FBCP December 2016 Newsletter
In this issue:
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Gal 4:4-5
This year Chanukah starts on Christmas Eve and ends on New Years Day. Some of you might not think that this is very important since after all, isn’t Chanukah just the Jewish answer to Christmas? Nothing could be further from the truth! Without Chanukah, Christmas could not have taken place. Chanukah commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from an evil Greek ruler who murdered, imprisoned and repressed the Jewish people who choose to stay true to the God of Israel. God used a family call the Macabees (hammer) to deliver His people and to reclaim and rededicate the temple. This is why Chanukah is also known as the Feast of Dedication. This all transpired about 150 years before Jesus the Messiah was born. To be the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world there were prophesies that Jesus had to fulfill and there were certain things that had to be in place for these prophesies to be fulfilled. The events surrounding Chanukah were instrumental in God’s plan to bring about the coming of His Son our Redeemer and Messiah of Israel. “When the Fullness of time had come” it was time for Christmas the birth of Jesus the Messiah(Christ) and savior of the world. There are several notable similarities in these two holidays. First they both involve light, with Chanukah you have the light of deliverance and with Christmas the Light of the World. Secondly they both start on the 25thof the month Chanukah on the 25th of Kislev in the Jewish calendar and Christmas on the 25th of December. We have a lot to celebrate this year and a lot to be thankful for but the most important blessing of all is Jesus the Christ. Yes, Jesus really is the “reason for this season”.
May God richly bless you during this beautiful season of light.
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!
Friday, December 9 is our annual Christmas Program, "Jesus Means Christmas to Me". We invite our church family to join us at 7 PM in the Sanctuary. Dessert will be provided afterward in the FLC.
Next Sunday (12/11) will be our Annual Congregational Meeting. Each year the Deacons have provided the Luncheon for the Meeting. They will be hosting the Luncheon as usual and are asking for those of you who enjoy baking to sign-up to bring a dessert. The event will begin immediately following Church Service. All are welcome, so please make plans to attend. Brad Wells
Mugs & Muffins will meet December 10 at Eileen Lesher's home at 8:30 AM (an hour earlier this month). Ladies, please bring an ornament to exchange (keep cost to $5 if possible) and 2 doz. cookies. We'll share a dozen and then keep a dozen for the Christmas program the next week.
Women's Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Our Bible study group will meet the first 2 weeks in December (6th and 13th) and then take a break for the holiday. We'll begin again January 3 at 9:30 AM in the Prayer Room. Eileen Lesher, Leader.
Summer Yard Sale: Now is the time to begin saving all those good reusable items you no longer need. The WM yard sale (probably in June) will need all you can donate. More on this sale later. If you need a place to store your items, contact Bev Ellefson.
Women's Ministry Meeting: Our next meeting will be January 3 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. Any woman attending FBCP who would like to be a part of planning WM events is welcome. Laurie Kaloper, Director
Sunday Morning Greeters for 2017 are Needed
Jill Hedman still has a few openings for greeters in 2017. If you would like to greet people before the service on Sunday mornings for one month during the 2017 year, contact Jill at 877-3532.
5 Jim Lung
6 Jerry Bogner
10 Travis Barker
14 Jaden Walker
28 Don Shores
28 Linda Snow
31 Katie Webb
1 Sylvia Drake
3 Kezziah Walker
4 Roger Wrobel
4 Jim McMillen
11 Rhonda Webb
13 Helen Garber
20 Leslie Carpio
22 Marjorie Duncombe
24 Sally Bogner
26 Emily Hedman
Dec 12 John & Barbara
Dec 16 Brent & Jill
Dec 29 Jim & Diane
Jan 2 Mike &Constance
Jan 26 H & Maryann
News from Tirzah at Moody
Dear FBCP family,
I cannot wait to see you! In just a few weeks I will be home from Chicago for Christmas Break before beginning on an even greater journey, Germany.Next semester I will be studying with 16 other students in Germany and Switzerland during the 500th anniversary of the reformation and staying in a hostel walking distance to Luther's church and the church where he posted the 95 theses. I am both thrilled and overwhelmed with the prospect of being a Jew in Germany; we will also be going to Dachau Concentration Camp. As you know my parents have done amazing ministry with Sally Klein O'Connor in Germany, but this is an opportunity for me to make that forgiveness and love my parents taught us kids into my own for the German people. We will be volunteering and teaching bible lessons and Sunday School in a nearby church, the other students and I will be directly serving the believers in Germany as we learn and study the history of the church with great professors from Moody's first-class Bible & Theology Departments. This trip is a miracle, an ongoing miracle, I still hardly believe I was accepted. I am still amazed with every step closer and every sweet whisper of G-d's love for me in this. I am so grateful for your prayers and the support you are to my family, I brag about you all to my friends and professors here.
