FBCP August 2016 Newsletter
In this issue:
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Relationships are a most important part of our lives. The most important relationship is of course God. How we interact with others is a primary concern of our Creator and should be for us as well. As the Lord says: 18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Lev 19:18
The Lord commands us to love our neighbor. This means not only to treat them with respect and honor but to go beyond and work on a relationship with them. God does not use the word “like” which we may have been more comfortable with, He says “love”. In case we think that we have an out because He says, “nor bear any grudge against the children of your people” then we should take a look at what Jesus said:
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectorsdo so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matt 5:43-48 (NKJV)
Jesus takes it way further by including our enemies (those who are out to get us so to speak). If we are disobedient in this we are disobeying God and we can expect to bear the consequences of our disobedience. Let’s be honest, most of us are not even close to truly loving our enemies let alone our friends. This is why the Lord says to start with your friends. We need to be willing to get past our petty disagreements and even our big ones and start loving. We confuse love with agreement which may happen but we are called to love even those we don’t agree with. We have a clear example of this with God. He loved us so much that He could not stand the separation our sin had caused and so He provided a way to make us righteous apart from obedience to the Law(Torah). He became one of us and took our punishment and our sin upon Himself so that we could be righteous. Ultimately it was all about restoring us to a right relationship with Him.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
2 Ben Walker
10 Ruth VanEssen
22 Constance Robinson
23 Jerry Jaeger
25 Jean Covell
3 Scott Cranston
4 Marie Wangenheim
9 Marion Chase-Kleeves
12 Gavin Smith
13 Vera Walker
13 Jack Silverstein
19 Carolyn Umble
27 Maryann Eiland
Aug 3 Todd and Susan Smith
Aug 8 Al & Jean Covell
Aug 16 C. J. & Georgene Goodwin
Aug 18 Mike & Bobbie Howard
Sept 20 Paul & Robin Tygart
NOTE: If your birthday or anniversary is not on this list please give those dates to Linda in the church office.
07 - Sunday School 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Potluck Lunch (bring a large dish)
No Evening Service
13 Elders' Meeting
14 Sunday School 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM Sing-a-long with the Cottinghams - 6 PM
16 Women's Ministry - Kick-off Meeting
21 Sunday School 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Single Ladies Luncheon
21 Transformations video
at First Assembly of
God at 6 PM
28 Sunday School 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Eve. Service 6 PM
29 Cornerstone School begins!
Thoughts from Tirzah Moody Bible Institute
Hello Church Family!
On Monday I'll be returning early in the morning to Chicago to get a few weeks of work in before the semester begins. This will be my junior year at Moody Bible Institute and I am amazed at how fast the last two years have gone. I will continue to appreciate your prayers and encouragement throughout, there are amazing opportunities opening up and unique changes that this year will offer.
My dear friend and professor Michael Rydelnik and his wife Eva will be on Sabbatical this whole year, which is well deserved though they will be missed terribly. Though many of my friends have now graduated, I am looking forward to reconnecting with those who are still studying or staying on in the City and hearing about their ministries over the summer; as well as meeting with a new student from a missionary family serving in Poland. I am her pen-pal and the upperclassman who has been asked to minister to her and help her settle into college and all the emotional, academic, and spiritual challenges that come with that.
We also have big plans for Poetry Club. I will continue to work the same three jobs Iworked last semester and trust God to keep me learning and growing where He has me. I will miss you all very much and my prayers are for you.
With all Sincerity,
Tirzah Lee Walker
Sun. July 31 @ 6 PM
Father Peter Hansen from St. Augustine’s Church in Chico will be with us presenting a musical study of Ch. 2 and 3 of Revelation “7 Letters to ‘7 Churches".
Flyers at the Welcome Center.
Cornerstone Christian School starts on Monday, August 29. Please keep our teachers, staff and students in prayer as we begin another school year!
During the week (Aug 9 - 12) that the church parking lot will be repaved, Cornerstone School will have a "uniform exchange" for parents to bring clothing their children have outgrown and also find clothing their student can wear. They will do this on Thursday, August 11th at 11:00 AM in the Prayer Room. Park on the south side of the church by the Prayer Room.
Lord Jesus told His disciples to "let the little children come unto Me do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 19:14. Here at First Baptist Church we want our children to be trained up in the Word of God. Proverbs 22:6 So bring your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, neighbor kids, etc. to hear about Jesus.
Openings in Children's Ministry:
Wednesday Nights we have need of 2 workers:
1 to assist with children K-6 and
1 for Nursery.
We also need workers for:
Sunday Worship Service Nursery needs servants for the 3rd & 4th Sundays of the month.
