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Published by Faith Fellowship Church, 2020-03-20 15:54:13

Spring 2020 Newsletter

FFC Newsletter Spring 2020

Keywords: Newsletter

GOSPEL

Gvonie r a l

“And the Lord added
TO THEIR NUMBER DAY BY DAY
those who were being saved."

- Acts 2:47

FAITH MATTERS

SPRING 2020


credits

Production Team:

Executive Producers: CONTENTS
Dr. Jeffrey and Pastor Ann Hoy 3 SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JEFF |2021 Marriage cruise
4 gospel Gone Viral
Publication Manager: Pastor Jeff Hoy
Pastor Paul Reece 5 Catching “a good case of Jesus”
Pastor Ann Hoy
Copy Editor/ Print Production: 6-7 FFC KIDS | FAITH FELLOWSHIP ACADEMY
Pam DePietro 8-9 YOUTH MINISTRY | SUMMER CAMP
10 EASTER SERVICES|INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP|lifeline
Newsletter Writers:
Jeff Hoy, Ann Hoy
Paul Reece, Pam DePietro,
Michael Law, Jill Weber,
Kris Pakulak, Ricky Pacheco,

Photographers:
Pastor Jeff, Pastor Ann, Jill Weber

Graphic Design:
Pam DePietro

11 STAYING CONNECTED IN A TIME OF ISOLATION

APRIL Pastor Paul Reece

OUT OF TOWN? 5 Palm Sunday NEW DATES COMING SOON!
11 Special Easter Music/Easter Saturday Service
Go to your devices app 12 Easter Sunday/Special Music
store and download the 26 Graduate Recognition Sign-Up Deadline
free FFC App.
MAY
We livestream our Saturday Service
at 6pm and our Sunday Service 10 Mother‘s Day (No Youth Group) SILENT AUCTION/BBQ WEEKEND
Message at 9am and 10:45am. You 13 Camp Training Meeting #1
can also watch recorded messages 15-16 Spring Rummage Sale A BIG THANK YOU to our “King of the Grill”,
and give online through our website 16-17 Christian Educators’ Appreciation Weekend Jared Weber
and the FFC App. 16-17 Graduate Recognition Weekend
16-17 Summer Staff Recognition to our “Master Chef”
Church Officers 17 MIP Meeting #1 Charlie Smith
20 Camp Training Meeting #2
FFC Church Officers and ministry teams 24 Camp College Counselor Mtg. and to our Silent Auction and Live Auction
represent our faith family. Feel free to contact 24 MIP Meeting #2 Leaders for all of the time and effort you put
the chairman if you have questions or creative 27 Camp Training Meeting #3 into making the weekend such a success!
suggestions. 30-31 Basic Beliefs Recognition Weekend There are so many of you who helped leading
up to and throughout the barbecue and Silent
Chairman John Tartaro JUNE VBS Set-Up Auction, from decorating, food preparation,
Vice-Chairman Holly Wesche Staging for Camp (2pm) servers, cashiers, set-up, teardown, clean-up,
Secretary Alina Miller 1-12 Load Camp Trucks (5pm) collecting Silent Auction items, making phone
Treasurer Brenda Weed 3 Summer Camp calls, data entry, and a host of other things that
Member at Large John Brooker 4 Unload Trucks after Camp (1pm) made the weekend run smoothly.
Member at Large Phil Love 7-12 Summer Camp Homecoming/Dinner THANKS to all of you.
Member at Large Dianne Thompson 12 VBS You know who you are!
12 VBS Closing Ceremony (6:30pm)
15-19 Father’s Day Weekend
19 Mission Is Possible XXI
20-21 Baptism (6pm)
21-26
22


A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JEFF

Greetings People of Faith,
We have all been prayerfully concerned about the growing threat of the COVID-19 virus in our nation and world. President

Trump has issued the call for all Americans to avoid gatherings of more than ten people. Brevard County has also called for
similar social distancing. For this reason, Faith Fellowship Church will be closing most public gatherings for the immediate
future.

• Our Worship will be conducted online by Live Stream technology at www.faithfellowshipweb.com/livestream
• This is also available on our FFC App and Facebook page.
• We will give you more information, but our hope is to present Worship at our regular Worship times—Saturday 6 pm

and Sunday at 9 am, and 10:45 am.
• Lifeline Young adult ministry on Tuesday is canceled.
• Youth Ministry on Sunday evening is canceled for the immediate future as is Kids’ Club and Children’s Sunday

School.
• Sunday morning, evening, and teen classes have been suspended.
• Some Bible studies and small groups are still meeting in homes. Others are using technology such at Zoom to meet

virtually online.

