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May 19, 2022

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Happy Thursday Church Family! The Devotional Thought and info on Sunday’s Sermon are at the end of this week’s E-Blast.

 

Gideons International

This coming Sunday, Don Carlson from Gideons International will be giving a 10-minute testimony during our Worship time.  Don and his wife have been with the Gideons since 2009 and have served in various capacities, locally and at the state level.

Gideons International is an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While they are often recognized for their work with hotels, they also place and distribute Scriptures in strategic locations so they are available to those who want them, as well as to those who may not know they need them.  They have placed and distributed more than 2 billion Bibles and New Testaments around the world.

 

Grief Group Continues

The next Grief Group session is Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00pm in Room 105.  Next week’s topic will be “Grief & Our Faith.” 

 

Movie Matinee & Lunch

Next Thursday, May 26 is our Movie Matinee and Lunch!  Lunch is by reservation and will be served at 12:30pm.  This month, we will be having Pizza!  You can sign up on Sunday or call the church office.  Last day to sign up is Monday, May 23.

The Movie starts at 1:00pm and includes free popcorn and water!

This month’s movie, Taking Chance, is based on a true story.  It follows Lt. Col. Michael Strobl as he accompanies the remains of Pfc. Chance Phelps, who was killed at age 19 in the line of duty.  Throughout their journey, person after person pays respects.  Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given to Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey.

Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance Service

On Sunday, May 29 we will be having a special Remembrance Service, which will include the Lord’s Supper.  We will take time to remember those who have sacrificed all in our times of war to allow us to have the freedoms we enjoy today.  We will remember Christ who gave all so that each of us can have freedom from sin and eternal life.  Join us at 10:30am for this meaningful service.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Men – mark your calendars!  The next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00am.  Paul Barnes will share his testimony, Frank Johnson will tell a couple of jokes, there will be great fellowship at the tables, and you’ll get to eat the best home-cooked breakfast in SCW. You can start signing up this coming Sunday. Cost is $3.00 per person.

 

Mission Dignity Sunday

Mission:Dignity serves Southern Baptist Convention retirement-aged ministers, workers, and widows as they face advancing age, illness, infirmity, the death of a spouse, and even natural disasters.  Through it all, they provide constant care, prayer and financial assistance directly at the point of need. 

On Sunday, June 12 you can give to this ministry and be a blessing to the more than 2,500 individuals that rely on Mission:Dignity.

Faith Sowers

Faith Sowers is one of our sewing ministries which produces hand-sewn little girl pillowcase dresses for Youth Haven Ranch in Elroy. Faith Sowers meets on the last Thursday of each month at 11:30am at Carolyn Etzel’s home. Their month of May get together is Thursday, May 26. If you like to sew and would like to be part of this ministry, please contact Carolyn at (623) 214-2967. 

 Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just One Thing item for the month of May is Canned Veggies and Canned Fruit. Items can be dropped off in the Donation Room.

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: Why Is It Important To Share Christ To A Lost World?

Text: Eph. 2:11-22

Central Focus: There are some important reasons why the lost need to come to faith in Christ alone.  Those reasons should motivate each of us to share Christ with those with which we come in contact.  Come Sunday and learn about those motivating reasons.

Devotional Thought – The Lord Fighting for Israel

Joshua 10

“The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.’”  Joshua 10:8

The tenth chapter of Joshua details the defeat of the five Amorite Kings and the conquered Southern Cities.  From the perspective of the modern world, it was a brutal time of conflict with many people dying and cities destroyed.  In some sense it is hard to understand the need to eradicate the people of the land. 

It is important to reflect back to Joshua 1:3a and Joshua 6 in which God told Joshua, “I will give you every place where you set your foot…Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land, I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

The verses in-between describe the extent of that land.  It was massive and God had set it apart for the Israelites as His chosen people.  Traveling through Shechem the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land” Genesis 12:7.  Then in Genesis 13:14-15 He said, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.”

Through Joshua, God is fulfilling His promise. God wanted the pagan influence eliminated and to do so meant battling each city, king, and army.  God’s purpose was for the Israelites to be His people, a Holy Priesthood to share God’s message and light.

There is a phrase in the song Learning to Lean that goes “Finding more power than I’ve ever dreamed I’m learning to lean on Jesus.”  This is what God said to Joshua. “Do not be afraid…I have given them into your hand.”  Joshua believed and experienced more power than he could have ever brought by himself.  The defeat of these five kings and the destruction of their cities is testament to the power of the Almighty God.

