In this edition of the Focus Newsletter:

  • The Pentateuch – Pastor Todd Malone
  • Mother’s Day at Fellowship – May 12
  • Kids’ Ministry News
  • Awana 30th Anniversary Celebration – May 5
  • Faith@Home: Faith Paths
  • Project 21:5
  • Opportunities to Serve: Greeters Ministry!
  • Thank You Notes

The Pentateuch

Todd Malone

If you have never read the first five books of the Old Testament (the Pentateuch), you are in for a shock. You will shake your head in amazement. The people in the Old Testament are raw. They make horrible decisions. They commit the worst sins you can think of. They are self-centered, fail to trust God, make God’s enemies their friends, and enjoy their sin. Many of the stories will disturb you, but they will keep you transfixed.

There is no question that other parts of the Pentateuch can be tedious. That’s especially true when you get to the detailed design and building instructions, or the genealogies, or the rules about issues we can’t relate to. You wonder why God cares enough about some of these things to put them in the Bible.

Here’s what’s fascinating – the shocking parts and the tedious parts fit together. From the Bible’s earliest pages, God works His plan for rescuing humanity from sin so they can be in relationship with Him. His plan involves creating a people out of the very broken humanity He would save. This people are to reflect His character to the nations around them. They are to tell those nations about God. God takes sinful, messed up people just like us and uses them.

Ask yourself if the people described in the Pentateuch are the ones you would pick to complete this assignment. Pay attention to how often you see God’s grace in using broken people in His plans.  It will encourage you that if God can do such amazing things through these people, He can use you. When you read a genealogy, read it as a reminder of God’s unwavering, long-term faithfulness to His people. When you read the laws or the details about building the Tabernacle, think of it as the way God graciously prepared and preserved His people for a relationship with Him.

The Pentateuch takes us into a world vastly different from ours. Yet we see God doing the same work there that He wants to do at FBC. He wants to prepare and unleash His people to share Him with the world. He wants to live in relationship with us. He will show the same long-term faithfulness to you that you will see in the Pentateuch.

Mother’s Day at Fellowship

May 12 will be a special day for mothers at FBC! There will be photo booths from 9:00 –10:15am and 11:45am -12:15pm for the family (one a selfie booth and one with photographer Bryan Albee), and special treats for mom during the day. It’s going to be a wonderful day celebrating MOM!

Plan to join us and bring your mom, grandma, mother-in-love, and all the special moms in your life! Let’s celebrate motherhood together!

We will also have a family dedication ceremony during the 10:30 worship service. It will be a very special morning. Join us.

 

KIDS’ MINISTRY

456 Retreat! May 10-12

This year’s 456 Retreat will be in Winnsboro, TX. Our speaker will be Mr. Jordan Johnson speaking about Storytelling Scriptures. 456 Clubbers will enjoy games, scripture – a great time with the Lord and each other.  Eat before you come on Friday, as no dinner will be served.  

We would love for our Fellowship family to lift up all the clubbers and chaperones for this trip, as well as Jordan as he speaks to the kids. Pray for spiritual growth and understanding, and bonding as a group. Pray that God will begin raising up a new generation of spirit filled leaders and followers of Jesus through this weekend!

For more information, contact Jean Fletcher at jeanf@longviewfbc.com.


Preschool Playscape Playtime

May 20, 10:00am – 12:00pm, will be a playscape playday. This is a time for our preschoolers (ages 3-Kindergarten only) to come play in the playscape. Parent supervision is required! It will be a come and go event so you do not have to stay the entire time.

 

Nursery Positions Available!

Love kids and looking for a place to serve at Fellowship?
The nursery is looking to fill a few positions. One is a teacher for the 1st hour in the toddler room as a substitute while our regular teacher is out. This is a paid position.

We are also looking for volunteers to work at the front desk in the nursery. This position supports the parents as they check in and the teachers so they can stay in the classroom.

Please contact Katie Livingston at katiel@longviewfbc.com.

 

VBS: ROAR!  |  JUNE 24-28

For Kids who have completed Kindergarten through those who have completed 6th grade!

Join us for VBS: Roar! Each day kids will discover that when life is wild, God is good! Sign ups are already underway. You can register online at vbspro.events/p/fbcvbsroar or in person at the Welcome Desk in the TreeHouse. The deadline for T-Shirt orders is June 9th! So register today!

 

COMING SUMMER EVENTS FOR KIDS! 

Awana 30th Anniversary! | May 5

Awana in May

It’s Here! The Awana End of Year Awards Ceremony and 30th year celebration is Sunday, May 5th. We will have an all church lasagna lunch (It’s Free!) at 12:00pm in the Adult Education Center Gym. Awards ceremony will begin at 1:30pm, with desserts to follow. There will also be a really cool bounce house obstacle course! It will be a fun day!

Signup for the lunch in the TreeHouse on Sunday morning or at Awana on Sunday evening OR you can register online HERE

Come join us as we recognize our clubbers, leaders and special guests. 

The T&T book finishers trip will be to Space Center Houston (NASA) on May 18th. Details sent out as date approaches.

Coming to our Faith@Home Center, Faith Paths. An intentional faith map for families to guide their kids spiritual formation.

