Document 8514

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Word from the Associate Pastor
am a spur of the moment guy. If a
good idea strikes me – a new place to
eat, a fun free event or activity, or an
opportunity to invite friends over – my
mouth will often speak before my
brain does the thinking. This can lead
to delicate situations with those
around me who like to have things
planned out well in advance.
It seems to me that the religious
leaders of Jesus’ day wouldn’t have
minded being clued in on Christ’s
imminent arrival. They wouldn’t have
minded some preparation time.
Instead, Christ came silently, swiftly,
and suddenly as a precious child.
There may have been a handful of
warning signals, but for most people,
Jesus was just another baby being born
to a poor family in an insignificant part
of the world.
Christmas is a season that requires
preparation. We have family
gatherings to plan for. We have gifts to
purchase. We have parties and
volunteer opportunities that must be
marked in to our calendars. We have
worship services to attend. And in the
midst of that, we are called to make
way for the Lord in our hearts and
lives. It’s a lot of preparation,
especially when Christ is far from our
thoughts and attitude when we are
standing in line with rude, impatient
folks in Walmart or not sure how we
will have the money to pay for all the
things we hope to get our loved ones.
But Christmas is also a season that
must simply be experienced as is. It is
a season where there can be surprise
around every corner. It is a season
when an unexpected gift from a loved
one can bring tears to our eyes. It is a
season where candlelight and ancient
melodies can stir our hearts to see God
and this world in a new light. It is a
season where giving and sharing turn
out to be the best presents we can give
ourselves. It is a season of quiet,
startling moments that lead us deeper
into God’s truth and gracious power.
For Mary and Joseph – for the
shepherds and wisemen – for the
entire world – Jesus’ coming was a
surprise, a startling movement of
God’s love. How could anyone fully
prepare for such a gift? And yet that is
our challenge this Advent season –
prepare… prepare to be surprised.
Nathan Hill
Sunday, December 7
Advent Craft Workshop and Luncheon
Crafts for children, youth and adults alike!
Wednesday, December 10
All-Church Christmas Party
♦ Prime Rib dinner--$7.50 for adults; $3.00 for children
♦ Children’s Christmas Musical (See back cover for additional info)
♦ Visit by Santa Claus
Volume 4, Number 40
Inside this Issue:
Class Articles
Keith’s Keynotes
Compassion Action
Church Calendar
Joys & Concerns
Service of Consolation
& Remembrance
Special Points of Interest:
Mike’s Kids
Word from the Parish
Wellness Minster
New Church Website
Special Events at EDCC
Fowler Facts #2
“Beneath a Shining Star”
Joint Cabinet Meeting
December 7th
Rev. Deborah Morgan
8:30 am - Chapel
10:50 am - Sanctuary
Mark 13: 24-37
This Sunday, December 7th is the LAST day to
donate to Mike’s Kids.
(972) 475-1599 or
Contact Bob Counts at
(972) 814-4282 for additional
Sunday, November 23 we welcomed Angela, Ed, Ethan, Edward, and Andrew Ortega to our church
family. The boys are already very active in Children’s Church. The Ortegas live at 3128 Crest Ridge Drive,
Dallas, 75228.
On Sunday, November 30 Cindy Huggins and Greg Byrne (both regular visitors) joined our church family.
Cindy resides at 18600 Dallas Parkway, #1011, Dallas 75287, email [email protected]
Greg lives in our neighborhood. His address is 7515 Live Oak, #319, Dallas 75204.
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Volume 4, Number 40
East Dallas Christian Church
NOVEMBER 30, 2008
D id everyone notice the red
chairs on the right side as you
come into the room? Apparently
some extras from the Sanders
Class. Joe Gilbert accompanied by
Carolyn Frenzel led the 46 present
in singing. R. L. Swindell
announced the 52 nd anniversary
for Wes and Ann Sanders.
Members needing prayers are
John Bullard at Fowler (would
love to have visitors), Jean Gilbert
at Walnut Place Rehab, Ann
Sanders as she continues
treatment, Betty Counts scheduled
for surgery on Thursday, and
Dawn Kilpatrick. We had one
guest, the Hartman’s daughter-inlaw. Joanne Wilson gave a very
meaningful prayer, including a
poem about prayer.
Ginger Hartman brought the
lesson today on “Persecution
Within the Community,” from
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
She wanted to know how many
read the lesson, as she felt it was
a rather difficult lesson to teach.
Paul was proud of the church he
founded in Corinth, but he felt
that there were false prophets
during the time he was gone.
