FBCP November 2016 Newsletter
In this issue:
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" 19 And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."
Luke 17:11-19 (NKJV)
Thankfulness does not come naturally it must be practiced. How often do we take time just to thank the Lord for all of the benefits that He pours upon us continually? Just a simple act of thanksgiving, giving God the glory for the things He has done. The Samaritan or as I like to call him “the one who gave thanks” received the full blessing because he was not just focused on getting what he wanted out of God. He knew the importance of expressing his thankfulness and bestowing honor on the giver of the healing. What made him thankful? Jesus says it came out of his faith or trust in the work of God. Maybe we struggle with thanksgiving because we struggle with faith. All the lepers got cleansed but only one was made well. This Samaritan received physical, emotional and spiritual healing and peace of mind from the only one who can really give it. As we enter into this season of thanksgiving let us remember to thank the Lord from our heart for all of His blessings and especially to thank Him for His redemption and that our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Happy(Blessed) Thanksgiving!
Pastor Appreciation Month
October 30 will be the last Sunday for our congregation to participate in "PastorAppreciation Month". A basket will be in the Atrium before the service for your cards or love gifts for Pastor Sam and Heather. Please make any check out to Sam Walker (not FBCP). The Finance Team will be sure to get your cards and gifts to Pastor Sam.
Gospel Sing with the Cottinghams
Sun. Evening 6 PM
Join us for a gospel sing this Sunday evening October 30 at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Other congregations have been invited so come and worship with us. If you would like to sing or play an instrument, talk with Rich or Judy Cottingham 877-3532.
Friendship Sunday - November 20
If you have a friend or neighbor who doesn't attend church but you think they would if you asked them then this is your chance to invite them to a special service and Luncheon. Be thinking about how many of your friends and family you might invite. This will be by invitation only and will help us know how to plan the day.
For the next few weeks you will be able to sign out invitations to personally give to family or friends.
The Luncheon will be a planned meal for which there is a Signup Sheet at the Welcome Center. There are a variety of dishes that you can bring to this "Thanksgiving feast” so pick a favorite!
Nov. 11-12 –Women’s Ministry “At Home Retreat”
Nov. 20 – Friend Day Service & Luncheon
Dec. 11 – Annual Luncheon & Congregational Meeting.
Dec. 17-18 – Christmas Program
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child: Most everyone is familiar with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child annual program to provide Christmas gifts for children all over the world. The church
Atrium has boxes and all the information you need to get your box ready to go.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
2 C. J. Goodwin
14 Sue Wells
15 Zane Franks
16 Sunia Ashley
18 Joy Farnsworth
21 Beverly Ellefson
25 Mike Howard
5 Jim Lung
6 Jerry Bogner
10 Travis Barker
14 Jaden Walker
28 Don Shores
28 Linda Snow
31 Katie Webb
Nov. 15 - Rick & Leslie Carpio
Dec. 12 - John & Barbara deJong
Dec. 16 - Brent & Jill Hedman
Dec. 29 - Jim & Diane Lung
Women’s “At Home Retreat” – Messages from Jeremiah: November 11 & 12, Friday evening and Saturday until 3 PM at FBCP. Focusing on God’s messages for today from the ancient prophecies. Open to all churches in our area. More information at the Welcome Center. Cost is $10. Tickets available Sunday morning from Eileen Lesher or call the church office for more information.
WM Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30 PM in the Prayer Room. If you would like to be involved with women's ministries at any level please join us for this meeting. We would like to have many women involved.
WM Storage Shed Cleanup! We are preparing an area for WM to store all the things we have collected for various ministries and decorations for some church events. We need lots of help - 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 5
Decorate Church for Holidays - Wednesday, November 30 at 3:30 PM. "Many hands make little work" so enter into the joy of decorating for the season!
Mugs & Muffins: We will not meet in November or December since there are any number of holiday events during those months. We will pick up again in January to brighten the post-holiday "let down" and encourage each other in our walk with the Lord.
