So We Have To Be Smarter!
My father was always a
hard worker. He worked hard and advanced rapidly in
the Air Force. When he got out, he worked hard in a
hardware store and it wasn't too long before he became the
manager and then the owner.
But even though he
worked hard, he also taught me to work smarter and not
just harder. Think about the job and the best way
to do it. Get the right tools and make sure you know
how to use them. Take the time to adjust or sharpen your
tools. Watch how others do things and learn from them.
Work smarter and not
We are now in an era in
which church work is harder than it used to be.
Americans don't have that built-in expectation or desire to
go to church. They don't know even the basics about
God or Jesus or salvation. They've never read a Bible
and may not even have one. They never learned these
things, so inviting people to church and sharing our faith
is harder than ever.
So we have to work
smarter and not just harder.
This fall (see the next
article), we want to teach our members how to share their
faith. We have an abundance of incredible ministries
in which we show God's love to all kinds of people.
But we struggle sometimes in explaining to them why
we do these things.
I want to continue to
show God's love to people. I want to house the
homeless, feed the hungry, take care of the sick, train
young mothers, build homes oversees, play basketball with
teenagers, give gifts to the children of inmates, visit
those in hospitals, encourage grieving children, and
minister to church attenders. And I want all of our
members to know how to explain why we do these
things and what it means to follow Jesus.
So I want to ask you to
join us for a six week training series this fall as we all
learn how to work smarter!
In the meantime, join
us for church this Sunday!
We invite you to a six session study on
evangelism from Greg Laurie, one of the nation's most
prominent pastors and evangelists. Pastor Greg recently led
the Harvest America event at the University of Phoenix
Stadium. 2,904 people made decisions for Jesus at the
evangelistic event. It will be a blessing for us to learn
how to share our stories of our faith journey.
This study will help us identify people
we already know and share the good news of Jesus Christ with
them. Evangelism isn't an artificial religious sales pitch.
We need not be afraid of burning bridges with people we
know and love. Instead, we will learn to build bridges with
our stories to connect people to the heart of the savior.
This refreshing look at evangelism from
Greg Laurie will help Christians, new and old alike,
discover the joy of evangelism as the good news of Jesus
naturally overflows into their daily lives.
The study will be on six consecutive
Sunday nights, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8,
and 15; from 6:00 - 7:15 pm in the Worship Center. It
will be led by Pastor Jack and staff. The class is for all
adults and teens. A special class for children will meet in
the lower level and there will be excellent child care for
your younger preschoolers as well. If you have questions,
Join Children’s Choir, beginning August 16, from 6:30-8:00
pm, for fun music and great Bible study! We will prepare to
sing in the Christmas music presentation, and we may have
some opportunities to sing in a worship service on Sunday
morning as well. This is a great opportunity for your child
to learn something new and use it for the glory of God! The
choir will be led by Gail Quackenbush and Dana Johnson.
Children’s Choir is always a highlight of our Children’s
Ministry; we hope to see your child there!
Interim Children's Ministry Directo
Don't miss the
last two Sunday Fundays!
is “Back-in-My-Day” Day; this is the day to be
vintage! Bell bottoms, poodle skirts, and parachute pants
are all encouraged.
Finally, July 30 will be college day; wear
gear from ASU, GCU, UA, NAU or your favorite college.
You are cordially invited to attend our annual “Christmas in
August” choir party on Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 pm.
Join us for a great night of fellowship and festivities as
we “unwrap and unveil” this year's Christmas musical!
You are welcome to join us “just for the season!” Bring
your favorite Christmas goodies or treat to share as we
listen, sing, and celebrate the coming of the Season! This
is a GREAT TIME to join our Worship-Leading Choir! If you
have been thinking about it, considering it, contemplating
it, or praying about it, then I can almost guarantee that
those aren't just random thoughts. God may be prompting you,
by His Holy Spirit, to use those God-given gifts to
encourage the Body of Christ by joining our choir and using
those gifts for His Glory!
We will unveil this year's musical on Wednesday Night,
August 9. It is a wonderful time of celebration, sweet
fellowship, great music, and yummy treats. (It began with
just Christmas-type-dessert treats; but it has grown to
include an "all-out/full-fledged” Pot-Luck with delicious
foods of all kinds.)
When a class grows to the point that the space is too small
to handle them, we use this equation to solve the problem.
We divide the class. During our 11:00 service our 3 year
old to Pre-K class has grown so that we need two classes.
In order to do that, we need additional teachers. If you
would be interested in teaching with this age group and
during this hour please contact Naomi at
Love God, Love People, Coach
Fall Basketball needs you! We are in need of coaches,
assistant coaches, referees, scorekeepers, snack bar workers
and laundry help. Join us as we seek to impact the lives of
children, teens and their families! There is an interest
meeting August 20 at 12:15 pm in Building D. You can have
your questions answered and sign up to serve. Then, player
evaluations are Saturday, September 2. Please pray about how
God would have you serve this season!
Let’s RKC (Reach Kids and Teens for Christ)! Please contact
Children’s Ministries Director Kenny Marslender at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Student Ministries Director Holly
email@example.com if you can help. Online sign up for
players is now available on our web site at fsbca.org/basketball.html.
Recently, we have been using children and teens as our
Bible readers during worship on Sunday mornings, and we
plan to continue. We are looking for good readers
from age 7 to 17 who are active in our church and who
would feel comfortable reading in church. If you
would like for your child to be a Bible reader on a
Sunday morning, contact Pastor Jack.
Want to get
involved in a minsitry designed to share God's love with
others? Find out full details at