the Great Hall (above the Town Hall) in Wolfeboro.  Everyone is welcome! 

THE COUNCIL will meet at 11 AM this Sunday.  All are welcome to sit in on this meeting.

OUR NURSING HOME MINISTRY to Genesis/ Wolfeboro Bay will take place this Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, how do I thank you for supporting women At Risk International the last few years?  All of your donations and buying of their products has helped so many women.  I have a feeling you will meet a few in heaven that will say, “Thank you!”  This is my last Sunday here selling.  My heart wants to thank you for all of your support. -- Sue Christian

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN that you would like to register for Sunday School, please fill out the form inserted in your bulletin, this Sunday, and return it to the office.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!  If you have a passion to share God’s love with young minds, please attend the volunteer meeting today after the second service Sunday to find out more about how you can help out.  Teens in 7th grade or higher may volunteer, as well as any age adult.  The only criteria are a love of God and a passion for children.        –Millie Badman, CE Director

TEAM WOLFEBORO presents the second annual Faith Forum on Drugs on Thursday, August 23rd, at 7 PM, at Wolfeboro Bible church, 533 Center Street in Wolfeboro.  This forum will concentrate on drug prevention and the role of parents.  Bring a friend; invite a friend.  Speakers include Pastor Darrin Forehand, Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau, White Horse Executive Director Suzanne Thistle, and Sandwich Police Chief Doug Wyman.  Join with us in “Partners for a Drug-Free Community.”  For more information, visit www.TeamWolfeboro.org.

SUNDAY SCHOOL will start back up on September 9th, at the 10 AM service.  There will be a nursery for children 6 weeks to 2 years, preschool for children age 3 (on or before September 30) through 1st grade, and an elementary class for 2nd through 5th grade.  Sixth grade will be upstairs during worship, but they may join the youth group on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.

BIBLE STUDY LEADERS: Are you planning to lead a Bible Study or small group this Fall?  If so, we would like to include information about your study in the Bible Works brochure. To make it easier for you, we have created a form to collect that information. Copies of the form will be available in the church office or, if you prefer, Karen will email you the form to fill out on-line. Just let her know  (569-4272 or firstchristian@myfairpoint.net.

DINNER FOR EIGHT: Have you ever wondered how you can get to know more people at First Christian Church?  Have you ever looked around and said to yourself, “I wish I knew more of these people that I see every Sunday morning”? “Dinner for Eight” is a great way for people to get to know each other in an informal environment. Here’s how it works: Through September 2nd we will be taking sign-ups, and all who sign up will be assigned by random choice to a group of eight people made up of singles and married couples.  Each couple will agree to host one Dinner for Eight during the September-December period.  The host couple for the month will be responsible for setting the date, with input from the rest of the group, and deciding where the dinner will be held—in their home, at a restaurant, at a picnic area, etc.  These meals may be host-provided, a potluck, or whatever that month’s host wants to do.  If a restaurant is selected, then each will be responsible for their own bill. At the end of the four-month period, new Dinner for Eight groups will be formed with all members being different from the last group. This is open to anybody who likes to meet and get to know people, but most of all, you have to like to eat! We will have a sign-up in the fellowship hall through September 2nd, or you may call Jerri Dempster at 603-630-7003. Just think.  You no longer have to wonder how you will ever get to know all those people.  After the first four dinner evenings you will be a lot better acquainted with six people you did not know! And you get to choose the date, time, and place, which prevents any conflicts from getting in the way of your experiencing great fellowship! RESULT—More Christians who know each other a lot better than before, and a closer body at First Christian Church!

BIBLE MINISTRY TEAM: The (new) Bible Ministry Team shares a simple purpose:  to encourage and support the study of God’s Word. How? Bible Works – a variety of Bible studies and small groups intended to meet you where you are in your faith journey. Our desire is to support your Christian growth, whether you’re: • a new believer or a long-time Christian, • unfamiliar with the Bible or a regular reader,  • more comfortable with individual or small group interaction. Why? • to fulfill the FCC Mission Statement “to be a biblically mature church….,” • to continue the habit of biblical study that our Pastor has so faithfully cultivated, • because the Bible works in our lives! When? September 9, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Along with your coffee, help yourself to one of our brochures with all the details of the 2018-19 studies and small groups. We’d love to have you join one!
"Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge"… 2 Peter 1:5

WHO IS THE PERSECUTED CHURCH (PC)?  The “PC” is the fellowship of Christian brothers and sisters worldwide suffering job loss, imprisonment, and death for the sake of following Jesus.  At FCC, we unite with them in two ways through our missions giving:  1) through quarterly gifts for specific relief (example: helping wives/children of imprisoned pastors), and 2) by praying for their needs.  We send our support through organizations like Open Doors, Samaritan’s Purse, Voice of the Martyrs, and World Relief.  More information on the “PC” is available in the YELLOW BOX on the Mission Motion table.

DID YOU KNOW…There are 122 homeless children in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.  In Wolfeboro alone there are over 20 homeless students and nearly 20 homeless families. We have a unique opportunity to help these folks. Located in Wolfeboro, Hope House is a short-term emergency family housing offering a temporary, safe, and secure place for families while they get back on their feet. Located on Lehner Street, Hope House is the only facility in Carroll County to assist our neighbors who are homeless. RUN FOR HOPE. Watch for an upcoming sign-up sheet to participate in the Wicked Fit Run/Walk 5K race being held September 29 at Abenaki Ski Area to support Hope House! GET INVOLVED—IT’S FUN! Can’t run? Then walk! No one to walk with?  Turn to the person sitting in front of you, behind you, left and right.  That could be your partner! We’re hoping entire families will turn out and run/walk together!  If you’re the only runner in your family, you can run while they walk! Grandparents, grab your grandkids and enjoy the walk together. We are hoping to get 40 people to participate—one for each of the 20 homeless students and 20 homeless families in Wolfeboro!  Contact Donna Chick at 603-986-8586 for more information, and also watch your bulletin!

