GOOD NEWS

What makes good news good? That’s a harder question than it seems. I am not sure I always know when news is good, at least not at first. I usually think that good news is news that I want to hear, like when the doctor told me that the melanoma was completely removed and there was no reason for concern. That’s good news. Sometimes good news is not getting what I hope for, but what I need. It’s probably good news that we’re not having ice cream for dinner. Disappointing, definitely, but probably good news. Sometimes I think news is good, but it turns out not to be.

Sometimes good news is good for reasons beyond what I understand at first.  It was good news that an old friend was available to meet with me on a trip. I looked forward to catching up on how life has gone in the 20 years since we last saw one another. But I never anticipated the encouragement, comfort and revitalization I gained from our two hours together. That reunion happened two years ago, and I still think about how my understanding of good news was much smaller than God’s.

Our series in Romans will do the same thing for us. God has so much more good news for us in the gospel of Jesus than we can understand at first glance. We will spend a lifetime and then eternity uncovering it. As you study Romans, pay attention to how good the news of the gospel is for your struggle with sin, for your friendships, for your approach to work, for your relationships with family, and for understanding how close God is to you at every moment. The good news keeps getting better.

–Todd Malone

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

Dear FBC Family,

In November, I asked you to consider contributing to a Christmas gift for the Fellowship Bible Church staff. This is a follow-up to that communication.

For as many years as I can remember, the Trustees have authorized a monetary Christmas gift for the staff. But in 2019, there were no funds available for this purpose. The budget was tight! And, since finances at the church had been tight the entire year, I was unsure how much money would be contributed as a result of sending a letter.

However, because of your generous contributions, we were able to give a monetary gift to the staff that was comparable to recent years’ Christmas gifting.

I am confident the staff members felt blessed and honored by your gift.

On behalf of the Elders and Deacons, thank you for your generosity.

 

Happy New Year!

Alex Stanton, Elder Chairman

Valentine’s Day Babysitting Night

Friday, February 14 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm | at FBC 

The youth group of Fellowship Bible Church would like to offer to all parents of children 0-10 years old:  let us watch the kids so that you can have a night off!

Babysitting is free but WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS this year. All proceeds will go towards our summer camp fund.

You can let us know you are coming by clicking “going” on the FBC Facebook event.

 

World Outreach Weekend | February 22-23

Missions Emphasis

It’s time to be WOWed! World Outreach Weekend is coming up February 22-23. The Mission Committee needs your help to make it wonderful! We are having a family friendly potluck on Sunday, February 23 after the morning worship service. We are asking our FBC folks to bring a main dish to feed your family (maybe plus a little extra), along with a side dish of your choice. Drinks and desserts will be provided. During the meal, you will hear a bit about the stories of our missionaries, and what God is doing around the world. We get to participate in these amazing endeavors through the missionaries we send to the areas where the Spirit is moving and by supporting them with our prayers and financial gifts.

Mark your calendars for February 22-23. Plan to join us for the potluck on Sunday after church. We will share food and fellowship as our brothers and sisters in the early church did. We will tell stories of the work the Holy Spirit is doing RIGHT NOW around the world.  It will be a warm and encouraging time together.

Please be thinking about what you can bring and keep your eyes and ears open for further details coming in the bulletin, on Facebook and in the announcements. Questions? Contact Steve Vance at vancesteven@hotmail.com. 

Volunteers Openings for Ushers:   If you enjoy showing hospitality to others and are available once every four weeks during the Worship Service, please contact Valerie Ash (valeriea@longviewfbc.com) for details on joining an Usher Team. Thank You!

Kids’ Ministry News

Volunteer Appreciation Party

The Kids’ Ministry would like to say ‘Thank You’ and show our appreciation to all our volunteers by inviting them to an Appreciation Party on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29th.  We will have appetizers and fun from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Please make plans to come.  For more information contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com.

Kids’ Ministry Volunteers Breakfast

The Kids’ Ministry along with fellow parents want to show their appreciation for all of our volunteers and teachers in Kids’ Ministry (nursery – 6th grade) by providing brunch the 1st Sunday of each month, February 2nd.  Come to the Tree House Resource room for a breakfast bar any time during the morning on Sunday.  Even if you aren’t serving that Sunday, you are welcome to come get some refreshments.  For more information or to help provide food, contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com

Preschool Playdates!

Come let your preschoolers play for free on our fun, indoor playscape!  This is a great way to connect with other parents. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors.  Make sure you bring socks for your kids to wear.  We will have play options for kids under 3 years old.  For more information, contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com.

Club 456 is for all 4th-6th graders. It is a preteen evening full of devotionals, fun, games, and digging into God’s word. club meets once a month on the first Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm. Contact Jean Fltetcher for more information.

Awana in February!

We have some awesome THEME NIGHTS planned for the month of February.

  • Feb 2nd – Fantasy Sports Night
  • Feb 9th – Verse-A-Thon
  • Feb 16th – Measles Night
  • Feb 23 – Missions Night

Awana Bible Club is for kids ages 2years – 6th grade. We meet every Sunday evening from 5:oopm – 6:45pm. Come join the fun!

Contact Bret Freeman for more information.