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September 12, 2015, 4:57 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 13, 2015


Greetings Family!

            I want to say a huge thanks to all who donated articles and time for the Church Yard Sale this past Saturday.  I am writing this on Friday, so I do not know, at the moment, how it turned out.  But, I know we will have had a good time putting it together and making it happen.  Thanks so much!

            On this past Wednesday, I was able to spend a little bit of time in the end of the Children's Ministry program in the sanctuary as I had let my adult group out a few minutes early.  After I released my crew of folks, I walked over to the sanctuary to sit in on their prayer time.  It is encouraging to see our kids share their needs with their leaders and one another and trust the Lord with the concerns of their hearts.

I was once again thankful for those who work weekly with our children and youth.  The dedication of our weekly co-laborers in the Lord in those areas is amazing to watch and very much appreciated.  I thank you all so very much!

            I also want to say thanks to those working in our music area.  We have made a few changes lately as to how we put the band together and arrange some of the music.  I am grateful for the hearts of worship that sit up on that platform weekly.  Rebekah, Robin, Clarence, and Elaine work very hard to put out a beautiful and joyful sound on their instruments and in their voices.  Each one has a specific way in which they contribute to the whole and combine together to produce praise through their hands and voices.  Take the time to personally thank them for their service to the Lord and their commitment to lead you in worship. 

            And, if I do not tell you enough, I am thankful for each of you as you come and join me in the study of God's Word.  It is so heartening to be a part of a local family of God that treasures the Scriptures above traditions, man's wisdom, the world's philosophies, and, at times, denominational misadventures.  Our first allegiance is to God's Holy Word and the subject of that Word: Jesus and His Glorious Gospel!

            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

Pastor




September 4, 2015, 2:05 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 6, 2015


Good Morning Family!

          I can’t believe it!  I am so excited!  We have finally reached a month with “ember” on the end of the name!  I so enjoy the changes of the seasons into Autumn with the colors and the prevailing cool winds.

          I am also even more excited about our teaching series this fall at FBCCF.  This weekend is, of course, Labor Day weekend.  Usually, we do not have services on Sunday evenings on Labor Day weekend and the same will hold true tonight.  There will be no evening worship service tonight.  I know several of you may have family plans and so we leave a few Sunday nights out of the year to allow for family time as that is very important.  So, enjoy the rest of this Lord’s Day and honor Him all day long.

          As we enter Fall, here is what I will be teaching on Sundays and Wednesdays for the time being:

 

Sunday Morning Services

Paul’s Letter to the Church at Rome

 

Sunday Evening Services

The Blessing of the Revelation

Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy,

and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

 

Wednesday Evening Adult Prayer and Study

Tools for Rightly Studying the Word of God

 

          I am so privileged to be your pastor and have the joy of teaching God’s Word to you and helping all of us be better students of the Scriptures.  No matter how mature we may be in the faith, we can all learn from each other as we gather in His name and grow our roots deeper and deeper into the wisdom of God found in the pages of His book!

                   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

Pastor




August 29, 2015, 5:59 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 30, 2015


Good Morning Family!

          What a great Lord’s Day last week!  I am so thankful that Tracy and David Hudson clued me in about The Texans.  Thanks so much, you two!  Sam, Brenda, and Curtis really ministered to the Body of Christ here at FBCCF.  It was a morning of praise, worship, and prayer.  I even was able to personally visit with Curtis a little later in the week and share again how pleased we were with their ministry.

          You, as a church body, were very generous as well in your Love Offering to The Texans’ ministry.  Giving for them totaled $542 from among us.  Way to go, church!

          Today, in our service, we are going to be recognizing our Sunday School teachers and those students who are promoting to the next grade level.  I am so thankful for our teachers and their commitment to teaching the Word of God.  Your labors are bearing fruit in the lives of those in your classes.

          I know the emphasis this morning is Sunday School, but I am also thankful for those who lead in our Tuesday Morning Men’s Group, our Wednesday Night Children and Youth groups, and our Thursday Morning Women’s Group.  I am so grateful that this church is devoted to the study of God’s Word and discipleship as integral parts of the whole mission with which we have been entrusted by the Master.

          Also, this morning, we will be sharing in The Lord’s Supper today as the Body.  I always look forward to celebrating this with you.  Isn’t it something that an ordinance the church has observed for almost 2,000 years is always new each time; just like the Lord’s mercies are new every day?  It is always an awesome thing to consider Jesus’ sacrifice.

              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

Pastor




August 21, 2015, 2:05 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 23, 2015


Good Morning Family,

            Today, we welcome The Texans to our service this morning to lead us in music and ministry.  It is indeed a pleasure to have them with us here in Cape Fair.  I trust the Lord will encourage your heart and challenge you through their ministry in the Gospel.  There will be a love offering taken this morning for their unique ministry.