The last part of verse 14 says, “Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” Again, in verse 42 the scripture states, “All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”

This is key for each one of us as we strive to be obedient to God’s purpose and plan for us.  Pray for wisdom and clarity for God’s purpose.  When God has made it clear to you then trust Him completely.  Do not be afraid. If God has led you then He will go ahead of you and prepare the way for His purpose to be fulfilled. He is the One fighting for you and He keeps His promises. So, not in your own power, but in His power, trust Him and move boldly forward.  You will conquer the enemy and bring glory to the Father and happiness in your life.

One last thing to mention in this chapter.  Joshua spoke to the Lord using what seems to be a writing from the Book of Jashar (this book, of which there is no original, appears to be like a Hebrew Apocryphal book).  The statement is about the sun and moon ceasing to move.  Verse 13b states, “The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”  It was a very long day for the Israelites in their battles and the additional 24 hours of sunlight helped to bring about the victory.  This had never happened before nor since. The writer stated a valuable truth in verse 14b “…a day when the Lord listened to a human being.”

God listens, He hears, and He will respond with power when we are about His purpose, when we are obedient, and when we trust Him. God answered Joshua because He was fighting for them. He will fight for you too…and bring about the victory in and through you.

 

Lord, help me to listen, to trust without question and move forward without doubt or fear when you have clearly shown me Your will.  Help me to move out of the way and allow You to prepare the path. Thank you for listening, Lord. Amen.

Pastor Kirby

Have a fantastic weekend!

May 12, 2022

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Devotional – Allowing God’s Spirit to Reveal God’s Plan

“…these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” I Corinthians 2:10

John had just retired at the age of 60 from NASA when I moved to pastor in the greater Seattle area.  He was the chairman of the Pastor Search Committee. I soon learned that John was a brilliant man.  He had been a project manager for all electrical systems of the Apollo Space Program.  He had thousands of people working under him and a budget of millions to get the job accomplished.

He was the most strategic planner I had ever met. In fact, the NAMB asked him to serve as the Team Lead of the Seattle Strategic Cities effort from 2000 – 2004.  I learned more from John about strategic planning than all my education in school.  He was a master.

The most important thing I learned about John was that he loved the Lord more than anything else.  With the human knowledge, education and experience he had he loved Jesus most. With his excellent leadership skills helping to send astronauts into space and to the moon God was still his number one priority.

John knew well that only the divine wisdom, revealed by the Spirit of God, could give him the spiritual discernment to comprehend the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ and that the Lordship of Christ was critical to accomplishing God’s purpose for his life. John was a humble follower, empowering leader, and a man sensitive to the Holy Spirit. I thank God constantly for allowing me to walk beside this man and his witness for 10.5 years.

Are you that person who people want to walk beside to learn of deeper things of Christ through the revelation of His Spirit?  It is a worthy goal for each of us.

Lord, thank you for allowing me the privilege of knowing John and observing Your Spirit lead him and live through him no matter the task.  Help me to allow Your Spirit to lead me and live through me in the same way as I strive to follow Your purpose for my life. Amen.

Pastor Kirby

Sunday Sermon

Title: What is Revival?

Text: Ps. 85:6; II Chron. 7:14

Central Focus: We pray much for Revival and Spiritual Awakening. Sometimes we confuse the meaning of the term revival.  Sunday we will talk about the biblical viewpoint of revival and the power of God.

Single Only Sisters - TODAY

Single Only Sisters meets today at 2:00pm. Come enjoy a Readers’ Theatre entitled, “The Quilters – Faith and Devotion from the Prairie.”  You won’t want to miss this special event as diaries of prairie women and their lives are transformed into an interactive theatre event.

Grief Group Continues

The next Grief Group session is Tuesday, May 17 at 1:00pm in Room 105.  Next week’s topic will be “The Uniqueness of Grief.” 

Page Turners Book Club

Page Turners Book Club meets on Thursday, May 19 at 1:30pm.  Join them as they discuss The Story of Jesus.  If you haven’t purchased your book, please see Caroll Swinney.

Gideons International

Don Carlson from Gideons International will be giving a 10-minute testimony on Sunday, May 22 during our Worship time.  Don and his wife have been with the Gideons since 2009 and have served in various capacities, locally and at the state level.

