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2017 Middle School Mission Trip

June 12-15, 2017

This Summer we will be going on a local mission trip with the middle school youth. We will…

  • Volunteer with Metropolitan Ministries serving the poor in the Tampa area,
  • Help fix up the West campus.
  • Have a lock-in in the West campus gym.
  • Finish up with a trip to the beach the next day.

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Praying With Jesus: Waiting…

Yesterday was one of the most important days of the church year when we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. Tomorrow is another important day, Easter, when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. But today…

We wait.

But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
(Micah 7:7)

Waiting isn’t easy. Today, we expect to get everything fast. Amazon is shipping same-day now. The new Boom Supersonic plane will soon be flying people from New York to London in a little over 3hrs flying at 2.2x the speed of sound. In places with gigabit internet connections, you can download a 2hr HD movie in 25 seconds.

We want things fast and when it takes too long, we tend to lose our patience. When I worked in online marketing, the rule was that if a web page took longer than 5 seconds to load, people would start leaving.

On the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter, we wait. In prayer, we often must wait, too. God isn’t Amazon or Boom Supersonic or an Internet provider. He doesn’t work on our time table hoping to have a satisfied customer. He follows His own timing and we must wait.

I’ve spoken with people who told me that yesterday they prayed for xyz and God didn’t answer their prayer. God did answer their prayer, though. He always does. However, His answer may have been that they needed to wait.

It’s not easy, but it is for the best. It reminds us that we are the created making requests of our creator. It also teaches us to trust God and His love and wisdom, both in how He answers our prayers and when.

We know God’s will is good, His ways are wiser than ours, and He loves us. We can trust Him to always answer our prayers. We can also trust how and when He acts. So, we can join Micah in saying that we will look to the Lord and wait for the God of our salvation, knowing He hears us.

Heavenly Father,

It can be difficult to wait, but I know Your timing is better than mine. Help me to be patient and to wait on You.

Amen

 

In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

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Praying with Jesus: Not My Will, But Thine

We want what we want, but that’s not necessarily what is best either for us or for others. Are you willing to submit to the will of God when you pray?

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” -Luke 22:42

I’ve got a long list of things I pray for. I pray for healing. I pray for safety. I pray for wisdom. I pray that I’d be able to pay the bills each month. The list goes on. These are all my will. Even when praying for others, I’m praying that my will be done for those people (like they would be healed or protected from all harm).

My will is not perfect. My will can be selfish. But God’s will is perfect.

Jesus’ prayer in the garden was not an easy one. He knew what lie before Him, the horrible suffering He was about to endure; but He trusted the Father’s will. He knew the Father’s will was perfect and loving, even if it was difficult.

As those called by the Holy Spirit into faith, our desire is that our will would be more and more like the will of the Father and that even when our will differs, we would be willing to submit our will to the Father’s will.

Heavenly Father,

Your will is good and perfect. Sometimes, my will differs from Your will. When it does, I submit myself to You. May Your will be done, even if it is difficult. And may my will be more like Yours every day.

Amen

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2017 VBS Registration

Family of Christ – Vacation Bible School Registration

July 10th to July 14th, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Ages 5-12 years (Entering Kindergarten to 6th grade)

At Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose too. Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

Your kids will also participate in a hands-on mission project, through a program called Operation Kid-to-Kid™, that will let the kids in our community show God’s mighty love to needy remote villages in Peru.

Please register by June 15th in order to ensure that you receive a t-shirt. After June 15th, shirts must be separately requested and we cannot ensure you will receive the shirt by the week of July 10th.

The registration fee for VBS is $40.00 per student. This includes supplies and the cost of the student’s t-shirt. You can pay online or checks should be made payable to Family of Christ and turned in at the Front of the Office to Leanne Ferguson.

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Praying with Jesus: Praying in Secret

Sometimes we pray for others while we are with them.  Sometimes we pray together in a worship service.  Sometimes we pray together before a meal or in family devotions.  Sometimes, though, we pray by ourselves, alone…in secret.

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6

This verse reminds us of a few things. One is that prayer isn’t a show. We aren’t praying to impress people or God. Also, sometimes it’s good to get away from everything to pray, so we can pray without distractions. Another is that God sees what we do in secret.

We may read that as a scary thing. Uh oh! God knows that bad thing I did the other day, even though know one else saw it. This is true, of course, but the implication of this passage is positive. God sees the good things we have done that no one else knows about. In fact, in another verse Jesus tells His disciples that when they fast, they shouldn’t make it obvious to others that they were fasting, but go through the day like everything is normal. God would know they were fasting. And God hears us when we pray in secret. God knows the desires of our heart, our hurts and our joys, the things we don’t share with anyone.

This doesn’t mean that we should never pray in public, but rather that God doesn’t want us to make a big show of our prayers. He simply wants us to go to Him and pour out our heart…Share our struggles. Confess our sins. Share our triumphs. Ask for help. Pray for others…just between God and us. He hears us and He answers our prayers.

Heavenly Father,

You know my heart. You hear me when I pray, even when no one else knows. Thank You.

