2019 Winter issue
Volume 2, Edition 1
2- Church Anniversary/ Church Bus
3- Church Bell
4- Braxton D. Shelley & Testimony Concert
5- Mission Project: Summer Feeding
6- Senior Day
7- September 11th Remembrance
8- Welcoming Ashley Cross
9- Community Fellowship Dinner
10- Birthdays & Anniversaries
New Year, New Vision
Colossians 3:1-4 implores those who have been raised with Christ to seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God, to set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. With this in mind our vision of an effective, vibrant, and growing ministry must not be based off our own perceptions and expectations, but must be revealed by God through the Holy Spirit. In 2019, we must commit ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit.
When we are lead by the Holy Spirit, we don't spend out time comparing ourselves to others. Comparisons hinder us from ever seeing what God is doing in and through us. Instead, we forge ahead knowing that we have a purpose and value that is a gift given to us by God.
In 2019, let's move forward recognizing that God has done great things with us, and will do continue to do great things with us. Allow this edition of the Dove be a reminder of how God can use us to serve our community.
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Mycal X, Brickhouse
THE Original CHURCH BELL was erected in 1868. It was located in the current church attic during our 2017 renovation. A special “THANKS” to Rev. Lionel Carney, Brother Herbert Bailey, and Trustee George Bailey for restoring the church bell and for this structure as well as to our church Mothers for ringing the bell to signify it’s time to gather for our sesquicentennial worship service on August 5, 2018. The bell plaque reads:
This Bell serves as a symbol of our faith to God and God’s love ringing throughout the world. It represents the pioneers who were instrumental in conceiving this church and listening to the “joyous noise” that signified the time for worshipers to gather.
This bell stands on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ on which our forefathers based their faith and is the same foundation we base our faith as we take on our continuous journey of discipleship.
This bell reminds us of what it means to be a true follower of Christ and to stand firmly on that “Solid rock.”
“Standing On The rock…Then and Now” (Psalm 18:2)
In honor of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Cary First Christian Church
Article by Sis. Barbara Engram
Our church bus
Our 29-passenger bus was purchased July 2018 for future fun, fellowship, and outreach ministry.
Our Sesquicentennial Gala and Worship Service
Cary First Christian Church Bell
PRAISE BE TO GOD for 150 years of service to God, to our church family and to our community! We began our sesquicentennial celebration at the beginning of our 149th year in 2017 with monthly events and activities. Our culminating celebrations were on Saturday, August 4, 2018 with our 150th Anniversary Gala held at NOAH’s Event Venue in Morrisville, NC and concluded on Sunday, August 5th with our 150th Anniversary Homecoming Worship service.
The walkway to our Sesquicentennial Gala entrance was “purple carpeted” with a “step and repeat” platform located at the very entrance for photographing our elegant guests. The Gala was full of fun, great jazz music, comedy, good food, and fellowship. Our Mistress of Ceremony was WRAL News Anchor/Reporter, Ms. Lena Tillett. Our outstanding jazz musical guest was Al Strong as well as a clean, country comedian, Les Long, who added much laughter to the beautiful atmosphere of the night.
Our Sesquicentennial Sunday service began just as it did years ago on Kildaire Farm Rd with our elders ringing the church bell to signify the beginning of worship service. What an inspirational anniversary message by our 16th pastor, Rev. Mycal X. Brickhouse, entitled: “An Effective Ministry” taken from Acts 5:12-16. Sermon points in review:
• An effective ministry is only possible when we allow the Holy Spirit to make us one.
• An effective ministry never has to boasts its accomplishments, instead the people will respect you for just doing the work.
• A church alive with the power of God will be a growing and effective church.
As we enter 2019, our 151st year, may we resolve to walk in unity and in love to do a greater work of reaching out. THANKS BE TO GOD for the greater things to come!
Cary First Missions: Summer Feeding
In August of this year, Cary First Christian Church hosted Braxton Shelley and Testimony in concert as we joined in celebrating the release of his gospel album entitled "I've Gotta Tell It." Braxton is a brilliant song-writer, composer, and musician, and this phenomenal project is comprised entirely of his original compositions. He was joined in this celebration by a dynamic group of musicians and singers from around the nation, who led us in a spirit-filled experience of worship and praise that we will not soon forget. Braxton is no stranger to Cary First, having served as the clinician and featured guest at our Music Ministry Conference in April. We are excited that Braxton Shelley is a friend of the Cary First Family, and we look forward to witnessing the ways that the Body of Christ will continue to be blessed through his work and ministry.
