FBCP May 2016 Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
Don’t Be Cheated
No one likes to be cheated. We hate it when we’ve been waiting in a line maybe in the store or in our car and someone cuts in front of us. We can’t stand it when we are overcharged or taken advantage of in business. We get angry quite often over this idea of being cheated and yet there is one area that we seem only too willing to be cheated in and that is our relationship with God. Why is this true? Part of it I believe, is that we do not see the value in it or we are not willing to invest the time and effort into the most important relationship of all. The Lord says:
12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me,when you search for Me with all your heart. Jer 29:12-13 (NKJV)
Another problem we have in our culture today that cheats us regarding our walk with God is distraction. We live in a world full of information and advise regarding what we should believe how we should think and how we should live. There are a lot of entities vying for our attention. It is easy to get distracted as Christians from the truth and wisdom that is found in Jesus Christ. True Biblical Christianity is not just another belief system or philosophy that some people find helpful it is founded in the source of all truth, Jesus himself.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Col 2:8-10 (NKJV)
We have everything we need in Jesus Christ.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen and Rita have returned to the Congo after a visit to the States to see their granddaughter and to attend the wedding of their son, Timothy Chapman, to his bride, Jessica.
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Dee recently returned home to New Mexico from a trip to attend various ministry-related meetings around the U.S.
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Ed and Miriam celebrated their wedding anniversary in April!
"Miriam: We see a most remarkable literacy work being done by small churches whose members offer reading classes for their neighbors . . . in addition to Sunday school, modest church building projects, visitation, and all the other life and witness things they do. I have been visiting small congregations on Sundays, encouraging and counseling, urging them to follow the Spirit's leading. Literacy for Family Well-Being, the CBCO literacy initiative, has just printed up new Lingala books. These find a ready market among the 37 CBCO churches in Kinshasa sponsoring literacy classes. Many congregations offer multiple classes, responding to needs of older women, young school-leavers, and even high school students needing remedial reading classes.""Ed: I manage a program with IMA World Health that has made significant progress creating ways for the public to advocate for responsible public management of local health services. <snip> CBCO's efforts to restore confidence and get the agricultural extension program back on track at Lusekele have run into heavy weather. Their actions led to a temporary suspension of funding for the extension program (the main source of income) and another attempt by a local chief to disrupt activities."
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - The International Community Church in Kuala Lumpur continues to prosper! Russell and Sharla's two youngest children, Bethany and Nathan, help with church set-up and with worship each Sunday. There will be a new learning center starting up in an international student area. $8,000 U.S. is needed to cover preparation costs for this new school! The target date for start-up is August, 2016. The Wiesners have been involved in three different school start-ups around Kuala Lumpur, which are now serving over 200 students, who are receiving an education with a Biblical worldview. The family will be home this Summer for daughter Rebekah's wedding and Russell will be scheduling some speaking engagements to update people on activities in Malaysia.
If you would like to help with expenses for the new learning center go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LbdX8oMuV_eklJxId9YysXDf6t4Xcuo26vAgQHmrGdU/edit
Tour of Roses - Pastor Sam & Heatherly gave an exciting report of their recent trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem with Tour of Roses.
Jews for Jesus - Pray for evangelism at the Moishe Rosen Center in Jerusalem.'The Moishe Rosen Center is the hub of Jews for Jesus’ outreach in Tel Aviv. We often use it as a venue to connect with the local community. Says Eli Birnbaum, head of our Tel Aviv staff: “Often facilities belonging to religious organizations are underused because they are only for the benefit of their own members. We refuse to let that happen with the Moishe Rosen Center, so we open our doors in order to bless and give back to our community.”'
In this issue:
Potluck & Con-gregational Meet-ing May 1
Sunday we will have a short congregational meeting during our monthly Potluck. The purpose of the meeting is to affirm and install our new Deacon Board. The Board currently consists of Jerry Bogner, Tom Grevalsky and Scott Steinacker. Joining the Board will be MaryAnn Eiland, Juanita Grevalsky, Sharon Little, Jill Hedman and Laurie Kaloper. This will be a time of celebration so plan to join us and bring a large potluck dish so there will be plenty for everyone.
