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June 3, 2021

 

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A Devotional Thought – Unselfish

 

“Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Genesis 13:9

 

Sundar Singh (1889-1929) was a legendary and formative figure in the history of Christianity in India. After his conversion as a teenager, he renounced a comfortable life to become a penniless, traveling evangelist. One story about his travels concerns his experiences traveling with a man from Tibet on a dangerously cold day.

 

Reaching a steep precipice, they saw a man, lying on a rock ledge, who had slipped over the edge. Sundar unselfishly chose to rescue the victim, picked him up, and struggled on toward a village. Before long, Sundar came upon the body of his former traveling companion, frozen to death. Sundar continued on with his heavy burden. He and the one he rescued, each gaining warmth from the other, reached safety.

 

Abraham showed similar unselfishness by giving Lot first choice of grazing lands. Putting others’ needs ahead of our own is a mark of generosity and discipleship.

 

Lord, help me to practice Your love toward others instead of insisting on having my own way.

This Sunday, A Long-awaited Next Step to a Complete Opening

This Sunday, June 6 at 9:00am, we will begin our in-person Bible Study. All classes will be meeting in their original classrooms.  Wearing masks will be optional in the Bible Study classes.  There will be a coffee and water Fellowship Time in the CLC between 10:00am and 10:30am with wearing masks optional.  Our Sunday morning Worship will begin at 10:30am in the sanctuary with the wearing of masks optional.  This same protocol will be true for all activities and events as we move to our next steps.

 

It is important in this transition to remember that there are members and guests who need, or desire, to wear masks because of health issues, immunosuppressed medical conditions, or just to be cautious.  We commend our people whichever choice they make. We desire for our people to make their choices and take responsibility for those choices. Social Distancing will continue to be vital for all our activities. 

 

Please remember the reason we come together as the Family of Faith…to Worship Almighty God, to learn from His word, to grow to serve others in the name of Christ, and to please and give God the glory.  Friends, we will do this together. 

Observance of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday at 10:30am

As a part of this Sunday’s Worship Service, we will observe the Lord’s Supper.  What a special time for our Body of Faith to share together or via Live-Streaming. Prepare yourself for a reflective time as you take the “bread” and the “juice” as a memorial of remembrance of what our Savior has accomplished on our behalf.  Plan to meet our Father at “the Table” and through the “elements.” 

Ways to Support the Ministry During the Summer Months Even When Traveling 

 

Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity to the ministry of FBCSCW. Your support allows our ministry to boldly move forward, not only through the pandemic but also now as summer is upon us. Your thoughtfulness and commitment are deeply appreciated.

There are a couple of ways to continue to give financially during these weeks or months that you are traveling, or out of the area, during these summer months.  We have available E-Giving and regular Mail. Instructions for each are given below.

E-Giving - INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE GIVING

From the home page of our website www.fbcscw.org

  • Click on the blue “GIVE” tab in the top right corner

  • Enter the “Amount” you wish to give

  • Select the “Fund” you wish to give to (General, Annie Armstrong, Missions, etc.)

  • Pick the “Date” you wish to give

  • Enter you “E-Mail Address”

  • Click “Continue”

  • Enter “Bank Account” or “Credit/Debit Card” Info

  • Click “Give”
     

Mailing - CHURCH MAILING ADDRESS

First Baptist Church, Sun City West

17419 N Conquistador Drive

Sun City West, AZ  85375

Prepare for Patriotic Sunday – June 27

 

Sunday, June 27 is a Patriotic Sunday for our congregation and the community. The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting the Patriotic musical “Celebrate America” at the 10:30am Worship service.  It will be an inspiration and make you proud of this great nation God has provided for us.  

 

In addition, after the choir’s presentation we will have an “old fashion” Hot Dog Cook-Out.  Some of our men will be cooking hot dogs on the grill getting them ready for some “red blooded” patriots to enjoy.  There will be plenty of “fixings” to go with the hot dogs and some cool air and fellowship in the CLC to relax and talk.  Plan on staying after the service and enjoy some good food and music during this afterglow.

 

Prayer Chain News

 

Ginny Denton is our Prayer Chain Coordinator.  She sends out all our Prayer Requests.  If you have a prayer request you’d like sent, please e-mail prayerchain@fbcscw.org or gdenton@cox.net.  You can also call Ginny at (623) 584-6007 or call the church office at (623) 584-5738.  

