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THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

A Consistent Presence

 
     A consistent presence is hard to find in a world of change.  Every four years the nation magnifies the change from one president to another.  News anchor persons seem to come and go as easy as the click of channel.  Just when you finally settle into that new restaurant in Nevada that you like, it is gone.  Change dictates so much in our lives.  A consistent presence is hard to find. 
 
     Dave and Sally Rorabaugh have been a consistent presence in our church family for fifteen years.  Fifteen years ago leadership decided to add a new staff member, a worship/associate minister.  Ask Dave or Sally what they remember about unloading the moving truck in the hot July of 2002.  They do have several memories, just ask.
 

     If you will walk with me down memory lane you may remember the old stage and pulpit.  You might remember the screen and addition of a projector (twice).  You might recall the trial effort at a third service in the basement.  On a personal basis, you may remember their son Aaron’s hair.  You may remember the graduations of their two boys.  You may remember New Year’s eve parties dating back to who knows how long ago.

     FCC has enjoyed the fruitful ministry of Dave and Sally for fifteen years.  They have shared their youth, their energy and their dreams with us.  If you get a chance, tell them “thank you.”  Ministry is burdened with so many short-term ministries and FCC has enjoyed the consistent presence of this wonderful couple. 

     Change is real part of living upon this earth, but God declares that he never changes.  In Hebrews 13:7-8 it says,
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
 

To a ministry well done, Thank you Dave and Sally.

Bill & Susie

 
     A consistent presence is hard to find in a world of change.  Every four years the nation magnifies the change from one president to another.  News anchor persons seem to come and go as easy as the click of channel.  Just when you finally settle into that new restaurant in Nevada that you like, it is gone.  Change dictates so much in our lives.  A consistent presence is hard to find. 
 
     Dave and Sally Rorabaugh have been a consistent presence in our church family for fifteen years.  Fifteen years ago leadership decided to add a new staff member, a worship/associate minister.  Ask Dave or Sally what they remember about unloading the moving truck in the hot July of 2002.  They do have several memories, just ask.
 

     If you will walk with me down memory lane you may remember the old stage and pulpit.  You might remember the screen and addition of a projector (twice).  You might recall the trial effort at a third service in the basement.  On a personal basis, you may remember their son Aaron’s hair.  You may remember the graduations of their two boys.  You may remember New Year’s eve parties dating back to who knows how long ago.

     FCC has enjoyed the fruitful ministry of Dave and Sally for fifteen years.  They have shared their youth, their energy and their dreams with us.  If you get a chance, tell them “thank you.”  Ministry is burdened with so many short-term ministries and FCC has enjoyed the consistent presence of this wonderful couple. 

     Change is real part of living upon this earth, but God declares that he never changes.  In Hebrews 13:7-8 it says,
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
 

To a ministry well done, Thank you Dave and Sally.

Bill & Susie


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Leadership Updates

 

     This is an opportunity to share a couple of leadership updates.  Our Eldership has been feeling the burden of responsibility and the lack of men serving.  This past year Scott Buerge and Don Andersen have carried the load while Wayne Jeans and Doug Gammon have taken the break of a year after serving three years.  Delbert Johnston was mentoring Scott and Don then eternity called.  Scott and Don through Wayne and Doug’s help have been outstanding.  Meanwhile, with our latest leadership ballot in May, Wayne and Doug have returned for another term of three years.
 

     This has emphasized even further the need for more men to serve as elders.  In January/February for several years I have taught a class for those interested in Eldership.  This has created a core group of men upon which to look for potential elders.  At the last Board Meeting, the Elders introduced two advisory candidates, Rick Jones and Greg Barneburg.  These men will work with the Elders for the next year while being mentored.  Then next May they will be voted upon to be an elder.  Please pray for our Eldership team as we look forward to the years to come.

     Also announced at our Board Meeting and voted upon was the part-time effort of Angie Moore.  She will serve as a temporary youth minister on a limited basis.  She is still working fulltime at Heartland, but the summer months have allowed a window of few extra hours.  She will work with the church in coordinating our youth schedules for the fall and doing a few programs throughout the summer as she is able.  But come the fall she will give up this position as her fulltime job will require her full attention again. 

