FBCP February 2016 Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
7 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jer 17:7-8
The man or woman who trusts in the Lord is blessed, It says that their hope is the Lord. Our hope as Christians is Jesus. He is our expectation. This is ultimately true as we wait for his physical return to earth but it is also true every day as we walk in the Spirit. Our hope should be in His life being lived out through us.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-- 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Cor 4:7-11 (NKJV)
The result of trusting in the Lord and His life being lived out through us is glorious. We shall be like a tree planted by waters. Spreading out our roots by the water, we will have a strong foundation. Our roots will be in Christ.
6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Col 2:5-7 (NKJV)
In Christ and in His word is everything we need for a strong foundation and root system that will sustain us through the struggles and trials of life. We will not fear when heat comes in fact we will barely notice that things have gotten tough because our focus will be on the Lord. We will begin to live a life of true contentment not because of our circumstances but in spite of them. We will not be anxious in the year of drought, because we have a source of sustenance that cannot be exhausted. What a victorious way to live. This is the secret to a happy and fulfilled life and a meaningful legacy in death. Even when we die we become seeds of faith that are sown and bring much fruit. Not to mention we have everlasting life in Christ to look forward to, Hallelujah!!
The Elders continue to meet the second Saturday of each month. We would ask that you would pray for our meetings, asking the Lord to give us wisdom, understanding; revealing His vision for our congregation. Please pray that the Elders would surrender completely, in unity, to the will of God.
During our January Elder Meeting Pastor Sam shared with us his vision that we should begin a weekly time of prayer for our church family. Beginning next Wednesday, February 3rd , we are encouraging, all who are led, to join together in the Prayer Room for an hour of prayer. This will continue to be a weekly prayer meeting. It is scheduled at 6:00 on Wednesday nights, the hour prior to our 7:00 Adult Bible Study led by Pastor Sam.
The Elders ask for your prayers for and your participation in this weekly hour of prayer. Your attendance would be a blessing to our entire church family.
Brad Wells, Chairman
….Easter is coming.
Our Easter Production will be presented on Palm Sunday, March 20th at 10:30am entitled: He Chose This Choir Practices will be from 1:30-3:30 on Feb 21 & 28, March 6, 13 & 17. Please mark your calendars to be able to attend all scheduled practices. For more information about Choir contact Josh Glasenapp 530-877-3532.
Anyone interested in being part of our Reader’s Theater group please talk to Susan Smith 530-877-3532. We are in need of 6 readers (4 men & 2 ladies). There will be 3-4 practices total for readers.
Thank you to all who participated in the Christmas program. We look forward to working together again and for new people to join us.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen and Rita have greatly enhanced access to village news thanks to a cell-phone hotspot on their front porch, right next to their bedroom window! Though it is rather intrusive on their privacy they do get to hear the latest as people from the village come to their porch to make phone calls!
2015 was a year of change and problems, but 2016 seems like a year of new beginnings and hope! As Kikongo changes from a pastoral school to a University, school enrollment has leapt from 8 students last year to 80 this year! Glen will be teaching Old Testament and Hebrew. It will be necessary for them to bring in Professors from outside to teach other subjects.
Glen recently suffered from a painful attack of ants in his pants! Returning from a trip to Kinshasa, Glen arrived back at Kikongo by boat after dark, so jumped out to open the boat shed. Glen soon noticed the painful advance of Army Ants moving up his legs, all the way to the top of his head! In the dark he couldn't see where they were in order to get away, so stripped down to his undies and ran home barefoot! Rita thought the situation was hilarious, but was a big help in removing the fiercely munching ants from Glen's epidermis! The ants are not venomous, but do have a powerful bite that can draw blood!
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - The Collins are dealing with many NEW things - New people, New co-workers, New living space, New neighbors, New climate, New kinds of food, New challenges, New friends, New school, New church, New experiences all in NEW MEXICO! They continue to travel a great deal in the line of their work, and will be in or have just been to Australia, Washington D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area! For an example of planned activity by Deaf Bible Society, take a look at: https://www.deafbiblesociety.com/deaf-bible-blog/blog-post/project-deaf-of-the-middle-east
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Ed and Miriam are back in Kinshasa after a trip to the U.S. for Christmas with their mothers!
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - Daughters Hannah and Rebekah visited in Malaysia over Christmas and New Years, much to their parents delight. Hannah had successful knee and dental surgery, and Rebekah got engaged while there! Both are now back in school in the U.S. The Community Church and the Learning Center the Wiesners are involved with are both doing well!
