November 2017 Newsletter

PASTOR’S PEN….

First, I would like to thank you all for the cards and gifts that Deb and I received for Pastor Appreciation Month.   We were both tremendously encouraged by you.  You are truly a blessing from God. 

In Acts 11:25 we meet Barnabas.  His name means “son of encouragement.”  It says, “Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch.” 

What happened?  Acts 11:26 tells us, “So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people.  The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”

We can see that a little encouragement went a long way in not only to starting Saul’s (Paul) missionary life, but in building up the church at Antioch. 

Next time you want to complain or gripe, try a little encouragement on someone and watch what God does with it.  You will be surprised at the Lord’s power in a few edifying words toward a brother or sister in Christ.


BIBLE QUIZ

After Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown, bound, into a blazing furnace for refusing to worship false gods, how many men did King Nebuchadnezzar see walking around in the fire? 

A. None — they were all dead 
B. Three — unbound and unharmed 
C. Four — and the fourth looked like a divine being 
D. Too many to count 


COUNTING BLESSINGS

Numbered lists grab our attention. In the checkout aisle or on the internet, we gravitate toward headings such as “10 ways to lose weight by summer!” or “3 simple steps to acing that test!” 

Ancient Jewish sages urged people to count out and speak at least 100 blessings, or statements of gratitude, each day. What would happen if we intentionally listed 100 blessings daily? Can you imagine?! 

What if the first blessing we counted was simply the day itself? “Thank you, God, for this brand new day!” “Bless my use of this day, Lord, that I might glorify you.” Scripture encourages such awareness and promises an additional blessing in return: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12, NIV). 

—Heidi Man


On Tuesday, November 7, ladies 18 and over will meet at 6:30 at Sweet Tomatoes located at 10046 N 26th Dr for an evening of fellowship.  Please contact the church office or sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board if you plan to attend so that we can ensure seating for all.  The cost is about $15.00 per person.


On Tuesday, November 21, WGBC will hold it’s Annual Thanksgiving Lord’s Supper Service and Chili Potluck beginning at 6:30 pm.  You may bring your family’s favorite chili recipe or condiments such as cheese, sour cream, crackers, etc.  Placards will be available to label chili dishes as HOT or MILD.  This is a time for focusing on all God’s blessings as we fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Jesus.  


On Sunday, November 5, the rest of the country “falls back” and joins us by adjusting their clocks to Standard Time.  Keep this in mind when making calls to other time zones!


 

MEMORY VERSE

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

~ 1 Timothy 3:16-17 ~

NIV


Operation Christmas Child would like to thank you all who have taken shoeboxes and have either already filled or are planning to fill them. It is so exciting to these children to get something to open in the mail.  The look of excitement on their face as they pull each item out, and the knowledge that a 12 session study to teach them about Salvation is in each box is very exciting for them. The number of children who have been reached already has gone over 1 million we are hoping for 1.5 million by the end of this year.

But it is not too late!  There are still boxes available and time to fill and get them back to either Vicky S., or Lorayne J. If you are not sure what to put in boxes or you have other questions about “Operation 

Christmas Child,” please feel free to contact Lorayne Jennings or Vicky Single and we would be happy to guide you in buying things to put in the shoebox. You can also visit samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-Christmas-child for additional information.  Please remember NO food items or toothpaste can be put in these boxes. 

Thanks again, Lorayne J. and Vicky S.


THANK YOU, VETERANS!

On Veterans Day, we honor men and women who’ve served and sacrificed in one of America’s armed services. 

On November 11, 1918, America and her allies signed a truce with German leaders, ending World War I. In 1919, President Wilson decided the United States should remember with gratitude the end of that war and honor military members by marking Armistice Day, or “truce” day. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of every era. 

Veterans Day highlights our country’s quest for peace, justice and freedom throughout the world. Followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, pray for unity among all nations and for the day when “nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NIV).


+ Christian Symbol +

Crown 

A crown, of course, symbolizes royal authority. As a Christian symbol it represents both Christ as King of kings (Revelation 17:14, for example) and the eternal life promised to Christ’s followers: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10, ESV). 


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


The AZ SBC Meeting will be at 1st Southern Baptist Church, 445 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson on Friday, November 17.  If you are an active member and interested in representing WGBC as a messenger, please contact the church office.


BIBLE QUIZ ANSWER: C (See Daniel 3:25.)