Gideons International is an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While they are often recognized for their work with hotels, they also place and distribute Scriptures in strategic locations so they are available to those who want them, as well as to those who may not know they need them.  They have placed and distributed more than 2 billion Bibles and New Testaments around the world.

Movie Matinee & Lunch

Thursday, May 26 is our next Movie Matinee and Lunch!  Lunch is by reservation and will be served at 12:30pm.  This month, we will be having Pizza!  You can sign up on Sunday or call the church office.

The Movie starts at 1:00pm and includes free popcorn and water!

This month’s movie, Taking Chance, is based on a true story.  It follows Lt. Col. Michael Strobl as he accompanies the remains of Pfc. Chance Phelps, who was killed at age 19 in the line of duty.  Throughout their journey, person after person pays respects.  Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given to Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey.

Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance Service

On Sunday, May 29 we will be having a special Remembrance Service, which will include the Lord’s Supper.  We will take time to remember those who have sacrificed all in our times of war to allow us to have the freedoms we enjoy today.  We will remember Christ who gave all so that each of us can have freedom from sin and eternal life.  Join us at 10:30am for this meaningful service.

 

Prayer Requests

If you have a Prayer Request you’d like our Prayer Warriors to pray for, please contact our Prayer Chain Coordinator, Ginny Denton at (623) 584-6007 or via email prayerchain@fbcscw.org.  Your prayer request will be sent out via email to 175 Prayer Warriors.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

If you would like to be one of our Prayer Warriors, please contact Ginny Denton.

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just One Thing item for the month of May is Canned Veggies and Canned Fruit. Items can be dropped off in the Donation Room.

Patriotic Sunday Coming In June

Make plans to be here Sunday, June 26.  The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting a patriotic musical entitled “Sing America’s Song!” at 10:30am. Immediately following, we will have a Hotdog Cookout with all the fixins!  Make sure to invite your friends and neighbors.

Act Like You Want to Live Longer by Dr. Garry Cannard

As people in modern societies grow older, they lose muscle mass and become weaker.  Their metabolic rate slows down and they lose aerobic capacity.  Blood pressure rises, they lose some of their blood sugar tolerance, and their cholesterol levels worsen.  Their bone density decreases and their ability to stabilize their body temperature is impaired.  These patterns of impairment are now used as measures of biological aging called “biomarkers.”

Studies on aging have shown that by following a low-fat plant-based diet of whole natural foods, and by getting regular physical exercise to maintain a healthy weight, you will have more energy and less problems with your health.

A great deal of research has found that with proper exercise, muscle strength and size can not only be maintained but increased at almost every age.

Muscle burns more calories than fat, even at rest.  A pound of muscle burns roughly 15 more calories a day than a pound of fat.  If you lose ten pounds of fat and gain ten pounds of muscle, you will burn 150 more calories a day without increasing your exercise level.  Over the course of a year, this would translate to a difference of 12 pounds of body weight.

Rebuilding and maintaining muscle strength with exercise helps you to preserve your aerobic capacity.  It keeps your blood pressure low and retains a healthy blood sugar tolerance.  It maintains healthy cholesterol.  It sustains the mineral density of your bones and stabilizes your body’s ability to regulate its internal temperature.

Probably one of the best benefits of following this lifestyle change would be to get off some prescription drugs with their side effects.

All the Sun Cities have good exercise facilities and trainers.  You might even meet some nice people, so go for it!

 

Have a great weekend Church Family!

May 5, 2022

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Devotional – What Seems Good to Man

Joshua 9

“The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord. Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath” Joshua 9:14-15.

Coming off a great victory over Ai and their recommitment to the Lord at Mt. Ebal the Israelites were feeling confident.  The inhabitants of the Promised Land knew what God had done for the Israelites against the Egyptians and each battle since becoming free.  Six Kings ruling over a vast area of hill county, foothills and the entire coast of the Mediterranean Sea were conspiring together to wage war against Joshua and the Israelites.

However, the people of Gibeon decided they would try and make peace with the Israelites through deception.  Their delegation created the illusion that they had traveled a great distance therefore were no threat. The scripture says, “…They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes.  All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy” Joshua 9:4-5.

Their request was simple. “We are your servants; make a treaty with us” Joshua 9:11b.

The Israelites were commanded to kill all the inhabitants in the Promised Land.  The Gibeonites lived within that area, and they calculated the odds of defeating the Israelites. Instead of joining for battle they decided to deceive the Israelites and join them rather than be killed (v.24).

