Newsletter – July 3, 2024

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Welcome to our weekly e-gram! Read on to discover what’s happening in our church family this week and beyond.

Church News
CHURCH BUILDING UPDATE
Good news! ServPro worked hard last week to dry out the building  after the water leak. They removed the bottom section of drywall in most of the affect rooms, took off baseboards, and removed all of the wet carpet.

The next step in the process is restoring the damaged areas – replacing drywall and baseboards, laying new carpet, and repainting. Church representatives from the Finance and Facilities Team met with the estimator last Friday to get an estimate for the repairs. As soon as we receive that estimate, we will work with the restoration team to plan a timeline.

In the meantime, much of the church is still unuseable as we wait for repairs to happen. We are cancelling Sunday school on July 7 because our regular meeting spaces are not accessible right now. Morning worship will happen as scheduled, and the restrooms are available for use during the morning. Please plan to enter the building through the doors in the gathering space; the hallway by the office still will not be accessible. 

Special thanks go out to Sanford Thompson and Candace Richardson, who spent a lot of time with the demolition team and estimators last, and to Lee Thompson for working with the insurance company to sort out the specifics of our coverage. Thanks to everyone for your patience in this unexpected process; we hope to be back to normal very soon!

Image: Christ with his Disciples by Andrey Mironov
   
SUNDAY PREVIEW: MINISTRY AT HOME AND AWAY
Jesus taught and performed miracles all over Galilee in the early part of his ministry, but when he came back home to Nazareth, his own family and community did not have faith in him. And yet he moved on, expanding his ministry into Gentile territory and commissioning his disciples to go out and teach and heal in his name. We will take a look at these two very different stories, and how they are related, this Sunday. Rev. Diane will preach a sermon based on Mark 6: 1 – 13. Join us Sunday, in person or online.

JULY OUTREACH: SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR GWINNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS
As we get close to the end of June, it’s hard to believe that school will be starting again in just over a month. During July, we will be collecting school supplies to donate to our local schools (including Cedar Hill Elementary, Richards Middle School, Central Gwinnett High School, and others). We will have boxes for donations in the gathering space starting this Sunday (June 30). The deadline to bring your school supplies is Sunday, July 28. Sunday, We will bless the school supplies and sorted them that Sunday, and we will deliver them to the schools on July 29 or 30, so school counselors can distribute them to kids during the first few days of school.

Cedar Hill Elementary School Wish List
  • Wide rule composition books
  • Pencils
  • Tissue boxes
  • Sanitizer
  • 3-prong paper folders
  • 3-prong plastic folders
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil boxes or zippered pencil pouches
  • 1-subject spiral notebooks
  • Expo markers
  • Scissors (right-handed and left-handed)
Richards Middle School Wish List
  • Wide-ruled composition books
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • 2-pocket folders
  • Pencils
  • Black pens
  • Highlighters
  • Tissues
  • Expo markers
  • Hand sanitizer
Central Gwinnett High School Wish List
  • Sticky notes
  • Expo markers
  • Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Copy paper
  • Wide-ruled or college-ruled notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Black or blue pens
  • Quart-size zip-top plastic bags
  • AA and AAA batteries

CWF/DWF UPDATE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL PLANS
CWF/DWF will meet on Tuesday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. We will have Bible study and do some planning.

Mark your calendar now for the CWF/DWF Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 18 at 4 pm in Fellowship Hall. Donations will be accepted for the Church World Service Blanket/Emergency Assistance Program. More information to come!

LIFELINE SCREENING ON JULY 16
LifeLine Screening will return to the church on Tuesday, July 16 to provide preventive healthcare screenings. Check the image above for instructions on how to register for an appointment by phone, online, or by text.

LifeLine has provided us with three $85 certificates to cover one of the four screenings they offer (carotid artery disease, atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm, or peripheral arterial disease). If you are interested in using one of the certificates, please reach out to Rod Baker (rbaker1023@gmail.com). 
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE ON JULY 22

LET’S EAT! AT SAM’S ON MAIN
Make plans now to join your LFCC friends for Let’s Eat! on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 pm. We will be eating at Sam’s on Main in Grayson. We hope you can be part of this time of good food and good conversation. Please let Anna Harrison know if you plan to attend so she can make a reservation.

