Faith UMC OP Newsletter
"Where have you seen God this week?" Friends, we've had an incredible week of Vacation Bible School at Faith this week. We have a record number of children (135 registered) coming to learn about God. We have record numbers of volunteers (80) to serve and bless them. Last night, our theme was forgiveness. "God has the power to forgive!" At one point, a large block of ice was broken to show the impact of sin in our relationship with God. Then, a member of our drama team came into the sanctuary dressed as Jesus. He picked up the broken ice pieces and offered a prayer, which led to the emergence of an unbroken (restored) ice block. The children were mesmerized by the entire presentation. As Jesus moved through the room, a group leader heard one preschooler say, "Wow, I didn't know we'd get to see Jesus." His friend responded, "I don't think that's Jesus." Then, the second child added, "I think it's God." In the midst of our arts and crafts, games and stories, children are seeing Jesus. As our volunteers offer their time and talents, they are encountering the love of God. The good news - this experience is not limited to Vacation Bible School. We don't have to be pastors nor theologians to share Christ's love. As the body of Christ, all of us can be the faithful reflections of Jesus anytime and anywhere - at home, at work, at school, even on vacation. May the love of Christ shine brightly through us this day.
Holy God, just as you came to serve (and not to be served,) help us to serve others. We desire to reflect your faithfulness, kindness, and grace. Forgive us for the ways we fell short of your calling on this day. Renew us as we rest this night and start a new day with you tomorrow. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
- Pastor Caleb
Faith News & Notes
Feed My Starving Children - We had a great team from Faith go to the Aurora site for the Feed My Starving Children food packing event last Saturday (July 11). Working together for 2 hours with dozens of volunteers from around the greater Chicago-land community, we packed nearly 26,000 meals for hungry children! For more information about Feed My Starving Children, go to www.fmsc.org. Car Wash - Thank you to everyone who supported our youth mission team's Car Wash last Sunday (July 12). The team raised $526.82 for their trip in August to Osage Nation! For more information about the youth mission trip, contact Pastor Caitlyn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Vacation Bible School - Tonight is Night 5 of VBS week at Faith. Every evening has been filled with praise, worship, fun, and excitement. Let's continue to lift up the children (and families) in prayer. Let's also continue to pray for our all of our VBS staff. Interested in learning more about VBS and our children's ministry at Faith? Contact Kim Clifton (email@example.com).
VBS Closing Program/Ice Cream Social - Come and see what our children have been learning at our VBS Closing Program. When: Friday, July 17 @ 6 PM. Where: church. Following the program, we'll have an Ice Cream Social in the Fellowship Hall! Church Picnic - this Sunday, July 19 (Noon - 4 PM). Location: Centennial Park (7800 W. 167th St., Tinley Park). Join us for food, fun, and games for all ages. Bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. (Yes, we will also have our amazing Dessert Auction!) Hot dogs & hamburgers are provided by the Men of Faith. Monthly Food Drive - Every 3rd Sunday of the month, we collect food items to share with our neighbors in need through Together We Cope. This Sunday (7/19), come to church with ramen noodles. To learn more about Together We Cope, go to www.togetherwecope.com.
Tee Up for Youth - This Sunday (7/19) is the last day to sign up for golf! Grab some buddies, sign up to play, and practice your swing. It'll be a lot of fun! When: Sunday, July 26 @ Silver Lake Country Club. In the evening, we'll have an enchanting evening of dinner, silent auction, and dancing. Free babysitting is available at the church. Any questions? Contact Sandy Ward or Linda Bitzer at 708-444-8560. Note - you can bid on any of the 53 fantastic silent auction items this Sunday (in the Fellowship Hall). Renovation - Our Trustees are asking for help on Saturday (July 25 and Aug 1) from 8 AM to noon. They need volunteers to move items to and from the classrooms and sanctuary so that these spaces can receive a flooring facelift. Sign up to help at the Connection Center (lobby). Taste of Orland - Faith is sponsoring an informational booth at the Taste of Orland Park. When: Friday thru Sunday July 31 - 2. Sign up for a 2 hour shift and help us spread the word about Faith! Any questions? Contact Ed Kawcyznski (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hoops Here It Is - Registration forms are now available for our jr high basketball tournament. Dates: Wednesday nights in August from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Get together your team of 4 and start practicing. Sign up with Darryl Wertheim (email@example.com).