Jews for Jesus - Despite Terrorism and increased fear in Israel, the Jews for Jesus ministry there is now their largest branch. They recently moved into new quarters to accommodate an increase in staff! Also, despite growing anti-semitism in Europe, a new branch is opening in Berlin, where many young Israelis have immigrated for business.
Mike Robinson, Missions Coordinator
Report From Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees (BOT) wants to update the congregation each month of the improvements, repairs, and future plans for our building and grounds.
Quite a bit has been done recently. Our maintenance man, Nick Reeves, along with church and school staff, are continually making notes of needed repairs and maintenance on our building and grounds.
In the last few month we have;
Upgraded 60% of our lighting to the less expensive LED lights. We will continue this process
In June of 2015 Nick repaired the plumbing to the hot water heater in the kitchen to make it more effecient and safe
New parts were installed at the wash station in the kitchen
6 of our doors have been repaired and several more are on the schedule for repairs.
Roof work was done which repaired leaks in the kitchen, gym, gym bathrooms and 2 classrooms
Boys restroom in the gym has had the ceiling repaired and was repainted.
More to come.................
We love having your children on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. We are so blest! There is still a need for 2 or 3 people to assist in children's ministry. If the Lord is prompting you to serve, please contact Pam Wrobel 872-2250.
We are into another year! There is one staff position open. Wednesday night during our adult study we need someone to watch our 0-4 year olds. Currectly there are regularly 2 children in the nursery. Please contact Pam Wrobel. 530-877-3532.
Our church service provides interpreting for the Deaf. We try to accomodate Deaf and Hard of hearing at each of our events. We also have a Sign Language class on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM. If interested, please join us in the Prayer Room on Tues.
Vacation Bible School
We are once again hosting a VBS at FBCP. Keep watch on the weekly bulletin as to volunteer needs with dates and time for VBS registration and the week that VBS will be in sesion. Question: Call Pam Wrobel. 530-877-3532.
Cornerstone School Crockpot Cook-off
2nd Annual CROCKPOT COOK-OFF
Fundraiser for Cornerstone Christian School
Friday, February 5, 2016 6:00pm
Everyone is welcome to enter a crockpot dish. Everyone samples the entries and everyone gets to be the judge. Prizes awarded for top
3 dishes and Kid’s Choice Award.
Soup, salad, bread & beverages will also be served.
COST: $5 per person
First Baptist Church of Paradise
Family Life Center
6500 Clark Road
Sign up Sheet at the Welcome Center
or see Susan Smith.
February 7 "Souper" Potluck
February 7th Potluck will be a “Souper Superbowl” time of fellowship. We have invited Congregation Harei Yeshua and Magalia Pines Baptist to join us and bring finger foods. Our church will bring the soups so plan to bring a crockpot of soup to share. You may bring finger foods. There will be bread, drinks and snacks, and, of course the Superbowl game to watch together in the FLC on a large TV. NOTE: There will be no evening service on this night.
Wednesday Evening 6:00 PM
New Prayer Time: Wednesday, February 3 we will begin a time of prayer starting at 6:00 PM before our regular Wednesday Adult Bible Study at 7:00 PM in the Prayer Room. All in our congregation are invited to join us.
Women’s Ministry monthly meeting will be Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. Any woman in the congregation who is interested in helping with our events is welcome to join us. Any questions talk with Juanita Grevalsky or Laurie Kaloper.
The Food Pantry team is looking for people to be part of the teams they are putting together to alternate months when the pantry is open on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00. There are several ways to help; making up the bags of food, talking with people, sharing information and sharing the gospel when people are open to hearing. Talk with Juanita Grevalsky if you have an interest.
In this issue:
Feb 3 – New Prayer Time 6:00 PM in Prayer Room
Feb 5 – Cornerstone Crockpot Cook-off (See Article)
Feb 7 – Sunday Soup Potluck & Superbowl
Pastor Sam's birthday!
Feb 21 – First choir practice for Easter Musical 1:30-3:30 (See Article)
Mar 20 – Easter Musical on Palm Sunday
“He Chose This”
March 27 – Easter Sunday Worship Service
Birthdays & Anniversaries
6 Karen Caldie
7 Pastor Sam
7 Marion Willliams
10 Bruce Muhlbaier
16 John deJong
16 Isiah Franks
27 Timmy Webb
3 Timothy Franks
11 Amy Smith
15 Carl Smith
16 Lee Aranez
19 Doris Choinere
19 Vesta Steinacker
24 Georgene Goodwin
Feb 11 Ben & Vera Walker
Feb 15 Mike & Susan
Feb 25 Bruce & Lorraine
Mar 5 Tom & Juanita