Why did he stress all the
suffering he had been through?
He loved this church and wanted
the people to understand that
Jesus wanted the people to be
free of many of the Jewish rules,
except the Ten Commandments.
Remember Paul worked so hard
to establish the Christian Church
and think what we can do today,
i.e., visit the sick, help the needy,
and bring the message of Jesus
Wes Sanders had several
announcements. This is the last
chance to make reservations for
the Party on Friday; there will be
an officers’ meeting immediately
following the party to select new
officers; congregational meeting
after the 11:50 service; followed by
lunch; and Akiko Nakahara’s
piano recital at 2:00 in the
Helen Hillbish
NOVEMBER 30, 2008
H ow delighted Song Leader
Les Findley and all of us were to
musically accompany Rev. Nathan
Hill’s accomplished wife
Yunkyong as she played our
favorite hymns, and to listen
carefully to Dorothy Loyd’s most
comprehensive opening prayer!
Fifth Sundays are special
occasions for us when Rev. Bob
Gartman takes over the podium.
He captivates us with his Biblical
knowledge. His lesson from 2
Corinthians 11 and 12 recalled
the tough life Paul endured for
the sake of Christ!
In VP Boyd Queen’s, Care Leader
Pat William’s and our own daily
prayers are get well thoughts for
recuperating president, Mildred
G i l b e r t ( n o w a t h om e w i t h
assistance from sister, Flo), teacher
Weldon Bell’s wife, Kate (in
Meadow rehab), A.B. Tate in Pearl
Norden rehab, as well as all our
homebound members. Our thanks
again to Social Leaders Martha
Stone and Robbie Brawner for organizing an unforgettable December 3 Open House in our elegant
Church parlor!
Elieen Thomas
you believe it’s December
and only 3 weeks till Christmas?
Wow! I hope each of you will take
time during this busy season for
quiet, peaceful moments as well as
t h e j o y f u l c e l e b r a t io n s ! O u r
Concert Series has already
presented 3 wonderful concerts. I
am so proud of our Chancel Choir,
Andrea Talladino and Akiko
Nakahara for presenting these
inspiring concerts. Thank you to
those who have attended and
supported this Series.
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Our upcoming, “SING WE NOW
OF CHRISTMAS” is rapidly
upon us. Can we fill the
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
sanctuary this year? With your
help, I believe we can! Please,
invite your family, friends and
work associates to this incredible
night of music. There are plenty of
Concert Brochures and Postcards
available for you to pick up at
anytime. The Chancel Choir, Brass
Fusion and The Singing Girls of
Texas will present a variety of
pieces, Traditional, Classical,
Jazzy, Sacred & Secular selections:
something for everyone!
Keith Critcher
East Dallas Christian Church
Dear Fellow
women I
know are great
at taking care of
their loved ones
and others, but
fail to notice
their own signs and symptoms. I
received this information at work
today from our pharmacist and
felt it might help our busy
“Disciple Women & their Special
Disciple Men” of this message
from an emergency room nurse
that experienced a heart attack.
Wom en a nd MI (Myocardial
Infarction) heart attacks rarely
have the same dramatic symptoms
that men have when experiencing
a heart attack. You know, the
sudden stabbing pain in the chest,
the cold sweat, grabbing the chest
& dropping to the floor that we
see in the movies.
According to this emergency room
nurse ‘She had a heart attack at
about 10:30 PM with NO prior
exertion, NO prior emotional
trauma that one would suspect
might have brought it on. She was
sitting all snugly & warm on a
cold evening, with her purring cat
in her lap, reading an interesting
story her friend had sent her and
actually thinking, ‘A-A-h, this is
the life, all cozy and warm in her
soft, cushy Lazy Boy with her feet
propped up.
A moment later, she felt that
awful sensation of indigestion,
when you’ve been in a hurry and
grabbed a bite of sandwich and
washed it down with a dash of
water, and that hurried bite
seems to feel like you’ve
swallowed a golf ball going
down the esophagus in slow
motion and it is most
uncomfortable. You realize you
shouldn’t have gulped it down so
fast and needed to chew it more
thoroughly and this time, drink a
glass of water to hasten its
progress down to the stomach.
This was her initial sensation …
the only trouble was that she
hadn’t taken a bite of anything
since about 5:00 pm.
After it seemed to subside, the
next sensation was like a little
squeezing motions that seemed
to be racing up her SPINE
gaining speed as they continued
racing up and under her sternum
(breast bone), where one presses
rhythmically when ministering
This fascinating process
continued on into her throat and
branched out into both jaws.
