Sunday Bulletins

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost – November 17

Special November Worships – As suggested in the congregational meeting, the 10 a.m. worship services will feature our two choirs:  November 17 – Sanctuary Choir leading a more traditional worship service; and November 24 both choirs leading in a special blended service. You can read this week’s bulletin here.

Daily Prayer: I praise you, Lord, and give you thanks for the gift of this day. Fill me with your Spirit, and let your songs fill my heart. Give me a wise and discerning mind to walk in your way, making the most of the time as I go out among your people. Amen.

Stewardship Commitment: Members and regular worshipers are invited to prayerfully share an estimate-of-giving card for 2020 this Sunday or next. Thank you for taking the time to share your giving plans for National City as the leadership plans for our ministry and mission in the next year. Estimate-of-giving cards may be placed in the offering tray with your regular tithe and offering. Thank you!

Collecting “Gently Used Blankets, Coats, and Warm Weather Gear” on Sunday, December 1: Katie Campbell Morrison, our seminarian at Yale Divinity School, will be at National City to receive the above items for people in need in New Haven, Connecticut. She is coordinating this drive for S.W.A.N. (Sex Workers and Allies Network). For more information, contact kcm.campbell@yale.edu.

Santa Claus is coming to town and stopping by for breakfast on Saturday, December 7, at 9 a.m.! Help us get ready! Please contact Teresa Swihart to help with setting up, greeting, decorating, hospitality, running a craft station or a game, reading the Christmas story (Spanish and/or English) serving breakfast, providing juice boxes, advertising in the community, cleaning up, repairing a couple little wooden chairs, and most importantly praying for the event, the children, the parents, and the elves.

 

 

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost – November 10

Special November Worships – As suggested in the congregational meeting, the 10 a.m. worship services will feature our two choirs: November 10 – Gospel Choir leading the Gospel worship service; November 17 – Sanctuary Choir leading a more traditional worship service; and November 24 both choirs leading in a special blended service. You can read this week’s bulletin here.

Daily Prayer: Dear God, help me to follow after your ways as I go throughout my day. Amen.

Stewardship Commitment: Members and regular worshipers are invited to prayerfully share an estimate-of-giving card for 2020 this Sunday or next. Thank you for taking the time to share your giving plans for National City as the leadership plans for our ministry and mission in the next year. Estimate-of-giving cards may be placed in the offering tray with your regular tithe and offering. Thank you!

Collecting “Gently Used Blankets, Coats, and Warm Weather Gear” on Sunday, December 1: Katie Campbell Morrison, our seminarian at Yale Divinity School, will be at National City to receive the above items for people in need in New Haven, Connecticut. She is coordinating this drive for S.W.A.N. (Sex Workers and Allies Network). For more information, contact kcm.campbell@yale.edu.

Santa Claus is coming to town and stopping by for breakfast on Saturday, December 7, at 9 a.m.! Help us get ready! Please contact Teresa Swihart to help with setting up, greeting, decorating, hospitality, running a craft station or a game, reading the Christmas story (Spanish and/or English) serving breakfast, providing juice boxes, advertising in the community, cleaning up, repairing a couple little wooden chairs, and most importantly praying for the event, the children, the parents, and the elves.

 

 

All Saints Sunday – November 3

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, November 2nd so you will be on time for worship! If you forget, don’t worry you can read the bulletin here.

Pulpit Guest: Rev. Dr. Richard L. Hamm is Vice-Chair of the National City Christian Church Foundation Board. Dr. Hamm has served congregations as Pastor, the regional church as Tennessee’s’ Regional Pastor, and the general church as General Minister and President. As the first Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA, he has helped to develop a new and very broad ecumenical organization that includes 36 communions. Dr. Hamm is a Legacy Partner of The Columbia Partnership and is the author of three books, 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), From Mainline to Front Line, and Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Post-Modern Age. He teaches at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis where he also serves as a trustee at CTS. Dick and Mindy live in Indianapolis. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. Dick also enjoys astronomy, camping, and gardening.

Special November Worships – As suggested in the congregational meeting, the 10 a.m. worship services will feature our two choirs: November 10 – Gospel Choir leading the Gospel worship service; November 17 – Sanctuary Choir leading a more traditional worship service; and November 24 both choirs leading in a special blended service.

 

 

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – October 27

Daily Prayer: I praise you, Lord, and give you thanks for the gift of this day. Fill me with your Spirit, and let your songs fill my heart. Give me a wise and discerning mind to walk in your way, making the most of the time as I go out among your people. Amen.

You can read this week’s bulletin here.

Food Pantry Needs – Please help us fill up our shelves by dropping off as much of the following in our collection basket in the Atrium as you can: Applesauce / fruit cups; tuna pouches / pop-top cans; granola bars; cookies; rice krispies treats; peanut butter crackers; cereal bowls; and water bottles / pouches.

Santa Claus is coming to National City for breakfast on December 7th at 9 a.m.. We need help getting ready for his and Mr. Claus’s visit! Please contact Teresa Swihart if you’re able to help with setting up, greeting, decorating, hospitality, running a craft station or a game, reading the Christmas story (Spanish and/or English) serving breakfast, providing juice boxes, advertising in the community, clean up, repairing a couple little wooden chairs, and most importantly praying for the event, the children, the parents, the elves.

 

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 20

Daily Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the gift of this day. May I see the wonders of your presence in the world today. Help me to be open to all people you bring my way, for you make no distinctions, but are Lord or all. Amen.

This week’s bulletin is available here.

Preaching Today: The Reverend Allen V. Harris began as Regional Minister in the Capital Area in June of 2015. Previously Rev. Harris had served congregations in Cleveland, Ohio; New York, New York; and Grapevine, Texas. Leading the 40 congregations in the Capital Area Region, from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and one congregation in West Virginia, Rev. Harris brings an infectious joy and exuberant presence whenever he preaches. Rev. Harris is a passionate advocate for justice, equality, and peace and is dedicated to serve “the least, the last, the lost, and the loneliest” among us.

Food Pantry Needs – Please help us fill up our shelves by dropping off as much of the following in our collection basket in the Atrium as you can: Applesauce / fruit cups; tuna pouches / pop-top cans; granola bars; cookies; rice krispies treats; peanut butter crackers; cereal bowls; and water bottles / pouches.

 

Global Ministries Sunday – October 13

Daily Prayer: Help me, O God, to seek out your will as I enjoy the good today and suffer through the bad. Prove me, O God, and try me, so that I can learn the steps I need to take to follow your ways.

This week’s bulletin is available here.

Memorial Service for Bill Eldred will be held at National City on Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m..

Pulpit Guest: Reverend Dr. Michael Joseph is Mission Co-worker with the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia. Working with Justapaz, the Mennonite Center or Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action. Many different denominations come together to meet the needs of the communities they serve in the midst of violent conflict. As the national coordinator of Cafepaz he studies the intersection of Christianity, war and peace-building in Colombia. His appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

Special Guests: National City welcomes Reverend Dr. Francois-David (“Franck”) and Melanie Ekofo of the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo. Dr. Ekofo has over 30 years of ministry and has been described as courageous, prophetic, and pastoral — one who has committed his life to challenging structures that keep oppressed people on the margins, the most vulnerable in society.

 

World Communion Sunday – October 6

Today’s message: On World Communion Sunday, we celebrate the one Church, the one Body of Christ, and the one faith. Diverse in language, culture, race, and heritage, the universal Church finds wholeness in Christ. May our worship inspire us to work toward unity in our own communities so that the unity of God’s love and justice may be made manifest in our world.

Read the bulletin here.

Daily Prayer: Help me, O God, to seek out your will as I enjoy the good today and suffer through the bad. Prove me, O God, and try me, so that I can learn the steps I need to take to follow your ways.

Food Pantry Needs – NCCC gave out 187 bags filled with food this week to our neighbors in need. Please help us fill up our shelves by dropping off as much of the following in our collection basket in the Atrium as you can: Applesauce / fruit cups; tuna pouches / pop-top cans; granola bars; cookies; rice krispies treats; peanut butter crackers; cereal bowls; and water bottles / pouches.

Reconciliation Offering – Today we will be collecting the second Special Mission Fund offering for the year. The funds collected are used in the pro-reconciliation/anti-racism work of the Church.

Global Ministries Brunch – October 13, at 11:30 a.m., Howland Center. Join us for brunch with special guests Rev. Dr. Franck Ekofo Bonyeku and Michael Joseph.

Regional Minister Allen Harris is preaching on October 20, Join us at 10 a.m.

National City’s recently retired Organist, Ken Lowenberg, has been commissioned by Georgetown Lutheran Church to compose an anthem to celebrate the church’s 250th (!) anniversary on Sunday, Oct 20 at 10 a.m.

 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 29

Today’s message: The word “reconciliation” can mean different things politically, socially, and personally. But, no matter how it’s used, reconciliation is usually not a very easy thing to achieve. May we come to understand the power that we have to act as reconcilers in our daily life and may we experience God as the ultimate reconciler—a reconciler of the broken pieces of our hearts, our faith, our relationships…our very life.

Daily Prayer: Providing God, thank you for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus through which my sins were forgiven and my reconciliation with you, O God, made complete. Bless me to act as a reconciler in my daily living by drawing those who I encounter to you. Continue to reveal yourself in my life as the ultimate reconciler—a reconciler of the broken pieces of my heart, my faith, my relationships…my very life. Thank you for restoration.

We hope you can join us this Sunday for worship at 10 am., followed by a quick congregational meeting. If you can’t make it please drop us an email or read our bulletin.

Food Pantry Needs – NCCC gave out 187 bags filled with food this week to our neighbors in need. Please help us fill up our shelves by dropping off as much of the following in our collection basket in the Atrium as you can: Applesauce / fruit cups; tuna pouches / pop-top cans; granola bars; cookies; rice krispies treats; peanut butter crackers; cereal bowls; and water bottles / pouches.

Reconciliation Offering – Today and October 6, we will be collecting the second Special Mission Fund offering for the year. The funds collected are used in the pro-reconciliation/anti-racism work of the Church. .

 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 22

Daily Prayer: Creator God, you have made all things in heaven and on earth. Help me to appreciate all in your creation and to care for the precious resources of this earth and life. In Jesus’ name.

We hope you can join us this Sunday for worship followed by the first of our monthly brunches. If you can’t make it, please drop us an email or read our bulletin here.

Vocal Workshop – Would you like to improve your singing voice? Why not participate in our Vocal Workshop? Join us on Saturday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Suite. This workshop is for anyone who wants to improve their singing skills. There is no requirement to sing in front of other participants, no need to pre-register – just show up ready to learn! For more information, contact Valeria Foster at vfoster@nationalcitycc.org.

Food Pantry Needs – NCCC gave out 193 bags filled with food this week to our neighbors in need. Please help us fill up our shelves by dropping off as much of the following in our collection basket in the Atrium as you can: Applesauce / fruit cups; tuna pouches / pop-top cans; granola bars; cookies; rice krispies treats; peanut butter crackers; cereal bowls; and water bottles / pouches.

Reconciliation Offering – On September 29 and October 6, we will be collecting the second Special Mission Fund offering for the year. The funds collected are used in the pro-reconciliation/anti-racism work of the Church. Within the region some of these funds are used to sponsor camp and conferences for adults and youth for education from the cultural and historical experiences of each other.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 15

Daily Prayer: In the light of this new day, O God, give me the wonder and delight that I may enjoy this day that you have made; through Jesus Christ, our living Lord.

Our weekly bulletin is available here.

Sermon & Scripture Talk at Teak Wood – Today at 11:45 a.m., we are starting a new monthly Sermon & Scripture Conversation Series with Dr. Gentle at Teak Wood Thai Eatery. Teak Wood is located across 14th street near National City at 1323 14th Street; there we will meet, eat, and discuss (food & drink at own expense). Please join us!

Vocal Workshop – Would you like to improve your singing voice? Why not participate in our Vocal Workshop? Join us on Saturday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Suite. This workshop is for anyone who would like to sing with more confidence! For more information, contact Valeria Foster at vfoster@nationalcitycc.org.

Food Pantry Needs – NCCC gave out 187 bags filled with food this week to our neighbors in need. Please help us fill up our shelves by dropping off as much of the following in our collection basket in the Atrium as you can: Applesauce / fruit cups; tuna pouches / pop-top cans; granola bars; cookies; rice krispies treats; peanut butter crackers; cereal bowls; and water bottles / pouches.

Reconciliation Offering – On September 29 and October 6, we will be collecting the second Special Mission Fund offering for the year. The funds collected are used in the pro-reconciliation/anti-racism work of the Church. Within the region some of these funds are used to sponsor camp and conferences for adults and youth for education from the cultural and historical experiences of each other.

 

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – September 1

Join us this at 10 a.m. worship service for Hymn Sing Sunday. All the hymns during our service are favorites of our members, are they yours too? Check out our bulletin here for all the hymns! Join us next week for Spirit Sunday!

 

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer – Thank you Lord, for another day. Whether it brings the sort of happiness for which I always hope, or the challenges I sometimes fear, I know you  are with me. Help me to see your presence and to move gracefully from one hour to the next. In your Holy name, I pray.

We are planning a Hymn Sing for our September 1 worship service. You can help us by sharing the titles of two or three of your favorite congregational hymns or songs. Please fill out the Connect With Us Card with your song title and hand them to Valeria Foster. Thank you for your participation in worship!

Worship Survey – Please help us by filling out a worship survey available by the back door after worship or online. All feedback is welcomed!

 

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer: Thank you Lord, for another day. Whether it brings the sort of happiness for which I always hope, or the challenges I sometimes fear, I know you  are with me. Help me to see your presence and to move gracefully from one hour to the next. In your Holy name, I pray.

We are planning a Hymn Sing for our September 1 worship service. You can help us by sharing the titles of two or three of your favorite congregational hymns or songs. Please fill out the Connect With Us Card with your song title, or send them to Valeria Foster at vfoster@
nationalcitycc.org. Thank you for your participation in worship!

Worship Survey – Please help us by filling out a worship survey available by the back door after worship or online. All feedback is welcomed!

 

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer: Oh God, you are the bright and morning star. You are the moon shining through our darkest nights. Our hopes and dreams are found through your guidance and care. We ask this day to gird our faith firmly in you; hurl the mast for generations to sail, and shine the beacon brightly onward to our homeland of eternal love and safety. Amen.

We are planning a Hymn Sing for our September 1 worship service. You can help us by sharing the titles of two or three of your favorite congregational hymns or songs. Please fill out the Connect With Us Card with your song title, or send them to Valeria Foster at vfoster@
nationalcitycc.org. Thank you for your participation in worship!

Annual Corn Roast at Camp Mary Mac in Sharpsburg, Maryland, Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Chicken dinners are $7 and hot dogs, sloppy joe’s, and desserts can be purchased separately. Games and music. RSVP Kathleen Swihart at kswihart62@gmail by August 12.

Wedding Announcement: Members Selika (Sal) Josiah and Cecil (Chip) Talbott would like to invite friends of the congregation to join them as they exchange their wedding vows on August 24 at 11:15 a.m. A private family-only lunch will follow the ceremony.

 

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer: Thank you Lord, for another day. Whether it brings the sort of happiness for which I always hope or the challenges I sometimes fear, I know you  are with me. Help me to see your presence and to move gracefully from one hour to the next. In your Holy name, I pray.

We are planning a Hymn Sing for our September 1 worship service. You can help us by sharing the titles of two or three of your favorite congregational hymns or songs. Please fill out the Connect With Us Card with your song title, or send them to Valeria Foster at vfoster@
nationalcitycc.org. Thank you for your participation in worship!

Annual Corn Roast at Camp Mary Mac in Sharpsburg, Maryland, Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Chicken dinners are $7 and hot dogs, sloppy joe’s, and desserts can be purchased separately. Games and music. RSVP Kathleen Swihart at kswihart62@gmail by August 12.

Wedding Announcement: Members Selika (Sal) Josiah and Cecil (Chip) Talbott would like to invite friends of the congregation to join them as they exchange their wedding vows on August 24 at 11:15 a.m. A private family-only lunch will follow the ceremony.

 

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s Message: One day a lawyer asked Jesus the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus tells the story about “the one who showed mercy” to a person in need (Luke 10:25-37). This Sunday let us revisit the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan — which was truly scandalous in its day — and consider a “Lesson in Luke on Unexpected Mercy.”

Daily Prayer: Loving God, help me to live by your commandments as I strive to love you and my neighbors with all I have. Amen.

 

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s Message: Luke 10:1-11 is foundational for the church’s missionary movement. Jesus sends out his followers to share the faith and speak a word of peace to all people. How will you extend God’s peace and gracious welcome to those you encounter? This Sunday we consider the gracious and awesome task of sharing faith — near and far.

Daily Prayer: I have heard your voice, O God, through smiles, through words, through music, through tears. I have heard your voice! Give me the comfort of your presence as I begin this new day, that I may declare your love to all I meet this day.

We welcome the Crystal Children’s Choir at 9:50 a.m., under the direction of Ken Rawdon is sharing beautiful prelude music this morning. More information on this talented and versatile choir is found at crystalchoir.org.

