Faith Evangelical Church
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Developing Dedicated Followers of Jesus Christ

Seeds of Reconciliation:
The Hand of God in the Life of Joseph
Genesis 42 
Nov.16, 2014~ Pastor Andy Rice

Weekly Update

November Memory Verse:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'" ~ Lamentations 3:21-24

Take note of this week's happenings:

  • Carnival Night Recap:  What a wonderful time we had last Saturday at our annual Carnival Night for Operation Christmas Child!  With about 80 people in attendance we filled the Fellowship Hall enjoying good food and playing all sorts of games before moving upstairs to pack over 60 shoeboxes for OCC.  We’re so grateful for all who came, invited friends, and worked hard to make the night a success.  If you missed the fun it’s not too late to pack a shoebox and bring it with you this Sunday for our Dedication Sunday.  You can read more about that below. 
  • Help this Weekend:  We’re still in need of some help this weekend in two different ways.  First, we still need about 2 apple pies and 2 pumpkin pies to be made and delivered to the church by Friday afternoon.  If you can help with this please reply to this email or call the church as soon as possible.  We also need help on both Saturday and Sunday collecting shoeboxes for OCC.  If you can help out at some point this weekend, please also either reply to this email or call the church. 
  • Prayer and Praise Service:  Don’t miss the announcement below about a special service we’re having a week from this Sunday night, on November 30 at 6:00pm.  It’s a unique opportunity for us, but one we’re looking forward to as we seek the Lord together.
  • Advent Resources:  The season of Advent is a wonderful time to stir our affections for the Lord Jesus Christ, as we take opportunities to reflect on the reality and significance of his Incarnation.  To that end, there are all kinds of good resources out there to increase our appreciation for the Savior’s work on our behalf, and to instill the awareness of the same in our children.  Here’s a quick sampling of resources that are available, and there are many more!
    •  A brand new resource by a well-known Children’s Bible and devotional author is one that I’m especially excited to try out.  It’s called, Prepare Him Room, and along with it you can purchase a companion Christmas Music CD by the same title.   
    • Alison Mitchell, in conjunction with the Good Book Company, has put together several different Christmas resources for children.  In particular, she has two Advent Calendar packs entitled Christmas Opened Up and The Coming of the King
    • Nancy Guthrie has written two helpful books for the season of the Advent that are more geared toward adults.  The ladies Bible study that meets has used and enjoyed some of Guthrie’s resources.  Her most recent book is entitled, Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room, but she also edited an older compilation called, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.
    • Popular Christian blogger and speaker Ann Voskamp has written a lot for the season of Advent, and more recently these writings have been compiled into two different books.  One is more geared for families, while the other is for all ages.  She also has, on her website, several free resources, including printable colorable ornaments for kids intended to adorn a “Jesse Tree”. 
    • Pastor and author John Piper has a daily Advent devotional entitled, Good News of Great Joy, that is downloadable for free in various formats. 

Whatever you do, don’t miss the opportunity during this season of the year to grow in appreciation and wonder at the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Advent Celebration:  Our own celebration of the first Advent of Jesus Christ begins next Sunday, November 30 with our weekly Advent readings, and culminates in our Christmas Eve Service at 5:30pm on December 24.  But another aspect of that celebration is decorating our space in a way that points to the significance of the season, which we need your help with, as you can read about below. 
  • Grateful:  Have I told you lately that I’m grateful for each of you?  I’m sure I don’t express enough how much of a privilege it is to serve you and to serve alongside you as your pastor.  So many of you care so deeply about the glory of God and make great sacrifices for the work of the ministry through Faith Church, and for that I’m so thankful.  As I take inventory of the blessings the Lord has given me in the past year, you – the family of believers that make up Faith Evangelical Church – are near the top of the list.  Thank you for your partnership in the gospel.

Pastor Andy 



Wednesday, 7:00pm Prayer Meeting 
Friday, 10:00am
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Food Pantry & Community Dinner
Saturday, 8:00-5:00pm OCC Collection
Sunday, 9:30am
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
Worship Service
OCC Collection
Christmas Decorating


Our weekly prayer gathering on Wednesday nights continues tonight! Please feel free to join us in studying Scripture and in praying for the needs of our church family.   There is also a group gathering for prayer each Sunday before the service at 9:30am.  

Youth Activity:   Thursday 5:30pm

Thursday at 5:30pm the youth will be making pies for Friday nights community dinner. We will also be eating supper together while the pies cook.



This week is our collection for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, which also means that this Sunday will be our shoebox dedication Sunday.  If you have packed a shoebox for OCC plan to bring it with you this Sunday we'll ask for God's blessing together on the children who will receive them.  This Sunday we'll also be taking our monthly mission offering and it will go entirely to the ministry of Operation Christmas Child to cover the cost of shipping our shoeboxes around the world.  


Next Friday, November 21, the moms of Faith Church are invited to join together for dinner out at La Qchara on Franklin St. in Melrose at 7:30pm.  This is a great opportunity for fellowship together, and a chance to get out without children.  If you know ahead of time that you'll be able to make it please let Sue Goodnow-Ji or Carrie Rice know, but you can also feel free to just show up!  


 Join us next Sunday, November 23 at 4:00pm at the church building to help decorate for Christmas!  We'll plan to decorate for as long as it takes, then have a bit to eat together for supper (pizza provided).  This is a fun way to spend time with our church family and a great way to help out!  


  Beginning this Sunday we’re giving an opportunity to encourage our college students.  In the prayer room on Sunday we’ll have notecards along with stamped and pre-addressed envelopes, so all you have to do is take one (or more!), write a note, and drop it in the mail!  We’ll also be sending special packages to each student, but we thought individual notes from some in their church family would be especially encouraging.  Thanks in advance for taking a few moments to help in this way!



On November 30 at 6:00pm we'll be gathering as a church family to spend time praying and praising the Lord together in song. This will be an informal service and an excellent opportunity to worship our Lord together, thank Him for all He's done for us, and seek Him for all our needs.  There will be no pressure to share or to pray out loud if you don't want to, so please plan to join us for this special time together.  


Melrose's annual "Home for the Holidays" event is coming right up on Saturday, December 6.  We will participating once again by offering free hot chocolate and other baked goods, along with free cookie decorating for the kids.  But we'll need your help!  Stay tuned for a sign-up sheet and more information about how you can help.  For now, plan to join us for all or part of the day on Saturday, December 6!  



Oak Hill Bible Church, a sister Advent Christian Church, in Oxford, MA is putting on the musical comedy, "The Christmas Post" on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, both at 7:00pm.  If you would like more information go to their website ( or speak to Pastor Andy.  



OCC Collection Week:  November 17-24
Moms Together Dinner:  Friday, November 21 (7:30pm)
Christmas Decorating:  November 23 (4:00pm)
Prayer and Praise Service:  Sunday, November 30 (6:00pm)
Melrose Home for the Holidays:  December 6
Ladies' Christmas Brunch and Cookie Swap:  December 13
Church Family Christmas Party:  Sunday, December 14
Christmas Eve Service:  December 24, 5:30pm


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


Seeds of Reconciliation:
The Hand of God in the Life of Joseph
Genesis 42 
Nov.16, 2014~ Pastor Andy Rice