FBCP Newsletter for April 2017
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
In This Issue:
12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' The King of Israel!" John 12:12-13 (NKJV)
Hosanna! Comes from the Hebrew yāsha which means to deliver or save. Another way of saying it would be Help! Help! God save us! I don’t know about you but I say this quite often. As we move through life whether individually or collectively we come to those moments where we become desperate and we realize that we need God’s help. Fortunately or maybe unfortunately the moment passes and we return to “normal” life. We may receive help from God on a limited basis yet we miss the point. We are in desperate need of God always. In fact the very thought that we may think we don’t need His help should send us to our Knees in repentance. God’s answer to our every need and our cry for help is found in one person; Jesus the Messiah. His name in Hebrew “Yeshua” means salvation. He(Jesus) was and is the answer to our cry for help. That day “Palm Sunday” the crowd had it right, they were right to call out for help to God and they were right to recognize Jesus as the source of help. They missed however the point that He(Jesus) is the answer to all needs and the source of all help. He is our very life!6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whomare all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 1 Cor 8:6 (NKJV)
Thoughts From Tirzah's Heart
Shalom FBCP Friends and Family!
When you read this I will no longer be sitting here in Regensburg enjoying the sunshine of a German spring.
Now that our classes are over, I will be back in Chicago treasuring all that G-d has done here and the new dreams He has begun in my heart. With one year left at Moody and a summer of trusting G-d for everything, I have started to consider where to go after I graduate.
If I could only tell you how much I have fallen in love with Germany, with these people who work so hard, many without any hope or reason for their efforts living in what has been called "Post-Christian" Europe.
How do you tell a people lacking nothing that they need Messiah Jesus? Over the course of the classes we have taken here there has grown a huge desire in me and my fellow students to take our relationship with G-d more seriously, a hunger for reading scripture like I've never known, and a conviction to pray seriously, not just in times of distress, or hunger, or for my own needs, but broken and sensitive to the needs of others and with ears open to hearing what He has to say.
I met with a German woman here at church whose name is also Tirza, and as we talked over tea and coffee. Her passion for her people and desire to see them restored to a relationship with G-d echoed into my own heart. Later that same week I met with Micah and Melia Mann who are missionaries in Austria and close friends of my family. We met to talk about what it would look like if I serve with them after I graduate. It is amazing how G-d takes these precious moments and begins to open up a whole pathway to walk in if only I will trust Him and follow. Please pray that I will have the courage to walk in the way He is calling and that He will continue to prove Himself faithful this summer.
One thing Tirza said yesterday was that it is good to remember when things are uncertain that we are Children of the L-rd and not Orphans. Orphans have to worry about where they will live, who will feed them, and who will care about them; but Children know their Father and they know that He will take care of them in all their needs.
I miss you all,
Tirzah Lee Walker
Come and Join Us for
Friday, April 21 at 7:00 PM
Visit the classrooms and discover what the students are learning. Take this opportunity to meet the teachers, students and parents.
Women’s Ministry Meeting Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. If you are interested in being involved in WM you’re invited to join us as we plan events for the year.
Spring Luncheon will be Saturday, May 6th, 11 AM to 2 PM in the Family Life Center. Our theme is "Make a Joyful Noise". Tickets available soon.
Tuesday Bible Study for women at 9:30 AM in the Prayer Room. Eileen Lesher, Leader (Meets again April 11)
Annual Yard Sale is planned for Friday and Saturday, June 9-10. We will be needing ladies to help set up and price items that week and also to work in shifts on sale days, Friday and Saturday. As you think about Spring cleaning this year, remember we are looking for all kinds of items that are in good working condition. If you need a place to store your donations, contact Beverly Ellefson at 877-3532.
Jack Silberstein went home to be with the Lord on March 24. He spent his life, along with Roz in service to the King. They served in the local church and on the mission field and always had a passion for ministry to missionaries. He was a kind and generous man and encouraged others wher-ever he met them.
Memorial service will be held at FBCP April 22 at 2:00 PM.
Deacon's regular meeting will be Friday, April 7 at 2:00 PM in the Prayer Room. Please let Tom or Juanita Grevalsky know if you will not be able to attend.
2 Communion Service
4 WM meeting 5:30 PM
7 Deacon's Mtg 2 PM
9 Palm Sunday
10 Harei Yeshua Passover Seder
12 Brd of Trustees mtg.
14 Elders' mtg 10 AM
16 Resurrection Sunday Choir Program
21 Cornerstone Open House 7 PM
22 Memorial for Jack Silberstein 2 PM
23 VBS mtg - 12:30 w/lunch
30 Gospel Sing Evening Service
Birthdays & Anniversaries
2 Eileen Lesher
14 Zemeira Walker
16 Tom Grevalsky
19 Nathan Reeves
21 David Snow
22 Susan Smith
23 Kat Shores
1 Paul Tygart
3 Bobbie Howard
3 Amy Barker
3 Sherry Schlobohm
6 Todd Smith
6 Joel Franks
10 Brad Wells
17 Robin Tygart
23 Barbara Thomas
24 Andrew Smith
7 Timothy & Brittany Franks
8 Brad and Sue Wells
14 Roger & Pam Wrobel
21 Carl & Amy Smith
9 Alan & Ruth VanEssen
16 David & Linda Snow
Sunday Mornings & Wednesday Evenings: Pam Wrobel has training and support in place for those who are willing to volunteer to work with our children on a rotating basis. Contact Pam at 877-3532 for more information on how you can be involved.
Our children are so precious to us. The Lord called them to Him and spoke to us to "...let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children." In order for us to do the will of the Lord in this we need volunteers. Are you willing to reach children for the Lord? We always have staffing needs. We have a few people who will be leaving soon & need replacements or long serving substitutes until their return.
We thank all those who showed up for Children's Ministry /VBS training last month. We had a wonderful meeting. We have approximately one half of our VBS staff. We need more support staff including youth age 12 and up, so please pray about becoming one of our team.
If you have any questions please contact Pam Wrobel at 877-3532.
This year we are doing HERO CENTRAL for our theme. Parents, grandparents, and friends go to
https://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/Fbcparadise and check out what we have for Paradise area children. They'll learn how to become super heroes. We are excited to see our children grow in the Lord & learn how to be a hero in their family & neighborhood following Jesus Christ.
If you are interested or have questions please contact Pam Wrobel at 877-3532.
VBS is planned for June 19-23. First planning meeting was in March and the second will be April 23rd after the worship service. A light lunch will be provided. It is important that you attend. Contact Pam with any questions 877-3532.
News on Missions
Glen and Rita Chapman - With many final tasks to wrap up in Kikongo, Glen & Rita will depart there for America on April 4th. After some initial travels, they will settle into an apartment in Redlands, California. We hope they will be able to visit us at First Baptist of Paradise!"Thanks for your prayers for our departure, and reentry back from a rural off grid environment, to the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles area."
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - "As we grow, in technology, in new approaches and ways of reporting from the field, we know that the enemy will do everything to stop our progress and put barriers in our path. We rely on you to pray for us, each step of the way,.."
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Keep Ed and Miriam in your prayers during the present political unrest in the Congo.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and Family - "As Cornerstone Learning Center grows, we provide transportation for some of our students who can't afford it. For various reasons, their parents are unable to send them to school and public transportation is not feasible in their area. This is true for one our widows who has a baby at home. We need a vehicle for student pick-up and drop-off, field trips, sports and school events."
Jews for Jesus - With the Passover season approaching Jews for Jesus will be showing the connections between Easter and Passover.
Mike Robinson for Missions
Resurrection Sunday - April 16