CO-MINISTER ON VACATION
Rev. Diane and James will be on vacation from Sunday, July 7 (after worship) through Saturday, July 20, to enjoy some rest and relaxation before the craziness of fall begins. Rev. Teresa and the elders will be available for any pastoral care needs during this time. (Rev. Teresa will take a vacation in October!)

SEND LETTERS TO CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS
It’s hard to believe camp season is almost over! We have one more camp left. Molly Ballew will be a CIT at Oasis Day Camp July 15-19. If you would like to send a letter to Molly, please bring it to church over the next couple of weeks and place it in the envelope in the gathering space. Thanks for your help in encouraing our campers, counselors, directors, storytellers, and others who make camp successful!

CONTINUED WEEKLY PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH
As we continue sharing the Good News in Lawrenceville and beyond, and living out our call to be the church for others, we need all of our prayers to guide us forward. You are encouraged to pause for a few minutes to pray for God’s guidance as we continue the work of discerning God’s path for our church and following God’s path on our collective journey of faith. For the next few months, we are designating Mondays at 6 pm as a weekly prayer time. You can pray wherever you are, in whatever way feels most comfortable for you. If you are not able to pause and pray Mondays at 6 pm, please set aside a different time to pray for LFCC.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN JULY

Sunday, July 7
First Sunday Food
No Choir
No Sunday school
11 am: Worship (Diane Bales preaching)
6 pm: Leadership Council meeting on Zoom

Monday, July 8
6:30 pm: Outreacch Team meeting on Zoom

Tuesday, July 9
1 pm: CWF/DWF meeting at the church

Sunday, July 14
No Choir
Sunday school TBD
11 am: Worship (Teresa Bensch preaching)

July 15 – 19
Oasis Day Camp at Camp Christian

Tuesday, July 16
8:15 am: LifeLine Screening at the church
6:30 pm: Let’s Eat! at Sam’s on Main

Monday, July 15
6:30 pm: Finance and Facilities Team meeting on Zoom


Sunday, July 21
No Choir
Sunday school TBD
11 am: Worship (Teresa Bensch preaching)

Monday, July 22
2:30 – 6:30 pm: Red Cross Blood Drive at the church

Sunday, July 28
Blessing of School Supplies (during worship)
9 am: Choir
Sunday school TBD
11 am: Worship (Diane Bales preaching)


Check the calendar of events on our church website at https://lawrencevillechristianchurch.org/calendar/ to stay updated on what’s happening in our church community.  If you have events to add, go to https://lawrencevillechristianchurch.org/event-form/ and complete the form. The password is LFCC2023Event. If you have problems with the form, please contact JT Clements or Rev. Diane.
THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP LEADERS
Greeter: Julie Thompson
Scripture: Flo Carroll
Communion Meditation: Rev. Gerald Kersey

Elders: Tadd Huff and Beth Thompson
Deacons: Molly Ballew and Candace Richardson

Communion Preparation: Elizabeth McElhanon

*If you are interested in serving as a worship leader or greeter, please contact Rev. Diane or Rev. Teresa.  
E-GRAM DEADLINE
Thanks for all your contributions to the e-gram. Please send any information for next week’s e-gram to Rev. Diane (diane@lawrencevillechristianchurch.org) no later than Tuesday at 5 pm.
LECTIONARY SCRIPTURES FOR JULY 7 AND JULY 14
The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of weekly readings used by many mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. The lectionary readings will shape much of our preaching, and may be helpful in your own Bible study and devotional life.
 
Sunday, July 7
  • 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
  • Psalm 48
  • Ezekiel 2:1-5
  • Psalm 123
  • 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
  • Mark 6:1-13
Sunday, July 14
  • 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
  • Psalm 24
  • Amos 7:7-15
  • Psalm 85:8-13
  • Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Mark 6:14-29
ZOOM LINK FOR WORSHIP AND CHURCH MEETINGS
 
For Sunday worship and other online meetings, use this link: 
https://zoom.us/j/6284633067?pwd=YzVMN0EwQUVrb0FRM1phVkZEUjZFQT09
 
Zoom Meeting ID: 628 463 3067 Password: 1234

For those who DIAL IN, Call (646) 558-8656
Community News

HELP THE CO-OP FEED CHILDREN THIS SUMMER
Did you know about 53% of Gwinnett County Public students receive free or reduced lunch and around 8% are food insecure? While most kids look forward to summer break, many of these students lose access to their free daily breakfast and lunch, making summer a long, difficult season! The Lawrenceville Co-op, in partnership with Village of Hope, provides meals to the areas determined most needed by county social workers. We need your help in “meating” these students’ needs with high protein items like canned tuna, canned chicken, canned pasta, canned beans, peanut butter, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, ramen noodles, mac and cheese cups, and canned Vienna sausages.
 
