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October 6, 2022

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Devotional Thought

Joshua 19 - The Gathering at Shiloh

“These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing the land.” Joshua 19:51

Family gatherings have always been an important part of our lives.  To have the opportunity to engage with family and friends to share stories, food, fun, laughter and even to console each other and pray. 

The same is true with the family of faith in its local expression. Brothers and sisters in Christ enjoy getting together in various settings to enjoy the fellowship, music, Bible study and so much more.  It is the act of getting together. We are shown that example by the Israelites in the land of Canaan. 

Before the conquest, Joshua and the Israelites stayed at Gilgal and this was their place of gathering and worship.  After the conquest, Shiloh became the place of worship and gathering (Joshua 14:6; 18:1).  There is no indication why Shiloh was chosen. There is some thought given to the fact that it was uninhabited during the Canaanite times and therefore, in the mind of Joshua, it was not contaminated for the worship of Holy God.

In September I spoke of the tent of meeting. It was the place of worship for the Israelites and could be moved place to place when they were traveling.  That tent of meeting was set up in Shiloh and the Israelites gathered there as a family of God.

It was at Shiloh that Joshua cast lots to distribute the inheritance to the seven remaining tribes (Joshua 18:1; 19:51), as we have read in our study. The importance of Shiloh as the center for Israelite worship continued into the time of the Judges (Judges 18:31).

Our theme verse is important.  “…at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting” speaks volumes about our gatherings and worship…the Lord should always be present.  I encourage you to remember the enjoyment of your family gatherings over the years.  Reflect on the many church gatherings you have been blessed to be a part of during your Christian walk.

I challenge each of us to finish strong as we continue to assemble as the body of Christ to be equipped, to fellowship, to pray, to worship and to reach out.  We are on important business for the King at our Shiloh. Let’s be faithful sharing the hope of Christ.

Father, help our blessed congregation to savor our time with You and with each other as we gather.  Do not let us take this special time for granted but embrace those opportunities for our encouragement and for Your glory. Amen.

Pastor Kirby

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: What is a Biblical Worldview – Part II

Text: John 18:33-38

Central Focus: A Biblical Worldview is a worldview where the decisions and actions taken are derived from the Bible. Join us to discover the six keys to a biblical worldview.

Fall Biblical Conference - Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

Mark your calendars and save the dates – Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23.  Come spend the weekend with Dr. Steve Lemke, Vice President for Institutional Assessment, Provost Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and learn valuable insights to the question “Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?”

Here is the schedule for the weekend:

Friday, October 21

5:00pm           BBQ Dinner catered from Dickey’s BBQ (sign up in the lobby on Sunday) 

5:30pm           Session One “God, Satan and Suffering”

Saturday, October 22

9:30am           Snacks and Fellowship

10:00am        Sessions Two and Three (with a break in between) 

“Why God Allows Evil and Suffering? – Three Perspectives                    (Bring your Bibles)

12:00pm         Pizza/Salad Luncheon (Sign up in the lobby on Sunday)

Sunday, October 23

9:00am           Combined Bible Study in the Sanctuary

Session Four “God’s Will and Suffering”

10:30am         Worship and Dr. Lemke’s Message

 “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People”

To assist us in planning, we are asking everyone to sign up in the lobby by Sunday, October 16.

Here’s some information on our speaker, Dr. Steve Lemke:

Dr. Steve Lemke received a BA from Louisiana Tech University in 1972, his MDiv in 1976, Master of Arts in Religion and Education in 1978, and a PhD in 1985 all from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is the Vice President for Institutional Assessment, Provost Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Lemke has many varied research and writing interests, including theological anthropology, Christian apologetics, the doctrine of God, Christianity and the arts, Biblical hermeneutics, world religions, and the Baptist theological heritage.

He is co-editor of and contributor to Biblical Hermeneutics, Whosoever Will ,and The Return of Christ, as well as contributing articles to numerous other books and journals. He has led sessions and presented papers regularly at the Evangelical Theological Society and other professional meetings. He has served as pastor of two churches, interim pastor of 15 churches, and guest preacher in over 200 churches. He has also served in various ministry settings as a church planter, associate pastor, hospital chaplain, youth minister, recreation minister, and summer missionary. He and his wife Carol have one son, Austin.

State Mission Offering

Thank you for faithfully giving.  We have exceeded our goal of $4,500.  You generously gave $4,725.

