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07.01.22

Dear Faith Family,

Last week, I attended Kids’ Camp with several of our children.  It was a sweet time of getting to know them, playing games, and worshiping together.  Our Bible studies for the week focused on the prophet Elijah from 1 Kings.  I love the story of Elijah.  I love his boldness.  I love his devotion to the Lord during a time when the Israelites were described as wavering between God and Baal.  I love how Elijah soaks the altar with water and God shows up and “the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.” 

The prophet Elijah often seems larger than life and full of faith which makes me thankful that we can also read about the times when Elijah was hungry, tired, discouraged, and insecure.  I’m glad the Bible gives examples of what happens when “an ordinary life intersects with an extraordinary God.”  It’s tempting to put the focus on Elijah and his courage and boldness instead of the God he served and trusted.  I don’t think the point of the story of Elijah calling fire from heaven is to encourage us to be brave.  I think the point of the story is more about being passionate about the glory of God.  Elijah knew God was greater than the 450 prophets of Baal and that drove him to challenge them to a contest at the top of Mt. Carmel.  I want to live in this same way when I face challenges in my life.  More than wishing God would take away the challenges, I pray that He would be glorified through the challenges. 

Please join me in praying this week for our team headed to serve at Glorietta.  May God be glorified in all that they do, and may any challenges they face serve to point others to Jesus.
 
Blessings,
Michelle Schlappe

On July 1, Susan Malone will be celebrating 22 years of ministry at First Hewitt! We are so thankful for Susan and her incredible heart to love and serve our church!  Please take a few minutes to express your gratitude and appreciation for Susan.  I know she would love a card or email!  Her email address is:  susan@firsthewitt.org  

Happy Birthday, America!

God has blessed this nation in so many incredible ways.  As we celebrate our nation's independence, let's take time to give thanks for all that the Lord has done for our great country.  

Reminder:  The church office will be closed on Monday, July 4th. 

Please be in prayer for our group of volunteers and families as they leave today to serve in Glorieta, New Mexico.  We will be partnering with Glorieta Camps to do a variety of work-related projects from July 1-8.  

Our next Deacon's Meeting will be on Sunday, July 10 @ 4:00 PM in the HUB. We will hear several important updates and also elect officers for 2022-2023.  If you are unable to attend, please contact the church office (254.666.2741).
 

New Two Part Study 
Patterns of Evidence - The Red Sea Miracle

Men -  join us on Wednesdays for a small group study!
Men's Breakfast every Wednesday morning @ 7:30 AM.

 
Summer LLL 

We will be having a summer LLL meeting on Tuesday, July 12 at noon in the HUB.  We are asking that you bring a sack lunch.  Water and tea will be provided and there will be no charge for this LLL meeting.  Our speaker will be Suzette Yanez and she will be sharing ways to keep our lives more secure.  As always, we will have a door prize and be playing a game.  Please call the church office to make your reservations or email susan@firsthewitt.org.
 

Senior Tuesdays - 2 to 4PM

Please join us as we fellowship through exercise. We are doing chair exercises at 3pm each week.


Dominoes & puzzle tables are also available at 2pm. We are busy making salvation bracelets, beanie hats and jump ropes out of t-shirts. 

 
Operation Christmas Child Mission Project

Thanks so much for your support of Operation Christmas Child as we support missions around the world during the Christmas season.  We have begun packing 100 boxes as the items are being donated.  This is an update of some of the items that are still needed through June: 
  • 14 yoyos
  • 16 small sports balls
  • 20 dolls or stuffed animals
  • 29 small flashlights with batteries
 Our item requested for July is small packages of crayons.

Our students have had a great summer so far and we still have some summer activities ahead. On July 22, we will be taking the students to Group Dynamix in Dallas for a lock-in. Group Dynamix is the largest indoor high-ropes course and teambuilding facility in Texas. We are going to spend the night playing a number of different games, doing some teambuilding and climbing on the ropes course. This is going to be fun time for all of us and my hope is that this helps them grow closer together as brothers and sisters in Christ!

Youth Pastor

Nothing says summer like  Ice Cream! Come join us for a church-wide fellowship in the HUB on Sunday, July 31 @ 6:00 PM! We will enjoy ice cream, table games (including Farkle), and lots of laughs. If you are an ice cream connoisseur, feel free to bring your favorite homemade version to share. If you just like to eat ice cream, then bring your favorite store bought version or some toppings to share.

July Prayer Focus & Bible Reading Plan

Each month, we as a church family are seeking to consistently read God's Word and pray for the Gospel to be known in different parts of the world.  Our July edition of Together for the Gospel is now available at the church or by clicking here. 

Our prayer focus for the month of July is:  Uyghurs of East Asia

Financial Update 

Monthly Giving Requirement: $63,528
June Giving Weekly Receipts: $56,988

Year to Date Required:  $381,173
Year to Date Received:  $397,844
Year to Date Surplus/Deficit:  + $16,671
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