Faith Evangelical Church
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Developing Dedicated Followers of Jesus Christ

Our Shepherd Redeemer:
The Hand of God in the Life of Joseph
Genesis 47-48
Dec.14, 2014~ Pastor Andy Rice

Weekly Update

December Memory Verse:

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." ~ Genesis 50:20

FROM THE PASTOR:

Here are some quick hits for the last full week before Christmas.

  1. Christmas Baskets.  As you can read about below, we’re meeting tonight to pack Christmas baskets of encouragement and to pack special gift bags for the regular food pantry patrons.  But it’s not too late to let us know whom we could bless with a special Christmas box filled with food.  If you know of someone please reply to this email or call the church as soon as possible. 
  2. Christmas Eve Service.  I know this isn’t new news to any of you, but this is just a reminder that the Christmas Eve service is one week from tonight!  For those of you who are still in town, consider making this special worship opportunity part of your celebration of Jesus’ birth.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend or loved one.  What is Christmas about if not proclaiming the good news of great joy that is found in Jesus! 
  3. Encouraging Others.  There are many among our church family – and beyond - who are limited in their ability to be out and about with family this Christmas season.  Because they are part of our family, and because we desire to show the love of Jesus in tangible ways, please take a moment to pray that the Lord will bring to mind some way that you can be an encouragement to them.  If you’re not sure who you can encourage or how to do so, reply to this email or call the church and we’ll be glad to give you a few ideas. 
  4. RightNow Media. Have you received your email invitation to RightNow Media yet?  If so, have you created your free account?  If you have, what have you enjoyed watching so far?  If you have any feedback on your experience with RightNow Media, we’d love to hear it!  If you have any questions about it we’d be glad to help as well! 
  5. Thank you.  Christmas is another great opportunity to reflect on all that the Lord has given us.  As I and have my family have done that we are reminded of how blessed we are to serve the Lord alongside you.  In so many ways you are an encouragement and  a blessing to us and we want you to know that we are grateful.  We’re already looking forward to 2015 and all that the Lord has in store for us as a church family!
Rejoicing in the birth of our Savior, who is good news of great joy! 
 
Pastor Andy 

   

THIS WEEK AT FAITH: 

Wednesday, 6:30pm Christmas Basket Packing
Friday, 10:00am
               5:00pm
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Food Pantry & Community Dinner
Sunday, 9:30am
               10:00am
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
Worship Service
Wednesday, 5:30pm Christmas Eve Service
  

PRAYER MEETING:   Will Resume in January!

Our weekly prayer gathering will resume in January, when we will continue to meet at 7:00pm on Wednesdays 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.  
 

 

CHRISTMAS BASKETS:   Tonight, 6:30pm

This year, since we didn't pack Thanksgiving Baskets, we will be packing Christmas Baskets for people in need - above and beyond our regular food pantry ministry.  Tonight, Wednesday, December 17, at 6:30pm we will be joining together in the Fellowship Hall to assemble the baskets.  In the meantime we need your help in identifying recipients of the baskets.  Who do you know that could use a little extra help this Christmas?  A family member?  Neighbor?  Coworker?  Friend?  Perhaps even someone who attends our church?  If you can think of someone who would benefit from a Christmas basket – whether you know them well or not well at all – please considering passing along their name so we can prepare a basket for them.  The best way to do that is to email or call the church office and give the person’s name ASAP.
 

PASTORS AWAY:  

With Christmas coming soon we wanted to keep you informed regarding the pastors' upcoming vacation schedules.  Pastor Andy and family will be away beginning Monday, December 22 through Saturday, January 3.  Pastor Joshua will be leading the Christmas Eve Service and preaching on Sunday, December 28.  Pastor Joshua will be away beginning Monday, December 29 through Saturday, January 3.  If you have an urgent need you may reach either Pastor Dave Squire or Ken Houghton, or you may reach Pastor Andy on his cell phone.  

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE:  December 24, 5:30pm

Plan to join us for our a time of singing carols and reflection on the birth of Jesus Christ at our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  There's no better way to prepare your heart for Christmas than to worship the Savior together.  This service is open to anyone in the community so please feel free to invite your friends, family, and neighbors as we reflect on the good news of Christmas.

 
 

WEATHER CANCELLATION NOTIFICATION: 

With winter weather fast upon us we want to be sure that we have your correct contact information.  In the event of a cancellation of a church activity, we generally spread the word in three different ways:  1) An automated calling service with a detailed message; 2) an email to our regular email contact list; 3) an announcement on our website.  The fastest and most direct means of finding out about a cancellation is through the phone message system, so if you haven't received one of those calls in the past, or if your phone number has changed, please be sure to contact the church office and give us the updated information.  
   

  

SAVE THE DATE

Christmas Eve Service:  December 24, 5:30pm
Pastor Craig Hunt preaching:  January 4
Fellowship Dinner & Annual Meeting:  January 25
  
 

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.

 
 

Our Shepherd Redeemer:
The Hand of God in the Life of Joseph
Genesis 47-48
Dec.14, 2014~ Pastor Andy Rice