FBCP March 2016 Newsletter

March Events


 6 - Communion Service       -                Monthly Potluck (bring                  any potluck dish.
    - Choir Practice 1:30 in        
    - Evening Service at 7           PM         in the Sanctuary
12 - Elders' Meeting
13 - Daylight Saving Time
     - Memorial Service for
         Loray Cammack @
         3 PM at CMA
15-31 - Pastor Sam and 
            Heather on TOR
20 - Easter Presentation at                   at 10:30 AM with                              coffee and breads 
        before the service
25-Apr 4 - Easter Vacation for Cornerstone School

Schedule of Easter Services

Palm Sunday 
 March 20
"He Chose This"

Good Friday Service 
  Assembly of God at 12 N

Sunrise Service
 Magalia Community Church at 6:45 AM.  Breakfast following.

Sunrise Service
  Magalia Pines Baptist at      7 AM

Resurrection Sunday!
March 27 - Pastor Dave Snow will be preaching while Sam and Heather are in Jerusalem on TOR


FBCP Website


Did you know that the church has a newly updated website? www.fbcparadise.org 
It is updated regularly by Don Shores who has all of Pastor Sam's sermons available along with lots of information on church activities. 


Joined the Church Triumphant!


Roger Wrobel and family wish to thank you for your prayers & support during Roger’s mom's illness. We rejoice that Loray Cammack, a Titus 2 woman, was welcomed into Jesus presence on February 29. We will be celebrating her life on March 13, at 3 PM at CMA. You are welcome to join us. 
Also Jim Hoepnerwent home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 28.  No services are planned for him at this time.


Palm Sunday


March 20, Palm Sunday will be our Easter Presentation and we need breakfast breads to serve during the coffee time in the Atrium. If you can help us by bringing some type of breakfast bread please bring to the church between 9 - 10 AM  that morning. 


Birthdays & Anniversaries


 3  Timothy Franks
11  Amy Smith
15  Carl Smith
16  Lee Aranez
19  Doris Choniere
19  Vesta Steinacker
24  Georgene Goodwin

 2  Eileen Lesher
14  Zemeira Walker
16  Tom Grevalsky
21  David Snow
22  Susan Smith

March 5 - Tom & Juanita
April 7   -  Timothy &                          Brittany Franks
April 8   -  Brad & Sue
April 14 -  Roger & Pam
April 21 -  Carl & Amy 

Special Request


A Request: As a matter of common courtesy, please check with the church office before leaving any information regarding events at the Welcome Center or posting on our church property. 

Thought From Pastor Sam


19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col 1:19-20 
In Jesus Christ consists all the fullness of the Father.  It is hard for us to comprehend what this means.  Jesus, although in the flesh,  had all the fullness of the Father dwelling in him.  We see this manifested in His transfiguration when His glory shown through his flesh.  He shined so brightly that the disciples fell on their face before Him and could no longer look at him.  This was a physical manifestation of His glory but all of God’s attributes,  including His love, mercy, grace, peace, righteousness, holiness, justice and wisdom were dwell within Christ.  Jesus, in a physical body chose to be completely obedient to the Father and therefore fulfilled His Fathers will to the utmost.  This fully pleased God the Father.  Through the shed blood of His cross, Jesus fully reconciled all things to God Himself.  The word Reconciled means to be made right or to set in order.  Mans choice to sin(disobey God) brought disorder, death and separation from God.  Jesus’ choice to perfectly obey the Father brought order, life and reconciliation with God.


As we choose to trust in Him and receive the reconciliation made possible by His shed blood we enter into true life, a godly order and complete reconciliation with God.  What a marvelous love He has for us!



Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen writes, " I have written in the past about the brand new university at Kikongo.  As you recall, it has grown out of our pastoral training program.  We now have three majors: Theology / development, agriculture science, and teacher training.   The response has been overwhelming.  The last time we had a new class in the pastoral training program we had six students.  Now, for the three majors we have an enrollment of over 80.  We have 20 in theology.
This school is so popular that we are being warned that next year, we will have more students than we know what to do with. While facilities are nowhere near what College students would need in the US, even with the meager resources, morale is high. It is very difficult to get into post high school level in Congo.
                Please see the  link below for how you might be able to help with this new project. We are requiring students to pay $350 annual tuition.  How does that compare to a College education in the US?


                Your assistance to help students with tuition, medical, food, transportation, computers for the students (all 80 are sharing three laptop computers), books, and we need to think about building a new  women’s dorm. Perhaps the most urgent immediate need is to provide solar lights for the girls dorm. Please feel free to contact us with questions."  
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - The Collins have been in California for a few weeks, staying in the San Francisco Bay area visiting with supporters & friends. They continue to work on the sign language animated translation project at the Deaf Bible Society
(https://www.deafbiblesociety.com) in Albuquerque. 
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Political protests in Kinshasa led to the shutdown of social media access by the government, so Miriam was offline for a few days. The protests were fairly mild! Miriam recently visited a church plant in a poor part of town to check out the possibilities of starting a literacy work there. She was pleased with what she learned and the enthusiasm of the church members!



Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family -  The Wiesners are rejoicing in the growth of the Upward Learning Center in Kuala Lumpur! It has increased to 70 students, more than tripling in one year! They also rejoice in the continued growth of the community church, where people don't leave right after the services, but stay to fellowship and pray! 


In their geographic area are many Buddhists and Hindus, so there is outright worship of literal idols, images made with human hands. Pray that these people may come to know the God who made them!


Jews for Jesus - Jews for Jesus has been libeled in "Jerusalem Online" in a story claiming that they have links to Palestinian terrorists! Pray that God will eliminate any damage from this, and will even turn it to His glory!


Tour of Roses - Don't forget that Pastor Sam and Heather will be traveling to Israel with this ministry in the second half of March. Pray for their safety and effectiveness as they minister there!


Mission to the Philipines - Elsa Perry and Scott Steinacker will be leaving March 22 for a 3-week mission trip to the Philippines where they will be giving out bibles to the people in Elsa's village and surrounding villages as well.


Missions Leader,

Mike Robinson

TOR Jerusalem


As Pastor Sam and Heather make plans to be a (TOR Tour of Roses) to Jerusalem and the West Bank in mid-March, Pastor Sam has invited a member of their team, Khalida to give her testimony Sunday morning.  They ask for your prayers for the group and for their family. A love offering for TOR expenses will be taken. Bookmark prayer cards are still available at the Welcome Center.

Notes From the Elder Board


                                             What a privilege it is that on Sunday, March 27 we will be                                                           together to hear these words, “He is risen!”, and respond “He is                                               risen indeed!”  Two words come to my mind when I think about Resurrection Sunday, Victory and Life.  The victoryof Jesus over death and Satan.  The new life God has given to those who are born of God, Christians.  As children of God we will celebrate together in the hope we have within us, the return of our Lord and Savior.  The following Sunday, April 3 we will again gather together to observe Communion.  Have a blessed month, 

Brad, Chairman   

Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees continues to oversee our building and ground areas and repair, replace or upgrade where most needed.  This past month the church replaced a door from the classroom in the gym to the outdoor courtyard area which has been deteriorating for some time and had become almost unusable.  Fire and safety regulations require that this door be a fire door.  The cost was approximately $1,000 (door, hardware and labor) and was considered a Special Project by the Board of Trustees and paid for from Growth Fund monies. 

Vacation Bible School


Plans are underway for Vacation Bible School.  This year our dates are June 20-24.  Pam Wroble will be director again this year.  The theme (notice the banner in the Atrium) is "Surf Shack" - Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love.  Feb 28 was the first meeting of those interested in working in  VBS.  If you are interested in helping with this outreach to the children in our community, contact Pam Wroble 872-2250.  This year VBS will be interpreted for the deaf!  Thank you to Pam & Family.

Cornerstone School


Students are participating in our 4th annual Math-a-thon March 1 – 11.  Each student will be gathering sponsors so if you know a student in Cornerstone and can sponsor them, the monies raised will go to classroom supplies and incentives. The test will be on Friday, March 11.  School will be out for Easter Break from  March 12 – April 3. 

Dinner with the Doctor at FBCP


This month, March 24, Dinner with the Doctor will be hosted by First Baptist Church in the FLC.  Dinner is at 6 PM (reservations are required for dinner 876-7154 and the cost is $12).  The lecture is free and begins at 6:30 PM.  Dr. Stanley Hwang, M.D. Cardiology will be the speaker.  This is an opportunity to mingle with other folks in our community and welcome them to our church. Also, if you would like to be a greeter for this event contact Eileen Lesher 762-7127. More information is available at the Welcome Center or online at www.frhosp.org.


Worship Team Needs.....


Powerpoint songs for the worship service are done by one of our worship leaders, Josh Glasenapp.  However, Josh needs someone to operate the laptop during the service. If you are be interested in serving this way, Josh will train you.  Talk with him after the morning service.

Women's Ministry


WM is planning a Garden Tea Party as a women's Spring event for Saturday, April 30.  Tickets will be available April 3 - 22 for $5.00. We will need decorations so, if you have: wind chimes, shepherds staffs, pots, cuttings from some of your plants, gardening gloves, or any item that could be used in or around the garden, please talk to Juanita Grevalsky or Laurie Kaloper.

Deaf Ministry


We continue to have a ministry to the deaf.  Pam Wroble interprets the worship service on Sunday mornings.  She also teaches a sign language class for people who would like to learn sign language on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM (no class on the second Tuesday of the month).

This and That...


  • Jack Silberstein is in his new home now.  Check the Sunday bulletin for his new address.

  • Potluck Sunday after the worship service.  Bring any potluck dish and join us for a time of fellowship

  • The Daily Bread devotional guide is available at the Welcome Center.

  • Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13 at 2 AM.  Be sure to set your clocks so you will arrive at church on time!