Most Needed Food Items
  • Cereal
  • Dry pasta
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned chicken
Most Needed Personal Care Items
  • Size 3 and up diapers
  • Feminine pads
  • Wipes
  • Adult diapers size S-XL
  • Toilet paper
Most Needed Summer Lunch Items
  • Macaroni and cheese cups
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Ramen cups
  • Individual cereals
  • Pop tarts
  • Vienna sausages
HOW ELSE CAN I SUPPORT THE CO-OP?
  1. Volunteer to help Village of Hope pack and distribute lunches on Sundays between now and July 28. You can sign up to pack bags from 2 – 4 pm or to help deliver to 12 neighborhoods between 4 and 6 pm. Go to https://linktr.ee/summerlunch2024 to sign up.
  2. Help Rod Baker deliver LFCC food donations to the co-op. We generally take the donations once a month, generally on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. You can go one time with Rod, or sign up to be part of a delivery team on a rotating schedule. Contact Rod to learn more or to volunteer to help with deliveries. 
  3. Learn more about the work of the co-op at https://lawrencevilleco-op.org/.

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
REGIONAL AND GENERAL CHURCH NEWS
Keep up with the latest news going on in our region and our general church. Click the links below to find the latest news within the Disciples!

Georgia Region: https://www.gadisciples.org/news
General Church: https://disciples.org/

 
Prayers and Concerns
Celebrations
  • Congratulations to Jeanie Morgan on the birth of her great-grandson, Wesley Brock, who was born on July 2
  • Rafael Evatt-Machado has a birthday on July 4
  • Nelly Ruiz has a birthday on July 4
  • Bob Hanson has a birthday on July 6
  • Fred and Vicki Van Horn will celebrate their anniversary on July 4
Weekly Prayers
  • For our newly settled co-ministers, Rev. Diane Bales and Rev. Teresa Bensch
  • For the crews working to restore our church building after the water leak, and for the church volunteers supporting their work
  • For our school supply donations, that they may help our local youth succeed in school this coming year
Immediate Needs (names in bold are newly added or updated)
  • Sue Ragsdale (Jeanie Morgan’s friend; grieving the death of her son)
  • Ada Mullinax (dealing with health challenges and upcoming medical tests)
Ongoing Needs 
  • Our country and our world
  • Our members and friends at home, including Odessa Adams, Gen Ashby, Barbara Bagwell, David Chamberlain, Bessie Kirby, Bill Phyfer, Bob Powell, and Patricia Saturday
  • Our family and friends with ongoing health challenges
  • Students/teachers/administration of Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Chris Klimshuk and her sister Veronica (Veronica is recovering from heart surgery)Betty Higdon
  • Beth Thompson
  • Dorrie Toth
  • Flo Carroll and family (grieving the death of her mother)
  • Neva Maffett
  • Zeta Allen (long-time friend of Mabel Simmons)
  • Peg Morgan
  • Carrie Toth (Dorrie Toth’s daughter)
  • Suzy Santoro (Anna Harrison’s daughter)
  • Connie Worrel’s sister Pat
  • Grace Aguwa
  • Linda Kellman and Ann Kellman (Ada Mullinax’s sister and sister-in-law)
  • Jeanie Morgan’s sister, Judy
  • Rev. Peggy Edge (Anna Harrison’s sister)
  • Sadie Severt (Harrison family friend)
If you have an update to the prayers and concerns, please let Rev. Diane know (diane@lawrencevillechristianchurch.org). 
That’s all we have for this week! Please be in prayer for the church and everyone in it, that we continue to do what the Lord has called us to do. God bless you all! 
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First Christian Church of Lawrenceville (Disciples of Christ)
3495 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Rev. Dr. Diane Bales, Co-Minister
Rev. Teresa Bensch, Co-Minister
Kim Peeples, Music Director
J.T. Clements, Communications Coordinator