Wednesday, January 30, 2019

February 2019


On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Recently I’ve been memorizing Hebrews 12:1-2, two verses I’ve found inspiring and a concise summary of our Christian duty. They say in part, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” The writer of Hebrews had in mind maintaining the necessary self-discipline to finish the Christian life well. But, if
you’ll indulge me, I’d like to apply that metaphor a little more specifically. 

At the winter church meeting I “marked out” the race for us. We’re organizing a 5K “Fun Run/Walk” on April 7 in support of the Brookhaven Fire Department. It’s our desire to reach out to the community in a way that lets our light shine before others. The fire house is a vital part of our community that everyone appreciates. And a 5K is the perfect way for the community to come together, have fun and support them. FCC will cover race costs so 100% of money raised will go directly to the fire house.

I’m asking you to “throw off everything that may hinder you” from participating and help this event be a big success. We need volunteers to staff registration tables, water stations,    t-shirt distribution, the award ceremony, and other duties both before and on race day. Soon there will be yard signs for you to place in front of your house and other advertising tools to give to your neighbors. Invite them to run or walk with you – or try and beat you! We’ll have fun awards like best costume, largest group and ‘beat-the-fireman’s time'. We’ll start and finish near Coebourn Elementary School’s field. It’ll be a great day of fun, friendship and fitness! On your mark, get set, go!

-Pastor Richard



Sue is married and has 4 kids, 1 of which does not live at home.  In addition, Sue frequently babysits three grandchildren who she often feeds.Her husband is self-employed and income varies depending on job supply.   Sue had a full-time job until she suffered an illness that has prevented her from returning to work.  Her employer did not cooperate and so she never received unemployment. Multiple doctor's appointments and PT add to the expense.  Work has been slower than usual for her husband and they are finding it hard to pay the bills while feeding 5 in the household.  They receives food stamps that cover approximately 40% of the grocery bill.  Sue says that the supplemental food from the Network has been a huge relief in their budget especially as they struggle to keep up with oil and electric this winter. Their electric has been shut off at least once already this winter.  Sue takes most of the left over produce home to can and even gave canned pickles as gifts at Christmas.  She is a very industrious women who has been caught between a rock and a hard place. In the blink of an eye we could be in the same predicament.  Praise the Lord for allowing us to help people like Sue! 

- Lynn Haseltine, Director of Faith Community Network








The Youth is getting ready to kick off some new studies with the fresh year! Now is a great time to jump in if you were on the fence. Sunday School will be beginning an in depth study on Ephesians and Youth Group will be looking at the Fruits of the Spirit! Don’t forget to sign up here for SHACC! Fundraisers will be coming shortly. 

-Michaela Lindemuth, Youth Ministry


Women of Faith enjoyed “Hidden Figures” for our Movie & Jammies night!

If you’d like to be a part of a Women’s Bible Study, we are beginning the book of James Feb 3 , 9:30 am in Room B of Lower Auditorium; come join us!

-Fredda Ferris, Women of Faith

Feb 20, 2019 is the Pioneer Clubs Annual Pal-Gal Valentines Dinner. It will take place at 7pm in the Community Center. We need extra adult women to volunteer to be a pal for the evening and hopefully throughout the year. We need 5-7 more women to come and join us for this evening. If you are interested in helping out, please email Kim

-April Campbell, Pioneer Clubs



I hope you have a love filled February. Making small choices to be intentional with friends, family and strangers can really make someone's day. I encourage you to try to go out of your way and make someone feel loved this week!

-Jill Hurley, Office Manager

Friday, December 28, 2018

January 2019 Newsletter!



All The Buzz

As soon as I saw it, I froze. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. Right there, a mere six feet away, was a large, paper wasp nest buzzing with activity. I had unconsciously walked under it and beside it all summer long! It was expertly camouflaged, nestled among the leaves, the perfect color and form to remain invisible to anyone but the most careful observer. But for whatever reason, my eyes caught sight of it that day and I couldn’t look away; I was mesmerized. I quickly reported my discovery to my family and we all rushed out to see the nest. We stood there watching in awe.

