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October 14, 2021

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Devotional Thought – The Gospel Life

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” Gal. 2:20.

A companion asked a carpenter concerning his work on a building, “Are you doing that right?” “I am obeying instructions,” the carpenter replied. “I’m not the contractor, and I’m going by the book.”

A little later, the carpenter was ridiculing his friend for not doing certain work on Sunday. His friend gave him back his own answers: “I am going by the book. That is the safest way when you are building a house, and that is the safest way when you are building a life.”

This story demonstrates law and grace. The carpenter, bound by the rules of the trade, represents the law. His companion, free to follow God’s way of grace through faith, could say with Paul the words of this key verse. Believers should be guided by Christ through the Spirit in following the teachings of God’s Word.

Lord, please guide me today as I strive to live my life for you. Amen.

It’s Here – Pathways to Peace in the Present Seminar

The response to this conference has been excellent. Even though the time to sign-up for meals has passed, you may still come to hear the speakers. We estimate that the programs will start at the following times:  5:35pm Friday night; 8:30am Saturday for the Men; 12 Noon Saturday for the Ladies.

Pathways to Peace in the Present

“Finding Peace as Senior Adults in Today’s Challenging World”

How do you find true peace in chaos? In fear? In relationships? In your mind? Don’t miss this relevant and personally meaningful conference.

Friday, October 15 – Churchwide Supper 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Special Music – Clarence and Martha Bradley

Presentation – Dr Iorg

  Topic: Peace in Chaos

Saturday, October 16

Men’s Breakfast 8:00am – 9:00am

Presentation – Dr Iorg 

Topic: Leadership by Men in Challenging Times

Women’s Luncheon 11:30am – 1:00pm

Presentation – Ann Iorg

Topic: Overcoming Fear

Sunday, October 17

9:00am – 9:30am Bible Study Hour Session Worship Center

Presentation – Dr Iorg

Topic: Peace in Relationships

9:30am – 10:00am - Interview with Dr and Mrs. Iorg

Topic: How have you both found peace in your public and private roles in these challenging times?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 7, 2021

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Devotional Thought – The Gospel Truth

“We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.” Gal. 2:5

Believers often are criticized for accepting as truth Jesus’ statement “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).  Today’s society tends to reject religious absolutes. Some view truth as relative, perceiving truth to be whatever one chooses to believe.

Others embrace universalism, which teaches that eventually all will be saved. Inclusiveness holds that although Jesus may be a Savior, salvation may also be received by responding to God’s revelation in nature, conscience, or other religions.

Still others are part of the fastest growing group called “nones.”  Twenty-five percent of Americans have identified themselves as nones, meaning identify with no religion.

Paul warned the Galatians, “There will be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:7). Paul sought to retain the purity of the gospel by insisting that faith in Christ is the basis for salvation. He would reassure us today, even as he did the Ephesians: “You also were included in Christ when you heard the world of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Eph. 1:13).

Lord, help me to be firm in Your truth so that I can help those who cross my path who are confused about You.

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: Living Wisely Today

Text: Ps. 90

Central focus: We live in a time-conscious age. To an age like ours God speaks a time-less truth.  He reminds us to pray in Ps. 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” This verse is part of a meditation on how short and frail life is. It is set against the backdrop of the timelessness of God.  Check out how this is relevant to each of us this Sunday morning.

Pathways to Peace in the Present

“Finding Peace as Senior Adults in Today’s Challenging World”

How do you find true peace in chaos? In fear? In relationships? In your mind?  Next weekend you will find encouragement in each of these areas.  Don’t miss out on this relevant and personally meaningful conference.  Please sign up this Sunday for each of the meals.

