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June 2016

Hezekiah: When the Odds are Against You

This Sundaywe will examine the life of Hezekiah in 1 Kings 19. Hezekiah was one of the Kings of Judah and a leader remembered for his steadfast trust in the Lord, even when overwhelming circumstances in his life made that nearly impossible. How can we learn from this king who sought to follow God, even in his own weaknesses and in a broken world.



Changed Lives (Moses)

This summer we’ll go on a journey with twelve people from the Old Testament. We’ll watch how God related with these real-life men and women, the joy of making wise decisions, the wreckage from sinful choices, and how God works through broken people transformed by God’s grace. This Sunday we’ll learn from Moses in Exodus 3:1-15.



God Sightings

On Annual Celebration

Sunday we celebrate the work of God’s Spirit at FBC. There will be a wonderful celebration at both worship services followed by fellowship, light refreshments and our annual meeting at 11:30.  Please plan to attend.  It will be a great opportunity to give glory to God for the good He has done!  
 




Communion

We’ll explore the meaning of Communion, also called the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper or Mass, filled with vivid imagery from the Passover Meal Jesus was sharing with his disciples, and God’s wisdom to prepare ourselves for Communion to be meaningful in our lives.




May 2016

Too Busy to Care?

How do we respond to the needs in our own community? Why should we care? We’ll explore a parable of Jesus about a rich man, respected in his community, probably religious, but who walked right by human suffering every day without doing anything. Come to be challenged about how we view our neighbors and motivated by Christ’s sacrifice that rescued us from our pitiful poverty.




Prayer

Prayer, a communication of love, a heart conversation, a laying hold of promises, a realization of breakthroughs and transformation,  an ascent to  fullness of life.  …what things we often forfeit, what needless pain we bear…all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer…  This Sundaywe shall bring our attention back to one of the fundamentals of our faith – Prayer.  May we respond to God’s wooing, and find hope, strength and breakthrough in Prayer.



Breaking Barriers

Pentecost is the Greek title for the Hebrew Feast of Shavuot, giving thanks to God for the harvest, and one of the three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish people would travel to Jerusalem. God chose this unique celebration of harvest, when Jerusalem was filled with people from many nations, to pour out the Holy Spirit and begin a spiritual harvest of the Gospel, breaking spiritual, social, ethnic, and national barriers to spread around the world.




When the Grass Grows Back

There are times when our call to serve, our desire to make a difference, is challenged by overwhelming need in the world. We can so easily become discouraged and overwhelmed; how do we know what we are doing is worthwhile? This week, we will examine what makes Christian service important, and how faith in action shines new light on our identities in Christ.




Following the Footprints of Jesus

Believers were first called “Christians” in Antioch because of their Christ-like life. Christianity is not a religion but “a way of life” that we profess Christ to the world.  Jesus said we are the light of the world. What does it mean to be the light of the world? If we are the light of the world how bright is the light shining?




April 2016

Trusting God

After wrestling with God about why there is evil in the world and when God will answer his prayers for justice, Habakkuk bursts forth with a worship song expressing his trust in God. We’ll explore how Habakkuk grew to trust the Lord and we’ll be challenged to trust God’s redemptive plans whatever the circumstances, not just when we get what we want from God.