 

Reminder: Grief Group Meeting - Thursday

 

Grief Group—Sixth and Final Week (Thursday, June 10 at 1:00pm):  What is involved in “recovery” and/or “healing” from grief and loss?

Just One More Thing – Love in Action

School is out and children, who normally get their food from school, will be hungry.  This month for Just 1 Thing, please bring any of the following: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Protein, Canned Ravioli, Canned Fruits and Veggies, Dry or Canned Beans, Cereal, Cereal Bars, and Crackers.

 

Mission Dignity Sunday – June 13

Since 1918, Guidestone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention has been on a Mission to provide Dignity to retirement-age Southern Baptist ministers, workers, and their widows. They serve about 1,900 households each year by providing needed financial assistance to help pay for housing, food, and medical costs.  Because of this help, these servants of the Lord continue to live with dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving.  This year our special offering will be on Sunday, June 13.  Be praying about what you might give on that Sunday and throughout the year to honor those who have ministered to so many through the years.

Have a Blessed Weekend.

Pastor Kirby

May 27, 2021

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Memorials

History is so important for us to remember and pass on to younger generations.  Memorial Day is this Monday.  These are the days we just need to be reminded of how important these Holidays are to our lives.  Emma Taubenfeld shares a short history that I wanted to share with you.

“So why do we celebrate Memorial Day? Memorial Day is considered a federal holiday in the United States in which we honor and mourn members of the military who have passed while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day honors military personnel who died in the service of their country. More specifically, it honors those who died in battle or as a result of wounds they sustained during battle. 

So, where did Memorial Day come from? Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began with an idea from General John Logan, as a way to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. The first celebration on May 30, 1868, was held at Arlington National Cemetery with a crowd of 5,000 people decorating the graves of over 20,000 military personnel with flowers. Various Washington officials, including General Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home, among others, made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers, and singing hymns. Many also came prepared with a picnic lunch. The observance has since been expanded to remember the deceased soldiers of any and all wars.

It wasn’t until after World War I that Memorial Day was expanded to honor all veterans who died in any American war. In 1971, Decoration Day became officially known as Memorial Day and Congress passed an act declaring it a national holiday.”

Memorials in the Bible

For Christians, the Bible is sprinkled with Memorials for us to remember and learn.  Take some time this weekend and review these passages of scripture and learn the significance about each memorial.  In Genesis 9:13-16 there is the Rainbow.  It is the first memorial that is presented in scripture. In addition, we have the following passages which express significant memorials for the people of God: Exodus 12:11-14 reveals the Passover as a memorial, Numbers 16:39-40 we have some brazen censors – hammered to overlay the Alter, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 we have the Sabbath, Joshua 4:7 we have the pile of 12 stones by the Jordan, Exodus 16:32 we have manna in the Ark of the Covenant, Esther 9: 28 there is Purim, Leviticus 23:39-43 is the Feast of Tabernacles and Luke 22:19-22 is the most meaningful memorial…the Lord’s Supper which the Lord commanded us to “do in remembrance of Him.” On Sunday, June 6 we will be observing the Lord’s Supper in our 10:45am worship service.

Leadership Team Updated Protocols

The Leadership Team met on Thursday, May 20 to evaluate and discuss any changes in our protocols as we move into the summer.

The discussion centered around the continual decline in COVID numbers, the number of our congregation who been vaccinated and the new recommendations from the CDC and Arizona. 

The majority consensus in the Leadership Team was to make masks optional for all church activities beginning on Sunday, June 6.  Until that date, we will follow the current protocol which encourages our members to wear masks while in the building but makes wearing masks optional when seated.  Social Distancing will continue to be our guideline as in this transition.

On Sunday, June 6 at 9:00am we will begin our in-person Bible Study.  There may be some temporary changes in the classrooms, so follow the signs.  Wearing masks will be optional in the Bible Study classes.  There will be a coffee and water Fellowship Time in the CLC between 10:00am and 10:30am with wearing masks optional.  Our Sunday morning Worship will begin at 10:30am in the sanctuary with the wearing of masks optional.  This same protocol will be true for all of our activities and events as we move to our next steps. 

it is important in this transition to remember that there are members and guests who need, or desire, to wear masks because of health issues, immunosuppressed medical conditions, or just to be cautious.  We commend our people whichever choice they make. We desire for our people to make their choices and take responsibility for those choices. Social Distancing will continue to be vital for all our activities. 

