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February 11, 2021

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Devotional Thought – Love

I Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Debbie and I met on a softball field all those years ago in New Mexico.  She was a summer missionary from Maryland, and I was a single pastor at my first church fresh out of seminary in my home state.  

It was not love at first sight. We did not see fireworks.  If anything, it was just awkward. That was probably because we each had expectations and assumptions that we and others had placed on us prior to our meeting.  

I had heard that there was this beautiful and talented summer missionary that would be at our church for a week. She had been told by people in other churches that I was a single pastor and a good catch.

At that first meeting our defenses went up immediately.  It was a little tense from the time she and her partner were dropped off for the week.  Debbie was not interested in “meeting a guy” not to mention a pastor. I was looking forward to meeting this gal, but I sensed the “cold shoulder” immediately. Our expectations and assumptions defined that first meeting.

Fortunately, as the week progressed, we let our guards down and it happened. I fell in love with Debbie that week.  It was something I had never experienced.  She must have felt the same way as we are in our 36th year of marriage. 

We celebrate Valentine’s Day, not because of its pagan roots, rather, it gives us another opportunity to show the one we love in that very special way that we care for them, we have their back, we are deeply in love with them.

I hope this weekend you will be able to spoil that someone special to show you care.  It could be your spouse, a dear friend, a family member…but, take the time to let them know you care.  And “the greatest of these is love.”

 

“When Jesus Comes to Church” Sermon – This Sunday

Title: The Church Besides Satan’s Throne

Text: Rev. 2:12-17

Live Streaming Update

We do apologize for the poor sound quality for the sermons this past Sunday at both services.  Our technology team continues to investigate the cause of as well as other issues recently.  

To make sure that we are providing a strong backup each Sunday we will continue to live stream the entire service at both the 9:00am and 11:00am Worship Services.  In addition, we will have the sermon for that Sunday taped and put on the website (www.fbcscw.org) each Sunday morning early so that you can view it at any time.  The sermon will match the series of sermons that are live that Sunday morning.  Thank you for your continued support in this endeavor.

Baby Bottles for New Life Pregnancy Center

Don’t forget the baby bottles in each lobby for you to take and fill up during this month.  All funds go to the New Life Pregnancy Center.

New Life Pregnancy Center provides hope and care for those facing a planned or unplanned, through Christ-centered ministries.  Their goal is “to see that every unborn baby, child, man and woman is shown care, support, patience, kindness and the love of Jesus Christ.  Your support enables NLPC to provide free pregnancy tests, counseling, parenting classes, ultrasounds (where available), Bible Studies and material assistance such as diapers and clothing.”  Join us and lets invest in the future.

Watchman Prayer Journals and Schedules Available for 2021

As we end the first year of the Watchman Prayer Ministry, we reflect on what God has done.  He moved us into that ministry just prior to the pandemic and it has been a wonderful and meaningful ministry as we pray for revival, spiritual awakening, community and national needs.

Since there is no good way for us to efficiently sign up for a New Year we have determined that best idea was to extend the current schedule for the foreseeable future.  As you look at the schedule and you see an opening, or if you need to opt out from your hour or you would like to join the Watchman for the first time please contact the church office and they will help accomplish what is best for you.

If you are a Watchman Prayer Warrior who has been filling out their Journal this past year you will notice that you are out of space.  We want to make sure you have the resources you need.  We have produced the Prayer Journal for 2021 and a Revised Watchman Prayer Schedule.  

They will be available this Sunday in each lobby.  You may also pick them up at the church office.  Next week, I will be sending them by email so that you can have them to print yourself.  If you have any questions, please let our office know.

 

February Just One More Thing – Love in Action

The need is great this month.  Can you help replenish St. Mary’s Food Bank in this New Year.  Please donate any of the following in February: Soup of any kind – canned, individual, dried or by the case.  Non-perishable. It has been encouraging to see our folks bring in soup already this month…lots of cans.  Very touching.