NOW she was no longer puzzled
at what was happening, she was
having a Heart Attack. (pain in
the jaws is one signal of an MI)…
She knew to call 911, unlock her
door, lie down on the floor near
by where she lost consciousness.
She indicated this all happened
over a period of 4-5 minutes and
not the seemly 20-30 minutes. I
will not share the rest, but she
was hospitalized and treated.
She asked that we post the
following information to every
woman over 35:
1. Be aware that something very
different is happening in your
body, not the usual men’s
symptoms but inexplicable things
happening. The indigestion that
won’t go away the hurting in your
jaw. And especially if this is pain
you never had before.
2. Note to call the “Paramedics”
And if you can, take an “Aspirin.”
Tell them your symptoms. Do Not
try to drive yourself to the ER –
you are a hazard to others on the
road. Do Not have your panicked
husband drive either, who will be
speeding and looking anxiously at
what’s happening with you instead of the road.
3. Do Not call your doctor --- he/
she doesn’t know where you live
and if it’s at night you won’t reach
him/her anyway, and if it’s
daytime his/her assistants (or
answering service) will tell you to
call the Paramedics.
4. Don’t assume it couldn’t be a
heart attack because you have a
normal cholesterol count.
Research has discovered that an
elevated cholesterol reading is
rarely the cause of an MI (Unless
it’s unbelievably high and/or
accompanied by high blood
5. It is better to have a ‘false alarm’
visitation than to risk your life
guessing what it might be.
Let’s be careful and aware with
the one body God gave us. The
more we know the better chance
we could survive.
Staying Healthy &
Aware to Serve Others,
Patricia Maples
Parish Wellness Minster
Volunteer Opportunity
I f you would like the
opportunity to greet and
meet some of the families
who will be recipients of
your gifts to the Angel
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Tree, EDCC will be volunteering
at the Treasures of Hope
Christmas Store on Tuesday
evening, December 16. We will
meet at the church at 5pm, then
tra vel t ogether to t he store
located at Plaza of the Americas.
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We will work until the store closes
at 9 pm. If you would like to join
us as we share in the spirit of
giving, please call Janie in the
church office.
East Dallas Christian Church
Part 1 in a
A s promis ed,
here is the first
in a series of
articles to help
you get the most
out of our new
website. Before I go into a listing
of what it can do, I thought I
w ould sha re the ph ilosoph y
behind it and why we did it.
We have an incredible community
at East Dallas and I’m constantly
amazed as people step up to move
things along in the life of our
church through teaching Sunday
school, preparing meals and the
work of all of the great
committees. It wasn’t until I
started attending cabinet meetings
that I realized everything that we
do as a church community. The
work we do doesn’t just happen
on Sunday, nor does it only
happen within the walls of our
church. That is why we launched
our new web site community. We
h ope t h a t it w i l l s e r ve a s a
foundation to share what we do
with the rest of the world.
Public Visitors: Our new site
gives visitors to our site the ability
to get an understanding of who
we are, what we do, what we
believe and everything that goes
on in the life of our church. We
allow visitors to ‘meet the
ministers’ as well as ‘meet the
members’ through the ‘Why this is
my church’ articles. Just like in the
printed books, last names have
been removed for privacy
reasons. What is important is
that your stories be shared with
people who may have the same
reasons to find a church home as
you did. A public calendar of
events is available - additionally,
all of the programs that the church
supports are listed with
opportunities to volunteer. Public
visitors can also keep up with our
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public church news, newsletters,
bulletins and printed versions of
the sermon. Soon we will have
our ministers sharing
conversations and thoughts on
each of their own blogs.
Registered Visitors: Registered
visitors are like public visitors,
but they are able to also register
for events (meals, concerts and
other special events in the life of
the church) and they are also able
to listen to audio recordings of
our sermons. Additionally,
registered visitors can take place
in the conversations on the
Minister blogs - sharing their
thoughts, ideas and
viewpoints. Registration is easy
and free.
Members: Members are able to
see all of this plus some very
specific member-only items like:
♦ Member calendar of all
activities happening in the
♦ Member news where
newsletter items and other
news is posted
♦ Joys, concerns and prayer
♦ Full ‘why this is my church’
♦ Pi cto r ia l di re ct or y (each
member determines if they
wish to participate by
posting their information)
♦ Member documents like
board minutes, by-laws and
other documents of interest
♦ Member marketplace where
people can post items and
services that need or have to
offer to other members (like
babysitting, or yard work, or
furniture for sale)
♦ Members can submit a
calendar request to have a
meeting or activity put on the
church calendar
♦ Submit a news article for the
♦ Make a suggestion of
something you would like to
see on the website, or in the
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
life of the church
There are also secure areas for
Elders, Deacons and Staff
where they can find serving
schedules and other related
To be able to gain access to the
member portion of the site, you
will need a member ID. This ID is
unique to each individual.
