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10 Year Building Anniversary

FCC 10 Year Building Anniversary FCC began meeting at North Elementary, September 12, 1999. So, this September came and our church quietly became 12 years old. Hard to imagine...stories can and should be told about those first years in the school! We met at North for a little over 2 years. God began to very quickly move us into a permanent house of worship. Here are some significant dates in the history of our building: May 2000 - Lynwood Baptist Church purchased 10 acres on Hwy 61 October 2000 - “Seeking, Sowing, Reaping” capital campaign was launched to raise funds for the new building. November 19, 2000 - “Celebration Sunday” with $350,000 pledged for the new building. April 1 2001 - Groundbreaking service on the church property. June 14, 2001 - 120 Chilton Baptist Builders arrive in Fruitland and the shell of our building was up and roofed in one week! Summer of 2001 - 13 mission teams come to FCC to do finishing work on the building and mission projects. October 7, 2001 - First service in our new building with 198 in attendance...

Chilton and El Salvador Trips

What a mission celebration this past weekend!!  It was a privilege to have Rolando and Alexandra Rivas from El Salvador in our church...and to share them in several other churches in our area.  It was awesome to see 46 Buckets of Hope given through FCC to Haiti and to skype with the Benesh family.  Sunday night at the Acts 1: 8 celebration, three people prayed about God's leadership in missions.  That was so exciting!  God continues to build a world fellowship right here at FCC...and he is sending us out!  There are two mission trips that are coming up real quick... El Salvador, May 24-31 .  We will be in schools, doing afternoon VBS, praying walking, going door-to-door, sharing in outreach events at two churches, and having a joint service between our  two mission churches.  Cost of the trip is approximately $1200.  A $100 deposit is due April 1 .  If you are interested, please let me know ASAP...

Buckets of Love

Dear FCC,   I'm grateful for all the money that has been collected so far for Haiti!  I don't have the official total, but I believe it is over $1400!  You can still give to Haiti, but I wanted to let you know about a new effort that we are going to participate in called Buckets of Hope.  Through this effort, you can be a part of packing a bucket of food for a family in Haiti.  Here is a description of the project:   http://www.namb.net/site/c.9qKILUOzEpH/b.5768073/k.8D46/Buckets_of_Hope.htm       The buckets need to be to church by March 7 which will be a missions emphasis.  Rolando and Alexandra from El Salvador will be here and we hope to skype with the Benesh family during the service.  It will be a fun day!    We will have handouts with this same information at church.   Blessed to be a blessing!   Pastor Mike  

children's ministry - short term memories

AWANA started the spring semester last night, with 37 clubbers and bunches of leaders eager to learn God's word. I am so proud of all clubbers and their willingness to learn and grow in their faith, as well as just come and have a fun time. We started our 'Donation Battle' for Helping Haiti earthquake victims, and our total for last night was over $30.00. I am pretty proud of that, considering that we just started it last night, and most of the clubbers are just finding change around the house or cleaning out their piggy banks. I am excited to see what the next three weeks holds for this. Lesson - In Children's Church we talked about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. We focused on all of the different temptations that we as kids (if only I was a kid again) face on a daily basis. Some of them ranged from stealing and lying, to arguing and listening to our parents. We had groups act out different temptation skits...

Children's Ministry - Short Term Memories 3

AWANA started the spring semester last night, with 37 clubbers and bunches of leaders eager to learn God's word. I am so proud of all clubbers and their willingness to learn and grow in their faith, as well as just come and have a fun time. We started our 'Donation Battle' for Helping Haiti earthquake victims, and our total for last night was over $30.00. I am pretty proud of that, considering that we just started it last night, and most of the clubbers are just finding change around the house or cleaning out their piggy banks. I am excited to see what the next three weeks holds for this. Lesson - In Children's Church we talked about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. We focused on all of the different temptations that we as kids (if only I was a kid again) face on a daily basis. Some of them ranged from stealing and lying, to arguing and listening to our parents. We had groups act out different temptation skits...

