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					                                                            The Newsletter of Faith Community United Methodist Church




                                                                                                                                  November 2009
                                                                                              Give Thanks
INSIDE THIS ISSUE . . .                                                                      By Pastor Lisa May
Craft Sale ............................................ 2
Women’s Study Group ......................... 2
One Nation Under God ........................ 2                    Give Thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the
Financial Report ................................... 2
Pastor’s Pen ......................................... 3                                Holy One,
Nursery Workers .................................. 4              Give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ His Son.
Council Notes ....................................... 4                  And now let the weak say, “I am strong”;
Children’s Church................................. 4
Prayer Ministry ..................................... 4           Let the poor say, “I am rich because of what the Lord
Almost “Turkey Time” ........................... 4                                   has done for us”
Pineapple-Cheese Casserole .............. 4                                            Give Thanks!
A Bridal Shower ................................... 4
Calendar............................................... 5            (Henry Smith, 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music)
Church Information .............................. 6
“57” Cents ............................................ 6        We have so much to be thankful for in our lives. If you are like me, we often
                                                                 find ourselves taking so much for granted. The fire last weekend in the
                                                                 Woodspring Apartments was a wake-up call for me. Nothing in our lives is
DATES TO REMEMBER:                                               sure and steadfast, except our life in Christ. Watching the body of Christ go to
     4th – World Communion Sunday                                work on Ellaine’s behalf has been a blessing, even more watching God’s hand
     15th – Wave of Light Service
     17th – Work Day at the Church
                                                                 at work in her life is awesome.
     20th – Ad Council
     17th - Popcorn Handout                                      How do we give thanks to God? How do we live with grateful hearts? We do it
                                                                 by serving others as the body of Christ. We have several wonderful
                                                                 opportunities this month to reach out to our community and touch lives for
Sundays:                                                         Jesus. First we will hold our 2nd Annual Community Thanksgiving dinner on
9:45 am – Sunday School                                          November 21, 2009. I was very blessed by the turn out and success of last
10:45 am – Worship                                               year’s dinner and expect it will be even better attended this year. The Brighten
5 pm – Bible Study
                                                                 Recovery Center women are excited about being included; we have friends
Tuesdays:                                                        and neighbors that are waiting for an invite. Have you signed up to cook and
6 am – Prayer Time                                               help? Have you invited someone to come with you?
Wednesdays:
12:30 pm – Women’s Study Group                                   The next night Sunday, November 22, 2009 we will host our 2nd Annual
6:30 pm – Prayer Meeting                                         Community Thanksgiving Service. I am sending letters out to the
7:30 pm - Choir practice                                         surrounding congregations to join us as we thank God for our many blessings.
Thursdays:                                                       This is an opportunity for the body of Christ to come together in praise and
6:30 pm – Women’s Study Group                                    thanksgiving. Pray that we will have a full house!
2nd Tuesday of the Month
6:30 pm – H.E.A.R.T.S. Support Group                             Then on Tuesday, November 24th the preschool classes of Beechgrove
                                                                 Elementary will be having their Family Thanksgiving dinner in our fellowship
                                                                 hall. This was a time of blessing for the children and their families last year
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Give Thanks – continued from page 1
                                                               One Nation Under God!
and I am thankful they want to come back. If you would like
                                                                                                 
to help with set-up and hosting this event please let me
                                                               Please keep in your prayers
know!                                                          the following persons
                                                               serving in the military:
I am so thankful to be part of a congregation that is
committed to being a church that goes out to the community,                             Lisa Maskey
rather than waiting for the community to come worship with                              Eric Roberts
us! Thank you for serving the Lord in this place and time!                               Jeff Smith


It’s Almost “Turkey Time”                                     Children’s Church
Plans have begun for the                                      Following is the schedule for those responsible for Children’s
2nd Annual Thanksgiving                                       Church:
Dinner which will be held                                                         Nov. 8th – Karen Sowards
this year on Saturday,                                                          Nov. 15th – Georgie Richman
November 21st. Shirley                                                           Nov. 22nd – Tammi Bennett
Pinkerton is chairing this                                                       Nov. 29th – Kathy Bushong
event with George Ward’s help.
Your help is needed too! Watch for the signup sheets to be    Consider joining us in this special ministry – all are welcomed!
out soon for you to list what you will help provide for the   If interested, contact Karen Sowards.
meal.

