How Are You Doing?

“How are you doing?” is more often a polite greeting than a serious question. That is probably why I do not usually put much thought into my answer. Every now and then, the question is something more than a greeting. It’s a genuine attempt to know if I am okay. My answers in those moments are serious and they reveal something about my priorities. My priorities clearly bubble to the surface when someone asks how a loved-one is doing. What are the first things that come to mind? Often it is how they are doing in their work, with their family, and their health – all of which are important. I was convicted the other day when I read the following in my devotional from 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12 (ESV).

 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  

 Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians reflects different priorities from mine. Paul first prays for the Thessalonians to grow spiritually, to live as followers of Jesus. That is what he means by “make you worthy of his calling.” Then Paul prays that God will accomplish the good works and acts of faith that are on the Thessalonians’ hearts. The reason he prayed this was so Jesus would be glorified, and the Thessalonians, in turn, would be glorified through Jesus. 

 If Paul had been asked how the Thessalonians are doing, his answer would likely start with how they are growing in godliness and how the Lord is working through them. It is the top thing he prayed for. Is this at the top of your list for how you pray for your family, friends, and church? How would our church change if we prayed this way for one another? How would our relationships change if our first desire for others was their growth in Christ and the impact God will have through them?

–Todd Malone

 

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NEW LIFE GROUP: FOUNDATIONS | Starts October 6

This New Life Group will be taught by Pastor Todd Malone and Wayne Allred. We will discuss some of the foundational aspects of the Christian life. Whether you are a brand new Christian or have been a Christian for years – these are the truths and practices that we come back to again and again in the Christian life. Meets in room 118 of the Adult Education Building starting Sunday, October 6. Join us! Register HERE

Baptism Celebration! | November 17 | Sign up by October 29 

The next Fellowship Baptism Celebration will take place on Sunday, November 17, at the end of the morning worship service. If you or your children would like to participation in this baptism, please sign up by October 29 so that we may schedule an interview with a pastor. You may sign up in the foyer at the Community Life Desk,  online at longviewfbc.info, or you may email Kathy Silvertooth at kathys@longviewfbc.com.   Plan to join us as we celebrate with those who will follow the Lord in baptism.

Coffee with the Hopkins!

Join us for with FBC Missionaries Brad and Rebecca Hopkins, Sunday, October 20th from 4:00-6:00pm. Come and visit with Brad and Rebecca as they share what God has laid on their hearts. 

BLOOD DRIVE | SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 | 8:30am-Noon

The Carter Bloodmobile will be with us on Sunday, October 20. Come prepared to love our community by giving the gift of a blood donation!

They will be set up in the parking lot, and you can donate any time between 8:30am – 12:00pm. Eat well that morning and bring a picture ID.

Put the date on your calendar and let’s bless our community!

Friends-giving | Saturday, November 2

Save the Date: : Saturday, November 2, Friends-Giving – a time for our whole church family to connect over a meal, serve together and give to our community. For more information contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com.

College-Age Life Group

Join us in the College-Age Life Group at 9:00am every Sunday morning as we study the Bible using The Bible Project. We meet in Room 117 of the Adult Education Center. 

College & Career Dinners

The College & Career ministry is hosting a dinner every other Sunday, starting September 29, for all college-aged young adults. For more information, contact Jera Dalton at 719-429-5078. Dates for the upcoming dinners are: September 29, October 13, October 27, November 10, November 24, and December 8.

Fellowship Women — Monthly Game Nights!

The upcoming dates are:
October 12 | November 9

All Game Nights are from 6:00 – 10:00pm. We will meet in Room 201 (the big middle room) of the Church Offices building.

JR and SR High girls are encouraged to attend as well!

Make plans to join us for some good fun and fellowship. Invite your neighbors and friends to join you!

Contact Aimee Akin if you have questions.

  

Preschool Playtime

Rain or Shine come let your preschooler get some energy out. Thje Tree House indoor playscape will be open for moms and thier preschoolers to come hange out. Friends are welcome, socks are requjired and adult supervision. Mondays, 10/14, 10/28 from 10:00am-12:00pm. For more information contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com.

Christmas Musical Auditions

Kids’ Ministry will be holding auditions for the Christmas Musical on Wednesday, October 9th from 6:00-8:00pm. All kids in 4th-6th grade are welcome to try out. This will be our only time for tryouts. For more information contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longiviewfbc.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 6:00-8:00pm. Contact Jeaqn Fltetcher at jeanf@longviewfbc.com for more information. 

Awana in October!

We are having a great time in Awana this year learning scripture and “Fall”ing in love with our Lord and God. This month’s schedule includes:

  • October 6 | Regular Club Night
  • October 13 | Pastors and Popsicles – celebrating our fantastic leadership
  • October 20 | Regular Club Night
  • October 27 | EIEIO Night – Everyone dresses as a farmer/rancher or animal
    Grand Prix race cars go on sale for $5. The Grand Prix Race is November 17.

Contact Bret Freeman for more information.