FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
TENSION POINTS!
 
Recently while driving to church I noticed a business' sign with this message on their marquee,
 
The Groundhog is a Liar!
 
In the next day or two I saw another one in a different place:
 
Not My Groundhog!
 
Obviously, this is a bit of satirical humor being added to the fact that we are enjoying unusually mild weather for this time of year, but it does remind us too that we are living in a moment of vitriolic rhetoric in our country. Political tensions that divide our country, families, and even God's family are reaching breaking- points. So, how do we as believers live out Jesus' challenge that we are to be "Light to the World" by setting the example of how God wants us to live in love and compassion toward others? How do we serve the world that He loves as "Salt of the Earth" seasoning society with His grace?
 
The current series of sermons, The Master's Touch, is challenging us to a higher standard of living when it comes to virtuous living. Our lifestyle according to the Master is to be "in the world, but not of the world." In other words, we are not to reflect the unbelieving society in which we live, rather, we are to reflect the values of an eternal loving, compassionate, God of truth and holiness. When we do, we impact for good the world in which we live. When the Master touches our lives, the old life in sin is crucified and new life comes into us through Christ's death and resurrection and the power of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:19-20; II Corinthians 5:17). People should be able to see a difference - for good - in how we live. This series of sermons which began in January is reminding us of the basics of our relationship with God through Christ. They are giving us the parameters for faithful living. They address the question, "How then should we live?" The series will conclude this month with our Associate State Pastor, Jeff Matas, delivering the message on the topic, "Respect for Others." If you have missed any of these sermons you can go to our website (www.faithcchog.org) and pick it up. Now you can see and hear the whole recorded service!
 
On March 19th I will be starting the Easter series entitled, Transformation. I hope you can join us in person or by the podcast on our website. Keep these words of the Apostle Paul in your thoughts during this great season of hope: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2 (NIV)

FAITH FACTORY NEWS  

Timothy 4:12 - "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." NIV
 
2017 has been amazing in Faith Factory!! Currently, I am at a Children's Ministry Conference in New Albany, Indiana! There has been so much great information and love shared! I love being surrounded by people who share our hearts for introducing kids to Jesus! My goal for the conference was to get some new ideas for our ministry. We have opportunities to disciple our kids and others, better! Once the conference is over and God guides the decisions, there might be some drastic changes to our children's ministry! Matthew 28:19 Jesus says, "Go and make disciples...". We have amazing disciples that are 12 years old and under!! They are just as capable (if not more!) as any adult to spread the Gospel! This has been what God has laid on my heart all week! We just have to figure out how to get out into our community and do so! Thank you for this opportunity, it has richly blessed me.
 
On January 29th, the FAB4 kids dug into making muddie buddies for our shut ins! There was a little bit of powder sugar misplaced, but what a great time! We then loaded up to visit and deliver them! Our kids LOVE visiting the shut ins! We weren't able to make it to a few, so we will catch up with them next time!
 
Last month we asked that you, "Please be in prayer for Faith Factory as we are seeking God's guidance on making some changes to be more effective!" Boy did God answer that prayer!! We have started a new video based curriculum for each age range during Sunday school! What a blessing this has been! The curriculum's goal is the same mission as our church, it's relevant, it's engaging, it teaches the Bible, worship songs and scripture memorization! Oh...and it's free!! Like I said earlier, 2017 has been amazing! How great is our God?
 
In Warehouse quarterly service project was to collect enough Mac & Cheese to build a Mansion! We will be donating 189 boxes of mac & cheese to Love INC and New Life Meal Ministry! Thanks to all who donated! In February the kids sold maple, vanilla and caramel clusters to raise funds to purchase music from JumpStart 3! The goal was to raise $399 to purchase this scripture based music, but we were blessed beyond measure and raised $515!! Thank you all!
 
Thank you to all the adult hearts that have loved on our kid hearts this year! Heart 2 Heart is a ministry to connect the generations, actively show God's love to our kids and make kids feel loved! Please be in prayer over your involvement in this vital ministry! You will be blessed, guaranteed!
 
Upcoming Opportunities for Families & Faith Kids:
  • Ongoing - Polisher's Bible Challenge
  • Mar 1st - Mismatched Sock Day (Warehouse Opportunity)
  • Mar 22nd - Camp Cookout
  • Apr 8th - Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt
  • Apr 9th - Palm Sunday
WHAT'S NEW IN MARCH?
 
The Activate youth group will be heading to the Mad Ant's faith and family night this Friday, March 3. Pickup will be between 5:15 and 5:45. Please call/text Damon at 224-2453 to RSVP by Thursday, March 2. The cost of the event is $10.
The women of Faith Community will gather on Saturday, March 18 at 9:30 am for a morning of fellowship and fun. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional details.
In March, we are collecting saltine crackers, ramen noodles and toilet paper for Love In the Name of Christ's food pantry . Please place donations in the collection box in the lobby.

THANK YOU
 
Dear Church Family,
Thank you all for the love, prayers and expressions of sympathy at the loss of our son/brother Robert McLaughlin.
The plant you sent is beautiful and we thank you for sending it. God bless you all!
       - Love, Wanda McLaughlin & Tom and Jeanette Ebersole
FRIENDLY REMINDERS

Ushers
Forrest Kramer
Bud Willett
John Miller
Scott Frewer 
 

Bus Drivers
Sunday Schedule 
3/5 - Ron Hammel
3/12 - Nora Green
3/19 - Katie Wilcox
3/26 - Dave Hornback

 Wednesday Schedule 
3/1 - Ron & Katie
3/8 - Dave & Katie 
3/15 - Ron & Katie
3/22 - Dave & Katie
3/29 - Ron & Katie 
Don Smith, Interim Senior Pastor - don@faithcchog.org
Damon Barnum, Youth Pastor - damon@faithcchog.org
Keely Oswald, Children's Director - keely@faithcchog.org
Troy Oswald, Worship Leader - music@faithcchog.org
Jillian Parsons, Admin. Assistant - info@faithcchog.org
 
Our mission is to inspire ordinary people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.

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