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June 2012          

    First Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ )
    204 E. Graves ST / P O Box 872                 Rev. Dawn Rosignol, Pastor
    Burnet TX 78611                                      Pastor's Cell Phone: 830-613-9393
    Phone:512 756 2223                                Pastor's e-mail:revdawn.fccburnet@verizon.net
    Fax: 512-715-9684                                 Church Website: fccburnettx.org

Dawn reflections….

As a follow-up to my article in the May newsletter, I want to write more about my sabbatical leave time. It will be here very soon and I want to assure you of your continued care in my absence. Your Elders serve together as an Elder Body, providing valuable leadership to the church alongside me. I am very grateful for all that they give of themselves to this call on their lives. Not everyone is capable of serving as an Elder (remember, we all have our own individual spiritual gifts that are equally important to the whole of the ministry). I am so confident in the leadership capabilities of our 2012 Elder Body that I can leave on sabbatical with the peace and surety that all will be well in my absence. After all, as I reminded the Elders, God is in it with you!

It is only fitting that I leave on sabbatical the week following Pentecost, for Pentecost serves as our reminder that Christ didn’t leave the church to flounder in our limited capabilities. The church has been empowered with God’s Spirit, filling the church with all that we need to be church. One of the scripture passages that I’ve walked with ever since God called me into the ministry is 2Corinthians 3:4-6a: “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit.” This passage reminds me that, YES, we CAN be the church, no matter how challenging it might be! This passage also always grounds me in its reminder that we CAN’T be authentic church without the empowering presence of God.

During my sabbatical, your Elders will step up to more leadership responsibility and serve together as the Elder Body that God’s Spirit has inspired them to become. They will be available for any pastoral care needs that may arise. Should you have a pastoral care need while I am away, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Elders in your care group so that they may attend to your needs. Know that you go with me on sabbatical, in my heart and in my prayers. I’ll miss you and I ask for your prayers, that I experience the rest and renewal that I need, both physically and spiritually. Thank you, Church, for allowing me this opportunity to step away from the ministry for a short while. I look forward to hearing, upon my return, about all that God has done in and through you in my absence. Go Church! Be filled with God’s Spirit! Happy Pentecost!

With gratitude,

Building Relationships; Growing Faith; Welcoming All in Jesus Christ

     Of priorities and prayer….

   Our pastor has made preparation for her sabbatical. We, too, have been preparing. I would ask that during this time, we ALL commit to making church a priority in our lives. We need to be present; showing up is a big part of supporting the church! Be aware of pastoral needs and pass information along to elders. Worship will be different under the leadership of elders, and we’ll have sermons from outstanding guest preachers. The sermon series will be one you won’t soon forget. Your support and participation is very, very important.

While Dawn is away, let us engage in prayer for her. Pray that her time will be all that she needs it to be. Pray that she will return to us, rested and eagerly looking forward to continuing to serve God’s will for her life. Pray, too, for our church and for each other; we also need to constantly seek renewal and direction as we serve.

Take a deep breath! Step up! We are bound together in love, and I thank God for our church and for you all.


It has been exciting to see quite a few visitors over the last several months. I have observed the visitors being greeted and welcomed warmly by our congregation. Thanks to all for extending Christian love and hospitality to those who come through our church doors to worship with us as well as to those we encounter when we take “church” out of the building.                
     Blessed to serve with each of you,
                Michele Darling
                Committee chair

Open House
the Rosignols

Monday, May 28, 2012
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for food and fellowship at our home before we leave on sabbatical. Invitations and directions are available in the Fellowship Hall.

Richard & Roxanne Dunegan
12721 CR 200
Bertram, TX 78605
Home (512) 756-9396
Richard (512) 755-6847
Roxanne (512) 756-3059

The next Disciples Women meeting will be Saturday, June 9 at Tealicious (Dutch treat) at 11:00 a.m. Special guests will be new Burnet CISD Superintendent, Keith McBurnett and his wife, Pat. Keith will speak briefly about his philosophy for successful schools which includes servant leadership and I am certain that he will be willing to answer questions regarding school funding, state legislature and how it all effects children in our local schools. We will follow his presentation with a brief business meeting.

