Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Come Share an Ice Cream Sundae this Sunday!

Following the worship service the Social Ministries Committee will serve ice cream sundaes.  We will be making homemade ice cream! Yum! A variety of toppings will be available.  A free will donation will go to support our Mission Child.

Please plan to join us!  All are welcome.  Faith United Church of Christ is located at 1609 DeForest Avenue in Iowa City.  Sunday Worship begins at 9:30 AM and generally lasts one hour.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Challenge: Bring a Cup // Save a Buck

Faith’s Church Council would like to challenge all of Faith’s members and friends to Bring a Cup and Save a Buck.

If everyone (kids and adults alike) would bring a reusable cup or glass with their name on it or use the cups in the kitchen cupboard by our phone we could save hundreds of dollars in cups in a short amount of time. Just think about how many cups we could save if we used our own each Sunday morning, during meetings and at potlucks!!!!

The challenge goes further. We also challenge you to bring your own place settings (plate, cloth napkin and silverware) when we have potlucks and other get-together events.

As we phase out our paper/plastic kitchenware purchases, let’s see how much waste we can phase out from our trash. And speaking of trash, think of how many times you’ve had to haul home garbage – that will be less, also.

One last request – Please wash, dry and put away your cups, glasses, silverware, etc., since we don’t have maid service!

Thanks for participating!!!!!!!

June Message from Pastor Bob Loffer

Dear Friends:

Spring is certainly in full-bloom. Trees, grass, flowers, and garden vegetables are showing off their many and varied forms. What a treat to take a walk through a park, or a drive through the country this time of year and see the beauty of spring as it grows toward summer. If you haven’t done so yet, do so soon. Don’t miss the beauty of late spring in the world.

As the weather warms, plants and animals change their ways. Life in spring and summer is different from life in fall and winter. New growth takes more energy and more resources. Raising new babies born in late winter takes more food, water, and exercise. This time of year, all things are new and excited about the future. Unaware of what lies ahead, nature moves on, pressing toward being the very best they have been called to be in their time and place.

We humans could learn a great deal from the natural world that surrounds us. Instead of fussing about it being too hot too early or not warm enough soon enough or too dry or too wet or too weedy or too whatever (fill in your own blank), what would happen if we simply decided to do the best with what we had?

The plants of spring may struggle to break through the ground to bloom, but as they do break through, they bloom as best they can. The newborn animals and their nurturing parents may not have an easy way to live, but they make the very best of what they have in order to reproduce and be the best they can be where they find themselves.

Life does not always make it easy for us to bloom and grow. Hard things happen in life. We know that is true. What we must also know is that God wants the best for us. God has never promised humanity easy living. What God has promised is that God will be with us, in all our circumstances, good and bad, ugly and beautiful, happy and sad. God simply expects, I think, that we make the very best of what we have, use it for the benefit of others in our world, share the good news that we are loved unconditionally, and that whatever life brings us, we will never have to face it alone.

Peace and Good Cheer,

Rev. Bob