Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)  Chalice      

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Interim Minister Tim Johnson
Interim Pastor
Tim Johnson
earned his Degree from
The University of Dubuque
Theological Seminary


About Rev. Tim Johnson . . .

     A Nebraskan by birth (1950), having grown up in Colorado until senior year, then graduating from Norwalk, Iowa in 1969; I have always been in homes active with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). College years were interrupted by military service, then graduation from The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1980.

      A few years later, I reentered the U.S. military as an Army National Guard chaplain. In 2004, with twenty years complete, I retired. 

     With our two sons, Christopher and Eric, my wife, Mary Kay and I lived in Troy Mills, Mason City, and Adel as our sons grew up and I served Disciple congregations. In the late 1990’s we moved to Michigan for Mary Kay’s education at MSU while I served interim positions. 

     After serving a rural church in Illinois, we returned to Norwalk to be closer to family and in 2015, I retired from the Christian Church in Perry. Since that I have been serving Christian Churches as interim minister in Oskaloosa, Des Moines (Wakonda), and Mitchellville.

    Hobbies include reading, music for my own enjoyment, our Golden Retriever, Dory, an old sports car, and visiting family.

Rebecca Russell,
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Jessica Hove
Child Care
Stephanie Collins,
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Abbi Nelson

Disciples of Christ History
      The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament. Disciple congregations today share these characteristics:
 * Each congregation is self-governing and calls its own pastor.
 * Worship services may be formal or informal, and include lay women and men in leadership.
 * Open discussion of issues is encouraged. Diversity of opinion is common.
 * We are growing in racial and ethnic diversity. 
       Disciples affirm that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, and offers saving grace to all. Disciples also believe that all persons are children of God. Disciples practices and beliefs include:

Open Communion
- The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Freedom of Belief
- Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.

Baptism by Immersion
- In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.

Belief in the Oneness of the Church
- All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.

The Ministry of Believers
- Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a red chalice, emblazoned with a white St. Andrew's cross. The chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship. The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism.
Spreading GOD’s
with YOU!
There are some curious results of the pandemic.
1. There is much less traffic on the roads.  Evidently the diminished travel has caused noticeable reduction in the smog levels.
2. Animals are working their way back into areas that had been crowded with human beings.
3. Families and friends are discovering new ways of interacting with one another. Our family is using “Zoom” and “Trickster Cards” (both copyrighted) to get in contact with one another, see each other on our screens, and play games. 
4. Eating out has ceased to be possible, so we’re eating at home and doing much more in-home cooking than usual.
5. Drive-up grocery pick-up!  Shopping on-line, then going to a drive-up lane at the grocery stores to pick up our groceries.
     There are many other adjustments we’ve made, from wearing masks to increasing the distance we stand from one another. We have adapted!
     Do you think many of these changes will carry over after this pandemic is over and we are able to be vaccinated against Covid-19?
     I imagine it will be as after other traumatic events in our history, we will slip back into past behaviors, in part. But in other areas, we will change our behaviors.  For instance, in our household we are regularly surprised and irritated that items we bring home like pills or some food items; that they are double, and triple wrapped.  Those precautions resulted from threats that was real or imagined from even decades in the past.
     We adapt.  We change.  But we move forward.

     The earliest Christians were mostly Jewish. They were Jewish in their heritage, their worship patterns, and their personal values. The scripture passages about the resurrection of Jesus are enlightening in more ways than one. But notice Mark 16:1-2: “After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus. Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb” (TEV).
     Those earliest Christians shifted their behavior, because of that traumatic and amazing event of the resurrection of Jesus from death. From being Sabbath worshippers, they shifted to first-day-of-the-week worshippers. All because that is the day Jesus rose from the grave.
     Acts tells of the early history of the Church, and reports in Acts 1:14 that the followers of Jesus met frequently for prayer.  Many of them kept going to the Temple for Sabbath worship, but soon, it appears, the first day of the week took precedence as the day of Christian worship. 1 Corinthians 16:2: On the first day of the week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn . . .” (NRSV). Acts 20:7 reports, “On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread . . .” (NRSV).

     My point is that after this pandemic is resolved and runs its course, we will continue, and we will adapt. Christ’s Church has made it through wars, depressions, emergencies, plagues, cultural revolutions . . . everything!  And the Church of Jesus has come through, often stronger!  Maybe not always the same, but Christ’s Church has moved forward with the Mission intact, to tell people about the Good News of Jesus.
     It will be the same here. We’ll get through. We’ll keep praying and stay faithful and continue to trust in the love of God. 

                                                                         See you Sunday!


Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) * 3322 E. 25th Street * Des Moines, IA 50317

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