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Week of July 9, 2017

Pastor Rick Vlog
Week of July 9, 2017
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Hey Everyone,
 
I’m standing here in the sanctuary next to the pipe organ, I just love the sound of this instrument. We are blessed in this congregation to have to very distinct worship services the first we call it traditional, the second we call it contemporary probably more of a blended type of service.  Even wondering out loud if we may want to at some point consider a third worship service in part because we have so many people who are gone on Sundays,  that if they had something midweek maybe Monday or Tuesday, i don’t know…  I’m just kind of thinking out loud with you, but if we did I wonder if that would be helpful to a number of people.  Anyways that is another conversation for another day.  I feel blessed that we have two distinctly different worship services, I feel like I get the best of both worlds. So I want to ask you though, if you have the ability to sing and cherish that first service like I do, I’d ask that you to consider joining the choir.  At least just try it out for a little while and see if that works for you.  I’d love to see that choir grow, i know Chris Fair and Faith would also love to see that grow.  The choir we have really does a great job but if we could just build on the strength of that.  I believe there are people in our congregation who have the gifts and ability to sing, and we’d love to have you in the choir, I asked for you to consider that.  As we go through the next few months, I want to really highlight what has God called us to do as we gather to worship here. The first thing that is on my heart is to really see that Choir grow. So pray with me, even now.   Would you please?
 
Gracious lord we thank you for the gift of song, for the gift of instruments like the organ that are so beautiful.  Lord I just pray that you would tap the right people on the shoulder here at Fountain of Life, and move their hearts to join the choir.  We pray Lord this in Jesus’ name.  Amen
 
Thank you for praying with me, God’s blessings on your week!
 
Pastor Rick
 
 


Week of July 2, 2017

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Week of July 2, 2017
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Hey everyone!

  I’m standing here in the sanctuary just remembering the gifts and the promises that our Lord gives to us in holy baptism.  You’ll remember from Matthew 28 it says go and make disciples of all nations.  That means someone came along and shared God’s word with me and with you at some time and we came to faith.  Maybe as a young infant or toddler you came to faith.  You were brought by your parents to the waters of holy baptism.  However it may have been.  Wherever that may have happened in your life and mine, we celebrate that every Sunday.  Every Sunday is like a little Easter.  Celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the gift and the blessing of baptism.

  Go and make disciples.  How?  By baptizing and teaching.

  Of course, this is the summer time.  And we’re all grabbing any kind of summer vacation time we can get.  Looking for opportunities to be with family and friends.  I just want to encourage you while you’re on your travels to take your Bible with you.  Maybe this summer will be a time for you to start some new habits.  Try to read two chapters a day starting with Genesis chapter one.   I would encourage that and when you’re home please join us for worship where we come and we’re restored and renewed by the teaching that we have committed ourselves to and for our families as well.

  We remember our baptism.  We remember the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus.  We sing gladly the hymns of praise and thanksgiving.

  I just ask God’s blessings upon you this summer and look forward to seeing you when you’re home.

  God’s blessings to you.

 
 
 
 


Week of June 25, 2017

 
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Week of June 25, 2017
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Hey guys!  Welcome to a new week!
  I am in the nursery here at church.  And I’m here today because I want to introduce a couple of people to you.  Who have become very important to us.  
Rick: Eva.  If you would,
Eva: Hey!
Rick:  tell us who you are and how you came here.
Eva:  Hey!  My name is Eva Katsoudas and I work with Monarch.  We are a non-profit agency that assists adults with disabilities find/maintain employment as well as live independently in the community.  We came here through Chris Richardson.  She had this great opportunity for volunteering for Ms Marylene.
Pastor:  Ah!  You just mentioned Ms Marylene.
Eva:  Yes.
Pastor:  So can we say hello to Ms Marylene?
Marylene:  Hey!  How are you?
Pastor:  Awesome!  And what are you doing Marylene?
Marilynn:  I’m cleaning these toys.
Pastor:  You’re cleaning these toys?  Disinfecting the toys in the nursery.  Every week you come up here.  Don’t you?
Marylene: Yes.
Eva:  Every Tuesday.
Pastor:  Every Tuesday.  And we’re so glad you do Marylene.  I understand your going to go help out cleaning one of the Preschool’s rooms?
Eva:  Two of them actually.
Pastor:  Two of them!  Wow!  Thank you Marylene!
Marylene:  You’re welcome.
Pastor to Eva:  So you ended up coming here.  And there’s one other thing that you told me about about Marylene’s family and if you could just share with us just a little bit.
Eva:  Yes. Marylene’s father was an Ophthalmologist.  And as they got older they wanted to set up some sort of non-profit in a way to assist adults with disabilities especially students.  And they started the Noel program through Gardner Webb University.  And it’s allowed students to get assistance through classrooms, through mobility.  Lots of several ways to help them be successful with their school journey.  So it’s a really neat program and its with Gardner Webb University.  Its called the Noel Center.
Pastor:  Noel.  And their last name is Noel.
Eva:  (agreeing)
Pastor:  So they really also did that in honor of Marylene.
Eva:  Yes.
Pastor:  To really honor her life.
Eva: Marylene is actually really active with it.  She goes once a year with her sister that lives here in North Carolina.  They attend, you know, different functions for it.
Pastor:  That’s awesome.
Eva:  She stays active with it.
Pastor:  Hey!  I just want to thank you for being here today.
Eva:  Aw.  You’re welcome.  
Pastor:  All right.
Eva:  We love coming.
Pastor:  Hey guys.  Awesome awesome ministry they have here.  And just one of those hidden gems that is sometimes behind the scenes that we don’t always see.  So we wanted to see that today.
  Hey!  God’s blessings on your week.
 
