First Christian Church
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
 
November 13, 2019
 
HELM celebrates another school year at Disciples institutions
This interview originally appeared on the Higher Education & Leadership Ministries (HELM) website.
 
A new academic year has begun and, for Disciples-related colleges and universities, there is much to celebrate and share! New buildings opening, record incoming classes, changes in leadership, and much more:
 
Barton College welcomed 325 first-year students, the largest incoming class since 1982. President Scott Searcy noted that “Last year at this time, it was 277. It is a significant increase in the numbers of students and that does not include transfers.” Barton College also opened a new athletic field, Electric Supply Company Field, which is now the home of Barton’s lacrosse and soccer teams and will serve Barton’s new football team, which begins competition in the fall of 2020.
 
Bethany College received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission for the next ten years. The process to earn reaccreditation is intense and requires a substantial investment of time from the administration, faculty, and staff. Bethany’s President, Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg, said, “This latest news reaffirms HLC’s confidence in our vision, teaching, academic program, and future planning as expressed in our strategic plan, Bethany Connect.”
 
Chapman University opened a new dorm. The 400-bed housing facility, named The K, cost an estimated $47.4 million and includes two-bedroom suites. Chapman is also launching the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering. The school opens a year ahead of schedule and will eventually be housed in the Keck Center for Science and Engineering.
Invitation to join in prayer
 
We thank you, God, for those who hear the call and answer. We thank you for the growing partnerships being formed in Arizona between congregations and their regional minister, Rev. Jay Hartley. We pray for your Spirit to give them guidance and energy for your work. Amen.
Thanksgiving offering received this month
 
The Thanksgiving Special Offering (received in many congregations on Nov. 17 and 24) benefits the colleges, universities, seminaries, and divinity houses affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
 
Higher education has been an important focus for Disciples since the very beginning of the movement. Throughout our history, Disciples have founded institutions of higher learning to educate students and form leaders to make a difference in the world. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is still committed to higher education. Your gift to the Thanksgiving Offering helps support the education of thousands of students at our fifteen colleges and universities as well as our seven seminaries and divinity houses.
 
 
 
 
 
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Just Women Bible study available for pre-order
 
Just Women is now accepting pre-orders for the 2020 Just WomenBible study! Pre-order by Dec. 1and pay no shipping.
 
The 2020 study features reflections from authors including Rev. Shannon Dycus, Rev. Dr. Janice Johnson Hume, Rev. Karen Thomas Smith, and Rev. Angela Whitenhill.
 
Each Bible study is $15 and you can order your copy online or by mailing your check (made payable to Just Women) to: Just Women, PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
 
The theme for the 2020 Just Women Bible study will be Healing & Wholeness.
 
 
Kentucky congregation discovers its impact
 
Not too far from Cane Ridge, in Paris, KY, North Middletown Christian Church is, as their pastor Rev. Stephanie Moon says, a “modest” sized congregation. But their impact in the community is marked by generous giving to many causes.
 
In 2018, the congregation embarked on a counting spree. They did not include the contributions the church makes through budgeted items under “Outreach.” These were above and beyond donations, such as crackers and granola bars, underwear, and additional monetary donations as needs arise.
 
And so the counting began. Even though the congregation had budgeted $7,000 for outreach, an additional $4,200 appeared from the pockets of the people. Add that to the cans of soup and other foods collected for Operation Food Basket (372), crackers and snacks for the local (food) backpack program (4,527 items), school supplies (3,202 items), eye glasses to the Lions (35), blankets for the senior center and untold numbers of Undie Sunday contributions.
 
 
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