FBCP May Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Being Childlike Not Childish
In Matthew 18 when Jesus is asked who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven He responds by setting a child in the middle of the disciples and saying in verse 3, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” This passage has always been a bit baffling to me because there are quite a few other passages where scripture encourages us to grow up. I think we can rightly say that this passage is not telling us to be childish at least in the negative sense. We are not being encouraged to throw tantrums when we don’t get our way. We are not being encouraged to get upset easily and cry over the slightest hurt or pain, mostly to get attention. We are not being told to get upset when someone else gets a blessing, candy or toy and we do not. So what is Jesus saying? There’s a hint in verse 4. “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “ So according to this verse it is the humility of a child that we should be emulating. Children are by nature humble, they are rarely concerned, at least not initially, with how others perceive them. This is why we have to spend so much time teaching our children how to behave in public. We teach them that certain behaviors are not appropriate because they embarrass us. Children have very little pride initially and are taught to be proud. Teaching self-worth and self-esteem is necessary but it can be overemphasized and lead to arrogance and self-worship. We are told in scripture to be crucified with Christ Gal 2:20. This means in part that we need to “put off” or “die” to our pride caused by an overemphasis on self and surrender to Christ’s Spirit living in us. In this sense we become like a child and like Christ, humbly following the will of our Father and not being embarrassed or feeling shame when we obey Him.
Clarence King Memorial
Clarence King went home to be with his Savior on April 21, and joined his many friends and family already there. We expect it was a joyful celebration. He loved his dear Coreen, and it gave him great happiness to be with his church family at every opportunity. His smiles and greetings in the midst of personal pain is a witness to us all. His memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 PM at FBCP. The family requests no flowers, however donations to the Youth Ministry can be made in his name..
Women's Ministry Luncheon
Join us this Saturday at 11:00 AM for the women's spring luncheon "Blessings & Bingo". We will hear stories of God's blessings as we enjoy each other's company and, of course, eat!
(Following the luncheon you may join in a Celebration of Life for Clarence King at 2:00.)
Vacation Bible School
VBS - June 22-26
VBS – Camp Kilamanjaro: Registration forms for children and volunteers are at the Welcome Center now. VBS at FBCP is June 22 – 26,
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Yard Sale in June
Yard Sale June 12-13: We are looking for volunteers for the week Tues. June 9 – Sat. June 13. Also we will need donations of hangars and jewelry display boards. Beverly Ellefson (559-0679) has room to store any donations of items to sell or display items. Please do not bring your donations to the church.
Church Potluck-May 3
Church Potluck Sunday, May 3 after worship service. Please bring a “cold” dish and join us for good food and good fellowship as we spend time together around the table(s).
Election of Trustee
We are in the process of electing a Board of Trustees. This Sunday will be the last opportunity to nominate someone, after you have their approval, and to submit their name. Nominating Ballots for trustees are available at the Welcome Center in the Atrium. You may put your ballot in the offering plate or in the offering boxes on the sides of the sanctuary. H Eiland can answer any questions you might have regarding this process.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen has had some "exciting" times in his ministry. He recently traveled to Kinshasa (the capital city) by motorcycle (as a passenger), foot, and auto. Even though the trip cost as much as traveling by air and was far more tiring (no air flight was available at the time), Glen reports that " It is sure fun to socialize along the way and to experience the reality of everyday life outside of Kikongo". In Kinshasa Glen represented the Missionaries at the denominational meetings where some potentially divisive issues were dealt with. Glen has also had to deal with some legal problems that were resolved favorably. For more detail see the newsletter from Glen dated April 26, to be posted soon on the Mission board in the Atrium.
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - The Collins have met a deaf Missionary, Chris, who works in closed countries. Chris works with few tools, so is eager for WordSign to become available for field use! Dee is nearing the end of her college work for her Bachelor's degree in Interpreting. She is due to graduate on May 14, but will need about 16 more credit hours before she can sit for the national exam to earn her license! Work on WordSign is proceeding. Some software problems had to be dealt with, but there have been two successful demos!
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Ed and Miriam spent two very busy weeks in the U.S. in the latter half of April, visiting family and supporters. Ed is headed back to the Congo now (or is already there) but Miriam will be headed off to New Zealand to visit family there, then back to the States for medical checks before returning to the Congo. Ed and Miriam have celebrated their 39th Wedding Anniversary!
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - The Wiesners are looking forward to returning to their work in Malaysia this Summer after a successful home stay!
Jews for Jesus - Street witnessing is an ongoing practice for Jews for Jesus. Recently, during the Spring Outreach in Moscow, Russia, Svetlana had several positive encounters and obtained contact information from several people, both Jews and Gentiles! JfJ is expanding its work in Mexico City with training and strategy sessions.
Eileen Lesher - It's almost May which means that the end of school is coming quickly. Eileen has 6 more weeks of teaching school. Her preschool class has recently been studying transportation with a fun field trip out to the Ukarumpa Aviation Department. Eileen recently had a stomach bug but her health and strength are improving. Please pray for Eileen to stay healthy and finish strong. (Written by Susan Smith)
Mike Robinson, Missions Director
Graduation is quickly upon us. I want to congratulate Eli Rolfe & Gracie Heldman. Way to go. Congratulations! May the Lord bless you as you enter Jr HS. Our children are our greatest resource. Thank you to our staff for their dedication. We could not do this without you. We still have a few openings for those who are considering working with children or toddlers.
VBS is less than 2 months away. We are almost fully staffed. Thank you to everyone who is helping, behind scenes as well. We look forward to hosting our neighbors & friends. Please invite all you know from K-6. The dates are June 22-26. From 9am-12pm. There will be a carnival on June 20 from 2pm-5pm. Look forward to seeing you there.
Invitation to Cornerstone Christian School Graduation
Please join us on May 29th 7:00 p.m. FBCP Sanctuary as we honor this year's students. Reception following the ceremony.
Robin Tygart, Principal, Teachers & Staff
In this issue:
May 2 - Ladies Luncheon
May 2 - Memorial service for Clarence King
May 3 - Church Potluck
May 10 - Mother's Day
May 16 - Care Net "Walk for Life - Human Race"
May 17 - Baptism
May 17 - VBS Meeting
May 24 - Graduation Sunday
A baptism service is planned for Sunday, May 17. If you have been considering baptism, contact the church office this week to make an appointment with Pastor Sam.
Thank You Note
Thank you to my church family for all the prayers, cards and visits to Clarence and to me over the past months and even years when Clarence was often unable to be in church but his heart was always with the people here. Both Clarence and I could feel your prayers as you continually put us before the Lord. Coreen King
Birthdays & Anniversaries
1 Paul Tygart
3 Bobbie Howard
3 Amy Barker
6 Todd Smith
10 Brad Wells
17 Robin Tygart
23 Barbara Thomas
24 Andrew Smith
1 H Eiland
6 Joyce Holden
6 Brent Hedman
10 Whitney Jones
12 Diane Lung
15 Heidi Lung
17 Tom Caldie
18 Coreen King
20 Lorraine Muhlbaier
23 Heather Walker
May 9 - Alan & Ruth VanEssen
May 11 - Dennis & Janet Rowe
May 16 - David & Linda Snow
June 16 - Travis & Amy Barker