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175th logoMidway Christian Church is turning 175 in July 2019!

We will mark this milestone throughout the year.

Here's the scoop!

 

Disciples Women logoThe Disciples Women meet after worship, generally on the third Sunday of each month.

No meeting in July. The next meeting will be August 18 when we will be begin to gear up for the annual Rummage Sale.

All women of MCC are invited to these meetings to "meet and eat"! Please bring a dish to share.

Disciples Women is for all women of Midway Christian Church.


Keenagers logoThe Keenagers meet monthly for lunch and fellowship.

The Keenagers (and friends) will gather for lunch on Thursday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Prodigy Winery in Versailles. Please RSVP to the church office by Tuesday, July 23 if you plan to attend. Meet at the church at 11:00 a.m. if you wish to carpool.

Keenagers is for anyone who is retired, or practicing retirement!


Green Chalice logoMidway Green Chalice meets monthly in Fellowship Hall.

No meeting in July. The next meeting will be in August.

Beginning July 1, the Green Chalice leader is Sandy Gruzesky. She takes over as Adele assumes the Board Chair position.


Check out the Midway Green Chalice page for more news and information.

Midway Green Chalice is for all who are interested in
caring for God’s creation.


Free Community Dinner clipartEach month, on the last Monday, the Midway community is invited to a free dinner served in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. We proudly use locally grown meats and produce whenever available!


Brownies logo Brownie Troop #2261 (girls in grades 2 and 3) meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in Fellowship Hall.

 

Cub Scouts logoCub Scout Pack #41 (boys in grades K-5) meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first three Tuesdays of each month in the basement of the sanctuary building (use Gratz Street door).

 

Boy Scouts logoBoy Scout Troop #40 (youth in grades 6-12) is currently being formed. It now meets with Pack #41. Leaders are needed! If you feel called to help our local youth in service, community involvement, and leadership skills, please contact Mary Sayre.


Homeplace at Midway logoMidway Christian Church, as part of a rotation with other local churches, leads a worship service for the residents of The Homeplace.

Our services are held on the fourth Sunday of every other month - in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

MIDWAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
IS CELEBRATING

YEARS

Midway Christian Church will mark a milestone in 2019: our 175th Anniversary! Midway Christian was chartered on July 20, 1844, and on Sunday, July 7, we marked this occasion with a special day-long celebration for our members as well as former members, ministers, and student associates.

The day began with a special Sunday School lesson as church Historian John Batts led a brief Midway Christian history presentation followed by a few of our current members sharing stories about recent history Midway Christian Church history.

The morning worship service began with a video greeting from Rev. Terry Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Our beautiful anniversary banner (created and assembled by Melinda Whitehead with the help of Mary Sayre, Carole Munson, and Helen Agee) was presented.

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keepsake ornament

The choir performed "We Answer to the Call", an anthem commissioned by Midway Christian Church for this occasion and written Dr. Johnie Dean (Assistant Conductor of the Lexington Singers). A Fun Activity Sheets packet was made available for youth (of any age!). And a keepsake Christmas ornament, featuring the angel from one of our beautiful stained glass windows, was presented to all.

Immediately after worship, we gathered outside for a group photo and a picnic on the grounds with food trucks from Red State BBQ and Spots Gelato providing the meal, drinks, and dessert. Musical entertainment was provided by The Highs & The Lows (find them on Facebook). Also, the Hall of History was open with a "Midway Christian Church Through the Years" display of old photos, cookbooks, church directories, and other mementoes. This display will be available for several weeks.

View the Sunday bulletin of this service. (bulletin, insert, Messenger)
View Rev. Terry Hord Owens' video greeting. (mp4 video greeting)
Listen to anthem "We Answer to the Call" (mp3)
Read the Midway Messenger review. (blog) (pdf)


Other ways we are marking this milestone before, during, and after the July 7 celebration ...

Visit the Hall of History

The Hall of History's "Midway Christian Church Through the Years" collection of old photos, cookbooks, church directories, Board Meeting Minutes, and other mementoes will remain on display for a few weeks following the July 7 celebration. Please take a moment and see what all is there.


