FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
TRANSFORMATION!
 
Easter Eggs, Bunnies, Flowers, Robins - All are symbols of Springtime and Renewal. Don't you love it?
 
But the greatest symbol for those who believe in Christ is, The Empty Tomb! It is open for the world to see, it is empty for all to believe.
 
Though there were skeptics, there was never a body. Twenty centuries later, no one has ever produced the bones. The misinformation which began by the leaders of that day to cover-up the incomprehensible continues to the present by those who reject the truth.   However, the reality then as it is now is, Christ has risen! He lives!
 
The truth was validated by the women who visited the tomb at the break of dawn that Resurrection Day and by the disciples who confirmed the report. This was a profound radical change from the norm! Unexplainable, until you factor in the Divine.
 
There was something else that began that first Easter and continues to this day, transformed lives! In the days, weeks, months and years following that first Easter, the skeptics and nay-sayers could not explain one obvious fact. Those who encounter the resurrected Christ experience a profound radical change in their lives as well. The Jewish leaders a couple of months after the resurrection and soon after Pentecost, confirmed themselves,
 
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts4:13).
 
"Profound radical change." That is the definition of "transformation." Easter is all about transformation. Beginning at the empty tomb, hope comes forward through the transformation Christ gives. When He comes into lives wrecked by life's circumstances and enslaved by sin, He transforms them. He makes us new creations as the Apostle Paul said.
 
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
 
Transformation - that is the theme of our services leading up through Easter. We are celebrating the power that brought Jesus out of the tomb and is able to bring people out of spiritual death into new life. We are witnesses to that profound radical change that gives hope to the hopeless; provides a new springtime to those worn out by life; and the assurance that this personal relationship with Jesus Christ is not a passing fad, but a relationship that will last for eternity.
 
This is why we celebrate Easter! Join us on April 16th at 10:15 for one great and mighty service as we celebrate this resurrection hope. Bring someone with you too!
 
--Pastor Don
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
 
Wow! March is almost over, the first day of spring has passed and there have been a number of changes in the Faith Factory and Warehouse! Following the CM Conference at the end of February we have made multiple changes to better equip our kids to be better disciples!! In Warehouse, we have started a new curriculum that allows for small group time with our leaders! This has created space to get to know the kids better and be more effective with the time we spend with the kids! We have been blessed with new friends often! On March 22nd, Yellow Creek Lake showed up to take over Warehouse! They shared with the kids about church camp and focused on Exodus 3:1-15! The kids read the Bible story and made their own flaming bushes! They received information about what to expect at camp and knowledge of how much fun they'll have! Last year we sent 10 kids to camp and this year our goal is 20 kids! To experience an immersive week of prayer, devotional time, fun, and just time with the Lord is unparalleled; something all kids should experience! Information packets for camp will be available this weekend!
 
Sunday mornings look a little different in our classrooms! Kids are able to get a little more involved in the Bible story, learning scripture and worship songs! There is an app for our Sprockets and Inspectors called "Bible App for Kids", it can be downloaded on many devices! It will read the Bible story and have interactive applications throughout! Wouldn't it be nice to have our kids learning Bible stories while on a digital device? There is also a Bible app for Gears & Cogs and Polishers through YouVersion that will put the Bible at their fingertips!
 
On April 5th, we will spend Spring Break at a Fiesta!! We will be doing some local mission work around the church and will then celebrate with maracas, tacos and piƱatas!! April 8th at 10:00 am we will host our annual Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt as an outreach to the community! April 16th there will be a Baptism Service! April 30th FAB4 kids will be decorating their principal's doors! Just to show a little appreciation for all they do for area students!! We will need some help with this, please see Keely if you are able!
 
March has been fun watching our new matches! This is a ministry to connect the generations, actively show God's love to our kids and make kids feel loved! Each month a suggestion will be given as a way to connect with your kid heart! This month's suggestion is to ask your kids heart what they are looking forward to while on Spring Break! 
 