See you soon,
Tirzah Lee Walker
Operation Christmas Child
OCC was quite successful this year! Thank you to all those who stepped up to help us in a variety of ways. I was not able to be as active early in the drive, however several people assisted me. We had a number of volunteers from several churches during the collection week - also a great help. Locally we collected 550 boxes at our site, together with boxes taken directly to the Chico collection site for a total of 700 boxes from the Paradise area. Our larger area collected 5501 boxes (up from 4816 last year). The goal was 5000 which we shattered! Lots of work but so worthwhile. You can follow the boxes on the Samaritan's Purse website:
Pam Wrobel, Director
Chanukah on New Year's Eve
Chanukah 2016 - December 24—Jan 1
Harei Yeshua invites FBCP to a combined Chanukah/New Year's Eve celebration Saturday, December 31 in the FLC of First Baptist Paradise.
The Chanukah party is from 6—8 PM. Latkes will be provided. You can bring any side dish you like. Also bring White Elephant gift for exchange.
NYE party begins at 9. We’ll play games, bake cookies, then have a time of worship and prayer to bring in the new year.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen and Rita are staying very busy with their varied duties at Kikongo. "Rita and I have had classes all week. I am teaching four hours a day of Old Testament prophets. Rita is teaching two hours of English per day to the theology students, and all morning with various library duties, and classes at the school for the pastors' wives." For a change of pace Glen projected the new Tarzan movie, which he picked up while he was in the States, at the school. It was particularly of interest since the "natives" in the movie spoke lingala (a local tongue), but in such a way that they sounded like "foreigners" speaking it! The viewers cheered enthusiastically for the gorillas!
A government delegation will be inspecting the school for accreditation. The school must pay the expenses of the inspectors - travel, food, lodging, and per diem! If you would like to help with these added expenses follow this link: https://www.internationalministries.org/projects/218
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Working on Bible translation into sign language in cooperation with the Deaf Bible Society of Albuquerque, NM.
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Miriam, now back in the Congo, wrote an excellent report on her month in the U.S. She visited and spoke at 11 churches in 4 states. During her visit she "spoke to you about the surprising development of a church (10 churches, to be exact) among the Twa pygmies of Mai-Ndombe Province which has resulted from literacy work among them." Miriam also mentioned the looming political crisis in the Congo, with the current president being very unpopular, yet not being willing to relinquish power. Miriam and Ed plan to leave the Congo for retirement in two years and ask for prayers for those who God is preparing as their replacements.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - The Special Project Fund for Cornerstone School in Kuala Lumpur had a goal to raise $12,500 from U.S. donors to match the $12,500 put up by a brother in Malaysia. By the end of the fund-raising a total of $25,600 had come in from the U.S., much of it in the final week! The matching funds provider in Malaysia was so encouraged by this that he agreed to match the entire amount, providing a total of $51,200 for the school! "This will fund our first year of operations and provide scholarships for students who can't afford to send their children to Cornerstone. Thank you for praying and giving to this ministry! "
Jews for Jesus - From the Jews for Jesus Facebook page: 'Valery Bolotov reports, “My wife Tatyana spoke with 91-year-old Grigory during our telephone campaign in Samaria. Grigory fought in World War II and experienced much sorrow, yet he’s remained softhearted and was open to meet with us. We sent him books which he’d said he would read, but he mistakenly gave us the wrong apartment number, so his neighbor Boris received the books. Sometimes God uses mistakes for His purposes. We first spoke with Boris and told him about salvation through the Messiah Yeshua, and then we went on to Grigory. Grigory didn’t know much about God, yet he was open to Him. After we explained the gospel we invited him to pray the sinner’s prayer. He agreed to do so and afterward, he frankly added, ‘This is right. Jesus died for all of us!’ Grigory asked us to continue to visit with him, so that his faith might be strengthened. Thanks be unto God for one more life saved!”'
The Christmas Program “God Is With Us” is the telling of the Christmas story beginning with the pre-incarnate Christ and moving through Jesus’ birth and our response to “the Word dwelling among us” encouraging us to sing out the great carols and songs of our faith. Join us on Saturday, December 17 at 7 PM and/or Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 AM.
Additionally, if you can help with props for the Christmas program please let Josh Glasenapp know. Items needed are: white Christmas lights, any artificial trees, and pallets. Josh’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio/Visual Tech Needed
Sound Booth: We need another sound person or two to help run sound on Sunday. Talk to John Webb in the Sound Booth if you enjoy audio production, or if you just want to help out. It's really not difficult and John will teach you!