RECENT CHURCH EVENTS
April 24, 2016
WOMEN'S SPRING GATHERING 2016
On Sunday, April 24th the ICC hosted the West Virginia Disciples Women's Region 1 Spring Gathering. Dinner, speakers and fellowship was the order of the evening. The men of the ICC provided the serving of dinner as well as the cleanup. Representatives from the Lost and Found Ministry and Trades of Hope provided the program. A big THANK YOU to all the ICC members who organized, setup, cooked and made this gathering a fantastic one!
April 7, 2016
TIM HORN, ICC Youth Member and senior at Bridgeport High School, has been selected as Bridgeport High School Valedictorian for 2015-16. Tim is the son of Sally and Chris Horn of Bridgeport OH. Tim is very active in school activities including being selected for the McDonalds OVAC All-Start Band. At the ICC, Tim is a member of the Youth Group and serves as a deacon and worship leader. Tim has been accepted at Ohio State University!
FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT
HANGING OF THE GREENS
Tis the Advent season. We will be celebrating the weeks of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love. Three purple candles and one pure white. The ICC was adorned with the pine garland, pine wreaths, the advent color of purple and the lighting and decorating of the tree. We begin preparations for the coming of the Christ child. In Bethlehem, in the manger with the cattle and sheep, with the shepherds and wise men, Mary and Joseph and the Angel. A bright guiding star appearing in the East. Come, come and celebtate the brith our our Lord, Jesus Christ!
November 29, 2015
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VIP SUNDAY 2015
The annual VIP Sunday worship service and lunch was a wonderful gathering of family and friends. Our special guest VIP for this year was Pastor Earl Shaw, from the Moundsvile Disciples church. Earl brought the message of Kingdom of God Sunday and also presented a wonderful children's sermon on the subject. Afterwards, as is the ICC, chairs put away, tables set-up and food out and ready to eat!! The church provided backed and fried chicken and those who joined uas brought their favorite covered dishes and desserts. VIP Sunday has become an amazing day of friendship, fellowship and food for the ICC. A tradition that will continue for years to come.
November 22, 2015
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October 11, 2015
DEDICATION OF GIFTS TO THE CHURCH
This Sunday was a very special day for two of our church members. Joellen Tweedlie and Stacy Hornick. Joellen donated several beautiful figurines that belong to her mom, Anne Lesch, who passed away. Stacy donated a beautiful display cabinet that the church now uses to display the figurines. The ICC sends a huge THANK-YOU and God bless you to Joellen and Stacy for their gifts. The case is positioned in the back of the church and can be seen as soon as you walk into the church.
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WEST VIRGINIA REGIONS DISCIPLE'S MEN'S 2015 RETREAT A "BEEFY" SUCCESS
October 2-4, 2015
Disciples Men gathered at the Cedar Lakes Confernce Center in Ripley WV for the 2015 retreat. Rev. Kenny Hardaway from the First Christian Church of Wheeling was the keynote speaker and brought the message and scripture to the group. Mark Mayer and Mikel Mayer represented the ICC and 3 years ago Mark, as Disciples Men's President, started the "Bucks for Beef" fundraiser to provided meat proteins for the Mountaineer Food Bank. The goal was set high at $20,000.00 and after all the contributions were in from the region, the final was $20,404.00!!
Congratulations to the West Virigina Disciples Men for all their hard work.
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September 11-13, 2015
ISLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH REPRESENTED AT 2015
2015 WV DISCIPLES WOMEN'S RETREAT
The ICC was well represented this year at the WV Disciples Women's Retreat at Cedar Rocks Confernce Center in Ripley WV. Co-Pastor Valerie Parsons, Elissa Parsons, Amber Parsons, Sally Horn and Cathy Bowman attended the weekend affair. The ICC Christain Women's Fellowship donated a "Basket of Goodies" (see pictures below) to be included in the auction fundraiser. The basket brought $35.00. The total raised from all the baskets donated was a whopping $1,184.00. $31,533.34 was raised by the WV women to go toward service projects. Money raised from the Blessing Boxes was $3,138.00 and $1,173.11 to go towards Would Hunger. A big THANK-YOU to all the ICC women for representing our church and showing the WV Disciples Region that we are the "Little Church That Could!"
