FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH (FCC) STATUS UPDATE: 3/17/20
Dear FCC Saints:
Based on the latest federal and state guidelines concerning public gatherings, and the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we have decided to suspend our church service for this coming Sunday, March 22nd. We intend to review the details and information that is presented on the coronavirus each week and make a decision on meeting together based on the current virus threat level. Although we will not be located in the same building this Sunday, we are considering some electronic options for delivering a message this week. We will let you know about the options as the plans take shape since we want all of us to remain “connected” during this fellowship sabbatical.
We want to encourage you to continue praying about the many issues confronting us in today’s world. Of course, the coronavirus threat and its world-wide impact is of paramount importance for the foreseeable future. But we need to also keep our church’s pastoral transition in prayer. We are continuing to seek God’s will concerning our new pastor(s) selection. We are praying for clarity on who will lead Faith Community Church as we move ahead. We certainly appreciated Lee Hitchcock bringing us the message this past Sunday. And it was a great opportunity to meet Lee’s wife Shannon and some of their family; daughter, Danielle and son-in-law, Matt.
As we close this communication, here’s a Scripture that can bring us encouragement during the challenging and unexpected times in which we are living: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ROMANS 8:35-39
Let’s continue to support and love one another! Even though we might not be together physically because of the mandate for “social distancing”, let’s be creative in the ways we stay together spiritually. Let’s use the internet and our phones in new ways. Instead of distancing, let’s ramp up our connecting to new heights and in new ways. Stay tuned!
May our God continue to grant us His all-sufficient grace, FCC Church Council
Resting on solid things
Circumstances are unreliable things to set our hopes on. We need to look to something that is solid.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
We like singing the song, "It is well with my soul." It's a powerful reminder that God can be trusted no matter what we're going through. One line in the song goes like this, "Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You, Through it all it is well. So let go my soul and trust in Him. The wind and waves still know His name."
We can read scriptures like the one above or sing songs like this, but the real test of our faith is if we will put our trust in the Lord when we are personally going through a storm. The transition we are going through as a church feels very "stormy."
Be reminded, Jesus is still in the business of calming storms, plus He walked on water in the middle of a storm one time and know this, He still can. So, like Peter, let's keep our eyes on Jesus. He's been there for us in the past, He'll be there for us in the future. And He is right here with us now! Rest on Him, He's solid!
~Pastor Steve Archer
Foursquare Missions International—https://www.foursquaremissions.org/
THE MISSION OF FMI
The core mission of FMI is to partner with the Foursquare family to evangelize, disciple, plant churches, and multiply national Foursquare church planting movements around the world. It is to see a global family of Foursquare churches, leaders, and missionaries who, as fully devoted followers of Christ, are healthy, growing, and making disciples of all nations.
Equip – Help prepare and train global leaders and FMI missionaries for the expansion of God's Kingdom through the Foursquare Church.
Cultivate – Cultivate church planting movements among new nations and people groups in
partnership with national churches.
Coach – Coach national leaders through the four development stages.
Care – Co-coordinates field-care for FMI missionaries from the U.S.
Network – Partner and network with the Global Foursquare Church and National Leaders.
Connect – Connecting people to missionary opportunities.
Reach – Taking the Gospel to the Unreached
For more information on how to pray, give, go, or send please visit the FMI website.
Northwest District Foursquare— http://www.thenwd.org/missions
Missions are supported, and sent, from a district level. For
more information on forming teams, and how to support missions specific to our Foursquare District, please visit the website above.
You can also keep a pulse on current happenings by following these groups on social media.
Next Sender's Call- February 11th 9am PST. Spread the word: intercessors, missions councils,
future missionaries, pastors and those praying daily over the unreached here & there!
Must register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/825245452886264843
Faith Community supports FMI missionaries Ken & Linda Stapleton - Czech Republic
Faith Community also supports the following missions and missionaries: Locally CareNet Pregnancy Center Grand Coulee, Care & Share Food Bank, Young Life, and out of the area Bowels of Mercy—Uganda, Didasko—Orphanage in Honduras, Colin Ovenell—Faith Baptist Mission in Benin, George & Crystal Nita— I CARE 4 U in Papua New Guinea, Living Waters International—Kenya, Abby Williams—Ethnos360 and Chris & Jeannette Sheeran—Wycliffe.
