The Witness - First Baptist Church

The Witness
The Monthly Newsletter of
Southern
Baptist
Church
March 2015
Volume 19 Number 3
YOUTH VALENTINE’S DAY BANQUET
North America Annie Armstrong Offering
The Easter offering runs the whole month of
March. First Baptist Church goal is: $3,000
PAGE 2
THE WITNESS
VOLUME 19
NUMBER
3
From Pastor Glenn…
The Church and what is supposed to be has long been a discussion among believers. We have
grown up in a Christian age that allows us to define church by the service on Sunday. As we
move into a post-Christian age in America we must rethink our ability to reach the world with
the gospel. This past week we have spent many hours praying and counseling young people
and adults in our community because of another tragedy that took a 15 year old boy. We ask ourselves the
question, “Why didn’t he find hope in the church?” there are many good churches in our community. I believe the
real reason is that we have continued with the attitude of people should “come and hear” instead of the church
“going and telling.”
But what do we tell? Do we tell them that they are bad and need to straighten up? Or do we tell them come and
join the church and watch people fight and bicker over things that are of no eternal importance? While we decide
the world around us is searching desperately for answers to the question: “Is there any hope?” I say yes there is
hope only in the gospel of Christ! Not in another program or activity. But, how do we convey that to the world
without hope? We must become involved and engaged with those who are seeking hope. In our schools and
community there are so many that need to know they are loved, not condemned.
People need to see the body of Christ loving and caring for each other and those who are desperately seeking to fill
the void in their life. The gospel is the good news that the loving heavenly Father has sent His only Son to redeem
us from our hopelessness. But, those outside the church will never care what we know until they know that we
care. Caring not only for them, but for each other also.
May God bless us as we strive to be His hands and feet to the lost world around us.
Pastor Glenn
WELCOME GIFTS
Cody & Melissa and their children Malachi
& Riley will be arriving Sunday, March
8th. We will be collecting paper goods and
household supplies (toilet paper, paper
towels, cleaning supplies), and gift cards
to Westcliffe Market, Family Dollar, and
restaurant cards. There will be containers
in the Worship Center and the Fellowship
Hall. Let’s bless them and shower them
with love! Bring your gifts to the church
before Friday, March 6th.
PAGE 3
THE WITNESS
VOLUME 19
NUMBER 3
Women on Mission
Following a potluck lunch, President Lynnda Sharp opened our meeting with prayer
and Watchword Mark 8:34.
Lynnda Sharp presented our program from the Mosaic Women on Mission
Magazine on “Negotiating Life’s Detours.”
Susie Harrington opened discussion on our local missionary outreach. We will provide cookies or cupcakes for the
employee’s at the Post Office on February 24th, a meal for the EDGE youth group on February 25th, and provide dessert for
the Volunteer Fire Department dinner on March 4th.
Next meeting is March 19th in the Fellowship Hall.
Carol Hanks, Secretary
Philippians 3:14 “I press on towards the
goal for the prize of the upward call of
God in Jesus Christ.”
Chili Cook-Off and F
ellowship-Game Nigh
et to set
Don’t forg
locks
all your c
hour on
ahead one
March 8th
t
The Chili Cook-Off co
ntest is open to all in
congregation and Bi
our
ble study groups. Pr
izes awarded to
1st, 2nd, & 3rd plac
es. M
Fellowship Committee en’s and Women’s Ministries and
will provide the cond
iments for the
chili, but other non
-team attendees are
as
ked to bring
desserts or appetizer
s or some other side
Come attend this ev
dish.
ening of chili, fellows
hip, and games.
Friday, March 13th
at 6:00 pm. Bring th
e whole family for
fellowship and a funfilled evening.
Kings Men: Men’s Ministry
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
MEN’S
RETR
EAT
The men's group is teaming with the women's group in a Wednesday night study entitled "Culture
Shock". This study tackles many hot button topics that face our society. On Tuesdays, we
have begun a study of the book of Romans. The study begins at 9:15 am. Come join us.
The Men's Retreat is scheduled for April 10th and 11th. This year's speaker is Dan Dovidio. The retreat,
which is open to the entire community, will be held at Horn Creek and will cost $100. Scholarships are
available. It begins at 12:00 noon on Friday and goes through 12:00 noon Saturday. You can get
further details from Jerry Pickerill, Coy Plunkett or Jim Parkes.
