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February 5, 2016, 7:08 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 31, 2016


Good Morning Family!

            What a great evening we had at our first new Wednesday Night program for children and youth.  It was great to be in our new groups and have several new teachers and leaders involved.  It was also a great thing to see even more adults involved demonstrating their compassion and concern for the lives of these kids in our church family and from the community.

            Huge thanks go to those who showed up to get a feel for the volunteer positions for which they will be responsible for on a somewhat rotating basis as helpers and leaders in the kitchen, bus, and playground.  We want to make this a very safe environment for the many children which the Lord has brought our way on Wednesdays. 

            I also want you to take note of the refurbishing of several areas and rooms in our Office and Education Building.  If you have not already done so, please take a tour of the rooms upstairs and downstairs.  The changes have been done with a close eye on budget and doing what we can do to get the most out of every dollar spent on paint and wall décor that teaches the truths of Scripture in expressive ways that will speak to the kids.

            The “new” furniture in the rooms is not new at all.  The youth room was equipped through a local thrift store and the colorful chairs that are in one room now and will be appearing in several of the other kids’ rooms are chairs that FBCCF already had.  They received a “facelift” with a few cans of spray paint from some of our ladies on this past Thursday.  Thanks, girls!  You did a wonderful job! More colorful chairs are in the works in the coming week or so.  Thanks are given to the Lord who was gracious to provide us with some warm days with which we could paint outside.

            As we ask the Lord to bless the ministry of this church, we want to be diligent to make the most of the resources with which He has blessed us.  I believe our church family, more than any other I have ever known, is a wonderful steward of the resources and facilities that make up our buildings and grounds.  As spring approaches, we will be looking at a few tasks we need to accomplish to set in motion some things for future planning of land and facility use.  All of this is to continue the work of helping us to provide a LIGHTHOUSE for people to learn and be discipled in their walk with Christ.

            Keep praying and keeping staying focused on our mission of carrying out the Great Commission! It is all about honoring and lifting up Christ and His Word to show those in our community that He is indeed their only hope!

             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




January 25, 2016, 8:42 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 24, 2016


Good Morning Family!

            We finally got a bit of snow this winter.  The ice shut down school this week for a few days.  On Wednesday, our activities were cancelled due to the road conditions.  The rule of thumb for us here is that is Reeds Spring cancels school on a Wednesday due to the weather, then our activities will be cancelled as well.  We do not want to run the risk of running our church van on these back roads in inclement weather and endanger the kids or our driver.  We will also send out a robo-call as we did this last week to confirm the cancellation.

            Thanks to Brent Sturgeon this week for coming up on Tuesday to help paint on of our classrooms!   That helped out so much and it looks great!  Several rooms got a makeover this past week.  The Junior High and High School rooms both have fresh paint and a new look for the new year.

            I was so pleased with your response to the message last week.  Your ability to get on board with ministry objectives and jump in to help is amazing.  I am thankful for a wonderful church family that cares about our community enough to be outreach oriented and compassionate toward the children of this area and their families.

            Our Business Meeting/Potluck last Sunday was well attended and an encouraging,  Christ-like spirit always is very evident.  I think we are one of the few churches that actually have fun at our Business Meetings!

            On one more encouraging note: We had 66 in Sunday School last Sunday and 80 in worship.  We aren’t focused on numbers, but numbers are people and that is encouraging.  We are focused on people.

            I pray you all have stayed warm and safe this past week as we are beginning to enter into the heart of winter time.  According to the calendar, we are only one month into winter.  That leaves us another two to which to look forward.  I don’t want snow on Sundays, but it is quite beautiful to see a blanket of white on the ground and sticking to every branch of these bare trees highlighting the beauty of the Lord’s creation.

            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




January 15, 2016, 9:45 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - January 17, 2016


Good Morning Family!

            Although we enjoyed visiting family and some friends during our trip north for a late Christmas, it has been simply wonderful to be back home in Cape Fair.  As we were coming back into town last Monday evening, the sunset was a fiery red and pink that spread across the sky over the hills and then turned to a deep purple just before dark.  We unpacked our bags and settled in for a restful evening before getting “back at it”.

            I cannot tell you how much I am looking toward 2016 and what the Lord has in store for us to do this year.  This is why I am going to spend a little bit of time with you this morning casting some vision.  We have been here nearly two years and the Lord has led us through some very exciting times and He is working through this church in some very mighty ways.

            It is the Lord’s work and His work alone; we together are simply His vessels. His will is what we seek and as we do that, His work will continue to be accomplished through this church.  He has blessed our efforts in the Kingdom and He has also blessed our heart for people.

            I am going to be sharing with you this morning some ways in which we will be refining what is already working and prayerfully make an even greater impact for His Name in Cape Fair and the surrounding area.

            In the nearly two years I have been here, I am convinced the Lord has given this church a “shepherding ministry” for the families and children of this area.  There is so much hurt, confusion, apathy, and sometimes downright danger in some of the homes around us that it is mind-numbing to think about.  But God has called us to be salt and light and to be, literally, a lighthouse for many in this community. 

            We, who make up this local church called First Baptist, are fulfilling the Great Commission.  That is our ministry; share the Gospel, baptize new believers the Lord saves, and disciple believers.  I am so happy to be a part of this family that loves the Lord and cares about people.

            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

 




January 15, 2016, 9:41 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - January 10, 2016


Good Morning Family!

          As I write this letter, it is Sunday January 3rd and we are busily packing for our trip up north to see family for a late Christmas.  As you read this letter, it is January 10th and you are getting ready to enjoy a great message from the Scriptures from our dear Brother Dale.  He will be sharing what the Lord has laid on his heart for you this morning and this evening!

          I am so thankful he and Judy are a part of our church family.  Please set aside today to share your heart of thanks with them for the many areas of service to the body at FBCCF that they perform weekly in their ministry to adults and kids.  They are two of the most encouraging people I know and Dale is a wonderful brother in Christ to me.  Thanks to both of you!

          With a week off, we probably won’t know what to do with ourselves, but I am sure that family will keep us busy.  People to see, home repairs and leaves to rake for Robin’s mom, and old sights to see I am sure will fill the days.  There is always plenty to do and a never ending list of people we would like to see.  I am hoping to see my good friend Dave that has been on our prayer list for so long. 

          We will enjoy the time seeing family and some old friends, but will greatly enjoy coming back home the 11th.  Here with our church family is where home is and we are so blessed of the Lord to spend our days with you.  We will be praying for you all especially this morning as you gather for worship and the study and preaching of the Word.  We will be attending a local church this morning up here as well.  

          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




January 1, 2016, 3:32 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 3, 2016


Good Morning Family!

          “Happy New Year!” is the traditional saying, but I should rather say, “Have a Joyful New Year!”  On our church sign today is not only my prayer for each of you; but it is also a promise to each of you from our Lord in Scripture. We should rejoice everyday for this promise of scripture below.

          Just as Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, I write to you this morning...

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,   

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:  

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

          What a wonderful passage of promises to those who called of God!  God, who chose and called us, has promised to bless “us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”.  None of us who follow Christ and are walking as His disciples will ever lack anything we need to enable us to live lives that are pleasing to the Father.

          We are His adopted children and are the recipients of having a standing before Him that is nothing short of miraculous.  We are “holy and without blame before Him in love”.  This is a blessing that is only because of His goodwill toward us.  This should bring great joy to each of us this morning, and all through this next year as we dig deeper and deeper into His Word together.

          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

 


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