     Again, pray for the efforts of the Youth Team as we still seek a youth minister.  The ministry isn’t slowing down.  We can move boldly forward as Jesus calls.

Thank you for being the committed to the Mission of Jesus.  C U Sunday.

Bill


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FCC Leadership

     This last Sunday was Leadership Sunday.  As we ordained a new deacon (John Shorten) and two new deaconesses (Martha Waltrip & Marita Pippin), we also celebrate the return of two elders (Doug Gammon & Wayne Jeans) and two deacons (Bob Eador & Tommy Bowen) and trustee (Sonny Butler).  On occasion we also affirm by congregational vote the distinction of men who have served God and FCC with honor as elders by granting them the title of Elder Emeritus.  John McKinley was noted and affirmed by the congregation as an elder who has served with honor and we have given him the title of Elder Emeritus.
 

     You may wonder why the “return”?  Our leaders are asked to serve for three year terms.  At the end of three years, they will step away from formal leadership for at least a year.  The ideal situation that we seek is that every year approximately one third of our leadership will transition to new faces and those returning from a break.  This allows the opportunity for new thinking and rebalancing of power.  It also becomes a testimony of God’s presence within our leadership.  Our June board meeting will see the dismissal of those who have served for three years and the new board taking its place.  It is awesome to see.  Pray for the transition.

     One other privilege that I enjoyed this Sunday was showing those present the youth leadership team, the Watchmen.  The oldest of our Watchmen will be seniors in high School (Emily Ring, Nathan Vincent, Dalton Jones) this next year and have shown so many wonderful attributes.  Last year Morgan Douglas would join them and this year Amanda Blystone, Gavin Ring, and Brandon Moore are the new faces among them.

     Our future looks bright.  Pray for our leaders and (Hebrews 13:7)Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
 

God Bless, C U Sunday

Bill

P.S. – Thank you to the many who made last Sunday possible.


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A Small View

     This past six weeks the FCC family has had six baptisms, four rededications, two transfers of membership.  We have also experienced several prayer chain calls for two or three of our church family as they go through struggles.  Along with updating our ongoing prayer list every week despite the holidays and service changes that have transpired. 

     Our Youth Team has brought a successful end to several programs (LTM & SeekerGen) for the season.  Along with ending the season well, the Youth Garage Sale that got rained out one week and was postponed to the next week raised close to $1000 for the Diamond Willow mission.  We have at least four teens and two chaperones going to Diamond Willow to work on July 17th to the 22nd.  Meanwhile camp registrations are soaring.
 

     Our Children’s Sunday School Classes have promoted the older children into their next class.  Three of our high schoolers have graduated and planning their next step.  Vacation Bible School is cruising forward, but the busy week (July 30 to Aug 4) will be upon us soon. 

     Leaders will be ordained and dedicated to the work of the next few years on June 11th.  It will be a united service filled with familiar faces and reconnection.  It is always a joy to see those that go to other services.  We will be in the Fellowship Building at 10:30 following Sunday School. The emphasis will be leadership and family.  My prayer is that you will be there.
 

     All of this is to say, life is very evident and busy at FCC.  This is not an exhaustive list.  It is only a glimpse.  Pray for the ongoing efforts of so many volunteers that help make this happen and keep your eyes on the mission: Jesus.  Remember the statement of intention that we shared last Sunday.

It is our FCC Intention:  I will…

  1. …Declare Truth and live Truth as defined within God’s Bible
  2. …Practice worship from the checkbook up.
  3. …Portray the image of Jesus by our Love.
  4. …Envision Growth and pursue it.

C U Sunday,

Bill


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Graduation

Graduation is a celebration of growth.  We find ourselves gathered for the ceremony and cheering for this achievement in life.  For the graduate it is a stepping stone into the next phase of life’s adventure.  For the parents and family it is the remembrance of what it has cost to accomplish this moment, the sacrifices that it took.  For both it is joy over life’s milestone reached.

