Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Monday, June 10

Blizzard Beach1Our Blizzard Beach trip is for all Middle School and High School Youth. We will meet at Family of Christ at 8:30 am and get back around 6:00 pm. Cost is $35 per person and includes your bus ride there and entry to the park for the day. Bring money for lunch or bring food and stash it in our cooler. We will have water for everyone. Will probably make a stop at McDonalds on the way back as well. Friends are welcome, but space is limited. Sign up today or email me back at handricktim@yahoo.com

Youth Car Wash: Sunday, June 2

Car wash1Bring your car dirty to Church and let the youth group clean it for you. We will be taking free will donations that will be supporting those who are going on Mission Trips this summer to Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

Amazing Faith

Last week at our 8th grade graduation I asked the graduating class if they knew how to tell God a joke?  The answer is, “tell Him your plans!”  This reminds us that God knows everything and nothing is surprising to God.   However people have amazed God with their faith.  A rare example of this is found in Luke 7:9 where Jesus is amazed at the faith of a Roman Centurion.   In this passage a Centurion is asking that Jesus heal a beloved servant of his.  Jesus is on His way to the home when the Centurion tells Jesus not to come to his house because he does not deserve Jesus being in his house, but just say the word so that his servant may be healed.  He knows Jesus has authority to do what He wants so just say the word to heal this servant.

There are two aspects of this that I think that make his faith amazing.  First of all, Jesus is impressed by the humility of this soldier or better to say, officer of the Roman Legion.  He was most likely the highest ranking officer in Capernaum and therefore the most powerful man in town.  In his eyes he was not worthy to have Jesus come to his house.   How often, is the life of the most powerful filled with such humility?   Secondly he did not ask to see this miracle and what Jesus would do.  He said, “say the word, and my servant will be healed.”   People commonly wanted to see Jesus perform a miracle.  They wanted to see him do something with their own eyes.  This Centurion’s faith knew Jesus can heal and at a distance was just as well with him.

I have asked myself before if I have ever acted in faith in such a way as to amaze Jesus?  The sorry truth is that all too often my faith does not have the humility and powerful confidence of this Centurion.   A prayer of mine is that we all have the kind of faith that Jesus want to tell others about.  It happened with a Centurion in the town of Capernaum who amazed Jesus with his faith.

In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave

Ruby Tuesday supports youth missions: Sunday, May 19

ruby_tuesday_burger(1)Come out and enjoy a meal anytime this Sunday, May 19 at regular cost, and Ruby Tuesday will donate 20% of your bill to our youth missions fund. This will be helping our students who will be participating in mission trips to Tenessee and Puerto Rico this summer. All you have to do is download and print the attached file below, enjoy a meal on Sunday (even to go orders are acceptable), and give your server the flyer. Thank you very much for supporting our efforts to send more kids this summer!!!

Ruby Tuesday –  813-979-0007 – 17520 BRUCE B. DOWNS BLVD

Ruby Tuesday Flyer 5-19

THE CREW Work Project: Saturday, May 11

Roof RepairThis Saturday, THE CREW will be meeting at 7:00 am in Pebble Creek (18913 Fairwood Ct., Tampa 33647). We will be involved taking shingles off a portion of a roof, so that another crew can come in after us and re-shingle it. This will be about a 3 hour job, so plan on being there till around 10:00 or 10:30 am. If you have a flat shovel, gloves, and knee pads, please bring them.

Youth Breakfast: Sunday, May 12

pancakes youth breakfast

Mmmmm…pancakes

This Sunday, the Youth Group will be hosting breakfast for the congregation after the 9:15 and 10:45 am services. If you are Middle School or High School Youth, please bring a breakfast item to contribute. If you are not a youth, please stick around and enjoy breakfast. We will be collecting a free will offering that will be supporting the youth who will be going on our Mission Trips to Copperhill, TN and Ponce, Puerto Rico this summer.

Confirmation Sunday 2013

Pastor’ Blog

This week I was asked about a passage, “The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.”   Is this a Bible verse?  The answer is no.  Does that mean that this statement is not true?  Definitely not.  The promises and wisdom of God is bigger than the few words of scripture that we have in the 66 Books of the Old and New Testaments.  In fact John wrote that if everything Jesus said and did was written down, the world is not big enough to contain all of these books. (John 21:25)  This statement looks at two things, the will of God and the grace of God.   It states in emphatic terms that the grace of God is more than sufficient, yet it also challenges me to think am I following the will of God.  There are some things in life that we control and are we living and acting according to the will of God is one of those.  This phrase wants to remind us that God’s incredible grace in Jesus is present whenever we look to Him in faith.  In fact this phrase reminds me that life is meant to lived, walking and following my Savior.  There God’s blessings overflow, every time I look to Jesus.

In looking into this I searched the internet and found this poem that expressed this promise.

The will of God will never take you, where the grace of God cannot keep you, where the arms of God cannot support you, where the riches of God cannot supply your needs, where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you, where the Spirit of God cannot work through you, where the wisdom of God cannot teach you, where the army of God cannot protect you, where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you, where the love of God cannot enfold you, where the mercies of God cannot sustain you, where the peace of God cannot calm your fears, where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you, where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears, where the Word of God cannot feed you, where the miracles of God cannot be done for you, where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.                                                                                                      Author Unknown

In Christ’s Service,  Pastor Dave

Sunday school catch the excitement

 

Sunday School Teachers are needed to volunteer one Sunday a month.

 There are positions available for early and late service.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering. 

No experience necessary.  

Please contact Karin Saari at karinmadeline@hotmail.com if you are able to help us out!

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