FBCP September 2017 Newsletter     

Thoughts From Pastor Sam

8) Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 

                            Psalms 34:8-9 (NKJV)

This verse invites us to taste, to try out the Lord to experience the Lord. If we do that we are assured that He is good.  I’ve had people tell me before that they have “tried” Jesus and it didn’t help them.  This statement starts out with a false premise they “tried” not tasted.  They tried to use Jesus to help them with their problems instead of releasing their problems to taste Jesus.  In the former the problems are the focus and in the latter Jesus is the focus.  Notice the next part of verse 8, “Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”.  If we are tasting we are trusting and if we are trusting Jesus we can release control to Him and we are blessed with His presence and all the good stuff (precious promises) that come with His presence.  If we fear and honor Him we will not fear the devil, other people, trials, temptations not even death itself and we will lack no good thing. 


Glen and Rita Chapman - Rita reports that she has found that she greatly enjoys being a librarian for the Baptist University of the Congo (UNIBAC) in Kikongo. While here in the States she has acquired some new library software and has been entering data for the library in Kikongo. Libraries are difficult to find in the Congo, so the UNIBAC library is an amazing resource for the students there!
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Daughter Pari has turned 15! 
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Keep Ed and Miriam in your prayers.

Russell and Sharla Wiesner and Family - Back home in Malaysia, the Wiesners are immersed in the school and International Church activities. The school has started its semester with 38 students from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. One family of refugees from Syria have found special blessings in Malaysia, finding a place of safety, but are still challenged to find a living since their refugee status does not entitle them to work legally in the country! Sajid, a student from Pakistan, reports that he has been having dreams of someone speaking to him from the clouds, but he has not been able to see who is speaking. Pray that God will reveal Himself to Sajid, and that all of the staff at Cornerstone Learning Center will serve God well and love the people around them.



Jews For Jesus - Jaden Walker participated in "Halutzim" (see https://jewsforjesus.org/get-involved/serve/halutzim/) this July. It is a training program for young people that focuses on Service, Identity, Fellowship, and Fun & Travel. The team engaged in street ministry, handing out iced tea, and presenting a prayer board for peoples' requests.


Malachai Walker participated in "Massah" (see https://jewsforjesus.org/articles/?_sf_s=massah), a journey that took him to Israel and then to India, where he and the team encountered many young Israelis who were traveling and trekking through India, seeking diverse things and experiences. This involved some intense sessions discussing God with many different people, some seekers, some scoffers, and some indifferent.


Mike Robinson for Missions

Board of Trustees Update


Many Praises!

So much was accomplished last month.


 1. The floor in the FLC/Gym has been stripped and waxed as of Saturday and will be ready for use by Tuesday, Sept 5th.

2. Both A/C units in the FLC have been repaired and are programmed.

3. The projector in the sanctuary has been replaced with a flat screen TV.  Hope you enjoy the new and better look Sunday morning!

We continue to work on repairing the leak in the roof in the FLC and repairing the leak in the Prayer Room which we will do by removing the unused air conditioner and then repairing the roof itself. 
We continue to appreciate your ideas for involvement and will be happy to hear from you.  Call the church office.
Work Day Planned in October:  Watch the bulletin in October.
Online Giving
 through PayPal continues to be available.  If you would like to give this way with no charge to the church contact Linda in the office as she has written instructions to help you.  Thank you for your continuing support!
Eileen Lesher, BOT

Women's Ministries


Women's Ministry Meeting - Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room.  All women interested in being a part of women's ministry are encouraged to join us!
Tuesday morning Bible Study coming soon! September 12 at 9:30 will be an introduction and get acquainted time.  Workbook for our study in James will be available ($6). However, our first study will be Sept. 26. All women are welcome. We meet in the Prayer Room off the Sanctuary from 9:30 - 11:00 AM.
A New Bible Study begins on WednesdayEvenings from 6:00 - 7:30 PM on September 27. The topic is "Grace" - a refreshing look at the Grace of God to us all. All women are welcome.  We'll be meeting in the Conference Room.
Mugs & Muffins will meet Saturday, September 16 at 9:30 AM at Beverly Ellefson's home.  More information will be available in the church bulletin later this month.

Chocolate Bingo Night!  This is just a fun night for women with bingo, prizes, and lots of chocolate.  Date is Friday, September 29 in the FLC.  Watch for details in the bulletin but put the date on your calendar now.

Christian Education

Children's Ministries


Beginnings: We are starting up our Kid's Sunday School on September 10 at 9:00 AM with a special creation-themed event.  Parents bring your children for a fun hour of learning and exploring God’s love for them and His promises.  Enrollment starts this Sunday. Sign up children, grandchildren and neighbors. No cost, of course!
                    The Awana Program for children K – 6 is a new ministry                     of FBCP which  begins September 20 in our FLC. Awana has been a proven children’s ministry for 70 years now.  We are excited to have this program available for children in our community. Information and Registration forms are at the Welcome Center.  You can also go to their Facebook page by searching:  Awana Paradise First Baptist Church or the Awana website for information.   If you would like to volunteer to help with the Awana program, there are places for nursery help (nursery care for leaders only), for leaders and aides in several different place.  Let Pam Wrobel or the church office know.

                            Youth and Adult Studies 

Adult Bible Study will also begin September 10 at 9:00 AM. Brent Hedman will be starting with a foundational study of the Ten Commandments and how they relate to our walk with Christ. They will meet in Rm. 2 at 9:00 AM.
New - Youth Group is now meeting on Friday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Family Life Center.
NEW Women’s Bible Study begins Tues.  Sept. 27  from 6 - 7:30 open to all women but especially any women who are bringing children to the Awana program.

Communion Service

this Sunday

On the first Sunday of each month we, as a church family, celebrate communion together.  This is a time to reflect on the past and ask the Holy Spirit to show us any relationships that might need mending or sins in our lives that need confession and restoration. 

Deacon's Meeting

Friday, September 8 the deacons will meet in the Prayer Room at 12:30 PM.  Note time change. Please let Tom or Juanita know if you will be unable to attend.

FR Canyon
Church Service

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM on September 10 Pastor Sam will lead a worship service at FRC.  This is a good opportunity for ministry for anyone interested.  Join us and see if this might be a good fit for you.

Evening Service
  September 17th

We are planning an evening praise and worship service with a local congregation - In The Cool of the Garden - on Sunday, Sept.17 in the Sanctuary at 7:00 PM.

Birthdays & Anniversaries




 2  Scott Cranston
10 Grace Hedman
12 Gavin Smith
13 Vera Walker
19 Carolyn Umble
27 MaryAnn Eiland


 6 Tom Umble
 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 Walker
Oct 21 - John & 
          Rhonda Webb


Cornerstone School


Sunday morning we will be praying for the teachers and students as they embark on an exciting new school year.  Tuesday night, September 5 is "Cornerstone Back to School Night". You can take this opportunity to meet the staff, students and parents and get a glimpse of what the students will be doing this coming year.