We do not know how long the COVID-19 threat will require the suspension of public meetings for Worship. Our hope is to
support fully the call of our national leaders to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in quick response. We should plan on the next
two weekends to be closed for public meetings. We will keep you informed. If you have a pastoral need, please call our church
office at 321-259-7200.

We hope to resume a normal schedule of services and activities very soon. Some of our seasonal programming may need to
canceled or rescheduled. We will communicate about these things. We will continue to be a people of Faith and prayer during
these times.

I look forward to seeing you online and worshiping with you in Spirit and Truth.

Pastor Jeff Hoy please register with our group so we may sit
Faith Fellowship Church together in the dining room and qualify for the

MARRIAGE CRUISE free conference room for our class.

JANUARY 10-17, 2021

Register at:
gpastor.dreamvacationsgroups.com/Faithfellowshipchurchmarriagecruise

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GOSPEL
GONE
VIRAL

ALL THE TALK THESE DAYS IS By the design of God, His message of hope and love
ABOUT VIRUSES. IT SEEMS LIKE spread faster than anything we might have engineered. The
EVERYONE YOU TALK TO NOW IS Christian faith exploded with growth in the next two centu-
AN EXPERT EPIDEMIOLOGIST. I AM ries. Actual figures are unreliable, but no one questions the
CERTAINLY NOT AN EXPERT, SO I dramatic impact that Christians began to have in shaping
WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT western civilization.
THERE ARE GOOD VIRUSES.
Today, there are many tools for communication and
Viruses, like bacteria, can be critical beneficial evangelism. There are broadcasts, media, festival events,
and mass crusades. But the original method is still the best.
microbes in human health and agriculture. Some viruses Some will be convinced by reading a book or listening to a
provide immunity against bacterial pathogens. Others can recording. But most who come to Christ will do so because
even arm natural killer cells in the immune system, which of the infectious faith of someone they know. It will be
kill tumor cells and infected cells. Wow. Who knew? because of something shared and infused in them by a
believer who caught this Gospel bug from someone who
Another thing I learned is what all viruses have in caught it from someone.
common. Good or bad, viruses all spread similarly. They
cannot grow on their own. They have to engage a host The very best spread of the very best thing the world has
cell, but then they replicate like crazy. This is “going ever known is the Gospel gone Viral.
viral” in the most basic sense.
Are you ready to catch it? Are you ready to spread it?
That same term and process is often used to describe Are you ready to nurture the Good spiritual virus of the
Gospel? We will see you soon in church. And we hope to
an idea or piece of news that spreads quickly. Ideas will send you soon to share.
do that. News, both bad or good, will do that. It is called
“going viral” in the world of media. The internet has DR. JEFF HOY
afforded a perfect medium for both good and bad ideas to
“go viral,” but this is nothing new. SENIOR PASTOR

In the first century, the Gospel went viral. After the
events of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, His
followers remained in Jerusalem and waited. On the Day
of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was manifest among the
believers and empowered Peter to preach the Gospel to
thousands who had gathered for the feast. (Acts 2)

On that day, about three thousand were baptized as
believers in the Gospel of Jesus. Most of these were
God-fearing Jews who had come for the feast of Pentecost
from around the world. They were gathered from at least
fifteen different countries. When they left Jerusalem, they
carried this viral Gospel into those nations of the world.
And among those left in Jerusalem, "the Lord added to
their number day by day those who were being saved."
Acts 2:47

