Read The Story…Experience the Bible…Find Your Story in God’s Story

The Story begins at Faith UMC this Sunday, September 15!

How will you engage in The Story? Who will you invite to share the journey with you?  Visit Faith’s website for all the opportunities to connect with The Story:  http://faithumcthestory.weebly.com/index.html

Check out the following press release recently published in North Neighbor News!

Faith United Methodist Church Launching Groundbreaking Bible Reading Campaign

Joining Thousands Nationwide Participating in The Story

Crown_Logo_Horizontal “The Bible is central to our faith,” said Pastor Cara Stultz Costello of Faith United Methodist Church,“ but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks so everyone understands God’s story and how their story intersects with it.”

 North Canton, August 21, 2013 – The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in our community are actually reading it?  A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.

Faith United Methodist Church is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. Pastors Cara & Steve Stultz Costello believes that The Story, a Zondervan best-seller, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God’s.  Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.

“We want the people in our congregation, as well as our community to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story,” said Pastor Steve Stultz Costello.

The Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and Small Groups and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons.  When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. Faith United Methodist Church plans to begin the experience on September 15.

With thousands of participating churches nationwide, The Story is becoming a movement that is bringing wide-ranging benefits to local churches. Many have reported increased community outreach, increased Biblical literacy, congregational growth and a greater understanding of how God’s story reveals the reasons for the things that happen in the human story.

Faith logoFaith United Methodist Church would like to invite you to experience The Story.  Sunday services start at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00am.  For more information, visit www.faithumchurch.org.

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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