march 2015 tapestry
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DESCRIPTIONThe monthly newsletter of The First Baptist Church of Redlands
TAPE ST RYT h e F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h o f R e d l a n d s
W o v e n T o g e t h e r I n L o v e : C o l o s s i a n s 2 : 2
M A R C H 2 0 1 5 I S S U E N o . 3
As a boy growing up in Sunday School at a Baptist church, I was told Baptists don't do Lent. I was never told why but I suspect it was an anti-Catholic thing. The attitude, "Whatever they do, we don't do," is such an unhealthy way to decide how we practice our faith. In recent years I have begun to feel that the Lenten season is very important in preparing us for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, the most important events in the Christian church. We spend so much time preparing for other events in our lives so why not spend some concerted preparation time in what we call the Lenten season? But the question is: "How do we prepare?" A story I read gave me some new insight. A teacher announced to her adult Sunday School class that it had dawned on her that in all the years she had been teaching the class, the class had never discussed Lent. The teacher then gave a background on the history of Lent and followed it with a question, "What do you think about Lent?" One member of the class said: "Mostly, I think Lent is a time of giving up something, making some kind of sacrifice." Another said, "I think Lent is about repentance. It is a time to rethink your life and then rededicate your life to doing God's will."
Others in the class agreed that Lent is about repentance and said that they could do better in living their lives for the Lord and that Lent helped them think about that. The teacher then asked, "What is true repentance?" A member of the class replied: "It is being sorry for what you have done wrong and promising to change." The teacher let the discussion go on for several minutes. Then she said, Well I disagree totally about your thinking. I have been repenting all of my life but it has never done me any good. Each year we say we are sorry for our sins and promise we can and will do better but most of us don't do better. She went on, "It seems to me my promises are just like straw in the wind. This year I am not going to promise that. Instead I am going to confess to the Lord that I can't do better and I am going to tell the Lord, I don't have the power to change. I am then going to ask the Lord for His grace and strength to make me into what He wants me to be. In other words I am going to ask the Lord to do for me what I can't do for myself. True repentance means to me - to turn away from leading my life under my power and turning it over to the power of God." (This story is from Lectionary Tales by Richard Jensen.)
means to turn away from leading my
life under my power and turn it over to the power of God.
The apostle in writing to the churches of Asia Minor as recorded in the book of Ephesians said, "I bow my knee before the Father that He would grant according to his riches in glory, to be strengthened with power through the Spirit in the inner man." So often we try to change ourselves which only leads to frustration and a defeatist attitude instead of asking God to help us by His grace. May this Lenten season help us to focus on God's grace.
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Reverend Richard BurkeInterim Pastor
Deena Barwick, Ph.D. Associate Pastor of Family Ministries
Jared SumnersYouth Director
Richard W. SteffenMinister of Music
Eric GoddardMusic Director
Linda Gentile Organist
Angel FlorenceOffice Manager/Bookkeeper
Amanda WarnerCommunications Administrator
Telephone: 909-793-3289Web: www.fbcredlands.org
Office Hours MondayThursday: 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. 12 p.m.Sunday: 8 a.m. 12 p.m.
Worldwide Prayer Concerns: West Africa, Egypt and Mexico
Contents and Staff Box
Upcoming Service Opportunities
The March Calendar
C O N T E N T S
A Few Words from Pastor Deena: Finding Healing Through Stories and Community
A Message from Pastor Richard: The Grace of Lent
Family Time Beyond Facebook
Pastoral Search Committee Update: Were Culling and Courting
Missions Commission Update: How Will We Move Forward In Missions?
Small Groups Launch New Series: Agape Sunday Class & Pastors Bible Study
Hope For Youth: Fighting Teen Homelessness With Unconditional Love
3A few words from Pastor DeenaFinding healing through stories and community
I love to hear peoples stories. How did you get here? Where have you been? What have been your struggles, your joys, your big milestone events? Stories make up who we are as individuals, as a piece of a family, as a part of a community and our connection to God. Some stories get embellished more every time they are told. Some stay the same. Some are never too old to hear over and over again. I am reminded of the story, from Mark 5, of the bleeding woman who told Jesus her story of 12 years of suffering. He listened to every word while a rush of hurried-ness was going on around him. When she was done with her story, Jesus said to her: Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. This was a personal response from Jesus: daughter. All of the stories we share are personal and sometimes when we share them, we receive some healing through advice or a prayer, or we are just able to let some pent-up emotions go. Stories help us to communicate difficulties, pain, joy, celebrations, and often to provide
advice to another person. That is what happened at the Foodies support group. We first listened to each others story about particular difficulties with different foods, allergies, diets, some life changes and trying to figure out just what can I eat?
There were samples of gluten-free cookies and waffles to taste and a couple of recipes, too. Sitting around a table and just conversing about different problems, with others offering solutions, was interesting, a bit of fun and most importantly, a good reminder that we are not in this alone. Are there others who are
on special diets, perhaps even with weird food and willing to share what they have learned through a process of trial and error? Perhaps you are trying to lose weight and need an accountability partner; perhaps you have allergies and need to figure out some new and exciting foods to eat; or perhaps you have been diagnosed with a food-related disease and need more information. We were meeting on the third Monday of the month. As there hasnt been much interest in this support group, we decided at our last meeting to have periodic meetings as the need presented itself. If you are interested in knowing something specific about food, allergies, or disease diagnosis, please let me know. If there are a number of people interested in specific food needs, we will schedule a group time to meet. When that meeting is scheduled, please come and join the conversation. Share your story. Hear others stories. Bringing something to share is optional! -Pastor Deena Barwick
From March 13 to 15, the youth will be off at
at Camp Cedar Crest in Running Springs, CA. Please
keep the youth and adult supervisors in your prayers.
Photo courtesy of campcedarcrest.org
All of the stories we share are personal and
sometimes when we share them, we receive some healing through advice
or a prayer, or we are just able to let some pent-up
How do we parent in the age of technology? Thats one of the questions Jana Boyd, an MFT over at the Christian Counseling Service, is asked most frequently. Its also the question driving a new series in Thursday nights Parents Class. Nobodys had to parent under these circumstances and it seems like were all kind of feeling our way without a lot of examples, Jana said. A friend recommended a book to Jana called Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World by Arlene Pellicane and Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages. What struck her is its focus on teaching kids to be more relational, rather than just trying to get kids to spend less time using media. A lot of times we blame technology for the frustrations were having as parents when, really, we have to take responsibility as parents for what were modeling, Jana said.
Are we teaching our kids to be good social people? On Thursday, Feb. 5, Jana started off the series which will continue through May. Each week the group will read two chapters from Growing Up Social and then come to class to discuss the contents. Jana will facilitate the first Thursday of the month, Kari Hidalgo an MFT intern at CCS will facilitate the third