Dear Church Family,

If you missed the news last week, our church collected a grand total of $17,258.48 for our Advent project, Faith, Love, and Hope in Action, where we were seeking to raise money for victims of both the California wildfires and Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle. Our goal was to collect at least $10,000, which means we exceed our goal by more than 72%! To my knowledge, that’s the most money we’ve ever collected for a cause outside of our church. So, praise God! God is truly using our church to make a difference in the world.


I’m thankful for the time I had to rest after the Christmas holiday and for the great guest preachers we had. However, I still missed preaching. That said, I’m excited to be back in the pulpit this weekend where I’ll be kicking off a brand-new series of messages called “Elephants in the Room.” As you know, the phrase “elephant in the room” refers to a topic that no one wants to address even though everyone’s thinking about it. In this series, we’re going to look at 5 different topics that we in the church could do a better job of discussing. The topics will be as follows:


January 12/13 – The Difficulty of Forgiveness
January 26/27 – Mental Health
February 2/3 – Suicide
February 9/10 – Domestic Violence
February 16/17 – Sexploitation
I hope you’ll bring a friend and join us for what is sure to be an intriguing series. I’m certainly learning a great deal as I put together the messages.


By the way, I want you to know we’re in the process right now of resurrecting our livestreaming option. Some of you might remember that we used to livestream our worship services years and years ago, but over time, we stopped. Well, thanks to the hard work of Diana Petras, Justin Moore, Scott Hill, and the entire tech team and focus groups, our livestreaming option is back. We are planning a “soft launch” by next weekend and you will be able to view our services initially via Facebook. Once the “official” launch is ready for our website, we will be sure to let you know so that we can celebrate.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we make progress toward our “official” launch in the next few weeks. This way, if you’re ever out of town, you’ll still be able to worship with us virtually.  


I think that’s all I have to share on my end. Check out the rest of this email if you want to know what else is happening in the life of Community of Faith. Hope to see you this weekend.