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“…and it was good!” is the title of our sermon this week.

Does anyone remember where this term is referenced in the Bible? I’ll give you a hint, it was stated multiple times really early on in scripture.
What I will say is, despite our humanity, we are more like God than we realize! We are good, and good emanates from us more than we give ourselves credit for.
See you this Sunday!
Congregational Meeting August 28th

On Sunday, August 28th, directly after church, we will have a congregational meeting to discuss our new church format. The congregation will vote on the changes in Ministerial leadership, as well as the new ministry teams that will provide leadership throughout the church.
Please be on the lookout for materials from the Board Chair in a separate e-mail.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

PHOTO BULLETIN BOARD
It is time to update our photo bulletin board.  Take your picture or have someone take your picture and send a digital copy to Marilyn Parks. These can be individual photos, couples’ photos, family photos or a combination. We possibly can take your photo at church on Sunday morning if that works for you.  Please let us know.  Marilyn will take care of getting them printed.  She prefers photos are emailed to her, marilynparksbm@gmail.com.
 
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The nominating committee will begin meeting to put in place a slate of officers and board for 2023 to be voted on by the Leadership Council, the Board and then the Congregation. If you would like to recommend someone for consideration, please give Marilyn Parks the name. Candidates should meet requirements included in the Constitution and By Laws of the church. The committee would like input from church members. If you have questions, please talk with Marilyn. Thanks for your support.
DWF
The ladies who attended the Ewing Circle on Tuesday, Aug. 16 discussed several things.  An offering will be taken on Aug.28 to support Church World Service Blanket Funds.  Blankets are distributed to those in need when there are disasters.  Blessing Box Sunday will be in September before Retreat.  We have 4-5 registered for Retreat at this time. We would like to have the Harvest Meal on the first Sunday of November. This is our main fund raiser for the year.  More details will be available soon.
WOMEN’S RETREAT AT ST. SIMONS
Ladies, we hope you will register . The weekend  should be lots of fun. There is an effort to make sure anyone who wants to attend will be able to do so.  Please let Marilyn know and she will help you with transportation needs.
There will be a regional service project supporting Amity House, a shelter for women and children in nearby Brunswick. Marilyn will attend and could carry items.  Some of the smaller items are Lysol spray and surface wipes, Gas Cards or Grocery Cards (Publix, Target, Walmart) If you would like to donate something let Marilyn know.
Camp T Shirts
Marilyn will be going to camp soon. If there are any of you who would like a camp t-shirt, let her know,  The youth are hoping everyone who has a camp shirt from any year will wear it on Sept. 18, Youth Sunday.  The ones from this summer are $10 as are the ones from 2021.  Other years are available and donations for those are welcome.  Please let her know if you would like for her to look for a shirt for you.  Please let her know your size.  Sizes vary for each shirt design. Email or call Marilyn and let her know if you are interested.
 

“Let’s Fish or Cut Bait!”

Georgia Disciples Women are gathering in person for a fall retreat on September 23-25, 2022 at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, GA. In this beautiful seaside retreat setting, Disciples women will gather for fellowship, worship, learning, and service, guided by the theme “Let’s Fish or Cut Bait!” Keynoter Rev. Nancy Oliver will lead us through a creative exploration of the focus scriptures, Matthew 4:18-20 and John 21:1-14. Jesus called us to fish — for people! How do we mobilize, unify, inspire, involve, and act to accomplish that? How do we support one another as we “fish?” You will not want to miss these fishing lessons!
 
https://www.gadisciples.org/gadisciples-women-fall-retreat-2022?fbclid=IwAR1t7j5oddQoAC7lxbp04co7SFYbw4gwXoMFI8zgieLOcz7uhqS0N0NcI-g

 


UPCOMING EVENTS


August 21st
Sunday Worship – 10:50AM
Youth Back-to-School Pool Party – 1pm
August 25th
Linger Lagers – Ironshield Brewery
August 28th

Sunday Worship – 10:50AM
Congregational Meeting – directly after

 

New Zoom Link for Sunday Worship and Online Meetings

 
For Sunday Worship Meetings/Bible Study/Other Online Meetings should click THIS link: 
https://zoom.us/j/6284633067?pwd=YzVMN0EwQUVrb0FRM1phVkZEUjZFQT09

For those who DIAL IN:
Call THIS number:
(646) 558-8656
 
And the Meeting ID is: 628 463 3067 Password: 1234

 RETURN OF BIBLE STUDY!!! INTRODUCING OUR BOOK STUDY ALTERNATIVE!!

 
Bible Study is returning Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30pm! Our study Book will be shared next week!
BIG NEWS!!
For the first time in a long time, LFCC will have a separate Book Study! We are expanding our horizons and spirituality with a new Book Study opportunity. Our books will be geared more towards living a Christian life in these troubled times. This group will NOT be run by Pastor Richard, but will be a collaborative space where are willing to share thoughts and ideas. The group will meet either at the church, on Zoom, or at a coffee house in Lawrenceville. If you are interested in participating in this new study venture, please reach out to Pastor Richard. We start our monthly gatherings in October! 

 
Medicare Educational Workshop
August 23rd – 1pm          September 8th – 11am           September 14th – 6pm
Deacon Andrew Jensen and work partner, Ebony Dozier, will be hosting three 50-minute presentations titled, ‘Everything you need to know about Medicare.’ They will thoroughly discuss Part A & B of Original Medicare, Part C (Advantage), Part D (Rx plans), and Medicare Supplements (medigap) plans. It is open to the public and pertinent to folks nearing the age of 65 and all currently enrolled in Medicare. Also, with annual enrollment coming up October 15th– December 7th, we will cover what every Medicare beneficiary should review during this period.

 
Community News

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


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT OUR REGIONAL ASSEMBLY WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 11-12TH AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH ATHENS! REGISTRATION IS OPEN ON THE REGIONAL WEBSITE!
WE ARE HOPING FOR A BIG TURNOUT FROM LFCC!!!





CO-OP MOST NEEDED ITEMS
Canned mixed vegetables (Carrots, peas, etc.)
Canned fruit
Canned chicken
Canned pasta
Canned beans (Black, kidney, pinto, etc.)
Instant or canned potatoes
Rice
Oatmeal
Applesauce
Pasta Sauce
Soup
Laundry detergent
For more information on what the Co-op is up to, please check out their website: https://lawrencevilleco-op.org/
 

Calendar

Worship Leaders
   
                     Scripture                 Meditation                 Greeter              Elders                
                                                                                                   
  August 14th Libby Ballew   Dennis Higdon   Julie Thompson     Frank Hawkins
                                                                                                                     Libby Ballew
Prayers and Concerns
Our Homebound members
Those affected by COVID-19
Our World
Odessa Adams
Barbara Bagwell
Kaeden Carter and his friends on the front line
Betty Huff
Mardell Brown (Mabel Simmons)
Carroll Family
Harrison Family
Chris Klimshuk and family
Our church family
Central Gwinnett High School and
all the students/teachers/administration
of Gwinnett County Public Schools
Connie Worrel’s sister, Pat
Jensen family
Sha Parks and family
The Johnson and Cravens family (Bruce Johnson)



 
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. Richard Williams, Senior Minister
Rev. Dr. Diane Bales, Youth and Families Minister
Kim Peeples, Music Director
J.T. Clements, Communications Coordinator