Newsletter – March 27, 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

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE ON MARCH 28
This Thursday evening, March 28, we will remember the Last Supper and the events of Good Friday in a service of handwashing, communion, and tenebrae. Plan to join us for this special service in the sanctuary at 7 pm. 

SUNDAY PREVIEW: CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!
This Sunday, we will celebrate the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday morning. We hope you will join us, and invite a friend to come with you!
  • The Easter sunrise service will take place at 7:30 am in the prayer garden (behind the church, near the Family Promise house). You may want to bring a chair. Thanks to Joey Baker for planning and leading this special service.
  • The Disciples Men will serve an Easter pancake breakfast in Fellowship Hall from 9 to 10:30 am. Come enjoy delicious food and good conversation. The Disciples Men will collect a love offering to support their work; feel free to contribute if you are able. 
  • Our Easter Sunday worship will start at 11 am in the sanctuary. We will remove the black drapes of Good Friday, bring out the Alleluias we put to bed before Ash Wednesday, and rejoice in the risen Christ! Rev. Teresa and Rev. Diane will share a special joint message, with Sanford Thompson singing. This service will also be streamed on Facebook Live and Zoom. 
See you Sunday, in person or online, for this most special celebration!

EASTER OFFERING COLLECTED ON MARCH 31

Christ is Risen Indeed, Alleluia! Five words. Our united and active response to Easter. “Jesus is risen indeed. Alleluia!” is an affirmation of faith. It is our faithful response to the power of resurrection at work in our congregations, communities, and ministries across the world. Because Jesus is risen, we are set free, indeed, to share the limitless love of God, set free from the grip of sin and death, set free to rise together in shared ministry, language, and service.

The Easter Offering supports General Ministries of the Church. General ministries serve across the United States and Canada, and around the world. General Ministries also partner in ministry with a variety of far-reaching and unique organizations. You can give by writing a check (please note “Easter offering” on the memo line), or by using the “donate” button on the church website and noting that your donation is for the Easter offering. Thanks for your generous support!
 
 

CO-MINISTER OFFICE HOURS ON MAR. 28
 
Rev. Diane and Rev. Teresa will hold church office hours on Thursday, March 28 from about noon to 4 pm. If you’d like to come by and meet with us during that time, please let us know. We are also happy to meet with you at another time; just reach out by phone or email!

SUPPORT CAMP CHRISTIAN!
You have two different opportunities to support Camp Christian in upcoming weeks.
  • Marilyn Parks is planning a trip to camp next week to complete some inventories and do some cleaning in the camp office. If you are available to go with her on either Wednesday (April 3) or Thursday ( April 4), please let Marilyn know. She will set the date based on who can attend. Please plan to bring lunch, snacks and anything else you might need for the day.
  • The Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Giving Tree for Camp Christian on the first two Sundays in April to raise funds for the camp water bottles that we provide every year. Each water bottle costs about $2.50; we hope to raise enough money for about 300 bottles (to be used at all camps for campers and counselors). If we receive more donations than needed for the water bottles, we will use the remaining funds to buy other items needed for 2024 summer camp. If you would like to donate to this special effort, envelopes will be available in the gatherins space for your Giving Tree donations. You can return the envelope to Marilyn, Rev. Diane, or one of the youth, or put it in the offering plate at the back of the church. As always, please give if you are able, but do not feel obligated if you are not able to support this special project.
Thank you for your generous continuing support of Camp Christian.
TIME TO REGISTER: REGIONAL ASSEMBLY 2024
The Regional Assembly will take place at First Christian Church of Macon on April 25 – 27. You can get more information and register on the regional website at https://www.gadisciples.org/regional-assembly-2024.


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

Sunday, March 31
Easter Sunday
7:30 am: Sunrise Service
9 am: Choir
9 – 10:30 am: Easter Pancake Breakfast (no Sunday school)
11 am: Worship (Diane Bales and Teresa Bensch preaching together)

Monday, April 1
6:30 pm: Congregational Care and Connect team meeting on Zoom

Tuesday, April 2
11:30 am: TONTO

Sunday, April 7
9 am: Choir
10 am: Sunday school
11 am: Worship (Teresa Bensch 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: Libby Ballew
Scripture (John 20: 1 – 18): Annie Ballew and Libby Ballew
Communion Meditation: Kim Peeples

Elders: Frank Hawkins and Marilyn Parks
Deacons: Joey Baker and Nancy Groves

Communion Preparation: Marilyn Parks
*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 MAR. 31 AND APR. 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, March 31 (Easter Sunday)
  • Acts 10:34-43
  • Isaiah 25:6-9
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
  • Acts 10:34-43
  • John 20:1-18
  • Mark 16:1-8
Sunday, April 7
  • Acts 4:32-35
  • Psalm 133
  • 1 John 1:1-2:2
  • John 20:19-31
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

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CO-OP
 
The Lawrenceville Co-op provides food for people in need in Lawrenceville and Dacula. LFCC supports the co-op through donations of food and money. You can make a monetary donation with your regular offering; please designate it “Co-op” on your check, envelope, or online donation. You’re also welcome to bring food items to the church. Most needed items include
  • Canned pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Applesauce
  • Canned pears
  • Canned beans (kidney, black, pinto, etc.)
  • Canned carrots
  • Canned corn
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned chicken
  • Mixed fruit
  • Adult diapers Size S-L
  • Diapers sizes 3-6
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine products
  • Deodorant
HOW ELSE CAN I SUPPORT THE LAWRENCEVILLE CO-OP?
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. 
 
To learn more about the work of the co-op, go to 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
  • Molly Ballew’s birthday is March 30
  • Joshua Yoon’s birthday is March 30
  • Hoyt Huff’s birthday is April 2
Weekly Prayers
  • For our interim co-ministers Rev. Diane Bales and Rev. Teresa Bensch
  • For a meaningful services of worship on Maundy Thursday
  • For a joy-filled Easter Sunday celebration
  • In gratitude to Joey Baker for preparing and leading the Easter sunrise service
  • In gratitude to the Disciples Men for the Easter pancake breakfast
Immediate Needs (names in bold are newly added)
  • Connie Worrel (hospitalized)
  • Sarah Peeples (Jimmy Peeples’s mother)
  • Family of Rev. John Lambert (minister of LFCC from 1953-1955)
  • The Walters/King family, as they grieve the death of Shelva (Candace Richardson’s aunt)
Ongoing Needs 
  • Our world, including the people of Gaza 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
  • Those affected by COVID-19
  • Rev. Teresa Bensch (recovering from knee surgery)
  • Jeanie Morgan (recovering from eye surgery)
  • Neva Maffett (home recovering after recent hospitalization)
  • Zeta Allen (long-time friend of Mabel Simmons)
  • Wes and Peg Morgan
  • Dorrie Toth
  • 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)
  • Chris Klimshuk and her sister, Ronnie
  • Jeanie Morgan’s friend, Sue Ragsdale
  • 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, Interim Co-Minister
Rev. Teresa Bensch, Interim Co-Minister
Kim Peeples, Music Director
J.T. Clements, Communications Coordinator