            I am going to write a letter very similar to this letter you have in your hands this morning to our membership in the coming week or so that will more adequately explain the plan for FBCCF to help us get our monthly payment for the New Building/Property more manageable.  I am very certain the Lord would have us all go above and beyond what we think we can do and allow Him to give through us.  Remember, Robin and I are not asking you to do anything we are not willing to do ourselves.  Here is the idea in a nutshell:

            Our monthly payment on our new building and property out front along the highway is $1266 per month.  It is a 10 year note with a balance amount as of this September of $109,987.  At the original time of the church taking on the responsibility, monthly donations were made by members to the designated account “New Building Fund” to make the payment.  This kept the payment out of the General Operating Budget of the church’s ministry efforts.  It was not long though until the payment was added to the church General Operating Budget and the payment was no longer made by the extra effort of giving to the New Building Fund.

            That change has taken a huge toll on where we stand in our General Operating Budget to date.  As you know I have only been here a year and a half and so being new, I did not want to just rush in and change things especially in the area of finances.  I did not want to appear presumptuous as I knew I needed to build trust with you that we are here for the long haul and are standing alongside you in all we do for the Lord.  Several years ago, as soon as the payment for the building had been rolled back into the operating budget, our budget began to be drained by approximately that amount monthly.  In a little over two years, we have gone from around a $30,000 balance in our operating budget to a balance of only a little over $1000 as of the end of last month.  That trend is unsustainable and will be in the red in very, very short order unless we act now.

            If you get the balance sheet at the end of the month and look at it, you can clearly see this trend.  This reduction of the operating budget is not because we are spending too much in ministry, at all.  You all are doing quite well with keeping a tight string on spending.  The budget buster is the New Building payment that was never intended to be a part of the church operating budget, but was to be paid by commitments by God’s people outside of giving to the budget.  If that payment is returned to its original placement, outside the budget, then we would see our operating budget begin to heal dramatically and ministries could flourish into new areas.

            Here is my challenge and encouragement, as your shepherd, to help us be better stewards of the budget with which God has blessed us:

            The Lord blessed this church, before we came, to have the foresight to rebuild in an economical fashion after the devastating loss of the old Sanctuary to structural damage; and the foresight to pay for it outside of the operating budget.  We can get this New Building payment out of the budget by 28 individuals or combinations of individuals making a commitment to give $45 monthly in addition to your regular giving.  Two of you might go together to take one rock or there might be a few of us might possibly be able to take two rocks.  Either way, not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice is the guiding principle.  

28 rocks at $45 =  $1260     As of last Sunday the 16th, we have 20 rocks remaining to be adopted. 

            You would decide when during the month that you would give your committed amount.  Our family has to do some rearranging and prioritizing ourselves in our family’s budget to fulfill our commitment to the New Building Fund.  But, I am confident in the Lord to help us do what we know needs to be done to further honor Him in our giving.  When you give your commitment toward this effort, it should be designated on the envelope “NEW BUILDING FUND”.

            As I have stated to you before, I do not enjoy speaking on the topic of finances and have only given two sermons on the matter out of over 225 sermons and Bible studies I have led for us here at FBCCF so far.  That said, I believe that giving to the Lord’s work is a very private matter, so that is I why I have utilized rocks instead of us “signing up” to accomplish this goal together.  God has called me to lead by example and so you need to know we are committed to this task with you and have selected our family rock.

            I boldly ask you to join us in this adventure and I believe with all of my heart that God will bless this effort in ways we cannot see right now.  This is a real step in faith to return to the original plan of fulfilling the commitment to rebuild here in Cape Fair.

            This church is a very special place that the Lord has used and is continuing to use to be a shepherd to this area to the many who are believers and to the many who are yet to come to Christ.  That is our mission.  Preach the Gospel clearly and plainly and disciple believers.  I believe our commitment to the Gospel is pleasing to the Lord and our commitment to taking our rock of rebuilding will bring glory to His name as He does through us what we sometimes think cannot be done. 

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

 

        

 

 

                

        




August 18, 2015, 2:37 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 16, 2015


Good Morning Family,

          OK, so here is what I love about our church fellowship:

I love that there is truly a family atmosphere here.  It is not pretend.  It is not phony.  We are not acting here.  This church body at this local location in Cape Fair is truly a family.  We are brothers and sisters together in our mission for the Kingdom of God.  There is a genuine caring that is at the base of what is going on here.  I love my church family!

          Secondly, there is an authentic understanding of what our mission is.  This church has a unique ministry to the surrounding area.  We are the shepherds to a great many souls in and around the hills of Cape Fair.  The ministry to which the outward reach of the church is committed has fallen into place in order to be a lighthouse to the children and families of this area.

          Step back for a moment and see the children all around you.  The Gospel of Christ is making an effect on these children in major ways.  Think for a moment if next week, the church were not here.  Our mission was ended and the van did not come by to pick them up.  The church buildings were simply vacant.  What a tragedy to think of this area without this church; without your involvement.  I love this ministry!

          One more thing I love about our fellowship is the study of the scriptures that is foremost in our mission.  There is nothing better than sitting around a table, gathering in a room here in our facility, or coming together in the sanctuary to study God’s Word and interact with one another.  As iron sharpens iron, so we sharpen one another in our pursuit of the truths of God and its application in our lives.  This is what makes us more committed to each other and our joint mission.  I love meeting with God’s 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

 

 


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