 

Women’s Fellowship Lunch

Women, this coming Monday, October 10 at 12:00pm is our Women’s Fellowship Lunch.  Bring your sack lunch and come enjoy a time of fellowship with each other.  Dessert will be provided. Come and bring a friend.

Single Only Sisters

All single ladies are invited to meet at the church at 2:00pm on Thursday, October 13.  We will carpool to In-N-Out Burger on Bell Road for a late lunch/early dinner and fellowship time.  Please sign up this Sunday if you are planning to join us.

 

Movie Matinee

Our next Movie Matinee is Thursday, October 27, please make plans to join us.

This month’s movie, The Mulligan, is a parable of second chances.  Paul McAllister seems to have it all, but his life starts to fall apart.  Guided by the wisdom and advice of an old golf pro, Paul learns about playing a good game both on and off the course.

Lunch is $5.00 per person and will be served at 12:30pm.  Sign-ups begin this Sunday.  The movie will begin at 1:00pm.  Invite your friends and neighbors.

“Tell Us What You Think” Survey

As a church we desire to honor our veterans, fallen soldiers, our country, and the independence and freedoms that these brave men and women have fought and died for.

The survey you will find in your bulletin Sunday is an attempt to have our congregation share their thoughts as to the best times to honor our veterans and celebrate the freedom of our nation through music, without taking away from the worship of our Heavenly Father.

Please complete the “Tell Us What You Think Survey” and return it to an Usher as you leave Sunday morning. Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts with us.

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just 1 Thing item for October is Individual Juices.

Exciting News from the North American Mission Board

The NAMB notified us this week that Southern Baptists set a new missions giving record this year.  This year’s Annie Armstrong Easter Offering reached more than $68.9 million.  Your efforts share hope and nurture hundreds of new church plants, missionary families and more. Thank you for your generous giving.

Have a great weekend!


September 29, 2022

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Devotional Thought

“Hope of His Calling

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…” Eph. 1:18

A ten-year-old boy was being questioned for church membership. “What did you do when you realized you were a sinner?” he was asked.  “I just told Jesus how sinful I was, and how sorry I was, and asked Him to forgive me,” the boy answered.

“And do you hope that Jesus heard you and forgave you?” someone asked. “I don’t just hope so; I know He did,” said the boy. His questioner adjusted his glasses as he asked, “How do you know that my son?” The answer was prompt and to the point. “He said He would.”

Biblical hope is the confident expectation that what God has said, He will do; that what He has promised will come to pass. Paul’s prayer for his readers was that they would be spiritually enlightened in their understanding of God, His power, and His purposes for their lives. These believers needed to know that they were called to a great hope, and to realize something of the extent of the blessings, now and in the future, that they had in Christ.

Father, thank You for the blessing of Your power and work in my life and the promised hope that You have called me to as one of Your people.  Help me to listen and respond according to Your desire. Amen.

Pastor Kirby

Sunday’s Sermon – Beginning of a Five-Part Sermon Series

Sermon Series Title: A Biblical Worldview

Sermon Title: What is a Worldview?

Text: John 1:1-14

Central Focus: We are a product of what we think and believe, and as believers we are called to think and act like Jesus Christ. We all have a worldview whether we realize it or not. Moral and ethical decisions people make every day are based on their worldview. What is your worldview? Do you think like Jesus thinks?  Looking forward to finding out answers this Sunday morning.

Lord’s Supper

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, October 2.  Please begin to prepare your hearts and mind for this special time, as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

Women’s Tea/Salad Luncheon and Bible Study Kick-Off

This Saturday at 11:00am is the Women’s Tea.  If you’ve signed up to come, please remember to bring a salad large enough to share with others. 

Fall Biblical Conference - Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

Mark your calendars and save the dates – Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23.  Come spend the weekend with Dr. Steve Lemke, Vice President for Institutional Assessment, Provost Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and learn valuable insights to the question “Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?”

We’ll kick things off Friday night at 5:00pm with a catered BBQ Dinner.  The topic for Session One is “God, Satan and Suffering.”

On Saturday morning, you can enjoy snacks and fellowship at 9:30am and then at 10:00am we’ll start Session Two and Three (there will be a break in between).  The topic for these sessions is “Why God Allows Evil and Suffering? – Three Perspectives.  You’ll want to bring your Bibles.  We’ll conclude the day with a Pizza/Salad Luncheon at 12Noon.

