Outreach Opportunities Plentiful At First Christian Church

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Outreach plays an integral part of any church, but the FCC motto is “A church of service, not lip service.” Gail Rich, as the new FCC outreach coordinator, has dived headfirst into the motto with gusto. Officials said, "Readers will begin to see more of all the activities that FCC is involved in and what a difference we are making in the community. We invite you to join in as much as you like."

Aside from regularly sponsored activities such as NA meetings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, FCC members are a taking long look at community needs, rolling up their sleeves and responding accordingly. Although it has not been as hot as it was last summer, to anyone without air conditioners or fans, the heat can become oppressive, even life-threatening. Due to the recent emergencies in the city and flooding in South Pittsburg, the Salvation Army has requested aid to replenish their stores. Box fans and bottled water are needed. Drop off these items in the Donation Center of the church lobby through Aug. 11.

School starts Aug. 8 and help is needed to aid less fortunate Brown Academy students. Tennessee tax-free shopping takes place this weekend, so FCC members are encouraged to purchase school supplies to aid the students. Clothing is also in need for residents of Chattanooga Room in the Inn. Again, the Donation Center in the church lobby serves as the drop off point for any of these items.

Requests from FCC members resulted in designating three hours one day per month as volunteer time at the Chattanooga Food Bank. More information will be available soon.

Senior Pastor Paul Rebelo is back from vacation and plans to present a message entitled “Worry free life…yeah right!” 

Officials said, "For those persons not familiar with Pastor Rebelo, you won’t want to miss his humor interspersed with a compelling message. Join us at First Christian Church on Aug. 4 at 10:45am. Persons with hearing loss also can enjoy the service using assistive listening devices, or the captioning available on many Sundays."

Like to get dirty? Then you are just the person to become involved in the Habitat for Humanity Mud Run on Aug. 17. FCC plans to participate and is need of additional volunteers to form a team representing the church. Additional volunteers are needed in a non-racing capacity to assist with registration, parking and obstacles.

First Christian Church is at 650 McCallie Ave. Its unique motto is a “Church of Service, Not Lip Service.” Visit Firstchristian-chat.com, like us on Facebook, or call the church office at 267-4506 for more information.


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