Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Here is a quick and interesting fact for you: Within the last 25 years the number of products an average supermarket carries in-store has increased from 8,000 to 47,000.
One thing this tells us is that in America, we like having options (at least when it comes to our grocery shopping). However, as we’ll see in Acts 16:25-40, when it comes to our relationship with God, we have two options available to us. We can either respond to him in faith and obedience or we can respond with unbelief and disobedience.
Acts 16:25-40 tells the story of a divinely orchestrated earthquake and its aftereffects. For one man this earthquake leads to his salvation. The Philippian jailer recognizes that the God of Paul and Silas is behind the event and he believes in the Gospel message. The city authorities, on the other hand, harden their heart and are more fearful of people than they are of God. They refuse to acknowledge the God of Paul and Silas. He is the God of incredible power, but also the God of abundant mercy. When the jailer asks how to be saved, Paul gives clear and simple instructions: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
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A Word of Thanks
I’m sure you noticed on Sunday that our building refresh is in full swing. Thank you to Katie Wetherington, Kristi Wright and Bryan Van Zanten for putting to use their artistic skills for this project, and also to Mike Horyn for his utilizing his carpentry skills. A word of thanks to Tim Wierenga for his diligence as he has overseen the logistics of the project. Finally, a word of thanks to everyone else who served by painting, hanging pictures, installing flooring (among other things) to make our building refresh a success.
Anna Huggins Donation
This Friday Anna Huggins will depart to serve in the Dominican Republic with KidsAlive. If you would like to donate funds to support Anna you may do so through Anna’s donation page on the KidsAlive website. You may also write a check to Faith Community Church and indicate that the check is for Anna Huggins.
Men’s Bible Study Begins this Saturday (8:00am)
The call of every follower of Jesus is to grow in Christlike character. The men’s Saturday morning study will begin a series this Saturday on cultivating godly character in our lives. It will meet at Larry LaBelle’s house at 8:00am.
Embracing Hope Women’s Gathering is scheduled to resume on Saturday, February 12. More details to come!
Congregational Meeting (Sunday, January 23)
All church members are encouraged to attend the congregational meeting on Sunday, January 23. The meeting will take place in the Mission Center following the worship service.
Sunday School Resuming January 30
Sunday school will resume for adults, children, and youth following the worship service on Sunday, January 30.
Office Administrator Job Opening
We are currently seeking to hire a part-time office administrator (20 hrs/wk). If you would like to inquire about the position, please contact Pastor Rhett.
Bryan Van Zanten: Please pray for encouragement and healing following a lymphoma diagnosis.
Karla Van Der Molen: Pray for God’s mercy and care for the Van Der Molens as they address Karla’s ALS.
Family of Nancy Ball: Please pray for comfort for the family and friends of Nancy Ball who went to be with the Lord on Sunday evening following a recent stroke.