Love From Your Pastor

“I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6 ESV)

On Sunday our message will be from Isaiah 50, and is entitled, “I Gave My Back…” It’s a short but powerful chapter regarding how God’s Servant (who we know to be Jesus Christ) will save all who turn from self and listen to Him. Please read the passage prayerfully and ask the Lord to speak powerfully to our church family, and that we will listen to Him!

We will also be remembering the Lord’s death together by participating in Communion. Isaiah 50 will lead us perfectly into that time. Please come with humble and repentant hearts.

On March 1-3, Pioneer Christian Academy in Brownsville will be hosting a Creation Seminar put on by the Alpha Omega Institute. This looks like a great opportunity for learning about the importance of the biblical account of creation in Genesis. It is FREE (a love offering will be taken). More info is on the bulletin board by the church office, and was in your bulletin last Sunday. But if you think you may go, please contact Mike Kirk (541-990-0502) to let him know, as he’s been asked to inform the hosts so they can plan for the right amount of food!


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“It is too light a thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make You as a light for the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6 ESV)

Let’s try again! This Sunday we’ll be looking into Isaiah 49, and seeing how God’s “Servant” will EXTEND God’s salvation to the ends of the earth. Please be prayerfully reading this passage prior to Sunday morning’s worship!

Thank you to everyone who turned out on Monday to help Heather Dillon and family with her move! We appreciate how so many were so generous with your time and effort! Please continue to pray for a good permanent housing solution for them.

Also thank you for your generous support of our youth, and their fundraiser last Sunday for the mission trip to Mexico! I believe I heard that they raised around $1,600! Praise the Lord!

I’m excited that 8 of us (that I know of) will be attending the 4-Chair Discipling Seminar in Albany tomorrow! It’s still not too late! If you’d like to go, please contact me ASAP!

On March 1-3, Pioneer Christian Academy in Brownsville will be hosting a Creation Seminar put on by the Alpha Omega Institute. This looks like a great opportunity for learning about the importance of the biblical account of creation in Genesis. It is FREE (a love offering will be taken). More info is on the bulletin board by the church office, and will be in your bulletins Sunday. But if you think you may go, please contact Mike Kirk (541-990-0502) to let him know, as he’s been asked to inform the hosts so they can plan for the right amount of food!

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 VALENTINE’S DAY! God loves you more than you can imagine!

This Sunday we are blessed to have Bruce Tissell, our missionary in Brazil, here to preach for us in the worship service as well as sharing during Sunday School hour! His sermon will be on Colossians 1:3-12, “Praying For Those Who You Do Not Know.” This will be a tremendous Sunday, I hope you will be here to be blessed by Bruce’s ministry with us!

Please consider joining me in Albany on February 23 for Sonlife’s 4-chair discipling seminar.  Click on the following link to register: DISCIPLING SEMINAR. If you are planning to go, please reply to this email to let me know!

Youth Mexico Trip Fundraiser – some of our high school youth are planning for the Spring Break mission trip to Mexico.  There will be an enchilada meal after the worship service this Sunday! Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. There is also going to be a dessert auction, so plan to help with that as well!

Recommended Reading (Great book to help with the romance in yourmarriage, appropriate for Valentine’s Day – but of course could/should be read anytime of year!)

  1. Rainey, Rekindling the Romance

Men’s Breakfast this Saturday at 8am! This time there will be a Burrito Bar! Join us for the great food and fellowship!

Heather Dillon and family are needing help moving this coming Monday, February 18th, starting at 11am. We could use all the help we can get. If you can help, and would like more info, please contact Rob Hester, 541-606-9478. Thank you!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

“It is too light a thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make You as a light for the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6 ESV)

This Sunday’s message is from Isaiah 49, “A Light for the Nations.” We’ll see how the Servant of the Lord will EXTEND God’s salvation to the ends of the earth! Please prayerfully read Isaiah 49 prior to the worship service.

Please continue to bring items that can be distributed to people through ourencouragement baskets this week! Thank you!

Please consider joining me in Albany on February 23 for Sonlife’s 4-chair discipling seminar.  Click on the following link to register: DISCIPLING SEMINAR. If you are planning to go, please reply to this email to let me know!

