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Faith United Methodist Church

of Orland Park

 
Winter

Every now and then, I run into people who say, "I love winter!"  More often than not, most people say, "I'm ready for the arrival of spring!"  Bottom line - it's hard to appreciate winter.  The days are short.  The nights are long.  The cold this year always feels colder than last year.  Whenever I complain about the weather, my farming friends remind me that winter is a gift.  After a hectic spring and summer, it's time for the land to rest.  After a bountiful fall, it's time for the ground to recover.  Activity is replaced by calm.  Busyness is replaced by stillness.  Anxiety is replaced by peace. 

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."

Following this verse, the author of Ecclesiastes goes on to write words that many of us associate more with The Byrds than The Bible.  The next words are, "there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot..."  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)  The point - there is a time for everything in life - even winters in Chicago.

Perhaps your soul is searching for a season of renewal.  Perhaps your spirit is longing for a time of rest.  If God is tugging at your heart and inviting you to discover peace this season, take some time to respond.  Winter may be the right time to (re)discover faith.

Faith is a congregation with roots in three local congregations.  These congregations (from Midlothian, Oak Forest, and Orland Park) gave up their former names and buildings to become a church that can continue the mission of Jesus Christ – serving as His hands and feet in the world.

Faith is a United Methodist Church.  Theologically speaking, this means that we are open to differences.  We agree on the core principles of Jesus Christ – his identity, teachings, and resurrection.  At the same time, we agree to disagree on some issues that are divisive among many Christians and denominations.  Practically speaking, being United Methodist means that we are committed to action and accountability.  We’re committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ (by words and actions).  We recognize that we are God’s hands and feet – called to alleviate suffering and positively impact lives in our local community and larger world.  We recognize that God calls us to do this together - as part of a faith community.

If you’re searching for a church family or want to learn more about how a church can be of service for your faith journey, come visit us.  We’re located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago (15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, IL).  We have a wide range of groups and activities that you can check out on our calendar.  Our Sunday morning worship experiences are at 9:00 AM (traditional) and 11:00 (contemporary).

Thanks for visiting our website.  We hope it’s informative and helpful for you.  If you have any other questions, give us a call at 708-444-8560.

Pastor Caleb

 

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