Weekly Events

All activities at FCC are currently held via Zoom.

Sundays at 9:00am: Adult Church School

Sundays at 10:30am: Worship

Sundays at 11:35 (following worship): Youth Church School

Mondays at 6pm: Prayers in the Time of the Election

Mondays (1st 3rd & 5th) at 6:00pm  Mind Wholeness Ministry Spiritual Support Group

Wednesdays at 11:45am: Picnic party

Thursdays at 6:00pm:  Prayer Vigil

Thursdays at 7:15pm: Zoom Choir

Fridays at 8am: Coffee Chat

Upcoming Events

 

This Week in Worship 

October 25, 2020

 

Adult Church School at 9:00am
Worship Service at 10:30am
Youth Sunday School at 11:35am

 

Our series, “Together for Joy,” celebrates God’s generosity lived out in the people at First Christian Church.  Through the songs and prayers of the psalms we imagine living out our call to Seek God, Love Like Jesus, and Serve the World in 2021. At the end of the series, all are invited to prayerfully discern what gifts God is calling us to commit toward this call.

 

(if you need the Zoom link and password, please email the church office)

 
 

Reminders About Zoom Worship:

  • Connect by 10:20am and make sure you are muted when the service begins. Having everyone connected early (even if you are not present on screen yet) helps us help you with any technical problems and begin our livestream and recording of the service without background noise.
  • Prayer Concerns: Email your prayer concerns to Pastor Ailsa this week or type them in the Zoom chat when you log in.
  • Communion: Get your bread and cup ready for communion prior to service.

Special Congregational Meeting

 

Sunday, October 25 following Worship
This Sunday, October 25, we will have a special congregational meeting to hear the report from the Property Priorities task group. The work of the Property Priorities task group originates from our congregation’s discernment process (Forward Together) in 2018. The task group has worked to identify priorities for major maintenance issues on our church building. They have also identified priorities for upgrades to the building that position us to offer it for broader community use. 

We will not be making any decisions at this meeting. No votes will be taken. The purpose is to hear the proposals, the reasoning behind the proposals, and to ask questions. There will be a period of time after the meeting to submit additional questions to the group, if desired.  

 
 

Take Action: Proposed Rule Harming Asylum Seekers

On September 23, 2020, the Trump administration released yet another attack on vulnerable people through a proposed rule that would harm asylum seekers and the U.S. asylum system. The anti-asylum proposal would make it extremely difficult for individuals to be granted asylum by forcing asylum seekers to complete asylum applications within two weeks of their first hearing – regardless of language barriers, access to counsel, or understanding of asylum laws. It would also harmfully reject asylum applications if asylum seekers forgot to answer a question or cannot afford to pay a fee.

Here’s how to take action: Click here to submit your opposition to this anti-asylum proposal. Make sure you adapt the sample to your voice and submit it before Friday, October 23rd. Consider sharing your own experiences, stories, perspectives, values and research to protect and welcome asylum seekers.

Thank you for taking action – and please share this information with your networks!

 
 
 

Virtual CROP WALK

Sunday, October 25
Team Website: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/tucsonaz/TucsonFCC

You Still Have Time to Donate to a Walker!

CROP Hunger Walks are happening in a new way. To keep everyone safe and healthy, Walks are going virtual. You can walk at home on your own or with family members. Sign up on the team page and share the information with family and on social media.

The work of CWS and our local hunger agencies is urgent at this time. Stand up for the poor, the forgotten, and those left behind.

25% of money raised stays in Tucson (Community Food Bank, ICS, and Casa Maria Soup Kitchen).

75% of money supports CWS’s Worldwide Work (Refugees/Resettlement, Disaster Relief, Recovery, Self-help Development).

2020 Tucson CROP Hunger Walk

Partner Report: Church World Service
In Myanmar, Ramona and her family were struggling until CROP Hunger walkers like you provided her with two piglets. She invested her time and energy raising those piglets and now has a thriving pig farm and community grocery. Her income can now pay school fees for her children. Others in the village started raising pigs, too. CWS also helped the community learn to build sanitary latrines to improve overall health. Your donations enable the learning of skills that improve health and well-being around the world.
 
 

Take Action: Proposed Rule Harming Asylum Seekers

On September 23, 2020, the Trump administration released yet another attack on vulnerable people through a proposed rule that would harm asylum seekers and the U.S. asylum system. The anti-asylum proposal would make it extremely difficult for individuals to be granted asylum by forcing asylum seekers to complete asylum applications within two weeks of their first hearing – regardless of language barriers, access to counsel, or understanding of asylum laws. It would also harmfully reject asylum applications if asylum seekers forgot to answer a question or cannot afford to pay a fee.