Morning Schedule
Crystal Children’s Choir – 9:50 a.m., Sanctuary
Celebration Worship – 10 a.m., Sanctuary
Social Time – 11:15 a.m. Sanctuary
Sanctuary Tour – 11:15 a.m. Meet in the back of the Sanctuary, near President Garfield Memorial Window, for a special guided tour.
Adoración en Español – 11 a.m., Community Room

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s Message: Our Lesson in Luke 9:5-62 is concerning discipleship and following Jesus. Time and again people say they want to follow Jesus, but they are unwilling to leave behind the things that hold them back. But Jesus says that no one who looks back to the things of the world is fit for the reign of God. Let us consider what it means for us to follow Jesus today.

Daily Prayer: I have heard your voice, O God, through smiles, through words, through music, through tears. I have heard your voice! Give me the comfort of your presence as I begin this new day, that I may declare your love to all I meet this day.

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer: Almighty and gracious God, thank you for this day of work and play, for study and chores, for time with family and friends, and for time to be alone. Bring me the peace of mind that rests in you, that I may rise to this new day with joy.

Chris Hobgood Memorial Service – Monday, June 24, at 1 p.m., Sanctuary. William Christopher (“Chris”) Hobgood was born in Lotumbe, Congo and raised by medical and educational missionary parents. Upon graduating from Transylvania University and Lexington Theological Seminary. Chris served as pastor at First Christian Church, Charleston, Indiana, First Christian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and Regional Minister in Arkansas, and then the Capital Area. In retirement, he served as General Minister and President as well as interim minister at Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City, and then Bethany Beach Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Cary Meade, daughters, Cary Lou and Laura Helen. He was predeceased by his son, Benjamin, and all of his siblings. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disciples Center for Public Witness.

Trinity Sunday – Only One Service at 10 am!

Today’s Message: We celebrate the Trinity as representative of God’s all encompassing love for us: the Author of Creation, the eternal Word of salvation, and the life-giving Spirit of wisdom.

Daily Prayer: Gracious and loving God, on this Trinity Sunday and throughout our lives, we ask that you would manifest your unity in the diverse ministries you entrust to us, truly reflecting your triune majesty in the faith that acts, in the hope that does not disappoint, and in the love that endures. Amen. (Excerpted from the Thematic Prayer of the online Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Trinity Sunday, June 16, 2019)

Chris Hobgood Memorial Service – Monday, June 24, at 1 p.m., Sanctuary. William Christopher (“Chris”) Hobgood was born in Lotumbe, Congo and raised by medical and educational missionary parents. Upon graduating from Transylvania University and Lexington Theological Seminary. Chris served as pastor at First Christian Church, Charleston, Indiana, First Christian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and Regional Minister in Arkansas, and then the Capital Area. In retirement, he served as General Minister and President as well as interim minister at Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City, and then Bethany Beach Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Cary Meade, daughters, Cary Lou and Laura Helen. He was predeceased by his son, Benjamin, and all of his siblings. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disciples Center for Public Witness.

Pentecost Sunday – Only One Service at 10 am!

Today’s Message: Pentecost is the biblical event that launches the beginning of the church. Now nearly 2,000 years in development, how is the church of Jesus, the Christ, doing? Let’s explore the “state of the church” on this Pentecost Sunday.

Daily Prayer: Gracious God, let this new day be a time of praise and joy as I meet you in our sisters and brothers. Amen.

Pentecost Offering – Our Pentecost offering supports the mission for starting new churches. Half of this offering goes to Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation to fund their efforts and the remaining half stays in our Capital Area Christian Church region. The theme for this year’s offering is “Churches Change the World.”

Ascension Sunday

Today’s Message: What is our future hope when we are pessimistic about our future?

Daily Prayer: Lord, thank you for your guidance and care. Thank you that you restore my soul. Thank you for your goodness and love that follows after me. I praise you today for the assurance that I will dwell with you forever, in Christ Jesus.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today is Memorial Day Sunday – We give honor and tribute to all who gave of their lives in service to our country in times of conflict and times of peace. May their eternal spirits rest with God.

Today’s Message: On the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus pauses to offer encouragement, hope, and peace to his disciples. In this evening of great despair and unknowing, Jesus gives them the one thing they have yet to fully experience – peace. This is a gift to propel them to faith in action. God’s peace is still guiding and still comforting Jesus’ followers today in a world of worry and upheaval.

Daily Prayer: God, thank you for being present with us today, just as real as the very air we breathe or the fragrance of spring flowers. May the peace that surpasses all human understanding encompass us, comfort us, sustain us, and renew us to spirit-filled lives, bringing hope and healing to God’s children everywhere and in every time. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s message: Jesus introduces his disciples to a new commandment: “Love one another.”

Daily Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are always loving and I can trust you with my life. Thank you for your guidance and care. Thank you that you restore my soul. Thank you for your goodness and love that follows after me. I praise you today for the assurance that I will dwell with you forever, in Christ Jesus.

Dog Blessing – May 19 at 10 a.m.. Get ready to bring your canine companions. Invite your friends and neighbors too!

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s message: “The Lord is my Shepherd” is an image that describes the length, width, and depth of God’s love for us.

Daily Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are our good Shepherd and I can trust you with my life. Thank you for your guidance and care. Thank you that you restore my soul. Thank you for your goodness and love that follows after me. I praise you today for the assurance that I will dwell with you forever, in Christ Jesus.

Blanket Sunday Offering – Church World Services distributes thousands of blankets around the world thanks to your donation of just $10 a blanket!

Dog Blessing – May 19 at 10 a.m.. Get ready to bring your canine companions. Invite your friends and neighbors too!

Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s message: How do we show our love to God? Jesus’ instructions to Peter are clear and simple — it’s all about love in action.

Daily Prayer: God of this new day, help me to know that your love forgives me and claims me as your own. Throughout this day, help me to demonstrate my love for you by extending your love to everyone I meet today.

Blanket Sunday Offering – Church World Services distributes thousands of blankets around the world thanks to your donation of just $10 a blanket!

Dog Blessing – May 19 at 10 a.m.. Get ready to bring your canine companions. Invite your friends and neighbors too!

Second Sunday of Easter

Today’s message: Having doubts is a natural part of one’s faith journey. To doubt, like Thomas did upon hearing the news of Jesus’ resurrection, was not unusual. But Thomas did make a monumental error regarding his faith, from which we can learn as we worship God in the season of Easter.

NEW Prayer Day and Time – All are invited to call in on Saturday at 8 a.m., for community prayer. Call 712-775-7031 and use code 371015.

Easter Sunday

 

God of new life, in the light of this new day, help me see the dawning of your new creation. Give me wonder and delight to enjoy this that you have made; through Jesus Christ, our living Lord.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Prayer Day and Time – All are invited to call in on Saturday at 8 a.m., for community prayer. Call 712-775-7031 and use code 371015.

8:30 a.m. Gospel Worship Service on the Steps!

10:40 a.m. Brass Prelude followed by Worship Service at 11 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt – All children are welcome to join the hung for Easter egg on our front lawn after the 11 a.m. service.

Easter Brunch – 12:30 p.m., in the Howland Center

 

Palm Sunday

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Maundy Thursday Intergenerational Meal – Join us for an interactive experience to remember the Last Supper. April 18, at 7 p.m., in the Howland Center. There is a $10 suggested donation. Please RSVP to rsvp@nationalcitycc.org.

Easter Brunch – The National City family is invited to join host Nicholas Bullock in an Easter Brunch at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 21, in the Howland Center. Please RSVP to nicholasbullock@hotmail.com.

Plastic Easter Eggs – You are invited to bring a dozen plastic eggs filled with candy for next Sunday’s Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt will take place at 12:30 p.m., in the Courtyard. For information contact Teresa Swihart at tisatcamp@yahoo.com

NEW Prayer Day and Time – All are invited to call in on Saturday at 8 a.m., for community prayer. Call 712-775-7031 and use code 371015.

Our Sympathy for the family of Sarah Schuermann who died earlier this week. Please keep Chaplin Bob Schuermann and his family in your prayers.

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Maundy Thursday Intergenerational Meal – Join us for an interactive experience to remember the Last Supper. April 18, at 7 p.m., in the Howland Center. There is a $10 suggested donation. Please RSVP to rsvp@nationalcitycc.org.

Easter Brunch – The National City family is invited to join host Nicholas Bullock in an Easter Brunch at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 21, in the Howland Center. Please RSVP to nicholasbullock@hotmail.com.

LENTEN STUDIES

Christian Pathways – Sundays at 9:45 a.m
NCCC Large Atrium, led by Loretta Tate

Northern Virginia Pilgrims – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.,
Dinner Provided. Home of Kathleen Swihart
5899 Second Street South, Arlington, VA 22204
Led by Kathleen and Teresa Swihart

Outside the Beltway Group – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
Light Supper Served
March 17 & 24 – Home of Maury Lee, 20490 Langley Dr., Sterling VA 20165

Transfigure Me! – Lenten Meditation & Yoga
Sundays at 6 p.m.- Potluck Vegan Covered Dish Meal
Home of Rev. Carol Richardson at 12803 Twinbrook Parkway, #204, Rockville, MD 20851. Guided by Rev. Richardson – RSVP to Carol at 269-365-893

Lent on Tap – Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Commissary at 1443 P Street, Washington, D.C. 20005
Led by Rev. CJ Rodriguez, RSVP 202-534-6327 or crodriguez@gmail.com

Lenten Lessons – Saturdays at 11 a.m.
NCCC 3rd Floor Conference Room, led by Rev. Steven Baines

Fourth Sunday in Lent

 

LENTEN STUDIES

Christian Pathways – Sundays at 9:45 a.m
NCCC Large Atrium, led by Loretta Tate

Northern Virginia Pilgrims – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.,
Dinner Provided. Home of Kathleen Swihart
5899 Second Street South, Arlington, VA 22204
Led by Kathleen and Teresa Swihart

Outside the Beltway Group – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
Light Supper Served
March 17 & 24 – Home of Maury Lee, 20490 Langley Dr., Sterling VA 20165

Transfigure Me! – Lenten Meditation & Yoga
Sundays at 6 p.m.- Potluck Vegan Covered Dish Meal
Home of Rev. Carol Richardson at 12803 Twinbrook Parkway, #204, Rockville, MD 20851. Guided by Rev. Richardson – RSVP to Carol at 269-365-893

Lent on Tap – Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Commissary at 1443 P Street, Washington, D.C. 20005
Led by Rev. CJ Rodriguez, RSVP 202-534-6327 or crodriguez@gmail.com

Lenten Lessons – Saturdays at 11 a.m.
NCCC 3rd Floor Conference Room, led by Rev. Steven Baines

Third Sunday in Lent

 

LENTEN STUDIES

Christian Pathways – Sundays at 9:45 a.m
NCCC Large Atrium, led by Loretta Tate

Northern Virginia Pilgrims – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.,
Dinner Provided. Home of Kathleen Swihart
5899 Second Street South, Arlington, VA 22204
Led by Kathleen and Teresa Swihart

Outside the Beltway Group – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
Light Supper Served
March 17 & 24 – Home of Maury Lee, 20490 Langley Dr., Sterling VA 20165

Transfigure Me! – Lenten Meditation & Yoga
Sundays at 6 p.m.- Potluck Vegan Covered Dish Meal
Home of Rev. Carol Richardson at 12803 Twinbrook Parkway, #204, Rockville, MD 20851. Guided by Rev. Richardson – RSVP to Carol at 269-365-893

Lent on Tap – Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Commissary at 1443 P Street, Washington, D.C. 20005
Led by Rev. CJ Rodriguez, RSVP 202-534-6327 or crodriguez@gmail.com

Lenten Lessons – Saturdays at 11 a.m.
NCCC 3rd Floor Conference Room, led by Rev. Steven Baines

Second Sunday in Lent

 

LENTEN STUDIES

Christian Pathways – Sundays at 9:45 a.m
NCCC Large Atrium, led by Loretta Tate

Northern Virginia Pilgrims – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.,
Dinner Provided. Home of Kathleen Swihart
5899 Second Street South, Arlington, VA 22204
Led by Kathleen and Teresa Swihart

Outside the Beltway Group – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
Light Supper Served
March 17 & 24 – Home of Maury Lee, 20490 Langley Dr., Sterling VA 20165

Transfigure Me! – Lenten Meditation & Yoga
Sundays at 6 p.m.- Potluck Vegan Covered Dish Meal
Home of Rev. Carol Richardson at 12803 Twinbrook Parkway, #204, Rockville, MD 20851. Guided by Rev. Richardson – RSVP to Carol at 269-365-893

Lent on Tap – Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Commissary at 1443 P Street, Washington, D.C. 20005
Led by Rev. CJ Rodriguez, RSVP 202-534-6327 or crodriguez@gmail.com

Lenten Lessons – Saturdays at 11 a.m.
NCCC 3rd Floor Conference Room, led by Rev. Steven Baines

First Sunday of Lent

 

Lenten Studies:

Lent on Tap – Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Commissary at 1443 P Street, Washington, D.C. 20005
Led by Rev. CJ Rodriguez, RSVP 202-534-6327 or crodriguez@gmail.com

Lenten Lessons – Saturdays at 11 a.m.
NCCC 3rd Floor Conference Room, led by Rev. Steven Baines

Christian Pathways – Sundays at 9:45 a.m
NCCC Large Atrium, led by Loretta Tate

Northern Virginia Pilgrims – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.,
Dinner Provided. Home of Kathleen Swihart
5899 Second Street South, Arlington, VA 22204
Led by Kathleen and Teresa Swihart

Outside the Beltway Group – Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
Light Supper Served
March 10 – Kathy Burger-Gerada, 12808 Monroe Manor Dr., Herndon, VA 20171
March 17 & 24 – Home of Maury Lee, 20490 Langley Dr., Sterling VA 20165

Transfigure Me! – Lenten Meditations
Sundays at 6 p.m.- Potluck Vegan Covered Dish Meal
Home of Rev. Carol Richardson at 12803 Twinbrook Parkway, #204, Rockville, MD 20851. Guided by Rev. Richardson – RSVP to Carol at 269-365-893

Transfiguration Sunday

Prayer for the Week: Lord Jesus Christ, be my light in this new day. Let my life reflect your glory, my words show forth your goodness, and my actions shine with your grace; in your holy name I pray. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Global Ministries Speaker on Sunday, March 3
Cara McKinney, a Global Ministries Intern with the Christian Church (DoC) will be speaking to the Christian Pathways Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. and preaching at 11 a.m. in the worship service with Iglesias Cristiana Nacional. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Cara has served with the Melel Xojobal, a children’s advocacy partner in Chiapas, Mexico. Chiapas is in the Southern Mexican state, bordering Guatemala, with a large indigenous community.

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

* * *THE ELEVATOR IS WORKING!!!!!!! THE ELEVATOR IS WORKING!!!!* * * SERVICES ARE BACK IN THE SANCTUARY!!!

 Prayer for the Week: Loving God, we live in the assurance today that you have claimed us as your children. In all that we do, keep us mindful of actions that are pleasing in your sight. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pulpit Guest: The Reverend Randall S. “Randy” Johnson is vice president in the Southeast Zone for the Christian Church Foundation, one of the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As vice president, he is responsible for working with church members as they explore ways to share their accumulated resources with their favorite Disciples-related causes. He also assists congregations in the establishment of endowment policies and the management of endowment funds. An Ohio native, Randy has earned degrees from Grove City College and Brite Divinity School. His wife, Sandy Johnson, is an occupational therapy assistant and they have three children. Randy can be reached at rjohnson@ccf.disciples.org or (800) 668-8016.

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

* * *THE ELEVATOR IS WORKING!!!!!!! THE ELEVATOR IS WORKING!!!!* * * SERVICES ARE BACK IN THE SANCTUARY!!!

Prayer for the Week: Loving God, may we live in the assurance today that you have claimed us as your children. In all that we do, keep us mindful of actions that are pleasing in your sight.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Next Weekend Chalice Fellowship — Want to support National City well into the future? Rev. Randy Johnson brings special expertise in planning legacy gifts as well as end-of-life planning. No sales pitch or products will be sold, we promise! These gatherings will offer an opportunity for general questions on wills and bequests. We look forward to welcoming you to a group meeting. Next Friday at 7 p.m. with Steven and Rick (RSVP sbaines@nationalcitycc.org), Saturday at 7 p.m. with Stephen and Miriam (RSVP sgentle@nationalcitycc.org), or Sunday at 9:50 a.m. at Christian Pathways in the Atrium (no RSVP necessary!).

 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

REMINDER: OUR SERVICES WILL RETURN TO THE HOWLAND CENTER FOR THIS SUNDAY

Prayer for the Week: Loving God, we live in the assurance today that you have claimed us as your children. In all that we do, keep us mindful of actions that are pleasing in your sight. Amen

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sympathy to the family of Lulu Spillman who died this past Tuesday. She is related to Bill Sands and Tom Beacham

Valentine’s Day Cards for you to send to loved ones are available in the Atrium this week.

