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When Jesus Comes Knocking The knock came at the door of his home. It was late. We can imagine the innkeeper had been burning both ends of the candle. The census crowd had packed Bethlehem and he had finally locked the doors for the night. Until the knock. He shuffled his feet through the dark and made his way to the door. Opening it with the slightest of cracks he peered out to see a young couple. Looking more closely he saw a young woman who was about to give birth to a child. Every space he had available was taken. It was late. And they didn’t look very special. He had to decide whether he would find room for them or not. And you will too. John’s rendition of the birth of Christ comes in a few short words: “The Word [logos] became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). Greek hearers understood the word “logos” as the representation of God. The essence of God was found in his Word. Hebrew readers perked up to John’s message too. John writes: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” He book ends the first sentence of his book with the phrase “in the beginning.” They knew it as the words that began the first book of the Torah, or Genesis. John writes about beginnings. John writes about God’s very representation dwelling among us. And he writes to tell us that we have the same decision to make as the innkeeper. Will we find a place for Jesus in our lives or will we send him away? Some send him away because he looks too plain. Nothing special about him. Don’t make that mistake. He comes to common places like your home and common places like your heart. Some send him away because life is crowded. Many demands and many deadlines. And you’re not sure if you have room for him. But he only comes to give you what he has already done. He desires to give you forgiveness. And some send him away because they think it’s too late. They’ve already done too much that can’t be forgiven. They’ve already gone too far away. But it’s never too late. Not with the one who comes and makes his dwelling among us. You need only to open the door. Will you open the door today? Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Chapter 23: Jesus’ Ministry Begins God’s people are waiting for a deliverer, the Messiah, to come. They’re expecting a lion who will crush their enemies. Instead, they get Jesus – a lamb who’s here to take their sin away. But Jesus is no pushover. He goes head-to-head with demons – even the Devil himself. He does the impossible, curing the sick and turning water into wine. He stands up for outcasts and rejects. And along the way, he makes some powerful enemies… (taken from “The Story” Teen Edition) Christian Visitor Weekly Newsletter Volume 70 ~ Issue 11 March 14, 2017 Office Hours: Monday ~ Thursday ~ Closed Friday 8:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m. Office Phone: 785-448-3452 Website: ww.fccgarnett.org
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  • When Jesus Comes Knocking The knock came at the door of his home. It was late. We can imagine the

    innkeeper had been burning both ends of the candle. The census crowd had packed Bethlehem and he had finally locked the doors for the night. Until the knock. He shuffled his feet through the dark and made his way to the door. Opening it with the slightest of cracks he peered out to see a young couple. Looking more closely he saw a young woman who was about to give birth to a child.

    Every space he had available was taken. It was late. And they didn’t look very special. He had to decide whether he would find room for them or not. And you will too. John’s rendition of the birth of Christ comes in a few short

    words: “The Word [logos] became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). Greek hearers understood the word “logos” as the representation of God. The essence of God was found in his Word.

    Hebrew readers perked up to John’s message too. John writes: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” He book ends the first sentence of his book with the phrase “in the beginning.” They knew it as the words that began the first book of the Torah, or Genesis. John writes about beginnings. John writes about God’s very representation dwelling among us. And he writes to tell us that we have the same decision to make as the innkeeper. Will we find a place for Jesus in our lives or will we send him away? Some send him away because he looks too plain. Nothing special about him. Don’t make that mistake. He comes to common places like your home and common places like your heart. Some send him away because life is crowded. Many demands and many deadlines. And you’re not sure if you have room for him. But he only comes to give you what he has already done. He desires to give you forgiveness. And some send him away because they think it’s too late. They’ve already done too much that can’t be forgiven. They’ve already gone too far away. But it’s never too late. Not with the one who comes and makes his dwelling among us. You need only to open the door. Will you open the door today? Sunday, March 19, 2017 –

    Chapter 23: Jesus’ Ministry Begins God’s people are waiting for a deliverer, the Messiah, to come. They’re expecting a lion who will crush their enemies. Instead, they get Jesus – a lamb who’s here to take their sin away. But Jesus is no pushover. He goes head-to-head with demons – even the Devil himself. He does the impossible, curing the sick and turning water into wine. He stands up for outcasts and rejects. And along the way, he makes some powerful enemies… (taken from “The Story” Teen Edition)

    Christian Visitor Weekly Newsletter Volume 70 ~ Issue 11 March 14, 2017 Office Hours: Monday ~ Thursday ~ Closed Friday 8:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.

