FBCP May 2017 Newsletter

 Thoughts From Pastor Sam 


Praying God’s Will


When we pray for others or ourselves or for our country etc., are we praying God’s will or ours.  Jesus when talking to the Father before He went to the cross prayed: 
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." Matt 26:39 (NKJV)


As Christians our goal should be to emulate Christ in thought and action.  As it says in Phil 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”.  We should be focused on advancing the kingdom of God, not according to our will or understanding but God’s.  This does not mean that the Lord is not concerned with our needs or our desires, He is a good Father and he hears our requests.

11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matt 7:11 (NKJV)

Birthdays and Anniversaries


 1  Paul Tygart
 3  Sherry Schlobohm
 3  Bobbie Howard
 6  Joel Franks
10  Brad Wells
17  Robin Tygart
23  Barbara Thomas

 1  H Eiland
 3  Sharon Little
 6  Joyce Holden
 6  Brent Hedman
 6  Johathan Reeves
12  Diane Lung
15  Heidi Lung
17  Nick Reeves
18  Coreen King
20  Lorraine Muhlbaier
23  Heather Walker


 9  Alan & Ruth VanEssen
16  David & Linda Snow

Women's Ministry

Spring Luncheon - Saturday, May 6 at 11 AM

"Make a Joyful Noise"

Mugs & Muffins will meet on May 20 at 9:00 AM in Beverly Ellefson's home.  All women are invited to join us for fellowship, muffins and coffee/tea.  We will not meet in June as that will be a busy month with our Yard Sale. July and August will be a vacation break.  Next Mugs & Muffins will be September 16 at Leslie Carpio's home. Homes are needed to host Mugs & Muffins in the months ahead.  Talk with Beverly Ellefson if you would like to invite us to your home!
Yard Sale Set up for the sale will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 6-8 beginning at 9 AM each day.  The Sale itself will be Friday and Saturday, June 9-10 and starts at 8 AM.  VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NEEDED FOR ALL ASPECTS OF THIS EVENT.  
Women's Ministry Meeting will NOT meet on the first Tuesday, June 6 as we will be working on the Yard Sale.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study led by Eileen Lesher are in a study by Max Lucado, "Just Like Jesus" and the "reviews" are very good!  You can join at any time.  They will meet May 9, 23, 30 and then the group will take a break for the summer.  Another study will begin in September.  This group meets at 9:00 AM in the Prayer Room off the Sanctuary.  If you would like more information contact Eileen Lesher at 877-3532

Children's Ministry


Sunday School: We need 1 person to help teach Sunday Church and 2 people to help in the nursery on the 3rd & 4th Sundays. 

VBS: We have a need for 3 staff people to assist the children and a team to setup and take down the decorations. Please have them contact Pam Wroble at 877-3532.   Vacation Bible School is June 19 - 23 from 9 AM - 12 PM.  You can register now online by going to:    http://cokesburyvbs.com/FBCParadise .  In another week Registration Forms will be available at the church for parents to pick up.

VBS Meeting - Sunday May 21 after Worship Service.

Youth Ministry

Our youth ministry is growing and becoming increasingly engaged in the life of the church under the interim leadership of Pastor Sam and Heather, and Rick and Leslie Carpio. Please pray for the right person or persons to step into the role of youth leadership.
The youth will be involved in several upcoming events:
Women's Luncheon: The youth will be a part of interacting with and entertaining our ladies at the May 6th luncheon through a skit and group song.  
Car Wash and Bake Sale: The Youth will be providing a car wash and bake sale at the WM Yard Sale on Friday, June 9th and continuing with the bake sale on Saturday June 10th. This is a great opportunity to support our youth - and Women's Ministry too!
Youth-Led Worship Service on Sunday, June 11 Our youth will lead the service including the music and one of our young men will preach a sermon. Other parts of the May 28 service like the welcome prayer and announcements will also be youth led. 



"Backyard Cleanup" at church will beFriday. May 12, 3:30-5:00 & Saturday, May 13
9:00 – 12:N. We'll have a list of projects planned for that day. Rick Carpio will be Team Leader. 

May 28

Evening Service


6 PM on Sunday, May 28 Josh Glasenapp will partner with the worship leader at Second Baptist Church of Chico for a service of praise music and worship. Don't Miss it!


Missions Report

Glen and Rita Chapman - Despite threats of unrest in the Capital, Kinshasa, the Chapmans were able to catch their international flight to the U.S. and are now ensconced in Southern California. We hope to see them before their time in the U.S. is over!
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - The Collins have left New Mexico for Texas. Besides the packing & moving, it involves leaving behind friends, especially for daughter Pari. Besides that, Dee has become a grandmother again (elder son & wife) and her younger son has gotten married! 
The Deaf Bible Society has published an online directory of deaf churches(https://www.mnnonline.org/news/online-directory-connects-deaf-accessible-churches/)
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Miriam is still deeply involved in literacy work and recently provided support for large-scale Literacy Training in Kinshasa for prospective literacy teachers. When people go through the literacy program they first learn to read in the local language, Lingala, then they may go one the learn to read French, the official language of the Congo, and even English. 

