Churching in the Woods

"The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands." - Psalm 19:1 We have a gifted congregation. Some of you know that Nancy Duraka, one of our congregation members and choir members, is also a poet. Last week, she sent me her poem, "Church in the Woods," as a gift to share with all of you. CHURCHING IN THE WOODS by Nancy Duracka I am a sojourner, churching in the woods. Amid the crushed leaves, brambles and broken branches, I seek the Lord. In the radiance and wonder of nature's balance, I am connected, earth to sun, moon to sea. I am a woods wanderer, walking in the living cathedral of oak, pine and birch. Breezes blow in whispered chants amid their leather

The Heart of Worship

"When the music fades, all stripped away, and I simply come. Longing just to bring something that's of worth that will bless your heart." - Matt Redman "The Heart of Worship" Over 20 years ago, Matt Redman was the worship leader at Soul Survivor Church in Watford, England. The music at the church was cutting edge, the services were rockin, and young people (in their teens and 20s) flocked to the church. Sensing that something was "missing" in the midst of the music and fervor, Pastor Mike Pilavachi pulled the plug on the speakers, sound system, drums, and guitars. For a season, the "rockin" church went "unplugged." Pastor Mike explained to his congregation that they had lost their way

How to Stay Healthy During Isolation

"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - Jesus (Mathew 28:20) I came across an article with retired astronaut Scott Kelly. Scott Kelly, who had spent over a year in space, offered suggestions on how to stay HEALTHY in isolation. Here are his 8 TIPS for HEALTH (with my $.02 underneath.) - Follow a Schedule Maintain a balanced schedule of work & fun. Schedule times for exercise, prayer, connecting w people, reading a physical book, detaching from the news & electronics. - Keep a Consistent Bedtime As a sleep aficionado, I totally agree with this one. - Go Outside Sure, we can't go on spacewalks, but we go outside and enjoy the fresh air (and occasional sunshine.) -

Closed Doors, Open Windows

Today, I wanted to share an email I received earlier this week from our United Methodist Men of Faith President, Dale Carver. Dale was inviting men (and others) to use our newfound time in a healthy and constructive way. note: Dale gave permission to share his message. "Good morning to each of you. Many doors have closed recently, but some windows have been opened. Finding yourself at home with more time to spend than you are used to? Without church activities to keep us involved and focused, it would be easy for us to become less focused on God, Christ, and those around us in spiritual need. Here's an EASY way to use some of that new found time in a way that will help to keep us spiritua

Suspending In-Person Worship Services

Dear Faith UMC family and friends, In light of the ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, our Church Council has decided to cancel ALL in-person church ministries and activities through the end of March. This corresponds with a request by Bishop Sally Dyck for all churches in the Northern Illinois Conference to suspend in-service worship starting this weekend (March 21-22). Here are the changes to be aware of... 1 - We will Live-Stream our worship services on 3/22 & 3/29. Please do not come to church for the next 2 weeks. Join us for worship online (Sunday @ 9 AM). You can find us on our Facebook page (@faithumc_op). If you'd like a copy of the sermon manuscript and bull

Be Smart, Be Healthy

"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." - John 13:34 What does LOVE look like when there's a health scare gripping our world? Practically speaking, it looks like people who take steps to care for the health and well being of each other. It's people who call and send encouraging cards to neighbors who are hurting. It's people who go grocery shopping or bring over a meal to folks who are sick. It's people who take the time to pray and listen to the concerns of those in need. It's not hoarding stockpiling cleaning supplies, it's showing compassion. It's not panicking, it's serving. On a personal level, I'

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