I know this edition of TAB is coming to you a little bit earlier than usual, but we have a lot going on here at FBC and I didn't want you to miss out on all the exciting stuff that God is doing on our church campus.
For example, tomorrow is our monthly Young @ Heart Luncheon. This month the menu features crockpot soups and salads, along with what is always an amazing selection of desserts. In fact, I might even skip the crockpots and go straight to the desserts! SSSHHH....don't tell anyone, it will be our little secret.
Also, this coming Saturday will be a busy one for our church and community. The morning kicks-off with a rummage sale, hosted by our Chinese church. The rummage sale takes place from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with all proceeds to go towards creating and supporting a Chinese campus ministry on some of our area college campuses. This would be a great opportunity to go through your garage/house and donate some gently used items that you no longer need. Items can be dropped off at the church tomorrow from 10:00am to 3:00pm and all day Friday from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Please consider donating to help Pastor Tom and his team reach the next generation of Chinese students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The rummage sale will be immediately followed by our Trunk O' Treat community outreach event. Trunk O' Treat will take place this Saturday in our church parking lot from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and will include food, candy, carnival games, a bounce house, hay ride, pumpkins and more. Please spread the word to your neighbors, friends and relatives.
It's also not to late to help. We are still in need of cars to use for the trunk o' treat area (if you're not sure what do to with your car, just show up and we will take care of the rest!) We could also use volunteers to help at the food station (we will be selling hot dogs/chips/drinks) and with the popcorn machine. If you would be able to help by bringing your car or volunteering your time, please email doug at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know where you can help.
Finally, before I wrap up this week's edition of TAB, Rose and I want to say a huge "THANK YOU" for "pounding" our pantry with some great food! Also, I want to say a special "thank you" to Nancy Hester for putting it all together and for the Hester's and Bells, who packed up and delivered the food. I have attached some pictures that were taken just after the food was dropped off at our house.
Over the last 9 months, you have reached out to our family in so many ways. We are truly blessed to be a part of the FBC family! Thanks for "taking in" this goofy, wayward family from California and for giving me the opportunity to serve as your pastor.
See you Sunday.
First of all, I need to say a huge "Thank You" to Larry Annes for preaching in my place this past Sunday. It is awesome to have men like Larry and Norm who are able to unpack the word of God, each in his own unique style. In fact, if you missed Larry's message this past Sunday, I would encourage you to go to our church website, click on the Sermons and Resources tab and listen to his message.
As Larry wrapped up his message, he made a statement that I would like to build on as we begin a new series this Sunday titled, "Glimpses of Jesus in the Old Testament." The text for Larry's message was a Psalm of David that focused on our sin and the forgiveness that God provides for us through His Son Jesus. In fact, near the end of Larry's message, he said this, "Jesus makes available to us payment for our sin. That's the Good News". Remember, Larry's message was based on an Old Testament passage written by a King who would never experience the presence of Jesus, yet still experienced the heart of the Gospel, which is the grace and forgiveness provided by God through His Son Jesus. How can this be?
For most of us, the Gospel or "Good News" about Jesus begins in Matthew 1:18 or Luke 2 and continues throughout the New Testament. However, for the next few weeks, I want to take us on a journey through the Old Testament, in search of the story of Jesus, that as we will see, is actually interwoven throughout this often unread portion of the scriptures. As we go through this time together, my hope is that by the end of our journey, we will all come to understand that Jesus is not just the central figure of the New Testament. Jesus is the central figure of the entire Bible......both Old and New Testament. Jesus didn't just drop into Bethlehem from Heaven. He came with a story. He came with a promise. He came with an identity and He came with a mission, all of which is revealed, throughout the pages of the Old Testament.
This Sunday, we will focus on the story of Jesus. Between now and Sunday, I would encourage you to read Matthew 1:1-17. As you read through this long list of boring "begettings", remember this, for any Jew who knew his Scriptures (and Matthew is writing primarily to a Jewish audience), every name has a story behind it. Every name comes with an event, a period in history and a memory of their national past. Through this list, Matthew is saying that we can only understand Jesus properly if we see him in the light of his family tree. So as you read these names, some that are familiar and some that are not, think about the story behind each name. Do some research, learn a little bit more about these long, lost relatives of Jesus.
Come this Sunday, ready to catch a glimpse of Jesus in the Old Testament.
Have a great weekend!
In I Chronicles 28-29, we read how King David gathered the nation of Israel together to cast vision for and ask their help with, constructing a temple for the Lord. In this magnificent story, David not only asked for financial assistance from the people, but he sacrificially unleashed his own storehouse of wealth, so that the work could begin. David then urged his leaders to also give generously to the "building fund".....and they did! The remarkable thing about David and his leaders is that they gave willingly and rejoiced at the privilege of giving back to God.
In verse 10 of I Chronicles 29, David shares in their rejoicing as he prays this magnificent prayer of praise and adoration to the Lord. God had blessed David richly, so he blesses God thankfully! His words are a short course in theology. He acknowledges God's greatness, power, glory, and majesty. After all, God owns everything, everything comes from Him and when we give, we only return to the Lord that which He has graciously given to us.
David goes on in this prayer to assure the Lord that the offerings came from his heart and the hearts of his people, and that they gave joyfully and with sincerity. David prays that his people might always have hearts of generosity, gratitude, and joy.
This prayer of David is one that I am praying for FBC. During my short-time here, I have witnessed incredible generosity from our church family. From the Annie Armstrong offering, to crates full of school supplies, to our own church budget. In all of this, you have shown to be faithful stewards of what God has given to you.
As your pastor, I want to take this opportunity to say, "Thank You", for your faithfulness in giving towards our church finances and would ask that you commit yourselves to remaining faithful as we close out this fiscal year.
In Philippians 4:19, we read, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." To date, God has supplied for all of our church needs.
Below are two figures, one represents what we have received to date and the other figure represents our expenses to date. As you will notice, we are continuing to operate in the black.
FBC Receipts (offerings/designated donations/other income) $403,705
FBC Expenses (including loan payment) $398,981
Celebrate with me as we continue to trust in God to meet church's financial needs.
See you Sunday.