May 2017 Newsletter

PASTOR’S PEN…

Last week I flew back from a visit in Texas.  I had a great time.  The flight was good but at the 30 minute mark it changed.  The Captain said we would experience turbulence.  We did, all the way to Phoenix Sky Harbor.  He said he went up, down, sideways but he couldn’t get us out of the bumpy air.  No matter what he did there was turbulence.  He couldn’t do anything about it.  It was everywhere.  Thankfully the Captain got us down safely and on time.

It reminded me of life.  We have great times and then for unseen reason everything changes, we have turbulence, and there is no way out of it.  Thankfully we have a Captain that sees all and controls all.  Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” 

The LORD will get you where you are to go in life as long as you trust and follow Him, even when life’s path becomes turbulent.


A sign of honor

Even He who died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of His mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought — the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight to heaven.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


On June 4, 2017, WGBC will recognize those individuals who have graduated from college, trade school, high school or are promoting from 8th grade into high school.  Please contact the church office with the graduates name, school from which he/she is graduating and future plans (i.e. attending college, working, which high school our 8th graders will be attending).  There will be inserts in the bulletin that can be filled out and placed in the offering plate for your convenience.


On May 9th at 6:30 pm, ladies 18 and over are invited to our quarterly Ladies Night Out at Black Bear Diner, 6036 W Bell Rd.  The cost is around $15.00, with each lady paying her own way.  They serve breakfast all day, as well as having a dinner menu.  Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board if you plan to attend so we have seating for all!  See Cris M. with any questions or for more information.


The pastors and staff of WGBC wish all those celebrating a birthday or anniversary in May a very blessed day.


BIBLE QUIZ

Acts 17 describes Paul speaking about God to the people of Athens in front of — incredibly! — a site that still exists.  What is that site?

A. The Panathenaic Stadium
B. The Areopagus
C. The Acropolis and the Parthenon
D. The Temple of Hephaestus


It’s time to reserve your ticket for your Arizona Diamondbacks Faith & Family Night, August 25, 2017, featuring the Newsboys in concert after the game vs. the Giants.  We need 10 tickets bought to get group rates; however, this year, you can choose if you would like upper level or lower level by signing up on the sheet on the bulletin board.  Ticket prices range from $18.00 to $32.00 per person, depending on what section you want to sit in.  While you are encouraged to pay for your tickets as soon as possible, the deadline is August 9.  If payment is not made beforehand, tickets will not be purchased.  See Cris M. with any questions or for more information.


WGBC will be holding our Parent/Baby/Child dedication on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  Please contact the church office if you have a baby/child you’d like to dedicate to the Lord.


MEMORY VERSE

~ Romans 10:13 ~

…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

~ Romans 10:13 ~

NIV


Willing recipients

A young graduate longed for a certain sports car and knew his dad could afford it. So on the big day, he was infuriated to receive instead a leather-bound, embossed Bible. He threw it down and left for good.

Years later, after his father died, the son entered his father’s study with sorrow and regret. Sorting through belongings, he found the gift and this highlighted verse: “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11, ESV). Suddenly something dropped from the back of the Bible: a key with a tag from the dealer of the car he’d wanted long ago. On the tag was his graduation date and the words “Paid in Full.”

How often we miss out on God’s generous gifts because they come “packaged” differently than we expect! At graduation — and throughout life — may we be open to every gift God bestows on us with a Father’s deep love.


Decisions matter

Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.

—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Mysterious ways

Before pursuing a career as a Christian singer, Ryan Stevenson was a paramedic, encountering trauma and “true brokenness.” When he received a 911 call about a woman struck by lightning, Stevenson didn’t think she’d survive. But thanks in part to his efforts, the woman made a full recovery — and later struck up a friendship with him.

One day the woman asked Stevenson, “If you could be doing anything with your life, what would it be?” His answer? Music. She gave him a check for $2,000, and he used it to cut an EP, which led to a record deal. Through Stevenson’s chart-topping song “Eye of the Storm,” he wants to remind listeners that God “hasn’t forgotten about us. He’s still paying attention to us no matter how horrible things might seem. He’s in control.”


Looking for a place of service in WGBC?  We have a need for sound techs, tellers and greeters.  Contact the church office if God is leading you to fill one or more of these positions.  Training is available.


Bible Quiz Answer: B (See Acts 17:22.)