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February 25                181        Weekly Edition                                                       2011 GRR CURRENTS

         CONCERNS         First Christian Church (DOC), Gulfport, MS has chosen Dr. Curt Burge as new Senior Minister.
                          Dr. Burge has served North East Christian Church, Madison, MS as organizing pastor and
                          completed 15 months as transitional minister prior to becoming Senior Minister. He holds an M.
                          Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from San Francisco
                          Theological Seminary as well as being a Diplomate in the College pf Pastoral Supervision and
                          Psychotherapy. He retired earlier as Director of Pastoral Care at Memorial Hospital, Gulfport. He
                          is a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor continuing to train United Methodist recent seminary
                          graduates and Episcopal permanent deacon postulants. An installation service for the new
                          Senior Minister is planned in the coming weeks. All Disciples are invited.

                          Elder John Brown at Cross Street CC in Little Rock wants everyone to know that he was discharged from
                          St. Vincent Doctor's Rehab Monday and is now at home after the heart attack and surgery. He appreciates
                          all of the prayers, calls, cards, visits, and other acts of kindness shown since his illness and hospitalization
                          began on December 30 and asks that you continue to pray for him and his family.

                          Rev. Stan Helton (Covington, LA) who is working on his dissertation for a PhD in New
                          Testament with emphasis in textual criticism.
                          His dissertation is on “The Text of Acts in Origen” to be published in the NT in the Greek Fathers
                          series published by Society of Biblical Literature – the gold standard for academic publishing.

                          Rev. Paul Mills retired minister in Jackson, MS passed away last week. Keep his wife Sandra in
                          your prayers. The address for Sandra Mills is 215 Carmel Avenue, Jackson, MS. 39204-4911, Phone:

               NEWS and   ‘LOOKIN ROUND THE REGION’
                 EVENTS   Click here to see Congregational News Around the Region!

                          Our Regional Insurer is “The Insurance Board”. They constantly offer webinars for us and
                          congregations in the region at 11AM Eastern and again at 3PM Eastern. To register, click here.
                          On March 2nd Special Guest, Don Clark, Esq. hosts this webinar that is free and open to any church
                          leader. Litigation 101: You Have Been Sued - When suit papers arrive you must act. A review of the steps
                          you must take in response, including disposition of suit papers, claim reporting, protection of evidence and
                          the steps that follow in the litigation process.
                          The Insurance Board has other upcoming webinars you do not want to miss!
                             Mar 23 - Abuse Prevention Policy -- Where Do You Stand?
                             Apr 13 - What Is Your Church Worth?
                             May 18 - Social Media -- Plan, Prepare, Protect

                          FCC Fort Smith, AR is hosting a Ministries and Mission Interpreters (MMI) Training Event on
                          Saturday, March 12 from 9am to 4pm. Cost: $10 for lunch. An MMI training notebook and a
                          supply of GM resources are offered to tell the story of God’s mission around the world! To
                          register, contact: Margot Mundy at 479-783-1139 or fccdoc@swbell.net. Click here for more

                          Disciples Men: Attention Disciples Men in the Great River Region - The Disciples Men Retreat
                          will be at First Christian Church in Moss Point, MS on March 18-19, 2011. They Keynote
Speaker this year is Rev. Dr. David Britt who is the minister at FCC, Pineville as well as the
CEO/President of the United Way in Alexandria, LA. Attached please find flyer with list of hotels.
  Please share with your men and encourage them at attend. This is our first retreat in a few
years and Randy Gay our new DM President and Lester Brooks our Past President have worked
hard to put together and excellent event. The men at FCC Moss Point will be hosting us. Men will
need to make their own sleeping arrangements, meals and program will be at FCC Moss Point
4336 Magnolia St., Moss Point, MS. Any questions let me know. Michael@grrcc.org.
 Registrations are due in the Regional Office on March 7th!!

Stewardship Moments and Bonus Lent Idea. Hi Friends, This week I have attached not only
a stewardship moment for March 6th, but lots of additional material. As you know, March 6 is the
last Sunday before Lent, so Twenty is Plenty is about to kick off. Attached you will find these
additional materials: Sermon Starter for Transfiguration Sunday, Twenty is Plenty Poster Art,
Twenty is Plenty Envelope Label Art (prints on Avery 5163 labels), and the Twenty is Plenty
Bonus Idea document, with additional thoughts for local charities which might fit the lectionary
themes. Thank you for your partnership and prayers,
Richard E. (Rick) Hamilton, Executive Director.
1200 W. Walnut, Suite 3408, Rogers, AR 72756, 479-270-8668
rick@thejubileefund.com, www.thejubileefund.com.
Click here for Stewardship Moment 022711.
Click here for Stewardship Moment 030611.
Click here for Sermon Starter.
Click here for Twenty is Plenty Poster Art.
Click here for Twenty is Plenty Envelope Labels.
Click here for Bonus Idea for Lent.

