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01.27.23
Dear Faith Family,
 
What a night…
Our night of worship & prayer this past week was absolutely amazing! If you were there, you know what I mean! Coming together to pray for our church, to pray for our families, praising God for his faithfulness…was just a piece of what all happened! God moved! There was a freedom to worship, a freedom to proclaim God’s goodness, a freedom to gather together around those who needed to know they were not alone and that their faith family had their back! The scriptures that Chris brought and shared kept us pointed towards our Heavenly Father and His plans for us. One of the things that stood out to me was how we finished the evening. Chris asked if we could sing “I Speak Jesus” to conclude the night. It was such an awesome way to wrap up the night…to proclaim God’s faithfulness and  "Speak the Name of Jesus" over everything we had spent the evening praying for.  It was truly a special night in the life of 1st Hewitt…God’s people proclaiming together the name of Jesus over all things!
We finished singing that last song together and there was a “peace” in the room. Even after that last song, and an official goodnight, we continued to sing, some continued to pray, some continued to worship and soak up a little more of God’s goodness! There was a sense of “I don’t want to leave this moment just yet”! 
We are going to continue these nights of worship and prayer and I can’t wait to see what God does next time. 
I Love 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5! There is so much going on in this one Chapter. In fact, one of the most powerful sentences in all of Scripture is found in this small book written by Paul, Silas, & Timothy.
          “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
           for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“
 
                                                                              1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
Like I said, there is a lot to unpack in that one sentence.  For now, I just want to leave you with those three words between “Rejoice Always” & “Give Thanks”…”Pray Without Ceasing”.           “He who prays without ceasing uses many little darts and hand-grenades
           of godly desire, which he casts forth at every available interval.
           Sometimes he will blow the furnace of his desires to a great heat in
           regular prayer, and as a consequence at other times, the sparks will
           continue to rise up to heaven in the form of brief words, and looks,
           and desires.“  
(Charles Spurgeon)
We must be a praying church! 
We must be praying people! 
Will you join us in 2023 to be a people who strive to “pray without ceasing”?
Jordan
**I Speak Jesus was written by The ministry collective Here Be Lions.  The worship team/writers  consisted of Dustin Smith,
Jesse Reeves, Carlene Prince, Raina Pratt, Kristen Dutton, and Abby Benton! 

 

When you look at the early church in the New Testament, one of the things that set them apart was their deep sense of community and their abiding passion for the Lord.  They loved God's Word and loved one another well!  These are qualities worth pursuing!  

Life Groups are one of the unique environments designed to foster authentic community and fuel spiritual growth.  And, NOW is a perfect time to join a Life Group!  If you aren't in a Life Group, click HERE for a current list of groupst!  We'd love for you to join us!

For more information, please contact the church office (254.666.2741).

Faith Family,

The youth ministry has resumed their weekly meeting times. Here are when they are meeting:

  • Sunday School @ 9:30am
  • Sunday Fellowship from 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night from 6L00pm-7:30pm.

If you have students who want to be a part of the ministry, have them join us during one of those times. We would love for them to join!

Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Bible Study
7:30AM  -The Hub
The Book of John by Tony Evans

Wednesday Evening Men's Study 
6:00PM - The Hub
Stepping Up
New Bible Study "The Names of God" by Melissa Spoelstra
Wednesday's 10:30 AM & 6:00 PM - The Hub
9:30AM - 11:00 AM
RSVP By February 6  -  254.666.2741
Senior Tuesdays  meet Tuesday at 2PM

Grief Share
Grief recovery groups beginning Wednesday, February 1st at 2pm. Call 254.666.2741 to make reservations and reserve a workbook.

LLL
February 14 at Noon in the Hub
Program: Music - Hiram & Hank
Meal: Chicken pot pie, salad, strawberry shortcake   
Cost: $7.00
Reservation Deadline: Monday, February 13 at 9AM


Widow/Widower Banquet
If you are a widow or widower, we invite you to join us as we celebrate you at our annual Widow/Widower Banquet on Saturday, February 18 at 10am.  We will have a brunch just for you, music you will enjoy, a devotion by Bro. Chris, games & door prizes.  Please call in your reservation to 254.666-2741 before February 12th.

Branson
The senior adult ministry will be taking a bus trip to the Branson Show Extravaganza in September.  The cost is $750 per person based on double occupancy.  This includes 6 days and 5 nights, leaving on Monday, September 11 and returning on Saturday September 16.  Deposit of $75 is due with registration by Wednesday, February 1st.  The final payment is due July 4th.  A payment plan will be available beginning in March.  Please contact Susan Malone to reserve your spot, as 53 total seats are available.  You do NOT have to be a member of First Hewitt to travel with us.
NEW MEMBER LUNCH SUNDAY, February 12 @ 12:00 PM
Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of our faith family?  Join us for our next membership lunch right after church on Sunday, February 12.  We will share an informal meal together, learn more about our vision, and provide a time for Q & A.  The lunch is free, but we do ask that you RSVP by calling the office (254.666.2741) or click this link

February 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 February edition of Together for the Gospel is now available at the church or by clicking here. 

Our prayer focus for the month of February is: KOSOVO

Prayer Requests? 

We want to be a church that continually lifts each other up in prayer. If you have a prayer request, share it with us by clicking below:
Prayer Request

Financial Update 

Monthly Giving Requirement: $67,632
January Giving Receipts: $90,858

Year to Date Required:  $3324,152
Year to Date Received:  $348,805
Year to Date Surplus/Deficit: + $24,179
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