Faith UMC of Orland Park
What is a friend?
Several years ago, a newspaper offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Here are some of the best responses: "One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable." "One who understands our silence." "A volume of sympathy bound in cloth." "A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down." The winning definition read: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out." We start our Fall Small Groups next week. There are so many good reasons to join a small group. However, the one that I'd encourage you to consider is this - small groups are a great way to make new friends. Does anyone have too many friends? If so, tell me your secret. The reality that most people face today is isolation and loneliness. While we have lots of acquaintances, people are hungry for true friends. A reminder - the church is not a spiritual drive-thru. The church is a community where Christian disciples are formed - with patience, forgiveness, and lots of love. However, for this to happen, we have to get to know each other, care for each other, and pray for each other. We need to foster friendships with one another. Small groups are a great way to nurture these relationships. Small groups are a great way to get connected with each other and with God. I'll close with a really cool quote I found from Max Lucado:
"Christ distributes courage through community; he dissipates doubts through fellowship. He never deposits all knowledge in one person but distributes pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to many. When you interlock your understanding with mine, and we share our discoveries, when we mix, mingle, confess and pray, Christ speaks."
Loving God, thank you for the gift of friendships. We are grateful for the gift of sisters and brothers who know us and love us, serve us and pray for us. We ask your blessing on our fall small groups. Help us to grow in our relationships with each other and with you. In Jesus' name we pray, amen. - Pastor Caleb
Faith News & Notes
Movie Night - We finished our "Movies in the Park-ing Lot" series last Friday with a showing of "Frozen." Children came to church wearing their "Frozen" costumes. We even had a birthday party before the movie. Bottom line - it was a fantastic way to spend a Friday night. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed these fun, memorable movies. Special thanks to our helpers and coordinators! Singspiration - It was an amazing afternoon filled with beautiful singing and puppetry last Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the concert. Thanks for your generous support of My Joyful Heart. Special thanks to our singers, musicians, puppeteers, and event coordinators.
New Members - Join us this Sunday (Sept 6) as we receive our new members into our church family. We'll receive them at the 9 AM service. Fall Small Groups - Small groups are a great way to deepen relationships and grow in faith. Our Fall Small Groups begin next week. They will meet for the next 6 weeks. There's still time to sign up for a group. Sign up sheets are available in the lobby or under the bulletin board outside of Room 4. Contacts: Mary Kough (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Damrow (email@example.com). Fall Into Mission - As our Fall Small Groups begin, we're also kicking off our "Fall Into Mission" campaign this weekend. This campaign is an invitation for every member (and friend) of Faith UMC to actively engage in mission and service in our surrounding community. Our Mission Committee will be presenting numerous service opportunities in the coming weeks. Let's sign up and serve! Sports Saturday - Our Athletic Ministry and Men of Faith invite all men to spend a morning of fun and food with their children/grandchildren. When: Saturday, Sept 12, from 9:30 AM - Noon. Where: Faith UMC. We'll play indoor baseball and then have a pancake breakfast. Cantigny Park - Our Fellowship Committee invites everyone to visit Cantigny Park (Wheaton, IL) on Saturday & Sunday (Sept 12 & 13). Wander the beautiful gardens. Visit the museums and watch a Revolutionary War re-enactment. Free Admission. $5 parking fee. Sign up to carpool at the Welcome Center (church lobby). Kick Off Sunday - Join us next Sunday for Kick Off Sunday (Sept 13). This is the day we start our church's 2015-16 programs. Note: we'll have a Backpack Blessing during both services. Everyone is invited to bring a bag to be blessed (backpack, briefcase, etc). Sunday School Teachers - Sunday School teachers are needed for our 2015-16 Sunday School year. Sunday School classes begin on September 20! Contact: Kim Clifton (firstname.lastname@example.org) Attention All Bakers - Do you love to bake? Would you be interested in baking bread for communion? Then, we hope you'll join Faith's Communion Baking team. Contact: Bev Carriel (708-349-9211)