Friday, October 15 – Churchwide Supper 5:00pm – 6:30pm (please sign up on Sunday or by calling the church office)

Presentation – Dr Iorg (30-45 min)

  Topic: Peace in Chaos

Saturday, October 16

Men’s Breakfast 8:00am – 9:00am (please sign up on Sunday or by calling the church office)

Presentation – Dr Iorg (30-35min) 

Topic: Leadership by Men in Challenging Times

Women’s Luncheon 11:30am – 1:00pm (please sign up on Sunday or by calling the church office)

Presentation – Ann Iorg

Topic: Overcoming Fear

Sunday, October 17

9:00am – 9:30am Bible Study Hour Session Worship Center

Presentation – Dr Iorg (30 min)

Topic: Peace in Relationships

9:30am – 10:00am - Interview with Dr and Mrs. Iorg

Topic: How have you both found peace in your public and private roles in these challenging times?

10:30am Worship Service

Message – Dr. Jeff Iorg

Topic – Peace of Mind

Speakers: Dr. Jeff and Ann Iorg

 

Dr. Iorg is the president of Gateway Seminary, Ontario, CA and a sought-after speaker and author around the country. Ann is a mentor of women and author as well.

 

Record Giving to the State Missions Offering

The Missions Team has set a RESTORE State Missions goal of $4,500. Through September our church has exceeded our church goal giving a total $7,112.00. Great job, First Family. Thank you for your continued generous support of Missions.

Churchwide Prayer Meeting Every Tuesday at 10:45am

Be a part of the dynamic group who intercedes for our members and ministries of First Baptist Church, the community and region which God has placed us, our mission and ministry partners, and needs at home and globally. See you on Tuesday.

Stitches of Love on Monday Mornings

Stitches of Love continues their ministry time this Monday, October 11 at 9:30am.  If you like to sew, stuff, cut fabric, bat, and back quilts, or tie quilts then please join us.  Questions?  Contact Debbie Roberts or Jane Gonzales.

 Join the Sanctuary Choir for the Christmas Cantata

The choir is beginning rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata which will be presented on Sunday morning, December 19 at 10:30am.  It is not too late.  Come on Wednesdays from 2:45pm – 3:45pm.  For more information contact Nancy Jakes or the church office.

Grief Group:  The Grief Process

 How does the grief process unfold?  That will be the focus of Monday’s Grief Group which begins at 1:00pm in room 105 of the CLC.  Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, whether recently or in the past, is welcome to attend.

 

Operation Christmas Child Box Folding Party

Monday, October 11 at 3:00pm

Come help our Mission Team fold the Operation Christmas Child boxes in preparation of handing them out on Sunday, October 17.  We have 150 boxes to fold. The more hands, the merrier! Questions, contact Trudy Williamson.

Single Only Sisters meets Thursday, October 14 at 2:00pm                 

Our theme this month is The Joy of Color. Please RSVP by signing up on Sunday or calling the church office.

 

Page Turners Upcoming Meeting

 

The Page Turners Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 21 at 2:00pm in the Church Library.  For more information, please contact the church office.

 

Church Conference Coming Soon – 2022 Budget Proposal

 

The Church Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 27 at 4:00pm in the Sanctuary.  We will be discussing and making decisions on several items including the 2022 Proposed Church Budget.

 

The 2022 Proposed Church Budget will be provided to the church body on Sunday, October 17 after the morning Worship Service in each lobby.  The Finance Committee will be available to meet with anyone who has questions on the 2022 Proposed Budget on Sunday, October 24 after the morning worship service in room 112 (the fishbowl between the two lobbies).

 

In addition, the Vision Team will be answering any questions at the Church Conference on their Vision 2025 Structure Report which was shared on September 26.  There will be copies of the Rationale for Adjusting Our Structure and the Vision 2025 documents in the church lobbies on Sunday, Oct. 24.  

 

LUNCH AND MOVIE MATINEE

Thursday, October 28

Movie:  WOODLAWN

Lunch:  12:30pm ($5.00, RSVP by Monday, October 25 @ 4:00pm)

Movie:  1:00pm (Movie is Free)

 

A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

 

Transportation Needs

 

We have several our people who are no longer able to drive to church on Sundays or to doctor appts.  There is a genuine need to have individuals/couples on call who would be willing to provide transportation to members for Sunday morning.  If that is something that you would like to get more information about or would like to be put on a list to be called when needed, please contact the church office, and let Elizabeth know.  It would be deeply appreciated. 