August 16, 2015
Mayer as the Master of the Grill doing the hamburgers and hotdogs. All the food that was brought by church members was totally delicious and gobbled up! A fundraiser was then presented by Susan Toland, Outreach Chairperson. Using $1.00 bills, she would call out the letter designation and anyone with a dollar bill with that letter donated it. The total raised was $156.00! This will be split between the Disciples Men's "Buck for Beef" and the CWF "Feed the Hungry!" "Thank-You" to everyone who joined us and we look forward to next year's picnic!
ICC ANNUAL SUMER PICNIC A BIG SUCCESS!!
A big "THANK-YOU" goes out to all who made this year's annual summer picnic one to remember. All enjoyed great food, great fun and great fellowship. We gathered at the Island Community Association Shelter located at the marina on Wheeling Island. The Day started with worship service at 11:00 am. The ICC youth did a wonderful job with worship leading, diaconates and scripture readers. Music was of course as awesome as ever with Mikel Mayer, Valerie and Dave Parsons. After worship the fun then continued with Mark
July 26, 2015
ICC YOUTH MEMBER MAKES "ALL-STAR" MUSIC!
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ICC youth member Tim Horn (3rd from left in first photo, 2nd from left in second photo), was chosen for a wonderful event this month. Tim was made a member of the McDonald's All-Star band, representing Bridgeport High School, that perfromed at the 70th annual Rudy Mumley Football Game on July 26, 2015. The two teams from OVAC (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) schools in Ohio and West Virginia. members of the teams are made of of seniors who have graduated but had an excpetional year playing football during their senior year. The All-Star band is made up of musicians, danceers, flag corps and baton twirlers from all of the high schools also repreneted in the OVAC (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference). This year there were 166 members that would be perfroming. 4 days of rigorous practice and rehersal culminated in a pre-game, and half time show. The them for this years half-time show as a tribute to Michael Jackson. The band also perfrmed at the All-Start game peprally as well as a performance at the Wheeling Heritage Port. Tim was quoted as saying "We only had five high schoolers marching in our band last year. Five of us made it to the OVAC All-Star Band. Say what you wish about our band, but we represent very well. I'm so proud of the work we put in to OVAC and our home band!" All at the ICC are so proud of Tim's accomplishment in and out of the class room. His hopes is to make to THE Ohio State Buckeye marching band once he graduates from Bridgeport High School!
GO BULLDOGS!! GO BUCKEYES!
July 18-22, 2015
ICC REPRESENTED AT THE
2015 DISCIPLES GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The Island Christian Church was well represented at the 2015 Disciples of Christ General Assembly in Columbus OH. One big advtnage for the ICC participants this year was Columbus only be just under a two hour drive! Co-Pastors Valerie Parsons, Mark Mayer and ICC Moderator Mikel Mayer were our representative. All three participated in Education Seminars, Business Meetings, and Worship events. Valerie join the Assembly choir which performed several times during the event. Our West Virginia Disciples region was also very well represented. Our Regional Minister and President Thad Allen was the keynote speaker for the Disciples Men's luncheon. Our regional Coordinator of Men's Ministries, Joel Potts, was recognized and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ICC congreation is looking for to the reports and updates from Valerie, Mark and Mikel as to what direction the Disciples Church will be taking in the future as well as what will be the impact on the Islan Christian Church.
THANK-YOU again to Valerie, Mark and Mikel for their hard work and dedication
to the Island Christian Church!
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July 19, 2015
BRIDGEPORT HIGH SCHOOL FAMILY DEVASTATED BY LOSS OF LOVED ONE -
CAN YOU HELP?
As many of you know Bridgeport High School has lost the mother of 2 of our students, Chase and Justin McCormick. Chase is a good friend of my son Tim and will be starting his senior year. His younger brother will be starting his freshmen year at the school. These boys were raised in a single parent home, and now that their mother is gone the only family they have is an uncle. Chase, being 18, is now basically on his own. The members of the Bridgeport National Honor Society are having a gift card drive to help out with the cost of living for these two. Anything will help, such as gift cards to Wal-Mart, gas stations, grocery stores, etc. We don't want Chase to worry about finances, and to be able to complete his senior year. You can give donations to any member of the Bridgeport High School National Honor Society or contact:
Sally Horn: Phone - (740) 635-1285; email - firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12, 2015
Help Amber Parsons get to the Global Youth Leadership Summit
Amber Parsons, a youth member of the Island Christian Church, and a 17 year old senior at Wheeling Park High School was recently selected from more than 2,500 other students, to be an ambassador at the Global Youth Leadership Summit in San Diego, California from August 3-8, 2015. She will be attending the summit along with other youth leaders from nearly every country in the world!
