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August 26, 2011

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Sunday Mornings

Study Session

Welcome to Believers in Faith!

Sunday August 28

Sunday, August 28th

Session 6 of John Ortberg’s “

Welcome everyone, please consider joining us for fellowship and study time on Sunday mornings after attending the church service of your choice.

All the pieces go back in the box”.

Great Hall Coffee & Donut Fellowship 10:40am – 11:00am Class: 11:00am – 12:00pm We are continuing the video series “It All Goes Back In The Box” by: John Ortberg Faith United Methodist Church 7431 East 91st Street Located just west of Memorial on 91st Street.

Bring your Bibles. 11:00 am in the Chapel. Many of us attend Contempory worship at 9:30am, then church-wide donuts/coffee/juice/ fellowship @ 10:40 to 11am in the Great Hall. Community Lunch this week: Duffy’s Cafe, 91st & Sheridan


Fear Not... Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered, and no one was there. ~Author Unknown~ Until you learn to face your fears with the steadfast resolve that everything will work out for good, you will never realize your full potential. When fear and doubt are replaced with faith and trust, amazing things begin to happen...doors begin to open, opportunities begin to materialize, and a whole new world of possibilities will unfold before you. Isn’t it time to put those fears to rest once and for all... TODAY? In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? ~Psalms 118:5,6 (NIV)~ Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom! ~Jesus / Luke 12:32 (Amp)~ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ...And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us. ~Romans 8:14-17,28,31~ Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. ~1 John 4:18 (NLT)~

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Teaching Schedule August 2011 Aug 28th   Session 6 of John Ortberg’s “ All the pieces go back in the box”. Bring your Bibles. Each module of the teaching is stand-alone, so no big deal (NBD) if you miss a session.

Happy Birthday Believers In Faith August, 2011 28th - Janet Potts 29th - Rose Ann Marshall


Live Long & Prosper One day I had lunch with some friends. John, a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them all in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches and soups, except for John who said, “Ice Cream, please, two scoops, chocolate! I wasn’t sure my ears heard right and the others were aghast. “Along with heated apple pie” John added, completely unabashed. We tried to act quite nonchalant as if people did this all the time, but when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy mine. I couldn’t take my eyes off John as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn’t believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned. The next time I went out to eat. I called and invited John. I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait. I smiled. He asked if he amused me. I answered, “Yes you do, but also you confuse me. How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? He laughed and said “I’m tasting all that is Possible. I try to eat the food I need and do the things I should, but life’s so short my friend, I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven’t been this old before, so, before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I had ignored. I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There’s more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead. There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.

I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven’t cried at all the movies yet or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired. With that, I called the waitress over. “I’ve changed my mind,” I said. “I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!”

Weekly Prayer Requests Trisha - Prayers for complete healing after eye surgery.

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The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve. They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job. What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit the area and continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered lasted for two days. why he wasn’t leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, be two tablecloths so much alike? He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to beginning about head high. follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison. He never saw his wife The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else or his home again all the 35 years between. to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a taken the woman three days earlier. Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church. apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas B y this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the reunion he could ever imagine. opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later.

True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid who says God does work in mysterious ways. I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today, She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a to guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The with you. His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares we pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the know He will see us through. entire problem area. So when the road you’re traveling seems difficult at best, just remember Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was I’m here praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on to those you want like a sheet. “Pastor,” she asked, “where did you get that tablecloth?” The God to bless and remember to send it back to the one who asked God to pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner bless you first. When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These out that God is all you need Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who years before, in Austria. sent this to you. Father, God, bless all my friends and family in what The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just ever it is that You know they may be needing this day! May their lives gotten “The Tablecloth”. The woman explained that before the war she be full of Your peace, prosperity and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with You. Amen. and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again. The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home. That was

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Faith Disciple Ship Class S The members of Faith’s new singles community attend the Fall Kick-off at Faith United Methodist Church. Members of the S class enjoy dining in the Great Hall on the Lido Deck. Art A., Carol M., Bette B., Ron F., Carol H., Janet C., Carol H., Maria S.

WARNING FROM POLICE ***NOT A JOKE*** THIS PERTAINS TO EVERYONE, MEN INCLUDED. ‘WARNING FROM POLICE? BEWARE OF PAPER ON THE BACK WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE NEW WAY TO DO CAR-JACKINGS (NOT A JOKE) You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse. When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised! If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.

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Saturday, August 27th as Tulsa’s 8th Annual Blues Challenge, presented by the Blues Society of Tulsa. @ 1 p.m. 16 bands performing begining at 4:30 p.m. The event is free, drawings for prizes, food and drinks VFW. For a list of the 21 acts go the society website at: www.bluessocietyoftulsa.com.

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