 

Medicare Options

 

It is that time of year again when many in our church must make decisions about Medicare options.  It can be so confusing.  If you would like the name of a person to contact who is an expert and willing to help, please contact me.  I would be happy to share the name and contact information.  Several of our people have used this individual in the past and have been completely satisfied and helped in the process.  They appreciated the person’s Christian values and expertise.

 

Check Out Your Church Library!

 

Our Library is an excellent source of Biblical reference materials, inspirational books, biographies, some large print books, and numerous fiction books by Christian authors for relaxation. The library is open on Sundays and during office hours Monday – Thursday.

 

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

With inflation rising it is more difficult for people to make ends meet.  St. Mary’s Food Bank helps so many in our area and around the state.  Do all you can to help this amazing ministry.  This month you are encouraged to bring any kind of individual juices.

 

Have a great weekend.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2021

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Devotional Thought – Preaching Jesus

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at that same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” Acts 8:35

Early in his ministry, E. Stanley Jones, a well-known missionary figure in the history of the Christian Church in India, dealt with severe discouragement and returned to North America. A renewed vision for his work led him back to India.

Jones was convinced that the way to reach the unsaved is with a clear, simple message. He chose three simple words: “Jesus is Lord” – Jesus, the way of salvation; Lord, the commitment a Christian makes.

If we are to reach people, we, too, must use words that people understand. The Bible is plain in its message, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).

Philip began his witness at the Scripture being read by the Ethiopian official. Christian witnesses today do well to begin at some point of commonality between themselves and those to whom they seek to witness. I pray that for myself and for each of our First Family.

Lord Jesus, today I pray for safety and mission of Christians who witness around the world and for each of us that we will faithfully and simply share our story of what Christ has done for us with those we know.

 

Sunday’s Sermon

 

Title: Overcoming Discouragement

Text: Ps. 77

Central focus: Have you ever battled discouragement? The man we meet in the 77th Psalm bore all the marks of discouragement. He was looking at life through dark-colored glasses. He had dialed heaven’s number on his prayer line and gotten the busy signal. He felt forgotten and forsaken by God. The psalmist then came to a saving insight. Come Sunday and see what that insight was and how it might help you or someone you know.

 

 

Pathways to Peace in the Present

“Finding Peace as Senior Adults in Today’s Challenging World”

Friday, October 15 – Churchwide Supper 5:00pm – 6:30pm (please sign up on Sunday or by calling the church office)

Presentation – Dr Iorg (30-45 min)

Topic: Peace in Chaos

Saturday, October 16

Men’s Breakfast 8:00am – 9:00am (please sign up on Sunday or by calling the church office)

Presentation – Dr Iorg (30-35min)

Topic: Leadership by Men in Challenging Times

Women’s Luncheon 11:30am – 1:00pm (please sign up on Sunday or by calling the church office)

Presentation – Ann Iorg

Topic: Overcoming Fear

Sunday, October 17

9:00am – 9:30am Bible Study Hour Session Worship Center

Presentation – Dr Iorg (30 min)

Topic: Peace in Relationships

9:30am – 10:00am - Interview with Dr. and Mrs. Iorg

Topic: How have you both found peace in your public and private roles in these challenging times?

 

10:30am Worship Service

Message – Dr. Jeff Iorg

Topic – Peace of Mind

Speakers: Dr. Jeff and Ann Iorg

Dr. Iorg is the president of Gateway Seminary, Ontario, CA and a sought-after speaker and author around the country. Ann is a mentor of women and author as well.

Are you looking for peace? Granted, these trying times present many challenges for senior adults. How do we find peace? Dr. and Mrs. Iorg will share some essential paths to that peace, even in our Present Reality.

Make sure you sign up for each of the meals so that we will have enough for all.

Thank You!! The State Missions Offering Exceeding the Goal

The Missions Team has set a RESTORE State Missions goal of $4,500. Through September, our church has exceeded our goal giving a total $6,882.00. Great job, First Family. Thank you for your continued generous support of Missions.