Bright Sunshiny Day
Back in 1972 Johnny Nash's song was at #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
As I read those words the tune naturally accompanies. Those of you old enough to remember this song might also remember that President Nixon was impeached the following year.
Our polarized country is going through a very difficult time politically. Frankly, it's hard to sing a song with the lyric, "It's going to be a bright (bright) sunshiny day." My next thought is "We can only hope." That phrase can sound like a weak consolation. But, for the Christian, hope is extraordinarily substantial. It's not weak or flimsy. It's solid and lasting, and most of all sustaining. For us who follow Jesus it's in our backpack where we carry our field ready K-rations.
We learned recently that the world's optimism is based on wishing that circumstances will work out, but Christian hope is based on a person. His name is Jesus. We can put our hope in Him always in every circumstance, no matter how bad it may be, because He will always keep His promises. We can sing "It's gonna be a bright (bright) sunshiny FOREVER!"
Pastor Steve Archer
“When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.” Matthew 2:9-11 (NKJV)
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary rejoice is an intransitive verb that means ‘to feel joy or great delight’.
During the Christmas season, many of us find that our hearts naturally warm to a spirit of festivity. Many people get caught up in feelings of happiness, comfort, and excitement. We see bright lights, colorful packages, and beautiful trees and we start belting out “Joy to the World”. But, let us remember the real reason for our rejoicing.
We rejoice because God sent his Son, Christ Jesus, to be born into this world, in order to bring salvation to God’s people. The Jesus Storybook Bible says this about the birth of Jesus, “This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see“ (p.190). This baby that would, years later, die on the cross for our sins. A perfect sacrifice to redeem us all from the darkness of sin and death. (1 Peter 1:3-5).
When we accept the gift of salvation by confessing with our mouths and believing with our hearts, we receive a new life in Christ Jesus (Romans 10:9; John 3:1-8). And, that new life is reason enough to rejoice.
As we anticipate the holiday season, let us keep our minds on Christ, that our rejoicing may be founded upon the cornerstone that is Christ Jesus.(Psalm 118:22). Let us rejoice for the great gift of salvation and let us raise our voices to rejoice, praising God.
Thanks for giving
Did your mom remind you to always say, “Please, and thank you?” Mine did. Many of us grew up with the constant reminder. My mom is now 94 and has lost some of her short term memory muscle, but one thing continues to be resilient in her, she is thankful! Even though her life has gotten pretty small, she has a huge heart of gratefulness. She often quotes this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
November’s main holiday is Thanksgiving Day. It’s good to have the annual reminder for our whole country. Many families will gather around the table for a thanksgiving feast and take some time to share with each other something specific they are thankful for. If you haven’t yet, make this a tradition.
Being a thankful or grateful person is right down the middle of living the life style of a worshiper of the Lord. Without genuine gratitude worship can’t really happen. We sing a song called “The Heart of Worship.” The opening line is “I’m coming back to the heart of worship.” The way you start back is by starting to be thankful. Expressing an attitude of thanksgiving positions you properly in relationship to the Lord. He is always giving what we need, so we can live with a constant attitude of thanks.
But let’s not make thanksgiving only an annual event, let’s make it a lifestyle. Make thanksgiving a part of your identity. “I am a person of gratitude, I am a person who always, in everything gives thanks,” for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Steve Archer
Particular People, Times, and Purposes
In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came on particular people at particular times for particular purposes. There are literally hundreds of examples of this in story after story. Stories of prophets, priests and kings like Isaiah, Melchizedek, and king David. The Old Testament consistently points toward a coming day when the “Spirit will be poured out on all people” even regular people like us.
In the New Testament we see how this promise is unveiled. Jesus who was continually filled with the Spirit, even before His birth, gave the fulfillment of this promise to all of His followers when He said in Acts chapter 1 verse 8; “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We are living in the age of the Spirit. When you receive Jesus as your Savior the Holy Spirit actually takes up residence inside of you, in your spirit. The implications of this fulfilled promise are wonderful and abundant. One huge implication is we are not on our own to live a righteous life. We have divine inside help.
Daily we have the invitation to live by the Spirit. It’s not an automatic thing however. The Spirit doesn’t come and overrule us, or make us into robots. We always have a choice to either follow or go our own way.
So now, you are one of the particular people, and your day is filled with particular times, and the Spirit is always in touch with particular purposes. Live today by the Spirit!