As we continue in our desire to be an irresistible place where our neighbors and community can see the love of Jesus lived out, I want to encourage each of you to consider being a part of this year's Trunk O' Treat outreach. The date for this event is Saturday, October 27th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. There are many ways for you to be involved. We need set-up and tear-down volunteers, individuals to donate candy, hot dogs, buns, etc., food runners, kitchen volunteers and a couple of people to help run the popcorn stand. However, the most important need is for people to commit to bring their cars, decorate their trunks, maybe have a game for kids to play, but most importantly, simply show the love of Jesus to each family who pays your trunk a visit! This Sunday, there will be sign-up sheets for candy donations, trunk volunteers, as well as some of the other areas I mentioned. Consider helping us love our neighbors through this fun event!
This coming week will be a busy one for our campus. This Sunday, Parkside Kids, the new name for our children's ministry, will be hosting a training/orientation meeting from 11:45am to 2:00pm. Lunch and childcare will be provided. This meeting is for anyone who is interested in loving the kids that God brings to our church each Sunday.
On Wednesday, our monthly Adults on Mission group will be meeting from 10:30am to noon in the Fireside Room. We will be praying for both local and global missions, as well as hearing from Pastor Norm on how God has been using him to encourage missionaries who serve overseas. Join us as we thank God for his faithfulness!
As I close this edition of TAB, I want to talk briefly about the concept of seasons. Just as nature recently transitioned from Summer to Fall and will soon make another transition to Winter, so too, our church has gone through multiple transitions over the last several years and we are preparing for another transition, as we move from being known as First Baptist Church Beaverton to Parkside Fellowship. With both seasonal and church transitions, changes are a part of the process. In the midst of the leaves changing color, a church member may too decide its time to make a change and leave his or her church. As the temperature outside gets cooler, things inside the church may be heating up as the need to add staff or ministries collide with finances.
FBC is about to experience one of these "seasonal" changes. After 14 years serving as our church administrative assistant, I have asked Cheryle Douglas to step down from this role. My desire to make a change at this crucial time in the life of our church is my belief in the importance that those who serve on our church staff, be fully invested and active members of our church. Cheryle and her husband Marc are currently members of New Life Baptist Church in Hillsboro. While no one questions Cheryle's love for FBC, I believe it is important that she not be torn between her "job" at FBC and a desire to volunteer at her home church. I have seen her struggle to balance her commitment as a paid staff member of FBC and the needs of kids at New Life. This is why I have decided to make this change.
I asked Cheryle to write down what she will miss most about serving on staff at FBC and I thought I would share it with you.....
"Reflecting on my time spent serving the Lord, the staff, the church members and the Beaverton community as First Baptist Church Ministry Assistant, several blessings come to mind. I have been blessed to serve alongside staff as we shared Jesus through prayer, tears, sweat and laughter. I have been blessed by the membership as they rallied around Marc and I as we experienced health challenges, financial challenges and losses in our family. Also, I am blessed for the opportunities to serve the Lord with our Hispanic, Korean, Bhutanese, and Chinese brothers and sisters. My heart is overflowing in gratitude and praises for God’s faithfulness for these opportunities to get to know more of the family of God this side of heaven. I am excited to see what the Lord has for First Baptist, (Parkside Fellowship) for sharing Jesus in Beaverton. Please pray with me to stay focused on God as He leads me on the path He has for me. Psalms 92:12-15 sums up the desire of my heart. In the American Standard Version the verses read: 'The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Yes, I long to still yield fruit in old age being full of sap and very green so that I can declare that the Lord is upright, He is my rock and that there is no unrighteousness in Him'."
Cheryle's last day with us will be Friday, November 2nd. Please take time between now and then to stop by the office and let her know how much she has meant to both you and our church family. I think I speak for all of us when I say, "Thanks Cheryle. I know God has an amazing opportunity just waiting for you to step-up and fill-in the gap!"
In the interim, Laura Small has agreed to step-in and help fill this role on a temporary basis. I am confident that Laura is more than capable of keeping me in line during this transition. Thanks Laura for being willing to jump in during such a crucial time in the life of FBC.....soon to become Parkside Fellowship!
See you Sunday.
In preparation for our all-church meeting this Sunday at 10:00am, I want to take this edition of TAB and focus on the details for this meeting. My goal is to give you the opportunity to think about, ask questions about and pray about your role as we Replant FBC.
At this meeting, we will be asking our congregation three things.....
1. Vote to approve a loan with the Northwest Baptist Foundation in order to pay-off our loan with Umpqua bank.
The original balloon payment of approximately $1.4 million was due on June 5th. Umpqua has provided us with a 6 month extension that gives us until December 5th to close the sale of our properties and secure new financing with the Northwest Baptist Foundation.
We have been approved for a loan with the Northwest Baptist Foundation, but we do need congregational approval to move forward with the loan. Here are the details of the new loan. The Northwest Baptist Foundation has agreed to loan our church $600,000 at an interest rate of 5.7% with a term of 25 years. If we combine this $600,000 with the $850,000 we will receive from the sale of the two homes, we are able to easily satisfy our debt with Umpqua.
2. Give your recommendation for a new church name based on the list below. We will be asking you to choose a "first name" and a "last name". For example, our current first name is First Baptist and our last name is Church. Another example would be, Beaverton Christian (first name) and Church (last name).
Here are the name choices:
Discovery Church, Discovery Christian Church, Generations Community Church, Generations Fellowship, Parkside Community Church, Parkside Church, Parkside Fellowship
3. Choose the service that you plan to attend, as this will help us in the planning process
To help you in making the right service choice, below are the times and a brief explanation about each service.
Our "classic" service at 9:15am, will have a more traditional church feel. The music will be a mix of hymns and classic praise songs, accompanied by the piano and organ. The message will be the same Biblically-based message as our modern service, but with a focus on the mature believer. If I were trying to describe this service to someone, it would go something like this....."Our classic service is a time for the family of God to gather together, reflect on and thank God for the salvation that we have through His Son Jesus Christ. This is done through joyful celebration as we sing the timeless hymns of the faith, followed by an inspirational message from God's Word." The "modern" service at 10:30am is designed for the new or young believer, who is discovering what it means to have a relationship with God and how this relationship fits into his or her everyday life. This is done through a combination of passionate worship led by a band, videos, live testimonies and an unapologetic, Biblically-based message.
I hope this information is helpful as we gather together on Sunday. Please don't hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions or concerns. I would be happy to schedule a time for us to sit down and talk.
Before I close, I need to share one more piece of important information with you. As much as I value the ability to provide the opportunity for individuals to give online, unfortunately the company that provides this service for us does so at a price that does not make it cost-effective. Therefore, FBC will no longer be accepting gifts online. I will continue to look for an option that is reasonably priced and let you know when that system is in place. Thanks for your continued prayers and support during this season of change.
See you Sunday.