Their deception worked to some degree. Verse 15 states, “Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.”  Within three days the truth came out and Joshua knew they were neighbors and Israel had been deceived.

The damage was done. The oath was given, and it could not be honorably withdrawn.  These were the days when a man’s word was his oath.  In addition, it reflected the character of the God of the Israelites.

The best-case scenario in a very disappointing situation was that the Gibeonites would become the Israelites servants; specifically serving as woodcutters and water carriers for the assembly.  It was mostly a win for the Gibeonites even as lifelong servants because they were spared with their lives including their descendants.

This disappointing decision set the course of not fulfilling the command of the Lord that the Israelites were to eliminate all the inhabitants of the Land of Promise.  This would prove to be a wound that plagued Israel throughout their history.

How did this happen?  They believed the story. They had compassionate hearts to help. They had good intentions. 

The key is in our theme verse, “The Israelites…did not inquire of the Lord” (v.14). They used their own wisdom. They looked at what was visible. They did not do their due diligence. Most importantly, they did not seek God’s wisdom and understanding.  They did not seek God’s purpose and will in this matter.  It seemed like a small thing. But that slip up had consequences for generations to come.

When it comes to decisions that are significant in our lives make sure to seek God…inquire of God what His will is and follow it.  That will bring so much more joy no matter our life circumstances.

Lord, help me to seek You even when I think I know what is best.  Help me to stay close to you through prayer, immerse myself in Your word and stay sensitive to Your Spirit in life and as I make the decisions of life. Amen.

 

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: A Matter of Trusting God

Text: Genesis 22-29; Exodus 2

Central Focus: God has given women the amazing ability to be nurturing, compassionate, full of love and selfless.  A great deal of motherhood is dependent on the will, purpose, and timing of God. It is so important to be obedient to God’s will until the end.

National Day of Prayer Service – Today at 10:00am

Please join us this morning from 10:00am to 11:00am in our sanctuary as we join with other churches in the community for a National Day of Prayer Service. 

The service will include music and prayers lead by individuals who will focus on the seven Key Areas in our Nation.  We ask that you make the time to come, invite others who have a heart for our nation and a desire to ask God to send a revival and spiritual awakening.

Happy Mother’s Day

This Sunday will be a day of joy and challenge.  It is joyful because we celebrate mothers and ladies who have contributed so much to each of our lives.  It is challenging for those who were unable to have children, those who have lost children, those who have lost their mothers, and those who endured difficult relationships. 

Strive to be joyful this Sunday. Take time to reflect on the positive impact your mother or other women have had on your life. Take time to shine in the joy of the good things you have instilled in your child(ren)/grandchild(ren) life/lives or other children you have invested through the years. If you have the ability reach out to those special ladies who have influenced you, then let them know how important they are to you.

Grief Group Continues

It’s not too late to join the latest Grief Group.  The next session is Tuesday, May 10 at 1:00pm in Room 105.  This week’s topic will be “The Grief Process.”  If you need more information or have questions, please contact Dr. Ron Hornecker, our Minister of Counseling, at 623-628-3796 or e-mail him at 2rhornecker@cox.net

Partners on Mission

Partners on Mission is Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00pm.  Bryson Isom from Relentless Church will be our speaker.  Relentless is one of our two major new church plants that we support.  They recently moved into their own location.  Come and hear how God provided a miracle for this move. A Sub Sandwich Dinner will be provided.  Please sign up in the lobby on Sunday or call the church office by Monday, May 9 at 4:00pm.

Single Only Sisters

Single Only Sisters will meet next Thursday, May 12 at 2:00pm.  This month, members of the “Page Turners Book Club” will share a Readers’ Theatre entitled, “The Quilters – Faith and Devotion from the Prairie.”  You won’t want to miss this special event as diaries of prairie women and their lives are transformed into an interactive theatre event.

 

Movie Matinee & Lunch

Mark your calendars!  Thursday, May 26 is our next Movie Matinee and Lunch!  Lunch is by reservation and will be served at 12:30pm.  The Movie starts at 1:00pm.  This month’s movie, Taking Chance, is based on a true story.  It follows Lt. Col. Michael Strobl as he accompanies the remains of Pfc. Chance Phelps, who was killed at age 19 in the line of duty.  Throughout their journey, person after person pays respects.  Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given to Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey. Sign up this Sunday in the lobby.

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just One Thing item for the month of May is Canned Veggies and Canned Fruit. Items can be dropped off in the Donation Room.