Graduation will also give us apprehension as to what is to come.  Graduates are uncertain of the next few steps.  It may be college.  It might be a career step.  Or it may be just stop and wait for what will come.  Parents and families may try to help or provide the cost of college.  Or they may become the stopping place while the grad pursues the next step.  Then graduation becomes a fearful burden.

In Proverbs 30, a man named Agur is talking of his “burden” he calls it an “Oracle.”  It almost sounds gradu-esche.  In verse 5 he says, “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”  Then he presents his prayer request, Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, 9 That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.  Proverbs 30:7-9, (NASB)
 

This graduation and other life events of growth may I urge you to pray this prayer of a burdened Agur.  The beauty of this prayer is “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

God Bless, C U Sunday

Bill


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A Look at our Youth

   This month we will honor our graduates on May 8th.  Also, it is our intent to dedicate our younger children (preschool age or younger) on that same Sunday.  If you haven’t caught it yet this is Mother’s Day.  It will be a fun Sunday.
 

   It has been a year without a youth minister present.  Our search committee is still prayerfully seeking.  I would urge you to pray too.  Many of you may be wondering how is our youth ministry doing?  The two most prominent programs of our youth are Little Tree Ministries (early school age) which meets on Wednesday eve and our SeekerGen (Jr & Sr High) which meets on Sunday eve. 

   Little Tree averages toward 40 children most Wednesdays.  Staffing is vital and approximately 20 to 25 volunteers help in varied ways.  Among these volunteers, are high school volunteers many of them called Watchmen (Leadership group of our SeekGen).  Bobby & Gary Dade prepare every week to feed the multitudes.  Angie Moore organizes and provides material each week.  Tommy Bowen leads their worship and announcements.  Dave Serna will set up and drive vans.  These are but a few of the many volunteers involved.  It is the volunteers that continue to keep the strength in this program.

   SeekerGen attendance tends to be averaging toward 15 to 20 many weeks.  Treats are put together and vans run so that those who want to be there can be there.  Following the story/lesson for the eve they break into small groups and dialogue over what they have learned.  Many of the volunteers for Little Tree are present for SeekerGen.  Also with our older youth, there are many other things that transpire like highway pickup, seasonal parties, FUSE (united worship between several youth groups), and more.

   A youth minister presence is still sought, but thank you to multiple volunteers who are keeping the programs going as strong now has they have been.  This is truly a sacrifice of love.  Summer is coming and camp season is soon.  Vacation Bible School will be July 30 to August 4th.  Plus, a couple of mission trips and more, pray for our youth teams.  For each day of May pray for the varied aspects of our ministry to youth and begin with our volunteers.
C U Sunday,
Bill

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Check out the new Website

An old Senegalese Proverb expresses this thought, “There are no misunderstandings; there are only failures to communicate.”  Our new website is a step in communicating better.  Thank you to the many that have made it possible.  If you haven’t done it already, NOW IS THE TIME to check out our new website, www.fccnevada.org.  It is tempting me to take up a weekly blog which would be above and beyond the bi-monthly newsletter article. 
 
Our website has several new things to check out.  It is easy to maneuver through and will size itself to fit on your phone or your computer display.  It has several informative tidbits as to the varied ministries going on at FCC with the ability to update and communicate further.  It has the monthly calendar of events happening within our church family.  It has GPS (map) guidance to where we are.
 
One of the newest features to our new website is the opportunity give online, or by iPad, or by phone.  It is easy to set up (Trust me, I did it.).  With this new cultural revolution, many choose not to carry cash or write checks but use their debit card or phone to make a financial connection.  The website is equipped to help in that.
 
Another pragmatic quote, “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but [none] that did not tell stories.” – Ursala LeGuin   It is so easy in the desire to communicate well to forget what it is that we communicate.  Our website is a desire to communicate well.  My prayer is that we seek to continue to communicate well.  But we must always remember what we communicate, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,….”
 
