February 29, 2020
Welcoming Caleb Heskett
Born on February 21, 2020 to
to Rebekah and Jake – our new Associate Pastor (July 1)

Thanks be to God for God’s indescribable gift!
 – 2 Corinthians 9:15
Top row left to right - Pastor Jake Heskett and foster daughter Isabella
Front row left to right - Rebekah and foster daughter Anastasia
About Itinerant Ministry

As we prepare for Pastor Cara’s transition out as Co-Pastor at Faith United and for Pastor Jake’s transition in as the Associate Pastor, some may be wondering why this is happening. It is a good wondering and very appropriate especially for those who have only been part of the United Methodist Church for a short time. 

In the history and DNA of the United Methodist Church is the practice of “itinerant ministry.” A good way to understand itinerant ministry is simply that pastors and churches are committed to not just a local church, but to a movement with a mission! John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, is known for saying “the world is my parish.” In our current system, churches are organized within a geographical area. Faith United is part of the Tuscarawas District - one out of ten districts – in the East Ohio Conference. There are about 750 churches in the East Ohio Conference. Pastors are appointed by the resident bishop on a year-to-year basis. Cara and Steve have been blessed to serve as co-pastors at Faith United for 11 years. The Bishop of the East Ohio Conference, Bishop Tracy S Malone, along with the ten district superintendents, have prayerfully discerned that Cara’s gifts are now the best fit to serve as the new Tuscarawas District Superintendent, Jake Heskett’s gifts are best suited to be appointed at Faith United as our associate pastor, and Steve’s gifts are best suited to be appointed as the Sr. Pastor at Faith United. The good news in all of these changes is that the larger mission of the kingdom of God for the entire East Ohio Conference is being served! And, the mission at Faith United continues to be at the center of all we do.

Sincerely, 
Pastor Steve
What is Lent?
Ash Wednesday (February 26) marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is the forty day period (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday (the day before Easter), Lent is a time of repentance, self-examination, reflection, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter.

The English word “Lent” comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means lengthen and refers to the lengthening days of spring. Lent is a season of renewal. It’s a time of rebirth in nature and spiritual rebirth within ourselves as we renew our commitment to God and strengthen our faith. Lent is a season of preparation and focus.

Lent is the season of the Christian year when we focus on growing closer to God by remembering the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Many Christians prepare for Easter by fasting, prayer, repentance, sacrificial giving, moderation and spiritual discipline. Lent can also be a season to begin a new spiritual practice to deepen your relationship with God. Lent is a season to explore, refocus and renew our faith commitment, grow closer to God and allow God to change our hearts and shape and mold us to be what God has created us to be.

Lent is a season to immerse ourselves in the words of scripture, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). May your Lenten season be one of challenge, commitment, and comfort as we seek to journey with Jesus.

Lent Resources and Worship Engagement
Look for devotion booklets and resources for all ages as well as family Lent experiences in the literature kiosks in the Gathering Area, outside the Family Life Center and Worship Engagement Shelf. Visit Faith’s Library and Prayer Room (Room 5) for additional resources to inspire your faith journey this Lent!

2020 Lent Reflections: Journey with Jesus
This Lent Faith United’s Spiritual Formation Ministry team will provide a question for reflection for our congregation to guide us in and through the season of Lent. Look for opportunity to use your photography skills, social media, art and creativity as we reflect this Lent.

First Sunday of Lent March 1: Mark 12:27 and Mark 15:42-47
Second Sunday of Lent March 8: Mark 14:27-28

Lenten Calendar for Children, Youth, and Families
The Upper Room is offering an online Lenten Calendar designed specifically for children, youth, and families, featuring daily spiritual practices to guide you and those you love through Lent and Easter week. Learn more at UpperRoom.org/Lent.
Messy Church Interactive Worship Experience
Making a Difference

Michael & Vivian (family name withheld for security reasons) have been an extension of our hands and faith for over 20 years, serving in various international settings. Michael recently wrote with the following story:

“Why are Christians so pushy?” asked a student from China. “When I ask about why they believe, they point to ancient Bible verses or things that may or may not have happened millennia ago. How do I know if those things really happened or were said?”