The nest was 12 inches wide and 18 inches high. A little research revealed our shadowy neighbors were bald-faced hornets; a misnomer, websites pointed out, because they are actually wasps. They have beneficial characteristics. They eat caterpillars and nuisance insects. But most people don’t respect them, instead, they fear them. Though they don’t pose trouble unless they’re threatened. I can attest to that. We climbed in and out of our cars and walked our dog under them all summer long without incident.

How could this entire enterprise have escaped our attention all summer? How could they be so busy and active so close by? How could this entire community be completely invisible to us?

As I pondered the nest, I couldn’t help but draw some lines of comparison to our church. Is it possible our church, like this leaf-obscured nest, is camouflaged in our community? What if much of our activity goes largely unnoticed, hidden in plain sight? Are we flying in and out of our nest, hard at work at something quite invisible to most passersby? And if that’s so, what can we do in 2019 to make our church more noticeable and our works more noteworthy? How can we let our light shine brighter so that our community sees our good works and gives glory to our Father in heaven?

The Elders have been pondering that goal for several months. At our winter church meeting, Sunday, January 13 at 9:30am we’ll present a plan. We’d like every member and regular attender to come! Join us for coffee and donuts in the upper auditorium to hear for yourself what’s sure to be ‘all the buzz.’


- Pastor Richard




For the last several weeks, we have been talking about the mission of God as displayed in the
book of Acts. In our newsletters, we have been highlighting how the Missio Dei (Mission of God) is lived out practically at Faith Community Church. The last two months, we have focused on FaithKids Worship and the mission that Linda, and her team of volunteers, is on each week as they share the Gospel with our children at Faith Community. Now we are going to transition and talk about the work that Lynn Haseltine and her volunteers do through our Faith Community Network. Listen below as she shares why she is passionate about volunteering in our Faith Community Network. If you would like to volunteer to serve alongside Lynn in our Network, please email her at mercy@faithcc.info.





In December, the Youth had a blast playing Angry Birds, Dodgeball, learning about Christ's birth and cruising around Brookhaven for the Progressive Dinner. At the dinner they enjoyed excellent food, an intense game of Jenga, Password and an interesting White Elephant (see the picture to the right, for the worst gift!).

A couple of reminders for the upcoming year:

Youth Group will resume on January 4 and Sunday School will resume on January 6th. Also, don't forget to sign your child up for SHACC coming in the summer!

Cody, Grant and Michaela have enjoyed getting to know the students who have come out over the past months and look forward to the new year and all that it will bring!



Ladies…New Year, new bible studies!  Come out on Sunday mornings before worship at 9:30 am beginning January 20, as we study the book of James. You can check out the book we will be using by clicking here. If you prefer a weekly mid-week study, the Wednesday morning group will begin on January 16 at 9:00 am and will be exploring the life of the apostle Paul, using this guide.  We would love to have you join us!

Mark your calendar for January 26…. winter is the perfect time for a movie & jammies night.  More details to come!

Questions? Email us at womenoffaith@faithcc.info.


New Year, new stuff! What's new you ask? 

A couple of things!


The 34K are now Faith Friends. For several years the 3 year old,4 year old and Kindergartners have been referred to as 34K. So with the start of a new year this great group of children will have a new name...Faith Friends!


Since late November our Faith Kids Worship has added in some game playing before the children head in to sing a song or two and then be taught the lesson. The elementary children have been playing games like kickball, freeze tag, sharks and minnows, basketball and dodgeball. So far the kids seem to really love it! Some weeks they will do more song singing other weeks they will play games. So ask your 1st-5th grader, "What is your favorite part of Faith Kids Worship?"




Pioneer Club will start back on January 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The annual slumber party will be February 1 at 7:00 pm until 7:00 am on February 2, 2019.






Children's Baptism classes will begin on January 6 and last for four weeks. RSVP via your Connection Card on Sunday or by emailing office@faithcc.info.


ABF will begin again on January 6, then skip January 13 because of the Town Meeting, and resume again on January 20. We will be studying "Engaging culture in an ever-changing world." Life today is not what it was 50 years ago, our culture has changed and will continue to change. In some ways that is for the better and in other ways, it's contrary to biblical values. This series will help us navigate these changes holding firm to the truth in an every changing culture.