Please remember the reason we come together as the Family of Faith…to Worship Almighty God, to learn from His word, to grow to serve others in the name of Christ, and to please and give God the glory.  Friends, we will do this together. 

Prepare for Patriotic Sunday – June 27

 

Sunday, June 27 is a Patriotic Sunday for our congregation and the community. The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting the Patriotic musical “Celebrate America” at the 10:30am Worship service.  It will be an inspiration and make you proud of this great nation God has provided for us.  

 

In addition, after the choir’s presentation we will have an “old fashion” Hot Dog Cook Out.  Some of our men will be cooking hot dogs on the grill getting them ready for some “red blooded” patriots to enjoy.  There will be plenty of “fixings” to go with the hot dogs and some cool air and fellowship in the CLC to relax and talk.  Plan on staying after the service and enjoy some good food and music during this afterglow.

 

Four Years of God’s Blessing

This Sunday, May 30, I will be celebrating my four-year anniversary of my kidney transplant.  It is hard to believe that it has been four years.  The time goes by quickly.  As I look back, I am humbled by how many people prayed continually for me and Debbie.  Many of those prayer warriors prayed every single day that God would provide a donor. Some even set alarms on their phones at noon every day to pray right then. Amazing care and compassion.  It took four and a half years, but God did provide.  I am a blessed man and Ricky Bybee, my donor, is the man that God used to bless me. I am looking forward to the time when I can introduce you to Ricky Bybee in person and allow him to share God’s calling on his life.

Thank you for your prayers. Keep praying for my health and that this special kidney will continue to be healthy.

Reminder: Grief Group Meeting - Thursday

 

Grief Group—Fifth Week, Thursday, June 10 at 1:00pm:  The focus will be on ways of remembering one’s loved one and getting through holidays and those first-time occasions.

Just One More Thing – Love in Action

School is out and children, who normally get their food from school, will be hungry.  This month for Just 1 Thing, please bring any of the following: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Protein, Canned Ravioli, Canned Fruits and Veggies, Dry or Canned Beans, Cereal, Cereal Bars, and Crackers.

 Reminder: Our Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2021

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A Devotional Thought – Obedient

“So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.” Genesis 12:4

I had the privilege of getting to know Pat Butler during my time in Seattle.  Pat was a typical hippie of the 1960’s, was 20 years old when he prayed, “God, I want You to forgive me of my sins.” He was saved, and his life changed dramatically. God called Pat to minister to street people, first on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and then on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in Washington.

In 1986 he founded the Fisherman’s Club, composed of men from nine area churches. On Friday nights the men provided blankets, clothing, and food for the street people. They witnessed to them and counseled them about ways to a better life.  One Friday night each month, the homeless of the area were invited to a pizza restaurant to enjoy pizza and to hear a Christian speaker who could relate to their needs.  “Jesus went where people were and gave them living water,” said Pat. “That’s what the Fisherman’s Club does.”  Like Abraham, Pat chose to follow the call of God, even though it took him away from familiar surroundings. Only eternity will reveal the full impact of Pat’s ministry through all those years.

Lord, help me to do what You ask of me today.

Today - Movie Matinee at 1:00pm – Don’t Miss It

 

Movie:           A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  

Movie Starts:  1:00pm (Popcorn & Water will be available at no cost.)

 

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love, and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. 

 

Guest Rev. Garry Taylor Preaching This Sunday

 

Rev. Garry Taylor, pastor of Life Church, Palatka, Florida, will be preaching this Sunday.  Pastor Garry and I have been friends since 2014.  God brought us together at a strategic time for both of us. I have had the privilege of mentoring Garry for six years in ministry. Garry was an encouragement and constant friend during my time on dialysis and transplant recovery.  

Garry became pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Palatka in June of 2017. God had given him a vision for the church to meet the needs of the underserved in the community by the churches. The Florida Baptist Convention had the same vision and partnered with Tabernacle to become a “Re-Plant” church.  Basically, the church and convention made the decision to work together and take the 35 people from that traditional dying church and have a complete reset to make it a more contemporary church, with the goal of reaching young families and those who had been marginalized in the community.  The church name was changed to reflect their mission: Life Church – Let’s Do Life Together. 

This was the Florida Baptist Convention’s first church to try and help replant.  It has been an amazing success.  In the last four years it has grown from 35 to running 300-400 on a weekend for worship.  This past year, Life Church baptized over 50 people. It is a showpiece for the Florida Convention of what churches who are dying and not reaching their communities can become with the right leadership and partnership.

