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December 19, 2018

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December 19, 2018

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Ronald and Michelle Ramirez. They are church planters in Queens, New York. You can reach them at Lightcast Church International, 72-01 43rd Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377. You can also reach them at lightcast.ny@gmail.com.

They are asking us to pray with them that they will effectively reach out to Filipinos in the Queens area through Bright Spot Community Center; and for God to bless them as they plant an Indonesian church in California; and a Ghanian church in the Bronx.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Resumes January 17, 2019

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson will resume on Thursday, January 17, 2019. The bible study is open to anyone and everyone who has the time on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

DISASTER RELIEF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CHRISMAS EVE SERVICE: 6:00 p.m.

The Christmas Eve Service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24. Come celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ with family and friends for a few intimate moments (approximately 45 minutes) of singing, adoration, and reflection.

LOTTIE MOON Christmas Offering

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is the main funding activity for the financial support of the international missionaries serving in over 100 countries through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. 100% of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering gets to the mission field. The administration costs of the International Mission Board are supported through the Cooperative Program (our church gives 8.5% of the general collection each month) so that the Christmas Offering gets to the mission field.

Our church's goal for this year's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is $2,500. Your financial gift generously helps us meet our church goal as we Advance the Gospel literally around the world.

UPDATE: We have received $685 for the Christmas Offering to date.

SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR MINISTRY

Some of you just checked your calendars to make sure what Month it is. Yes, it's early-December, but now is the time to be preparing for the South Florida Fair Ministry. How? Save, or purchase, extra toiletry items. Another way is to go to clothing consignment shops (Goodwill) and purchase men's black jeans. Waist sizes 30-36 are the most requested size. Also, raggedy tee-shirts are needed (so they can be discarded due to grease and oil from setting up and maintaining the rides).

If you have further questions, please contact Maria Fong. This is a great way that senior adults can get involved in this ministry now.

We will post the times assigned for our church to serve (volunteers) at the Gate 5 location.

No Wednesday Service on December 26

There will not be a Wednesday evening service on December 26, 2018. This includes all activities.

For the Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord as the Waters Cover the Sea

By Dr. Albert Mohler

This is a commencement message preached on December 7, 2018, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. It is reprinted here from the website, www.albertmohler.com, and is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

Where in the Bible is the Christmas story to be found? Understandably, the instinct of most Christians is to turn to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, where the historical accounts of the birth of Jesus, the coming of the Messiah, are to be found. Matthew grounds the story of the birth of Jesus in the genealogy of the Messiah, the king born as a baby in Bethlehem who would rule on David’s throne forever. Luke tells us of the story before the story, the account of the promise of the angel to Mary and then the birth of Jesus. Matthew tells us of the magi, and Luke tells us of the angelic host appearing and the angel of the Lord announcing to the astonished shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” [Luke 2:10-11]

Both Matthew and Luke tell us that the Christ child was conceived by the Holy Ghost. In his gospel, John reaches even further back, declaring that Jesus the Christ is the Word become flesh, who was in the beginning with the Father, but who was not only with God, but was and is God, the divine Word through whom the world was made. John will tell the Christmas story in the most climactic prose: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only begotten Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” [John 1:14]

But Matthew, most emphatically, takes us back to the prophets and to the promise of the Messiah, down to minute details, as revealed in the Old Testament. In the truest sense, the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the Christmas story. Rightly understood, there is no text in all of Holy Scripture that is not related to Christmas as promise, fulfillment, gospel, and future promise.

Consider just nine verses from Isaiah chapter 11:

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump ofJesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. Andthe Spirit of theLordshall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of theLord. And his delight shall be in the fear of theLord. He shall not judge bywhat his eyes see, or decide disputes bywhat his ears hear, butwith righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shallstrike the earth with the rod of his mouth, andwith the breath of his lipshe shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, andfaithfulness the belt of his loins. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in allmy holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of theLord as the waters cover the sea.”

In that beautiful prose, almost poetry, the Prophet Isaiah tells of the promise that will come from the stump of Jesse. Israel, like a dead forest, will be saved by a branch from Jesse who will bear much fruit. Isaiah is speaking of Christ, the messianic king, who will reign forever from the throne of Jesse’s son David. No one but God can bring new life, new hope, and salvation.

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, even as we know of the Holy Spirit descending like a dove, resting on Jesus, and the voice of the Lord declaring: “this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” [Matthew 3:17] We are told of three dimensions of what it means for the Spirit of the Lord to rest upon him: the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Do you not hear the refrain of Isaiah 9:6-7? “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of theLordof hosts will perform this.”

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord, the awesome knowledge of the one true God and the reverent worship that such knowledge produces. His delight shall be the delight of his redeemed people, and the fear of the Lord will be made known to all.

He will judge in perfect righteousness. Every human judge is limited to what he sees and hears, but the perfect judge, the messianic king, will judge in perfect righteousness. For the wicked, his judgment will be a terrible swift sword. He shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

You are not likely to find this messianic promise in a Christmas card: “He shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.Merry Christmas.” This text is not sung in Handel’sMessiah,but this promise is central to the promise of the Messiah — perfect judgment, perfect righteousness, and perfect peace.The Messiah Israel was promised will wear righteousness and faithfulness like a belt. Always. Forever.

And what of the peace he will bring? How perfect will it be? How will we know it when it comes?

The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the young goat, the calf and the lion are all in the peaceable kingdom. Through the Prophet Hosea, the Lord made a promise to Israel: “AndI will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. AndI will abolishthe bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down insafety.” [Hosea 2:18]

Let that reversal of the curse of sin settle on your minds. God will even make a covenant with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and even the creeping things of the ground. They are here in Isaiah 11 — even the creeping things of the ground. Indeed, even the creepiest of the creepy things of the ground.

Until the fullness of the Kingdom of Christ comes, the lamb had better not trust the wolf. The young goat had better know that the leopard is not his friend. The fattened calf had better understand that the lion is looking for calories, not companionship.

On the other hand, nothing but the messianic reign can explain the wolf and the lamb, the leopard and the young goat, the lion and the calf in common rest, common peace, common trust. On that day, carnivores will kill no more. The world will no longer be divided between predator and prey, living by the law of eat or be eaten. The bear will graze, just like the cow. The lion will eat hay, just like the ox. Their young shall lie down together.

And what of those creeping things? The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. Please do not try that at home — not until the Lord comes to establish his kingdom in fullness. In this age, keep your babies away from cobras and from the adder’s den. We are not yet in that peaceable kingdom, but one day we will be.

On that day, Jerusalem will be safe. No one will hurt or destroy on the Lord’s holy mountain. All will be well. All will be safe. All will be home.

And a little child shall lead them. Remember the promise of this child? “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of theLordof hosts will perform this.” [Isaiah 9:6-7]

But notice how our text ends: “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

The absolute climax of the passage is a vision and promise of the earth filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Utterly filled. Totally filled. Awesomely filled. Perfectly filled. The earth filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Remember a crucial point here. We stand on the other side of the coming of the baby lain in Bethlehem’s manger. We stand on the other side of the birth of Jesus Christ. We look back to the birth of Christ, not forward. But we are still looking forward to the fulness of these promises, to the coming again of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are truly in the time of “already, but not yet.”

But do not miss that we can already see the kingdom coming. We see the kingdom every time a sinner comes to saving knowledge of God, to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, to know redemption and the assurance of the forgiveness of sins and the gift of life everlasting. We see the kingdom coming. We see the knowledge of the Lord filling the earth.

Today we are gathered for a commencement ceremony, a graduation service. Before us we see the incredible sight of these graduates, arrayed in their academic robes. Most commencement ceremonies are ceremonies in name only. There is a minimum of ceremony and a rush to hand out diplomas, to do a bit of congratulating, and then get on with it, whatever it is.

Not so here . . . but why?