In addition to church members who enjoyed last year’s
meal, we served over 50 people from the community. This
                                                              Spread the Word and Save the Earth
                                                              By Kathy Bushong
year’s meal should be even bigger! Plan now is share in
this special community event.
                                                              Help spread the word about our church and help ecology.
                                                              Plastic bags are ruining the world around us. They decompose
                                                              very slowly and are not animal friendly. To assist in this cause
Nov. 1 – Lexi Duck, Don May                                   we have a limited number of reusable cotton bags for shopping
Nov. 8 – Corey Bodeker, Troy                                  at grocery and department stores. These bags will carry more
Harmon                                                        than you can lift. They are very
Nov. 15 – Kristin Harper, Andy                                sturdy, carry the amount of four
Duck                                                          plastic bags, and they are washable.
Nov. 22 – Shannon Duck, Tammi                                 Don’t take plastic home to be
Bennett                                                       trashed and wasted again!
Nov. 29 – Lexi Duck, Marie
Binkley                                                       Proudly use your Faith Community
                                                              United Methodist reusable bag and
Thank you for volunteering your time in the nursery. Please   that says “I am a Christian and I care
keep an up-to-date availability log. If you have any          about our earth.” (By the way, if you
questions, contact Kim Duck                                   use plastic bags at Kroger, they will
                                                              give you a few cents per plastic bag
                                                              each time you reuse one.)
Council Notes
                                                              Bags are $5.00 for the average size and $8.00 for the larger
                                                              ones (only a few of these available). $1.00 of every bag goes to
The Minutes of the recent Ad Council meeting and the          cost and the remainder goes to our general fund for unexpected
Trustees meeting are on the Bulletin Board in the hallway.    church expenses. When all are sold, orders will be taken. See
Take time to review these to learn more of the work being     Kathy Bushong to get your FUMC bag now.
done within our church. If you would like to have a copy
emailed to you, contact Debbie Maskey, Recording
Secretary.
November 2009                                                                                                                Page 3



                          Corporate Fundraisers                              Craft Sale – November 14th
                                                                           The church will be holding a craft sale
                         Kroger’s Community Rewards &
                         Thornton’s Fundworks –
                                                                            November 14th from 9 am until 2 pm.
                                                                          Tables are available to rent at $20.00 ea.
  These programs are run through the use of
  rechargeable gift cards. Just put the money
                                                                           If you would like to participate, contact
  you intend to spend on the card and our church will receive a %                 Joyce Smith at 525-9337.
  back in the form of a donation.
  Thornton’s Fundworks cards are
  available here in the narthex. If you
  want to receive a Kroger card,
  please see Kenny Sowards.


  Waffle House

  Put your receipts from Waffle House in the box in the narthex.

  GFS – Remkes – Meijer

  These programs are run through the use of membership cards.
  Just present your cards to the cashier, at the time of purchase, and    Fall Festival
  a % of that purchase will come back in the form of a donation.
  Forms for these cards are available in the narthex or at the store’s    The Fall Festival will take place Sunday, November 1st
  service desk.                                                           immediately following church. There will be hotdogs, chips
                                                                          and drinks and lots of fun and games!


                                                                          Women of Faith Annual Luncheon
                                                                          Women of Faith, please keep a couple of hours free for our
                                                                          annual Women’s Luncheon. This year it will be held on
                                                                          Saturday, December 12th at 11:30 am. Entertainment will
                                                                          be announced shortly.

                                                           Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I
                                                           pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have
                                                           been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ
                                                           from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain
                                                           that God, who began the good work within you, will continue
                                                           his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus
                                                           returns. (Philippians 1:3-6)

                                                           Paul, wrote these words to the believers in Philippi, but I use
                                                           them today for you. I give thanks to God for each of you and
                                                           the ministry that you participate in through Faith Community.

                                                           I thank you for the generous gift for pastor appreciation month.
                                                           I am truly overwhelmed. Know that it will be used to travel in
                                                           the Holy Land and get Sarah married. Don & I are blessed to
                                                           be part of the Faith Community Family!
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                                      NOVEMBER 2009
      Sunday                Monday        Tuesday                Wednesday                   Thursday                Friday        Saturday
1                      2             3                     4                          5                         6             7
9:45 S.School                        6 am – Prayer Time    12:30 pm Women’s           6:30 pm – Women’s Study
10:45 Worship                                              Study Group                Group
Noon – Fall Festival
                                                           6:30 pm –Prayer Meeting
5 pm – Bible Study                                         7:30 pm – Choir Practice
5:30 – Youth Group

8                      9             10                    11                         12                        13            14
                                     6 am – Prayer Time    12:30 pm Women’s           6:30 pm – Women’s Study                 9 am – Craft
9:45 S.School                                              Study Group                Group                                   Sale
10:45 Worship                        6:30 pm –
                                     H.E.A.R.T.S.          6:30 pm –Prayer Meeting                                            4:30 pm – Ida
5 pm – Bible Study                   Support Group         7:30 pm – Choir Practice                                           Spence
5:30 – Youth Group                                                                                                            Spaghetti
                                                                                                                              Dinner

