Summer Memory Verse: Colossians 1:15-20
June: 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him.
July: 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
August: 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR:
As many of you already know, both Pastor Joshua and I, along with our families, will be leaving this week to participate in the ministry of Sports and Music Camp – a one-week camp for teens held at Alton Bay, NH. We are extremely grateful that this family of believers has a heart for ministry beyond our local church, and a particular enthusiasm for the ministry of camps. By allowing us the time to be involved in ministries like this you truly are investing in the work yourselves – and we are thankful.
As we prepare and head out we are asking you to join us in praying fervently for Sports and Music Camp. From past experiences we can be sure that, at the very least, your prayers (along with telling us that you are praying) have sustained us. As you commit to this work of prayer I wanted to give you a short list of specific ways to pray:
- First, pray for the usual and more superficial things: good weather, good health and protection, safe travel, financial provision, and all of final details to fall into place.
- Beyond the superficial, however, we’re asking you to pray for some of the unseen things. First, pray for our staff. Each one is making significant sacrifices to be at camp and each one brings their own struggles into the week of camp, and then returns home to face those same struggles, only more exhausted. So pray for the counselors, instructors, and directors – for spiritual strength and vitality, for wisdom and discernment from the Lord, and for an undivided heart of service.
- Pray, of course, for the campers. First, pray for more campers. We are far short of capacity at the moment, and even far short of our expected number. So pray that God would work it out for more campers to come to camp, even at this late stage, and that all of the barriers keeping students from coming would be removed.
- Pray for the campers whom God brings to camp, that God would be at work in their hearts now, and even moreso as the week begins. As you pray, let me briefly explain a few profiles of our campers:
- A significant number of our campers are not Christians, and some have never heard the gospel. As the gospel is preached and explained, we’re praying for God to enable them to see Jesus clearly and respond to Him in faith and repentance.
- Another cross-section of our camp is very familiar with the gospel, having grown up in a Christian home, and yet have never personally trusted in Christ. Pray that this would be the week that they do.
- There are also many Christian campers who are walking with the Lord, so we pray that they would hear God’s Word clearly and see its application in their lives. We ask that you even pray boldly that God would use them in the lives of their peers, and perhaps even call some of them into some type of future ministry.
- Then there are many campers who come from terrible situations at home: divorced parents, single parents, abusive parents. Other students have already at a young age been involved in or witnessed unspeakable things. And there are others struggling with self-harm, depression, anxiety, or addiction. Please pray with us that through the preaching of His Word and the work of His Spirit that God would break down these strongholds and set these young people free to live in the new life that Christ offers.
There are many other ways to pray, and this list is really only the beginning. But whether you take a few minutes this week or next, or pray every day, we would be most grateful if you would join us in seeking the Lord and asking Him to do what only He can do. If you do pray, please do not hesitate to email or text me or Pastor Joshua – we would be greatly encouraged to know that you are praying! May God be praised through the ministry of Sports and Music Camp in Alton Bay!
THIS WEEK AT FAITH:
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Prayer Group in the Prayer Room
Sunday Worship Gathering
|Wednesday, 7:00pm (June 29)
||NO PRAYER GATHERING
This Week's Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (Rev. Clint Taber)
FOOD PANTRY/FARMERS MARKET PICK-UP: Thursdays
As with the past several summers, we're looking for help throughout the summer on Thursdays picking up fresh fruits and vegetables for our food pantry from the local farmer's market. Help is needed every Thursday from about 6:45-8:30pm, picking up at Cedar Park in Melrose at 7:00pm, then delivering the bins of vegetables to the church and helping to sort through them and lay them out for the Friday morning pantry. The bins are sometimes heavy and a vehicle with space for several bins of vegetables is necessary. If you're able to help in the coming few weeks please contact Joan Dean (781-662-6481, firstname.lastname@example.org); soon there is a sign-up sheet for the remaining Thursdays over the rest of the summer.
