Faith UMC of Orland Park eNOTE
"and we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness..."
- 2 Corinthians 3:18
There's a lot of construction happening around the church these days. Floors are being resurfaced. Platforms are being extended. Ramps are being built. On one hand, this work is disruptive and unsettling. Things are not where they used to be. Someone has "moved our cheese!"
On the other hand, we are striving toward a vision of how things can be. We are working towards a better future. Life may be temporarily unsettled, but our goal is clear. We're trying to make our church home a place that can better facilitate the ministries of Jesus Christ - making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The physical renovation of our building is a reminder that we all need ongoing spiritual renovation of our lives.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." - Romans 12:1
As Christians, we are new creations of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). However, being born again is not the same as being mature in faith. We all need to engage in God's ongoing work of maturity and being transformed into Christ's likeness.
In the midst of this disruptive "spiritual renovation," let's keep in mind our larger goal and purpose. Our hope is to become more like Christ. We are striving to mature in faith so that we can better facilitate the gospel of Jesus Christ - making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Loving Lord, thank you for your ongoing work in our lives. Thank you for calling and empowering us to be part of your life-giving mission. We commit ourselves again to your work of drawing others into a life-giving relationship with you. Help us to grow more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ, who died for us and lives in us. We pray all this in Jesus' name. Amen.
- Pastor Caleb
Faith News & Notes
Mission Team - Our youth mission team is finishing up their week in Oklahoma and will return home this Saturday (8/8)! Let's continue to pray for their work, relationships, and travels.
Taste of Orland - Thank you to everyone for serving as a Faith ambassador at the Taste of Orland last weekend (7/31 - 8/2). We had a great time meeting and sharing Faith with our neighbors. Special thanks to Ed Kawcyznski and the Publicity Committee for organizing us.
New Member Classes - We started our New Member classes last Sunday (8/2). Let's lift up our new members, mentors, and program directors in prayer during this time of learning and building relationships. Contact: Kathy Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rutha Greutzmacher (708-614-1424).
Hoops Here It Is - Praise God for the start of our jr high basketball tournament last night (8/5). The teams will play on Wednesday nights throughout the month of August from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Let's pray for our players, coaches, and families. Contact: Darryl Wertheim (email@example.com).
Renovation - Thank you to everyone for helping your patience and help during our renovation process. We have just a few more weeks before our flooring project is complete!
Movie Night - Join us this Friday (7/31) for the second of our "Movies in the Park-ing Lot" series. Where: church parking lot. When: dusk. This week's movie, "Lego Movie." Note: this is a free event. Bring your lawn chair and snacks. We'll move indoors in case of rain.
Worship Relocation - We are meeting in the Fellowship Hall for worship on Sunday mornings while our sanctuary is recarpeted. Thank you all for your support and patience.
Fellowship Hall Set Up/Break Down - Come and help us set up/break down the sanctuary chairs for the worship services. When: Saturday mornings (8 AM), Sunday afternoons (12:15 PM).
Missionary Visit - We're blessed to have Becky Harrell join us this Sunday (8/9). Becky has been a long-time missionary partner with Faith. Join us as she shares a testimony of God's work during the worship services (9 & 11 AM). She will be available for conversation during a special Taste of Faith from 10 - 11 AM.
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).