Love From Your Pastor

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. (1 Peter 3:12 ESV)

Sunday I will be speaking from 1 Peter 3:8-12, a message entitled, “God’s Ears are Open.”  In preparation for our 4 Days of Prayer, we will discuss how God listens to the prayers of His people when we are in right relationship with Him and each other.  Please read the passage before Sunday!

Our 4 Days of Prayer starts Monday (Nov. 26)! We will be praying together from 5-9am & 5-9pm, Monday through Wednesday, and 5-9am Thursday. Please come pray with us! We will be praying for 45 minute sessions with a break between. We will pray for our upcoming Advent season, for our outreach to our community, for our ministry in 2019, for the Lord’s financial provision, and many other things!

Thank you for your generous support of our FBC anniversary special offering!  Here are the totals that were reported to me: Pioneer: $1440.33, East Linn: $2,115.33, Central Linn: $1,075.34. Total Special Offering: $4,631. These gifts will surely be a great blessing to each school.

Lastly, Elizabeth and I have thought of a few families that could possibly use help with Christmas gifts, etc. If you are interested in “sponsoring” a family for Christmas, please talk to one of us. Thank you!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. (Colossians 1:3 ESV)

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BROWNSVILLE!

Wow, we ought to feel old today! On November 16th, 1853, the First Baptist Church of Brownsville, Oregon was founded. That makes us 165 years old!

Men’s Breakfast — Men, come join us tomorrow (Saturday) at 8am for a great breakfast! Our guest speaker will be Art, the son-in-law of Merle Caldwell, who recently finished his book, “What I’ve Learned About God in My First 99 Years.” Art will speak, and there will be some copies of Merle’s book available.

Sunday morning in the 10:30am service, we will get to see a couple children following Jesus in baptism! You’ll be encouraged and blessed – be sure to be here!  Also, Pastor Justin, Dave, and Tina will be sharing about their recent mission trip to Alaska during the service.

I will be speaking on “Thanksgiving & Prayer” from Colossians 1:3-14. Please (prayerfully & thankfully) read the passage before Sunday, and let’s come with hearts prepared to hear from God’s Word.

In honor of our 165th anniversary, we will be receiving a special offeringthis Sunday. This is intended to be above and beyond our normal tithes and offerings. So we will have 2 times of offering this week.  The special offering this year will be going toward three schools in our community:  Central Linn in Halsey (for the music programs needs), East Linn Christian Academy in Lebanon (for tuition assistance and/or new cafeteria), and Pioneer Christian Academy in Brownsville (for remodeling of facilities).  Please be praying and asking God what He would have you contribute. We’d love to make a generous donation to each of these schools. You can make a check (or cash in an envelope) marked “Special Offering” if you’d like it to go toward all three.  If you’d like to designate one or two schools in particular, please be sure to write that on the memo line of your check or on an envelope. Thank you for giving generously to our community!

Lastly, on Sunday evening at 6pm at Brownsville Community Church(196 Washburn St.), there is a Community Thanksgiving Service, which will include people from a number of Christian churches in our community. We are all invited to come and participate. They will also have cookies and refreshments after the service (7pm), so you are invited to stay for that. If you’d like to bring some cookies to share, that is appreciated too!

Looking forward to a great weekend!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael

P.S. I hope you have marked your calendars for our “4 Days of Prayer” — November 26-29!  5-9am & 5-9pm each day (no evening session on Thursday).  Come and pray with us for one hour session, or more!



Love From Your Pastor

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2 ESV)

This Sunday’s message is “I Am Your Only Savior” from Isaiah 43.  Going through the chapter, I discovered 29 “I” statements by God in the 28 verses!  “I have… I will… I am… I give… I love… etc.” Check it out for yourself – the chapter is full of statements from the Lord about His love for His people. I hope you will read the chapter ahead of time and join us this Sunday!

Thank you everyone for your help making our 8th annual Trunk-or-Treat a great success! We are so thankful for everyone’s generous donations, servant’s hearts, and creative displays! I don’t have final stats yet, but we certainly were a blessing to many people in our community and did our best to shine His light! Please pray that those who were on our campus and experienced His love from FBC will have their hearts drawn to Him and His church!

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are due the week of November 11-18! Please make sure and have your boxes filled and brought back to the church.  Brianna Wrightson is working on around 100 boxes! She will have some of them here at FBC this Sunday – if anyone would like to help her with the shipping costs for some boxes that would be great!