2019 Church Directory is now available. Please see Kathy Swihart for your copy.

 

 

Vision Sunday

REMINDER: OUR SERVICES WILL RETURN TO THE HOWLAND CENTER FOR THIS SUNDAY

Prayer for the Week: Loving God, we live in the assurance today that you have claimed us as your children. In all that we do, keep us mindful of actions that are pleasing in your sight. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congregational Luncheon and Meeting this Sunday – 12:30 p.m., in the Howland Center

Souper Bowl Sunday – Today we will be selling a variety of soups made by Theresa Beaton after both services. They are $10 each and the sales benefit our Food Pantry.

Valentine’s Day Cards for you to send to loved ones are available in the Atrium this week and next Sunday.

2019 Church Directory will be available next Sunday, February 10. Please see Kathy Swihart for your copy.

 

Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services once again take place in the Sanctuary.

Prayer for the Week: I give you thanks for today’s breath and life, O God, for the people I will see today, for family, neighbors, and friends, and for those whose ways are challenging to my serenity. Help me to give thanks especially for the people who pull me to new understandings and show me sides of life that I have not known. Urge me to follow you today; in Jesus’ name. Amen

Pulpit Guest — Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel John M. Von Almen is assigned as a chaplain for Joint Base Anacostia Bolling. He serves as an advisor to Commanders, and Staff Agency Directors on spiritual, moral, morale, and ethical issues. John is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Lexington Theological Seminary, and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served congregations in Alabama and Kentucky, and was commissioned as a chaplain in the Kentucky Air National Guard and then a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He has served eight different assignments and has been deployed four times. John is married to the Rev. Marsha Von Almen, and they have two children, Sam and Emely. The Von Almens will be relocating to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state in February.

2019 Church Directory is at the atrium front desk. Please review your contact information for inclusion in the next publication.

Annual Lunch and Meeting is rescheduled to Sunday, February 3, by Moderator Alan Williams because of recent inclement weather challenges.

 

Baptism of the Lord

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services once again take place in the Sanctuary.

This week’s message: When baptized, we receive not only a new family — a church family — but we receive a new identity. We are one of the Beloved of God. We can never discover who we are, our values or beliefs, our passion or our purpose, until we accept God’s belovedness.

Prayer for the Week: Loving God, we live in the assurance today that you have claimed us as your children. In all that we do, keep us mindful of actions that are pleasing In your sight. Amen.

Diaconate Luncheon – Sunday, January 20, at 12:30 p.m., Howland Center

MLK Action and Tribute – Sunday, January 20, at 3 p.m., at Michigan Park Christian Church.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon – Sunday, January 27, at 12:30 p.m., in the Howland Center. Please plan to attend.

 

Epiphany

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services once again take place in the Sanctuary.

 

As with Gladness

As they offered gifts most rare at the manger plain and bare,
So may we with holy joy, pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to you from whom they spring.

Mobile Giving – National City has a new, easy mobile giving platform! Search Tithe.ly from your iPhone or Android app store to download Tithe.ly. In the app, search for National City, complete a quick one-time setup, then all it takes is 3 clicks to give! Please contact Gentry Alexander at finance@nationalcitycc.org with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services once again take place in the Sanctuary.

Getting Ready for Christ at Christmas

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. This week we will continue our study entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas: Living and Giving Like Jesus,” based on Mike Slaughter’s book, “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday.”

Christmas Eve Service – 7 p.m.: Festive Prelude with Choir, Organ, and Harp. 7:30 p.m.: Candlelight Communion Service.

Thank you to all who donated poinsettias this year, your generosity enriches our Sanctuary! Please read the donor list here.

Mobile Giving – National City has a new, easy mobile giving platform! Search Tithe.ly from your iPhone or Android app store to download Tithe.ly. In the app, search for National City, complete a quick one-time setup, then all it takes is 3 clicks to give! Please contact Gentry Alexander at finance@nationalcitycc.org with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Second Sunday of Advent

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Getting Ready for Christ at Christmas

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. This week we will continue our study entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas: Living and Giving Like Jesus,” based on Mike Slaughter’s book, “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday.”

Gift Bags for Food Pantry – Please give generously of warm outer wear like coats, hoodies, gloves, socks, scarves, etc., and personal hygiene items. Volunteers are needed: December 16, after 8:30 worship, to pack the bags and December 19, between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., to give away bags. Questions? Contact Lorraine Magnussen.

Next Sunday – Please join us in the Sanctuary as we celebrate with a special Lessons and Carols worship service!

Mobile Giving – National City has a new, easy mobile giving platform! Search Tithe.ly from your iPhone or Android app store to download Tithe.ly. In the app, search for National City, complete a quick one-time setup, then all it takes is 3 clicks to give! Please contact Gentry Alexander at finance@nationalcitycc.org with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Reign of Christ Sunday

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Loving God, awaken my desire to delight in you by more faithfully serving others. Keep me alert to the earthly powers and privileges at play in this world as I seek to foster justice and serve your reign. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. We continue our study entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas: Living and Giving Like Jesus,” based on Mike Slaughter’s book, “Christmas is Not Your Birthday.” Join us!

Volunteer for Breakfast with Santa – December 1, contact Teresa Swihart at tisatcamp@yahoo.com if you can help set up, make crafts, take photos, clean up, play or serve.

Mobile Giving – National City has a new, easy mobile giving platform! Search Tithe.ly from your iPhone or Android app store to download Tithe.ly. In the app, search for National City, complete a quick one-time setup, then all it takes is 3 clicks to give! Please contact Gentry Alexander at finance@nationalcitycc.org with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Veterans Day – Commitment Sunday

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Dear God, give me the courage and the hope to live today with your words in my mind and your love demonstrated through my life. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. This week Dr. Beverly J. Goines will speak on the topic “There is a doomsday clock and we cannot go back.”

Volunteer for Breakfast with Santa – December 1, contact Teresa Swihart at tisatcamp@yahoo.com if you can help set up, make crafts, take photos, clean up, play or serve.

Mobile Giving – National City has a new, easy mobile giving platform! Search Tithe.ly from your iPhone or Android app store to download Tithe.ly. In the app, search for National City, complete a quick one-time setup, then all it takes is 3 clicks to give! Please contact Gentry Alexander at finance@nationalcitycc.org with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Dear God, give me the courage and the hope to live today with your words in my mind and your love demonstrated through my life. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. This week Diana Morse will be presenting: taking care of the earth with the thought “The earth is the Lord’s …” (Psalm 24:1) entitled “Living A Christian Lifestyle.” On November 4, Dr. Richard Hamm will lead the class about church renewal and transformation.

Volunteer for Breakfast with Santa – December 1, contact Teresa Swihart at tisatcamp@yahoo.com if you can help set up, make crafts, take photos, clean up, play or serve.

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Dear God, give me the courage and the hope to live today with your words in my mind and your love demonstrated through my life. Amen

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. Loretta Franklin, what we learned from the time we were children entering kindergarten until today, entitled “The ABC’s of Being A Good Steward of Nature.” Questioning what we are doing today to reinforce what we have been taught.

Celebrating 175 Years! – Sunday, November 4, at 10 a.m.. One service with brunch following! Please RSVP at 175th@nationalcitycc.org

Women’s Support Group – All women survivors of sexual assault are invited to a support group led by Ms. Marie Temple and resourced by Rev. Dr. Beverly Goines, First meeting is October 30 at 6 p.m., please contact Dr. Goines at bgoines@nationalcitycc.org.

Volunteer for Breakfast with Santa – December 1, contact Teresa Swihart at tisatcamp@yahoo.com

 

World Communion Sunday

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Dear God, thank you for this day. Guide my mind in your way and help me to do your will. All praise, honor, and glory is yours. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Valet Parking is available for those in need. Please see a volunteer at the Atrium front desk.

Special Offering for Reconciliation is to support our efforts to be a pro-reconciling and anti-racist church. Recent events have reignited the conversation about human brokenness evidenced in the sin of racism and perpetuated in our institutional structures and systems. Through your generous giving to Reconciliation, our wider church provides programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships between congregations and communities.

Women’s Support Group – All women survivors of sexual assault are invited to a support group led by Ms. Marie Temple and resourced by Rev. Dr. Beverly Goines, For questions and meeting date, please contact Dr. Goines at bgoines@nationalcitycc.org

 

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

May the first words in my mouth today be the sound of the name of Jesus. Lead me to reflect on his power as I seek to live my day, honoring the One who gave me salvation and a new life. In his powerful name I pray.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Offering for Reconciliation is to support our efforts to be a pro-reconciling and anti-racist church. Recent events have reignited the conversation about human brokenness evidenced in the sin of racism and perpetuated in our institutional structures and systems. Through your generous giving to Reconciliation, our wider church provides programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships between congregations and communities.

Valeria Foster, Guest Music Director at 11 a.m. – Pastor Foster is a graduate of Morgan State University and The John Leland Center for Theological Studies. A composer, arranger, and associate editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal, Valeria has served as state chair of Music in Worship for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association; a board member of the DC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; director of the University of Maryland Gospel Choir; lecturer for the National Museum of American History exhibition, “Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions” and the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute. She arranged “We Are One in the Spirit” for mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and the 250-voice Papal Mass Choir and the 175-voice Children’s Choir for the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park. For more than 16 years, she has been directing the Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church of Silver Spring.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha. The preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore. Register and more information here.

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Gracious God, thank you for this new day. In each hour, help me to see beneath the ever-present difficulties and superficial joys into the mysteries that you have set out for your people. Guide me toward those I meet today in a way that welcomes them and, in turn, grants me a welcome, in Jesus’ name.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Valeria Foster, Guest Music Director at 11 a.m. – Pastor Foster is a graduate of Morgan State University and The John Leland Center for Theological Studies. A composer, arranger, and associate editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal, Valeria has served as state chair of Music in Worship for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association; a board member of the DC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; director of the University of Maryland Gospel Choir; lecturer for the National Museum of American History exhibition, “Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions” and the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute. She arranged “We Are One in the Spirit” for mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and the 250-voice Papal Mass Choir and the 175-voice Children’s Choir for the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park. For more than 16 years, she has been directing the Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church of Silver Spring.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha. The preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore. Register and more information here.

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lord Jesus, help me walk blamelessly and do what is right, to speak the truth in love, to avoid gossip and slander, and do good to all I meet, that I may abide in your presence and dwell in fellowship with you.

Dismantling Racism: Key Stills for Anti-Racism Allies Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Avenue. Supper will be provided for all participants at 6 p.m. Register here.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha, pastor, author, founder and director of Oakland Peace Center. The preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore, pastor, poet and a spoken word artist, and Associate Dean of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago. Childcare will be available as well as a special program for youth that includes an overnight lock-in. Register here. For more Information please contact Rev. Ciara Simonson via email.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lord Jesus, help me walk blamelessly and do what is right, to speak the truth in love, to avoid gossip and slander, and do good to all I meet, that I may abide in your presence and dwell in fellowship with you.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Living God, give me strength for this day. Let your truth surround me, your righteousness defend me, your gospel guide me, your trustworthiness shield me, and your salvation protect me, that in every trial I may stand by the power of your Spirit and live by your holy Word.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Dr. Michael McMahon will be leading us in worship this week.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha, pastor, author, founder and director of Oakland Peace Center. The Preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore, pastor, poet and a spoken word artist, and Associate Dean of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago. Childcare will be available as well as a special program for youth that includes an overnight lock-in. Register at www.cccadisciples.org/regional-assembly-2018. For more Information please contact Rev. Ciara Simonson at Ciara@springfieldchristianchurch.org

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer for this Week: God of steadfast love, your faithfulness endures forever. Though the seasons come and go, your love remains constant. Though the news in the world is disheartening, you breathe new hope into my life. When I am afraid, your presence remains with me. Renew me, restore me, and help me to sing a new song. Remind me that I am never alone, your faithfulness endures forever.

Camp Mary Mac Corn Roast – Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m.. All-you-can-eat free corn, children’s activities at this Capital Area Regional event.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer for this Week: Gracious God, I seek your guidance as I prepare for my day; let me see all people as your beloved children: some needing care, some needing forgiveness, all deserving dignity, respect, and hospitality. In all events, grant me the comfort of your presence, so that I can faithfully obey your will.

Dr. Gentle is away this Sunday and will return to the church office on August 7..

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: In John 6:1-21, Jesus performs two miracles that are familiar stories to Christian believers: feeding of the five thousand and walking on the sea of Galilee to his disciples. These “signs” as John calls them are the proof needed to unveil Jesus’ real identity, the messiah, Son of God. Knowing this real Jesus means knowing extravagant abundance and care by God for all God’s children. What does it mean in today’s world to have abundance? What proof do you need today to believe in God’s miracles? How do these “signs” impact National City Christian Church?

Daily Prayer for this Week: We see 12 young boys trapped in total darkness of the caverns of earth come out alive after 17 days, yet we ask, O God, if you perform miracles. We see friends become enemies, lives and relationships lost in despair, and wonder is there yet a miracle left for me? In these times of loneliness, fear, and confusion, may we know abundance so abundant that your meal, even seconds and thirds, will satisfy all our desires in You, Saviour and Provider for all.

Dr. Gentle is out of the office this week. Please contact Rev. Steven Baines, Dr. Beverly Goines, or Ms. Kathleen Swihart regarding church or pastoral concerns.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: In Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, the disciples have returned from being sent out two by two. Jesus offers them rest, and takes them away to a deserted place to eat and sleep — to practice some self-care. But the crowds recognize them, and Jesus and the disciples leave their moment of rest. Because they need care too. How do you balance between work and self-care?

Daily Prayer for this Week: Gracious God, I seek your guidance as I prepare for my day; instruct me on what is necessary and what is fruitless, so that I may wisely use the gifts you give me. Let me see all people as your beloved children: some needing care, some needing forgiveness, all deserving dignity, respect, and hospitality. In all events, grant me the comfort of your presence, so that I can faithfully obey your will. Amen.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: In Mark 6:14-29, King Herod was greatly puzzled. Herod liked John the Baptist and enjoyed listening to him. Yet he was conflicted and faced with a very difficult decision. What do you do when God’s message leaves you puzzled? Sometimes we can be presented with Herod-like challenges that call for us to make decisions. How do you decide?

Daily Prayer for this Week: Receive my body, mind, and spirit, O God, as a living sacrifice of thanksgiving for the love you show me in Jesus Christ. Where my wholeness is broken by sin or sickness or the weight of the day, let me seek you in repentance, reach out to you for healing, and lay my burdens before your throne of grace. When the time for rest comes, let me find my repose in you, my comfort in life, and my hope of life everlasting.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: Faith is greater than fear and death. This is not an easy statement of belief, especially when times are difficult. Grief, mourning, and even despair, are an inevitable part of life. But Jesus teaches us that God will see us through. Let’s consider the two healing stories intertwined in Mark 5:21-43, as we consider how to face fear — and even death itself — through eyes of faith.

Daily Prayer for this Week: By your grace I begin this day, Lord; by the power of your Spirit I draw my breath. As the dawn brightens into day, enlighten my mind with your truth and open my heart to all those I meet, that I might reflect the light of Jesus Christ, in whose name I give thanks and praise.

Refugee & Immigrant Welcome Sunday, June 24

Preaching today is Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries and member of National City Christian Church. Today’s worship resources were adapted from the materials provided by Disciples Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday. The Litany of Prayer for Immigrants and Refugees Experiencing Separation was adapted from one provided through the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, following the largest workplace raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in decades. The raid, which took place in April, arrested 97 workers at a meatpacking factory in rural northeastern Tennessee

No Children’s Sunday School, beginning today through September 2. Nursery will continue to be provided each Sunday during the summer. Our deep appreciation to Barbara Kelley and Aixa Diaz and their faithful teaching 10 months out of the year!

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 17

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There are many reasons today to lose hope and embrace discouragement. Yet if we can look at the world not with human eyes but with kin-dom vision, we can see harvest in the barren field and a great tree in the tiniest of seeds. We too can proclaim with Paul, “So we are always confident.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our Sympathy — Betty Crudup’s brother passed away last week. Please continue to keep her family in your prayers

Dr. Gentle is away this Sunday, enjoying a long weekend in celebration of his birthday. He will return to the church office on Wednesday, June 20.

Disciples Pre-Gathering Before Poor People’s Campaign Rally — Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. gather with other Disciples at National City. Hear General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens, unite with other national and local leaders, make signs, and share snacks before heading out for the Poor People’s Campaign Rally beginning at 10 a.m. RSVP https://goo.gl/forms/hAF7A2WsQb6bbmJA3

Next Sunday, June 24 — The Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea will lead worship services on Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday. June is an especially appropriate time to lift up refugee and immigrant contributions and challenges, since June 20 is World Refugee Day. Last March, Disciples joined with Church World Service and National Council of Churches partner communions to issue an “Ecumenical Declaration: Protecting Welcome, Restoring Hope” in support of refugees and immigrants. Join us at 8:30 or 11 a.m. for one of these special worship services.

No Children’s Sunday School, beginning on June 24 through September 2. Nursery will continue to be provided each Sunday during the summer. Our deep appreciation to Barbara Kelley and Aixa Diaz and their faithful teaching 10 months out of the year!

