FaithKeepers


We’re young. We’re, um, not so young. We’re pensive. We’re boisterous. We’re deeply concerned about our community. We’re fun-loving. We’re dedicated to the gospel of Christ, seek to make disciples of ourselves and those around us, and want to change the world. Our name comes from two para-church organizations that fuel our passion: Women of Faith and Promise Keepers. Here’s what we are doing right now. Hop aboard!

 

Reaching New People
April 22 through ??, 2018
We want to learn new ways of touching our community with God’s love. We’re going to spend a few Sunday mornings learning how to “get out of the castle”, using the “Reaching New People” sessions by Paul Nickerson.

 

Made for a Miracle
January 21 through April 15, 2018
Have you ever prayed for a miracle? When it happens, are you aware that you have a role to play? In this timely resource, Rev. Mike Slaughter examines the two components of every work of wonder—divine action and human responsibility—and shows you how to direct your gifts and talents toward God’s work in order to act with him.
Here’s what we’ve learned:
  1. Miracle = God’s intervention + my initiative
  2. Be prepared. Miracles cost me time, talent, or money.
  3. Love is the driving force behind every miracle.
  4. Miracles require obedience. Obedience requires faith. Faith is knowing that God is with me NO MATTER what I’m going through today.
  5. Prayer fuels faith.
  6. My initiative includes maintaining the health of this “temple”.

 

Christmas: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
November 26 through December 24, 2017
In this four-week Advent study, author Richard B. Wilke focuses on people in the story of Christ’s birth. There are those we associate with the joy and celebration of Christmas—the wise men, the shepherds, and Joseph. Yet the author reminds us not to forget that the evil King Herod is also part of the Christmas story, and how it is because there is evil in our world that we so desperately needed—and need—a Savior.Each lesson includes a key scripture, brief reflection, questions to discuss, a suggested Christmas carol, and a prayer.

 

500 Years of Reformation
November 12 and 19, 2017
Sermons from the Church of the Resurrection about Martin Luther’s life and radical ministry.

 

Election 2017
November 5, 2017
Bring your voter guides and issue lists and we can share information and make better, informed decisions on Tuesday.

 

Counter Culture, Phase 2
September 17 through October 29, 2017
The second set of three lessons from David Platt’s study: Sexuality, Race, and Faith

 

The Wired Word
June 3 through September 10, 2017
Each week we’ll tackle a topic in the news, dig up some scripture to see what God has to say about it, and search our souls for our individual response. Our goal is to tune our hearts and minds to be more in tune with what God feels. Lesson materials are sent out via email and snail-mail early in the week, so contact Greg (w8xy@arrl.net) if you want to be on the list.

 

Counter Culture, Phase 1
April 16 through May 28, 2017
David Platt believes that the truths of the gospel should compel us to a contrite, compassionate, and courageous personal response to social issues in the culture. Using biblical foundations, practical illustrations, and personal exhortations, this study is a pointed yet winsome call for readers to faithfully follow Christ in countercultural ways. There will be a cost. There will be a reward. Do Christians in the contemporary church have the courage to counter the culture?

 

During this study we’ll study the first three issues in Rev. Platt’s book: Culture, Wealth, Human Life

 

The Armor of God
January 8 – April 9, 2017
All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.

 

Down to Earth
Advent 2016
Nothing in all the vast, created universe could prepare us for God coming down as a helpless infant, or for Jesus the son of God intentionally positioning himself as a mere servant, identifying with the lowest of lows. It’s enough to confound the mind, to make the heart contrite. This Advent, God’s great surprise changes everything.

 

The Wired Word
September 25 through November 27, 2016
Each week we’ll tackle a topic in the news, dig up some scripture to see what God has to say about it, and search our souls for our individual response. Our goal is to tune our hearts and minds to be more in tune with what God feels. Lesson materials are sent out via email and snail-mail early in the week, so contact Greg (w8xy@arrl.net) if you want to be on the list.