Friends, let me encourage you to vote! If you have not completed your ballot and mailed it in, please make sure and do that. What a privilege we have in our country to have a voice in our laws. I am especially concerned about measure 106 – which is a statewide citizen initiative to stop our tax dollars from funding elective and late-term abortions. If it passes with enough “Yes” votes, it will give Oregon taxpayers freedom from having to pay for other people’s choices. Please vote!

Remember that this Sunday is a potluck and 93rd birthday celebration for Liz Van Leeuwen right after the worship service. Bring some food to share and share in the celebration of Liz!

Also this Sunday, we will be baptizing three adults during the worship service! This is always an encouraging and uplifting time, I hope you’ll be here to witness it.

Finally, a big thank you for your very encouraging and generous cards and gifts for pastor appreciation!  I am humbled and honored to serve alongside you here in Brownsville. Thank you so much for your love for my family and me!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

Behold My servant, whom I uphold, My chosen, in whom My soul delights; I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1 ESV)

This Sunday I will be preaching on Isaiah 42, “My Chosen Servant.”  Here we see that the Servant of the Lord will patiently and gently build His kingdom with broken sinners.  This chapter is filled with wonderful truth about our Lord. We are inspired to “sing a new song” as we see what He will do for the world! Please prayerfully read the passage before Sunday and be sure to join us at 10:30am!

New Sunday School classes are beginning! We have classes for all ages of kids through adults, which begin at 9am each Sunday. Randy Waldie is beginning a new class on the book of Ecclesiastes for adults which meets in the worship center.  Gwen Landon is continuing a study for ladies on the book of Exodus, which meets in classroom #3.  The “Digging Deeper” class, also for adults, will soon begin a new study in Apologetics, and it meets in classroom #4. Come, bring the whole family, and grow your faith by participating in Sunday School! Why not start this week?

6 days to Trunk-or-Treat! It’s almost here – and here’s how you can help. We are in need of 3 C’s — Candy, Cars, and Cookies!  Our goal is at least 400 lbs. of candy, and after last Sunday we were at 214 lbs, 6 oz! So we have a ways to go! Please continue bringing in the bags of candy. This Sunday is the last Sunday before Oct. 31.  The good news is that the DOGS are winning our contest over the CATS — 115.3 lbs to 99.3 lbs!  We would also like to have 6 more cars. Can you join us? Talk to Elizabeth Beach if you need help with a creative idea for decorating your trunk and possibly yourself! And we like to provide hot dogs, chili, and drinks (thank you kitchen crew!), but we also like to provide cookies for our guests that night. So there is a sign up sheet in the foyer, and if you can help by bringing some cookies we would appreciate it!

Most importantly, please be praying for the impact this event can have on our community! Isaiah 42 includes a statement about God “turning darkness into light,” which is a theme repeated many times in the New Testament. That’s what we are trying to do on that dark night of October 31! So pray for the many families that will be on our campus that evening. Pray for God to be at work in people’s hearts, and that as we share God’s love, the gospel message, and information about FBC, that people will be drawn to Jesus and want to know more about following Him!

Some of you may know who Eugene Peterson is. He is the author of The Message, which is a paraphrase of the Bible in contemporary language.  He is also the author of many, many, other books. Some have called him a “Pastor to pastors” because of how many of his books address the spiritual life of pastors and Christian leaders. Eugene went to be with Jesus this week, on October 22.  If you’d like to read a little about his legacy, click on the following article:  EUGENE PETERSON

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

“Fear Not!” is the title of this Sunday’s message from Isaiah 41. In this chapter, the Lord challenges the idols to do what only He can do: predict the future and then carry it out. God alone is sovereign over the affairs of mankind. The Lord also declares to His chosen people that they do not need to fear because of the promise of God’s presence. That same promise applies to us today. Please join us Sunday as we dive into Isaiah 41.

13 days to Trunk-or-Treat! We have a goal once again of 500 lbs. of candy! There are only 2 Sundays to go, so please bring in lots of bags of candy for the cause! The contest is between cats and dogs (go dogs!).  Thank you to those who have signed up to decorate your vehicles (and perhaps yourselves)! Of course, Elizabeth is still looking for some more cars to fill up the parking lot! Trunk-or-Treat will take place in the FBC parking lot on Wednesday, October 31, from 6 — 7:30pm.