Owen Harris

We were deeply saddened by the loss of one of our staff members this week.  Our dear friend and organist passed away at home on Tuesday (his birthday).  Owen was always available to do what Nancy needed done in the music ministry.  He had a quick wit, a strong biblical knowledge and was a master at making our beautiful organ “sing.”  We will forever remember those amazing old hymns that Owen would play “wide open.”  We celebrate the life of our staff member, friend, and brother…a life well-lived, a Savior well-served.

Jim Crump’s Memorial Service

We will be celebrating the life of our friend Jim Crump on Saturday, February 27th at 11:00am.  Please continue to pray for Debbie in this difficult loss.  

Jim’s influence went far and wide. That was because of his humility, servant attitude and loving spirit. I can imagine that one of the first people to meet Jim at Heaven’s gates was Don Butticci.  

 

Jim had spent several years befriending Don on the golf course. Jim shared Christ and his love with Don over that time.  Then Jim invited Don to one of our Movie Matinee’s. After coming for a while Don began coming to our Worship Services.  It wasn’t long until Don accepted Christ and was baptized.  What a celebration.  Don’s health began to fail and eventually passed away.  

Don is in Heaven today and was in line to greet Jim because Jim took an interested and shared the most important thing in life to Don…Christ.  Who do you know that you can befriend and begin the process of praying for and sharing Christ with?  Follow Jim’s legacy. 

The Twins Are Home

The twins made it home on Tuesday around noon.  They are doing well.  We want them to continue to eat well and keep their oxygen levels right.  Thank you for much for your prayers now and for the past two years…they have meant the world to us.  Double-click on the attachments and get a sneak peek.

Have a blessed weekend.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

February 4, 2021

 

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Devotional Thought by Bessie L. Kennedy

 

Invitation from Jesus

 

 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are of heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:29

 

“I poured myself a second cup of hot tea and sat down at the cluttered breakfast table, glad that my family had gone their separate ways.  I needed time alone. Just as I decided that nothing else can possibility go wrong, I thought, something does.

 

The sudden death of my brother, the news that my father was terminally ill, a scheduled complicated surgery for our youngest son, financial difficulties – was there any area of our lives untouched by trouble? Although the sun was shining outside, it seemed as though a heavy, dark cloud was hanging over me. I had prided myself on being able to cope with anything, but all at once life seemed to be one constant crisis. What is happening to me? I wondered. Where is the inner peace I always expected to have when under stress?

 

Wandering into the living room, I went to the piano and began playing a favorite hymn, ‘My Jesus, I Love Thee.’  Abruptly, I stopped playing and poured out my heart to God. The dark cloud seemed to lift as God’s presence filled my heart. My problems did not suddenly disappear that day, but I gained assurance that God would walk with me as I faced them.”

 

Father help me as I face the problems and circumstances that come my way today.  Help me to trust you.

“When Jesus Comes to Church” Sermon – This Sunday

Title: The Church of the Suffering Saints

Text: Revelation 2:8-11

The Church in Smyrna struggled against two hostile forces: a Jewish population strongly opposed to Christianity, and a non-Jewish population that was loyal to Rome and supported emperor worship.  Persecution and suffering were inevitable in an environment like this.  This Sunday, see what Jesus says to this struggling church. 

Deacon Ordination

Sunday, January 31 was a special day for our church.  The church ordained four new deacons to our deacon ministry.  The service itself was sacred.  The testimonies of each of the new deacons was inspiring.  Each presented a quite different journey of God’s leading in their lives to this point of feeling called by God to serve as deacons.

It is a solemn time when a person feels a calling from God and then to have the church affirm that calling.  The empowerment to serve through the mighty movement of God’s Spirit is deeply felt and experienced.  We look forward to the ministry and service of our Deacon Council this next year.

We are grateful to the three deacons who rotated off the Deacon Council this month.  Al Jackson, Lois Smith and Bill Swinney served with passion and humility during the last three years.  We are deeply thankful for their faithful service to this congregation and so many others that were touched by their ministry.

Live Streaming on Sunday Mornings – Important Information

 

Each Sunday we are live streaming our worship services at 9:00am and 11:00am on our website (www.fbcscw.org) and on our First Baptist Church, Sun City West Facebook page.  Please take the time to enjoy one of these services.

