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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Assignment for September 14th.

1.  Bring YOUR Bible to worship with you next Sunday- and if you do not have one, we will give you one.

2.  READ all of chapter two of Philippians.It has six paragraphs and it covers almost a whole page.

3.  COME in spiritual anticipation that as we look at that chapter together next Sunday, God will open your heart, your mind and you life to new truth.

So in closing let me share with you what I hope you either discover for the first time or find refreshed within you.

~Pastor Keith~

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.-Philippians 1:3-11 The Message

†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)

Beginning on September 28, a new service will be offered at First Christian Church. The †Good News Café will begin at 9:22 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and be held in the Chapel Area. The service has been created based upon the welcome feedback received from the New Ministries Team’s congregational survey. A hybrid on multiple levels, the Café will incorporate aspects of both worship and study, as well as many different types of music. The Café will be a casual, interactive, and gospel-centered gathering appropriate for all ages. This service is designed to be accessible to both the unchurched and those many years into their faith journeys. The Café, along with planned outreach ‘Scripture and Salsa’ meeting on Thursday evenings, is part of an effort to grow First Christian and reach new people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

All are welcome!

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

Our 2014 Reconciliation Offering on September 21 and 28 will go toward our Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Project to preserve its historic building just six blocks from First Christian on North Street between Grant and Walnut. Our annual Reconciliation Offerings regularly support programs in Indiana and nationally. The First Christian Executive Board approved the Bethel AME Church Project and designated our 2014 Reconciliation Offering entirely to the project. 

Bethel AME Project


Our church is undertaking a joint project with Bethel AME Church in Crawfordsville to repair and preserve the Bethel AME building. Freed slaves, who had escaped from Kentucky in 1834, formed the Bethel AME Church. Its congregation has worshipped on that North Street site since 1847, one of the oldest African-American congregations in the Wabash Valley.

            The site is on the National Register of Historic Places because it was a station on the Underground Railroad. The congregation has a rich history and was home to the first elementary school for African-American children in Crawfordsville that at one time taught 124 students.  

            Our church Board has allocated $1,500 and our entire Reconciliation Offering this month to support this project.

            The first phase of repairs will save the building from deterioration and preserve it as a center of worship. These repairs, which the small Bethel congregation has neither the funds nor the manpower to undertake, involve the roof, siding, paint, foundation, and basement. Rev. Mindy Mayes, minister of Bethel, said, “This project is an answer to our prayers.”

            Wabash Freshmen in Professor Frank Howland’s Freshmen Tutorial class contributed their time at Bethel AME Church on Wednesday morning as part of their Community Service Day. Men from First Christian served as crew chiefs. Women from Bethel served refreshments. Raymond Williams and Vicke Hudson Swisher from Bethel spoke to the Wabash men about ‘Freed Slaves, Bethel AME, and Wabash College.’



We Gather to a blessing on this project


Celebration of our Congo Connection

Sarah Reister, leader of Regional Delegation to the Congo in June, shared about the ministry that is happening there and the needs that were met by our monetary donation. Raymond Williams is the Church Chair person for Global Outreach.

Our gift of $5000 for the Children’s Nutrition Center in the Mbandaka District of the Democratic Republic of the Congo provided for toilets, food, and a copy machine for the regional office.

Discover LOGOS, our Midweek Ministry to children and youth

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Our Vision Statement

True Community
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
Sunday Schedule
Church School 9:30 a.m.
Good News Cafe 9:22a.m.
Worship 10:40a.m.
LOGOS Midweek Ministry  4:30-6:30pm(School Year)

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Updated September 11,2014

True Community, Deep Spirituality, Visible Faith