Thank You from Cyndy Davis

A heartfelt thank you to everyone for your prayers.  Just when the pain & fear were overpowering, I’d receive a call, text or an email that would encourage me to go on.  Our congregation is truly led by the Lord; so loving, so kind and so compassionate.  The new is NO CANCER!  A true answer to prayer.  Thank you, Prayer Warriors!

Have a blessed weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

April 28, 2022

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Devotional – God is Faithful

“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.”        I Cor. 1:9.

We have all read headlines, digital news articles, or social media statements about elected political or community leaders who, guilty of wrongdoing, have had to resign from office and for some, faced criminal charges. We feel betrayed by such persons to whom we have looked for leadership.

Many have been disillusioned by corruption in the lives of popular television evangelists or Megachurch/church leaders. Their unfaithfulness has brought skepticism to the minds of some concerning the claims of Christianity.

We are hurt and disappointed when those we trust and admire fail to live up to worthy standards. Though people may fail us, and we may fail ourselves, there is One who will not fail us. God is faithful: He will keep every promise He has made. He will not leave us to face life’s struggles alone. He will give assurance of “the hope that is in you” (I Peter 3:15) through Jesus Christ.

The call of God is a call to relationship and fellowship in the life of Christ. What God has begun in us through the Son He will complete (Phil.1:6). Those who have answered His call to salvation will be sustained and kept, to be found guiltless in the judgment following Christ’s return. 

Father, Thank You for Your unwavering faithfulness to me and to each believer who entrusts themselves to Your everlasting care. Amen.

Pastor Kirby

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: The Worship Experience

Text: Ps. 24

Focus: 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.  Can’t you imagine the mighty crescendo as thousands lifted their voices singing as they moved toward the temple. That was worship. This Sunday, we will dive deeper into what the scripture has to say about the worship experience.

Movie Matinee TODAY at 1:00pm

Today is our Movie Matinee.  We will be showing God’s Not Dead, We the People.  Bring your friends and neighbors.  Movie begins at 1:00pm and free popcorn and water will be provided.

In God's Not Dead: We the People, Reverend Dave (White) is called to defend a group of Christian homeschooling families. He finds himself taken aback by the interference of the government and believing that their right to educate their own children is a freedom worth fighting for, Reverend Dave is called to Washington, D.C. to testify in a landmark congressional hearing that will determine the future of religious freedom in our country for years to come.

 

Love in Action - Helping Hands Volunteers Needed to Provide Transportation

We have a great need for volunteers to help several of our members with transportation to and from church and various appointments.  If you would be willing to help meet this need, please contact Mike Bronenberg at 574-453-4626.  THANKS!

 

Grief Group Starts Next Week

A new six-week Grief Group is starting this coming Tuesday, May 3.  Each weekly session will begin at 1:00pm and conclude by 2:30pm. The intent of the group is to provide support and encouragement for those who have experienced the death of a loved one or who are experiencing another type of significant loss. 

For more information, contact Dr. Ron Hornecker, our Minister of Counseling, at 623-628-3796 or e-mail him at 2rhornecker@cox.net

Men’s Breakfast This Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00am, all men are invited to come enjoy a home-cooked, full breakfast, hear a joke or two from Frank Johnson, and receive encouragement from Joel McElreath.  Joel and his wife Carolyn have been missionaries in Italy for 25 years and in Jerusalem for 25 years. You will not want to miss the insights Joel will present. It is the best $3.00 breakfast you will find anywhere. This Sunday is the last day to sign up.  Sign-up sheets are in each lobby, or you can call the church office.

National Day of Prayer – Thursday, May 5

Do you think our nation needs a Day of Prayer…maybe many Days of prayer?  If so, then join us.

Our church will be hosting a National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday, May 5 from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Sanctuary. This service will be open to the community.  In addition, we are inviting other congregations to participate.  There are several senior adult churches in the area that will be joining us.

The service will include music and prayers lead by individuals who will focus on the seven Key Areas in our Nation.  We ask that you make the time to come, invite others who have a heart for our nation and a desire to ask God to send a revival and spiritual awakening.

Partners on Mission

Our next Partners on Mission will be Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00pm.  Bryson Isom from Relentless Church will be our speaker.  Relentless is one of our two major new church plants that we support.  They recently moved into their own location.  Come and hear how God provided a miracle for this move. A Sub Sandwich Dinner will be provided.  Please sign up in the lobby on Sunday or call the church office.

