Prepared for the Future
July 26, 2015~ Pastor Andy Rice
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
FROM THE PASTOR:
As you’ll read below, this week I am preparing to minister for a week in Maine beginning Sunday evening. In light of that, here are a few quick hits:
- I owe someone an ice cream cone! If you were with us on Youth Sunday this year, you may remember that we introduced our summer Scripture memory passage that day, Psalm 19:7-10. On the same day I issued a challenge – initially to our children, but then also to anyone in our church family – if you memorize these verses by the end of the summer and recite them to me, I will buy you an ice cream cone. (From my experience, ice cream can be a powerful motivator!) Well, Sunday morning I found out that I already owe someone an ice cream cone! You’ll have to wait until Sunday morning to find out who that someone is, but in the meantime, let me encourage you to start (or keep on!) memorizing Psalm 19:7-10. If God’s Word truly is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey, then let’s treat it that way!
- Community Group Gathering. As you can read below, we’re gathering again this week for our initial Community Group, and then we’re gathering again in August. For now these are very informal gatherings and less frequent than they will eventually be, but this is a great time to join in! If you have any interest in joining us, or have any questions about it, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
- Camp Washington. Following this Sunday’s worship service my family and I will be hopping in our packed car and traveling 3 hours north to Washington, ME – the site of the Washington Advent Christian Campmeeting. Beginning Sunday night I will be the speaker for the evening services each night through Saturday, before wrapping it up next Sunday morning. The services are for both the adults and families staying at Camp Washington for the week, as well as for the teenagers attending their overnight camp. I am grateful for the opportunities this church family gives to participate in the Lord’s work even in places far beyond our local context. I am also requesting your prayer support each night from Sunday to Saturday, and Sunday morning (August 9). Pray that the Lord would give me the words to say, pray for physical and spiritual strength, and pray that the Spirit would work in the hearts of those in attendance. Thank you in advance for your prayer support! As always, if the Lord lays it upon your heart to uphold me in prayer, please don’t hesitate to let me know. There is no greater encouragement to me than to hear someone genuinely say, “I’m praying for you.”
- Encouragement. Speaking of encouragement, I want to exhort you to consider some way that you might be an encouragement to someone in some significant way before the end of the summer. Summer often provides unique opportunities to spend time with others, or to do things out of our ordinary routines. Would you prayerfully consider some act of encouragement toward a brother or sister in Christ? Might you also consider how you might be a blessing to someone outside of the body of Christ (a neighbor, co-worker, or friend)? We have been blessed to be a blessing to those around us, so how will you use your summer to glorify God in this way?
For His Glory,
THIS WEEK AT FAITH:
||NO Prayer Meeting
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Community Group Gathering (see below)
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
PRAYER MEETING: Resumes on August 12
Our weekly prayer gathering is cancelled for the next two weeks, but will resume meeting on Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Prayer Room on August 12. 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: This Friday
This Friday we'll gather again at Pastor Andy and Carrie's home from 6:30-8:00pm
for another gathering of this initial Community Group. (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. Once again, these initial gatherings are more informal, so plan to join us and continue to get acquainted with one another. (There will be a light meal to eat). The next date for gathering after this one is August 21
. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Andy.
Pastor Andy will be with us this Sunday before leaving immediately after the service to serve at Camp Washington in Washington, ME for a week, followed by vacation. On Sunday, August 9 Pastor Luke Middleton, the son of former youth pastor at Faith Church Rev. George Middleton, will be preaching. On Sunday, August 16 Pastor Joshua will be preaching. If you have an immediate need while both Pastor Andy and Pastor Joshua are away, please contact Pastor Dave Squire or Ken Houghton.
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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES:
Beginning next week there are several different options for Vacation Bible School at various local churches, including Wellspring Church of Stoneham (July 27-30), Forestdale Community Church in Malden (July 27-31), Melrose Church of the Nazarene (August 3-7), and First Baptist Church in Melrose (August 17-21). If you would like any additional details about any of these Vacation Bible Schools please contact the office.
FOOD PANTRY HELP NEEDED:
Our food pantry receives donations of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer from both the Farm Co-Op andFarmers 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 in a given week please look 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 July, we are collecting: Notepads, coloring books, activity pads, glue sticks, and scissors.
In prior months, we've been collecting: Play-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.
SAVE THE DATE
Community Group Gatherings: July 31, August 21
Sunday Scoops Giveaway: September 20
Interested in a copy of the message from Sunday? Email the church office at email@example.com and we will see that you get a copy. Past sermons are available at www.faithchurchac.org/sermons.
Prepared for the Future
July 26, 2015~ Pastor Andy Rice