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Looking back at Homecoming 2014

Our 98th Homecoming was a special time in the life of our church. Enjoy these pictures, provided by Anna Harris.

 

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Operation Christmas Child

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

Every filled box requires $7.00.

Please pick up a box or two and fill to help us reach our goal.

We will have a special service on Sunday evening, November 16, to collect all the boxes.

October Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

It is a special (and sometimes rare) thing to be a happy pastor!

To be the called-by-God spiritual leader of our church is no small thing, and I am very thankful to God that he has placed me in this position. I am happy to be the pastor of FBC Fairdale. I am happy to be your pastor.

As I have been studying 2 Corinthians, I found the Apostle Paul saying:

“I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you.” - 2 Corinthians 7:16

How often do you hear pastors and ministers speaking of their people in this manner? Is this not awesome and encouraging? Paul loved these Corinthians. Let me remind you that these are the same sinful people that he has been working with for quite some time. However, they were a church and they were growing. They were repenting of their sins, and unity, faith, love and strength were increasing.

Let me ask you how you view your relationship toward me and the other leaders in our church. Do you give us reason to rejoice? Is your love and service toward God and people so healthy and beautiful that your pastor rejoices? Do the leaders who are over you have complete confidence in you?

Let me remind you of the warning at the end of Hebrews in verse 13:17 in which we are encouraged to not cause our leaders to groaning because of our relationship toward them and the church.

Church family, I am confident that God is working in us. The fruit from what He is doing is all around us. Let’s build upon that. Let’s get stronger. Let’s live in such a way that we cause each other (even our church leaders) to rejoice. Let’s live so that others can have complete confidence in our faithfulness!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

 

 

 

September Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

I was recently caught off guard by Paul’s words to that church in
Corinth when he writes in 2 Corinthians 2:11:

 “so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

Paul and the Corinthians, (and therefore all Christians), are to know that Satan is real and is working. And not only is he at work, but he is witty and strategic at the work he does!

In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that Satan “comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” That is it! Satan is bad. He is continually working hard to ruin things. He is a thief. He is a killer. He is a destroyer. He has sight set on us, and he is using wit and strategy to maximize his efforts.

Satan is against God. He does not want people to know God’s love. He doesn’t want people to love God. And he doesn’t want people to love each other. Let that sink in for a moment, you have an opponent! Satan is against you. He is against us. He wants to mess you up. He wants to mess us up. Satan wants to mess our church up.

Satan would love for our church to have some dissension and division. He would love for some of us to take our eyes off Jesus and the cross. He would love for us to forget that all of this is about forgiveness. He would love for you and I to forget the eternal perspective. He would be so happy if you and I would forget that we are forgiven of all our sins and therefore able to forgive others. He would love for us to forget that He loves us with an everlasting love. He would love for us to forget that earth is not our home. He would love for us to get so distracted that we no longer have confidence that Jesus has “overcome the world.” He would love for us to doubt that “greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world.”

Satan wants our homes to be hostile instead of a place of refuge. He wants our marriages to be cold, distant, and weak instead of strong and united! He wants our church family to be hurting and with no healing. He wants us struggling with no community. He has evil and wrong plans to hurt us! Satan does.

But we have Jesus. He is able. He is stronger. He is greater. And we know that. We are not ignorant of what Satan is about. So, let’s love each other. Let’s forgive each other. Let’s be a real church strengthened by a real Savior!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

August Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

“And when you pray …”

These are the words of our Lord Jesus when He was teaching the
Sermon on the Mount which is found in Matthew chapters 5-7.

Our Lord assumes that we, His people, pray. Or rather, the Lord Jesus knows that His people pray. And rightly so, Christians are praying people.

Do you pray? When do you pray? How do you pray? Do you like to pray? Is it your desire to pray? Is it your reaction to pray?

There are two familiar passages in the Bible where Jesus instructs with prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13 we have the Lord’s prayer (or model prayer). This is where Jesus is instructing us on how to pray. He says “Pray then like this:” Let me encourage you to listen to the teacher. Learn from Him (Matthew 11:29), and therefore pray as our Lord teaches us to pray.

The other familiar passage is John 17. This chapter in John’s gospel is not so much Jesus telling us how to pray as it is Jesus showing us how he prays! Learning to pray gains from both of those experiences: 1) Being taught how to pray and also 2) observing how other people pray.

This month we as a church our committing ourselves to prayer. We are prioritizing this great privilege. On Friday & Saturday, August 8th & 9th, we will have people at the church praying for 24 straight hours. We will also have people away from church committing to prayer during this period.

Let me encourage you by challenging you to pray. Get involved with what it means to be a real child of God and a real piece to God’s church and PRAY!

Read Matthew 6 and John 17 and begin growing in your understanding of what prayer really is. Indeed, Learn from Jesus! So that the next time you read Jesus saying “And when you pray…” you will know for certain he is speaking to.

My prayer is that we will be a strong, unified, praying church. God help us!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

24 Hours of Prayer

On Friday, August 8, and Saturday, August 9, we are having 24 hours of consecutive prayer for FBCF and the entire Fairdale community. We are looking for four people to pray each hour.

