The Four “I will” Statements
In Exodus 6:6-7 God makes four "I will" statements to the nation of Israel which are as follows; I will bring you from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will free you from their bondage, I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and I will take you as My people and I will be your God.
As I contemplated these statements in preparation to celebrate Passover this year I was excited to once again see the work of Jesus Christ the Messiah clearly outlined in these statements.
First, just as God delivered Israel from carrying the burdens of the Egyptians so too we, as believers have been delivered from our burdens of sin and shame.
Second, just as God freed His people from bondage in Egypt so Jesus frees us from the bondage to sin, death and the devil.
Third, just as God redeemed the people of Israel with an “outstretched arm” so also Jesus stretched out His arms(on the cross) to redeem us. The Father also stretched out His arm to pour wrath that we deserved for our sin upon His only Son.
Fourth, as God claimed Israel for His own special people so also everyone who trusts in the atoning work of Jesus Christ is included as God’s own special people.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJV)
Thoughts From Pastor Sam
In this issue:
April 15 –Training Session for VBS 12:30 – 2:30 PM
April 27 –Cornerstone School Open House
May 5 - Women’s Ministry Luncheon
May 20 – Last Training Session for VBS
June 3 –Franklin Graham’s Decision America in Chico
June 8-9 - WM Yard Sale
June 18-22 - Vacation Bible School
Women's Luncheon-Saturday, May 5: Tickets will be available in the Atrium this Sunday, April 8 for $5. The theme this year is "There's No Place Like Home". Jill Hedman will be our speaker. There will be a catered lunch, music, and a raffle with a number of prizes. This event is open to all women so bring your friends and family. Don't miss this very enjoyable event.
Yard Sale - June 8-9: The yard sale is only 2 months away! We'll need lots of donations of all kinds (in good shape though) for the sale. If you are scarce on storage space Beverly Ellefson has volunteered her garage for anyone to store their items for the yard sale. There still also be a need for volunteers the week prior to the sale to help sort, organize and price items. Also, we will need people to help the days of the sale to assist folks and cashier. If you have questions or would like to store items at Beverly's home, call her at 877-3532.
Women's Tuesday Bible Study: For the last study until Fall, the ladies will meet April 10 and begin a study in "Leading a Joy-Filled Life - Jesus Always Series". They meet at 9:30 AM in the Prayer Room off the Sanctuary. All women are invited. Eileen Lesher is leading the study.
Women's Ministry Monthly Meeting will be May 8 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room off the Sanctuary. If you would like to be involved in helping to plan WM events please join us!
Vacation Bible School
VBS will soon be here. We look forward to bringing these children to Christ Jesus just as He said:
"But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16 NIV
Every year children have received Jesus as their Savior. It's an awesome experience to share our Lord with these kids. We still have many positions open. We'll have our 2nd meeting on April15 from 12:30 till 2pm. Please be in prayer as this cannot happen without our volunteers. Again we'll have a lunch as our thank you for attending. If you cannot volunteer we hope you will pray for us. My contact number is 877-3532. Thank you. May the Lord Jesus bless you.
Pam Wrobel, VBS Director
Adult Sunday School Class
We will be finished with the study of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob this month. We will have a short break and then begin a study of the 12 tribes of Israel at the end of May. All are welcome to attend. See you there.
Missions News for April
by Mike Robinson
Glen and Rita Chapman - The Chapmans will soon be returning to The Democratic Republic of the Congo where they will continue with their work at the Baptist University of the Congo in Kikingo. Pray for safe travels and a return to the beneficial work they do there. Why a Baptist University? Take a look at this article by Glenn on the First Baptist Church of Santa Clara website: http://www.scfbc.org/2015-12/Baptist-University-in-Congo.htm For an intro to their work see: https://www.internationalministries.org/author/gr-chapman/
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Still serving with Wycliffe on assignment to the Deaf Bible Society in Texas and continuing to work on the computerized translation of the Bible into sign language, they also are deeply involved with ongoing ministry to the deaf. To join a 50 day prayer event see https://www.facebook.com/events/2025834197699611/
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Ed and Miriam are back in Lusekele, where their access to the Internet is spotty. For the latest on their activities see: https://www.internationalministries.org/author/em-noyes/ , which has a link to a good article on Lusekele.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - Russ and Sharla's first grandchild is due this May!! The educational and church planting work goes on! From their latest Newsletter: "Ten years ago we set out to church-plant in SE Asia and help our co-workers with their educational needs. The result was church-based homeschool learning centers under the ministry of international churches. This model has worked amazingly well! Now, great commission workers from several organizations are benefiting from Rocklin Learning Center in Kuala Lumpur. My organization has asked me to consider becoming the International Education Developer for SE Asia and other regions. Great commission workers are asking for Learning Centers in other locations and other countries. Please pray with us as we explore this expansion of our church-planting and education ministries. We will be in the USA this summer to share first-hand God is dong in Malaysia. Please let us know if you would like us to share with your church or small group.
