May 16 - 23
WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK:
“As for me, if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32
“Almighty God, you have called the church into being and have gathered us into one family. By the power of your Holy Spirit help us to live in unity and peace with all of your children. May our actions this day be fruit of our faith in your kingdom. In the name of Christ. Amen.”
We will meet indoors this week and next. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Ascension Sunday, May 16
10:00 a.m. Worship, Acts 1:1-11, “Ascension”
Wednesday, May 19
6:00 a.m. Coaches Book Discussion, Village Inn
6:30 p.m. Board Meeting
Pentecost Sunday, May 23
10:00 a.m. Worship, Acts 2:1-21, “Wait on the Spirit”
May Birthdays & Anniversaries
Monica Grubb 5.6
L.A. Jennings 5.10
Teresa & Jim Ott 5.18
Barb Jennings 5.23
Ernestine & Mel Moss 5.24
Linda Chapman/Hank Goldstein 5.30
Summer Worship in the Park
This summer we have planned three outdoor evening worship services. The proposed dates are: June 27, July 25, and August 29. Each service will be in the evening from 7-8:30 p.m. It 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
Needed for Budget: $35,768.00
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.
Weekly Scripture Meditation: [5.23.2021]
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, May 23 are as follows:
Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4-15.
The Season of Easter.
The Season of Easter coming to an end. This week is Ascension Sunday and the following week is Pentecost Sunday which brings the Season of Easter to a close. comprises seven Sunday’s ending on Pentecost Sunday. What comes next? Once the festival seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost are over, a long stretch of time known as the non-festive season, or ordinary time, spans through the summer and fall months until the festive cycle begins again with Advent.
Let’s Reach Herd Immunity!
I remember attending a Promise Keeper’s event at Soldier Field over twenty-five years ago. One of the speakers encouraged the audience of men to take care of their health. He said, “Many men don’t think about their health until something serious happens.” Our health is important. Our physical body is the God-given means by which we worship and serve God. Therefore, in this time of COVID, I believe the right thing to do is to wear a mask, get a shot and encourage our loved ones to do the same. Let’s end this thing! Let the Church arise and lead the way!
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.
Prayer Updates from NightLight
Renovations on the first building are finishing up this week, and renovations have begun on the second building. The transformation of the first building is impressive. The old is gone, and we have a new and improved facility for this next season. The tearing out of all that was deteriorated, broken, scratched, ruined, and termite-eaten to replace with new, bright, strong, clean, and useable is a great parable. As we prepare to enter the space, we desire to leave behind the old attitudes, complaints, habits, and ungodly beliefs that keep us from expanding into all God created us to be and do. Pentecost Sunday comes in a couple of weeks, and my prayer is that we will be ready to receive a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, blowing out the old and bringing in the new.
“Churches are most effective in advancing the cause of Christ when led by men and women with leadership gifts.” [Nehemiah 1-2; Romans 12:8; Acts 6:2-5]