 

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 10

 

Daily Prayer for the Week: God of the new day, awaken us to know that to be resurrected with Jesus means to die with Christ first. May we recognize you in every moment so that whatever we do, we do for your glory, through Jesus Christ, our way, truth, and life. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Today’s Pulpit Guest: The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is co-convenor of the Poor People’s Campaign. Dr. Barber is a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and political leader in North Carolina. He is a member of the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the chair of its Legislative Political Action Committee. Since 2006 he has been president of the NAACP’s North Carolina state chapter, the largest in the Southern United States and the second-largest in the country. Dr. Barber has served as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Goldsboro, North Carolina, since 1993.

Guest Choir – Join us next Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service for a performance by the First Plymouth Congregational Church Choir, Lincoln, Nebraska, under the direction of Tom Trenney.

Global Day of Solidarity – June 23 is a Call to Action at the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets at 10 a.m.

Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 3

 

Daily Prayer for the Week: Abba, I give thanks for the immeasurable gifts of this day, above all, for the gift of your love made known in Christ. How grateful I am that by his love I am counted as a precious member of your family. Mere words cannot convey the wonder of this love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dr. Gentle is away this Sunday and will be back in the office on Thursday, June 7.

The Poor People’s Campaign will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W Street, SE. All are welcome to attend.

Next Sunday’s Pulpit Guest: The Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-convenor of the Poor People’s Campaign will preach one service on June 10 at 11 a.m. Join us for this very special Sunday.

 

Trinity Sunday, May 27

 

Question for Reflection: How do you experience God’s presence in your daily life?

Daily Prayer for the Week: Abba, I give thanks for the immeasurable gifts of this day, above all, for the gift of your love made known in Christ. How grateful I am that by his love I am counted as a precious member of your family. Mere words cannot convey the wonder of this love .

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Volunteer for Poor People’s Campaign – The Poor People’s Campaign is cancelled for this week; but it will be back next week, June 3! Help National City provide hospitality, come to the Atrium front desk at 5:30 p.m, June 3. Contact sbaines@nationalcitycc.org and thanks!

The Pentecost Offering will be collected on May 27 and June 3. This offering is used to support the mission for starting new churches. Half of the money collected during this offering goes to Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation to fund their efforts and the remaining half stays in the region where the donor resides.

 

Pentecost Sunday, May 20

 

Questions for Reflection: In this week ahead consider how many ways and through which persons you are shown a new path for your life. Watch for startling nudges or sudden epiphanies, listen for sighs that signal letting go of something pressing so that you can hear the Spirit’s guidance. What have you learned? How will you give thanks?

Daily Prayer for the Week: God of newness and delight, you greet your world again with light and life. Awaken me to your presence behind, before, beneath, above, and within me. Thank you for another day and I ask that you keep me so firmly in your care that I can move gracefully through all I have to do. Guard my family, my friends, and all my brothers and sisters in faith.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteer for Poor People’s Campaign – Help National City provide hospitality, beginning tonight. Poor People’s Campaign meetings are on Sundays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. If you can volunteer, come to the Atrium front desk at 5:30 p.m.. Contact sbaines@nationalcitycc.org and thanks!

Festival of Homiletics is an international preaching conference welcoming over a thousand preachers to this annual event. Visit www.festivalofhomiletics.com for more info.

 

Ascension Sunday, May 13

 

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: What do we make of the Ascension? We might say that the Ascension stands for the final liberation of Jesus from all limitations of space and time, so that he is free to be lovingly and powerfully present with every person, in every place, and in every age.

Daily Prayer for the Week: Gracious God, reside in my heart this day and give me eyes to see the ways that you are present throughout my day. Put your resurrecting power to work in my life and empower me to be a witness to Christ, that my life may be a song of thanksgiving to you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Volunteer for Poor People’s Campaign – Help National City provide hospitality, beginning tonight. Poor People’s Campaign meetings are on Sundays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. If you can volunteer, come to the Atrium front desk between 5 – 5:30 p.m., tonight. Contact sbaines@nationalcitycc.org and thanks!

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 6

 

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: In our Gospel lesson this week, Jesus speaks of his extreme love for us, calls us his friends, and says that he makes known to us everything that he hears from God. How does thinking of Christ as our friend affect our daily living?

Daily Prayer the Week: Holy One, let me breathe in your love for me, for others, and for the world. Keep me mindful of all the marvelous things you are doing around and within me today. Help me to feel my friendship with Jesus and his confidence in me as I bear the fruit of Christ’s love everywhere I go today. Amen.

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29

Daily Prayer: God of new beginnings, you bring a new day, and you promise to journey with me through the hours. You are my vine; only in you am I strong enough to face the challenges of this day. Prune my life so that I may have new understandings, healing, and bear good fruit; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: What is your deepest desire? Jesus says that “whatever you wish… it will be done for you.” (John 15:7) Spend time in the next days asking yourself at ever more profound levels what you most devoutly wish for in this life and the next. Then ask for it.

Join in church yard work on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. – Let’s help make National City’s court yard and surrounding grounds beautiful this spring. Bring your gloves — and additional flowers and/or plants if you’d like. You may sign up at the reception desk in the Atrium. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by National City’s Resource the Ministry. For additional information, contact Loretta Tate at lorettawas@aol.com.

Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 22

Earth Day – End Plastic Pollution: from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Learn how to make a difference by visiting https://www.earthday.org/yourjourney2018/

Daily Prayer for the Week: Good shepherd, even as I pray daily for the world and all of your creation, lead me in right paths for your name’s sake. Amen.

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: Think about people who have been “good shepherds” for you, sharing the love and showing the way of Jesus Christ. Who has helped to lead you in right paths or walked with you in dark valleys? Who has given you comfort and calmed your fears? Who has shown you hospitality and grace, even when you felt surrounded by enemies? How have you done these things for others?

Join in church yard work on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. – Let’s help make National City’s court yard and surrounding grounds beautiful this spring. Bring your gloves — and additional flowers and/or plants if you’d like. You may sign up at the reception desk in the Atrium. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by National City’s Resource the Ministry. For additional information, contact Loretta Tate at lorettawas@aol.com.

Third Sunday of Easter, April 15

Pulpit Guest – Rev. Rick Morse is the Vice President of Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and our retreat leader for this weekend. Rev. Morse has worked with National City Christian Church previously in the New Beginnings strategic plans. If you would like to learn more about Hope Partnership, visit the website hopepmt.org.

Daily Prayer: God of surprising revelations, I thank you for rest and renewal. I thank you that when you come to your people, you speak peace and invite faith in you. Make this new day a time when I will give more thanks for life than I did yesterday. Give me ears to hear your will for me, hands that are open to others, and eyes to see the beauty in your world; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

In Sympathy – Our prayers surround Timothy Schaefer with the recent death of his mother and his grandmother. We give thanks for their lives redeemed in Christ Jesus.

Planning Retreat for Our Church’s Future – Sunday, April 15, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 3rd Floor Conference Room. All are welcome to participate in the church’s retreat this afternoon. Join us!

Ecumenical Advocacy Days – April 20-22, Double Tree Hotel, Crystal City. The theme is A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees, and Displaced People. www.advocacydays.org

Second Sunday of Easter, April 8

Let’s Talk Worship with Mike and Stephen – Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. All are invited to a dialogue regarding the 11 a.m. worship service. Please join us!

Planning Retreat for Our Church’s Future – Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room. Simple lunch provided. All are welcome to attend an exciting day of learning as we consider the places that God is leading National City Christian Church. RSVP today at Atrium front desk or sbaines@nationalcitycc.org

Easter Sunday, April 1

Reflections on Easter: What difference does it make to believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead? How does your faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ change the way you think about sin and death? How does it change the way you live?

Prayer for Easter – In the light of this brand new day, help us to know that you are with us – through the promise of your Word, in the sharing of a meal, and by the power of your Spirit that burns within our hearts. Bless and keep us, through this day

Easter Offering – Please give generously to our Easter offering that supports the general ministries of the wider church across the United States and around the world.

ACT to End Racism Rally – Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 12th Street on the National Mall to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inaugurate a faith-based movement to end racism in our communities of faith and throughout the U.S. Organized by the National Council of Churches, information at http://www.rally2endracism.org.

Let’s Talk Worship with Mike and Stephen – Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. All are invited to a dialogue regarding the 11 a.m. worship service. Please join us!

Planning Retreat for Our Future Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. 3rd Floor Conference Room. All are welcome to attend an exciting day of learning as we consider the places that God is leading National City Christian Church. RSVP with sbaines@nationalcitycc.org for more information.

 

 

Palm Sunday, March 25

Easter Offering – We will collect the Easter Offering on March 25 and April 1. This offering goes toward the various programs and projects of the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Let’s Talk Worship with Mike and Stephen – Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. All are invited to a dialogue regarding the 11 a.m. worship service. Please join us!

LENTEN STUDY
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.

HOLY WEEK
Maundy Thursday Service, March 29
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Worship with the washing of feet.

Good Friday Service, March 30
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Easter Sunday Services, April 1
8:30 a.m., Sanctuary, Worship with the Gospel Choir
10:40 a.m., Sanctuary, Brass Prelude
11 a.m., Sanctuary, Worship with the Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, March 18

My Daily Prayer – Loving God, you offer the gift of new life each day. Open my heart to receive this grace that I may be wholly yours, then give me the courage to share this gift wherever I go as I seek to walk in your way of mercy, forgiveness, and newness of life.
 
Easter Offering – We will collect the Easter Offering on March 25 and April 1. This offering goes toward the various programs and projects of the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
 
Easter Brunch – Nick Bullock invites all to a special Easter Brunch in honor of Bill Knight, right after the 11 a.m. service in the Howland Center.
 
LENTEN STUDIES
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Kathy Burger-Gerada’s Home.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.
 
LOOKING FORWARD:
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
 
Palm Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
 
Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Good Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Easter Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with a brass prelude at 10:40 a.m..

 

 

 

Sunday, March 11

A Daily Prayer – Loving God, draw me to your light, that I may avoid the dangers of sin and receive the freedom of your grace in Jesus Christ.
 
LENTEN STUDIES
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
 
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Kathy Burger-Gerada’s Home.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.
 
LOOKING FORWARD:
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Palm Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
 
Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Good Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Easter Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

 

 

Sunday, March 4

Pulpit Guest: The Reverend Sandhya Rani Jha serves as Director of the Oakland Peace Center (OPC), a collective of innovative nonprofits working to create justice and peace in the city of Oakland and the Bay Area. The OPC is also a physical space, and the legacy project of First Christian Church of Oakland, where Rev. Jha pastored for seven years. Ordained in 2005 at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., Sandhya’s passion is liberation ethics as an academic field and as a lived experience in urban communities.
She has published Room at the Table: Struggle for Unity and Equality in Disciples History, a book about people of color in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and co-wrote (with Ben Bohren and Paula Bishop Pochieca) And Still We Rise, a congregational study of transformation. She is an anti-racism/anti-oppression trainer with the Disciples of Christ and a regular public speaker and preacher. Rev. Jha also serves as Director of Interfaith Programs at East Bay Housing Organizations, a membership organization that works to preserve, protect and expand affordable housing opportunities through education, advocacy and coalition-building in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
The daughter of a mother from Scotland and a father from India, Rev. Jha has been shaped by both cultures and their values. She received a Master of Divinity and Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her thesis was on the theme of environmental racism as a case study on the intersection of public policy and theological ethics.
 
Dr. Gentle is attending a conference next Monday through Friday at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, but can be reached by email.
LENTEN STUDIES
 
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
 
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at David & Kathy Walker’s Home.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.

 

 

Sunday, February 25

Daily Prayer – Lord Jesus, help me walk with you this day. If you lead me where I fear to go, give me courage and keep me true, that I may bear my cross without shame, and live eternally with you. Amen.
 
Week of Compassion Offering – Today we will receive the Week of Compassion offering. This offering is used to help when others are suffering by assisting with disaster response and humanitarian aid. This fund also assists with sustainable development and with the promotion of mission opportunities. Disasters seem to strike almost daily, and by receiving this offering the Church is able to offer assistance to those in need. 
 
LENTEN STUDIES
 
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
 
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Maury Lee’s house.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
YADA Friday Night Dinner and Study – 7 p.m., at Sara Imhulse’s home.
 
Gaithersburg Friday Night Dinner and Study – 7 p.m. at the Malones’ home.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.

 

Sunday, February 18

Daily Prayer – Gracious God, I offer you thanks and praise: for your gift of life and breath, for your unending goodness, for the beauty of this earth. As your rainbow rests in the clouds, so may we color the earth with the ways of your peace, until everything and everyone enjoy completeness in you. 
 
Week of Compassion Offering – Today and February 25 we will received the Week of Compassion offering. This offering is used to help when others are suffering by assisting with disaster response and humanitarian aid. This fund also assists with sustainable development and with the promotion of mission opportunities. Disasters seem to strike almost daily, and by receiving this offering the Church is able to offer assistance to those in need.
 
LENTEN STUDIES
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Maury Lee’s house.
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.

 

Sunday, February 11

Reflecting on Mark 9:2-9 : Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a mountain. Jesus is transfigured, but the disciples are changed as well. What does the transfiguration mean to you and me?
 
A Daily Prayer – Gracious God, thank you for the light of love around me and the fire of faith within me. As I live through this day, may my life reflect the One who is the image of your glory: Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
 
SOUPERbowl Sunday! – Theresa Beaton’s wonderful soups will be available again today after both services. The soups are $10 and all proceeds go to our Food Pantry.
 
Ash Wednesday Services, 12:15 and 7 p.m. – Observe Valentine’s Day with an Ash Wednesday Service in the Sanctuary, on February 14, as we begin Lent. Following the evening service, all are welcome to stay for a brief LGBTQ Bible study.
 
Week of Compassion Offering – This year we will collect the Week of Compassion offering on February 18 and 25. The Week of Compassion offering is used to help when others are suffering by assisting with disaster response and humanitarian aid. This fund also assists with sustainable development and with the promotion of mission opportunities. Disasters seem to strike almost daily, and by receiving this offering the Church is able to offer assistance to those in need.

 

Sunday, February 4

Reflecting on 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 : What is our reward for faithfulness? Is faithfulness a quid pro quo contract with God? Paul proclaims that preaching the gospel is reward in itself. What does that mean? What then is our reward?
 
A Daily Prayer – Gracious God, you have been here from the foundations of the earth and I thank you for the promise of a new day. Bless me with a sense of purpose, wherever I may go today, that the words of my mouth and the actions of my life would honor you.
 
SOUPERbowl Sunday! – Theresa Beaton’s wonderful soups will be available today after both services. The soups are $10 and all proceeds go to our Food Pantry.

 

 

Sunday, January 28

Reflecting on the Gospel Lesson: One thing we can say for certain about the man possessed by an unclean spirit in Mark 1:21-28, he was deeply troubled. Many people are hurting today. What are some things that we can do to care for those who hurt?
 
My Daily Prayer – In the light of your new day, O God, I rise to greet you always on the path in front of me. Let me follow with integrity where you will lead. Give me courage to know the difference between what is false and what is true. Amen.
 

Sunday, January 21

Reflecting on the Gospel: One of the thrills of being a Christian parent is seeing a child grasp the joy of faith, for the first time. A number of years ago, I remember with sheer delight my daughter clapping and singing in the back seat of the car: “I’ve decided to follow Jesus. I’ve decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.” While I knew she did not know all that it meant to follow Jesus, I remember giving thanks to God for the joy that she sang about in her decision to be a child of God.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Does it mean, like we sing in another hymn, “to let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also”? That’s what the disciples did, when Jesus called them to follow him. Let’s explore together the calling of Jesus, on this Third Sunday after Epiphany.
 
Memorial Service – Please join family and friends of Willie Alexander at a memorial service in the Sanctuary on Monday, January 22 at noon. Visitation starts at 11 a.m. Mr. Alexander passed away on January 15. We give thanks for this life redeemed in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Sunday, January 14

 
Pulpit Guest – The Reverend Bernard “Chris” Dorsey is President of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada. HELM works with higher education partners to develop and nurture Christian leaders who are transforming church, society and world. HELM focuses its mission into three areas: Leadership Programs, Colleges and Universities, and Theological Education. Rev. Dorsey, an ordained Disciples minister, received a BS from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is a PhD. Candidate at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has served as a congregational pastor, university chaplain, seminary vice president of development and marketing, and assistant professor of theology and preaching. Rev. Dorsey resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the father of 13-year-old daughter, Alanis.
 
Our Daily Prayer – I give you thanks for today’s breath and life, O God, for the people I will see today, for family, neighbors, and friends, and for those whose ways are challenging to my serenity. Help me to give thanks especially for the people who pull me to new understandings and show me sides of life that I have not known. Urge me to follow you today; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Sunday, January 7

 
Today’s Message: In the defining moment of baptism, there is a new beginning for Jesus and for all who would follow him in the days and years to come. God affirms the goodness of creation and calls Jesus “beloved.” As we grow in understanding of our own baptism, we rejoice that we also are God’s beloved.
 
Our Daily Prayer – Living God, maker of light, thank you for the gift of this day. Let me be a light in your world so that people will look at me and see the goodness of your creation; in Jesus’ name I pray.
 
