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Upcoming
March
Sunday
7
2021

The Church has what the world doesn’t want: God’s Law, which always accuses us sinners, and His Gospel, which allows for no boasting on our part. To this day, Jewish leaders teach that God will not demand what we cannot achieve. What a stumbling block, preaching a Messiah who becomes a sacrifice for our failings, both in our actions and our very nature. The polytheistic society of Paul’s day and the secular one of ours both find the Law an encumbrance, preferring to judge by their own standards (or lack of them). What folly, our society believes, to preach a God who chooses people whom everyone knows to be weak. Today is a day for foolish preaching: Christ crucified, the power and wisdom of God.

Sunday School (Daniel)

Upcoming
March
Sunday
7
2021
9:30 AM

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study - Book of Daniel.
In Person or Live Stream.
 
The Book of Daniel is much more than a combination of miraculous stories and fantastic visions; it presents the Gospel of the promised Messiah and his eternal kingdom. However, interpreting Daniel is no easy task. This class will open up Scripture for us to explore themes relevant for today.

Links to past lessons:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

For more information email: Pastor Ray.

Children's Sunday School

Upcoming
March
Saturday
7
2021


We long for the return of Sunday School for children. On several occasions over the past few months we have had false starts thinking you were ready when you were not. Volunteer Sunday School teachers are willing to share the love of God with your kids. If your family is ready to resume attending Sunday School please visit with Family Life Minister Curtis so he can coordinate with the Sunday School Teachers.

For more information email: For more information email: Family Life Minister Curtis.

Sunday School (Jacob's Favorite Son)

Upcoming
March
Sunday
7
2021
9:30 AM

A multigenerational class for the Middle Schooler, the High Schooler, and anyone post High School. Parents are welcome to participate. Investigating the life of Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph as told in Scripture. Many parts of Joseph’s story are familiar. With the help of the Holy Spirit, our contextual examination will reveal truth and hidden gems that are relevant for today.

Chapter 40 God blesses Joseph even as Joseph is falsely in prisoned. Joseph continues to lift God before others (Genesis 40:8).

Lutherans For Life (Life Quote)

Upcoming
March
Sunday
7
2021

“Whether you are five or 35 or 65, there will be days when it seems to you that God has dropped it. When that happens, when the darkness threatens to close in on you, just go back to the simple truth that God taught you in your youth. Go back to the Word of Light, the Word that is Christ. ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ That will lighten the way for you, for us all.” Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer, The Lutheran Hour – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org

Stewardship

Upcoming
March
Sunday
7
2021

John 2:16 – “And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.’ ”
The Lord’s House is not a place to sell, but a place to receive and a place to give. It’s not a place for our schemes and plans. Instead the Church is a place for the Lord’s gracious giving and our faithful sacrifices in response.

Youth Group

Upcoming
March
Sunday
7
2021
6:00 PM

Sr High Youth Group meets Sundays @ 6:00-8:00 - Nurturing discipleship by building a community focused on the Word of God with food, studies, games, crafts, and cultural commentary.

For more information email: Family Life Minister Curtis.

Hollywood uses biblical accounts as background for their pictures. In Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), renowned archeologist, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant which the agents of Hitler believed to be a weapon. This week we will explore Scripture to separate fact from fiction.

Youth Jr

Upcoming
March
Sunday
7
2021
12:00 PM


Youth Jr, a youth group for elementary age kids.

As Easter approaches we often focus on the delights of spring or bunnies, color eggs, and chocolate candies in Easter Baskets. But, in this week's project we will also focus on the ministry, trial, death, and resurrection of Jesus while we make "Empty Tomb Gardens."



American Heritage Girls

Upcoming
March
Monday
8
2021
6:00 PM

Troop 1517 meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:00 PM.

"I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Lord. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common." - 1Cor 1:10 (The Message)

For more information email: Laura Nimmo.

Lifetree Cafe

Upcoming
March
9
2021
7:00 PM

Since the age of 4, Bob says he knew he was really a girl in boy’s body. Is it possible to have a civil conversation about gender identity? Let’s give it a try. Join us for “When He Becomes She” next week at Lifetree Café.

Midweek Bible Study

Upcoming
March
Wednesday
10
2021
10:00 AM



Pastor’s Weekday Bible Study

It is not to late to join Pastor Ray's midweek bible study on Wednesdays @ 10:00 in person or via live stream. A new thought provoking study begins next week. So far this year we have explored
Households of Faith when we were encouraged to apply spiritual disciplines into conversations. In the Footsteps of Paul (recently concluded) we examined the contextual frame work Paul experienced during his mission trips. Our next topic is worthy your attendance as God reveal His truth's through His word.

Puppets in Lent

Upcoming
March
Wednesday
10
2021
6:00 PM

Each year, the Christian church embarks on a forty-day journey leading up to Easter, known as the season of Lent. This season, Marionettes are telling stories of Gods love and the promises fulfilled in Christ Jesus on Wednesdays as part of a dinner theater opportunity.

Upcoming play: The Walls of Jerico.
God has promised to be with us wherever we go. When Joshua was leading God's people into the promise land, they encountered a culture that put their faith into the strength the walls that they built. God shows us that in Him all things are possible. We need not be afraid.

Passion Movies

Upcoming
March
Friday
5
2021
6:30 PM

Over the years Hollywood has made a number of films about the life of Jesus; King of Kings (1961), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Passion of the Christ (2004), and Son of God (2014). Each film brings a different perspective to the biblical story. Fridays in Lent @ 6:30 PM we are watching one of these films to evaluate the depicted film ions of Jesus with the Jesus of Scripture.

