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October Newsletter

From Chairman of Deacons:

Dear Church Family,

Last year, you allowed me to speak with you through this same venue, and I appreciate the opportunity to come to you again this year to speak about Pastor Appreciation Month!

The month of October last year was a great time in the life of our church. We were able to celebrate the 100th year of our church with many old friends who returned to town to join us, along with many new friends who have recently joined the church. We then ended the month by recognizing our pastors and their families.

I don’t know about you, but I get a little torn with picking one month out of the entire year to show our appreciation to our pastors. We should really be showing our appreciation every day of the year. They don’t stop being our pastors all year, so we in turn should be showing each of them what they mean to us ALL YEAR!

As a church, we are blessed to have a godly leader who has assembled a staff who works hard every week to make sure each of us are given the opportunity to experience God each time we come through the doors of First Baptist Church Fairdale. I hope everyone is praying and thinking about a new or unique way to show all of our pastors how much we love them and appreciate all that they do for us.

You might be saying to yourself… “What can I do to show them my appreciation?”

I am so glad you asked!  I came across an article last year and thought it was worth sharing again. It gives a few suggestions on ways we can show how much we appreciate our pastors (including their wives and families).  It does not mean that you have to do everything on the list. You may think of something even better which would be great.  Hopefully the list will get your creative juices flowing!

1. Write a note with encouraging feedback from his sermon
2. Mow the pastor’s lawn when his family is on vacation or ministry leave
3. Give a gift card to a favorite restaurant
4. Provide creative childcare for a date night
5. Ask your pastor how you can specifically pray for his family
6. Deliver a homemade dessert/meal to his home or office
7. Arrange and purchase a couple’s retreat somewhere fun
8. Give a brief word of affirmation and prayer on a Sunday morning
9. Provide for and encourage time off for vacations
10. Take your pastor for a meal and talk about his life, not ministry
11. Loan out your favorite vacation spot (cabin, camper, timeshare)
12. Support your pastor as he ministers outside your church
13. Encourage at least one day of Sabbath rest each week
14. Care for your pastor’s health by sponsoring a health club membership
15. Take your pastor somewhere fun: game, concert, hunting, etc.
16. Specifically share how God has used him to challenge, enrich, and encourage your walk with Jesus
17. Financially support your pastor and spouse as they attend marriage-strengthening events
18. Remember birthdays with a personal card or on social media
19. Send a gift card to your pastor’s kids
20. Give unused sports or concert tickets to your pastor’s family

Mark your calendars for the last Sunday evening in October (29th). After the evening service, we will have a reception to honor all of our pastors and their families. We will be asking for volunteers to bring food items to share that night along with cards and gifts for the pastors.

Chairman of Deacons,

Dan Pomeroy

October Newsletter 2017-10-04T18:38:56+00:00

September Newsletter

Dear Church,

Outreach! Outreach! Outreach!

This time of year has us so involved in many different efforts! I thank God for opportunities and open doors!

Every week for the next 10 weeks we will be feeding the High School football team a pre-game meal. Last week, that brought 90 teenagers and several coaches into our church to be served a nice meal by our kitchen crew and to hear an inspiring message from God’s Word.

We also have some additional opportunities to feed other sports teams from the high school. This past week, we fed the soccer team. That was over 30 teenagers in our church, loved and served by our kitchen crew. I was able to open God’s word with them as well. These soccer kids are a different group than the football kids.

We are in the middle of giving every teacher in Fairdale an encouraging note enclosed with a gift card to the local coffee shop. That is around 50 to Fairdale Elementary, 50 more to Coral Ridge Elementary, and about 100 to Fairdale High. Each of those teachers is being loved and served by our church people. Along with that, we are also supporting local business!

The Fairdale Fair is this weekend – September 7-9. This special weekend is a big boost for our church family. I know of multiple people in our church that we met through the fair. Our church will have a booth at the fair. We will give out free popcorn; we will take prayer requests; and we will seek to interact with as many people as we can.

Homecoming is in the middle of October! October 15th, we will have our celebration service of our church being 101 years old! This big day serves as a big outreach. We have a guest preacher. We have lunch here at church. We play lots of games outside.

I remember when Paul wrote to Titus (3:2) “to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” What an awesome exhortation to the church! As God has opened up so many doors in this community for us to serve, may we be found faithfully serving the Lord! And may our community, or anyone that we come into contact with, see us showing them perfect courtesy!

