April 8, 2021
Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, writes: “Shadow Christians are people who work in dimly lit margins, in the shadows created by the spotlight shining on others. They are believers who serve quietly, often anonymously, doing the work that keeps the churches, organizations, families, and communities functioning. Shadow Christians make an impact even when no one knows their names.”
What a powerful statement to express great appreciation for so many of our members who work so diligently each week in the “shadows” for the glory of God. They are the ones who fuel the ministry at First Baptist Church.
The ones you do not see and maybe do not even think about as you enjoy the benefits of their “quiet” work. They are the “cream of the crop.” The staff at our church could never accomplish the work to which we were called to do if there were not many hands in the work. We deeply appreciate each one of you who are engaged in this work. God smiles upon you and He knows. His word says:
“Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:4b
“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” I Corinthians 3:8
Keep up the great work for God has wonderful plans for you and the First Baptist Church of Sun City West.
Easter Sunday was such a blessing to me and so many others who have shared their comments. Those worshipping in-person worship and those watching through live stream on our website and on our Facebook page have expressed their excitement. The high attendance reveals that many of our folks have been vaccinated and are feeling comfortable getting back into the in-person worship.
My sister in New Mexico watches our live stream service on Facebook. She wrote this comment on our Facebook page concerning our Easter Service, “A beautiful Easter service. Great sermon, FANTASTIC music!! Thank you so much.” That sums it up. Every element of the service and the music was meaningful, upbeat, and glorifying to our Father. The message of encouragement gives us a firm confidence that God is working and has not forsaken us but gives us the promise and hope of the future…our tomorrows will be better than today. We are so thankful for so many who participated in the service through their service in all areas. To God be the glory.
Sunday Sermon Emphases Ahead
April 11 – The Road Not Taken Luke 24: 13-35
April 18 Return To The Familiar John 21:1-14
The Character of Generosity Mini-Series – Studies in the Book of Ruth (Three sermons)
From Famine To Faith Ruth 1:1-5
Giving Beyond Expectations Ruth 2:6-9; 15-16; I Thess. 5:18
Blessings Flow Ruth 3: 12-14
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) is the primary way we support mission efforts in North America.
One hundred percent of gifts given to AAEO are used to support Southern Baptist missionaries serving across the United States and Canada.
The goal for First Baptist Church is $10,200.00. To date we have received $11,995.00. That is a tremendous effort by each and every one of you. Thank you for your compassion and care for the lost and people in need in North America.
Easter Lilies Available
This Sunday you will have the opportunity to take home some additional Easter Lilies. They will be on the platform and we encourage you to take them after the service. Some have asked about cost, if you would like to give a donation of $15 or whatever you feel like that would be great. Regardless, they need some homes this week.
Museum of the Bible Video Clips
Below are links to short Museum of the Bible videos by two curators there. The first is about the gilded edges of Bibles and books, and the beauty of the artwork created on some. The second is about arrowheads found on battlefields between the Assyrians and Babylonians in ancient Israel. If you are interested just click on the link and enjoy some biblical education and some “tongue and cheek humor.”
Hope you have a good day.
https://youtu.be/Pk3zF2fMabg --- Length, 3:28
https://youtu.be/ZeLUV0DnwrY -- Length, 5:03
Just One More Thing – Love in Action
The need is great this month at St. Mary’s Food Bank as the kids will be on Spring Break. Please donate any of the following items in April is Peanut Butter and Jelly.
So far this year, we have donated over 650 pounds of food to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Great job!!
Medical Ministry - Would You Be Interested in Helping?
Our Medical Team desires to serve our congregation and beyond to the best of their abilities. They need help. If you are or have been in the medical field as a professional and desire to receive more information or want to be involved in projects that make a difference, please contact our church office at 623-584-5738.
Transportation Needs for those Desiring to Worship
We have faithful members of our congregation who, for one reason or another, are unable to drive to worship at times yet they so want to be in attendance. Would you be that person who might be willing to transport these faithful members either every Sunday or periodically when the need arises? If so, please call our church office at 623-584-5738.
Have a great weekend. See you on Sunday.