On Sunday morning, we’ll all gather in the Sanctuary for Bible Study.  Dr. Lemke’s topic for Session Four will be “God’s Will and Suffering.”

The weekend will conclude with worship at 10:30am and Dr. Lemke’s message on “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People.”

Starting this Sunday, you can sign up for the BBQ and the Pizza/Salad Luncheon.

State Mission Offering

As we wrap up our emphasis on the Arizona State Mission Offering, we wanted you to know that as of Sunday, September 25 we have collected $3,733 towards our goal of $4,500.  Please continue to pray for these ministries, and if you haven’t given yet there is still time.

 

Stitches of Love

Our sewing ministry, Stitches of Love, resumes this coming Monday, October 3.  This ministry meets from 9:30-11:30am each Monday through April 2023.  They sew quilts, receiving blankets and burp clothes. If you don’t sew, you can tie quilts or stuff teddy bears.  All items are donated to local charities. If you have questions, please contact Team Leaders, Debbie Roberts or Jane Gonzales.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00am.  It’s the best homecooked breakfast in SCW and it’s only $3.00!  Phil McKenna will share his testimony and you’ll enjoy fellowshipping with each other.  If you are planning to come, please sign up before you leave on Sunday or call the church office by 4:00pm today.

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study begins next Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am.  This Fall’s study is “Jesus – The God Who Knows Your Name” by Max Lucado.  Nancy Jakes will lead this six-week study.  Sign-ups continue this Sunday.  Study books are $10.00 each and can be purchased in the church office or at the Women’s Tea/Salad Luncheon this Saturday.

Do you ever feel like Jesus couldn’t possibly know what you are going through? He’s the God of the universe after all!  Does he really know your daily struggles?  The good news is:  He does.  As you read these pages, may the hero of all history talk to you personally, and may you find in Him the answer to your deepest needs.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study begins next Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am.  This Fall’s study is “The Book of Colossians – Christ is Our Supreme Lord and Sufficient Savior.”  For six weeks, Dr. Kennedy will lead you on an exploration of Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae.

Paul had not visited this congregation, but false teachers had. They were teaching that Jesus was not God and denying other vital absolute truths.  Paul addressed and instructed the church in these matters to help them be strong in their faith and to fully embrace Christ as Lord and Savior.

Guys, take an hour a week to come to learn, fellowship and apply. For more information just contact Dr. Kennedy or call the church office. Sign-ups continue this Sunday. 

 

Women’s Fellowship Lunch

Women, on Monday, October 10 at 12:00pm come to the church with your sack lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship with each other.  Dessert will be provided. No sign up needed for this.  Just come and bring a friend.

Single Only Sisters

All single ladies are invited to meet at the church at 2:00pm on Thursday, October 13.  We will carpool to In-N-Out Burger on Bell Road for a late lunch/early dinner and fellowship time.  Sign-ups continue this Sunday.

Weekly Staff Meetings

Due to recent schedule changes, the church staff will have their weekly Staff Meeting on Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:00pm.  Please plan your visits to the office outside of this time, and if you call while we are meeting, please leave a voicemail message. 

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just 1 Thing item for October is Individual Juices.

Have a great weekend!

 

September 22, 2022

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Devotional Thought

Joshua 18

Tent of Meeting

Joshua 18:1a “The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there.”

This chapter begins the final division of land for inheritance to the remaining tribes. It is a little different chapter because the tribes were to enlist three people each to survey the existing land which was under their control. Joshua, then, would cast lots to see which tribe received what land for their inheritance.  It was a different approach. It shows that there are different ways to do things.

Early in this passage Joshua spoke of the “tent of meeting.”  In fact, verse one states that the “whole assembly…set up the tent of meeting.”

What was the “tent of meeting?”  Simply put it was the name of the place where God would meet with His people. Most of the time it was called the Tabernacle of Moses. Before the tabernacle was constructed, God met with Moses in a temporary tent of meeting. 

Exodus 33:7 and 9 states: “Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting.’ Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. . . . As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses.”

After the tabernacle was built, Moses no longer needed his temporary tent, and the term tent of meeting began to be applied to the tabernacle.

God provided specific instructions to build a place of worship (Exodus 25-27). Because the children of Israel were nomadic at this time the “tent of meeting” or tabernacle would be taken down, moved, and set back up as needed during their time in the wilderness.

The tabernacle was also a temporary dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant and other holy items that God had commanded the Israelites to use in their worship and the times of sacrifice.

