Category: Church Life

The first Advent Candle: Hope

On Sunday we lit our first Advent candle which represented Hope. Here is a little video from the Bible Project that explains that word in more detail.

In the Bible people who have hope are very different from optimists! In this video, we’ll explore how biblical hope looks to God’s character alone as a basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present.

More information on The Bible Project here

Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of Nicole and I and our family, we want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are so thankful to God to have the privilege of being part of such a beautiful body. It is a joy to be your pastor.

I am reminded again of a verse we’ve looked at a lot lately.

John 6:11
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.

As we get ready for a day of family and food, can we be encouraged by the thankfulness of our Savior? Jesus faced with an impossible task, and minimal resources was still able to be thankful to His Father for what He had at that moment. May Jesus be the standard by which we choose to be thankful today. Today we enjoy more natural resources than the incarnate Son of God. We experience more material abundance than He ever did in 33 years on this earth, yet He is our perfect example of thankfulness.

If you are genuinely struggling to be thankful today, can I encourage you to take time to consider TRUE freedom that is found through faith in the grace of Jesus’ death on the cross for our sin?

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.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is not only the perfect example of thankfulness but also the precise reason for it too. In Jesus, our debt is paid; in Jesus, our eternal freedom has been won.

I have attached a wonderful blog outlining 5 beautiful truths about thankfulness, please take the time to reflect on them.

Have a wonderful day and God Bless!

Love Stephen

The History of the ESV

Good morning church. I get the privilege to preach from the English Standard Version every single Sunday I stand before you to herald the Word of God. This is a beautifully made video about its history. If you are interested in knowing where it came from, take the ten minutes to watch. I’m praying that it stirs a reverence in your heart regarding God’s Word.

I Love you church,

Most Valuable Thing That This World Affords

Over twenty years ago, the idea was born for a new translation of the Bible. After many conversations and much prayer, fourteen members of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee began work on the English Standard Version—an essentially literal translation standing in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium. In the preface to the ESV, the Translation Oversight Committee writes:

In that [classic] stream, faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of precision were combined with simplicity, beauty, and dignity of expression. Our goal has been to carry forward this legacy for this generation and generations to come.

In this short documentary, members of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee and Crossway’s leadership team reflect on the history of the English Standard Version—with deep reverence, gratitude, and ongoing wonder at what God has done and continues to do through the ESV.

Soli Deo Gloria!—To God alone be the glory!

Midweek – 11.17.17

Stephen reminds everyone of the Church Thanksgiving dinner this Sunday at 5 pm. If you still need to let Dawn Monroe know you are coming or are bringing a dish to pass, her phone number is (716) 870-8937. Please call her between now and then, before Sunday.

Midweek – 10.19.17

This week Stephen doesn’t have a tone of announcements other than to continue encouraging you to walk the journey of Biblical Stewardship and money with him. What does God say about how we manage His possessions? This week we are in Luke 19:1-10 with the story of Zacchaeus. Read it before you join us on Sunday. Can’t wait to see you all then.

Midweek 10.13.17 – WE’RE BACK!!

FBC Midweek is back! In the run-up to all the youth activities starting again, we just couldn’t put these videos out. Now that everything is up and running, we’re back into this routine.

Stephen covers the following:

  1. George and Ida Mae’s going away party after service on Sunday
  2. We are in week number 2 of our new series on Money. Stephen will be preaching out of the story of Achan this Sunday.

Midweek – 8.18.17

This week is outside service at Tuscarora State Park where we will be performing baptisms and enjoying our annual church picnic. We can’t wait to celebrate Jesus with you this Sunday. There are a couple of things to take note of:

  1. Service starts at 10 am
  2. Bring a lawn chair. We will provide chairs, but just in case there are not enough, bring one of your own.
  3. Call Dawn Monroe (716-870-8937) before Sunday to make sure you know what to do with the dish you are bringing.

Midweek – 8.12.17

Tomorrow Stephen will walk us through Ephesians 5:1-2 where Paul calls us to be imitators of God, as beloved children. This is a huge section of scripture as Paul continues to remind the church in Ephesus that it’s all about BEING before DOING.

In the video Stephen also covers the following:

  1. Family Reunion, joint service on Sunday (with fellowship time at afterward)
  2. New Elder and Head Deacon installation
  3. Church clean out
  4. Baptisms and church picnic

Midweek – 8.4.17

This week Ian is preaching out of Ephesians 4:30-32 and is going to be challenging up to put away this like slander, anger, and malice but instead be men and women of kindness and tenderheartedness. Make sure you read up before Sunday.

Coffee starts at 9:30 am and service at 10 am.

Stephen also covered the following:

  1. Annual meeting after service this Sunday
  2. Free Flea Market on Sunday
  3. Baptisms and Family Picnic

Midweek – 7.28.17

This week Stephen is preaching out of Ephesians 4:25-19 and looking at how diving into faith in Jesus means giving up on any type of fear or greed of a deceitful mind. Make sure you are read up before Sunday and your heart is ready to receive the Word.

Stephen also covered the following in the video… watch for more info

  1. New and improved coffee time on Sunday mornings
  2. We’re donating our old Hymnals to a church in need
  3. August 6: Annual Church Meeting
  4. August 20: Baptisms and Family Picnic

Midweek – 7.21.17

Ian will be preaching out of Ephesians 4:17-24 this week and he will be spending time on the difference between being and doing. and why we so often get it switch the wrong way. Get your hearts ready to receive and be taught.

Stephen also talks about the following:

  1. Zac’s Mission and Worship Night: July 23 at 7 pm
  2. Church cleanup: From now to the end of August we will have cleaned out and donated some of the old stuff that we’ve had sitting in the church for several years. We will be making announcements on Sunday mornings letting everyone know what are in the boxes. If there is anything that you would like to grab out of them, please do. This week’s items are CHOIR/MUSIC BOOKS.
  3. Church Annual Meeting: August 6 after service
  4. A Family Reunion: August 13 Jame and Brandi’s church will be joining us for service at our location. They will lead in worship and we will be preaching.
  5. Church Picnic and Baptisms: August 20 we will meet at Tuscarora State Park for our outdoor baptism service and annual church family picnic. Please contact Dawn Monroe to help with the luncheon.