May this Easter declare loudly our mission of Jesus.

Remember if you would, the mission of Jesus.

Bill


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Easter Updates

 
This is taking a moment to bring you all up to date: SeekerGen will host FUSE this Sunday eve (2nd) in our Fellowship Building.  If you don’t know what FUSE is, may I inform you.  It is a united gathering of three youth groups in our area (Rinehart, Walker, & us).  Any are invited to enjoy the worship, fellowship and supper.  Dana Kennard has been invited to be our guest speaker this year.  If I remember right, Dana was among the youth ministers that pulled this gathering together.
 

Gary Woods (Missionary to Tanzania) will be in the area next Sunday, the 9th.  He will share updates as to his work during Sunday School and will be preaching in all of our services.  Our church family has supported Gary & Judy Woods for decades.  They are a part of CMF ministries.  Make a plan now to enjoy Palm Sunday with Gary and our church family.

Easter Sunday will feature one service at 10:30 am. This will follow our Easter breakfast which is a highlight every year.  It is our best attended fellowship.  FCC family will gather for food and reconnecting with many that they haven’t seen.  This begins at 8:00 and will end at 9:45.

Then at 10:30, we will have our worship service.  Our choir will feature “I Will Embrace the Cross.”  It is wonderful to hear our auditorium and parlor ring with the voices of three services.  Many are present and connecting with each other.  There will be a presence of visitors among us.  Don’t be shy.  Talk with them and guide them through the varied morning events. 

We are the FCC family.  Easter is always a beautiful celebration.

C U Sunday,

Bill


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Mission: Jesus

“Absent absolutes, there can be no truth since truth must, by its nature, emerge from absolutes. Absent absolutes, we live in a world of opinion, and in a world of opinions, the tyrant wins. He who has the loudest voice or the biggest gun wins – what a bleak picture!” – Ed Emory, Missouri State Senator

This is one our state’s law makers stating a very bleak worldly picture.  It was no less bleak during the first century.  Politics was broken: Rome was the ruling the factor in Judea, but not the local, everyday government.  Government was done by the Sanhedrin of the day and they questioned many Old Testament truths.  So much so that they had gone further by adding hundreds of laws on top of Old Testament teaching.  Many of them only making the lawyers richer.  Then there were several others among them “Jewish lives matter” called Zealots and the rebelling elements that drew attention from Rome.  Thereby bringing in more Roman military.  Into the midst of this and more God sends his Son.

In John 18:37 is Jesus response to Pilate, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”  Jesus declares that he came to testify of truth and finishes with those who listen to me are on the side of truth.  Are you listening?
 

The world is still struggling with absolute truth.  Lost is still lost.  People wanting to know truth, many not accepting what is truth.  Talk with people about truth laden things: Bible, Jesus, God, salvation.  Invite them to come and learn.  Urge them pray seeking a truthful God’s presence.  We are called to be light amid the darkness.  We have a mission, it is Jesus.

C U Sunday,

Bill


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Biblical Truth

 
Our church has been following the Gospel of John for a few months.  Several years ago, our church family decided that the Biblical truth of Je
sus was of the highest priority.  Leadership has echoed that thought again and again throughout the years to follow.  Our mission is Jesus.
We live in a time that truth is questioned and many will say relative.  Which means that truth can change as it goes from person to person or decade to decade or even culture to culture.  For example, what is true for you, may not be true for me.  It is true that you are poor in the United States having an annual income of $25,000, but many people in Haiti who live on $700 a year our poor looks rich.  Truth is relative.

The FCC family believes that truth is absolute.  And that the Bible is an absolute truth.  This means that it is not changing from one culture to another, or during the year 2017 compared to the year of 1950, or even the personal belief of Martha to Larry.  It isn’t my belief that dictates what the Bible says, the Bible declares God’s truth absolutely.

I also just wanted to update you as to our Youth Ministry Search.  We are still working on the task.  A small group of us visited OCC this week with the intent of raising a resurge of interest, pray for our resurge.

C U Sunday,

Bill


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