Purchase a Piece of MCC History

Disciples Women is selling note cards featuring the stained glass windows of Midway Christian Church. There are 9 note cards to choose from, $4.00 each. See Shela.

The new Midway Christian Church T-shirt is here! Many sizes, each for $20. See Etta.

Prints of the watercolor of Midway Christian Church are available for $20. These prints are signed and numbered by the artist, Sammie Cundiff of Woodford County. See Joni.


Anniversary Souvenir

Hymnal clipartThe anniversary keepsake Christmas ornaments are still available.

Feel free to take one or more home with you!


Anniversary Monthly Mission Projects
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January: Collect 175 hats and mittens for the Hope Center in Lexington.

February: Perform 175 Acts of Kindness and record them on paper hearts to be displayed in the sanctuary.

March: Collect 175 canned goods for Hope Ministries Food Pantry.

April: Collectively purchase 175 trees, or shares of trees, for Heifer International. ($60 per tree or $10 per share.)

May: 175 Things to be Done at Church. Throughout the month, we will work together to check items off this list!

June: 175 Volunteer Hours. Log your volunteer hours, whatever they may be, and turn in to Heather.

July: Collect 175 pounds of bottle caps toward another bench for Northside Elementary.

August: Collect 175 school supplies for Northside Elementary School.

September: Collect 175 items for Military Care Packages.

October: Collect 175 items for the Backpack Project.

November: Collect 175 pairs of cozy socks for The Homeplace.

December: Assemble 175 Blessing Bags.


A Moment in History
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This is a series of articles that appeared in the church bulletin each Sunday, in the weeks leading up to the Anniversary Celebration, as a way to share and recall our history.

Read the compiled A Moment in History.


Infinite Hands in Service & Love
Cane Ridge Meeting House sketch

On July 7, we kicked off the "Infinite Hands in Service & Love" capital campaign with a goal to collect $175,000 over three years. These funds will be used for two purposes: toward completing capital projects on our "Wish List", and invest in the Endowment Fund.


Midway Christian Church Day at Cane Ridge
Cane Ridge Meeting House sketch

On September 28, members and friends of Midway Christian Church will spend the day at Cane Ridge Meeting House for our Midway Christian Day at Cane Ridge.

Former Midway Christian minister, Bill McDonald, will speak about the connection Midway Christian Church has with Cane Ridge.


Other Plans Also in the Works...

A chicken salad and oyster stew lunch is planned for October. This is a nod to the original Midway Christian Church Thanksgiving Market, which dates back to circa 1897.

Also in the fall, church Historian John Batts will lead a Midway Christian Church History Walk through Lexington Cemetery, the final resting place of L.L. Pinkerton and other Disciples of Christ founders.


So what is Children Worship & Wonder?

Children Worship & Wonder is a faith-formation, worship-centered approach with storytelling, ritual, and fellowship that is used with children in churches to help them deepen their relationship with God. It is for ages 3-3rd grade. Children Worship & Wonder uses the familiar four-fold order of worship with which many congregations are familiar. To begin, the children come into a special worship space to a storyteller waiting to greet them. They sit in a circle, surrounded by bible stories made just for them, with all materials at their height. Everything in this special place is accessible to the children. The storyteller leads the children in a time of singing and praise. This coming together of the children follows the first order of worship which is the first order of God's people.

Next, they will hear one of God's stories in a storytelling format told with multi-sensory materials that children of different ages, and with different learning styles, can enter into and enjoy. As the story is finished, the children are invited to share in a time of wonder about the story. They are asked "wondering questions" to help them dive deeper into the meaning of the story and to listen for God's still voice that is found there. These questions might sound like, "I wonder if the Good Shepherd's sheep have names?" or, " I wonder what it was like to be in the ark for forty days… I wonder if Noah knew that God was with him?" These wondering questions ask the children how they are a part of the story and how they are a part of the bigger Christian story. They begin to see that the stories in the Bible are their stories, too.