On February 28 from 2 to 3:30 pm the Association of Disciples Intentional Interim Ministers
will be hosting a Webinar to explore questions about intentional interim ministry. The Webinar is
free of charge but we are limited to only 20 spots so it will be first come first serve. To participate
one will need a computer with internet access. It is also helpful to have a webcam and a
microphone on the computer. (Participants will be given a toll phone number that may be used if
the computer is dial-up or has low bandwidth.) To register participants are invited to submit
name, e-mail address, phone number and brief statement of an interest in Intentional Interims to
info@adiim.org. Click here to see brochure. Click here to see webinar info sheet.

Disciples Home Missions. We are very excited about the Men’s Newsletter. Here you could
find upcoming men’s events, photos of different Disciples Men events around the nation, Cookin’
for Mission, and a great article about leading by example! Our goal is to reach out as many men
as possible and to effectively improve communication. We are very thankful to the GCDM
Executive Committee and all the men that made it possible with their feedback and/or
contributions. The newsletter could also be found on the website at
http://www.discipleshomemissions.org/pages/Men-Newsletter. Thank you for your help in sharing
the news and we hope you enjoy reading our Winter issue!

The Lenten Study at First Christian Church, Stuttgart will be The Five Practices of Fruitful
Living by Robert Schnase. The study will begin the Sunday after Ash Wednesday at 4 pm and
will conclude on Palm Sunday. The areas of study will be Radical Hospitality, Passionate
Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission and Service and Extravagant
Generosity. All are welcome. Tom Haley is Pastor.

Are you going to Nazareth this summer for VBS? Join us for Group’s VBS U Training
Event…Hometown Nazareth 101, March 19th 2011, ...9 am-12 noon
Lakeshore Drive Christian Church, 115 lakeshore Drive, Hot Springs, AR 71913
Contact: Evron Sampson, 501-624-3931, lakeshorechristian@att.net
Doors will open at 8:30 am. We’ll start promptly at 9 am
At Hometown Nazareth VBS U you’ll learn the tricks of the trade from Group’s VBS veterans.
This totally hands-on training gives volunteers pointers on everything Hometown Nazareth VBS.
Bring all your key leaders! From fundraising, recruiting, decorating to clean-up, pack-up and
follow-up…you’ll learn to plan, coordinate and pull off your church’s best VBS ever! Come
network with other VBS leaders and earn your degree in everything Nazareth!
Bonus: Exclusive giveaway for participants. Raffles for FREE Group products
Advance Registration: $18 per person. Hurry late registration fees apply one week prior to the
VBS U event date and is $25 per person. Register Online: Visit Group’s VBS website

Encouraging Results Using Unbinding the Gospel Series. Here is an encouraging article on
what happened in the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Dayton,
Ohio when they used the Unbinding Your Heart small group study. We are delighted to hear their
experience repeated among congregations using the Unbinding the Gospel series and other
transformational material from Chalice Press.

General Assembly is offering group discounts for GA registration this year. To take advantage
of the Group Registration discount, visit www.disciples.org/ga and register the first TEN names
(all ten names must be registered in one registration). GA early registration flyer.
    Once registered, send an email (subject line: Group Discount Request) to
generalassembly@ogmp.disciples.org and include the names as they appear in each
registration. Once verified, General Assembly staff will send you an online coupon code for the
11 registration. Discount is only available on Registration fees.

Help Make Stoles for 2011 General Assembly! Dear Disciples Everywhere,
The 2011 General Assembly July 9-13, in Nashville, TN, may seem like the distant future. But
from where I sit, it¹s just around the corner! Planning is continuing at a quick pace, with all kinds
of fun, fellowship and faithfulness in store for everyone. I hope you plan to attend.
I write to extend to you a special invitation to participate in General Assembly worship, by
creating stoles that will be worn by everyone from our General Minister and President to the
tiniest youth choir member. Patia Rarick, fabric artist and Disciple member at Allisonville
Christian Church, Indianapolis, has designed this year¹s stole, based on our theme: OTell it!²
It is intentionally a simple design that is low-cost, AND good-looking!
Attached are all the files you will need: Stole Instructions, bottom half pattern, chalice template,
color image, letter template, top half pattern, b/w image, neck image template.
It would be good for us to know how many stoles you believe you and/or your church group can
provide to the General Assembly. Please reply to generalassembly@ogmp.disciples.org to
advise us of your *pledge* of stoles toward this church wide effort.
I hope you will also plan to attend General Assembly in Nashville, bring your family and friends,
and enjoy all the excitement of the 2011 General Assembly! Take advantage of early registration
discounts that range from 25% to 60% off! Visit today! http://www.disciples.org/ga
To sign up for regular updates on the planning process, please email us at
generalassembly@ogmp.disciples.org. Keep in Touch!
Patti Case, Program and Marketing Director, General Assembly of the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) 130 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-713-2410

Faith And Giving Academy. This is a Pre-Assembly event designed to equip both clergy and
lay people with a greater understanding of the spiritual discipline of stewardship. The skills
offered in the best practice portion of the Academy will help congregations/Regions build greater
capacity to fund mission and ministry.
We have brought together some of the best leaders, writers, and teachers for a day and they will
explore the multi-faceted dimensions of stewardship that include: care for the earth; care for
self; finishing well (end of life issues); evangelism; and the best practices that build trust and
enable people to be generous.
Lunch and Dinner are included in the registration. The links below are provided to assist you in
your communication and to make it easy for your ministry partners to access the necessary
information. Early Registration Ends June 1, 2011.
Academy of Faith and Giving Pre Assembly Event
Academy of Faith and Giving Pre Assembly Event - En Espanol
Register for the Academy of Faith and Giving Pre Assembly Event
Academy Leadership for July 8, 2011
For More Information about the Center for Faith and Giving
Register for the General Assembly