“The historicity of Jesus’ life,” Michael replied, "is among the best documented of any historical figure. We have more ‘proof’, both in the Bible and outside it, than we do for many ‘accepted’ historical figures, including Lao Tse and some of the Caesars.”

“I can accept that, but why do Christians keep saying ‘Just believe; you just have to have faith’”?

“Well, I think what you are hearing is their passion for you to know the Person they have come to know. Let’s face it, you can’t even ‘prove’ your own identity if I don’t want to believe the IDs or testimonies you present. And I believe that ‘faith’ is the currency of Heaven; Christians believe one of the main purposes of our lives is to learn to live by Faith, for that’s how we will live in Heaven. But I don’t ‘just believe’ because of things that happened millennia ago. I know what Jesus has done in MY life. When I was in high school, I was deeply depressed and lonely. When I learned, in college, to trust in Jesus day by day, His love lifted my depression and changed my whole life from the inside out. THAT’s why I believe! I know what Jesus did in me, and know that He loves you just as much!”

Please pray for this searching young man, and the thousands like him all over the world who are being touched by our missionaries—as an extension of the hands, feet and FAITH of the people of Faith United.

Blessings,

Michael
SECOND WIND - a ministry for retirees

Every hat has a story to tell and John Whitacre has been listening to and collecting those stories (and hats) for years. At this point, John's hat collection ranges across centuries, the continents and the varied world of human occupations. Join us in March to hear John tell those stories! 

Program: John Whitacre, Hats and History

When: Tuesday, March 10th. Desserts & coffee at 1:00 in Robinson Hall

Cost: $2/person for refreshments

Church bus pickups: Danbury at 12:35, Waterford 12:45

Please contact Betsy Douce by Sunday, March 8th, with your reservation (330.418.3392 or BetsyDouce@yahoo.com).

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: April 14th, Loretta Coblentz shares a program on quilting as history.
Faith United Men’s Golf League

The FUMC Men’s Golf League is looking for new golfers for the upcoming season. The league plays on Monday nights at the Sanctuary Golf Course starting in April. For more information email Tim Bracken at trbracken@yahoo.com or come to our spring meeting. The meeting will be Tuesday, March 10th in Room 8 at 7pm. You do not have to be a great golfer to join our league.
Curious to learn more about Emmaus? Look for an Emmaus Information Table in the Gathering Area after each service on Sunday, March 1 and after Wednesday Dinner and Worship on March 4.
Opportunity for spiritual growth and renewal
Dates of Next Emmaus Retreat:
Men's: April 16-19, 2020
Women's: April 23-26, 2020

Learn more about this experience of Christian spiritual renewal and growth by visiting the Emmaus page of our website for more information: https://www.myfaithunited.org/emmaus-ministry/

Emmaus retreat weekends fill up quickly. Contact Kathy Schmucker, Pam Wig, Laura Luikart, or Betty Fulton as soon as possible to register for the Spring Emmaus weekends.
Adult Group Opportunities:
  • Faith 101, Sundays at 9:45 am in Room 5 now through March 8. Facilitators: Pastors Steve and Cara. *
  • The Way of Forgiveness, Sundays at 11:00 am now through March 15. Facilitators: Pastors Steve and Cara. *
  • The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Walk, Women’s Bible Study Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Facilitator: Linda Reynolds.
  • Lent for the Soul: We are Beloved, Fridays at 10:30 am. Facilitators: Kathy Schmucker and Pam Wig. Be transformed by God’s love this Lenten season. This 6-week Lenten journey follows stories of Jesus' experience of God's love. The incarnate Son of God was made fully human, which means that Jesus had to fully mature in strength and wisdom to learn that he was beloved. Just as Jesus learned of his belovedness, we, too, can cultivate the wisdom and knowledge that we are deeply loved. Includes optional prayer bead devotion resources. Optional opportunity for those interested in lunch afterwards for continued fellowship.
  • John: The Gospel of Light and Life, Faith Meets Life Sunday School Class, Sundays at 9:45 am in room 16 beginning March 1. Facilitators: Janice Golden and Kim Reynolds. *^ John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.” This study follows the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John exploring the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament.
  • The Fingerprints of God: Recognizing God’s Touch on Your Life, Women’s Bible Study, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm beginning March 3. Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings. The God who raised mountains and set the mighty waves in motion wants you to feel His tender touch. Author, speaker, and recording artist Jennifer Rothschild understands that God guides us on pathways we cannot navigate alone. God’s essential touch separates us from all other created beings. His touch warms, affirms, and guides us; it communicates value and self-esteem. During this 6-week study we will explore six things we can experience because of God’s touch: honor, intimacy, shelter, guidance, redemption, and refinement.
  • Is It Possible…? Wednesday evenings following Wednesday Dinner and Worship. We are calling anyone who wants to join us as we engage this question, “Is it possible…?” Facilitators: Pastor Cara, Tom Strauch, and Cindy Wilcox. *^