Because we are witnesses to something glorious. We are witnesses to God sending forth preachers, giving pastors to Christ’s church, scattering missionaries to the end of the earth. Let me tell you something that will warm your hearts. Here among us are friends who have come from Croatia, from China, from Korea, from Africa, from Columbia, from Canada, from Germany, and from parts unknown — all here to witness something this glorious. We are even today seeing the promise of what we know will come, when the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Graduates, we celebrate with you today. Yet, we are even eagerly the witnesses to the promise God is fulfilling through you. Go into the pulpit, go into the nations, go into the highways and byways of life, go into the hospital, go into the homes, go into the graveyards and let the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Preach the Gospel, to everyone, everywhere. Use words.

Christ sends his own out as sheep into wolves. Go anyway. Some of you will never see each other again in this life, so look each other in the eye and take each other by the heart. Go wherever the door is open, so long as it is day. Preach the Word, in season and out of season.

As you go, you leave this campus with the hopes, the prayers, and the love of this faculty and this family. You are always at home here, but here we are never fully home. Run the race set before you, until that day when, by God’s grace, we are finally, fully, truly home.

And this we know: On that day, the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Go in God’s grace. Go in our hopes. Even so, Lord come quickly.

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Pastor Terry


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December 5, 2018

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December 5, 2018

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Levi and Leah Hart. They are church planters in Breese, Illinois (metro-east area of the Greater St. Louis Metro-area). You can reach them at Ignite Church, 115 N Oak Street, Breese, IL 62230. You can also reach them at levihart77@gmail.com.

They are asking us to pray with them that the Lord's love and power would work through them to seek His face, love their family, and shepherd the church. Pray with them that the Lord of the Harvest would send laborers for the Harvest!

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Resumes January 17, 2019

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson will resume on Thursday, January 17, 2019. The bible study is open to anyone and everyone who has the time on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

DISASTER RELIEF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CHRISMAS EVE SERVICE: 6:00 p.m.

The Christmas Eve Service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24. Come celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ with family and friends for a few intimate moments (approximately 45 minutes) of singing, adoration, and reflection.

“CHRISTMAS in HIS PRESENCE”

The Sanctuary Choir will present the Christmas musical, “Christmas in His Presence,” by Marty Hamby and Deborah Craig-Claar, on December 15th and 16th. The Saturday performance will be at 7:00 p.m., and the Sunday performance will be during the 10:00 a.m. service.

“Before the carols, Christmas trees, and streets lined with lights, there was one thing that signified Christmas: the Savior of the world lying in a humble manger. As believers, we can return to this same sense of wonder, not through the presence of familiar objects or surroundings but through the divine presence of Christ. Just as Mary and Joseph gathered in a stable to celebrate the birth of Christ, your choir and congregation can rediscover the true reason to celebrate with CHRITMAS in HIS PRESENCE.

This choir and orchestra celebration features moments such as congregational carol sing, responsive readings, and captivating solos. Your church will find the joy and peace of Christ in this musical for the season arranged by Marty Hamby. The well-known songs and new titles will fill your heart with the excitement of the Lord and bring you closer to His love and grace for all.”

Ladies Christmas Brunch, Saturday, December 15

The Ladies Ministry will sponsor a Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 15th, at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are being asked to sponsor a table. This means that you will be responsible for decorating the table in a Christmas style of your liking. You are then asked to enlist seven other ladies to join you at your table for the event.

For more information, contact Sandy Townsend, Pat Byrd, or the Church Office.

LOTTIE MOON Christmas Offering

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is the main funding activity for the financial support of the international missionaries serving in over 100 countries through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. 100% of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering gets to the mission field. The administration costs of the International Mission Board are supported through the Cooperative Program (our church gives 8.5% of the general collection each month) so that the Christmas Offering gets to the mission field.

Our church's goal for this year's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is $2,500. Your financial gift generously helps us meet our church goal as we Advance the Gospel literally around the world.

UPDATE: We have received $150 for the Christmas Offering to date.

SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR MINISTRY

Some of you just checked your calendars to make sure what Month it is. Yes, it's early-December, but now is the time to be preparing for the South Florida Fair Ministry. How? Save, or purchase, extra toiletry items. Another way is to go to clothing consignment shops (Goodwill) and purchase men's black jeans. Waist sizes 30-36 are the most requested size. Also, raggedy tee-shirts are needed (so they can be discarded due to grease and oil from setting up and maintaining the rides).

If you have further questions, please contact Maria Fong. This is a great way that senior adults can get involved in this ministry now.

We will post the times assigned for our church to serve (volunteers) at the Gate 5 location.

“Forgive Us Our Debts”:

The Lord's Prayer Is a Gospel Prayer

by Dr. Albert Mohler

November 29, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.albertmohler.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

The Gospel Foundation of the Lord’s Prayer

We are a nation of debtors. Millions of young people are on the verge of bankruptcy with unpayable credit card debt that compounds yet more interest every month. The problem of school debt, often running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, has now become a national crisis. Even the federal government is in debt–debt that has soared into untold trillions of dollars.

Yet while many Americans view debt as an annoyance, in the ancient world debt was punishable by prison sentence. In the Roman Empire, prisons were not generally filled with criminals; they were populated with debtors. Most convicted criminals were executed or were forced to serve some other form of punishment for their crimes, but those who could not make good on their payments were incarcerated until they could pay what they owed. This system was meant to put pressure on the families of the incarcerated debtor to find the necessary money to pay their debts to free their loved one from prison.

In the Roman Empire, then, debt typically meant severe pain and tragedy for an individual and a family. In our day we experience frustration and anxiety with debt, but in the days of Jesus, debt was a matter of life and death. This is the context in which Jesus teaches us to pray “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Jesus’ use of the word debts is meant to evoke in our mind both a serious offense and a corresponding serious punishment. To be forgiven a debt was no mere trifle, but an act of extravagant mercy.

If the petition “give us this day our daily bread” emphasizes our most urgent physical needs, the petition “forgive us our debts” emphasizes our most urgent spiritual need. Saying we owe a debt to God means that we have failed to pay up. Thus, as sinners, we stand before God condemned, rightly deserving his just wrath. Only God’s forgiveness can clear our guilt and establish a meaningful relationship between God and us.

This petition reminds us that the Lord’s Prayer is not a casual prayer for the generically religious. This prayer is a gospel prayer. We can only say these words and ask these things of God when we stand on the finished, atoning work of Jesus Christ. Indeed, this petition demonstrates that the theological bedrock of the Lord’s Prayer is nothing less than the gospel. We can only rightly pray the Lord’s Prayer when we recognize that we are deeply sinful and only God’s grace in Christ can remedy our souls.

Getting the Gospel Right

The logic of this particular petition in the Lord’s Prayer has been misconstrued so often that we would do well to remind ourselves of what Scripture teaches about the gospel. Nothing is more central to the message of Scripture than the gospel. If we err on this point, we err on all others. Many interpreters believe that Jesus is saying that God only forgives us when we earn his forgiveness through forgiving others. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, this petition does not say “forgive us our debts because we forgive our debtors,” but “forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors.” The difference between those two phrases, as we shall see, is the difference between the gospel of Jesus Christ and no gospel at all.

The sum and substance of the gospel is that a holy and righteous God who must claim a full penalty for our sin both demands that penalty and provides it. His self-substitution is Jesus Christ the Son, whose perfect obedience and perfectly accomplished atonement on the cross purchased all that is necessary for our salvation. Jesus Christ met the full demands of the righteousness and justice of God against our sin.

Paul summarized the work of Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Christ is our substitute and his life is sacrificed for our sin so that God’s wrath against us is removed.

