Welcome to the First Christian Church of Davenport (Disciples of Christ)
Please join us!
We are having in church services starting Sunday February 21st Masks are required!!
We are located at 510 East 15th Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52803.
We are EAST of Brady Street and SOUTH of Locust Street.
15th Street runs ONE WAY West Bound.
Enter the parking lot from LeClaire Street or Farnam Street.
Church Office Hours are Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Do you need a ride to church?
Please contact Jim Perreault at 563-320-1847 to schedule a ride on our church bus. Join us after worship for Linger Longer and enjoy a cup of coffee and fellowship.
Please check our website often for updates.
Please call or email us. 563-322-0929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This Weeks Message 04/29/21
CHRISTIANS AND VACCINATION
The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines has been met with both excitement and skepticism. There is great hope that the vaccines will bring an end to the devastation that has been caused by this terrible disease. But conversations about the use of vaccines have also been marked by confusion and fear. As followers of Jesus, we have committed ourselves to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves, therefore the issue of immunization is not a matter to be taken lightly.
We must think biblically about this vital issue. Vaccination is a way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. It uses your body’s natural defenses to build resistance to specific infections and makes your immune system stronger. Vaccines accomplish this in a variety of ways. The currently approved vaccines for COVID-19 give your body blueprints on how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 without giving you any amount of the virus itself. If you are then exposed to the virus in the future, your immune system can quickly destroy it before you become sick.
The federal government has been working since the start of the pandemic to make a COVID-19 vaccine available as soon as possible. This accelerated timeline is unprecedented and has raised concerns for some people that safety may be sacrificed in favor of speed. However, as with all vaccines, safety is a top priority. COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. The FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified.
Our faith and obedience to Jesus in discipleship involves dying to ourselves and taking up the cross to follow him. We are commanded to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Loving other people can involve many things, but at minimum it involves seeking their good. The general principle of the common good comes down to benevolence, love, care for others, and laying down personal priorities for the service of others. Christians thinking about vaccinations must weigh this key biblical principle in their decision-making process.
We encourage our members, in consultation with your physician, to receive a vaccination. Many Christian (and non-Christian traditions) have given pastoral guidance in the past that have encouraged vaccinations. We understand that no vaccine is completely safe. However, if by being vaccinated we can protect others from illness, then we have an obligation, given our Lord’s command to love our neighbors, to be vaccinated. Vaccinations not only protect you, but also protect other vulnerable members of society. When a majority of people in a community are vaccinated, people with compromised immunity who cannot be vaccinated are also protected. The healthy among us can help those who are more vulnerable by getting ourselves vaccinated.