 

Ministering to Vets
September 18, 2017
We always had a yearning to serve our veteran friends and family. Specifically, the subject of PTSD came up and, during our “What do we do next?” discussion last Sunday, we suggested finding someone who could help us better understand this disabling condition.
Well, it turns out that Pastor Liz has a PTSD mission vision for the East Ohio Conference. She recently participated in an intensive two-day training and is building a plan to pass that training along to the districts and churches so that we, too, could provide much-needed help.
She graciously agreed to visit with us on Sunday (9/18) to share her knowledge and vision. This would be a great time to bring a friend to class who shares our passion for our vets.

 


The Holy Spirit
July 10 through August 28, 2016
Exciting, revolutionary power is available exclusively to you as a Christian . . .
It is the supernatural power:
  • To transform human nature
  • To be the salt of the earth, and the light of the world
  • To bring about a dramatic but peaceful revolution in those around you
  • To face any crisis
  • You cannot buy this extraordinary power, nor can you find it by searching the earth for it. As a Christian it resides in you already, an awesome gift from God that you have only to claim and use once you know and accept its Source.
Christians are powerful people, Billy Graham reminds us in this inspiring and insightful book, because “we have the mighty power of God available to us through . . . the Holy Spirit,” He comes to us with no conditions attached. Jesus simply said, “If I go, I will send Him to you.”
With prayerful reverence and focused wisdom, Dr. Graham puts an understandable face on this mysterious third Person of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit is “not an impersonal force, like gravity or magnetism. He is a Person, with all the attributes of personality. But not only is He a Person, He is divine as well . . . . He comforts us. Guides us. Sanctifies us. He tells His servants what to preach. He directs missionaries where to go. He helps us in our infirmities. . .”
Class will be led by Pastor Ralph.

 


Be Satisfied
January 17 – May 29, 2016
Discover the keys to having a satisfied life King Solomon had it all. Wealth. Power. Prestige. Yet despite having everything he could ever want, Solomon was still unsatisfied. He soon came to a startling conclusion: Even if we have it all, it is never enough. This revelation inspired the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon’s profound thoughts on the meaning of life. BE Satisfied examines Solomon’s remarkable insights on what holds real value in this world. Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s best-selling “BE” commentary series, BE Satisfied has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe explores Ecclesiastes to find what matters most in life. You will be encouraged to live in the light of eternity, and discover the keys to having a satisfied life, no matter what life brings.

 


Clip In
September 13, 2015 through Advent
When are a cyclist and a church alike? The cyclist goes nowhere without balance and momentum. Neither does a church. For the cyclist, the risk begins when he or she clips into the pedals. For a church, the risk comes with balancing attention toward existing members while generating momentum through reaching new people. But when the focus goes from the “functions” of hospitality to creating a culture of hospitality, a church’s growth will shift into high gear. Clip In examines what risking hospitality can do for your church, including sections on problems churches face when it comes to meeting new people and making them feel welcome, how to use key components of hospitality, as well as real-life, funny stories.

 


The Wired Word
May 31 through September 6, 2015
Each week we’ll tackle a topic in the news, dig up some scripture to see what God has to say about it, and search our souls for our individual response. Our goal is to tune our hearts and minds to be more in tune with what God feels. Lesson materials are sent out via email and snail-mail early in the week, so contact Greg (w8xy@arrl.net) if you want to be on the list.

 


In My Seat
February 1 through May 24, 2015
Steve Scheibner went to bed September 10, 2001, with his bags packed and ready to go. He was scheduled to be the pilot on American Airlines Flight 11 the next day. When he woke in the morning, however, a rare last-minute substitution meant that someone else would pilot that plane… the first plan that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. In My Seat is Steve’s story, the story of one man who died in another’s place. We’ll study his life and examine our own as “borrowed-time believers”. Join us at 9:00 AM beginning February 1 in the FaithKeepers classroom, near the hallway drinking fountain.

 


The Family Project
September 14 through November 30, 2014 
Why do families work? Because God Himself designed them! Thriving families will lead to thriving communities, and thriving communities will transform the world. People will find purpose, joy and redemption; and generation after generation will create a positive legacy.
The Family Project is a 12 session DVD experience for couples or small groups that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.
More information about this series at www.familyproject.com.