Upcoming Opportunities for Families & Faith Kids:
  • Ongoing - Polisher's Bible Challenge
  • Apr 5th - Fiesta!
  • Apr 8th - Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt
  • Apr 9th - Palm Sunday
  • Apr 16th - Easter Sunday & Baptism
  • Apr 30th - FAB4 meeting
WHAT'S NEW IN APRIL?
 
We are collecting individually wrapped candy, small toys and coins for our Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at 10 am. There will be a tub labeled as such in the lobby. Thank you in advance for your donations! 
Part of the youth room is being transformed into a Prom Shop that will supply an outfit to those that struggle to afford a suit/tuxedo for prom. We received a large donation of tuxes from Love Inc. to help with this ministry. The prom shop will be open on Monday, April 10 from 4-6 pm and Tuesday, April 11 from 4-6 pm. Volunteers are needed to greet and help with sizing during these open hours. If you are interested please sign up at church. Monetary donations are welcome to support expenses such as cleaning the returned attire, scholarships, prom shop setup, etc. Please pray for this new ministry at Faith Community.

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Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 13 at 6:30 pm. Join us as we remember the significance of Jesus words in John 13:34, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." There will be an opportunity to imitate the actions of Jesus loving humility in the washing of each others feet.
On Easter Sunday, April 16 we will be having a service of baptism during worship. If you are interested in being baptized please see Pastor Don Smith. A baptismal class will be held on Sunday, April 9 at 9 am for those interested in being baptized.
The congregation is invited to meet the Pastoral candidate on Saturday, April 22 at 11 am. There will be a time for the candidate to share about himself, a light lunch will be served followed by a question and answer time with the candidate. The candidate will be speaking during the morning worship service on Sunday, April 23.

Faith Community will be serving at the New Life Fellowship Meal Ministry on Saturday, April 29, 2017. If you would like to volunteer that evening please see Marcia Smith.

On Sunday, April 30 we will have our 5th Sunday Fellowship time at 9:30 am. Please join us for donuts, coffee, and fellowship with your Faith Community family. We'll be having a fellowship time each month that has a 5 th Sunday.
The Activate youth group will be taking a weekend mission trip July 6th - 9th. We will be volunteering at the Wheeler Mission (http://wheelermission.org) Thrift Shop and Gleaners Food Bank (https://www.gleaners.org/) on Friday and Saturday. We will also have some fun things to do during the evenings. On Sunday we will be worshiping with one of our fellow CoG congregations in Indianapolis before coming home in the afternoon. The cost is $50 which covers everything, including meals. In order to attend each student will be doing mandatory volunteering as well as Bible reading and reflection. If you would like to help financially please let me know or donate online. Thank you!! - Damon
In April, we are collecting cereal, granola bars and dish soap for Love In the Name of Christ's food pantry . Please place donations in the collection box in the lobby. 

Faith Community now offers Online Giving! Our Online Giving system provides you the opportunity to give to our special collections in addition to regular offerings. You can choose to do a One Time Gift or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection. It's easy and it's convenient!

This convenient new system does not require you to contact your bank to sign up or to make changes. You can use any of your checking or savings accounts and the funds will be automatically transferred to Faith Community's bank account. Changes can be made to your giving at any time. You can see reports on your contribution history and generate tax statements at each year's end.  
  
An app is also available for Online Giving on your Apple or Android products. Register your device with our special church ID number of 4301.
FRIENDLY REMINDERS

Ushers
Ron Hammel
Aaron Fields
Ray Rudy
Melissa Anderson 
 

Bus Drivers
Sunday Schedule 
4/2 - Ron Hammel
4/9 - Nora Green
4/16 - Katie Wilcox
4/23 - Dave Hornback
4/30 - Nora Green

 Wednesday Schedule 
4/5 - Dave & Katie 
4/12 - No Wed. Activities
4/19 - Ron & Katie
4/26 - Dave & 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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