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November is a time when I begin to reflect on the previous twelve months.This process of reflection involves a significant amount of giving thanks. I’ve been starting that process the last few days and will continue to through the end of the year. While gratitude should certainly be an integral part of our daily practice as Christians, for me the intentional focus on giving thanks during this season of the year is helpful. It reminds me to pause and consider all that I have for which to give thanks to our Father.
As a church, we pause on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to express gratitude. During morning worship on November 19 we will invite those who are willing to share what they are thankful for. It’s always one of my favorite times, as God’s people share from their hearts. You may or may not feel led or comfortable to share that day, but I pray that you will begin now to think and pray through what you’re thankful for. What makes your gratitude list, as you reflect on this past year? Plan now to make November 19 a priority and celebrate Thanksgiving with your church family.
As I reflect on the past year:
I am thankful for the staff God has brought together to serve at FBC. During this past year, I’m specifically grateful for God’s plan to bring Lora Moeckel and Patrick Meador to serve with us at FBC. Their ministries and families are a blessing to our FBC family!
I’m grateful for all the people of FBC that serve and make a difference.So many of you understand that being a Christian is not a spectator sport. You serve and live as a contributor, not a consumer.God has invited us to join Him in His Kingdom work, and I’m grateful for how you do so.This past weekend has been a prime example, as many volunteers served at our Children’s Ministry Fall Fest. It’s wonderful to see God’s people work together for His purposes.
I’m thankful for the gracious gifts that were given to me and other staff, to express appreciation during October.It’s a blessing to serve with the people in this place!
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I am grateful to live and serve in Pea Ridge. It’s the people, the heart and spirit, the hometown feel, the folks who have lived their entire life here and the folks who just moved in that make Pea Ridge a great place to live. I give thanks to the Father for calling us to live and serve in this community.
I’m thankful that our hope is not in a political party or candidate – but in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus! We will keep our eyes on Jesus – fully realizing that God is faithful.
I’m deeply thankful for two amazing daughters (Lindsey Coffman & Laurie Chester). They are remarkable wives and moms, who honor God and walk with Him through this life. We are privileged to be their parents and watch them walk with Jesus! I’m thankful for their godly husbands and children.
I am beyond thankful for a Bride in this life that lifts me up and makes me a better man. Apart from the support, prayers and help of Kim Fowler, my calling and journey would be much different. Our Lord knows me well, and brought a girl named Kim to be my help and partner in this journey. God through His Spirit and the girl who is my better half, gives me strength for His calling in my life.
My list could go on and on.I’m working on writing it out. The practice of putting pen to paper and writing out what all I have to be grateful for, helps me focus my heart in the right place. I encourage you to invite the Father to help you express gratitude for the blessings in your life. When appropriate, be sure you share with people in your life that your thankful for them.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (CSBBible)
Can you believe it’s November already! WOW! John, myself, and our kids have had a great first year here in Pea Ridge! A year seems like no time anymore. We have grown to love and care for this church. It’s been a great year!
First, I want to say thank you for your help in making our Fall Festival a fun time for our community and a success! Thanks for volunteering your time, your creative booths, candy donations, and putting on your smiling face. Many people heard the Good News and I pray we see God do great things because of this event.
Family Sunday is November 5th! This particular Sunday the youth will be leading the service. Also kids will have a chance to hand out bulletins and even help with offering. This is gives children the opportunity to serve in the corporate worship service. Kids are a part of the child church too! I love family Sunday because it gives our kids a chance to see things that they do not get to see while they are in Kids Church. For example, they do not get to see people make decisions, offering being taken (parents tithing), someone being baptized, or Pastor Al preaching. All of these things are very important for kids spiritual development. This leads to asking questions and God may use this to speak to a child about salvation. That is why Family Sunday is so important! Not to mention it is a good discipline for kids to learn to sit in church. Call me “old school” but it’s true.
Area 56 is our new ministry to 5thand 6th grade. I would like to use this ministry to reach out to the older kids in our community but also make their transition into youth ministry an easier one. Children’s ministry and youth ministry are different. There is the “kiddie” aspect of children’s ministry and the “teenage” aspect of youth ministry. Our 5thand 6thgraders fall right in the middle. Their needs are a little different than the smaller kids in children’s ministry but they aren’t ready for youth ministry yet. This will help fill a gap by ministering to their “tween needs”. My goal is to have activities that they can use for outreach to their friends and by doing this they can invite them to church. Our first activity will be a bonfire and hayride November 4th from 6:00-8:30 at the Hambrick’s home. The church will supply the hotdogs, buns, and smores fixings. Parents if you could make sure your child brings the following; BOYS: bring a two liter of soda. GIRLS: bring a bag of chips. This will help with cost of food and I would really appreciate it!
