Usually I write "Happy Friday" to you all, but not today. Today it's all about the Fall Festival. We're one day from our BIG DAY!
How wonderful and powerful it is when so many different people come together. Everybody pulling together, pooling their resources, using their skills for a common purpose. Why, it's almost Biblical in it's proportions!
Free games. Free Food. Fun for the entire family from 1 - 3pm Saturday at Church Requel! It's all hands on deck tomorrow. Even if you haven't signed up for anything, just show up. We'll give you a fun job. Set-up begins at 10am. The actual Festival begins at 1 pm. Tear down begins at 3pm. Tell everyone you know. Our entire purpose in offering this festival is to serve our neighborhood. Let's shower some love tomorrow, what do you say?
At the risk of surely leaving out some amazing stories, let me tell you about just a few of the things going on. Festival attendees will enjoy face painting, games, pumpkin decorating, and a fall picture booth. A DJ will be playing great music and announcing prizes. The apple cider will be flowing. There even will be a "Sponge toss at the pastor" game. What's not to love?
The prizes for tomorrow are amazing! Door prizes for both adults and children from places such as little Buckeye Children's Museum, Pursnickity, 2 Cousins Pizza, free Red Box video rentals, Salon Vivace, Coney Island, Hobby Lobby - literally too many to mention!
All kids will receive a free ticket to the Richland Carrousel plus chances to win additional free tickets. Kids 11-17 will have a chance to win a $50 Walmart gift card. Kids 5-10 will have a chance to win a brand new bike. Kids under 5 will have the chance to win a giant adorable Teddy Bear! How do they win? I understand they will all be guessing the number of candy corn in a jar. Sounds fun!
We will also be giving away coats, hats, scarves and gloves to anyone who needs them along with gently used house items and toiletry items. Last night I saw the number of coats that have been donated and could barely hold back my amazement. You are such a giving community! You WILL make an impact on your surrounding community with your love!
The volunteers for the Fall Festival have made another big impact on our KidsMin Director, Tamira Barnes. Last night she told me, "A few weeks ago I stood in front of the congregation and asked them for help with this event. They have responded with such love and enthusiasm that it brings tears to my eyes. The generosity and 'all hands on deck' attitude has truly been amazing!!! I could not be more proud to call Church Requel my home!"
Let's make this inaugural Church Requel Fall Festival a day we will never forget. I'm looking forward to serving with all of you tomorrow. Let's make a huge impact in our downtown neighborhood!
And Then On Sunday... Yes, there will be life after Saturday. The weekend continues on! We have a fantastic worship service planned for Sunday morning at 11am. Brandi, Jana, and Cindy will lead us in some of our favorite worship songs: "Blessed Be Your Name," "Amazing Grace," "10,000 Reasons," and "You Are Good." I'm looking forward to continuing our study of Ephesians with a sermon I've entitled, "Both Feet In." Of course, we'll pray together and share communion too.
The kiddos will have a great time Sunday too. In KidsMin, the children will kick off the morning with some fun fall-themed "Minute To Win It" games. Also they will be carving pumpkins and learning about the first step to becoming a new creation in Christ. They'll learn they also need to clean out the "gunk" in their lives. Our pre-schoolers will continue their stories out of the book of Genesis, learning this week about Jacob and Esau and making good choices.
Women's Bible Study On Wednesday. Our ladies met this past Wednesday at our home for their Fall Bible study led by Mary Kay. They will meet again this coming Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. If you missed the first week, it's not too late to join in the study. This is a great way to get to know some of the other women in the church.
Women of Faith - From Survival To Revival will be taking place here in Mansfield on November 7th and 8th. Tickets are still available but going fast. (Don't let the cost of $25 keep you from going. We'll pay for your ticket if you want to go!) Just let Mary Kay, Cindy Thoman or Tamira Barnes know if you want to attend. Should be a great time of study and fellowship for our Church Requel ladies!
Thanksgiving Potluck November 15th. Bring your best dish... or dessert... or bag of chips! Ha! Let's enjoy a massive potluck on Sunday, November 15th and give great thanksgiving for the way the Lord has blessed us this year. Families bring two dishes of any kind. Single folks bring one dish. We'll enjoy this meal together immediately following the morning worship service.
New Members Class November 22nd. Been thinking about joining up with Church Requel? Want to know more about our church? This one-day seminar will answer your questions. The Belong Class begins at 8:30 am and ends at 1:30 pm. It includes a free continental breakfast and a Subway lunch. You do not have to join the church if you attend the class. However, attendance is a requirement if you wish to become a member.
If you've made it this far, write me and let me know. I have some extra candy corn to pass out! Seriously I know many of you do read this from top to bottom every week and I appreciate it. The truth is that there is so much going on in our new downtown church. You're making a difference in the lives of our neighbors and as a result our church is growing. It's wonderful to partner with you.
Sleep well tonight! We'll all need it tomorrow. Blessings upon you! Pastor Mark