May 24, 2020 Bulletin
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.
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
•The Family of Bill Kiewiet
•Colt (Paul and Cheryl Beenken’s grandnephew)
•Pat Skilbred (Sister of Sue Kiewiet)
•John Szatkowski (Friend of the Faulkners)
Mission Partners of the Month: Steve & Karin Oeffling (Network Beyond)
•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
9AM Worship Service (available online)
Return to the Sanctuary Plan: On Wednesday May 13th the Board of Trustees and Deacons approved a plan to return to the sanctuary. Under this plan we will officially return to the sanctuary on May 30th and 31st at 9AM under the following conditions which are in-line with IDPH and CDC recommendations.
1.For those who are not yet comfortable returning to the sanctuary we will continue to prerecord on Saturday Mornings since we are unable to live stream and continue to be on KIOW at 12:30 Sunday Morning’s. This Saturday Morning Recorded Service will be open to those who want to attend who are not ready to return to the larger group. This will begin Saturday May 30th at 9AM with the first Sunday service Sunday May 31st at 9AM.
2.Bulletins will be pre-placed in the sanctuary and members are asked to sit where the bulletins are preplaced to ensure social distancing. Bulletins/Announcements will also continue to be available through the FCCBC resource page.
3.Marks are allowed and encouraged but not required.
4.The offering plates will be in the Narthex, members can continue to mail in their offerings or place them in the plates after the service.
5.The Sanctuary and Narthex will be cleaned after both the Saturday and Sunday Service.
6.We will not yet resume fellowship hour in the basement.
The Disciples Download: Every Monday and Friday 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.
Men’ Bible Study: Has been canceled for May (Will resume in September)
Shower for Kimberly Connor: The First Congregational Church is hosting a virtual shower for Brandon Wilmert and Kim Connor on June 6th just before their wedding on June 13th. They are registered at Murra Hardware, Amazon, Target and Mills Farm and Fleet. Gifts can be dropped off at the Church from 9-10AM on June 6th or picked up at home by calling Kathi Nelson at 6415612280
Friday Prayer: Friday Prayer will return to our building on Friday May 8th during business hours (8AM-5PM) only. Members are asked to practice Social Distancing Guidelines and wear masks if possible.
May Food Pantry Needs:
Peanut Butter, Canned Veggies, Canned Fruit, Cereal, Juice in bottles
VBS: at the recommendation of our various denominations and with a heavy heart we announce that our community VBS, originally scheduled for August has been canceled. Next year VBS will be hosted at First Congregational Church and the theme will be Rocky Railroad.
Food Pantry: With the rising price of meat it has become harder for the food pantry to maintain their supply. In response The North Iowa Ministerial Association is taking up a special offering to help offset the rising cost in this time. Offerings should be made out to North Iowa Ministerial Association and can be sent to NIMA President Pastor Jonathan David Faulkner, 215 2nd Ave NW. Buffalo Center IA. 50424. Food Pantry should be written in the memo line.
The Seven Guiding Values:
The CCCC has given us seven guiding values which serve as reflections of scriptural teaching. For the next seven weeks we will look at each passage behind the value and talk about how they help us Love God, Love People and Make Disciples.
Part 1: “A Culture of Believing Prayer and Intercession”
Before we start the sermon today, write down one name of an unsaved neighbor or relative you would like to come to Christ. Commit to praying daily for that persons salvation. _______________________________
What is the purpose of Prayer in relation to our neighbors and our leaders? What is the advantage to a prayerful life compared to the way of outrage?
When was the last time you prayed for, not against, someone from an opposing party or group? How is this an application of Jesus teachings to “Pray for those who persecute you?”
Nero was one of the greatest persecutors of Christians in History, yet Paul’s instructions were to pray for him. How can this teach us in our approach to politics and political leaders today?
Value #2: “Healthy Pastors”
Think back at the statistics given at the beginning of the sermon. How can you as a Church member aid in lowering these numbers?
What is the benefit of the Church having a Healthy Pastor?
How might an unhealthy pastor affect our witness here in Buffalo Center?
Compare for yourself, how many hours a week do you spend praying for your pastor? What is your reaction to things He does? Do you instantly pray for him or criticize him? How can you have a healthy relationship with your pastor?
Pastoral Thought: Christianity has long been a thinking faith. That is, we have long believed our faith was reasonable to believe and was, and is, actually provable. Paul seemed to believe this is true and so argues: “Be not conformed to the ways of this world but devote yourself to the transforming of your mind” (Romans 12:1). Until the 1890’s Christianity was at the forefront of every major scientific discovery and major advancement of thought because we were a faith that was committed to the transforming of our mind. This is something we need to reclaim, especially in a time like ours today where there is all kinds of false and intentionally misleading information available at your fingertips. Our minds are not renewed if we are just parroting what the world is saying, we are to be the exact opposite of the world and part of that requires our minds to be transformed.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all
your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.