Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blessing of the Animals Service Planned for 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4th!

Everyone is invited to join members and friends of Faith United Church of Christ on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, for a "Blessing of Pets" worship experience.  We will gather in the church yard (weather permitting) at 7:00 PM and proceed into the worship area from there.  Scriptures, prayers, and songs will lead us into the blessing of pets and owners.

Invite your neighbors, families, and friends!  Oh, and don't forget their pets as well!

Faith United Church of Christ is located at 1609 Deforest Avenue in Iowa City.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Come Worship at Faith United Church of Christ!

Sunday Worship at Faith United Church of Christ is an important way for us to celebrate our faith in God.  We can share our faith together and with others.  Why not invite someone to join you in worship?  Please come and worship with us.

October 2, 2011, we will celebrate communion.  Please know that the Table is open to all who profess a belief in Jesus Christ.  Message title will be: "The Church is where Money Matters."

October 9, 2011, Message title: "The Stewardship Paradox."

Rev. Bob Loffer will deliver the messages for October 2 and 9.  He will be out of the pulpit October 16 and 23.

October 16, 2011, is Shared Ministry with Mark Holbrook and Jon Trouten.

October 23, 2011, worship will be led by Marilyn Calkins, Carl Fongheiser, and Marlene Neville.

October 30, 2011, Bob will return and will lead worship with the Message title "Roll, Jordan, Roll."  This will also be the Sunday we will receive our 2012 financial commitments and our shared ministry commitments.  Please sign up for your Shared Ministry opportunities and bring your pledge card to worship.

October Minister's Musing from Pastor Bob Loffer

Dear Friends:

This community of faith known as Faith United Church of Christ has most certainly had its lift off into fall mission and ministry. WOW!

The back-to-school back pack program was, again, a HUGH success. We continue our mission and ministry with Twain Elementary through packing food packs each school week for 36 students to take home Friday. Another new item is collecting yarn and knitting needles for use in a knitting class for students held at Twain.

The annual winter clothing drive is underway. Your clean, used, winter coats are needed for distribution on the second Saturday in October.

A blessing of the animals service is planned for Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Plan to come with your pets and invite your friends and neighbors to come and bring their pets as well.

Christian education will be provided in an inter-generational setting this year. Each Sunday following worship and fellowship different programs will be offered. A variety of activities will include some cooking and food preparation, Bible discussion, book study, information on community and denominational programs, and other events still in the planning stages.

The annual shared ministry sign-up and stewardship program will be held during October. Please do prayerfully consider sharing your gifts of ministry and your financial resources for the work God has called us to do in this place.

More opportunities for mission and ministry are described elsewhere in this newsletter. Many other ministry and mission activities continue in the life of Faith UCC as our social justice ministry continues with different groups within the Iowa City community.

The worship life of Faith also continues to grow and mature. We need to share in worship together to gain perspective, courage, and strength for our ministry. Please join us for worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Our mission and ministry require commitments of time, talent, energy, and financial resources. My experience with Faith UCC shows a tremendous dedication to the sharing of those resources. Thank you!!!

Peace and Good Cheer,

Bob