There will be prayer guides available. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board downstairs by the office.

98th Homecoming

Our Homecoming date has been set for October 19. Our service will begin at 10:30am that morning and there will be no evening service.

Longacre-PicOur special guest preacher will be Marlon Longacre who is Associate Pastor at Piedmont Church in Marietta, Georgia. Marlon is  a graduate of Morehead State University and serves the local community for Piedmont, as well as teaching and preaching. He graduated from Fairdale High School in 1982, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. In 2011, he was honored with being placed in the Morehead University Alumni Hall of Fame.  He was baptized here at First Baptist in 1976. Marlon and his wife, Libby, have three sons, Todd, Jacob & Matthew, and live in Kennesaw, GA.

 

 

 

June Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Our annual church mission trip to Ecuador departs in less than a month (July 3). This trip will be the 5th straight year for our church sending a team to Camp Chacauco in Ecuador.

I am pleased to announce that this year’s mission team will be the biggest yet!

Our FBCF mission team members are:

  1. Jodi Cleaver (1st time going)
  2. Drew Dillman (2nd time going)
  3. Bryan Esterday (1st time going)
  4. Kevin Greer (3rd time going)
  5. Trinity Harrison (1st time going)
  6. April Kirk (4th time going)
  7. Luke Kirk (4th time going)
  8. Andrea Nguyen (1st time going)
  9. Rachel Nguyen (1st time going)
  10. Kyle Pomeroy (1st time going)
  11. Chelsey Pomeroy (1st time going)
  12. Cherish Puckett (1st time going)
  13. Linda Stivers (2nd time going)
  14. Michaela Stivers (2nd time going)
  15. Krista Ward (1st time going)
  16. Kennedy Ward (1st time going)
  17. Brenda Wood (5th time going)
  18. Pastor Josh Greene (6th time going)
  19. Valeria Greene ( Ha! She is from Ecuador!)
  20. JJ Greene (3rd time) 21. Eli Greene (3rd time) 22. Noah Greene (2nd time) and 23. Carolina Greene (1st time going)

God has used mission trips, perhaps more than any other experiences, to grow me in Christ. Please pray our great God will use the trips to do so much for His glory – both there & here!

“…that your way may be known on earth,

your saving power among all nations”

– Psalm 67:2

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

May Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Easter

Easter was awesome! I praise God for his work among us! I am calling Easter 2014 a historic day for our church! Here is why: I have been here for eleven years now, and I have seen that Homecoming and Easter are our 2 biggest services each year. I have seen those services boast larger crowds. For the past several years, we have seen a gradual increase with each of those services. Well this past Easter Sunday, we had nearly 300 people here for worship! That is, by far, the largest crowd in attendance in the last 11 years (possibly longer).

I was so excited! It felt awesome (and terrifying) to step into the pulpit that morning to preach to such a large crowd. But I know that God has called us to this very moment. God is using us, His church, to reach and to grow His church here in Fairdale. Lets continue to pray and to work at proclaiming Jesus while loving and serving both God and people.

The Lord’s Supper

Now, I also want to address an issue: The Lord’s Supper. We need to place a great emphasis on this gift from God. EVERY church member should be committed to taking the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis. Something is very wrong if you do not take the Lord’s Supper. Something is also very wrong if you are not interested or concerned about not taking the Lord’s Supper. I, your pastor, am concerned for you. We, your church family, are concerned for you. And you certainly should be concerned for you. Please read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 and see the seriousness and weightiness of neglecting God’s ordinance.

We take the Lord’s Supper once a month. It is always the first Sunday of each month. And we alternate it between the morning service and the evening service. The next time we are taking the Lord’s Supper will be on Sunday, June 1st at 6:00pm during the evening service.

I hope and expect to see you all there. It is a blessing to display our church unity while taking the Lord’s Supper together. And it is a blessing to display the forgiving power of the blood while taking the Lord’s Supper together. I pray that would be important to you. I pray that God would strengthen us through our understanding of the Lord’s Supper.

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

 

 

 

April Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Easter Sunday is April 20th this year! As expected, we have a lot going on that weekend, and we have big desires for that special day. I ask you to be very strategic in how you approach Easter Sunday. Let’s let the power of the Cross and Resurrection be the driving factor.

I know that Easter outfits and lunch with the family, along with other things, are very important for Easter Sunday. And they should be! But I would like you to first think about who all you could get to come to church that day.

Friends who have not been to church in a while? Family who would like the invite and chance to see you? Neighbors who are looking for a good church? There are many people these days who still appreciate Easter for what it’s about. Let’s be intentional in the next few weeks to extend a loving welcome and invite to anyone and everyone that we can.

Easter is about the Resurrection of Jesus. And the resurrection of Jesus is about power. The power of God to make the dead Jesus a living Savior! That power is the very power that God uses to save sinners and change lives. Please know and trust and pray that as folks come to the worship service that Sunday, God will be working through the preaching of the Gospel to change their lives forever. His power is working and will be working!

So I ask you to get focused. Let’s make the most out of Easter this year. Let it not be just a time for us to come and get. But rather, let it be a time to reach out and see many people connected to God.

I will be ready. I am praying.

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

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