Adult Sunday School
May 22 Paul Tygart will be a study in Philemon. Sunday School meets at 9 AM in Room 1.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
1 Paul Tygart
3 Bobbie Howard
3 Amy Barker
3 Sherry Schlobohm
6 Todd Smith
10 Brad Wells
17 Robin Tygart
23 Barbara Thomas
24 Andrew Smith
1 H Eiland
2 Joseph Barker
3 Sharon Little
6 Joyce Holden
6 Brent Hedman
6 Jonathan Reeves
12 Diane Lung
15 Heidi Lung
17 Nick Reeves
18 Coreen King-Bean
20 Lorraine Muhlbaier
23 Heather Walker
May 9 Alan & Ruth VanEssen
May 16 David & Linda Snow
June 16 Travis & Amy Barker
Praise Team: Can you play an instrument or sing? Have you felt called to be a part of the music ministry of FBCP and use your talents to help lead the congregation in worship? Well, we are currently looking to add musicians to the worship team. If you think you have what it takes to play and are willing to commit to the worship team, please see either Joshua Glasenapp or Jaimie Gilbert to setup an audition or talk about what it takes to be on the worship team.
National Day of Prayer
National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 5 at First Assembly of God Church on Elliot, 955 Elliot Rd at 7 PM. Churches of Paradise will come together to pray. Join us there!
Sunday Evening Schedule
Schedule for Sunday Evening Services
We will not have an evening service today because of our potluck and congregational meeting after the worship service.
First Sunday - No Service
Second Sunday - Service at FBCP at 6 PM
Third Sunday - Meet at St. Nicholas for Transforming, Prayer Service
Fourth/Fifth Sundays - Service at FBCP at 6 PM
(Watch Bulletin for occasional changes in this schedule)
Garden Tea Party: Saturday, April 30, be sure to bring your ticket and join us at 11:00 AM in the Family Life Center for a tea party!
Planning Event:If you would like to be a part of planning women’s ministry events, join us this Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. We regularly meet the first Tuesday of the month.
Yard Sale: Don't throw away those no-longer-used items! Save them up for the Yard Sale June 10-11. More information later.
Vacation Bible School
Theme: "Surf Shack"
Ages 5 - 11 Time: 9 - 12 Noon
We are offering interpreting for the Deaf, so if deaf or hard-of-hearing students would like to attend please register and let us know if you would like to have interpreting.
We have a list of supplies we will need so if you would like to help by providing some of these supplies, we would be grateful! The list will be in the church bulletin this Sunday and also available at the Welcome Center during the week.
We still have a need for guides to assist our precious surfers from one station to another. Also, youth please know we would love to have you assist with our VBS. There are many areas to serve for anyone!
Our next meeting will be Sunday, May 22 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Be sure to mark your calendars. Snacks will be provided.
Please call Pam Wrobel if you have any questions. Website is: http://cokesburyvbs.com/First Baptist Church Paradise
Another school year is almost completed. How incredibly fast the year has gone by! Thank you to the church family for supporting school events and thereby supporting the students. Our last event of the year is graduation and awards on June 3 at 7 PM in the sanctuary. You are most welcome to join us.
Information on enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is available now.
We are excited about our new Wednesday night children's study. It's called "Deep Blue". As well as the weekly lesson the children can download a weekly app on their tablets or phones and play games while learning their memory verses. Parents - you can use the apps as well to check out what our kids are doing.
Our Wednesday night class is from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Hope to see you there!
Pam Wrobel, CM Director
Walk For Life - Care Net Pregnancy Center of Paradise will hold their annual Walk4 Life on Saturday, May 14 at Paradise Community Park, Pearson & Black Olive Rd. Free pancake breakfast! More information call 530-876-1113 or go online at humanraceparadise.org
Wings of Passion - Brianna's Wings of Passion Foundation presents "Hope for Hurting Hearts". Celebrating the life of Brianna Cassidy and furthering a legacy of love. Paradise Performing Arts Center at 7 PM on Saturday, May 14.