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.
This week Stephen talks about the following:
- Team Night date correction. November 9 at 6:30 pm
- Make sure you look at your bulletin this Sunday
- New Series is starting November 5. God Redeems
- This Sunday is the last Sunday of our Money series. Read Acts 4 & 5, the story of Ananias & Sapphira.
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.
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:
- George and Ida Mae’s going away party after service on Sunday
- We are in week number 2 of our new series on Money. Stephen will be preaching out of the story of Achan this Sunday.
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:
- Service starts at 10 am
- Bring a lawn chair. We will provide chairs, but just in case there are not enough, bring one of your own.
- Call Dawn Monroe (716-870-8937) before Sunday to make sure you know what to do with the dish you are bringing.
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:
- Family Reunion, joint service on Sunday (with fellowship time at afterward)
- New Elder and Head Deacon installation
- Church clean out
- Baptisms and church picnic
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:
- Annual meeting after service this Sunday
- Free Flea Market on Sunday
- Baptisms and Family Picnic
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
- New and improved coffee time on Sunday mornings
- We’re donating our old Hymnals to a church in need
- August 6: Annual Church Meeting
- August 20: Baptisms and Family Picnic
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:
- Zac’s Mission and Worship Night: July 23 at 7 pm
- 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.
- Church Annual Meeting: August 6 after service
- 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.
- 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.
Stephen will be preaching out of Ephesians 4:11-16 this week and he will be spending time on the WHY of our church vision. Why we believe God is calling us to become a church of Community Groups. It’s a great Sunday to decide to be at church.
Stephen also talks about the following:
- Zac’s Mission and Worship Night, July 23 at 7 pm
- Church Annual Meeting: August 6 after service
- Church cleanup: From now to the end of August we will have cleaning out and donating 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 we’re looking at Ephesians 4:7-10 and how Jesus, with all authority (after descending and ascending), gives gifts to his church so that they can walk in a manner worthy of their calling. Spend some time in the text below. Read it, meditate on it and allow it to minister to you.
1) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2) with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3) eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4) There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6) one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7) But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8) Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9) (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10) He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Stephen also covers the follow:
- Zac’s Mission and Worship Night on July 23 at 7pm
- Ryan and Chelsea’s going away party on July 14 at 5pm
Midweek – June 14, 2017
Here are just a few things to take note of:
- Website changes in the month of July
- Kids Summer Hangout (See Heidi’s contact details below)
- Creation Food Donations
- 2 week Fatherhood Series before returning to Ephesians on June 25
- Kids Community highlight video
Email Heidi Lauger about Kids Summer Hangout here
Continue the celebration
This week at community group we are encouraging you to continue the celebrations together. Get out of the four walls you meet in, get the grill out and enjoy God’s creation together, sabbaths and celebrations are extremely Biblical. Talk about all that God has done in your life during this study! Share stories and share life!
This is a history making weekend
We are so excited that this weekend is upon us. We’ve been waiting for this weekend for a long time now! It’s Boot Camp time! Ian is going to be walking us through the essence and purpose of what the church is going to look like in years to come. If you haven’t signed up yet but still want to go, don’t worry, the doors are still open, head on down there on Friday night, and stay the whole day Saturday. We can’t wait to chat about everything that was learned during our Celebration on Sunday, come ready with something to share.
We love our church!!
8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Ian just got done preaching out of Ephesians 3:1-7 and explained how God’s power makes the Son known through the Spirit’s work in us. He spent time examining exactly what Paul says about God’s calling and covered three important points.
- Paul’s calling was steeping in Christ’s grace (1-3)
- The Spirit always reveals calling (4-5)
- Our calling is as limited as our Gospel (6-7)
CLICK HERE to download this weeks Field Guide.
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Stephen just got done preaching out of Ephesians 2:19-22 and how in God’s household we’re aliens becoming children; we’re sinners becoming saints and strangers becoming family. He spent time examining exactly what Paul says about God’s household and covered three important points.
- God’s household doesn’t make sense
- God’s household is empowered by the revealed and resurrected Jesus
- God’s household is where God dwells
CLICK HERE to download this weeks Field Guide.
Ian have walked us through Ephesians 2:14-18 and examined the reality that Jesus is peace, so now we can rest in him. He walked us through two supporting ideas:
- Through the Cross we are One with Peace
- God’s Plan was for a Church of Peace
You can download the Field Guide here.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Stephen has just finished walking us through Ephesians 2:11-13 where we looked at how Jesus’ blood brings the alienated and hopeless near. He walked us through how the text was calling us to remember two things:
- Remember you were alienated Gentiles
- Remember you were hopeless without God
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8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Stephen just got done preaching out Ephesians 2:1-7 and he encouraged us that it’s important to remember who we once were in order to treasure who we are now in Jesus. He walked us through 3 realities that Paul offers us from his letter:
- In Jesus we go from death to life
- In Jesus we go from slavery to liberty
- In Jesus we go from wrath to riches
Download our Field Guide below to work through these ideas further before Community Group this week.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Ian walked us through our last installment in Ephesians; Ephesians 1:19-23. He spent time in the passage explaining how Christ is Lord over all because he gave of himself to all and he used three support ideas to communicate that thought effectively.
- God’s power raised Christ from our sin and now He rules
- Christ is over everything that we value…. whether we like it or not
- Christ is in us…now no one can stand against us
Download our field guide below and get stuck into it before Community Group this week.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Stephen walked us through Ephesians 1:15-19 and it’s main idea: How others respond to God needs to shape our response to them.