         Keith, Pat and their two sons will be moving to Burnet from Round Rock. I thought we could put together a welcome gift bag for them including an FCC coffee mug. Please feel free to bring an item to add to the bag. Suggestions would be something unique to the Burnet area or to “country life” such as a package of bluebonnet seeds, sweet pickles from Tea-Liscious, maybe some bbq spices, etc. Keith has already proven to be a practical jokester. . . if you run across a package of rubber insects, he would have new inventory to strategically place around the dministration offices!

         Please plan to attend. I will need a count to turn into Tea-Liscious, so let me know if you can attend by Sunday, June 3. Guests are always welcome.
Thank you!
Michele Darling

I will take your Blessing Box offerings to the Regional Women's Assembly to turn in during the Blessing Box dedication. You may write your check to "Disciples Mission Fund", and write "Blessing Box" in the memo line. I will need it by Sunday, June 17.

Disciples Women’s study continues on Thursdays at 5:30 pm through June.
     Hi All,
It’s been a great month of May so far, for the men’s ministry. We kicked off the month with a good turn out for the men’s final breakfast for the summer break. Roz did a great job on the breakfast burritos and we made a good dent on eating them. Before the breakfast Ernie gave a great devotional and Dawn blessed the meal.

The next event for the men was the clean up work at the Disciples Oaks Retreat Center in Gonzales. Again we had a good turn out from the men at our church. We went down on the 18th. Arriving around 4:00 P.M., and were treated to a chili dog meal (three each) by Roz. We had all the trimmings except for the Mexican cheese topping that I left at home in the fridge. We worked till dark mowing, trimming, and the plumbing, to work that chili dog meal off. We worked the next day till about 2:30 and then returned home. Hope everyone has a great summer off doing what you like to do best. The men will be helping around the church to keep things going We all need to pray that Dawn and Ron will return to us safely after her Sabbatical and their time off together.
Bobby Moore
Men's Rep

The Deacons will not meet during the summer. Our next meeting will be September 4, 2012. But don't forget we still will be serving you, Our Church Family. We want to also let you know that we are here to help in any way. Please just let us know.
Diana Moore
Deacon Chair

The Board approved taking advantage of the single stream recycling collection offered by the City of Burnet. (There will be an additional $3.99 charge each month to the utility bill.) A recycling cart should be delivered soon offering every other week pick up. Single stream means that we will be able to recycle items such as glass, paper, cardboard and plastics by simply placing these items in the provided container. Please put your church recyclables in the 2 blue recycling bins in Fellowship Hall and they will be put in the container for pick up. Please no trash in the blue bins!

Monday’s Kitchen for May:

Meals served:       176
Donations:       $51.25
Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow,
Lisa Nance

Remember LaCare with your food donations of peanut butter, mac-n-cheese, cereal, etc!!

Lisa Nance

Blessed to Bits group meets every Wednesday each month at the Arnolds’ house.

New Inserts for Directory

New Church Directory inserts with updated address and phone number information are now available on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

June 2012

June 4, 2012:
Cordinate     Lisa Nance
Set-Up Ann Knight
Cook      Lisa Nance
Bake None Needed
Serve 1) Michele Darling
2) Lisa Nance
3) Susan Clark
Clean-Up 1) Dale Ritchie
2) Judy Ritchie
June 11, 2012
Cordinate     Lisa Nance
Set-Up Ann Knight
Cook 1)     Lisa Nance
2) Sharon Childers
Bake 1) Sharon Childers
2) Oletha Miller
Serve 1) Sharon Childers
2) Lisa Nance
3) Susan Clark
Clean-Up 1) Laura Orr
2) Chuck Orr
June 18, 2012:
Cordinate     Susan Clark
Set-Up Ann Knight
Cook 1) Susan Clark
2) Michele Darling
Bake 1) Mary Alice Ross
2) Michele Darling
Serve 1)     Janie Howell
2) Celeste Bruton
3) Lutheran Volunteer
Clean-Up 1) Bobby Moore
2) Lutheran Volunteer
June 25, 2012: Epicenter
Monday’s Kitchen Served
April 30            83
May 7               52
May 14              53
May 21             53


      This summer a lot of fun things are planned for the children in our church and community. Operation Overboard will begin Monday July 16 through Friday July 20, 2012. There will be a meal every night beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continue through the evening till 8:00p.m. Our night for meal and snacks will be Wednesday night. We will be serving Sloppy Joes and trail mix that night. I need volunteers to help serve and clean up afterwards. Look for a list of items needed on the table in the foyer. Please consider how you can help make this a truly spiritual week for the children involved.