 

Because technology is not always stable, we have provided back up plans to make sure you are able to watch our services and/or sermon sometime on Sunday.  Our technology contractors tell us that because so many churches are live streaming across the country (for the same reason we are) that it is taxing the internet providers; they are all trying to access at the same times.  That means that our Tech Team and our equipment may be functioning perfectly, but we will lose our internet connection, or it will become unstable and will create issues for our live streaming.  Sometimes, our Tech Team must close our live streaming down due to the poor connections.  

 

Therefore, we have several back-up plans we want to share with you so that you can enjoy your church family worshipping together if you are watching online.  Each Sunday we live stream at the 9:00am and 11:00am services.  If one of the services has issues and is creating frustrations as you watch, then we suggest you watch the other service.  

 

In other words, if you are watching the 9:00am service and there are glitches, then wait and watch the 11:00am service.  If you are watching the 11:00am service and there are glitches, then go back and watch the 9am worship service as it has been recorded and would be available to watch anytime.  

 

In the worst-case scenario where both of our live stream services had glitches, then after 12:00pm on Sunday, our team will upload a new pre-recorded sermon we have prepared for you to watch and be encouraged. 

 

Also, don’t forget that on our Website you will find our Service/Sermon Archives that will allow you to go back and watch all our previous services/sermons.  If you have any questions on this, please call the church office.

 

Baby Bottles for New Life Pregnancy Center

The Mission’s Committee has made available baby bottles in each lobby you to take and fill up this month.  All funds go to the New Life Pregnancy Center.

New Life Pregnancy Center provides hope and care for those facing a planned or unplanned pregnancy, through Christ-centered ministries.  Their goal is “to see that every unborn baby, child, man and woman is shown care, support, patience, kindness and the love of Jesus Christ.  Your support enables NLPC to provide free pregnancy tests, counseling, parenting classes, ultrasounds (where available), Bible Studies and material assistance such as diapers and clothing.”

This Sunday, take one or more baby bottles and fill them up with coins, paper money or checks.  Checks should be made out to New Life Pregnancy Center. Make a difference in the world…invest in the future.

February Just One More Thing – Love in Action

The need is great this month.  Can you help replenish St. Mary’s Food Bank in this New Year?  Please donate the following in February: Soup of any kind – canned, individual, dried, or by the case.  Non-perishable. It has been encouraging to see our folks bring in soup already this month…lots of cans.  Very touching.

Guess Who’s Turning 100

 

Clifford Barker will be turning 100 on Sunday, February 14.  What a time to celebrate with one of our own, who has hit a milestone that many of us only dream about. 

 

Clifford joined FBCSCW on September 20, 2015.  Clifford is a true gentleman who is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.  He has been a faithful attender and supporter of FBCSCW.  In addition, he loves his church and invites those around him to come and be a part.  Recently, one of those he invited joined our church.  

 

Help Clifford to celebrate this special milestone by sending him a card or calling him.  His contact information is in the church directory.  

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2021

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New Seven-Week Sermon Series Begins This Sunday

“When Jesus Comes to Church” 

Lessons from the Churches of The Revelation 

Rev. 2-3

Sunday, January 31     

Title: The Church Which Grew Cold

Text: Rev. 2:1-6

Sunday, February 7

Title: The Church of the Suffering Saints

Text: Rev. 2:8-11

Sunday, February 14

Title: The Church Beside Satan’s Throne

Text: Rev. 2:12-17

Sunday, February 21

Title: The Church Where Jezebel Was

Text: Rev. 2:18-29

Sunday, February 28

Title: The Church That Didn’t Know It Was Dead

Text: Rev. 3:1-5

Sunday, March 7

Title: The Church with an Open Door

Text: Rev. 3:7-13

Sunday, March 14

Title: The Church of the Closed Door

Text: Rev. 3:14-19

 

Deacon Ordination

All four deacon candidates were elected by the congregation this past Sunday.  Each are new deacons and therefore will move forward with their ordination.  The ordination service is scheduled for this Sunday, January 31 at 4:00pm.  The entire church is invited and encouraged to attend. It will be held in the worship center and is always a celebrated event.  Each candidate will be sharing their testimony and our congregation will enjoy the reading of scripture, singing songs of the faith, prayers, and a special charge as they embark on this wonderful ministry and commitment. Social distancing will in place.

