FBCP September 2016 Newsletter
Thoughts from Pastor Sam
What does it mean to be holy? Leviticus 20:26 says: “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” And in 1 Peter 1:16 it says:”because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy.””. Some have said that to “be holy” is to be “set apart” others have said it means to be “pure and uncontaminated”. Both of these while true are only part of the definition as seen in scripture. We talk about holy days, holy men or holy places. But what makes something holy. The verse from Leviticus 20:26 ends with the phrase “that you should be Mine”. This is the true test of holiness, is God in it? Before we declare something to “be holy” we should ask the question: Is God in it? Does He approve? Is it His will? Otherwise it’s not holy!! Plain and simple, a person, place or thing cannot be holy apart from God. So when God commands us to be holy, what he is actually saying is be filled with Me. As it says in Eph 5:18: And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.
In this issue:
Adult Sunday School & Men's Bible Study
Adult Sunday School continues with their study on the Sermon on the Mount. Brad Wells and Paul Tygart are teaching in Room 1 at 9 AM. Men's Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings in the Prayer Room off the Sanctuary at 7:30 - 8:45 AM. Coffee and doughnuts for all!
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Back to School Night will be Tuesday, September 6 at 7 PM. Join us to see what the students are doing this year. The school will host their Annual Fall Dinner on Friday, September 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Family Life Center. Pre-Sale tickets will be available at Back to School Night, September 6 and then in the school in the office Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 12 PM. You will be able to purchase tickets at the door; but we would appreciate as many pre-sale orders as possible.
Women’s Bible Study begins on TUESDAY, September 13, 9:30-11 AM. Same time, same place, different day. Please consider arranging your schedule so that you may attend. The group will be led by Eileen Lesher, 877-3532
Mugs and Muffins: We'll be starting up again! The first meeting will be Saturday, September 17 at Beverly Ellefson's home. Details are in the Sunday bulletin. Bring ideas, summer memories and yourself!
Potluck, Sept 4
Join us Sunday, September 4 after worship service for our monthly potluck and fellowship. Bring a large dish, main dish, salad or desser
3 Scott Cranston
4 Marie Wangenheim
9 Marion Chase-Kleeves
10 Grace Hedman
12 Gavin Smith
13 Vera Walker
13 Jack Silberstein
19 Carolyn Umble
27 Maryann Eiland
6 Tom Umble
7 Lena McMillen
8 Jill Hedman
8 Connor Smith
14 Susan Belcher
14 Tirzah Walkar
18 Talia Walker
19 Barbara deJong
20 Carol Gullickson
20 Paul & Robin Tygarg
20 Sam & Heather Walker
21 John & Rhonda Webb
Glen and Rita Chapman - In the midst of work with the new university in Kikongo, Glen was harassed by the local police for a few days. The situation was resolved by the intervention of a very highly placed officer! After that excitement the Chapmans travelled to South Africa for 10 days or so for a meeting of Missionaries.Later in the month Glen went on a trip with fellow missionary Wayne Niles to oversee (and participate in) the continuing renovation of one of the first missions building built in the Congo! Glen has been given the job of supervising the restoration of several historic mission buildings in the Congo.
Shawn, Dee, and Pari Collins - On Dee Collins Facebook page: "When you don’t find it, you simply create it. You emerge from what currently is into what will be, as pioneers, rule-breakers. Stop waiting for permission and get on with the work that God has called you to, stop waiting for permission and be brave, be courageous, be boldly full of Love and gentleness but step out into the space to create." Sarah Bessey
Ed and Miriam Noyes - The Noyes, stationed in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, continue to work in the areas of literacy, rural health care, and agricultural development.
Russell and Sharla Wiesner and family - Russ and Sharla along with their two youngest children have returned to Malaysia after participating in their daughter Rebekah's wedding. They have hit the ground running, attending a Malay wedding a few days after returning, plus the community church is growing, and the latest school start will commence in the Autumn!
A Chinese believer has offered generous help to get the new school off to a good start. He will match contributions up to $12,500 (USD) for support of the new school. See their August newsletter for details: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5144c8f386970eddf4be190b7&id =e3e1926d4c
Sadly, just as they were packing to leave the U.S. for Malaysia they received the news that one of their major supporting churches was eliminating their support. Russ & Sharla express confidence that God will provide for the ministry.
Youth News: Back to School Pizza Party
and Game Night
Saturday, September 10th at Eileen Lesher's Home. Flyers and permission slips are in the Atrium. Call John Webb for more Information at 530-877-3532.