FBCP January 2016 Newsletter
In this issue:
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Renewing the Flame
I know we are probably all exhausted at the end of this stressful and busy year. As I look back over the past year it was difficult for many reasons some of which we all share. There were struggles with health, finance, relationships, bad decisions, spiritual attacks and physical threats etc. The list goes on and on. We could dwell on these things and be depressed or we could look back at the blessings we experienced this last year. For me personally and for our family this has been a year of great blessing. In June our daughter Tirzah got to come home for the summer. Because we were all together as a family we got to go on a family vacation for a week into several different states. This is something I’ve always wanted but never had the time or the finances to do, but in 2015 in God’s perfect time, it all came together. Also this last year God confirmed some promises to Heather and I, that he had given us over 20 years ago regarding ministry and His plan for us. So as I look back at 2015 I am very grateful that the Lord has brought us through another year and that He is faithful to fulfill His promises. I know that we can trust Him as we go into this New Year and that whatever He has planned for us is good and that it will bring Him glory as we surrender to Him.
28) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
As we begin this New Year, let us ask God to renew the flame of our faith and trust in Him and to give us the desire and courage to obey Him.
May you have a blessed new year!
New Sermon Series
New Sermon Series: As we go into this new year I feel led to begin a new series on Sunday mornings on the book of Romans. I am excited about this series since this letter to the church in Rome is so foundational to our faith as Christians. Please pray that the Lord gives us understanding of His word as we go through this spiritually rich book of the Bible.
New Adult Sunday School Study
Adult Sunday School Class will begin studying Titus this year. Brad Wells will be teaching. The adult class meets in Room 1 at 9 AM. Great way to begin the new year!
Regular Schedule Resumes..
Our regularly scheduled events will resume this week:
Men’s Bible Study - Tues 7:30 AM in Prayer Room
Women’s Bible Study - Wed. 9:30 AM in Prayer Room
Family Faith Night activities at 7:00 PM
Food Pantry will be open - Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:00.
Sign Language Class - Tues 6:30 PM in Prayer Rm
Monthly Potluck Luncheon
There is no potluck lunch planned for January, however we will have a special "Souper" Superbowl lunch on February 7 after the worship service. Watch the bulletin for more details. (Also Pastor Sam's birthday...)
Glen and Rita Chapman - Working hard to prepare for the Inaugural Year for the Bapti
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Settling in at their new home in Albuquerque, dealing with problems with the house, getting used to the much different climate and scenery from North Carolina! Rejoicing as they work with their new team at Deaf Bible Society (https://www.deafbiblesociety.com).
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Ed faces a new challenge having been called on to fill an important office for the Congo Baptist Association.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - Back in Kuala Lumpur, they are rejoicing in the progress of the Upward Learning Center and the International Church. They are also enjoying visits from some of their children who are living in the U.S. Daughter Hannah had successful knee surgery while there from the U.S! Praise for Iranian expatriates who have come to faith in Jesus!
Jews for Jesus - The many challenges of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and general terrorism impose grave dangers but also provide great opportunities as Jewish people wonder what the future holds. The latest newsletter contains an interesting article about on-going evangelism at Venice Beach in California, and some of the results: http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/newsletter/jan-2016/beach-reach
School is back in session on January 4 and great things are planned for the rest of this year. On Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 PM is the annual Spelling Bee. Treat and challenge yourself by attending this event.
Also be thinking about the February 5 Crockpot Cook-off. We invite our church and school family to enter their favorite crockpot dish. There will be several catagories so be creative! More information to come........
Women's Ministry will have their first meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, January 5 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. Any woman who attends FBCP and is interested in helping with women's ministry is invited. We plan events, and have fun along the way.
2015 Giving Records
Sue Wells will have your giving record for 2015 available soon.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
3 Kezziah Walker
4 Roger Wrobel
11 Rhonda Webb
13 Helen Garber
20 Leslie Carpio
22 Marjorie Duncombe
24 Sally Bogner
26 Emily Hedman
6 Karen Caldie
7 Pastor Sam
7 Marion Williams
10 Bruce Muhlbaier
16 John deJong
16 Isaiah Franks
27 Timmy Webb
Jan 2 Mike & Constance
Jan 26 H & Maryann Eiland
Feb 11 Ben & Vera Walker
Feb 15 Mike & Susan
Feb 25 Lorraine & Bruce
Sunday, January 10 at Susan Smith/Eileen Lesher’s home following the Sunday Service. This is a potluck meal so bring a dish of your choice. All cast, choir, tech people along with your spouses are invited. Any questions, talk with Susan.
Thank You Note
Thank you for your prayers, cards and calls while David was in the hospital and then recovering at home. He continues to improve though slowly. We are so very grateful for our church family and your concern for us.
Pastor Dave and Linda