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02.25.22

Hello Faith Family,

 
Thank you all for the “get well” wishes and check-ins this past weekend. It was an interesting Saturday, but it seems the stomach bug has made its way through the Martin household and is bothering someone else now.
 
Though I missed most of DNow due to the illness, I was overjoyed to see all the work Clayton, Lauren, Sam, and so many others put into the weekend. THANK YOU to all the volunteers who opened their homes for our students, Ben for leading the large gatherings, those who drove the students around all weekend, and those who were leaders for each group. You are all a wonderful blessing to First Hewitt, and I know the students would express their highest thanks for the time you gave.
 
SORRY, but I want to brag on my Life Group for a moment. We are currently in week 4 of our Rooted study and I have never been more excited for us to meet each week to discuss how God is working in us through this study. The entire group has been committed to this study and continues to engage with each other as we dive deeper into the revelations that come from our time together. I am excited for others to experience what we have and invite you to join one of our Life Groups if not already committed to one.
 
I had many ideas of what to include in this article, but given the events of today, I feel it is best for us to recognize the dire need for prayer over the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. What happened today is a reminder of the fallen state we find our world wallowing in every day. I wish it was not so, but the truth is that we live in a fallen world that needs to redemptive grace of Jesus Christ. One revelation Kim and I have experienced this week from the Rooted study comes from Isaiah 41 which says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen youI will help youI will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (my own emphasis). Do you notice who is acting in this passage? God…. The temptation in this moment is for us to become enraged by what we see in the news, calling on our own righteous justice to make it all right, but we cannot. Our only power in this moment is to pray. We must pray, for God is the only one who can bring healing and peace to this world and in His faithfulness, he will bring peace. How do we join in His work? We must pray.
 
Faith family…, you are loved. You are appreciated and you are His. Above all else, know that you are His and nothing can change that.
 
Blessings.
Brandon Martin

How can you help in the Ukraine crisis?

After eight years of ongoing conflict, tension continues to mount on the border between Ukraine and Russia. Imminent conflict between the two countries could spark a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, causing millions to be displaced from their homes. Send Relief, a cooperative ministry between the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, is working with local Baptist partners in Ukraine to care for displaced families in desperate need of help and hope. 

You can help! There is extraordinary power in prayer.  Click here to access a prayer guide.  

You can also give financially through the Send Relief Fund.  Click here to go to the Send Relief website.

Volunteer Lunch 

We are so thankful for all who volunteer in the life of our church.  As a way of celebrating our volunteers, we are hosting a special lunch in honor of our volunteers.  If you are a volunteer in any of our ministry environments or ministry teams, then we would love for you to join us for this special time.  The lunch will take place on Sunday, February 27th @ 12.  

Thank you Sam! 

This Sunday, February 27th, will be Sam's last day leading worship for us at First Hewitt.  We are so thankful for Sam's ministry over the last 2 1/2 years and will certainly miss his leadership on our staff. If you were unable to join us for our appreciation fellowship last Wednesday evening, please take a moment to thank Sam for all he has done!  We excited to see how God will lead the Johnson family in the days ahead.  

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

The Senior Adult Ministry is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes during 2022.  The suggested items for February are sun glasses and bead kits. We have received 20 pair of sun glasses and 12 bead kits.

Women's Ministry

Women's Bible Studies

Ladies, we've got some great options for you to study God's Word. Register by calling the church office (254-666-2741) or by emailing Susan Malone (susan@firsthewitt.org).

Wednesday Morning Classes - 10:30 AM

Wednesday Evening Classes - 6:00 PM 

 

Worship Center Upgrades

In the days ahead, you will notice a few changes in the worship center.  We are in the process of upgrading our projectors and moving our projector screens.  These upgrades will provide new technology that should enhance our weekly worship experience.  These improvements are made possible through your generous gifts to our General Budget.   If you have any questions, please contact Sam Johnson or Larry McAdoo (Properties Team Leader). 

Financial Update 

Monthly Giving Requirement: $63,528
February Giving Weekly Receipts: $74,728

Year to Date Required:  $111,175
Year to Date Received:  $129,383
Year to Date Surplus/Deficit:  ($18,2084)
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