Children's Ministry - Short Term Memories 2

Is it already the middle of January? I can't really believe how time flies these days, I am already two weeks into my new workout routine, (I know you can already tell a difference), and AWANA starting this Sunday, 1/17. I am super excited, and really miss the kids. If you haven't been coming to AWANA, you should stop by and check it out. We have been averaging about 40 kiddos, four year - 6th grade. We have had such a good core group of leaders (really just parents of clubbers who are eager to be hands-on with their own child) as well, which really has helped things run smoothly... very smoothly. What a blessing and a joy!!! Summary - This past week in children's church we again focused on John the Baptist. This time we talked about John baptizing Jesus. It is really refreshing to hear the children understand what baptism is and why it is done.... I'm confident that most our our kids at church know what this is. Most knew exactly why Jesus was being baptized and were familiar with the story...

Children's Ministry - Short Term Memories 1

As we begin a new year, I have begun a new quest to keep better in touch with kids and their families throughout the week. I have resolved myself to write a weekly blog entry in an effort do just that, as well as share some of the lessons, happenings and humor which all work in conjunction beautifully, to form our ministry to children at Fruitland Community Church. Summary - Starting with the birth of Jesus during our Christmas story lessons, a small group of 20 - 30 children's churchers have embarked on a journey through the Gospels in hopes to better learn and understand the life of Jesus. The past Sunday, January 3rd, our travel took us out into the wilderness to meet the one and only John the Baptist. John came to our class and shared some of his famous locust and honey (although locust were unavailable and so he gave us plastic spider rings instead). We talked about what life would be like living in the desert, what some common animals that live in the desert are, and John's clothing. Specifically, we talked about why did John go to the wilderness anyway...

Birthday Present for Jesus

Okay...so let's start with the obvious: Christmas is whose birthday?  Since you know the answer, I'll go to the second question:  Why doesn't He get the bulk of the birthday presents?  Third question: What if we spent less and gave more for Christmas?  Now many in our church have already packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and others have helped deliver Thanksgiving boxes.  Awesome!  If you are like me, giving at Thanksgiving just primes the pump for giving even more at Christmas!  I was amazed as I did some research for some really cool Jesus' Christmas presents.  Here are some of the results I found: 1.  Give to World Vision by buying chickens, goats, cows or water wells.  I'm not kidding.  Check out their on-line gift catalog:  http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp...

Could you use 200 Beanie Babies?

I don't have to tell you that times are hard economically every where, even with the good folks at Fruitland Community Church.  Some are without jobs, most are watching every dollar.  So how are folks responding to the needs around them and how is God blessing?  And when God's people step out in faith to do God's work, does He provide?  1.  Last year we gave about 140 boxes to Operation Christmas Child , and even though the economy was tough, we set a goal for 200 boxes this year.  It is amazing.  As of today, there were 195 boxes turned in through our church!!  To God be the glory!  That is a signficant increase!  2.  In 2008 the scouts collected 3,151 cans for their annual can drive , and this year, despite the economy--or maybe because of the economy--they collected 3205 cans in the Fruitland area.   Wow!!  We were able, with the Cowboy Church, to add meat, apples, bread, instant potatoes, candy and a Gospel of John to 120 families.  It was amazing to see everyone working together, and yes.....

Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving                               First, let’s be honest...it seems too early for Thanksgiving!   This weekend we will be giving out Thanksgiving Baskets and next week families will be traveling to celebrate America’s favorite holiday full of great food, time with family, and lots of football.   Our sermon series this year has been focused around His Story and I confess that I find myself more and more intrigued by history.   I’ve been reading about the Pilgrims and just recently have been reading Bill Bennett’s America : The Last Best Hope.   Fascinating reading!   So much time has past since the first Thanksgiving, that often we forget what it is all about.   Here is a timeline of our Thanksgiving holiday: ·   1621 - Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, Mass...
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