Newsletter – June 26, 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
As you may know, the church experienced a major water leak last week that flooded the kitchen, fellowship hall, hallways, two classrooms, restrooms, and part of the conference room and financial office. ServPro has been working hard to dry out the building. As of Tuesday evening, the carpet that got wet has been removed, and several inches of drywall have been cut out of the affected areas to ensure that the wood underneath dries out completely. The demolition process is expected to be finished some time on Wednesday. 

The next step in the process is restoring the damaged areas – replacing drywall, laying new carpet, and repainting. Church representatives from the Finance and Facilities Team will be meeting with the restoration team soon to plan out the process and figure out a timeline.

In the meantime, we expect much of the church to be unuseable again this coming Sunday, as we wait for repairs to happen. We will meet for the special Sunday school presentation and for morning worship, and the restrooms will be 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 have spent a lot of time with the demolition team this week, 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!
   
SUNDAY PREVIEW: FIFTH SUNDAY STORIES
This Sunday is a fifth Sunday, and Rev. Diane and Rev. Teresa will be sharing the sermon, using  two children’s books to explore what God is like. Come ready to listen and hear God’s word through children’s literature. We will bring copies of the books so you can look through them after worship. The scripture for Sunday is Psalm 103 (Contemporary English Version). Join us Sunday, in person or online.


SPECIAL FAMILY PROMISE PRESENTATION ON SUNDAY
Please plan to join us on Sunday morning0 at 10 am for a special presentation in the sanctuary. 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!

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). All school supplies will be sorted on Sunday, July 28 and delivered 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 has shared the following wish list. (We will try to get wish lists from the middle and high schools, too.)
  • 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)

SEND LETTERS TO CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS
It’s hard to believe camp season is almost over! Thanks to those who sent letters of support and encouragement. 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!

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

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 JUNE

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: Karen Jensen
Scripture: Libby Ballew
Communion Meditation: Jimmy Peeples

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.  
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 JULY 7
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 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
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
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
  • Connie Thompson has a birthday on June 29
  • Kevin Kirby has a birthday on June 29
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 all the volunteers who have shared their time to made this season at Camp Christian successful
Immediate Needs (names in bold are newly added)
  • Ada Mullinax (dealing with health challenges and upcoming medical tests)
  • Flo Carroll and family (grieving the death of her mother)
  • Sue Ragsdale (Jeanie Morgan’s friend)
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
  • Tamara Talley (neigbor of church; requested prayer for dental surgery) 
  • 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
  • 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