We believe the Lord has called specific people to help. Please trust the Lord Jesus who calls you and will equip you for the task. Then you will know the rich blessing of serving Jesus. You are His vessel so allow Jesus to fill you and use you for His purpose wherever He sends you. Our children are an awesome gift from the Father. We thank God for our staff and children. Thank you to our church family for sharing your wonderful gifts and prayers.
Children’s Ministry Meeting:
We will be having a staff meeting in September so check next month's newsletter for date & time. May the Lord bless you!
OCC: Operation Christmas Child will be starting up soon. October is just around the corner!
Adult Sunday School
Sunday School meets at 9:00 AM in Room #1 presently studying the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, chapters 5,6,7) led by Paul Tygart and Brad Wells.
Men's Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets from 7:30-9:00 AM in the PrayerRoom. Plenty of coffee and donuts. All men are welcome to join us for a time of prayer and Bible study. Led by Brad Wells.
Kick-off meeting for Women's Ministry set for Tues. August 16. We want to get our women's ministries going; looking for lots of women involved with fresh ideas! Watch the bulletin on Sunday mornings for more information.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen recently took a weekend bicycle trip to participate in the burial of a village chief. He has been so busy with the new University that he has not made trips to the surrounding villages, as he has previously done. He found many signs of trouble - environmental degradation due to farming practices, a pastor suspended for sorcery, and a lack of educational opportunities. All of these will benefit from the new University in Kikongo, which will teach good agricultural practices, will produce trained teachers, and will give future pastors a firm theological grounding.
The arrival of a new doctor for the Kikongo Hospital, after several months without a doctor, has resulted in saved lives (a woman was suffering from internal infection after a c-section, but now she is recovering and is able to nurse her two new babies!), and also led to a confrontation with sorcery when some of the University students attributed the woman's illness to sorcery and acted on that idea, but were rebuked for their actions by Glen.Rita writes about the celebration of Independence Day (June 30) in the Congo. Some of the students are putting on a "concert on the green" there. This is something well-known here, but very new there! Rita also writes of the impact of health-care, especially on children and babies who have health challenges. Rita is continuing with her task of organizing the UNIBAC library. She and a helpful volunteer are "reclassifying, labeling, repairing books, and entering all the books into a computer", which "requires lots of time".
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Dee was at Deaf Nation World Expo in Las Vegas in early July. The Collins have settled in to their new location in New Mexico and are enjoying the ministry partnership with the Deaf Bible Society.
Ed and Miriam Noyes - The Noyes, stationed in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, continue to work in the areas of literacy, rural health care, and agricultural development.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - The Wiesners gathered in California for daughter Rebekah's wedding on July 8th. She is the first to marry. Weather on the wedding day was perfect for the outdoor ceremony.
Plans are going forward for the new learning center, named "Cornerstone"! http://www.cornerstonelearn.org
Pray for a good group of students (they hope for 20) for the school's opening in August, 2016.
In the Wiesner's absence the International Fellowship continues to meet under the care of Russ' co-laborers.
Jews for Jesus - A Jews for Jesus Passover celebration in Belarus drew a total of 122 people, of whom 47 were Jews who do not yet embrace Jesus as Messiah, 45 were recent Jewish converts, 10 were well-established Jewish believers, and the last 10 were non-Jewish believers. Pray for the 47 non-believers, and for improvements to religious freedom in Belarus, where those who are not Orthodox or Catholic are subject to discriminatory treatment.
New Russian laws will severely limit evangelism. Pray for the repeal of these laws!
Sunday Evenings Update
Date for “ Sing-a-Long with the Cottinghams” has been changed to Sunday, August 14 at 6:00 PM. They invite others in the congregation to be a part of the evening! Just talk with Rich or Judy.
Benevolence Sunday - August 7
While you may bring donations to our Food Pantry at any time, we especially encourage you to do so on the first Sunday of the month. There is a box in the Atrium for those donations. Also you can make a donation using the giving envelopes. Just mark “Benevolence” on the envelope.
Board of Trustees Update
The congregation of FBCP recently voted to make improvements to church property by, first, repaving the area in front of the church and secondly, installing two new lights in the parking lot to improve the lighting and safety features of the church. The repaving will be done next week, Tuesday through Friday (August 9 - 12). During that time we will be able to enter and leave using the driveway at the south end of the church and enter the building through the Prayer Room.
The regular Wednesday night meetings of August 10th have been cancelled. However, we will be back meeting again the next Wednesday, August 17th with our regular schedule.
Thank you for working with us during this time. The result will be well worth it!
The Pantry could use some volunteer help on Saturday, August 13 from about 9 to 11 AM. We will start receiving assistance from the Green Bag program and sharing in their food collections. A few people will be needed to help receive the food items and store in the pantry. Let Juanita or Tom Grevalsky know if you can help.