Newsletter – June 7, 2023

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

Church News

Image: Raising of the daughter, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiffin, Ohio

This Sunday, we will move into Ordinary Time, that long stretch between Pentecost and Advent. We will take a look at the calling of Matthew the Tax Collector to be Jesus’s disciple, and we will focus on some of Jesus’s miracles, as reported in Matthew’s gospel – including healing the woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years and bringing back to life the daughter of the Jewish leader. We’ll spend some time thinking about what those miracles demonstrated about Jesus, and what lessons we can take from them today. You may want to read Matthew 9: 9 – 13 and 18 – 26 in preparation. See you Sunday, in person or online.

This Sunday , we will take time during worship to commission all those going to Camp Christian this summer from our congregation – campers, counselors, directors, storytellers, and other volunteers. Plan to join us as we send them off to camp with our prayers and best wishes. You are invited to wear a camp shirt if you have one (whether or not you’re going to camp this year). 


Our campers (and counselors and directors) love mail! Dates camp begins are listed below. If you would like to send notes to camp along with other notes from other church members and friends, please bring your notes to church and put them in the labeled envelope by the beginning day of the camp. Thank you for supporting our members and extended family at camp. See Marilyn Parks if you have any questions.

Chi Rho Camp (beginning June 11)
Keynote: Stephen Westbrook
Counselors: Elizabeth Anders, Riley Ballew, Denise Holden
Campers: Eleanor McElhanon, Sophia Coker, Mary Kate Westbrook, Payton Holden

Junior Camp (beginning June 18)
Co-Director: Frank Hawkins
Storyteller: Diane Bales
Counselor: Riley Ballew
CIT: Perry Westbrook
Campers: Harley McElhanon, Maggie Westbrook

Chrysalis Camp (beginning June 18)
Co-Director: Meredith Westbrook
Storyteller: Elizabeth McElhanon
Camper: Martha Westbrook

Genesis Camp (beginning June 23)
Camper: Drew McElhanon and Grandparents Ralph McElhanon and Elizabeth McElhanon
Co-Director: Marilyn Parks

CYF Conference (beginning June 25)
Co-Director: Libby Ballew
Counselors: JT Clements, Rebecca Thompson
Conferees/Campers: Molly Ballew, Braxton Holden, Caleb Maxwell, KJ Moon, Theresa Puckett, Keeley Puckett, Brooks Thompson, Perry Westbrook

OASIS Day Camp (beginning July 16)
CIT: Molly Ballew

During June, our outreach focus at LFCC will be on providing food for the Lawrenceville Co-op to distribute to children and families. The need for food is greater in the summer, because children who receive breakfast and lunch at school during the year can no longer count on regular meals during the summer. The co-op feeds more than 300 families each week, and relies heavily on donations of food and personal items from churches, individuals, schools, grocery stores, scout troops, and many other organizations.

How can you help? Keep bringing your food donations to church. When you do your grocery shopping, add one or two items to give to the co-op. You can also order items on Amazon to be shipped directly to the co-op (go to or make monetary donations directly to the co-op online at or by mailing a check payable to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry to PO Box 1328, Lawrenceville GA 30046. Thanks for all you do to help feed those in our own church neighborhood who might otherwise go hungry.

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink” ~ Matthew 25: 35


Dear Church Family,

Thank you for your thoughtful expressions of sympathy upon Kris’ passing.
We appreciate your beautiful cards, prayers and comforting words. Thank you for the sumptuous funeral meal provided by the DWF.

With sincere gratitude,
The Jensen Family
During this time of transition for LFCC, the Pulpit Committee invites all of us to a time of intentional prayer for our congregation. Each Wednesday at 7 pm, 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. You can pray wherever you are, in whatever way feels most comfortable for you. If you are not able to pause and pray Wednesdays at 7 pm, please choose a different time to set aside for intentional prayer for LFCC. We need all of our prayers to guide our church forward. 


Thanks to all those who attended the camp work days to help get the facility ready for summer camps!