Note: Wednesday groups begin with dinner and worship at 6:00 pm in Robinson Hall. Leave the cooking to us!
*Denotes groups when nursery/childcare and activities for children are available.
^Denotes groups when youth activities are available.

Lent and Spring groups are now forming. To learn more about these and other opportunities for adults happening at Faith United, visit our website, Realm, or contact Kathy Schmucker, Spiritual Formation Director, at kschmucker@faithumchurch.org or call 330-499-6040, ext 107 or 330-224-6138.
Wednesday Dinner & Worship
every week at 6 pm.
Leave the cooking to us and join us for an evening of food, fun, faith, and fellowship!
Contact Kathy Schmucker, Bethany Sedziol or John Hartzell to learn more.
Wonder Kids Grades K-5
Following 6:00 pm dinner and worship, kids learn about faith through Bible stories, games, activities, service and mission projects, and worship experiences.

Little Wonders - childcare and activities for young children in the nursery.
Faith United Children’s Sunday School
9:45 & 11:00 on Sunday Mornings

Deep Blue Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Weekly Family Devotions available at the Children’s Welcome Station

Try this Family Devotion with your family.
Read: Mary Anoints Jesus (John 12:1-8)
Bible Story Focus: Mary shows honor to Jesus by doing something gentle, kind, and meaningful.
Wonder Together: When have you done something special for someone?
Memory Verse: “If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet.” (John 13:14)
Pray Together: Share joys and concerns, and then pray, Dear God, thank you for the many things Jesus taught us. May we love and serve others just like he did. Amen.
Realm
Faith United’s updated data base system exists to help you get connected! If you organize a ministry, lead a group or ministry team, we want to help you connect with persons participating in your ministry and help the congregation learn more about your group and how they can get involved. Whether your group’s purpose is to serve the church or community, help others grow in faith, outreach, music, fellowship, prayer, Bible study, an ongoing group, or a group that is only needed for a short time, we want to help you. Stop by the church on Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 pm to learn how to use Realm for your group.
East Ohio Conference Summer Camp Registrations are now open!

Contact Kathy Schmucker or Tallie Paz for campership and scholarship information. Faith United wants to help your kids get to camp this summer!

Look for information in the Gathering Area on March 8th learn more.

Visit https://www.myfaithunited.org/summer-camp/ for more information!
Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on Faith United’s 2020 Summer Events!

VBS 2020
 June 22-26, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration now open, visit website
Camp Read-A-Lot
Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22, 9:30 am – 11:30 am,
July 29, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Share the dates with your friends and family!
Contact Kathy Schmucker, Pam Wig, Bethany Sedziol, or Amanda Mills to learn how you can serve during our summer community ministries.
Communications
Want to submit to The Navigator? Just email your content and any supporting images to Communications-Team@faithumchurch.org. The deadline for submission is one week before issue date. Please indicate on the subject line of your email the dates and if your announcement is for the Navigator, bulletin, or both.

The next two issues are March 14 and March 28.