In our passage, Joshua used the “tent of meeting” in much the same way.  It was the place the people gathered to meet God and where decisions were made to fulfill God’s desire. In this case, Joshua chided the remaining tribes for waiting to take possession of the land. Then he put a strategic plan in place to help motivate the people and clarify the lands of possession. The Bible is full of strategic plans.

Because of Christ we are the temple of God and His Spirit lives in us.  It is important to remember that every day we should have our “tent of meeting” with God, worship Him and listen to His plan and desires for us each day and in the various seasons of our life.

If we fail to make that connection God will make that known to us like Joshua did to the Israelites.  “How long will you wait before you begin…” (v.3). Let each of us hear from God in our tabernacle and “begin to be faithful to accomplish His task.”

Lord, help me to be faithful in my “tent of meeting” times, listen to Your voice and then begin through action to fulfill the desires of Your heart.  Amen.

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: Soaring

Text: Isaiah 40:28-31

Central Focus: There are times in life when we are tired, weary, and discouraged. Sometimes even God seems distant, and the Bible doesn’t seem to make sense.  This could be symptoms of burnout. The struggles of life, work or problems are just too overwhelming.  We want to check out. But there is good news.  God has a plan to strengthen you so that you can once again Soar.  Come Sunday and find out about God’s plan.

Critical Mass in Concert this Sunday

This Sunday our Back to Church Celebration continues! Critical Mass, a premier vocal ensemble from Grand Canyon University, will present a mini concert during the 10:30am worship service. Critical Mass is known for its professional quality performances of widely diverse repertoire including classical, gospel and jazz.  Invite your friends and neighbors to this special service.

State Mission Offering

The Arizona State Mission Offering emphasis continues throughout the month of September.  This year’s theme is “Next.”  When you give to this offering you help the ministries listed below, and others like them, take the next step in accomplishing the mission God has given them. 

  • Christian Challenge

  • Disaster Relief

  • Hispanic Ministries

  • Planting Churches

  • Revitalizing Churches

  • Student Ministries

  • Investing in Pastors

  • Ministers in Crisis

The State goal is $180,000; our church goal is $4,500.  As of Sunday, September 18 we have received $1,783.00 for this offering. Please be in prayer for these ministries and give as God leads.

Women’s Ministry Tea/Salad Luncheon and Bible Study Kickoff

Women, make plans to come to the Women’s Tea/Salad Luncheon and Bible Study Kickoff on Saturday, October 1 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Wear a hat, bring a teacup and saucer, and your favorite salad to share for lunch.  The theme is “Fall Into the Word,” and Mary Kay Wonner, Minister of Worship at Avondale Baptist Church, will speak about the importance of being in God’s Word. Sign-ups continue this Sunday. 

If you have a teapot you’d be willing to let the church use as a centerpiece, please contact Bette Bush, our Women’s Ministry Team Leader.

Stitches of Love

Our sewing ministry, Stitches of Love, resumes on Monday, October 3.  This ministry meets from 9:30-11:30am each Monday through April 2023.  They sew quilts, receiving blankets and burp clothes. If you don’t sew, you can tie quilts or stuff teddy bears.  All items are donated to local charities. If you have questions, please contact Team Leaders, Debbie Roberts or Jane Gonzales.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Men, mark your calendars!  The next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00am.  It’s the best homecooked breakfast in SCW and it’s only $3.00!  Phil McKenna will share his testimony and you’ll enjoy fellowshipping with each other.  Sign-ups continue this Sunday.

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study begins Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am.  This fall’s study is “Jesus – The God Who Knows Your Name” by Max Lucado.  Nancy Jakes will lead this six-week study.  Sign-ups continue this Sunday.  Study books are $10.00 each and can be purchased in the church office during the week or at the Women’s Tea/Salad Luncheon on Saturday, October 1.

Do you ever feel like Jesus couldn’t possibly know what you are going through? He’s the God of the universe after all!  Does he really know your daily struggles?  The good news is:  He does.  As you read these pages, may the hero of all history talk to you personally, and may you find in Him the answer to your deepest needs.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study begins Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am.  This fall’s study is “The Book of Colossians – Christ is Our Supreme Lord and Sufficient Savior.”  For six weeks, Dr. Kennedy will lead you on an exploration of Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae.

Paul had not visited that congregation, but false teachers had. They were teaching that Jesus was not God and denying other vital absolute truths.  Paul addressed and instructed the church in these matters to help them be strong in their faith and to fully embrace Christ as Lord and Savior.

