FBCP Newsletter for August 2015
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Counting all things as loss for Christ
I Philippians chapter 3, the apostle Paul share his very impressive resume as a Jewish rabbi. Paul could hold his own with any rabbi of his day when it came to the knowledge and practice of Judaism. Even with all his religious advantages and the power and prestige that came with it in his culture, paul make this startling statement:
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 Phil 3:7-9 (NKJV)
What advantage or position, job or status or sin have we given up for Christ, are we willing to suffer the loss of all things. Until we are willing to count everything as loss for Him we cannot effectively serve as his disciple. Is it worth it? Paul clearly thought so. In fact He talks about the surpassing excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. In every way Christ far outdoes any other person or thing when it comes to joy, fulfillment, righteousness and love. He is incomparable.
New Sunday School Class
Paul Tygart is now teaching a class on the Book of Joel. This adult study meets in Room 1. The first class on July 26 was an introduction to the study.
Our pantry is running out of shelf items! Our current needs are: canned vegetables or fruit, tuna, pasta, and boxes of cereal. However, we can always use any shelf item that is still in date. We do not give out food items that are out of date.
Ordination on August 15
Next Saturday Congregation Harei Yeshua will be ordaining Mike Howard as one of their pastors. FBCP is invited to them for this happy occasion!
The children will be back this month! August 24 Cornerstone School will begin our 10th year. This promises to be a very good year with wonderful teachers and excellent students. So as you move about the church/school grounds later this month remember all doors are locked so check in with the office when you arrive so we can get you where you want to go! Thank you to the church family for the support that has made these 10 years possible.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Keep them in prayer as the Pastoral School in Kikongo transitions to being a full-blown University!
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Dee has been in Istanbul, Turkey at the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf.
Ed and Miriam Noyes - There is an interesting article about Miriam's literacy work in the latest (Spring 2015) issue of On Location at:
Miriam comments on the article,
"They WOULD slant the article to make it sound like I was the initiator and personally involved in everything, but I was mostly in the background - an enabler. It is my remarkable co-worker, Rose Mayala, who has been the initiator. The translation work is now done and the books are at the printer's. We're tentatively planning the pastoral training for September!".
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - They are headed back to their ministry in Malaysia with only two of their six children! The other four will remain in the U.S., two in California and two attending college back East! This is a real time of transition for the family. They will be living in a densely populated area of Kuala Lumpur where they will continue their educational and church-planting work.
Vacation Bible School
We are very happy to report to you that the Vacation Bible School offering was $255 and with that we were able to buy 25 bibles for a church in Kenya! Pastor Sam has made a connection with this pastor and congregation and they are very excited to receive the bibles. Groups of people there typically have to share a bible amongst them. Thank you to all who helped with this project!
Children's ministry continues with a faithful group of volunteers. We have just a need for someone on Wednesday nights and Sunday at 9 AM during the months of September and October. We are blest to have children to teach - and workers to teach and help the teachers.
Sunday Evening Service
This last week we saw the movie "Indescribable" by Louie Giglio of the unfathomable universe. During the next couple of months we expect to show some other presentations in the Louie Giglio "Heart of Passion" series. Watch the bulletin for dates. We are continuing our time of worship and focused prayer on Sunday evenings.
22 Constance Robinson
25 Jean Covell
26 Helen Whittington
3 Scott Steinacker
4 Marie Wangenheim
12 Gavin Smith
12 Savana Jones
13 Jack Silberstein
22 William Jones
27 Maryann Eiland
Aug 3 Todd & Susan Smith
Aug 8 Al & Jean Covell
Aug 16 C. J. & Georgene
Aug 18 Mike & Bobbi
Aug 20 Paul & Robin
Tygart (40 yrs!)
No Potluck This Sunday
While we will not have a potluck luncheon today, we would like to continue the luncheons on the first Sunday of the month. However we will need a coordinator. There are people who have indicated an interest in helping so what we need is someone to manage and direct. If you have an interest in doing this contact the church office Wed – Friday 877-3532.