June 2017 Newsletter

FROM THE PASTOR…

It is time for us to really pray for the crusade at the arena!  We are committed to filling 50 seats, fifty seats that could be filled with future Christians.  It is up to us to invite and bring those people to hear the music and message June 11.  It’s not too late to invite someone, bring them, and watch as their life changes.

VBS starts the next evening.  Again, we have the opportunity to see lives changed.  Each year between 6 and 10 young people come to accept Jesus as Lord.  It is another time where we need to invite family, neighbors, and friends to hear the gospel.  While we focus on children, we still have an amazing adult class.  Jim is an awesome teacher who will make sure the gospel is heard clearly.

Jesus said, “You will receive power (the Holy Spirit) to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the utter most parts of the world” (the Valley).  Pray, invite, bring, and serve.


LIVE IT OUT

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

—Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel


Vacation Bible School is just around the corner.  While our classes all have teachers, there are still needs to be met.  One of those needs is prayer.  Pray for all of our teachers, helpers and workers, that they would be sensitive to the Spirit’s work and have the needed energy for the week.  Pray for our students, that they have ears to hear what the Spirit says.  See Deb J. for other specific prayer needs.

We also have a need for water bottles, both 17.8 oz and 8 oz.  Please pray about donating a case or two for VBS.  See Joy B. with any water related questions.


Do you like our Face Book page?  We invite you to join our new group, Friends of West Glendale.  This will assure you see all of our posts.


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


BIBLE QUIZ

The “Trinitarian formula” occurs only once in the Bible. In which New Testament book do we read “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and who said these words?

A. Romans; Paul
B. 1 Peter; Simon Peter
C. The Acts of the Apostles; Luke
D. Matthew; Jesus


Congratulations to all of our graduates and those promoting from 8th grade into high school.

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Hannah L. graduated from Dysart High School on May 23. She will continue her education at Estrella Mountain Community College.
  • Garrett M.
  • Tarin E., a Wednesday night attendee, graduated from Betty Fairfax High School on May 24th. Tarin plans to attend Glendale Community College before moving on to NAU for a music education.

PROMOTING FROM 8TH GRADE

  • Makayla K., Wednesday night attendee, promoted from Desert Sands Middle School on May 20th.
  • Donavin F.

MEMORY VERSE

~ Colossians 1:15-16 ~

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities: all things were created by Him and for Him.

~ Colossians 1:15-16 ~

NIV


YOU’LL NEVER MISS IT

Frustrated that income never covered expenses, a longtime church treasurer resigned. Another member, who owned the town’s grain elevator, volunteered to take over with one stipulation: He wouldn’t submit a report for the first year.

The puzzled board members agreed because they knew he was an honest man. After all, they trusted him to process their grain.

By year’s end, the new treasurer gave a glowing report. The church’s building debt had been erased. Staff salaries had increased 15 percent. And the budget showed a healthy balance.

When the shocked but delighted congregation asked for an explanation, the treasurer said, “Most of you bring your grain to my elevator. When I paid you, I simply withheld 10 percent on your behalf and gave it to the church in your name. You never missed it!”

Imagine what we could do for God if we willingly returned the first tenth of his gifts back to him.


DOING FAITH

Faith is better understood as a verb than as a noun, as a process than as a possession. It is on-again-off-again rather than once-and-for-all. Faith is not being sure where you’re going, but going anyway. A journey without maps. [As theologian] Paul Tillich said … doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

—Frederick Buechner


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

Begin to pray now for your place of service in 2018.


A HYMN’S LONG JOURNEY

The beloved hymn “How Great Thou Art” came together across many years and miles. In 1885, when Swedish preacher Carl Boberg wrote a poem titled “O, Great God,” he probably never dreamed he’d hear it performed years later to an old Swedish tune. Or that a Russian version would impact Stuart Hine, an English missionary to Poland, several decades later. Hine penned his own English version, resulting in the now-familiar lyrics.

From “the rolling thunder” echoing off the Carpathian Mountains, to the “woods and forest glades” of Romania, to powerful conversions to Christianity, Hine was inspired to craft each verse. Sometimes the Holy Spirit takes time to complete a work, and that journey is as important as the destination.


BIBLE QUIZ ANSWER:

Answer: D (See Matthew 28:19.)