 
 
 


Week of May 28, 2017 – VBS Spotlight

 
Week of May 28, 2017
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-With Heather Allison
 
Hi, let’s talk about serving with a lasting purpose, as with every VBS service is what matters, because people matters, to God, to us, and to you!  At Deep Sea Discovery, kids with be challenged and inspired to serve God, by serving others, down the street or across the ocean, as they experience God in their lives, Kids will be changed and they will want to do their part to change others.   That’s what we mean by serving with a lasting purpose. It starts inside and moves out, from daily worship music, mission videos, games and sports, yummy snacks, fun science experiences, service projects and at home service challenges.  Kids will learn that God has a purpose and a plan for each one of them, and He promises that He will be with them every step of the way. They will discover that they can make a difference in the world and that they are never ever alone. That changes lives, not just for a week, or the summer, not even just for a lifetime, it changes lives for good, for God for eternity!  So come join us this summer at Fountain of Life for VBS Deep Sea Discovery!


Week of May 21, 2017

Hey guys!  Welcome to a new week!
 
I’m sitting out here underneath the picnic shelter at church just enjoying this weather.  It’s beautiful out here! As I’m out here, I’m thinking this is, next Sunday, our annual picnic and I really want to enjoy that with you.  I want to encourage you to come out for that.  It’s immediately following the second service.  I think you’ll enjoy a meal, music, games, probably even some picture taking, and don’t forget the dessert table!  That’s always a favorite. Come on out and let’s enjoy that together!  Pray that it doesn’t rain during that time.  I’m looking forward to it.
 
Also as we get summer time like this we think about VBS.  And we already have a number of registrations that have come in.  And if you have children that are younger, please bring them.  If you don’t, you might look around at your neighborhood and your circle of friendships that you have.  Or maybe even post to a Mom’s group or neighborhood group or whatever it may be.  But just encourage them to come and get on to our website www.cometothefountain.com. They can register there.  It’s free.  It’s simple.  We know that this is a favorite for our kids.  And we know it’s going to be a great one this year too.
You know Preschool is coming to a close this year.  I just had one of the two last chapel services for this year. It’s kind of a bitter sweet time. You know we’ve enjoyed a year together.  The kids are wonderful!  Wonderful staff. And so it’s kind of a time to say goodbye, but it’s also a time to embrace the summer fun.  And one of the things I encourage the kids to remember is all the things we do make sure that you’re also continuing to learn about Jesus.  And we do that by hearing the stories in God’s word, coming to Sunday school, and just having that time together especially in activities like VBS.
 
So OK I know that you are good spokespersons for this place and what God is doing here and I just encourage you to do that for this summer as well.
 
  Hey!  Look forward to seeing you this Sunday!  God’s blessings on your week.
 
Pastor Rick


Week of May 7, 2017

 
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Week of May 7, 2017
 
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Hey Guys, You want to know what I do after hours when no one else is up here?  Take a look:

(Drum Solo)

No but seriously guys, Sunday, see you there.  I’ll just be coming home from Hales Corners WI, where it will probably be colder than there.  I’ll also get a chance to see Keith and Paula Speaks, looking forward to that.  And I’ll follow up with you soon,

Have a Great Week!

Pastor Rick



Week of April 30, 2017

Pastor Rick Vlog
Week of April 30, 2017
Vlog Transcript
 
Hey guys!  Welcome to a new week.
  I wanted to follow up with you just for a moment about my decision to step back at this time from continuing with the program we were calling ‘Our Voices, God’s Word’.  That’s the program where many of us signed up to read for 15 minutes or 30 minutes so that we can go from Genesis to Revelation in a continuous reading over the course of about 3 days.  That was and is an excellent idea.  And we had a number of people who signed up.  And I’m sure that you were looking forward to your time of reading just as I was.  It’s a very cool idea and it’s something that I hope we can reinstate and try our hand at in the future sometime.
  Right now we kind of got to a point where we had good response, but not quite enough to make me feel comfortable that we would really meet our goal by this week.  And so I made a judgement call.  And I’m sure an argument could be made for continuing forward with it, but I just thought we were maybe we had sort of bitten off more than we could chew considering the time we were trying to do this.  Because even though I was just loving the idea of going through with this program now, I think with Holy Week and getting into the updated sanctuary and everything that surrounded that we just felt kind of bunched up.  And I made a call on this.  And you might have done it differently and I can perfectly understand that, but I decided to ask that we just step back, take a deep breath, and maybe take another run at it a little bit later, but that was my call.  And I hope that you will be forgiving of me if it didn’t quite square with the way you would have handled that.
  You know.  I want to kind of look forward to this Sunday as well.  Just kind of shift gears here.  Really neat day ahead of us on Sunday.  That’s Preschool Sunday and it means that during our second service we’ll have many parents, grandparents, visitors coming to see their little person in action singing songs of praise, reciting their Bible passages, and just kind of letting us in on what they do throughout their week here at this Preschool ministry.  I’m looking forward to that.  I just encourage you to be in prayer for the families that come.  For some of them, it’s their first opportunity to really take a look at what worship is all about.  It might plant a seed for them or maybe it’s going to water the seed or maybe God’s going to give the increase at that time.  But we’re going to pray God’s will be done.  And I encourage you to be with us and thank God for our time together.
 
