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Men of Faith Report Jan 2017

Genesis 39 Ministry

Out of a shared concern for the inroads and impact of pornography, a small group of men from FPC began to meet in the Fall 2015 to discuss strategies for addressing this threat to our congregation.  From those discussions emerged a planning committee composed of men from their teens to 70’s.  The name “Genesis 39” was unanimously adopted for this effort, as the account of Joseph fleeing from the seduction of Potiphar’s wife encapsulates the allure of sexual temptation and the most appropriate antidote.

This ministry is under the auspices of Men of Faith.  Its purpose is threefold: 1) to promote a Biblical understanding and practice of sexuality, 2) to raise awareness of the ever-present dangers of sexual temptations and raise necessary barriers, and  3) to assist those embroiled in sexual struggles by befriending and speaking the power and hope of the Gospel into their lives wherever they find themselves in that struggle.  This is in keeping with our Mission:

Pursuing Christ in Community by Nurturing Discipleship through Friendships

Genesis 39 began with a Sunday evening sermon series by Dr. Rayburn.  A Sunday school class for all men, 5th graders and older, will meet on the last Sunday of each month.

Men’s Breakfasts

Usually held twice a year, winter and spring, featuring a special speaker.  The next breakfast is on May 13th.

Men’s Night of Prayer

For many years, before Reformation Sunday in the fall and on Good Friday before Easter, we have scheduled a men’s night of prayer on Friday night/early Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 pm and running to early morning.  This is an evening of readings, food and fellowship, and extended periods of prayer. We warmly welcome all the men of the congregation to attend for as much of the time as may be possible. One is always glad to have gone!

Men’s Discussion Groups

Oktoberfest has become the kick-off for our next book to read and discuss together in small groups.  In preparation for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses October 31, 2017 this year we will be reading Heralds of the Reformation: Thirty Biographies of Sheer Grace, written by our own Dick Hannula. In thirty short biographies, Heralds of the Reformation tells the important story of the struggle between the theological authorities and the men and women who refused to keep quiet about the sheer grace of the Gospel.

Weekly Morning Prayer Meetings

There are opportunities to meet with fellow Men of Faith for prayer each week:

  • Wednesday mornings with Phil Perkins: We meet at the Old Town Markee coffee shop, 2312 North 30th St., Tacoma at 6:00 am. After several years we continue to focus solely on the psalms. The psalms serve as a life guide. One of the ancient church fathers, Athanasius wrote, “Whatever your particular need or trouble, from this same book (the Psalms) you can select a form of words to fit it, so that you…learn the way to remedy your ill.”
  • Thursday morning with Thom Wilson at 6:30 am at the church. Join us in reading and digesting Richard Hannula’s Heralds of the Reformation as we pray for our concerns and the world around us.

Leaders of Congregational Petitions

Our weekly congregational petitions are led by volunteer Men of Faith. “There are only two ways for a congregation to pray together. Both methods of corporate prayer are taught and illustrated many times in the Bible and we employ both in our worship. Either the text for the congregation’s prayer is provided so they can offer it as one or one person prays for the whole and the congregation joins in the “Amen.” The opening and closing silent prayers, hymns, and the corporate confession are prayers of the former type and the invocation, congregational petitions, the prayer before the preaching of the Word, and the prayer at the Lord’s Supper are prayers of the latter type. The point is they are all prayers, in every case we are speaking directly to God.”  From “Worship & Prayer” in the Biblical Worship series, Dec 30, 2003, Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn.

Men’s Softball

Despite not showing up to spring training, the Faith Presbyterian Church softball team is scheduled for another season. Adult men are welcome to come out and participate; all others are encouraged to come cheer on the team. Typically a fun time is had by all. Games are played at SERA fields, though game times have not yet been set. Please contact Luke Bentson for details.

Building Monitor

Men, if you are interested in helping as a building monitor during one of the services, please contact Ken Kvale or the church office.  The purpose of building monitor is to keep a watch during the services for suspicious activities.  You would probably serve once during a three-month period.

Men of Faith Oktoberfest

The fall gathering of the men to hear an excellent speaker and for good food and fellowship.