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November 12, 2020

 

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Strength That Matters - A Devotional Thought

 

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.” Eph. 3:16

 

A mother repeatedly told her young son to sit down. The boy paid no attention and continued to stand. Finally, the mother went to him and plopped him down in a chair. Clearly upset, the boy said, “I may be sitting on the OUTSIDE, but I’m standing on the INSIDE.

 

Sadly, some Christians seem to react to God’s instructions in much the same defiant way. In contrast to that attitude, they need to discover strength that matters.

 

While true believers may have the inner desire to live in a way that pleases God, our old nature may cause us to yield to worldly temptations. How can we find the strength to minimize our failures and live victoriously for Christ? We desperately need to claim for ourselves Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians – that God would empower us through His Spirit with strength to live for Him.

 

Satan is a strong, evil enemy; but God can give us the faith, the will, and the enabling power to resist temptations he puts in our path.

 

Lord, help me depend on Your power to make my life what it ought to be. Your Strength matters, not mine. 

 

Live-Streaming Begins This Sunday

 

This Sunday we begin live-streaming our 11:00am worship service on our website (www.fbcscw.org).  We have been live streaming on Facebook for the last couple of weeks.  It is an exciting time and each person who views this at 11:00am will experience everything live.  We are no longer taping our services.  Experience them live. If you can not make the 11:00am service live you can watch it later on our website.  

 

Our Sunday morning Bible Study will continue as it has been, and we do appreciate Dr. Scott Williamson for his commitment to these studies.  

 

If you have any questions about the live streaming, please call our church office (623-584-5738).

 

Operation Christmas Child Dedication

 

There is excitement in the air as we prepare to gather the Operation Christmas Boxes this Sunday for our time of dedication.  If you haven’t brought your box, please have it here by Sunday morning. When you bring your box we ask that you add it to the boxes lining the steps to the platform in the worship center.  We are anticipating 150-175 boxes this year.  In addition, our church gave over $4000 to Operation Christmas Child to fill 58 boxes and pay for postage for those boxes.  

We have been blessed with our partnership with the Asante Church (one of our partner church plants) as they filled 30 boxes on their own then shopped and filled the additional 58 boxes using the funds received.  What a blessing.  We will have dedication prayers on Sunday at both services asking God to use these gifts and the gospel booklets which will be added in each to bring children and their families around the world to the Lord Jesus Christ.

IMB Missionaries Speaking – Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 9am and 11am

 

Dr. Doug Derbyshire is a medical doctor with the International Mission Board who serves in Thailand with his wife, Cheryl. Doug is also the medical director of Bangkla Baptist Clinic located in central Thailand and works to see the Gospel shared and churches started among the Thai people. He’s doing what Jesus did: taking care of the sick and preaching the gospel. Doug goes to many places in Thailand with no Christians and no churches, and it troubles him deeply. But the lack of a gospel witness in Baan Po troubled him the most.

For the past six years, Derbyshire has faithfully and persistently visited Baan Po—trying every method and means for sharing the gospel. He’s brought medical teams from the U.S. to host mobile clinics. He’s tried every evangelism technique he knows. He’s knocked on doors, asking if people are interested in hearing the gospel. The message is either ignored, rejected or accepted initially and then abandoned.

“Baan Po probably affects me, burdens me, more than the other places, because after all the times I’ve been there, the time I’ve invested in them, there’s still no church there. No one honors God. No one gives Him glory. No one praises Him. There’s no group of believers that gives Him glory,” Derbyshire said, closing his eyes and clasping his hands together in a praying position.

Lord’s Supper

 

The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend we will be observing the Lord’s Supper.  On Nov. 29th at both the 9:00am and 11:00am services will be able to celebrate this very special ordinance.  We have not been able to partake of the Memorial Supper since March. Provisions are being made to keep our social distancing while participating in this special worship time.  Those who are unable to attend in person will have the opportunity to participate as well in their homes as we will be live steaming.  Please take the time to prepare your heart for this significate act of worship…”in remembrance of Him.”

 

Spiritual Gifts and Passion Survey

 

Please take the time and effort to fill out the Spiritual Gifts and Passion Surveys you received in the mail.  We know it is a lot to work through but, so important to the ministry of First Baptist and your ministry as well.

 

We would deeply appreciate you taking the time to do so and then mailing them to our office with the self-addressed, stamped envelope.  If you need any help with the surveys or have questions, please do not hesitate to call the church office. 

 

Christmas Decorating Help Needed

 

Research shows that the happiest people during the holidays are those who decorate early.  We want our people to be the happiest around.  So, the Decorating Committee needs your help to prepare our sanctuary and lobbies for a wonderful Christmas season.  They will be at the church on Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24, at 10:00 a.m. to begin decorating the church for the Christmas.  If you have that ability and time could you sign up to help?  If you are interested call Debbie Crump or the church office (623-584-5738).

 

Thankful and Grateful

 

Debbie and I would like to share that our first grandbaby, Hallie Faith Higgins was born to Laura and Derrick Higgins on Monday, Nov. 9th at approximately 5:45pm.  She weighed 8.9 Lbs. and is 20.5 inches. We want to Thank each of you for communicating, caring, and praying for this bundle of joy.  We are so excited and continue to pray for good health for Hallie and Laura.  We are both Thankful and Grateful.