PAGE 4
VOLUME 19
THE WITNESS
LADIES NIGHT ~ MOVIE NIGHT
If you missed the last Ladies Night, then you
missed a lot of fun making cards with Carrie Roth.
NUMBER 3
Women of Faith
August 7-8th at the Pepsi Center
If you are interested in this years trip to
Denver to be encouraged in your walk with
the Lord, contact Sara Shields. If you want to
go, let Sara know by March 20th.
Tickets cost between $84-95 (depending on
what section we end up with).
They are calling this a Farewell Tour as
many of the WOF favorites will be retiring.
COME on Thursday, March 19th at 6:00 pm for a
movie night. Bring a friend and come have fun!!
Heart to Heart Women’s Ministry
In the book, Glimmers of Grace, Luci Swindoll wrote the following:
“True friendships are characterized by grace, truth, forgiveness, unselfishness, boundaries, care and love in
gigantic and mutual proportion. Although they require hard work and consistency from each party, we enjoy the best
of the best in life because when friends come alongside, more light is added to our path. Two are better than one!
We lay down our lives for our friends, they lay down their lives for us, and in the end we all find true life. “
As wonderful and as treasured as our friends are to us, the best friend we can have who will never ever leave us, or
let us down is the Lord. Do you love the Lord in gigantic and mutual proportion? Do you work as hard and as consistently for Him as He works for you? Are you using His light for your path? We can change any negative answers to
those questions simply by developing our communication with Him through prayer and through studying His Word.
Heart to Heart offers you and your friends an opportunity to grow in your communication with Him through:
Mugs and Muffins: Two prayer groups that gather on Thursday mornings to raise praises to the Lord for His loving
care, and to pray for each other, for our church, for our community, state and nation. Check your bulletin for the
location and time, then join one of the groups – prayer will increase your intimacy with the Lord.
Bible Study: Women’s daytime group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall – a study of how
we should live in end times. A Co-Ed group meets on Wednesday evenings and they are studying the cultural issues
of today from a Biblical point of view. An evening group meets at 6:30 pm on Thursday evening and they are studying
the book One Thousand Gifts.
These are some great opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the gracious and loving character of our
Lord. Friendships grow and deepen when we spend time with each other. Check out the opportunities to develop a
deeper relationship with God and get the best of the best for your life.
Don’t forget about the opportunity to be the hands of the Lord by serving the residents at Vali on Craft Day alongside Terry Lee. Second Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. Think about what you can give them – give yourself!
PAGE 5
VOLUME 19
THE WITNESS
Happy
Anniversary to...
3-8
3-12
VALI Services
Jerry & Donna Durling
Jim & Mary Keefer
Held the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each
month at 6:15 pm. We welcome anyone
interested in coming, sharing and singing
with our special friends! Contact Jim &
Leslie Parkes at 479-790-8701.
Happy
Birthday to...
3-6
3-7
3-9
3-10
3-13
3-14
3-16
3-21
3-22
3-22
3-23
3-26
3-29
3-29
3-31
3-31
3-31
Sara Shields
Lois Carr
Charles Cox
Janet McDowell
Lynnda Sharp
Wanda Hoyle
Joann Coleman
Ellie Heck
Dave North
Carl Whitworth
Roger Aukema
Geary McCabe
Leah Moretz
Fay Runkle
Sam Deatherage, Jr.
Norm Haider
Charley Potts
NUMBER 3
EMAIL PR
AYER CHA
I
N
To join the n
ew email pra
yer group at
blank email
First Baptist
to Prayerfbw
please send
[email protected]
a
yahoogroup
s.
com
When you g
et a reply bac
k follow the
only at the b
link and join
ottom. You
the email list
do not have
have a yaho
to join Yaho
o ID. After y
o
o
r have to
o
u join you w
email with g
ill receive a
uidelines.
confirmation
Wedding Shower
CK
POTLU
R
DINNE
d
rch 22n
a
M
,
y
a
Sund
wing the
tely follo
Immedia orship service.
w
two, and
morning
a dish or est!
g
in
r
b
;
a gu
Come
dish for
an extra
FAMILY NIGHT
Wednesday night schedule for men, women,
and youth.