Guys, take an hour a week to come to learn, fellowship and apply. For more information just contact Dr. Kennedy or call the church office. Sign-ups continue this Sunday. 

Women’s Fellowship Lunch

Women, on Monday, October 10 at 12:00pm come to the church with your sack lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship with each other.  Dessert will be provided. No sign up needed for this.  Just come and bring a friend.

Single Only Sisters

All single ladies are invited to meet at the church at 2:00pm on Thursday, October 13.  We will carpool to In-N-Out Burger on Bell Road for a late lunch/early dinner and fellowship time.  Sign-ups continue this Sunday.

Weekly Staff Meetings

Due to recent schedule changes, starting in October the church staff will have their weekly Staff Meeting on Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:00pm.  Please plan your visits to the office outside of this time, and if you call while we are meeting, please leave a voicemail message. 

Memorial Service for Bob Pennington

The Memorial Service for Bob Pennington will be this Friday, September 23 at 2:00pm here at the church, all are invited.  Please pray for Sandy and the family during this difficult time.

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just 1 Thing item for September is Cereal. All food donations go to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Health Article by Dr. Garry Cannard

 

Visceral White Belly Fat

 

Visceral fat, often referred to as “deep fat“,  is energy storing white fat that wraps around the inner organs. For this reason it’s very hard to remove surgically and is incredibly dangerous. One reason excess visceral fat is so harmful is that it’s blood flow drains into the liver via the portal vein. In other words, all the toxins and fatty acids given off by visceral fat are swept up by the blood and dumped into the liver that has over 500 vital functions.

 

The liver removes toxins from the body‘s blood supply, maintains healthy blood sugar levels, regulates blood clotting and performs hundreds of vital functions.

 

Abdominal obesity is a state of chronic visceral inflammation.

 

The good news is that because of its rich blood flow, visceral fat is very responsive to exercise and far more so than the stubborn subcutaneous fat. While excess fat is never a good thing, subcutaneous fat, particularly around the hips and the thighs is not particularly dangerous until enough of it can cause you to have to spend more for your new clothing!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

September 15, 2022

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Devotional Thought

“Sealed by His Spirit”

“Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” Eph. 1:14.

In antiquity, a seal was a distinctive mark identifying the person who owned it. It was a sort of signature. Often pressed on wax or clay, it showed something to be authentic. Today, governments, public officials, and corporations use legal diecast seals that press words and designs into paper. In fact, I have signed documents by the click of my mouse on my computer that becomes my official signature or “seal.”

Joseph was given Pharaoh’s ring when he was placed second in command, symbolizing Joseph’s right to act with the ruler’s authority (Gen. 41:42). Queen Jezebel used the king’s seal when she issued letters asking for Naboth to be tried and stoned to death (I Kings 21:8).

Paul stated that believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit authenticates the conversion experience. The working of the Spirit within is evidence that the person knows Christ.

The Spirit is also the believers’ guarantee of the promised inheritance. The work of the Spirit in our lives gives us a preview of what we shall have fully in heaven. We should shout to the mountain tops praising our glorious God for the security, help, and guidance He has made available to us through the Holy Spirit.

Father, thank You for the provision You have given me through Christ and through the Holy Spirit.  Help me to be attune and sensitive to His voice as I live each day striving to fulfill Your purpose for my life.  Amen.

Sunday’s Sermon

Title: Writing in the Sand

Text: John 8:1-11

Focus: This Sunday, we will look at the difference between the motives of people and the motive of Jesus as He deals with some very judgmental people and a sinner.  His example is one we should strive to emulate.

This Sunday is…Back to Church Sunday

We have been praying for, working towards, and looking forward to, this Sunday for months.  We are joining more than 40,000 other churches across America for National Back to Church Sunday in just a few days.

 

Have you made plans to come?  Have you invited your friends and neighbors? What else can you do in these hours before this special day of Bible Study, Fellowship and Worship?  Here are several suggestions: 1. Pray much and specifically for those by name you have invited. 2. Invite others who you contact in person, by phone, email, or text as we approach the weekend. 3. Prepare yourself to experience the presence of Christ this Sunday.

Sunday’s Bible Study at 9:00am and the 10:30am Worship service will be a celebration you won’t want to miss it.  Oh, and there will be special treats during the Fellowship time at 10:00am. See you Back at Church on Sunday.

