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Published by Faith Fellowship Church, 2019-11-13 11:48:38

Winter 2019-2020

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Production Team:

Executive Producers: CONTENTS
Dr. Jeffrey and Pastor Ann Hoy
Publication Manager: 4 BEYOND IMAGINATION
Pastor Paul Reece
Pastor Jeff Hoy
Copy Editor/ Print Production:
Pam DePietro 5 CHristmas, beyond all we could ask or think
Pastor Ann Hoy
Newsletter Writers:
Kris Pakulak, Ricky Pacheco, 9 JOY OF GIVING | FFC MARKETPLACE
Mike Law

Kelly Pino, Jill Weber,
Pam DePietro

Graphic Design:
Tiffany Pastor, Pam DePietro

10 FFC Youth Ministry

OUT OF TOWN? 11 far more than we can imagine | MARRIAGE CRUISE
Pastor Paul Reece
Go to your devices app Youth
store and download the November Silent Auction
free FFC App. FebRUARY 22-23

We livestream our Sunday Service 3 Set Clocks Back 1 Hour (Daylight Savings Ends) 2020 Silent Auction
Message at 9:20am and 11:15am. 3 Youth Council Meeting donations needed!
You can also watch recorded 2-3, 9-10 Operation Christmas Child Boxes – Pick Up
messages and give online through 9-10 Thanksgiving Food Drive Weekend
our website and the FFC App. 10 Christian Educator Reception
9-10 Veteran’s Recognition Weekend
16-17 Return Operation Christmas Child Boxes
22-24 Fall Retreat
23-24 Angel Tree in Lobby
28-29 Church Office Closed

Church Officers December We are collecting donations of items and
services now. Please fill out a Silent Auction
FFC Church Officers and ministry teams 4 Potluck and Carol Sing
represent our faith family. Feel free to contact 4 FFC Year End Meeting Donation Form in the lobby, or call the
the chairman if you have questions or creative 7 FFC Christmas Marketplace church office if you have an item or service
suggestions. 7-8 Special Christmas Music All Services
7-8 Return Angel Tree Gifts you can donate. Thank you!
Chairman John Tartaro 7-8, 14-15 “His Place” Toy Drive Gift Returns
Vice-Chairman Harry Greer 14 Birthday Party for Jesus JANUARY
Treasurer Carolyn Marty 22 One Service at 10am
Member at Large Dianne Thompson 24 Christmas Eve Service at 5:30pm 24-26 Winter Conference
Member at Large John Brooker 29 Prime Time Begins
Member at Large Alina Miller Live Nativity/Reception at 6:30pm 31-Feb. 1 Winter Rummage Sale
Member at Large Bill Kennedy Christmas Eve Service at 7pm
26 Holy Land Trip (Dec, 26-Jan. 5) FEBRUARY
29 One Service at 10am
29 No Youth Group 3 FFA Open Enrollment Begins
8-9 15-16 Silent Auction Preview Weekends
22-23 Summer Camp Kickoff/Silent Auction/Barbecue



life beyond imagination:
Lessons learned
from Jesus at work

in the heart of disney


JANUARY 24-25, 2020

SUNDAY 9AM & 10:45am

Our 2020 Winter Conference speaker will be Steven Barr, Pastor of Cast Member Church at Walt Disney World.
CMC is a church plant of the Evangelical Free Church of America reaching the people from around the world who
come to work at the Disney Parks. Seven years ago, Steven and his family made a commitment to be a light of hope
to those who knew little or nothing about Jesus. They purposed to build a community among the 74,000 cast mem-
bers that make the magic happen at the four major theme parks, two water parks, 24 hotels, golf courses, and camp-
ground that constitute what we know as Disney. Steven Barr has done groundbreaking work in developing
missional communities within the "city" of Disney, where work schedules often prevent traditional church involve-
ment. Steven Barr and members of Cast Member Church are deeply involved in intercessory prayer-walking within
the Disney Parks with a goal to have believers praying in every park, 365 days a year.

Steven Barr is the author of "A Guide to a Life Beyond Imagination," which focuses on the "Quest Compass,"
a tool for evangelism and spiritual guidance that is transferable into almost any situation or friendship. Make plans
now for this exciting weekend!

During the conference!





“UBER-MORE” IMAGINATIONThese are different images, but they are very powerful.

NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO IM- Jesus came to throw open the prisons of our poverty, break
German and English. Now, uber is not just a convenient ride
MEASURABLY MORE THAN ALL WE ASK option. The word means “over and above, highest, greatest, and
most extreme.” In other words, God is able to do uber-more
OR IMAGINE, ACCORDING TO HIS POWER than anything you could possibly think, imagine, or ask. Wow.