This amazing growth has not come without personal cost to Pastor Garry.  During this time of church growth, he was the caregiver to his wife, Alice, who had a heart attack/stroke six years ago and was without oxygen for 23 minutes.  Miraculously, she survived, but was never the same.  Garry took care of Alice and her needs in every way while giving leadership to the amazing ministry growth of Life Church.  She was such a strong supporter of the church and her husband.  Alice died in January 2020 of kidney failure.  Somehow, amid grief, God has given Garry the strength to continue to give excellent leadership as Life Church has continued to become one of the leading churches in Palatka and making a difference one life at a time.  

Rev. Taylor, who has two master’s degrees from Liberty University, is finishing up his first year in the Executive Leadership Track in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gateway Seminary.  

The Drone

 

This Sunday, right after the 10:45am Worship Service, we are asking everyone to take a few minutes extra and go straight outside in front of the building for a Drone shot.  The drone will take a close-up of our congregation, and then continue to build altitude until it can take a picture/video of our entire building, property, and the area in Sun City West where we minister.  It will be a fun video for us to use on our website and other places. It will take just a few minutes longer but will have lasting effects. Be a part of the fun.

 

New Steps Moving Toward Normal

 

This past Sunday, we relaxed our mask protocol to allow people the option to wear or not wear masks while seated in the worship center.  From all information I have received, it was a success. Giving people the option is one more step toward normal. We will continue to ask people to wear masks while walking around in the building, but while seated can take their masks off if they choose.  We still encourage Social distancing.

 

On June 6, we will begin our in-person Bible Study at 9:00am.  If you are a member of a Bible Study class your teacher will be contacting you to see if you are ready to come back in-person.  If you have not attended Bible Study at FBCSCW, we invite you to begin.  We have six Bible Study groups with excellent leaders and classes. At this point, we are requiring masks to be worn by class members.  In addition, we will be running the AC and fans to keep the air flowing through the building, so if you tend to get cold you might consider bringing a sweater or light jacket.

 

The schedule beginning on June 6 will be Bible Study at 9:00am; Coffee and Water Fellowship at 10:00am, and Worship at 10:30am.  

Reminder: Grief Group Meeting – Thursday, May 27 @ 1pm

 

The Fourth Week — Grief and Our Faith:  Our faith can be a source of sustenance and support as well as anger and frustration.  How does our faith potentially impact our grief?

 

Just One More Thing – Love in Action

Please donate the following items in May – Canned veggies and fruit.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Devotional – A Thought for Today

Make a Difference

“And on some have compassion, making a difference.” Jude 22

My brother was not only an educational administrator, but also a basketball official in West Texas.  Officiating high school basketball is stressful and pressure packed. He often had to make close calls.  Toward the end of one hotly contested game, the call was very close. My brother easily could have ruled in favor of the home team and satisfied the crowd. Instead, he made the unpopular decision to make the right call, which led to the home team losing the game. He most certainly heard about that call. He did this to preserve the integrity of the sport, regardless of personal consequences. 

Today, as in the first century, some people refuse to accept the exclusive nature of the gospel, choosing to try and blend it with other beliefs and practices. Such teachings cause confusion for some believers, and such confusion must be addressed.

Jude 22 advises that those who are confused should be treated with compassion. To meet their needs, we mature Christians must undergird a clear witness to the unique truths of Christ’s gospel with exemplary, loving lives.  As we show our faith in love and share the message of Christ, we can truly make a difference for others (v.22).

Lord, help me make a difference in someone’s life…and help me start today.

New Protocols for Worship Begin this Sunday

Very soon there will be two adjustments to our safety protocols and ministry as we move to our next steps in ministry. 

The First Adjustment is to make masks optional when people are sitting in the pews for Sunday Worship beginning this Sunday, May 16.  Masks are still required when moving throughout the building and fellowshipping. Once a person is seated for worship, they will have the option to remove their mask. 

Social distancing, including every other pew, will still be required with the exception of family members and people living under the same roof.  Please consider sitting in the middle of the pew so that others do not have to maneuver around you when finding a seat.

The Second Adjustment is resuming our in-person Sunday morning Bible Study classes. The in-person Bible Study classes will begin on Sunday, June 6 at 9:00am.  With social distancing and the smaller classrooms, it will be necessary to require masks at this time. 

