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Date Fri, 14 Feb 2003 11:37:26 -0500

Date: February 14, 2003
Disciples News Service
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Contact: Melinda Mains
Phone: 317-713-2496
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Finance council announces top ten giving congregations

A predominately African-America congregation in Georgia was the top
giver in 2002 to the common mission fund of the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ).

Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga., gave $157,950 to
Disciples Basic Mission Finance in 2002 and was the top giving
congregation to the $19.46 million in gifts received during the year to
help support 73 general and regional mission partners of the church. Ray
of Hope, a 6,000-member congregation, also was the third highest giving
congregation to the Reconciliation Mission fund giving $7,372 to assist
Disciples in eradicating racism from church and society. Full story 

'Leadership Harvest' recognizes six congregational programs that
develop leaders

Six congregations have been recognized for their innovative approaches
to youth leadership development in the church as part of "Leadership
Harvest," a new program administered by the Division of Higher

"Our church has an urgent need for young leaders, and Leadership
Harvest was created as a way to gather the good ideas congregations have
about leadership development and then share these programs so individual
congregations can improve or start their own programs," said Linda
Plengemeier, vice president of DHE. "The entries we received demonstrate
congregations are already putting a lot of thought into developing these
programs."  Full story 

Exhibit recognizes 'Black History Month'

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society recognizes Black History
Month in February with an exhibit drawn from the records of Southern
Christian Institute.

The Institute, chartered in Edwards, Mississippi in 1875, was
established to provide education and training for former slaves and
their descendants.  The files are rich in photographs of life at the
school and illustrate the educational process.

Southern Christian Institute survived far longer than other similar
institutions, finally merging with Tougaloo College in 1954.  The
property later became home to Mississippi's Delta Ministry.

The Historical Society, located at 1101 Nineteenth Ave., South, in
Nashville, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.  4:30 p.m.

Find inspiration in a unique Lenten resource

"Fellowship of Prayer" is inspiring many this Lenten season as it
prepares Christians for renewed service to Christ. Regional and general
leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) compiled their
heart-felt thoughts and prayers together into this small devotional that
reaches many during this time for reflection and rebirth. "We all hope
that you will draw strength from your Disciples leaders, who are rooted
in Christian faith," said Richard Hamm, general minister and president
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

"Lent is a time for self-examination," said Hamm. "Recall how Jesus was
sent by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days of fasting and
temptation (Matthew 4:1-10). Likewise, Lent is a time for us to contend
with our temptations, to forsake sin, and to prepare spiritually for
renewed service to Christ."  

Find inspiration in these daily devotions and remember our Lord's
sacrifice and celebrate his resurrection. "Fellowship of Prayer" is
available from Christian Board of Publication at 1-800-366-3383, e-mail, or visit our Web site at

Death of Virginia Fiers 

Virginia Fiers, wife of A. Dale Fiers, first general minister and
president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United
States and Canada, died on February 3, after a long illness. A memorial
service was held on February 6, in Jacksonville, Fla. Cards may be sent
to Fiers at: 4600 Middleton Park Cir., E. A-420, Jacksonville, FL

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