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FCF Trussville holds Easter weekend ribbon cutting for new sanctuary

By Crystal McGough, copy editor TRUSSVILLE -- Faith Community Fellowship in Trussville opened the doors of its brand new sanctuary to the public over Easter weekend. Lead Pastor Steve McCarty and the FCF staff held a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m., and the church’s first Easter service was held in the new sanctuary that evening. On Sunday, FCF held two more Easter se ...

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Faith: Prepare to meet your baker

By Richard Harp This is the slogan for the local Great Harvest Bakery in Trussville. Recently, a challenging yet inspirational story took place regarding their company and our congregation.  We had a family of three visit with us for worship one Sunday. Their mother filled out a visitor’s card, explaining that she and her daughters had just moved to Alabama from the far Northwest and were looking for a chur ...

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Faith: Calvary, not Calvin

By Andy Waits If you want to get someone’s blood boiling bring up Calvinism. Better yet, if you want to make a life-long enemy, accuse them of being a Calvinist. This label has become the scarlet letter, the ace in the hole that people pull when they want to rally a mob against a pastor or church member. ​How do you define Calvinism? Everyone has an opinion. Some say “a Calvinist doesn’t believe in missions ...

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The vapor resolution

By Richard Harp This past year has come and gone like a vapor. So, with the new year I am making something I call a “Vapor Resolution.” ​If you get the chance to hear the New Year’s countdown, it gives you cause to join in and may even give you pause for thought. While the ball drops and numbers ring out, I think about the potential of the coming year. Ten… “What will this year be like?” Nine… “What new adv ...

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Looking back and looking forward

By Michael J Brooks The Roman goddess Janus had two faces; with one he looked behind and with the other he looked forward. How fitting that the first month in the year is named for him. January is a time we evaluate what we have experienced and make plans about what we want to experience. Looking back, we see a mixture of success and failure, prosperity and want, good choices and bad. We all experience bad ...

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Faith: Christmas means a change in circumstances

By Michael J Brooks A little girl found herself in the church Christmas pageant and sang the assigned carol with gusto, though in error: “While shepherds washed their socks by night / all seated on the ground / the angel of the Lord came down / and glory shown around / and glory shown around." Actually, the shepherds “watched their flocks by night”—an important job in ancient Israel. The sheep provided food ...

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Faith: Significance, meaning and the virgin birth

By Tyler Warner ​When the great interview host Larry King was asked whom he would interview if he could interview anyone who ever lived, he answered without hesitation: “Jesus Christ.” And the question he would ask? “I would like to ask him if he was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.” While himself an atheist, Mr. King grasps the gravity of the Incarnation. ​The In ...

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Husband-Wife Children’s Pastors minister across nation and world, Part 2: Marcia Irwin Jones

By Avery Ammerman, third grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Marcia Irwin Jones was born in Yazoo, Mississippi, on Oct. 20, 1966. She has three sisters, Betty, Freda and Lynn. Marcia’s dad was an ironworker, so her family moved many, many times across the South. Her dad built the water tanks below the shuttle launch in Florida that cooled the concrete when it blasted off. He also oversaw the cr ...

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Faith: Blood on our hands

By Richard Harp While living in Southern Ohio, our freezer was often supplied with deer meat. This was to save money on groceries and also ensure we were eating lean, healthy meat. One year I decided to save even more by processing the deer myself. Unbeknownst to me, the muzzleloader season that year would be the coldest of the winter, and I would acquire the deer on the coldest day. It froze solid and in o ...

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Faith: Christmas, again?

By Michael J Brooks Some of us have seen a lot of Christmases come and go, and now it’s coming again. We pastors are expected to have some new things to say every time, and it’s hard after preaching about Christmas for 30 or 40 years. Sometimes in frustration, pastors try to do a “re-run” sermon for the holidays, but there’s always someone like the late Jean Watters of Suttle, Alabama, who kept a record in ...

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