1/29/2017 Bulletin


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9am – 10am – Children & Adult Bible Classes
10:30am – Worship Begins


LifeQuest Discipleship Program available at the Events Counter for $5.

Sign up for Wednesday Dinner Served 5 – 6 PM. Options are Sloppy Joe with chips and slaw, Grilled Chicken Salad, or Kid’s meal. $5/person, $20/family maximum. Kids under 5 yrs. old eat free. Sign up and pay at the Events Counter or online at fccfm.org.

MISSION SUNDAY – Expand – Join a Movement!

Wednesday Night Programming  Connection Groups for all ages. Classes start at 6:30 PM. Adults will meet in the Family Center for “Word of the Week”, led by Gary Cox.

New Mission Systems International

Susan Caple is the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Senior Leadership Team with New Missions Systems
International.  NMSI exists to engage, prepare and support people to proclaim Christ and make disciples globally. NMSI missionaries serve in 23 countries fulfilling their individual calling to cross-cultural ministry. We have partnered with NMSI through the years from giving office space when the first moved to Florida to sending families from our church as missionaries all over the world.

D and M along with their 3 children serve in an Eastern
European country.  They are beginning their 8th year of
overseas service. D is an agriculturist and enjoys discipling local men young in their faith. M spends time with mothers and their children, encouraging and training young parents to raise up Godly kids.

Jim and Sveta Vogel serve with New Mission Systems International, providing care for NMSI missionaries serving in Asia, especially those in the first term of service. NMSI has over 30 men and women (+ children) serving in Asia in countries of Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia. They are proclaiming Christ through church planting, community development and marketplace ministries.

Tim and Lorna serve in the Maasai community of Narok district where Tim coordinates church leadership training, education development, food and water security, health development, ministry to orphans and vulnerable children and income-generating projects. The challenges of disease, poverty and a lack of relationship with Jesus prompted them to start AfricaHope in 2003, where Tim continues to serve as the director. The goal is to expand AfricaHope’s ministry and philosophy to other parts of Africa.

Matt Miller serves as the Communications & Projects Manager for Ends of the Earth Cycling believes everyone deserves the same access to the Gospel, and they are willing to go to the “ends of the earth” to see that vision fulfilled by the power of Christ. Matt helps put on multi-day bicycling tours throughout the U.S.  Through these tours, Ends of the Earth Cycling has raised over $365,000 to promote and resource youth ministry around the world, impacting over 11 countries to date. To God be the Glory!

Please visit nmsi.org for more information on these missionaries.

SEEK & SAVE – Mission Ministries of First Christian Church.

J.D. & Jenny Whitney serve with Mission Training International (MTI) in Colorado Springs, CO. MTI provides pre-field training in culture and language acquisition as well as debriefing and renewal programs for returning missionaries.  JD & Jenny live in Colorado Springs, CO with their 4 children:  Corbin, Josiah, Elijah & Acacia.  mti.org

Gabe & Melissa Hillman serve with the ministry team of Josiah Venture, a youth ministry equipping young leaders in Central and Eastern Europe. Gabe serves as the Bulgaria country leader, with the focus of coaching national youth leaders in developing and expanding their youth ministries and making disciples who make disciples, which is done through individual and small group relationships. The Hillmans also serve as local youth leaders in their local church where Melissa leads Fitness Dance for young girls. They have 4 children; Isabelle, Noah and Samuel and Elijah. There are praying to have 18 on the Bulgaria team by 2018.           www.josiahventrue.com

Mike & Karen Osborn (Wycliffe Bible Translators) were members of First Christian Ft Myers and Mike served as an Elder and member of the missions team. They joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2010. He is now an Associate Director – his focus is on helping new Wycliffe missionaries and established missionaries with skills for successful connection and financial health. Karen serves as a campus volunteer at JAARS, assisting the residents of Wycliffe senior apartments.