We are inviting every ordained minister and deacon to be part of the Ordaining Council who will meet with the candidates at 3:00pm on Sunday, January 31.  It will be a solemn time of discerning the view, theology, and beliefs of each candidate.  That meeting will take place in the CLC.  

Please pray for this special time in the life of our church.

 

Watchman on the Wall Prayer Ministry Is Calling You

The Watchman on the Wall Prayer Ministry is a strategic prayer ministry that the FBCSCW church family has engaged in this past year.  It continues to be an initiative to encourage the people of God to commit to one or more hours of prayer each week, at a specific day and time.  This ministry is designed to have just one person at their appointed hour. The churchwide goal is to have as many hours as possible covered during the week by intercessors.  The purpose of the Watchman Prayer Ministry is to pray for our church and her ministries, our community, state, nation and for true spiritual awakening and revival.

If you are not involved in this ministry and would like to be, please call the church office to check on available times. We have several hours available and would love to get you on the schedule. We currently have 94 prayer warriors who have taken on 110 hours each week.

If you are currently in the Watchman Prayer Ministry but would like to change your time of prayer, or if you desire to not continue in 2021, please call the church office and speak with Elizabeth.  She will help you in making the changes that you desire. 

Pray through Isaiah 62:6-7, “I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth,” and listen to God’s calling. 

 

Baby Bottles for New Life Pregnancy Center

The Missions Committee will be making available baby bottles for you to fill up through February 28.  New Life Pregnancy Center provides hope and care for those facing a planned or unplanned, through Christ-centered ministries.  Their goal is “to see that every unborn baby, child, man and woman is shown care, support, patience, kindness and the love of Jesus Christ.  Your support enables NLPC to provide free pregnancy tests, counseling, parenting classes, ultrasounds (where available), Bible Studies and material assistance such as diapers and clothing.”

This Sunday, please take one or more baby bottles and fill them up with coins, paper money, or checks.  Checks should be made out to New Life Pregnancy Center. In this time when we are limited in where we can go, this is something we can do and give to that has value and is meaningful.

 

February Just One Thing – Love in Action

The need is great this month.  Can you help replenish St. Mary’s Food Bank in this New Year.  Please donate any of the following in February: Soup of any kind – canned, individual, dried or by the case.  Non-perishable.

 

Contribution Statements Have Been Mailed

The contribution statements for 2020 were mailed last week.  When you get yours, please look it over and if you have any questions please call Carol Wood at our church office.  If, in the next week or so, you haven’t received your statement please call Carol and let her know.

Thank you for your faithfulness in giving this past year.  We surpassed our budget, lowered our expenses, and eclipsed our Lottie Moon Goal  - all because of your generosity.  Thank you from the depths of our hearts.  To God be the Glory.  I look forward to seeing what this amazing congregation will do in 2021 as great opportunities return to serve the Lord through our ministries.  Those opportunities are on the horizon.  We can accomplish these together.  

 

The Twins Are Here…

Their names and the meaning behind them are below:

In her five-year journey to conceive, Sarah has been through numerous tests, procedures, failed pregnancies, and even surgeries, almost losing her life in November 2019.  During her journey, the music of a contemporary Christian band carried her through many dark days.  One song, "Miracles," spoke so loudly to Sarah's heart with lyrics like “With every option exhausted, you’ve tried everything you know.  You saw a light then you lost it, but there is still hope….so reach for something beyond it, ‘cause He is our hope…You will see He still does miracles!”

Today, we are praising God for two little miracles!   

Hawk Isaac Nelson (named after the Christian band, Hawk Nelson, the authors of the above song); and Remington Samuel Nelson (they will call him Remy for short).

Both boys have middle names that honor two men in the Bible given to women who desperately wanted children. 

Hawk is 5 lbs., 14 oz and 18 inches long.  Remy is 6 lbs., 3 oz and 18 inches long.  Momma, Daddy, and babies are doing well.

