FBCP April Newsletter
Notes from the Pastor
From Death to Life
The choice of the first man Adam brought death in every way. Physical death which effects all material things including our mortal bodies and spiritual death which effects our relationship with God and all other spiritual beings. Usually when we think about the fall we think of the result of physical death, but what about the death of our relationship with our Father God. That was far more devastating than physical death. It marked the death of love, not God’s love for us but our love for God and our capacity to truly love others. We were separated from the very source of all life and creativity. From that dreadful day forward man could not do anything good. No action or deed, thought or motivation of man existed that was not tainted, hindered, stymied by our death. Death reigned in mortal man. The choice of the Man Jesus changed all that. The power of death and the curse of man’s choice was demolished by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus the Man redeemed man and gave him the freedom and power to choose obedience to God by receiving the free gift of salvation through God’s grace (undeserved kindness) in faith. Not only do believers in Jesus have eternal life and freedom from the fear of death but we enjoy a restored relationship with God the Father. We have the capacity through the Holy Spirit to Love God and others. We can by the power of the Holy Spirit please God and fulfill His will. We can live holy lives, free from guilt and shame and be full of joy in this life and throughout eternity. We can be alive in every way.
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah all shall be made alive.
1 Cor 15:21-22
News From the Mission Field
Today, Thurs 26 March, I finished my last VBS (special interim class) class. The children have been fun and I believe had fun. It was a 4 hour morning, so a longer schedule. but they were also visitors to the classrooms and enjoying playing with (pulling out) all they could find. They especially seemed to enjoy the group singing and games. (Consider how to re-invent London Bridge and Ring Around the Rosies when you need to keep them a few more minutes before the parents come.) This afternoon I collapsed for a nap—as usual—planned food with the guest house cooks, made a birthday cake for the area director and have served the hot dinner—also one last time. This completes the two special weeks when I stayed at the Guest House so I could serve dinner and help with meal planning. Also, part of the visiting VBS team from Texas for elementary children, were staying in my rented house and they will fly out for US tomorrow morning. So I will go to the market in the morning to get vegetables to take back to my home. Then I can start the laundry, make a trip or 2 to get my things and begin to enjoy my 10 day Spring break. My plan is not to go near the classroom for several days—but it will require organizing after this week.
This coming week marks the half-way point between my return from California for Christmas and the completion of my school-year assignment here in Papua New Guinea. Right now I’m tired and ready for my work to be completed. But it has been a good time of being obedient to God’s call and my own desire to teach again. It has reminded me that I did and do enjoy working with young children. Working with them gets my creative juices going. I have felt that an amazing confirmation is that I could reach back, almost without thinking, and start songs, activities, conversations with children and instructions to assistants, almost as if it had only been a year ago—not 30 years.
Easter week is a rather quiet time in Ukarumpa after months of busy planning for many people for this time of Conference. May your Easter season also include peaceful, thankful times.
Thinking of you all
Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study has completed their study of Isaiah and will be back looking at the book of Ruth this Wednesday. This is open to all women. We meet at 9:30 AM in the Prayer Room. Remember to use the side entrance into the Prayer Room as Cornerstone School has Chapel on Wednesday mornings.
Ladies Luncheon – May 2: Tickets will be available next week in the Atrium for $5 each. You won’t want to miss this annual event. The luncheon theme this year is “Blessings & Bingo”.
Women’s Planning Group will meet this Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. If you would like to be part of planning events for the women of FBCP, please join us. We are always looking for fresh ideas and we have a great time together!
Yard Sale June 12-13: We will need donations of hangars and jewelry display boards for the Yard Sale. Beverly Ellefson has room to store any donations of items to sell or display items. Please do not bring your donations to the church but give Beverly a call to arrange pick up or delivery (559-0679).
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School
VBS – Camp Kilamanjaro: We still have a few positions to fill this year, so please pray about joining our team. There are registration forms for volunteers at the Welcome Center. We will soon have registration forms for children! This is a short term commitment and a great opportunity to work with children. Date for VBS is June 22 – 26, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Sally Klein O'Connor
Next Sunday - Sally Klein O’Connor will be with us in the evening service. Many of you have heard her testimony of healing and God’s redeeming love. She is always a blessing to us as she reaches out to others with warmth and encouragement from the One who created and sustains us. Invite someone to join you.
In this issue:
6:30 AM Sunrise Service
9:00 AM All SS classes meet
10:30 AM Music & Drama Easter Cantata
12:15 PM Breakfast Breads & Coffee in the Atrium
No Evening Service tonight
Join us next week when we will have the opportunity to affirm and encourage those being baptized.
We will have our communion service next Sunday, April 12 at the 10:30 AM Worship.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
2 Eileen Lesher
14 Zemeira Walker
16 Tom Grevalsky
21 David Snow
1 Paul Tygart
3 Amy Barker
3 Sherry Schlobohm
10 Brad Wells
17 Robin Tygart
23 Barbara Thomas
April 7 Timothy & Brittany Franks
April 8 Brad & Sue Wells
April 14 Clarence & Coreen King
April 14 Roger & Pamela Wrobel
April 21 Carl & Amy Smith
May 9 Alan & Ruth VanEssen
May 11 Dennis & Janet Rowe
May 16 David & Linda Snow