Some Winter Notes

Dear Church Family,

Happy Friday! Hope your week has gone well.

I want to begin by inviting you to attend a Celebration of Life Service for Vince Moffett, which will be on Sunday, February 3rd at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary. Vince was the husband of Community of Faith member Lori Moffett and the grandfather of Shawn, Andrew, and Joshua Klein, who were once a part of our youth group when they were students in school. Vince was a loving, kindhearted man as well as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, who even now is enjoying God’s presence. If you’re not able to attend the service, I would ask that you keep Vince’s family in your prayers.

This weekend in worship, we’re continuing our message series, Elephants in the Room, in which we are examining topics that far too often we in the Church fail to discuss. The first “elephant” we looked at was forgiveness and the second was mental health. This weekend’s message, in many ways, is going to be a continuation of last week’s message, because we’re going to be talking about suicide. In preparation for the message, I looked at several studies this week, and every single one of them without exception indicated that suicide rates are on the rise here in the United States, which means we need to talk about this issue. So I hope to see you in worship this weekend for what’s sure to be a hard, but necessary and hopefully life-giving, conversation.

The last 2 things I want to end on are winter classes and church membership.First, winter classes are starting up soon. We’re offering 9 different classes covering a variety of topics, and every single day of the week there is at least one class being offered. You can find more information in your bulletin this weekend as well as at the registration table in the lobby area. Second, if you’re interested in becoming a member at Community of Faith, I’m going to be holding a membership meeting on Monday, February 11th at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. Anyone wishing to join Community of Faith is welcome to attend. And if for some reason you can’t make the meeting but you still want to become a member, just send me an email atcjones@communityoffaith.org, and we’ll find another time to chat.

That’s all for now. I look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend. Don’t forget that if you’re out of town, you can watch the service live on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cofumc/)!

Blessings,
Chris