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New & Coming Soon

If you are able, I would invite you to explore our new fccnevada.org website. I wish to express thanks to Jennifer Z for her many hours of work to update this. It is a wonderful tool for our church family. You can access it on your smart phone or your computer. It is full of wonderful tools that will aid our church family and help us follow what our bunch is doing. Plus, coming soon, there will be several other features including a Bible app and more. Keep checking for the latest.

Also, I would urge you to explore the year to come at FCC. We will soon finish our walk with truth and Jesus through the book of John. Dave and the choir are working on an outstanding new Easter program. Our Family Ministry team is leading in several youth programs and projects that are simply amazing. Coming soon is the Valentine’s Banquet. This will help finance our youth mission projects and camp. So plan to be there.

Finally I would urge you to explore the dimensions of an unlimited, without boundaries, God. I would urge you to pray and dwell in the word this new year.

C u soon, Bill


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He Is Glorified

What a word difference. Look at it:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

John 12:23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”

The first comment is of the Apostle Paul (led by the Holy Spirit) as to the attitude of Jesus in accepting his place among us as a man even to his death. Jesus has humility. The other comment is a quote of Jesus given while riding a donkey during the triumphant entry as he approached the cross/death. Jesus is glorified.

When buying tires for my car, experience has taught me not to buy cheaply. Afterall the tires of our vehicles has the lowliest place, no pun intended. The tires after being mounted may drive out into the mud, or the snow, or the heat of our day. They will enduringly master our skidding brakes or squeal as we accelerate.

Punishment seems to be the life of a tire which may include kicking them or stretching them as the seasons change, or what’s an occasional pot hole or railroad track. How about the tar of a road project while driving? Quite literally the abuse that our tires go through has led us to say, “when the rubber hits the road.” This is a picture of humility and service.

When the tread of the tire is no more and the time is right to buy another set. The glory that the tire will receive is we seek to buy another one made by the same company and brand. We will tell our family and friends of the quality we experienced with that tire. The greatest glory will be our confidence as the one we love drives that vehicle. We know that they are safe.

What a difference the words make. Jesus humiliatingly accepted his role as the servant of God and of man. He lived as the lowliest among us and carried our load through the most horrible conditions. Punishment for the prince of heaven was captivity within the body of man and that was only the beginning. He finally died in the worst way by our hands. Almost like slashing the tires.

Meanwhile, the view of heaven he was glorified because of his obedience. He granted all mankind presence and security before God. The greatest compliment given to Jesus is those that God loves are guaranteed a safe journey home. He is glorified.

We are secure in Jesus, C U Sunday

Bill

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Merry Christmas

Over the next few weeks in countless ways we will celebrate Christmas.  Family becomes a priority for so many on Christmas day.  My family is scattered all over the globe, but it is no less a priority to touch with each other and enjoy the moment with each other.

People will ask occasionally what is it about the church gathering that is so special?  Usually it is stated as, “I can have time with God in the beauty of the woods.”  Yes, you can, but you will miss the family time.  There is something special when a brother takes the hand of another and prays with them.  There is something sweet in watching as a young teen helps that elderly soul up.  The kitchen chatter of a parlor breakfast is pretty amazing.  Many will hold each other for a few moments and the love of Jesus is clearly showing.  Then the coordinated effort that comes of putting the tables away and prepping for what comes next.  Family life is all over the gathering of the saints.

FCC family, thank you for being the special people that you are.  The years that I have been among you are branded into my being because of the countless ways you have been family to me.  Forgive me for bringing so many trials upon you: things like my struggling physical heart; our grief as my Linda graduated from this life to the next; and walking with me as we buried my mom & dad.  Then you have also shared with me in so many wonderful ways: my Susie is part of you; cheering for my children as you would your own; asking about our grandchildren and so much more.

There is no doubt that you would find God in the forest.  But when God offers so much more and it is called the church why would you settle for less?  The church is divinely amazing and so much of it surrounds being God’s family.  Merry Christmas to all of you and thank you for being you.

C u Sunday,

Bill & Susie


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Prayerfully Budgeting

Twice a year is an annual vote for the FCC family. One is in May and we vote in approval of leaders. The second vote of the year is in December and we seek the approval of the budget. The desire of these votes is to communicate and know that we have the united support of the church family.
This year as we will vote upon the budget for next year I wanted to clue you in on a few things. We built the new ramp and the new porch from finances given as a memorial from the Merrit family. We still have approximately $360,000. We have approximately a matching half designated toward missions.

 

This year the offerings have dropped over $20,000 (estimated) for the year. So our budget of $350,936 for this year of 2016 has been dropped dramatically for 2017. The budget for next year is $319,392. We are still in the black as to several things: no debt, the present setting of no youth minister, and good spending on the part of the current leaders.

 

Now if you are like me, your head is nodding and you are close to sleep. Finances are not my gift. Hopefully you are awake enough to ask the “why?” To help with understanding without putting you to sleep, here are a few reasons for the decline in our offerings. First the times, it is tight for most of us right now (we shake our head in understanding). Next, our church family has experienced the loss of several of our supporting saints who are no longer here (illness, death, moving, etc). Another that I have noticed through years of keeping records is that when a youth minister leaves, our finances take a dip. Maybe some people figure that we don’t need it during that time. These are a few reasons. There are probably more

 

So, (hopefully you are still reading and not asleep) how do we approach this? First, with knowledge. You need to be aware that we are still seeking a youth minister and the need is present. Leadership has decided to help with the future youth minister’s salary by dipping into the Merrit fund. Let me say it out loud, “THIS IS NOT A PERMANENT SOLUTION.” Next, we pray about it and if possible decide to give a little more. Many of our leaders have already taken this step. Finally vote in confidence that the FCC leaders are on this with God’s guidance.

 

Confident in God and in you, C U Sunday. Bill

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The Miracle of Christmas

Every Christmas story/movie is filled with miracles. From Miracle on 34th Street to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and with miracles as varied as the movies themselves, Christmas is just a time of year when everybody seems more receptive to miracles.  Maybe this is because each of us is waiting for a miracle to happen in our lives.  Maybe this is because Christmas just has this contagious feeling that miracles can happen to anybody.  Maybe this is because the first Christmas is so ripe with miracles that we can’t help but express that in some way.  
 
If I wanted to break down each miracle in the Christmas story, I would need a few books and a few lifetimes to do them justice. We have the miracle of the virgin birth.  We have multiple accounts of angels appearing to different individuals involved in the Christmas story.  We have the star that appeared in the sky at Jesus’ birth and was even there (most likely) multiple years afterward.  Lastly, and most importantly (unbelievably, miraculously, etc), we have the incarnation of the very God of the universe.    
 
In Philippians 2:5-11, Paul describes the incarnation in this way:
  “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
 
So as we move further into this Christmas season, my prayer is that we would all remember why we are celebrating at this time of year.  We worship a God who decided to save His creation in one the most intimate way possible, by becoming a part of it and dying for it.  And Christmas is the time of year when we really get to center our days, our weeks, even an entire month around this fact.  So this Christmas, I would like to invite you to join me in worshiping the God who works in the business of miracles.   Until He Returns, Gage Addington

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