Puppet Practice for Easter

March
Sunday
7
2021
12:00 PM

Puppet Practice for the upcoming Easter production of Matthew’s Easter is on Saturdays in March. Each of the Gospel writers brought out different details in their testimonies. In this reenactment, Jesus tells His friends what He must endure to save us all. He is betrayed and handed over to his enemies. He is tortured and killed. His bewildered friends are trying to understand what it all means and then His tomb is found empty on Easter Morning.

Free Tax Preparation Locations

As of
February
Tuesday
16
2021

ARRP Tax Preparation

at these locations:

First Christian Church

201 Saint Mary Ave SW, FWB

Mon: 09:00 AM - 01 :00 PM
Tue: 09:00 AM - 01 :00 PM
Fri: 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Niceville Public Library

206 Partin Dr N, Niceville

Fri: 09:00 AM- 01:00 PM
Sat: 09:00 AM- 01:00 PM

Confirmation Saturdays

Upcoming
March
Saturday
6
2021
9:00 AM

Confirmation is a lifelong Christian education and relational experience, within the congregation, that began when you came to faith in Jesus Christ.


Unit Ten


Goal: With the help of the Holy Spirit, students can come to understand the purpose of God's Law in their lives.

Ten 5 - 5th Commandment


Lesson Objective: Given Scripture references TLSB, SC, and class discussion, students will...
1. define God’s definition of murder.

2. identify the historic Christian position concerning war (Just War).

3. compare and contrast the Ethical Monotheism understanding with our Christian understanding.

4. come to understand Christianity's impact upon the world as Christians lived out this commandment.

Confirmation Thursdays

Upcoming
March
Thursday
4
2021
5:00 PM

Confirmation is a lifelong Christian education and relational experience, within the congregation, that began when you came to faith in Jesus Christ.


Unit Ten

Goal: With the help of the Holy Spirit, students can come to understand the purpose of God's Law in their lives.

Ten 5 - 5th Commandment

Lesson Objective: Given Scripture references TLSB, SC, and class discussion, students will...
1. define God’s definition of murder.

2. identify the historic Christian position concerning war (Just War).

3. compare and contrast the Ethical Monotheism understanding with our Christian understanding.

4. come to understand Christianity's impact upon the world as Christians lived out this commandment.

Easter Egg Hunt Candy

March
Saturday
14
2021

We are in need of filled Easter eggs (non-chocolate please) for our community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 27th. Donations may be dropped off at the church office.


Egg Hunt

Upcoming
March
27
2021
10:00 AM

The Tradition of Easter Eggs: Second-century Christian missionaries encountered people in the North with pagan celebrations and evangelized to them using the symbols familiar to that culture. Christianity changed the pagan symbolism of the egg (nature’s rebirth) and linked it to the empty tomb – to Christ’s Resurrection and His victory over death. Lore that has developed around the decoration of Easter Eggs includes a tale about the mother of Jesus at the foot of the cross and Mary Magdalen’s visit to Jesus's tomb. Mary is said to have given eggs to the soldiers at the cross so that they would be less cruel. Her tears fell upon the eggs, spotting them with dots of brilliant color. Another tale explains that when Mary Magdalen went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, she had with her a basket of eggs. Upon arriving at the tomb she discovered the eggs had taken on a rainbow of colors. These story’s are not biblical but are useful examples of how Christians in the past took advantage of secular symbols to share the Gospel with the world around them. The prize found in today’s Easter Eggs can be an opening to describe the prize won for us through Christ’s work.

Easter Lilies

Upcoming
March
Sunday
28
2021


2021 Easter Lily Signups – Going on NOW!

We are using ten Lilies to adorn the Sanctuary in celebration of Easter (April 4th) this year. A signup sheet is locating in the Narthex next to the Flower Chart (near the drinking fountains).

Lilies are $8 each – Please place cash or check in an envelope and label Lilies for Easter along with your name and envelope # and drop off at the church office, or place in the Altar Guild box. For more information email: Jean.

Lent Meals

Upcoming
March
Wednesday
10
2021
5:30 PM

Ash Wednesday (February 17th) marked the first day of Lent and also our Wednesday meal service. The Youth Board is sponsoring meals prior to Wednesday services during the Lenten Season. Dinner is served from 5:30 until 6:15 PM.

Menu: Chicken and Noodles
Puppets: Walls of Jericho

Holy Week

Week of
March
Saturday
28
2021

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Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 28 8:00 & 10:45 AM
Maundy Thursday, April 1 @ 7:00 PM
Good Friday, April 2 @ 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday, April 4

Beach Sunrise Service @ 6:00 AM at Beasley Park, Okaloosa Island
Worship @ 8:00 AM & 10:45 AM - Sanctuary
Puppet Show @ 9:30 AM – Fellowship Hall
Pancake Breakfast @ 7:00 – 11:00 AM – Fellowship Hall

Lenten Sermon Series

March
Wednesday
3
2021


Wednesdays in Lenten
Meal @ 5:30 PM
Puppets @ 6:00 PM
Worship @ 6:30 PM

“Turn the Light On”
17 February - "Turn the Light One"
24 February - “Revealing Light”
3 March - “Convicting Light”
10 March - “Restoring Light”
17 March - “Turning on the Light”
24 March - “You Are The Light”

Youth Flash

Updated
February
Thursday
25
2021




A Youth Group newsletter on events and actives in Lent.

For more information email: Curtis.