FBCP September 2018 Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Seeking the Face of God
Psalm 27:8 (NKJV)
8 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
What does it mean to seek God’s face? It is clear from scripture that if we were to physically see God’s face in all of His glory we would be consumed and yet we are told by the Lord to seek His face. So what does this mean? When you look at someone in the face it is usually to get their attention or give them your attention. I am reminded as a parent of trying to get my children’s attention when correcting or instructing them. A very common phrase was “let me see your face” or “look at me”. The purpose of this is to verify that they are listening. I believe this is part of what the Lord is trying to tell us when He says “seek My face”. He is saying “look at Me”. When we look at Him not only does it help us pay attention but we also can see His love for us which motivates us to Obey. There is an intimate aspect to seeking His face that shows us His nature and His glory. Remember Moses on the mountain asking to see God’s face(His glory). Moses hungered for a closer relationship with the Lord yet he asked for something that was at that time not possible without him being consumed. Today we as believers have the privilege of seeking God’s face and His glory without fear because of the righteousness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV)
Bingo & Ice Cream
Friday, September 21
Enjoy an evening of
Bingo – Ice Cream - Fellowship
Sign up at the Welcome Center.
Bring Your Friends!
There will be prizes!!
Women's Wednesday Morning Bible Study!
September 12 at 9:30 AM
in the Prayer Room
We'll be studying the book of Mark
For more info talk to Eileen Lesher
All women are invited to join us!
In this issue:
Operation Christmas Child
OCC Operation Christmas Child is in full swing. We have a jar for anyone who wants to contribute to the shipping costs which will assist others who can't pay it or would like us to pack a box for you then please consider donating to our jar. If you are interested in a shoebox packing party again this year please contact Pam Wrobel 624-0247. We look forward to another mighty harvest this year. We're praying for over 700 boxes on the Ridge. Please join us in prayer. Thank you.
Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.
Psalm 10:12 NIV
To God be the Glory!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
7 Jay Shepard
10 Grace Hedman
12 Gavin Smith
13 Vera Walker
19 Carolyn Umble
27 Maryann Eiland
6 Tom Umble
7 Rebecca Milco
8 Connor Smith
8 Jill Hedman
14 Tirzah Walker
14 Susan Belcher
18 Talia Walker
19 Barbara deJong
Sept 20 - Paul & Robin
Oct 20 - Sam & Heather
Oct 21 - John & Rhonda
Children's Ministry - VBS Debriefing
VBS Debriefing Meeting - Sept. 30
For all those who were involved in this year's "Time Lab" VBS, please plan to stay for a brief recap meeting on Sept. 30 immediately following the service. Your input on the process, format, and content of this outreach will impact the prayers and preparations for next year's event. Thank you again for having served!
Men’s Ministry Bible Study meets this Sunday at 5:00 PM. After this, we will meet every other Sunday at 5:00. The Committee will always meet at 4:30 PM before Bible Study.
Children's Ministry - AWANA
Awana is off to a great start! We have many helpers but still need people to be LISTENERS! What would a Listener do, you ask? You can come from 6:30 - 7:00 PM on a Wednesday night and sit with clubbers individually holding the clubber’s handbook while they try/practice/recite their bible memory verse to you for that week. At this point, you are listening/encouraging and giving helpful tips on memorization, and most of all loving on these clubbers and showing God's love to them.
If you are interested in becoming a club listener, please contact Candice Deppe (Awana Ministry Director) at 530-872-5380. We will need to hold a special mini meeting soon with our listeners, so everyone will be on the same page and understands the club layout. Thank You!
Mission News for September 2018
Glen and Rita Chapman - Rita reports on the joy of returning to teaching and running the library at the Baptist University of the Congo in Kikongo! Rita's grandparents founded the school at Kikongo 70 years ago, and now, three years after the school was upgraded to the University level, the first graduating class of 48 students has celebrated.
"The government accreditation for UNIBAC (Baptist University of Congo) was signed just a week before." Additionally, there was a delegation "from Bandundu city, of the province".
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Dee shared a story of
Missionary work to the deaf in a remote area of Kenya:
Ed and Miriam Noyes - No updates recently. Please
remember them in the work at Lusekele and with literacy
Todd and Susan Smith and Family - At the latest report the Smiths were at 50% financial support. They must have 100% before they depart for Papua New Guinea! Pray for their preparation and the development of their support team. They plan to sell their home here in California so they may buy a home in Ukarumpa, giving them a more stable situation there.
Upward International Schools - A family from Yemen has been reunited in Malaysia. The father has been in Malaysia for awhile and has found Christ. The family was only recently able to leave Yemen. Now he hopes to introduce his Muslim family to the Lord!
Around the World - Jews for Jesus -
"A businesswoman in Manhattan...a backpacker in Geneva...a street vendor in Tel Aviv...
No matter whom we’re interacting with, Jews for Jesus is constantly meeting Jewish people where they live, engaging with them and sharing the gospel."
Mike Robinson for Missions
Adult Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study is taking a break for a few weeks. They will start up again on September 23, at 9:00 AM in Room 1.
Jesus Focus Groups
Jesus Focus Groups
Every Thursday at 6 PM led by Jerry and Elta Jaeger. Meets at Eileen Lesher’s home.
Cool Cats for Christ, meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 PM. Led by Brent and Jill Hedman. –Held at their house
*for more information call church office 877-3532
Our annual Fall Fest (fun for students and adults) will be held on Friday, October 19 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the FLC. Mark your calendars and come out and support this ministry of FBCP and enjoy.