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January 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 15, 2017


Good Morning Family!

            Along the vein that I spoke to you last week on prayer and prevailing against the influences of the Enemy on our families, churches, and communities; I want to continue today.

            As you know, Robin, Holly, and I went to Kansas City last week for a few days to be with our niece who was having major surgery.  We have been praying for her and she has been on the church prayer list for a while now.  I will share a little more in the service, but the surgery outcome and post-op was nothing short of a miracle.  More in the service at prayer time...

            Regarding prayer for our church and the work of ministry; I want to share with you a unique experience I had this past week.  I contacted the only pastor left at the church in Blue Springs where I served for 13 years, Plaza Heights Baptist Church.  I have shared with you before about the heart-breaking turmoil that church has been through over the past 7 years or so.

            The only staff person left is the Pastor of Student Ministries and Worship, Nate Jones.  He is a very good friend and actually was in a youth group of mine early in our ministry at another church in Kansas City in the 1990’s.  I went by the church office on this past Monday (for the first time since we left) to speak with him and catch up.

            Long story short, the church there appears to be turning a corner and has allowed a larger sister church in the area to come alongside them and form a partnership with them to guide them in ministry in order to get some new focus, direction, and vision.  I have spoken to several folks from that church who are still there and there is a real sense of hope again.  Nate testified to this as well.  He said he is very optimistic about the future, if they remain on this track.  Nate and the church there also presented us with two large faux stained glass wall hangings for our sanctuary here in Cape Fair that used to hang in the sanctuary at Plaza Heights.  They do not really use them there anymore and they will look great in our sanctuary and will add a splash of color in a month or so, when I go pick them up. (They would not fit in our car this time.)

            I told Nate I would put the church on our weekly prayer guide and partner with them to pray for their leadership as they launch out into this new endeavor to grow healthy and strong again.  The potential is limitless there, as it is everywhere God is at work among His people.  He said they would pray for us as well.  So, I would ask your prayers for this sister church that has been through so much attack by the Enemy, as they appear to be coming out the other side of the battle.  It is always good to see a “Big W” for the Christ’s Church!

            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 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 8, 2017


Good Morning Family!

            I want to first thank all of you for supporting the “FBCCF Loren Easley Christmas Missions Offering”.  Funds will be collected through today, January 8th, toward our goal. This year, the proceeds will go toward the overseas missionary that we support known as “The Fisherman”.  The latest updates on his work are on the bulletin board outside the church office.  Our goal this year was $400.  At the end of December in our month end report(which is available on the table in the foyer), we were only about $47.49 away from our goal.  Since, we missed a Sunday in December, we have extended the giving period for this special missions offering through today.  I am confident we will make our goal.  This will go through Team Expansion, the sending authority for “The Fisherman”.   Mark your donations to this fund clearly on your offering envelope.

            I also want to thank those of you who gave to our family this Christmas, you always are so generous to us.  For these gifts, we thank you and assure you that many important needs were met for the Ganns this year.  The gifts were very timely and much appreciated.

            I want you to begin praying with me today about the coming year for FBCCF.  I believe the Lord has some new directions and attitudes we must begin to cultivate in our body to make us even stronger and more effective than we presently are.  I have never been a part of a family of God and leaders that are more willing to move alongside their shepherd and pray for him and support him as much as you all do.  Pray for me that I will move only where God wants us to go and that we all will receive even more clarity for our mission as we move forward.

            We are battling the reign of darkness in this world and specifically in our community in the lives of those to which God has called us to minister without flinching in the face of seemingly insurmountable “odds”.  But, we do not serve a God of “odds making” or “chance”.  We serve a God of “Yes” and “Amen” as we strive to bring light into the darkness that surrounds us.  We are called to put on the full armor of God and go to the battle and that is what we must do daily.  This will enable us to see victory in our own lives and relationships as we shine our light for all around us to see.  Let’s make sure we put a new bulb in the old lighthouse this year at FBCCF!

            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 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 1, 2017





January 1, 2017, 3:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 25, 2016





December 15, 2016, 10:11 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 18, 2016


Good Morning Family!

            I will mention this first in all of my December newsletter articles: All through December, we are collecting for the “FBCCF Loren Easley Christmas Missions Offering”.  Funds will be collected all through December. This year, the proceeds will go toward the overseas missionary that we support known as “The Fisherman”.  The latest updates on his work are on the bulletin board outside the church office.  Our goal this year is $400.  This will go through Team Expansion, the sending authority for him.   Mark your donations to this fund clearly on your offering envelope.

            I want to thank all of those who worked so hard on last week’s service.  What a great time we had together as we stepped back in time.  Our drama team did such a great job!  A lot of practice went into “Tis the Season.” After all the fun rehearsal time, the Sunday morning presentation for you was their very best time through the sketch.  The hard work definitely paid off with a humorous and sometimes touching performance. 

            Today’s theme, as we light the Advent Wreath, is JOY.  This is why we are devoting our service to songs celebrating the gift of Jesus.  The Father bankrupt Heaven as He sent Christ to be the Savior.  The “good tidings of great joy” are for “all people”.  Many in our congregation have been preparing special songs to share with the rest of the Body today.  It is their ay of demonstrating their love for Jesus and their JOY at His coming.

            We look back at His first advent and feel the sense of real JOY that He gives to us at knowing He is our Savior and God.  And we also look with great JOY and anticipation toward His second advent when He will come as Judge and King of kings and Lord of lords.  He will come in all of His glory on that day and every eye shall see Him!  Imagine our JOY at His coming again for us!     

            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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