Over the last few
weeks, I've talked about love. God's love for us.
Our love for God. Loving others. That special
love between a man and a woman. Our love for our
families. And friendship. (If you missed any of
those messages, you can find them on our
And though I have talked
a lot about love, I haven't yet taken a look at the greatest description of love ever written.
It is in 1 Corinthians 13. In the midst of a somewhat
scholarly description of spiritual gifts and church life,
And he said, "Now I
will show you the most excellent way."
And what follows
is what I believe to be the best statement on the importance
of love and the best description of love ever written.
You don't really know
love unless you know 1 Corinthians.
So join us for the next
three weeks as we take a look at "Love: The Most
not know that we help sponsor Gilgal Baptist Church.
They meet on our property on Sunday afternoons at 2:00
and worship in the Akan language. Their worship
style is different, their culture is part-American
part-Ghanan, and their language is very different.
However, they worship the same Lord--Jesus--that
we do! Here is a clip from their worship last
Sunday during a special women's day:
As most of you know, Amy Zimmerle, our Children's
Ministries Director is in the process of moving to New
York City, where her husband Justin has accepted a
promotion. They will be missed!
And that, of course, means that we need to make some
We don't want our ministries to be hindered even
temporarily, so we have what we believe is a good
temporary plan so we can move forward with confidence.
Kenny Marslender (who had been serving as an unpaid
intern) is now our Interim Children's Ministries
Director. He will oversee our K-6 ministries
and some of our special events. You can contact
him in the church office at 623.932.2723 or via email at
Hutchison will continue to serve as our Office
Manager, and she has also accepted an Interim
Preschool Director position. You can reach
her in the church office at 623.932.2723 or at
Both of these positions are temporary until we present a
more permanent staff plan to the church. Our
Administration Team is working and praying about a plan
for the future that will ultimately be submitted to the
church in business meeting.
In the meantime, pray for Kenny and Naomi as they take
on these new responsibilities.
Adventure Week June 19-23 6:00-8:30 pm “Searching the Visible,
Discovering the Invisible”
Our Bible Adventure Week is
approaching at Warp Speed! Join us and the Galactic
Starveyors as we seek to discover the truth behind
creation. As always, there will be lots of fun
music, skits, and games. We will also feature a
Missions Showcase highlighting a couple of specific
ways our church fulfills the mission of loving God
and loving people. Our theme scripture for the week
is Colossians 1:15-16:
“He is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For
everything was created by Him, in heaven and on
earth, the visible and the invisible, whether
thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all
things have been created through Him and for Him.”
It will be a thrilling week of
excitement, silliness, and Bible study for
Starveyors of all ages; we hope to see you there!
www.fsbca.org/vbs. If you’d like to volunteer in
any way, please contact Kenny Marslender at
US in a great adventure of Praise and Worship!
Our choir is singing at the Harvest America Crusade with
MercyMe, Phil Wickham, and NEEDTOBREATHE, with
evangelist and pastor, Greg Laurie, preaching. It is
going to be an incredible night of Worship and hearing
from God's Word where the Gospel will be declared boldly
and clearly. It will be held at Cardinal Stadium on June11
at 5:00 pm.
If you have sung with us in the
past or if you simply LOVE TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE our
LORD with song, then join us! To sign up, go to
sign up. Follow the Serve in Arizona link and
click on Sign Up for Choir at the bottom of the
page. Put my name (Mary Kaye Wonner) as the
Worship Leader and then put the part you sing and what
size t-shirt you wear. You will then receive emails with
all the songs and you can practice on your own or join
us on Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm as we prepare for this
event as well as for the Southern Baptist Convention
that will be in town that week as well! We are hoping to
have over a thousand in the choir. JOIN US!
Evangelist and Pastor,Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor of Harvest
Christian Fellowship in California
NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, Phil Wickham, and more!
What is Harvest America? Harvest America is an
annual live nationwide FREE event, streamed to thousands
of host locations including churches, theaters, and
living rooms. The goal of Harvest America is to impact
a nation desperately in need of hope. The event
features top Christian artists and a CLEAR GOSPEL
MESSAGE by Greg Laurie.
Harvest America is designed to
be an opportunity for Christians to invite family
members, coworkers, friends, and acquaintances to hear
the life-changing message of the Gospel in an
environment that is entertaining and non-threatening.
More than 7.6 million people have attended Harvest
events in person or online since 1990, with 489,345 of
them making professions of faith.
The June 11, 2017 event will be
broadcast live from The University of Phoenix (Cardinal)
Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
We will pass out prayer
cards this Sunday for you to pray about who to invite.
Write their names on this card and begin praying daily
for them. The next step will be for you to invite them
and bring them with you. Don't just
invite or tell them about it. Pray for and then BRING
whomever God lays on your heart. It will be
life-changing for them and for you!
This is what Greg Laurie, has to say:
"The Good News of Jesus Christ
is the most important message there is. That's why we're
declaring 2017 the Year of Good News and proclaiming the gospel to a world in need
through Harvest America—a live
June 11, broadcast live from the University of Phoenix
Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, to thousands of host
locations across the country—including churches,
theaters, and living
With music from NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, and Trip
Lee, along with worship from Phil Wickham, I will
present a clear gospel message and together we will
deliver the Good News to a nation desperately in need of
In Our IHELP Ministry
Working with the homeless can be
challenging, but we love it when we get to thank God for a
victory! This week, one of our guests was able to get
a decent job that will help him get his own place.
This is Russell, who was living out of his truck until he
found our shelter. The IHELP program gave him a
chance to sleep in a decent situation, get regular showers
and meals, and make a contact that led to a decent job.
($30k per year plus benefits is not bad for someone who has
gone an extended time without a job!) Not everyone in
our ministry has progressed this far, but we have seen
multiple victories and we have made real progress in helping
Want to get
involved in a minsitry designed to share God's love with
others? Find out full details at