More than anyplace else, the church should be a place where we belong.  It is important to realize that God has created us to share life with others, each taking time to counsel, listen, fellowship, cry, and pray for one another.  At Faith we have designed a place for each person to find their place, Faith Groups.  Dr. Bilezikian points out in his book Community 101, “Community is deeply grounded in the nature of God.  It flows from who God is.  Because he is community, he creates community.  It is his gift of himself to humans.  Therefore, the making of community may not be regarded as an optional decision for Christians.  It is compelling and irrevocable necessity, a binding divine mandate for all...”


Faith Groups is a place where each person can find community, surrounded by caring, loving believers to help us live for Christ.  Please commit 8 weeks to one of our Faith Groups beginning the week of January 20th.  If you have any further questions please contact the church office or Kevin Skaer at kevinskaer@gmail.com


As Pastor Richard referenced above, the Town meeting is scheduled for January 13 at 9:30 am. This is a very important meeting as we have some very exciting news to discuss, so mark your calendars and plan on being with us before church!






If you are a new visitor (within the last 3 months) to FCC, we would like to invite you, January 27 at noon, to join us for a casual lunch so that you can meet some of the FCC staff. If you would like to participate in this, please use your Connection Card to sign up or email office@faithcc.info. 





If you want to track your giving to FCC for your taxes come April, the easiest way to do that is to have an account with FaithNet. This is our online community portal that also tracks giving. You can log on now and make sure everything looks correct. 2018 tax statements will go out in January. You can also print your own copy if you need it before then. Sign up for a FaithNet login on your Communication Card or email the office.









We had a delightful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. This photo was taken by Aleia Carmer of Brookhaven.









This picture reminds me (Jill) of Acts and the Great Commission, and that our job is to take the Good News into all the earth. But it also reminds me that the Gospel really is Good News. Take a minute as you plan to move into 2019 tomorrow and ponder the mind blowing, too good to be true yet it is true Good News of the Gospel. If you aren't sure exactly what I am talking about, then please email the office and we can set up a time to tell you about it.







From all of us at Faith Community Church, we want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Friday, November 30, 2018

December 2018 Newsletter



The Christmas Landing

A few days ago, NASA landed a robot on Mars. The robot is called InSight. It is just the eighth successful landing on Mars in human history, and it was no small feat. After traveling 300 million miles, for almost seven months, it hit the atmosphere going 12,300 mph. InSight then had to decelerate to just 5 mph in under 7 minutes while performing dozens of operations flawlessly in order to succeed. After it landed, it sent a signal back to Earth that it was safely on the ground and was ready to embark on its mission.

As I thought about this great achievement now just a few weeks before Christmas, I couldn’t help but draw some comparisons between the two “landings.” God sent His Son clear across the universe to touch down in a Bethlehem manger (Mic 5:2). The Christmas Landing flawlessly executed dozens of prophetic details according to a detailed plan. The alien being took the body of a human baby yet was fully divine (Isa 9:6). As designed, He was born into Abraham’s family (Gen 12:3), a son of David (Isa 11:1, Jer 23:5). His mother was a virgin (Isa 7:14), His arrival brought gifts from afar (Ps 72:10-11). And meanwhile, the entire world anticipated the results of His extraordinary mission with hope for widespread effect (Isa 9:7).

NASA calls their alien robot InSight because, on one level, the robot will give scientists “insight” into the inner nature of the red planet. But InSight is short for “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.” Its name reveals the details of its mission.

One could say the same about the name “Jesus.” Jesus was a common name in the first century and quite unremarkable. But the name Jesus was carefully chosen; a hint of His mission. It was revealed by the angel of the Lord to Joseph in order to reveal the details of His calling. “Jesus” is a variant of Joshua, “Yeshua” in Hebrew, which means “Yahweh is salvation.” As soon became clear, Jesus’ mission was to show the world God’s love by giving Himself for the forgiveness of their sins. Just before the Christmas Landing the angel said to Joseph, “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matt 1:21).

There was plenty of celebration in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California after they received confirmation that InSight touched down safely on Mars and the mission could go forward. It reminds me of the angelic jubilation at the Christmas Landing (Luke 2:13). It must have been something to behold! But, let’s not forget, the landing is only the beginning of the mission. The Christmas Landing was to give us “insight” into the Father (John 1:18) and provide a savior for our sins (Rom 5:8, 2Cor 5:21). It’s one mission we are certain can be declared a success.

