FBCP January 2018 Newsletter
Thoughts From Pastor Sam
Happy New Year!
What do we usually mean when we say Happy New Year? I’m sure it is different for each one of us. Our idea of happiness is usually a problem free and pain-free New Year. Is this a realistic expectation, probably not given the nature of life? Every year comes with its own share of pain and problems as well as pleasure and success. The only hope that you and I have a truly happy new year is if we trust in the Lord this year as it says in Proverbs:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Prov 3:5-8 (NKJV)
If we do this in this New Year we can truly be happy, blessed, contented and full of joy in the Lord.
Happy New Year!
Monthly Meeting: We will meet to begin planning events for 2018 on Monday, January 8 at 5:30 (Note change of day but same time) in the Prayer Room. Any woman interested in helping to plan or to be involved is invited to join us. We always need new ideas and welcome your involvement.
Women’s Morning Bible Study begins this Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the Prayer Room. We will finish our study of James and next week begins a new study, “Intimacy with God” by Cynthia Health which is a study in Psalms.
Glen and Rita Chapman - The Chapmans have been enjoying time with their stateside family, including their first family Thanksgiving in 5 years! Despite being so far away, they have been following events in Kikongo until...the Internet connection at Kikongo went down! Fortunately, a Missionary Aviation Fellowship pilot was able to come by and effect the needed repairs! "It is not only the University that depends on this internet service but our Kikongo hospital, headquarters for our regional health dispensaries, as well as other professionals working in other ministries."
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - From Dee: “We are not superheroes. We are merely super-lovers of the Lord and His Word. Our faith powers our armor and Christ’s love powers our hearts as we reach across borders to a people group who have been kept from God’s Word far too long.” https://stories.deafbiblesociety.com/2017/09/14/superheroes-not/#video-start
Ed and Miriam Noyes - The Noyes have returned to Lusekele from Kinshasa and are getting reestablished there. The practical considerations involve reroofing their home, repainting, repairing the solar electric system, dealing with deficiencies in Internet access, reclaiming facilities taken over by other groups in their absence, etc! Still, they are very glad to be back in Lusekele, working with people they know so well from prior years, enjoying the local church, and encouraging the newer Missionaries!
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and Family - From their December newsletter (http://mailchi.mp/4dc27fe3a2b4/burglary-1417153?e=a323887941), "We don't look at 'what is' but rather at what CAN BE! We minister to the children of full-time Christian workers, refugees, asylum seekers, orphans and families from closed countries who are struggling with transition, persecution, and pain. We wish to lift them up out of their circumstances and give them hope, opportunity, and life through the Gospel."
Around the World - A recent survey by the Barna Group of Jewish Millenials was summarized in the Jerusalem Post, "http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Study-One-fifth-of-Jewish-millennials-believe-Jesus-is-the-son-of-God-512015", revealing that a large segment of this population cohort believe that Jesus is the Son of God!
Mike Robinson for Missions
In this issue:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
1 Sylvia Drike
3 Kezziah Hambleton
4 Roger Wrobel
11 Rhonda Webb
13 Helen Garber
22 Marjorie Duncombe
24 Sally Bodner
26 Emily Hedman
7 Marion Williams
7 Pastor Sam Walker
10 Bruce Muhlbaier
16 Isiah Franks
25 Pam Wrobel
27 Timmy Webb
Jan 2 Mike & Constance
Jan 27 H and Maryann
Feb 11 Ben & Vera Walker
Feb 15 Mike & Susan
Feb 25 Bruce & Lorraine
Awana is holding strong at 56 kids (Glory to God), especially when we started in September with 18 kids total. Wow!!!
We are still really in NEED of volunteers (listeners mostly, to hear kids recite their verses), and any type of donations which we can use for scholarships, Bibles, and supplies to keep this amazing club running. We are already halfway through the year and finished off our first semester with success. We are looking forward to what and who the second semester brings. We love this Club, we love these kids and we love how God is working in ALL this to make it possible.
Thank you to all who have helped in any way to make Awana at FBCP possible!
If you think you might like to be involved, you can contact me directly or leave your name and phone number in the church office and we will be happy to talk with you.
Candice Deppe, Club Director
Our annual Spelling Bee will be Thursday, January 25 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. You will enjoy seeing the students spell some very challenging words! We invite the church family to join us.
Susan Belcher, Principal
Joined the Church Triumphant!
Doris Choinere, who had attended FBCP for many years, went home to be with the Lord on New Year’s Eve. She was 98 years old and had only been living in Paradise Acute Care in recent months. She was a delightful lady, always happy to have friends visit her. A memorial service will be held for her on Sunday, January 28 at FBCP at 1:00 PM.