Men’s Breakfast Tuesday, October 5 at 8:00am – Sign up on Sunday

Make sure and sign up for the Men’s Breakfast on Tuesday, October 5. The food will be great, Frank has another story, and Dr. David Johnson, Executive Director of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention will be our speaker. David is a wonderful speaker and will be a strong encourager for our men. It will be the best $3 meal you will get in Sun City West. Sign-Up Sheets will be in the church lobbies this Sunday, or you may call the church office.

 

Churchwide Prayer Meeting Every Tuesday at 10:45am

Ps. 34:15-18 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and sabes those who are crushed in spirit.”

Be a part of the dynamic group who intercedes for our members and ministries of First Baptist Church, the community and region which God has placed us, our mission and ministry partners, and needs at home and globally. See you on Tuesday.

Stitches of Love Begins on Monday

Stitches of Love will begin meeting weekly on Monday, October 4 at 9:30am. If you like to sew, stuff, cut fabric, bat, and back quilts, or tie quilts then please join us. Questions? Contact Debbie Roberts or Jane Gonzales.

 

 

It Is Not Too Late to Join the Sanctuary Choir for the Christmas Cantata

The choir is beginning rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata which will be presented on Sunday morning, December 19 at 10:30am. It is not too late. Come on Wednesdays from 2:45pm – 3:45pm. For more information contact Nancy Jakes or the church office.

New Grief Group Begins Monday

A new six-week Grief Group will begin Monday, October 4, at 1:00pm in Room 105. It is for anyone who has lost a loved one. The group will provide an opportunity to understand the nature of grief, to process what one is experiencing personally, to find support with others who also are dealing with similar losses, and to consider how one’s faith can be a source of comfort during this time. Even if you have participated in a past grief group, please consider attending if you feel the need because you are at a different place in your recovery than when you last attended. The group will last from 1:00-2:30pm.

Operation Christmas Child Box Folding Party

Monday, October 11 at 3:00pm

Come help our Mission Team fold the Operation Christmas Child boxes in preparation of handing them out on Sunday, October 17. We have 150 boxes to fold. The more hands, the merrier! Questions, contact Trudy Williamson.

Single Only Sisters meets Thursday, October 14 at 2:00pm

Our theme this month is The Joy of Color. Please RSVP by signing up on Sunday or calling the church office.

Check Out Your Church Library!

Our Library is an excellent source of Biblical reference materials, inspirational books, biographies, some large print books, and numerous fiction books by Christian authors. The library is open on Sundays and during office hours Monday – Thursday.

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

With inflation rising it is more difficult for people to make ends meet. St. Mary’s Food Bank helps so many in our area and around the state. Do all you can to help this amazing ministry. This month you are encouraged to bring individual juices.

Watch Out for Scams

Please remember, no one on our staff will ever ask you to take an action that will illicit finances in any form by email, call, or text message. If you get message like this from me or any of our staff via our emails, office phone, or personal cell phones, please call our church office and let us know. Do not respond to the suspicious communications. I am thankful for the church member who received this text and called our office immediately. We were able to act quickly.

Have a great weekend.

Pastor Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 23, 2021

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Sunday Night is our First Family Fellowship

We all love family meals with lots of fellowship.  Please join the First Family on Sunday, September 26 at 5:00pm for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.  A Spaghetti Dinner will be provided by Olive Garden, live music provided by Susan Krause, and a brief Vision Team Presentation.  It is going to be a very special evening.

 

Movie Matinee – At 1:00pm Today

Movie:  A Question of Faith

 

Movie:  1:00pm (Movie is Free)

When tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God’s love, grace, and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs.

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: Faith in the Midst of the Fire

Text: Ps. 73

Central focus: This passage is a page from a Psalmist’s life whose faith was on trial. He had been trying to do right, but everything had gone wrong. The result was that his faith had become weak. He had become so foolish and ignorant that he had acted poorly before God.  Yet, in the final analysis he states, “Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.”  Let’s see how he gets to that triumphant affirmation.