Rumi Forum – January 10, at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend a panel discussion titled Responding to Hatred and Extremism: Solutions from Faith Traditions led by Rev. Dr. Beverly Goines; Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation; and Emre Celik, president of the Rumi Forum. The aim of the discussion is to respond to hatred and extremism by examining solutions used in different faith traditions.
 
MLK Commemoration Service – Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m., at United Christian Parish in Reston, Virginia. Rev. Theresa Hord Owens, our General Minister and President, will preach at this event sponsored by the Christian Church Capital Area’s Commission for Congregational Life.
 

Sunday, December 24

 
Questions for reflection: Mary’s song proclaims that God is lifting up the lowly while scattering the proud, and feeding the hungry while sending the rich away with empty hands. How does this change the way you think about God’s coming kingdom of justice and favor? How does this change the way you live?
 
A daily prayer for this week: Expectant God, Mary sings because she has new life in her, the promise of your salvation. Fill me with hope this day, as I lift my life to you and seek to do your will. Look with favor on our world, and all who are in need, that your love may be magnified as I follow humbly in your way. Amen.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
 7 p.m. Prelude of Festive Music
7:30 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

 

Sunday, December 17

My Daily Prayer: Light of the World, shine brightly in my life until I can see into the dark places of this world and into the dark places of my own life. I want to follow you in paths of justice, speak up with you for liberty, and bend with you toward the brokenhearted — even the broken places within myself. I trade in my faint spirit, for your mantle of praise; and with my whole being, I will rejoice in you. Amen.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Thanksgiving Offering – National City collected $1,096 for the Disciples Mission Fund through the Thanksgiving Offering. Thank you for your generosity.

Sunday, December 10

Questions for Sunday’s Reflection: Mark’s Gospel announces the good news of God in Jesus Christ: God comes to turn the world right side up and baptize us with the Holy Spirit. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, what is the beginning of God’s good news in your life, and how will it change the way you approach this season of expectation and hope?
 
My Daily Prayer: Lord, how I love this season of new beginnings, the opportunity to turn toward you and start again. Empower me to be a messenger of good news and a leveling influence along the way, as I seek to be one with you in smoothing out the rough places I encounter today. Amen.
 
Poinsettias – National City will once again order poinsettias for the Christmas Eve Service. Please fill out the order form (insert) and place in the offering tray or leave at the Atrium desk before Monday, December 11.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and on December 17 and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Martha’s Table – Volunteers are needed this Wednesday from 4:45 – 6:15 p.m., to help feed our neighbors in need. Sign-up on the Connect Card with the words “Martha’s Table”
 
In Sympathy – Please lift up in prayer the family and loved ones of Jane Lollis who passed away at he beginning of last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Member Dr. Sarah Hedlund is Jane’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 19

A Daily Prayer for the Week: Lord God, you are the source of all that is good. Through the gift of your son Jesus Christ you have made me capable of sharing your goodness with others. When you ask for an account of what I have done with my life, may I hear from your own lips, that I have been a good and faithful servant. Grant this, through Christ our Lord, that I may enter your lasting joy.
 
Financial Estimate of Giving: Members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out estimate-of-giving card and return it to Treasurer Gentry Alexander at gentry.alexander@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
Hanging of the Green – You are invited to help decorate one of churches many Christmas trees during the week of November 27. Specify the day and time that you are available by emailing mail@nationalcitycc.org.
 
Join Our Caroling Ministry! – Come and join members of the Sanctuary Choir and others in “Caroling on the Circles” (i.e., Thomas and Logan) after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 3. We will meet in the Music Suite immediately after the service and head out at 12:55 p.m. to sing in the streets during the annual Logan Circle House Tour. Don’t miss out on the joy of singing and helping to make the voice of National City heard in our neighborhood!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 12

Sunday’s Message: Do you ever get tired of waiting? Even those persons who have the greatest patience, can grow weary in waiting. The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13 teaches a type of waiting that is not disengaged, but readily participating in what is going on around us. “Keep awake,” says Jesus, “for we do not not know the day or the hour.”
 
Thanksgiving Special Offering – Today and November 19, we will be collecting the Thanksgiving Offering. This offering goes directly for the support of Disciples universities, colleges, and theological institutions. These gifts help in continuing the tradition of developing leaders for the Disciples churches and community.
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon – Sunday, November 19, the church family comes together for special food and church business, as we give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings. Sign up today at the Front Desk in the Atrium. Donation is $12.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Dear God, give me the courage and the hope to live today with your words in my mind and your love demonstrated through my life. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. This week Diana Morse will be presenting: taking care of the earth with the thought “The earth is the Lord’s …” (Psalm 24:1) entitled “Living A Christian Lifestyle.” On November 4, Dr. Richard Hamm will lead the class about church renewal and transformation.

Volunteer for Breakfast with Santa – December 1, contact Teresa Swihart at tisatcamp@yahoo.com if you can help set up, make crafts, take photos, clean up, play or serve.

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Dear God, give me the courage and the hope to live today with your words in my mind and your love demonstrated through my life. Amen

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christian Pathways Adult Study – 9:45 a.m., Atrium. Loretta Franklin, what we learned from the time we were children entering kindergarten until today, entitled “The ABC’s of Being A Good Steward of Nature.” Questioning what we are doing today to reinforce what we have been taught.

Celebrating 175 Years! – Sunday, November 4, at 10 a.m.. One service with brunch following! Please RSVP at 175th@nationalcitycc.org

Women’s Support Group – All women survivors of sexual assault are invited to a support group led by Ms. Marie Temple and resourced by Rev. Dr. Beverly Goines, First meeting is October 30 at 6 p.m., please contact Dr. Goines at bgoines@nationalcitycc.org.

Volunteer for Breakfast with Santa – December 1, contact Teresa Swihart at tisatcamp@yahoo.com

 

World Communion Sunday

REMINDER: Our 8:30 am & 11 am worship services will take place in the Howland Center until further notice.

Dear God, thank you for this day. Guide my mind in your way and help me to do your will. All praise, honor, and glory is yours. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Valet Parking is available for those in need. Please see a volunteer at the Atrium front desk.

Special Offering for Reconciliation is to support our efforts to be a pro-reconciling and anti-racist church. Recent events have reignited the conversation about human brokenness evidenced in the sin of racism and perpetuated in our institutional structures and systems. Through your generous giving to Reconciliation, our wider church provides programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships between congregations and communities.

Women’s Support Group – All women survivors of sexual assault are invited to a support group led by Ms. Marie Temple and resourced by Rev. Dr. Beverly Goines, For questions and meeting date, please contact Dr. Goines at bgoines@nationalcitycc.org

 

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

May the first words in my mouth today be the sound of the name of Jesus. Lead me to reflect on his power as I seek to live my day, honoring the One who gave me salvation and a new life. In his powerful name I pray.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Offering for Reconciliation is to support our efforts to be a pro-reconciling and anti-racist church. Recent events have reignited the conversation about human brokenness evidenced in the sin of racism and perpetuated in our institutional structures and systems. Through your generous giving to Reconciliation, our wider church provides programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships between congregations and communities.

Valeria Foster, Guest Music Director at 11 a.m. – Pastor Foster is a graduate of Morgan State University and The John Leland Center for Theological Studies. A composer, arranger, and associate editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal, Valeria has served as state chair of Music in Worship for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association; a board member of the DC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; director of the University of Maryland Gospel Choir; lecturer for the National Museum of American History exhibition, “Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions” and the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute. She arranged “We Are One in the Spirit” for mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and the 250-voice Papal Mass Choir and the 175-voice Children’s Choir for the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park. For more than 16 years, she has been directing the Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church of Silver Spring.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha. The preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore. Register and more information here.

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Gracious God, thank you for this new day. In each hour, help me to see beneath the ever-present difficulties and superficial joys into the mysteries that you have set out for your people. Guide me toward those I meet today in a way that welcomes them and, in turn, grants me a welcome, in Jesus’ name.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Valeria Foster, Guest Music Director at 11 a.m. – Pastor Foster is a graduate of Morgan State University and The John Leland Center for Theological Studies. A composer, arranger, and associate editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal, Valeria has served as state chair of Music in Worship for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association; a board member of the DC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; director of the University of Maryland Gospel Choir; lecturer for the National Museum of American History exhibition, “Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions” and the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute. She arranged “We Are One in the Spirit” for mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and the 250-voice Papal Mass Choir and the 175-voice Children’s Choir for the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park. For more than 16 years, she has been directing the Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church of Silver Spring.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha. The preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore. Register and more information here.

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lord Jesus, help me walk blamelessly and do what is right, to speak the truth in love, to avoid gossip and slander, and do good to all I meet, that I may abide in your presence and dwell in fellowship with you.

Dismantling Racism: Key Stills for Anti-Racism Allies Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Avenue. Supper will be provided for all participants at 6 p.m. Register here.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha, pastor, author, founder and director of Oakland Peace Center. The preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore, pastor, poet and a spoken word artist, and Associate Dean of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago. Childcare will be available as well as a special program for youth that includes an overnight lock-in. Register here. For more Information please contact Rev. Ciara Simonson via email.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lord Jesus, help me walk blamelessly and do what is right, to speak the truth in love, to avoid gossip and slander, and do good to all I meet, that I may abide in your presence and dwell in fellowship with you.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Living God, give me strength for this day. Let your truth surround me, your righteousness defend me, your gospel guide me, your trustworthiness shield me, and your salvation protect me, that in every trial I may stand by the power of your Spirit and live by your holy Word.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Dr. Michael McMahon will be leading us in worship this week.

Regional Assembly – Registration Now Open! The keynote speaker will be Rev. Sandhya Jha, pastor, author, founder and director of Oakland Peace Center. The Preacher will be Rev. Yvonne Gilmore, pastor, poet and a spoken word artist, and Associate Dean of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago. Childcare will be available as well as a special program for youth that includes an overnight lock-in. Register at www.cccadisciples.org/regional-assembly-2018. For more Information please contact Rev. Ciara Simonson at Ciara@springfieldchristianchurch.org

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer for this Week: God of steadfast love, your faithfulness endures forever. Though the seasons come and go, your love remains constant. Though the news in the world is disheartening, you breathe new hope into my life. When I am afraid, your presence remains with me. Renew me, restore me, and help me to sing a new song. Remind me that I am never alone, your faithfulness endures forever.

Camp Mary Mac Corn Roast – Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m.. All-you-can-eat free corn, children’s activities at this Capital Area Regional event.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Daily Prayer for this Week: Gracious God, I seek your guidance as I prepare for my day; let me see all people as your beloved children: some needing care, some needing forgiveness, all deserving dignity, respect, and hospitality. In all events, grant me the comfort of your presence, so that I can faithfully obey your will.

Dr. Gentle is away this Sunday and will return to the church office on August 7..

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: In John 6:1-21, Jesus performs two miracles that are familiar stories to Christian believers: feeding of the five thousand and walking on the sea of Galilee to his disciples. These “signs” as John calls them are the proof needed to unveil Jesus’ real identity, the messiah, Son of God. Knowing this real Jesus means knowing extravagant abundance and care by God for all God’s children. What does it mean in today’s world to have abundance? What proof do you need today to believe in God’s miracles? How do these “signs” impact National City Christian Church?

Daily Prayer for this Week: We see 12 young boys trapped in total darkness of the caverns of earth come out alive after 17 days, yet we ask, O God, if you perform miracles. We see friends become enemies, lives and relationships lost in despair, and wonder is there yet a miracle left for me? In these times of loneliness, fear, and confusion, may we know abundance so abundant that your meal, even seconds and thirds, will satisfy all our desires in You, Saviour and Provider for all.

Dr. Gentle is out of the office this week. Please contact Rev. Steven Baines, Dr. Beverly Goines, or Ms. Kathleen Swihart regarding church or pastoral concerns.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: In Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, the disciples have returned from being sent out two by two. Jesus offers them rest, and takes them away to a deserted place to eat and sleep — to practice some self-care. But the crowds recognize them, and Jesus and the disciples leave their moment of rest. Because they need care too. How do you balance between work and self-care?

Daily Prayer for this Week: Gracious God, I seek your guidance as I prepare for my day; instruct me on what is necessary and what is fruitless, so that I may wisely use the gifts you give me. Let me see all people as your beloved children: some needing care, some needing forgiveness, all deserving dignity, respect, and hospitality. In all events, grant me the comfort of your presence, so that I can faithfully obey your will. Amen.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: In Mark 6:14-29, King Herod was greatly puzzled. Herod liked John the Baptist and enjoyed listening to him. Yet he was conflicted and faced with a very difficult decision. What do you do when God’s message leaves you puzzled? Sometimes we can be presented with Herod-like challenges that call for us to make decisions. How do you decide?

Daily Prayer for this Week: Receive my body, mind, and spirit, O God, as a living sacrifice of thanksgiving for the love you show me in Jesus Christ. Where my wholeness is broken by sin or sickness or the weight of the day, let me seek you in repentance, reach out to you for healing, and lay my burdens before your throne of grace. When the time for rest comes, let me find my repose in you, my comfort in life, and my hope of life everlasting.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Reflecting on Scripture: Faith is greater than fear and death. This is not an easy statement of belief, especially when times are difficult. Grief, mourning, and even despair, are an inevitable part of life. But Jesus teaches us that God will see us through. Let’s consider the two healing stories intertwined in Mark 5:21-43, as we consider how to face fear — and even death itself — through eyes of faith.

Daily Prayer for this Week: By your grace I begin this day, Lord; by the power of your Spirit I draw my breath. As the dawn brightens into day, enlighten my mind with your truth and open my heart to all those I meet, that I might reflect the light of Jesus Christ, in whose name I give thanks and praise.

Refugee & Immigrant Welcome Sunday, June 24

Preaching today is Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries and member of National City Christian Church. Today’s worship resources were adapted from the materials provided by Disciples Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday. The Litany of Prayer for Immigrants and Refugees Experiencing Separation was adapted from one provided through the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, following the largest workplace raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in decades. The raid, which took place in April, arrested 97 workers at a meatpacking factory in rural northeastern Tennessee

No Children’s Sunday School, beginning today through September 2. Nursery will continue to be provided each Sunday during the summer. Our deep appreciation to Barbara Kelley and Aixa Diaz and their faithful teaching 10 months out of the year!

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 17

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There are many reasons today to lose hope and embrace discouragement. Yet if we can look at the world not with human eyes but with kin-dom vision, we can see harvest in the barren field and a great tree in the tiniest of seeds. We too can proclaim with Paul, “So we are always confident.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our Sympathy — Betty Crudup’s brother passed away last week. Please continue to keep her family in your prayers

Dr. Gentle is away this Sunday, enjoying a long weekend in celebration of his birthday. He will return to the church office on Wednesday, June 20.

Disciples Pre-Gathering Before Poor People’s Campaign Rally — Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. gather with other Disciples at National City. Hear General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens, unite with other national and local leaders, make signs, and share snacks before heading out for the Poor People’s Campaign Rally beginning at 10 a.m. RSVP https://goo.gl/forms/hAF7A2WsQb6bbmJA3

Next Sunday, June 24 — The Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea will lead worship services on Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday. June is an especially appropriate time to lift up refugee and immigrant contributions and challenges, since June 20 is World Refugee Day. Last March, Disciples joined with Church World Service and National Council of Churches partner communions to issue an “Ecumenical Declaration: Protecting Welcome, Restoring Hope” in support of refugees and immigrants. Join us at 8:30 or 11 a.m. for one of these special worship services.

No Children’s Sunday School, beginning on June 24 through September 2. Nursery will continue to be provided each Sunday during the summer. Our deep appreciation to Barbara Kelley and Aixa Diaz and their faithful teaching 10 months out of the year!

 

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 10

 

Daily Prayer for the Week: God of the new day, awaken us to know that to be resurrected with Jesus means to die with Christ first. May we recognize you in every moment so that whatever we do, we do for your glory, through Jesus Christ, our way, truth, and life. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Today’s Pulpit Guest: The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is co-convenor of the Poor People’s Campaign. Dr. Barber is a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and political leader in North Carolina. He is a member of the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the chair of its Legislative Political Action Committee. Since 2006 he has been president of the NAACP’s North Carolina state chapter, the largest in the Southern United States and the second-largest in the country. Dr. Barber has served as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Goldsboro, North Carolina, since 1993.

Guest Choir – Join us next Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service for a performance by the First Plymouth Congregational Church Choir, Lincoln, Nebraska, under the direction of Tom Trenney.

Global Day of Solidarity – June 23 is a Call to Action at the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets at 10 a.m.

Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 3

 

Daily Prayer for the Week: Abba, I give thanks for the immeasurable gifts of this day, above all, for the gift of your love made known in Christ. How grateful I am that by his love I am counted as a precious member of your family. Mere words cannot convey the wonder of this love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dr. Gentle is away this Sunday and will be back in the office on Thursday, June 7.

The Poor People’s Campaign will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W Street, SE. All are welcome to attend.