Ed continues to be in a leadership position for the IMA World Health Organization, working in 28 health zones. An uprising in Kasai has hindered activity in over half of the zones, while work continues in the other 13 zones. There was a 5-month hiatus provoked by a massive fraud case involving their implementing partner! Pray that "God will inspire Christians to goodness, deeply ingrained integrity, and a commitment to be a transforming force in Congo.  People have lived so long in a culture of corruption that many Christians no longer have a sense of what is right and wrong; they may never have seen an example of sacrificial integrity in a health zone medical officer or administrator."

The agricultural development work that Ed has continued to be involved in is moving forward, but future planning has been delayed due to the current political unrest. Ed would like to see that project lead to the production of certified seed in the country. Start-up capital of about $15,000 USD is needed.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - Cornerstone School in Kuala Lumpur was hit by thieves who took about $4,000 USD in equipment, affecting the school and the International Church. If you would like to help replace the losses, use this form https://docs.google.com/document/d/15eQcVDI1H37KI34Kz4mzvMb6aKVPsUjU0QbQM7JbmA4/edit 
Cornerstone continues to grow! They have rented a larger space in the same neighborhood that will more than double their capacity for students and Sunday church. They "will install security cameras and an alarm system at our new space for theft prevention." 
"Cornerstone currently gives away about $4,700 USD per month in tuition assistance. This represents student discounts that we give to our families from Myanmar, Sudan, Pakistan, Thailand, Iran, Philippines, Malaysia and to full-time ministry workers here.  Over the last eight months, Cornerstone has helped students from all of these nations who cannot afford full tuition.  Discounted fees translate into lost revenue for the school, but great opportunities to provide discipleship to unreached peoples from closed countries."
Jews for Jesus - "I hope you saw our sneak peek of Jews Don’t Need Jesus and Other Misconceptions, by our European ministry director, Avi Snyder (it was in our March Quarterly). Moody Publishing is releasing it this month and if you missed the offer to pre-order it in March, you can now order it here. The book explains—better than any I’ve ever seen—the importance of reaching Jewish people for Jesus as part of God’s plan for Israel and for the entire world."
Around the World - Open Doors has recently published a World Watch List ranking the top 50 countries around the world where Christians face persecution. It is available online here: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/ 
Mike Robinson for Missions



It’s Your Church….  Get Involved!

We are all greatly blessed by the wonderful sanctuary and building which has been developed by many over the years. While we, the people are the body of Christ we also recognize that the building allows us to meet, worship, gather, serve, invite and work in a central location. 
Your Board of Trustees would like our body to honor the Lord and His Presence in a building that reflects our honor and love for Him.


We have inherited a magnificent home but like all homes, continual maintenance is required.  We currently manage the building with a combination of paid and volunteer staff on a very limited budget.  There is still much that needs to be done on a continuing basis. So knowing this…….

  • Are you willing to give of your time and energy by working on a task for one to two hours where you may choose the task and the date?   

  • We will arrange for you to choose to work alone or with one or two other volunteers at a convenient time for you and in accordance with already scheduled events. You may also participate in a Workday gathering.


We have suggestions and you may also have ideas. Every 2 months we’ll have a new opportunity to sign up to help with current needs.  Your Board of Trustees will work with each volunteer and we’ll provide any needed supplies.  Possible tasks might include; outdoor - raking, weed-eating, washing windows, indoor - setting up tables in the FLC, mopping a floor, dusting the sanctuary, washing windows, cleaning the nursery, or numerous small repairs,you know home tasks are endless.  If we, as a church family, can do these kinds of tasks, we can manage our overall grounds in a better way and relieve our budget of the cost of those services.  Of course some tasks will require professional attention like the leaking roof or the unpainted eaves in high places. If you have skills/knowledge for building maintenance (minor roof repairs, floor maintenance, vinyl repair), and can be consulted, please let us know.   You can sign your name and phone number at the Welcome Center or contact Eileen Lesher 877-3532.
Our first workday will be Fri. May 12, 3:30 – 5:00  and Sat. May 13, 9:00 – 12N. We will have a list of projects planned for that day. Rick Carpio will be


Team Leader. 


Cornerstone School


The school year is coming to a close and has been our best year yet!  Our graduation and awards ceremony will be Friday, June 2 in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM.  We enthusiastically invite our church family to join us for this closing ceremony and celebrate with students, staff, parents, grandparents, and friends.


Lamb Jam - New Worship Experience


On June 3rd Carl Smith will hold an informal, contemporary Praise Gathering from 6 - 9 PM in the Family Life Center.  All are welcome!  Bring an instrument and/or your voice and we will worship the Lord together.


May Schedule of Events

May  6            Women's Luncheon 11 - 2 in FLC
May   7           Communion Sunday
May 9,23,30    Women's Tues. Morning Bible Study at 9 AM
May 10,17,24,31  Prayer for Congregation at 6 PM
                          Wed. NIght Family Faith Night for Children and Youth at 7                               PM 
May 12-13       Workdays on FBCP property
                      Friday, May 12  from 3:30 to 5:00
                      Saturday, May 13 from 9 - 12
May 14            Mother's Day
May 20            Mugs & Muffins at Beverly Ellefson's home
May 21            VBS Meeting at 12:30 (after worship service)-Light lunch                                 provided
May 27-29       Memorial Day Weekend
May 28            Sunday Evening Worship Service with Second Baptist Church -                         6 PM