F a m i l i e s h a v e I D ’ s f o r e a ch
member. If you didn’t receive an
e-mail with your unique
member ID, please go to and
request yours and start taking part
in our exciting new on-line
In future articles, we will cover
each of these features in more
Tom Grounds
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Dan Busdiecker
Mark Byrkit
Bob Counts
Keith Critcher
Richard Dooley
Cathy Doyle
Mike Doyle
Dale Hogue &
Carol Hooten
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
December 7th
December 21st
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8:30 A.M. Worship
10:50 A.M. Worship
Children & Youth Classes
Adult Classes
Fowler Homes
East Dallas Christian Church
8:30 a.m.
Worship and Communion, Chapel
9:20 a.m.
Coffee Fellowship, Great Hall
9:30 a.m.
Church School Classes for all ages
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:50 a.m.
Worship and Communion, Sanctuary
Children’s Church, Education Wing
Children’s Choir Rehearsal
12:00 noon
Advent Workshop Luncheon & Crafts, Great Hall
12:15 p.m.
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
2:00 p.m.
ELM Board Meeting, St. Andrews
6:30 p.m.
Dynamics Class Christmas Party, Glasener hosting
9:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
ELM Classes
6:30 p.m.
Joint Church Cabinet Meeting, Great Hall
Complimentary Dinner with reservations
Josephine Court HOA Meeting, Disciples Room
7:00 a.m.
Elders Prayer Breakfast
9:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
ELM Classes
9:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
ELM Classes
10:00 a.m.
Bible Study, Disciples Room
2:30 p.m.
Staff Meeting
6:30 p.m.
All-Church Prime Rib Dinner, Great Hall
Children’s Choir Musical, “Beneath the Shining Star”
Participants and Guests, Reservations please!
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Sunday, December 7
Advent Workshop & Luncheon
Great Hall, 12:00 noon
Wednesday, December 10
Children’s Choir
Christmas Musical &
All-Church Christmas Dinner
6:30 p.m., Great Hall
Reservations please!
Monday, December 15
Service of Remembrance
6:30 p.m., Chapel
Tuesday, December 16
All-Church Disciples Women
Christmas Gathering
Hosted by Nancy Stalcup
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 20
NOW Class Christmas Party
Voigt’s Hosting, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 21
Sing We Now of Christmas
6:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Reception, Great Hall
9:00a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
ELM Classes
7:30 a.m.
Families First (EXCAP) Seminar, Great Hall, Nursery
8:30 a.m.
Worship and Communion, Chapel
9:30 a.m.
Church School Classes for all ages
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:50 a.m.
Worship and Communion, Sanctuary
Children’s Church, Education Wing
Children’s Choir Rehearsal
12:00 noon
Youth Christmas Party
12:15 p.m.
Sing We Now of Christmas rehearsals, Sanctuary
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Lucy Barnett
Mike French
Nikki Aldridge
Buddy Detzel
Patti Hill
Shirley Stafferd
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6:30 p.m.
Service of Remembrance, Chapel
Logan Garrett
Junior Dehayos
11:30-1:30 p.m. Disciples Women, All-Church Christmas Gathering
Joe and Nancy Stalcup Hosting
Anabelle Blackburn
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Bill Hendrix
Manda Soap
Matthew Whisennand
Jay Stanford
East Dallas Christian Church
Celebrating and giving thanks for:
♦ All children and youth, represented by Juin Stanford.
♦ All our young adults away at college or in town, including Christine Byrkit.
♦ Our new members, Greg Byrne and Cindy Huggins
♦ Laura and Tim Bateman’s news of the coming addition to their family!
♦ Akiko Nakahara’s awesome piano recital.
♦ The chapel and sanctuary decorated for Advent and Christmas, as well as the Advent devotional booklet.
Thanks to all who shared their gifts and talents.
♦ Our new church officers, elders and deacons for 2009.