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

September Newsletter 2017-09-06T18:56:22+00:00

August Newsletter

Dear Church,

“Pray without ceasing” is one of the more familiar phrases in the Bible. However, while many people know this Biblical truth, they do not know what it means.

We know that we should pray, but we don’t know how. We know that we ought to pray, but we don’t understand prayer. We even want to pray more faithfully, but we struggle to pray.

It is in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, when Paul makes this statement. It is the end of the letter in the midst of the apostle’s final instructions and blessings, when he encourages the church in Thessalonica toward prayer.

What does he mean? What is he instructing them to do? What does intend for their prayers to be like?

Does he mean pray more? Does he mean for them to never stop praying? Is that even realistic? While “Pray without ceasing” is a nice, little, godly expression, what really does it mean?

In short, it means to be more focused and faithful in our prayers to God. It means to be more Godward, more God-centered, more sincere in faith when we are praying to God.

It does not necessarily mean to pray more, although it may point us in that direction.
It does not necessarily mean to pray more often or to pray longer, although we may need encouragement in that direction.

It is not speaking as much to the quantity of our prayer lives as it is to the quality of our prayer lives. Christians are those who understand that our spiritual lives are not marked by all that we do for God, but rather our lives are marked by our dependence upon God.

With that said, I want us to be a praying church. I don’t want us to just talk about prayer – I want us to pray. And I don’t want us to just pray – I want us to want to pray. And I don’t want us to just want to pray – I want us to want the God that we are praying to. That is the heart behind praying without ceasing! May we never cease in wanting to call out to our God through prayer!

Once again, we are coming up on our 24 Hours of Prayer event. This event is one of my favorite things we do as a church. Please be sure to sign up for a time slot to pray!

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

August Newsletter 2017-08-04T20:42:48+00:00

July Newsletter

Dear Church,

I hope that you have been enjoying our Sunday morning sermon series in Mark. I know that I am getting a lot out of it. I thank God that He is faithful to grow us through His word!

We are growing in our understanding of God’s word, and God is growing us in our dependence and commitment to God’s word.

We are currently in chapter 12, and the importance of God’s word is being challenged.

In verses 13-17, the Pharisees come and challenge Jesus with an attempt to trap Him in a question.

In verses 18-27, the Sadducees come and challenge Jesus with a question about the resurrection.

In verses 28-34, the Scribes come and challenge Jesus with a question about which commandment is greatest.

This chapter alone shows us how often people are challenging Jesus. They question him. They doubt him. They reject him. People have problems with Jesus. Our pride gets in the way so often. Even to the point of opposing God! Church, we must not fall into this error. We must not be so proud and rebellious.

At the conclusion of those three passages, Mark tells us this truth = “And after that no one dared to ask Him any more questions.” (12:34)

Jesus is Lord. His Word is truth. As he says in John 8:31, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”
As Jesus says in Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

It is my prayer that we would hear these passages and believe them. I pray that we would treasure them and take them to heart. May God find us as a church who is trusting on His word!

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

 

July Newsletter 2017-08-04T20:48:47+00:00

June Newsletter

Dear Church,

Two of my biggest desires in life are to be a praying man and a family man.

I want to pray more, because I know that I am completely dependent upon God. I want to be a family man, because I know that God has given me my wife and children. I want to lead my wife and kids to know the Lord!

I enjoy praying with my children, and my children have grown to enjoy that I pray regularly with them. With that said, I sometimes fail at being a family man and praying man. I know that God is patient with me to give me endurance and encouragement to keep striving to be a faithful man.

Over the years, I have found these 5 Simple Ways to Pray more often with my family:

Before School I have the great opportunity to take my sons to school each morning. Each morning as we approach the school, we turn the radio off and I pray for them. I pray about all kinds of things: schoolwork, classmates, teachers, safety, athletics, projects, new students, friends, field trips, etc.  This routine has become such a key piece to our mornings together. Beginning your day by seeking the Lord is wise.

Big Events As the kids grow, life gets more and more full. This season of life and parenting is so much fun. It seems we are always headed to some special event. We have been to spelling bees, speech meets, ball games, tryouts, tournaments, programs, dance recitals, services, etc. Before we hop out of the car, I like to stop my family or child and pray with them, asking God to lead us and use us. Often times, we are walking into the event, and I pray as we walk with my arm around their shoulder.

Before Meals This is a common prayer time for many people, but I want to remind us that it is still meaningful. Praying before your meal should not be neglected. Whether at home or out at a restaurant, we pause to pray and thank God for the food. We pray for the food wherever we are – in a gas station, at a park for a picnic, in the school cafeteria, in the car for a drive-thru, etc. If God has provided the meal, we want to thank Him.