 

Have a blessed Week.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

November 5, 2020

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Praying for our Leaders

I Tim. 2: 1-4 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people -  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Please pray for all of those in leadership in our nation.  Putting politics aside, as believers our high calling is to pray for our national, state and local leaders.  Pray for them to have humility, wisdom and integrity which will lead to “peaceful and quiet lives” for the communities.  Pray for continued religious freedom which allows all who will to live in “godliness and holiness.” Pray for the continued right to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all arenas of our nation because that “pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”  

VETERAN RECOGNITION – Sunday, Nov. 8th at the 9:00am and 11:00am Services

On Wednesday, November 11, our nation will once again observe Veterans’ Day and give tribute to those whose selfless service helped gain the freedoms we enjoy each day.  We at First Baptist Church, Sun City West are very proud of all our veterans!  To honor them, a special time of recognition will be observed in both the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. worship services this coming Sunday, November 8.  If you are a veteran, or if you are currently in active military service, we invite you to join us for one of the services.  Please plan to gather in the Main Lobby at 8:45 for the 9:00 A.M. service, or at 10:45 for the 11:00 A.M. service.  A volunteer will be there to assist the group in knowing at what point in the order of worship they are to enter the Sanctuary for that time of recognition.    

Operation Christmas Boxes Due by Sunday, Nov. 8th 

There is excitement in the air as we prepare to gather all of the Operation Christmas Boxes in this Sunday, Nov. 8th.  When you bring your box in this Sunday please add it to all of the boxes that will be lining the steps to the platform in the worship center.  We will have a dedication prayer on Sunday, Nov. 15th at both services asking God to use these gifts and the gospel booklets that will be put in each to bring children and their families around the world to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual and Passion Survey Have Been Mailed

The Spiritual Gifts Discovery and Passion Surveys mailed to and you should have received them by now.  We ask that each individual take the time to complete both surveys and get them back in the mail by November 23rd in the postage-paid return envelopes we are providing in each packet. 

Your responses will help us see how God is shaping and guiding our ministries here at First Baptist.  If you have any questions or need help completing the two surveys, please contact our church office. 

Congratulations to our Energizer Bunny Award Recipient for 2020

Each year the Deacons of First Baptist Church, Sun City West have the honor and privilege to present the Energizer Bunny Award to a person who exhibits a servant’s attitude in word and deed as they faithfully accomplish the “work of the ministry” in and through the church.  This special person represents so many in the body of Christ who are obedient to God’s calling to “be about His business.” 

 

The Energizer Bunny for 2020 has served over the years in numerous capacities and most of the time behind the scenes. That person being honored this year is: Mike Bronenberg. Mike has a true servant’s heart. He is willing to help in any situation, meet any need and does not shy away from any challenge to stand for what is right and godly. Congratulations and Thank you for your faithfulness, Mike.  

 

Thank You Brian Smith

Congratulations to Brian Smith for his faithful 15 years of service to First Baptist Church helping to make sure our facility is prepared and ready for all services, events and activities.  He has continued to be a blessing to our congregation and staff throughout the years. Thank you for your commitment and we look forward to the years ahead as well.  

Thank you from the Kennedy’s


Dearest Church Family,

 

Words can never express the gratitude in our hearts for your loving messages in the many cards received and your most generous gifts for our new journey into grandparenting!  To steal a phrase from Jack Roberts, we are “blessed beyond belief” and grateful every day for our wonderful church family.  Not only do you express your love and appreciation to us, but we see the love you have for each other.  We are very excited to welcome our new granddaughter in the next few days, and are grateful for your many prayers for Sarah and James and these twin boys that God has so lovingly blessed them with.  We continue to pray with you for the ministry God has in this community and thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a loving, caring, and ministering body of Christ.

 

We look forward to sharing pictures in the near future and thank you for your continued prayers for the safety of our children and our grandchildren.   We love you so much and look forward to the years ahead.  Our hearts our indeed full!

 

With deepest gratitude,

Kirby and Debbie  

 

Have a blessed weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

October 29, 2020

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Don’t Be Deceived – A Devotional Thought

“And I sent messengers unto them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work, so that I cannot

come down: Why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?’”

Nehemiah 6:3

What can I believe? Who can I believe? People want to know what is real and what is

true. The tangled threads of secular ideologies invading our society provide deceptive

answers to life’s’ most significant questions. Contrary to popular opinion, absolute truth

does exist, firmly rooted in God’s authoritative Word.

Nehemiah was not deceived by the enemy who sought to draw him away from the work

God had given him. How susceptible are we to the lies of those who would lead us

away from God’s purposes?

A virtue often ignored in today’s culture is integrity, a quality that embraces ethical

values, actions, and thoughts. The late Joseph R. Sizoo wrote, “We have grasped the

mystery of the atom, but we have rejected the Sermon on the Mount. We have achieved

brilliance without wisdom and power without conscience.”

Our Lord wants to help us discern truth from error.

Dear God, help me hear Your voice loudly and clearly above the clamor of false

religions and philosophies being proclaimed.

Deacon Nomination Process

Thank you for the Deacon Candidate nominations you submitted this past Sunday. The

Deacon Screening Committee will take all nominations and begin the process of looking

at the biblical criteria, praying and seeking God’s leadership on which nominated

candidates to move forward. Those who the Lord has guided the committee to select

(through a thorough process) will be presented to the church the first week in January.

The church will then have the opportunity to vote to elect the deacon candidates the

third Sunday in January.

Few people feel worthy to be a deacon. As I look in scripture, I don’t see anyone who

was worthy to accomplish what God desired them to do. What I see is that God called

them to that task and ministry and equipped them to accomplish His calling. Those who

stepped out on faith, God used in a powerful way. Please pray about those whom God

is calling for deacon ministry this year. Also, if you are considered, please pray that

God would guide you in His strength to accept the call.

Spiritual Gifts Discovery and Passion Survey

Early next week you will receive in the mail the Spiritual Gifts Discovery and Passion

Survey. We ask that each individual take the time to complete both surveys and mail

them back by November 23, in the postage-paid return envelope included in each

packet.

