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Family Festival of Nations 2019


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This year's annual Family Festival of Nations is February 24 - March 3, 2019. It's a full week of celebrating what God is doing around the world, hearing how God is using the skills of people just like you and me to awaken peoples to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and discovering ways we can be part of the Great Commission.

Have you awoken to what it means to live in His Kingdom now so that this Kingdom will come in fullness when He returns? It means that we wake up to the reality of the kingdom of God and the tension that exists between the now and not yet. The Kingdom that Jesus promised (that we read about in the Scriptures) is a Kingdom that is eternal, but hasn’t fully happened yet. Jesus is at work in these days and wants us to join him. This idea is rooted in Matthew 24:14 and is what first “awakened” the movement known as the Christian & Missionary Alliance.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

It means we wake up to kingdom living which, based off of Matthew 24 and 25, means a call to always be ready by living in love with and anticipating the Coming King (Matthew 24:42-25, 25:1-13), always be investing what He has put into your hands into those things that will be eternal (Matthew 24:45-47, 25:14-29), and always be serving because the Kingdom is love and people are precious (Matthew 24:48-51, 25:31-46).

“My Kingdom has come here on earth, and it’s going to spread to all peoples. Amid challenges and opposition, those transformed by the good news of this Kingdom will spread it to all people. Please wake up to this reality! I want it to be good for you when I return because you’ll be found living out My Kingdom ways and welcoming the day of My coming.”

You're invited to be part of this year's Family Festival of Nations. There's lots of ways to participate. Check it out below, and we hope you will choose to live purposefully for the sake of Jesus.

SPECIAL PROJECT

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This year's special project is raising money to purchase supplies for Adventure Camps in Uruguay, South America.

Outdoor Adventure Camp is dedicated to providing outdoor adventure experiences in English for youth ages 12 to 18 years old and give them the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Uruguay. The students get diverse, creative and practical opportunities to learn and practice the English language through activities that teach youth to grow in the following areas: Leadership Development, Problem Solving Skills, Healthy Self-Esteem and Team Dynamics. Each of these skills are valuable assets to become a better well rounded successful citizens.

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Each camp lasts about a week and can include activities such as kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing or a bouldering gym, hiking, group dynamic games, backpacking, and overnight camping. Most students do not have access to the resources necessary to do these types of activities .

Resources that these funds will go toward include tents, sleeping pads, camping/cooking supplies, and rock climbing equipment (harnesses, helmets, ropes, carabiners, and other necessary equipment).

Be part of this project by placing coins, dollars, or checks in a collection can. They're available in the front foyer. Bring your cans back on Sunday, March 3 at 9am where we will collect them as part of the Closing Celebration of Family Festival of Nations week.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, February 24
   Worship Service -- 9AM / Sanctuary
   Evening Service and Children's Program -- 6PM

Monday, February 25
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / Family Life Center
   Family Fun Night -- 7:00PM / FLC

Tuesday, February 26
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / FLC
   Adults/Youth -- 7:00PM / Sanctuary
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club

Wednesday, February 27
   Youth-Sponsored Fundraiser Dinner for Missions -- 6:00PM / FLC
   Adult/Youth -- 7:00PM / Sanctuary
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club

Thursday, Februrary 28
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / FLC
   Adult/Youth -- 7:00PM / Sanctuary
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club

Friday, March 1
   Meal and Fellowship -- 6:15-6:45PM / FLC
   Adults -- 7:00PM / FLC (Prayer for the World Focus)
   Children -- 7:00PM / GC Kidz Club
   Pie Night -- 8:15PM / FLC

Saturday, March 2
   Men’s Breakfast -- 9AM / TFC Dining Hall ($6.75/person)
   Women’s Brunch -- 9AM / Fellowship Hall

Sunday, March 3
   Closing Celebration Service - 9AM / Sanctuary
   Festival of Praise Potluck -- 11AM / FLC   
   NO Sunday School Communities or Evening Activities  

MEALS & FOOD

To help you participate, each evening (Monday through Friday) there will be a meal served from 6:15-6:45pm in the Family Life Center on a voluntary donation basis to help defray the cost. The proposed menu for the week is:

  • Monday (2/25): Chicken Pot Pie

  • Tuesday (2/26): Chili and Soup

  • Wednesday (2/27): Chicken Curry (Youth Sponsored Fundraiser Meal)

  • Thursday (2/28): Pancake & Bacon Supper

  • Friday (3/1): BBQ Sandwich

Please use the form below to make reservations so we can be adequately prepared. There will be peanut butter and jelly available each evening for the "picky" eaters among us.

On Saturday there will be a Men's Breakfast at Toccoa Falls College Dining Hall at 9am ($6.75/person inclusive) and a Women's Brunch at 9am in the Fellowship Hall at First Alliance. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to both of these events. Babysitting will be provided for the Women's Brunch for infants and toddlers. Please use the form below to sign up for the Women's Brunch. 

The Family Festival of Nations will conclude with a Festival of Praise Potluck Meal on Sunday, March 4 following the morning service. Please bring the following based on your last name:

  • Last Name A - H: Main dish* & salad

  • Last Name I - P: Main dish* & vegetable

  • Last Name Q - Z: Main dish* & dessert

*If possible, bring international fare!

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Earlier Event: February 21
Young Adult Connection Coffeehouse
Later Event: March 6
Lent