May 30- June 6, 2021 Trinity Sunday

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Trinity Sunday

May 30 – June 6

 

WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3

 

WEEKLY INVOCATION:

“Almighty and everlasting God, who has given unto us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the unity: We earnestly beg you that you would keep us steadfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who lives and reigns, one God, world without end. Amen.”

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR:

Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

 

Trinity Sunday

Our God is a Triune God. This is not explicitly stated in the Bible; however, it is impossible to read the Bible and not see God presented as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The New Hampshire Confession [1833] a Baptist confession of faith states the Trinity in this way:

 

“[We believe] That there is one, and only one, living and true God, [an infinite, intelligent Spirit,] whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness; [and] worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; revealed under the personal and relative distinctions of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.”

 

[John Leith, Ed., Creeds of the Churches, Third Edition. John Knox: Atlanta, 1982]

 

Trinity Sunday, May 30

10:00 a.m. Worship, Romans 8:12-17, “Adoption Changes Everything”

Wednesday, June 2

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

Sunday, June 6

10:00 a.m. Worship Mark 3:20-35, “Crazy Jesus!”

 

May Birthdays & Anniversaries

Linda Chapman/Hank Goldstein 5.30

 

June Birthdays & Anniversaries

Amanda & Matt Willard 6.3

Scott Fergus 6.20

Melvin Moss 6.26

Andrew Christiansen 6.29

 

Weekly Scripture Meditation: [6.6.2021]

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, June 6 are as follows:

Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35.

 

Summer Worship in the Park

This summer we have planned two outdoor worship services. The proposed dates are: June 27, and July 25. The June service will be on our campus, and the July service will be on the Grace Point Campus. They will be in the evening from 7-8:30 p.m. They will utilize our own worship team as well as musicians from Grace Point Church. Mark your calendars, these should be fantastic opportunities.

 

Looking for Greeters

Over the last few weeks, we have had some guests on Sunday morning. We are seeking friendly people to serve as greeters to welcome guests and assist them in any way possible. Are you up to the task? Contact Linda Chapman.

 

2021 Budget News: April Report YTD

Received: $41,269.52

Needed for Budget: $35,768.00

Difference: +$5,501.52

 

Our Daily Bread

The June/July/August edition of “Our Daily Bread” is available on the table in the foyer free of charge. This is an excellent, quick, daily devotion resource that also offers a Bible in a Year reading plan. It comes from a trusted Christian publisher, as well as a number of really talented writers. There is also a handy topical index on the inside back cover to assist you in looking up issues referenced in each issue such as: loneliness, sin, serving, etc. Pick up this handy resource at your convenience.

 

11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Our church has been participating in the local Juneteenth celebration for a long time. We will again be present at this event on Saturday, June 19th at Comiskey Park, Noon – 3:00 p.m. This event celebrates 156 years of freedom and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Free food, resource booths, DJ/Music, Talent show, dance and choir performances.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

May brings us the OGHS offering from our denomination. Its purpose is to aide people all over the world in the midst of some emergency situation like earthquakes, hurricanes, pandemics, forest fires, and such. A letter has been sent out to all friends and members of FBC to explain it in more detail. Please pray about how you might be a part of 2021’s OGHS.

 

Pastoral Search Committee Update

We are entering a new chapter in the history of our church. After 21-years of ministry, Pastor Tim and his wife Claudette are stepping down. The Pastoral Search Committee has been formed and begun meetings. Right now, the committee is dealing with a number of important preliminary discussions. Here are the topics to be explored:

  • What does First Baptist stand for?
  • What are our core values?
  • What are we looking for in a Pastor?
  • They are developing survey tools for the congregation.
  • Developing a church profile.
  • Developing a community profile.

 

Please keep this committee, as well as the church, in prayer as we experience this time of transition. The next meetings are June 8 and 22 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Prayer Updates from NightLight

 

  • Pray for the Central Asian woman who is still detained in the immigration detention center. A COVID outbreak in the center has not allowed her to leave. She went in for three days and now has been there for around six weeks. Pray she gets out soon and that her embassy will advocate strongly for her.
  • Pray for two African women stranded in India. The situation there is so bad, and it is restricting the help they need. Pray for our partners in India as they assist these women and so many others.
  • Pray for Gomer-Sozo to choose sobriety and to stay focused on the work we give her.
  • Pray for a new manager for our coffee shop. We need a bilingual, mature believer, who loves people, and is creative and competent in the business.
  • Pray for the renovations as they continue. Pray for wisdom, in planning all details and for funds to purchase the needed furnishings and equipment.
  • NightLight employees are alternating days to come in and work so that there is social distancing. Pray for their protection as they travel to work.
  • The COVID situation in Thailand has gotten worse. The government has issued an emergency decree closing many businesses for a few weeks while bringing the numbers down. The bars are closed, and there are few women on the streets these days. We ask for and join with your prayers that God will give our leaders wisdom, for an end to the COVID crisis, for the protection of our loved ones, and for many to come to know Jesus’ love through these dark days.
 
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