February 2015

Fayetteville Brethren Church News

February 2015

Feb 1 – Elders installed during the worship service

Feb 14 (Sat) – 7a.m.-10 a.m. – Christian Sisters Fundraiser on the square inFayetteville

Feb 18 (Wed) – 5:15 p.m. – Ash Wednesday service atIndustryBrethrenChurch

Feb 22 – Holy Communion

Feb 25 (Wed) – 5:15 p.m. – Mid-week Lenten devotional @ Industry Brethren Church

Feb 28 (Sat) – 3 p.m. – 8th 4-Church Fellowship atIndustryBrethrenChurch

March 1 – Christian Sisters meeting after the worship service

March 4, 11, 18, 25 (Wed) – 5:15 p.m. – Mid-week Lenten devotional @ Industry Brethren

March 28 (Sat) – 9 a.m. – Spring Synodical Committee Meeting – Hus Encampment

 

Pastor’s Corner: Dear Friends: 1   Corinthians 13: 1-13 New International Version (NIV)

“If I speak in tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal, If I have the fit of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can   move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeding, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease, where there are tongues, they will be stilled; Where there is knowledge it will pass away. For we know impart and we prophesy in part. But when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child, When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part, then I know fully as I am fully known. And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

As you all know, the “world’ commercializes everything! And, Valentine’s Day is definitely one of those. Romantic love is a great gift that God has given us.  However, human love can fail us.  People can disappoint us.  But God’s love never does. God’s love is strong, committed and pure.  Romans 8:38-39 days:  “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor power, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God’s love was, before we existed.  God’s love will continue eternally. The most important mission for us here on earth is to give love.

I pray that you will mark your calendars for the 4-Church Praise, Prayer and Fellowship at Industry on Saturday, February 28th, let’s show our love by our presence! Blessings, Pastor Kay

Church news:

Adult Sunday School Class:

We are going through a study on the Acts of Worship reviewing Psalms, Daniel, Matthew, Luke, John, Ephesians, Hebrews and James using the Standard Lesson Commentary. Martha and Jerry Dove are our leaders. Please come as we read through the Bible and find application from its lessons for our daily lives. Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. Children’s class is available.

Feb 8, 2015 – 4:30 p.m. at the Temple Brethren Church – TheTempleBrethrenChurch will host Dr. Mark Labaj as he presents a program on the educational program he attended last summer in theCzechRepublic. He will also present information related to Czech culture and the Brethren Churches in theCzechRepublic he visited. A reception will follow.

Lenten Services – The Lighted Cross will be put up the third week in February outside the fellowship hall. The cross will help remind those who pass by of the Lenten season and how blessed we are, for He died that we might be forgiven. Everyone is invited to the Wednesday Lenten devotionals that will be held at the Industry Brethren Church at 5:15 p.m. beginning Feb 18 with the Ash Wednesday service continuing through March 25. We will be using the course “The God We Can Know-Exploring the I Am sayings of Jesus (filmed in the Holy Land). Please make plans to attend.

The Christian Sisters’ Society:  The Christian Sisters’ are selling raffle tickets; if you would like to buy some, please contact any of the members. Members plan to sell tickets in front of Fayetteville Bank on Saturday Feb 7 from 9 – 11, volunteers are welcome to come and help sell tickets. All raffle tickets sold need to be turned in to Liz. The drawing will be held at the Fundraiser on Saturday, February 14 at the Old Fire Station on the square inFayetteville. Beginning at 7 a.m. breakfast tacos will be sold. There will also be a bake sale and country store. Members and friends are asked to bring your baked items to the fire station on Saturday by 7 a.m. If you are bringing cookies or brownies, please package them 4-6 to a package. If you have something for the country store, you may bring it to the church before Sunday, Feb 8. New and homemade items are being accepted. A worksheet will be in the foyer for volunteers to sign up to help set up on Friday (Feb 13) and to work on Saturday morning.

The next meeting will be on March 1. At this meeting, an election will be held for the un-expired term of President (2014-2016), Secretary (2015-2017) and Treasurer (2015-2017). If you would like to join the Christian Sisters’ Society, please contact Martha Dove or Liz Ripple. Dues are $20. All ladies age 16 and over may become a member. You do not have to be a member of the church to join.

From the Elders: We welcome Karen Knickerbocker into our church membership! Karen was reinstated as a member at the Board meeting on Jan 13. Everyone is invited to attend the upcoming 4-church fellowship that will be hosted by theIndustryBrethrenChurch on Saturday, Feb 28. We will gather with our fellow Brethren from Nelsonville, Wesley and Industry. The worship and praise service will begin at 3:00. A BBQ sandwich supper will be served. A sign-up sheet to RSVP is in the foyer. You are welcome to bring a side dish or dessert. Come enjoy the fellowship!

New church brochures are available in the foyer. The brochure has a new, fresh look and is designed to be mailed. Please take one and give it to a friend as you invite them to come to a service some day soon. Wednesday Lenten devotions (6 services) will be held at the Industry Brethren Church starting with the Ash Wednesday service on Feb 18 at 5:15 – please make plans to attend. As always, if you have any comments, concerns or suggestions please let the Elders know.

Congregational Church meetingThe Annual Congregational Meeting was held after the worship service on Sunday, January 18 with 13 members present. The meeting was called to order by President Joe Ripple. The minutes from the January 19, 2014 Congregational Meeting and the 2014 Financial Statement were presented and approved. The following will serve on the Board of Elders for 2015: Joe Ripple – Pres., Milton Heintschel – V.P., Liz Ripple – Sec/Treas, Gary Dorsett, Kathy Voshalike, Ray Stepan and Pauline Ott.

In 2014, we were able to make 12 extra payments on the sanctuary loan and are 9 years ahead of payments with 26 more payments to make. This year is a convention year. Sandra Stepan was elected to serve as the delegate and Jerry Marshall as the alternate. The convention will be held July 10, 11 & 12 at the Nelsonville and Wesley Brethren Churches. The meeting ended with a prayer led by Pastor Kay.

Collecting supplies for the military: Everyone is asked to collect the following items that will be sent from our church Christian Sisters group to an individual serving in the military: non-aerosol deodorant, non-aerosol bug spray, flea collars, baby wipes, razors, Visine, hand sanitizer, sinus/allergy medicine, Advil, Tylenol, lip balm and foot care products. Snacks are always good. no candy or snacks that will melt in the heat over there. Personal size packets of tissue, band aids, instant drink mixes, q-tips, pens, paper, envelopes, seeds/nuts, trail mix, disposable cameras, batteris sizes AA, AAA, C and D and LETTERS/CARDS of encouragement. Smaller sizes are easier to ship and for individuals to carry. Please put your donations in the box in the church foyer. Questions? – please contact Pauline Ott.

Commemorative Church Plate$25 donation – ready for wrapping. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Liz Ripple. If you would like to have one shipped to you, please send $25.00 plus $6.00 for shipping and handling to FBC,PO Box 11,FayettevilleTexas78940.

Church Sesquicentennial Cookbook$20.00 donation of which all proceeds go to the building fund.  If you would like to have one shipped to you, please send $20.00 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling to FBC,P.O.   Box 11,FayettevilleTexas78940.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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