    Office Phone: 785-448-3452 Website: ww.fccgarnett.org

  • ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL REPORT OPPORTUNITY CLASS: Mary Hamilton opened the class with prayer. There were 5 present, 3 with Bible and 4 daily readers. Continued prayers for all those fighting cancer and Betty Penn. Prayers requested for those who lost property in wild fires in Western KS (please pray for rain for them) and Bette, the sister of Marilyn Artherton. PRAISE: That our place did not catch on fire Friday when our neighbor was burning off his pasture (the Hamilton’s). Mary Hamilton presented the lesson, “Great Love” from Ephesians 2:1 -10. The class closed with prayer. REMINDER: Women’s Retreat, “Lavender Springs Spa,” March 25, 2017 @ United Methodist Church.

    SOS Class: Burke Rogers opened the class with prayer. There were 19 present, 14 with Bible and 10 daily readers. Continued prayers were requested for Mike Zentner, Betty Penn (Guest Homes), Maurice & Carol White brother and sister in law of Loydene West (home from Mayo Clinic), Sandy (Potter) Peine sister of Marsha Dulin, Linda Miller & Steve Watkins. Prayers requested for Ruth Allen, Tom Gowing, Bette Artherton sister of Marilyn Artherton, the family of Rick Tholen and all those who had loses due to fires. PRAISE – No Big Snow! Good Cleaning Crew on Saturday! Burke Rogers presented the lesson on Chapter 22: “The Birth of the King.” The class closed with prayer.

    We WELCOME YOU… With Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Arms Candis McDowell guest of Valerie Todd, Brian & Erin Shelton, Abby & Eli family of Butch & Sharon Rocker; Paul Santoro guest of Retha Burnett, Lewie and Angela Place, Don & Bonnie Lile guest of Butch and Sharon Rocker

    SUNDAY SCHOOL / WORSHIP SERVICES ATTENDANCE / FINANCIAL UPDATE March 19 Worship Services: 8:00 a.m. ~ 48 10:30 a.m. ~ 165 Sunday School ~ 88 General Fund ~ $3789 To Date ~ $9042 New Building Fund ~ $3805 To Date ~ $5189 (This includes Golda Hunt Memorial Funds designated to the NBF Nursery Project) FCC “Family Life Center” Growth Chart New Building Addition ~ $977,269 Paid to Contractor ~ $732,294 Yet to be paid on Contract ~ $244,975 Current Cash in NBF ~ $64,353 Pledges yet to be received ~ $40,983 Prospective shortfall $139,639 (This does not include needed landscaping or expense to remodel existing Fellowship Hall)

    Brett’s Bottom Line… Hey everybody, first off congratulations to Tyler Secrest for his decision to be baptized yesterday! He’s been coming to youth group for a number of months and have decided to give his life to Christ! Secondly, Young Christians weekend is around the corner, you need to be here at the church AS SOON AS SCHOOL GETS OUT on March 31st. Our plan is to have wheels up by 3:30pm! Thirdly the Pajama Movie party is going to be on March 22nd. We’re going to start at 5:30pm and will go to 7:30pm. Fourthly, we are also needing baked goods for our bake sale this year. We are going to need them Monday March 20th in the old kitchen. Brett

  • Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Place: Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church Cost: Preregister now for only $15(before March 19th) Register on the day of event for $20

    Includes: Lavender Springs Spa Guide, Encouragement Pendant, Mini Spa Bag with Devotions and lunch You may register by bringing your registration form and your $15 fee to the church office or mail to Mary Hamilton, 25386 NW Montana Rd – Garnett, KS 66032 by Sunday, March 19. This will be a special time of sharing for women of all faiths in our community.

    Please plan to attend and bring a friend!

    CONGRATULATIONS TYLER SECREST … on your decision to be baptized Sunday, March 12th, 2017! First Christian Church is so excited to see you take this step in your Christian walk by making your public statement to be a follower of Jesus! If you would like to send Tyler a card of congratulations his address is:

    32394 NE Neosho Rd – Garnett, KS 66032 Praise the Lord! Please remember to pray for Tyler as he begins to serve with this congregation as a new believer in Christ.

