This Past Weekend…

Our Easter, Resurrection Sunday was one of the best we’ve ever experienced at Faithco.  Here are just a few of the highlights:

  1. First of all, at least 25 people came to Christ in our adult and kid’s worship experiences.  People becoming followers through our church is a gift from God.
  2. The 8:00am worship turned out to be one of the best Easter ideas we’ve had,  I was surprised with all the people who showed up.  I didn’t know we had so many early risers.  The early service had a great feel.
  3. Our volunteers served with such excellence.  So many people got up very early to serve in 1, 2, and even all 3 services.  Some of our people worked all week-long to make the campus look better for this special weekend.  A great church has great people who display great service for his house and the community.  I am truly blessed to lead such a special servant minded church.
  4. The Praise Band was off the chart yesterday.  Man, they really blessed me.  Every now and then, we get Deana (my wife) on the band; she’s always a treat.
  5. Our Creative Media team brought out some great video.  Thanks to Bobby and all those who work so hard week-end and out, we are blessed with many visual effects.  Yesterday’s message would have been totally different without the video at the end.  You guys are the best!!
  6. All the rain was a blessing, but it was a challenge for our Easter egg hunt.  Still, our Faith kids team of volunteers made it happen by hunting inside.
  7. I had someone come up to me at the end of worship and thank me for the message on Christ’s resurrection.  She said many churches don’t teach on the resurrection on Easter.  My response to her was “hmm”.  I was so surprised by her statement that I had nothing to say.  What church doesn’t…..I’m not going there.

I know I’m missing something.  It was such an incredible day and so much happened.  It amazes me how fast the biggest and one of the most significant weekends of the year for the church goes by.  I’ll spend a couple of days basking in all the good things that happened; we will discuss it for about 30 minutes in this morning’s leadership team meeting, and I’ll get a few comments on Facebook.  Then, we move on and start looking at what’s next for Faithco.

He always has more and better for your life and his church.

That’s it.

The Most Celebrated Event in Church History

The biggest, most celebrated event in church history is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This weekend, churches around the world will be observing and celebrating in various ways the phenomenon of the empty tomb of Christ.

If you take a look at the magazine racks, the media, or just about any best-selling book store rack, you will see a plethora of  “experts” who claim Jesus was not resurrected and they also have a theory of what might have happened.

Trying to disprove the resurrection of Christ has been going on for Centuries.  Even on the day when it was discovered that Jesus was missing from the tomb, the Pharisees got together with the guards and bribed them to spread the word that Jesus’ disciples stole his body in the middle of the night(Matthew 28:11). I don’t have time to get into this too deeply but like I said, it’s nothing new.

I choose to believe that he rose from the dead, and I will be celebrating his resurrection this weekend with his church.  From the worship experience to the Easter egg hunt, we are celebrating the most significant event in church history.  I hope you celebrate this event too.

By the way, for all of the faithco family, make sure you check out our Facebook page (Faith Christian) to keep track of all the festivities.  We are doing some extra things, like adding an 8:00am worship.  Also, if you have registered at CCB, look for some reminder emails.  If you haven’t registered at CCB (Church Community Builder), I highly recommend you doing so by going to our website and following the easy steps.  You’ll love it.

Wherever and however you celebrate His resurrection this weekend, I hope you have a great one.

This Past Week at Faithco…

Highlights from last week:

1.  If you haven’t seen what is going on with Faith Kids, try to slip in and check out the awesome curriculum that our team is writing and will soon be publishing.  It is first-rate second to none, creative teaching.  All the props and video are Demita (you go).  All I can say is WOW.

2.  Butch and the rest of the PULSE youth team are taking it up a notch with a new series about young relationships called “THE GAME OF LOVE”.  I noticed that the youth are split into 4 groups, divided by age and gender as they are going deeper into conversations of what they struggle with every day at home and at school.

Authenticity and relevance are critical to reaching teenagers.  I think our leaders in Pulse exhibit both attributes.  Also, we believe the small group setting is key to life change for kids this age.

3.  Sunday was one of the most amazing days we have experienced at Faithco.  I know I use the work amazing too much when I talk about our weekends, but this is truly the way I feel.  God continues to do AMAZING things every weekend in many different ways through our worship experiences.

We had our annual Grandparent’s day and it exceeded any expectation we had imagined.  First, the old school music was a big hit (as always).  We have decided to bring this music to our weekends more often (I’ll keep you posted).  People came to Christ, I believe people were healed in the service, and the overall honor of our grandparents was the key to such a great weekend worship.  What a day….what a day.

This coming weekend, will be just as amazing with our Easter celebration service.  Get ready for something different and invite someone to come with you.

Pay attention to your email and facebook this week as we will be sending out some announcements for this weekends celebration.

That’s it.

This Past Week at Faithco…

Here are a few of my thoughts concerning last week:

  1. It is incredible to see all the Friends Community groups coming together to do some spring cleaning on our facilities.  This place needed some attention.  From painting and repairing the walls, to washing the outside of the building, this place is becoming spic and span (a term my mother used to use).
  2. Pulse not only met Wednesday night, but also went to a concert in down-town Shawnee Sunday night.  I heard there was lots of head-banging.  My kids came home pumped last night.  Kids.
  3. Yesterday was Bring a Friend Sunday and it was the kickoff of our annual Reach One Outreach event.  It is nice to know I pastor a church where people are comfortable bringing their friends.
  4. This is Jesus…The Man.   I think the message stirred some thought on His humanity.  I know it messed me up.
  5. The on-stage interviews of people who are committed to the Building Faith campaign are priceless.  Jim and Kay Doolin are amazing people, and we got to hear their story yesterday.  It was amazing and heart-felt.
  6. Two words: Penny Wars.

Don’t forget, Grandparents day is next Sunday, this will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family so make sure you are there.

 

Whew, we are doing a lot right now.

 

This Past Week…

What an amazing week and weekend at Faithco.  Here are a few of the highlights:

1.  Last Wednesday, we brought all our Friends community groups leaders together for a “thanks for your leadership” dinner.  We have about 10-12 groups that meet all over this county every other Sunday night.  So much life-change happens in these groups.  If you are not yet part of a Friends community group, you can find out more by sending Landon a message here:  landon@faithco.org.   Our Friends community groups have one more month of meeting until this season is over.  Wow, it went by fast.

2.  Pulse, which meets every Wednesday at 7pm, is always a blast for everyone who attends.  The best way to keep up with what happens at Pulse is through our Pulse Facebook page.  It’s easy to find.  Just type in “Pulse” on the Facebook search engine and look for our logo.

3.  You may have noticed, we are using various people on Sundays for various reasons.  You may have noticed Brandon as our emcee this past weekend.  He is an OBU intern student who has been with us a couple of years.  We love him and know God is going to use him in ministry wherever he ends up.  Also, we have been interviewing some of our people who have committed to the Building Faith campaign.  Over the next few weeks, we are going to hear from more couples and individuals who have stepped out in faith to commit to help us build our new campus.  The stories have been amazing, and they keep getting better.

4.  Penny Wars….our kids are fun.

5.  We kicked off our Easter series called “This is Jesus”.  If you missed the first part of the 4-part series you can check it out here:  www.faithco.tv.

6.  This weekend is our annual Bring a Friend Sunday.  We will have prizes to give to a few of our guests and a to a few of the people who brought them.  Be there and bring a friend.

Okay, that’s it.