The older I get, the shorter January seems to get. Before you know it, it is almost gone. So comes the need for a submission to the Tapestry since it will have been two months since our last installment. You know what they say, “Time flies.” I've got a postulate to that saying, “the temporal distortions are all subjective.” For those of you who find that humorous we can share a chuckle together. If you don't think that is funny, come to my office and I will show you my “annoying orange” (a Christmas gift from my daughter).

I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts on a new thing going on at Faith Church. Through the efforts of one of our ruling elders, we now have a new Wednesday night prayer meeting that meets in the Sanctuary from 7-8PM. Everyone is invited to participate. I understand that not everyone is going to be able to attend, but I would ask you to please consider joining us in this important time of corporate prayer. If you are not able to attend that is fine and we certainly do not want anyone to feel they are being compelled to come. We are trying to keep this a time of “kingdom-focused” prayer. If you are willing and able we would love to have you join us as we pray for Faith Church. For those who would like to attend, but find themselves unable, I would encourage you to pray for the church as you are able. Pray for the purity and peace of the church, pray for her faithfulness to the Great Commission and pray for her growth in grace and influence. Our desire is to see God build His church as only He can do here at Faith. We desire to grow in depth as believers and in breadth as we reach out with the love of Christ to those who have not heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray that we would have a love for one another. The Bible tells us that those outside the church will now we are Christians by our love for one another. Pray that we would love strangers and reach out to them to bring them into our fellowship, not just so we would grow, but so that they would be “grafted in” and become a vital part of this living organism, the church. Pray for a healthy, growing vitality in our service to our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Pray all these things for God's glory and for our good in the precious name of Jesus. My prayer for Faith Church is: “Lord, teach us to pray.”

Radically changing gears now, we shift to the topic of the Tongues of Fire II Chili Cook-Off to be held at Faith Church on Saturday evening, February 23rd. This will be an opportunity for you to invite your friends to come experience some really great chili and some really great fellowship here at Faith. A sign up sheet will be appearing in the narthex for individuals or teams that would like to participate with an entry.

The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Frederick County (Care Net) is having their 30th Anniversary Banquet on Friday, March 15th. The church is sponsoring two tables for this fund-raising banquet. If you would like to attend please contact John Armstrong. There will also be a sign up sheet in the narthex. Space is limited and this should be a sold out event so if you really want to go, please sign-up early.

As we quickly continue ever deeper into 2013, may the Lord grant us deeper knowledge of His rich love for all the saints.