Faith Evangelical Church
Monday, August 31, 2015
Developing Dedicated Followers of Jesus Christ

Jesus Is Coming Again...So What?-Part 1
...So we pursue Godliness.
2 Peter 3:18-14
Aug. 30, 2015~ Pastor Andy Rice

Weekly Update

Summer Memory Verse:

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."  - Psalm 19:7-10

 

A Note From A Pastor: 

     By now it’s quite likely you’ve heard at least something about an organization called the Center for Medical Progress, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of bioethics particularly as it pertains to the dignity of human life.  If you haven’t heard of the organization then perhaps you’ve heard of their 8 videos (here and here) that they have released sporadically over the past several weeks (the 8th video was released yesterday, with more to come).  These videos are documentary-style summaries of months of investigative journalism into the practices of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, particularly as those practices relate to abortion.  In case you don’t know, Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country, with some statistics attributing to Planned Parenthood 1/3 of the nearly 1 million annual abortions.  Stop and consider those numbers for a second:  1 million abortions per year. That’s 1 million babies, human beings, whose live are ended by abortion.  That’s not 1 million “cases” or “fetuses” or “specimens” or “products of conception”.  1 million lives snuffed out each year in our country. 

      Have you seen these videos?  If not, I strongly encourage you to read this summary of each video, and then consider watching them (links to all 8 videos can be found here).  The content of these videos is extremely difficult to watch. As I have watched each one over the past few weeks they have, at times, caused me to literally weep, cry out to the Lord, and instinctively avert my eyes away from the screen.  They are that disturbing.  But in part, that’s the point of these videos:  to expose the gruesome reality of abortion.  There is more to it than that – namely, the for-profit sale and trafficking of fetal body parts, along with the crass nature in which Planned Parenthood and Stem Express executives discuss abortion techniques.  More importantly, though, these videos are a means of stirring the human conscience on this issue.  Abortion is the murder of unborn children, and it’s happening all around us. 
 

     Many others have written in recent days on this issue with much greater clarity than I ever could, so I would refer you to some of the following resources:

      I’m still trying to process what an engaged response to this spotlight on abortion looks like.  I know that we can at least pray – and pray often – for our nation’s conscience to be pricked on this issue, leading to legislation that will not undermine the sanctity of all human life, even as we pray also for those most directly affected by abortion in the past and those presently being given this option.  Certainly part of our response must include praying for and supporting alternative options in crisis pregnancy situations – may the Lord give us wisdom as we continue to consider how He might use us. 
 

     But for now, let’s be sure that we are not found guilty of turning a blind eye.  How easy it would be (like most mainstream media outlets), to simply ignore, dismiss, or downplay these videos, or the issue altogether.  This is not someone else’s problem.  This is not an insignificant issue.  This is a matter of life and death.  Will we stand by and allow it to happen?

      All life is a gift from God.  Every human being is created uniquely in the image of God, having been knit together by the hand of God, and therefore precious to God from the moment of conception. This is the truth we must speak into our culture, and we must speak this truth in love.  After all, the same God who created us…loves us.  He loves us so much that He sent His Son for us, in order that we might be in fellowship with our Creator for all eternity.  This Love – this gift of Jesus Christ – means there is hope for anyone; no one is beyond the reach of God’s redemption and forgiveness.  So let us be the people of the light whom God has called us to be, shining that light even in the darkest places, in order that those around us might be welcomed from darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. 
 
For the glory of God,

 

Pastor Andy
 

THIS WEEK AT FAITH: 

Wednesday, 7:00pm Prayer Meeting 
Friday, 10:00am
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Sunday, 9:30am
               10:00am
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
Worship Gathering
  

PRAYER MEETING:   Tonight!

Our weekly prayer gathering meets each Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Prayer Room. 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.  
 
 

COMMUNITY GROUP GATHERING:  September 11

Our next Community Group Gathering will be on Friday, September 11, once again at Pastor Andy and Carrie's home from 6:30-8:00pm.  (For a fuller explanation about Community Groups, go here.)  This is for any who are interested in pursuing biblical fellowship together, and these initial gatherings are helping to get us oriented toward our vision for Community Groups at Faith Church.   If you have any questions please contact Pastor Andy.    

 

 

SUNDAY SCOOPS GIVEAWAY:  September 20  

On Sunday afternoon, September 20, 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.  In the coming weeks look for an insert in your bulletin and a sign-up at the back of the sanctuary.  If you have questions please speak to Pastor Andy. 

   

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  

During the summer months we are combining the children's classes and working our way through the New Testament, using the "What's in the Bible" video series. Teachers show one session of the DVD and ask some questions related to the video and have the children participate in some lesson related activities.  We still need teachers for the remaining weeks of the summer, so please see the sign up in the back of the sanctuary.  There are also openings for nursery workers.  If you have any questions please contact Pastor Joshua. 

 

 

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.  Each week during the summer months we need help on Thursday evenings picking up this food and delivering it to the church.  If you can help, please look for the sign-up at the back of the sanctuary.  

 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD COLLECTION: 

Each month from now until November we'll be highlighting the items needed for the shoeboxes we'll pack for Operation Christmas Child.  The items collected will help us pack shoeboxes for our OCC Carnival Night.  You can place your donations in the box at the back of the sanctuary.  
 
For the month of August, we are collecting:  
Crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pens, pencil sharpeners, erasers Notepads, coloring books, activity pads, glue sticks, and scissors.
 
In prior months, we've been collecting:  Notepads, coloring books, activity pads, glue sticks, and scissorsPlay-doh, puzzles, stuffed animals, and balls.  Sunglasses, flashlights (w/ batteries), jump ropes, and yo-yo’s, hairbrushes, combs, girls hair accessories, boys/girls socks, wash cloths, boys/girls underwear, toothbrushes, toothbrush covers, toothpaste, bar soap, and travel-size tissues.  

 

LADIES' RETREAT:  September 18-20

 Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20 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.
 

SAVE THE DATE

Community Group Gatherings:   September 11 and September 25
Melrose Victorian Fair:  September 13
Food Pantry Community Dinner:  September 18
Sunday Scoops Giveaway:  September 20
Prayer & Praise Gathering:  October 18
Eastern Regional Convention:  October 23-24
OCC Carnival Night:  November 14
OCC Collection Week:  November 16-23
  
   

SERMON COPIES:

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

 

 

Jesus Is Coming Again...So What?-Part 1
...So we pursue Godliness.
2 Peter 3:18-14
Aug. 30, 2015~ Pastor Andy Rice