Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Faith @ Carver

Iowa Women’s BasketballSunday, December 5th @ 2:00pm
Meet at Faith @ 1:15pm to Carpool
Tickets are $1


Thanksgiving will be over.
Christmas will be weeks away.
You'll want something fun to do.
Hang out at Carver with your Faith friends.

RSVP by signing up at church, commenting on this post, or e-mailing Pastor Brian at faithuccpastor@yahoo.com. Please let us know by December 1st so we can buy a block of tickets together. And remember, tickets are just $1!

All are welcome.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holden Worship Service - Nov. 21st

Advent celebration. Good music. Warm candles. Evocative Scripture. Relevant readings. Healing prayer. And more. All are welcome to enjoy Holden Evening Prayer this coming Sunday at 9:30am. Enter into the Advent/Christmas season with this meditative-yet-celabratory service.

Plus, all are welcome to join us for Holden Evening Prayer on December 1st, 8th, and 15th at 7:00pm. These advent evening services will help open us to the spirit and joy of the Christmas season.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Advent Evening Worship

On December 1st, 8th, and 15th, we will be sharing in a unique worship experience called Holden Evening Prayer. This service is musical, meditative, and nourishing.

The Christmas season can be a hectic time. Plus, we live in a fast-paced world of cell phones, e-mails, and Facebook. With life zooming forward, it can be hard to slow down and really enjoy the season. So our evening worship services will help us to slow life down a bit. We will leave the busyness of life behind and enter into the sacredness of Christmas.

Good music. Warm candles. Evocative Scripture. Relevant readings. Spiritual activities. And more.

Enjoy the serenity and refuge of Holden Evening Prayer. Be still. Be relaxed. And be nourished.

All are welcome to celebrate Christmas with this contemplative worship experience.

December 1st, 8th, and 15th at 7:00pm

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What is Salvation? Exploration this Sunday.

Are you saved? Are you in the process of getting saved? What does it mean to get saved? Is salvation an ongoing process? This Sunday we'll look at Luke 19:1-9 for some answers. In this text, we encounter the story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus. This story gives us an interesting look into the meaning of salvation. Sound interesting enough? Well, come this Sunday to discover how salvation, Petro-Carbo Salve, and you are all related. Plus, we'll have music, prayers, Communion, and a celebration of the ministry of a long-time member of Faith UCC. Come this Sunday at 9:30am. All are welcome.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Faith Happenings Letter

Greetings, Friends and Members of Faith,

Faith UCC has been active this year. We have worshiped God in creative ways, given away school supplies, shared backpacks of food, supported the domestic violence shelter, served meals for the community, celebrated weddings for many different kinds of couples, shared joys and concerns, commemorated breast cancer awareness, held a rally to restore civility, etc. We have gotten many “thank you” notes, been in various newspapers, appeared on TV several times, and won an award. It’s clear that our church is making a difference in our community. As the great Christmas text says: “God has lifted up the humble and filled the hungry with good things” (Luke 1:52-53). While some groups talk about serving the community, our congregation is out in the community embodying the love and justice of God. At this time in the Church year, it’s good to look back and reflect on the shared ministry that we have done together. It’s truly making a difference. “Hope” and “change” are not just slogans at Faith. We are choosing hope and working for change with every ministry that we do together. It’s exciting to be part of a congregation that is so committed to living out our faith in such bold ways.

Faith UCC continues to journey boldly into the future. At this time of the year, we also reflect on our shared ministries and financial stewardship for the coming year. We think about what we want to give back to God. We think about how we want to invest our money into the mission of the church. We think about how we want to invest our time into the shared ministry of the church. We think about how we want to shape the coming year as a community of Christians. We think about all of these things and more. In the end, we think about how we want to be involved in God’s work in the world.

Faith UCC has an amazing vocation. We have been invited by God to join God in caring for God’s world and people. Plus, God gives each of us various talents, gifts, resources, personalities, etc., so that we may all join in this vocation in different ways. One amazing way we get to serve with God is being a part of Faith UCC. In this congregation, we get to pool our gifts and resources together in order for our ministry to be even stronger. And our shared ministry sends ripples of God’s love and care into our community and world.

In the coming year, God will continue to bring God’s love to and through each of us. Thanks be to God!

Peace,

Pastor Brian