Connection News for December 2016

It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

Luke 2: 4-8 says:

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…”

Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and hard world? He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become a very important part of history. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.

We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.

Look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a "Merry Christmas." The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.

Jesus Is The Reason

For The Season!

Rejoice!

Connection News for Nov 2016

“A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

So, this the man did, day after day.

For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't moved."

Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough."

That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push.

And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock.”

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong...just P.U.S.H.!

When the job gets you down ... just P.U.S.H.!

When people don't react the way you think they should ... just P.U.S.H!

When your money is "gone" and the bills are due....
just P.U.S.H!

When people just don't understand you Just P.U.S.H!

P=Pray
U=Until
S=Something
H=Happens” (Author Unknown)

Connection News for October 2016

Small Group Bible Studies

Locations: Sunday Small Groups 5:15-6:45 p.m.

Westberry, 1676 Spring Grove Rd

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

                  Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Jones, 109 Worth St.

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

     Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Barron, 60 Melody Lane  

   Study: “Not A Fan”

    Author: Kyle Idleman

VonMoss, FBC-Adults   6:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

Small Group: 6:00 p.m. –7:30 p.m.

Groover: 236 Hayden Lane  (Children Welcomed)

Topic: “Financial Independence”

Wednesday Night Small Group:    

6:15-7:30 p.m.  Open to all Youth    (Zach)

Tuesday Small Group: 1:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

     Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Facilitator: Bro. Earl Barron / Open to all ages

NOTE: This small group has been changed from Wednesday morning to Tuesday afternoon.

“The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton will begin on November 6 and will run to December 4, 2016. This Bible study is for women of all ages and will meet each Sunday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. in the conference room.  Facilitator: Delinda Pattie

NOTE: (Class is limited to 20 participants.)

Connection News for September, 2016

Small Group Bible Studies

September –November

Locations: Sunday Small Groups 5:15-6:45 p.m.

Westberry, 1676 Spring Grove Rd.

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

                  Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Jones, 109 Worth St.

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

     Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Barron, 60 Melody Lane  

   Study: “Not A Fan”

    Author: Kyle Idleman

Tuesday Small Group: 6:15 p.m. –7:30 p.m.

Groover, 236 Hayden Lane  (Children Welcomed)

Topic: “Financial Independence”

Wednesday Night Small Group:    

6:15-7:30 p.m.  Open to all Youth    (Zach)

Wednesday Small Group:10:30 a.m. -12 noon

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

     Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Facilitator: Bro. Earl Barron / Open to all ages

Sign up for the Bible study can be done online at jesupfbc.org. Then go to the event scroll at the top or the event  tab at the bottom left part of  the page and click on the small group you wish to attend.

Connection News for August 2016

Promotion Sunday

awana begins

Awana workers meeting will be on Sunday , August 7 @5:30 p.m. in the conference room. All workers are asked to please be at this meeting.
 

We've had a great summer diving into God's Word! Thank you for involving your children in our church family through worship, Sunday School, Bible study, VBS, and other opportunities this summer. As we close out our time this summer, we look forward to the start of another school year and the return to routine that comes with it. Our focus this summer in our family and children's Bible studies has been committing ourselves to the reading of God's Word.

The beginning of a new school year is a prime opportunity to reestablish or begin a habit of devotional reading as individuals and as a family. As the pace picks up, I hope that  we'll all prioritize growing in our relationship with the Lord and helping our children do the same. Personally, we plan to use this year as a fresh start for our family's devotional life. We're working on a plan, as a family, to better establish devotional reading of the Word into our family routines. My prayer is that you will help your children to develop these same routines. If you're just getting started, why not read just a few verses from the gospels as a family each day like we did in our family Bible study this summer. If you already read the Word as a family, why not try letting the kids take more leadership in that area by letting them pick the next book to read or by helping them to select a devotional book to use. Either way, I pray that you will prioritize reading God's Word with your family this school year. I'll be praying for your kids and their relationship with the Lord as this year begins and I ask that you pray for mine. Together, through prayer and commitment, we can help our children become adults who are desperately in love with Jesus.

Prayerfully, Val

Connection News for July 2016

VBS 2016 Update


I would like to express to each and every worker, my deep appreciation for the numerous hours of work that you served. The types of volunteers that served are directors, teachers, class helpers, worship leaders, registration table helpers, van drivers, snack crew, recreation, music, security, art/crafts leaders, nursery workers, volunteers who gave out lunches, clean up and set up crews, backdrop painters, and many other helpers who gave of their time and effort to make this year’s VBS a true success!
Weeks prior to VBS there was outreach, phone calls, personal contacts, and more to promote VBS. The results were better than we ever could have imagined! God worked in numerous ways and touched the hearts of students and adults.
Below are some interesting facts about VBS 2016:


Four lunch outreach areas each day for five days
Outreach was done in 11 neighborhoods
Four childcare facilities participated
Six van routes were run twice daily
Over 250 lunches were provided daily
Nine local businesses provided materials/supplies
Registered 360 children
Average daily attendance of 270 children
Approximately 100 VBS volunteers


I personally was very excited about the diversity of our volunteers. Every age group in the church family was represented among the volunteers. For many it was their first time participating in VBS. For me, it was exciting to see God’s family working together to reach children/middle schoolers for Christ.
Hats off to our VBS Leadership Team, Amanda Phelps and Kasey Ledford, for their dedication and loving spirits. Their leadership led to the success of VBS 2016! These ladies are truly amazing!
We are already looking forward to VBS 2017!!!