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  Winter

Every now and then, I run into people who say, "I love winter!"  More often than not, most people say, "I'm ready for the arrival of spring!"  Bottom line - it's hard to appreciate winter.  The days are short.  The nights are long.  The cold this year always feels colder than last year.  Whenever I complain about the weather, my farming friends remind me that winter is a gift.  After a hectic spring and summer, it's time for the land to rest.  After a bountiful fall, it's time for the ground to recover.  Activity is replaced by calm.  Busyness is replaced by stillness.  Anxiety is replaced by peace. 

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."

Following this verse, the author of Ecclesiastes goes on to write words that many of us associate more with The Byrds than The Bible.  The next words are, "there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot..."  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)  The point - there is a time for everything in life - even winters in Chicago.

Perhaps your soul is searching for a season of renewal.  Perhaps your spirit is longing for a time of rest.  If God is tugging at your heart and inviting you to discover peace this season, take some time to respond.  Winter may be the right time to (re)discover faith.

Faith is a congregation with roots in three local congregations.  These congregations (from Midlothian, Oak Forest, and Orland Park) gave up their former names and buildings to become a church that can continue the mission of Jesus Christ – serving as His hands and feet in the world. 

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Sermon 
CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES
FREE showing of movies prior to each sermon
in Fellowship Hall on Friday nights at 7:00 pm
  • The Polar Express - Friday, Dec. 19th. Sermon Sunday, Dec. 21st
  • Elf - Friday, Dec. 26th. Sermon Sunday, Dec.28th
Popcorn and Beverages Served
   
     
  CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Sunday, December 21st, 3:00 pm 
This year’s concert will feature the Faith Chancel Choir presenting the Christmas musical “Were You There on That Christmas Night?”  
by Lloyd Larson. 
The concert program will also include selections by our contemporary Oasis team, soloists and our puppet ministry.
     
     
 

  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
We will have three Christmas Eve services on 
Wednesday, December 24th. 
The 4:00 pm service will feature our children’s program. 
The 7:00 pm and the 11:00 pm services will be 
traditional candlelight services with the 
Chancel Choir singing at 11:00 pm. 
Communion will be presented at all three services. 
We hope you can join us.
     
     
    JOINT WORSHIP SERVICE
On the last Sunday of the year, December 28th, we gather together for ONE worship service at 10:00 am. We'll conclude our "Christmas at the Movies" series with "Elf".
     
     
 
NEW YEAR'S DAY SERVICE

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 10:00 am
This is a service designed for anyone looking to start the
New Year in worship.

 

   
   

 

 PURPOSE MISSION STATEMENT
Faith United Methodist Church
is a church family dedicated to bringing people to
Jesus Christ through worship, education, mission and fellowship.
 

 
FAITH UMC STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
 (Click here to read a full description of our objectives.) 
   

Children/Youth
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” - Mark 10:14

Discipleship
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" - Matthew 28:19

Mission
"‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.’" - Matthew 25:40
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. " - Micah 6:8


 

FEATURED ON WEBSITE
Youth Schedule - Youth Ministry 
Singles Fellowship - 1/15/15 - Fellowship
"Take a Book - Leave a Book" project - Missions Ministries 
Sports Saturday, 1/3/15, 10 am - 12 noon - Fellowship 
Explore & Soar, 1/7/15, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Fellowship 
Missionary, Becky Harrell, December 2014 Newsletter 
Youth Summer Mission Trip Fundraiser: Youth Ministry
Mini Food Drive for TWC, Holiday Dinner Items (boxed and canned) - Every week during Dec.                
Faith Falcons News & Witness to Fitness "Women of the Bible" - Athletic Ministries 
 Don't forget to purchase Scrip - Fundraisers
 
 

 

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