We're excited for our kickoff to the 2017 Pledge Campaign here at Fargo Faith! Pastor Martin Avery and Christopher Hanson will rematch in a cook-off this Wednesday, September 28th! Your vote can be cast for the best dish by dropping your pledge envelope on behalf of the best dish!
In the spirit of participation, we decided to do this cook-off in a Chopped-style kind of way allowing the congregation to vote on what five ingredients would be required to be a part of our dish, a fun challenge of sorts! We allowed you to vote all last week into Sunday. Here are the results- the five key ingredients for the competition this Wednesday:
Dairy Product: Cheese
Pastor Martin and Christopher are looking forward to the challenge of winning your votes for the best dish in the Fargo Faith Cook-off, Part II! We'll see you Wednesday!
As we approach the start of the regular season of worship, the choir will be reforming once again to provide music at the 9am Traditional Worship Service each Sunday beginning September 11th! Any and all singers, regardless of experience, are invited to join the choir at any time throughout the year!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO COMMIT TO EVERY WEDNESDAY OR SUNDAY! COME IF YOU'RE ABLE TO SING OR IF YOU CAN FIT IT INTO YOUR SCHEDULE!
The Church Women United Annual Meeting & Luncheon will take place on Friday, October 7th at 11:00am at First Lutheran Church in Fargo. In addition to the luncheon, events will include:
Election and Installation of Officers
Gifts to and Reports from Local Projects: YWCA Shelter, Nokomis, Native American Ministry, Churches United for the Homeless
The Congregational Reps Board Meeting will take place earlier at 10:00am
These is a $5.00 cost for the luncheon.
Everyone is Welcome!
As always, we are in need of volunteers to help with the Faith Food Ministry and distribution on Fridays! There are various tasks to be taken care of throughout the day to include setup of the room, loading and organizing food, distributing food, cleaning up after, and tearing the room down. All of this happens from 8am-4pm throughout the day. The next Friday that we need help with the Food Ministry is September 30th.
Faith Food Ministry is operated completely by volunteers. We are always in need of more volunteers. For more information, contact the Faith Food Ministry Coordinator Colette Carter at (701) 261-7515.
On Thursday, September 29th from 2pm-2:45pm, all UMW members (or anyone in our church family as well) are encouraged to pray for non-violence internationally. There is no actual group meeting, you are asked to pray at that time as individuals wherever you happen to be during that time. All over North Dakota and South Dakota, other UMW members will be praying as well.
Don't forget about our Wednesday Family Nights which continue moving forward every Wednesday to follow in the Fellowship Hall!
Dinner will be served as usual at 6:00pm with a short informal service with music, a message, and Communion at 6:30pm.
Pastor Martin has chosen to base his Wednesday night messages and discussion questions around a Brian McLaren bible study called We Make the Road by Walking. CLICK HERE to read more about the book!
Also, keep in mind that KIDMO activities and Youth Group will begin again on September 14th!
The Dakotas Conference UMW Annual Celebration will take place at St. Paul's UMC in Jamestown on October 7th and 8th. Hotel rooms are available at the Comfort Inn (811 20th Street SW, Jamestown) for $99. tax not included. Contact the hotel at (701) 252-7125.
Friday, October 7th
4:30pm- Counterpart training (for District Team by Conference Team)
5:30pm- Dinner for District and Conference Teams
7:00pm- Welcome and Introductions, Talent Show and Awards Presentation, Refreshments and Fellowship
Saturday, October 8th
8:00am- Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45am- Singing and Worship, Speaker: Bishop Bruce Ough, Speakers: Mike and Libby Flowers of the Spirit Lake Ministry Center, Sheyenne, North Dakota, "The Beatitudes" Bible Study led by Michelle Brennan, Business Meeting, and Closing Worship
Registration is $15. Send your name, addressm, phone, e-mail, and payment (made out to Dakotas Conference UMW) to: Dakotas Conference Annual Celebration- Sarah Hock, 304 South Lincoln Avenue, Lot 9, Madison, SD 57042.
If you have any questions, please contact Karla Leach by phone at (605) 201-5903 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Outreach Team met this past Sunday to make plans for the remainder of the 2016 church year. Here are a few notes that you might be interested in knowing!
-A choice was made to not host a Trunk or Treat event on Halloween. There were several reasons for this decision which included: cost of the event and cost of the candy, lack of return to the church (participants enjoyed the event, but did not see the event as a reason to come try out our worship offerings or services), difficulty in acquiring volunteers (an event that takes so very many volunteers to put on), and the fact that Halloween is on a Monday. We will take a look at next year as a possibility of trying again if the interest should arise.
-An outreach event featuring some of our worship band performing a Sunday evening at Junkyard Brewery for their weekly "Beer and Hymns" session was discussed.
-Our major outreach project will be a combined three events for which we will put our resources and efforts into next: The Fargo Faith Music Service on November 20th, an evening Christmas performance by the Big House Band in the JC Penny Court of the West Acres Mall on November 30th, and our annual Live Nativity event on December 4th. We will promote all of these events together through print advertising and social media. The idea is to make Live Nativity the centerpiece event while heavily promoting the church and that event through the two musical events.
If you have any questions or thoughts regarding these ideas, please contact Outreach Chair, Christopher Hanson at email@example.com.