Faith Evangelical Church
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Developing Dedicated Followers of Jesus Christ

The Holiness of God
Matthew 6:9
April 13, 2014~ Pastor Andy Rice

Weekly Update

Monthly Memory Verse:

April:   "This, then, is how you should pray:  'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’" ~  Matthew 6:9-13


 Here are a few quick hits for this week:

  • This Friday at 7:00pm is our Good Friday worship service.  This is an excellent opportunity to do what Revelation 5 says we will do for all eternity - to worship the Lamb who was slain.  This hour-long service is designed to help us think about the death of Jesus and its significance for our lives.  It's also a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend.  
  • I'm sure a reminder is not needed that this Sunday is Resurrection Sunday.  While we live in the light of Jesus' resurrection each and every day, and worship our Risen Savior each and every Sunday, this is an especially joyous day in our calendar to proclaim loudly - He is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!  I hope you'll come ready to worship and celebrate this earth-shattering reality this Sunday.  Please also consider whom you might invite to come along with you!  This is the one Sunday of the year when many people are expecting to be invited to church - so take advantage!  
  • Because we hope to have many guests with us this Sunday, if you are able, please consider parking a bit further away (or carpooling) than you normally would (check out the parking map here), so as to leave closer spaces for our guests.  Or, out of love for our guests, consider sitting a tad closer to the front than you normally would - just this one Sunday! - so as to leave the back seats for guests.  
  • There are several events going on the week after Easter, so make sure you're paying attention to the announcements in this Weekly Update.  A couple events of special note are:
    • Our annual Pinny Crusade Bowl-a-thon.  Make sure you fill out a pledge form if you'd like to make a pledge - even if you can't come!  
    • A luncheon after the service next Sunday (April 27) which will feature a taste of Honduran food and Meghan Holden's presentation from her recent trip to Honduras.  
  • Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord and to the ministry of Faith Church.  It is a privilege to serve alongside you for the sake of the good news of the Kingdom of God!  
Pastor Andy 



Wednesday, 7:00pm
Prayer Meeting - CANCELLED
Friday, 10:00am
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Food Pantry & Community Dinner
Good Friday Service
Sunday, 9:30am
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
Worship Service - Resurrection Sunday!
No Youth Group
Tuesday, 9:30-11:30am
Moms Together (click for schedule)


PRAYER MEETING:   Not Meeting Tonight

There will be NO prayer meeting tonight.  We continue to meet weekly (Wednesdays, 7:00pm) for prayer in the Prayer Room at the back of the sanctuary.  All are welcome to join us in praying for the needs of our church family!  



There will be no youth group this week or next. 
April 20: No Youth Group 
April 21: Movie Night @ Pastor Joshua's and Melanie's
April 27: No Youth Group
May 2-3: Youth Overnighter @ Oak Hill Bible Church in Oxford MA


Each Sunday from now until April 27 we'll be continuing our annual offering for "Penny Crusade." (Note:  there will be no collection on Easter Sunday).  This weekly collection will go to support the missions work of our denomination.  Plan to save and give your pennies (and dollar bills!) as the Lord leads so that we can help support God's work around the world!  Once again we're having a collection competition between Team A-K and Team L-Z (divided up by last name).  Our cumulative goal for this year is to raise $5,000.  Here are the results so far:
Team A-K Team L-Z Total % of Goal
$1,193.78 $1,112.99 $2,306.77 46.14%


On Friday, April 18 at 7:00pm we will be holding a Good Friday service to reflect on the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross.  Please join us for this time of reflection on the most important event in history, in preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter day.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite a guest!  


On Saturday, April 26, we will be hosting the Annual 'Pinny Crusade' for Penny Crusade. This is a fun event for our Church family, a great opportunity to invite your friends, and a wonderful way to support the work of missions around the world! We will be meeting at the church at 5:00pm for a quick introduction and pizza, then heading over to the Wakefield Bowladrome for a 6:00pm start to our Pinny Crusade. (If you need to meet us directly at the Wakefield Bowladrome, please meet at 5:55pm) Each pin knocked down will earn pennies that go towards helping missionaries on the front lines in spreading the Gospel. The more people and the more pins knocked down, the better! So bring a friend and help us help our missionaries. After the bowling we'll come back to the church for ice cream.
Also, we are providing the opportunity for the people to make a pledge for Penny Crusade through this event. If you're not much of a bowler, or even if your are, you can pledge a certain amount of money for each pin knocked down. For instance, you could pledge to give 1 penny for every pin knocked down by Team A-K, or 5 cents for every penny knocked down by Team L-Z, etc. (Last year a pledge of 1 penny per pin would have been about a $30 donation.) For more details look for the pledge card in the bulletin this Sunday.  



All are invited to join us after the worship service on Sunday, April 27 for a luncheon and to hear Meghan Holden's mission presentation from her recent trip to Honduras.  Please join us for lunch - which will give us a flavor of Honduras - and then for Meghan's report about her trip and what God did in and through her.   


There will be a brief church business meeting following the worship service on Sunday, May 4.  This meeting is to discuss and vote on a proposal to spend building funds on a need at the parsonage.  If you have any questions in advance of the meeting you may speak to Pastor Andy or Eric Waaramaa (moderator).  


All ladies in the church are invited to attend a special breakfast in honor of Mother's Day on Saturday, May 10 here at the church at 9:00am.  The breakfast is not just for moms, but for all ladies of all ages!  There is no need to bring anything - just come and enjoy a breakfast and fellowship with the other ladies in our church!  If you're planning to come and didn't sign-up at the back of the sanctuary beginning next week so we can plan accordingly.  Also, feel free to invite a friend!



 The Eastern Regional Association, our local network of churches, is putting together its annual Pennsylvania Bus Trip that will explore the beauty of the Amish farmland and see the powerful re-enactment of the Bible at Sight and Sound Theater. The trip dates are September 24-27, and the registration must be submitted by June 30.  If you’re interested in the trip, downloadable brochures and reservation forms are available by clicking here, or there are a few brochures on the back table in the sanctuary.


Penny Crusade:  thru April 27
Good Friday Service:  April 18
Easter Sunday:  April 20
Heritage Conference Annual Meeting:  April 26
'Pinny Crusade': April 26 
Meghan Holden's Mission Presentation & Lunch:  April 27
Church Business Meeting:  May 4
Men's Breakfast and Work Day:  May 17 (tentative)
Mother's Day Breakfast:  May 10


Interested in a copy of the message from Sunday?  Email the church office at and we will see that you get a copy.  Past sermons are available at


The Holiness of God
Matthew 6:9
April 13, 2014~ Pastor Andy Rice