THAT IS AT WORK WITHIN US, TO HIM BE The thing we often miss in our journey of faith is that God
always wants more for us than we could ever imagine or ask.
GLORY IN THE CHURCH AND IN CHRIST Jeremiah 29:11 - “I know the plans I have for you," declares the
LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to
JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL GENERA- give you hope and a future.” God is not only able to do
AMEN. uber-more than we could ask or imagine, He always imagines
TIONS, FOR EVER AND EVER! uber-more for us than we ever could.

- Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV In our current Worship study, Wrestling with Revelation, we
came across this word of encouragement from Jesus to the
Imagination is a fantastic thing. I remember playing as church at Philadelphia. "Behold, I have set before you an open
door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but
a child that there was no limit on what I could be or do. In my little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not
denied my name.”
earliest memories, I recall binding up the wounds of my fellow
God has declared the door into your future is wide open. We
soldiers after a Civil War battle. Another day, I was Harry Hou- have little power in ourselves. But we have great power in
keeping His Word, standing on His promises, and not denying
dini performing mystifying illusions for friends and family. His name.

Then, I was Thomas Edison creating new inventions in the God has declared in Christ that old things have passed away,
and the new has come. God has declared a new season in your
garage. life, a season of hope and imagination. He has declared His
ability and intention to do uber-more than you could ask or
In the schoolyard behind my house, I was a champion imagine.

pole-vaulter lifted high in the air on a makeshift volleyball net The season is Christmas is upon us. There are many opportu-
nities to discover the God who is Beyond Imagination.
pole—an iron pipe set into concrete in an old tire. My bicycle
The Faith Fellowship Worship Arts Ministry will present an
was old and dull black, with big balloon tires—not like the cool original musical called “Something New” in our worship
services, December 7-8. The weekend will be a marvelous
bikes with banana seats and hi-rise handlebars. Still, on our opportunity to connect with the Christmas story in a new way
and invite others to do the same.
neighborhood streets, it was quickly transformed into the
We are very excited to host author and pastor, Steven Barr,
Batmobile as I cruised in search of villains. from Cast Member Church at Walt Disney World to our Winter
Conference, January 24-26, 2020. Come and hear the message
Childhood and imagination are wonderful. But it is not long of "Life Beyond Imagination" from one of the nation's most
innovative pastors, featured in Christianity Today and Fox
before we get a different message from the world. “Get real.” News.

“Get your head out of the clouds.” “That is just a flight of imag- I hope to see you in church during this
season of Advent Expectation and in the New
ination.” “Life takes a lot more than imagination.” Year as we start the year with 2020 Vision.

Even so, imagination is recognized to be the central core of DR. JEFF HOY

human creativity, innovation, invention, and art. Albert SENIOR PASTOR

Einstein said that the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge

but imagination.

In our journey of faith, we eventually hit a wall where some-

one suggests that the things we hope and pray for are just imag-

ination. That stings. Somewhere inside, we know that faith is

indeed evidenced within us as hope for something we cannot

yet see.

Scripture gives us some amazing promises. Among them is

the promise that God is able to do immeasurably more than all

we can ask or imagine. Ponder that. The Word of God tells us

that there is power in imagination, but the power of God is even

greater. He is able to do “immeasurably more” than anything

we could imagine.

I had to look up the Greek on that. The word Paul used is

hoop-er. It is the root of the modern word “uber” found in



“GOD’S CHOSEN INSTRUMENT TO Kingdom. I pray that we will be His ambassadors to the world,
CARRY THE LORD’S NAME BEFORE THE in our words and deeds, taking the good news of how God
GENTILES.” humbly came to earth in the flesh, born in a stable, and laid in a
manger. Then through His ministry, Christ Jesus provided us
He experienced great victories for Christ in the city of with a perfect example of how to live and love. Then He
Ephesus. This prominent church, a group of first century willingly sacrificed His life to take our place on the cross. It is
Christians, established in 53AD, was founded at the end of my prayer that we will all have unbelievable testimonies of the
Paul’s second missionary journey, as he was heading back to amazing unimaginable things that God has done in our lives,
Jerusalem. He returned a year later and stayed there for three spiritually, physically, financially, relationally, and in outreach
years, preaching and teaching, with great effectiveness. and ministry, so that glory will be brought to His name so that
Later, he sent his spiritual son, Timothy, to serve as their all generations will know what a truly magnificent Savior we
pastor. After a few years, Paul was sent, as a prisoner, to have as our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Rome, to present the Gospel message before the Kings of the Father, and our Prince of Peace. May your Christmas Season be
Gentiles. It was there that he was visited by a messenger from beyond belief this year!
Ephesus, Tychicus. Paul wrote the encouraging letter of
Ephesians to his beloved friends and included in it a prayer Lots of Love,
for the believers in chapter three, verses 14-21: Pastor Ann