And next Sunday, September 25 the celebration will continue!  Critical Mass, a premier vocal ensemble from Grand Canyon University, will present a mini concert during the 10:30am worship service. Critical Mass is known for its professional quality performances of widely diverse repertoire including classical, gospel and jazz.

Don’t miss out…let’s move forward together for Christ.

 

Healing for Hurting Hearts:  A New Support Group for Women

The first meeting for this new support group is tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 10:00am at the home of Sharon La Rose (17408 N. Conquistador Drive, Sun City West). 

The mission of the “Healing for Hurting Hearts” Support Group is to provide a confidential and safe haven for hurting women; to promote healing in a sensitive, non-judgmental atmosphere; and to cultivate hope through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.  Meda Cates, Gail Coffey and Sharon La Rose will be facilitating. 

If you have any questions, feel free to call Sharon at (845) 706-7404. 

State Mission Offering

The Arizona State Mission Offering emphasis continues throughout the month of September.  This year’s theme is “Next.”  When you give to this offering you help the ministries listed below, and others like them, take the next step in accomplishing the mission God has given them. 

  • Christian Challenge

  • Disaster Relief

  • Hispanic Ministries

  • Planting Churches

  • Revitalizing Churches

  • Student Ministries

  • Investing in Pastors

  • Ministers in Crisis

The State goal is $180,000; our church goal is $4,500.  Last Sunday we received $1,123.00 for this offering. Please be in prayer for these ministries and give as God leads.

Small Group Topical Studies

Small Group Topical Studies started last night, but don’t worry if you missed them.  It’s not too late to join a group.  Come next Wednesday at 4:00pm and get connected.

  • Discovery Class for New Members and Church Attenders - Facilitators: Nancy and David Jakes             

  • Fervent by Priscilla Shirer - Facilitator: Meda Cates                                                    

  • Hope for the Hurting by Dr. Tony Evans - Facilitators: Jim and Diana Brager

  • How to Value Others by John Maxwell - Facilitator: Dr. Kirby Kennedy  

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Lunch and Movie Matinee

Our next Movie Matinee is Thursday, September 22.  If you’d like to join us for a Chick-fil-A lunch at 12:30pm, please sign up in the lobby this Sunday or call the church office by 3:30pm on Monday, September 19.  Lunch is $5.00 per person.

The movie will begin at 1:00pm.  This month’s movie is “The Second Chance.” 

 

Two pastors, one from a wealthy parish in a predominantly white suburb, the other the head of an inner-city church, must learn to bridge the gap between their different philosophies and their individual prejudices. Together they look for common ground through faith and fight to save one's struggling urban church and the people it serves.

 

Women’s Ministry Tea/Salad Luncheon and Bible Study Kickoff

Women, make plans to come to the Women’s Tea/Salad Luncheon and Bible Study Kickoff on Saturday, October 1 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Wear a hat, bring a teacup and saucer, and your favorite salad to share for lunch.  The theme is “Fall Into the Word,” and Mary Kay Wonner, Minister of Worship at Avondale Baptist Church, will speak about the importance of being in God’s Word. Sign-ups continue this Sunday. 

If you have a teapot you’d be willing to let the church use as a centerpiece, please contact Bette Bush, our Women’s Ministry Team Leader.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Men, mark your calendars!  The next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00am.  It’s the best homecooked breakfast in SCW and it’s only $3.00!  Phil McKenna will share his testimony and you’ll enjoy fellowshipping with each other.  Sign up in the lobby starting this Sunday through October 2.

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study begins Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am.  This fall’s study is “Jesus – The God Who Knows Your Name” by Max Lucado.  Nancy Jakes will lead this six-week study.  Sign up in the lobby starting this Sunday through October 2.  Study books are $10.00 each and can be purchased in the church office during the week or at the Women’s Tea/Salad Luncheon on Saturday, October 1.

Do you ever feel like Jesus couldn’t possibly know what you are going through? He’s the God of the universe after all!  Does he really know your daily struggles?  The good news is:  He does.  As you read these pages, may the hero of all history talk to you personally, and may you find in Him the answer to your deepest needs.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study begins Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am.  This fall’s study is “The Book of Colossians.”  Dr. Kirby Kennedy will lead this six-week study. Sign up in the lobby starting this Sunday. 

Women’s Fellowship Lunch

Women, on Monday, October 10 at 12:00pm come to the church with your sack lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship with each other.  Dessert will be provided. No sign up needed for this.  Just come and bring a friend.

