Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, October 14

Don’t cook, pick up a delicious spaghetti dinner instead.

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On October 14 we are having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The dinner includes spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad, and a dessert. We are accepting a free-will donation for each meal.

Click Here to Pre-Order Your Meal Today!

The order page is our online donations page. On that page, look at the last option of the list, “North Campus Spaghetti Dinner:” and enter the amount you would like to donate. Then in the box to the right, you family name and how many meals you are ordering. Then click “Continue” and complete the payment process. All donations will go towards the launch of our new North Campus in Wesley Chapel.

Your generosity will help us to reach thousands of people in the coming years with the Gospel!

Pick up of the meals with be from 3pm to 6pm on Friday, October 14, outside building 1 at the main campus on Bruce B. Downs.

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Kurt.

Thank you and God bless!

About Our Worship Services

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Welcome to Family of Christ

What are our worship services like?

 

Clear and Understandable Worship:
Family of Christ main campus has 3 weekly English Services as well as a weekly Spanish service and a bi-weekly service in Tamil, an Asian Indian dialect. As Jesus, the Son of God came into this world to speak to those in a way they were most comfortable and able to understand, we believe the church should be done in a way that is understandable and clear.

The Importance of God’s Word:
4543060842_e4fdb33047_bAs Lutherans, we have always stressed a Word and Sacrament Ministry. In each service there are usually three scripture readings: an Old Testament; an Epistle reading; and a Gospel reading. We try to bring the whole picture of God as revealed in Holy Scripture. The Sermon each week is centered on one of these readings or on a combination of two or three of them. The Church is not a self help organization but a gathering of people celebrating the grace and love of God we have been given in Jesus. He is always our hope and promise of God’s grace. We know and love God because He has revealed Himself in the person of His Son Jesus. Lutherans are very Christo-centric, which means that we center our faith in the person and message and life and death of Jesus.

Communion:
Lutherans also have a Sacramental understanding of God and his grace reaching out to us each week. We have a weekly celebration of Holy Communion. In this part of the service Jesus bids us to do this to receive His grace and forgiveness in a powerful and unique way. Lutherans believe that we receive in a supernatural way the real presence of Jesus in, with, and under the bread and wine that we have at Communion. If you have any questions about this one of our Pastors will speak in further detail.

Music:
As God speaks to us in varied ways so we speak to God in worship in both prayer and music. Music is very different and we recognize the differing musical ways to sing God’s praises. The Psalms talk of worship with drums and cymbals and the lyre. Our Traditional services use an organ and Piano. Our Contemporary service will most often have guitars, drums and keyboards. Either way we sing and speak from our heart to the One who gives life in this world and eternal life to all who believe. We welcome you to come to any one of our worship services.

We hope you will come and worship with us this weekend.

Children’s Church and Sunday School

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We will be adding a weekly Children’s Sunday School to our ministry beginning October 2, 2016, at 9:15 am.  Please read the explanation below for the difference between Children’s Church and Children’s Sunday School, and the reasons we believe both are important.

Children’s Church:
Children’s church is intended to do two things.

  1. Give the kids a church experience that is specifically directed to their level.
  2. Allow the parents to focus on the Gospel and sermon.

The sermon during the regular church service is typically given at an adult level. Kids may pick up some things from the sermon, but most of it is over their heads. Thus, most kids color or do other things during the sermon. So, we want to provide the kids with a message that is given at their level (in subject matter, style, and language). In addition, the music during the rest of the service can be a little too complex for the younger kids. So, we also want to provide the kids with a musical worship experience of songs that are at their level and are repeated enough for them to learn. Finally, 15-20 minutes (my typical sermon length) can be a long time for some kids to sit still. The Children’s Church experience can include songs with motions to allow the kids to move some and even during the message time (or story time) the kids can still feel more free to move some while listening. You’ll notice that much of this is incorporated into our family services for the same reasons.

As to the second point, because 15-20 minutes can be a long time for some kids to sit still, they tend to start to do things which can be a distraction to their parents and the people around them. By having the Children’s Church during the sermon, it allows the parents to focus on the sermon.

Sunday School:
Sunday School is intended to go a little deeper in teaching a Bible lesson by teaching with several methods. These methods may include a song, an activity, a craft, interactive questions while talking about the lesson, storytelling, etc.

Initially, we will have one class for all the Sunday School aged kids. As we grow and have more children and more volunteers to teach, we will split the kids into age groups to provide more age-specific discussions and activities.

Why Both?
There are several reasons we want to move to having both Children’s Church and Sunday School.

  1. The duration of Children’s Church (during the sermon) isn’t really enough time to complete the activities we would like to be doing in Sunday School.
  2. Only doing Sunday School before the church service doesn’t give the kids the worship experience described above and doesn’t provide parents with the opportunity to focus on the sermon.
  3. We eventually plan to also offer Sunday School for adults when we either have enough adults to allow for us to have Sunday School and people setting up for the service or when we have a location where we don’t have to set everything up every week. We felt like there was no need to make the kids wait for Sunday School until adult Sunday School was also able to be done.

We hope this helps to clear up why we are looking to start Sunday School and continue Children’s Church.

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Service Day to the Church

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Please come out and help spruce up our campus on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 9am-12pm.

The church will serve hot dogs and drinks afterward.

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Oktoberfest!!

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Family of Christ Lutheran Church is excited to announce our 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration is coming up just around the corner!

Come join us for food, fun, and lederhosen (lederhosen optional 🙂)

Food:

  • Beer
  • Brats
  • Hot dogs
  • Potato salad
  • Pretzels
  • Sodas
  • Water

Entertainment:
This year CrossFit 14 is providing some activities for the kids throughout the day. There will also be some bouncy houses for the kids and cornhole for the adults.

You don’t have to miss the game!
This year we will have tv’s under the tent showing college football games.

So, mark it on your calendar and come on out!

Recorded Services Moved to YouTube

The recorded services have been moved to YouTube. You can find them at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs3hKxINNVXTYXJQK-0Pn6g

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