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom this PASTOR ANN HOY
whole family on heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray
that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with PASTOR OF YOUTH AND
power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you,
being rooted and established in love, may have power, togeth- We are so happy to welcome Jenn
er with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high
and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that Walters to our ministry staff team, as
surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of
all the fullness of God. our Youth Ministry Assistant. Jenn

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all was born and raised in Melbourne, FL.
we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work
within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus Ever since she received an invite from a
throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
friend in middle school to attend Youth
This Christmas season, I would like to adopt Paul’s prayer
for the people of Faith Fellowship Church, that we will be Group, she has thrown her heart and
able to focus on the true meaning of the season that we
celebrate each year. I pray that we may experience Divine soul into Faith Fellowship Church.
energy as we are strengthened with the power of His Holy
Spirit in each one of us. I pray that Christ may dwell in our While attending Palm Beach Atlantic
hearts through faith. I pray that we will be His people, and
being rooted and established in love, may have the ability to University in West Palm Beach, Jenn
grasp the expanse of Christ’ love in its full width, length,
height, and depth. How incredible that God sent His one and JENN WALTERS spent her summers working for and
only beloved Son to earth, for us to experience the uncondi- volunteering at FFC. She graduated
tional love of the Heavenly Father! I pray that we will not just
focus on the fullness of God, as a historical event in the birth college in 2009 Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Dance and
of Christ, but that we will individually be filled in our hearts
and minds in union with Jesus, so that we may become the Student Ministry. That same month, she married her husband,
complete people that God can use to reach the world for His
John, a fellow “Faith Fellowship Graduate” and a few months

later, they moved to Seattle, WA for a new adventure. After 2

½ years in WA, spent teaching children and dancing in Sixth

Day Dance (a modern, Christian dance company), Jenn and

John returned home to start a family. They are currently

raising their two young daughters, Meliana and Adelyse, and

pursuing their passions. Jenn’s favorite things are her family,

coffee, dancing, blogging, and quiet (early) mornings with




SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 the birth of Jesus
10AM - NOON Join us Sunday,
December 22, at out 10am
THE WHOLE FAMILY IS INVITED Worship Service to hear
TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS! the story of Jesus’ birth
come alive through the talents
Please bring a new, of our own Faith Fellowship Kids!
unwrapped toy to share
for His Place Ministries. CHILDREN’S


The “His Place” Christmas Store for needy
kids will be open this year on December
19. Contribute a toy for children, age
infant through teenager. Please bring
unwrapped toys to the Worship Center on
December 7, 8, 14, and 15.

Sign out an angel in the Worship
Center Lobby November 23-24.

UGANDAN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS Please return gifts by December 8.

Christmas ornaments made by Ugandan WINTER 2019 | FAITH MATTERS | 7
refugees go on sale Nov. 23-24 for $10
each, in the Faith Resource Center. Each
ornament enables missionaries to pur-
chase 2 bed nets, which cover 4 children
each, and protect families from malaria.

the worship ministries of faith fellowship church present

Something New
CHRISTMAS at faith
SUNDAY DEC. 8 9AM & 10:45AM

Christmas is all about new things. At just the time we needed it the most, God came with something
entirely new. This is the Good News we celebrate at the manger, but also in the many traditions of
Christmas. Join us for these special musical services as we explore the new thing that God is doing
among His people with some old songs… and some new ones as well.

sFrpomathne ish desk answer me, I know the answer is NO! We cannot. Which
Imagination is something everybody has! It could be brings us to a quite exciting point of reflection! Because
fun or it could be scary. It’s not a bad thing nor necessari- think about this: God’s word has declared that He is able to
ly good. It really depends on what we make of it! One do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine! I don’t
thing is for sure, it’s basically considered limitless from know for others, but I know that for you and me, that’s more
a human standpoint! When we are kids, we use it so than good news. It means He’s not only going to meet all
innocently to create fantastic things like fantasy parks our needs as we ask, but He’s going to do it in a way that
with roller coasters that surpass the clouds or slides that amazes us! He’ll do it beyond imagination! And that my
start on the moon! The possibilities are countless. Then brothers and sisters is enough true information for us to get
we get to be adults and imagination is not used so much up, shake off everything we need to get rid of, and finish the
to have fun, but to make life easier! The truth is that with race of faith, knowing that we’ll have all we need to get
imagination, we can create things that in real life would there! And that’s not something I imagined, that’s some-
be considered impossible, although with the science of thing He promised! So give me your hand, shoulder to
virtual reality we have achieved scenarios that are full of shoulder, and let’s go!
fantasy. Nevertheless, they are still not real.
We love you!
However, imagining is something humans cannot stop
doing as long as we still have needs, wants and hope! It’s PASTORS RICKY &
really a wonderful capacity God created our brains with. MARIBEL PACHECO
Isn’t it awesome?
And if we, with all our limitation can do, make, build
and create such fantastic things, have you ever thought
or imagined, what can God do? You don’t even have to