Single Only Sisters

All single ladies are invited to meet at the church at 2:00pm on Thursday, October 13.  We will carpool to In-N-Out Burger on Bell Road for a late lunch/early dinner and fellowship time.  Sign up in the lobby starting this Sunday through October 9.

 

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just 1 Thing item for September is Cereal. Don’t forget that all food donations go to St. Mary’s Food Bank which is a great help during this time of high food cost.  Help as much as you can.

JoEllyn Murphree’s Celebration of Life

JoEllyn’s Celebration of Life Service is Saturday, September 17 at 1:00pm at Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel (13738 W Camino del Sol, SCW).  Please pray for Ted and the family during this difficult time.

Benevolence

Due to inflation and the rising costs, please consider giving to our Benevolence Fund.  The need is great now for many people.  Just write “Benevolence” in the memo line of your check.

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September 1, 2022

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Devotional Thought

Joshua 17

You Can Do It

“But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph – to Ephraim and Manasseh – ‘You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well.  Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.’” Joshua 17:17-18.

 

Joshua 17 is a continuation of the description of the boundaries given to the ancestors of Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Once their allotment was given, they felt it was too small because they were so numerous. Joshua was accommodating.  He gave them what seemed to be unlimited land, the forested hill county, with the stipulation that they would need to clear it. 

Most of the land given as inheritance had cities that had been defeated and were already built.  This was land that would have to be cultivated by the sweat of their brows. 

There was a second issue that concerned the tribes of Joseph.  They identified the obstacle in verse 16 “…and, all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron….”  They were afraid of these powerful people who were not eliminated when the people of Israel captured the land.

Reflecting more than 40 years earlier, Joshua remembered when the Israelites in the wilderness were afraid to go into the land of Canaan because they looked like grasshoppers amongst the warriors in the land at that time.  Only Joshua and Caleb came back to affirm the people should move forward.

Joshua was very clear in his affirmation to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh; you can achieve this through faith and hard work.  “You are numerous and very powerful...though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out” (vv.17b-18).

Most of us have had numerous experiences and storms in life and we survived. But there are still times when we face yet another obstacle and we question our strength to overcome it again.

That is the word of Joshua for us today.  He is telling us, having been through so much in his life, God will see you through.  He will not hand it to you, but through your faith, hard work, and experience you can overcome any obstacle again. YOU can do it.

Many times, that is all it takes for us to move out of fear or discouragement.  It takes a person who encourages you, who believes in you and will even walk beside you during those trying days.  Are you in that place right now?  Listen to Joshua, he has this word for you “You can drive them out.”  You can, but will you?

One last thing, could you be one that is willing to come beside a friend, neighbor or member who is struggling and help? Could you be one to say an encouraging word and take time to just be present? What a ministry of love and a challenge of action.

Father, help me to be an encourager and willing to take encouragement to heart as I strive to live a life set apart for You. Amen.

Sunday Sermon

Dr. Ron Hornecker, Pastoral Counselor, will be preaching this Sunday

Title: Who Will We Be?

Text: Gen 1:26-27; Matt 7:12; Eph 4:29

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – to reserve your spot, call the church office by 2pm today!  Today is the last day to sign up for Men’s Fellowship Breakfast. The breakfast is next Tuesday, September 6 at 8:00am.

Partners on Mission

Next Wednesday, September 7 at 4:00pm is Partners on Mission with a potluck dinner.  That is right, a potluck dinner for the first time in almost two and a half years.  Please sign up in either lobby on Sunday so we’ll know what you are bringing.

Sylvia Miller from Christian Challenge will be our speaker for the evening.  Christian Challenge exists to engage college students with the Gospel, develop disciples of Jesus Christ and mobilize servant leaders for the church.  Make plans to come enjoy our first potluck since 2020 and learn about this great ministry.

Single Only Sisters 

On Thursday, September 8 at 2:00pm all single ladies are invited to come and enjoy a pampering session.  You will enjoy facials and a special hand treatment, as well as a devotional, music and refreshments.  This is a great opportunity to bring your friends for a fun afternoon.  Sign up in either lobby this Sunday.  If you need more information, please contact Nelda Stites.

Small Group Topical Studies

Our next session of Small Group Topical Studies starts Wednesday, September 14 and will continue for six weeks until Wednesday, October 19 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. You have four Small Groups to choose from.  Sign-ups continue this Sunday in both lobbies.