 


“The Story”
November 10, 2013 until complete

 


Shiny Gods
October 6 – November 3, 2013
What happens when we truly put God first in all aspects of our lives? In a culture guided chiefly by shiny, life-promising distractions, “enough” seems elusive and keeps us indebted to that next source of satisfaction. What if the Giver of Life offered freedom from this downward spiral—would you take it? In shiny gods, pastor and author Mike Slaughter helps readers reassess priorities and create a culture and a lifestyle of giving with a special emphasis on missions.
Coursework includes daily devotional readings and video/discussion during class.

 


Catch
September 8 – 29, 2013
Catch is a comprehensive program for invitational evangelism developed by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. This newly revised and updated resource shows you how to attract visitors to your church, connect them with your faith community, and help them learn to know, love, and serve God.
This Small-Group Participant Book takes small groups through four weeks of Bible study and intense evaluation designed to help your church attract visitors and then welcome them into the life of your community. Participants immerse themselves in the concepts and practices of invitational evangelism through daily readings that include Scripture, devotion, and reflection questions.
This four-week study features a Small-Group DVD with Leader Guide (available separately) that will lead your group through prayer, Bible study, and discussion. The study includes ideas for transforming your congregation, as well as action steps and personal reflection. The four weekly topics include:
  • Becoming relentlessly outward focused
  • Deciding what makes your church unique
  • Welcoming and inviting people in
  • Ways you can help
Coursework includes daily devotional readings and video/discussion during class.

 


Put Me in, Coach!
June, July, August 2013
We’ll take our lead from the scripture passages prescribed in the worship service. Each week, we’ll seek to answer the following questions:
  1) What does it say?
  2) What does it mean?
  3) If I were the pastor, what would I say in my sermon?
(This last question challenges us to find a way to apply the scripture to our everyday lives.) Each Sunday will be a new lesson with new discoveries, new changes and new growth. If you are not already “plugged in” to a Sunday School class, consider joining FaithKeepers this summer. Our classroom is nearest the hallway drinking fountain and we meet every Sunday morning from 9:00-10:00. Everyone is welcome.
Coursework includes scripture reading and discussion during class.

 


“What on Earth” Next Steps
Mar 24 – May 25, 2013
Purpose Driven Spiritual Health Assessment Group Discussion
Dig deeper into our Health Assessment questions
What are the obvious challenges that prevent us from fulfilling our purpose?
Striving Toward the Goal – working together on our purpose
Praying for our friends
Telling our Story
When someone notices that there is something different about you, they just might ask what it is. What will you say?
Draft my “two-minute testimony”

 


What on Earth am I Here For?
Feb 10 – Mar 17, 2013
A six-week whole-church study following the book of the same name by Rick Warren. Everyone is welcome! You matter to God!
Worship – You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure
Fellowship – You Were Formed for God’s Family
Discipleship – You were Created to Become Like Christ
Ministry – You Were Shaped for Serving God
Evangelism – You Were Shaped for Serving God

 


The Gospel of Matthew
Jan 13 – Feb 3, 2013
Our “Wrestling with the Bible” study earlier this fall ended with a challenge to read through Matthew. From January 7 through February 3 (28 days), we’ll read one chapter per day and discuss what we learn in class for the next four weeks.

 


The Journey
A five-lesson sermon series by Adam Hamilton
December 2 through January 6 (no class on Christmas Sunday December 23)
We’ve all experienced many Christmas seasons and sung the carols many times, but this year we’ll visit the holy land with Rev. Hamilton and look at the events leading up to Jesus’ birth from new perspectives.
Mary of Nazareth
Joseph of Bethlehem
Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth
From Nazareth to Bethlehem
The Manger

 


Wrestling With the Bible
A five-lesson sermon series by Adam Hamilton
Sep 16 – Nov 2012
The Bible contains some of the loftiest and most beautiful verses in literature. Millions look to it for inspiration and guidance. At the same time, some parts are confusing and others are deeply disturbing.
  • Did God really command violence and genocide?
  • Was the earth really created 10,000 years ago?
  • Are women required to be silent and subservient?
  • Are we bound by ancient codes regarding sexuality?
  • Are these the words of God or mortals?
If you’ve ever had questions about the Bible (who hasn’t??), you are invited you to join the FaithKeepers Sunday School class for a series of honest and frank messages entitled, “Wrestling with the Bible” during September, October, and November 2012.