We look forward to receiving your responses and helping you to understand and use

your gifts to serve the Kingdom of God. This process will help us see how God is

shaping and guiding our ministries here at First Baptist Church, Sun City West. If you

have any questions or need help completing the two surveys, please contact our church

office.

A Few Days Until Our National, State and Local Elections

Please continue to pray fervently, seeking God’s direction and leadership as you vote

on Tuesday, November 3. Also, pray for peace and grace in the days ahead. Make

sure you get out and vote. It is such a privilege to have this opportunity.

Operation Christmas Child

We are excited to share that 31 Operation Christmas Child boxes have already been

returned, with more coming in the days ahead. We have received over $3,800 to

purchase items for an additional 58 boxes and postage. We are excited about our

partnership with Asante’ Church as they will begin shopping for those boxes next week.

In fact, in addition to shopping for Operation Christmas Child, Asante’ Church members

are filling 30 boxes of their own this year. We pray we will meet our goal of filling 150

boxes.

Remember to bring in your boxes no later than Sunday, November 8. We would like to

put them on the platform in the worship center for a time of blessing. If you have any

questions, call the church office.

Honoring Our Veterans

We will be honoring our veterans on Sunday, November 8 in both services. If you are a

veteran or know of other veterans in the area, please invite them to come to this very

important Sunday so that we can say “Thank You.”

Have a blessed weekend.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

October 22, 2020

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Thank You

Thank you for your prayers during my recent trip to and from Florida relocating my father-in-law to Sun City West.  The trip was long, yet uneventful. That was a blessing. We were able to spend much time in conversation over those 2,150 miles of beautiful country.  It is always good to be back home and back with our church family.

I deeply appreciate Dr. Bob Marti preaching for me last Sunday.  What a challenging message from Jeremiah 18.  I listened to it on the website and Bob’s sermon spoke to my heart.  I know it did yours as well.  Thank you, Bob. 

 

When I shared Bob’s short biography with you I did so from memory.  I incorrectly communicated some

accomplishments.  So, let me make the corrections because we never want to think pastors, even retired pastors, exaggerate.   Bob was a referee for High School Basketball and Football, but not College. He is in the Southwest Missouri Football Officials Hall of Fame, not the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Even with those adjustments, we know that Bob is a valued member of this congregation and highly revered in Missouri, and here, as a faithful Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thank you, Dr. Marti. 

DEACON NOMINATIONS This Sunday – October 25th

Below you will find the criteria for one to become a deacon at First Baptist Church, Sun City West. We ask that the rest of this week you pray fervently and diligently about the individuals God would have you nominate to be considered as a deacon candidate for the next three years. Please read and use the criteria at the end of this E-blast as you seek God’s face in this important matter.  If you have any questions, please contact one of our deacons or the pastor.  We will have nomination forms to the congregation this Sunday at both services. They will be located on the pews.  When you leave worship, please deposit them in the baskets on the pews closest to your exit. The Deacon Criteria is listed at the end of this E-blast.

 

National, State and Local Elections 

You can’t help but notice the signs at every corner, see the heartwarming and attack ads on television and social media, as well as hear it in most conversations around town. Yes, November 3 is that time when we have our National, State and Local elections, which include voting on issues that affect our everyday life.  Early voting and mail-in ballots are already in progress.

It is a privilege and honor to vote, which is not allowed in many nations of the world.  At FBCSCW we have members who are registered to each of the major parties. My responsibility is not to point members to a party or a candidate, but to shepherd the flock, teach the Word, and point people to Jesus.

I do my best to encourage our membership to vote.  I strive hard not to talk about candidates, but rather lead our membership to consider and research the current issues which are addressed directly in scripture or by biblical principle.  Each candidate and each party have values and issues they have espoused.  Christian voters need to understand what those values and issues are, discern wisdom as to their agreement with each, and seek God’s wisdom on how to vote. 

When we vote for a candidate, we are taking on some responsibility for those issues they have embraced.  Therefore, we must do the best we can to search scripture concerning each party’s platform.  I read an article recently from Bibleinfo.com that I thought was interesting. This paragraph was insightful and captures the idea.

“But though Christians may vote, they should be extremely selective in their voting. By voting, we assume some responsibility for the decisions that our elected candidate may make— whether good or bad. Thus, we must not vote without careful thought and attention to the issues. We should never vote blindly or out of a sense of party loyalty. All too often today, selfish policies rule in place of principles of right. Christians can have no sympathy with this. In voting, as in every other activity, Christians should seek divine wisdom and then do their best.”

Researching the issues and voting for a particular candidate is difficult.  We are aware that each candidate is flawed. They are flawed like every candidate who has ever run for office.  As we research, we find that the issues they and their party have embraced can be complicated, misleading, and confusing.  Each party’s professional writers can make the issue sound good but, in fact, might be the opposite.  As Christians, we must pray asking for God’s wisdom, search the scriptures on issues that are current, and discern how God addresses them.  Because, in our voting, “we assume some responsibility for the decisions that our elected candidate may make….”

If you are unable to secure the information about issues or candidates that satisfies you, let me know.  I have several sources you can research that take a biblical approach. You can also go to Google and search for the Party Platforms for each of the major parties and read through them.  The Party Platforms are the masterplans each party has voted to follow if elected. 

God’s Word says to pray for our leaders…whoever they are or will be…we must spend much time praying for each of them.  Pray fervently, search the Word diligently, be informed, and cast your vote proudly. 

Will You Participate in Operation Christmas Child This Year?

The Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available for pick up this Sunday in both foyers.  There will be information brochures about what to put in these special boxes for the kids and how to pack the boxes.  

This year, to help our members who are not getting out, we have partnered with Asante’ Church. If you would like to donate to Operation Christmas Child, their members will go and purchase all the items to put in the boxes, and then pack them so that they are ready to go.

