Faith Evangelical Church
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Developing Dedicated Followers of Jesus Christ

Not Rules and Regulations but Christ
In Christ Alone-Part 10
Colossians 2:16-23
Sept. 25, 2016~ Pastor Andy Rice

Weekly Update

October Memory Verse:  Colossians 3:1-2

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”     



     In this extremely brief edition of the weekly pastor’s note, I wanted to highlight a few things happening both this Sunday and next Sunday.  Let’s work our way backwards. Next Sunday morning during our worship gathering we’ll be breaking away temporarily from our Colossians series to address the upcoming general election. While you will not be hearing an endorsement from me, you will (I hope and pray) be hearing me seek to bring biblical truth to bear on this significant election cycle. This comes, of course, just a couple days before election day (November 8). For those that are citizens of this country, I hope that we’ll all be prayerfully considering the responsibility that lies before us in the coming weeks.

      Now, on to this Sunday, when there are 3 special things happening: 1) Rev. Warren Conary, former pastor of this church, will be with us and preaching the Word. Whether you were under his ministry or not you’ll enjoy hearing from him this Sunday. 2) During our service we’ll be taking a moment to recognize the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of our food pantry. Together we’ll be thanking the Lord for this wonderful blessing!  3) We’ll be gathering for our annual Fall Fellowship Dinner. What a joy to gather around the tables with full plates and hearts! 

     We’re looking forward to many opportunities to worship, fellowship, and serve in the weeks ahead!

Pastor Andy



Wednesday, 7:00pm Prayer Gathering
Friday, 10:00am 
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Saturday, 3:00-5:00pm Kids' Harvest Party
Sunday, 9:30am
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
Sunday Worship Gathering
Fellowship Dinner
Wednesday, 7:00pm (November 2) Men's Gathering


This Week's Sermon Text:   2 Peter 3:1-18 - Rev.Warren Conary Preaching



KIDS HARVEST PARTY: Saturday, 3-5pm  


On Saturday, October 29 we'll be having a fun harvest party for kids of all ages!  This is open to anyone in our church along with anyone they would like to invite to join them! More details can be found here, where you can also invite others and RSVP to let us know you're coming.




This Sunday, October 30 we'll be having our annual Fall Fellowship Dinner. Plan to join us after the service as we share a meal together. Please bring a dish to share - dessert and drinks will be provided. On that same day we'll also welcome Pastor Warren and Sandee Conary, and some of their family (the previous pastor of Faith Church). Join us for this wonderful time of worship and celebration together! 

MEN'S GATHERING:   1st Wednesday of the Month!

Since March the men of Faith Church  have been gathering on the 1st Wednesday of the Month for an opportunity to be in conversation, in the Word, and in prayer. (Please take a moment to read about this new opportunity here, which describes it in much more detail.) All men are invited to join us on the first Wednesday of the month as we ground ourselves in the Word and commit ourselves to growing in godliness.  The next gathering will be Wednesday, November 2. We'll be continuing in our look at the life of David.  


PRAYER GATHERINGS:   2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Sunday AM

Please consider joining us as we gather together in prayer for the life of our church. These times begin by a brief devotional from the Word, followed by a time of praying for the needs of our church family. These gatherings happen on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, along with every Sunday morning at 9:30am (with prayer primarily focused on the worship service). It is a great joy to gather as God's people and unite our hearts in prayer - join us!  


As you may have noticed, we purchased new ESV Pew Bibles recently to replace our older ones that were beginning to fall apart. If you would like to help contribute to the cost of these Bibles, you may do so by using the Special Offering envelopes. You may also do so by dedicating a Bible in honor or memory of a loved one (suggested donation is $10 per Bible). If you choose to do this, a special bookplate will be placed inside the front cover of one of the Bibles. Thank you in advance for contributing to this important investment. We're asking that all contributions and dedications be submitted by the end of October. 



Did you know that at our Annual Operation Christmas Child Carnival Night we pack nearly 60 shoeboxes for needy children? To prepare, we need your help.  From now until mid-November, we will collect items to be packed in shoeboxes on Carnival Night, especially TOYS:  cars, dolls, yo-yo's, balls, etc., or anything that fits in a shoebox! If everybody participates, we should have enough for every shoebox! There is a box in the back of the sanctuary for you to drop-off your items of OCC.




Our next Community Group Gathering will be Friday, November 4 at 6:30pm at the Rices' home. This is open to anyone interested in pursuing biblical fellowship together.  This group will continue to gather at least twice each month for planned gatherings, on the first Friday of the month and the third Sunday of the month. Our next gathering after this one will be Friday, November 4 at 6:30pm. If you would like to know more about Community Groups, please speak to Pastor Andy (you can also read a brief overview here).  



The following is a financial update from the Finance Committee that highlights our collections to date and compares them to the amount needed in order to fulfill our 2016 budget. As you can see below, our collections are well below our budgeted need, which would lead to a significant shortfall at the end of the year.
 Budgeted Collections as of October 16 Actual Collections as of October 16 Shortfall
$113,925 $99,786 ($14,139)
Please join us in praying for God to continue to provide for the ministry of Faith Church.  If you have additional questions about the budget or collections, please speak to Carolyn Smith.  Thank you for your faithfulness and support of Faith Church.  "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)



Our Moms Together ministry continues with two monthly opportunities for gathering.  The first opportunity is a daytime playdate for moms and their children that will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the church, which is open to any moms who can make it, so feel free to invite a friend!  The second opportunity is meant to include moms who aren't available during the day and to be a "moms night out."  These will be monthly gatherings on either a Friday or Saturday to do something fun together. Mark your calendars for these new opportunities to gather for encouragement and fellowship.  If you have any questions please speak to Carrie Rice.   
     Next Playdate:  November 8



Work Day:  November 5
Moms Together Playdate:  November 8
OCC Shoebox Event:  November 12
OCC Collection Week:  November 14-21
Christmas Decorating:  November 20
Children's Christmas Program:  TBA
Christmas Eve Service:  December 24 


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



Not Rules and Regulations but Christ
In Christ Alone-Part 10
Colossians 2:16-23
Sept. 25, 2016~ Pastor Andy Rice