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

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