Chasing the Great Pumpkin

Todd Malone

I am not a big fan of horror movies. Others in my family are, but not me. The TV fills up with Halloween themed movies in October. If I’m going to watch one, it will be Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin. It’s cute and fun, but not without elements of fear. If you’re not familiar with the show, Linus believes that every Halloween the Great Pumpkin rises out of a pumpkin patch to give candy to good little boys and girls. The problem is that Linus keeps missing him. Linus lives in fear that he is going to miss the Great Pumpkin again this Halloween.

I wonder how much of the fear comes from the concern that God and I are missing each other. I’m in one pumpkin patch struggling with life and God pops up in another pumpkin patch to give good stuff to those people. That fear sounds like, “When is it going to be my turn?” I wonder why life seems great to the people over there, but not so good in my patch of the world. When will it by my turn not to struggle with finances, or health, or fatigue, or disappointing relationships, or whatever. I fear it will never be my turn.

What Can We Learn from Linus in the Pumpkin Patch?

There is a lot to unpack in that fear, starting with a bad definition of “my turn.” That fear believes that all the candy has to be the same. If God doesn’t give me exactly what He gives others, then He forgot me. The fear mistakenly assumes that there are moments when God isn’t blessing us. He is always at work in our lives to make us more like Christ. That is a blessing. Beyond that, the fear assumes that because I do not presently see how God is working, it might be true that God will never bless me. We fear that if we wait like Linus, we will always be disappointed.

From the Great Pumpkin to the Great Shepherd and King

One of the themes in Micah is that the Lord will show up. We see it in chapter 1: The Lord is going to show up with authority, power, and judgment. It’s in chapter 2: the Lord will show up as Shepherd and King. The theme continues throughout the book, culminating in chapter 7: “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

That’s the promise to cling to when we are afraid. My God will hear me. There is no question. There is no possibility that He will show up in the wrong patch. God will hear you. He is at work. He is the God of your salvation. Salvation doesn’t look the same in every situation, but it is there.

New Candidates for the Trustee Board

We are in the process of selecting those men who will be added to our Trustee board for 2018-2019. These men will be presented for your consideration on Sunday, October 7.

Each FBC member will receive an email with links to online feedback forms for each of the candidates, along with biographies of each man who desires to serve. Packets will also be available at the Community Life Desk in the Worship Center foyer for those who are not yet members, but would like to submit feedback. An online version will be available on the HUB (longviewfbc.info) for those who would like to submit feedback electronically. Watch your bulletin and email for more information!

Fellowship Women — REST & REFUEL

October 5-6 | 7:00pm Friday – Saturday 3:30pm | FBC Gym
What woman doesn’t enjoy food, friends, and some incredible teachings about our King! Come join us as we rest & refuel through new & old friendships and the word of God! You don’t want to miss this fun opportunity to connect with the women in our church and surrounding community.

Cost: $20 to cover food and expenses.
–Dinner Friday night by Dee Ann Coker
–Worship music by Carrie Albee and Shelia Small
–Teaching by Kayce Threadgill on the Fruit of the Spirit (www.kaycethreadgill.com)
–You can stay all night at FBC or go home and come back!  

So grab your friends & sign up online at http://bit.ly/Rest-Refuel or in the foyer on Sunday!

Missions | Christmas in October

Remember! All presents for Missionary Kids need to be in by October 21st! We will also take a special love offering for our missionaries and write letters to them during the service that day. Contact Steve Vance if you have questions – vancesteven@hotmail.com

WOULD YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

What are Mini Fairs?

It is where families, Small Groups, or Life Groups can host a yard-sized fair for their neighbors who come to Trick-or-Treat.  You provide the yard and decorations! We will provide games and prizes. Its’ super easy! Sign-up today. Contact Ginny or Rebecca at 903-663-9591

We are taking donations for NUT FREE, individually wrapped candy! Drop off in Tree House or Faith@Home desk. (Starting Sunday, October 7)

Contact rebeccas@longviewfbc.com for more information!

Christmas Musical Practice:

Practices for our Kids’ Christmas Musical are right around the corner!

  • Club 456 will start practice October 10th .
  • 123 Kids will have practice on Sunday mornings in 123 Church starting November 4th.
  • More information will be sent to the parents with specific times and dates.

December

Christmas Musical
Mark your calendar for December 15th! We will have our annual FBC Kids’ musical at 5:00 p.m. with a Cookie Extravaganza to follow at 6:15 p.m.

Light Up Christmas at South Ward

We have been invited to bless the students at South Ward School with Christmas presents again! Starting on Sunday, November 25, we will light up 5 Christmas trees at the outreach desk in the foyer as people purchase $5 paper ornaments for the students. We plan to buy a game for each child as we did last year. Please plan to help us make their Christmas special.

Awana Bible Club

Awana Events in October: 
October 14th Camo Night – Clubbers wear camo as uniform of the night.
October 21st Grand Prix cars go on sale for the race on November 11th. Cost will be $5 per car with four styles available.
October 28th Stuffed Animal Night – Bring favorite stuffed animal for a contest.

8 DAYS OF HOPE | REBUILDING HOUSTON

8DOH | October 13-20 | Houston | There is no organized FBC group this year but you may go on your own and participate. Register online at https://eightdaysofhope.com/. Info: Call or text David Fisher 903-736-6504.

COMING EVENTS

28th Annual Life Chain |Oct 7 2PM-3PM

This event promotes awareness of our pro-life position.  Please come to stand in silence & prayer holding a sign to be the voice of aborted babies. We will be on Loop 281 – front of Hobby Lobby.  Signs available that day.  Rain or shine!

Congregational Meeting |October 14

There will be a regular congregational meeting on Sunday, October 14, at 4:00pm in the Worship Center Auditorium. Make plans to be with us and keep up to date on the ministry and business of the church.

Baptism | October 28

Our next baptism service will be Sunday, October 28 at the end of the morning worship service (11:30 am). Sign up by October 18 here or call the office if you’re interested in being baptized so we can interview you.

Safety Team

A tactical way to serve…
We need personnel to serve on the Safety Team.  This is a way for protective personalities to be productive. We base everything we do from scripture and for our church family!  For more info visit the HUB (Click on the Volunteer interest form and then look under Guest Services – the first section of the form),  or email Eric Akin: safety4fbc@gmail.com
~A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Prov 22:3

Thank You!

Dear Family,
Thanks so much for the lovely plant and for the many prayers. We are so blessed by you all. We are trusting God with this pregnancy and with little Calvin’s life.  Job 12:10
Love, The Irishes

FBC
Thank you for the flowers, card and prayers. I am truly thankful! I am recuperating at home! It is a very slow process! Having a church home an church family is one thing I ‘m so thankful for! Again, thank you for everything!
God Bless, Melissa Espinoza

Fellowship Bible
Thank you so much for opening up the church for ELO. Your generosity is a blessing to our group! 
ELO Staff and Leadership

Dear FBC Family
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers you sent me after my fall. The arrangement was absolutely gorgeous, and really lifted my spirit.
I so appreciate your love and support during this difficulty time – prayers, cards, calls, visits. God is so good to me to bless me through you!
Love, 
Susan Redfearn