Also, on June 6 our worship service will move back to its original time of 10:30am.

Please understand that these two adjustments are on a trial basis. We will continue to monitor all information and trends related to keeping our people, and guests, as safe as possible and still provide encouragement, fellowship, and spiritual nourishment. 

Lunch and A Movie Matinee is Back!

Next Thursday, May 20

 

Lunch from Chick-fil-A:    12:30pm ($5.00 by reservation deadline Monday 4:00pm)  

 

Three ways to RSVP:  1.  Reply to this e-mail  2.  E-mail office@fbcscw.org  3.  Call the office at 623-584-5738.  If you call after hours, please leave a voicemail message that includes your name and the number of lunches you’d like to reserve.)

 

Movie:   A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

 

Movie Starts:  1:00pm (Popcorn & Water will be available at no cost.)

 

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. 

 

Reminder: Grief Group Meeting - Thursday

 

The third session on Thursday, May 20, at 1:00pm, will focus on “The Uniqueness of Grief.”  Every person’s grief is not the same.  Come find out what that means.

Patriotic Musical…Come and Join In

The Sanctuary Choir is continuing to work on a patriotic musical to present Sunday morning, June 27.  If you would like to sing just for the patriotic musical, please contact Nancy Jakes, through the church office, concerning rehearsals.

 

Just One More Thing – Love in Action

Please donate the following items in May – Canned veggies and fruit.

Sunday Messages Around the Corner

The Character of Generosity Mini-Series – Studies in the Book of Ruth 

May 16 - Giving Beyond Expectations (Ruth 2:6-9; 15-16; I Thess. 5:18)

May 23 – Guest Speaker – Rev. Garry Taylor, Lead Pastor, Life Church, Palatka, Fl

May 30 - Blessings Flow (Ruth 3:12-14)

June 6 – Lord’s Supper Service

Reflective Scripture – Sacrificial Commitment and Generosity 

“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” Ruth 1:16b-17

Have a blessed weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

May 6, 2021

 

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A Mother’s Day Devotion by a Blessed Son

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9

My mom passed away on May 8, 2013 at the age of 91 years.  She was an amazing woman who not only was a great writer and influencer for God’s Kingdom, but she was also my teacher.  Today I want to reflect on a few of the lessons she taught me from my infancy to the words I hear her say to me today.

I did not go to kindergarten rather my mom taught me at home.  I am not sure how she did it because the ministry at the church provided for her a busy schedule.  I remember that huge ABC workbook she helped me learn at the kitchen table.  As the years progressed, she taught me right from wrong using various methods of persuasion to make sure it stayed with me. 

When I was in the fifth grade, I was assigned a devotion to share on a Royal Ambassadors camping trip.  I did not have a clue.  It was my mom who set down with me and helped me develop a short devotion outline using John 3:16 “The Gospel in a Nutshell.”  I still have that handwritten outline she helped me prepare.

Things were more challenging in middle school and high school, yet she was still there ready to patiently share her heart during our late-night talks on the couch searching for answers to some hard issues.  All the while, she was teaching me.

When I left for college and began my journey through adulthood my mom never stopped being available to me by letter, phone, and periodic visits.  At every turn and in all situations, she was willing and able to share her mother’s heart.  All the while…she was teaching.

She was fond of saying about me – “Kirby would always patiently and respectfully hear what I had to say to him concerning what he ought to do. Then he would go and do what he wanted to do.”  The reality is that many more times than not I took to heart what the writer of Proverbs said and my mom’s “teachings” and have tried to live them out. 

Thank you, Mom.  You made such a difference in my life.  I miss you and love you.

Sun Cities National Day of Prayer Report

Our church, First Baptist, Sun City and Grand Community Baptist in Sun City Grand participated in the National Day of Prayer event today at our church.  It was an incredibly special time of prayer for the seven key areas of need in our country.  Leaders from the three churches read scripture, spoke to and prayed for each area of concern.  The music beautiful and inspiring.  There were 96 people present who prayed silently as public prayers were offered up.  Our group joined with thousands of groups around the country interceding for our nation.

You might not have been able to make the prayer service, but God is ready and willing to listen to your concerns for our country today.  Take time out and lift your voice unto the Almighty.

Mother’s Day

This Sunday is a day that we celebrate Motherhood across this country.  All of us have had moms who bore us and/or moms who raised us. Most of us have been blessed by their love, sacrifice, and wisdom.  

