“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” -GK Chesterton
Discipleship is a common word, used often in the church, that many people (even many members and leaders in the church) do not understand fully. This summer, FIBC is embarking on a nine part summer sermon series called The Living Mission: A Practical Guide to Discipleship that will help to clarify, demystify, and 'de-churchify' this essential Christian doctrine.
Over this summer series, we will look to the life of Jesus Christ, his New Testament teachings, and the ways in which he impacted the world through his direct influence on individuals. Our goal will be to demonstrate how, in nine areas of life, we can each take the next right steps of faith - to “move the dial” of faith - and therefore actively grow as disciples of Jesus, and experience the spirit-led, abundant life that Christ promised to those who trust in and follow him.
Join us this summer as we explore what it means to be a 21st-century disciple of Jesus of Nazareth.
Summer Sermon Series dates are July 3, 2016 - August 28, 2016, all worship services begin at 13:00 with a time of fellowship to follow each service.
On Saturday, August 22 FIBC organized our first ever Church Bazaar in the courtyard of Kristuskirken. By all accounts, the Bazaar was a great success - a day full of sunshine, fellowship, face painting, delicious food, and bargains, bargains, bargains.
Over the past few months, as the event took shape, different people in the church stepped forward as volunteers to manage tables selling gently used items, make delicious food to sell, and run fun activities as well as do the ever important set up and break down. Many others who could not attend donated items to sell and lifted up prayers for a successful event... and no rain!
The loppemarked (Danish for 'flea market') side was organized into departments featuring adult clothing, children's clothing, books, toys, music, electronics, household goods/miscellaneous. The food table overflowed with asian noodles, egg rolls, cookies, carrot cakes, pinwheel rolls, pizza rolls, pakoras, brittle, soda, juice, coffee, and tea. Cheery jazz music wafted through the air as faces were painted, cupcakes were decorated, temporary tattoos were applied, golf putts found their hole, and a haircut was given.
In looking back at our first church bazaar, we can count it as a success in many ways. First of all, all who participated had a great time. Secondly, we raised an impressive 15,000 kroner while reaching out to the community to let them know that we are a vibrant congregation made up of people who both love the Lord and each other. We also built relationships among ourselves by working side by side enjoying a fun day of fellowship in perfect weather. Of course, there were some things that worked better than others, and we will try to learn from those observations when we hold the next bazaar.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the day special - each contribution was a blessing. If you have ideas on how to make the next Bazaar even better, or if you would like to help organize the next event, please talk to Cyndi at church or email email@example.com.
Text Contributed by Cyndi.