Youth Mexico Trip Fundraiser – some of our high school youth are planning for the Spring Break mission trip to Mexico.  There will be an enchilada meal after the worship service on February 17th. Tickets will be available for purchase this Sunday. If you’d like to see if there are still donations needed for the ingredients, please contact Tina Kittel.  There is also going to be a dessert auction on the 17th, so plan to help with that as well!


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“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10 ESV)

This Sunday’s message is from Isaiah 48, “The Furnace of Affliction.” For His glory and our benefit, God delays His anger and refuses to destroy His people despite their sins.  Have you ever felt like you were being “tried… in the furnace of affliction”? Read this powerful chapter before Sunday’s worship and join us to hear what God will say to us.  We will also be sharing in Communion together, so let’s come with hearts prepared for that as well.

We will have a presentation this Sunday from a member of the Gideon’s ministry. There will be opportunity to contribute to their tremendous ministry, so prayerfully consider a generous gift which can be given after the service.

Please continue to bring items that can be distributed to people through ourencouragement baskets this week! Thank you!

Please consider joining me in Albany on February 23 for Sonlife’s 4-chair discipling seminar.  Click on the following link to register: DISCIPLING SEMINAR.

Youth Mexico Trip Fundraiser – some of our high school youth are planning for the Spring Break mission trip to Mexico.  There will be an enchilada meal after the worship service on February 17th. Tickets will be available for purchase this Sunday. There will also be a list of needed supplies if you would like to help by contributing ingredients.  There is also going to be a dessert auction on the 17th, so plan to help with that as well!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

“Our Redeemer — the LORD of hosts is His name — is the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 47:4 ESV)

This Sunday I will be preaching on Isaiah 47, “A Warning for the Wicked.” Maybe not the most uplifting title I know! But all of God’s Word is important, and this is one of those passages that may not be easy, but is extremely valuable for us.  Wicked Babylon is warned about the disaster that will come upon it due to its pride and evil behavior. What does this have to do with us today? You’ll have to come Sunday and see!

There is a simple survey in this week’s bulletin that we’d like to have you fill out regarding your participation in small groups. Please complete one and turn it in this Sunday. Thank you!

Also, the Shepherding Commission will be putting together encouragement baskets for people in our church family who could use some uplifting. There is an insert in this week’s bulletin with some suggestions, but I’ll list some of them here too: Soap or lotion, snacks, popcorn, dried fruit, coffee/tea cup & coffee or tea, small book, Christian magazine, worship CD, candles, dish towels, slippers, CHOCOLATE, written out Bible verse, poems, various “coupons” for meals, desserts, etc., gift certificates, gift cards, cash, games, etc. They will be accepting items for these baskets starting this Sunday. Thank you!

Sonlife will be putting on a discipling seminar in Albany on Saturday, February 23, that I’d like to invite all of you to come to.  If you click the following link, you can register yourself. The cost is $25. If finances are a hindrance for anyone, please let me know, and we will cover you.  If you are interested in the seminar, check out more info here: DISCIPLING SEMINAR. Then please reply to this email and let me know to expect you there!

Please be in prayer for Larry & Karen Bowman.  Larry is currently in Evergreen Hospice in Albany. It appears that it is only a matter of time before he goes home to be with our Lord. But how much time, of course only the Lord knows. Please pray for a peaceful homegoing for him, and for strength and comfort for Karen at this time. Thank you for your prayers.

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

“…even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” (Isaiah 46:4 ESV)

This Sunday I will be preaching on Isaiah 46, “There is None Like Me.” It’s a short chapter, so please read it ahead of the Sunday worship service. This passage includes the incredible promise of how the Lord carries us from “the womb to the tomb,” or in other words, for all of our lives!

Our 2019 focus is on EQUIPPING God’s people. This part of our purpose reminds us that our goal as a church is to equip the saints for the work of ministry. One way the elders and pastors have have been praying and talking about is trying to get more small groups started, and help get people plugged in to them. So you can be praying along with us. There is a simple survey in this week’s bulletin that we’d like to have you fill out regarding your participation in small groups.