At Bedtime Life is busy and fast-paced, and there are many nights when the kids are getting into bed too late. Honestly, there are many nights where I carry them to bed because they have already fallen asleep. However, as often as I am able, I love to pray with them before they go to sleep. Nearly every night, I will talk to them and then turn out the lights. Then I pray with them. Before bedtime is also one of the best times to teach them to pray and to lead them in prayers of their own. Ending your day by seeking the Lord with thankfulness is special.

In the Car We pray in the car all the time! On the way to an event, beginning a road-trip, ending a road-trip, thanking God for food, passing a bad accident, etc. When life is busy, there are not many times when we are together with peace and quiet. In the car is an excellent time to settle down and re-group. The car rides together have become a joy to our family.

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

 

June Newsletter 2017-08-04T20:50:25+00:00

May Newsletter

Dear Church,

We need to be careful how we are living! We are representing God to the world. There is a responsibility that comes with being a part of a church.

In Titus 1:16 Paul says this about some fake church people “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.”

That is a scary description of a church!

How seriously do you take the fact that you are claiming to be Christians? Are you really a child of God? Are you mindful that many people are forming their beliefs, or lack thereof, about God based off of what they see in you?

I was reminded of this recently when I was up at the local community ball fields. The baseball fields in the evenings are typically a place where people are relaxed and at ease. We wear shorts and shirts and ball caps and dirty shoes, and we do not put much thought toward looking very church-like. There are many people at the Fairdale Youth League that I do not know and that I have never seen before. Well this past week, I was up around the ball fields and I had a stranger approach me and began asking me about our church. They talked to me about our church as if we were both aware of the fact that I was the pastor. To be honest, I did not know that they knew I was a pastor.

After that conversation, I began to wonder how they knew. Did someone tell them? I wonder how they explained it. Did they speak well of us at FBCF? Or was their perception of us not so positive?

I further wondered, had they seen me with a bad attitude? Had they seen me frustrated? Had they seen me prideful? Had they seen me be rude with my children or my wife?

These things matter! What they see in us is often what they think of God!

Let’s be careful to live faithful lives to God!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

May Newsletter 2017-05-03T19:00:21+00:00

April Newsletter

Dear Church,

Here recently, our church has been experiencing some heavy passages, and therefore sermons, in our Sunday morning worship services. In our worship services, we are committed to preaching through God’s word.

In Acts 20:27, we hear the Apostle Paul saying to the Ephesian Elders “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”

What Paul means is that he faithfully preached to them all that God’s Word contains. He did not shy away from certain topics. He did not preach the subjects he was most interested in. He did not stick with certain subjects in the Bible while neglecting other subjects.

No, Paul did not do that. He did not shrink back. In fact, He did declare to them the whole counsel of God! And that is an outstanding example for us to follow.

God has spoken and revealed himself! We can know God through the truth of His word which tells us of His Son who died for our sins and rose again!

As a church, it is our desire to live our lives faithfully to God through our faith in Christ. We do that by knowing and following His word, and we know His word by learning from the preaching and teaching of His word. In other words, the consistent, on-going, faithful commitment to God’s word is exactly what God expects us to be doing!

When we read in Acts 27 that Paul declared the whole counsel of God, we should be encouraged. We should be drawn to that type of teaching ministry. We should want to know the whole counsel of God. If there is something that God is saying, then we should be wanting to know that is.

So as we continue to walk through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday mornings, lets be eager to grow from it. Let’s be aware that it takes a long time to cover one book of the Bible and that is perfectly ok! Walking slowly through one book of the Bible means that we will cover lots of various topics – some more desirable and appealing than others – but we understand that is part of God’s counsel. And God’s whole counsel is what we are eager to know!

Church, I am thankful for your willing hearts that want me to preach to you! May God give us grace in this effort!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

 

April Newsletter 2017-04-05T18:10:29+00:00

March Newsletter

Dear Church,

When this school year began back in August of last year, I was looking for a way to be Christ-focused and devotional with my sons in the morning before school. I wasn’t really sure what would be do-able. Realistically, I wanted it to be simple and easy. And I wanted it to be something that they could follow and that we could do consistently.

I decided on us reading the Proverbs. We miss some mornings, but for the most part we read the chapter of Proverbs that lines up with the day of the month. For example, on the 5th we read chapter 5, on the 25th we read chapter 25. And we repeat that every month. And that is our aim each morning.