Here’s how to take action: Click here to submit your opposition to this anti-asylum proposal. Make sure you adapt the sample to your voice and submit it before Friday, October 23rd. Consider sharing your own experiences, stories, perspectives, values and research to protect and welcome asylum seekers.

Thank you for taking action – and please share this information with your networks!

Children Seeking Asylum, a #SaveAsylum March

A few of us (Janis Sherick, Lori Bryant, Mark Thornburgh, Rev. Jay Hartley and his wife, Dawn) represented Disciples of Christ at the border in Nogales for the #SaveAsylum Children’s March on Wednesday.  Separated by the wall, we met with our siblings waiting for asylum on the other side.  We heard children share stories of the trauma and violence they and their families had experienced and the hope that they have to make a better life for themselves through applying for asylum.  It was an honor to stand in solidarity with them.  May we make this world a better place for the children.

 
 
 
 

One Region, Many Voices

Tuesdays in October, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Tuesdays in October 7-8pm
You are invited to the Arizona Disciples’ Regional Assembly, “One Region, Many Voices,” each Tuesday evening in October and Saturday morning November 7th. It will take place online by Zoom.  You may register for all of the assembly or for each session separately. Registration is free and donations are accepted. 

 

 

Events and Resources

Tri-Regional Disciples Men’s Virtual Retreat
October 24, 2020 
Disciples Men from Arizona, California, Nevada, & Hawaii are invited to the Tri-Regional Disciples Men’s Virtual Retreat.  Check out the video invitation.  Register here.

Pray. Act.
Diana Butler Bass offers this suggestion for prayer and action leading up to the election.

Disciples Anti-Racism Townhalls Continue…
The Love is an Action Word series is continuing every two weeks from now until November. Episodes will take place on Thursdays at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT and 4 pm PT (schedule subject to change). Past webinars are archived on the Disciples YouTube channel.

  • Oct. 22 – Love is an Action Word: Puerto Rico, Imperialist ideology, and mission – Disciples reflect on the policies, practices, and theology that shape our relations with Puerto Rico, and their call to action.
  • Nov. 5 – Love is an Action Word: Identity, Theology, and Faithful care for the community – A multi-racial, multi-cultural panel of Disciples talk about identity, theology, and how they live out the call to faithful care for the community. 
 

Prayers in the Time of the Election

Mondays at 6:00pm
Due to the challenging circumstances we face this election season, it is not surprising that many of us are anxious and/or depressed.  And being isolated in our homes increases a sense of loneliness.  But we are NOT alone.  We have each other and we have the spirit of God surrounding us. Every Monday until the election, you are invited to connect for a time of support through music, reflection, sharing, and prayer. We pray for clarity, discernment, vision, and peace. We pray for God’s grace to shower upon us, for God’s love to cover us.

The Zoom link is in our weekly newsletter.

 

 
 

Picnic Party Every Wednesday

 
Picnic Party new timeWednesdays at 11:45 am
 
The picnic party offers a midweek refresher with both lively conversation and compassionate care as we continue living in this unprecedented time. Everyone is welcome! The picnic party is hosted by Krysia González.
 
Get the Zoom link from the most recent newsletter or contact the church office.

 

 

 

Thursday Prayer and Faith Conversations

 

Thursday Prayer and Faith Conversations

How do the scriptures relate to our experiences and events in the world today? This is the focus of the Thursday gathering for prayer and faith conversations. Each week a facilitator creatively leads us in reflective conversation based on a scripture passage,  prayer, and worship through music. Everyone is welcome.

Every Thursday at 6:00 pm.

Contact the church office for the Zoom link.

 

 

 

 

Zoom Choir

Love to sing? Interested in choir?

The FCC Choir has begun meeting via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:15pm.

Contact the church office if you need the Zoom link (you can find it in the newsletter).

 

 

 

 

 
 

Friday Coffee Chat

 
New: Friday Coffee ChatEnd the week with great company! Brew your favorite coffee (or tea), grab a bit of breakfast, and enjoy a time to connect with others.
 
Every Friday at 8:00am.
 
Get the Zoom link from the most recent newsletter or contact the church office.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Supporting FCC

Give to FCC

 

Supporting FCC
Thank you for continuing to give faithfully to First Christian Church! Your gifts enable us to keep following our call to Seek GodLove Like Jesusand 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.