At FBCSCW, we will be honoring all ladies on this special day. We believe that all ladies have had a part in helping to raise, teach, share wisdom, show love, and exhibit compassionate care to others over the years.  We desire to honor you.  We hope you can make it to worship and fellowship with friends and family.

Reminder: Grief Group Meeting

 

Second Grief Group Session, Thursday, May 13, 1:00

Understanding “The Grief Process” will be the focus.

 

May 16th Is Another Next Step…

Very soon there will be two adjustments to our protocols and ministry as we move to our next steps in ministry. 

The First Adjustment is to make masks optional when people are sitting in the pews for Sunday Worship beginning Sunday, May 16th.  Masks are still required when moving throughout the building and fellowshipping. Once a person is seated for worship, they will have the option to remove their mask. 

Social distancing, including every other pew, will still be required with the exception for family members and people living under the same roof.  Please consider sitting in the middle of the pew so that others do not have to maneuver around you when finding a seat.

The Second Adjustment is resuming our in-person Sunday morning Bible Study classes. The in-person Bible Study classes will begin on Sunday, June 6th at 9:00am.  With social distancing and the smaller classrooms, it will be necessary to require masks at this time. 

Additional information will be coming as we get closer to these dates. Please understand that these two adjustments are on a trial basis as we will continue to monitor all information and trends related to keeping our people and guests as safe as possible and still provide encouragement, fellowship, and spiritual nourishment. 

 

Movie Matinee and a Movie is Back

Thursday, May 20

 

Movie:           A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

 

Lunch from Chick-fil-A:    12:30pm ($5.00 by reservation – call after May 1st)

 

Movie Starts:  1:00pm (Popcorn & Water will be available at no cost.)

 

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. 

 

News from the Library Staff

 

BOOK DONATIONS TO OUR LIBRARY:    Due to limited shelf space, we find it necessary to ask that you no longer bring in donations to our library.  

 

We are still able to give books to Set Free in their donation box located in the Donation Room.

 

Patriotic Musical…Come and Join In

The Sanctuary Choir is beginning work on a patriotic musical to present Sunday morning, June 27.  If you have been considering joining choir, or if you would like to sing just for the patriotic musical, please consider coming to rehearsals on Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 in the choir loft.  

 

Just One More Thing – Love in Action

The need is great this month at St. Mary’s Food Bank as the kids will be on Spring Break.  Please donate any of the following items in May – Canned veggies and fruit.

 

Coming in May on Sundays

The Character of Generosity Mini-Series – Studies in the Book of Ruth 

May 9 - From Famine to Faith Ruth 1:1-5

May 16 - Giving Beyond Expectations Ruth 2:6-9; 15-16; I Thess. 5:18

May 30 - Blessings Flow Ruth 3: 12-14

 

Have a blessed weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

April 29, 2021

 

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Devotional Thought 

 

This devotional was deeply meaningful to me when I first read it in 1983. It gave me wonderful insight into my mother’s spiritual growth and life.  I hope it will be an encouragement to you as well.

Conquering Temptation – Bessie L. Kennedy

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:10

 

I learned early that Christians are tempted to practice both sins of commission and sins of omission. I had more trouble with the latter. Unusually shy, I entered my teens with a severe inferiority complex. I must have formed a habit of saying “I can’t,” for I still recall my mother explaining that “’I can’t’ never did anything, that I had to try. 

 

I was thirteen when I recognized my feelings of inadequacy as a temptation to be conquered. I returned from a church youth banquet riding high on cloud nine, having been inspired by a message on Philippians 4:13: ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’ It was a brand-new thought, and I decided to make it my life motto. I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You can do anything if Jesus helps you.’ 

 

I since have been tempted to declare a task too big or a problem too difficult. Sometimes these attitudes prevail, but more often the words from Philippians flash into my mind and I pray for the strength I need. God’s Word can help us resist temptation just as knowledge of Scripture aided Jesus in battles with Satan. 

 

Today, pray for strength to conquer temptation.

This Sunday – Dr. Ron Hornecker Preaching

 

Dr. Ron Hornecker, our Minister of Pastoral Counseling, will be preaching this Sunday. Dr. Hornecker has been our Minister of Pastoral Counseling since 2007.  