Prayer meeting from 6:00-6:30 pm.
Bible studies from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Youth from 6:30-8:00 pm with dinner.
**We’ve postponed the monthly meal for now**
Shelby Woods ~ Casey Nordyke
Saturday, March 14th
2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Selections are at Target, Bed-Bath-Beyond,
Walmart
VALI CRAFT
DAY
e 2nd
ith crafts on th
w
p
el
h
d
an
e
Com
0 am.
ch month at 11:0
ea
of
ay
d
es
n
Wed
for more
Lee (783-0204)
Contact Terry
information.
PAGE 6
THE WITNESS
VOLUME 19
NUMBER 3
Every Day God Encounter
Wednesday’s
Dinner served at
6:30 pm
Bible Study from
7:00 - 8:00 pm
ROCK AND WORSHIP
ROAD SHOW
Thursday, March 26th at World
Arena in Colorado Springs.
We will let you know the time
of departure and return. We will
be leaving early enough to eat
a meal.
Cost $10.00 per person
Concert starts at 7:00 pm
The youth went to Garden
of the Gods.
DartWarz in the FH!
Seder Meal
Celebration
Sunday, March 29th at 6:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
23
SPRING BREAK
22
9:30A Sunday School
10:45A Worship
12:00P Potluck
NO Evening Worship
30
SPRING BREAK
16
9:00A Administrative Mtg.
15
9:30A Sunday School
10:45A Worship
5:00P Mission Meeting
6:00P Evening Worship
29 Newsletters
9:30A Sunday School
10:45A Worship
6:00P Sedar Meal
24
9:15A Women’s Bible Study
9:15A Men’s Bible Study
9
9:30A Fellowship Meeting
8 Day Light Savings
9:30A Sunday School
10:45A Worship
5:00P Church Council Mtg.
6:00P Evening Worship
31
9:15A Women’s Bible Study
9:15A Men’s Bible Study
4:00P AWANA
17
9:15A Women’s Bible Study
9:15A Men’s Bible Study
4:00P AWANA
10
9:15A Women’s Bible Study
9:15A Men’s Bible Study
4:00P AWANA
3
9:15A Women’s Bible Study
9:15A Men’s Bible Study
4:00P AWANA
2
1
9:30A Sunday School
10:45A Worship
5:00P Deacon Meeting
6:00P Evening Worship
Tue
Mon
SPRING BREAK
25
4:30P Women’s Ministry
Meeting
6:00P Prayer Meeting
6:30P Co-Ed Bible Study
6:30P EDGE Youth Night
18
6:00P Prayer Meeting
6:30P Co-Ed Bible Study
6:30P EDGE Youth Night
11
11:00A VALI Crafts
6:00P Prayer Meeting
6:30P Co-Ed Bible Study
6:30P EDGE Youth Night
4
6:00P Prayer Meeting
6:30P Co-Ed Bible Study
6:30P EDGE Youth Night
Wed
SPRING BREAK
26
9:00A Mugs and Muffins I
9:30A Mugs and Muffins II
Youth Rockin’ Road Show
6:15P VALI Service
6:30P Women’s Bible Study
19
9:00A Mugs and Muffins I
9:30A Mugs and Muffins II
6:00P Ladies Movie Night
12
9:00A Mugs and Muffins I
9:30A Mugs and Muffins II
12:00P Women on Mission
6:15P VALI Service
6:30P Women’s Bible Study
5
9:00A Mugs and Muffins I
9:30A Mugs and Muffins II
6:30P Women’s Bible Study
Thu
27
20
13
8:00A Men’s Community
Prayer Breakfast
6:00P Fellowship & Game
Night (Chili Cook-Off)
6
Fri
28
21
14
2:00-4:00P Woods-Nordyke
Wedding Shower
7
Sat
Do you have something to add to the calendar? Call the church office at 783-2498.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - MARCH ‘15
Sun
Offsite
Fellowship Hall
Sanctuary
Classroom
First Baptist Church
410 South 6th, P.O. Box 296
Westcliffe, CO 81252
www.firstbaptistwestcliffe.com
Phone: (719) 783-2498