Men, in case you haven’t heard, there will be no Men’s Breakfast (or Bible Study) this Saturday the 20th.

Many of you are aware by now that our dear brother Tom James went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this past Tuesday night. The memorial service for Tom is this Saturday, October 20, at 3pm here at FBC. There will be a potluck for family and church family after the service. So you are invited to bring some food to share and stay for the meal and fellowship. My last visit with Tom on Tuesday included a sweet time of him praying, thanking the Lord for His forgiveness and blessings, and praying for his family. What a delight to see the faith with which a godly man faced his final moments on earth. Tom and Coe have been a tremendous part of the FBC family for 50 years. Thank you for your prayers for Coe and the family during this time. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15 ESV)

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:9 ESV)

This week we begin the second major section of the book of Isaiah (chapters 40-66)! To help us get an overview of this large section, I will show the “Bible Project” video before the message. But if you’re anything like me, you may need to see it more than once to start to get a handle on it. So here is the link to it if you’d like to see it ahead of time:  Bible Project Video

Isaiah 40 is perhaps the most popular and well-known chapter of the whole book.  I’d encourage you to read through it a few times between now and Sunday. It’s packed full of powerful truths about our Lord and our relationship to Him.  The title this week is “Behold Your God!”  I hope you’ll be here to worship our great God and hear from His incredible Word this Sunday at 10:30!

We will have a brief quarterly business meeting immediately after the service. It will be a time of sharing of information about what the Lord has been doing the past few months here at FBC. He has been faithful in response to our prayers! We want to acknowledge and celebrate that. We don’t have anything to vote on in this meeting, and anyone is welcome to stick around for the meeting.

20 days to Trunk-or-Treat! We have a goal once again of 500 lbs. of candy! The contest is between cats and dogs (go dogs!). Please be on the lookout for good bargains on bags of individually wrapped candies, and please consider a generous donation! Thank you to those who have signed up to decorate your vehicles (and perhaps yourselves)! Of course, Elizabeth is still looking for some more cars to fill up the parking lot!

Zachary had his surgery today to remove a tumor. He is home recovering now. The surgery went well according to the doctor, but there is concern about the possible spread of the cancer. They will have more information hopefully early next week to determine the next steps for Zach’s treatment. Please continue to pray for him and for the Blake family at this time.

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.” (Isaiah 39:8 ESV)

Sunday we will be talking about “A Foolish & Selfish King” from Isaiah 39.  It’s a short chapter, so please read ahead and plan to join us Sunday at 10:30am! Hezekiah was one of Judah’s best kings, but near the end of his life he displayed some serious folly and selfishness! We can learn from negative examples as well as positive ones, so there are some good lessons for us in Hezekiah’s story. But even more importantly, we will compare and contrast King Hezekiah with our far better King Jesus.  We will also be sharing in communion this Sunday, so let’s prepare our hearts to remember what Jesus has done for us.

For those who are interested in membership at FBC but were not able to attend the membership class this past Sunday, we will be doing another class on Saturday, October 13th, from 9am to Noon.  Please let me know if you plan to join us!

We have also had a few people express interest in being baptized (Amen!), both children and adults.  So if you have not yet been baptized as a believer and want to find out more, please contact me.  If you have a child who is interested, please contact Alice Tetamore or Doris Trimble.

A couple of prayer requests:

Please pray for Pastor Justin, Tina Kittel, and Dave Ezell as they finish up their ministry with teenagers who are missionary kids in Alaska. They will be returning home tomorrow!

Also, most of you know our beloved Zachary. His mother Zsuzsa has informed me that he has a large mass. They had an appointment with a urologist, and it looks like it is a contained cancer, but won’t know for sure until after surgery.  Surgery is scheduled for October 17th. Let’s be lifting up the family!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

“Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back” (Isaiah 38:17 ESV)

This Sunday morning we will be back into our study in Isaiah. The message is called “I Have Heard Your Prayer” from Isaiah 38.  This passage parallels parts of 2 Kings chapters 18 & 20.  This is an amazing account, full of lessons about prayer, faith, and God’s deliverance. I hope you will read Isaiah 38 ahead of time and join us Sunday!

Thank you so much for praying for Caleb and me while we were in Brazil! It was somewhat of a whirlwind, but we had an incredible experience. It was exhausting at times, but also a tremendous blessing. Bruce Tissell was very grateful for the church allowing me the time to go and assist with his ministry. We’ll have more to share about the trip in the near future, but for now let me just express my gratitude for your prayers. Praise the Lord for pastors and churches that were encouraged and edified.