How then do we benefit from the sacrifice of Christ for us? Paul answered that we do not earn the righteousness of God in Christ; instead it is given to us freely when we believe the gospel: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:23-24). Indeed, nothing in us or achieved by us is the grounds of our acceptance with God. Instead, as Paul made clear, “To the one who does not work but believes in him who justified the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness” (Rom. 4:5)…

The apostle was very clear. We are saved by faith alone in the work of Christ. All this comes from the grace of God. But we are not freed just from the penalty of sin; we are also freed from the power of sin. While our salvation is not a “result of works,” Paul noted that it does result in works, ones that God himself prepared for us to do. The portrait of the gospel is indeed astounding. We are saved by grace along through faith alone in Christ alone, which then results in our being transformed into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). Indeed the whole of our salvation proclaims the glory of God…

If you have ever been tempted to think that the gospel is nowhere present in the Lord’s Prayer, think again! This petition only makes sense in the context of Christ’s provision for us. By agreeing with God that we are sinners and repenting of that sin by asking for forgiveness, God clears our debts on account of Christ’s work for us.

If this does not shock us, then we have grown far too familiar with the gospel and the glory of God’s grace. The extravagant mercy of God shown in this petition should be on our lips and in our hearts daily. When we recognize we are debtors, then we see ourselves as we truly are, beggars at the throne of grace. Martin Luther, the great Reformer of the sixteenth century, certainly understood and reveled in this truth. When Luther came to die, his last moments were characterized by delirium and moving in and out of consciousness. Yet in one last moment of clarity Luther said (mixing German with Latin),“Wir sind bettler. Hoc est verum“–We are beggars, this is true.

Dr. Albert Mohler is President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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November 28, 2018

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November 28, 2018

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Trent and Elizabeth DeLoach. They are Send Relief missionaries in Clarkston, Georgia, in the Greater Metro Atlanta area. You can reach them at Clarkston International Bible Church, 3895 Church St., Clarkston, GA 30021. You can also reach them at trent@cibcfamily.com.

They are asking us to pray with them for the nations God is bringing to North America. Pray for the churches and the Send Relief Hub in Clarkston. Pray that the gospel will transform their community.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson continues each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

Door-Hanger Distribution This Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers this Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

HANGING of the GREENS TONIGHT, November 28

We will have the annual Hanging of the Greens tonight, November 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. This is the evening we decorate the Sanctuary in its Christmas décor. Make sure to wear clothing you don't mind getting a little dirty. In addition, if you have a step ladder, please bring it.

“CHRISTMAS in HIS PRESENCE”

The Sanctuary Choir will present the Christmas musical, “Christmas in His Presence,” by Marty Hamby and Deborah Craig-Claar, on December 15th and 16th. The Saturday performance will be at 7:00 p.m., and the Sunday performance will be during the 10:00 a.m. service.

“Before the carols, Christmas trees, and streets lined with lights, there was one thing that signified Christmas: the Savior of the world lying in a humble manger. As believers, we can return to this same sense of wonder, not through the presence of familiar objects or surroundings but through the divine presence of Christ. Just as Mary and Joseph gathered in a stable to celebrate the birth of Christ, your choir and congregation can rediscover the true reason to celebrate with CHRITMAS in HIS PRESENCE.

This choir and orchestra celebration features moments such as congregational carol sing, responsive readings, and captivating solos. Your church will find the joy and peace of Christ in this musical for the season arranged by Marty Hamby. The well-known songs and new titles will fill your heart with the excitement of the Lord and bring you closer to His love and grace for all.”

Ladies Christmas Brunch, Saturday, December 15

The Ladies Ministry will sponsor a Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 15th, at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are being asked to sponsor a table. This means that you will be responsible for decorating the table in a Christmas style of your liking. You are then asked to enlist seven other ladies to join you at your table for the event.

For more information, contact Sandy Townsend, Pat Byrd, or the Church Office.

Christmas Missional Activities for Your Small Group

by Tracey Ware

November 27, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

Today I went shopping, not an unusual thing for me! However what was unusual was what I saw…Christmas displays already in many stores! Yes it is getting close to that time of year again!

I don’t know about you but I find that I have to proactively work against getting caught up in this busy, crazy time of year. People are rushing, shops are busy, families are fraught about what to give each other, not to mention stressed about how to visit all the people who are expecting them to visit!

I try really hard to take time to step back from all of this (not always easy to do!) and remind myself what the season is truly about. We are celebrating God’s gift to all mankind—his son Jesus. I also think it is an ideal opportunity to encourage small groups to step back and consider creative ways their group could embrace God’s theme of ‘giving’—to choose a mission project where together they can ‘bless’ the lives of others.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking—BUT I am sure you can add to the list!

1. Offer to do some gardening at a local school, community center or for an elderly person who lives in the street your group meets in.

2. Collect food and gifts and make several hampers to be donated to local families in your community or a nearby homeless shelter.

3. Organize a shopping trip or morning tea for elderly neighbors.

4. Contact a local nursing home and offer to visit and participate in some carol singing for the residents.

5. Donate blood, those in the group who are able to can give blood, others may take on a different role; driver, support, organize food and drink for afterward.

6. Run a lunchtime Christmas craft activityfor students at your local school

7. Arrange for your group to serve on a soup kitchen roster or at a community meal center.

8. Run a car boot sale and give the proceeds to a local charity.

9. Provide a special Christmas themed morning tea for the teachers in the local school.

10. Take a small gift such as chocolates or bookmarks as a thank you to local shop owners, library staff or local council staff.

11. Send some holiday cheer to the troops. A care package filled with holiday goodies or send a small Christmas tree, your generous gift will make their holidays a little bit brighter.

12. Host a coffee and dessert night in the neighborhood your group meets in.

13. Do a food or coat drive (if Christmas is celebrated in winter) and invite those in your neighborhood to get involved.

14. Set aside a small group night to write letters of appreciation to people you truly appreciate. Think about the postal service workers, maintenance workers and even your favorite barista!

Tracey Ware is based in Melbourne Australia and leads a SGN Huddle.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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November 21, 2018

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November 21, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League completed the 2018 Fall League this past Monday evening. The League Champions are Team #3. Three Queens and a Prince took second-place, followed by Team #5, Hakuna Matata, and One Pin Standing.

Individually, for the ladies, Lily Norton bowled a season high 175, followed by April Walls' 168 and Georgette Talpesh's 167.

For the guys, Ryan Bartley bowled a season-high 299, followed by Fred Rondeau's 277 and Bryan French's 237.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Aklilu Damtew and Blene Woldegiorgis. They are church planters in Lenexa, Kansas (Kansas City Metropolitan Area). They can be reached at Disciples Assembly, 9055 Renner Boulevard, #3108, Lenexa, KS 66219. You can also reach them at aklilu@disciplesassembly.com.

They are asking us to pray with them for increased boldness in proclaiming the gospel and for wisdom as they strive to make and equip disciples. They also want us to pray with them that more people would be open to the truth of the gospel.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The bible study will not meet this week. The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

HANGING of the GREENS Next Wednesday, November 28

We will have the annual Hanging of the Greens next Wednesday, November 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. This is the evening we decorate the Sanctuary in its Christmas décor. Make sure to wear clothing you don't mind getting a little dirty. In addition, if you have a step ladder, please bring it.

Mrs. Turner's Pumpkin Pie

By Judy Solomon

When I get off the school bus and there's a chocolatey smell coming from Mrs. Turner's back porch, I can tell that she's been baking. If I hop up on the bench at the bus stop, I can see whatever she's been cooking sitting on her porch rail to cool.

"Come on over, Jonathan, and have a cookie," she will call to me. Then while I'm eating cookies and drinking milk, I tell Mrs. Turner about my day at school. Sometimes she shows me a letter or a new picture and tells me about her grandchildren.

One day Mitch and Jo-Jo got off the school bus at my stop so we could play soccer in the field behind Mr. Marshall's store. "Hey, what's that smell?" asked Mitch.

"It smells great!" said Jo-Jo. "It's coming from over there."