BLAST: In November we have a few things going on Wednesday nights that you all need to know about. Each class in BLAST is collecting items for an operation Christmas child box. This is a mission project that the kids are doing in their class. Each class picked whether they were sending this gift to a boy or a girl. Please send an item or two with your child that can go in their shoe box. You can find most items at the dollar store. For gift ideas please visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. This website will tell you what is acceptable and what is not for the boxes. Each class will send a class photo in their shoe box so the child can see who gave them the gift. The deadline for the shoebox items is NOVEMBER 8th.Also church, family don’t forget to send a box as well. I would love to see every family in our church send at least one box.We can show our love to them but they will also hear that God loves them because the Gospel is presented after they receive their shoebox. Please be apart of this.
November 15this popcorn and movie night in BLAST. Since this is our last BLAST before thanksgiving, it would be fun to do something a little different. Then NO WED NIGHT ACTIVITIES ON THE 22ND DUE TO THANKSGIVING. Enjoy your family!
November 29th when we come back we will be stocking up our church food pantry. In the spirit of good fun, it will the children’s ministry vs. youth ministry to see who can bring the most canned goods through December 20th!! The loser has to buy an ice cream party for the winner! This is not only fun but a way we can get our food pantry ready for the Christmas season and help families in our community.
With the birth of our little girl since the last newsletter, things have been a little bit of the fast and the furious for the Meador family!For those that have not heard, here is the information of her birth:
·7 lbs, 15oz
·19 ¾ inches long
·Beautiful as could be!
She is five weeks old the day that I write this article.Maddi and I want to say thank you to the wonderful church family that we have for surrounding our newfound family with the love that roots from a genuine, authentic heart.
On another note, you may have seen that we are taking a detour from 1 John and as this Halloween marks 500 years since the spark of the Protestant Reformation, we are taking five weeks and walking through theFive Solasof the Reformation.These are:Sola Scriptura(Scripture alone),Solus Christos(Christ alone),Sola Gratia(Grace alone),Sola Fide(Faith alone), andSoli deo gloria(Glory to God alone).
Events Coming up!
·We will be having a student led service on November 5, for family Sunday.Come join us as we look at the Five Solas all together and as the student band leads us in worship.
·Laser Tag: Please note the change in date and price Hiking Trip
Haiti Mission Trip - We have another exciting mission trip to Haiti scheduled for Jan. 6th – Jan. 12th. If you are interested in going contact the church office. We are also collecting funds to build a house and school supplies if you can help.
The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoe boxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoe boxes with a “wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. The shoe boxes are then delivered to over 100 countries around the world. As shoe box gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Along with their shoe box gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language. If you would like to have a part of this wonderful program there will be a table set-up in the front lobby with information and boxes, if you have any other questions contact Lora Moeckel or the church office. Boxes need to be turned in by November 12th.
We’ve scheduled another Starting Point Class if you are a new member or just want to find out more about our church beliefs. It is will be December 3rd & 10th during Sunday School Please contact the church office or write on your connection card if plan to attend.
Thanksgiving Potluck November 19th.
We are in need of 3 Cooked Turkey’s and 2 Cooked Hams if you would like to help by donating
Outflow & Fall Fest
1 Wed. Night Dinner-5:00pm BLAST -6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
5 Youth Led Worship Service 9:30AM Sunday School 11:00AM
8 Wed. Night Dinner-5:00pm BLAST -6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
12 Worship Service 9:30AM Sunday School 11:00AM
15 Wed. Night Dinner-5:00pm BLAST -6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
4 Men's Breakfast-7:00am PRSM Modern Mission-9:15am 5/6 Hayride & party-6:00pm Church Work Day-8:00am
18 Community Thanksgiving Dinner-12:00pm PRSM - Hike
19 Worship Service 9:30AM Sunday School 11:00AM Thanksgiving Potluck-12:00pm
22 No Services
26 Worship Service 9:30AM Sunday School 11:00AM
29 Wed. Night Dinner-5:00pm BLAST -6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
Herb & Jackie Haile
Roger & Shirley Harris
special days days
Kriss Spencer Nov. 2nd
Mamie Tadlock Nov. 3rd
Lacey Jasan Nov. 3rd
Mary Durand Nov. 3rd
Dana Buttry Nov. 4th
Kyle Telgemeier Nov. 6th
Mati Spencer Nov. 7th
Jodie Leslie Nov. 10th
Joseph Ragland Nov. 11th
Jerry Brown Nov. 12th
Anthony Cutberth Nov. 15th
Landon Long Nov. 16th
Logan Long Nov. 16th
Randy Pennington Nov. 18th
Katie Estes Nov. 23rd
Connie Grau Nov. 23rd