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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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FLEADH PARADE
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Oak Forest's St. Patrick's Day Fleadh Parade
Meet in the Metra parking lot, 159th Street & Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest
at 10:00 am
Contact Ed Kawczynski at ewk112@sbcglobal.net for more information.

     
     








  SERMON SERIES
"Final Words from the Cross" by Adam Hamilton 
Mar 08 - Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother
Mar 15 - My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Mar 22 - I Thirst
Mar 29 - It Is Finished...Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit

LENTEN SMALL GROUP
This Lenten season, we are introducing a new six week study titled
"Final Words From the Cross" by Adam Hamilton. The study will start with the first sermon on Feb. 22nd. Give prayerful consideration to participating in a Small Group and bring a friend. We will have many opportunities, both for daytime and evenings. 
Sign-up in the fellowship hall.
           
DAY AND TIME          LEADER(S)               LOCATION
Sun. 10:00 AM                Jill Damrow               Church
Mon. 6:30 PM                Kathy Jones                Church
Mon. 7:00 PM                      Amanda/
                                           Mike Brown           home/Oak Forest
Tues.10:30 AM                Jan Rybolt                  Church
Wed.10:30 AM                Jackie Konidaris/
                                           Donna Petersen      Church
Wed.  1:00 PM                Mary Kough               Church
Wed.  6:30 PM                Janice McBride           Church
Wed.  6:30 PM                Lee McCasland           home/Orland Park
Thur.10:00 AM               Sandy Ward                 home/Orland Park
Sat.   11:00 AM                 Andy Vaveris/
                                         Pastor Caleb Hong    Church

     
     
    HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Palm/Passion Sunday, 3/29, 9:00 am, Chancel Choir 1st part Easter cantata
Maundy Thursday, 4/2, 7:00 pm, Drama team Last Supper
Good Friday,   4/3,  7:00 pm, Worship and reflection of Christ's crucifixion
Easter Sunday, 4/5,  9:00 am, Chancel Choir 2nd part Easter cantata
Easter Sunday, 4/5, 11:00 am, Oasis praise team will lead 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
All-Church volunteer opportunity! "Spring into Missions"- Collecting Baby Items & Share Your Soles
Artivities - Artist inspired Art for Kids & Explore & Soar - Children's Programs 
Caleb's Cash, reward program to encourage our kids & Vacation Bible School date - Children's Programs 
Stock Sales for youth summer mission trip & Youth Schedule - Youth Ministry 
"Take a Book - Leave a Book" project - Missions Ministries 
Missionary, Becky Harrell's March Newsletter 
Tee Up for Youth, 7/26/15, Hold the Date!
Faith UMC Golf League, 5/5/15 - 9/8/15 - Athletic Ministries
Ladies Retreat, 4/17 to 4/19: Fellowship 
Faith Falcons News & Witness to Fitness "Women of the Bible" - Athletic Ministries 
 Don't forget to purchase Scrip - Fundraisers
Monthly, Mini Food Drive, 3/15/15, for TWC - Cereal and/or Jelly
Faith Blood Drive (Heartland), Sunday, April 26th - Getting Involved
 

 

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