Christian Church in Nebraska
eUpdate: Keeping Disciples informed
Thoughts and Prayers – Richard Hull, Interim Regional Minister
The phrase, “I’m praying for you” does not roll off my tongue easily. I realize that prayer is a serious matter. Prayer demands that my whole being relate to the Divine Being for the sake of all being itself. So, to pray for the victims of violence like those in the recent school shooting in Florida engages more than a passing thought. Prayer calls me into serious consideration of what God might demand of me when considering such actions.
Eileen Kunz, pastor at Havelock Christian Church was moved by her prayer regarding the shooting to call her congregation to engage in more than words about prayer but to be ready for prayer that leads to action. Following is the challenge Havelock Christian Church has accepted. They invite all our Nebraska Disciple congregations to join them. If you or your congregation want to join this prayer project, let me know, and I will post the congregations and or individuals who are joining in prayer together in future eUpdates. Contact me at: email@example.com
CALL TO ACTIVE PRAYER
Eileen Kunz and Havelock Christian Church
If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34 CEV)
These words of Jesus and the shootings at the Parkland, Florida high school prompt this Lenten Prayer Project.
As a Movement for Wholeness in a Fragmented World, I invite you to
- Covenant together to individually pray daily during Lent that solutions will be found to stop the shootings in our schools.
- Create a visual aid in congregation to identify persons participating in the project. (Havelock is using a cross: people participating wrote their names on paper and fastened their paper to the cross.)
- Meet weekly for Bible and issue study and for sharing what insights have been revealed during individual prayer time.
- Post on cross actions taken that were prompted by prayers.
*Go to coffee with person(s) holding views different from your own.
*Do information fact checks.
*Write notes of support to persons affected by violence.
* If you have guns, have children/grandchildren help set gun rules.
*Research the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
*Write letters/emails to government representatives.
Mission Giving Leaders Announced
A recent report from the office of General Minister and President celebrates the top 100 financial supporting congregations to The Disciple Mission Fund in the United States and Canada. Two of those congregations are in Nebraska. First Christian Church in Omaha contributed $24,844 in 2017; Bethany Christian in Lincoln provided $21,854.
The Disciple Mission Fund is the common fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Disciples Mission Fund supports 72 ministries as close as your local congregation and reaching around the globe.
The Nebraska region celebrates these gifts and all the gifts of various sizes from various size congregations across the Nebraska region. Thank you for making mission happen from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
Young Adult Internships Offered
The Office of Disciples Volunteering seeks young adults (age 20-26) for mission leadership this summer. Summer internships are available at mission destinations across the country. The deadline has been extended and interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply at https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/mission-internships/. Contact Josh Baird – firstname.lastname@example.org – with questions.
Disciple Yearbook Reports Are Due March 15
Each congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is expected to complete the annual yearbook report. The report has been sent to the congregation by US Postal Service. It also can be completed on-line as well by going to: http://disciples.org/yearbook/
Thank you for helping.
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“As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world. In Christ’s name and by his grace, we accept our mission of witness and service to all people.
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“We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.”