Faithco This Week:

There is a lot going on at Faithco:  Here’s a few reflections and updates:

1.  Last week, we kicked off a new message series called BLIND FAITH.  If you weren’t here, go to http://www.faithco.tv to watch it.  We began by defining faith.  I’ll write about this message in a future blog. This week’s message will be BLIND FAITH –The Walk of Faith.  Don’t miss this one –this is really life changing stuff.

UPCOMING:

1.  Did you know that Vanz (my incredible daughter) is president of the Shawnee High School FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)? Yes, I’m proud of her for her desire to serve her school and community through FCA.  Tonight is a big night for her and the rest of the FCA kids.  They are hosting FIELDS OF FAITH -a national FCA event that will bring between 2-300 kids together in the SHS football stadium for a night of worship and personal spiritual challenge.  All the Pulse (our youth group) volunteers will be there on hand to help set up, cook, and serve in any way we can.  This is a huge blessing and privilege.  Not all US schools have this kind of openness to FCA gatherings.  We can’t take something like this for granted.  Send your teenagers and go and serve if your can.

2.  October is MINISTER APPRECIATION month.  Do something for your pastor and the others who serve in ministry.  Trust me, they are underpaid for what they do;  it is a labor of love.

3.  BIKES FOR KIDS begins this month.  I’ll write about this later.

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Faithco Updates

Here are a few thoughts and updates from Faithco:

1.  Last Friday, Pulse put on a 5th Quarter event for Shawnee High School.  We had a good turnout and had a great time.  I especially enjoyed the dance off, although I didn’t participate.  This Friday, Shawnee will have its Homecoming and we will have another 5th Quarter event.  Spread the word; it will be awesome.

2.  The weekend worship gatherings were awesome.  I always enjoy hearing and sharing what God is doing through the lives of his people who are generous.  If you didn’t get to be here, go to http://www.faithco.tv and watch the message.  Even if you don’t have the time to watch the whole message, forward to the end where I share Sarah’s story (video).  You’ve got to see this one.

3.  The Building Faith campaign continues to grow.  We received our monthly offering and we are approaching $200,000 in contributions towards our $2 mill goal.  Exciting stuff!

4.  FRIENDS Connect groups met in homes for the first time this season.  We are getting some positive feedback from the group leaders.  If you’re not part of a FRIENDS Connect group, pick up some info at Guest Services and get connected.  These groups are life changing.  –ask someone…

UPCOMING:

1.  We kick off a new series this Sunday called BLIND FAITH.  Don’t miss this series.

2.  BIKES FOR KIDS is just around the corner.  Don’t forget to start putting money back for a bike or two for a few kids in our community.

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FCO Updates:

I’ve been either out of town or out of pocket lately and haven’t been posting. I thought today would be a good day to get back in routine and let you know what has been going on lately at Faithco.  Also, I want to give you some updates on what to expect over the next few weeks:

1.  Pulse has started a fifth quarter event here on Friday nights after the home games.  The last fifth quarter was awesome and the next one will be this Friday after the SHS home game against Norman.  Although it is scheduled for high school and middle school kids, we always are looking for adult volunteers for set up, break down, clean up, and over all supervision.  Think about it, you’ll have a blast.

2.  We concluded the series INTERVENTION this past Sunday.   Deana did an amazing job communicating just how God speaks to us.  If you weren’t here, try to go watch this message at http://www.faithco.tv.  Really, it was an amazing message (ignore the stories about me).

3.  FRIENDS OF SUMMER was the best Friends event we’ve had.  It was a great way to kick off our new Friends season.  Make sure you are a part of a Friends small group.  Being a part of a Friends community group has got to be a top priority for all of us at Faithco.

What’s Coming:

This Sunday we will revisit what we are planning to do in our future and receive our monthly Building Faith Offering.

BLIND FAITH -New series in October; don’t miss it.  The subject of faith is one of my favorite.  Get ready to change; I know we all will.

One more thing, there is a Dream Girls event tonight at 6:30pm.  These events draw women from our entire community, not just from our church.  If you are a chic, be there and bring a friend….life changing stuff.

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Faithco News and Updates:

I just wanted to share some of the great things that are happening at Faithco:

1.  Pulse Youth last week was awesome.  Rolondo, one of the guys who volunteer at Pulse on Wednesday’s shared his story.  It was awesome.  Pulse continues to grow with lots of momentum.  Pulse is going to Eufala Lake this weekend to have some fun.  I suppose I will volunteer for this event :).

2.  Discovery 2 met last Wednesday with Deana directing the personality test that we give all newcomers.  It is always interesting to see what people learn about themselves and each other.  We believe that as people learn about themselves, they can better choose where God may be leading them to serve.  This Wednesday, Discovery 3 will be the spiritual gifting test.  This test identifies and brings into focus the God-given gifts we all possess.  These sessions continue to be life changing.

