Saying Goodbye to Kim
When Mike and Kim first shared their news they may be moving I hoped I was in a dream and could just wake up. But now the news is official - Mike has been offered a job at a mine he worked at years ago in Arizona. The key blessing is the job is near his aging father.
Their family has been such a blessing to our church. Kim stepped in as the AWANA commander nine years ago. Our AWANA ministry was struggling and Kim brought an insurgence of energy and direction that got us up and running. AWANA has grown, reaching new children and families, making us known in Chehalis for a strong AWANA program and safe place for children!
One of the things you might not know about Kim’s ministry how she has helped FBCC to grow new leaders. Kim has a way of believing in you before you do. She has been able to help many of our new leaders step into roles they did not believe they could handle. Then with God’s help (and Kim’s too!) they not only handle the position, they were successful.
I also would also like to acknowledge Mike’s involvement on our worship team. Like many of our worship leaders, he has been faithfully involved for many years. He’s here at midweek practice, early Sunday morning and for both services, week after week. His strong voice, guitar skills and his servant heart will be missed. Mike has been involved in our Christmas Eve services and we will certainly miss Mike and Amanda’s singing special music numbers together. Yes, also part of our loss will be Amanda. She will be moving to Arizona with her parents.
Join us Sunday, March 9th at 10:30 for a reception to celebrate and show our appreciation for Kim and Mike for their ministry here at FBCC.
In June it will be three years since we created a part time children’s ministry director position. Kim has made us realize how indispensable a children’s director is. Please pray that God will raise up a person who can continue leading and growing this great ministry
Toward the end of his life the Apostle John penned three letters. He was the last living apostle; it was the end of era. Only John would not simply ride off into the sunset - he would go out with a bang (the bang of a pen, that is!)
John writes his Gospel, three letters and the book of Revelation all toward the very end of his life. It appears he writes his Gospel first and the letters second. The letters are in response to issues, false teaching more specifically, that was going on in the church.
The Gnostics (Gnosticism) taught that they had a special hidden knowledge. The term “gnostics” comes from the Greek word gnostikos meaning “to know.” They saw themselves as the enlightened ones. Taking some of their ideas from Plato, they believed matter was bad and spiritual world was good. Believing they had special knowledge led them to believe that they could act as they wished, because the flesh had no impact on the spirit life. John sees this as a counterfeit confidence so he writes a letter confronting their belief.
In his letters John presents what genuine faith looks like. He writes to assure true believers how to know their fellowship with God and joy is genuine and to give them assurance of their salvation. He also challenges those who have a false confidence because they have a counterfeit faith.
John provides in his letters the answers to three difficult questions of genuine faith. They are easy to spot: 1) What is true belief? (or the theological test) 2) What is true obedience? (or the moral test) and 3) What is true Christian love? (or the social test).
John gives the true signs of a genuine believer. As believers, our lives will be marked by transformation. John lays out the practical outworking of the truth he has presented in his Gospel. I believe you will be blessed as you study John’s letters with us. If you miss a Sunday remember to catch our sermons online.
Dinner for six
Have you ever thought that it would be nice to meet more people in our congregation? Well, here is a perfect chance to do that. Dinner for Six is paring up 6 people (either couples pr singles or combination) and having dinner once a month for three months. It is a lot of fun. You set the day and time and the menu. The next sesion for Dinner for Six will begin this month. It will run March, April and May. If you are not familiar with Dinner for Six you may call Michele Thomas 360-635-2176 or pick up a brochure on the sign-up table (once it’s set up) to learn all about it. Don’t miss out on this fun event!!