Faith Evangelical Church
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Developing Dedicated Followers of Jesus Christ

Biblical Fellowship: Up In Out~Part 6
2 Corinthians 13:11-14
Mar. 22, 2015~ Pastor Andy Rice

Weekly Update

March Memory Verse:

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."  - Colossians 1:19-20

 

FROM THE PASTOR:

     As you know, this coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of what we often refer to as Holy Week.  While there is nothing inherently “holy” about this particular week on the calendar, it is holy in the sense that we choose to “set it apart” (the literal definition of the word “holy) with special significance.  What makes Palm Sunday, or Good Friday, or any other day of this week, special is the lasting impact of the events that happened on those days. 

     For us, Palm Sunday matters only because it reminds us of Jesus’ purposeful arrival into Jerusalem with one clear mission on his mind.  Maundy Thursday matters because it points us back to the Passover meal at which Jesus used bread and wine as an opportunity to instruct his disciples in the meaning of his impending death.  Good Friday is so good because it affords the opportunity to dwell on the reality and the implications of Jesus’ death.  Resurrection Sunday is a cause of celebration because it reminds us that the one who was dead is alive and still lives today! 

      It is the events themselves, more than the days on the Christian calendar, which ought to capture our attention.  Do we need one week out of the year in order to reflect on and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus?  Certainly not.  In a sense, every Sunday is a Resurrection Sunday!  But by setting apart this week we pry ourselves away from the monotony of our lives and give special attention to the defining historical events of our faith.  Not so that we can forget about them the rest of the year, but so the reality of them will dwell with us each and every day of the year. 

      For this reason, we are providing multiple opportunities for worship and reflection during this set-apart week.  Here is a quick rundown of all that will be taking place here beginning on Sunday:

  • Sunday, March 29 – Journey to the Cross:  This is an opportunity for individual worship and reflection.  You can come anytime between 6:00-7:00pm to begin your “journey”.  When you arrive, go straight to the sanctuary to receive your booklet and participate in worship through music - whether you sing out loud or not, sit or stand, this is a chance to prepare your heart for the journey.  There is also an insert in your booklet that will help guide you through confession of sin prior to the first station.  Whenever you’re ready, you can begin the journey, going from station to station with your booklet, to reflect on the events of Jesus’ life.  When you’re finished, you can linger in the sanctuary or head home.  Again, this is an individual opportunity for worship and reflection.  (Note: the nursery rooms upstairs will be available for use for children). 
  • Thursday, April 2 – Maundy Thursday Gathering:  We’ll be joining together as a church family to celebrate and remember the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with his disciples.  This is a meal – beginning at 6:00pm – integrated with Scripture, songs, and Communion.  It’s not formal, it’s not a service – it’s a family gathering around the table – the Lord’s Table. 
  • Friday, April 3 – Good Friday Service:  At 7:00pm we’ll begin this hour-long worship service in the sanctuary as we set our sights especially on the crucifixion of Jesus and its lasting significance.  This year’s service will focus on the seven last sayings of Jesus’ from the cross, interwoven with hymns and songs.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend, relative, or neighbor to join you. 
  • Sunday, April 5 – Resurrection Sunday:  On the one hand, there’s nothing drastically different about this worship service, except that it will be permeated with an extra sense of jubilation and excitement.  Once again, people are often more receptive to an invitation to attend a church on this Sunday of the year, so I hope that you’ll pray and consider whom you might invite.  More than just attending a worship service on Easter Sunday, might you consider with whom you could enjoy a special Easter dinner?  Maybe it’s someone from our church family, or maybe it’s an unbelieving friend?  On Resurrection Sunday we are celebrating – why not share that joy with others? 

      We hope that you will be able to participate with us for some or all of these opportunities.  Our desire and prayer is that through these gatherings our affections for God will be stirred as we fix our eyes on Jesus – by whose life, death, and resurrection we have life. 

 Pastor Andy 

 
 

THIS WEEK AT FAITH: 

Wednesday, 7:00pm Prayer Meeting
Friday, 10:00am
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Saturday, 6:00pm Chili Cook-Off / Cookie Bake-Off
Sunday, 9:30am
               10:00am
       Begins 6-7:00pm
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
Worship Service
Journey to the Cross
  

PRAYER MEETING:   Wednesdays, 7:00pm

Our weekly prayer gathering continues 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.  
 

MINISTRY NEED:  

Are you interested in decorating with flowers?  Would you like to use that interest to serve the Lord and others at Faith Church?  We are looking for a person who would enjoy working with Sayoko Crabtree to learn the art of arranging flowers (for special opportunities like Easter), and to eventually help to fulfill this role.  If you have interest, please speak to Janet Duck or Sayoko Crabtree.