Yard Sale - Looking ahead to our yard sale in the spring/summer..... During the holiday and post-holiday season while you are cleaning house with a "out with the old and in with the new" attitude, be sure to save things for the yard sale. Beverly has room to store items for you if need be so contact her to arrange room.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6
Next Saturday evening be sure to turn your clocks back an hour (Spring forward, Fall back) so you will be on time for church Sunday morning.
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen and Rita traveled to the U.S. for their daughter Marcie's wedding in Colorado. There were some upsets to travel plans with civil unrest in the capital, Kinshasa, shutting down the airport for a few days. Praise God they did make it for the wedding and are pleased that all three of their children are now happily married! Please remember to pray for peace in the Congo and in the capital.
Rita, after returning to the Congo, is collaborating with some Congolese colleagues to work at training young boys good conservation practices as they learn to care for God's garden in the Congo. "Please pray that the eyes of these boys' tender young hearts would be opened to God's love shown through the wonder of Creation."
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - Dee on Facebook: Ecclesiastes 9:17-18 "It is better to listen to the quiet words of someone wise than to the shouts of a ruler at a council of fools. Wisdom does more good than weapons, but one sinner can undo a lot of good."
From Kathryn Leach Montoya on Facebook (October 21)
"What's happening in Haiti? Update from trip participant and deaf pastor trainer Shawn Collins:
Today I was blessed to have all three pastors. With all three present I was able to discuss the equipment I brought the church. A portable projector, solar battery pack and tablets loaded with the bible and bible stories in sign language. They really enjoyed seeing scripture and stories in sign language. They picked up new signs that before they would fingerspell and it offered a lot of clarity to what was previously only available in written text. We talked about the idea of having small study groups in homes where friends could gather and use the sign language videos to discuss in a comfortable environment. Deaf Bible Together. This gives the pastors opportunities to show scripture in sign language then explain and answer questions. We plan to do this tomorrow in Laveque." Dee also traveled to Haiti and was able to work with some of the children.
Ed and Miriam Noyes - Miriam spent October in the U.S., visiting family and attending the wedding of her niece, Marcie Chapman (Glen and Rita's daughter), then visiting and speaking at churches in Oregon and Southern Washington. She returns to the Congo on November 1.
"Ed and half a dozen other missionaries and three large Christian non-governmental organizations, support a cooperative project with the government health ministry to reinforce health services in 10% of all the health zones in the DR Congo. The demands on Ed are many. Please pray for his strength and wisdom."
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family -Praise God that their work visas in Malaysia were approved for two more years (they must renew every two years). They report that their special fund for the Cornerstone Enrichment Center has reached it's giving goal and more, making the entire matching fund of $12,500 available. Any additional funds that come in will still be applied to their scholarships and the first year of operations. Check out http://www.cornerstonelearn.org/givingif you would like to participate! The deadline for giving is November 1st.
English as a second language classes have also been drawing interest at Cornerstone in Kuala Lumpur!
Jews for Jesus - From Facebook on Oct. 23: 'BITS FROM THE BRANCHES - Misha Vayshengolts reports from Israel, “Irina was born in Ukraine, with a mixed (Jewish-Gentile) parentage. During childhood, she attended churches. Later, she led a secular lifestyle and eventually came under an occult influence.
“Irina now lives in Israel and met with me at her mother’s suggestion. As we talked, she explained that she prays regularly to Jesus, but it became clear that while she appreciated Jesus, He was not her Lord. Irina felt emptiness within. She wanted to take Jesus and His gift of salvation seriously. After she prayed the sinner’s prayer, she experienced a brief but intense demonic attack, as though someone were physically throttling her. It passed and she felt great joy that she wasn’t lonely anymore; she knew that Jesus was with her. Irina is reading the New Testament daily. Please pray for her to continue growing in her faith.”'
Mike Robinson, Missions Director
We have been very busy since the school year began in August. November will be a bit quieter with the Veteran's Day holiday and Thanksgiving vacation when school is closed the week of November 21 - 25. We continue to thank God for the opportunity to offer a high quality education with a Christian emphasis. We have our largest enrollment this year with 42 students. Thank you to our church family for your continuing support.