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First Christian Church

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    211 S. Walnut
   Crawfordsville Indiana 47933
         Phone: 765-362-4812  Email: secnag81@yahoo.com
            Pastor: Keith D. Strain

 

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The Latin word for this season before Christmas is “Advent” which means “coming”.

Advent: The word suggests the attitude we are to have in this season. It is an attitude of expectation. Not so unlike that feeling that we so love to see in children who can barely contain themselves until the time to open all the presents under the tree.

For that is what this season is about. It is the awesome story of how God came as one of us. How the creator of heaven and of earth came as a human being so that we might know how completely God loves us.

It is a gift most precious and rare.

A gift that makes life possible.

A gift that makes life worthwhile.

A gift that makes life eternal.

 

So like the child aglow with eager anticipation, so too we look forward to the occasion to once again proclaim:

“Emmanuel, Emmanuel God with us.”

On the ADVENT link above are readings to guide you spiritually through this season.


Angel-Filled Advent
by Ann Weems from Kneeling in Bethlehem  

Wouldn't it be wonderful  
    if Advent came filled with angels and alleluias?

Wouldn't it be perfect  
    if we were greeted on these December mornings      
        with a hovering of heavenly hosts  
tuning their harps and brushing up on their fa-la-las?

Wouldn't it be incredible  
    if their music filled our waking hours      
        with the promise of peace on earth  
and if each Advent night we dreamed of nothing but goodwill?

Wouldn't we be ecstatic  
    if we could take those angels shopping,       
           or trim the tree or have them hold our hands           
   and dance through our houses decorating?

And, oh, how glorious it would be  
    to sit in church next to an an angel      
        and sing our hark-the-heralds!

What an Advent that would be!
    What Christmas spirit we could have!
An angel-filled Advent has so many possibilities!

But in lieu of that,  
    perhaps we can give thanks      
for the good earthly joys we have been given          
   and for the earthly "angels" that we know              
who do such a good job of filling                   
     our Advent with alleluias!



The Choir Presents its Annual Christmas Cantata
Dec. 21st at 10:40 AM

“I Hear the Prophet Callin’” is an effort by composer Peter Chopin to tell the story of the birth of Jesus as the fulfillment of centuries and expectation and waiting.  The work is populated with a very wide variety of musical styles, tempos and sound.  From a solo voice crying out like a prophet in the wilderness, to sizzling zydeco beat and on to a sweet lullaby, this cantata moves you into the story so you can feel the wonder and joy that the birth of Jesus was.


Under the direction of Richard Bowen the Chancel Choir will also be supported by a number of instrumentalists bringing additional zest to the presentation.  The flow of the story is knit together by a solo voice reflecting on the call of the prophet.  Scripture interpreters kept the work scripturally grounded, and the music is wondrous.


Treat yourself to a joyous Christmas present and be here for the cantata Sunday the 21st.  And don’t keep it private.  Invite others to come and join us, knowing that this choir will bring a beautiful message. 




Join us on Thursdays at 6 pm for Scripture and Salsa at Little Mexico Restaurant!
Associate Minister Peter Harper leads us in an interactive discussion of scripture and its everyday application, while we enjoy a delicious meal. Come be a part of this fun and informative fellowship! Also, please invite those in your life for which a restaurant setting may be a better fit for hearing The Message.    ~New Ministries Team~ 


†Good News Café

Sunday Mornings at 9:22 a.m.

I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High! (Psalm 9:2)

 We encourage you to drop by and join us at 9:22 on Sunday mornings. Enjoy some coffee and pastries, and see what the †Good New Café is all about. If a casual, interactive service might be a good fit for someone you know, please send them a †Good New Café postcard invite, which can be found on the table under our banner in the chapel. School aged youth are also encouraged to join us! After singing and prayer, the youth will move to the room adjoining the Chapel, for their own activities and interactive discussion session.

Hope to see you there! 

All are welcome!

You know themessage he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (Acts 10:36)

     
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Our Vision Statement

True Community
True
Community is an intentional, inclusive, and interconnected Christian relationship that transcends differences in a supportive atmosphere that is empowered by our belief in the true, living God.

Deep Spirituality
Deep Spirituality is the passionate desire to have a fulfilled and authentic relationship with God through Christ that involves taking our beliefs and values of Christianity and weaving them into our lives so they provide the spirit and fire for devoted service to God.

Visible Faith
Visible Faith is the proof of our hope in God manifested as a Christ like life, shown within and seen by others as we live a life of service to glorify God and in the name of Christ.

First Christian Church
211 S. Walnut 
Crawfordsville  Indiana  47933
765-362-4812
Sunday Schedule
Church School 9:30 a.m.
Good News Cafe 9:22a.m.
Worship 10:40a.m.
Wednesday 
LOGOS Midweek Ministry  4:30-6:30pm(School Year)


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Updated December 7th,2014

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