A truly wise person will see tomorrow in every child’s eyes.

      Coming up in August is our fourth annual Worship Arts Camp, August 6 through August 10th. The night will begin with a meal, and then the children will explore worship through music, drama and art. Sunday morning, the children will put what they have learned into experience filled worship service. Come join us for a week full of fun and laughter. Please let me know if you can help. We need help serving the meal and help for the teachers leading the classes.

People who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will either be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them.
Thank you,

Dear Dawn,
I wanted to thank you again for all of your support and prayers for my mom and my family. She thought the world of you and your members. Mom’s service was perfect and meant so much to me personally.
I’ve enclosed a donation for the church which has blessed all of our lives.
Margy House
(Jan Holleman’s daughter)

I want to thank the Church so very much for hosting the Graduation Reception/Celebration on Sunday to honor Brandon and me. The party and all the cards and gifts were so thoughtful and greatly appreciated. Sharon Tippie's cakes were awesome and delicious; and the Bible that Dawn presented us was very special. Thank you for making this day so wonderful and memorable!
Andi McDaniel

June 17-23 –BBA CYF Conference (9-12 grades)
Regular fee due by May 25

June 24-30 – Eighters’ Camp (8th grade)
Early-bird fee due to church office by May 22
      so we can have it to BBA office by the May 24 deadline
Regular fee due by June 8

July 9-14 – Junior Camp (4th & 5th grades)
Early-bird fee due June 6
      so we can have it to BBA office by the June 8 deadline Regular fee due by June 22

July 15-21 – Chi Rho Camp (6th & 7th grades)
Early-bird fee due June 15
      so we can have it to BBA office by the June 15 deadline Regular fee due by June 29

July 25-28– Beginners’ Camp (2nd & 3rd grades)
Early-bird fee due June 23
      so we can have it to BBA office by June 25 deadline Regular fee due by July 6

(All of the above camps are facilitated
at the DORC, Gonzales location)

Burnet High School seniors honored

      During and after worship on Sunday May 20th our two Burnet High School seniors were honored. Brandon Colclasure is the son of Della Gibson and the grandson of Auda and Mary Alice Ross; and Andi McDaniel is the girlfriend of Jon Paul Harris. They will graduate from Burnet High School on Friday June 1st at 7:00pm. Please keep these special young people in your prayers as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

Spaghetti Luncheon 2012

2012 Women’s Banquet

to all who helped to make the spaghetti luncheon such a success!
and . . .

to Susan Clark, Michele Darling, Lisa Nance and Brenda Williams for all their hard work making the Women’s Banquet an evening of fun!

Sabbatical Preaching Schedule

On Sunday June 3rd our guest preacher will be Dr. Newell Williams. Dr. Williams has been President and Professor of Modern American Church History of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2003. He served Brite as Assistant Professor of Church History and as Assistant Dean (1979-1983) and later Associate Dean (1983-1984). He served a two-year term as Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2007-2009. Currently he is chair of the Disciples Council on Theological Education.
     Dr. Williams is an Ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, and the Stone-Campbell Dialogue. He holds a Ph.D. (1979) and M.A. (1975) from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from University of Tulsa (1971). Dr. Williams is the author of many books on Disciples history and polity. He is married to the Rev. Sue McDougal, and they are the parents of three children.