Next Sunday’s Pulpit Guest: The Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-convenor of the Poor People’s Campaign will preach one service on June 10 at 11 a.m. Join us for this very special Sunday.

 

Trinity Sunday, May 27

 

Question for Reflection: How do you experience God’s presence in your daily life?

Daily Prayer for the Week: Abba, I give thanks for the immeasurable gifts of this day, above all, for the gift of your love made known in Christ. How grateful I am that by his love I am counted as a precious member of your family. Mere words cannot convey the wonder of this love .

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Volunteer for Poor People’s Campaign – The Poor People’s Campaign is cancelled for this week; but it will be back next week, June 3! Help National City provide hospitality, come to the Atrium front desk at 5:30 p.m, June 3. Contact sbaines@nationalcitycc.org and thanks!

The Pentecost Offering will be collected on May 27 and June 3. This offering is used to support the mission for starting new churches. Half of the money collected during this offering goes to Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation to fund their efforts and the remaining half stays in the region where the donor resides.

 

Pentecost Sunday, May 20

 

Questions for Reflection: In this week ahead consider how many ways and through which persons you are shown a new path for your life. Watch for startling nudges or sudden epiphanies, listen for sighs that signal letting go of something pressing so that you can hear the Spirit’s guidance. What have you learned? How will you give thanks?

Daily Prayer for the Week: God of newness and delight, you greet your world again with light and life. Awaken me to your presence behind, before, beneath, above, and within me. Thank you for another day and I ask that you keep me so firmly in your care that I can move gracefully through all I have to do. Guard my family, my friends, and all my brothers and sisters in faith.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteer for Poor People’s Campaign – Help National City provide hospitality, beginning tonight. Poor People’s Campaign meetings are on Sundays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. If you can volunteer, come to the Atrium front desk at 5:30 p.m.. Contact sbaines@nationalcitycc.org and thanks!

Festival of Homiletics is an international preaching conference welcoming over a thousand preachers to this annual event. Visit www.festivalofhomiletics.com for more info.

 

Ascension Sunday, May 13

 

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: What do we make of the Ascension? We might say that the Ascension stands for the final liberation of Jesus from all limitations of space and time, so that he is free to be lovingly and powerfully present with every person, in every place, and in every age.

Daily Prayer for the Week: Gracious God, reside in my heart this day and give me eyes to see the ways that you are present throughout my day. Put your resurrecting power to work in my life and empower me to be a witness to Christ, that my life may be a song of thanksgiving to you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Volunteer for Poor People’s Campaign – Help National City provide hospitality, beginning tonight. Poor People’s Campaign meetings are on Sundays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. If you can volunteer, come to the Atrium front desk between 5 – 5:30 p.m., tonight. Contact sbaines@nationalcitycc.org and thanks!

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 6

 

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: In our Gospel lesson this week, Jesus speaks of his extreme love for us, calls us his friends, and says that he makes known to us everything that he hears from God. How does thinking of Christ as our friend affect our daily living?

Daily Prayer the Week: Holy One, let me breathe in your love for me, for others, and for the world. Keep me mindful of all the marvelous things you are doing around and within me today. Help me to feel my friendship with Jesus and his confidence in me as I bear the fruit of Christ’s love everywhere I go today. Amen.

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29

Daily Prayer: God of new beginnings, you bring a new day, and you promise to journey with me through the hours. You are my vine; only in you am I strong enough to face the challenges of this day. Prune my life so that I may have new understandings, healing, and bear good fruit; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: What is your deepest desire? Jesus says that “whatever you wish… it will be done for you.” (John 15:7) Spend time in the next days asking yourself at ever more profound levels what you most devoutly wish for in this life and the next. Then ask for it.

Join in church yard work on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. – Let’s help make National City’s court yard and surrounding grounds beautiful this spring. Bring your gloves — and additional flowers and/or plants if you’d like. You may sign up at the reception desk in the Atrium. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by National City’s Resource the Ministry. For additional information, contact Loretta Tate at lorettawas@aol.com.

Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 22

Earth Day – End Plastic Pollution: from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Learn how to make a difference by visiting https://www.earthday.org/yourjourney2018/

Daily Prayer for the Week: Good shepherd, even as I pray daily for the world and all of your creation, lead me in right paths for your name’s sake. Amen.

Questions for Reflection for Today’s Scriptures: Think about people who have been “good shepherds” for you, sharing the love and showing the way of Jesus Christ. Who has helped to lead you in right paths or walked with you in dark valleys? Who has given you comfort and calmed your fears? Who has shown you hospitality and grace, even when you felt surrounded by enemies? How have you done these things for others?

Join in church yard work on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. – Let’s help make National City’s court yard and surrounding grounds beautiful this spring. Bring your gloves — and additional flowers and/or plants if you’d like. You may sign up at the reception desk in the Atrium. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by National City’s Resource the Ministry. For additional information, contact Loretta Tate at lorettawas@aol.com.

Third Sunday of Easter, April 15

Pulpit Guest – Rev. Rick Morse is the Vice President of Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and our retreat leader for this weekend. Rev. Morse has worked with National City Christian Church previously in the New Beginnings strategic plans. If you would like to learn more about Hope Partnership, visit the website hopepmt.org.

Daily Prayer: God of surprising revelations, I thank you for rest and renewal. I thank you that when you come to your people, you speak peace and invite faith in you. Make this new day a time when I will give more thanks for life than I did yesterday. Give me ears to hear your will for me, hands that are open to others, and eyes to see the beauty in your world; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

In Sympathy – Our prayers surround Timothy Schaefer with the recent death of his mother and his grandmother. We give thanks for their lives redeemed in Christ Jesus.

Planning Retreat for Our Church’s Future – Sunday, April 15, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 3rd Floor Conference Room. All are welcome to participate in the church’s retreat this afternoon. Join us!

Ecumenical Advocacy Days – April 20-22, Double Tree Hotel, Crystal City. The theme is A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees, and Displaced People. www.advocacydays.org

Second Sunday of Easter, April 8

Let’s Talk Worship with Mike and Stephen – Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. All are invited to a dialogue regarding the 11 a.m. worship service. Please join us!

Planning Retreat for Our Church’s Future – Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room. Simple lunch provided. All are welcome to attend an exciting day of learning as we consider the places that God is leading National City Christian Church. RSVP today at Atrium front desk or sbaines@nationalcitycc.org

Easter Sunday, April 1

Reflections on Easter: What difference does it make to believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead? How does your faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ change the way you think about sin and death? How does it change the way you live?

Prayer for Easter – In the light of this brand new day, help us to know that you are with us – through the promise of your Word, in the sharing of a meal, and by the power of your Spirit that burns within our hearts. Bless and keep us, through this day

Easter Offering – Please give generously to our Easter offering that supports the general ministries of the wider church across the United States and around the world.

ACT to End Racism Rally – Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 12th Street on the National Mall to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inaugurate a faith-based movement to end racism in our communities of faith and throughout the U.S. Organized by the National Council of Churches, information at http://www.rally2endracism.org.

Let’s Talk Worship with Mike and Stephen – Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. All are invited to a dialogue regarding the 11 a.m. worship service. Please join us!

Planning Retreat for Our Future Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. 3rd Floor Conference Room. All are welcome to attend an exciting day of learning as we consider the places that God is leading National City Christian Church. RSVP with sbaines@nationalcitycc.org for more information.

 

 

Palm Sunday, March 25

Easter Offering – We will collect the Easter Offering on March 25 and April 1. This offering goes toward the various programs and projects of the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Let’s Talk Worship with Mike and Stephen – Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. All are invited to a dialogue regarding the 11 a.m. worship service. Please join us!

LENTEN STUDY
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.

HOLY WEEK
Maundy Thursday Service, March 29
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Worship with the washing of feet.

Good Friday Service, March 30
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Easter Sunday Services, April 1
8:30 a.m., Sanctuary, Worship with the Gospel Choir
10:40 a.m., Sanctuary, Brass Prelude
11 a.m., Sanctuary, Worship with the Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, March 18

My Daily Prayer – Loving God, you offer the gift of new life each day. Open my heart to receive this grace that I may be wholly yours, then give me the courage to share this gift wherever I go as I seek to walk in your way of mercy, forgiveness, and newness of life.
 
Easter Offering – We will collect the Easter Offering on March 25 and April 1. This offering goes toward the various programs and projects of the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
 
Easter Brunch – Nick Bullock invites all to a special Easter Brunch in honor of Bill Knight, right after the 11 a.m. service in the Howland Center.
 
LENTEN STUDIES
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Kathy Burger-Gerada’s Home.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.
 
LOOKING FORWARD:
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
 
Palm Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
 
Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Good Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Easter Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with a brass prelude at 10:40 a.m..

 

 

 

Sunday, March 11

A Daily Prayer – Loving God, draw me to your light, that I may avoid the dangers of sin and receive the freedom of your grace in Jesus Christ.
 
LENTEN STUDIES
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
 
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Kathy Burger-Gerada’s Home.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.
 
LOOKING FORWARD:
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Palm Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
 
Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Good Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Easter Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

 

 

Sunday, March 4

Pulpit Guest: The Reverend Sandhya Rani Jha serves as Director of the Oakland Peace Center (OPC), a collective of innovative nonprofits working to create justice and peace in the city of Oakland and the Bay Area. The OPC is also a physical space, and the legacy project of First Christian Church of Oakland, where Rev. Jha pastored for seven years. Ordained in 2005 at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., Sandhya’s passion is liberation ethics as an academic field and as a lived experience in urban communities.
She has published Room at the Table: Struggle for Unity and Equality in Disciples History, a book about people of color in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and co-wrote (with Ben Bohren and Paula Bishop Pochieca) And Still We Rise, a congregational study of transformation. She is an anti-racism/anti-oppression trainer with the Disciples of Christ and a regular public speaker and preacher. Rev. Jha also serves as Director of Interfaith Programs at East Bay Housing Organizations, a membership organization that works to preserve, protect and expand affordable housing opportunities through education, advocacy and coalition-building in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
The daughter of a mother from Scotland and a father from India, Rev. Jha has been shaped by both cultures and their values. She received a Master of Divinity and Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her thesis was on the theme of environmental racism as a case study on the intersection of public policy and theological ethics.
 
Dr. Gentle is attending a conference next Monday through Friday at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, but can be reached by email.
LENTEN STUDIES
 
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
 
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at David & Kathy Walker’s Home.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.

 

 

Sunday, February 25

Daily Prayer – Lord Jesus, help me walk with you this day. If you lead me where I fear to go, give me courage and keep me true, that I may bear my cross without shame, and live eternally with you. Amen.
 
Week of Compassion Offering – Today we will receive the Week of Compassion offering. This offering is used to help when others are suffering by assisting with disaster response and humanitarian aid. This fund also assists with sustainable development and with the promotion of mission opportunities. Disasters seem to strike almost daily, and by receiving this offering the Church is able to offer assistance to those in need. 
 
LENTEN STUDIES
 
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
 
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Maury Lee’s house.
 
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
 
YADA Friday Night Dinner and Study – 7 p.m., at Sara Imhulse’s home.
 
Gaithersburg Friday Night Dinner and Study – 7 p.m. at the Malones’ home.
 
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.

 

Sunday, February 18

Daily Prayer – Gracious God, I offer you thanks and praise: for your gift of life and breath, for your unending goodness, for the beauty of this earth. As your rainbow rests in the clouds, so may we color the earth with the ways of your peace, until everything and everyone enjoy completeness in you. 
 
Week of Compassion Offering – Today and February 25 we will received the Week of Compassion offering. This offering is used to help when others are suffering by assisting with disaster response and humanitarian aid. This fund also assists with sustainable development and with the promotion of mission opportunities. Disasters seem to strike almost daily, and by receiving this offering the Church is able to offer assistance to those in need.
 
LENTEN STUDIES
During Christian Pathways Sunday Mornings – 10 a.m., Large Atrium
Loudon Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Maury Lee’s house.
Falls Church Sunday Dinner and Study – 5 p.m. at Teresa Swihart’s house.
National City’s Saturday Morning Study – 10 a.m., led by Steve Baines.

 

Sunday, February 11

Reflecting on Mark 9:2-9 : Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a mountain. Jesus is transfigured, but the disciples are changed as well. What does the transfiguration mean to you and me?
 
A Daily Prayer – Gracious God, thank you for the light of love around me and the fire of faith within me. As I live through this day, may my life reflect the One who is the image of your glory: Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
 
SOUPERbowl Sunday! – Theresa Beaton’s wonderful soups will be available again today after both services. The soups are $10 and all proceeds go to our Food Pantry.
 
Ash Wednesday Services, 12:15 and 7 p.m. – Observe Valentine’s Day with an Ash Wednesday Service in the Sanctuary, on February 14, as we begin Lent. Following the evening service, all are welcome to stay for a brief LGBTQ Bible study.
 
Week of Compassion Offering – This year we will collect the Week of Compassion offering on February 18 and 25. The Week of Compassion offering is used to help when others are suffering by assisting with disaster response and humanitarian aid. This fund also assists with sustainable development and with the promotion of mission opportunities. Disasters seem to strike almost daily, and by receiving this offering the Church is able to offer assistance to those in need.

 

Sunday, February 4

Reflecting on 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 : What is our reward for faithfulness? Is faithfulness a quid pro quo contract with God? Paul proclaims that preaching the gospel is reward in itself. What does that mean? What then is our reward?
 
A Daily Prayer – Gracious God, you have been here from the foundations of the earth and I thank you for the promise of a new day. Bless me with a sense of purpose, wherever I may go today, that the words of my mouth and the actions of my life would honor you.
 
SOUPERbowl Sunday! – Theresa Beaton’s wonderful soups will be available today after both services. The soups are $10 and all proceeds go to our Food Pantry.

 

 

Sunday, January 28

Reflecting on the Gospel Lesson: One thing we can say for certain about the man possessed by an unclean spirit in Mark 1:21-28, he was deeply troubled. Many people are hurting today. What are some things that we can do to care for those who hurt?
 
My Daily Prayer – In the light of your new day, O God, I rise to greet you always on the path in front of me. Let me follow with integrity where you will lead. Give me courage to know the difference between what is false and what is true. Amen.
 

Sunday, January 21

Reflecting on the Gospel: One of the thrills of being a Christian parent is seeing a child grasp the joy of faith, for the first time. A number of years ago, I remember with sheer delight my daughter clapping and singing in the back seat of the car: “I’ve decided to follow Jesus. I’ve decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.” While I knew she did not know all that it meant to follow Jesus, I remember giving thanks to God for the joy that she sang about in her decision to be a child of God.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Does it mean, like we sing in another hymn, “to let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also”? That’s what the disciples did, when Jesus called them to follow him. Let’s explore together the calling of Jesus, on this Third Sunday after Epiphany.
 
Memorial Service – Please join family and friends of Willie Alexander at a memorial service in the Sanctuary on Monday, January 22 at noon. Visitation starts at 11 a.m. Mr. Alexander passed away on January 15. We give thanks for this life redeemed in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Sunday, January 14

 
Pulpit Guest – The Reverend Bernard “Chris” Dorsey is President of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada. HELM works with higher education partners to develop and nurture Christian leaders who are transforming church, society and world. HELM focuses its mission into three areas: Leadership Programs, Colleges and Universities, and Theological Education. Rev. Dorsey, an ordained Disciples minister, received a BS from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is a PhD. Candidate at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has served as a congregational pastor, university chaplain, seminary vice president of development and marketing, and assistant professor of theology and preaching. Rev. Dorsey resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the father of 13-year-old daughter, Alanis.
 
Our Daily Prayer – I give you thanks for today’s breath and life, O God, for the people I will see today, for family, neighbors, and friends, and for those whose ways are challenging to my serenity. Help me to give thanks especially for the people who pull me to new understandings and show me sides of life that I have not known. Urge me to follow you today; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Sunday, January 7

 
Today’s Message: In the defining moment of baptism, there is a new beginning for Jesus and for all who would follow him in the days and years to come. God affirms the goodness of creation and calls Jesus “beloved.” As we grow in understanding of our own baptism, we rejoice that we also are God’s beloved.
 
Our Daily Prayer – Living God, maker of light, thank you for the gift of this day. Let me be a light in your world so that people will look at me and see the goodness of your creation; in Jesus’ name I pray.
 
Rumi Forum – January 10, at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend a panel discussion titled Responding to Hatred and Extremism: Solutions from Faith Traditions led by Rev. Dr. Beverly Goines; Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation; and Emre Celik, president of the Rumi Forum. The aim of the discussion is to respond to hatred and extremism by examining solutions used in different faith traditions.
 
MLK Commemoration Service – Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m., at United Christian Parish in Reston, Virginia. Rev. Theresa Hord Owens, our General Minister and President, will preach at this event sponsored by the Christian Church Capital Area’s Commission for Congregational Life.
 

Sunday, December 24

 
Questions for reflection: Mary’s song proclaims that God is lifting up the lowly while scattering the proud, and feeding the hungry while sending the rich away with empty hands. How does this change the way you think about God’s coming kingdom of justice and favor? How does this change the way you live?
 
