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Dawn’s Ditties
     
Does it seem too many of you that things never slow down? That we are always on the go, always doing? Time moves faster and faster and we feel we have to keep up.
We at times need to stop. Stop the madness and chaos of rushing around and just sit and breathe. And not feel guilty in doing so. Even Jesus took time away from his ministry to be alone and pray.
We need to take the time, to be still, to breathe and refresh. We are told in scripture, “to be still and know that he is God”. We need to take down time to refresh for those go times.
May you find some rest and peace.
   

Dawn Marie
  
  
Dawn’s Ditties
Does it seem too many of you that things never slow down? That we are always on the go, always doing? Time moves faster and faster and we feel we have to keep up.

We at times need to stop. Stop the madness and chaos of rushing around and just sit and breathe. And not feel guilty in doing so. Even Jesus took time away from his ministry to be alone and pray.

We need to take the time, to be still, to breathe and refresh. We are told in scripture, “to be still and know that he is God”. We need to take downtime to refresh for those go times.
May you find some rest and peace.
Blessings,
Dawn Marie
  
     
  
Our Camp Cook & Play kids had so much fun in July that they want to continue and meet.  We will meet the last Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m.
  
  
  
Booo-a-palooza
(formerly known as Trunk or Treat)

This event will take place October 26, 2019 from 5 p.m.-9p.m.  First Christian Church and Idaho Falls/Shelley Rocks sponsors this event for a safe place for the kiddos and families to come.
We will have trunks, games, food, clown, raffles, silent auctions and more.  Needed are:
Trunks
Candy
Set up Folk
Tear Down Folk
Games
People to take Letters out to solicit for funds/prizes/auction items
Cake Walk Crew
People to Hand out Free Refreshments
If you are interested in helping with this or know of a vendor; please let Pastor Dawn Marie know.
  
  
Update : Due to time crunch and zoning issues, we will sadly not be able to host Shining Star Pre-School at this time.  We are working now on changing our zoning with the city, so if another opportunity arises we will be set and ready to go.


  
Thank You
Thank you to Ron Turner and Cathy Gray. They both shared their faith stories with the congregation in August for the Voices of the Church series.  Their journeys were both very different and both were inspiring.  If any of you would ever like to share your story with the church family, please let Pastor Dawn Marie know.
  
  

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The Reality of a Church

A church is the building where we gather to worship.  In reality, we the people are the church.  Churches change and grow or diminish and re-revive or even sadly close.  The church needs people.  The church needs life, the church needs movement and the church needs funds.
Right now First Christian Church of Idaho Falls has movement.  We, for a small church, have a lot of outreach; Box Day, YAK, the Rock Group, and other groups that have come in for a time; B7 Game Night and the Heroin Anonymous Group.  We have done our second year of Camp Cook n Play.  We are now bringing in a pre-school to be in our building.  So we have movement.
So now we need people.  People in the pews on Sunday, people who will fall in love with God in new and wonderful ways.  The pastor needs to do their part.  Be out in the community talking to folks and inviting them in.  A mentor of Dawn Marie’s once taught her that you need to meet so many new folks each week.  This is not the pastor’s job alone.  Rev. Rich Coghill once said to Dawn Marie, “A sheep begets sheep, a pastor does not beget sheep”.
It is the job of the congregation also to reach out to people invites them into our midst.  If you hesitate to invite someone, ask yourself, WHY? If there is a problem in the church, address it.  Jesus told us to reach out to all nations, shouldn’t we then start in our community? Ask yourself, what is about your church that excites you.
The last thing is the funds.  Many of us struggle with this one.  Because we are not about the dollars but about the spirituality, sadly though to run a church building we need funds.  These funds cover administration costs, utility cost, outreach (First Christian Church of Idaho falls now gives 15% in outreach), upkeep of building and property and programming. How do we get these funds? We get them through growth and right now we will need to do fundraising also.  We have slimmed our budget down and we are being good stewards of what we are given but this will not maintain us forever.  We need to start at looking at new ways to give to the church to sustain and grow.
We need to start praying for our church so that we can go grow as God seeks us to.  Take time to pray for the church. Take time to be involved in the movement of the church. Take time to use your time, talent and tithe to the church. Most importantly, take time to be the church.

Pastor Dawn Marie Turner
August 2019