Faith UMC of Orland Park eNote

Friday, November 20, 2015

Devotion - Prayer

We had a wonderful worship service focused on "The Path of Biblical Prayer" last Sunday. If you weren't able to join us, check it out at https://www.facebook.com/faithumcop/. Throughout the week, I found myself reflecting on what Ray Schmidt and Pastor Caitlyn shared about Scripture study and prayer. So, a few days ago, I took a different approach to prayer. Rather than sitting in silence, praying through the Lord's Prayer, or offering my own free-formed prayers, I prayed through one of the prayers passed down by our ancestors of faith - the Prayer of St. Francis. Talk about a prayer that is saturated with a love for God and knowledge of Scriptures. As you'll read below, it's a prayer that both challenges and inspires us to draw near to God - not simply as we are, but as we hope to be. "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardonging that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." We're gathering for Thanksgiving Sunday service this weekend. I hope to see you there (9 & 11 AM).

- Pastor Caleb

Faith News & Notes

Celebrations

Membership Class - We had a great time meeting our prospective new members last Sunday at the winter membership class. Thanks to our New Member Coordinators: Kathy Jones & Rutha Gruetzmacher. We'll have 9 new members join Faith this Sunday @ 9 AM. Come and help us welcome them! Operation Christmas Child - Thanks to everyone who brought in items for our Operation Christmas Child drive. We had delivered all of the gift boxes earlier this week. Thanks to Santa's helpers (a.k.a. Sue Eade and Kim Clifton) for your leadership in this collection! Advent Mission - We've had a very strong response to our Advent collections. Last Sunday, almost all of the "Adopt a Child" gift tags were taken. We also have already had our food pantry bin filled a couple of times this month with holiday food items. Note - both collections projects are in conjunction with Together We Cope (www.togetherwecope.com). Veterans Voices - This past Tuesday, Veterans Voices sent a team of 9 folks to the Orland Hills Adopt A Platoon location. They delivered our prayers, care package goodies, and financial gifts. See our Facebook page for pictures. https://www.facebook.com/faithumcop/ Ornament Makers - Our Singles Fellowship gathered for an ornament making workshop this week. Thanks to Rosemary Kirkendall for leading this creative and fun activity. If you're interested in connecting with this group, contact Sandy Ward. sandyward@faithumcop.org

Upcoming Events

Hanging of the Greens - Join us as we decorate Faith for the holidays. When: this Sunday, November 22 (Noon - 4 PM). Lunch will be provided for 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 this Sunday! 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. To register, contact Kim Clifton (kids@faithumcop.org). 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. Winter gear collection box is next to scarecrow (lobby). These winter items will be distributed through our partnership with My Joyful Heart www.myjoyfulheart.org. Disciple I - 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 in 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 (faith@faithumcop.org, 708-444-8560). Faith Gear - We have Faith UMC sweatshirts and baseball tees available to order. These would make great Christmas presents. Order forms and samples are available in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday.

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