ST PATRICKS DAY DINNER – held here at Holy Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 17th at 5:00pm. Corned Beef and Cabbage served with all the traditional accompaniments!! Live music, lots of fun and fellowship. $5.00 per person or $15.00 for a family. Proceeds go to support Pine Valley Camp in Ellwood City, PA.
Everyone is invited to join us for a beautiful night on February 17th at 5:00pm. A delicious pasta meal will be served accompanied by music!!
On Sunday, January 21st and Sunday, January 28th members of Gloria Dei will be collecting new & clean gently used sweaters, sweatshirts, hats & gloves for adults and children. There will be a collection box in the narthex. These items will be offered to the families who use our Crossroads Food Pantry and will be available to them on Saturday, January 27th and Saturday, February 10th. If you have any questions, please call Ellen Conserva at 973-293-9455.
Show and Tell!”
“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” 1 Peter 1:20
I loved Show and Tell. It was 1st grade! Everyone in the class took turns bringing something in to share with the class. What fun it was to bring something in that we were especially passionate about to share our excitement. Show and Tell time was filled with interesting insights and some surprises as well. I loved to bring the cool things my father had collected growing up in India. I brought in such things as a mahogany carved elephant with real ivory tusks. I was fascinated by snakes so I really enjoyed sharing the cobra carved out of sandal wood that had a lamp post and a bulb that came out of the snake’s coiled form. How energizing to share the stories behind the object. Truly we would show and tell!
This Saturday is the Epiphany! It is the day that celebrates the Magi, the first Gentiles to worship the Christ child. They come to the house in Bethlehem, a year or so after Christ is born, to bring their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. God had His own plan of show and tell for those Wise Men. He revealed a star that led them to the Light of the World. He led them to the Messiah, the One who by His sinless life and innocent suffering and death would bring salvation to all people. Having their Lord revealed to them, they worshiped Jesus as King with their gift of gold, as God in the incense that was used in worshiping deity, as Savior in the ointment that would later be carried by the women of Easter as they come to see the empty tomb. They left to tell, certainly not evil King Herod as they were warned by the angel to return home another way. But you can bet they told the good news with everyone on their way home and finally with their royal employers, family and friends.
So we have seen! We have come to the manger of our Jesus at Christmas to worship our Lord. Thankfully we haven’t had to travel great distances to worship the King! Our God has revealed His Son where He promises to always be for us, in His Word and Supper. We have entered a New Year, 2018, in the name of Jesus! As we travel through the Epiphany season, the Greatest Gift of all is unwrapped in our worship.
Show and tell time in the classroom always had a sense of excitement as the stories were revealed and as we saw how they related to our own lives. And so our Epiphany journey is the showing of our Savior. We see how His saving story becomes part of our story. He came for each of us individually and His life comes to transform ours in His love and forgiveness. The exciting Epiphany message of a Savior revealed is not just for us to treasure. It’s for us to Show and Tell!
May we, men and women made wise through faith in Jesus, move into this New Year with our Savior to share. Have a blessed 2018 in Him!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH
FINGER FOODS AND REFRESHMENTS AT 6:00pm
MOVIE BEGINS AT 7:00pm
Join us for an inspirational night as we watch “Miracles from Heaven”, a movie based on the book “Miracles from Heaven” by Christy Bean. The movie recounts the true story of Christy Beam’s young daughter who had a near-death experience and was later cured of an incurable disease.
You are cordially invited to join us was we travel back over 2000 years ago to the night of Jesus’ birth. Discover what life was like back then by wandering through the bustling Bethlehem marketplace and interacting with local shopkeepers who share the Christmas Story! Afterwards, travel to the stable and meet Mary & Joseph as they talk about the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Upon leaving the stable, you are invited to a feast, fit for three wise kings, to celebrate Christmas. It’s all free!! If you wish a non-perishable food item for our Crossroads Food Pantry would be a blessing. Any questions, please call the church office at 973-697-6060
COMMUNITY MEAL – Saturday, November 18th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Everyone is encouraged to get involved or simply join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
As the Church of Christ, we find ourselves positioned between two great victories. Behind us is the victory of our Lord who died upon the cross and was raised again. That moment of human history spelled the end of the power of sin and death. Now we await the second victory, the final liberation of the world from sin, evil and death at the re-appearing of our Savior when He comes again at the end of the age. We are in a period of waiting and expectation, with the promise that the One for whom we wait will not disappoint us.
However, Jesus warns us that the interim period would not be easy. As the day of salvation approaches, he warns, there will be greater conflicts and outpouring of evil among people and natural disasters in the earth. These are the signs that should alert us to the fact that we live in a world that is in need of redemption. Jesus says, “When these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).
Look up! Raise your heads! That runs counter to the advice of the world and our own natural instincts. When things start flying all around us, as one Biblical scholar put it, the inclination is to duck, retreat, and keep your head down. Instead Jesus calls us to stand up, raise our heads, and be out in front. Why? Because as things get worse, and the need for a Savior becomes more obvious, it becomes all the clearer to those who believe that God will act to save His people. Simultaneously we stand to make bold witness that the Christ for whom we await brings redemption, salvation from all that threatens us. To lift up our heads is an act of faith and witness to the promises of God that await us and which have been assured to us in the first victory of our Lord at the cross and the empty tomb. In a year of tragic hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico; devastating earthquakes in Mexico; wildfires burning out of control in California; terroristic acts in New York and shootings in Colorado; a country that’s politicized in all things now is the time for us to strike a posture of courage and hope. It’s not a time for us to take a low profile. With the worship themes of these last Sundays in the church year past and our entering the time of Advent in the new church year we hear God’s call to renew our expectation and hope in the return of our Lord, and to stand up boldly to call the world to look to Him for salvation! May we boldly share the forgiveness and strength that only Jesus can bring!
Maranatha! “Come Lord Jesus!”
Please join us on October 21st at 3:00pm for our 2nd annual Fall Festival. There will be food, music, fellowship and lots of fun activities for the whole family. We will be also showing in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Martin Luther movie “The Idea that Changed the World” Holy Faith members, please bring a side or dessert to share everything else will be provided by church. If you have any questions, please call 973-697-6060.
It’s that time again! Time to “kickoff” our Homelight Bible Study Fellowship gatherings for the fall. What better way to do it than with a potluck on Sunday, September 24th at 12 pm (after Bible study and Sunday school). Bring your best dish and invite a friend! Any ideas for books are welcome. We will have a discussion on the suggested books and decide what we’d like to order so we can get the books in quickly and begin our studies in early October. Please pray for a great time of food, fun and fellowship as well as God’s blessings on our studies this year. Gatherings are held on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Bredefeld home, at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays at the Kleindienst home and at 1:30pm on Wednesdays at the MacDermid home. Come “grow” with us!