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August 9, 2020 Bulletin

The Worship of Our God

Resting in the Renewing Power of God’s Grace

August 9th 2020

The Third Sunday in Regular Time


Our Praise to God

Welcome, announcements and Call to Worship

*Opening Hymn #385 “I Am Thine Oh Lord” (G)


Passing Of The Peace

Leader: May the Peace of Christ Be with You

People: And Also, with You

Hymn “His Mercy Is More” (I)

Our Confession to God

Our Assurance of Forgiveness

Statement of Faith

Our Petitions to God

Pastoral Prayer

Tithes and Offerings

*Confession of Faith: “The Apostles Creed” (Insert)

The Equipping of God’s People

Scripture Philippians 3:1-11

Message “Completed Joy V"

Closing Hymn #390 “Christ Be Beside Me” (G)



Pastor Jonathan Faulkner

Accompanist: Kathi Nelson, Phyllis Shortenhaus, Rachel Faulkner & Mary Haakenson

The People of God, Ministers to the World

*Indicates standing (G) Green Hymnal (P) Purple Chorus Book

Welcome! We are so thankful that you could join us today! May our hearts and minds be shaped into greater conformity with Jesus as we worship together. We are delighted to serve you as we love one another in Christ.

Faithful in Prayer

Praise the Lord for…

•His grace in preaching, prayer, the sacraments & fellowship

•The beauty of creation & His divine imprint on all that He has made

•His powerful & life-giving Word

Hospitalized, Sick or Shut-in

*Marlyn Hanson

*Jan Missman

•Jenny Frerichs

•Leone Milbrandt

•Carol Malmberg

•Larry Dirksen

•Joe Berschman

•Jack Jutting

•Chuck Silber

•Virgil Heifner

•Barb Weaver

•Connie Berhow

•Billy Smith

•Margaret Whitson (Pastor Faulkner’s Grandmother)

•Richard Heyes

•Travis Stohr

•Kim Enright

•Jeff Buege

•Colt (Paul and Cheryl Beenken’s grandnephew)

•The Family of Pat Skilbred (Sister of Sue Kiewiet)

•John Szatkowski (Friend of the Faulkners)

Mission Partners of the Month: Beth and Sally Donjte


•OCC Shoebox ministry

•Revival and reformation in our land, community & families

•Governing authorities & our Country

•Strong marriages committed to the Lord and to maturing in Christ

•Those recovering from surgery & treatment for illnesses

•Wisdom as parents & grandparents committed to raising children in the fear and instruction of the Lord


Looking Ahead


9AM Worship Service (available online only until further notice)


The Disciples Download: Every Wednesday watch for a new video Bible Study expanding on themes from Sunday’s Sermon on the Churches Facebook Page and Youtube. The link will also be sent out via email on Wednesday.

Church Newsletter: Introducing the First Congregational Church Newsletter. Updates and information on what is coming at FCCBC also another way to keep you informed about what is going on at FCCBC. For those who want to join the email list you can send an email to if you would like a printed copy please contact one of the Deacons.

August Board Meetings: The August Trustees Meeting will be Wednesday, August 12th at 7PM and the August Deacons Meeting will be Wednesday August 19th at 7PM.

Women’s Fellowship Update: As Decided at the beginning of 2020 we would send Delores Shuring and Roger Anderson each $100 at the beginning of each quarter. So again, on July 1st we sent that out. We received a nice thank you from Roger and a thank you from Roger and Murial. They mentioned Billy Smith seemed quite lonely. Please try to remember him in your notes and prayers.

To Members: We will not be having the August Luncheon.

Friday Prayer Returns: The Church will resume Friday Prayer Friday July 24th from 8AM-5PM Rev. Jonathan will also be on Facebook Live at 9:30AM and 3:30PM

Card Shower for Paul and Cheryl’s 50th Anniversary: Let's celebrate Paul and Cheryl's 50th Anniversary with a card shower. Please mail a card to them at:

311 4th Av NW

Buffalo Center, 50424

August Food Pantry Needs:

Cereal, Saltine crackers, Spam, Peanut Butter, Jam, Dish Soap, Shampoo, Can Fruit, Taco Shells, Taco Seasoning Packets

Pastoral Thought: As we have gone through these days, and through the book of Philippians, I cannot get out of my head how similar the two situations are. The Philippi-ans have been living in a time where things seem well beyond their control and they appeared to be grasping at anything. But Paul reminds them of the way of Christ, humility and service, regardless of what happens with Nero and the Roman Government, or who the Plague takes or whatnot. His mes-sage, again, is clear, follow the way and example of Christ Jesus our Lord. Do not be afraid of the world, but instead live a life worthy of the Gospel. In doing so, those who preach against Christianity will be shown to be fool-ish. Rather than the Christians look as though they do not believe all that Jesus taught them. Remember, you are a member of a different kingdom, yes, you have citizenship in the United States, and that is good, but that citizenship is fleeting, citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven is forever. Lean into that citizenship and whatever happens to your Earthly Status will not matter.


Proverbs 3:9-10:

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all

your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

Giving has been moved to the weekly Newsletter, to receive this Newsletter by mail or by email, please call the Church Office or email Pastor Faulkner at

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Member of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference

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