Pathways to Peace in the Present Seminar

 

“Finding Peace as Senior Adults in Today’s Challenging World”

Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17, 2021

 

Speakers: Dr. Jeff and Ann Iorg

Dr. Iorg is the president of Gateway Seminary, Ontario, CA and a sought-after speaker and author around the country. Ann is a mentor of women and author as well.

 

Are you looking for peace? Granted, these trying times present many challenges for senior adults. How do we find peace? Dr. and Mrs. Iorg will share some essential paths to that peace, even in our Present Reality.”

 

Keep up the Great Generosity for the State Missions Offering

I Peter 5:10 is the theme verse for the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention’s State Missions offering. Out of the theme verse comes the theme for this year’s State Missions offering:  RESTORE. 

The Missions Team has set a RESTORE State Missions goal of $4,500. Through this week our church has given $4,463. We are almost to our goal. Thank you for your continued generous support of Missions.

Churchwide Prayer Meeting Every Tuesday at 10:45am

“I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love for me!” Ps. 66:17-20

FBCSCW Churchwide Prayer Meetings are every Tuesday at 10:45am.  This church family prayer time will focus on the needs of our members and ministries of First Baptist Church, the community and region which God has placed us, our mission and ministry partners, and needs at home and globally.  There is so much for us to pray for in our world and in our nation. Please set aside the time to pray as corporate Body of Christ.

Grief Group to Begin in October

A new six-week Grief Group will begin on Monday, October 4, at 1:00pm. 

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

With inflation rising it is more difficult for people to make ends meet.  St. Mary’s Food Bank helps so many in our area and around the state.  Do all you can to help this amazing ministry.  This month you are encouraged to bring any kind of boxed cereal.

 

Men’s Breakfast Coming Tuesday, October 5 at 8:00am

 

Make sure and sign up for the Men’s Breakfast on Tuesday, October 5.  The food will be great, Frank has another story, and Dr. David Johnson, Executive Director of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention will be our speaker.  David is a wonderful speaker and will be a strong encourager for our men.  Sign-Up Sheets will be in the church lobbies starting this Sunday, or you may call the church office.

 

Bible Study on FBCSCW Website Will Cease this Sunday

These studies have accomplished the intended goal.  We have now been back in-person Bible Study for several months and attendance is going well.  So, the decision has been made to cease to produce that Bible Study.  The last Sunday Bible Study on our website will be this Sunday.

If you are not able to attend Bible Study but would like to be part of a live Zoom Bible study, we have one class that is providing that service.  Just let the office know and we will pass on that information. 

Dr. Glenn Saul and Dr. Scott Williamson have done a tremendous job during the time of the pandemic providing God’s Word to so many and communicating the truths of scripture in difficult times.  It has taken much work and preparation on their part and then the recording time.  We deeply appreciate all their time and valuable work.

Caroll Swinney, our Media Tech, has spent untold hours coordinating, recording, and editing the Sunday Bible studies.  We are deeply grateful for all her work and learning new things to make these studies accessible.  Thank you, Caroll.

Thank You Note – Paul Barnes

 

Dear Church Family,

 

The death of a loved one can be a traumatic time in one’s life. The recent passing of my wife, Barbara, was not unexpected; nevertheless, it has brought sadness and deep sorrow to our family. Barbara and I shared 66+ years of our lives together. God has blessed each and every day of our walk with Him.  On behalf of the whole family, I say “thank you” for your expressions of love and caring by way of your words and actions. There is a large stack of cards. There have been many phone calls. The computer has carried many messages. We are so encouraged by all of this church family love.

 

We are developing a virtual memorial service of Barbara’s life which can be accessed by computer by all who are interested. It should be ready around Nov. 1. The link will be made known on Facebook, Caring Bridge, and email.

 

Again, to all, THANK YOU and God bless you.

 

Paul Barnes and family.

 

It’s a Girl!!!

