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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?

 

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.

 

Dr Iorg is the author of nine books, and we will have five of his books available for purchase during the conference.

 

Special Music on Friday night will be Pastor Clarence Bradley and his wife Martha. Rev. Bradley is the pastor of SonRise Church of the Valley located in El Mirage. They are a blessing to hear and have been with us in the past presenting special music.

 

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.

Stiches of Love on Monday Mornings

Stiches of Love continues their ministry time this Monday, October 18 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.

 

Grief Group:  The Grief Process

 

Grief Group begins at 1:00pm in Room 105 and this week’s meeting will focus will be on the uniqueness of grief. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, whether recently or in the past, is welcome to attend.

 

Caregivers Group

 

On Tuesday, October 19, from 1:00-2:30pm, the Caregivers Group will have its monthly meeting. The focus will be on developing and displaying “Patience” in our roles as caregivers. This group meets in Room 105.

 

Operation Christmas Child Box Folding Party – 100% Successful

Twenty-one people came to help our Mission Team fold the 150 Operation Christmas Child boxes in preparation of handing them out this Sunday, October 17. It was exciting to see all the interaction and fellowship while the work was accomplished. With twenty-one people it only took 25 minutes. Many hands really do make the work lighter.
 

Operation Christmas Child Box Pick Up and Instructions

The Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available for pick up beginning this Sunday in both foyers. There will be information brochures about what to put in these special boxes for the kids and how to pack the boxes.

As we did last year, because some of our folks are not getting out, we have partnered with Asante Church (one of our partnership new church plants) so that if you would like to donate to the Operation Christmas Child their members will go and purchase all the items to put in the boxes, and then pack them so that they are ready to go. We will also be accepting donations to help with the shipping of the boxes.

Two options this year:  (1) You can pick up a box and fill it; or (2) You can donate to the Operation Christmas Child fund through FBCSCW, and boxes will be packed and ready to send.

All boxes need to be returned to church no later than Sunday, November 14. All donations need to be to the church by Sunday, October 31.

Our goal this year with the partnership with Asante is to fill 250 boxes.

For more information just contact the Missions Team or the church office.

Single Only Sisters TODAY at 2:00pm                 

Our theme this month is The Joy of Color. Come join them.

 

Page Turners Upcoming Meeting

 

Page Turners (FBCSCW’s book cub) will meet Thursday, October 21 at 2:00pm in the Church Library. For more information, please contact Caroll Swinney.

 

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 this Sunday 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, October 24.

 

Lunch and Movie Matinee - Thursday, October 28

Movie:  WOODLAWN

Lunch:  12:30pm ($5.00, RSVP by Monday, October 25 @ 4:00pm by calling the church office or signing up on Sunday)

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 this is something 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. 

 

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.

 

Life Line Screening

 

Life Line Screening will be here at FBCSW on Thursday, November 4. Their screenings go beyond regular checkups to look inside your arteries for signs of plaque build-up. If you are interested in learning more about the tests available, pick up a flyer in one of our lobbies on Sunday. For appointments, please call 866-229-0469.

 

Have a great weekend.

Pastor Kirby

 

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