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December 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 9, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     So, the Lord had other plans last Sunday after we arrived. This Sunday, we will, Lord willing, be looking at the Isaiah 40 passage from last week’s sermon that we never got to. We can consider today the First Sunday of Advent…Take 2! Our theme will still be HOPE and I suppose we can consider this morning the continuation of last week’s service. We will have the Advent Candles pre-lit this morning, since the Barker Family lit them and did the Advent reading for us last week on our theme with which we continue this week. If you weren’t here last Sunday and you’re not sure what’s going on, that’s okay. We’ll get you up to speed in the service.

 

     As always, we will be working together toward our annual Loren Easley Christmas Offering throughout December. Named after the early pastor of First Baptist Church that dedicated himself and his family to minister here in Cape Fair for many years to lay a great foundation; we give in honor of His Holy Spirit empowered ministry to reach this community. Our giving this year will be directed toward our General Association of Regular Baptist Churches- Regular Baptist International.

 

     This is the international outreach arm of our association that supplies missionaries and overseas ministries with literature assistance, training, and physical support. GARBC International also initiated and is a cooperating partner with The International Partnership of Fundamental Baptist Ministries to support even more like-minded followers of Jesus serving as international missionaries. Every dollar collected this Christmas season will go toward the direct support of supplies, training, and missionaries. Seek the Lord how you would give toward this effort above your normal offering and the outcome will be His desire.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




December 1, 2018, 9:59 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 2, 2018


First Sunday of Advent: HOPE

Good Morning Family!

 

     Hope. How many songs have been written desiring it? How many movies have the word “hope” in the title. Hope is a common theme in nearly every presidential election. Yet, hope is always elusive, apart from the HOPE that is only found in Christ.

 

     As we begin our Advent series of services and messages, HOPE is what we will focus on this morning. We’ll be in Isaiah chapter 40 looking at the prophecy of the HOPE that would come when the Messiah was revealed.

 

     As always, we will be working together toward our annual Loren Easley Christmas Offering throughout December. Named after the early pastor of First Baptist Church that dedicated himself and his family to minister here in Cape Fair for many years to lay a great foundation; we give in honor of His Holy Spirit empowered ministry to reach this community. Our giving this year will be directed toward our General Association of Regular Baptist Churches- Regular Baptist International.

 

     This is the international outreach arm of our association that supplies missionaries and overseas ministries with literature assistance, training, and physical support. GARBC International also initiated and is a cooperating partner with The International Partnership of Fundamental Baptist Ministries to support even more like-minded followers of Jesus serving as international missionaries. Every dollar collected this Christmas season will go toward the direct support of supplies, training, and missionaries. Seek the Lord how you would give toward this effort above your normal offering and the outcome will be His desire.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steven

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




November 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 25, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     There are simply no words adequate for the gratitude in my heart for the tremendous effort last weekend for our First Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Festival.  I say “First” because, at least since I have been here, we have not done the event quite like that and “Annual” because I am praying that the Lord would bless the effort again next season and help us to reach even more folks with the compassion of Christ, if He chooses to allow the privilege once again.

 

     Everyone involved did a wonderful job in their responsibilities. I do want to mention Tracy Hudson by name for her vision for the event and then leadership in getting this off the ground with the Special Events and Kitchen Committee headed by Judy Keel. Both of those women would be the first to send the thanks on down the line to everyone who played a part. From cooking to serving, to cleaning, to set up, to décor, to providing food and resources, to all of you who played a tremendous part by greeting and visiting with our many, many guests at the dinner table; each one of you was instrumentally used by the Lord to make such a tremendous impact.

 

     My best “guesstimate” is that we served well above 100 folks in-house, even delivering meals to several around town who could not make it but had shared their desire to be there. I know that I met and tried to visit with everyone I did not know, and we had folks from most of the surrounding churches as well, as more than several people from the Cape Fair community who noticed our banner and the many signs hung on nearly every stop sign in the area. I’m not sure that was legal, but I heard no complaints from MoDot. Ha Ha 😊 Once again, “Thanks” is not enough.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steven

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




November 18, 2018, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 18, 2018


Good Morning Family!

      The holidays always bring out the sentimental part of me. I remember so many Thanksgivings at my home with my parents when I was a young boy. The special memories were when we would go to my Granny’s house in Sedalia and meet with the rest of the extended family for a day of fun with the cousins that always involved football in the leaf covered vacant field next to her house.

     The kitchen would be full of the ladies and the men would be gathered in the living room talking or watching football on her old black and white TV set in the corner. We would usually leave early Thanksgiving Day morning to head to her house and there she would be waiting at the door with an apron on that had the evidence of much preparation since before the sun had risen. As she would swing the door open for hugs, the smells of fresh rolls with turkey and all the fixin’s would come out like a flood and the first place we would go would be the kitchen to see what we could sample ahead of time. I sure miss those times…

 

     For Robin and myself, in our household we have always tried to make Thanksgiving a day of family and gratitude to the Lord. And we have always attempted to make it a day that our kids will remember and look back on with fondness in years to come after we are gone. I like trying to recapture the times of years gone by and help those in our family in the younger generation know what it is to come to a homemade family Thanksgiving Day.

 

     Today, our church family is gathering around the table here in our kitchen in the Education- Office Building. I sincerely hope you will all plan on staying for dinner and a great time of fellowship. We have put out the invitation for brothers and sisters of five of our sister churches in the area to come join us as they can. We have also made it a point to let those to whom we minister in the community know that we want them to be our guests as well.

 

     We don’t know how many will come, but we know the Lord laid it on our hearts to invite, so we leave the outcome to Him. I am excited to be here today and am looking forward to being with YOU today as we celebrate Thanksgiving as God’s Family. Be sure to say a big THANK YOU to Tracy Hudson and her very large team for heading this thing up and to all of those who have been instrumental in purchasing, cooking, and preparing this wonderful celebration feast!

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




November 11, 2018, 10:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 11, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     Greetings this morning to our many veterans that serve the Lord here at FBCCF! We are so thankful for your service to our country and even more for your service in the Kingdom. Today, we salute you!

 

     Holly is doing exceptionally well. The Lord has been very gracious to her in her healing process and she sends her appreciation and gratitude for the cards and prayers that have been sent her way. And Robin and I are very thankful for the many ways you all as our church family have blessed us over the past few weeks in particular. Our hearts are full with gratitude to the Lord for you all.

 

     This will be one of my final opportunities by way of letter to encourage you to be a part of our Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner next Sunday the 18th. I am so looking forward to this event. Several of us have gone to our sister churches in the area and personally invited them to attend with us as a community wide effort to get acquainted with other believers. It is also an opportunity to provide a meal to those that are in the Cape Fair ministry area that could use a home cooked meal at Thanksgiving. Please come and join in the fellowship from 12:30 to 3pm next Sunday right after church service.

 

     I am so thankful for our Special Events Committee and our Kitchen Committee who have spearheaded this event. I am also extremely grateful for the many of you who have volunteered to cook and/or provide food for this innovative new ministry that we believe God has led us to accomplish this year. Special thanks to Tracy Hudson who is always working in the background leading in Special Events and Children’s/Youth Ministries. I am so thankful for all of those that work closely with her, doing your best to serve the Lord in any way that you can.

 

     Once again, please be in prayer for this next Sunday that the Lord would bless in helping us meet needs first of all for those who may be in tough straits this year at Thanksgiving. And also, pray that we would be faithful to do what the Lord wants us to do and leave the result to Him.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro. Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 


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