October 2015 Newsletter
A Word from Pastor Sam
A Living Hope
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
We have a living hope in the Lord! what does this mean? Something that is living is also active. It breathes and eats and is alive. How can a hope, which is a thought or Idea, be alive? Normally it can’t but our hope is a person. He is not just who we hope in but he is our very hope personified. We have a living hope because after he purchased our redemption by His death on the cross he rose again. He is alive so our hope is living. As we trust Him every day we grow more and more alive in this living hope and our old nature dies. The living hope that we have in Christ becomes more and more real until we see Him like He is.
“2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3 (NKJV)
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is gearing up for 2015. October 25 is our kick-off Sunday where we will have a “box packing party” after church that Sunday. Each week now there will be a “Change Jar” at the Welcome Center in the Atrium. This is a way for anyone to participate in OCC. Just drop your change (currency is accepted as well!) in the jar between now and Oct 25 and it will be used to buy supplies for the shoeboxes. Then, on Oct 25 we will use those supplies to pack boxes.
ADDITIONALLY, shoeboxes will be available on Kick-off Sunday, Oct. 25 for you to pick up and pack additional boxes yourself as we have done in the past.
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations....
Pam Wrobel, Director
We are so thankful for our children and their staff. Many thanks to all who are volunteering to teach our children the truth of God's Word. It is so important today with all that is happening in the world that our children know the truth. If you would like to volunteer we do have a need so please fill out the children's volunteer form (at the Welcome Center) and turn in to the children's ministry box in the office. We could not do this without you. Proverbs 22:6.
Pam Wrobel, Director
Adult Sunday School
We will be starting a new study in Sunday School beginning Sunday, October 18.
The Wisdom of God - We will be stuying the scriptures to explore what God has disclosed to us about His wisdom. As Christians we can hold the correct view of truth when we dare to believe everything God has said about Himself. Knowing that the goodness of God desires the very best for us, that thewisdom of God has the perfect plan for us and that He has the power to achieve that plan, what do we lack? The Scriptures say that if any of us lacks wisdom, we are to ask God in faith and he will give it to us. Please join us each Sunday morning at 9:00 am as we learn toghter about this infinite attribute of God.
Elder, Adult Ministries
Glen and Rita Chapman - Glen was chaplain of the Congo Baptist Conference in Kinshasa in late August and things went well! Glen preached four times to the leadership of the 44 church districts. After the meetings in Kinshasa Glen took a bus 400 miles to a spiritual retreat in Mbanza Minteke. The bus was VERY crowded! It was an adventure, but Glen sees that he can find out more about the people and their concerns by traveling like a native. Rita has stayed busy at the Kikongo Pastoral School where she has been responding to events such as the death of the husband of one of their female graduates, as well as sorting through 40 years of paper records in preparation for the beginning of the university program soon!
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - The Collinses are moving, but not to Romania as they thought earlier! Instead they are moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they will be working in partnership with the Deaf Bible Society, which is headquartered there. Shawn and Dee will continue serving with Wycliffe, but will be partnering and working daily with the Deaf Bible Society. Please pray for the whole family during this time of faith-based transition!
Ed and Miriam Noyes - The Noyes, who live in Kinshasa, were also involved with the Congo Baptist Conference. Ed finds that his portfolio of duties has shifted, in his words, "It still includes community-based financing for health centers (though the agricultural component has proven too difficult to manage in the context of a health project.) But now I also guide an initiative to promote good governance, accountability and community empowerment. I often find myself wondering what in the world am I doing here.
" Pray for Ed's direction, as well as a spiritual clarity about his work.
In Praise: Funding has finally become available for the printing of the Lingala literacy materials. In addition, the UNESCO representative there has invited them to submit a proposal for funding by January.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - The Upward Learning Center (http://www.upwardlearning.net/home/) in Kuala Lumpur is thriving and growing! Russ has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to God for this flowering. Russ continues to work on Bible curriculum and chapel development for the school. Praise God that the father of an Iranian student has apparently placed his faith in Jesus, and his son is becoming more interested in the Bible! Pray for this family and the others with students at the school.
Jews for Jesus - There has been a migration of Russian-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe and the Ukraine to Israel. These people are some of the most open to the gospel. In anticipation this movement, some staff from Ukraine have been relocated to ministry in Israel. They are seeing some great results (check it out at
Discovery Weekend Oct 15-17
On October 15-17, a Discovery Weekend begins Thursday here at FBCP. October 11 is the last day for early bird registration - $15/individual and $25/couple which will include 2 lunches and snacks. As long as you let Eileen Lesher know you will be attending you can pay the reduced price at the door. However the cost for registering at the door will be $25/individual and $35/couple. The two and a half days of teaching will inform and inspire you and give you a clear understanding of transforming revival. The teaching is presented in four modules with three sessions in each module.
For online registration go to:
Women’s Ministry: All Women Invited! We will take a trip to Bishop’s Pumpkin Patch in Wheatland on Monday, October 19. Meet at Ace Hardware on Clark Rd at 9:30 AM. Join us for a day of fun and fellowship! For more information contact Juanita Grevalsky.
Cornerstone Christian School
6:00 – 8:00pm
Join us for Food, Fun and Games
Everyone is invited
There’s something for everyone!
There is no entrance fee…
Game tickets, 25c each or 5 for $1.00… Dunk Tank is $2.00 for 4 throws
This is not a Halloween festival…Please no costumes
In this issue:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
7 Lena McMillen
8 Connor Smith
14 Tirzah Walker
16 Dennis Rowe
18 Talia Walker
19 Barbara deJong
20 Carol Gullickson
2 C J Goodwin
14 Sue Wells
15 Zane Franks
16 Sunia Ashby
18 Joy Farnsworth
25 Mike Howard
6 Tom & Karen Caldie
20 Sam/Heather Walker
21 John & Rhonda Webb
15 Rick & Leslie Carpio