  

PENNY CRUSADE OFFERING:  Continues this Week

Each Sunday from now until May 3 we'll be conducting our annual offering for "Penny Crusade."  This weekly collection will go to support the missions work of our denomination.  Here are the results so far:
Team A-J Team K-Z Total % of Goal
$477.36 $100.27 $577.63 11.55%
  
 

ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF and COOKIE BAKE-OFF: This Saturday!

 

You won't want to miss this fun event - our annual chili cook-off and cookie bake-off!  This Saturday, March 28, at 6:00pm we'll be having a fun night together of tasting chili, tasting cookies, and participating in some fun activities to benefit others in our church.  If you'd like to enter a chili, plan to bring it with you at 5:45 on March 28.  If you'd like to enter in your favorite cookies please plan to bake 3 dozen cookies (2 dozen to be tasted, and 1 dozen to be packed into care baskets).  Even if you don't plan to make a chili or a batch of cookies, plan to come anyway to taste and to judge to crown our new champions!  Even if you don't like chili, we'll be having additional food to eat, and we'll be spending time packing care baskets and making cards for people in our church family.  If you'd like, please consider bringing some kind of baked good, candy or treat to pack in the care packages (there will be 4-5 baskets total).  Come one, come all...and bring a friend!

 
 

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS:  Sunday, Begins 6-7pm

All are invited Palm Sunday, March 29 beginning anytime between 6:00 and 7:00pm for an opportunity to reflect on the person and work of Jesus in an experience called "Journey to the Cross."  This is a time of reflection and meditation on the person of Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, and death on the cross.  When you arrive you'll be given a guidebook that will give you all the instructions you need for the journey, which begins in the sanctuary with live worship music being played and sung.  After a time of reflection there participants may continue the journey through various stations spread out all over the church building that are themed around the events of Jesus' life.  Please consider joining us for this opportunity for individual reflection which is sure to help you fix your thoughts on Jesus this Easter season.  Please note:  You are invited to come anytime between 6:00 and 7:00 as there is no official corporate gathering at the beginning.  The upstairs nursery rooms will be available for children.  

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY GATHERING:  April 2

On Thursday, April 2, at 6:00pm we'll be coming together as a church family for a Maundy Thursday Gathering.  This time together will feature a family style meal, some reflection on the Last Supper, and celebration of Communion together around the table.  Plan to join us for this special time together as a church family around the Lord's Table.  If you plan to come, please let either Pastor Joshua or Pastor Andy know - so we can plan accordingly.  

 

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE:  April 3

On Friday, April 3 at 7:00pm we will be holding a Good Friday service to reflect on the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross.  Please join us for this time of reflection on the most important event in history, in preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite a guest!  

 
 

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 March, we are collecting:  boys and girls socks, wash cloths, and boys and girls underwear.  We got a late start in collecting, so please help us if you can with the items needed for January and February (toothbrushes, toothbrush covers, toothpaste, bar soap, and travel-size tissues.)

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS INFORMATIONAL GATHERING: 

Have you heard something over the past few months mentioned about Community Groups?  Are you wondering what we're talking about and what entails?  Have you been tracking with our series on Biblical Fellowship and wondered, "So how do we live this out?"  On Sunday, April 12, after the worship service we're holding a lunch gathering in the Fellowship Hall for the purpose of explaining more about Community Groups.  This is open to any who are interested or intrigued about Community Groups, and no obligation is required.  It's simply a time to hear more than what we've been able to explain on Sunday mornings, and to ask questions about it.  
 

NORTHERN LIGHTS YOUTH CHOIR: April 24 

The Northern Lights Youth Choir - a group of 50 teens from northern Maine - will be joining us once again on Friday, April 24 at 7:00pm for a wonderful concert of songs and skits.  You will be blessed by the ministry of this group and you won't want to miss it!  When the choir comes we'll need help with housing students and providing a meal on April 24.  If you are interested in helping out in these ways, please speak to Carrie Rice or contact the church office - and/or stay tuned for more details.  

  

 

SAVE THE DATE

Journey to the Cross:  March 29
Maundy Thursday Gathering:  April 2
Good Friday Service:  April 3
Resurrection Sunday:  April 5
Community Groups Gathering:  April 12, 11:45am
Northern Lights Youth Choir Concert:  April 24
Heritage Conference Annual Meeting:  April 25
Penny Crusade Offering:  through May 3
Veterans' Food Drive: April 25
Annual 'Pinny Crusade' Bowling Event:  May 2 (tentative)
Mother's Day Breakfast:  May 9 (tentative)
  
 

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.

 
 

 

Biblical Fellowship: Up In Out~Part 6
2 Corinthians 13:11-14
Mar. 22, 2015~ Pastor Andy Rice