There are good things happening all around us.


Here are some of my observations:

+ Today has begun bright and clear, cool and crisp. Fantastic!  

+ During Holy Humor Sunday, I had a pizza delivered to our sound technicians in the balcony during worship. The delivery person left with a $90 tip. You should have seen him walking out, barely able to contain a big smile.

+ We have witnessed tender and loving tributes on facebook from Ellen Cook about her mother Ann Hylander.

+ Charlotte Owens tells me that she has not had to transfer money from the Living Memorial Fund to support the budget so far this year. Usually, by now, about $10,000 has been used to supplement the budget. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving.

+ Our youth will be working the tables at The Rock to raise money for their mission trip to Jamaica this summer. Please support them by eating there April 11, between  5-9 p.m.

+ I commend to you an article by Tom Eblen in the Herald-Leader on 4-4 offering an explanation about our wild and crazy primary campaigns for president.

+ I liked the Little Rock Christian Church's sign: "If you are tired of the donkey and the elephant, try the Lamb."

+ Our Maundy Thursday Worship team successfully led worship even when I called to say I was sick.

+ A big thanks to Sannie Overly and her husband Mike Kalinyak who again, loaned us their donkey Jen-Jack for a Palm Sunday procession. We all laughed at the thought of being loaned a donkey by the chair of the Democratic party in Kentucky.

+ Thanks to Steve Davis for transporting Jen-Jack, building a pen for him and leading him into and out of the sanctuary.

+ Over 50 people participated in our MaundyThursday and Good Friday worship events.

+ We were once again greeted by a spectacular sunrise as we stood by the grave of Barton W. Stone at the Cane Ridge Shrine early on Easter morning.

+ Thanks to Ed Marcum, Bob Parker, R.W. Collins and Laura Smart for cooking and serving breakfast after the sunrise service. And to Gerry McMillen for cooking the sausage and bacon.

+ We were all touched by Cathy Caldwell rededicating her life to Christ on Palm Sunday.

+ You should know that we offer outstanding Sunday School classes which begin at 9:30 a.m.

+ Angelino had the church yard cleaned of fallen limbs from the Saturday wind, BEFORE we arrived at church on Sunday morning.

+ As I see the phlox and the tulips blooming, along Cypress Street, I sure do miss Frances.

Just thought you might want to know,


Rev. Jeff Bell

Baptized at First Christian Church, Corbin, Kentucky. Ordained June 1983 by First Christian, Somerset and the Christian Church in Kentucky at Salvisa Christian Church. Jeff has been senior minister of FCC since 1999. He served churches in Salvisa, Wendell, North Carolina and Fort Thomas, Kentucky following his graduation from Lexington Theological Seminary. Jeff believes the church should be connected to the community, acutely aware of the needs of the neighborhood and acquainted with its people. Further, he believes all Christians are one in Christ.