June 28- July 5, 2020

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 28-July 5

 

WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK:

“Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD.” Psalm 89:15

 

WEEKLY INVOCATION:

“Lord Jesus Christ, you have shown us what it means to be a servant. We ask now for your grace and strength to faithfully follow in the footsteps of servanthood. We pray in the name and spirit of Jesus. Amen.”

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR:

Fourth after Pentecost, June 28

Anytime Worship [fbcdbq.org] Romans 6:12-23

Tuesday, July 1

6;00 a.m. Coaches Book Discussion, Village Inn

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5

Anytime Worship [fbcdbq.org] Romans 7:15-25

 

June Birthdays & Anniversaries

Andrew Christiansen 6.29

 

July Birthdays & Anniversaries

Hector Jesus Quintana 7.3

Sarah & Solomon Sun 7.3

John Tippe 7.6

Ernestine Moss 7.8

Shaquila Johnson 7.13

Claudette & Tim Bees 7.14

Barb Smith 7.17

Christine Quintana 7.24

Christine & Hector Quintana 7.24

 

Prayer Updates from Bangkok

Praise:

Gomer-Sozo went the doctor and was told her liver is normal. A year ago, she nearly lost her life due to a failing liver so we praise God for this miracle. We are grateful we have had the opportunity to meet and know our neighbors in this season. With the tourists gone, our neighbors are prominent to us as we are to them. Being able to bless them with food is a joy.

Prayer:

Please continue to pray for Gomer-Sozo. She was doing really well and enjoying her role of distributing food. It was fun to see the women who knew her accept food from her and thank her. Everyone was happy to see her doing well. This past Tuesday, however, she had a turn for the worse and now is back on the street, drunk and harassed by spirits. We will not give up the fight for her. Please pray for her to be free of addiction and the spirits. Pray for our team to not grow weary in loving her through the ups and downs.

 

Church Board Votes to Reopen

Our Board met this past Wednesday evening and a primary discussion topic was if and when we would reopen the building on Sunday mornings. Both Linda and I called people to get their input and that was presented to the Board as data in making the decision.

In a split decision the Board voted to open the building in July for worship. The opening date is set for July 19.

 

Preliminary guidelines for participating are as follows:

*Masks must be worn to safeguard all people.

*Seating will be in every other pew.

*Social distancing will be required in seating.

*The service will be different from the norm. [Details still to be worked out].

*There will still be a video presentation at 10 am on Sunday for those who are not ready to return.

 

Pray for the pastor and others as we work out the safest way to do this.

 

2020 May Budget News

Needed for budget: $44,120.00

Actual: $50,042.06

Difference: +$5,922.06

 

20 Prayers to Pray During the Pandemic

11. For Asian-Americans in the United States, Africans in China, and other people all over the world subjected to COVID-related racism: God, confront this evil with your swift justice, and deliver our brothers and sisters from cruelty.

12. For everyone anxious about the economic future – how they’ll pay for housing, food, and essential medicines: God, connect them to sources of help through the church, the government, and the community. Enable them to look toward your provision.

13. For small churches without cash reserves: God keep their doors open, and urge your people to give generously.

14. For educators, forced to adapt curricula to online learning, and for students, forced to exercise more autonomy: God, make homes a place of curiosity, inquiry, and study. Give special help to children without regular access to the internet and other digital tools.

15. For those disappointed by the cancellation of milestone celebrations like graduations, weddings, or baby showers: God, comfort them in their disappointments, and make it possible for them to gather again with family and friends.

16. For expectant mothers, who face the prospect of labor and delivery without the support team they’d planned for: God, deliver them from fear, and fill them with joy as they witness new life.

 

Weekly Scripture Meditation: [7.5.2020]

The Church, as a whole, is invited to participate in reading and meditating on the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday. The texts for Sunday, July 5 are as follows:

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30; Psalm 145:8-14; Romans 7:15-25; Zechariah 9:9-12.

 

 
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