**During the very real threat of Covid contagion, our Sunday Worship services occur at 10:45 A.M. in-person in our sanctuary following Covid CDC guidelines. The services are also live-streamed to Facebook, and later uploaded to our YouTube channel. Children are welcome to sit with their families in worship as child care is currently not advisable. Please wear your mask and respect social distance guidelines while inside the Church. There is no coffee fellowship or any other program occurring in our facility at this time.**
Sunday Mornings At
Katherine Bryant Graves
Pastor Graves was called out of retirement from the Illinois Region to serve as our Interim Pastor beginning January 1, 2020. She has the privilege of being the longest tenured pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Carbondale, Illinois in its 158-year history. She is passionate about the church and its role serving the community and the marginalized as Jesus demonstrated in his life and ministry. She enjoys interreligious dialogue and community, spiritual formation, and biblical studies. Katherine and her spouse, Ron Graves have been married for 47 years, have a son and daughter in-law who are actors in L.A., California and a daughter and son-in-law who work at Texas A M and two grandchildren who attend Middle School and High School in College Station. Go Cougars! Under Pastor Graves’ leadership, we are taking this transitional time to discern God’s call into our future as a congregation and doing some deep reflection about how we have made and
continue to make a difference!
Mary Richards was born in the Bryan area, and lives on the family property in Kurten with her husband, Bob, whom she married in 2013. She grew up in a small U.C.C. church in Kurten, then began coming to First Christian Church in 1991. She plays harp, and is a member of the choir and handbell choir, in addition to being the church’s first Composer In Residence. In December of 2017 she became Administrative Assistant/Financial Secretary for First Christian. Mary is very detail oriented, and enjoys a creative challenge.
In addition to making music, Mary loves to watch birds – and photograph them – and go geocaching with her husband. She loves reading, and also looks forward to traveling to new birding and geocaching locations.
Vicki Green has worked at First Christian Church since 2002 as an Administrative Assistant. She has been a member of First Christian Church since the year 2000. Vicki is responsible for printing and mailing the weekly and monthly newsletters, and coordinates with the pastor, church members and outside parties on other church business.
She is available at the church every Monday and Tuesday. Vicki has lived in B/CS since 1965. She retired from Texas A&M in 2000 as a Research Technician in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics after 32 years. She and her husband, Larry, enjoy RV-ing, fishing and spending time with their four grandchildren.
Trained in Cell Biology, Microscopy, and Genetics, Dr. Karl Aufderheide did research and taught graduate and undergraduate students at Texas A&M University for 40 years until his retirement in 2018. He is now Emeritus faculty and continues his activities on campus. Dr. Aufderheide has also had a life-long interest and training in music, especially choral work. Trained by several professionals, including B/CS native and Metropolitan Opera star Emily Pulley, he has been Choir Director at First Christian Church since 1998. His philosophy of choral music is, “If you can speak, you can sing,” or learn to sing. The music ministry of the church choir extends beyond just the making of music during services, and includes support and growth of talent of the choir members as well as ministry to others in the church family, as a choir, but also as individuals. Much of this philosophy can be condensed into an old Medieval adage, “Those who sing, pray twice.”
When I was 12 years old, I became the organist of a small rural church. I had been taking piano for 11 years, but had never played the organ. It was a small spinet Hammond organ and my cousin gave me three lessons and then told me that I just needed to practice until I felt comfortable playing. Every Saturday, my mother would drive me to the church to practice for a couple of hours. That was just the beginning of a long career of playing worship services on Sunday morning.
God gave me the gift of music and it has always been so rewarding in knowing that I have been able to give back to God what he gave me and to share my music with others. I play by ear as well as read music and without a doubt, it continues to bring me great joy.
Jessica was born and raised in Bryan,Texas. She enjoys working with children of all ages. She has been working in the nursery for 4 years. She is happily married to Jimi Meng. They have 3 children Jaden, Britain and Taya. During her free time she likes to go on roads trips,playing games and DIY projects.
The Christian Church Disciples of Christ is a movement that began with a handshake in 1832 between representatives of two movements seeking Christian unity in a nation deeply divided by church tradition and doctrines of the early 19 th century. The movement became a recognized denomination after unprecedented growth and is considered one of the ‘mainline’ American protestant churches of the later 19 th and 20 th centuries. Known for its emphasis on biblical literacy, education, service, ecumenism and community building, the Disciples of Christ adopted the following identity statement: “We are the Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one Body of Christ,
we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.”