Single Only Sisters

Single Only Sisters will meet on Thursday, May 12 at 2:00pm.  This month, members of the “Page Turners Book Club” will share a Readers’ Theatre entitled, “The Quilters – Faith and Devotion from the Prairie.”  You won’t want to miss this special event as diaries of prairie women and their lives are transformed into an interactive theatre event.

 

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just One Thing item for the month of May is Canned Veggies and Canned Fruit. Items can be dropped off in the Donation Room.

In-Home Vaccines

The Volunteer Medical Team has become aware of a local doctor, Dr. Jeannine Hinds, who will go into homes to deliver any vaccines.  She charges $20.00 for her time and travel and will then bill your insurance for the cost of the vaccine.  One of our church members has used her services and was very pleased.  We, of course, are not suggesting or recommending her or her services. 

Currently, research and reports show that the known Covid Vaccines and Boosters do not appear to be a deterrent to the current contagious Omicron Variant and Subvariant BA.2 Virus.  Some reports show they potentially could help with the severity of the symptoms. As always, the decisions are yours.

Our intent is simply to make you aware of this service.  If you choose to contact her directly, she can be reached at 602-888-6783.

Healthy Living by Dr. Garry Cannard – Healthy Spinal Posture

Bad sitting posture can contribute to many issues with our spines and nervous system.  Most people like a soft couch or chair that can cause the lumbar spine to reverse its curve.

Since you believe in the Creator, then do you think He put a curve in the lower (lumbar) spine?  Reversing this curve while sitting causes the lumbar vertebra to narrow the opening (foramen) of the lumbar spine.  This compresses or chokes the nerve root of the spinal cord.  It can cause pain in the discs, in the nerve, and a dysfunction in the bowels, bladder, legs, and other areas.

This also causes the disc to go through what I call a slow rupture or degeneration.  There needs to be movement in the column to keep things healthy.  This sitting/slumping posture eventually pushes the head forward.  Our heads weigh as much as a bowling ball and can cause more problems in the spine and nervous system. 

Sitting with your legs extended as much as possible can also increase the lower (lumbar) curve and opens the nerve spaces.

The newer cars have a left foot pad that I don’t like because you can’t extend that leg to keep a good lumbar curve while driving.  My car allows me to extend my left foot over this pad to enable me to keep my spine in a better posture.

Remember, all those nerves are just an extension of your brain telling everything how to function.  So watch your curves (LOL).  Some companies sell a lumbar-type cushion to promote your curve, or you can use a small cushion.

Have a great weekend!

April 21, 2022

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Devotional Thoughts from Joshua 8

Could This Be Your Ai?

“Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land.” Joshua 8:1

Achan, his family, and all his possessions had been eliminated after it came to light that the defeat of the Israelites at Ai was because of his sin and disobedience.

God did not waste any time.  He had his plan and purpose for the Israelites, and they needed to move quickly to accomplish them. Joshua was commanded to take the entire army to attack and destroy Ai. Many would say, “Lord, we have already tried, and it didn’t work.”  That statement would have been correct, but God’s promise was clear and the “sin in the camp” had been eliminated. God said, “I have delivered into your hands…” (v. 1b).

When Israel was obedient to God’s word, He blessed them. In contrast to the battle of Jericho God told Joshua, “…you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves” (v. 2b). The blessings of God will come in different ways and forms when His people are obedient.

The entire eighth chapter of Joshua shows a powerful strategic plan of attack.  God gave this strategic plan to Joshua, and he fulfilled it in detail.  God has His plans and His purpose for this world and for His people.  It is not a half-baked, whimsical nor a “we will see what happens” plan.  It is strategic, detailed and organized.  That is why it is so important to stay close and intimate with Him as He shares His desires step by step.

When the battle was over and Israel had eliminated Ai, Joshua called the people together and “…wrote on stones a copy of the law of Moses” (v.32b).  This was a solemn and spiritual time for Israel.  It was a renewed commitment to what God had given to Moses and Moses had delivered to the people. Renewal is vital in each follower’s life.  Renewal is getting back to our spiritual roots and allows us to put life and God’s desire back into perspective and focus.

