October 2017 Newsletter

FROM THE PASTOR…

We have had a number of visitors in our church lately. Praise God!  I have had the opportunity to ask them what they liked and disliked about our church.  The one big thing that our guests do not like is, people getting up and down during worship service. That’s it!  Of course they like the close fellowship and love that is in our church.  Great news!

But we can do better!  First, offer a guest card to each guest personally and check after to see if they filled it out.  If not, politely ask them again.  Secondly, get to know them, ask about their life.  Build a connection.  Finally, we should all pray before worship for every person to make a profession of faith to follow Jesus as Lord.


A baby shower will be held Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 P.M. in the church Fellowship Hall honoring mom-to-be, Rebecca G.

Rebecca is Pastor Don and Deb’s oldest daughter.  The gender of the baby is a surprise, waiting until the birth around December 30.

Rebecca and Adam are the proud parents of Emma, age 5 and Noah, age 2.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joy, Shower Hostess.


APPRECIATE–AND ACT

October is Pastor (or Clergy) Appreciation Month, reminding church members to thank their hardworking ministry leaders. But the people in the pews — though they might lack official church titles — also play important roles in doing God’s work.
In User Friendly Churches (Regal Books), researcher George Barna compares the behavior of people in growing vs. stagnant or declining churches. Members of growing churches actively participate in the church’s ministry. “They did not divorce their faith from their lifestyle; their faith was their lifestyle,” Barna writes. “They took seriously the classical Reformation doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.”
By contrast, laypeople in stagnant churches tend to observe rather than participate. “They perceived their role as being in the audience in the stands,” Barna notes, “nodding approvingly in efforts to demonstrate religious behavior as the clergy went through their paces.”
Appreciate your pastors, but then follow their example by living out your beliefs!


BIBLE QUIZ

How many times does Jesus say we should forgive others? 

A. 7 
B. 70 
C. 77 
D. 70 x 7 
E. C or D, depending on the translation 


October is just around the corner and so is “Operation Christmas Child” also known as “shoe box ministries.”  Some of you are new and may ask what this is all about.  Let introduce you to it, and explain what O.C.C. is all about.

O.C.C. is an outreach program for children and their parents in countries where they may not know Christ Jesus.  You start with a shoe box and fill it with things that a boy of 7 might like or need, such as cars, stuffed animals, socks, little books, and personal things like a tooth brush, (no tooth paste and no candy of any kind, no liquid of any kind including shampoo or hand lotion).  Then you put $9.00 inside the box for shipping (yes, the cost went up by two dollars this year), give the box to either Lorayne J. or Vicky S., and we deliver them to South Peoria Baptist Church, one of over 4,000 national collection points during National Collection Week (November 14-21) and shipped to Orange County, CA, where all boxes are checked to make sure there are no food items or any kind liquid.

If a box has room still in it, things can be added to it.  Each box will receive a study book that teaches about Jesus, called “The Greatest Journey.”  This is a 12-lesson discipleship course.  Each box will also have a New Testament in their own language and training for local believers to teach the lessons.

Since 2010 more than 11 million children have enrolled in this discipleship training, nearly 8 million have graduated and nearly 5 million have asked Christ into their hearts.

Once the boxes have everything in them and they are “stuffed,” they get put on a truck headed to airports, where they are shipped to different countries across the world.


There will be a Church Work Day on Saturday, October 21 beginning at 8:00 am.  Please mark your calendars now…there is a lot to be done to maintain our property and many hands make light the work.  See Jay P. with any questions.


There are times when our secretary, custodian or groundskeeper may need someone to work for them for a week or more.  If you are interested in helping out in any of these positions, as a volunteer or for pay, please contact anyone on the Personnel or Finance Teams and let them know of your interest.  Then when there is a need, they know who they can call on to help.


MEMORY VERSE

~ John 20:21 ~

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

~ John 20:21 ~

NIV


If you plan to move, please give the church office your new address as soon as possible so you’ll continue to receive our newsletter without interruption.  This also ensures we are good stewards of our finances, as each returned newsletter costs the church $0.58.  While that may not be much for one, it adds up when it’s 5 or 10 a month.  Thank you!


On Sunday, October 8, you are encouraged to wear red or a red ribbon to honor those fire fighters and their families who have given the ultimate gift of their lives in service to our communities.  In 2016, 89 Firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty.  These deaths greatly impact all of our lives, but especially the lives of their families and co-workers.  Please take a moment to pray for the families and co-workers and to thank God for those willing to put their lives on the line to save us.


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


Bible Quiz Answer: E (See Matthew 18:22.)