Third, just as in "big" worship, the children will respond to God's story. In "big" worship, we often respond through prayer, song, offering, celebrating the Lord's Supper, commissioning, and celebrating baptisms. The children have the chance to respond to the Word in a myriad of ways as well. Some of these ways include using the story materials to tell the story they just heard, a story they heard on a previous Sunday, and their own story. They may also choose to work with art and craft materials, pray at the prayer table, dance in the dance corner, or build with materials such as clay or blocks. These response materials are there to help them express their relationship with God. After they respond in a way they choose, the children come back to the circle. Here the storyteller lights the Christ candle and shows the children where the story they heard is found in the Bible. Then, as a community, they pray together and share in a feast.

Who all is involved in Children Worship & Wonder?

There are two trained roles within Children Worship & Wonder: Storyteller and Greeter. Storytellers share the stories of God. Greeters are there to support the children and storyteller.

What are some of the stories shared in Children Worship & Wonder?

Children Worship & Wonder tells the stories from: Hebrew people\Life of Jesus\Early church.
They are told using three dimensional, plain but beautiful sacred objects and human figures that are carved from wood. Children are helped to form images of scripture by receiving the story in visual and motor ways that allow kinesthetic, visual and auditory thinking to happen. The use of movement and underlays is essential for focusing the children's attention on the place that will become the context for the story. These draw both storyteller and children into the story.

For a video to learn more about Children Worship & Wonder: https://vimeo.com/77713211.


Abide in Me logo

July 20-24, 2019

General Assembly 2019 will be held in Des Moines, July 20-24. The theme is "Abide in Me".

More information at ga.disciples.org/promotion.


Midway Heritage Day 2019 logo

July 27, 2019

After 60 years, the Chesapeake and Ohio steam locomotive 2716 returns to Midway!

On Midway Heritage Day, July 27, at 10:15 a.m., this historic locomotive is scheduled to arrive. As the main attraction of this celebration, it will be on display until 1:00 p.m. This event will feature live music, food vendors, historical displays and walking tours, as well as an up close and personal look at the massive visiting locomotive.

C&O 2716 image

Also, model train exhibits will be on display at Midway City Hall and in the basement of Midway Christian Church; the Midway library will have Living History presentations; and Walter Bradley Park will offer nature walks.

More information available on the KY Steam Heritage Corp. web site.


Faithful Families logo

Beginning August 4, 2019

Faithful Families Thriving Communities (Faithful Families) works directly in communities of faith across the country to promote health for individuals, families, and local communities. The program is open to all faith and religious traditions and engages faith communities in health education, environmental changes to support health, and community-wide health initiatives. Eating Smart and Moving More classes are coming soon!

Faithful Families is for adults and children and will be held of the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 3:00 p.m. replacing Food for the Soul for the fall.


Midway Christian Day
at Cane Ridge

Cane Ridge Meeting House sketch

September 28, 2019

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Midway Christian Church will visit Cane Ridge Meeting House as part of our 175th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 28.

The Cane Ridge Meeting House, built in 1791 in what is now Bourbon County, was the home of the Great Revival of 1801 where as many as 25,000 people attended. Shortly thereafter, in 1804, a document was penned—"The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery"—which was the beginning of the Disciples of Christ.

In 1957, a golden limestone structure was built around the original log meeting house, in order to protect and preserve the historic log building which is made primarily of blue ash, oak and chestnut. The grounds also include a museum full of artifacts related to the birth and growth of Cane Ridge, and a graveyard with historic significance.


Save Your Bottle Caps!

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In April 2018, we joined with Northside Elementary to help them complete their goal to collect 400 pounds of plastic caps and lids to purchase a park bench through Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, IN.

We met this goal and continue to collect caps for other benches and tables for Northside, as well as a picnic table for Midway Christian's church playground.

View the complete list of acceptable caps and lids, as well as non-acceptable items.

Please bring your clean caps and lids to the Narthex.


 
 

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Midway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
123 East Bruen Street
P.O. Box 4548
Midway, KY 40347
(859) 846-4102