Newsletter – June 19, 2024

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

Church News

Image: Christ on the Sea of Galilee by Peter Paul Rubens

SUNDAY PREVIEW: CALMING THE STORM
Jesus and his disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when a sudden and violent storm came up. The disciples were terrified, and yet Jesus slept through it. When they woke him, Jesus spoke and quieted the storm – and then asked the disciples, “Why are you afraid?” It’s a challenging question, both for the disciples and for tus today. Rev. Diane will help us explore our fears and Jesus’s miracle in a sermon based on Mark 4: 35-41. Join us Sunday, in person or online.

SEND LETTERS TO CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS
It’s almost time for camp! LFCC has a tradition of sending campers and counselors to camp with letters of support and encouragement. If you would like to send letters to those going to camp, you  are welcome to bring them to church on Sunday and give them to Marilyn Parks. (Be sure the recipient’s name is on each envelope so we can be sure it gets to the right person.) We will also have a letter-writing station set up in the Gathering Space where you can write your letters and cards. Thanks for your help in encouraing our campers, counselors, directors, storytellers, and others who make camp successful.
 
Here are the people going to the remaining camps of the summer:
 
CYF Conference (June 24-29)
  • Campers/Conferees: Molly Ballew, Braxton Holden, Chatham Puckett, Keeley Puckett, Theresa Puckett, and Joshua Yoon
  • Director: Libby Ballew
  • Counselors: Rebecca Thompson, JT Clements, and Rafael Evatt-Machado 
Oasis Day Camp (July 15-19)
  • CIT: Molly Ballew


MARK YOUR CALENDAR: FAMILY PROMISE PRESENTATION ON JUNE 30
Please plan to join us on Sunday morning, June 30 at 10 am for a special presentation in the sanctuary during the Sunday school hour. Carol Love, the Executive Director of Family Promise of Gwinnett, will update us on the work of Family Promise. You won’t want to miss her presentation.

FOOD AND FUN AT LET’S EAT!
A group of 14 gathered on June 18 at Oyster Bay Seafood Cafe for Let’s Eat! The food and the conversation were most enjoyable. Plan to join us for the next Let’s Eat! in July; watch the e-gram for an update on location.  

CALLING ALL GARDENERS!
Now that the prayer garden has been spruced up, it needs to be maintained. Jeanie Morgan has volunteered to head up a team for prayer garden maintenance, but she can’t do it alone. If you have a green thumb, or are just willing to learn, please reach out to Jeanie or to Rod Baker or Beth Thompson to let them know you would like to help out. 

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). 

IN SYMPATHY
We share our sympathy with Flo Carroll, whose mother Ella M. O’Neal died last week. The visitation and funeral service will take place at Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL on Saturday, June 22. Please pray for Flo and her family as they grieve. 

CONTINUED WEEKLY PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH
As we continue our interim co-pastorate, we need all of our prayers to guide our church 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 JUNE


Sunday, June 23
No choir practice this week
10 am: Sunday school
11 am: Worship (Diane Bales preaching)

Sunday, June 30
9:30 am: Choir
10 am: Special Sunday school presentation in the sanctuary
11 am: Worship (Diane Bales and Teresa Bensch preaching together)


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: Libby Ballew
Scripture: Libby Ballew
Communion Meditation: Rev. Dr. Hoyt Huff

Elders: Elizabeth McElhanon and Patricia Taylor
Deacons: Dorrie Toth and Riley Ballew

Communion Preparation: Dorrie Toth

*If you are interested in serving as a worship leader or greeter, please contact Rev. Diane.  We are signing up volunteers for worship leadership for July – December. See Rev. Hoyt Huff to sign up as a greeter, scripture reader, or to share a communion meditation, or contact him to let him know when you want to volunteer.
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 JUNE 30 AND JUNE 30
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, June 23
  • 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
  • Psalm 9:9-20
  • 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16
  • Psalm 133
  • Job 38:1-11
  • Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
  • Mark 4:35-41
Sunday, June 30
  • 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
  • Psalm 130
  • Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24
  • Lamentations 3:22-33
  • Psalm 30
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
  • Mark 5:21-43
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
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
  • Anna Harrison has a birthday on June 19
  • Nan Anders has a birthday on June 20
  • Angel Ramirez and Angelo have birthdays on June 21
  • Jimmy and Kim Peeples have an anniversary on June 21
Weekly Prayers
  • For our newly settled co-ministers, Rev. Diane Bales and Rev. Teresa Bensch
  • For the youth and adults going to CYF conference next week at Camp Christian, that they may grow in faith and love
Immediate Needs (names in bold are newly added)
  • Flo Carroll and family (grieving the death of her mother)
  • Sue Ragsdale (Jeanie Morgan’s friend)
  • Tamara Talley (neigbor of church; requested prayer for dental surgery)
Ongoing Needs 
  • Our world, including the people of Gaza, Ukraine, and Nigeria
  • 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
  • Betty Higdon (healing at home)
  • Beth Thompson (healing at home)
  • Dorrie Toth 
  • Chris Klimshuk and her sister Veronica (Veronica is recovering from heart surgery)
  • 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
  • Ada Mullinax, Linda Kellman, and Ann Kellman (Ada’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! 
follow us on facebook!
Instagram
Website
YouTube
First Christian Church of Lawrenceville (Disciples of Christ)
3495 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Rev. Dr. Diane Bales, Interim Co-Minister
Rev. Teresa Bensch, Interim Co-Minister
Kim Peeples, Music Director
J.T. Clements, Communications Coordinator