15                     16            17                    18                         19                        20            21
9:45 S.School                        6 am – Prayer Time    12:30 pm Women’s           6:30 pm – Women’s Study                 Community
10:45 Worship – Ball                                       Study Group                Group                                   Thanksgiving
Family – potluck                     7 pm – Ad Council                                                                        Dinner
dinner to follow                                           6:30 pm –Prayer Meeting
                                                           7:30 pm – Choir Practice
5 pm – Bible Study
5:30 – Youth Group

22                     23            24                    25                         26                        27            28
9:45 S.School                        6 am – Prayer Time    12:30 pm Women’s
10:45 Worship                                              Study Group

7pm – Community                                            6:30 pm – Prayer
Thanksgiving Worship                                       Meeting
Service                                                    7:30 pm – Choir Practice

29                     30
9:45 S.School
10:45 Worship
                                                                         I will sing to the Lord,
                                                                       for he has been good to me.
5:30 – Youth Group
                                                                               Psalm 13:6




                                                           Welcome to our
                                                          newest members:

                                              Rob & TJ (Teresa) Gemmer
                                               and sons Ezra and Kenton
November 2009                                                                                                                                               Page 5


 Faith Community United Methodist Church                                                      We Find Our Significance in Service
 4310 Richardson Rd., Independence, KY 41051                                     By Rick Warren
 Ph: 859-282-8889
 Website: www.faithcommunityumc.com                                              You are going to give your life for something. What will it be – a career, a sport,
                                                                                 a hobby, fame, wealth? None of these will have lasting significance. Service is
                                                                                 the pathway to real significance. It is through ministry that we discover the
 Pastor ............................................................. Lisa May   meaning of our lives. The Bible says, “Each of us finds our meaning and
 Choir Director....................................... Marsha Stewart            function as a part of his body” (Romans 12:5 MSG).

                                                                                 As we serve together is God’s family, our lives take on eternal importance. Paul
 Committee Chairs:                                                               said, “I want to you think about how all this makes you more significant, not less .
 Administrative Council ........................... Bettye Tackett               . . because of what you are a part of” (1 Corinthians 12:14a, 19 MSG).
 Safe Sanctuary Chair............................. Bettye Tackett
                                                                                 God wants to use you to make a difference in his world. He wants to work
 Financial Secretary ......................... Colleen Messamer                  through you. What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it.
 Finance Chair ...................................... Kenny Sowards              Not how long you lived, but how you lived.
 Lay Delegate.................................................. Alice Ellis
 Lay Leader ........................................... Tom Messamer             If you’re not involved in any service or ministry, what excuse have you been
                                                                                 using?
 Nurture Chair ................................................. Kim Duck              • Abraham was old,
 Outreach Chair ..................................... Kathy Bushong                    • Jacob was insecure,
 Pastor Parish Relations Chair.............. Marsha Stewart                            • Leah was unattractive,
 Prayer Coordinator .............................. Debbie Maskey                       • Joseph was abused,
 Recording Secretary ............................ Debbie Maskey                        • Moses stuttered,
                                                                                       • Gideon was poor,
 Sunday School Supt. ............................Karen Sowards
                                                                                       • Samson was codependent,
 Treasurer ....................................................... Alice Ellis         • Rahab was immoral,
 Trustees ...................................................... John Smith            • David had an affair and all kinds of family problems,
 VBS Director ............................................. Kirsten Duck               • Elijah was suicidal,
 Witness Chair ................................. Andrea Speakman                       • Jeremiah was depressed,
                                                                                       • Jonah was reluctant,
 Youth Leader ....................................... Kenny Sowards
                                                                                       • Naomi was a widow,
                                                                                       • John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least,
                                                                                       • Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered,
                                                                                       • Martha worried a lot,
                                                                                       • The Samaritan woman had several failed marriages,
      Next Newsletter Deadline: November20th
 Submit information                                                                    • Zacchaeus was unpopular,
 - to the church office                                                                • Thomas had doubts,
 - fax to 859-342-7507, or                                                             • Paul had poor health, and
 - email to dmaskey@administrativeedge.net                                             • Timothy was timid.

                                                                                 That is quite a variety of misfits, but God used each of them in his service. He
                                                                                 will use you, too, if you stop making excuse.



Faith Community United Methodist Church
4310 Richardson Rd.
Independence, KY 41051


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