Sonlife will be putting on a discipling seminar in Albany on Saturday, February 23, that I’d like to invite all of you to come to.  If you click the following link, you can register yourself. The cost is $25. If finances are a hindrance for anyone, please let me know, and we will cover you.  If you are interested in the seminar, check out more info here: DISCIPLING SEMINAR. Then please reply to this email and let me know to expect you there!

Men, don’t forget that this Saturday at 8am is our monthly Men’s Breakfast! Please plan to join us for our fellowship around the Word of God and great food!

Thank you for praying for Molly and her friend Becca Reardon as they are serving the Lord in South Africa! Molly just completed her first blog post, so if you click on the following link you can read it, and “follow” it so you can get email updates from her: MOLLY

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn; from My mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.'” (Isaiah 45:22-23 ESV)

Sorry this email is later than usual!

Tomorrow I will preach “Every Knee Will Bow” from Isaiah 45.  What a powerful chapter this is!  Salvation is found in the Lord alone, who calls His people by name.  Please read the chapter and come prepared to hear from the Lord!

You probably have all seen our 3 E’s — Exalt, Extend, Equip — which we refer to as our purpose at FBC. We haven’t talked a lot about them in awhile. At the start of this year I felt like the Lord was guiding us to try to focus in on those a bit more, and to specifically emphasize one of the E’s each year. So we’re going to start with our 2019 emphasis being on EQUIP.  This part of our purpose reminds us that our goal as a church is to equip the saints for the work of ministry. There are many ways the church is already doing this. But one way the elders and pastors have have been praying and talking about is trying to get more small groups started, and help get people plugged in to them. So you can be praying along with us. 


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“Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are My witnesses! Is there a God besides Me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8 ESV)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Free MOVIE, popcorn, and childcare at FBC TONIGHT!  Join us at 6:30pm for a showing of “Like Arrows,” a movie produced by the same people who brought us “Fireproof,” “Courageous,” and “Facing the Giants”. It’s a great movie to motivate us as parents and grandparents to consider how quickly life flies by, and how important it is to have real spiritual influence in our children’s lives.  Watch the trailer for the movie HERE.

This Sunday we are back in our study of the great book of Isaiah!  The text is Isaiah 44, and the title of the message is, “The Only Creator & Redeemer.”  I hope you will be able to join us! Please read the passage ahead of time and ask the Lord to speak to us powerfully through it.

I want to continue to encourage all of us to be regularly in God’s Word, so once again I am recommending a Bible reading plan that we can do together.  I found this article recently, and decided to try using this plan for 2019. It’s the first time I’ve used this particular plan, but I think we’re going to enjoy it!  You can read the article, and download the PDF of the reading plan, HERE.  Or you can pick up a hard copy in the church foyer.  Happy Bible reading!

There was a very generous offering received this past Sunday.  Thank you to everyone for your end-of-the-year gifts to FBC! We finished 2018 very strong financially, which will certainly help us prepare for a vibrant and effective year of ministry in 2019! Praise the Lord!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael



Love From Your Pastor

And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 ESV)

I hope you and your family were able to enjoy a wonderful Christmas, and that it was a Christ-centered celebration!  It was a great season of Advent at FBC as we reflected each week on Immanuel: “God with Us.”  Thank you to everyone who helped make it a special time.

This Sunday as we wrap up 2018 and prepare for 2019, we will look at Revelation 21:1-8.  The message is called “All Things New!”  I hope you will be here for our last Sunday of this year together!

Many of you have told me you were reading along with the Bible-in-a-year reading plan with us this year!  I want to continue to encourage all of us to be regularly in God’s Word, so once again I am recommending a reading plan that we can do together.  I found this article recently, and decided to try using this plan for 2019. It’s the first time I’ve used this particular plan, but I think we’re going to enjoy it!  You can read the article, and download the PDF of the reading plan, HERE.  Or you can pick up a hard copy in the church foyer.  Happy Bible reading!

Thank you for the generous gifts you gave to me and my family, as well as to Pastor Justin and his family.  You are a generous and gracious church family, and we are grateful!

Love From Your Pastor,

Michael




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