Faith UMC of Orland Park eNote
In baseball, there is a pitch count limiting the amount of throws by a pitcher. In life, I wonder if there is ever limit to the number of words we can say. Several years ago, researchers found that women speak three times as many words as men (21,000/day to 7,000/day). However, there are those times in life when I feel like I've prematurely reached my quota of words. I simply have no more words to say. This past week, we had a number of church members (and relatives of church members) finish their course in this life. While this is an important and necessary part of life, I found myself feeling the weight of grief multiplied with the news of each passing. Throughout the week, as I spent time in prayer, my heart mourned as members of our church family mourned. Even as I tried to speak, my words disappeared. "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." Romans 12:15 Our faith in Jesus Christ reminds us that death is not the end of life. Because of Jesus' resurrection, death is a doorway from this life into the next. Still, the loss of loved ones is real. Grief is painful. When you love someone, it's natural to miss their presence, their spirit, their love. In the Gospel of John, we're told that Jesus wept over the passing of Lazarus. Even when he knew that Lazarus would soon be revived, Jesus shared in the grief of Lazarus' family. The good news - we can rest assured that Jesus mourns with us. For all of you mourning the loss of family/friends this day, may God bless you and meet you. May you experience the loving support of Christ, who is the source of our comfort and peace. Prayer
Lord of life, we thank you for the promise of resurrection. Comfort us in our sadness. Strengthen us in our weakness. Once again, we place our lives into your sure and loving hands. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
- Pastor Caleb
Faith News & Notes
New Staff - Praise God for the introduction of Victoria Biel to Faith UMC last Sunday (7/26). Victoria is our new Director of Contemporary Worship. Please help us welcome her into our church family! Tee Up for Youth - Thank you for your support of Tee Up for Youth. As we enjoyed a wonderful day filled with golf, dinner, silent auction, and dancing, we raised over $10K for our children and youth ministries. Special thanks to Sandy Ward, Linda Bitzer, and our entire Tee Up planning team for your amazing work! Renovation - Thank you to everyone who helped move books, furniture, and other items out of classrooms and the sanctuary last weekend. Lots of helping hands made for light (and quick) work. On Monday (7/27), we had an amazing team of volunteers who unbolted all of the pews in less than 2 hours!
Movie Night - Join us this Friday (7/31) for the first of our "Movies in the Park-ing Lot" series. Where: church parking lot. When: dusk. This week's movie, "Wreck It Ralph." Note: this is a free event. Bring your lawn chair and snacks. We'll move indoors in case of rain. Youth Mission Team - Our youth mission team is starting their journey to Oklahoma this Saturday (8/1)! Let's lift them up in prayer throughout the coming week - for their travels, physical health, and spiritual growth. Worship Relocation - Starting this Sunday (8/2), we will be worshipping in the Fellowship Hall while our sanctuary is recarpeted. The flooring in classrooms is almost done. The carpeting of our sanctuary is just beginning. (See the latest pictures on our Facebook page,www.facebook.com/faithumcop.) Thank you all for your support and patience. Saturday Work Day - We need your help moving furniture, toys, and books back into classrooms this Saturday (8/1). We'll gather at church at 8 AM. In addition to moving items back into the classrooms, we are asking volunteers to help set chairs in the Fellowship Hall for weekend services. (Note - we'll need help on Sunday restacking chairs immediately following our 11 AM service.) Taste of Orland - Our Publicity Committee is looking for Faith ambassadors. Almost all of the 2 hour shifts for this weekend's Taste of Faith are filled. However, we have one opening (Saturday (8/1), 7 - 9 PM) without any volunteers. Help us share the word about Faith with our neighbors! If you're available to serve, contact Ed Kawcyznski (email@example.com). Baseball Game - Our Fellowship Committee is sponsoring an evening with "Elvis" and the Windy City Thunderbolts on Saturday, 8/15 in Crestwood. This is a great outing for people of all ages! Cost: $12/person. Sign up at the Connection Center. Payments due 8/3/15. Hoops Here It Is - Registration forms are now available for our jr high basketball tournament which begins next week (8/5). Dates: Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Gather your team of 4 and start practicing. Sign up with Darryl Wertheim (firstname.lastname@example.org). New Member Classes - Folks interested in becoming a member of Faith UMC are invited to sign up for our New Member Classes. Classes begin this Sunday (8/2). Time: 10:15 - 11:00 AM. For more information, contact: Kathy Jones (email@example.com) or Rutha Greutzmacher (708-614-1424). Small Groups - Interested in facilitating a small group this fall? Small groups are a great way to deepen relationships and grow in faith. Our fall small groups begin the week of Sunday September 6 and will meet for six weeks. Contact: Mary Kough (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Damrow (email@example.com).