Mrs. Turner had been baking again but this time it didn't smell like chocolate. The smell was more like Mom's cinnamon toast. We all walked over to Mrs. Turner's fence. Mitch and Jo-Jo went into the backyard, and Mitch climbed up on Mrs. Turner's porch. "It's a pumpkin pie," he whispered. "Let's take it!" Mitch passed the warm pie down to Jo-Jo and jumped off the porch.

"Hey, put the pie back!" I said.

"What's the matter?" asked Mitch. "Are you a chicken?"

Mitch and Jo-Jo made chicken noises. "Bawk, bawk." Mitch flapped his elbows up and down.

Could I let them call me a chicken? "Give me that pie," I said. Jo-Jo handed me the pie, and I carried it all the way to the soccer field.

When we got there, we broke the pie up in pieces and ate it. Mitch and Jo-Jo picked up the pie pan and tossed it like a Frisbee. Next, they stepped on it. Finally, they stopped and looked at me. I stepped on the pie pan, too.

After that and for the rest of the afternoon, we played soccer. Just before dark, I walked home through the woods. I didn't want to pass Mrs. Turner's house because my friends and I, we don't have time for old ladies!

That night I lay in bed with the lights off and remembered the time I got sick at school. The nurse couldn't find my mom, and Mrs. Turner came to the school and picked me up. I started thinking about the pumpkin pie and wondered whether she made that whole pie for herself. Maybe her family was coming after all and the pie was for them.

I woke up early the next morning, even though it was a teacher workday and there wasn't any school. I found Mom already up and hard at work in the kitchen. She put a platter of pancakes and bacon on the table, and I piled food on my plate.

"I'm going to visit Mrs. Turner today," I said with a full mouth.

"What was that?" asked Mom.

I swallowed. "I said, 'I'm going to visit Mrs. Turner today.'"

"That's very sweet of you. I'm afraid she's often lonely, what with her family living so far away."

"I think her family might be coming this year."

Mom smiled. "I hope so, but if they can't make it, would you invite her to eat Thanksgiving dinner with us?"

"Sure." I moved the last piece of pancake around my plate. "By the way, how do you make pumpkin pie?"

"Most of the ingredients are things we already have, like eggs and flour. The only thing we would need is some canned pumpkin," said Mom.

I ran upstairs and got the money saved from my allowance. I pushed it down in my coat pocket. I slipped downstairs and out the front door, and then I walked down the street to Mr. Marshall's store.

"Good morning," said Mr. Marshall.

"Good morning," I said. "Do you have any canned pumpkin?"

"On the day before Thanksgiving?" Mr. Marshall chuckled. "We have a whole display of canned pumpkin. It's at the end of aisle two."

I found the pumpkin and carried it to the cash register. As I felt around in my pockets for the money, I remembered the pan. "Do you have pie pans?"

"Aisle six, row three."

Mr. Marshall rang up the order and said, "That will be $4.89, please." I had to use almost all my money to pay him.

On my way to Mrs. Turner's house, I wondered what I was going to say to her. She came to the kitchen door with a smile. "Is that you, Jonathan?" she asked. "Come on in here. It's cold outside."

I told her what happened the day before.

"I was looking out the window when those boys came," said Mrs. Turner. "I saw you with them."

"I'm sorry, " I said and handed her the pumpkin and the bag with the new pie pan.

She sat the pumpkin on the counter and looked in the bag. "What happened to the old pie pan?" she asked.

"You don't want to know," I said and looked at my shoes.

"Fair enough. Will you stay and help me make a new pie?"

I stayed a long time, and we made two pies. Mrs. Turner said I could take one home for my family's Thanksgiving dinner, and I asked if she would use the second for her family and their Thanksgiving dinner. Mrs. Turner smiled a little and told me that none of her family was coming for Thanksgiving this year. She picked up the second pie and looked at it. She said, "I will probably have to freeze half of my pie."

That's when I remembered what Mom had said about inviting Mrs. Turner for Thanksgiving dinner. "Will you come and eat with us?" I asked her.

"Why, Jonathan, I'd love to!"

"You're not going to tell my parents what I did, are you?"

Mrs. Turner didn't answer for a while. Finally, she said, "I don't think that will be necessary."

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Terry


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November 14, 2018

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November 14, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

The results for Week #10 have not been posted.

The matchups for Week #11 (November 19) are:One Pin Standing vs. Team #3; BLIND vs. Team #5; Hakuna Matata vs. Three Queens and a Prince.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Clarence and Helen Potter. They are church planters in Covington, Georgia (approximately 35 miles southeast of Atlanta). You can reach them at City of Blessings, P.O. Box 2362, Covington, GA 30015. You can also reach them at Rev.Clarencepotter@gmail.com.

They are asking us to pray with them for strength, favor, guidance, and wisdom in serving their family and God's people. Pray for good health, a strong marriage, favor upon their mission and a vision plan to reach the lost.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

This Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

One-on-One WithTim KellerAbout Reaching Skeptics With the Gospel

By Ed Stetzer

November 13, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is an interview between Ed Stetzer and Pastor Tim Keller. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

Ed:So just a short story to start us off: I was on a plane recently talking to a woman who lives near Moody Church. She’d had a bad experience with Christianity, so I said, “If I got you these two books, would you meet me at church and take them to read?” She said yes, later met me at church, and I gave her the books—one of them was your book Reason for God, and the other was a book you wrote titled Making Sense of God. So, I’m a fan, but for the rest of the world, could you tell us a little bit more about these books, who you wrote them for, and what they’re really about?

Tim: Reason for God is for people with a fairly high religious consciousness. That means they already pretty much believe in a personal God. They have some idea of sin and of the moral standards that exist outside of themselves.

Secondly, they feel some cross-pressures—now I’m using a term that’s getting popularized by a lot of writers, but it’s Charles Taylor who came up with the idea. He’s a Catholic philosopher who wrote in his book A SecularAge that there are non-Christians who feel like the whole faith thing is utterly ridiculous, and then there are others who don’t believe in God, yet occasionally they feel like it does make sense.

Occasionally, they might feel that it’d be great if there was a God or they feel that even though my beliefs say there’s no meaning in life, I feel like there is, or my beliefs say everything is relative, but I feel like it isn’t. So in short, a cross-pressured person is someone who has some motivation to say, “Yeah, I’d be happy to hear a good case for God.”

Reason forGod was written for people like that. I didn’t quite realize it at the time, but I came to realize over the years that the book worked better with people who already said, “I feel some sense that I’d be open to a good case for God. I’d be willing to go with it.”

Making Sense ofGod is for people who actually think the whole thing is just absolutely stupid. It starts back further, and I think it’s working with a much ‘harder crowd’ you might say. In the very beginning, for example, the book makes a case that most non-believers hate: The burden of proof is not on Christians or on those who believe in God because everybody is operating out of a set of faith beliefs that can’t be empirically proven.

So, if you believe that the universe just happened and there is no God, but that somehow human rights still exist, you can’t prove that. In fact, it takes a lot of faith to imagine humanistic values can arise from an impersonal universe. And that’s fine. That’s a set of beliefs, but they’re just that—beliefs. And I’ve found that first part of the book gets a lot of horrible pushback from people who are absolutely sure that Christians have faith, but they believe the actual truth about the universe.

Ed:Let’s talk a little bit about that to start. How do you start talking to a skeptic or an atheist who’s already a skeptic? What’s the starting point to that conversation?

Tim:Well, it really depends if the person actually comes to you. I guess I would divide those conversations into two kinds. I would talk about answering people’s questions and questioning people’s answers, right?

The gentler approach is to question people’s answers. That is, everybody has an operating answer to big questions likeWhat’s my meaning in life? How do I handle suffering? How do I face death? How do I ever really find satisfaction? How do I get an identity that’s not unstable and fragile?