Have a Merry Christmas, Pastor Richard

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Wednesday night, December 5 from 7:-00 - 8:15pm, all boys and girls are welcome  to join us for the Ultimate Christmas Party. It is free for grades 1-5.


Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us on December 24 at 7 pm for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. 



Youth Group has had a blast the last few weeks enjoying the cooler temperatures and new friends who walk in the doors. We are excited to still be meeting new faces each week as the word continues to get out. In the previous weeks we have looked at different Bible characters as well as  why we are thankful this Thanksgiving season. 


Just a few dates to be aware of in the coming weeks:
Progressive Dinner--December 14 from 6-9:30 (Meet at Faith Church!) No Youth Group--December 21 and December 28

For the progressive dinner your child will need to fill out the emergency contact and the release of liability forms which are located here and here.  You can also sign up here. We must know by December 9! 

Thank you to all who volunteered to be houses for our Progressive Dinner! We are all filled!


Our drop off center collected 2,024 boxes with an approximate 6 year total of 12,000 boxes! 
To God be the glory!


A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Richard started a new series on Acts and God's mission to bring the Gospel to all the earth. In our newsletters, we decided to highlight different leaders and their mission to bring the Gospel to our community through various ministries at FCC.  Last month, we heard from Linda Skaer about her passion for working with our kids. This month we want to highlight why kids ministry is so important from our children's perspective. Watch this video below and hear Juliet Jackson tell why she loves our Kid's Worship.

Kid's ministry is incredibly important to FCC, which is why Pastor Richard has chosen to serve during worship for the last four weeks. Working with our kids is easy and you can serve them by giving as little at 20 minutes on a Sunday morning, just like Pastor Richard has this past month. If you would be willing to serve for one month for as little as 20 minutes each Sunday, 
please contact Linda Skaer.

 


There are no new events happening for the Women of Faith this month, so instead we will share a recipe for our favorite warm drink during the holidays. Here's the recipe:





2 quarts apple cider.
1-1/2 cups orange juice.
3/4 cup pineapple juice.
1 tablespoon brown sugar.
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice.
2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
Dash ground cinnamon.
Dash ground cloves.








While some FaithGroups continue to meet through the holidays, Kevin shares with us in this video what we can expect come January for all Faith Groups.








Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 2018 Newsletter

Gratitude Precedes the Miracle

During the 40 Days of Prayer, we had a Thanksgiving Tree in the Prayer Room. The idea for that came from a quote in Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. As we transition into November, a month designed to lead us to a place of gratitude and Thanksgiving, let us think about what that really means. Ann writes, 
“The practice of giving thanks … eucharisteo … this is the way we practice the presence of God, stay present to His presence, and it is always a practice of the eyes. We don’t have to change what we see. Only the way we see. Thanksgiving–giving thanks in everything–prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ …. Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God …. The art of deep seeing makes gratitude possible, makes joy possible …. Joy is God’s life. We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks. Because how else do we accept His free gift of salvation if not with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives. Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! to His grace. Thanksgiving creates abundance. Jesus embraced His not enough, for he was fully man… He gives thanks … and there is more than enough, for he was fully God: El Shaddai, more than enough. Eucharisteo always precedes the miracle. And who doesn’t need a miracle like that everyday? Thanksgiving makes time. The real problem of life is never a lack of time. The real problem of life – in my life – is lack of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when I give thanks … it’s giving thanks to God for this moment that multiplies the moments, time made enough. I am thank-full. I am time-full. Eucharisteo, remembering with thanks, this is the bread. We take the moments as bread and give thanks and the thanks itself becomes bread. The thanks itself nourishes. Thanks feeds our trust …. Manna with thanks, eat the mystery of the moment with trust, and I am nourished another day – or refuse it … and die. Jesus calls us to surrender and there’s nothing like releasing fears and falling into peace. This is what I have always wanted and never knew: this utter trust, this enlivening fall of surrender into the safe hands. There is no joy without trust! Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are a divine choice.“Here you can enact eucharisteo; here you can become a current in a river of grace that redeems the world! Here I can become the blessing, a little life that multiplies joy, making the larger world a better place.”