Two options this year:  You can pick up a box and fill it or you can donate to the Operation Christmas Child fund through FBCSCW and boxes will be packed and ready to send.

All boxes need to be returned to church no later than Sunday, November 8.  All donations need to be to the church by this Sunday, October 25.

Our goal this year with the partnership with Asante’ is to fill 150 boxes.

For more information just contact the Missions Team or the church office.

 

Deacon Criteria 

First Baptist Church invites you to consider what it means to serve as a deacon and prayerfully consider members for nomination.

The Deacon Handbook specifies that any member of the church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and without reference to gender, may be nominated to serve as a deacon.

The basic requirements for a deacon are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.  

  • The deacon shall be a person of moral integrity and spiritual maturity, a person of good moral character, willing to accept responsibility and to honor the name of God.  

  • The deacon is to be in harmony with Christian principles. 

  • The deacon shall be faithful in attendance at services at First Baptist Church, Sun City West and at Deacon Council Meetings. 

  • The deacon must be in agreement with, and support regularly, the financial programs of the church. 

  • The deacon must be committed to the study of God’s Word. (2 Timothy 2:5).

  • The deacon must have been a member of First Baptist Church, SCW, for at least one year.

  • The deacon must be in service to God’s people at First Baptist Church, Sun City West (Ephesians 4:12; Matthew 20:26; and Acts 6:4).

  • The deacon must be diligent in prayer support for the spiritual welfare of the church and its ministers.

  • The deacon must covenant to demonstrate love for God and God’s people by participation in corporate worship and Bible study, sharing the Gospel with the unsaved and unchurched, the building up of the Deacon Council, assistance in the service of the Lord’s Supper, faithful attendance at deacons’ meetings, and the giving of tithes and offerings. 

 

The office of deacon is to be one of service rather than primarily one of honor or administration. To this end, the deacon body of First Baptist Church, SCW shall:

 

  • Covenant together to show God’s love.

  • Support the Senior Pastor in matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the church and labor with him in fulfilling the Great Commission.

  • Minister to the membership of the church by developing relationships, meeting physical, moral, and spiritual needs, and intervening to solve divisive issues to produce harmony within the body of Christ.

 

Looking forward to Sunday.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Blessings 

Recently, I communicated with Gail Coffey to see how she was doing during these months of isolation dealing with the loss of her husband Alan.  Her response was inspiring to me…a testament to strength and gratitude. It reminds me of Paul’s statement in Phil. 4:11 “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”  I asked Gail if it was okay to share this.  I think you will be blessed too.

I am doing well. Like everyone else dealing with the stressors of life in these days. Concerns over our country, and where we are heading. Missing Alan, especially on those "emotionally brittle days". All that aside, I am extremely blessed. I have great health, a loving, supportive family and church families from our church and two previous churches. Plus, the Lord has, and continues, to grant me financial security. I guess I could go on and on naming blessings, but needless to say, He has taken care of my every need and more. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and kindness. (Another blessing🙏)

 

Traveling Home…Dr. Marti Preaching

I am traveling this week helping move my father-in-law from Florida to Sun City West.  We are grateful that he will be close to us and he will be close to his family and those grandkids soon.  I do appreciate your continued prayers for safe travel and health during our trip home.

First Baptist Church, Sun City West is privileged to have ten retired pastors, seminary professors and church/state leaders.  Dr. Bob Marti is one of our retired pastors and will be preaching this Sunday, October 18 at both services.  

Bob pastored churches in Missouri and beyond for over 50 years.  He was also on staff at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.  He attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary and received his doctorate from Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City. 

In his spare time, Bob was a high school and college football referee. He was active in this field for many years.  Recently, Bob was elected to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his tenure, respect among peers, and effectiveness on the field.

Bob and his wife, Barbara, have five grown children, fourteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Bob is one of our Sunday Bible Study Teachers and Co-Chair of our Missions Committee.  It is an honor to have Dr. Marti in our pulpit this Sunday. Enjoy this special time with Bob.

 

Deacon Nomination Criteria

Below you will find the criteria for one to become a deacon at First Baptist Church, Sun City West. We ask that you pray fervently and diligently about who God would have you nominate to be considered to be a deacon here for the next three years. Please read, and use, the criteria below to seek God’s face in this important matter.  If you have any questions, please contact one of our deacons or the pastor.  We will have nomination forms to the congregation on Sunday, October 25 at both services.

First Baptist Church, Sun City West invites you to consider what it means to serve as a deacon and prayerfully consider members for nomination.

The Deacon Handbook specifies that any member of the church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and without reference to gender, may be nominated to serve as a deacon.

 

The basic requirements for a deacon are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.  

  • The deacon shall be a person of moral integrity and spiritual maturity, a person of good moral character, willing to accept responsibility and to honor the name of God.  

  • The deacon is to be in harmony with Christian principles. 

  • The deacon shall be faithful in attendance at services at First Baptist Church, Sun City West and at Deacon Council Meetings. 

  • The deacon must be in agreement with, and support regularly, the financial programs of the church. 

  • The deacon must be committed to the study of God’s Word. (2 Timothy 2:5).

  • The deacon must have been a member of First Baptist Church, SCW, for at least one year.

  • The deacon must be in service to God’s people at First Baptist Church, Sun City West (Ephesians 4:12; Matthew 20:26; and Acts 6:4).

  • The deacon must be diligent in prayer support for the spiritual welfare of the church and its ministers.

  • The deacon must covenant to demonstrate love for God and God’s people by participation in corporate worship and Bible study, sharing the Gospel with the unsaved and unchurched, the building up of the Deacon Council, assistance in the service of the Lord’s Supper, faithful attendance at deacons’ meetings, and the giving of tithes and offerings. 