We thank you for your constant prayers for our family and we praise God for our wonderful church family! 

Have a great week.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2021

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT:

 

Following Jesus’ example, we will:

 

  • Genuinely worship God.

  • Intentionally disciple believers.

  • Actively serve each other.

  • Passionately engage the community through relational friendship, sharing the Gospel, love in action, and acts of kindness.

New Seven-Week Sermon Series Beginning Sunday, January 31

Title: “When Jesus Comes to Church”

Text: Revelation 2-3

Goal: Learning Lessons from the Seven Churches of The Revelation

There are many lessons that modern Christians, living in North America, should take to heart…including us.  There is a warning for us which is well-described by commentator Craig Keener on Zondervan Academic:

“The church, no matter how powerless in a given society, is a guardian of its culture.

Given the high degree of assimilation of North American Christians to our culture’s values – more time spent on entertainment than on witness, more money spent on our comfort than on human need - the prognosis for the society as a whole is not good. 

When pagans charged that Rome fell because of its conversion to Christianity, Augustine responded that it fell rather because its sins were piled as high as heaven and because the commitment of most of its Christian population remained too shallow to restrain God’s wrath. Naturally, we recognize that not all suffering reflects judgment; but some does, especially on the societal level. Is Western Christianity genuinely different enough from our cultures to delay God’s judgment on our societies?”

That is a good question. During this sermon series, learning from these seven churches of Asia Minor will help us to consider lessons that are applicable to our church and churches across North America.  Take time to read and study these scriptures in Revelation 2-3 and may God bless and challenge us in this series.

Deacon Ordination

All four deacon candidates were elected by the congregation this past Sunday.  Each are new deacons and therefore we will move forward with their ordination.  The ordination service is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 4:00pm.  The entire church is invited and encouraged to attend. It will be held in the worship center and is always a celebrated event.  Each candidate will be sharing their testimony and our congregation will enjoy the reading of scripture, singing songs of the faith, prayers, and a special charge as they embark on this wonderful ministry and commitment. Social distancing will be in place.

We are inviting every ordained minister and deacon to be part of the Ordaining Council and to meet with the candidates at 3:00pm on Sunday, January 31.  It will be a solemn time of discerning the view, theology, and beliefs of each candidate.  That meeting will take place in the CLC.  

Please pray for this special time in the life of our church.

Church Conference

Our members are invited and encouraged to participate in our Quarterly Church Conference next Wednesday, January 27 at 4pm.  This will be a time to review what has taken place in ministry and through finances over the last quarter.  In addition, we will be able to review our 2020 year-to-date giving and expenses.  There will be other matters of discussion and information and will be worth the time spent.  This is our time every three months to conduct the Lord’s business as a congregation.  We must have a quorum which would be 36 people present. So, please plan to attend.

The Church Conference will be held in the Worship Center and social distancing will be in place. The packets for this church conference will be available this Sunday, January 24 in the foyers as you leave the Sunday morning services.

Watchman Prayer Ministry Update

The Watchman Prayer Ministry is extending the current schedule into 2021.  If you are not involved in this ministry and would like to be, please call the church office to check on available times. We have several hour-long slots available and would love to get you on the schedule. We currently have 94 prayer warriors who have taken on 110 hours each week to pray for our church ministries, revival and spiritual awakening in our community, state, nation, and world.  Please consider joining this exciting and powerful ministry.

If you are currently in the Watchman Prayer Ministry but would like to change your time of prayer or if you desire to not continue in 2021, please call the church office and speak with Elizabeth.  She will help you in making the changes you desire.

Baby Bottles for New Life Pregnancy Center

Beginning next Wednesday, January 27, the Missions Committee will be making baby bottles available for you to fill with change through February 28.  New Life Pregnancy Center provides hope and care for those facing a planned or unplanned pregnancy, through Christ-centered ministries.  Their goal is “to see that every unborn baby, child, man and woman is shown care, support, patience, kindness and the love of Jesus Christ.  Your support enables NLPC to provide free pregnancy tests, counseling, parenting classes, ultrasounds (where available), Bible Studies and material assistance such as diapers and clothing.”