 

Our church partnership with Asante has taken us on another adventure.  Jacob and Laura Stephenson (Jacob is an associate at Asante and our contract custodial service) had their first baby girl this past Sunday night, September 19.  The baby girl is Amelia Ruth was born at 9:21pm, weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches. Both mom and baby are doing very well.  Congratulations, Jacob and Laura!!!

 

Watch Out for Scams

On Tuesday of this week, a text message supposedly was sent to one of our members from my personal cell phone.  It was a text that basically said I needed to help someone in the hospital but was in a meeting at that moment. The text message reply was hoping to have that church member get some gift cards and then would have directed them to just text back the activation code, and the scammer would have the value of the cards. 

 

Our IT Contractor said this is something that happens all the time.  This scam is perpetrated by a robot and appears it is coming from a text but is really from an email IP.  Our office has had this happen from our email before but never in the form of a text.  Our IT Contractor has changed our email passwords and that should take care of it…for now.

Please remember, no one on our staff will ever ask you to take an action that will illicit finances in any form by email, call, or text message.  If you get message like that from me or any of our staff from our emails, office phone, or personal cell phones please call our church office and let us know.  Do not respond to the suspicious communications.  I am thankful for the church member who received this text and called our office immediately.  We were able to act quickly.

 

Have a great weekend.

Pastor Kirby

September 2, 2021

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Devotional Thought - Worship

Lift up your heads, you gates;
   be lifted up, you ancient doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord strong and mighty,
   the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
   lift them up, you ancient doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
   The Lord Almighty—
   he is the King of glory. Psalm 24:7-10

Once a year Israel used to gather from all over Palestine to celebrate the Passover. It was their greatest religious festival. 

They used to camp on the hills surrounding Jerusalem. On the first day of the Passover, they converged upon the Golden Gate which was cut into the east wall of the city just before the Temple. As they came toward the gate, they sang Psalms. Psalm 24 was a favorite.

Can’t you imagine the mighty crescendo as thousands of voices, singing as they moved toward the Temple?  Worship!!!

Whether it is with our church family on Sundays, a small group or individually during the week we must worship our Heavenly Father.  Personal preparation is key. It is the time to honor God.  So, as Sunday comes, “Lift up your heads…who is this King of glory…The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory.”  Amen and amen.

Sunday’s Sermon Topic

Title: What Is Worship

Text: Ps. 122:1

Special Emphasis: Observance of the Lord’s Supper

Central Focus:  Is worship singing?  Is worship preaching?

Worship is God directed. Therefore, an awareness of His being and a recognition of His presence underlie both private and corporate worship. 

Without a personal, firsthand experience of God, there will be no true worship by the individual. Worship itself is a personal relationship with Him. 

New 10-Week Sermon Series Begins Sunday, September 12th

This new sermon series is a continuation from the fall of 2020 on the book of Psalms.  “Psalms of the Heart for Challenging Times” Part II will explore very special Psalms beginning with Psalm 69.  Each Psalm will address issues and needs that we have in life as we make this journey under the leadership of Christ.  The Psalmist has much to say to each one of us on this adventure. I hope you will plan to attend each Sunday morning at 10:30am and invite others to come with you.

Men’s Breakfast on September 7th

We are excited and ready for the RESTART of our Men’s Breakfast on Tuesday, September 7 at 8:00am in the CLC. We have 26 men signed up so far and looking forward to more coming that day.  We have the guys needed to help in the kitchen, so breakfast is going to be fabulous, and Frank Johnson has a story prepared. 

Our speaker is Dean Finley.  Dean has spent most of his life and ministry working with and teaching college and seminary students and with NAMB.  He has had a life of experiences and stories to tell with a message.  Plan to come and bring a friend to the best $3 breakfast in town. 

Partners on Mission Returns this Wednesday

Partners on Mission will return on Wednesday, September 8 at 4:00pm.  For this first Partners on Mission, the meal will be provided.  Who can pass up a free meal?  To help us in our planning, please call the church office at 623-584-5738 to sign-up or e-mail office@fbcscw.org.  There will also be sign-up sheets in both church foyers this Sunday for your convenience.