diverse gift items GIVING EASIER. all vendor’s fees benefit
from OVER the ffc youth
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summer camp scholarship fund



Western Caribbean

candlelight services at 5:30pm & 7pm
Live nativity and refreshments at 6:30pm


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. Come for Praise and Worship, recreation, dinner, and a great Bible lesson.


YOUTH GROUP Mark Your Calendar Dec. 22, 2019
Dec. 24, 2019
Sunday nights, from 5-8pm, we welcome all teens in grades Christmas Movie Night/Bonfire Jan. 19, 2020
6th - 12th to join us for a night of games, fellowship, dinner, Live Nativity Jan. 19, 2020
worship, and the Word of God. Snack supper is $3. If you are Youth Council Meeting Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020
coming for the first time, you eat for free! Youth Counselor Meeting Mar. 27-29, 2020
Winter Rummage Sale April 24-26, 2020
Live nativity scenes on christmas eve Spring Retreat June 7-12, 2020
Spring Rummage Sale June 21-26, 2020
The people of Faith Fellowship look forward to the four Live Summer Camp
Nativity scenes on display between the services on December Mission-Is-Possible XXI
24. Live animals and students in costume portray the Christ-
mas story of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, Angels Fall rummage sale
announcing to the shepherds in the field, Shepherds rejoicing
at the birth place of the King, and Wise Men coming to Praise God for a successful rummage sale! With your dona-
worship the Christ child, who is a toddler living in a house tions and hard work, over $10,000 was raised for the use of
with Mary. Students are to sign up at Youth Group on youth camp scholarships and funds. We also want to extend a
December 1 and try on their costumes on Dec. 8 and 15 at warm thank you to Dianne Thompson, 2020 Camp Directors,
5pm. On Dec. 24, students are to be at church from 5-7:30pm. and their devoted team of adults and teens, without whom
this event could not have happened. The event also served as
HOLIDAY BREAK an outreach to our community. The leftover items were
donated to area ministries.
Youth Group will not meet on Sunday Dec. 29 and Jan. 5.
Basic beliefs Class // feb. 9, 2020 territory

All 6th - 8th graders are welcome to join Pastor Ann for “Have I not commanded you? Be FALL RETREAT
this 12 week class. Those who complete the course will be strong and courageous. Do not Nov. 22-24, 2019
honored in worship services and receive a new Bible. be afraid; do not be discouraged, 6TH THROUGH 12TH GRADE
for the Lord your God will be with
YOUTH CAMP KICK-OFF // SILENT AUCTION // BBQ you wherever you go.”
FEB. 22-23, 2020
- Joshua 1:9
Don’t miss this amazing weekend at FFC as Pastor Ann,
the Summer Camp Counselors, and the Senior LIT’s Fall rETREAT // nov. 22-24 // HIGH SPRINGS, FLORIDA
unveil the theme, camp preacher, camp band, and many
more Youth Camp details! The Silent Auction brings in Our guest speaker is Pastor Chris Dotson, High School Youth
thousands of dollars to pay for Summer Camp and camp Minister of Idlewild Baptist Church, in Lutz, Florida. The
scholarships. On Feb. 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, come check Set Free Band is leading Praise and Worship. They are a
out all the awesome auction items donated by people in modern rock worship band whose aim is to declare the
our community. The Silent Auction closes on Feb. 23 at freeing power of Christ in the Gospel. The band has a passion
1pm. Fabulous cooks bring together a camp fundraiser for seeing youth proclaim the power of Christ and the Beauty
barbecue meal with pulled pork, smoked chicken, great of Jesus in song. Sign up today for horseback riding or Tower
sides, drinks and desserts. Dinner is offered after all three of Faith.
weekend services.
It may not be too late to join us on Fall Retreat. Please call the
10| FAITH MATTERS | WINTER 2019 church office at 259-7200 (ext. 1), to see if there is still space
available. The cost is $220.