After this time of worship and renewal the scripture states, “…Joshua read all the words of the law – the blessings and the curses – just as it is written in the Book of the Law” (v.34).  Joshua read everything Moses had commanded in the presence of the whole assembly, including women, children, and foreigners in the company (v. 35). This is important because when we have times of renewal and revival, we can get excited, emotional and have great intentions. But the critical point is that when God revives us, we must move directly into the continual reading of His word and practice obedience to His word. If not, the renewal will not last and God’s plan and purpose will not be accomplished by us…they will be accomplished, but not by us and we will be spiritually impoverished for it.

Some things to think about from Joshua 8:

  1. God will deliver victory out of defeat if we eliminate sin in our lives.

  2. God will bless our repentance in different forms and ways. 

  3. God is strategic and will guide us to accomplish His plan and purpose. 

  4. God desires a renewed spirit from us to His plan and purpose.

  5. Following our renewal is a commitment to the reading of and obedience to His word. 

Blessings,

Pastor Kirby

Sunday Sermon - Sunday, April 24, 2022

Title: Does It Matter What We Believe?

Text: Acts 10:1-6, 44, 47

Central Focus: “It makes no difference what you believe if you are sincere?”  Do you believe that statement?  Join us this Sunday as we look at biblical insights in the life of Cornelius.

Church Conference – Next Wednesday

Make plans to attend Church Conference next Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00pm. We will be voting on two recommendations from the Vision Team on the Church Structure in relation to Vision 2025, as well as hearing reports and other matters of business for God’s kingdom.  With several of our people ill, it will be important to attend so that we will have a quorum. 

 

Movie Matinee and Lunch - Next Thursday

Next Thursday, April 28 is our Movie Lunch & Matinee.

Lunch is $5.00 and begins at 12:30pm and is by reservation only.  Please sign up in the lobby on Sunday or call the church office by 4:00pm on Monday, April 25.

The Movie begins at 1:00pm and is free.  This month’s movie is God’s Not Dead, We The People. 

In God's Not Dead: We the People, Reverend Dave (White) is called to defend a group of Christian homeschooling families. He finds himself taken aback by the interference of the government and believing that their right to educate their own children is a freedom worth fighting for, Reverend Dave is called to Washington, D.C. to testify in a landmark congressional hearing that will determine the future of religious freedom in our country for years to come.

Grief Group

A new six-week group will start on Tuesday, May 3.  Each weekly session will begin at 1:00pm and conclude by 2:30pm. The intent of the group is to provide support and encouragement for those who have experienced the death of a loved one or who are experiencing another type of significant loss. 

For more information, contact Dr. Ron Hornecker, our Minister of Counseling, at 623-628-3796 or e-mail him at 2rhornecker@cox.net

Men’s Breakfast

Men, on Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00am come enjoy a home-cooked, full breakfast, hear a joke or two from Frank Johnson, and receive encouragement from Joel McElreath.  Joel and his wife Carolyn have been missionaries in Italy for 25 years and in Jerusalem for 25 years. You will not want to miss the insights Joel will present. It is the best $3.00 breakfast you will find anywhere. Sign up in the lobby beginning this Sunday or call the church office.

National Day of Prayer

Do you think our nation needs a Day of Prayer…maybe many Days of prayer?  If so, then join us.

Our church will be hosting a National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday, May 5 from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Sanctuary. This service will be open to the community.  In addition, we are inviting other congregations to participate.  At present, First Baptist Church, Sun City will be joining together with us.

The service will include music of worship and prayers lead by individuals who will focus on the seven Key Areas in our Nation.  We ask that you make the time to come, invite others who have a heart for our nation and a desire to ask God to send a revival and spiritual awakening.

Partners on Mission

Our next Partners on Mission will be Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00pm.  Bryson Isom from Relentless Church will be our speaker.  Relentless is one of our two major new church plants that we support.  They recently moved into their own location.  Come and hear how God provided a miracle for this move. A Sub Sandwich Dinner will be provided.  You can start signing up this coming Sunday.

