Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK:
“The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” Psalm 145:8
“Almighty God, may the transforming power of your gospel be at work in my life today and always. Amen.”
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5
Anytime Worship [fbcdbq.org]
Tuesday, July 7
6:00 a.m. Coaches Book Discussion, Village Inn
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 12
Anytime Worship [fbcdbq.org]
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
Pray for an awakening in Thailand through COVID-19, that people will open their hearts to God. Pray for the vulnerable women and men we meet on the streets to open their hearts and consider an alternative to prostitution.
Pray for NightLight to have the capacity to increase the number of women we hire from the streets through greater sales and financial support, as well as for the human resources needed to do it.
Please pray for the staff, especially the outreach team and the anti-trafficking team as they work hard in caring for some difficult cases. Pray for strength and perseverance as well as peace and rest. Pray for unity as well.
Please continue to pray for sales and financial provision to keep the women employed.
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 June Budget News
Needed for budget: $52,944.00
20 Prayers to Pray During the Pandemic
17. For women facing unexpected pregnancy in this time of economic crisis: God, help them to find the practical and emotional support they need to keep them from seeking abortions.
18. For churches, parachurch ministries, and other Christian organizations doing online evangelism and discipleship: God, bless our imperfect digital efforts and continue to advance the kingdom of Jesus through your people.
19. For those dying alone in hospitals and for their loved ones: God, draw near to them and, by your mercy, let them encounter Christ, the friend who never leaves and never forsakes.
20. For those involved with politics at every level: God, help our leaders to work collaboratively and communicate efficiently, setting aside self-interest for the common good.
God, we acknowledge that you spoke the world into being and continue to sustain it with your Word. We trust in your wisdom, power, and goodness. Help us at every opportunity to love as you loved and to serve as you serve. Give us courage to speak of our hope in Jesus, who suffered for us, rose from the dead, and is coming again, amen.
Jen Pollock-Michel is the author of “Teach Us to Want,” “Keeping Place,” and “Surprised by Paradox.” She lives with her husband and five children in Toronto. [Christianity Today Inc]
Weekly Scripture Meditation: [7.12.2020]
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 12 are as follows:
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23; Psalm 65; Romans 8:1-11; Isaiah 55:10-13.