Feb. 08, 2016~ Pastor Andy Rice
February Memory Verse:
"In a loud voice they sang: 'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!'" - Revelation 5:12
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR:
I want to use this space this week to do two things – to look back and to look ahead. In looking back, I want to express my gratitude to you for the wonderful time we had together at the Annual Meeting this past Sunday. I am actually the weird type who really enjoys meetings, but objectively speaking, I think it was a wonderful time of reflecting on all that God has been doing in and through our church, and looking ahead to all that He will do in the years ahead. Of course, it was a great time sharing a meal together as well – with plenty of good food and good fellowship. If you weren’t able to join us but would like a copy of the Annual Report they will be available at the back of sanctuary this Sunday.
I also want to look ahead to next Wednesday, February 10, which is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of the Season of Lent. While we don’t rigidly follow a Church calendar, we do often highlight various days and seasons of the “Christian year” as opportunities for worship and reflection. To that end, next Wednesday (one week from today) we are having one of our regular Prayer & Praise Gatherings. We began having these gatherings on Sunday evenings several times each year as an opportunity to worship and pray together beyond our regular Sunday gatherings. Next week we’re having this gathering on Ash Wednesday as an opportunity to begin the Season of Lent together in this special way. Ash Wednesday is so named because of the traditional imposition of ashes on one’s forehead as a symbol of humility and contrition. Our gathering on Wednesday will not include that tradition, but will be an opportunity to look to the Lord in worship and in prayer, with a specific emphasis on confession of sin and assurance of our forgiveness in Christ. As with the other Prayer and Praise Gatherings, you will not be required to pray or say anything out loud if you don’t wish to, but we would love to have you join us as we worship the Lord together.
Blessings on your week,
THIS WEEK AT FAITH:
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
||Moms Together Playdate
|Wednesday, 7:00pm (Feb. 10)
||Prayer & Praise 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.
PRAYER & PRAISE GATHERING: Wednesday, Feb. 10
Please join us next Wednesday, February 10, for a Prayer & Praise Gathering. This a time for us to gather as a church family to spend time praying and praising the Lord together in song. Being Ash Wednesday, our emphasis in the gathering will be on confession of sin and the forgiveness we have in Christ. There will be no pressure to pray out loud or share if you don't want to. Plan to join us!
COMMUNITY GROUP GATHERING:
Our next Community Group Gathering will be this Friday, February 5. After that, the next gathering will be Sunday, February 21 at 5:00pm.
This is open to anyone interested in pursuing biblical fellowship together. This group will continue to gather at least twice each month for planned gatherings, on the first Friday of the month and the third Sunday of the month. If you would like to know more about Community Groups, please speak to Pastor Andy (you can also read a brief overview here
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP CLASS: Begins February 28
Are you interested in becoming a member at Faith Church, or at least finding out what membership is all about? Then plan to join us for our Membership Class! The Membership Class is the necessary first step to becoming a member, but it's also open to those who just want to find out more about our church and what membership at Faith Church means. The class will be held in 3 one-hour segments after our worship service, beginning on Sunday, February 28 (then also on March 6 and March 13). If you are interested in taking the Membership Class please speak to Pastor Andy as soon as possible.
YEAR-END FINANCIAL NOTES:
The Finance Committee would like to remind you that year-end giving statements will be available for pickup at the back of the sanctuary (or mailed, if necessary) by the end of January. If you have any questions you may speak with Kenny Houghton or Carolyn Smith. Additionally, giving envelopes are available at the back of the Sanctuary, if you wish to use them.
PARSONAGE RELOCATION FUND:
At our Annual Meeting in January, the membership authorized the future purchase of a home in Melrose to replace our existing parsonage in Lynn. More details about this process that were distributed at a previous meeting are available here
. This authorization does not mean that a purchase is imminent, but simply that we are prepared if an opportunity arises. We are continuing to ask people to join us in praying for this particular need, and more information about that can be found here
. We also want to make people aware of our Parsonage Relocation Fund
, the goal of which is to offset the cost of purchasing a home in Melrose. To date we have raised nearly $20,000, but our goal is to raise an additional $25,000 in the coming months. If you would like more information about this fund, or about the process we're now engaged in, please feel free to contact Pastor Andy. In the meantime, thank you for joining us in bringing this need before the Lord.
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.
Our Moms Together ministry continues with two monthly opportunities for gathering. The first opportunity is a daytime playdate for moms and their children that will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the church, which is open to any moms who can make it, so feel free to invite a friend! The second opportunity is meant to include moms who aren't available during the day and to be a "moms night out." These will be monthly gatherings on either a Friday or Saturday to do something fun together.
Mark your calendars for these new opportunities to gather for encouragement and fellowship. If you have any questions please speak to Carrie Rice.
Next Playdate: Tuesday, February 9
Next Moms Night Out: TBD
SAVE THE DATE
Ash Wednesday Prayer & Praise Gathering: February 10
Membership Class: 3 segments: February 28, March 6, and March 13
Penny Crusade Missions Collection: Begins March 13
Good Friday Service: March 25
Resurrection Sunday: March 27
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.
Feb. 08, 2016~ Pastor Andy Rice