The office of deacon is to be one of service rather than primarily one of honor or administration. To this end, the deacon body of First Baptist Church, Sun City West shall:

 

  • Covenant together to show God’s love.

  • Support the Senior Pastor in matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the church and labor with him in fulfilling the Great Commission.

  • Minister to the membership of the church by developing relationships, meeting physical, moral and spiritual needs, and intervening to solve divisive issues to produce harmony within the body of Christ


Operation Christmas Child Continues This Sunday

The Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available for pick up Sunday October 18 & October 25 in both foyers. There will be information brochures about what to put in these special boxes for the kids and how to pack the boxes.

There are two options this year: (1) You can pick up a box and pack it; or (2) You can donate to the Operation Christmas Child fund through FBCSCW and Asante’ Church (one of our partnership new church plants) will purchase the items and pack the box for you. This is a great option for those of you who are not getting out.

All boxes need to be returned to church no later than Sunday, November 8.  All donations need to be to the church by Sunday, October 25.

Our goal this year, with the partnership with Asante’, is to fill 150 boxes.

For more information, contact the Missions Team or the church office.

 

Flowers for the Altar

Since we have resumed our worship services there is once again a need for fresh flowers for the altar each Sunday. If you are interested in honoring your anniversary, a birthday, a memory of a loved one, or just honoring someone’s service to the Lord on a particular Sunday, please call Carol Woods at our office (623-584-5738). She will share with you the details of costs and scheduling. This is a special way to remember a special person, or day, and add to the worship experience on that Sunday. The congregation will be informed of the special meaning of those beautiful flowers.

 

Voter Registration Deadline Extended

In case you did not get a chance to register to vote for the November 3rd election, the date has been extended until October 15.  Go to www.vote.gov to register.

Have a great weekend.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 9, 2020

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Psalm 23 – Jan Richey’s Story

This past Sunday I preached on the 23rd Psalm.  Jan Richey texted me and shared that years ago just before her retirement she attended a Music Week at Glorieta Baptist Conference Center in New Mexico.  During that week she decided to take a class on Prayer.  She relayed that a seminary professor was leading the class and he was teaching a section on making the 23rd Psalm more personal and dealing with how the Psalm would look in the student’s circumstances.  

As soon as she said that I knew that this professor was Dr. T. W. Hunt, professor of music at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.  He had written The Man of Christ, Prayer Life and The Doctrine of Prayer.  While I was at seminary, he was a student favorite.  He was also very mature and deep in his walk with Christ. 

I learned how to lead groups in prayer classes by using the same 23rd Psalm and being asked to make it personal.  This came from Dr. Hunt’s book.  Jan was able to secure her rendition of the 23rd Psalm from years ago.  I thought you would enjoy what she wrote and our discussion as to what difference it makes.  Enjoy.  

Here is my rendition of Psalm 23: 

 

The Lord is my Retirement Counselor I shall not lack direction.  

He makes me stretch beyond my past experiences. 

He leads me into new adventures of Christian Service. 

He restores my belief in the future. He leads me to trust Him completely.   

Yes, though I know not the path. 

I shall lean on the one who knows the way. 

You prepare my companion that we may walk together in this endeavor. 

Surely my spirit will soar as my counselor leads me in new paths of service. 

 

This is beautiful. I asked Jan “Reflecting back over the years how has this Psalm unfolded in your life?” Her response was inspiring.       

 

In all modesty, I am amazed how the Lord did guide not only me to areas of service, but also my wonderful husband as well.  I learned to play keyboard and eventually played at three nursing homes.  And my husband led a Sunday afternoon worship with my assistance at a nursing home for about ten years.  Along with various other teaching positions in our church.  And those I named were never considered or even thought of prior to that time.  We have an amazing God!!!  By the way, my ability at the keyboard never has been much, but fortunately the age group had very faulty hearing!  Lol

 

Sermon Topic on Sunday

This Sunday I will continue the sermon series Psalms of Hope for Challenging Times.  The sermon this week will be from Psalm 39 and entitled “Life and Death.” 

Robert Herhold stated, “Death is that final separation from all that we have worked for, and that we have built up, and that is near and dear to us. It is too bad that dying is the last thing we do.  Because it could teach us so much about living.” 

It will be worth your time to come in-person this Sunday at 9am or 11am for our worship. If you are unable to attend, then join us by video at (www.fbcscw.org) or on our Facebook page. It will be a blessing.

Deacon Nominations Will Be on Sunday, October 25 

We will be receiving nominations from the congregation for potential deacons for the next three years on Sunday, October 25.  Attached to this E-Blast, and in next week’s E-Blast on Thursday, you will find the Deacon Criteria for First Baptist Church, Sun City West.  We ask that you prayerfully read that information and be praying fervently for God’s leadership in submitting the names of those you sense God leading you to nominate.  

Get Your Boxes Starting This Sunday

The Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available for pick up Sundays, October 11, 18 & 25 in both foyers. There will be information brochures about what to put in these special boxes for the kids and how to pack the boxes.

There are two options this year: (1) You can pick up a box and pack it; or (2) You can donate to the Operation Christmas Child fund through FBCSCW and Asante’ Church (one of our partnership new church plants) will purchase the items and pack the box for you. This is a great option for those of you who are not getting out.

 

All boxes need to be returned to church no later than Sunday, November 8.  All donations need to be to the church by Sunday, October 25.

Our goal this year with the partnership with Asante’ is to fill 150 boxes.

For more information just contact the Missions Team or the church office.

