Mental Health Sunday

Mental Health Sunday

“…love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”  – John 13:34 “When we feel certain that the human soul is no longer at work in the world, it’s time to make sure that ours is visible to someone, somewhere.” – Parker J....
Ann’s Story

Ann’s Story

This month we lift up the ministries of First Christian Church, giving thanks for their impact and praying for our faithfulness in them. During worship each Sunday we have invited a member to share what First Christian means to them. Ann Nichols shared her story with...
Caretakers

Caretakers

“A Movement for Wholeness in a Fragmented World” is part of the identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This short phrase succinctly summarizes our call as people of faith who seek to follow Jesus and live into the ways of God’s reign. It...
A Reflection from Violet Bierce

A Reflection from Violet Bierce

Some things I learned through First Christian Church programs this summer I missed Pastor Ailsa while she was on sabbatical, but I deeply appreciated this summer’s sabbatical programs for the congregation. This is a note to God (inspired by Psalm 23)—and to each of...
Sabbatical Celebration Picnic

Sabbatical Celebration Picnic

It seems only right that our first official in-person gathering after many months will be a meal. Gathering with people at a table to eat may be the most powerful way to connect with others. It is one major way Jesus gathered with people. The gospels show us how Jesus...
Everything Falls Away

Everything Falls Away

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. ~ William Stafford Sooner or later, everything falls away. You, the work you’ve done, your successes, large and small, your failures, too. Those moments when you were light, along-...
Desert Surprises

Desert Surprises

We have all seen it. The green on the mountains surrounding Tucson. It was one of the surprises that greeted us mid-July when we returned from our summer trip. We could not believe it. As I drive by A Mountain each day or look toward the Catalinas, I still cannot...
Back from sabbatical adventure!

Back from sabbatical adventure!

It is wonderful to be back with all of you after the gift of this sabbatical summer! Marco, Krysia, and I are grateful for this time of rest, reflection, and renewal and are glad to be returning to the faith community of First Christian Church. I trust that your time...
Save Asylum Update

Save Asylum Update

Six asylum seekers urge Senator Kyrsten Sinema to consider CBP oversight, immediately restoring access to asylum at the US-Mexico border. The migrants shared that they experienced death threats, corruption, organized crime, and gender-based violence in their...
Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

Each week we start our worship service with an acknowledgement that we reside on land that is precious and has been cared for, loved, and held sacred by many peoples that came before us. The original inhabitants, the Hohokam and Sobaipuri people, considered the land...