Welcome to a place to come to Life!
October 18, 2020
We want to welcome you this morning! It’s a privilege to serve you. We desire that you relax and experience God’s presence as He’s revealed through music and the preaching of His Word. We pray today’s worship experience encourages you to follow Jesus or continue to grow deeper in your personal relationship with Him. We hope you feel welcomed and know that you are loved. Faith Fellowship strives to be a place to come to Life! We would love to hear from you. Please take a moment and fill out today’s Online Connection Card.
We are an A2 Church aiming to fulfill Acts 2:42-47
Here at Faith Fellowship of St. Petersburg, everyone is highly valued. As we resume in-person gatherings we are doing it family style while the 6’ physical distancing is in place. Children will remain with their families during our gathering together. Those who are medically vulnerable are encouraged to continue listening to the services online until we receive further guidance from the government on the COVID-19 guidelines. Masks are not required, but are recommended until we are beyond the 6’ distancing requirements. We have disposable masks on hand for those who would like one. In following the local government and CDC recommendation, we are asking that households only sit together while we are easing back into gathering together. The only access to the building will be for the restrooms by entering the main hallway door, which is located on the east side of the building just past the entrance to the Fellowship Hall. The New Creations Children’s Gospel for Kids Church meets in the Fellowship Hall at 9:15a.m. for children 2 years old thru 5th grade. Children’s Church will be held during the in-person outdoor Sunday Celebration as the weather permits. Masks are required for both servants and the children.
We are moving our Sunday Celebration back to a live recording, so it will be available at 12:00p.m. on Sundays rather than 7:00a.m. This allows those that are not yet able to gather together to hear the same message.
If you are new, please make yourself at home, fill out the Online Connection Card. We would love to get to know you!
As a courtesy, please turn off your cell phones before service.
Our worship team will be leading us in praise and worship today. Pastor Colin Munroe or Pastor Tom Bradwell or a member of our teaching team will be challenging us through God’s Word.
Desire prayer, have a question or need any assistance, please let our leaders know. They are Tom Bradwell, Rob Harlan, Jerry Hurt, Buck Mills, Marty Ratcliffe, and Pastor Colin Munroe. Each has a name tag, and is ready to serve you.
Opening Song Ancient Words
Welcome & Announcements
Song Set Build My Life
One Thing Remains
Message “Messiah’s Messenger ”
Luke 1:26-38 ESV
Colin Munroe, Lead Pastor
Closing Song Give Me Faith
We are slowly moving back inside the building as we are able to put the necessary protections in place. Currently New Creations Children’s Church, Roots Student Ministry and the Center Point Life Group are meeting at their scheduled times in the Fellowship Hall. Please continue in prayer for your leadership team as we seek God’s guidance and timing for moving back inside for the Sunday Celebration. Masks are required for those serving and participating in Children’s Church and Roots Student Ministry. We are continuing to gather together outside on the back-40, as the weather permits, on Sunday mornings at 9:30a.m. for the Sunday Celebration. We have encouraged those meeting off campus for fellowship gatherings and Bible studies to meet in locations that allow for 6 foot social distancing.
New Creations Children’s Church for all 2 year old thru 5th grade children is gathering in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays at 9:15a.m. for The Gospel Project for Kids. Please enter through the Fellowship Hall east entrance doors to sign in and out your children. For more information connect with Mrs. Sheba Munroe, Director of New Creation Children’s Ministry.
Rooted for Students in Middle and High School is gathering in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays at 6:00p.m. for games, Bible study, devotions and other fun events. Please enter through the Fellowship Hall east entrance doors to sign in and out your students. For more information connect with Mr. Buck Mills, Director of Student Ministry.
Overcomers Outreach is continuing to meet on Tuesdays at 6:30p.m. at Jerry Hurts home. For more information please reach out to Jerry (727) 510-9910.
Center Point Life Group is gatherings at 6:46p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday evenings. Please enter through the Fellowship Hall east entrance doors. The New Creations Children’s Life Group will be available for children 2y thru 5th grade over at the Argonauta School House. Masks are required for both children and servants.
Five Towns Life Group with Mrs. Helen and facilitated by Jill Andrews and Judy Keif meets on Wednesdays at 7:00p until 8:30p.m. at Five Towns. Please connect with Mrs. Helen Morrison at (727) 546-0777 for more information.
1st & 3rd Thursdays 7-Word Women’s Prayer Life Group at Mrs. Judy Keif’s home at 7:00p.m. starting September 17. Please call Judy for more information (727) 510-9930.