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just One Thing item for the month of April is Peanut Butter and Jelly. Items can be dropped off in the Donation Room.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

April 14, 2022

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Devotional Thought - The Reason for Easter

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31

On Good Friday, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was executed by crucifixion. He was put to death not because of anything He did wrong as He had no sin.  Rather, He willingly gave His life over to death to pay for your sins and mine. His body was taken down from the cross and buried in a tomb. John 19:17-24

The tomb was guarded by soldiers and a large stone was put over the entrance so no one could steal the body. John 19:38-42; Matthew 27:62-66

On Sunday, some female followers of Jesus visited the tomb and found that the stone had been moved, and that the tomb was empty. John 20:1-8

Jesus Christ Himself was seen that day alive, and for days afterwards by many people. His followers realized that God had raised His Son Jesus from the dead. John 20: 11-29

The reason for Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection was to provide eternal life. The opportunity of eternal life is for all who would acknowledge their sins, confess their sins to God, turn from their sins as a way of life and believe in Jesus Christ as the only way to have true life here and in the hereafter. John 20:31

This devotional thought was compiled by my daughter Laura Kennedy Higgins who works with Apartment Life as a Senior Program Director, Phx. The above, with a graphic background, will be sent to more than 3500 residents in several of the apartment complexes she oversees this week. Please pray for those receiving this gospel presentation and that the message will plant seeds that will lead to many coming to know Jesus Christ in the future.

Pastor Kirby

Easter Sunday Sermon

Title: A Time for Everything – The Meaning of Easter

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:4; John 20:1-18

Central Focus: Before creation God had in His plan to provide humankind with salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. The writer of Ecclesiastes states clearly that there is a time for everything. God’s timing included the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Join us this Sunday as we explore God’s plan…which gives each of us Hope.

 

Holy Week Services Continue

TODAY at 4:00pm – Maundy Thursday Service (including Observance of the Lord’s Supper)

Rev. Dick Schroeder and Dr. Kirby Kennedy

FRIDAY, APRIL 15 at 12 Noon – Dr. Ron Hornecker

“Reflections on His Blood” - I Peter 1:18-19

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

This Sunday is the last Sunday for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.  Our church goal is $13,412.  Through Sunday, April 10, you have given $11,708 to this worthy offering. 

Page Turners Book Club

Lynn Bailey will be the guest speaker this month at Page Turners Book Club.  She will be discussing Newbery Award winners.  Make plans to join them, even if you don’t like to read, on Thursday, April 21 at 1:30pm.  Questions?  Call the church office and ask for Caroll Swinney.

Church Conference

On Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00pm, we’ll be having Church Conference.  Please make plans to attend this important meeting as we will be voting on two recommendations from the Vision Team on the Church Structure in relation to Vision 2025.

Movie Matinee and Lunch

Thursday, April 28 is our next Movie Lunch & Matinee.

Lunch is $5.00 and begins at 12:30pm and is by reservation only.  Please sign up in the lobby on Sunday or call the church office.

The Movie begins at 1:00pm and is free.  This month’s movie is God’s Not Dead, We The People. 

In God's Not Dead: We the People, Reverend Dave (White) is called to defend a group of Christian homeschooling families. He finds himself taken aback by the interference of the government and believing that their right to educate their own children is a freedom worth fighting for, Reverend Dave is called to Washington, D.C. to testify in a landmark congressional hearing that will determine the future of religious freedom in our country for years to come.

 

Grief Group

A new six-week group will start on Tuesday, May 3.  Each weekly session will begin at 1:00pm and conclude by 2:30pm. The intent of the group is to provide support and encouragement for those who have experienced the death of a loved one or who are experiencing another type of significant loss. 

For more information, contact Dr. Ron Hornecker, our Minister of Counseling, at 623-628-3796 or e-mail him at 2rhornecker@cox.net.

 

National Day of Prayer

On Thursday, May 5 at 10:00am, please join us for our National Day of Prayer Event.  More details coming soon!

 

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just One Thing item for the month of April is Peanut Butter and Jelly. Items can be dropped off in the Donation Room.

 

Health Living by Dr. Garry Cannard – Metabolism

Studies show that older adults need at least 25 to 30 grams of protein at a time to stimulate the same muscle building process that a younger person can get from just a couple of eggs.

Here’s why that’s important:  The human body is constantly breaking down and building up muscle.  But when the destruction of muscle outstrips its rate of repair over the long term, that eventually leads to a loss of muscle tissue.  These studies show that older folks who fail to get the 25 to 30 grams of protein in the morning are likely to stay in muscle loss mode all day.

At some point between the ages of 30 and 40, adults begin to lose three to eight percent of their muscle mass each decade.  The less muscle we have, the more fat we gain.  Muscle not only burns more calories, but it helps to control blood sugar.  Then your body is forced to turn that excess blood sugar into fat.

Muscle loss has also been linked to increased risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and a compromised immune system.

So eat some protein with each meal and cut out the simple carbs to prevent the above-mentioned diseases and increase your energy.

Have a HAPPY EASTER!