We will be having a membership class this Sunday from Noon to 3pm.  A light lunch will be provided. Please let me know if you’d like to join us for this class. We will be able to get to know you a little better, and you will be able to learn about what we believe, how we are organized, our hopes for the future, and how you can be a part of what God is doing here at FBC Brownsville!

We have also had a few people express interest in being baptized (Amen!), both children and adults.  So if you have not yet been baptized as a believer and want to find out more, please contact me.  If you have a child who is interested, please contact Alice Tetamore or Doris Trimble.

A note for the men: Our Saturday morning prayer and Bible study times are changing! The prayer time will now be at 7:00am and the Bible Study will begin at 7:45am. Please consider coming and joining with other men. The current study is in the book of Acts.

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

Hi Friends,
Thank you so much for your prayers for us during our time here in Brazil! We are on Day 11 of 16, so we can begin to see the finish line! It’s been a combination of busyness and some opportunities for rest. Bruce Tissell has been taking good care of us, making sure we have plenty of water and are well fed! Since last Thursday I’ve been able to lead the eschatology seminar twice, speak at Sunday school at a local church, preach the evening service at another church, share with pastors at their weekly prayer breakfast, and with two groups of seminary students two evenings. We’ve walked around the shopping center in downtown Teresina (4 miles in about 100 degrees!) We’ve also been to two malls here to eat and get a couple souvenirs. Caleb battled a little illness, but thank the Lord it was only 24 hrs. Today we will experience a popular Brazilian BBQ place, and tonight we’ll visit a preschool with one of our translators. Tomorrow we’re leaving at 5am for a 6-8 hour drive to another town. I’ll do the seminar again all day, and Caleb will participate with the youth that evening. Sunday we’ll drive back to Teresina, and early Monday we begin the journey back to Oregon! We’ve really enjoyed our times with Bruce and the other pastor from Portland, Mark Newman. At times I’ve felt a bit in over my head. I’ve been physically exhausted sometimes. But I can tell you are praying as God has been giving me strength and grace. Please pray that we’ll finish these last days strong. All the travel can be challenging with the diabetes, but so far no major problems. We’re looking forward to being back together with you, and sharing what God has taught us and ways He’s used us thanks to your prayers. 
Love from your Pastor,
Michael (and Caleb)


Love From Your Pastor

“For I will defend this city to save it, for My own sake and for the sake of My servant David.” (Isaiah 37:35 ESV)

This Sunday’s sermon comes from Isaiah 37 (which parallels 2 Kings 19).  I’m calling it “The Best Strategy for War”.  The best way to win our battles is to seek the Lord’s help through His Word and prayer.  Hezekiah demonstrated the value of handling a great threat in this way.  We can learn a lot from this passage about how to experience victory in our own battles!

Please be in prayer for the men who are heading up to Camp Tadmor this weekend for Men’s Roundup.  Pray God will meet us there in a meaningful way and we’ll come down the hill changed (for the better) men!

This Sunday is Promotion Sunday, where we will honor and thank our Sunday School teachers, as well as allow some of the kids to be “promoted” up to the next grade level classes.  It will be an exciting Sunday!

Please also be in prayer for Caleb and me as we prepare to leave Monday for Brazil.  I will be doing a 6-8 hour seminar for pastors on eschatology 3 times, preaching, speaking at a seminary, and whatever else Bruce Tissell plans!  Caleb will be assisting me and having opportunities to speak with a number of youth.  There is a yellow sheet on the table by the office in the foyer.  On one side is our itinerary so you can pray specifically for us each day.  On the other side is a map of Brazil with the 3 cities we will be in marked so you can know “where in the world” we are!  Thank you for praying!

I am planning a membership class for Sunday, September 30, from Noon to 3pm.  A light lunch will be provided. Please let me know if you’d like to join us for this class. We will be able to get to know you a little better, and you will be able to learn about what we believe, how we are organized, our hopes for the future, and how you can be a part of what God is doing here at FBC Brownsville!

We have also had a few people express interest in being baptized (Amen!), both children and adults.  So if you have not yet been baptized as a believer and want to find out more, please contact me.  If you have a child who is interested, please contact Alice Tetamore or Doris Trimble.

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael




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