Announcements for the Week of September 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Message from Pastor Dave

Dear Family of Christ,

The path of Irma has been shifting to the west over the past few days.  It now seems that we are close to the direct path of the storm.  Tropical storm force winds will be starting on Sunday morning with Hurricane force winds occurring in the evening and then overnight into Monday morning. With that in mind, if you are here in town, it seems best to not have any services on Sunday morning.  We will have our service tonight at 6:00 PM and please take precautions with all of the preparations around your homes. If you feel your home is not safe call me (813) 892-3003.  Or if any trees come down on your property let me know and we have several people with chainsaws who can help with that issue.

We are praying tonight for all of those already affected by the storm and those in the future path.   

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7)

Pastor Dave 

Pastor’s Blog – Hurricane Irma and this Weekends Services

A few weeks ago our Gospel reading included these verses.

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:26-31

At times like these with Irma approaching our eyes are upon the wind much like Peter.  I have watched the weather more in the last five days than I have over the last 6 months. I was very worried a few days ago about this storm passing through the Keys into Gulf as a huge storm.  At this point it looks as if we may be spared the ferocious nature of this storm if it does pass up along the Atlantic coast northward. Miami looks to be getting hit hard and the whole I-95 corridor.  If that does happen, we may well be one of the evacuation zones for much of the east coast of Florida.  However, keep your eyes on the weather updates and be safe.  The worst of everything looks to be Sunday evening for us.

If the storm does stay east we will have the three services this weekend and we will pray for those who are facing the winds and the rain of Irma as well as the people of Texas who have experienced their own extreme flooding.  This passage from Matthew reminds us that our eyes of faith also need to be upon Jesus.  Our sermon series this month is upon people and things worth fighting for and this week we consider individuals and pray for those feeling alone in the struggles of the world in every realm, especially the storms of the last few weeks.  Special events at church this weekend are postponed until next weekend such as: Youth breakfast, Sunday School Teacher installation, and the Thrivent  group sponsoring the youth breakfast. Stay safe this weekend and know Jesus is always watching you and ready to reach out his hand to you. 

Pastor Dave

Announcements for the week of September 3, 2017

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Announcements for the week of August 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements for the week of August 20, 2017

     

 

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Bingo Fundraiser – May 20, 2017

Who loves BINGO?  We Do!!  Bingo Fundraiser for a good cause!!!

The Women’s Ministry invites you to join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we work to purchase an AED Defibrillator for our Church, School (K-8), and Community.  We have already collected 62% towards our goal and after the event, we are sure that we will meet our goal!

When: Saturday, May 20th

Time: 3:00-5:00 pm  First ball drops at 3:15 pm so get there early!

Where: Family of Christ Lutheran Church 16190 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL

Ages 12+ only please | Limited to first 50 people so sign up early! | Open to All

$20 Pre-Register | $25 Walk-In

How to Pre-Register:


We will be selling Raffle Tickets between services on May 14th, or pick up an envelope in the Narthex and leave your info & payment and we’ll get the lucky ticket back to you. Raffle tickets will be drawn for Assorted Fun Prizes.
Bingo winners will win Gift Baskets.
$1 per entry or 6 for $5—Need not be present to win.

Raffles | Fun Prizes | Free Refreshments | Raffles Tickets


Thank you to all our Sponsors for helping make our AED Defibrillator Fundraiser a success!

 

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Family of Christ now has a new monthly newsletter! Get your paper copy at worship service this weekend! Or view it online by clicking here:

The Messenger, Volume 1, Issue 1 – May 2017.

Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I remember a story told by St Jerome who was an early translator of the Bible. As told by him he went to Jerusalem and Bethlehem for a time of study and prayer and one night he had a dream. In this dream Jesus appeared to him and Jerome gave him everything he had. Jesus did not want those things. Then Jerome gave him all of his money. Jesus did not want that. What would you like? Jerome asked. Jesus replied, “Your sins.”

The day is called ‘good” because we find that Jesus takes our sins upon himself so that we might have the righteousness of God. In ways we do not always understand Jesus became our sin so that we might know the amazing love and grace of God.

Thank you for this day Jesus. For all that you did for me I am amazed by the magnitude of your grace. This day truly is good.

Pastor Dave

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Praying With Jesus: God’s Timing

Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from God? Absolutely not. Jesus knew of this plan and took steps to make sure it did not disrupt his plans.

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. (Luke 22:1-6)

One of the most unusual actions of Jesus, that follows this in the Gospels, is when the disciples on the next day ask where they are going to celebrate the Passover? Jesus tells Peter and John to go into town and they will see a man carrying a water jar, follow him and that will show you where we are going to meet. Prepare everything there. Is there more than one person carrying a jar of water in Jerusalem? Of course, but Jesus does not want to tell the group where they are going to be eating this evening because that would be the perfect place for Judas to tell the guards to come and arrest Jesus. Jesus wants to make sure he has time to wash the disciple’s feet, teach them some last few things, and then most importantly, Institute the Lord’s Supper. That Passover celebration had to happen without interruption, so Judas would later lead the guards to Jesus when they stopped to pray on the Mount of Olives.

Jesus knows the timing of all things. Judas was looking for the first opportunity without the crowds around Jesus and this meal would have been perfect. Some things have to happen in a certain order for God’s will to be done. We always need to remember that when we pray. In life I have had so many prayers answered but not on my timetable. When I have to wait I sometimes wonder and question God. But this passage reminds me that God always has in mind what is needed and important. His knowledge of the future is better than my knowledge of the past. We are often told to live by faith. Today I also want to remind you to pray with faith. Knowing that today, tomorrow and all eternity is in God’s gracious hands.

Thank you Lord, for knowing the timing of all things. Help me to understand your plans for me so that I may grow in faith and trust. Amen.

Pastor Dave

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