Flowers for the Altar

Since we have resumed our worship services there is once again a need for fresh flowers for the altar each Sunday. If you are interested in honoring your anniversary, a birthday, a memory of a loved one, or just honoring someone’s service to the Lord on a particular Sunday, please call Carol Woods at our office (623-584-5738). She will share with you the details of costs and scheduling. This is a special way to remember a special person, or day, and add to the worship experience on that Sunday. The congregation will be informed of the special meaning of those beautiful flowers.

 

The FBCSCW E-Blast Begins on Thursday Only Beginning Next Week

The FBCSCW E-Blasts have been a good way to communicate to our membership with inspiration, encouragement, and updates during a time when we could not get together.  

We have resumed our worship services and have provided numerous different platforms to communicate information and inspiration. Starting next week, the FBCSCW E-Blast will be a weekly email and will be supplemented by Special Edition E-Blasts as needed.  The new E-Blast will come out on Thursdays.  

Thank you for being so gracious to read and at times respond to the E-Blasts concerning stories, devotions or events being communicated.  It is always great to hear from our membership. 

Asking for Prayer

We are so grateful to the Lord that Debbie’s dad has decided to move to Sun City West.  Debbie and her sister Donna spent over a week at his home in Florida getting things packed and ready to go.  The house has sold, and the movers will be there next week.  I will be out next week, meeting up with my brother-in-law and father-in-law to pack a U-Haul and drive back out here with his two vehicles.  We ask that you be in prayer for safe travel and staying healthy - both flying to Florida and driving back to Phoenix. Pray also for a smooth transition for Debbie’s dad during this relocation.

Have a great weekend.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

FBCSCW E-Blast

 

Sunday Worship Blessing

The worship services this past Sunday were a true blessing.  The music was inspiring and spoke to my heart deeply as did the times of prayer, specials, and the reading of God’s word.  The chimes were back and the organ, piano and clavinova instrumental special led many into the very presence of the Holy God.  

The time spent in the beloved and encouraging twenty-third Psalm inspired and challenged each of us.  “The Lord is MY Shepherd.” He can only be your Shepherd if you have first made Him your Savior. I pray that you have, but if you have any questions about that please let me know.

I would like to introduce you to our newest members – we had two couples join the church on Sunday at the 9am and 11am services.  

Casey and Sandie Bos relocated to Sun City West from Lake Havasu City in March and so enjoy the time of worship. They prayed and felt God leading them here to join our family and use their gifts to be a part of what God is doing in our ministry.

Tom and Wilaiwan Northrop relocated to Buckeye from Ft. Collins, CO about three months ago.  They attended various churches, but felt God leading them to continue to look.  They found our website and watched our services and decided to attend worship.  After a time of prayer, they determined that this is the place God has for them.

We are so excited to have both couples as part of the family here at First Baptist Church, SCW.  Once again God is on the move bringing new families to the church to accomplish His purpose for the days ahead at FBCSCW.  Continue to pray for others who have been our guests since we resumed services.  Pray that God will speak clearly to them about this wonderful family God has led Debbie and I to serve.

Operation Christmas Child…Get Ready

The Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available for pick up Sundays, October 11, 18 & 25 in both foyers.  There will be information brochures about what to put in these special boxes for the kids and how to pack the boxes.  

There are two options this year:  (1) You can pick up a box and pack it; or (2) You can donate to the Operation Christmas Child fund through FBCSCW and Asante’ Church (one of our partnership new church plants) will purchase the items and pack the box for you.  This is a great option for those of you who are not getting out.

All boxes need to be returned to church no later than Sunday, November 8.  All donations need to be to the church by October 25.

Our goal this year with the partnership with Asante’ is to fill 150 boxes.

For more information just contact the Missions Team or the church office.

 

Flowers for the Altar

Since we have resumed our worship services there is once again a need for fresh flowers for the altar each Sunday.  If you are interested in honoring your anniversary, a birthday, a memory of a loved one, or just honoring someone’s service to the Lord on a particular Sunday, please call Carol Woods at our office (623-584-5738).  She will share with you the details of costs and scheduling.  This is a special way to remember a special person, or day, and add to the worship experience on that Sunday. The congregation will be informed of the special meaning of those beautiful flowers.

 

Revised Schedule for the FBCSCW E-Blasts

The FBCSCW E-Blasts were added to our ministry when we paused our in-person services, ministries, and activities.  It was a way for me to communicate to our membership with inspiration, encouragement and updates as an addition to our mailed Upbeat Newsletter.  

We have resumed our worship services and have provided numerous different platforms to communicate information and inspiration. We have decided to make the FBCSCW E-Blast a weekly email and then supplementing Special Edition E-Blasts as needed.  This schedule will start the week of October 12.  The new E-Blast will come out on Thursdays.  

Thank you for being so gracious to read and, at times, respond to the E-Blasts concerning stories, devotions, or events being communicated.  God certainly blessed us with both the technology, and the people who knew how to help us use it, to strive to fulfill needed ministry during this challenging and unprecedented season.

 

Thought for the Week

“When missionary John G. Paton was translating the Bible in the Outer Hebrides, he searched for the exact word to translate believe. Finally, he discovered it: the word meant ‘lean your whole weight upon.’ That is what saving faith is – leaning your whole weight upon Jesus Christ.”  Warren W. Wiersbe

I remember as a child listening to my dad preach on Sundays.  I vividly remember when talking about faith/belief he used to go to the floor and put all his weight leaning on the Lord’s Supper Table.  Fifty-five years later that is burned in my mind and heart as I think about faith/belief.  Think about putting all your weight on something…make that something someone.  Make it Jesus.

God Bless you this week as you seek His Face.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

October 2, 2020

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You and the Sparrows – A Devotional Thought

“But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

Our daughter, Laura, who is now expecting our first grandbaby in November, had an indoor dog named Deuce who she rescued from an animal shelter in 2005.  After rescuing Deuce, we took him to the vet.  We found out that we had been misled about the dog’s health.  His age was 14 not 7; he was deaf and almost blind. He suffered from a heart murmur, senility, and incontinence. Laura nicknamed him “Diaper Dog” and loved him dearly. 

