FBCP  November  2017

Thoughts From Pastor Sam

Perfection

Some would say that perfection does not exist yet we know it does which is why we strive to attain it.  
 
Perfection can be summed up in a single word which is a noun, specifically a person, God.  Everything we know about the world we live in is created, defined and invented by God.  There is no existence apart from Him.  We are not satisfied apart from Him.  Self-satisfaction is a lie and not attainable in our state of imperfection.  We are imperfect apart from God. 
 
If someone were to tell you they were perfect today you would either think that they are delusional, arrogant or both yet if God claims perfection He is neither arrogant nor delusional, why?  The simple answer is because He is perfect.  Sin is a corruption of perfection, not a corruption of God (for He cannot be corrupted) but of those who were separated from God by choice.  Some blame God for sin because He created man with free will and gave him the ability to choose.  Some don’t believe in free will and blame God for everything which would imply imperfection (a dangerous implication).  God’s perfection is clearly seen in light of our imperfection and this makes our redemption and restoration all the more glorious.  Jesus Christ is God’s perfect plan to restore humanity to perfection. 
 

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph 3:16-21 (NKJV)
 
God’s ultimate expression of perfection is in His perfect love!

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays

November

  2  C.J. Goodwin
10  Martha Shephard
14  Sue Wells
15  Zane Franks
18  Joy Farnsworth
21  Beverly Ellefson
25  Mike Howard
 
December
  5  Jim Lung
  6  Jerry Bogner
14  Jaden Walker
28  Don Shores
28  Linda Snow
31  Katie Webb
 

Anniversaries

Dec 16 - Brent & Jill Hedman
Dec 29 - Jim & Diane Lung
 
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, please let us know in the church office.

November Schedule

Nov. 3       - "Cards For Christmas" event in FLC
Nov. 5       - Communion Service 10:30 AM
Nov.12       - Last Sunday to return Operation Christmas Child boxes
Nov 13-20  - OCC collection for shoeboxes in FLC
Nov. 12      - International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 
Nov. 15      - Last Wednesday Night Adult Study at 6 PM
Nov. 18      - Mugs & Muffins at Eileen Lesher's - 9:00 AM
Nov. 21      - No Tues. Women's Bible Study
Nov. 22      - No regular Wed. night activities
Nov. 22-24 - Church Office will be closed for Thanksgiving. We will be open 
Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Looking Ahead:

  • December 10 - Annual Congregational Meeting & Lunch

  • December 17 - Christmas Choir Program

Women's Ministry  

November Event - Friday, Nov. 3 - "Cards For Christmas" will be Friday, Nov. 3 in the FLC.  There is no cost for this event. WM will provide a Taco Bar with all the trimmings, drinks, cookies, and all craft supplies for cards. This is an outreach ministry of love to those in assisted living facilities and will be distributed in December. So, join us, bring a friend and enjoy the social time with friends new and old! 

Don't miss it!  It's Tonight!

 

WM Monthly Meeting - Tues. Nov. 7, 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. Any woman interested in being involved in women's ministry is invited to join us.  Bring your ideas and a willingness to help.

 

Mugs & Muffins  will meet on Saturday, November 18 at Eileen Lesher's home 6348 Tahoe Court, Paradise at 9:00 AM.  All women are invited to come and enjoy the fellowship, some coffee/tea and a muffin, etc. 

Cornerstone Christian School

Thank you to all who supported our annual Fall Festival, October 20.  We had lots of fun and raised some money as well. This was a Parent-Teacher Fellowship fundraiser which uses funds to purchase many items that our tuition fees do not cover.  
 
December 7 will be our Christmas program and we invite and encourage our church family to come and see what our students are learning.

Missions News

 
Glen and Rita Chapman - The Chapmans will remain in the U.S. for several more months (into 2018) and are visiting various churches. Glen was recently featured (anonymously with a mention of a powered parachute!) in a NY Post article on media bias! (http://nypost.com/2017/10/21/the-other-half-of-america-that-the-liberal-media-doesnt-cover/)
 
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - The Collins' are settling into life in Texas, including plentiful spiders! Dee shared an article (on Facebook) about a traveling teacher, Simon, who braves difficult transportation situations to reach deaf people in many areas of Africa (see https://stories.deafbiblesociety.com/2017/07/18/deep-in-the-heart-of-simon/#video-start ). Dee recently wrote an article about communication and language accessibility for deaf persons in a hearing world (see https://stories.deafbiblesociety.com/2017/09/14/language-accessibility/#video-start ) Dee is the speaker in this recently posted video (Facebook) about events at Deaf Nation 2016 in Las Vegas (https://www.facebook.com/signlanguagebibles/videos/1851893748458870/?hc_ref=ARQPs0AUqQhM6QVEsRxZ1Hif7jQDSJzhk3HgBVsftKiGKYRRM5Ry4yxk9vfi-8v1OXU&pnref=story)
 
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Miriam reports on the progress of the literacy work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, "We've just had our annual celebration of World Literacy Day (Sept. 8) and graduation of many of our students around Kinshasa: 74 students, over half from one of the 40 centers. Many students just stop coming when they've learned what they want, and never bother with a ceremony. And we've started graduation proceedings for our rural students: 28 graduated so far, 511 to go. Among our Kinshasa students are 4 Twa Pygmy girls from Inongo, who are preparing to return home to be a blessing to other girls not so fortunate. So exciting!!".
The Noyes will soon move from Kinshasa, the capital, back to Lusekele where they lived for many years in order to revive the agricultural development program there!
 

Russell and Sharla Wiesner and Family - The Wiesners report that enrollment at Cornerstone School has grown to 43 students representing 13 nations!

 

From their latest (October) newsletter, "CIF [Cornerstone International Fellowship] meets each Wednesday night at 6 pm. After our meeting, many of us walk the street market in our community. We meet people selling a variety of food, fresh fruit, vegetables, and non-food items.  The night market draws people from all over Kuala Lumpur. Pray that we make connections with them and encourage people to study God's word with us. "

 

A number of the students at Cornerstone School need financial help. The cost is $1000 per student per semester. A link to an online form for making contributions for student help is available at the Weisner's monthly newsletter for October at http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/home/?u=5144c8f386970eddf4be190b7&id=817b79abe4

 

 

Jews for Jesus - Jews for Jesus commissioned a study of Jewish Millennials and found some unexpected characteristics. See https://www.jta.org/2017/10/31/news-opinion/united-states/jews-for-jesus-commissioned-a-study-on-jewish-millennials-heres-what-it-found

 

 

Mike Robinson for Missions

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child has boxes to pack and information on how to pack them.  They are available in the Atrium.  The envelopes have information to help you choose gives for either a boy or girl in three different age groups.  Please return completed boxes by next Sunday.  Our church will be a collection site from Nov. 13 – 20.  See Pam Wrobel if you would like to help receive boxes during collection week.

Board of Trustees

 

The Board of Trustees continues to see areas of the church building which are in need of repair/improvement but at the same time are trying to be careful about our overall church finances. If you would like to make a donation to help with repairs or improvements (in addition to general offerings), please mark the envelope as "Special Project"

Facts About the Persecuted Church

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

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 by researchers suggest up to 90,000 people are martyred for their Christian faith every single year."

 

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"   

      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.

 

        As a congregation, we will be led in prayer for the persecuted church on November 12, 2017, during our morning worship service.

 

       There will be educational materials available in the Atrium before that date.

 

      Please plan on being with us for our prayer time for the Persecuted Church.

 

  Blessings,

 

  Pastor Dave

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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