♦ Harriet Beckstrom
♦ Sunny Stout
♦ Jean Gilbert
♦ Chris Ryer
♦ Mildred Gilbert
♦ Louise Lerch
♦ Kate Bell
♦ Family of Lt. Col. Steven Manley
♦ Doris Riddle
♦ Danna Moore
♦ Cathy Doyle
♦ Rev. Margaret Scales
♦ John Bullard
♦ Cub Scouts injured in Overton
♦ Betty Counts
for Ongoing Concerns in our Congregation:
♦ Dawn Kilpatrick
♦ Kim Mitchell
Pray for Ongoing Concerns Outside Congregation:
♦ Ann Sanders
♦ Tami Fonseca
♦ The Mitchell Family
Pray for our Military, especially:
Pray for those Outside our Congregation:
Boone Mooty
♦ Laurren Smith
for our Limited Activity Members:
♦ Lauren Hill
♦ Bob and Marvina Hauger
♦ Gene Maxa and family upon the death of
Pray for our Ministries, including:
Gene’s father
♦ The Angel Tree and Treasures of Hope
♦ Baby Angelina Madrigal and family
for our Committees at Work, including:
♦ Donna Robins’ sister Margaret
• Worship Committee
Monday, December 15
@ 6:30 pm
E ve ry ye a r, ED CC offe rs a
special service for those who find
the holiday season from
Thanksgiving to Christmas to be
an especially challenging time.
Whether we grieve the loss of a
loved one through death or
divorce, or the loss of job and/or comfort to us. There will be special
health, for some of us this is a time music and a time to light the
far removed from being “merry.”
candles of hope.
Caring for those who can not
care for themselves.
have the resources to care for the fun that was had when they
themselves and need some type of carried their gift for JFH wrapped
in white paper to the altar and
The Christian Church (Disciples of placing it under the Christmas tree,
Christ) has supported JFH with making a skirt of “snow”. Though
t i m e , t a l e n t s a n d m o n e t a r y i t i s n o t r e c o r d e d w h e n th i s
d o n a t i o n s l o n g b e f o r e t h e tradition began it is one that
r e l a t i o n s h i p b e g a n i n 1 9 0 4 . continues today.
The Service of Consolation and
Remembrance will be held in the
Chapel on Monday evening,
December 15 at 6:30 pm. It will
include scriptures that both share
o u r p a in a n d o ff e r w o r ds o f
Please feel welcome to attend this
service and invite friends and
family members that you feel might
also need to experience God’s
comforting peace.
Deborah Morgan
mission of Juliette Fowler
Homes Inc. is: to provide
residential facilities, care, and
support for the benefit of needy
children, youth, and elderly
persons who may seek its
protection and aid, administering
to their physical, moral,
intellectual, and spiritual needs,
without regard to the ability of
such persons to pay.
JFH is a nonprofit 501 c 3 social
service organization that is
dedicated to the mission. More
than 75% of the residents do not
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Congregations will remember the
JFH children residents singing at
their churches many years ago, or
placing their collected pennies for
JFH on the altar.
The Christmas holidays for many
congregations meant it was time to
collect the White Gifts. Many
church members reminisce about
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Not as many congregations
participate in the white gift
donations, many now include JFH
in their out reach ministry, while
others send mission trips to the
campus or assist with worship on
Sunday afternoon. Congregations
continue to be a very important
part of the JFH ministry.
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8:30 A.M.—Chapel
10:50 A.M.—Sanctuary
Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 A.M.
Rev. Deborah Morgan
Senior Minister
Rev. Nathan Hill
Minister of Church Life
Keith Critcher
Minister of Music and Worship
Jack Knox
Youth Minister
Patricia Maples
Parish Wellness Minister
Janie Autz
Director of Outreach Ministry
Raymond Tolentino
Business Administrator
Peggy McCurdy
Program Coordinator
Michael Plantz
Courtney Morgan
Building Superintendent
Phoebe Gonzales
Head Custodian
Wednesday, December 10
Children’s Christmas Musical
It’s dress rehearsal time for this year's Christmas
pageant, and the Stage Manager is whipping the
troops into shape for the performance. They’re all
here-angels, shepherds, and stars-but the one thing
missing is the true meaning of Christmas. Enter Mary,
Joseph, and the Child in the manger for a warm
reminder of that first Christmas night!
Directors: Laura Bateman, Dana Kelly & Joni Singer
Cast & Choir: EDCC Children's Choir with Daniel Wells
Monday, December 8, 2008
@ 6:30 pm, Great Hall
Join us as the 2008 Cabinet meets and greets the
2009 Cabinet to talk about an exciting “New Year”
Complimentary dinner with reservations!