All activities at FCC are currently held via Zoom.
Sundays at 9:00am: Christian Education Class for all ages
Sundays at 10:30am: Worship
Mondays at 6:00pm (1st & 3rd): Mind Wholeness Ministry Spiritual Support Group
Thursdays at 6:00pm: Bilingual Prayer Vigil (suspended until further notice)
Signs of Hope & Justice
Pentecost reminds us of the powerful gift of the Holy Spirit that baptizes us in a whirlwind of fiery flames. We are sent and emboldened to speak with the truth of God’s spirit.
Inspired by the Poor People’s Campaign: A Call to Moral Revival, we invite you to share messages of love, hope, and justice at the FCC corner at Speedway and Euclid.
What you can do:
– Fill our corner with messages of love, hope, and justice as well as names of our Black siblings who’ve lost their lives unjustly. Make a poster or sign and put it on FCC property along the corner of Speedway and Euclid. Signs can be handmade or printed. You can also place them in front of your home, in your window, or display from your car. (Names and suggested messages below)
– Post a picture of your sign, or you and your sign, on social media. Or choose a message or graphic to post.
– Post the Poor People’s Campaign “Everybody’s Got a Right to Live” banner on social media.
– RSVP for the Virtual Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington scheduled for June 20, 2020
“Everybody’s Got a Right to Live”
“Everybody’s Got a Right to Love”
“Silence is Violence”
“God Loves Blackness”
“Say Their Names”
“God’s Love is for All”
“God’s Liberation is for All”
“Fight Poverty, Not the Poor”
“Save the Earth”
“Poor People’s Campaign”
“We RISE Together”
“Getting Into Step”
“Forward Together, Not One Step Back”
“Poor People’s Campaign: Stitching Together the Human Right to Healthcare, End Hunger, Education, Clean Water, Affordable Housing, Living Wage, No Borders No Walls, Justice, Indigenous Right”
“There is no thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.” Audre Lorde
“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed.” Isaiah 10:1-2
Speak the Truth Relentlessly
Rev. Dr. William Barber II
“Poor People’s Campaign: A NEW and UNSETTLING force”
Say Their Names
Aiyana Stanley Jones
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries Updates
As the nation is focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government has aggressively begun to rush the deportations of some of the most vulnerable migrant children in its care to countries where they have been raped, beaten, or had a parent killed, according to attorneys, court filings, and congressional staff.
What Can We Do? Go HERE to sign up your interest in any of these options:
- Mark your calendars now for our upcoming WEBINAR with interfaith partners on JUNE 3 at 4 p.m. Eastern Register HERE.
- Stay tuned for more info. about our upcoming “Virtual Advocacy Days” in July to protect the children and families!
- Help draft a Disciples letter to express concerns about family separation, detentions, and deportations.
- SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT FAMILY SEPARATIONS HAPPENING AGAIN NOW!
Asylum seeking migrants, adults and children, continue to be deported to unsafe conditions and without adequate COVID-19 testing. For more information on the U.S. government’s immoral exercise of power over children and families seeking safety, read “The Flores Settlement and Family Separation at the Border,” a new paper from the Women’s Refugee Commission.
Here are additional background articles about ICE’s practices:
· ProPublica: The Trump Administration is Rushing Deportations of Migrant Children During Coronavirus
· BuzzFeed: ICE Is Trying to Deport Unaccompanied Minors
· CBS: ICE Seeking to Deport Migrant Girls During Pandemic
· Human Rights First: Public Health Measures to Safely Manage Asylum Seekers and Children at the Border
Pentecost Special Offering
Offering Received June 7 & June 14
In 2001, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) embraced a bold vision: to start 1,000 new churches in 1,000 different ways by the year 2020.
Today, we have welcomed 1,034+ new places of worship into the Church. The Table around which we gather has grown in language, diversity, and life experience.
Courageous leaders have answered the call to grow the denomination through the new church movement. They have reached the underserved, welcomed new neighbors, and created communities of faith. And we, as Disciples, have committed to supporting them.
Each year, half of this offering stays in Arizona to support and sustain new churches, such as our newest congregations, Casa de Adoración Discípulos de Cristo and Comunidad Limen Christian Church. The second half helps leaders across the United States and Canada through New Church Ministry programs.
Comunidad Limen is a new Tucson church led by Rev. Pedro Ramos-Goycolea. The First Christian Church board has formally pledged to support this ministry in offering space in our building as needed, once it is safe to meet in person again. Your gifts will help this bilingual, multicultural, inclusive ministry serve our community!
FCC Community Cookbook Facebook Group
We are putting together a virtual community cookbook with your entries, no limit to how many you share. Post your recipe and a picture of you cooking, the finished product, or of you eating your creation to the church’s Community Cookbook Facebook group, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. To post on Facebook, you first need to request to join our Community Cookbook Facebook group from the First Christian Church Facebook Page. It is a private group and only those allowed to join can see your post.
We are also interested in any projects you have been working on, so be sure to send those as well.
What should we name our cookbook? Send your suggestions to email@example.com.
Poetry Encounters Facebook Group
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” — Dylan Thomas
If this phrase resonates with you, then consider joining First Christian Church “Poetry Encounters” Facebook group. This group will focus on sharing poems or prose that are insightful, thought-provoking or inspirational for our journey together as children of the living Word. On our group page, members can share poems or links and discuss the import and inspirations derived from submitted poems. Poems may be from any source, including one’s self, as long as the poem is credited appropriately and is not harmful in content to the intent of this group. The “Poetry Encounters” group is private and only those with permission can join. Find the group on the First Christian Church Facebook Page.
Poor People’s Campaign Mass (Digital) March and Other Events
Stay in Place! Stay Alive! Organize!
1) Register – Our number one priority continues to be getting thousands and thousands to register for the online gathering June 20, 2020. Register if you haven’t already and get all of your friends and networks to sign up as well.
2) #Stayalive – Take these simple action steps to join thousands of others in sending letters to your governor, calling Pelosi and McConnell, and supporting the different forms of non-cooperation in your community (eg. #WalkOutWednesday)
3) Digital Mass Meeting – Join and spread the word for our final mass meeting before June 20th. This Thursday, May 28th 8:30pm ET on Facebook Live we will hear testimony, lift our spirits in song, and prepare ourselves for the struggle ahead. https://www.facebook.com/
4) Tune in to “American Crisis: Poverty and the Pandemic” live on MSNBC this Sunday, May 31 at 9:00pm ET/6pm PT.
5) Special PPC service for June 20th. In the coming weeks plan, promote, and share a special service in your community that lifts up how the Campaign and the June 20 mobilization are faithful ways to be walking with God in these times. Many have been incorporating this #tollingtogether action into their service. Get more details here.
Thursday Evening Prayer Continues Virtually
Connect for a time of song, scripture conversations, and prayers as we continue praying for hospitality guests and the world.
Every Thursday at 6:00 pm.
Contact the church office for the Zoom link.
Thank you for continuing to give faithfully to First Christian Church! Your gifts enable us to keep following our call to Seek God, Love Like Jesus, and Serve the World. Because that call leads us to practice justice, our church board is committed to paying all our staff during this time. Mailing a check, setting up bill pay through your bank, or giving online are available options to continue your financial commitment.