Everybody has working answers to those questions, and whether they admit it or not, they’re actually religious answers. They don’t see it that way, but they are. If over in Asia you get your identity from basically fitting into your family and pleasing your parents, and over here you get your identify from achievement and following your dreams and expressing your inner desires, those are not empirically proven, those are both basically religious answers to the question of How can I really get a strong identity?

So what happens is that when you’re talking to people, and not about religion, you get to know them. You just become friends. Then, when you start talking about personal struggles, like when there are breakdowns, when a person gets disappointed, or when there’s a love relationship that falls apart, and their working answers to those big questions aren’t cutting it, there arises an opportunity to talk about not so much Christianity in general, but how Christianity works in your life and how it helps you deal with those issues.

For example, how does it help you face suffering? How does it help you forgive people? How does it help you?

So I have a list of those. I can’t go through it right now, but when I say question people’s answers, I like that the best, because it means you befriend them and you’re just being open about yourself at times and how faith works in you. Questioning people’s answers is one thing, answering people’s questions should only happen if they come at you with the list. We all know the list. And I do think that Christians need to spend a lot of time thinking about how they will answer big life questions off that formidable list.

You need to work with other Christians, your pastor or whoever to develop working answers that you feel good about. Otherwise, what’s going to happen is that you’re going to hide who you are from other people because you’re afraid of those questions.

If you can answer people’s questions and also learn how to question people’s answers, that’s how you can approach having these conversations.

Ed:You’ve obviously been involved in more targeted approaches toward sharing the gospel in places of deep spiritual need. Talk a little bit about The Gospel & Our Cities initiative. What are we trying to do here?

Tim:Everybody talks about how our Western culture is getting more and more secular and increasingly post-Christian. It’s true that not all parts of the world, and not all parts of North America, are post-Christian, but the cities—especially the middle of the biggest cities—are.

Reaching the cities is a) more expensive, b) more complicated, because you have multiple ethnic groups and multiple races and national groups, and c) more secular and resistant at its core.

But despite these complications, if we are watching more and more people move to cities, which we are, the church has to go where the people are. That’s what the Great Commissionis about: We are called to go into all the world, which means, in other words, go to where the world actually is.

Just think about this illustration: If two people in need are on top of the mountain and 100,000 are down in the valley, then you’d mainly go to the valley to offer help. That doesn’t mean you ignore the two people at the top of the mountain, but you’d go to the valley because that’s where the greatest need is.

So as the church, we’re going into the city. That being said, it’s actually harder to reach cities. It’s more complicated, more expensive, they’re more resistant, and we do have to think together about how to do it.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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November 7, 2018

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November 7, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League completed Week #9 of the 2018 Fall League this past Monday evening, November 5. Three Queens and a Prince are in first-place, followed by Team #3, Team #5, Hakuna Matata, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

Individually, for the ladies, Lily Norton bowled a 170, followed by Georgette Talpesh's 167 and Kelley Hubbard's 140.

For the guys, Fred Rondeau bowled a 237 (677 series), followed by Joe Hubbard's 225 and Mike Norton's 210.

Week #10's (November 12) matchups are: One Pin Standing vs. Team #3; BLIND vs. Team #5; and Hakuna Matata vs. Three Queens and a Prince.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Dan and Caroline Ko. They are church planters in the Greater Boston area. You can reach them at Seven Mile Road Church, 40 Dodge Street, Malden, MA 02148. You can also reach them at dan@sevenmileroad.org.

They are asking that we pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers to the Greater Boston area. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

The population of the metro Boston area is 5,935,787. Only 3.5% of the population are affiliated with an evangelical church; while 42.1% are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 40,380 Bostonians.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson meets in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 am each Thursday. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Quarterly Business Meeting Postponed to November 7.

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Business Meeting for,Wednesday, October 24 has been postponed to tonight, November 7, 2018.

“Give Us This Day”: Exalting God by Humbling Ourselves

by Dr. Albert Mohler

November 7, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.albertmohler.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

This article is an excerpt from my book,The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution. This post is the fifth in an eight part series on the Lord’s Prayer.

God’s Abundant Physical Provisions

In his magisterial work The Institutes of the Christian Religion, the sixteenth-century reformer John Calvin remarked that we can never truly know ourselves without first coming to know the character of God. As Calvin famously stated, “It is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself.” God is our starting point in every theological and spiritual endeavor. God’s character and glory are our first frame of reference.

Up to this point, the Lord’s Prayer has revealed a great deal about the character of God. We have seen that for those who are in Christ, God is a caring Father. Jesus emphasized God’s transcendence and omnipotence by observing that he is “in heaven.” He established the worth of God and the value of his glory by teaching that God’s name should be hallowed. Finally, Jesus emphasizes that God is king–the sovereign Lord who will bring his kingdom to every corner of the earth.

Indeed, the first lines of the Lord’s Prayer paint an awesome portrait of God. In light of these truths, Jesus’ subsequent turn to consider our own needs–“Give us this day our daily bread”–serves as a clear and unmistakable reminder that we are merely creatures; God is the creator. We are needy; God is the provider.

God has designed humans to be dependent. From the moment of birth, we rely on the kindness of others to meet our needs. We need our parents to feed us, dress us, and even train us to sleep. Even as we grow older, we remain tremendously needy. We depend on others for relationships. We need communities in which to live and work. We depend on the government for safety and security. In other words, there is no such thing as the “self-made man.” We have no sufficiency in and of ourselves, and we delude ourselves by believing we can be truly independent of others. Luther once reminisced that our physical needs remind us that we are but creatures composed of dirt. Our lives are frail, fragile, and wholly dependent on the goodness of God.

The petition “give us this day our daily bread” reminds us of our dependence on God for even the most fundamental needs of life. The contrast with the depiction of God given earlier in the prayer is striking. He is glorious, hallowed, in heaven, and omnipotent. We, on the other hand, are incapable of even getting basic sustenance without his help. In these words, then, Jesus teaches us to exalt God while humbling ourselves. The radical God-centeredness of the prayer continues. Man’s pride has no place before the throne of God.

Physical Needs in Biblical Perspective

We are dependent on God. Even prior to the fall, humans needed God to provide for them. Adam needed God to provide Eve to fulfill his need for a relationship. Adam and Eve could tend the garden, but only God could make it grow. Sin did not create our dependence; we are dependent simply because we are creatures.

Even though Adam and Eve were dependent before the fall, their only experience was one of surplus and abundance. They never knew a day of scarcity. After the fall, however, their experience was quite different, as is ours today. Our default experience is no longer abundance but scarcity. Food must be produced by the sweat of our brow, and its existence is never certain. Thus, after the fall we became even more dependent on God for our daily sustenance. We are no longer merely creatures in need of provision; we are sinners in need of the Creator’s mercy…

Bread of Earth, Bread From Heaven: Echoes of Eternity in Jesus’ Petition for Bread

This request also reminds us of our daily need for the Lord Jesus. Moses reminded the Israelites in Deuteronomy 8:3 that the reason God let the Israelites go hungry for a time before providing them with manna was so that they might learn that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” This passage teaches us that God designed physical needs to point to our deeper spiritual needs. Our need for daily physical sustenance is a faint echo of our daily need of spiritual sustenance and satisfaction from God. This was true for ancient Israel and is true for Christians today. The only way that we will taste the goodness of God’s provision is by living according to what comes from the mouth of God.

This is why Jesus regularly referred to himself as the “bread of life,” the true manna sent from heaven (John 6:35). He is God’s ultimate provision for our spiritual lives. Each day, as we pray for our daily bread, we should be reminded of our daily need for Christ to forgive our sins and empower us for obedience. Each time we pray for daily bread, we should recognize our deeper need for the bread of life–the only one who can truly satisfy.

Dr. Albert Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His book, “The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down,” is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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)ctober 31st, 2018

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October 31, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League was in action this past Monday evening for Week #8 of the 2018 Fall League. The posted results used for this report are from Week #7, October 22.