How can you help in this Sanctity of Human Life effort?  Take one or more baby bottles and fill them up with coins, paper money or checks.  Checks should be made out to New Life Pregnancy Center. 

Just One Thing – Faith in Action

The need is great this month.  Can you help replenish St. Mary’s Food Bank after the holiday rush?  Please donate any of the following in January: Peanut Butter, Canned Protein, Canned Ravioli, Canned Fruits, Canned Veggies, Dry or Canned Beans and Cereal.  Just bring these goods and put them in the Donation Room.  If you need additional help, stop by the church office.

 

International Missions - Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

We are Praising the Lord for a generous and mission-minded church.  Our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal for 2020 was $16,200.  To date First Baptist Church, Sun City West has generously given $20,009.00.  I could not be prouder of a congregation that, in a time of challenge, chaos, and confusion in the world, has stepped up to the plate and said the answer for this world is JESUS!!  Every dollar you have given to this offering will go to help our over 3,500 missionaries around the world to build relationships, provide training, leadership and discipleship and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Well done, FBCSCW!!

 

Have a great week, Church Family.

 

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

January 7, 2021

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Vision Statement - First Baptist Church, Sun City West

We see a day when FBCSCW is known for:

  • Our love for Jesus

  • Our love for each other

  • Our love for our community

 

Special Speaker on Sunday, January 10

Dr. Scott Williamson will be speaking at both worship services this Sunday, January 10.  Dr. Williamson has spent many years as a Senior Pastor and denominational leader in California, Alaska, and Arizona.  We are blessed that in retirement he and his wife Trudy have made FBCSCW home.  Scott is an excellent Bible Study Teacher and communicator of God’s Word.  You will enjoy the message God has laid on his heart.

Debbie and I appreciate the many prayers lifted on our behalf and the entire family of Mr. Klein.  We do appreciate your continual prayers as we lay Mr. Klein to rest beside his bride of 50 years at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. Thank you, Scott, for preaching this Sunday.

Birthing a New Church – Asante’ Church Launches 

The new church plant we have partnered with for the last year and a half launched their  first public service this past Sunday, January 3.  Asante’ Church will meet at the Asante’ Preparatory Academy in the Asante’/Desert Oasis community in Surprise.  

They had 80 plus people, with 14 first time guests.  There is one awaiting baptism.  These are exciting times. I asked Alex how everything went, his comment was “It went amazing!”  This is a wonderful beginning that has been 28 months in the planning for FBCSCW.  I was never prouder of our church than when our Missions Committee recommended, and our church voted unanimously, to become a partner with Asante’. 

 

Our prayers continue for their staff and people as they reach that fast-growing community for the cause of Christ which has little evangelical witness. Commit to pray fervently for them every week.

Presenting the Deacon Candidates to the Church Body 

The Deacon Screening Committee, with the support of the Deacon Body, is presenting the following individuals as Deacon Candidates: Pat Centner, Gail Coffey, Tom Loushin, and Chuck Mitchell.

The vote on these candidates will be held on Sunday morning, January 17, 2021.  Deacons are a servant body, and their service is vital to the ongoing ministry of our church.  Please pray for God’s direction in the election process, and for those who will be elected to begin serving alongside our current Deacons.

Just One Thing – Faith in Action

The need is great this month.  If you can help replenish St. Mary’s Food Bank after the holiday rush, please donate any of the following: Peanut Butter, Canned Protein, Canned Ravioli, Canned Fruits, Canned Veggies, Dry or Canned Beans and Cereal.  Just bring these items and put them in the Donation Room at church. 

 

International Missions - Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

We are Praising the Lord for a generous and mission-minded church.  Our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Goal for 2020 was $16,200.  We have already exceeded $17,000 and donations continue to come in.  What a special time of celebration as we consider the needs of the world and our International Missionaries.  These missionaries serve around the world building relationships in order to share the gospel and help disciple new believers for God’s Kingdom. Well-done, First Baptist Church, Sun City West.

 

Who Will You Pray for and Witness to in 2021? 

The “Who’s Your One” Witness Training Conference is coming soon.  Will you sign up to participate? 