  • Discovery Class for New Members and Church Attenders - Facilitators: Nancy and David Jakes             

  • Fervent by Priscilla Shirer - Facilitator: Meda Cates                                                    

  • Hope for the Hurting by Dr. Tony Evans - Facilitators: Jim and Diana Brager

  • How to Value Others by John Maxwell - Facilitator: Dr. Kirby Kennedy     

Back to Church Sunday

We are joining more than 40,000 other churches across America on September 18 with a National Back to Church Sunday emphasis.  Will you be a part of the success of that day for the glory of God?

The last 2.5 years have been difficult and challenging. We are not the same church we were two and a half years ago. We lost numerous people from our fellowship and services in various ways. Yet, God has sustained us in ways we were not able to foresee.

Now is the time for us to move forward in a powerful way and let the world and the Devil know that we are not defeated nor discouraged.  It is time for us to get back to worshiping and fellowshipping together as brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is time for us to begin inviting our friends and neighbors to engage with God in person at FBCSCW.

 

Today, we are asking you to set a target, to turn over a new leaf, to start with a clean slate and commit to be here on and make this the new norm to honor God and serve Him. On this special Sunday morning there will be much celebration, praise, and joy as we lift our voices together to the Most High during this special service at 10:30am.

 

Page Turners Book Club

Page Turners Book Club is resuming on Thursday, September 15 at 1:30pm. Lynn Bailey will speak on the book “A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park and Beverly Finley will share about the devotional book she has written.  Join us for a great day of discussion and fellowship.  If you would like more information or if you have questions, please contact Caroll Swinney.

 

Healing for Hurting Hearts:  A New Support Group for Women

The mission of this “Healing for Hurting Hearts” Support Group is to provide a confidential and safe haven for hurting women; to promote healing in a sensitive, non-judgmental atmosphere; and to cultivate hope through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.  Meda Cates, Gail Coffey and Sharon La Rose will be facilitating. 

Please come, relax, settle in, and get acquainted with other women as we journey together in this life.  Our initial meeting will be Friday, September 16 at 10:00am at the home of Sharon La Rose (17408 N. Conquistador Drive, Sun City West).  If you have any questions, feel free to call her at (845) 706-7404. 

Love in Action through “Just One Thing”

The Just 1 Thing item for September is Cereal.

Experience a Taste of Israel Recap

What a wonderful time of focusing on both the music and missionary tales of the land of Israel.  On Wednesday, August 17 the music group One Lev led over 100 people in worship, joy and celebration of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  It was a fun-filled night which honored God and allowed His people to give Him worthy, honor and glory.

Joel and Carolyn McElreath shared so many cherished memories and events from their 25 years as missionaries to Israel last Wednesday night.  What a blessing to have over 100 people enjoy their stories, as well as the delicious meal catered by Olive Garden, which was served by our amazing Kitchen Team.

The time went by quickly as Joel shared stories about how God intervened and opened doors for the gospel to be communicated in very special and unique ways. It is evident that Joel and Carolyn continue to be passionate about their calling and the lostness of so many of the Jewish people who have not come to believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. 

 

A strong challenge exists for us to pray for, and find ways to hold the ropes for, missionaries who will continue to share the good news of Christ in Israel and around the world. We look forward to the next time when Joel and Carolyn speak on their 25 years in Italy as missionaries.

Church Office Closed

In observance of Labor Day, the church office will be closed on Monday, September 5.

Our Prayer Chain

We are a church of Prayer Warriors!  If you have a Prayer Request you’d like our Prayer Warriors to prayer for, or if you’d like to start receiving our Prayer Requests via e-mail, please e-mail prayerchain@fbcscw.org or call our Prayer Chain Coordinator, Ginny Denton at (623) 584-6007.

Watchman Prayer Ministry

We know that prayer is critical and vital for God’s Kingdom and will to be done.  Individual and churchwide prayer brings about the power of God as we seek for revival and spiritual awaking for our world.  How can we bring together believers to pray in unity for a mighty movement when lives are so busy?

Our church has an ongoing ministry called The Watchman Prayer Ministry.  People in this ministry have committed to pray for a specific hour each week on the same day.  We currently have 75 Watchman covering 69 hours of the week in prayer. 

If you would be interested in joining this powerful ministry, please call Elizabeth in the church office (623-584-5738).  She can let you know what day/times are available and get you the materials you need to pray successfully for an hour.

 

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!