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Circles Kids Program By Outreach Director, Kathleen Stanley -
Circles Kids Program By Outreach Director, Kathleen Stanley
Every Tuesday around 5:45pm, the children’s room at Roots of Faith gets filled with kids. We talk a lot about the Circles program and how great our leaders are doing but I felt it was time to talk about one of our unsung heroes. Sue Wasser runs the childcare program for Circles. Each week sue prepares fun activities for 5-7 children. Currently Sue has 3 children in the class who are on the spectrum. I don’t know how she does it, but when I make my rounds on Tuesday night, sue has the kids entertained and doing fun activities. Sue does arts and crafts with the kids, and if you look closely at the picture, one of the kids is painting a flower on [...]
Open Hours at Roots of Faith By Associate Pastor, Ben Phipps -
Open Hours at Roots of Faith By Associate Pastor, Ben Phipps
Each week, Roots of Faith is open for community members to gather, serve, and support one another. The doors are open every Mon-Wed from 10-3 and Thurs 9-12. During open hours, multiple people community members come to serve, volunteer, pray, and fellowship with one another. It’s one small way we build community in Sharpsburg!
Conversations About Race By Lead Pastor, Scott Shaffer -
Conversations About Race By Lead Pastor, Scott Shaffer
Over the past two weeks, five leaders from Faith Church and Roots of Faith have been participating in the Pittsburgh District “Conversations about Race” at three locations around the District. Each week’s conversation has included prayer, Bible Study, informative videos, and research-based PowerPoint slides and handouts—all aimed at opening up conversations about systemic racism in our society. It has been inspiring to receive information and inspiration that will enable our church accomplish our vision of Building Community by Reconciling People with God and One Another.
World Day of Prayer -

World Day of Prayer: Friday, March 6, 11:00am at Faith UMC. Service followed by light lunch — suggested donation $8.00. RSVP requested for childcare and lunch at 412-828-3197. 2020 Focus Country: Zimbabwe. Speaker: Sandra Matoushaya, Native of Zimbabwe and Western PA UMC Missional Engagement Coordinator.

Messy Church -

Tue, Jan. 14th at 5:30pm—Messy Communion Messy Church is a monthly worship experience –including dinner, crafts, adult bible study, and worship celebration time – designed for busy families and people of all ages to connect with God and one another in a casual setting. Because life is Messy!

Lutheran-Methodist Communion Celebration -

Lutheran-Methodist Communion Celebration: Monday, February 24th at 7:00pm at Roots of Faith. Join us for Worship & Holy Communion celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the ELCA-UMC full communion agreement. Sponsored by Faith United Methodist Church & Roots of Faith, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & First English Lutheran Church. Rev. Scott Shaffer, Preaching; Rev. David Rike, Presiding; Rev. Ben Phipps, Assisting. Refreshments and time for conversation following the service. RSVP appreciated but not required:

The Current -

The Current: Saturday, March 28th, 1-5pm at Christ UMC Bethel Park. Join us for inspiring worship, relevant messages, and energizing conversations, as we envision a fully inclusive and theologically diverse United Methodist Church!  Keynote Speaker: Rev. Junius Dotson, CEO of Discipleship Ministries. Childcare available. More information and registration at


2019-2020 Holy Communion Project -

Save the Date “Eat this Bread: A Spirituality of Holy Communion.” 
This exciting lecture by Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens has been rescheduled for Feb 10th at 7:00 PM at Faith UMC. The first 25 people in attendance will receive a free copy of Dr. Owen’s book What We Need is Here.

New! Into the Mystery – A Lenten Study on Holy Communion  From ancient stories to elaborate tables to devout fasting and joyous feasting – the practice of Holy Communion is rich with imagery, metaphor, and meaning. As a part of our church’s year-long Holy Communion project, this 6-week class will examine some of the deep images and themes associated with Holy Communion and how it can better prepare us for a deep experience of Christ’s presence. Begins Wednesday 3/5. Free resources provided [...]
Vine of Faith Student Ministry—Upcoming Events -

Vine of Faith is for students in grades 6-12, focused on relationship building, spiritual growth, and service – led by Pastor Scott & Shannon Shaffer.

Sun. 2/9, 9am Setup for Valentine’s Brunch

 Sun. 2/16, 5-7pm Vine of Faith Student Ministry @ Faith UMC

Upcoming Events

February 21, 2020
  • World Day of Prayer Choir Rehearsal
    February 21, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am    

February 22, 2020
  • Fox Hill Preschool Open House
    February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am    

February 23, 2020
  • Worship Service at Faith UMC
    February 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am     Faith UMC

  • Worship Service at Roots of Faith
    February 23, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm     Roots of Faith

February 24, 2020
  • ROF Women's Small Group
    February 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm    

February 25, 2020
  • Sharpsburg Rocks
    February 25, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm     Roots of Faith

  • Circles
    February 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm     Roots of Faith

February 26, 2020
  • Men's Small Group
    February 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am     Roots of Faith

  • Craig in Music Room
    February 26, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm    

    Office Hours

February 27, 2020
  • Craig in Music Room
    February 27, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm    

  • The Neighborhood Table
    February 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm     Roots of Faith, 800 Main St, Sharpsburg, PA 15215, USA

  • Hospitality Team Meeting
    February 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm    

February 28, 2020
  • World Day of Prayer Choir Rehearsal
    February 28, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am