Just kidding; Ministers’ Appreciation Month is only once a year in October. I just want to say thanks to everyone who bought or made us lunches, wrote us cards, made us desserts, or did something to say “thanks”.
Ministry is a tough job (believe me I know), but it is well worth all the labor to see on person or family transformed to live for Christ. When people show there appreciation is any way, its a bonus and it is encouraging to see people take note of how hard we work.
Thank you to everyone who did something large or small for me or anyone of our church leaders. Your words and your gifts are a blessing.
I believe our current series BLIND FAITH: (www.faithco.tv) is probably one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever taught here at Faithco. Over the past three weeks we’ve defined faith and we have taken a look at what it is to walk by faith. In addition, last week we explored how Noah obeyed by faith. Next week we will discuss one of the most important attributes of faith that is many times over looked. This entire series has led up to what I will be speaking about this weekend. It will be the final message in this series and I believe it will be the most impacting of all four messages. In fact, several months ago when I decided to teach this series, this message was the one message that gave me the idea to teach on and name this series Blind Faith. Whatever you do, don’t miss this message. If you know me, you know that I don’t say this about every message. I feel strongly that this message will change people. It has already changed me.
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.
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.
1. Pulse youth continues to grow: I think they are approaching 60 kids for attendance now. We believe this number will grow to 80 before the end of the year. Also, Pulse took a trip to Lake Eufala to enjoy some fun in the sun at Jellystone Park. You might check out the Pulse facebook wall to see some pics.
2. Weekend Worship was awesome. People are headed back to church from Summer activities and vacations. It’s great to see everyone again and great to see a full house.
3. Intervention continues to be a life changing series. We intervene for the people around us more than we think. The story of Jonah was familiar to us in more ways than one. If you didn’t get to be in one of our weekend worship experiences, you should check our http://www.Faithco.tv.
4. I’m excited about some of the things coming up: This Wednesday we will have Baptism Celebration at 6:30pm. Next weekend we are receiving our monthly Building Faith offering. September 11-12 Faithco will be hosting Power Force Team. FRIENDS Connect groups kick off at end of September. If you are not connected to Faithco, GET CONNECTED! it will change your life….really.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Faithco is a blessed community of believers. God continues to do great things through our church. Here are a few reflections and upcoming events:
1. Last week we introduced Destry to our Pulse Youth team members. Butch is going back to PT school so he resigned. We hate to see him resign, but we are happy for Butch’s opportunities and Godly direction. In the mean time, Destry will be stepping up to serve as youth minister.
2. The feedback from the last two weeks of weekend messages called “Stand Your Ground” have been completely positive and overwhelming. I did not realize just how impacting this message to men would be. If you weren’t with us this last week or two, you can view the messages at http://www.faithco.tv. I strongly recommend that every man watches these messages.
3. In a couple of weeks, we kick off a series that I’m really excited about. It’s called iServe, and I am believing that it will change our ministry forever. You don’t want to miss this one.
4. This Wednesday Pulse (our youth ministry) will be meeting at John and Dawn Little’s home for a swim party. Thanks to the Littles for opening up their home and pool. I think I will be attending that night (sacrifices we make in ministry).
Here are some thoughts/reflections for some of the things that happened last week at Faithco, and some up-coming news:
1. Last Sunday our Faith Kids kicked off one of the most important series of the year called iServe. This series will end with our kids attending iServe day camp where they will be serving our community in various ways. This is a powerful time to impact our kids as we teach them to serve God and our community. Make sure your kids are a part of this. It’s huge!
2. Last Wednesday, Discovery 123 had its second session with our new people. They were asked to complete a personality test which will be reviewed this week to find out how each person is “wired” for life and relationships. These sessions are taught by Deana and are always a blast as people learn things about themselves and their spouses that they never knew.
3. Pulse was off the chain last Wednesday as Butch rolled out the largest slip and slide I’ve ever seen. You’ve got to see the pictures. Go to Pulse Facebook and check them out. I think they are doing the same thing this Wednesday night at 7Pm….be there.
4. Sunday was a good day. From the praise and worship, to the message, I believe lives were changed. I know I was direct and sometimes a little rough as I was talking to the guys. However, if you want men to change, you have to speak their language. I believe the Home Builders series will be life changing for so many families. I look forward to speaking to the girls this weekend. Don’t miss a single week. It’s too important to our families. If you have to miss, you can always watch the messages online at http://www.faithco.tv.
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