Summer Memory Verse:
"Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you." ~ Psalm 33:20-22
FROM THE PASTOR:
A couple months ago, as we stood on the front end of this summer season, I exhorted us as a church family to be sure that we “not waste our summer.” It’s not the first time that I issued such an exhortation and I’m sure it won’t be the last. At the heart of it is an appeal to make the most of every opportunity God gives us to glorify him, and to be intentional about finding ways to love and serve others in Jesus’ name – even in the midst of the busyness of summer. So now, with the unofficial end to summer fast upon us, let me ask you: did you waste your summer?
Perhaps that question is too harshly worded, so let’s try this on for size instead: in what ways did you use your time and opportunities to glorify God and to show his love to others? It’s quite possible that you are now recalling one or two ways that you took the exhortation to heart. If so, praise the Lord for his work in you and through you! I would love to hear your story! But it’s also possible that there are some of you, like me, whose minds immediately go to the missed opportunities rather than well spent ones, as you consider the ways you could have used your time, resources, and energy differently over the past few months. If that’s you, don’t be discouraged! Though we often squander time and opportunities, God is always gracious to give us more. There’s no sense in beating ourselves up for missed opportunities because we’re better off seeking the Lord for more – and for the courage and wisdom to make the most of them!
So if you’re looking back on your summer with some regret, here’s one way to redeem it: don’t waste your fall! Pray and be on the lookout for ways that you (and your family, or even someone from your church family) can use your time, energy, resources, and abilities to be salt and light in the world around you. That may not mean doing extraordinary things, but simply ordinary things with extra intentionality. In the coming weeks we’ll be letting you know of ways that you can live with gospel intentionality this fall – including participation in our annual Sunday Scoops Giveaway! But you need not limit yourself to formal “church” activities. Who in your life could you encourage, bless, or help? What activity/event could you invite someone else to do along with you? What need could you help meet? There are countless opportunities all around us if only we have eyes to see them, and the courage to not waste them!
P.S. If you were here on Sunday you know that we ran out of time to handle a couple of the verses in our text (Mark 9:49-50). I decided not to use this space to handle those verses, and we’ll be moving on to the next passage (Mark 10:1-12) this week. If you were hoping to hear a bit of an explanation on those verses please do not hesitate to ask!
THIS WEEK AT FAITH:
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
No Youth Group
PRAYER MEETING: Resumes in the Fall
Our weekly prayer gathering on Wednesday nights has stopped for the remainder of the summer, but will resume in the fall. There will still be a group gathering for prayer each Sunday before the service at 9:30am. Please feel free to join us tonight in praying for the needs of our church family.
SUNDAY SCOOPS GIVEAWAY: September 14
On Sunday afternoon, September 14, from 3-5pm, our church is once again reaching out to our community by expressing our gratitude for their continual support of our church and food pantry. During the afternoon on that Sunday we'll be giving away FREE ice cream sundaes to any and all! In order to do this, and in order to give people an opportunity to get to know who we are, we need your help! First and foremost, save the date and plan to attend to enjoy free ice cream! We'll also need help with promoting and publicizing this event, with setting up/tearing down, and with serving. Look for an insert in your bulletin and a chance to sign-up as the date draws closer. If you have questions please speak to Pastor Andy.
FOOD PANTRY HELP NEEDED:
Our food pantry receives donations of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer from both the Farm Co-Op and Farmers Market in Melrose. We need help on Thursday evenings throughout the summer picking up this food and delivering it to the church. If you can help in a given week please sign-up at the back of the sanctuary.
Extreme Faith Youth Group:
Extreme Faith will meet Sunday September 7th the time is TBD. There are also a few fall activities coming up.
September 26th-27th: Youth Overnighter in Haverhill
November: Word of Life Superbowl.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Collection has begun!
Each Sunday we'll be collecting items to be packed in Operation Christmas Child
hoeboxes. Once again we're collecting early so as to be well prepared for our Annual OCC Carnival Night in November! In the month of August
we'll be collecting school supply items
(pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.), so you may want to begin early to catch back to school sales. Your donations can be left in the box at the back of the sanctuary. Thank you in advance for supporting this unique missions opportunity.
LADIES RETREAT: September 19-21
Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21 the Barbara Gedney Schaeffner Women's Retreat is taking place at Alton Bay Christian Conference Center in Alton Bay, NH. For more information you can go to the Eastern Regional Association website, or click here
DO YOU WANT A PIANO?
Are you looking for an acoustic piano? If so we know of an older mahogany spinet piano that is available. If you're interested please contact Pastor Andy.
SAVE THE DATE
Melrose Victorian Fair: September 7
Sunday Scoops Giveaway (tentative): September 14
Community Dinner: September 19
Ladies Retreat (Alton Bay, NH): September 19-21
3rd Sunday Offering: September 21, to support the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS)
Interested in a copy of the message from Sunday? Email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see that you get a copy. Past sermons are available at www.faithchurchac.org/sermons.