 


James
Summer 2012, ending on September 9
Follow Rev. Jim’s cover-to-cover sermon series on James. We’ll read the target scriptures BEFORE the sermon and see just how close we can predict how Rev. Jim will attack the subject.

 


Change the World

Recovering the Mission and Message of Jesus
January 8, 2012 until we get done!
Using Mike Slaughter’s text of the same name, we’re digging deeper into our missional calling. We call ourselves Christians, followers of Christ, so we must be about the work of learning Jesus’ heart and doing what he would be doing if he were physically present today.

 

Quoting the last paragraph of our text’s introduction:
“The business of the church is to engage and empower disciples of Jesus in meeting the needs and closing the gaps of disparities for the least of these. The world will see the relevancy of the gospel when the people of Jesus fully embrace and live the biblical mandate to love like Jesus. John Wesley called it the demonstration of “social holiness”. The church too often suffers from a numbers neurosis. Let’s quit worrying about the numbers in the pews and begin to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our homes, our communities, and the outermost places of the world. It is time for the church to rediscover and reclaim the message and mission of Jesus!”

 


Financial Peace University
September 11 through December 4, 2011

 


A Life God Rewards
July 17 through September 4, 2011

 


World Changers:  Live to Serve
February 20 through April 3, 2011
2,000 years ago, the greatest World-Changer who ever lived walked the dusty roads of Galilee and changed the world…forever.
200 years ago, a man named William Wilberforce took a stand against the slave trade in England and changed his world…forever.

 

Today, you have a chance to change your world…forever!  Your influence on the world begins and ends with you, and the decisions you make to invoke positive change. People often want to make a redemptive difference in our society. Given your personal circumstances, how can you effect real change like Wilberforce did some 200 years ago?Not everyone is called to do something of that magnitude, however we all can do something simple at home, at work, at church, in our communities and, if some choose, in different parts of the world. At the same time, we all need to do something bigger than ourselves to effect real change.

 


The Kickoff
On February 19th, we will kick off our study with Dinner and a Movie where we’ll fellowship over dinner, then watch the film, “Amazing Grace.” Following the film, we’ll enjoy a brief discussion and introduction to the seven-week class.

 


The Book
We will use the book, “World Changers: Live to Serve” during this study. In this encouraging and inspiring book, Bob Beltz and Walt Kallestad identify the seven characteristics that helped William Wilberforce change the world and show how they apply to you today:Pardon – Seeking atonement for past mistakes.

 

Purpose – Finding direction in our lives.
Passion – Uncovering a lifetime of motivation.
Power – Drawing on the Ultimate Power Source.
Partners – Getting help from like-minded people.
Prayer – Asking God for what we need.
Persistence – Pursuing our goals relentlessly.

 


The Study
In this study, we will use the wisdom of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to explore the life, faith, and vision of the great 19th century British reformer, William Wilberforce.  Wilberforce believed that he and his circle of friends were called by God to pursue two “great objects:”  the abolition of the slave trade, and the reformation of society.  After decades of defeat, the slave trade was finally abolished, and along the way, Wilberforce and his friends launched more than 65 social reforms including the first animal welfare society, the first Bible society, free education, and laws to protect children and reform prisons. Upon completion of the study, our class will participate in a “Serve Day Project” to put our faith and our new-found knowledge to work.

 

What “great objects” are you most passionate about?  What would it take to be a word-changer in your work, church, and neighborhood?  This study is for anyone who wants to make a difference in their world, but needs encouragement or direction.  Changing the world is easier than you think!  One person at a time!

 

Join us!