For an overview of the school see: http://www.rocklinlearn.org
Around the World - Open Doors reports that Fulani people in Northern Nigeria are persecuting local Christians. The Fulani are a Muslim people. Is this religious persecution or an ethnic conflict or an economic conflict or? See: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/7-deadly-fulani-persecution-northern-nigeria/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Open%20Doors%20USA
Franklin Graham - Decision America Tour & Pre-Tour Prayer Gathering
Franklin Graham will be in Chico at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 3 7:30 PM,(free admission) as part of his "Decision America' tour. Information at the Welcome Center.
HOWEVER, A Pre-tour Prayer Gathering will be held on Monday, April 9 at at 7 PM (in preparation for Dr. Franklin Graham’s visit on June 3), at the Evangelical Free Church of Chico. (Information flyers at the Welcome Center.)
Care Net Class
Care Net: An Abortion Recovery Class is being offered by Care Net of Paradise. If you are suffering as a result of a past abortion decision or know someone who is, please consider joining or encouraging a friend to join these free, confidential, safe and healing classes. Begins Monday, April 23 at 2:30 PM. Contact Teresa at the Care Net Center at 876-1113.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
2 Eileen Lesher
14 Zemeira Walker
16 Tom Grevalsky
21 David Snow
23 Kat Shores
1 Paul Tygart
3 Sherry Schlobohm
10 Brad Wells
17 Robin Tygart
23 Barbara Thomas
Apr 7 Timothy & Brittany
Apr 8 Brad & Sue Wells
Apr 21 Carl & Amy Smith
May 9 Alan & Ruth
May16 David & Linda
May29 Jay & Martha Shephard
Sunday, April 8
Maurice Sklar Ministries: We welcome Maurice Sklar to our service. Born in New Orleans his lifelong musical journey began at age 4. His exceptional musical ability led him to attend Curtis Institute of Music (where he earned a BA degree) and also to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. In May 1991 he answered the call of God to enter the ministry. Since then he has performed and ministered throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Israel.
Our food pantry is such a blessing to the individuals and families of our community. Our Pantry staff also receives a blessing in serving.
The first quarter of the year we served food to 245 people!
We are blest by our resources as well. On the first Saturday of the month we can go to Chico to pick up food from the Contra Costa/Solano Counties Food Bank for minimal cost. On the second Saturday we are able to pick up food from a food bank in Oroville. The Lungs pick up bread, sometimes produce or other food items, from Gleaners on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Additionally, we participate in the " A Simple Gesture" program whereby every 6 weeks about 64 green bags of various shelf items are collected and delivered to us.
We have a dedicated staff of 10 people working, some weekly, some on a monthly basis. You can help by; donating food or money, by participating in the "Simple Gesture" program, or by helping on Wednesdays when we have a need for additional workers.
Our pantry hours are the 2nd through the last Wednesday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 PM. This information can also be found on the church website
Tom & Juanita Grevalsky, Deacons
S.A.T. Testing: Next week (Mon-Thurs) April 9-12, Cornerstone School will be doing our annual S.A.T. testing from 8:30 - 11:45 AM. It is important that the testing rooms are undisturbed. Signs are posted on the doors when testing is going on each day. We are asking that for those 3 hours anyone visiting the office or school to please be aware of the testing and careful not to disturb those rooms even by talking loudly to people in the hallway. Thank you so much from the students, teachers, and parents!
Open House is Friday April 27th. 7:00 p.m. We invite our church family to come and see what the students have been doing and learning this year.
Dear Church Family:
Thank you so much for the pretty plant that you sent and for all the prayers, kind words and visits to see my sister at hospice house. It was very comforting for our family. I feel very blessed to have you all in my life.
Care Net - Human Race
The annual fundraiser for Care Net of Paradise will be held at 9:00 AM (Registration at 8:00) on Saturday, May 5 (Women's Ministry luncheon not until 11:00 AM). There will be a free breakfast, prizes, bounce house and lots of family fun! Register online at HumanRaceParadise.org More information at the Welcome Center.
FBCP April 2018 Newsletter