“far more”

than we can imagine

Many of you might guess that I would claim Ephesians 3:20 as my favorite verse. If you thought that, you would be correct. I appreciate this
verse because of its obvious correlation supporting a financially based sermon or article. However, my reason for liking this verse is not solely for
financial reasons, but that it speaks to our complete Christian life and walk. So, let's address the phrase that most excites teachers/pastors who love
to use this verse in a financial manner. Ephesians 3:20 states:

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (ESV)

The NIV version of the Bible says: to do immeasurably more

In the KJV of the Bible, it says: to do exceedingly abundantly

The phrase they most like to emphasize is far more abundantly. Although one might determine that these words pertain solely to

finances, there is so much more. When we dig deeper, we discover the true message that Paul wants to convey.

As I was studying this phrase, I found that the Greek word is also found in three other verses in the Bible:

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be
poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

I Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

I Thessalonians 5:13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.

When many of you read Luke 6:38, your first thought might focus upon giving financially, blessings are received in return. But there is so much
more. In my study of the scriptures, I have realized that running over falls in line with the Jewish celebration of Havdalah. This is a ceremony
celebrating the end of the Sabbath and the beginning of the secular or workweek. In the Havdalah ceremony a cup is filled to overflowing, while
the runoff is collected by a saucer. The cup represents the person's or families' needs for the upcoming workweek. The saucer signifies a belief, in
faith, that God will give more than they need. This overflow isn’t something that one spends frivolously, but rather used to bless others who are in

1 Thessalonians 3:10 is a verse relating to our faith. Paul teaches that we should pray with earnest, “far more abundantly,” so that what is lacking
in our faith will be provided. In the same way that God can supply far more than we can ever ask or imagine, we are taught by Paul that our abundant
prayer should also be for those in need of strength in their faith so that what they lack may also be fulfilled. Do you know of anyone who couldn’t
use this kind of prayer?

1 Thessalonians 5:13 pertains to our regard for those that labor with us, for us, and among us for the sake of the Gospel. We are called to hold
our leaders in high regard in a way that is far more abundant. Why would Paul say that? Satan has a way of whispering lies, infiltrating our lives if
we permit. If we regard people more abundantly, and pray for them as such, Satan has less influence. In prayer, we are less likely to fall for his
deception. In practice, we achieve abundant life as we “Live in peace with each other.”

We are blessed to understand that the deeper meaning of these verses refers not only to finances, but to all aspects of our Christian walk. I love
how Bible commentator, David Guzik, summarizes:

· You can ask for every good thing you have ever experienced – God can do above that.

· You can think of or imagine things beyond your experience – God can do above that.

· You can imagine good things that are beyond your ability to name – God can do above that.

As I close, I want to share something I learned while I was touring the Wycliff Bible Institute. Their mission is not only to translate the Bible,
but to do so in as many languages as they can. One of the translations embraces the Hawaiian Pidgin language. The reason I love this version is that
the words are so simple, and direct. The Bible is called “Da Jesus Book” and the translation puts it this way:

Whatever we like ask Him for, or whatever we think He can do, He can do plenty more than that! That's the kind of power He gives us, changes
us guys inside.

I love the reference to the power that He gives us, MARRIAGE CRUISE
followed by the abundant life He supplies…according to
the power at work within us. The blessing we experience MARCH 1-8, 2020

is not mystical or magical. It is Register at:
the abundant gift from our
abundant God. So many people invest in their retirement fund, their hobbies, their
kids, and even in their personal walk with the Lord. No doubt, these
PASTOR PAUL W. REECE are wise investments, but when is the last time you really invested
in your marriage? The FFC Marriage Cruise is the perfect time to
executive pastor learn, grown, and reconnect with your spouse on a deeper level.
Enjoy all the perks of a luxury cruise vacation, and take advantage
of a marriage seminar, hosted by Pastors Je and Ann.

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Available on:
holiday events
6pm worship service
holiday marketplace
saturday // dec 7 // 9am-1pm
9am & 10:45am worship service
11am spanish worship service “SOMETHING NEW” MUSIC presentation
5pm-8pm Youth group (6th-12th grade)
saturday // dec 7 // 6pm
tuesday prayer sunday // dec 8 // 9am & 10:45am
ladies’ bible study
8am food pantry happy birthday jesus party
9am lifeline young adultS
5pm-6:30pm ladies’ bible study saturday // dec 14 // 10am-11:30am

wednesday CHRISTMAS EVE worship

6:30pm Prime time classes START JANUARY 29 TUESday // dec 24
candlelight services at 5:30pm & 7pm
thursday spanish service Live nativity and refreshments at 6:30pm
we livestream our sunday service message at 9:20am &
saturday men’s bible study 11:15am. you can also watch recorded messages and
8:30am give online through our website and the ffc app.

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