NAVAJOLAND FALL TOUR: Experience the beauty of the four corners region. September 16-21, 2018. Monument Valley, Four Corners Monument, Canyon De Chelly, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Navajo Families in there homeland and tour Navajo Ministries. Contact Vickie Franklin 505-324-5226, vickie@navajoministries.org. - Missions Motion

ALL FCC MEN: You’re invited to a “Dutch Treat” breakfast gathering on the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7 AM, at Huggins Hospital cafeteria.  This is an opportunity for fellowship with a small, informal Christian group.  Please contact Kurt Dietzer (569-8009) if you have any questions. 

BIBLE IN AN HOUR: Did you see the video that was shown at church, that covers the whole Bible in just over an hour? Did you miss it or maybe you'd just like to see it again? Well you're in luck, here's the link to it (the-restoration-of-all-things) so you can watch it as much as you'd like or so maybe you could share it with a friend. Here is a link to Brad Grey's website so you can see other things from him (walkingthetext.com). Questions?  See Sue Christian.

STOP BY THE YELLOW BOX on the Missions table today!  You’ll find updated newsletters on all FCC’s mission teams.  Let’s remember to pray for them!

END 68 HOURS OF HUNGER:  School is starting, and donations are needed for students who do not have adequate food on the weekends.  Items such as peanut butter and jelly, tuna, and cereal would be much appreciated!  Please place food items in the basket in the foyer.  Thank you so much!!

FOR THOSE RELATIVELY NEW TO THE CHURCH, if you wish to participate in the Offering Table, where the congregation helps each other fill needs, such as used furniture, appliances, etc., for no charge, please email Lois Bittiger at Bitlo@metrocast.net with your email address.

CHRIST CENTERED COUNSELING: Silka Psula through First Christian Church is now offering counseling for those struggling with hurts, habits or hangups, harassed by mental and/or emotional challenges, grieving and/or wounded by life; for those wanting a safe place to be heard and process the issues before them so they can make sound decisions and live a full life. Call First Christian to make an appointment with Silka 603 569-4272.

MEN'S CHOIR: We will be practicing the first Sundays of most months, after the second service. If anyone new wants to take part please drop Dave Harubin an email ... dave-in-nh@hotmail.com  or just show up. Please join us, this is about worshipping our God!! All are welcome! 

BIBLE BUDDY: Need a Bible Buddy? One of the first challenges as a Christian is to begin reading the Bible on a regular basis. Understandably, it’s a challenge that is often avoided because of the Bible’s intimidating nature – thin pages, small print, unfamiliar style, and Holy! I’ve often heard people say that they don’t know how to begin (but wished they did!).  I was one of those people many years ago.  Today, I lead a Bible study – so miracles do happen!  It would be my privilege & pleasure to help you begin, too. I’m offering to meet (one-on-one) for an hour or so to help you get started with the mechanics of getting into the Bible, looking up verses, and identifying the many study aides that are included between those two covers. Please call Jan Hawes 569-0327 or email jan.hawes47@gmail.com

LABELS FOR EDUCATION: The Missions Committee is sponsoring a “labels for education” drive to support the Navajo Ministries school. By clipping Campbells UPC’s and General Mills box tops and depositing them in the box in the foyer, we will be supporting the education of underprivileged Navajo children.     

WATCH OUR SERVICES on Wolfeboro Cable TV channel 25, Sun 8:00AM, 1:00PM, 8:00PM, Mon 2:00AM, 8:00AM, 8:00PM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON OUR EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN, please contact Bob Batson at EVAmerica@aol.com

THE OFFERING TABLE:  God has given all of us talents and abilities to be used for the benefit of others, but we are often unaware of the needs within our own congregation. With this in mind we are introducing "The Offering Table" - an email address where you can post a need for practical help (a ride, household chore, small repair job, shopping errand, for example) that will hopefully be met by someone in our own congregation. This email would also be an appropriate place to offer or request free, gently-used household items such as furniture, sports equipment, toys or tools (no clothing please). The concept is simple: sharing our God given resources to support one another in a very practical way, connecting a reasonable request with a willing response and offering unwanted items to our church family. When using this resource please include sufficient detail and your preferred contact information (phone or email) because the replies will go directly to the person making the request or offering items. If you have a request or an offer, please email bitlo@metrocast.net. You will automatically be added to the on going distribution list. 

CORPORATE PRAYER:  We’d love to have you join us for corporate prayer ever second and fourth Sunday morning of the month following the 10 AM service.  Prayer for our church is vital!  Please be sure to take the prayer requests listed in your bulletin, and pray for them this month.  Thank you so much! 

BENEVOLENCE FUND:  On the first Sunday of the month we especially remember our Benevolence Fund.  If you would like to give a gift beyond your regular tithe or offering to help those in our church family or community who may be struggling, please write out a separate check (or cash) and include it in your giving envelope.  Thank you for being a blessing.









 




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