Team #5 is in first-place, followed by Team #3, Three Queens and a Prince, Hakuna Matata, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

Individually, for the ladies, Lily Norton bowled a 175, followed by April Walls' 136 and Lori Richards' 136.

For the guys, Bryan French bowled a 237, followed by Fred Rondeau's 223 and Joe Hubbard's 205.

Next week's (November 5) matchups are: BLIND vs. Team #3; Hakuna Matata vs. One Pin Standing; and Team #5 vs. Three Queens and a Prince.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Lieutenant Colonel Robert and Jennifer Borger. He is a Chaplain at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. You can reach them at NAMB, Attn: Chaplaincy, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Borger is facing a medical discharge. He is asking us to pray that he will discern God's calling for the next phase of his ministry journey.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Quarterly Business Meeting Postponed to November 7.

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Business Meeting for Wednesday, October 24 has been postponed to Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Christian Leaders Share Strong Words After Synagogue Shooting

by Stephanie Martin

October 29, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.churchleaders.com. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

After the deadliest attack on Jewish people in U.S. history, Christian leaders are expressing sorrow and urging compassion. Eleven worshipers were shot and killed Saturday morning at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue during a baby-naming ceremony. Alleged gunman Robert Bowers, who reportedly said he wanted “all Jews to die,” is being charged with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes.

“If you hate Jews, you hate Jesus.”

In response to Saturday’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting,Russell Mooreis urging a “sober reflection of what this attack means for us as Christians.” Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, writes that “Christians reject anti-Semitism because we love Jesus,” who he says is Jewish not only in the past tense but also in the present tense.

“A Bible with its Jewishness wrung out of it is no Bible,” Moore writes. “And a Christ with his Jewishness obscured is no Christ at all.”

“Whatever our ethnic background, if we are in Christ, we are joined to him,” Moore adds. “That means the Jewish people are, in a very real sense, our people too. An attack on the Jewish people is an attack on all of us.”

A Nation “full of hatred”

Southern Baptist Convention presidentJ.D. Greear also expressed grief over the killings, calling anti-Semitism “a despicable lie of the enemy which we unequivocally reject.” He adds, “In a nation seemingly full of hatred, we remain committed to demonstrating and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, pursuing religious freedom for all peoples, and praying for a more civil and loving society.”

On Twitter, author Beth Moorewrote, “‘This present darkness has never in my lifetime felt more present over this land. It feels horrifically, hauntingly determined. The people of God must, if we’re to withstand it at all, become exceedingly determined in taking the shades off our lamps and wiping away the soot.”

After Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called the Pittsburgh synagogue attack an “inhuman act of violence” that wounds “all of us.” He prayed that God would “help us to extinguish the flames of hatred that develop in our societies” and renew a respect for life.

Following the shootings, President Trump condemned “what’s going on with hate in our country,” adding that “there must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism.” The outcome at the synagogue would have been different, Trump said, if anarmed guardhad been present.

Leaders Urge Loving Responses to Hateful Act

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran in America, urges people of faith to “reach out to those whose hearts are most broken—our Jewish neighbors.” Simple, specific acts “go a long way to demonstrate our love, as an extension of God’s love,” she says.

Saturday evening, more than 3,000 people attended an interfaith prayer vigil at Pittsburgh’s Sixth Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Vincent Kolb began by sharing wisdom from Fred “Mister” Rogers, formerly a member of the church, saying a “spirit of neighborliness” led to the community gathering in support of Jewish neighbors.

Stephanie Martin, a freelance journalist, has worked in Christian publishing for 26 years. She’s active at her church in Lakewood, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


LOGOS

October 24th, 2018

LOGOS

October 24, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

The weekly results have yet to be posted for A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League. We will catch up the standings in next week's LOGOS!

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Bryson and Marlee Isom. They are church planters in Phoenix, Arizona. You can reach them at Valley Life Church – Camelback, 2724 W. Lamar Road, Phoenix, AZ 85017. You can also reach the at bisom@vallelife.church.

They are asking us to pray for Jesus to save souls, change lives, make disciples, and build His church.

The population of Phoenix is 5,584,556. Only 12.6% of the population are affiliated with an evangelical church, while 62% of the population are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 19,391 residents.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

Wednesday Evening Study in Esther Continues Each Wednesday Evening

We are immersed in a secular age. We are surrounded by its values, its addictions, and its idols.

We will conclude the Esther study tonight (October 24). We will start in chapter seven as we consider the Bible’s instructions for living lives of faith in a world gone mad.

Our study is based on the book “Faith Among the Faithless” by Mike Cosper, a pastor and the owner of a Christian media company.

“Esther’s story reveals a way forward in a culture where people of faith find themselves at the margins of society. She neither clutches for power nor seeks self-protection. Instead, she faces reality, embraces weakness, and finds faith, hope, and help from a world unseen,” Cosper says.

Esther is an important book for our day because it reminds us that God does not abandon His people no matter how dark the circumstances, how compromised our lives have become, or how hidden He may seem.

“Whatever happens in the years and decades to come, we can be sure that faithfulness looks pretty much like it did 3,000 years ago. Sometimes it looks like Daniel; a steady path of spiritual formation and obedience. But sometimes, and perhaps more often than not, it looks more like Esther; a path of awakening, risk, vulnerability, and, ultimately, hope.”

LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28, during the morning worship service.

This is a great time to gather as the body of Christ to fulfill a command that Jesus gave the church. As we gather, we will remember Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and celebrate the victory that is the church's through His salvation!

FALL FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 28

The FALL FESTIVAL will be on Sunday, October 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes, and bounce houses for children ages 3 through the fifth-grade. There will be food for everyone attending, including adults.

We need volunteers to help with the Fall Festival. Please contact Sandy Townsend, Shannon Gardner, or Pastor Michael Pait and let them know of your availability to volunteer.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Quarterly Business Meeting Postponed to October 31

The regularly scheduled Quarterly Business Meeting for tonight (October 24) has been postponed one week to October 31, 2018.

FIRST CARE Has Opened a Western Community Office

First Care Women's Clinic has opened an office here in the Western Communities in the Palms West Hospital medical complexes.

DearPastor Terry,

It is amazing to witness what God has done. We have been talking about opening a clinic to serve women in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, and the other rapidly expanding western Palm Beach communities for several years.

Yet, in just over half a year God brought forth funding, a location, staff and volunteers to make the dream of a new clinic a reality!

Join us in celebrating this great accomplishment and in praying for the women and unborn babies who will be helped there!Visit our facebook pageto see pictures of the new beautiful clinic.

Beau Heyman

Executive Director

P.S. Thank you for making a difference for life in the western communities!

Stop Complicating Ministry: The Smaller the Church, the Simpler We Need to Keep It

By Karl Vaters

October 23, 2018

So, you pastor a small,struggling church.

You’re trying to help it become less small and less struggling, but all the “can’t miss” answers from the latestchurch growth conferencesnever seem to work for you.

You don’t have a big worship team singing new songs, a dynamic small group ministry, a trendy youth group, maybe not even a building of your own to meet in.

That’s OK, you don’t need any of that to have a vibrant, healthy, effective church ministry.

We make church way more complicated than it needs to be. Some of that comes from (mis)reading and listening to pastors of big churches. We see them with professional-grade musicians, lighting, graphics and self-designed curriculum and we think we need to do that, too.

But we don’t.

Big churchesdidn’t become big by having cool new stuff, they added that stuff when it became the best way to manage the size of the crowd.

Parking attendants with matching shirts didn’t cause their growth, it was a byproduct of their growth.

The Simple Church Solution

Complicating things is never the answer.

Simplifying thingsalmost always is, no matter what size church you serve, but especially if the church is small (whatever number you consider small to be).

Small churches need to stop trying to emulate the processes used by big churches, and start asking “what’s the simplest way to do great ministry, strong worship, engaging fellowship, deep discipleship and effective outreach at the size we are right now?”

