Easter Offering

This year’s Easter Offering will be sent to Camp Carmel, a Christ-centered Christian camp founded in 1953 that offers more activities than one can imagine.

Please check out Camp Carmel online for details and watch an awesome video of the youth campers’ stories.

It’s Time to Order Easter Flowers!

Place your order form in the offering or mail it to the church office by Monday, March 22. Please contact the Church Office if you have not had the opportunity to complete an order form for the flowers.  The Floral & Decorating Committee will use the flowers to decorate the sanctuary Easter Sunday and you may take you plant(s) home with you following Easter Worship.  *We are no longer able to deliver plants to shut-ins.*

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

The Mission Board thanks everyone who donated soup totaling 200 cans!

50 cans were given to Feeding The Spirit !

70 cans to Meals-on-Wheels !

60 cans to the Church of the Brethren “Disciples’ Hands”!

20 cans to the Christian Layman emergency food bank!

AMERICA FOR CHRIST OFFERING

March 2021

For the Purpose of Equipping Saints

EPHESIANS 4:11-13 (NIV)

The AFC Offering contributions in 2020 helped to support communities distressed by COVID-19, as the pandemic swept our country and Puerto Rico. It also helped families who lost homes to floods, wildfires and storms, along with poverty-stricken children, and seminarians preparing to devote their lives to sharing the Good News. These are just a few of the ways we minister to those in need; there are many more. Please help to continue to bring healing and hope to communities, families, children and Jesus’ disciples in 2021 by supporting this year’s America for Christ Offering.

Introducing Rev. Scott Jones

Greetings to all of you, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I write this to you less than two weeks from the Big Day (March 8) when the moving truck arrives to ferry our belongings to the parsonage. We are busily packing and dreaming about where we will put everything. We do so, knowing that you have put SO many hard hours cleaning, painting, and making the house a welcoming space for us. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for the many
expressions of love and care you have already extended. Knowing what strenuous, tiring work you’ve been doing, we marvel that you’ve done so with smiling faces and joyful hearts.

We also want to express our thanks and admiration to your Interim Pastor Bram. We have
watched several of your online services to prepare for what’s ahead, and his love for you is plain to see. He has such affection for you; I know it will be bittersweet for him to end his time of service. He sent me a gracious letter, so full of welcome to us and glowing descriptions of you all. He has said this to you in person, so I feel safe in telling you that he has been touched by your generosity, openness and compassion. I know that you will shower him with your love as he prepares to depart. For my part, I look forward to experiencing fellowship with him and benefiting from his wise counsel.


All that we have heard about you, from the Regional Pastors, from Pastor Bram, and so many others, remind me of Paul as he wrote to introduce his ministry to the believers in Colossae. In 1:3-6, it is clear that he had been deeply impressed by descriptions of their faith:


“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.” (NIV)

Likewise, the few precious hours we have been with you, along with so many testimonials of your love and faith, have already endeared you to us. We can observe the hope in your faces, the faith with which you are ready to shine your light for the city to see. It kindles in us an eagerness to work by your side, together to discover and pursue what the Lord has in store for days ahead. I will be in active consultation with the Regional Pastors, who want to give you every possible tool and cheer you on in this process. And most of all, I am impatient to enter into close friendship with you, to know you, your stories, and how I can lift you in prayer. I’m so keen to learn how I can best serve and equip you. As Paul expressed to the Church in Rome, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Rom. 1:11-12 NIV). May God speed the day, and give us a long journey together!


Your Brother and Servant,
Pastor Scott

NEW at FBC – Call Multiplier!

 

Call Multiplier is a fast and efficient way of communicating prayer requests, church closures, and other announcements. We have used the Call Multiplier system a couple of times this month (for polling, our church closure last Sunday, and a prayer request). You have been the recipient of one or more of these announcements and we hope you have found this new way of communicating to be very effective.

Goody Boxes for College Students

“Goody Boxes” will be sent to our 8 college
students for Valentine’s Day. If you would like
to donate individually wrapped snacks, cereal
bars, candy, etc., please bring them in by Sunday,
February 7. There will be a box in the foyer.

Thank you in advance!
Linda Clayton, College Ministries

Sunday Morning Church Services Canceled

After some discussion at the Council Meeting this evening, it was decided our Worship Services will be canceled from this Sunday, December 13 through January 3, 2021.  With the growing cases of the coronavirus in ours and surrounding counties, and the number of affected people in the hospitals, your Council has only the best interest of the health and well-being of all of you in mind. 
 
Just as we did earlier this year when the church closed, we will continue to keep our communications open by providing a pre-recorded Worship Service every Sunday as well as continuing to send out a weekly newsletter in an effort to keep everyone updated.
 
We all will miss our fellowship together; however, the church office will remain open. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions or concerns. Rev. Bram will surely stay in touch with all of you as well.
 
Praying the Lord will bless you and your families with the protection from the virus and let us not allow the virus to take anything away from the REASON FOR THIS SEASON. Have an amazing Christmas as we put all our trust and hope in Jesus Christ our Savior.
 
We love you all and let’s look forward to a better 2021.
Your Church Council