Amen

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Praying with Jesus: Strong Enough Faith?

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24

Yesterday, we looked at how we can ask God to help us when we struggle to believe. This verse speaks to another reality as well…whether God responds to weak faith.

Some people have made the claim that if we have super strong faith, God will do super amazing miracles, but if God doesn’t do what we asked it was because we had too little faith. The Bible tells us otherwise. This father had little faith, but Jesus did a big miracle in driving the demon from the boy.

We can ask God for all kinds of things, big and small, amazing and ordinary. God’s answer, whether it is to do what we asked or not, comes from His grace, mercy, and love, not as a result of whether we have enough faith to earn God’s action. Even with faith the size of a mustard seed, the Bible tells us we could move mountains.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for hearing our prayers and answering them, even when our faith is weak. Lead us to what we should be praying for. Embolden us to ask, as a child would ask a father they know loves them dearly.

Amen

In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

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Praying with Jesus: I Believe. Help My Unbelief

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24

These are the words of a father desperate for his demon-possessed son to be made well. He had just watched the disciples fail time after time for hours trying to drive out the demon and now Jesus was there.

His belief was waning, but now Jesus, Himself, was there and Jesus asked the boy’s father if he believed. He wanted to. He really wanted his son to be healed, but he also had serious doubts.

I love the father’s honesty. He didn’t try to fake it and say that of course he believed. He also didn’t just accept his doubts. He asked Jesus to help him overcome his doubts and unbelief.

Sometimes when we pray, we have doubts about whether God can or will help. We don’t need to try to fake it with God…it wouldn’t work anyway. We can ask God to help us to believe and overcome our doubts. God doesn’t despise those who have to ask for help believing. Rather, He helps us to overcome our unbelief.

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I struggle to believe. I doubt You are listening. I doubt You can help the problem or maybe You just won’t. Help me to believe. Help me to overcome my doubts. Thank You that I can come to You even with these kinds of struggles and know that You listen and respond with grace and mercy.

Amen

In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

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2017 Golf Tournament Sponsorship

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club
10630 Plantation Bay Dr.
Tampa, Florida

 

Registration 12-1 pm  |  Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm  |  Shotgun Start  2 pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of fellowship and fundraising. This year our efforts are going towards the purchase of new a playground and learning material for our Child Development Center.  Funds will also go to assist our school and its students by contributing to the general scholarship fund.

We hope you can join us as a playing participant or offer some support via one of our sponsorship packages.  Our students appreciate your help. See below for registration.

Sponsorships include the following: (Grayed out sponsorship options have been purchased.)

Shirts                     K-Tech Solutions Company name on shirts provided to all players, hole signage, one foursome entry for the tournament
Ball                               The Canadian Medstore
Company name on golf balls provided to all players, hole signage, one foursome entry for the tournament
Hat                           $1500 Company name on hats provided to all players, hole signage, one foursome entry for the tournament
Golf Towel          Thrivent Financial Company name on golf towels provided to all players, hole signage, one foursome entry for the tournament
Player Gift Bags    $1000 Company name on gift bags provided to all players, hole signage, one foursome entry for the tournament
Dinner                       $500 Company name on a banner hung on a wall in dining area, plus hole signage. Money used towards cost of the BBQ dinner; Up to 3 sponsors
Lunch                         Scott Tennant Mortgage Group Money used to provide light lunch/snacks for the players. Name on banner, plus hole signage
Beverage Cart       Chick-Fil-A

Name on banner covering two sides of the beverage cart Also includes Hole Signage.  (2 carts total)

Hole Signage            $200

Includes your name or company name and logo on a sign sponsoring one of the holes to be placed on the tee or the green area

Thank you for your support!

Sponsorship Level (please check one or more):

Tax-Exempt I.D. Number: 59-3542869

After sending the sponsorship form, please submit your payment for the sponsorship:

Click here to submit your payment online.

If you would prefer to pay by check…

Please make checks payable to:
Family of Christ

Tax-Exempt I.D. Number: 59-3542869
16190 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647
Attention: Golf Chair

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2017 Golf Tournament Registration

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Heritage Isles Golf Club

10630 Plantation Bay Dr.

Tampa, Florida

Registration 12-1 pm  |  Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm  |  Shotgun Start  2 pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of fellowship and fundraising. This year our efforts are going towards the purchase of new a playground and learning material for our Child Development Center.  Funds will also go to assist our school and its students by contributing to the general scholarship fund.

We hope you can join us as a playing participant or offer some support via one of our sponsorship packages.  Our students appreciate your help. See below for registration.

Register your foursome today!
Prices are as follows: 
$100 for Adult Men, each 
$  75 for Adult Women and Youth, each 
 

Please enter the name, email, shirt size, and handicap of each the members of your foursome:

Registrant 1:

Registrant 2:

Registrant 3:

Registrant 4:

After sending the registration form, please submit your payment for the registration:

Click here to submit your payment online.

If you would prefer to pay by check…

Please make checks payable to:
Family of Christ

Tax-Exempt I.D. Number: 59-3542869
16190 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647
Attention: Golf Chair

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