Love From Your Pastor

For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. (Isaiah 65:17 ESV)

Only two messages left in our study through the book of Isaiah! Sunday I will preach on Isaiah 65, “My Servants Will Dwell There.” The theme is: God puts Himself gloriously on display in redeeming Gentiles, judging the wicked, and creating a new heaven and new earth. Please prayerfully read Isaiah 65, and join us Sunday at 10:30am!

Some of you might not be aware that Ethan Whitted is studying for a number of months in Cape Town, South Africa! He has started a blog to keep people updated on how and what he’s doing there. If you’d like to read it and sign up to receive it in your email, click here: ETHAN.

Mark your calendars for July 22–25, for our 4 Days of Prayer. We will gather together for 45 minute sessions (with a 15 min. break in between), from 5 to 9am & 5 to 9pm. Please plan to come join us for at least one hour as we intercede on behalf of the people of our church family and the community, and as we lift up our requests regarding Vacation Bible School (July 29 — Aug. 2) and other things!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold; so my own arm brought me salvation, and my wrath upheld me.(Isaiah 63:5 ESV)

On Sunday we will be looking at two chapters — Isaiah 63-64, in a message entitled, “All Have Sinned.” Isaiah will teach us that God’s passionate response to sin should call forth persistent and fervent prayer from God’s people. I encourage you to read those chapters before we gather for worship at 10:30am Sunday, and come with ears and hearts open to hear what the Lord has to say to us!

We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Table together, so let’s again come with hearts prepared for that time of worship and remembrance. The Care Fund box will be available for donations after the service as well.

Mark your calendars for July 22–25, for our 4 Days of Prayer. We will gather together for 45 minute sessions (with a 15 min. break in between), from 5 to 9am & 5 to 9pm. Please plan to come join us for at least one hour as we intercede on behalf of the people of our church family and the community, and as we lift up our requests regarding Vacation Bible School (July 29 — Aug. 2) and other things!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. (Isaiah 62:1 ESV)

This Sunday we will be back in our study of Isaiah (only 4 messages left!). We will look at Isaiah 62 this week, and I’ve entitled the message “The Redeemed of the LORD.” Christ’s passionate zeal for the glory of Zion, His bride, is relentless, calling forth a corresponding zeal from His people until her radiant beauty is finally and perfectly consummated. I hope you’ll join us at 10:30am this Sunday!

On a personal note, I want to thank so many of you who have been so generous and kind to Caleb upon his high school graduation, and to Molly upon her forthcoming marriage! You are truly a great church family, and our family is thankful and blessed. This Sunday will be Molly’s last Sunday with us, as she will be heading down to Mexico this coming Tuesday to help with the summer school program where she will be living, and preparing for the wedding in August! So for those who would like to say goodbye and wish her well, this Sunday will be your last opportunity to do that in person.

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20-21 ESV)

This Sunday is the Community Church Service at Pioneer Park, as a part of the Pioneer Picnic! We will not have anything at FBC that morning, we want to encourage everyone to join us at the park pavilion for this special combined service with other Christian churches in our area. I will be one of 3 local pastors preaching from John 17, and our Brownsville Gospel Choir will be singing, as well as a number of other participants. That service is 10am to 11:30. The “hospitality” (a.k.a. cinnamon rolls, donuts, coffee, etc.!) will begin at 9:15am, so come early and enjoy some fellowship with other Christians from our community! I also recommend that some of you bring your own lawn chairs, because last year there was a pretty good crowd, and I think it was standing room only by the end.  Hope you can all be there! In preparation for the service, read and pray through John 17!

Also, the group that meets at the church on Sunday evenings will NOT be meeting this Sunday.

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15 ESV)

Sunday is Father’s Day! We will have our regular schedule: Sunday School at 9am & Worship Service at 10:30. Join us as we worship our heavenly Father and honor our earthly fathers! I will be speaking on Joshua 24. The 15th verse (see above) is pretty familiar, and makes for a nice statement to hang on your wall. But I plan to explain the context in which that verse is found so we can have a clear understanding of what Joshua was saying to the people. Please read Joshua 24 prior to the Sunday service and join us at 10:30am! And Dads, there may just be a special treat for you on Sunday…

Worship will be led by special guests Nate & Liz Dunn of Melody & Truth. You can learn a little more about them here: MELODY & TRUTH  Nate & Liz are the former worship directors at FBC Salem. They have led worship at CB Northwest’s Annual Conference a number of times. I’ve personally been able to spend a little time with them and I really appreciate their hearts for ministry. They love the Lord, love to worship Him, and love to help others do the same. They infuse their worship times with Scripture, and they are great at combining the music (Melody) with the Bible (Truth). They even led worship at the camp for missionaries in Alaska that Justin helps at!