Article by Rev. Mycal Brickhouse
For nine weeks, Cary First family had the wonderful opportunity of providing meals for the children living in Boundary Village Towmhome Community through the Wake County Summer Feeding Program. The summer feeding program was established to serve children who are recipient of free and reduced lunch throughout the school year. This mission outreach was done in partnership with Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Church) and Good Shepherd United Church of Christ. With their assistance, we were able to have about twenty volunteers, with about seven coming from Cary First Christian Church. This year the food was provided by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. These connections were made possible through the Western Regional Center of Wake County Human Service, where Pastor Brickhouse serve as the chair of the Community Advocacy Committee. With the support of these partnerships we were able to serve 350 meals. At the conclusion of the summer, we hosted a Back to School Block Party, and we were able to provide 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in the community. As we plan ahead for the summer, we are hoping to become a summer feeding sponsor. This will grant us the opportunity to serve on site at Cary First Christian Church.
Braxton D. Shelley & Testimony Concert
Article by Bro. Ronald Williams
For the past three years, Cary First Christian Church has come together to celebrate Cary’s first responders for their heroic sacrifices for our community. This year we hosted a community cookout at Cary First in conjunction with Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Good Shepherd United Church of Christ. Members of the Town of Cary Police Department and Fire Department came to fellowship with members of the three congregations. Children were able to climb through a fire truck and some police cruisers. The police chief, Tony Godwin came and spoke about the importance of community engagement and ensuring that the community knew those who were charged with serving and protecting. A mobile putt-putt truck was out for people to enjoy as well. We are looking forward to next year!
Cary First Christian Church had a blessed Senior Sunday worship service on Sunday, September 9, 2018. All were attractively dressed in various shades of a summer blue on a glorious sun filled day! The theme was Living Blessed. Rev. David Dolby used that theme to take everyone on a spiritual journey. His topic was “Everybody Needs Help Sometimes” taken from John 5. He left everyone with elevated expectations. The highlight of the G.E.M.S.'s worship service was a first time Spiritual Dance by six senior dancers who danced to “Sunday Morning” by Mary Mary. The G.E.M.S. are grateful to Sister Pearl Floyd for patiently working with the senior dancers and also to Sisters Paula Waller and Kennie Mae Hinton for their leadership. The Senior Choir and Bro. Ron Williams, Cary First's Minister of Music, filled all ears with singing and praising to the glory of God. Looks like Cary First Seniors are on the move for Christ!
September 11th Remembrance
Article by Rev. Mycal X. Brickhouse
Article by Sis. Paula Waller
Senior Day With the G.E.M.S.
Cary First Christian Church welcomes Ashley Cross as its second ministry intern. Ashley Cross is a third-year student at Duke Divinity School. She has from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Before coming to Duke Divinity School, Ashley matriculated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and a minor in Philosophy. Ashley is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. At Duke Divinity, Ashley is quite engaged, serving on the Divinity School Student Council. Ashley describes her call in this way,
“I understand my call to ministry to be one of service to God, the church, and God’s people everywhere. This requires that I understand the nature of God through: the dissection of His Word, dialogue with believers who hold different convictions, and careful deliberation of scripture in the context of culture, the world, and church history. It is also important that I develop the skills to understand Christianity through an academic lens and learn to exegete Biblical text with clarity and power. I am grateful that Duke University Divinity School is offering me the academic rigor, global perspective, research opportunities, and commitment to spiritual support necessary to continue my growth as a follower of Christ and one called to the ministry of Christ.”
While at Cary First, Ashley will work with the youth and young adult ministry. We welcome Ashley Cross to Cary First Christian Church!
Community fellowship dinner
At the dinner there was a large mix of age groups, backgrounds, personalities, and denominations. While everyone was eating there were questions provided at each table, a conversation starter you might say. One would read the question and then the floor was open to whoever had a response they wanted to share. When people shared their ideas it was very interesting to find out that although someone may seem different than you, you all actually may have a lot in common. To hear all of what different people had to say it was very enlightening and intriguing for someone who was born in the age of technology since everyone grew up in different time periods it explained some of why the world is the way it is today. After the dinner I became very excited to learn more about different cultures or ways of life and I am very excited for the next time the different churches meet again.
Article by Sis. VeAndrea Kearney
Cary First Christian Church Welcomes
The Mission of Cary First's Dove Newsletter is to engage the church community by highlighting events, celebrating historical moments, and detailing the works of our church ministries.
February 24 - Black History Program & Soul Food Dinner | 3pm
March 2 - Usher Ministry Workshop | 10am
March 6 - Community Ash Wednesday Service | 7pm
March 12 - Lenten Unity Dinner | 7pm
March 16 - Quarterly Church Conference |10am
March 19 - Lenten Unity Dinner | 7pm
March 22-24 Music Ministry Conference
March 24 - Music Ministry Conference Concert | 4pm
March 26 - Lenten Unity Dinner | 7pm
April 2 - Lenten Revival | 7pm
April 9 - Lenten Revival | 7pm
April 16 - Lenten Revival | 7pm
April 27 - 2019 Leadership Conference |10am
April 28 - Pastoral Anniversary | 10:30am
May 12 - Woman's Day Celebration | 10:30am
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20 Lionel Carney
21 Ann Blaney
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