Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Fives

1. Sermon Series - This Sunday we are beginning a new preaching series entitled, The 11, based upon a book by Rev. Leonard Sweet. To live our life alone not only robs us of wonderful experiences and fellowship, it is almost impossible. We need to people to walk with us, support us, and absolutely love us along the way. We need others to help us be the best person we can be, the person God intends for us to be. For the next several weeks we are going to look at the types of people we need in our lives as a way of helping you identify who in your life fills those rolls for you. It is sure to be an exciting time of discernment and mabe even a bit surprising. For a schedule you can click here. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!

2.FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night is starting again on September 4th, just a few short weeks away! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults. After that we come back together for a time of music and prayer. FAD Night will run each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. As we get ready to gear back up we are in need of volunteers to cook the simple meal. We would like to set up a team of at least 8 different people to cook on a rotation to help ease the workload. If you are interested please call the church office and let us know. FAD Night was a wonderful experience in the Spring and we need you to help us keep it that way.

3. Mops and Ladders - Ladders and Mops is what we have termed an age old practice. People Helping People. In brief, if you need a hand with something, just give a call. This can be anything from changing a bulb, moving boxes, changing a door handle, lawn cleanup, fixing a flat tire, cleaning a room, replacing a ceiling fan, painting a wall....the list goes on. No job is too small. Unfortunately, some jobs are too big. That would be those requiring a building permit or a licensed professional.

We are still in need of some people to volunteer to do the work. If you are interested in making yourself available to be called by one of our matchmakers to go out and help those in our congregation, please contact Ray Foren. This is a wonderful way for us to help one another and live out the mandate to "Love our neighbor."

4. Advent Challenge - Last year's challenge was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015. Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.

5. Lay Servant Ministries - If you are interested in being a Certified Lay Servant there will be an annual training in mid-August. You are invited to join them in helping to "Equip the Saints" and spend a great weekend with Lay Servant Ministries!

The guest speaker on Friday night, August 15th, will be Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. Classes on Saturday and Sunday morning will be held in four areas: preaching, discipleship, missions, as well as fasting and prayer. Instructors include Rev. Geraldine McClellan, Rev. Harold Lewis, Rev. Jeanine Clontz, and Mrs. Dee Allen.

For more information and to register, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact the church office or see the announcement in this week's bulletin.

I will see you all Sunday!

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