 

I so appreciate Dr. Hornecker because of his skills, character and experience in helping our members and community residences in so many areas at times of need.  In addition to his one-on-one counseling, Dr Hornecker leads Grief and Caregiver groups during the year. 

Reminder:  Grief Group Begins Thursday, May 6, 1:00-2:30 

 

The first session will provide a focus on getting acquainted, overviewing the six sessions, and understanding The Nature of Grief.

 

If you are interested in this class, please just come. No reservations needed.

 

May 16th Is Another Next Step…

The Leadership Team met on April 15, 2021 to discuss our next steps. 

With the information available, lots of prayer and much discussion there was a majority consensus on two adjustments to our protocols and ministry as we move to our next steps in ministry. 

The First Adjustment is to make masks optional when people are sitting in the pews for Sunday Worship beginning Sunday, May 16th.  Masks are still required when moving throughout the building and fellowshipping. Once a person is seated for worship, they will have the option to remove their mask. 

Social distancing, including every other pew, will still be required with the exception for family members and people living under the same roof.  Please consider sitting in the middle of the pew so that others do not have to maneuver around you when finding a seat.

The Second Adjustment is resuming our in-person Sunday morning Bible Study classes. The in-person Bible Study classes will begin on Sunday, June 6th at 9:00am.  With social distancing and the smaller classrooms, it will be necessary to require masks at this time. 

Additional information will be coming as we get closer to these dates. Please understand that these two adjustments are on a trial basis as we will continue to monitor all information and trends related to keeping our people and guests as safe as possible and still provide encouragement, fellowship, and spiritual nourishment. 

Sun Cities National Day of Prayer Event

Our church, First Baptist, Sun City and Grand Community Baptist in Sun City Grand have participated in partnerships with our new church plant in Asante and, last year, a Three-Church picnic.  Both have been wonderful successes and times of fellowship.

This year our three churches will be joining together in a partnership for the National Day of Prayer. The Sun Cities National Day of Prayer Event will be held at our church on Thursday, May 6th from 10:00am until 11:00am in the Worship Center. This is such a critical time for all of us to join to pray, support and intercede for God’s mercy, blessings, and revival.  

I am asking our people to come and participate in this special event.  You will not be called on to pray in public.  There will be leaders leading the prayer time. We ask you to pray silently, to worship God as His word is read and lift your voices in the singing of His praises.

I pray we can fill up the worship center even with social distancing.  Set the date aside, plan to attend, invite others to come and prepare your heart to meet God.

News from the Library Staff

 

BOOK DONATIONS TO OUR LIBRARY:    Due to limited shelf space, we find it necessary to ask that you no longer bring in donations to our library.  

 

We are still able to give books to Set Free in their donation box located in the Donation Room.

 

New Life Pregnancy Center Baby Bottle Report

 

New Life Pregnancy Center shared with us that the total amount our church family gave to the bottle campaign is $1918.79.  Great job, Missions Team and Church!!  Lives continue to be touched.

 

Patriotic Musical…Come and Join In

The Sanctuary Choir is beginning work on a patriotic musical to present Sunday morning, June 27.  If you have been considering joining choir, or if you would like to sing just for the patriotic musical, please consider coming to rehearsals on Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 in the choir loft.  

 

Just One More Thing – Love in Action

The need is great this month at St. Mary’s Food Bank as the kids will be on Spring Break.  Please donate any of the following items in May – Canned veggies and fruit.

 

Mother’s Day

May 9th is a day that we celebrate Motherhood across this country.  All of us have had moms who bore us and/or moms who raised us. Most of us have been blessed by their love, sacrifice, and wisdom. 

 

At FBCSCW, we will be honoring all ladies on this special day. We believe that all ladies have had a part in helping to raise, teach, share wisdom, show love, and exhibit compassionate care to others over the years.  We desire to honor you.  We hope you can make it on May 9th.

Coming in May on Sundays

The Character of Generosity Mini-Series – Studies in the Book of Ruth 

May 9 - From Famine to Faith Ruth 1:1-5

May 16 - Giving Beyond Expectations Ruth 2:6-9; 15-16; I Thess. 5:18

May 30 - Blessings Flow Ruth 3: 12-14

Have a blessed weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

April 22, 2021

FBCSCW E-Blast

 

Beginning of Our Next Steps

Leadership Team Report – April 15, 2021

The Leadership Team met on April 15, 2021 to discuss potential adjustments in our social distancing guidelines and ministries.  The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona and SCW are on the decline, the vaccine is becoming more available, and the State of Arizona no longer is mandating masks.