We saw Paul responding to the church of Ephesus’ faith and Jesus and love for one another through thankful prayer. He prayed specifically for three things:
- Prayers for knowing God relationally
- Prayer for knowing hope clearer
- Prayers for knowing God’s power more
Download our Field Guide to work through these ideas more in-depth.
Ephesians 1:15-19 (ESV)
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
Ian spent this morning walking us through Ephesians 1:13-14 and it’s main idea: The gospel saves us, the Spirit seals us, and the Father is glorified by us. Here supported that main idea with three important truths to remember.
- Salvation is the first step… not the last
- The God who seals us is often ignored by us
- Our guarantee inheritance is through God’s guaranteed glory
Take time this week in Community Group to flesh out some of these ideas.
Download our Field Guide & get ready to meet with your group.
Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV)
13) In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14) who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Today Ian walked us through this main idea: In Jesus’ blood we have been forgiven so that we can live into God’s plan. He talked about 4 important points from Ephesians 1:7-10.
- We have been redeemed because He knew the cost
- We are rich because He is generous
- We are known because He is known
- We are one with Him because He is One
Now this week in Community Groups lets dig into that a little more.
Download the FIELD GUIDE and work through some questions that will get you thinking at a deeper level about this passage.
This Sunday Stephen walked us through the truth about our inheritance in Jesus. He spoke at length from 1 Peter 1:3-5, where Peter says how our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, unfading and kept. This week in Community Groups talk about what it means to inherit all things.
Download our field guide HERE
This week we look ahead to Sunday and prepare our hearts for what God wants to do! This week we’re looking at Ephesians 1:7-10 with our main idea being: In Jesus’ blood we have been forgiven in order that we can live into God’s plan.
After Sunday’s message, Ian encourages us to download a copy of this week’s Bible Study and to work through it before you come to Community Group. This week we are focussing on a the reality of being adopted into God’s family and what that means when we let that sink in.
Ian introduces the new field guides that were created for this series and walks everyone through them. These are going to be great resources for deep Community Group discussion during the week.
Stephen talks about the upcoming series in Ephesians and encourages you to start preparing your heart for this journey. As the Community Groups have committed to studying this letter, perhaps it’s a commitment you want to make personally too. Watch until the end to see the series teaser.
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As we look forward to Ian’s installation on Sunday, Stephen challenges all of us to think about what our involvement is going to look like at Wilson FBC in the year(s) to come. God has readied Ian for this season and he is also readying his church here in Wilson, which means he is readying you too. Lets spend sometime considering what that looks like.
Ian reminds us of the question to consider this week at Community Groups. What does it look like to LIVE CHURCH in the future through making disciples? Lets make sure we spend a little time dreaming this week about what church can look like in the years to come. God what do you want your church to look like?
Now that Community Groups are finished for the week, we look ahead to Sunday. Stephen wants us to start dreaming a little. What does it look like for us to live church, in light of who Jesus is, well in the future? Sunday we’ll spend time exploring the idea of discipleship and what that actually means for us moving forward.
Marlo Joseph Hay will be dedicated on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Please come and show Hay household your loving support and commitment.
Church Vision Casting
Sunday will mark the beginning of a year long journey of vision casting/living. We believe that God want’s us to unpack what it means to LIVE CHURCH. So over the course of the year, everything we will do will be done to understand that more.
To help facilitate the vision casting process there will now be a help desk available in the Basement Loft before and after church on Sundays. This will a great place to ask any questions that you have as well as get to know our new Pastor, Ian.
Church Bus and Youth Renovations
Watch this video to see Stephen explain a little more about the current search for a church bus and what money was spent to create the Upper Lounge in the fellowship hall.
1/4 Church Meeting
Members join us after service on Sunday for the 1/4 Church Meeting. This will be a great opportunity to ask any questions about the Associate Pastor Candidate and our budget report.
November 11-13. See Lois Farley if you have any questions
Associate Pastor Candidate
Ian Domaschofsky is candidating with us on November 20. He will be preaching and you will have an opportunity to meet his wonderful family. He also anticipates visiting a couple of Community Groups during his stay.
Our church family dinner will also be on November 20, in the evening. Please see Heather Zahno or Dawn Monroe for more details of dishes to pass etc.
December 4 (from 3pm-5:30pm) will be this years community Country Christmas. Please see Heidi Lauger or Judy Ornella for volunteering, we have jobs that need filled. Invite friends and families with small kids to come out and enjoy the afternoon.
Please let Lois Farley know if you intend on attending this conference by Wednesday, October 26, she needs to let the camp know.
Associate Pastor Search
We will be giving another Associate Pastor search announcement on Sunday. We are excited about how this process is going.
We will make an announcement on Sunday about where we are with the Associate Pastor search.
After church on Sunday we will gather together to pray for our country in light of the upcoming elections and racial devision.
Back to School Bash
This Saturday the youth will be participating in a Dodgeball competition against other school districts that we are hosting in the Zipp Gym in Wilson. Pray for a chance for youth to get connected to us for the upcoming year. If you would like to volunteer please email Rich Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download the registration form of our website. Please visit wilsonfbc.com/kids/.
Thank you for coming out to the Annual Meeting. We success voted the budget in for 2017.
Another invitation to you and your family to our baptism service this Sunday at Tuscarora State Park, 10am.