Faith UMC of Orland Park eNote
Devotion - Train Your Brain
I've heard it said, "You are what you eat." I think this also applies to what we think - what we focus on. In many ways, we are (or we become) what we think.
There have been many days recently when my first waking thought was worry - worry about my children, worry about our church, worry about my family & friends. When I wake up with this state of mind, I find myself struggling through the day. It's not simply that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. By allowing my mind to remain in a state of worry, I've kept myself on the wrong side of the bed all day long. When I find myself overwhelmed by worry, I heed the words of the apostle Paul, who writes in Philippians 4:8,
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." When I discipline my mind to focus on those things that are true, noble, and right - when I focus on those things that are lovely and pure and admirable, I find myself able to find peace in the midst of the storm. I find strength in the midst of the everday battles. My external circumstances don't necessarily change because of what/how I think. However, I am changed because of what/how I think. And that makes all the difference. What comes to mind when you think about those things in life that are excellent and praiseworthy?
Good and gracious God, we thank you for the gift of this new day. Help us to fix our eyes on your goodness and grace. Give us courage to face our fears. Give us strength to overcome obstacles. We are grateful that you are the source of eternal goodness, truth, and life. Help us to embrace the life that is truly worth living. Amen. - Pastor Caleb
Faith News & Notes
Honoring Our Veterans - Thanks to everyone who came out for our worship services and pancake breakfast last weekend. Our Veterans Voices and Men of Faith raised $964 for "Adopt a Platoon." These funds will help brighten the lives of our military men & women who are away from home during the holidays. Note - Everyone is invited to the Christmas packing event at the Adopt a Platoon location on Tuesday, November 17 @ 6 PM. Location: 7800 W. 89th Place, Hickory Hills, IL. You can also bring donations for these care packages. For more information, visit our website http://www.faithumcop.org/#!veterans-voices/cujg Operation Christmas Child - Thanks to everyone who brought in items for our Operation Christmas Child drive. Our Sunday School children and families collected 46 boxes, as well as the funds to ship the boxes to children around the world. Great job, kids! United Methodist Women Cafe & Bake Sale - Thank you to everyone who baked and help sell goodies at the Faith last weekend. Our United Methodist Women had an amazing turn-out and raised almost $2000 to support their ongoing mission work. Hooray for the UMW!
Membership Class - We're offering our winter membership class this Sunday, November 15 (12:30 - 4 PM). This is a class for anyone wanting to join or transfer membership to Faith UMC. Contact: Kathy Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rutha Gruetzmacher (email@example.com). Santa Breakfast & Jamboree - Faith is offering "Santa Breakfast & Jamboree" on Saturday, December 5 (9 AM - Noon). SB&J is our Christmas party for the community. We'll have a pancake breakfast, puppet shows, horse drawn sleigh rides, games, crafts, storytellers, and a picture with Santa. For more information, check out our website http://www.faithumcop.org/#!fellowship-activities/c241f. Hanging of the Greens - Join us as we decorate Faith for the holidays. When: Sunday, November 22 (Noon - 4 PM). Lunch will be provided for our volunteers. Something new this year - everyone is invited to make a Christmas ornament for our "Family Tree." Ornaments should be handmade and reflect something about your culture, or your favorite food, or your country of origin. Bring your ornament to church and hang it on the Faith Family Tree next week! Advent Mission - Our Mission Committee has prepared numerous opportunities for us to serve our neighbors this Christmas. In addition to the holiday food donation (see below) and veteran care packages (see above), we're also collecting winter gear for our neighbors in need. These winter items will be distributed through our partnership with My Joyful Heart www.myjoyfulheart.org. This Sunday, Nov. 15, we are passing out "Adopt A Child" gift tags, which will bless children through our partnership with Together We Cope www.togetherwecope.com. Disciple I - This weekend, our worship services will focus on deepening our faith through prayer and scripture study. If you'd like to become a serious student of the Bible, "Disciple I" is for you. "Disciple I" a 34 week overview of the Old and New Testaments. A new class will be offered starting January 2016. Contact: Ray Schmitz (708-349-8191) or Jill Damrow (708-460-6885). Holiday Food Donation - We are collecting holiday food items throughout the months of November and December. Items include: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and vegetables. Drop off items in the collection bin marked "Food Pantry" (lobby). Food Pantry - Volunteers are needed to staff our Faith Food Pantry. We're open every Mon/Wed/Friday from 9 AM - Noon. Sign up on the Mission bulletin board (lobby). Contact: church office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 708-444-8560). Cheerleading Coach - Our Athletic Committee is looking for a cheerleader coach. If you have a cheerleading background and love working with kids, see Darryl Wertheim (email@example.com).