With this information, prayer and much discussion there was a majority consensus on two adjustments to our protocols and ministry as we move to our next steps in ministry. 

The First Adjustment is to make masks optional when people are sitting in the pews for Sunday Worship beginning Sunday, May 16th.  Masks are still required when moving throughout the building and fellowshipping. Once a person is seated for worship, they will have the option to remove their mask. 

Social distancing will still be required with the exception for family members and people living under the same roof.  Please consider sitting in the middle of the pew so that others do not have to maneuver around you when finding a seat.

The Second Adjustment is resuming our in-person Sunday morning Bible Study classes. The in-person Bible Study classes will begin on Sunday, June 6th at 9:00am.  With social distancing and the smaller classrooms, it will be necessary to require masks at this time. 

Additional information will be coming as we get closer to these dates. Please understand that these two adjustments are on a trial basis as we will continue to monitor all information and trends related to keeping our people and guests as safe as possible and still provide encouragement, fellowship, and spiritual nourishment. 

Sun Cities National Day of Prayer Event

Our church, First Baptist, Sun City and Grand Community Baptist in Sun City Grand have participated in partnerships with our new church plant in Asante and, last year, a Three-Church picnic.  Both have been wonderful successes and times of fellowship.

This year our three churches will be joining together in a partnership for the National Day of Prayer. The Sun Cities National Day of Prayer Event will be held at our church on Thursday, May 6th from 10:00am until 11:00am in the Worship Center. This is such a critical time for all of us to join to pray, support and intercede for God’s mercy, blessings, and revival.  

I am asking our people to come and participate in this special event.  You will not be called on to pray in public.  There will be leaders leading the prayer time. We ask you to pray silently, to worship God as His word is read and lift your voices in the singing of His praises.

I pray we can fill up the worship center even with social distancing.  Set the date aside, plan to attend, invite others to come and prepare your heart to meet God.

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: The Soul Winner’s Mandate: Share the Gospel Now

Text: Acts 5: 17-42

The religious leaders had a problem. What could they do to stop the spread of what they considered heresy that Jesus was the Messiah? Persecution and jail time was the immediate answer.  God had different plans.  Come and discover more details concerning the Lord’s Compassion, Commission, and the believer’s Commitment.

Coming in May on Sundays

The Character of Generosity Mini-Series – Studies in the Book of Ruth 

May 9 - From Famine To Faith Ruth 1:1-5

May 16 - Giving Beyond Expectations Ruth 2:6-9; 15-16; I Thess. 5:18

May 30 - Blessings Flow Ruth 3: 12-14

Church Conference on Wednesday, April 28th

Please plan to participate in the quarterly Church Conference on Wednesday, April 28th at 4:00pm.  There will be conference packets available for you to pick up on Sunday morning to review.  Some attachments will not be available on Sunday but will on Wednesday.  There are several items for us to discuss and a quorum will be necessary.  The meeting will be in the Worship Center. 

Grief Ministry 

New Grief Group to begin May 6.  Check the May Upbeat for details. You should receive the Upbeat next week.

Patriotic Musical…Come and Join In

The Sanctuary Choir is beginning work on a patriotic musical to present Sunday morning, June 27.  If you have been considering joining choir, or if you would like to sing just for the patriotic musical, please consider coming to rehearsals on Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 in the choir loft.  This coming Wednesday, April 28th we will meet at 2:45pm in the CLC prior to the Church Conference. You will be blessed and will be a blessing!

 

Just One More Thing – Love in Action

The need is great this month at St. Mary’s Food Bank as the kids will be on Spring Break.  Please donate any of the following items in April is Peanut Butter and Jelly.

 

Dr. Hornecker Preaching – May 2nd

 

Dr. Ron Hornecker, our Minister of Pastoral Counseling, will be preaching on May 2nd.  Dr. Hornecker has been our Minister of Pastoral Counseling since 2007.  

 

I so appreciate Dr. Hornecker because of his skills and experience in helping our members and community residences in so many areas at times of need.  In addition to his one-on-one counseling, Dr. Hornecker will begin a six-week Grief class which will meet on Thursdays from 1:00pm – 2:30pm starting May 6th.  If you are interested in this class, please just come. No reservations needed.

 

Scripture for Reflection

 

7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

 

Have a blessed week.