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:

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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Faithco News:

Last week was as exciting as it was busy around our church campus:

1.  Last week all our kids returned from camp –Changed!  Really, talk to them; the camps we are sending our kids to are the best in the nation.  Dry Gulch and Youth America are the summer kid’s and youth camps our kids attend each year.  I actually got to visit our Pulse kids at Youth America last Wednesday, I have never seen a youth camp worship as power-packed as the one I experienced at Youth America.  We are fortunate to have these camps in-state.  I can’t tell you just how important it is to make sure you send your kids…….I should dedicate a whole blog to the subject…hmm.

2.  It is good to see the effects of the iServe series.  People are connecting with me at our services and asking where they can get involved.  As I said before, this series will change our church forever.

3.  I don’t think all our people are familiar with all the things we did overseas last year in Cambodia and in Haiti.   I believe it was powerful to see the video footage and documentation of our trips.  It was also great to see Jesse McCaul.  I especially liked the “your favorite Cambodian Missionary” statement.  Bobby did a great job on the video and images.

4.  Lastly, Friends of Summer’s Talent showcase was so much fun.  From the cookout to the show, it was a blast.  It was great to see and to hear Faithco’s up and coming talent.

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Faithco News:

Here are a few updates from Faithco:

1.  We sent about 40 kids to camp this week.  It will be quiet around here for the next 4-5 days.  We are praying for every one of them to encounter God in some way as they focus on God and each other.

2.  Last Sunday we kicked off a new series called iServe.  I believe this will be one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever done.  We are challenging people to lead, serve, and to give as never before.  Every member is a minister; we teach this in our newcomers’ sessions.

3.  For some reason, we’ve had a lot of new babies born this summer.  What’s the deal?  You people need to get a hobby.  Just kidding, I love it. We are having a baby dedication July 31st for all these babies.  Good times.

4.  Finally, Friends of Summer kicks off this Sunday night with FCO’s Got Talent.  I believe we have around 8-10 people who have signed up for our annual talent showcase.  If you think you’ve got talent, you can still sign up, but there is a  limited amount of space since we don’t want to be here all night.  Also, we will be having a big cookout before the show.  Watch our Facebook page for more info.

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Faithco News

Here are a few thoughts and reflections of some of the things that are happening at Faithco:

1.  Last Wednesday night at 6:30pm, we kicked off our Discovery 123 sessions.  If you haven’t been through Discover 123, I highly recommend it.  There are a lot of creative insightful things to “discover” about God’s plan for your life through His church.  You can find out more at our website: http://www.faithco.org.

2.  Pulse youth continues to impact the lives of teens every Wednesday night at 7:00pm.  I can’t express enough the importance of having your teenagers involved in a God-centered youth ministry.  I believe God has given Faithco an incredible leadership team headed by Butch and Jacklyn Cantrell.  If your kids are not coming, get them here;  it will change their lives….seriously.

3.  Mothers’ Day was special.  I believe my wife Deana, is truly gifted to speak to women.  The content of yesterday’s message was powerful, especially when she brought up the different kids in the house and told people “These are my kids too”.

4.  Eleven people came home to Christ yesterday!

5.  The gift, flowers, and Phil Collins song was classic Faithco style.   Very special.

Upcoming weekends, we will continue the Home Builders series on families and relationships.  This is a great time to focus on your family commitment and relationships.  Don’t miss this series.  If you have to be gone, you can always watch the messages at http://www.faithco.tv.

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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.

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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.