MEN'S GATHERING: 1st Wednesday of the Month
A few months ago we began a new gathering for the men of Faith Church - an opportunity to gather for time together in conversation, in the Word, and in prayer. (Please take a moment to read about this new opportunity here, which describes it in much more detail.) All men are invited to join us on the first Wednesday of the month (July 6) as we ground ourselves in the Word and commit ourselves to growing in godliness. We'll be continuing in our look at the life of David.
PRAYER GATHERINGS: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Sunday AM
Please consider joining us as we gather together in prayer for the life of our church. These times begin by a brief devotional from the Word, followed by a time of praying for the needs of our church family. These gatherings happen on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, along with every Sunday morning at 9:30am (with prayer primarily focused on the worship service). It is a great joy to gather as God's people and unite our hearts in prayer - join us!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD COLLECTION:
Did you know that at our Annual Operation Christmas Child Carnival Night we pack nearly 60 shoeboxes for needy children? To prepare, we need your help. Each month through November, we will collect items to be packed in shoeboxes on Carnival Night. In June, we are asking you to bring in sun glasses and hair items, i.e. barrettes, hair clips/elastics, bandannas, combs & brushes etc. If everybody participates, we should have enough for every shoebox! There is a box in the back of the sanctuary for you to drop-off your items of OCC!
There are a few upcoming dates when either or both Pastor Andy and Pastor Joshua will be away. Both Pastors Andy and Joshua will be away for Sports and Music Camp from Friday, June 24 through Saturday, July 2. This Sunday, Rev. Clint Taber will be preaching in Pastor Andy's absence. If you have an emergency and cannot reach Pastor Andy or Pastor Joshua on their cell phones, please contact Ken Houghton. Immediately following Sports and Music Camp, the Duncans will be heading to Mapleton, ME to participate in the camp ministry of Baptist Park. Two weeks later, Pastor Joshua will be the speaker at another one of their weeks of camp. Thank you for supporting our pastors in their ministry for the Kingdom beyond our local community!
COMMUNITY GROUP GATHERING:
Over the summer the Rices' Community Group is meeting only once each month. Our next Community Group Gathering will be Sunday, July 17 at 5:00pm. After that, the next gathering over the summer will be on Sunday, August 21. T
his 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
Have you made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ? Have you subsequently followed the Lord Jesus in the waters of baptism? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and you have never been baptized since becoming a believer then you need to know that we are planning a baptism for September. In preparation for that we'll be offering a baptism class after a Sunday worship service in August (date TBA). The class is required for anyone who wants to get baptized in September, but it is also open to anyone - even if you're not yet sure about baptism. If you have any questions please speak to Pastor Andy.
PRACTICAL WAYS YOU CAN SERVE:
Over the past few weeks in our Weekly Update notes we've been highlighting a total of 15 practical ways you can serve - 10 ways in our church and 5 ways to serve in our community. If you missed any of those notes, you can read up on them here
. Our goal in providing these suggestions is to connect willing hearts to current needs. If you have any questions about ways you can use your gifts to build up the body of Christ, please do not hesitate to contact us!
FINANCIAL UPDATE FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE:
The following is a financial update from the Finance Committee that highlights our collections to date and compares them to the amount needed in order to fulfill our 2016 budget. As you can see below, our collections are well below our budgeted need, which would lead to a significant shortfall at the end of the year.
| Budgeted Collections as of May 8
||Actual Collections as of May 8
Please join us in praying for God to continue to provide for the ministry of Faith Church. If you have additional questions about the budget or collections, please speak to Carolyn Smith. Thank you for your faithfulness and support of Faith Church. "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
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. A recent update about this fund and our progress in pursuing a home in Melrose was emailed to the congregation. If you'd like more information, please speak to Pastor Andy.
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. Stay tuned for the summer schedule!
SAVE THE DATE
Sports & Music Camp: June 26-July 2
Baptism Class: August (TBA)
Prayer & Praise Gathering: August 28 (tentative)
Baptism Service: September 18
Sunday Scoops Giveaway: TBA
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.