    I want to offer a very special thanks to everyone involved in the concert last night! It was such a blessing to see the church worshiping for 2 hours together! I want to thank Mark, Carmen, Bethany & April Powls, Phil Schatzer, Ian Rockers, Jenna, Virgil & Bryar Wight, Catie Friend, Natasha Goetz, Maggie Reinert, Jon Borne, Nate Wiehl for the huge amount of effort that you invested to make this concert possible! I want you to know that you led me and many others before the throne of God in worship! Thanks so much! I would also like to thank the many people who brought cookies and snacks! I tried a couple more than I should have and they were all amazing! Also need to offer special thanks to those who set up and tore down chairs and equipment! Not to mention the gals who served in the kitchen! What a great way to break in the new building! I personally did not count but was told by someone that they counted 186 people! Regardless of the number of people it was a great time of fellowship and praise! I am sure that God is glorified! The Special Donation total for this event was $783. Thank each and every one for the outpouring support of the evening Concert and for our new Family Life Building.

  • Prayer Concerns for Our Church Families *Long Term: *Lois Gebert *Clarence Hermann *Jim Jordan *Wilma McIntosh *Nelda Potter *C B Harris *Cheryl Harris *Steve Watkins *Linda Miller *Linda Benjamin *Betty Penn

    Extended Family & Friends *Long Term: *New Building Construction *All her family (request by Wilma McIntosh) *Parker Monhollon (requested by Sandra Hamilton) *Steve Richardson (son of Reed & Carol) *Luke Rockers (son of Jody Cole) * Clarann Kempnich (request by Mary Hamilton) *Ray & Nancy Foltz (request by Nancy Horn) * Bill & Lola Thornton * Sandy (Potter) Peine (sister of Marsha Dulin) *the leaders of our country *our veterans and troops God Bless America!

    Our Loved Ones in Care Centers Dear Lord, send your blessings on those living in long-term

    healthcare facilities and nursing homes. Amen

    Guest Home Estate - 806 West 4th Ave Vernon Hunt, Ruth Gorrell, Robert Young, Betty Penn

    Parkview Heights - 101 North Pine Jean Brown, Olive Kline, Max Ratliff, Marcene Jasper, Jerry Gettler, Sr

    Residential Living Center - PO Box 407 Bill Young, Vera Wills (aunt of Phyllis Adams)

    Ralph Hamilton (father of Leroy) Comfort Care Home - 27 E Rockwood Dr - Ottawa, KS 66067

    Birdie Zentner Our Military, Veterans & Troops

    Dear Lord, We give thanks to you for our brave men and

    Women in uniform and we pray for your love to lead them and

    your wisdom to guide them each and every day. Amen

    South Korea: Matthew Schryer - Grandson of Frieda Hurt & nephew of Marcia Spring Air Force: Tim Greening, grandson of Twyla Duryea

    Prayer Concerns for our church families and friends "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

    For His mercy endures forever." Psalm 136:1

    March 12 ~ Week 1

    Janet Stroberg (sister in law of Karen Miller)

    Becky Roush (sister of Carolyn Schuster)

    Trenity Marschel (Mark & Sondra Grieshaber)

    People who have lost homes, possessions, livestock, etc from wild fires across Midwest this past week. (Gayla Corley)

    PRAISE: Thank you for the prayers for Casey “Velvick” Gaines (Jay & Barbi Velvick)

    March 5 ~ Week 2

    Nancy Lake (cousin), a friend Mike and Greg Kroft (Gayla Corley)

    Maurice & Carol White (brother and sister in law of Loydene West)

    Jim & Ray Foltz, Dixie Scobee (Rosemary Turner)

    John Hermreck & Becky Roush (Carol Hermreck) February 26 ~ Week 3

    Terry Martin – (Son in law of Gladys Young)

    Jim Blevins & Rose Dennison (Rosemary Turner) If you wish continued prayers, please note: After 3 weeks your prayer request will be removed unless you write it on the Sunday flap or send an email to Marsha Dulin at [email protected] Thank you!