4 | FAITH MATTERS | SPRING 2020


Years ago, there was a young boy, about thirteen years catching
old, in eighth grade, who came to Youth Group. He lived “a good case
pretty far from the church but had been invited by a school
friend. He came and played the games, heard the Praise and of Jesus”
Worship music, the prayers of the leaders, and came on a
retreat. Then one night, when an invitation was given, he their whole family had started attending this neighborhood
prayed to personally receive Christ as his Lord and Savior. church. Over time, each one of them had received Christ
His life totally changed as he experienced the amazingly and gotten baptized. Their whole family was saved, and
strong love of the Lord, and the care and compassion of their lives were so much better, as they all had individual
adult leaders and kindness of other teens who had also relationships with Jesus, and they now were a Christian
received Jesus. He was different than when he had come to family, with peace and hope at home, like never before. He
us. He had a confidence that comes with forgiveness of sins said their family business was even going so much better
and acceptance in the Body of Christ. He realized that you and he was so grateful for all that the Youth Group leaders
could have fun doing things that were uplifting and he had and I had done to share this love with his son. He said that
a new purpose in his life to share this love with others. It they had all caught the infectious transforming love of
was a powerful thing to watch, as he grew into a student God, and he was so grateful.
leader. I will never forget the evening about a year later that
he came to me and told me that this was going to be his last I once heard it said, “Love isn’t taught as much as it is
night at Youth Group. For a moment, I was sadly puzzled, caught!” Years ago, our pastor in Georgia, used to
but then he explained why. He said that since we had been describe a person, who was vibrant in their faith, as some-
praying for our families and friends to come to know Jesus one, who “had a good case of Jesus!”
at Youth Group, it really impacted him. One night before he
went to bed, he was praying, and God had put it on his heart We are in prayer during this time of the Coronavirus
to start attending a small church that was near his home. He Pandemic that we will all have a “good case of Jesus”
said that they didn’t have a Youth Ministry but he felt that through these days. We believe that ‘what the enemy
the Lord wanted him to attend there on Sunday mornings, meant for evil, God can turn and use for good.’ We are
so that his mom and dad and brothers and sisters would praying that hearts will be softened for the Lord. We are
come with him. I said a prayer with him and gave him a praying a ‘hedge of protection’ around the Body of Christ
holy hug, and he left. so that they can stand strong, full of faith and hope, for the
rest of their family, co-workers, and friends. We are pray-
It was about a year later that I heard about him again. ing that the Lord will use faith friends to encourage and
Somehow his father saw me pumping gas at a gas station serve the rest of the world, in Jesus’ name. We are praying
and came over to tell me the whole story. “Are you Pastor for the Lord to pour out a double portion of courage for his
Ann?” “Yes,” I said. He introduced himself and started out Faith Warriors. We believe we will see the Lord reign
the conversation by thanking me profusely for passing the victoriously through this season and that ‘No weapon
love of Jesus to his son. Then he shared that they had formed against all of us, will prosper.’ Remember to
noticed a big difference in their son’s attitudes, his help ‘Keep the Faith’ by giving it away!”
around the house, and with his siblings, and that his school
work and grades had even improved. He shared how he Lots of Love,
wondered what his son was up to, when his boy started Pastor Ann Hoy
getting up early on Sundays, showering and getting dressed
for church. He told me that his son took his Bible, and PASTOR ANN HOY
walked to the little nearby church by himself. The dad said
they were so impacted by his example that after a while, PASTOR OF YOUTH AND
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

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FAITH FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
JUNE 15-19 9AM – HIGH NOON

KIDS AGES 4 (BY JUNE 1ST ) – COMPLETED 5TH GRADE

S.K.I.T. WEEK sundays thru may 19, 5-7pm
Returns
watch for more
July 12-19 details!

Family Movie Night

6 | FAITH MATTERS | SPRING 2020


Faith Fellowship
Academy’s
17th Annual
Trike-a-thon

March 15, 2019

SPRING 2020 | FAITH MATTERS | 7


YOUTH MINISTRY

YOUTH GROUP HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE MISSION IS POSSIBLE XXI | JUNE 21-26

Sunday nights, from 5-8pm, we welcome all teens in grades Imagine a world where teens want to spend a week in the
6th - 12th to join us for a night of games, fellowship, dinner, summer serving the community in the name of Jesus! Imag-
worship, and the Word of God. Snack supper is $3. If you are ine that they raise $240 to provide for their food and mission
coming for the first time, you eat for free! supplies! Then, imagine them working long hours on hot
summer days with energy enough to Worship God at night!
Basic beliefs Class | MAY 30-31 This Mission Is Possible!

During the weekend services on May 30-31, we will MIP week has been a tradition at Faith Fellowship for 20
present our 6th - 8th graders who have completed the years. Students learn about the heart of missions as they serve
Basic Beliefs Course with their own Bible. Please join us throughout the community, painting houses, feeding the
in celebrating their accomplishments. homeless, and leading Vacation Bible School for children.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE | MAY 15-16 Participants earn 40 community service hours as they take
their faith to another level. Mandatory MIP meeting will be
The spring rummage sale fundraiser is fast approaching! We held May 17 and May 24, at 8pm, following Youth Group.
will have a firm date for the POD soon.Call the church office
to drop off your donated items through Tuesday, May 12. FFC MISSION IS POSSIBLE XX
After that date, please bring your rummage directly to the
Fellowship Hall on Thursday, May 14, between 5pm-7:30pm
or on Friday, May 15, between 10am-2pm. The sale is Friday,
May 15 from 5pm-8pm and Saturday, May 16, from
8am-1pm. Be sure to bring cash. There will be hotdogs and
hamburger concessions and bake sale items available. All
proceeds help youth, children, and families attend Summer
Camp.

GRADUATE RECOGNITION WEEKEND | MAY 16-17

All Graduates of High School, College, or Vocational Schools UGANDAN WELL PURCHASED WITH FUNDS RAISED BY
should fill out a graduate form and submit a baby photo (high MIP XX. OUR 5th UGANDAN WELL IS UP AND RUNNING!
school grads only) and current photo to the church office.
Information will be used in our “Honoring Graduates”
brochure and Power Point presentation. Submission deadline:
April 26.