The rally will be on Sunday night, January 17 at 6:00pm at North Phoenix Baptist Church. The keynote speaker is Dr. Johnny Hunt, one of the premier speakers in the country. 

In addition, on Monday morning, January 18 from 8:30am to 12:15pm will be the “Who’s Your One?” workshops which consist of practical training sessions designed to equip and mobilize our church in evangelism. You will be instructed, inspired, and encouraged in evangelism through workshop topics, such as:

♦ Cultivating Your Heart for Evangelism 

♦ Practical Ways to Start Gospel Conversations 

♦ Creating a Culture of Evangelism in Your Church

♦ And more . . .    

Space is limited for the Monday Conference so you must sign up.  We can do that for you if you call the church office.  As people sign up, we will see about the possibility of carpooling.  Please be reminded that social distancing and other social protocols will be followed.

Watchman Prayer Ministry Update

The Watchman Prayer Ministry is extending the current schedule into 2021.  If you are not involved in this ministry and would like to be, please call the church office to check on available times. We have several hours available and would love to get you on the schedule. We currently have 95 prayer warriors, who have taken on 112 hours each week to pray for our church ministries, revival and spiritual awakening in our community, state, nation, and world.  Please consider joining this exciting and powerful ministry.

Blessings.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

December 30, 2020

 

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New Year

It is fascinating what difference one day makes.  At midnight on December 31 the bell strikes, and it is January 1…a New Year.  There are still issues that carry from December 31 which need to be addressed.  Yet, there is still a message of Hope when that bell rings.  Hope of turning the page or rounding the corner on some new opportunities and relationships.  It is like having the ability to start over. 

 

Dr. J. B. Fowler Jr. shared a story that made an impression on me.  

 

“A cartoon appeared in a newspaper one New Year’s Day.  There was old Father Time, weary and stooped, seated behind his desk. And, on the wall behind Father Time was a calendar.

 

Sitting in front of Father Time was an immature, ego-centered looking young fellow, pointing to the entire calendar and saying demandingly, ‘I’ll take that one.” 

 

Instead of giving him the whole calendar of 365 sheets, wise old Father Time carefully tore off January1 and handed it to the young fellow. ‘Son,” he said, ‘you will only take this one. Come back tomorrow, and I will give you the next one.’” 

 

God intends us to live only one day at a time.  Even the Almighty God suggests we come back tomorrow for the next one.  

 

As you look at the new opportunities of 2021, and maybe even set goals like I do, make sure that you live only one day at a time.  That is what God gives us…today.  Plan and be willing to be used of God this entire year.  Live each day like it is your last day and serve Him and His Kingdom to the fullest. 

Lord’s Supper Service This Sunday, January 3

This Sunday, at both the 9:00am and 11:00am services, we will celebrate the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. 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 streaming.  Please take the time to prepare your heart for this significant act of worship…”in remembrance of Him.”  Our theme for this service around the Lord’s Supper is Hope.

Help!!  Help!! Help!!  Decorating Committee Needs

The Decorating Committee needs as many volunteers as possible to help take down Christmas Decorations on Tuesday, January 5 beginning at 9:00am. Please let Debbie Crump know if you can help and/or call the church office.

 

End-of-Year Giving Reminder

Because of our faithful giving, we spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and confront the culture with God's lifesaving truth.  Lives are changed and society is impacted through our dynamic ministry together!

 

With the end of the year just around the corner, your gift by December 31, 2020 can create a tremendous advantage for you and the ministry of FBCSCW.  Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity to make an even greater impact for the Gospel.

 

Please refer to the E-Blast from Monday for more details or contact the church office at 623-584-5738.

 

Deacon Screening Committee Update 

The Deacon Screening Committee has completed interviews with potential Deacon candidates, and four individuals have agreed to allow their names to be presented for election during January.  These individuals are Pat Centner, Gail Coffey, Tom Loushin, and Chuck Mitchell.

In keeping with our guidelines, their names are provided here to allow you to begin praying for them, and for the election which will be held on Sunday morning, January 17, 2021.  Deacons are a servant body, and their service is vital to the ongoing ministry of our church.  Please pray for God’s direction in the election process, and for those who will be elected to begin serving alongside our current Deacons.

