October 2015 newsletter

October 2015

Upcoming Events:

Oct 4 – World Wide Communion Sunday – Holy Communion

Oct 9-11 (Fri-Sat) – Primetimers Retreat – Caldwell; registration form – see website “calendar”

Oct 18 – Lickskillet in Fayetteville – NO Worship service.

Oct 24 (Sat) – Fall Synodical Committee meeting – 9 a.m. Hus Encampment, Caldwell

Oct 25 – Guest speaker – Ann Heintschel (Pastor Kay on vacation)

Oct 25 – Wesley Brethren Church Spaghetti Lunch at Latium Fireman’s Hall

Nov 1 – Guest speaker – Rev Whitney Amos (Pastor Kay on vacation)

Nov 8 – Honor Our Veteran’s Joint service at Industry Brethren – 9 a.m.

Nov 15 – Mission Emphasis Sunday (Foreign and Home Missions)

Nov 28 – Greening of the church / Christmas party – 4:30 p.m. Sign-up list in narthex

Message from the Pastor:   Can you believe it? Today, I found gasoline for $1.82 per gallon. Not that many years ago we were paying almost $4.00 a gallon. What is going on? For those who travel this is wonderful. But, unfortunately, there are those who work in the oilfield who are losing their jobs. Please add those workers to your prayer list. In the meantime, America continues to face more and more challenges. Who is best qualified to lead this great nation? I don’t see that there is any one human who can possibly solve the enormous and unique set of problems that we have. The only hope that we have is for God Himself to intervene.

Please continue to pray that He does not take his hand off this nation and that we will remain a nation who can continue to pledge “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” Pray for more God fearing and committed Christians to infiltrate our nation’s leadership, from local to national servants. Pray that God protect their hearts, reputations, convictions, bodies and their families.

Meanwhile, as October approaches we once again will reflect and remember the “good old days.” Cherish your memories of the good, sometimes extremely hard, old days. Remember the smell of your mother and/or grandmother’s wonderful cooking. Take the time during this Fall to remember and to reflect, upon the good things in your life. Happy Fall! Blessings, Pastor Kay

Luke 12:22-31 — Do Not Worry 22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?  27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Church news:  Congregational Meeting on Sept 13: There were 10 members present for the meeting. All 17 referendum decisions were passed unanimously. Sandra Stepan was elected to serve as our Representative on the Synodical Committee for the next 2 years. Also serving as our representatives on the Synodical Committee are Liz Ripple (serving on the Executive Committee as Financial Secretary) and Pastor Kay. The June church celebration was discussed and it was voted to not have it in 2016. There will be more discussion on this at the congregational meeting in January 2016.

Community Thanksgiving Service plans will be announced next month.

Ordering Poinsettias: Order forms will be in the narthex to buy a poinsettia to help decorate the church for the month of December. They will be ordered from the local 4-H Club and the price is $9.00 each. The proceeds from the poinsettias will go toward funding 4-H activities in Fayette County. The poinsettias are available in pink, red or white and come in 6” covered pots. They will be delivered to the church the first week in December. Please note that the sales are earlier this year – orders need to be in by Oct 25. Order extras for yourself! Thank you in advance for your support!

October is Pray for the Shan Dai Month – Everyone is invited to take part in the Worldwide prayer movement for the Shan. There are over 7 million Shan in darkness that do not know the love of Jesus. Our missionaries, the Woo’s were serving this area in Southeast Asia but are now back in the States as Caroline has some health issues. They pray for more power and more outpouring of the Holy Spirit. You can help by praying! If you would like to receive daily email prayer requests – email prayfortheshan@gmail.com and type “sign me up”. The daily request will stop once October is over. You may also fast on Tuesdays for the Shan.

Board of Elders Report: Worship services have been canceled here at Fayetteville on October 18 so that members may attend and enjoy the Lickskillet festival in town. Members are encouraged to attend services at Industry Brethren at 9 a.m. On November 8, everyone is invited to attend the joint worship service at Industry Brethren church at 9:00 A.M. (no service at Fayetteville). We will be honoring our Veteran’s during the service. There will be a brunch after the service. A sign-up sheet is in the narthex if anyone would like to help with food. As always, if you have any suggestions, comments or concerns, please let the Elders know.

The Fayetteville Brethren Christian Sisters’ Society: A food drive will be held during the month of October and November for the AMEN food pantry of Fayette County. Donations will also be accepted for Operation Christmas Child. Please see the poster in the narthex for the age groups and items needed for the boxes. All donations are appreciated very much.

The Greening of the church and Christmas party is being planned for November 28 at 4:30. A “Grinch Game” gift exchange will also be held. A sign-up sheet to help with the food will be in the narthex next month. Everyone is invited. The sisters are making plans for the February 13, 2016 fundraiser. It will be held on the town square in Fayetteville. Breakfast tacos will be available and there will be a bake sale, country store and raffle. Anyone who wants to donate towards the raffle should contact Liz Ripple. Be looking for interesting items – new or homemade items and gift certificates will be accepted. Raffle items will be collected until Nov 1.

