This week, as I have reflected back over the last 6 to 8 months, I am grateful for all the examples of how I have witnessed God alive and at work in the lives of the people who make Faith UMC their church home. I was reminded how on March 30, 2014, the church boldly voted to move forward with 5 strategic prescriptions as outlined in HCI – Healthy Church Initiative) to help our church embrace a new season of ministry together, refocusing us to be about the work of “Making New Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.” These 5 prescriptions are part of a two-year focus.
One of those prescription charged us to start a new worship service. I am excited to share with you that the launch team will host its first preview service on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 4 p.m.
But 2014 hasn’t gone without its pain. We lost one of the great leaders of Faith church this summer, Jan Miller. Jan was one of the key leaders in bringing us to the HCI vote, and she kept us focused on the possibilities as we started the implementation process. I hope you will join us as we celebrate and call Jan’s name along with others who fought the good fight, and followed the ways of Jesus during worship this All Saint’s Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Thinking about Jan and the good work that has been done in the early stages of HCI, I was drawn back to the words of the Apostle Paul in chapter 12 of his first Letter to the Corinthians. “Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink”. In order for us to accomplish the mission God has called us to in this place, it will take us all working together. We need all persons sharing their gifts with the Body.
So if you are available, please contact Anita to be part of the Body in serving our neighbors through the Tailgating event on Friday, November 7, 2014. This “servant evangelism” event is just one more way that we are fulfilling the prescriptions of HCI, but more importantly, another way for us to live out the mission God has called us to at Faith.
I look forward to seeing you in Worship on Sunday, and serving with you in the Body of Christ at our November 7, 2014 Tailgating event.
In preparation for this Sunday, please read Matthew 13: 1-9 & 18-23.