The Global Youth Leadership Summit is a five-day program providing an environment designed to boost summit participants into leadership roles that will change their lives and that of their community. Global Youth Leadership Summit’s format includes small group discussions, hands-on service learning experiences, leadership simulation games and exercises. Dynamic keynote speakers from around the world present topics designed to enable summit participants to identify their own particular leadership strengths. At the conclusion of Global Youth Leadership Summit, participants are encouraged to identify personal goals and make a commitment to community service.
We Say Good-bye to a Dedicated, Loving Member
June 28, 2015
Ann Woodbury Lesch, 82, of Wheeling Island, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Center.
She was born August 19, 1932, a daughter of the late Kelly and Hazel (Duty) Pickering. Ann was a member of Island Christian Church. She taught knitting and crotchet at the community colleges, had a prayer breakfast, taught vacation bible school, and was a Girl Scout Leader for many years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Alan E. Lesch (1991); one daughter, Cindy Murphy; one son, Alan Lesch; and two brothers, Howard and Michael Pickering.
Ann is survived by her two daughters, JoEllen (Patrick) Tweedlie of Wheeling, Cheri Cunningham of Columbus; one sister, Linda (Don) Henderickson of Wellsburg; one brother, Patrick (Shirley) Pickering of Wheeling; one son-in-law, Terry Murphy of Wheeling; eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family were received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, for a memorial service conducted by Pastor Judy Bennett as celebrant. Interment took place at Holly Memorial Gardens, Colerain, Ohio.
CHRISAGIS BROTHERS CONCEERT
April 26, 2015
The Island Christian Church was blessed with the sounds, sights and fellowship of Brian and Shawn Chrisagis, "The Chrisagis Brothers." The concert was open to the public and the trunout was wonderful. The ICC members provided drinks and snacks to those who attended. We want to thank Brian and Shawn for their giving of their time and talents to bring those who attended close to God with their music.
CELEBRATE THE COLORS OF GOD'S LIGHT
February 22, 2015 to March 29, 2015
This year in our journey through Lent here at the Island Christian Church we are once again going use the colors of the rainbow as part of our Lenten practice in service. Each week we will focus on a color and, if possible, we ask that everyone wear a bit of the color in service that week. These are the colors that will be part of our Lenten practice: Week 1: purple, Week 2: blue, Week 3: green, Week 4: yellow, Week 5: orange, Week 6: red. Each week we will focus in on the symbolism, the deeper meaning, of one of the colors.
Genesis 9:13 reads "I set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth." The rainbow and it’s colors are a reminder of the covenant that God made with Noah, and with each and every one of us. A promise that was sourced in love and proven in the life of Jesus Christ.
Colors are light. Sir Isaac Newton discovered this by putting a prism on a window ledge. When a single beam of light shown through the prism it was separated into a rainbow spectrum. And if that rainbow prism light shone onto a second prism, the rainbow light was then converted to a single beam of white light. The color white actually contains all of the colors of the rainbow. Many people believe that black is a mixture of all colors, but scientifically, that is not true. Rather, black is the complete absence or absorption of all visible light.
Color is scientifically measured in frequencies of the visible light spectrum, much like sound waves are measured. Different colors vibrate at different frequencies. It is interesting that the colors appear within frequency bands, because on the rainbow spectrum of light, it is almost impossible to pinpoint exactly where one color ends and another begins. All colors are one in God’s light. They all blend and merge into each other. And there are an infinite number of colors, shades, and hues, rather than just the six colors mentioned earlier, and yet they are all part of the light. We, as the body of believers, are much the same. Different though we may be, we all belong to God’s light. As we journey through Lent, we will once again celebrate the coming of the Light, the Light of Salvation. The light that shines in the darkness. The light that we pray God will shine in each of our hearts.
"SOUPER" BOWL SUNDAY
February 1, 2015
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015 -- GAME ON!!! The Island Christian Church annual "Souper Bowl Party" was held. In this years Super Bowl Game, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks played for the Lombardi Trophy. But that was secondary to the ICC Souper Bowl attendees, for not one had the Patriots or Seahawks as their favorite teams!! What was seen as favorites was the different soups that were so lovingly made. Along with the wonderful soup lunch, was the first annual ICC Super Bowl sports trivia game. 4 teams vied for the coveted "ICC Super Trivia" trophy. After 4 hard fought rounds, the team captained by Susan Toland prevailed. CONGRATULATIONS!