Usually, I sit there at the table while the boys are eating their breakfast and I read and teach them about the Proverbs. We have found this small devotional time very beneficial!

Some of the more memorable moments have been:

  • Proverbs 12:1 “whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” -The boys thought it was fascinating that God would call something stupid.
  • Proverbs 18:10 “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” -The boys like thinking of God as our safety.
  • Proverbs 23:17 “let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all they day.” I was glad to remind the boys that we don’t want to be jealous of people who disobey God.

Verses like these three and others have sparked the boys interest in God’s ways, and it has led us into many good and fruitful conversations. I thank God that something as small as 2-3 minutes in the Proverbs each morning can impact our home and family relationships so well.

This week we entered into March, and March 1st allowed me to bring the boys back to the whole purpose of the Proverbs. Chapter 1 verse 7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” 

Life is about God, and the Proverbs each morning are helping me and my sons remember that the beginning of all godliness is fearing the Lord. May God give my family, your family and all of our church grace to begin there!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

March Newsletter 2017-03-06T15:15:57+00:00

February Newsletter

Dear Church,

Often times there are some common characteristics among admirable people. Some are early-risers, some are committed to exercise, some are high-energy, some are caffeine dependent, some are introverts, some are extraverts and so on and so on. I find it fascinating to look into the lives and practices of people that I look up to.

There is no one I admire and adore more than Jesus Christ. He is the most complete man. He is the most worthy man of any and all emulation. In short, Jesus is the one we all should be like. Jesus is the standard. With that said, we should look to Jesus and his way of life. We should want to know what He was like.

Recently I was looking into just how often Jesus prayed. Wow! I knew he prayed. I knew he was faithfully committed to prayer. And I knew he prayed often. But I was totally taken back by just how much Jesus prayed. He prayed all the time. He prayed about everything.

As I look to Jesus’s life as an example to follow, I am convicted and encouraged to be more committed to prayer. I want to pray like Jesus. I want to be praying man.

I want to be a praying husband. I want to be a praying father. I wanting to be a praying pastor. I want you to know that I am praying for you. I want you to be sure of that!

In Matthew 6:5, Jesus says “And when you pray …” 

Jesus teaches us to pray, asks us to pray, commands us to pray, and even expects us to pray.

Not only do I want to be like Jesus, but I really want to be what Jesus wants me to be. Again, I want to be a praying man. And that desire for myself is the same desire that I have for our church.

This month we will do the 24-Hours of Prayer event again. We do it every six months. I want to challenge you to pray. Begin to pray and learn to pray. Commit to it. I can help you with this in any way.

I look forward to this event. And I look forward to God growing us into a praying church.

Will you join us for this event?

 

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

February Newsletter 2017-02-01T19:30:03+00:00

January Newsletter 2017

Dear Church,

I recently re-read the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. I was interested in two things. I wanted to study the leadership characteristics of Nehemiah. And I wanted to study the people Nehemiah was leading. I have been encouraged and challenged by this study.

The setting is that Nehemiah gets a heart to go to destroy Jerusalem and rebuild its walls. This desire and effort is met with much opposition. There were many people opposed to them doing this work. In short, it was not an easy thing to accomplish. However, by God’s strength and their trust in God’s strength, they completed the job. It is a fantastic read and an awesome story of God’s strength at work in His people for His glory and purposes.

What I want to share with our church concerning the story of Nehemiah is the response of Nehemiah and the people in the face of challenging circumstances.

In 4:1 the Bible says, “Now when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews.”

Then in 4:4 it says that Nehemiah prayed to God for help concerning this predicament.

Then in 4:6 the Bible says “So we built the wall. …for the people had a mind to work.”

Remarkable!

Their faith and resolve is remarkable. Their determination is remarkable. And their work ethic is remarkable as well!

As we continue to move forward in life, I pray that we would be a church who works hard. We may or may not be building any walls literally, but we have lots of work to do. We have prayers to pray. We have money to give. We have people to love. We have people that God wants us to spend time with. We have people that God wants us to lead to Jesus. We have relationships that we need to invest in. And we have a church here that needs a lot of work spiritually.

This is the reason why I share this with you all – that we, too, would be a people “who had a mind to work.”

Please consider how you can renew your work, involvement, and commitment to our church. May God strengthen us this year to be a church where all of our people are committed to being a part of what God is doing around here.

 

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

January Newsletter 2017 2017-01-11T19:21:58+00:00
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