FBCP October 2017 Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Do we really want revival?
I’m not talking about a big tent in the parking lot with “good ole fashioned gospel music” and a fiery preacher with a lot of emotional people going forward. I’m also not talking about people running around jumping and yelling and babbling unintelligibly. I’m not talking about church growth or successful programs etc. I’m talking about revival.
A move of the Holy Spirit that brings repentance and conviction of sin followed by a fresh pouring out of God’s mercy and grace leading to a change of heart that transforms the one receiving it in a way that is unalterable. The result being that the individual or individuals are so transformed that their old nature is rendered helpless and the new nature that they have in Christ Jesus has primary control.
This event by it’s very nature cannot be isolated to the individual or individuals that it begins with, yet will permeate every area of their life and transform their homes, workplace and community. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” will be the norm and not the exception. The fruit of the Spirit(Gal 5:22-23), love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will be evident everywhere and the gifts of the Spirit will be operating freely to edify the church and bring in new believers.
True revival is much bigger than we even know or can fathom, yet it is possible. The path to revival begins with pervasive prayer, repentance, true worship and humility. Revival requires not only a desire for the Lord but disciplined trust and obedience in His leading and direction. We need revival more than we realize, we need Jesus.
Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - Nov. 12
According to an article taken from
"The Church Around The World"
September 2017 issue:
It is estimated that more people are being martyred for their faith today than at any other time in history.
Recent estimates suggest up to 90,000 people are martyred for their Christian faith every single year."
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WHAT IS PERSECUTION?
Christian persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals because of their Christian faith.
It can come in the form of physical abuse, torture, rape, mutilation, destruction of property, imprisonment and murder.
It can also come in the form of cultural and societal discrimination, family excommunication, loss of job and income, loss of family and friends, inability to marry, prevention of education and many other forms.
CHRISTIANS ARE THE MOST PERSECUTED GROUP IN THE WORLD
Kyle Patterson, editor of LogosPost.com offers these insights on the role of persecution to the church:
Persecution Tests our Faith
Jesus said when persecution comes, some people will fall away from the faith. Some will remain faithful but lose their lives.
Persecution Serves as a Catalyst for the Great Commission
When the church in Acts was persecuted, Christians were forced to flee for their lives. Because of this, the church grew, the Gospel spread and eventually made it through all of Asia and the known world of the time. God used the evil of persecution to propel His gospel.
Persecution Encourages the Church
When Believers hear about what other Believers are enduring and staying faithful to Jesus, the rest of the Church can be encouraged.
Persecution Reveals Jesus
When a believer stays true to his or her beliefs in the midst of pain or loss, it reveals Jesus to a watching world. When we are faithful in our witness of Jesus, it commits others because they see our love for Him.
If we are willing to suffer and even die for our faith, our sincerity is tested, Jesus is glorified and hearts are convicted. When we are reviled, we answer with a blessing. THAT IS POWERFUL.
Titles of additional articles included in the "Church Around The World"
(Examples of the beginnings of persecution)
Canada Christian School barred from teaching "offensive" parts of the Bible.
Sweden Swedish Midwife barred from practicing for Pro-life beliefs.
Michigan,USA Farmer ousted from Michigan Farmers Market over same-sex marriage views. Because he refused to allow the same sex couple to use his orchard for their wedding, he was ousted from the local farmers market where he had done business for many years.
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On November 12, 2017 during our morning worship service we will be led as a congregation in prayer for the persecuted church.
There will be educational materials available in the Atrium before that date.
Please plan on being with us and being involved, if you would like, in our prayer time for the Persecuted Church. Talk with me or with Linda.
In this issue:
Operation Christmas Child
Kick-off for Operation Christmas Child will be this Sunday, October 15 in the morning service. Most everyone is familiar with Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child's annual program to provide Christmas gifts for children all over the world. More information will be available this Sunday plus flyers and boxes.
Pam Wrobel is director.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
6 Tom Umble
8 Jill Hedman
14 Tirzah Walker
14 Susan Belcher
18 Talia Walker
2 C. J. Goodwin
10 Martha Shephard
14 Sue Wells
15 Zane Franks
18 Joy Farnsworth
21 Beverly Ellefson
25 Mike Howard
Oct. 20 - Pastor Sam
Oct. 21 - John &
Nov. 15 - Rick &
Women's Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM in the prayer room. They are studying the Book of James through a Max Lucado study.
Mugs and Muffins will be cancelled for October. We are looking for women willing to host a Mugs & Muffins in their home. If you are willing please contact Beverly Ellefson or the church office. Plans for future of M&Ms will depend on women attending and open homes.
Our Next WM Event will be on November 3rd , from 6-8 PM. It's theme is "Cards for Christmas" and is an outreach of love to our assisted living homes in Paradise. We'll have a free taco bar, with all the trimmings and after we eat we will be crafting Christmas cards to be distributed in December. There will be more information given out during services on Sundays. All ladies, from high school age and up, are invited to attend. Please bring a friend.
In November we will have handouts for our veterans.
We had a terrific time at Chocolate Bingo Night. There were about 30 women in attendance. Lots of laughter, visiting, and delicious chocolate.
Christmas Choir rehearsals began October 8 and will continue most Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 PM. Josh Glasenapp has selected "Wonder and Glory" by John Bolin and Don Koch for our Christmas presentation. Anyone who would like to be a part of the Christmas program please join us. Any questions you can contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to those who volunteered to prepare a meal or part of a meal for folks just home from the hospital or at other times when there is a need. We can still use some helpers in this way.
The Food Pantry also needs volunteers in various positions on Wednesday afternoons from 3-5 PM. You will be blest even more than the folks you serve! The Pantry also has a great need for bags (paper, plastic, cloth) to pack the food items they give out. Talk to Tom or Juanita Grevalsky today. They will find a place for you!
There is a box in the Atrium where you can leave any donations..
NOTE: The Food Pantry is closed on the first Wednesday of the month. Open all other Wednesdays.
Cornerstone Christian School
Please join us for our annual Fall Festival fundraiser on Friday, October 20 from 6:00–8:30 PM! Bring your kids and grandkids to a night of fun and fellowship. We’ll have food, games, raffles and fun!
Our church family has always supported the festival and we could use your help again this year. We need big bags of individually wrapped candy, pumpkin pies, and 2-liter bottles of Mug Root Beer. Bring to the school or church office. Thank you for your help with this event!
Sunday School: Volunteers are needed on Sunday mornings. Some of our workers have "retired" after many years of working with our children. If you would like to be part of this ministry, talk with Pam Wrobel.
AWANA which meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM has quickly grown by leaps and bounds! We now have over 50 children signed up to attend. Awana also will be needing more adult leadership so if you are considering this ministry, now's the time! Candice Deppe is the leader and would love to hear from you. Contact the church office for information.
OCC: As noted in another article Operation Christmas Child will be starting this Sunday, October 15 when we will have information and materials, including boxes, for you to pick up. See Pam Wrobel for additional information.
Adult & Youth Ministries
Youth Group now meets on Friday evenings at 6:30 PM in the FLC and is led by Pastor Sam and Heather Walker.
Sunday Morning Adult Study: Sunday at 9:00 AM our adult Bible study meets in Room 2 for a look at Bible basics in "The Ten Commandments" led by Brent Hedman.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study on “Grace”, a video study by Max Lucado, meets from 6-7:30 PM and is open to everyone. This study is led by Pastor Sam and Eileen Lesher in the Conference Room.
Congregational Prayer Time on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in the Conference Room.