Women’s 5-Week One Thousand Gifts Bible Study Begins on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00p.m. – Sisters, we have heard your request for a fall Bible study! We have picked Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” because she invites you into her own moments of grace, gently teaching you how to biblically lament loss, turning pain into poetry and intentionally embracing a lifestyle of radical gratitude. In this five-session, video-based study, Ann encourages you to take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God’s gifts – to really look at life and find the good in it. This study guide includes video notes, discussion questions and Bible study, between-session activities, and journaling space that will all help you explore the topics discussed in the One Thousand Gifts DVD. This is not a book merely to read, One Thousand Gifts begs to be embraced as a dynamic, interactive primer inviting you to engage with truths that will serve up the depths of God’s joy and transform your life forever. In this study, Ann encourages us to take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God’s gifts—to discover a way of seeing that opens our eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings deep and lasting joy. It’s only in this expression of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and use to serve others. In it, we come to feel and know the impossible right down to our core: We are wildly loved by God. The estimated investment for the “One Thousand Gifts” book and study guide is $15 or less. If you would like to join us for this study please R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, October 20 so we can order your books.
Men’s Fellowship Life Group is continuing to meet up on Friday mornings at 8:00a.m. at Doe Doe’s Dinner (9395 Bay Pines Blvd, St Petersburg 33708) for coffee, breakfast and fellowship in the Word.
Our Missionary Highlight for the Month of October are Alan and Whitney Brown – 10% of your tithes and offerings help support 8 international, 2 domestic, and 4 local missionaries. Alan and Whitney Brown are serving in Athens, Greece and have a home they call the Aegean Oasis where they minister to God’s servants. Missionaries that need physical rest and soul refreshment come and stay so they leave healthier in all areas when they return to their fields. Covid19 restrictions were being lifted in May. Since the borders were not yet open, most of the people staying were foreign missionaries from the Athens’ area and Greek pastors. June and July were a pretty consistent flow of guests. In August Whitney was hospitalized and 2 liters of fluid was removed from her right side. This is a 12 year problem she has been struggling with. They are pleased with this doctor and the doctor wants to find a solution to this ongoing condition. On her follow up visit she did not have to have the other side drained. Although full it had started to reduce as her body started to adjust itself. God is moving as a result of prayer but we need to continue to pray for her complete healing. Other prayer requests are:1) they will be a witness to their landlord and neighbors;2) for funds needed to purchase a more reliable vehicle; 3) for every guest that enters tired will find what they need and leave refreshed and empowered by their time with God there. Adoption packets for our International Missionaries are available. “Adopting a Missionary” means you would like to commit to be in prayer for and communicate with one of the specific international missionaries. For more information about “Adopting a Missionary” please connect with Mrs. Sharon Ballard,(727) 235-1558, who Champions our International Missionary Team.
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Packing Party is Saturday, November 14 from 9:000a.m.-11:00a.m. in the Fellowship Hall – Come participate in packing a shoe-box for this year’s Operation Christmas Child Shoe-boxes in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 14 – 9a.m. – 11:00a.m. You can also pack your own individual shoe-box and bring it to the church by Sunday, November 15 and or bring special items to add to the box you get to put together at the Shoe-box Packing Party. PLEASE NOTE there have been a couple of changes concerning what you can put in a shoebox; no toothpaste or candy of any kind. Go to How To Pack a Shoebox for a list of item ideas. Connect with Mrs. Roxanne Taylor (727) 515-3522 for more information.
We are Collecting Non-Perishable Food for the Thanksliving Baskets – As part of being an A2 Church, aiming to follow Acts 2:42-47, we are collecting can goods, non-perishable foods, and grocery gift cards for turkeys to help provide Thanksliving Baskets of food for people within our church family and hopefully some within your neighborhoods and circle of influence who could use a little hand up this Thanksgiving. The goal of the basket is to provide a Thanksgiving dinner and a couple of staples for their pantry. You can submit names here for prayerful consideration. Store Gift Cards and monetary donations can be placed in the giving box, located at the back of the Worship Center or through online giving. Your non-perishable food donations can be placed in the collection cart at the back of the Fellowship Hall outside steps. For more information please see or call or text Lisette Ratcliffe at (727) 488-0326.
To assist with preparation, the items have been broken down for specific Sundays.
However, all items are welcome between this Sunday and Sunday, November 15th.
Sunday – October 11th Sunday – November 1st
Can Veggies (Corn, Peas, Green Beans) Laundry Detergent
Can Fruit Toilet Paper (4pk or individually wrapped)
Canned Yams Dish Soap
Turkey Stuffing Tooth Paste/Brushes
Sunday – October 18th Sunday – November 8th
Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles Cake Mix & Canned Frosting
Soup Dessert Mix (brownie, cookie, muffins)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Canned Cranberries
Canned Tuna or Chicken Jell-O Mix
Sunday – October 25th
Turkey Gravy (jar or packets)
We Would Love to Hear From You – please share any updates or prayer request you may have. How is the Lord encouraging you through this time? How are you expressing and experiencing the art of “loving one another” (Be in prayer, Listen with care, Eat together (maybe take a neighbor a meal during this time, Serve one another, Share your story)? We would love to hear your testimonies! You can use this Online Connection Card to share with us.
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