Faithco News and Updates:

Last week at Faithco was pretty eventful:

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.

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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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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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This Week at Faithco:

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).

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You don’t have to be baptized.

Throughout my years in ministry I’ve had many people ask me if baptism was required for salvation.

From what I’ve read in the bible, I do not believe baptism is a requirement for salvation.  Romans 10 says to believe in one’s heart and to confess with one’s mouth that Christ is Lord brings salvation to the sinner.  One example in the bible could be the thief next to Jesus who was saved because he believed.   Obviously he was not baptized, but Jesus told him “you will be with me”.   No, I do not believe that baptism is a requirement to be saved.

However, I do believe that baptism is a response to being saved.  For years, I’ve been giving invitations for people to come to Christ and many people have raised their hands and prayed to give their lives to Christ.

I’ve found that there is a difference in the commitment level of a person who raises a hand or speaks a prayer, and the commitment level of a person who wades down into a pool of water in front of an audience of friends, family, and some strangers.

Here’s the point:  people who get baptized mean it.

Isn’t this is the point of baptism? To publicly identify a person as a new creation in Christ.  Doesn’t it say to all who are witnessing a person being baptized:  “I am a follower of Christ, I’m new, I belong to God”?  I believe that it does.

So here’s the deal:  Although it might not be a requirement for salvation, it is however the natural response and the next step for the person who has come to Christ.

By the way, I get the privilege of baptizing at least 9 people tonight.

What are your thoughts on baptism?

Faithco News

Here are a few thoughts from his past week at Faithco:

1.  People continue to come to Christ through our weekend worship experiences.  Last weekend, at least 6 people committed theirs lives to Christ.  It’s a huge blessing that He trusts us to send us non-Christians from our community.  May we never take this privilege for granted.

2.  I can’t remember receiving more positive feedback for any message series than this current one.  This stuff is life changing for families and marriages.  If you haven’t been a part of any of our weekends since we began Home Builders, go to http://www.faithco.tv and watch last weekend’s message.  We will be archiving the whole series soon.

3.  Last night we hosted the SHS Baccalaureate celebration.  What a privilege for our church community.  We did it all FCO style.  From the service, to the barbecue dinner afterward, the whole thing was a blast.  We enjoyed celebrating with the SHS class of 2011.   Thanks to all who volunteered in the catering: Stephanie, Pam, Tiffany;  To all who worked in the creative worship side: Carren, Kevin, Macie, Bo, Butch, Anthony, Bobby, Jena, and Landon.   There are more who served in other areas.  I just want to say thanks to everyone….you made last night a huge success.

I’m looking forward to watching Jill Newman this weekend as she talks to couples on the subject of  “Marriage Destroyers”  or something like that.  I hear there is going to be a surprise introduction to her message.  You won’t want to miss this.  Also, Jill is a professional counselor who has served our ministry for years.  She knows her stuff.  Be there.

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Faithco News

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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