Lake Aurora Christian Camp, Inc. is owned by First Christian, Ft Myers, along with 78 other Christian Churches in central Florida. Established in 1947, the Lake Aurora campus has grown from 20 to 80 acres. Located on a crystal clear, spring-fed lake, surrounded by wooded oak forest and citrus groves it is a place to experience God’s Creation and see lives change! At the heart of the Lake Aurora ministry lie its programs. Over 70 years of experience provide summer camp for youth entering 1st through 12th grade along with opportunities for families, adult, teen and special needs retreats. Lake Aurora is a Summer youth camp, a retreat site, and an Educational arm of the churches.  Lakeaurora.org

LWM has been taking the Gospel to the people in Northwest Haiti for over 30 years through building churches and schools and meeting the most immediate needs of the people. This past season, Hurricane Matthew and a subsequent flash flood
destroyed the homes in Petite Paradise leaving 25 families homeless and claiming the lives of 6 people, 4 of which were children. Today there are 2 teams in Haiti building roofs, finishing 10 new homes, and completing a new school that will provide temporary housing,  as families wait for their new home to be built. We praise God for his provision that makes all of this possible. www.livingwaterhaiti.org

Midwest Food Bank, a faith-based, non-denominational nonprofit organization, was started in 2003 when the Kieser
family began providing food out of a barn on their family farm.  Midwest Food Bank serves over 900 organizations across the Midwest, South, and East Africa.  We currently serve nearly 60 SWFL non-profit organizations. Paul Csotty is the Director of Community Relations for Midwest Food Bank.   www.Midwestfoodbank.org

Lifeline Family Center, Inc. opened its doors to its first resident on February 15, 1996, and is a two-year residential and educational Christian program for at-risk pregnant young women in crisis pregnancies. We provide these young moms the opportunity to become part of the Lifeline Family – a family that will stand beside them while they are pregnant, coach them through the births of their babies, and encourage their learning up to the children’s second birthdays.

Verity is a medical clinic and pregnancy help center serving those facing an unplanned pregnancy with pregnancy testing, ultrasound, options counseling and classes in childbirth and parenting. We minister to those with a past abortion decision with counseling and Bible study that leads to hope and healing. We offer testing for sexually transmitted disease. All these services provide many opportunities to share the gospel with those who need to hear that Jesus saves and loves them.    www.Veritypmc.com

Steve Koch of Agape Flights is a non-profit Christian aviation
ministry, ECFA accredited, based in Venice, FL. Agape Flights transports continuous and critical supplies to support over 370 missionaries, their families, and their unique missions, since 1980 Agape is committed to serve the good news of Jesus Christ through the missionaries it serves in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. Steve Koch is on the Board of Directors & Pilot for Agape Flights.    www.Agapeflights.com

Kane Miller – Christian Campus Fellowship, or CCF, is a community of college students from a variety of backgrounds that desires to further the reach of the Gospel at Florida State University. Our mission statement is “Devoted to Christ, Devoted to Campus” which means that we seek to live our lives with the same heart and passion as Jesus Christ would if He were a student at FSU. Kane has been the Director of CCF for 5 years now.  Kane loves sports and spending time with his wife of 8 years, Liz and two children, Elijah (5) and Annabelle (2).   fsuccf.com

Truschinger Family – Campus Christian Fellowship at Truman University strives to help college students love God with all of their hearts, souls, minds, and strength.  Brian is CCF’s Administrator, but building relationships and community are what drive his work in
finances and facilities.  Amanda works as CCF’s bookkeeper and the ministry has become a place of service for the entire
Truschinger crew!  Brian and Amanda both came to Christ through CCF’s ministries during their own college years, leading them to make FCC their first church home.  For more
information www.ccftruman.org.

Kerry & Lisa Eastridge – Impact Christian Campus Fellowship is a local ministry focusing on college students who primarily attend FGCU.  Kerry Eastridge is our Impact missionary who serves as the campus minister.   He is thankful for the quality students and interns who make up the Leadership Team this semester.  The faithful support of First Christian Church is gratefully appreciated.   www.impactcampusministries.com

Hoops on Mission is excited about embarking on a new journey of building relationships with the youth to educate, encourage, and empower them to dream bigger through basketball. We have been expanding our efforts to mentor youth throughout local schools in Lee County and inspire them.     www.Hoopsonmission.org


Sunday, February 5 SuperBowl Party We will gather in the south parking lot. Bring your own tailgate! We will be watching the game until after halftime.

Tuesday, February 7 Community Bridge Event  “Inspiring the Healthy Lifestyle” – a free event, held in the Fellowship Hall at 6 PM, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. Dinner provided. Pickup a flyer at the Information Counter for details on

Thursday, February 22 Lunch Bunch Join us at the Oasis Restaurant, located at 2260 MLK Blvd, Fort Myers at 11:30 AM. Please reserve your seat at the Events Counter.

Cornerstone Trip April 23-29, 2017  Myrtle Beach, Charleston, SC. & Savannah, GA. Total cost $609/per person. (Based on
double occupancy) Balance is due February 16. Please visit the Events Counter for more information.