Sunday Bulletins

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.