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House of Faith Church Mid-Week Encouragement by Rev. Bruce A. Shields

This Sunday will be the first service of the new year. I have been inspired by a friend of mine, Rev. Kris Kapler of the Tawas Methodist Church, to begin a weekly mid-week letter to uplift and encourage while informing of upcoming services and events the House of Faith Church is involved in.

I have spent the last two weeks organizing and preparing for this year's sermons, church picnics, and other events and holy days. I am excited about what the new year will bring and what God has planned for us as His people.

As you may already know, the House of Faith Church was blessed with a much-needed new roof provided by Harbor church. I cannot express in words my gratitude and how much it means, not only to our congregation but to the community of believers, to see brothers and sisters in Christ caring for one another.

"Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, exhort you to walk worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all." ~ Ephesians 4:1-6

          We began 2023 by examining what the word of God had to say about our calling and what God provides through His Spirit to enable us to fulfill that call. We have looked at the Fruits of the Spirit and just completed the Full Armor of God, and in 2024, we will begin looking at Spiritual Gifts and some ways we can strengthen the Body of Christ. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.


Have a blessed week,

Pastor Bruce



1 Corinthians 12:1-3

            "Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were being led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit."           



  • Un-Decorating the Church will occur on Wednesday, January 10th, at 10 am. Volunteers are needed to help take down all the decorations.

  • Community Prayer, hosted by Susan Moon, will be on Thursday, January 18th, from 6 – 7:30 pm.

  • The House of Faith Year-End Meeting will occur on Sunday, January 28th, immediately after the regular service. All board members must be present, and everyone else is encouraged to stay, but it is not mandatory.



With Hebrew Scholar Chad Bird from 1517, a nonprofit organization that exists to declare and defend the Good News that you are forgiven and free on account of Christ alone.




Pastor Bruce's latest book on faith, Drowning in Milk: A Guide to Spiritual Growth, is available at the church, along with his other books, Heaven & Hell and The Minister's Manual, on the vestibule table just outside the sanctuary. All of his books are also available on Amazon.


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