Then do that. Experiment with afew ideasif you need to, but keep them streamlined and simple.

Innovation doesn’t mean complication. The most innovative churches always get there by simplifying their systems, not complicating them.

Small, Simple Examples

For example, every church growth strategist tells us we need vibrant small groups. And they’re right. Healthy churches need a strong small group dynamic to strengthen essential aspects of the faith like fellowship and accountability.

But that doesn’t mean we need the latest small group curriculum or system. If you’re pastoring a church of under 50, you don’t need a small group program, youarea small group.

Don’t subdivide an already-small group of people. Get everyone together for fellowship, conversation, prayer and learning.

Want great kids’ ministry? Sitting on the grass, coloring on cardboard while someone who loves kids tells them about Jesus is life-transforming.

Youth? Listen to them, be an example to them, show up at their graduation, their games, their concerts. And be a soft place to land when they’re teased at school, they fail a class or their parents get a divorce.

Families? Offer to watch their kids so mom and dad can have a much-needed night to themselves.

Seniors? Show them the respect they’ve earned, and take the time to learn what they can teach us.

On Sundays, we don’t need fog machines and lasers on stage—although if it works for you, go for it! Just teach the Bible using simple terms we can all understand.

Speak kindly and lovingly to hurting people. Pray for those in need.

Encourage church members to invite friends. Sing songs that work in your context.

In short, do the basics in a way that fits where God has put you.

Ministry will never be easy, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it.

Karl Vaters is the author of The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. He’s been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years and has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California for over 20 years.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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October 17th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League results from week five are in this week's report. Three Queens and a Prince are in first-place, followed by Team #3, Team #5, Hakuna Matata, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

Individually, for the ladies, Sandy Townsend bowled a 164, followed by Kelley Hubbard's 154 and April Walls' 143.

For the guys, David Dockery, Rick Luise, and Ryan Bartley each bowled a 204.

The matchups for week 7 (October 22) are: Team #5 vs. BLIND; Three Queens and a Prince vs. Hakuna Matata; and Team #3 vs. One Pin Standing.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Dave and Rivers Partin. They are church planters in the greater Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas area. You can reach them at Neighborhood Church, 9225 Slater Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. You can also reach them at davepartin@gmail.com and riversnpartin@gmail.com.

They are asking that we join them in praying that they will continue to love God and their neighbors. Also that God will bless their local school, Pawnee Elementary and the surrounding neighborhood through their showing and sharing the gospel.

The population of the metro Kansas City, MO, area is 1,985,891. There are 20.1% of the population affiliated with an evangelical church. 50.3% of the population are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 7,382 Kansas City residents.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

LOVE OFFERING for Pastor Tyler Diaz

The Pastor and Deacons are announcing a Love Offering to be collected for Pastor Tyler Diaz. Pastor Tyler's resignation as Minister of Youth was announced on Sunday, September 16, 2018. His last day of responsibilities will be Sunday, October 21.

You can make your checks or electronic payments payable to the church with the designation of the gift for Pastor Tyler's Love Offering.

Wednesday Evening Study in Esther Continues Each Wednesday Evening

We are immersed in a secular age. We are surrounded by its values, its addictions, and its idols.

We are in week four of the Esther study. Tonight (October 17) we will be in chapter five as we consider the Bible’s instructions for living lives of faith in a world gone mad.

Our study is based on the book “Faith Among the Faithless” by Mike Cosper, a pastor and the owner of a Christian media company.

“Esther’s story reveals a way forward in a culture where people of faith find themselves at the margins of society. She neither clutches for power nor seeks self-protection. Instead, she faces reality, embraces weakness, and finds faith, hope, and help from a world unseen,” Cosper says.

Esther is an important book for our day because it reminds us that God does not abandon His people no matter how dark the circumstances, how compromised our lives have become, or how hidden He may seem.

“Whatever happens in the years and decades to come, we can be sure that faithfulness looks pretty much like it did 3,000 years ago. Sometimes it looks like Daniel; a steady path of spiritual formation and obedience. But sometimes, and perhaps more often than not, it looks more like Esther; a path of awakening, risk, vulnerability, and, ultimately, hope.”

LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28, during the morning worship service.

This is a great time to gather as the body of Christ to fulfill a command that Jesus gave the church. As we gather, we will remember Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and celebrate the victory that is the church's through His salvation!

FALL FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 28

The FALL FESTIVAL will be on Sunday, October 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes, and bounce houses for children ages 3 through the fifth-grade. There will be food for everyone attending, including adults.

We need volunteers to help with the Fall Festival. Please contact Sandy Townsend, Shannon Gardner, or Pastor Michael Pait and let them know of your availability to volunteer.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

CLEAN-UP OUR CHURCH Day, November 17

Saturday, November 17, is being designated as a Clean-up Our Church Day. There are numerous items on the To-Do list for this day. We need to scrub each of the six bathrooms from ceiling to floor. Classrooms need to have items-that-haven't-been-used-in-a-year thrown out. Storage rooms need to have things thrown out. The hedge along the parking lot side of the sanctuary needs to be pulled out. The list goes on.

We will have a dumpster on sight for all of the discarded items. There will be lists available for you to sign up starting the first Sunday in November. The lists will be at a table in the vestibule.

This is a great time to get our facilities in order for the holidays!

Door-Hanger Distribution on Saturday, December 1

We are asking for 25 volunteers to help distribute door-hangers on Saturday, December 1. We are going to distribute them to every home in which we have placed a bible (roughly 400 homes). These door hangers will advertise our Christmas schedule. This is a very hands on way to reach out to the homes we have already impacted through the bible distribution.

Rainer Calls On Churches to Get a Little “Scrappy”

by Aaron Wilson

October 16, 2018

This article is reprinted from the website, www.bpnews.net. It is recommended reading for you by Pastor Terry Townsend.

NASHVILLE (BP) – Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team.

He noted they weren't the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team's grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs the following year.

In his new book, "Scrappy Church: God's Not Done Yet," Rainer calls on churches to bring a similar mentality to revitalization -- something he believes is attainable if churches are willing to roll up their sleeves and get a little scrappy.

"I have seen many so-called hopeless churches become turnaround churches," Rainer said. "I have seen congregations defy all the doom-and-gloom prognosticators. I have seen churches spit in the face of the objective facts that say it can't be done.

"I call these turnaround churches 'scrappy churches.'" he said. "While scrappy church leaders are not blind to the difficulties around them and in their congregations, they remain certain God is still at work."

Rainer believes many churches in North America resemble the state of an overwhelmed team when they say things like:

-- "We can't reach young families; they go to the big church that has all the children's and student stuff."

-- "We don't have the money or the people the other churches have."

-- "We can't compete with the megachurch in our town."

But in "Scrappy Church," Rainer tells stories of real churches that are in a new mode of revitalization and that -- for the first time in years, maybe decades -- are experiencing hope.

"I see the beginning of a movement of profound church revitalization in so many congregations," Rainer said. "And if the pattern continues, we could see as many as 100,000 churches move from decline to growth, ineffectiveness to effectiveness, divisiveness to unity, and hopelessness to hope."

Rainer said the past few years have been a season in which he felt a deep burden to help churches define reality -- insisting that many struggling churches must change or die. However, in the coming season, Rainer says his emphasis will shift to communicating more about what God is doing in churches that are truly revitalizing.

"My first step of hope will not only be sharing stories but discerning how God is specifically working in scrappy churches," said Rainer, who recently announced plans toretirein the coming year. "And though I will never suggest we can discover some formulaic or programmatic answer to church revitalization, we can observe the work of God and discern how that work might apply to our church and our context."

"Scrappy Church" is available exclusively at LifeWay Christian Stores andLifeWay.com. A free secret guest survey is available at ThomRainer.com/ScrappyQuiz to help leaders identify just how scrappy their church is and what low-hanging fruit can be harvested to improve ministry to the community.