 God’s blessings on your week.


Week of April 23, 2017

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Week of April 23, 2017
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Hey everyone, welcome to a new week! Looking forward to our time together on Sunday, post Easter Resurrection.  We are going to learn about walking with the Spirit of our lord, Paul is going to help us with that, and he’s going to guide us to really understand how we have been blessed with God’s Spirit poured out in our hearts and in our lives through God’s Word and Holy Sacraments.  And we are truly blessing and we wake up each day to a new day, and see that we have faith in Christ calling out to Him and trusting that He hears us, knowing that He will guide us, if we are alert, to see his Kingdom has come and that he is at work way ahead of us calling out for us to join with Him in His mission.  We are going to be talking more about that in the weeks and the months to come. but for now, I just want to say God’s blessings to you, and look forward to a time of worship this Sunday the 23rd.
 
God’s Blessings
 
Pastor Rick


Week of April 16, 2017

 
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Week of April 16, 2017
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Hey Everyone, Welcome to a new week, a week in which we are just coming off of a time of heart preparation during the season of lent.  and have marked the beginning of passion with Palm Sunday, as we watched Jesus entering in on a colt or foal of a donkey to Jerusalem.  Then entering in, knowing full well why He had come, hearing people cheer and yet he himself wept.  We now move into Maundy Thursday where our Lord celebrates His meal.  When our Lords fully betrayed, we see him in the Garden, the soldiers come… He’s taken away. On Good Friday, of course we call is good, because Jesus suffered and died for our sins, on Good Friday we observe the death of our lord.  Then He is placed in the Tomb, all of that in preparation for our glorious celebration on Sunday, as we recognized the Easter celebration and Resurrection of our Lord.  I look forward to being here with you, through this latter part of the week and into Sunday morning and our celebration together.
 
God’s Blessings on your week!
 
Pastor Rick 


Week of April 9, 2017

 
 
 
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Our Voices
God’s Word
Pastor Rick Vlog
Week of April 9, 2017
Vlog Transcript
 
Pastor Rick: Hey Guys, I’m here with Michelle Cromwell, she’s one of the members of the congregation and serves on the Board of Servant Leaders and you really have a heart and passion for God’s word, and you want to share with us a special event that you are heading up.  Its going to happen at the end of April, I’m excited about this, give us the name and a little bit about how it works.
 
Michelle: Sure the name of the event is Our Voices God’s Word, and the basic premise is a continuous reading of God’s word from Genesis to Revelations, aloud.  
 
Pastor Rick: So we are talking about uninterrupted reading from Genesis to Revelation, I love the idea, tell me why are we doing this?
 
Michelle: We really have three reasons,
to dedicate the newly renovated sanctuary space,
to involve the entire FOL family in a unifying event, as we look forward to what god has in store for us here
and third, we want to publicly acknowledge the bible as authoritative for us as Christians.
 
Pastor Rick: This is a great timing for this, with the dedication of the sanctuary, certainly the authority of God’s word. with Let’s zero in on the unifying aspect of this, can you tell us how that works in your mind.
 
Michelle: Sure, one of the neatest thing about this is we will have people signing up for 15 minute increments to read, so they will come tot he sanctuary to read for their 15 minutes out of one large print bible, once they have completed with their time, they will have a chance to sign their name in that bible where they have completed then the next reader will pick up, so we will have a complete record of all the people who have participated in that event. As a final unifying event on Saturday evening, we will conclude by dedicating the sanctuary and reading the final verses of Revelations together in unison.  
 
Pastor Rick: Awesome, so wherever we end with our 15 minute continuous readying we will save a few verses and then come to that special services together on Saturday evening and do that together.  What a great concept, I know this has been done as a lot of different places.  Thanks for taking the lead on this. We also need to know, who can sign us, and how can we sign up. 
 
Michelle: Anyone can sign up, anyone with a connection to the fountain can sign up, preschool families, life groups, youth, we will have sign ups available in the narthex through April 9, then we will take the sign up online, so you can find it online here: after April 9th and sign up online for a 15 minute time slot. 
 
Pastor Rick: Awesome, I’m imagining so people may want to take more than a 15 minute time slot, 
 
Michelle: And we welcome those people!
 
Pastor Rick: Especially if its 3 in the morning!
 
Michelle: Absolutely, that’s right!
 
Pastor Rick: Thanks for taking the lead, I’m looking forward to this!
 
Michelle: I am too, thank you!