We chose to support Laura in her desire to keep and care for Deuce, rather than abandon him because of his infirmities. Despite the challenges, Laura consistently took good care of her dog until it passed in 2007. 

If a child can love and care for a dog that is far from perfect, how much more does our Heavenly Father love and care for His own?  Jesus reminded us of God’s love for the sparrows. Made in God’s image, we can be assured of His unconditional love and care, imperfect though we are.  That is also the message of the twenty-third Psalm.

Father, You have told us not to be anxious or afraid. Thank You for meeting our needs.

 

Sunday’s Sermon is from the Familiar and Beloved 23rd Psalm 

The title of this message is “Is the Lord Your Shepherd?”  A little girl announced that she was going to draw a picture of God. Her mother said, “Why, no one knows what God looks like.” The little girl replied, “They will when I get through.”  

The 23rd Psalm is a word picture of God.  When David got through with it, we have a better idea of what God is like. His opening statement “The Lord is my shepherd” is the key to the whole Psalm. 

Ps. 23 addresses three attributes of God.  He is our all-sufficient, ever present, and fully satisfying Shepherd.

We look forward to seeing you in-person, on our website (www.fbcscw.org) or on First Baptist Church, Sun City West Facebook page. 

Operation Christmas Child…Get Ready

The Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available for pick up October 11, 18 & 25 in both foyers.  There will be information brochures about what to put in these special boxes for the kids and how to pack the boxes.  

There are two options this year:  (1) You can pick up a box and pack it; or (2) You can donate to the Operation Christmas Child fund through FBCSCW and Asante’ Church (one of our partnership new church plants) will purchase the items and pack the box for you.  This is a great option for those of you who are not getting out.

All boxes need to be returned to church no later than Sunday, November 8.  All donations need to be to the church by October 25.

Our goal this year, with the partnership with Asante’, is to fill 150 boxes.

For more information just contact the Missions Team or the church office.

One Last Time - Are You Registered to Vote?

One of the gifts of liberty is the freedom to express ourselves through voting during Elections and voting on issues both nationally and locally.  There are many in this world who do not have that right.  Let’s take our privilege and responsibility seriously.  This year is different than any other.  Make sure you participate. Are you registered to vote?  Are you uncertain?  Go to www.vote.gov and register or check your status.  October 5 is the last day to register to vote for the November 3 elections and issues on the ballot.  Check and make sure you are ready.

 

Have a Blessed Week.  Make it count for God and His Kingdom.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2020

 

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Sunday Worship at FBCSCW

 

It is good to see so many of our folks back in our worship services along with numbers of first-time guests over the last three weeks.  Yesterday was another good Sunday of worship and celebration. The mixed ensemble led us in beautiful music worship, Bill Swinney provided the prelude with the Pan Flute and the instrumentalists, Ruth and Owen, were encouraging with every note. Each element of worship was powerful.  Ps. 19 spoke powerfully to the truth of God’s Word.  This next Sunday we will be asking the question: “Is The Lord Your Shepherd? From the Twenty-third Psalm. I hope you will be present in-person, on our website or our Facebook page.

Prayer for America Event

 

This past Saturday our church joined thousands of other believers around the country to pray for repentance and for America.  We prayed for God’s great moving through repentance, revival and spiritual awakening.

 

We had 35 people come in-person to our church to join the more than 50,000 people who be present with Franklin Graham and the March on Washington.  What a special time.  We know that many more our members were praying at home and it is deeply appreciated.  In addition, two of our members, Keith (Pete) and Carolyn Peters personally invited their entire neighborhood to come later that morning to pray for America in their garage.  What a wonderful opportunity to be a witness to your neighborhood by asking them to join you for prayer for our nation.  Pete and Carolyn had three people join them at noon.  How special is that?  God continues to work as we pray and let Him use us. This might be an idea for you at some point in the future for your neighborhood.

Here is a report from Our IMB Missionaries Steve and Karla Jackson

 

Greetings FBCSCW family,

 

It’s hard to believe that a year and a half have passed since Karla and I last shared with you about our life and ministry in Mozambique. Maybe it’s not just the time that has passed, but the manner in which it has passed. So much has happened, and many things have changed, but God is still faithful. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our church family here in Arizona for your continued prayers and support for our family. 

 

Many of you know that we have been ‘hunkered down’ here in Arizona since the beginning of May. Prior to our return to the US in late April, Mozambique’s president declared a State of Emergency on March 23rd and thus we spent the month of April in a ‘relaxed’ stay-at-home situation. As here in the States, churches in Mozambique suspended their worship services, as large gatherings were prohibited by the government. Karla immediately set to fill her time at home by sewing masks for our teammates, family, and national partners. The masks were made from the colorful fabric that Mozambican women usually wear as waist or head wraps. She sewed over 360 masks in all. I, along with one of my pastor friends there, also had the opportunity to share the bulk of the masks with hospitals and clinics in our local province. Along with the masks, we also donated Baptist Global Response buckets that contain such items as sheets, towels, gloves, toothpaste and brush, soap, etc., to five different district administrators and medical personnel as a show of solidarity in those unusual circumstances. 