A daily prayer for this week: Expectant God, Mary sings because she has new life in her, the promise of your salvation. Fill me with hope this day, as I lift my life to you and seek to do your will. Look with favor on our world, and all who are in need, that your love may be magnified as I follow humbly in your way. Amen.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
 7 p.m. Prelude of Festive Music
7:30 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

 

Sunday, December 17

My Daily Prayer: Light of the World, shine brightly in my life until I can see into the dark places of this world and into the dark places of my own life. I want to follow you in paths of justice, speak up with you for liberty, and bend with you toward the brokenhearted — even the broken places within myself. I trade in my faint spirit, for your mantle of praise; and with my whole being, I will rejoice in you. Amen.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Thanksgiving Offering – National City collected $1,096 for the Disciples Mission Fund through the Thanksgiving Offering. Thank you for your generosity.

Sunday, December 10

Questions for Sunday’s Reflection: Mark’s Gospel announces the good news of God in Jesus Christ: God comes to turn the world right side up and baptize us with the Holy Spirit. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, what is the beginning of God’s good news in your life, and how will it change the way you approach this season of expectation and hope?
 
My Daily Prayer: Lord, how I love this season of new beginnings, the opportunity to turn toward you and start again. Empower me to be a messenger of good news and a leveling influence along the way, as I seek to be one with you in smoothing out the rough places I encounter today. Amen.
 
Poinsettias – National City will once again order poinsettias for the Christmas Eve Service. Please fill out the order form (insert) and place in the offering tray or leave at the Atrium desk before Monday, December 11.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and on December 17 and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Martha’s Table – Volunteers are needed this Wednesday from 4:45 – 6:15 p.m., to help feed our neighbors in need. Sign-up on the Connect Card with the words “Martha’s Table”
 
In Sympathy – Please lift up in prayer the family and loved ones of Jane Lollis who passed away at he beginning of last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Member Dr. Sarah Hedlund is Jane’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 19

A Daily Prayer for the Week: Lord God, you are the source of all that is good. Through the gift of your son Jesus Christ you have made me capable of sharing your goodness with others. When you ask for an account of what I have done with my life, may I hear from your own lips, that I have been a good and faithful servant. Grant this, through Christ our Lord, that I may enter your lasting joy.
 
Financial Estimate of Giving: Members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out estimate-of-giving card and return it to Treasurer Gentry Alexander at gentry.alexander@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
Hanging of the Green – You are invited to help decorate one of churches many Christmas trees during the week of November 27. Specify the day and time that you are available by emailing mail@nationalcitycc.org.
 
Join Our Caroling Ministry! – Come and join members of the Sanctuary Choir and others in “Caroling on the Circles” (i.e., Thomas and Logan) after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 3. We will meet in the Music Suite immediately after the service and head out at 12:55 p.m. to sing in the streets during the annual Logan Circle House Tour. Don’t miss out on the joy of singing and helping to make the voice of National City heard in our neighborhood!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 12

Sunday’s Message: Do you ever get tired of waiting? Even those persons who have the greatest patience, can grow weary in waiting. The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13 teaches a type of waiting that is not disengaged, but readily participating in what is going on around us. “Keep awake,” says Jesus, “for we do not not know the day or the hour.”
 
Thanksgiving Special Offering – Today and November 19, we will be collecting the Thanksgiving Offering. This offering goes directly for the support of Disciples universities, colleges, and theological institutions. These gifts help in continuing the tradition of developing leaders for the Disciples churches and community.
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon – Sunday, November 19, the church family comes together for special food and church business, as we give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings. Sign up today at the Front Desk in the Atrium. Donation is $12.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, January 21

Reflecting on the Gospel: One of the thrills of being a Christian parent is seeing a child grasp the joy of faith, for the first time. A number of years ago, I remember with sheer delight my daughter clapping and singing in the back seat of the car: “I’ve decided to follow Jesus. I’ve decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.” While I knew she did not know all that it meant to follow Jesus, I remember giving thanks to God for the joy that she sang about in her decision to be a child of God.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Does it mean, like we sing in another hymn, “to let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also”? That’s what the disciples did, when Jesus called them to follow him. Let’s explore together the calling of Jesus, on this Third Sunday after Epiphany.
 
Memorial Service – Please join family and friends of Willie Alexander at a memorial service in the Sanctuary on Monday, January 22 at noon. Visitation starts at 11 a.m. Mr. Alexander passed away on January 15. We give thanks for this life redeemed in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Sunday, January 21

Reflecting on the Gospel: One of the thrills of being a Christian parent is seeing a child grasp the joy of faith, for the first time. A number of years ago, I remember with sheer delight my daughter clapping and singing in the back seat of the car: “I’ve decided to follow Jesus. I’ve decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.” While I knew she did not know all that it meant to follow Jesus, I remember giving thanks to God for the joy that she sang about in her decision to be a child of God.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Does it mean, like we sing in another hymn, “to let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also”? That’s what the disciples did, when Jesus called them to follow him. Let’s explore together the calling of Jesus, on this Third Sunday after Epiphany.
 
Memorial Service – Please join family and friends of Willie Alexander at a memorial service in the Sanctuary on Monday, January 22 at noon. Visitation starts at 11 a.m. Mr. Alexander passed away on January 15. We give thanks for this life redeemed in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Sunday, January 14

 
Pulpit Guest – The Reverend Bernard “Chris” Dorsey is President of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada. HELM works with higher education partners to develop and nurture Christian leaders who are transforming church, society and world. HELM focuses its mission into three areas: Leadership Programs, Colleges and Universities, and Theological Education. Rev. Dorsey, an ordained Disciples minister, received a BS from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is a PhD. Candidate at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has served as a congregational pastor, university chaplain, seminary vice president of development and marketing, and assistant professor of theology and preaching. Rev. Dorsey resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the father of 13-year-old daughter, Alanis.
 
Our Daily Prayer – I give you thanks for today’s breath and life, O God, for the people I will see today, for family, neighbors, and friends, and for those whose ways are challenging to my serenity. Help me to give thanks especially for the people who pull me to new understandings and show me sides of life that I have not known. Urge me to follow you today; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Sunday, January 7

 
Today’s Message: In the defining moment of baptism, there is a new beginning for Jesus and for all who would follow him in the days and years to come. God affirms the goodness of creation and calls Jesus “beloved.” As we grow in understanding of our own baptism, we rejoice that we also are God’s beloved.
 
Our Daily Prayer – Living God, maker of light, thank you for the gift of this day. Let me be a light in your world so that people will look at me and see the goodness of your creation; in Jesus’ name I pray.
 
Rumi Forum – January 10, at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend a panel discussion titled Responding to Hatred and Extremism: Solutions from Faith Traditions led by Rev. Dr. Beverly Goines; Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation; and Emre Celik, president of the Rumi Forum. The aim of the discussion is to respond to hatred and extremism by examining solutions used in different faith traditions.
 
MLK Commemoration Service – Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m., at United Christian Parish in Reston, Virginia. Rev. Theresa Hord Owens, our General Minister and President, will preach at this event sponsored by the Christian Church Capital Area’s Commission for Congregational Life.
 

Sunday, December 24

 
Questions for reflection: Mary’s song proclaims that God is lifting up the lowly while scattering the proud, and feeding the hungry while sending the rich away with empty hands. How does this change the way you think about God’s coming kingdom of justice and favor? How does this change the way you live?
 
A daily prayer for this week: Expectant God, Mary sings because she has new life in her, the promise of your salvation. Fill me with hope this day, as I lift my life to you and seek to do your will. Look with favor on our world, and all who are in need, that your love may be magnified as I follow humbly in your way. Amen.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
 7 p.m. Prelude of Festive Music
7:30 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

 

Sunday, December 17

My Daily Prayer: Light of the World, shine brightly in my life until I can see into the dark places of this world and into the dark places of my own life. I want to follow you in paths of justice, speak up with you for liberty, and bend with you toward the brokenhearted — even the broken places within myself. I trade in my faint spirit, for your mantle of praise; and with my whole being, I will rejoice in you. Amen.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Thanksgiving Offering – National City collected $1,096 for the Disciples Mission Fund through the Thanksgiving Offering. Thank you for your generosity.

Sunday, December 10

Questions for Sunday’s Reflection: Mark’s Gospel announces the good news of God in Jesus Christ: God comes to turn the world right side up and baptize us with the Holy Spirit. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, what is the beginning of God’s good news in your life, and how will it change the way you approach this season of expectation and hope?
 
My Daily Prayer: Lord, how I love this season of new beginnings, the opportunity to turn toward you and start again. Empower me to be a messenger of good news and a leveling influence along the way, as I seek to be one with you in smoothing out the rough places I encounter today. Amen.
 
Poinsettias – National City will once again order poinsettias for the Christmas Eve Service. Please fill out the order form (insert) and place in the offering tray or leave at the Atrium desk before Monday, December 11.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and on December 17 and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Martha’s Table – Volunteers are needed this Wednesday from 4:45 – 6:15 p.m., to help feed our neighbors in need. Sign-up on the Connect Card with the words “Martha’s Table”
 
In Sympathy – Please lift up in prayer the family and loved ones of Jane Lollis who passed away at he beginning of last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Member Dr. Sarah Hedlund is Jane’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 19

A Daily Prayer for the Week: Lord God, you are the source of all that is good. Through the gift of your son Jesus Christ you have made me capable of sharing your goodness with others. When you ask for an account of what I have done with my life, may I hear from your own lips, that I have been a good and faithful servant. Grant this, through Christ our Lord, that I may enter your lasting joy.
 
Financial Estimate of Giving: Members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out estimate-of-giving card and return it to Treasurer Gentry Alexander at gentry.alexander@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
Hanging of the Green – You are invited to help decorate one of churches many Christmas trees during the week of November 27. Specify the day and time that you are available by emailing mail@nationalcitycc.org.
 
Join Our Caroling Ministry! – Come and join members of the Sanctuary Choir and others in “Caroling on the Circles” (i.e., Thomas and Logan) after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 3. We will meet in the Music Suite immediately after the service and head out at 12:55 p.m. to sing in the streets during the annual Logan Circle House Tour. Don’t miss out on the joy of singing and helping to make the voice of National City heard in our neighborhood!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 12

Sunday’s Message: Do you ever get tired of waiting? Even those persons who have the greatest patience, can grow weary in waiting. The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13 teaches a type of waiting that is not disengaged, but readily participating in what is going on around us. “Keep awake,” says Jesus, “for we do not not know the day or the hour.”
 
Thanksgiving Special Offering – Today and November 19, we will be collecting the Thanksgiving Offering. This offering goes directly for the support of Disciples universities, colleges, and theological institutions. These gifts help in continuing the tradition of developing leaders for the Disciples churches and community.
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon – Sunday, November 19, the church family comes together for special food and church business, as we give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings. Sign up today at the Front Desk in the Atrium. Donation is $12.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, December 24

 
Questions for reflection: Mary’s song proclaims that God is lifting up the lowly while scattering the proud, and feeding the hungry while sending the rich away with empty hands. How does this change the way you think about God’s coming kingdom of justice and favor? How does this change the way you live?
 
A daily prayer for this week: Expectant God, Mary sings because she has new life in her, the promise of your salvation. Fill me with hope this day, as I lift my life to you and seek to do your will. Look with favor on our world, and all who are in need, that your love may be magnified as I follow humbly in your way. Amen.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
 7 p.m. Prelude of Festive Music
7:30 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

 

Sunday, December 17

My Daily Prayer: Light of the World, shine brightly in my life until I can see into the dark places of this world and into the dark places of my own life. I want to follow you in paths of justice, speak up with you for liberty, and bend with you toward the brokenhearted — even the broken places within myself. I trade in my faint spirit, for your mantle of praise; and with my whole being, I will rejoice in you. Amen.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Thanksgiving Offering – National City collected $1,096 for the Disciples Mission Fund through the Thanksgiving Offering. Thank you for your generosity.

Sunday, December 10

Questions for Sunday’s Reflection: Mark’s Gospel announces the good news of God in Jesus Christ: God comes to turn the world right side up and baptize us with the Holy Spirit. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, what is the beginning of God’s good news in your life, and how will it change the way you approach this season of expectation and hope?
 
My Daily Prayer: Lord, how I love this season of new beginnings, the opportunity to turn toward you and start again. Empower me to be a messenger of good news and a leveling influence along the way, as I seek to be one with you in smoothing out the rough places I encounter today. Amen.
 
Poinsettias – National City will once again order poinsettias for the Christmas Eve Service. Please fill out the order form (insert) and place in the offering tray or leave at the Atrium desk before Monday, December 11.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and on December 17 and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Martha’s Table – Volunteers are needed this Wednesday from 4:45 – 6:15 p.m., to help feed our neighbors in need. Sign-up on the Connect Card with the words “Martha’s Table”
 
In Sympathy – Please lift up in prayer the family and loved ones of Jane Lollis who passed away at he beginning of last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Member Dr. Sarah Hedlund is Jane’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 19

A Daily Prayer for the Week: Lord God, you are the source of all that is good. Through the gift of your son Jesus Christ you have made me capable of sharing your goodness with others. When you ask for an account of what I have done with my life, may I hear from your own lips, that I have been a good and faithful servant. Grant this, through Christ our Lord, that I may enter your lasting joy.
 
Financial Estimate of Giving: Members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out estimate-of-giving card and return it to Treasurer Gentry Alexander at gentry.alexander@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
Hanging of the Green – You are invited to help decorate one of churches many Christmas trees during the week of November 27. Specify the day and time that you are available by emailing mail@nationalcitycc.org.
 
Join Our Caroling Ministry! – Come and join members of the Sanctuary Choir and others in “Caroling on the Circles” (i.e., Thomas and Logan) after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 3. We will meet in the Music Suite immediately after the service and head out at 12:55 p.m. to sing in the streets during the annual Logan Circle House Tour. Don’t miss out on the joy of singing and helping to make the voice of National City heard in our neighborhood!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 12

Sunday’s Message: Do you ever get tired of waiting? Even those persons who have the greatest patience, can grow weary in waiting. The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13 teaches a type of waiting that is not disengaged, but readily participating in what is going on around us. “Keep awake,” says Jesus, “for we do not not know the day or the hour.”
 
Thanksgiving Special Offering – Today and November 19, we will be collecting the Thanksgiving Offering. This offering goes directly for the support of Disciples universities, colleges, and theological institutions. These gifts help in continuing the tradition of developing leaders for the Disciples churches and community.
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon – Sunday, November 19, the church family comes together for special food and church business, as we give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings. Sign up today at the Front Desk in the Atrium. Donation is $12.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, December 24

 
Questions for reflection: Mary’s song proclaims that God is lifting up the lowly while scattering the proud, and feeding the hungry while sending the rich away with empty hands. How does this change the way you think about God’s coming kingdom of justice and favor? How does this change the way you live?
 
A daily prayer for this week: Expectant God, Mary sings because she has new life in her, the promise of your salvation. Fill me with hope this day, as I lift my life to you and seek to do your will. Look with favor on our world, and all who are in need, that your love may be magnified as I follow humbly in your way. Amen.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
 7 p.m. Prelude of Festive Music
7:30 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

 

Sunday, December 17

My Daily Prayer: Light of the World, shine brightly in my life until I can see into the dark places of this world and into the dark places of my own life. I want to follow you in paths of justice, speak up with you for liberty, and bend with you toward the brokenhearted — even the broken places within myself. I trade in my faint spirit, for your mantle of praise; and with my whole being, I will rejoice in you. Amen.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Thanksgiving Offering – National City collected $1,096 for the Disciples Mission Fund through the Thanksgiving Offering. Thank you for your generosity.

Sunday, December 10

Questions for Sunday’s Reflection: Mark’s Gospel announces the good news of God in Jesus Christ: God comes to turn the world right side up and baptize us with the Holy Spirit. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, what is the beginning of God’s good news in your life, and how will it change the way you approach this season of expectation and hope?
 
My Daily Prayer: Lord, how I love this season of new beginnings, the opportunity to turn toward you and start again. Empower me to be a messenger of good news and a leveling influence along the way, as I seek to be one with you in smoothing out the rough places I encounter today. Amen.
 
Poinsettias – National City will once again order poinsettias for the Christmas Eve Service. Please fill out the order form (insert) and place in the offering tray or leave at the Atrium desk before Monday, December 11.
 
Christmas Offering is received today and on December 17 and supports the Regional Ministries of the Church. Regional Ministries sponsor camps and conferences which are key to the leadership and development of church leaders.
 
Martha’s Table – Volunteers are needed this Wednesday from 4:45 – 6:15 p.m., to help feed our neighbors in need. Sign-up on the Connect Card with the words “Martha’s Table”
 
In Sympathy – Please lift up in prayer the family and loved ones of Jane Lollis who passed away at he beginning of last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Member Dr. Sarah Hedlund is Jane’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 19

A Daily Prayer for the Week: Lord God, you are the source of all that is good. Through the gift of your son Jesus Christ you have made me capable of sharing your goodness with others. When you ask for an account of what I have done with my life, may I hear from your own lips, that I have been a good and faithful servant. Grant this, through Christ our Lord, that I may enter your lasting joy.
 