                         Bruce A. Barkhauer, Minister for Faith & Giving, 317-238-9600 cell,
317-713-2404 office, bbarkhauer@ogmp.disciples.org, Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986
Faith and Giving Academy Pre-Assembly Event July 8, 2011, Nashville Renaissance
Convention Center. Early Registration $75. A great day of exploring the spiritual
discipline of stewardship and its many facets - more than just money!

Update on Arkansas Interfaith Alliance from Barb: The AIA has developed a website and
“constant contact” email list that allows individuals to sign up for specific legislative and issue
updates. The website is http://www.arkinterfaith.org/index.html. To sign up for legislative or
issue alerts: http://tinyurl.com/4z9nd58
Arkansas Interfaith Alliance seeks to protect faith and freedom.
We respect the inherent rights of all individuals-as well as their differences.
We promote policies that protect vital boundaries between religion and government.
We unite diverse voices to challenge extremism and build common ground.

Louisiana Interchurch Conference Newsletter. Click here to see full article.
527 North Blvd., 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 344-0134 www.lainterchurch.org President: Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
President Elect: Bishop Michael G. Duca; Executive Director: Fr. Dan Krutz

Association of Disciples Intentional Interim Ministers: The February Newsletter is available
here. Click here to read this issue.

FCC Hot Springs, AR. 1806 Central Ave. Women of the churches are invited to see the drama
"Women of the Bible" presented by ladies from Nashville (AR) church. Saturday, March 12 at
10:30am - 2:00pm. A dramatic portrayal of 14 female Biblical characters from Eve in Genesis to
Priscilla in Acts. Each woman will give a personal account of her experiences as they relate to
the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ Our Lord & Savior. They have been doing this for 10 years
and have presented to over 16,000 women. Begins 10:30am and lunch is included. Tickets are
$10. Please invite your female family, friends and neighbors to this special community outreach
event. Call 623-3389 to reserve.

Hispanic Ministries Summer Program at Brite. From June 5-10, 2011 Brite Divinity School
will host its annual Hispanic Ministries Institute. All courses are taught in Spanish by Hispanic
faculty from across the country. This year we will be offering the following courses: Intro to New
Testament, Intro to Theology, Disciple Heritage, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care and
Counseling, and Mission of the Church. These courses are eligible for the new apprentice track
program. We would like to forward the brochure to all congregations not just Hispanic ones.
There are a number of Hispanics and Hispanic families in our Anglo congregations that would
like to receive this information. See attached brochure for additional information. If you have any
questions contact us by telephone or email.
Blessings, Rev. Dr. Luis C. Bernard, Director Center for Latino/a Church Studies, Brite Divinity
School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129, 817-257-7589

                Announcement of Regional Ministry Opening. The Christian Church (DOC) in Florida
                announces that the Florida Regional Minister Search Committee on behalf of the Florida
                Regional Board is receiving ministerial profiles for candidates interested in the position of
                Regional Minister and President for the Christian Church (DOC) in Florida. Only candidates that
                go through the Search and Call process will be considered. For more information on Search and
                Call, contact the denomination at www.disciples.org. The deadline for receiving completed
                profiles will be April 25, 2011. You may contact the Chairperson of the Search Committee, Rev.
                Donna L. Oberkreser at doberkreser@ij.net or 727-446-0988. The Regional Profile and
                Perspective Candidate Profile can be found at www.floridadisciples.org under Search
                Committee. Florida Profile.

STAFF UPDATES   From Barbara Jones: I am at the College of Regional Ministers this week, followed by General
                Board this weekend through March 1. I’ll drive back from KC with Gilligan on March 2.

                From Michael Elmore: This Sunday I will be worshiping with FCC Greater New Orleans, LA.
                Search Committees I am currently supporting:
                   FCC Vicksburg, MS

                From Vance Moore: This past Sunday Gwen and I preached the installation service for Elder
                Eddie Wells, Sr. at FCC Hermanville, MS.
                This Sunday Gwen and I will worship with FCC Thomastown, MS.
                Search Committees I am currently supporting:
                    FCC Newport, AR
                    Community CC, Hardy, AR
                    FCC West Point, MS
                                             Where Did You See God Today?

                From Sara Rozzell and Jesse Lane
                Upcoming Youth Dates:
                Snoasis         – 2/25-27, 2011 Click here for Snoasis details
                CYF Conference – 6/19-25, 2011
                Discovery Camp – 6/25-26, 2011
                JYF Camp        – 6/26-29, 2011
                Chi Rho Camp    – 6/29-7/3, 2011
                Magnolia Camp -- 6/13-18, 2011
                FISSH Camp      -- TBA
                Click here for your Summer Intern Registration Form – due in regional office by March 11 .

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