 

When we last spoke to you all in March of 2019, we shared a great deal about the church planting efforts being made in the downtown area of Maputo, and also about our teammates efforts to plant the first Baptist church among the Chopi people, a previously unreached and unengaged people group in rural Southern Mozambique. When we returned to Mozambique last year, I’m happy to report that these new church starts had continued to grow and mature in the grace of the Lord and people were being baptized on a regular basis. Throughout 2019 our team continued to help and strengthen the missions and churches that were new, as well as move forward, always in partnership and coordination with our Mozambican brothers and sisters, with our plans to reach new areas with the gospel of Christ. New missions were being started in all three provinces were our team works, and we were especially pleased to see the Baptist churches in the more rural areas, having very limited resources to work with, striving to evangelize and open new preaching points. The year ended well, and we prepared for the exciting things that would happen in 2020. And some exciting things did happen, just not what we all expected. As of this month, September 2020, the Baptist churches in Mozambique have been given permission to open back up, provided that they operate with limited capacity in church, social distancing, and sanitary guidelines set forth by the government. Please continue to pray for these churches, that through all the hardships of the last six months, they will return with a renewed zeal to preach and share the gospel in their towns and communities. 

 

As you know, December is not far off and that means it’s time to think about the 2020 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which funds our efforts to achieve the Revelation 7:9 vision of “a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation, knowing and worshiping our Lord, Jesus Christ.” This year we also celebrate 175 years of uninterrupted witness among the nations, thanks to the generosity of generations of Southern Baptists. To commemorate this historic milestone, the WMU has set the LMCO goal at $175 million. That’s a big goal! We’ve never received an offering that high. Last year, our goal was $165 million, and we received $157.3 million in offerings, the third highest receipts in history. What a challenge we have before us! Karla and I are so grateful that our family here in SCW is such a giving and generous church, which gives evidence of your love and desire to reach the nations for Christ. Thank you all so much for your love and prayers. God bless!

 

Are You Registered To Vote?

One of the gifts of liberty is the freedom to express ourselves through voting during Elections and voting on issues both nationally and locally.  There are many in this world who do not have that right.  Let’s take our privilege and responsibility seriously.  This year is different than any other.  Make sure you participate. Are you registered to vote?  Are you uncertain?  Go to www.vote.gov and register or check your status.  Oct.5 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3rd elections and issues on the ballot.  Check and make sure you are ready.

Have a Blessed Week.  Make it count for God and His Kingdom.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

September 25, 2020

FBCSCW E-Blast

 

Do What He Says – A Devotional Thought

“Obey the Lord your God and follow his commands and decrees that I give you today.” Deuteronomy 27:10

My mom shared an experience when I was four years old.  I was dressed in my Sunday best, to attend my brother’s piano recital. After a tedious hour, we left the building to go to the car. The sudden breath of freedom was too much for me. Darting from her side, I began galloping around on the lawn. Mom got my attention, she told me to come and walk with her like a gentleman.  As she firmly took my hand, I asked, “Why do I always got to be good?”

Children need to understand the importance of obeying rules and avoiding inappropriate behavior. They may be slow to recognize their parent’s superior wisdom. 

Christian adults often ask the same question I asked. Our spiritual immaturity may keep us from acknowledging the wisdom of God’s commands. His plans for His children are far better than anything we might choose for ourselves. Besides, obeying God brings blessings; ignoring His commands often brings undesirable consequences. 

Father, help me to recognize Your superior wisdom as I seek to obey Your commands.

Sunday is Coming

The past two Sundays have been a glorious time of worship and seeing friends and neighbors.  I appreciate all those participating in visiting the 21 first time guests from these last two weeks.  

We believe that this Sunday will be special too.  We will meet at 9:00am and 11:00am.  There is no need to reserve a spot.  Just come prepared to worship and give God the honor and glory that only He deserves. Invite someone to come with you.

This coming Sunday’s Sermon is from Ps. 19. The title of this message is “Truth for Today.”  Ps. 19 speaks to how God’s Word speaks to us.  We know that God speaks to us through prayer, circumstances, other believers, the Holy Spirit, and the church, but primarily He has spoken to us through His written revelation, the inspired Word of God.

Plan to come and learn about the symbols God uses to describe the Bible. Bring a friend or two with you. 

 

Come to the Church on Saturday to Prayer for America

Would you join together in prayer with believers across the country tomorrow, Saturday, September 26 at 9:00am?

This is a day, when around the country, there is a call to prayer for repentance.  It is a time for Christians in our country pray to intercede for America and pray for a mighty move of God in these perilous times.  From thousands gathering in Washington DC, with Franklin Graham, to believers in many cities, towns and communities around the country Christians will be gathered to pray.  We will be part of a large prayer gathering in our local setting.

I am asking those who are willing to come to the church at 9:00am to pray together for God’s blessings and for the church to be renewed. We will meet outside in the west parking lot at the entry way to the main lobby.  Bring a chair and be ready to pray for our community, our state, and our nation.  We plan to finish our time of prayer at 9:45am. 

Are You Registered to Vote?

One of the gifts of liberty is the freedom to express ourselves through voting during Elections and voting on issues both nationally and locally.  There are many in this world who do not have that right.  Let’s take our privilege and responsibility seriously.  This year is different than any other.  Make sure you participate. Are you registered to vote?  Are you uncertain?  Go to www.vote.gov and register or check your status.  October 5 is the last day to register to vote for the November 3 elections and issues on the ballot.  Check and make sure you are ready.

MISSION:DIGNITY – Assisting Retired Ministers and Spouses

We are getting toward the end of our Mission:Dignity offering for September. Each year we take a special offering for Mission:Dignity. This offering goes to the Guidestone Financial Services Mission:Dignity Department.  This is one of our Southern Baptist Agencies and this department assists our retired ministers and spouses in their greatest time of need.  Some of these may have been your pastors/wives from the past or even your parents. To date, our office has received over $3,500 for this special offering.  Thank you so much for your kind generosity to those who have service faithfully over the decades. 

See you Saturday morning at 9:00am for Prayer for America. 

Pastor Kirby

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