Financial Estimate of Giving: Members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out estimate-of-giving card and return it to Treasurer Gentry Alexander at gentry.alexander@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
Hanging of the Green – You are invited to help decorate one of churches many Christmas trees during the week of November 27. Specify the day and time that you are available by emailing mail@nationalcitycc.org.
 
Join Our Caroling Ministry! – Come and join members of the Sanctuary Choir and others in “Caroling on the Circles” (i.e., Thomas and Logan) after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 3. We will meet in the Music Suite immediately after the service and head out at 12:55 p.m. to sing in the streets during the annual Logan Circle House Tour. Don’t miss out on the joy of singing and helping to make the voice of National City heard in our neighborhood!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 12

Sunday’s Message: Do you ever get tired of waiting? Even those persons who have the greatest patience, can grow weary in waiting. The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13 teaches a type of waiting that is not disengaged, but readily participating in what is going on around us. “Keep awake,” says Jesus, “for we do not not know the day or the hour.”
 
Thanksgiving Special Offering – Today and November 19, we will be collecting the Thanksgiving Offering. This offering goes directly for the support of Disciples universities, colleges, and theological institutions. These gifts help in continuing the tradition of developing leaders for the Disciples churches and community.
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon – Sunday, November 19, the church family comes together for special food and church business, as we give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings. Sign up today at the Front Desk in the Atrium. Donation is $12.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, November 19

A Daily Prayer for the Week: Lord God, you are the source of all that is good. Through the gift of your son Jesus Christ you have made me capable of sharing your goodness with others. When you ask for an account of what I have done with my life, may I hear from your own lips, that I have been a good and faithful servant. Grant this, through Christ our Lord, that I may enter your lasting joy.
 
Financial Estimate of Giving: Members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out estimate-of-giving card and return it to Treasurer Gentry Alexander at gentry.alexander@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
Hanging of the Green – You are invited to help decorate one of churches many Christmas trees during the week of November 27. Specify the day and time that you are available by emailing mail@nationalcitycc.org.
 
Join Our Caroling Ministry! – Come and join members of the Sanctuary Choir and others in “Caroling on the Circles” (i.e., Thomas and Logan) after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 3. We will meet in the Music Suite immediately after the service and head out at 12:55 p.m. to sing in the streets during the annual Logan Circle House Tour. Don’t miss out on the joy of singing and helping to make the voice of National City heard in our neighborhood!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 12

Sunday’s Message: Do you ever get tired of waiting? Even those persons who have the greatest patience, can grow weary in waiting. The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13 teaches a type of waiting that is not disengaged, but readily participating in what is going on around us. “Keep awake,” says Jesus, “for we do not not know the day or the hour.”
 
Thanksgiving Special Offering – Today and November 19, we will be collecting the Thanksgiving Offering. This offering goes directly for the support of Disciples universities, colleges, and theological institutions. These gifts help in continuing the tradition of developing leaders for the Disciples churches and community.
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon – Sunday, November 19, the church family comes together for special food and church business, as we give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings. Sign up today at the Front Desk in the Atrium. Donation is $12.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, November 12

Sunday’s Message: Do you ever get tired of waiting? Even those persons who have the greatest patience, can grow weary in waiting. The parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:1-13 teaches a type of waiting that is not disengaged, but readily participating in what is going on around us. “Keep awake,” says Jesus, “for we do not not know the day or the hour.”
 
Thanksgiving Special Offering – Today and November 19, we will be collecting the Thanksgiving Offering. This offering goes directly for the support of Disciples universities, colleges, and theological institutions. These gifts help in continuing the tradition of developing leaders for the Disciples churches and community.
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon – Sunday, November 19, the church family comes together for special food and church business, as we give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings. Sign up today at the Front Desk in the Atrium. Donation is $12.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, November 5

This Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.
Pulpit Guest: Rev. Terri Hord Owens is General Minister and President in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, one of Indiana’s oldest African-American free settlements, Terri earned her bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. Terri began her professional career in the area of information technology, spending 23 years in the area of management consulting and data management. Despite professional success, she felt God had another assignment, and she accepted her call to ministry. Rev. Owens earned the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was later appointed Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the same time, Rev. Owens served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a small congregation with a large heart to serve and give. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multicultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

 

 

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, October 22

Sunday’s Message: Where do you place your loyalty? If it is in God, then God’s will shall be done. If it is in the world, then other matters deserve our highest loyalty. Idolatry occurs when the distinction is blurred. To help us maintain our priority, we should ask: “In whose image was I created?”
ALERT: Marines Corp Marathon this Sunday. You might need to alter your commute on Sunday. See road closures here
Commitment Sunday: On this Sunday, members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give help our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out the bulletin insert and place it in the offering tray this morning. Offering envelopes are provided in the pew backs for your use.
Hurricane Relief: We continue to remember those who are recovering from the hurricanes, including our friends in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and other affected islands as well as the Gulf Coast. Your special offering marked “Week of Compassion” goes to our church’s efforts to provide relief.
Gluten-free Communion Wafers are available beginning this Sunday in the marked cup on the bread tray.
Next Sunday: Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.

Sunday, October 15

Pulpit Guest: The Reverend Miriam Gentle is Pastor of Congregational Care at The Village Church at Greenspring Retirement Community, Springfield, Virginia. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and ordained at National City Christian Church where she is presently serving as an Elder.

Sunday’s Message: Working on God’s kingdom here on earth means partnering with others. “Koinonia” or fellowship  means that we partner with God and others, to bring God’s message of love and shalom to all. Who are you partnering with?

Commitment Sunday: On this day, you are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of- giving for 2018. Sharing your giving plans helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. An estimate-of-giving represents your best intentions based on what you know at this present time. At any time it can be adjusted, should circumstances change. Our Commitment Sundays are October 15, 22, and 29. Thank you for sharing!

Sunday, October 8

Sunday’s Message: At the heart of the Gospel is a message of love. Some of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time had difficulty accepting this message, as demonstrated in Matthew 21:33-46. On this Sunday when we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gospel service, let us consider what is at the very heart of the Gospel message.

A special thank you to everyone that has helped to clean out the Campbell Building and move our ministries over the last few weeks. We have reached another milestone in the sale process. The developer will begin exploratory demolition in October to determine what work needs to be done to build to their specifications.

Sunday, October 1

Sunday’s Message: Today we celebrate Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. On this day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. On this beautiful Sunday that the Lord has prepared, we pray that God’s Spirit will move in your life – and our life together – as we worship the Lord.

World Communion Sunday seeks to enhance the oneness of the church through an awareness that all Christians are seated at the Lord’s Table, within our separate faith communities. Observed on the first Sunday in October, we pray for all members of the church universal, that we may be bound together by spiritual ties, and labor together for the coming of God’s reign

Sunday, September 3

Sunday’s Message: Following Christ is not easy. One of the scandals of the cross is the idea that grace costs nothing. While grace is free, it cost our Lord everything. Jesus teaches in Matthew 16:21-28 that true followers of him will “take up their cross.” What holds you back from following Christ? On this holiday weekend, let us consider our labors for the Lord.

Our Prayers — Please surround facilities and operations administrator Bill Knight and his partner Nicholas Bullock in your prayers. Bill is presently in ICU at the GWU Hospital recovering from a very serious condition. Cards of encouragement are welcomed at their home address.

Sympathy — Long-time church member and leader Ann Cappiello passed away on August 19. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 10, at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of National City Christian Church. Please plan on joining us to honor the life of this wonderful women.

Sunday, August 27

This Sunday C.J. Rodriguez will be preaching on the scripture Exodus 1:8-2:10 with a sermon titled “Being Shiphra and Puah in Times Like These”.

Sunday, August 20

Sunday’s Message: In today’s Gospel we meet the mother of the year, a woman and a foreigner, who stands up for a child in need and refuses to be turned away.

Sunday, August 6

Sunday’s Message: “You give them something to eat.” commanded Jesus to his disciples. The world we live in is filled with many needs. As disciples of Christ, we are called to witness to God’s love through our service. Let us learn from Jesus in this teaching found in all four gospels: the feeding of the five thousand.

Sunday, July 30

Sunday’s Message: Jesus often started his teachings with, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…” God’s Kingdom is unlike anything we can really know or see, so Jesus used parable, metaphor, and simile to help his followers understand. This Sunday we consider the mustard seed and other parables as we consider our role in God’s Kingdom.

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, October 22

Sunday’s Message: Where do you place your loyalty? If it is in God, then God’s will shall be done. If it is in the world, then other matters deserve our highest loyalty. Idolatry occurs when the distinction is blurred. To help us maintain our priority, we should ask: “In whose image was I created?”
ALERT: Marines Corp Marathon this Sunday. You might need to alter your commute on Sunday. See road closures here
Commitment Sunday: On this Sunday, members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give help our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out the bulletin insert and place it in the offering tray this morning. Offering envelopes are provided in the pew backs for your use.
Hurricane Relief: We continue to remember those who are recovering from the hurricanes, including our friends in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and other affected islands as well as the Gulf Coast. Your special offering marked “Week of Compassion” goes to our church’s efforts to provide relief.
Gluten-free Communion Wafers are available beginning this Sunday in the marked cup on the bread tray.
Next Sunday: Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.

Sunday, October 15

Pulpit Guest: The Reverend Miriam Gentle is Pastor of Congregational Care at The Village Church at Greenspring Retirement Community, Springfield, Virginia. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and ordained at National City Christian Church where she is presently serving as an Elder.

Sunday’s Message: Working on God’s kingdom here on earth means partnering with others. “Koinonia” or fellowship  means that we partner with God and others, to bring God’s message of love and shalom to all. Who are you partnering with?

Commitment Sunday: On this day, you are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of- giving for 2018. Sharing your giving plans helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. An estimate-of-giving represents your best intentions based on what you know at this present time. At any time it can be adjusted, should circumstances change. Our Commitment Sundays are October 15, 22, and 29. Thank you for sharing!

Sunday, October 8

Sunday’s Message: At the heart of the Gospel is a message of love. Some of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time had difficulty accepting this message, as demonstrated in Matthew 21:33-46. On this Sunday when we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gospel service, let us consider what is at the very heart of the Gospel message.

A special thank you to everyone that has helped to clean out the Campbell Building and move our ministries over the last few weeks. We have reached another milestone in the sale process. The developer will begin exploratory demolition in October to determine what work needs to be done to build to their specifications.

Sunday, October 1

Sunday’s Message: Today we celebrate Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. On this day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. On this beautiful Sunday that the Lord has prepared, we pray that God’s Spirit will move in your life – and our life together – as we worship the Lord.

World Communion Sunday seeks to enhance the oneness of the church through an awareness that all Christians are seated at the Lord’s Table, within our separate faith communities. Observed on the first Sunday in October, we pray for all members of the church universal, that we may be bound together by spiritual ties, and labor together for the coming of God’s reign

Sunday, September 3

Sunday’s Message: Following Christ is not easy. One of the scandals of the cross is the idea that grace costs nothing. While grace is free, it cost our Lord everything. Jesus teaches in Matthew 16:21-28 that true followers of him will “take up their cross.” What holds you back from following Christ? On this holiday weekend, let us consider our labors for the Lord.

Our Prayers — Please surround facilities and operations administrator Bill Knight and his partner Nicholas Bullock in your prayers. Bill is presently in ICU at the GWU Hospital recovering from a very serious condition. Cards of encouragement are welcomed at their home address.

Sympathy — Long-time church member and leader Ann Cappiello passed away on August 19. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 10, at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of National City Christian Church. Please plan on joining us to honor the life of this wonderful women.

Sunday, August 27

This Sunday C.J. Rodriguez will be preaching on the scripture Exodus 1:8-2:10 with a sermon titled “Being Shiphra and Puah in Times Like These”.

Sunday, August 20

Sunday’s Message: In today’s Gospel we meet the mother of the year, a woman and a foreigner, who stands up for a child in need and refuses to be turned away.

Sunday, August 6

Sunday’s Message: “You give them something to eat.” commanded Jesus to his disciples. The world we live in is filled with many needs. As disciples of Christ, we are called to witness to God’s love through our service. Let us learn from Jesus in this teaching found in all four gospels: the feeding of the five thousand.

Sunday, July 30

Sunday’s Message: Jesus often started his teachings with, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…” God’s Kingdom is unlike anything we can really know or see, so Jesus used parable, metaphor, and simile to help his followers understand. This Sunday we consider the mustard seed and other parables as we consider our role in God’s Kingdom.

Sunday, October 29

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.
Next Sunday — One Service, One Time at 10 a.m. Gather with the saints on All Saints Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, as we welcome our new General Minister and President Teresa Hord Owens to the pulpit and dedicate the new Oscar Haynes Exhibit. Brunch for everyone follows the gala events. $10 suggested donation.

 

Sunday, October 22

Sunday’s Message: Where do you place your loyalty? If it is in God, then God’s will shall be done. If it is in the world, then other matters deserve our highest loyalty. Idolatry occurs when the distinction is blurred. To help us maintain our priority, we should ask: “In whose image was I created?”
ALERT: Marines Corp Marathon this Sunday. You might need to alter your commute on Sunday. See road closures here
Commitment Sunday: On this Sunday, members and friends of National City Christian Church are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of-giving for 2018. Sharing your plans to give help our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. Simply fill out the bulletin insert and place it in the offering tray this morning. Offering envelopes are provided in the pew backs for your use.
Hurricane Relief: We continue to remember those who are recovering from the hurricanes, including our friends in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and other affected islands as well as the Gulf Coast. Your special offering marked “Week of Compassion” goes to our church’s efforts to provide relief.
Gluten-free Communion Wafers are available beginning this Sunday in the marked cup on the bread tray.
Next Sunday: Christians throughout the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Both 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include special readings and music to mark this important day. We pray that God will guide and reform the church of today and help us to overcome the divisions that prevent us from giving credible witness to the mission of Christ in the world.

Sunday, October 15

Pulpit Guest: The Reverend Miriam Gentle is Pastor of Congregational Care at The Village Church at Greenspring Retirement Community, Springfield, Virginia. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and ordained at National City Christian Church where she is presently serving as an Elder.

Sunday’s Message: Working on God’s kingdom here on earth means partnering with others. “Koinonia” or fellowship  means that we partner with God and others, to bring God’s message of love and shalom to all. Who are you partnering with?

Commitment Sunday: On this day, you are invited to prayerfully make an estimate-of- giving for 2018. Sharing your giving plans helps our leaders to faithfully prepare for the ministries and mission for next year. An estimate-of-giving represents your best intentions based on what you know at this present time. At any time it can be adjusted, should circumstances change. Our Commitment Sundays are October 15, 22, and 29. Thank you for sharing!

Sunday, October 8

Sunday’s Message: At the heart of the Gospel is a message of love. Some of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time had difficulty accepting this message, as demonstrated in Matthew 21:33-46. On this Sunday when we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gospel service, let us consider what is at the very heart of the Gospel message.

A special thank you to everyone that has helped to clean out the Campbell Building and move our ministries over the last few weeks. We have reached another milestone in the sale process. The developer will begin exploratory demolition in October to determine what work needs to be done to build to their specifications.

Sunday, October 1

Sunday’s Message: Today we celebrate Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. On this day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. On this beautiful Sunday that the Lord has prepared, we pray that God’s Spirit will move in your life – and our life together – as we worship the Lord.

World Communion Sunday seeks to enhance the oneness of the church through an awareness that all Christians are seated at the Lord’s Table, within our separate faith communities. Observed on the first Sunday in October, we pray for all members of the church universal, that we may be bound together by spiritual ties, and labor together for the coming of God’s reign

Sunday, September 3

Sunday’s Message: Following Christ is not easy. One of the scandals of the cross is the idea that grace costs nothing. While grace is free, it cost our Lord everything. Jesus teaches in Matthew 16:21-28 that true followers of him will “take up their cross.” What holds you back from following Christ? On this holiday weekend, let us consider our labors for the Lord.

Our Prayers — Please surround facilities and operations administrator Bill Knight and his partner Nicholas Bullock in your prayers. Bill is presently in ICU at the GWU Hospital recovering from a very serious condition. Cards of encouragement are welcomed at their home address.

Sympathy — Long-time church member and leader Ann Cappiello passed away on August 19. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 10, at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of National City Christian Church. Please plan on joining us to honor the life of this wonderful women.

Sunday, August 27

This Sunday C.J. Rodriguez will be preaching on the scripture Exodus 1:8-2:10 with a sermon titled “Being Shiphra and Puah in Times Like These”.

Sunday, August 20

Sunday’s Message: In today’s Gospel we meet the mother of the year, a woman and a foreigner, who stands up for a child in need and refuses to be turned away.

Sunday, August 6

Sunday’s Message: “You give them something to eat.” commanded Jesus to his disciples. The world we live in is filled with many needs. As disciples of Christ, we are called to witness to God’s love through our service. Let us learn from Jesus in this teaching found in all four gospels: the feeding of the five thousand.

Sunday, July 30

Sunday’s Message: Jesus often started his teachings with, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…” God’s Kingdom is unlike anything we can really know or see, so Jesus used parable, metaphor, and simile to help his followers understand. This Sunday we consider the mustard seed and other parables as we consider our role in God’s Kingdom.