On Sunday June 10th our guest preacher will be Rev. Laurie Feille. Rev. Feille graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in December 1996 and was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in January 1997. She has a passion for missions and has been on Mission Trips to Bosnia, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Kenya and many places in the United States.
     Currently Rev. Feille serves as the Chaplain for the Disciples Women Fellowship of the Trinity Brazos Area Board; and adult on the Youth Ministry Council for the Trinity Brazos Area; on the Patient Advisory Committee for Texas Health Resources; adjunct teacher at Brite Divinity School in Homiletics; and as a member of the Steering Committee for Rippling Hope, a newly formed nonprofit organization. Rev. Feille is married to Rev. Dr. Bryan Feille, professor at Brite Divinity School and has two step-children. Rev. Feille also claims her beautiful rescue Greyhounds, Violet, Heaven and Kiki, as her children too!.
“Who We Are As Disciples of Christ”

On Sunday June 17th our guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Bryan Feille. Dr. Feille has been on the faculty of Brite Divinity School since 1991. He is currently serving as Harold Glen Brown Minister-in-Residence, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Disciples Studies Program. Prior to Brite he worked in urban ministry, ecumenical ministry, regional ministry and as a pastor. He was a student pastor of First Christian Church in Burnet from 1968-69.
     Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bryan holds a B.A. (1968) from Texas Christian University, an M.A. (1971) from Brite Divinity School and a Ph. D. (1973) from Texas Christian University. Frequently call upon as a preacher, retreat leader, bible lecturer and congregational consultant, Bryan has traveled to over sixty countries. He taught courses to military chaplains in Venezuela for seven years and was the Disciples preacher at Bloys Campmeeting in Fort Davis, Texas for twenty-two years. Bryan is married to the Rev. Laurie Feille. He is the father of two children.

On Sunday June 24th our guest preacher will be Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright. For the past eight years Rev. Cartwright has been Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest. She is a 5th generation member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and as ordained clergy she has served congregations in Texas, Louisiana and North Carolina in several ministry positions including Youth Minister, Choir Director, Children’s Minister, Co-Pastor, and Pastor. She has served on Regional Boards and on the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Cartwright is the proud mom of Douglass Anne Cartwright, a third year student at Brite Divinity School and loving wife of Rev. David J. Cartwright.

On Sunday July 1st our guest preacher will be Rev. Johnny Loughridge. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rev. Loughridge has served congregations in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, Virginia and Texas as senior minister and transitional minister (special interim) for forty years. Trained by the Interim Ministry Network, Rev. Loughridge is among the “working retired”, living in Smith County, Texas and playing at the local community theatre. He is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children. He is married to Rev. Coretha Loughridge who is Minister of the Northeast Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Three children are spread hither and yon and the first grandbaby is on the way. One dog and one cat round out the Loughridge family.

On Sunday July 8th our guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Chuck Fisher. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Fisher is a Texas Christian University and Brite graduate (1968, 1971, 1980).
     He served as a local church pastor for more than thirty years. The last twelve years he has been ministering as the Hi-Plains Minister out of Amarillo. Chuck has been married to fellow Texas Christian University Frog, Sharri, since 1968. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

On Sunday July 15th our guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Jimmy Cobb. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Cobb has served as Chaplain of the San Marcos Academy, Senior Minister, Interim Senior Minister, Board Member of Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries, member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest Committee on Ministry, Chair of the Bluebonnet Area Committee on Ministry, Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest, and Board Member of the Texas Bible Chair Foundation. Dr. Cobb holds an M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary and a Ph. D. from Baylor University. He has been married to Sue for 50 years and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Choir Notes…
     Summer is almost here and your choir will take a break for the summer. But we'll be singing right beside you each Sunday, so be sure and make your requests for congregational songs or solos for specials.
What a time I've had leading the choir this year. We've practiced hard and stretched our abilities to keep the music and the message fresh and meaningful, and it's been a joy to serve. Whether from old favorites that soothed to new songs that rocked, we hope you have been blessed. All of which reminds me of a song. . . "Little is much when God is in it.” Amen.
Susie Rodgers


         Guest Preachers:

June 3      John 1:1-5      “Where to begin?”      Dr. Newell Williams     
June 10      Galatians 3:26-28      “We are One”      Rev. Laurie Feille     
June 17      Matthew 16:13-20      “The Disciples Creed?      Rev. Dr. Bryan Feille     
June 24      to be determined      on Communion      Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright

First Christian Church                                                                                                                                        June 2012
P O Box 872
Burnet TX 78611

Building Relationships; Growing Faith; Welcoming All in Jesus Christ


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