Every step along the Faith Path is intended to guide and direct your child toward becoming a fully developing follower of Jesus Christ. At some point along the way, your child will be mature enough to make a clear decision to trust Christ as his or her Savior and then follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. We have material available to assist you in leading your child to Christ and understanding salvation. When that wonderful event occurs, we would love to provide you with a special Salvation & Baptism kit containing resources to help you celebrate.

The first step along this journey as a family is the PARENT DEDICATION. This is what we will be doing May 12 during the Family Dedication ceremony that will take place during the worship service.  The parents will commit to raise their children in a Christ centered home.

Check out the Parent Dedication material available May 12th at the Faith@Home Center by the Nursery in the Worship Center foyer.

Project 21:5

It’s that time of year again!

Our 21:5 initiative started April 28. The project list is filled with amazing opportunities to serve our God here in the community and with our near and distant neighbors.

We will be collecting items for those in need, building beds for some to sleep, packing snack bags for families and much, much more. Whatever your  skill set is, we have things for you to do! in the upcoming weeks keep an eye out for a full list of projects you can take part in.

Contact Missions Director Steve Vance at stevev@longviewfbc.com for more information!

Here is the PHASE 1 PROJECT LIST:

 21:5 PROJECTS – PHASE ONE

APRIL 28 – MAY 12

  • BUCKNER BOX: “BLESSING BAGS” (For moms finishing the school year and entering the summer)
    • Devotional books; bubble bath, fuzzy socks etc.; cookies, candies; handwritten notes. (detailed list at Outreach Desk in foyer)
    • Get the bag together and bring it to the labeled box in the foyer.
  • BUCKNER SHOE DRIVE
    • Collect shoes for Buckner families and put them in the labeled box in the foyer.
    • Women sizes 6-8 and male sizes 7-10 are the most needed.
  • LEGACY CLOTHING DRIVE BOX 1
    • Collect clothing for all sizes and genders. Gently used or new; no stains or holes.
    • Bring and put in the labeled box in the foyer.
  • LEGACY CLOTHING DRIVE BOX 2
    • Collect Pajamas (toddler – 10 yrs old), underwear & socks for both boys & girls (all sizes)
    • New items only please! Place in the labeled box in the foyer.
  • LEGACY – DIAPERS AND WIPES
    • Purchase Diapers (all sizes) and wipes and place in the labeled box in the foyer.
  • LEGACY – CAR SEATS
    • Purchase car seats for families that need them.
    • May be gently used (no stains, nothing torn or broken) but must not be expired (nothing 6 years old or older). All sizes needed, but greatest need is for 5 point-harness up to 110 lbs.
  • BUCKNER PROJECT HOPE SNACK BAG PACKING EVENT (Signup sheet at the Outreach Desk)
    • Come help pack snack bags for families of Buckner’s Project Hope Rangers game day outing.
    • Packing will be done in Room 201 – Church Office Building on Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 AM.
  • YOUNG LIFE INFORMATIONAL MEETING 
    • Learn about the amazing ministry of Young Life and find out how you can be part of it! Contact Steve Vance at stevev@longviewfbc.com 
  • PRAYER PROJECT: PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD
    • May 05th, 9:00am, in the Worship Center Welcome Room
    • Come learn about this unreached people group right here in Longview and spend time in prayer for them
  • WOMEN’S CENTER OF EAST TEXAS PROJECT DAYS (Signup sheet at the Outreach Desk)
    • Possibly a 2-day event! Dates: Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, June 1.
    • Minister to the women at WCET by helping with 4 projects: Power washing, mulching, painting, and setting up a new swing set. Whatever does not get done on the first Saturday will be done on the second Saturday.
    • Due to the nature of this event, signed forms and background checks will be necessary. Please  sign up on the sheet provided at the Outreach Desk in the Worship Center Foyer so those forms and instructions can be emailed to you.

Opportunities to serve at Fellowship

We believe finding a place to use your gifts in service to others in the body is an essential part of being part of the Fellowship community of faith. Each month in the Focus, we will highlight various serving opportunities. Find the one that fits your gifts and plug in!

The Greeters Ministry

Turning guests into friends, and friends into family!

Our Sunday morning Greeters Ministry is a very important part of what we do!

For first time guests, it’s an opportunity to help them feel comfortable in a new environment, and get  connected in Life Groups, as well as Youth and Kids’ Classes for their family. It’s really a way to say “We are glad you are here!” in a meaningful way.

For the Fellowship community, it’s an opportunity to get to know each other as family. As we share with each other, we find opportunities to encourage one another and bear one another’s burdens. Plus it’s just nice to be seen and known by name!

We are always looking for outgoing individuals and families (yes, your kids can participate too!) who would like to join us in the foyer meeting, greeting and connecting on Sunday mornings. 

If you have been looking for a place to serve, and think this might be your place, let’s talk! Contact Ralph and Patsy Richards at rrichp@aol.com or (903) 918-3870.

 

Thank You

Your thoughts and prayers were felt by us all. These prayers blessed us greatly.

The plant arangement is absolutely gorgeous and will serve as a reminder of dad and of an amazing church family.

Thanks are not enough but… Thank you

Tommy, Sheila and Skylar Martin