January 7, 2021
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.