Aaron Wilson is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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October 10th, 2018

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League

A WING & A PRAYER Bowling League has completed five weeks of the 2018 Fall League. However, we only have results through the previous week. Those results indicate that the Three Queens and a Prince are in first-place, followed by Team #3, Hakuna Matata, Team #5, One Pin Standing, and BLIND.

Individually, for the ladies, Kelley Hubbard bowled a 164, followed by Wanda Cioffi's 153 and April Walls' 147.

For the guys, David Sager bowled a 189, followed by Mike Norton's 186 and Fred Rondeau's 185.

Next Monday's (October 15) matchups are: Team #3 vs. Hakuna Matata; One Pin Standing vs. Team #5; and Three Queens and a Prince vs. BLIND.

Missionary Prayer Calendar

This article provides information about missionaries appointed to work in North America by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). A different missionary will be referenced each week. This information is provided by NAMB. In addition to praying for these missionaries, feel free to contact them via the information provided.

This week's missionaries are Wayne and Pascha Lee. They are church planters in Baltimore, Maryland. You can reach them at Christian Liberty Church, P. O. Box 7016, Baltimore, MD 21216. You can also reach them at info@christianlibertychurch.org.

They are asking us to join with them in praying that the gospel of Jesus Christ will spread throughout West Baltimore communities. Also pray for spiritual maturity, godly wisdom and ordered steps over their family and the flock of Christian Liberty Church.

The population of Baltimore is 2,797,407. Only 9.9% of the population are affiliated with an evangelical church; while 57.9% are unaffiliated with any religious body. There is one Southern Baptist Church for every 10,438 Baltimore residents.

We do not have this same information from the International Mission Board (IMB) due to security issues. However, pray for our international missionaries as a group. Pray for their families to have good health. Pray for their family members that have birthdays and anniversaries. Pray for them as they deal with news from loved ones here in the states. Pray that God will refresh them spiritually and physically. Pray that God will open doors for their ministries to be fruitful.

Thursday Morning Bible Study Continues Weekly

The Thursday morning Bible Study taught by Ron Parkinson resumed last Thursday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They are studying the book of Hebrews. This bible study is open to everyone. It continues weekly until the Christmas break.

LOVE OFFERING for Pastor Tyler Diaz

The Pastor and Deacons are announcing a Love Offering to be collected for Pastor Tyler Diaz. Pastor Tyler's resignation as Minister of Youth was announced on Sunday, September 16, 2018. His last day of responsibilities will be Sunday, October 21.

You can make your checks or electronic payments payable to the church with the designation of the gift for Pastor Tyler's Love Offering.

Wednesday Evening Study in Esther Begins September 26

We are immersed in a secular age. We are surrounded by its values, its addictions, and its idols.

Beginning on September 26, and continuing on the following Wednesday nights we will study the book of Esther to consider the Bible’s instructions for living lives of faith in a world gone mad.

Our study is based on the book “Faith Among the Faithless” by Mike Cosper, a pastor and the owner of a Christian media company.

“Esther’s story reveals a way forward in a culture where people of faith find themselves at the margins of society. She neither clutches for power nor seeks self-protection. Instead, she faces reality, embraces weakness, and finds faith, hope, and help from a world unseen,” Cosper says.

Esther is an important book for our day because it reminds us that God does not abandon His people no matter how dark the circumstances, how compromised our lives have become, or how hidden He may seem.

“Whatever happens in the years and decades to come, we can be sure that faithfulness looks pretty much like it did 3,000 years ago. Sometimes it looks like Daniel; a steady path of spiritual formation and obedience. But sometimes, and perhaps more often than not, it looks more like Esther; a path of awakening, risk, vulnerability, and, ultimately, hope.”

LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28

We will celebrate the LORD'S SUPPER on Sunday, October 28, during the morning worship service.

This is a great time to gather as the body of Christ to fulfill a command that Jesus gave the church. As we gather, we will remember Jesus' vicarious death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and celebrate the victory that is the church's through His salvation!

FALL FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 28

The FALL FESTIVAL will be on Sunday, October 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes, and bounce houses for children ages 3 through the fifth-grade. There will be food for everyone attending, including adults.

We need volunteers to help with the Fall Festival. Please contact Sandy Townsend, Shannon Gardner, or Pastor Michael Pait and let them know of your availability to volunteer.

Singing Time in Children's Church

Beginning this Sunday, the Children (3 years of age through 5th grade) will go to Children's Church at the beginning of worship time – 10:00 a.m. They will be working on music to be presented in Adult worship at a future date.

DISASTER RELIF for HURRICANE MICHAEL

Anyone desiring to help with disaster relief following Hurricane Michael can do so by making your check payable to First Baptist Church of Wellington. Please designate in the memo line “Disaster Relief.” The church will forward any monies collected to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention.

For more information, go to www.flbaptist.org. Click on the “Mobilization” tab. The menu will drop down. Click on the “Disaster Relief” tab.

HURRICANE MICHAEL Hits FLORIDA;

Disaster Relief Preps Against “Compassion Fatigue”

by Brandon Elrod

October 9, 2018

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "This year is beginning to look more like our 2017 hurricane response," said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board, as Hurricane Michael pressed toward the Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 9 prior to its landfall today (Oct. 10) as a Category 4 storm.

"The storms are simply happening a month later than they did last year," said Porter, who is coordinating with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors across the Southeast and NAMB's Send Relief leadership ahead of Michael's landfall.

"We've had Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina. Now three weeks later, we've got Hurricane Michael taking aim at Florida and Georgia," Porter said. The most devastating of last year's hurricanes began with Harvey and Irma in August followed by Maria in September.

SBDR has been hard at work since Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14. That major response -- along with responses to wildfires out West, major flooding in the Midwest and tornadoes in the Heartland -- has Porter warning Southern Baptists against the potential for "compassion fatigue."

The tendency is for people to lose their sensitivity to the news of damage, flooding and homelessness, he said.

"There's an extreme urgency to call Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers and churches to be faithful in the response," Porter said. "There are still thousands of people needing help who have not received it yet.

"The Lord calls us to be compassionate every day of our lives. 'Do not be weary in well-doing,'" he said, paraphrasingGalatians 6:9.

Since Hurricane Florence made landfall, SBDR has prepared more than 1.1 million meals, cleared more than a thousand yards and completed flood cleanup on more than 240 homes.

Send Relief, NAMB's compassion ministry arm, will be shipping resources from its ministry center in Appalachia as it did in preparation for Florence. SBDR volunteers and local churches will distribute those supplies, as well as feeding and ministering to people in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

With Hurricane Michael's landfall near Mexico Beach, Fla., damage from storm surge and wind pummeling were expected over large portions of the state's Gulf Coast. Damage and power outages are expected to extend through Georgia, potentially reaching into the Carolinas.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered emergency evacuations and declared a state of emergency in more than 30 counties, warning that Michael could be "the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades. This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous."

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 92 counties. "The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Michael," Deal stated. "In light of the storm's forecasted track, I encourage Georgians in the affected counties to be prepared and remain vigilant."

Unlike Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, Michael is not expected to carry the same flooding risk beyond the initial storm surge, with the hurricane predicted to move fairly quickly through Florida and into Georgia.

Florence remained over North and South Carolina after making landfall, dropping feet of rain in some regions, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates a moderate risk of flash flooding in Florida and South Georgia. Instead, a wider area likely will be affected by wind damage and power outages as Michael buzzes through the South.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is among the three largest providers of disaster relief assistance in the United States. Southern Baptist churches, associations and state conventions all partner to mobilize volunteers, resources and equipment to provide services. The North American Mission Board provides national coordination and assistance in larger multi-state responses.

Brandon Elrod writes for the North American Mission Board.

Blessings!

Pastor Terry


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