Here are events coming up in the month of November!




Ladies, keep reading Murder on the Orient Express and plan to join for our Fall Book Club. You should begin reading the book now, then we will meet on Nov 15 at 7 pm at the Ferris's house to discuss the book. Click on the picture above to buy the book from Amazon. 




Most Faith groups ended in October for the Fall Semester, although a few of them will continue to meet. We will relaunch Faith Groups in January. You can begin signing up in early January and they will begin meeting on the Jan 20.


Nov. 16, 2018
7-9 pm at Faith Community Church
Come listen to some clean stand up comedy and help support the Delaware County Pregnancy Center at the same time. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 


Every other year Pastor Richard teaches a 4-Sunday Baptism Class for kids ages 8-12. The class uses a comic-style workbook to help kids understand what baptism is, why we do it and whether now is the right time (with the help of mom and dad). The class will run January 6 through 27 and those who are ready will be baptized on February 10 during worship.


Youth Sunday School begins November 4 at 9:30am. Make sure your kids don’t miss it!

Youth group is now running in full swing, each week we have anywhere from 20 - 45 students. Sunday School will be starting again at 9:30 in the Community Center beginning this Sunday, November 4th. The first week the youth directors will be providing a little breakfast during the Sunday School hour as a way to introduce the new time.

Notable dates for the future:
- November 2, 9, 16, 30: Youth Group (7:30-9:00)
- November 23: No Youth Group (Happy Thanksgiving!)
- December 14: Progressive Dinner (more information to follow in the youth newsletter)
- June 30 - July 5, 2019: SHACC (more information to follow in the youth newsletter)

This past week the rain altered out plans. Instead of taking a trip to Lancaster for the Corn Maze we took a trip to Malvern and played Laser Tag and in the arcade at Grand Slam USA. Below is a few pictures of students and leaders with their tickets and picking out their prizes.

To subscribe to the youth newsletter visit our home page here.
 

What is Your Mission?
We are going to begin featuring videos from our volunteers and ministry leaders asking them why they do what they do. This month, Linda shares with us in this video, why she is passionate about working with kids through our FaithKids Worship service.



With the fruit of 40 days of prayer in our possession we’ll resume our fall schedule. Adult Bible Fellowship begins at 9:30am, November 4 in Room C.  Jon Foreacre, Eric Madison and Brant Vogel will be teaching a 6-Sunday class called “Welcome Home.” We’ll examine ways to become more friendly as a church and as a church member. What is our posture and attitude really saying to others? How might we think we’re being friendly but communicating the opposite? What do we need to do when we meet a guest at church to help them feel they’re welcome and wanted by us and by God?

The Women’s Bible Class will begin November 11 at 9:30am. Fredda Ferris will lead a study on the book of Micah. All women are invited to attend.

Kids and Youth Sunday School begins November 4 at 9:30am. Make sure your kids don’t miss it!


Pioneer Girls will be hosting their Pal-Gal Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing party on November 14 at 7:00 in the gym.


Ladies…. looking for a women’s bible study and can’t join us Wednesday mornings? Come out Sunday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 am to learn more about our Sunday morning Women’s Bible Study. If you’ve got kids, this is a great way to dig deeper into the Word while they attend age-based Sunday School and do the same!


November 12-19
Faith Community Center (Gym)
Drop-off location for OCC.
Hours are:
Mon, Nov. 12: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 13: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 14: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 15: 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 16: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 17: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 18: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sign up to serve here.


Each fall a local family donates a large amount of Thanksgiving turkeys to the Network.  I wanted to share their heart of Thankfulness:  "My husband and I have been donating this amount of Turkeys for over 20 years. It began with an elementary school drive and I noticed how few turkeys were donated. I always like the concept of the turkeys because each one felt like it fed a family. We are extremely grateful for our gifts of family, shelter, food and all the basics necessities of life. It’s a good reminder at this time of year that every one of us should care for our neighbors. We are truly cheerful givers while we are able to do the turkeys." 





The Women's Weekly Bible Study will end on November 7 and then will begin again on January 16, with a study on the Apostle Paul.