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March 24, 2015, 1:50 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart – March 22, 2015


Good Morning Family!

It is staying lighter now in the evenings and I want to extend an invitation for those in the Body of Christ who have maybe not attended on Sunday night and Wednesday nights for a while to come on back.  It stays light now until after the meeting time and so there is no driving home in the dark.

The Lord understands our physical limitations; that is for certain.  But, I just wanted to put the invite out there to remind you that there are wonderful things happening in our Sunday evening and Wednesday evening meeting times, if you are physically able to attend.  If it is a question of a ride for either night, please contact me and I will make sure we get a ride for you.  I want to make certain anyone who wants to gather for the study of God’s Word has a safe and comfortable way to church and home.

At present, we are wrapping up a study on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm in our sanctuary in the book of I John.  It is a more informal time than the preaching time on Sunday mornings with more interactive discussion among the body as I teach.  I anticipate we will continue on into II and III John now as that would be a natural progression for us.

On Wednesdays at 6:30pm, we gather in the large northeast room in the Office/Education building.  Of late we have been studying the Biblical doctrine of the Person of God.  On a usual Wednesday night, we will mention prayer needs and then pray together as a group.  No one has to pray out loud, if they are uncomfortable.  Usually, a few folks pray and then I will close our prayer time.  After that, we will work through our Bible study for the night with a lot of group discussion.  No one is put on the spot, each one is free to participate in discussion as they are comfortable.

I wanted to mention these meeting opportunities and let you know that if you are not attending, you are missed.  And again, I know that those of you with physical limitations have extra considerations with which to deal.  The Lord knows your need and I believe He has directed me to bring this letter to you today to make you aware that you are missed and that we will do our very best to make a way for you to be able to be with other believers for study and fellowship, if that is your desire.

One last note, I am setting up a system of calling through the active membership here at FBCCF for special events, weather cancellations, or just a call to encourage.  At the most, these messages will be no more than a 2 minute recording from me to inform and encourage you from the Word from time to time.  I believe this will be a great way to keep us all informed and on the same page for events and worship opportunities.

I am working this week on attempting to upload our church directory into the database, so I can send out an initial “Hello there!” to see how it works.  So, don’t be surprised if you get a phone message from me in the next couple of weeks letting you know the system is up and running.  I am really excited about this new way to contact you and encourage you during the week.

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




March 24, 2015, 1:49 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart – March 15, 2015


Good Morning Family!

Spring is here!  Well, not officially, but good enough for me!  Spring is always a time of renewal, new beginnings, and sometimes spring cleaning.

That is what is going to happen around here next Saturday March 21st.  We are going to gather here at the church property around 9:00am and work on various projects as you might be able.  We have several things that are going to need attention.

The biggest job facing us is a cleanup of the area around the yellow house.  The yard up there is a veritable nursery of flowers and plants.  Ladies, bring your little shovels and maybe some boxes to dig up whatever you may want to transplant into your yard.

Men, we will need any who have chainsaws and trucks to show up, as we trim up and clear some of the larger items and have a bonfire to dispose of all of the “trimmings”.  The interior of the house is empty, so all work will be on the outside.

We will also need folks to bring rakes and shovels as we will try to put some of the displaced gravel around the edges of the parking lot back into place.  When we had the lot cleared of snow so we could have church, some of our gravel got moved around a little bit too much.  We just need to make sure we are good to go on having the lawn able to be mowed properly by getting the gravel out of the grass in those spots where it was pushed a tad too far.

Enough about clean up.  This morning we continue our journey in Romans and I am so excited about what the Lord wants to do in our lives and in our church as we honor him by honoring His Word.

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




March 8, 2015, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - March 8, 2015


Good Morning Family,

Believe it or not, the 50th anniversary of the Lord’s mission for this church is upon us.  On May 2, 1965, the first service was held in the little stone covered building next door to Belinda’s shop.  That morning there were eleven in attendance at the first official service for the group of believers that the Lord had brought together to begin the new work in Cape Fair.

In the winter of 1964-65, Perry Keithley and his family followed the Lord’s clear leading in their lives to plant a church here in Cape Fair and by late spring 1965, the work had come to fruition.  With used pews, borrowed hymnals, and a donated piano; praise to the Lord was raised that morning and His Word was proclaimed in the little building down the street from where you sit this morning.

On Sunday May 3rd, we are going to celebrate the wonderful work of the Lord in this church that He has done in the past and that which He has yet to accomplish through us today and tomorrow.  We will put all our efforts that morning toward the celebration service and will not have Sunday School that morning, but will have worship beginning at 10:00 followed by a carry in dinner together.

