FBCP March 2018 Newsletter
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How do you and I treat our sin and spiritual failures? Are we too hard on ourselves or too lenient? Do we make excuses for our sin like (I’m only human or I just can’t help it) or try to justify ourselves? Maybe we’re the other extreme and continue to beat ourselves up over our sin for days, weeks or even months on end until we feel we’ve done penance. Neither one of these responses is right for believers.
We certainly can’t justify our sin and yet we try. We make excuses for our sin, yet that only keeps us in bondage to it. We come up with “clever” reasons why it is ok for us to sin even though God says it’s wrong. Pride and rebellion keep us from being honest with God, ourselves and others and admitting our sin. Only when we humble ourselves and admit our sin and repent from it, recognizing that only the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus can set us free, can we truly reach a place where we are ready to be free from the bondage of our sin?
The other extreme is that we admit and maybe confess our sin yet we try to make amends for it ourselves. We are very heartbroken and crushed by our failure and initially, this looks like true humility. Unfortunately, instead of trusting in the work of Christ, we set out to make things right in our own strength. Our “humility” can turn into a stealthy form of pride, one where we set out to right our wrongs or pay for them through self-imposed penalty. We can never pay the debt on our own so this approach only leads to frustration and depression.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV)
The only hope we have is found by trusting in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross to fully atone for our sin and that through Him we have forgiveness and righteousness. We can trust fully in His grace and receive full pardon and forgiveness and a restored relationship with the Father.
This Sunday we will celebrate communion. This is a good time for us to examine ourselves and our relationships and make any amends that God may be calling us to make before we come to the communion table.
In this issue:
Todd & Susan Smith
The Smith Family will be with us this Sunday to share their plans to return to the mission field in Papua New Guinea later this year.
After sersvice, they will host a soup and salad lunch where they will give us more details and we will have an opportunity to talk with them and ask some questions. This is not a potluck and there is no charge for the meal. This is a chance for us to encourage them so plan to be with us on Sunday.
Women's Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM in the Prayer Room.
Planning Meeting will be Tues. March 6 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. Any woman interested in helping with our women's ministry events is welcome to come - bring your own ideas as well!
Women's Luncheon will be Saturday, May 5, 11-2 PM in the Family Life Center. Watch for updates.
Annual Yard Sale planned for June 8 & 9. We would appreciate help in setting this up beginning Monday, June 4 at 3 PM and continuing Tuesday through Thursday beginning at 9 AM.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
3 Timothy Franks
11 Amy Smith
15 Carl Smith
16 Leona Aranez
24 Georgene Goodwin
2 Eileen Lesher
14 Zemiera Walker
16 Tom Grevalsky
21 David Snow
23 Kat Shores
Mar. 5 Tom & Juanita Grevalsky
Mar. 14 Jerry & Elta Jaeger
Mar. 17 Don & Kat Shores
Apr. 7 Timothy & Brittany Franks
Apr. 8 Brad & Sue Wells
Apr. 14 Roger & Pam Wrobel
Apr. 21 Carl & Amy Smith
Did we miss a birthday or anniversary? Please let us know
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Children's Sunday School,
Children's Church & Nursery
Ministry Meeting - Sunday, March 11
Anyone interested in serving (or simply interested in investigating what is involved) in Children’s Ministry is invited to a luncheon and discussion as we explore the vision of this mission to our young people on March 11 following the service. All potential and continuing teachers and helpers (for Nursery and/or Children's Church) are invited to participate. Please mention your attendance plans to Rebecca so that food and materials will be ready for you upon your arrival!
Hope to see you there!
Awana is doing great!!! We are holding strong around 50 kids. These kids are having a blast praising Jesus and learning the gospel. Just excelling!
However, we have had to close registration to take on any new clubbers, because our volunteer to clubber ratio is maxed out. We cannot take any new clubbers into Awana and now have to turn kids away until we have more volunteers to help us out. We as leaders now are stretched so thin.
Volunteering is as easy as coming and listening to kids say their memory verses or as extensive as helping game time. It's whatever you feel led to help with. Having more hands/feet and eyes at the club is the help we need. It's less than 2 hours out of your evening every Wednesday night. 6-7:30. We provide you all the materials you need and the training you need.
Contact Candice Deppe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-3532
Vacation Bible School
Plans for VBS are underway. The first planning/training meeting was held February 18 in the FLC. Next planning session will be March 18 after morning service (lunch will be provided). Pam Wrobel is director again this year so if you have questions you can talk to Pam 877-3532.
Daylight Saving Time - March 11
Don't forget to turn your clocks an hour ahead next Saturday night.
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread devotional guide for the months of, March, April and May is now available at the Welcome Center. There is no charge for this guide so if you use it, please take one.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen and Rita are rejoicing in the renewed family connections made during their stay here in the U.S. They are also developing a new vision for ministry to the rural churches in the Congo, as well as sharpening their language skills with online courses during their stay in Redlands. They are now turning their hearts back to the Congo as they prepare to return to their responsibilities there.
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Still serving with Wycliffe on assignment to the Deaf Bible Society in Texas and continuing to work on the computerized translation of the Bible into sign language, they also are deeply involved with ongoing ministry to the deaf.
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Ed is working to reestablish the Lusekele agricultural development center. There are many challenges, with a great need for new leadership. Although superior strains of food plants have been developed, the seeds are not being widely used due to a lack of promotion and distribution! The water supply's been somewhat spotty, but recent work on the irrigation system can now supplement rainfall. Ed believes that innovations in storage, distribution, and seed strains could double food production, going a long way toward eliminating hunger and poverty! Read has notes online at: https://www.internationalministries.org/an-excercise-in-faith-one-year-on/
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - Russ and Sharla rejoice in the Baptism of seven new believers from the growing church in Kuala Lumpur! One of those baptized was a formerly Muslim man from Iran who had put his children in the school. Pray for the Bible study with new believers in the International Church.
Around the World - Samaritan's Purse is active in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, where the Rohingya have been fleeing from ethnic persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Diphtheria has broken out in the camps and is being treated by Samaritan's Purse staff. In addition, Operation Christmas Child teams are distributing special gift bags to the children in the camps. Pray that the gospel will enter the hearts of these Muslim people!
Mike Robinson for Missions
Tortured For Christ
The Story of Richard Wurmbrand
Tortured For Christ, the movie, plays tomorrow, Monday, March 5, at 7:30 PM at Cinemark Tinseltown in Chico. For tickets go to:
You Are Invited...
Harei Yeshua invites our congregation to a special program by Chosen People Ministries on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM. Chosen People Ministries has been bringing the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah to Jewish people for over 100 years. Come and explore the Jewish roots of your faith. This will be a testimony and ministry update by Boris Goldin. More information is at the Welcome Center. (No tickets are necessary)
A Passover Seder
A Passover Seder will be celebrated by Congregation Harei Yeshua on Friday, March 30 at First Baptist Church Paradise at 6:00 PM. FBCP is invited to attend. Tickets are available from Mike Howard or from Linda in FBCP office 877-3532 (W-F). Flyers at the Welcome Center.
Beginning in May, Franklin Graham will boldly proclaim the Gospel and pray with Christians like you at free one-night evangelistic events up to the West Coast.
Before that tour begins there will be a Pre-tour Prayer Gathering in Chico, Monday, April 9 from 7-9 PM at Evangelical Free Church of Chico, 1193 Filbert, Chico. There will be music (Freddy Washington, former worship leader at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, and, of course, prayer. To learn more about the California Tour, including how to get involved, visit: DecisionCalifornia.com