Our speaker for this first Partners on Mission will be one of the church planters our church has partnered with this year.  Bryson Isom and his family planted Relentless Church about three years ago.  It is a growing ministry in the downtown Phoenix area.  It will be worth your while to come and hear what God is doing in our region with our partner church planter.

Women’s Bible Study Begins on Thursday, September 9th

STUDY:    So, This Is What Joy Means! . . . A Study of Philippians

DATE:      Thursday, September 9 thru Thursday, October 14

TIME:      10:00 to 11:30am

LEADERS:   Sharon La Rose & Trudy Williamson

LOCATION: Church in the CLC

SIGN-UP/QUESTIONS:  Call Sharon at (845) 706-7404

Pathways for Men Study on David Begins September 9th 

I will be leading a six-week study for men on the “Seasons in the life of David.” The study will begin on Thursday, September 9th from 10:00am – 11:00am.  

Come for a time of fellowship and study with other men.  Our study will center around the different seasons in the life of David.  We will begin with his early life and progress through the years of mountain top experiences and dark valleys. It will be interesting to see how we might relate to “his seasons.”

 

For more information contact the church office (623-584-5738) or Pastor Kennedy (drkirbykennedy@fbcscw.org)

Churchwide Prayer Meeting Coming Soon….

FBCSCW Churchwide Prayer Meeting will begin on Tuesday, September 14th.  This weekly prayer time will be at 10:45am.  This church family prayer time will focus on the needs of our members and ministries of First Baptist Church, the community and region which God has placed us, our mission and ministry partners, and needs at home and globally.  There is so much for us to pray for in our world and in our nation. Please set aside the time to pray as corporate Body of Christ.

Page Turners Is Restarting this Month

If you love to read and you love to fellowship, then the Page Turners Book Study Group is the activity for you!   Page Turners is an opportunity to share your ideas and come alongside others to investigate Christian authors and faith-based books.  Church life can be really busy---we have short conversations on Sundays but often crave a deeper dialogue.  A good book gives us a steppingstone to deeper conversations and encourages us to wrestle with ideas and questions without always expecting an answer.  

 

Page Turners will explore fiction and non-fiction from Christian authors such as Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, Hope Callaghan and Terri Blackstock plus host presentations from guest authors later in the year.   

Join us on Thursday, September 16, at 2:00pm in the CLC at First Baptist Church for our first monthly meeting.  If you are one of our “missionaries” but still would like to participate, call the church office for information on joining through Zoom!  

Page Turners will bless you, enrich you and use fellowship and develop friendships to honor and deepen our faith.  

Having Trouble with the Sound on our Live Stream or Recorded Services on our Website?  

Here are instructions to help with the volume from our Technology Team

If you’re having difficulty with the volume as you listen to church services through livestreaming or on Facebook, remember there are two points where the volume is controlled.  

  1.  First, put your curser on the volume horn on the lower right of your taskbar.  Adjust the volume to 100%. This may seem loud, but it assures you that your device (phone, ipad or laptop) is receiving the audio at full capacity.

  2. Second, put your curser on the volume control on either the livestream or Facebook.  Push it to 100% and then adjust downward to suit your needs.

  3.  Last, just to be sure your audio is at optimum, click on the control panel, click on Hardware and Sound mobility settings and check to be sure your volume is at 100% and is not muted.  

  4. Keep in mind, every device is different but numbers 1 and 2 will generally solve your problem.  Our audio tech and our website administrator are continually exploring and working to solve presentation issues.  

Love in Action through “Just One Thing” 

With inflation rising it is more difficult for people to make ends meet.  St. Mary’s Food Bank helps so many in our area and around the state.  Do all you can to help this amazing ministry.  This month you are encouraged to bring any kind of boxed cereal.

 

Thank You Note

To my Church family:

Thank you so very much for the cards, phone calls, visits, and most of all the prayers, these past few weeks. I thank God for my church family. The blessings have been all min to be a part of this fellowship of believers.

In Christ,

Barbara Marti

 

Have a Blessed Weekend.

 

Pastor Kirby