For bulletin announcements use Communications-Team@faithumchurch.org, the deadline for submitting something to include in the bulletin announcements is Wednesday at noon.
Shopping?
A reminder that if you order from Amazon or Cokesbury please order through the link on Faith’s website so that the church receives credit and a rebate from your purchase.
Calendar Snapshot - View more at myfaithunited.org/calendar
Sunday, March 1

8:00 am - First Sunday in Lent
8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am - "All in Worship" Services
9:45 am & 11:00 am - Sunday School Room 6, 8, 18, Youth
9:45 am - 11:00 am John Study - Room 16
9:45 am - 10:45 am Faith 101 - Room 5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm "Forgiveness" Study - Room 5
11:00 am - 12:00 am Confirmation Class - Parlor
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Youth Group - Youth Room, FLC

Monday, March 2
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm FFLC Summer/Fall Registration Night - FLC
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm "Making Sense of the Bible" Bible Study - Parlor
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Meditation Group - Conference Room

Tuesday, March 3
6:00 am - 7:00 am Men's Prayer Group - Room 5
9:00 am - 11:00 am Library Time with FFLC - Library
9:00 am - 11:00 am Quilts to Share Room 5, 16
9:30 am - 11:00 am Celebration Bell Choir Rehearsal - Room 8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Faith and the Environment - Conference Rm
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Realm - Group Training - Conference Room
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Boy Scouts - Court of Honor - FLC
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm "Fingerprints of God " Bible Study - Parlor
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Ministry Council - Wesley Hall
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Troop Meeting

Wednesday, March 4
9:00 am - 11:00 am "The Walk" - Parlor
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm Joyful Noise Children's Choir - Room 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday Night Dinner/Programs - Robinson Hall, Parlor, 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm WonderKids (K-5th) - Rooms 5, 6, FLC, Chapel, Little Wonders - (Nursery)
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Is It Possible? - Parlor
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Sewing for Missions - Robinson Hall
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday Night Youth
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Chancel Choir - Chapel

Thursday, March 5
7:30 am - 8:30 am Women's Prayer Breakfast@Samantha's on Market
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Prayer Shawl Ministry - Parlor
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Cub Scout - FLC, Wesley, 6, 8, 16, LL

Friday, March 6
10:30 pm - 12:00 pm Lent for the Soul: We are Beloved - Parlor

Saturday, March 7
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Scout Hike

Sunday, March 8
8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am - Worship Services 2nd Sunday in Lent
9:45 am & 11:00 am - Sunday School Room 6, 8, 18, Youth
9:45 am - 11:00 am John Study - Room 16
9:45 am - 10:45 am Faith 101 - Room 5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm "Forgiveness" Study - Room 5
11:00 am - 12:00 am Confirmation Class - Parlor
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Messy Church - Gathering Area, Chapel, Robinson Hall
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Youth Group - Youth Room, FLC

Monday, March 9
9:00 am - 11:00 am Circle of Faith at member's home
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm "Making Sense of the Bible" Bible Study - Parlor
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Meditation Group - Conference room

Tuesday, March 10
6:00 am - 7:00 am Men's Prayer Group - Balcony
9:00 am - 11:00 am Library Time with FFLC - Library
9:00 am - 11:00 am Quilts to Share Room 5, 8
9:30 am - 11:00 am Celebration Bell Choir Rehearsal - Room 8
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Second Wind - Robinson Hall (4 tables) Chapel
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm "Fingerprints of God " Bible Study - Parlor
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Boy Scouts - Robinson Hall
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Golf League Meeting - Room 8

Wednesday, March 11
9:00 am - 11:00 am "The Walk" - Parlor
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lydia Circle - Robinson Hall
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm Joyful Noise Children's Choir - Room 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday Night Dinner/Programs - Robinson Hall, Parlor, 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm WonderKids (K-5th) - Rooms 5, 6, FLC, Chapel, (Little Wonders - Nursery)
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Is It Possible? - Parlor
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday Night Youth
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Chancel Choir - Chapel

Thursday, March 12
7:30 am - 8:30 am Women's Prayer Breakfast@Samantha's on Market
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Prayer Shawl Ministry - Parlor
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm FFLC Day Camp staff interviews - FLC
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Stephen Ministry Supervising Session - E/W Parlor
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Cub Scout Committee - Room 5

Friday, March 13
10:30 pm - 12:00 pm Lent for the Soul: We are Beloved - Parlor