SUMMER STAFF RECOGNITION | MAY 16-17

Come to any service the weekend of May 16-17 to be
introduced to our terrific team of Summer Staff 2019!

SPECIAL MESSAGE REGARDING SPRING RETREAT CANCELLATION

We are so sorry that we had to cancel Spring Retreat due
to the COVID-19/CDC 8-week ban on group gatherings.
All funds that have already been paid are being placed in
family accounts for use at this year’s Summer Camp, MIP,
of Fall Retreat

8 | FAITH MATTERS | SPRING 2020


YOUTH | RISING 7TH-12TH GRADS WORSHIP BY: AHOY BAND
KIDS | RISING 3RD-6TH GRADE GUEST SPEAKER: JAY SANDERS

early registration with
$50 deposit due by may 3.
register online:
www.faithfellowshipweb.com/summer-camp

20/2Vt0hIeSunIsOeenN

MORNING DEVOTIONS by the lake//
teach-me groups// capt. ann’s lighthouse//

AWESOME MEALS // endless ice cream bar.

Jet skis, shaving cream battle,
slip-n-slide, swimming, gaga ball

and more!

A WEEK FFC 2020SUMMER
FULL OF FUN! CAMP

JUNE 7-12

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on
what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.

- 2 Corinthians 4:18

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EASTER WEEKEND WORSHIP

saturday | APRIL 11 | 6pm
sunday | april 12 | 9am & 10:45am

Spanish | april 12 | 11am

THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION

JOIN OUR PRAYER TEAM WE WILL NOT MEET IN PERSON FOR
TUESDAYS FROM 8AM-9AM THE NEXT FEW WEEKS DUE TO COVID-19.
CONTACT STEF FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON
You do not need to pray out loud if you don’t feel comfortable, but please join MEETING FOR PRAYER THROUGH A
us to pray in agreement for God’s work to be completed in our church, the lives TELE-CONFERENCE.
of our missionaries, and our nation! If you have any questions, please contact
Stef Greer by e-mail at [email protected] TEMPORARILY NOT MEETING.
WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED
AS TO WHEN WE RESUME MEETINGS.

MINISTRY FOR YOUNG ADULTS | TUESDAYS at 7PM

LifeLine is committed to preparing young adults for the spiritual and personal struggles of life, in college
and into the future. The goal is to establish and strengthen our relationship with the Lord through a
community that holds each other accountable in the Spirit.

10 | FAITH MATTERS | SPRING 2020


STAYING CONNECTED IN A TIME OF

I - S - O - L- A -T- I - O - N

Today looks different than it did a month ago, or even a week ago. It feels like we are living through something new
that has never happened before. However, through the ages, there have been many times just like now. The difference is we
now can adapt our level of social engagements, yet still maintain constant communication with each other around the world.
We also have cutting edge research, technology, and science abilities that are better suited to handle situations just like this.
Yes, it will be a painful process, but God has never let us down, and He isn’t about to start now. I love what Paul wrote to Tim-
othy as he sat in a Roman prison awaiting execution:

“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
Today, as we face an unprecedented situation, we need to dig down and find the courage that Paul talks about. We
need to let the faith and strength that God has given us take control so that, not only will we find the peace that we so desper-
ately need now, but that others see it and it spreads around the world. Paul tells Timothy:
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

2 Timothy 1:6 ESV
It is at times like this that we need to flame life into the gifting that he has given each of us, and bring it to life stronger
than ever before. Ironically, what we are going through today, will only be overcome by us pulling together as a community
like never before. That may sound ridiculous, since we are being told to isolate and avoid contact with one another. The kind
of coming together that we need is something that the Bible shows us clearly in Acts 2:44:
“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and

belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”
The common thing that we humans do at times like this is hunker down and focus on ourselves and our families.
Don’t misunderstand me, that is very important, but as Christians, we have a community that we are a part of that functions
much like a family. We need to be sure that we don’t forget about that. Our focus right now cannot be on just ourselves. What
Luke wrote about in Acts was a time when over 3,000 believers had congregated in Jerusalem. Many of them didn’t have
jobs, but they were part of a community of faith, a family of faith. The community came together, worked together, and dealt
with the situation at hand.
As we journey down this road, let’s do it together, even though we are socially separated from each other. We can still
connect through our phones, our computers, and our tablets. As a church, we will be reaching out through social media in as
many ways as possible. Please take advantage of those connection points, and share them with others who are heading toward
despair.
Just remember to look to God first, He is the source of our strength and hope. That is where we should start. Let’s
keep our community of faith strong and together. Listen to God as He tells you what your part is on this road we are traveling
down, and put action behind that call. Just remember what were are told in Philippians 4:6-7:
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds

in Christ Jesus.”

 

PASTOR PAUL W. REECE

executive pastor

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