As the next few weeks come to pass, more information about this and some of the planning activities will be revealed and some of you may be contacted to lend a hand toward the effort.  So, be ready to do your part to put together a very special day.

This morning, however, we embark on our journey through Paul’s letter to the church at Rome.  In this groundbreaking book, Paul lays out the most complete explanation of the doctrines of the New Testament church all in one place.

If you will dedicate yourself to this book through the duration of our study, your grasp of doctrine will increase and your appreciation for the great cost for your salvation will drive you to your knees.        

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

          




February 22, 2015, 5:20 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 22, 2015


Good Morning Family,

It is early Saturday morning as I write this letter to you for our worship guide and bulletin.  It certainly has been an interesting week.  We have more than several from our family here at FBCCF who are going through some pretty tough challenges this week.  The weather has not been our friend either, as we cancelled evening services last Sunday night due to freezing rain and sleet that turned to a pile-up of snow that caused us to not able to have activities on Wednesday night either.

It has, however, been quite beautiful looking at the blanket of white across these mountains and in the forest areas.  At night in the cold, if you go outside it is very quiet except for the occasional dog barking or coyote yelp.  The other night it was just my dog Ruby and myself outside in the black of night and it was so incredibly cold that there was not a bit of vapor of clouds in the night sky.  It seemed as though I could see forever.  The stars and galaxies visible were shimmering and many.  It is wonderful to know we serve such an infinitely expansive God.

The scriptures say in Psalm 33:6, By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.  The stars and planets and galaxies were literally breathed out by God.  For God to create the heavens is as simple for Him as exhaling.  Is anything too hard for Him?  Is anything you are going through right now, too hard for Him?

In the midst of our personal trials and challenges, in the midst of larger more worldwide upheaval and evil, there can seem to be no hope.  It can be dark, but we must know that our Lord is there working all things to our good.  On the way to “our good” can be pain and loss, but we can be assured that it is all for our ultimate good and His glory.  That can be very hard to see in the dark, but that is why we walk by faith and not by sight.  II Corinthians 5:6-9 says,

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.

Even in death, what most of us would call the ultimate time of loss, there is victory.  We must remain confident that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.  Nothing! Nothing! Nothing!  Romans 8 says,

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;   We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Take courage, family!  No matter what is going on in your life or on the news, Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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




February 15, 2015, 11:00 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - February 15, 2015


Someone is Watching Out For You

Because we care for you and your family, myself and our deacons at FBCCF are committed to the Deacon Family Ministry Plan. We want to make certain that every member and family in our church experience the love and support of the whole congregation. We want to be known throughout our community as a loving and caring church.  Christ Himself said that is how we should be known.

What is the Deacon Family Ministry Plan? It is a plan through which the deacons join the pastor in ministering to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each church member and family as they are able. The resident active church families and individuals have been divided into groups by our deacons. At our last deacon’s meeting, the men held a “draft” as we went through the membership roll and worked together to select the church families and individuals for each deacon.  Those members on our roll who are not normally active are being sent a letter asking them how we can minister to them and if they would like to participate in the ministry.

The word in the New Testament for deacon is “diakonos”.  The word literally means “servant or administrator for a master”.  Because of their commitment to serve Jesus, there are some specific ways your deacon wants to try to help you as well, as he is able

  • Being a lay minister to you. – The first visit will be to get acquainted with you and your family. However, your deacon will make other contacts with you as needs may arise in your family.
  • Being a friend. – Our deacons are men who deeply care about our church family and its welfare.
  • Being a support in times of crisis. – Sometimes your deacon can help you through a trying time by listening and giving support. Other times, your deacon will know someone else or engage additional assistance.
  • Being a resource. – Your deacon will try to help you if you have questions about your walk with Christ, our church, or helping you find a place of service in ministry at FBCCF by using your own unique spiritual gifts and God-given talents for the common good of the Body of Christ. 
  • Being an encourager.  He will encourage you to participate in spiritual and social occasions when families in the church get together for Worship, study, or even fun and fellowship. 
  • Being a prayer warrior for you. – Believing that you are important and believing in the power of prayer, your deacon will join with the pastor and other deacons in praying for you and each member of your family.

So, in the Deacon Family Ministry Plan, every active member and every family have a deacon. The more effectively the plan works in our church, the closer our church will come together in Christ. We have exceptional deacons at FBCCF, but they need your cooperation to help make the plan work. They can only know how to minister effectively, if they are aware of a need.  So remember, contact with your deacon is a two-way street. 

One last thing, as you look at the list above regarding what your deacon is going to try to be for you, know that you are minister for Christ as well.  There are times your deacon may need ministry from you.  Encourage and be a minister to them as they do the same for you. 

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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