Faith UMC of Orland Park eNote
"The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live." - 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (The Message) Anyone watch the political debates recently? I watched bits and pieces of the Democratic debate this week - not because it was reality/"must-see" tv like the Republican debates - but out of civic duty. I felt like I needed to see/hear from the candidates seeking the presidency. I also watched because I was reminded to pray daily for our national leaders. see "Praying for Those in Authority" (http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/october-2014/praying-for-our-leaders/) In his letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul commands Timothy to live a life of prayer - not only for friends, family, and members of his church, but for everyone. In particular, Paul emphasizes the need for Timothy (and us) to pray for rulers and government leaders. In other words, rather than just joining in the chorus of commentators and pundits bashing and belittling the efforts of our national leaders, let's fall on our knees and pray for them. Rather than complaining about their inadequacies and personal failings, let's pray for God to give them clarity of mind and spirit. Let's pray for God to give them the courage to lead wisely and justly - for the sake of our nation, for the sake of our world. It's easy to be a critic and cast stones. Anyone can do that. It takes another kind of person to step up and choose to lead a life of service for the sake of others. So, whether you're a red or blue, Tea party or no party - let's heed the words of Paul. Before we cast stones, let's fall on our knees and pray.
Heavenly Father, we lift up our civic leaders - at the local, state, and national levels. There are so many challenges they face every day. There are so many temptations/voices vying for their attention and allegiance. We pray that you would bless our elected officials and their families. Give them strong hearts, strong minds, and strong backbones. Bless them with wisdom and compassion in the decisions they make this day. Guide their steps and help them to act justly and love mercy and walk humbly before You. We thank you for the faithful service of our public officials. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. - Pastor Caleb
Faith News & Notes
Halloween Cards - We had many gifted artists get together and create Halloween cards for the residents of Autumn Leaves last Sunday. They did an amazing job! Check out pictures on our Faith Kids FB page: www.facebook.com/faithkidsorlandpark/ Hunger Van - Faith hosted the SWIFT Hunger Van food packing event last Sunday, as well. This was a fabulous gathering of teens and adults representing multiple faith traditions working together to fight hunger and poverty.
Monthly Food Drive - Each month, we collect various food items to care for our neighbors in need. All donations are distributed through Together We Cope (www.togetherwecope.com). This Sunday, we're collecting regular green beans and 1 lb packages of mashed potatoes. Trinity Choir - We will welcome the Concert and Honors choirs from Trinity Christian College at our 9 AM worship service this Sunday. Guest Preacher - We are honored to have Rev. Dick Wisdom, our District Superintendent, preaching at both worship services this Sunday (9 AM, 11 AM). Baptisms - It's always a blessing to celebrate baptisms. This Sunday, we're celebrating the baptism of Harrison Novak (9 AM) and Emmett Reid (11 AM). Annual Charge Conference - All are welcome to attend this annual church meeting with our District Superintendent. We will receive ministry reports from the past year, approve our 2016 Annual Budget, and celebrate God's work in the life of our church family. Blood Drive - Ok, so there are a TON of things happening at church this Sunday. On top of everything else, we're also having our quarterly Blood Drive from 9 AM - 1 PM. Location: Fellowship Hall. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact: Mary Hughes Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org) Fall Into Mission - We're wrapping up our Fall into Mission campaign. Our final mission event is the Southwest Suburban CROP Hunger Walk. When - this Sunday @ 2 PM. Where - Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th Ave. Orland Park). Contact: Jim Simmons (email@example.com) Wills & Trusts - Do you have questions about wills and trusts? Our Endowment Committee is sponsoring 2 free seminars on this subject. Seminars are led by attorney, Ken Friker. Dates: Saturday (10/24) @ 9:30 AM and Monday (10/26) @ 7 PM. Space is limited. Sign up at church outside Rm 4 or contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org/708-444-8560). All Saints Day - We will honor the names of loved ones who passed away at our All Saint's Day service on Sunday, November 1. If you would like to have your family member honored, names/pictures need to be submitted to Beth Kawczynski by Oct 25. (BethK@faithumcop.org) Veterans Day - We will honor the service of our veterans at our Veterans Day service on Sunday, November 8. If you (or family members) would like to be included in this service, names/pictures need to be submitted to Beth Kawczynski by October 25. (BethK@faithumcop.org) Famly Fun Night - Come join us on Wednesday nights (6:30 - 7:30 PM). We just finished wk 2 of our 6 wk program. It's a total blast! We have Tumbling for toddlers (ages 3-5), Intramural Basketball for children (ages 5-11), Cooking for youth (ages 12-18), Tai Chi for adults, and a class for adults on Finances. Free babysitting included. Help spread the word about this fantastic program at Faith! See pictures from this past Wednesday night on our Faith FB page: https://www.facebook.com/faithumcop