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Wednesday, March 15, 29

    ROOTS ~ 5:30 p.m. Meal ~ 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Lesson time

    Thursday, March 16, 23, 30

    Christian Crafters: 10:00 a.m. ~ Annex

    Ladies Bible Study ~ 7:00 p.m. ~ Annex

    Saturday, March 18, 25

    Men’s Breakfast & Devotions ~ 7:00 a.m. ~ Fellowship Hall

    Sunday, March 19, 26

    Legacy ~ Fellowship Hall ~ 5:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.

    Monday, March 20, 27

    Christian Woodworkers ~ 8:30 a.m. ~ At Darwin Hamilton’s

    Tuesday, March 14, 21, 28

    Prayer Group ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ Annex

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    Thursday, March 16

    Care Team ~ 7:00 p.m. ~ Fellowship Hall

    Sunday, March 19 Mission Haiti Team leaving and returning March 24 Education Committee Meet following 10:30 a.m. Worship Services

    Wednesday, March 22 Spring Break Movie & Pajama Party Night - 5:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.

    Thursday, March 23

    Food Distribution ~ 4:00 p.m. ~ Quonset Hut North Lake

    Saturday, March 25 “Be Refreshed” at Lavender Springs Spa – 9:00 a.m. ~ United Methodist Church – Registration forms in window by church office. Sunday, March 26 Worship Committee Meet following 10:30 a.m. Worship Services

    Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2

    Young Christians Weekend at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.

    Important Dates in April you won’t want to miss out on!

    Sunday, April 9 Palm Sunday

    Friday, April 14 Good Friday Services

    At the Church of the Nazarene 258 West Park Road

    12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

    Sunday, April 16

    Easter Sunday Sunrise Services Garnett North Lake Shelter House

    6:30 a.m. Nursing Home Worship Services

    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday, April 30

    Singspiration at the Church of the Nazarene

    6:30 p. m.

    Dear First Christian Church Family, We have received information of the upcoming 80th birthday of Virginia Massey on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Virginia was a member and dear friend of FCC for many years. In the last few years she has been living in Kechi, KS to be close to her family. Virginia’s family are hosting a “come and go” reception from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the home of Teresa Chaney. Let’s brighten her day by filling her mailbox with cards of Birthday Wishes on her special day. Cards may be sent to: Virginia Massey ~ 241 Prairie Creek Ct ~ Kechi, KS 67067

    Happy Birthday Wishes to

    Virginia Massey from FCC

    “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;

    knock, and it will be opened to you.”

    Jesus to his disciples, Matthew 7:7

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  • Thank you ALL who came out Saturday to clean on the Family Life Center to prepare for the concert on Sunday! You were

    all so appreciated.

    BATHROOM DUTY!

    PHOTO BOMBED!

    HARD WORKING

    FLOOR DUTY

    WINDOW DUTY

    HIGH AND LOW

  • KITCHEN DETAIL…

    BREAK TIME… THE FOOD…

    AN AMAZING AND BLESSED EVENING… THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE THIS

    EVENING POSSIBLE…IT WAS AWESOME!

  • FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH ELDERS Roger Adams: 448-8172 *Kevin Lewis: 204-2257 Doug Meyer: 913-909-7680 Jason Sjorlund: 448-7660 Steve Spring: 448-2491 Larry Varvel: 448-5794

    FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH DEACONS

    Ron Anderegg: 448-6366 Jonathan Born: 620-340-7784 Dane Byerley: 785-304-2831 *Cody Clark: 448-8093 Craig Cole: 448-4504 Gaylon Corley: 448-8373 James Dodd: 785-418-5479 Jeff Finn: 620-431-8486 Greg Gwin: 229-5105 Leroy Hamilton: 204-2162 Aaron Hedrick 304-1236 Jason Miller: 448-7110 Earl Peine: 448-6186 Nathan Wiehl: 204-2178 Lynn Wilson 448-3451

    Mike Zentner: 204-1105

    PASTORS AND SECRETARY Chris Goetz Senior Pastor Phone: 503-474-7965 Email: [email protected] Brett Hartman Children & Youth Phone: 620-215-1524 Email: [email protected] Marsha Dulin Secretary Phone: 785-448-4367 Email: [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]:620-215-1286mailto:[email protected]

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