Thank you for your generous gifts to support Camp Christian in so many ways. We want to make you aware of some other ways to support camp if you choose to. Please consider these an opportunity for those who wish to support camp, but don’t feel like you have to.

Camp wish list items include unscented Clorox or equivalent; packages of 6-12 rolls of toilet paper (for septic systems); packages of 2-8 rolls of paper towels (storage is limited at camp so both toilet paper and paper towels are easier if they are packaged in smaller quantities). If you purchase any items from this wish list, please bring them to church and give to Marilyn Parks. She will transport all items to camp soon.

Thanks for your support of Camp Christian and the young people whose lives are changed at camp!
Thanks for all your contributions to the e-gram. Please send any information for next week’s e-gram to Rev. Diane ( no later than Tuesday at 5 pm.

Sunday, June 11
9 am: Choir Rehearsal
10 am:  Sunday School
11 am: Worship and Camp Commissioning (Rev. Dr. Diane Bales preaching)

Sunday, June 18 = Father’s Day
9 am: Choir Rehearsal
10 am:  Sunday School
11 am: Worship (Rev. Kyle Ermoian preaching)
12 pm: Called Congregational Meeting

Tuesday, June 20
6:30 pm: Let’s Eat! at Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill

Sunday, June 25
9 am: Choir Rehearsal
10 am:  Sunday School
11 am: Worship (Rev. Dr. Diane Bales preaching)

Check the calendar of events on our church website at to stay updated on what’s happening in our church community.  If you have events to add, go to and complete the form. The password is LFCC2023Event. If you have problems with the form, please contact JT Clements or Rev. Diane.

Greeter: Jeanie Morgan
Communion Meditation: Libby Ballew
Elders: Connie Thompson and Lee Thompson
Deacons: Jeanie Morgan and Dorrie Toth
Scripture (Matthew 9: 9 – 13 and 18 – 26 ): Elizabeth Anders
Communion Preparation: Dorrie Toth

*If you are interested in serving as a worship leader or greeter, please contact Marilyn Parks
For Sunday worship and other online meetings, use this link:
Zoom Meeting ID: 628 463 3067 Password: 1234

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

Our June outreach focus is on feeding children who will not have access to school breakfast and lunch once school is out. The most-needed items include
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned chicken
  • Tuna
We also have an opportunity as a congregation to learn more about how the Lawrenceville Co-op food bank works by spending a Saturday morning volunteering. A group from LFCC is signed up to volunteer on Saturday, June 17 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. If you would like to join us, please contact Rod at or 404-273-1444.
For more information about the co-op, please check their website:


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!

General Church:
Prayers and Concerns
Candace Richardson’s birthday (June 9)
David Britt’s birthday (June 10)
Rev. Peter Yoon’s birthday (June 13)

Mark and Katherine Jensen’s anniversary (June 15)

Immediate Needs (names in bold are newly added)
Our world

Our church family and friends
Our pulpit committee, as they interview interim minister candidates
Camp Christian directors, counselors, and campers

Ongoing Needs
Our members and friends at home, including Odessa Adams and Barbara Bagwell
Our family and friends with ongoing health challenges
Students/teachers/administration of Gwinnett County Public Schools
Those affected by COVID-19

The family of Martha Ann Wages
The family of Kris Jensen
Grace Aguwa and family, as they mourn the death of her eldest sister
Flo Carroll
Patricia Saturday
Ada Mullinax

The Yoon Family
Peg and Wes Morgan
Chris Klimshuk and family
Kali Parks (Marilyn Parks’s granddaughter in Florida)
Rev. John Lambert (former minister of LFCC)
Rev. Peggy Edge (Anna Harrison)
Sadie Severt (Harrison family friend)
Mardell Brown (Mabel Simmons)
The Carroll Family
Connie Worrel’s sister, Pat
Regina Halvorson (Chris Klimshuk)

If you have an update to the prayers and concerns, please let Rev. Diane know ( 
That’s all we have for this week! Please be in prayer for the church and all its members, that we continue to do what the Lord has called us all 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, Associate/Youth and Families Minister
Kim Peeples, Music Director
J.T. Clements, Communications Coordinator