November 19, 2020
Invitation from Jesus - Devotional Thought by Bessie L. Kennedy, 1983
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28
“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 decide that nothing else can possibly 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. ‘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.”
Pray for God’s help as you face your problems today.
Dr. Doug and Cheryl Derbyshire - IMB Missionaries Speaking
This Sunday at both services, Dr. Doug Derbyshire, and his wife, Cheryl, will be speaking. Doug is a medical doctor with the International Mission Board who serves in Thailand with his wife, Cheryl. Doug is also the medical director of Bangkla Baptist Clinic, located in central Thailand, and works to see the Gospel shared and churches started among the Thai people. He’s doing what Jesus did: taking care of the sick and preaching the gospel. Doug goes to many places in Thailand with no Christians and no churches, and it troubles him deeply. But the lack of a gospel witness in Baan Po troubles him the most.
For the past six years, Doug has faithfully and persistently visited Baan Po—trying every method and means for sharing the gospel. He’s brought medical teams from the U.S. to host mobile clinics. He’s tried every evangelism technique he knows. He’s knocked on doors, asking if people are interested in hearing the gospel. The message is either ignored, rejected, or accepted initially and then abandoned. Come Sunday and hear more of this exciting ministry.
Worship Service Now Being Live Streamed
We are now live streaming our 11:00am Sunday Worship Service on our website. This means that our members who are watching from home will be able to worship live at 11:00am with the congregation that is here on campus. If you are unable to tune in at 11:00am, the service will be available on our website to watch as your schedule permits. Enjoy this special time as we worship together as the Body of Christ.
Mail it Before Thanksgiving
It would help our office if you could mail in your Spiritual Gifts and Passion Surveys before Thanksgiving. We have included a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your convenience. We know it is a lot to work through, but so important to the ministry of FBCSCW and your ministry as well.
If you need any help with the surveys or have questions, please do not hesitate to call the church office.
Thanksgiving Week Schedule
The office will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 8am to 4pm next week. We will be closed Wednesday through Friday. If there is an emergency, please call the church office (623-584-5738) and leave a message or call Pastor Kirby or Nancy. You may also email Pastor Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the Thanksgiving Week E-Blast will be sent on Tuesday, November 24.
What to Be Happy? Help Decorate the Church Sanctuary for Christmas
Research shows that the happiest people during the holidays are those who decorate early. We want our people to be the happiest around. So, the Decorating Committee needs your help to prepare our sanctuary and lobbies for a wonderful Christmas season. They will be at the church on Tuesday, November 24, at 10:00am to begin decorating the church for the Christmas. If you have that ability and time could you sign up to help? If you are interested, contact Debbie Crump through the church office (623-584-5738).
The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (November 29), we will be observing the Lord’s Supper at both the 9:00am and 11:00am services. We have not been able to partake of the Lord’s Supper since March. 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.”
Have a great weekend.