Joint “Honor our Veterans” Worship service – Nov 8, 9 A.M. at Industry Brethren Church: Please take the time this month to thank all of the veterans you know for their service to our country and for your freedom. On Sunday, November 8, we will pay tribute to these special people – those living and deceased – during our joint worship service at Industry Brethren Church. All veterans that participate will receive a commemorative item and small flag. If you have a deceased relative who was a veteran and you would like to have them recognized, you are invited to come forward and light a candle in their memory. To have a name printed in the program, you must contact Liz Ripple or Liz Treybig by Oct 25. After that date, you will still be able to be recognized at the service, but your name will not be in the program.

After the service, a brunch will be served in the fellowship hall. There will be a display table in the hall with biographies, pictures and any other memorabilia that any veteran would like to display. If you would like to write a biography, please include: Your full name, branch of service, rank, years served, places where you were stationed and any other information you would like to share (where you grew up, went to school, your profession, who you married, list your children, where you live now, etc) BRING PICTURES!

If anyone would like to help with the food, please contact Liz T. or Liz R. to see what we still need. Over 100 people are expected to attend this event. We will also need help in the kitchen to set up and serve food. Thank you all in advance for your support and we hope to see you at this special event. Please keep all our active duty military personnel in your prayers. God Bless the USA!

Collecting Supplies for the Military: Everyone is asked to collect the following items that will be sent from our church 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, batteries sizes AA, AAA, C and D and LETTER/CARDS of Encouragement. Smaller sizes are easier to ship and for individuals to carry. Please put your donations in the box in the narthex. Questions? – please contact Pauline Ott.

Church Cookbooks & Plates – Church cookbook – $20.00 donation of which all proceeds go to the building fund. Commemorative church plate – $25.00 donation. If you would like to purchase either of these, please contact Liz Ripple. If you would like to have it shipped to you, please send the purchase price plus $5.00 for cookbooks / $6 for plates for shipping and handling to FBC, PO Box 11, Fayetteville Texas 78940.

Nov 14 (Saturday) – Unity of the Brethren History Symposium at Blinn College, Brenham, Texas in the Student Center. The Symposium will commemorate, as a denomination, the 600th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus and delve into Brethren History. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM with coffee and kolaches served. Lunch will be served at noon. This is a free Unity event for all those that register and is being funded through the Board of Grants and Bequests as a way to give something back to the denomination. Preregistration is required. Registration forms will be in the church narthex or click here to register:  http://surveymonkey.com/r/Hus_History_Symposium . The keynote speakers will be Professor Dr. Thomas A. Fudge, University of New England, Australia and Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, Moravian College and Theological Seminary. Other speakers and the complete schedule for the full day will be available soon. Please make plans to attend this memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event. This is a wonderful way to expose our denomination to as many individuals as possible and understand the Brethren Church a little better – invite your family and friends! Everyone is welcome – all you need to do is register. Check the Unity website for updates on this event. Some information on the keynote speakers:

Dr. Thomas A. Fudge is a specialist on Jan Hus and Hussite history, having written six books on those subjects and numerous articles. Dr. Fudge is an historian of Christianity with particular interests in the European medieval and reformation periods. He is especially interested in heresy, deviance, crusades, witch hunting law, theology, movements of reform, Martin Luther and alternative ways of understanding medieval history. His current research is on medieval heresy in the Middle Ages, and the trial of Jan Hus. He also has interests in nineteenth and twentieth-century American religious history, especially Pentecostalism. He has worked in many monastic libraries, in archives in eastern and central Europe, and in some of the world’s great academic libraries such as the Bodley in Oxford, Harvard, and the Vatican. Appointed to a university professional chair in 2003, Dr. Fudge joined the UNE faculty in 2012. His qualifications include a PhD (Medieval History) Cambridge University, PhD (Theology) Otago University, Master of Divinity – The Iliff School of Theology, BA Warner Pacific College. In 2015, as part of the sexcentennial anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus, Dr. Fudge will be presenting lectures around the world including Australia, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, England, Canada and Argentina. (Biography taken from the University of New England website)

Rev. Dr. Craig D. Atwood is a member of the faculty of Moravian College and Theological Seminary and teaches courses in Moravian theology, Moravian history, the history of Christianity, religion in America, and history of Christian thought. He received his PhD in historical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, his Master of Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary, and his BA in religion and history from UNC Chapel Hill. He was ordained in the Moravian Church. Atwood is best known for his books Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem and Theology of the Czech Brethren from Hus to Comenius (of which we have a copy in our church library given to us by the Unity convention). He has also authored over fifty academic articles, chapters in books, encyclopedia articles, book reviews and church publications.

In both the academic and church settings, Atwood is helping the broader Christian community rediscover the riches of the Moravian theological heritage. He has published on concepts like the motherhood of the Holy Spirit, spiritual androgyny, Moravian mysticism, pacifism, and Moravian radicalism. He believes that modern Christians should draw upon the wisdom and insights of generations of Christian thinkers in the great tradition of the faith. (Biography taken from the Moravian Theological Seminary website)

 

 

 

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