Do you ever find yourself unable to sleep because there is simply too much on your mind? A busy life is a good life - it keeps you focused and on task, but sometimes it seems almost overwhelming. I really love our church - I hope you do as well- and one of the reasons I love our church is ALL the opportunities EACH of us has to grow in Christ. Not everything that is offered is for each person, but there really is something - probably several opportunities - for YOU! Consider the next three plus weeks in the life of our church and our community:
** We have six sermons left in our study on the book of James. I really think this book is the most difficult in the NT to live our practically - its almost like James is stomping on our toes Sunday in and Sunday out! I really hope to see you tomorrow as we tackle the first part of James 2 and his teaching on favoritism and discrimination.
** Don't forget there are GROWTH options for you each and every Sunday morning at 9:30am at FCC. I lead an "open" class in the Family Life Center Alcove - we are currently studying the book of 2 Corinthians and multiple other options are available as well. Connect with Cassandra Benton, Samuel Green or myself if you would like more information about where you can study and grow at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.
** Family Camp at Little Galilee Camp - August 31 - September 3 - usually between 400-500 gather for this weekend of family camp, and this year the preacher is one of the very best, Darrell Bolen from Greenville, IL. The Cornell family from Mattoon, IL will be leading worship and sharing special music throughout the weekend. And GT's Family Trivia Challenge returns on Sunday evening! Call 935-3809 for more information!
** Speaking of LGCC, our church is hosting a second Area Men's Fellowship this year, and every year moving forward! We are up next - Tuesday September 4 at 6:30pm and my good friend Ed Bacon from Mound Road CC will be preaching. The food will once again be incredible and the fellowship will be a blessing. And we will have you on your way by 8pm! Join us on September 4 and help support one of God's special places!
** FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7 - FOUR big things are happening:
******* RELOAD for Men returns - at the Clinton Y at 6:15pm - and will meet on the first and third Friday's of each month moving forward. ALL men are welcome as we study together! The breakfast will be a light continental style and the coffee will be hot!
******* BREAKFAST Club returns at 7:15am - ALL Jr High and High School students are welcome!
******* Mom and Tot's play day at 10am in the First Kids area - take advantage of this moms!
******* September Young at Heart at 10:30am in the Family Life Center - "Take Me Out to the Ballgame!"
** The 4th annual FCC Block Party is 15 days away - Sunday September 9 from 5-7pm and once again food, fun, games, music, fellowship and all the fixings are on the menu! Spread the word!
** Wednesday September 12 - FIRST KIDS Midweek is back from 6-7:15pm!
** Saturday September 15 - FCC will be once again hosting the Beth Moore simulcast and thanks to the generosity of a local Christian businessman, there is NO cost to attend! Our generous friend wishes to remain anonymous and we will honor this request, but we would love to pack the sanctuary on Saturday September 15!
** Sunday September 16 - Student Ministry Sunday Nights for Junior High and Senior High return! Junior High will meet from 5-6:45pm and HS will gather from 6:30-8pm!
Two final thoughts as I wrap up this Saturday morning:
#1 - The Little Galilee 2020 Vision Dining Hall Cycling Ride begins this week. Myself and other area minister's are attempting to raise thousands of dollars for one of God's special places! Several of us leave Wednesday to head south and we begin our 215 mile/3 day ride early Thursday morning. Will you pray for us? Will you prayerfully consider a gift to LGCC? Look for updates on the ride via Facebook and call the FCC office if you need more information about donating to this fundraiser! Thanks in advance!
#2 - Please continue to pray for the family of Jan Herzog - Chad, Andrea, Lindsey and the entire family. Both the visitation and the funeral will take place at FCC: the visitation will be Monday night from 5-8pm and the funeral will be Tuesday morning at 10am. Jan was a special woman who made such an impact on this community. We grieve, but we grieve with the HOPE of JESUS in the forefront of our hearts and minds! I love the HOPE Paul gives us when speaking about the death of Christ Followers in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 - "and so we will be with the Lord forever." Amen.
Have a great Saturday - see you tomorrow morning!