Just One Thing – Giving to St. Mary’s Food Bank

To help replenish St. Mary’s Food Bank after the holiday rush, please donate any of                 the following in January: Peanut Butter, Canned Protein, Canned Ravioli, Canned Fruits, Canned Veggies, Dry or Canned Beans and Cereal.

 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Christmas has come and gone for 2020.  Christmas greetings, cards, e-mails, and texts have encouraged.  Gifts have been exchanged, packages opened, and joy has prevailed.  It was a blessed season of remembrance of God’s unconditional love brought from heaven to earth as we celebrated the Savior’s birth.  

 

Remember, Christmas is not over.  The message of Christmas still rings out from our faithfulness here and around the globe.  We continue to celebrate God’s gift to us.  As we saw on Sunday, it is a gift that “should not be hoarded but heralded.”  

 

Commit to share that Good News here in your neighborhood and with friends and family.  In addition, be a part of sharing the Good News around the world by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.  Every dollar of those offerings goes to support the 3,535 International Missionaries we have on the field.  They will share in places you and I will never go.  Yet, we can be partners in the seeds of the Gospel being planted.  It’s not too late.  We will continue to take this offering through January. 

 

Who’s Your One?  A Training Like No Other

 Who will you focus on this year to strive to lead to Christ? There is help available. 

The North American Mission Board is presenting a conference equipping believers to lead others to Christ in 2021.  The conference is called “Who’s Your One?” 

The rally will be on Sunday night, January 17 at 6:00pm at North Phoenix Baptist Church. The keynote speaker is Dr. Johnny Hunt, one of the premier speakers in the country.  

In addition, the “Who’s Your One?” Evangelism workshop will be on Monday morning, January 18 from 8am to noon.  

The “Who’s Your One?” Evangelism Workshop consists of practical training sessions designed to equip and mobilize our church in evangelism. You will be instructed, inspired, and encouraged in evangelism through workshop topics, such as:

♦ Cultivating Your Heart for Evangelism 

♦ Practical Ways to Start Gospel Conversations 

♦ Creating a Culture of Evangelism in Your Church

♦ And more . . .    

I would like for you to attend one or both of these opportunities. To sign up, or if you have questions, please call the church office.  If you would like to caravan to these opportunities, please let us know as well.  Please be reminded that social distancing and other social protocols will be followed.

Have a great week.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

December 28, 2020

FBCSCW E-Blast – Special Year-End Giving Information


 

Year-End Giving

 

The New Year is around the corner.  I wanted to share some information on year-end giving.

 

Because of our faithful giving, we spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and confront the culture with God's lifesaving truth.  Lives are changed and society is impacted through our dynamic ministry together!

 

With the end of the year just around the corner, your gift by December 31, 2020 can create a tremendous advantage for you and the ministry of FBCSCW.  Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity to leverage your God-given resources to make an even greater impact for the Gospel.

 

Below are some questions about year-end giving that our Financial Assistant has put together that might be helpful:

 

  • If I mail my contribution in December 2020, but it doesn't reach the church until January 2021, for which year should I claim it?  On your 2020 tax return.  [a check that is mailed to the church is deductible in the year the check is mailed and postmarked, even if it is received in the next year.]

 

  • All checks must be dated and postmarked no later than December 31, 2020, in order to be able to claim the amount on 2020 taxes.

 

    • Example:  Mary mails (and postmarks) her check in December 2020.  Her Church doesn't receive the check until January 2021.  The check is deductible on Mary's 2020 tax return.

 

  • E-giving:  The donation must be submitted and accepted by December 31, 2020 to claim on 2020 tax return.  Go to FBCSCW.org website, click on the giving key and follow the simple instructions.  You will need a password along with your email address.  

 

  • If you are dropping off your year-end gift please have it to the office by Wednesday, December 30 by 4:00pm.  The church office will be closed on Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1, 2020. The office will reopen on Monday, January 4.  

 

If you have any questions, please contact the church office by Wednesday, December 30 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
 

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