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Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23 ESV)

This Sunday Tim & Joy Watson, missionaries with WorldVenture, will be joining us for the Sunday School hour (9am) as well as the Worship Service (10:30). There are a lot of exciting changes coming in the Watson’s lives and ministry, I hope you will be with us to hear all about them! Tim will be preaching, with an emphasis on the above verse (Prov. 4:23). Please spend some time praying and meditating on it before Sunday!

Also this Sunday we will be celebrating 4 high school graduates: Caleb Beach, Jade Jacks, Sierra Fitzmorris, and Sierra Kittel.  Congrads!


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The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. (Isaiah 61:1 ESV)

Join us Sunday morning at 10:30am for worship, choir, communion, and a message on Isaiah 61, “Anointed to Bring Good News”! The Messiah announces the good news of His mission to bring salvation to the poor, brokenhearted captives of the earth!

Sunday is also Micah Beach’s 16th birthday!!!

Please plan to stay for a brief VBS meeting Sunday, right after the worship service, to learn more about how you can serve in this ministry. Don’t forget to save any square boxes that come your way — we are rounding up square boxes for stage props and decorations.

The Baccalaureate ceremony for Central Linn is Monday, June 3, at 7pm in the CL high school cafeteria. Come join us to be a shining light in our community!


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Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1 ESV)

Tomorrow’s message will be, “Arise, Shine!” from Isaiah 60. It’s a beautiful chapter describing the glory of Zion. Please read Isaiah 60, and come join us Sunday at 10:30am to learn more about the glory of the LORD!

Thank you for continuing to pray for the Taskinen family as they seek God’s comfort after the passing of Clint. If you see this e-mail before 3pm, you can pray for this afternoon’s memorial service at FBC.

There are few important things happening tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon as well:

Noon (or right after worship service): Orientation for “The Neighborhood”– an initiative to be a support to a local foster care family. It should be around 30 minutes, so please join us if you are interested in being a part of it.

3-5pm: Open house at the home of Roger & Alice Tetamore in honor of their granddaughter Briella’s birthday!

6-8pmYouth Group Parent Night – if you are the parent/guardian of a middle school or high school student, you and your student(s) are invited to come for a time of family spiritual growth and fun!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael

 


Love From Your Pastor

He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. (Isaiah 59:16 ESV)

This Sunday’s message will be from Isaiah 59, entitled “Mighty to Save”. We will be reminded again of how sin separates people from God, but also how God works out a plan of salvation for His people. Please read the passage ahead of time and be here Sunday at 10:30!

Men — tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 8am is our monthly Men’s Breakfast! You won’t want to miss this one, as a former member of Randy’s prison Bible study will be sharing his testimony with us. Come and be fed spiritually and physically!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” (Genesis 21:6 ESV)

This Sunday is Mother’s Day! (You’re welcome for the reminder, men!) So we will take a brief break from Isaiah to look at “A Time to Weep, a Time to Laugh” from Genesis 21:1-21. Please read that ahead of Sunday and come with hearts prepared. The passage was chosen because of Mother’s Day, but the text has a message for every one of us, men and women alike! We will see a number of characters in this true story: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Ishmael, Hagar, and of course… God! Let’s be sure to honor our mothers, as well as exalt the Lord together!

A reminder: there will be no Sunday School this week, but please join us at 10:30am for worship!

4 Chair Discipling Seminar May 11, 9am–3pm @ FBC. This is just about the last chance to remind you! I hope you will consider being here for this great training on Saturday. I am excited to say we have around 30 registered so far! Sonlife will close online registration tomorrow (Friday) around noon. If you end up deciding to come without registering, I’m sure you can still pay at the door. You can register with the following link: DISCIPLING SEMINAR  (Scholarships are available upon request.) Refreshments and lunch will be provided!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael




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