3.  The INTERVENTION Series just keeps getting more interesting.  I still believe that this series will change a lot of hearts and lives.

Don’t forget:  Baptism (8/31), Building Faith Offering (9/4),  Communion (9/7), Power Team (9/11), Friends Connect groups kick off with a group Olympics theme (9/18).

I don’t say it enough:  Thanks for being a part of Faithco.

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Faithco Events and Updates:

I am excited about the things that are happening at Faithco.  Here’s a quick look at last week and some upcoming events here at church:

1.  Pulse youth continues to grow; Kimmy Huxford delivered a great message to the youth about God’s grace and how it cleanses us.   Pulse is always a blast, and the food is always great!

2.  I spoke at our Discovery 1 session.  We are talking to 5 new families who are exploring church membership, church volunteerism and service, FRIENDS connect groups, and all the other topics of Newcomers and Discovery123.  People continue to join our church.  A healthy church is a growing church.

3.   I kicked off a new series called INTERVENTION.  This series explores how God sends people into the lives of others to confront them where and how they need to be confronted.  Last weekend we discussed how Abigail intervened in David’s life and kept him from murdering an innocent man.  This was a powerful message; I recommend that you check it out at http://www.faithco.tv if you were gone on Sunday.  Also, don’t miss the next parts of the series.  I believe they will be powerful messages.

4.  Things to remember:

  • August 31 –Baptism Celebration –Always a great time!
  • Sept 11-12 Next Generation Power Team — This will be something different.
  • FRIENDS Connect groups are gearing up for the new season; make sure you get connected.
  • Building Faith, the campaign for our new campus is on schedule.  Remember, we receive a monthly offering for commitments on the first Sunday of each month.  Be a part of the campaign by committing to give monthly.  No pressure…. just think about it.  It’s a good cause.
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This Week at Faithco

Here are a few things that are going on at Faithco this week:

1.  Pulse this Wednesday night at 6:30pm.  Did you know that our kids at Pulse are a big part of the leadership team for the Shawnee High School FCA?  They had their first planning meeting in my office yesterday, and I believe they are hosting the “See You At The Pole” event at SHS.  Our kids are awesome.  If you don’t serve in ministry in any place at our church, Pulse youth is a great place to serve.  Our kids are well worth the time we sacrifice to serve them.

2.   We will be kicking off a brand new message series called INTERVENTION.  I think this one will be a life-changing series.  Don’t miss a single week.

3.  September 11, we will be having a special weekend worship.  I’ll tell you more about it later.  You may probable see some of our fliers around town.  This will definitely be something we have never done here at Faithco.

4.  If you haven’t, don’t forget to take part in the 90 day iServe challenge.  iServe = Lead-Serve-Give.  Serve God with your life through his church.

5.  We received our monthly Building Faith Offering this past weekend.  I get so excited when I think of the future of our church and our new campus.  Thanks for your continued generosity of Faithco.  God is going to do something big financially through those who are faithful.  Watch and see.

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Faithco Updates:

It has been a busy Summer at Faithco.  I can’t believe Summer is almost over.  Here are some of the happenings here at FCO for the past week:

1.  Pulse Youth ministry has a new worship band.  The prospects of the the up and coming singers and musicians are exciting.  I’m glad to help with the training.   Also Vanz (my daughter) spoke in the last Pulse gathering;  I was proud.

2.  The iServe series has got a lot of people stepping forward to be counted on for His service.   I believe iServe was one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever taught at FCO, and we are already seeing results.  The series may be over but the ripple effect continues.

3.  We dedicated 8 babies yesterday!  WOW!  Dedication of babies simply means as parents, we are committing to raise our children to live for God.  So many new babies; I’m glad we are on our way to building a new campus –we are out of space in every kids area.

Upcoming Events:

This Wednesday we kick off our quarterly Newcomers’/Discovery Series.  If you know someone who wants to get to know more about our church, invite them and/or come with them.  It’s a great learning environment with food and childcare.  This series ends with Baptism and Communion.  Don’t miss these intimate times of celebration and worship.  I believe we get so many complements on these two worship gatherings because this is one of the few “small church” things we still do.  I can’t really explain it, one has to experience it to get what happens at Baptism and Communion gatherings.

September 11-12 the Power Team (the guys that break and bend things) will be ministering at our church.  Big event.

Next FRIENDS of Summer will be September 18 –I think it is the Olympics theme.

FRIENDS ministry new season starts at the end of Summer, or at the beginning of October.

New Sermon Series in 2 weeks –It’s called:  Intervention – -You like it?  Basically, it is about bible characters who’s destructive paths were interrupted by a God sent person (I hope that makes sense).

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