FBCP December 2017 Newsletter
Thoughts From Pastor Sam
What is the Miracle of Christmas?
This is a joyous season, full of light and goodwill (we hope). It is a time of miracles and expectation. What is the miracle of this season? Many Christians would hasten to say, “why Jesus birth of course” and while that is true it is not the whole story. Those of the Jewish faith would point to Chanukah and the miracle that God performed during this season to deliver His people and cleanse and restore the temple about 140 years before Jesus was born. Atheists and agnostics believe in the miracle of human kindness (which is a miracle if you believe in the survival of the fittest). Neo-Pagans and earth-worshipers believe in the miracle of life at yuletide and the cycles of the planet. Etc. etc. While I agree that Jesus birth is a miracle that should be celebrated there are many other miracles related to His coming. Here are just a few. Jesus conception is a miracle, His birth as both God and man. Yet if we were to stop here we would not be getting to the real miracle, so let’s press on. That Jesus was without sin and that he always did the will of God the Father, these are both miracles. Jesus was not only a walking miracle because of the virgin birth yet He also performed many miracles. Jesus death was a miracle because by it we are redeemed and freed from the curse of the Law because of our sin. Jesus’ resurrection is a clear miracle because he rose from the dead, defeating the power of death. He then ascended into heaven in a new glorified body, another miracle. So what is the miracle of Christmas? It is the redemption and regeneration that all men have available to them by faith in the work of Jesus Christ. That we also can partake of His divine nature:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 1:2-4 (NKJV)
Board of Trustees Report
The analysis of this year's spending, the 2017 spending plan, and the 2018 proposed spending plan is available in the church office. Any member may get a copy in advance of the Dec 10 Congregational meeting.
Funds are still needed to complete the project of fixing the roof in the Prayer Room. Approximate cost is $1500.
Mugs & Muffins
Our last meeting of 2017 will be Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 AM held at Sherry Schlobohm's home. See weekly bulletin for more information.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
December 12 will be our last day to meet in 2017. We'll begin again in January. Watch for bulletin notices and January newsletter.
Decorated Sanctuary and Atrium
Women's Ministry decorated the Sanctuary and Atrium. Enjoy!
Next WM Meeting will be Tuesday, January 9 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. Any woman who would like to be involved in women's ministry is invited to join us and help make plans for 2018.
Have a blessed Christmas.
In this issue:
Congregational Meeting & Lunch - December 10
Sunday, December 10 following the morning service will be our annual congregational meeting and luncheon. The main course will be provided, however, we are asking the congregation to provide side dishes. There is be a signup sheet at the Welcome Center for specific dishes. Please make your dish to serve at least 8 people.
Dec. 17 - 10:30 AM
FBCP choir will be presenting program of praise, “Wonder and Glory: Let the People Sing Joy” on Sunday, December 17th
Birthdays & Anniversaries
5 Jim Lung
6 Jerry Bogner
14 Jaden Walker
28 Don Shores
28 Linda Snow
31 Katie Webb
1 Sylvia Drake
3 Kezziah Walker
4 Roger Wrobel
11 Rhonda Webb
13 Helen Garber
22 Marjorie Duncombe
24 Sally Bogner
26 Emily Hedman
16 Brent & Jill Hedman 29 Jim & Diane Lung
02 Mike & Constance
26 H & Maryann Eiland
We thank you for your prayers and support. We're trusting the Lord to bring the children. Justine and Rebecca have joined our staff and we are thankful for their love for our children. We look forward to this next year. Psalm 78:4 We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. May the Lord bless you this Christmas and next year.
Operation Christmas Child
FBCP boxes donated were 104. In the Ridge area, we received 728 boxes. This means the Lord will touch these children, families, and communities with His Word. We are praising God for these opportunities. Thank you for your generous gifts. May Lord Jesus bless you for blessing His children. I will have final numbers for you in January! Mark 13:10 For the Good News must first be preached to all nations. Lord willing with your generous gifts this is happening! Maranatha Lord Jesus! Hallelujah!Pamela Wrobel
Vacation Bible School
The new year is quickly approaching. Soon we will see Vacation Bible School happening. We are looking at the VBS programs for 2018. Please mark your calendars for June 18-22 for our next VBS. We will be looking for volunteers. Please be in prayer for children and staff. This is another way for us to reach the nations. When we give the children on the Ridge the Word of God, then they can grow up and take it to the world. Praise the Lord for our children for they are His gift to us. May the Lord provide all that is needed! Proverbs 22:6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Questions or suggestions? Please contact Pamela Wrobel
Awana's is going extremely well. Such an amazing outreach for the kids here on the ridge. We now have 56 kids attending! God is so good!! Please continue to pray, as we are still in need of more volunteers to help our program out. Candice Deppe
Cornerstone Christian School
Cornerstone School presents their annual Christmas program for parents and friends this next Friday, December 7 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. This year they present “A Wonder-Full Life”. (See church bulletin insert on Sunday for more information).
Adult Sunday School
There will be a special adult class at 9:00 AM on December 10 on “Why Do We Need a Savior?” with Brent Hedman. After the first of the year, Brent will begin a new study. Meeting in Room 2.
Josh Glasenapp and the FBCP choir are preparing a musical praise, “Wonder and Glory: Let the People Sing Joy” on Sunday, December 17 during the 10:30 AM worship hour.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Nothing new from the Chapmans, who are homestay in the States. They plan to return to the Congo to teach at the Baptist University of the Congo.
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - In a Facebook post, the Deaf Bible Society asked for prayer for their Technology Department as they find innovative ways to support God's Word in every sign language. See: https://www.deafbiblesociety.com Also, Dee reports that she can now find her way to work and back in their new location without using her GPS! (after 6 months there)
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Keep the Noyes in mind as they move from Kinshasa back to Lusekele.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and Family - In their Thanksgiving Newsletter the Wiesners reported on the International Thanksgiving they planned to participate in, "Sharla and I look forward to spending Thanksgiving with our church and school communities here in KL. Our international thanksgiving will include roasted chicken, Iranian BBQ lamb, Syrian kababs, Arabic bread, and Malaysian curry beef. We look forward to this time of giving thanks to God with our international community. "
Around the World - Todd and Susan Smith plan to return to Papua New Guinea, to continue with the ministry they began there in the areas of Construction and Maintenance as well as Medical Clinic support, essential elements of the Wycliffe mission of translating the Scriptures into new languages. See their online infoat: https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/Todd-SusanSmith
Mike Robinson for Missions