Brothers and Sisters,
Do you know of any greater privilege than being able to go to our heavenly Father in prayer knowing with confidence that he will hear us? Prayer is not something we do so we can check it off the list; prayer is a way of life. This is what the Apostle Paul is getting at when he says, “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We breathe in the Word and we breathe out prayer.
If we want to be a Spirit-filled church, we have to be a prayer-filled church. This fall we have the opportunity to grow in the area of prayer through our Sunday school series A Praying Life. We will begin our class on A Praying Life on Sunday, September 18 following the worship service. During this 18-week series we will follow both the book and the discussion guide.
We will be ordering the copies of the books and study guides soon, so we request that you let us know if you will be participating in this class by this coming Sunday, September 4. You can contact the church office ) or sign up on Sunday in the narthex at the welcome table. A Praying Life costs approximately $13.00 and the discussion guide is $10.00. If you are able to give a donation for your resources, please make a check out to Faith Community Church with “Praying Life” in the memo line and place it offering plate or church office. Please don’t let lack of finances prevent you from participating, however.
This Sunday we welcome Rev. Caleb O’Dell to our pulpit. Rev. O’Dell is a member of our presbytery, Chicago Metro, and is on staff with Christ Presbyterian Church. He will be sharing God’s Word with us from Genesis 49:8-12.
Please take time to prepare your heart for Communion by taking time for prayer and confession prior to this Sunday’s worship service.
Click here to access the livestream of this Sunday’s service (9:30am).
Vision Night: Sunday, September 11
Sunday, September 11 is our vision night, which will begin with a meal and culminate in a vision service. The meal will begin at 4:00pm and the service will begin at approximately 5:00pm. We encourage you to invite family and friends to join us for both portions of the evening. Though an RSVP is not required, if possible, please contact the church office to let us know if you will be attending and how many guests will be joining you.
Choir Invitation for Sunday, September 11
Our FCC Choir will be singing at our upcoming kick-off Sunday, September 11. All previous choir members, as well as anyone who may be interested in singing with the choir is invited to join. Here are the details:
Rehearsal: Wednesday, September 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pre-service rehearsal: Sunday, September 11, 8:45 a.m.
Service: Sunday, September 11, 9:30 a.m.
The choir will be singing a new worship song, Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love.
Women’s Ministry Embracing Hope Gathering: Saturday, September 10
Please join us from 9:30-11:00am for fellowship, food, and a story of God’s hope to kick off our ministry year! Hosted by Cornelia Popescu and sharing this month is Nancy Steward. Carpooling available. Please RSVP to Cornelia Popescu or Amy Paglia.
In order to preserve and care for our facility, we are having a new roof installed this week. The roofing crew began on Monday and should be completed with the project by the end of the week. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the elders.
Beth Wright: Please pray for Beth as she undergoes hip surgery tomorrow.
Karla and Gary Van Der Molen: Please pray for strength and encouragement for Karla as she manages her ALS.