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The Messenger One of the most frequent questions I am asked about following Jesus is simply, “What do I do now?”

Magnolia Baptist Church

"Every person a place to serve and a place to belong."

February 2012

The answer is simple and profound...do right! Doing the next right thing isn’t a new to me statement...it actually comes from Alcoholics Anonymous! It’s a slogan that recovering addicts use to get life together. Most of us don’t come to Christ and know exactly what to do. We’re figuring out how to get life together. So,here’s the starting point… do the next right thing! We get so caught up with “correctness” and fail to realize that God really wants us to be about righteousness! So what do we do? How do I do the next right thing? Will I be able to recognize right if I see it? You will make mistakes. But, you should make every effort to do right! Read Luke 2:41-45. It was a regular thing for Jewish families to go to Temple gatherings for worship and ritual in the ancient world. The crowds were huge. Somewhere along the way, Jesus and his parents are separated. When they found Jesus, He was with the teachers! His parents questioned Him about why He was there...His reply, “I’m doing my Father’s work.” The model Jesus lived was living God’s way...doing the right thing! Read Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus says we are like a wise builder when we listen to His words and do what He says! Doing the right thing centers around knowing God’s word. Read 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 12:1-2; Isaiah 1:17 All of God’s word is useful for helping me know what is right and how to live it. To know what’s right I need my thinking to be so influenced by God’s word...I need to seriously change my mind! That’s why it is so important for anyone who wants to follow Jesus to be reading the Bible and to be connecting with others who can help us understand it when we don’t. If I’m going to do right...I need to know what’s right so I can recognize right in all that I do! God’s word... all of it...even the hard parts; the “do nots”... are meant for my benefit! Read James 4:17; Galatians 6:6-10 James 4:17...honestly, bothers me...I get not doing wrong being wrong. It took me a long time to realize that not doing right is just as wrong! James 4:17 needs to bother me and move me to do right! A big part of the reason why we do the right thing is that it is love for God. Jesus said to his followers, “If you love me, you will obey my teachings.” John 14:15 Another big reason we do the next right thing is that it shows others our faith in Christ. Jesus called this being His witness. One day Jesus was teaching the crowd and said to them, “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.” Matthew 7:16-18

720 S. Magnolia Anaheim, CA 92804

Bearing fruit means doing right and doing good things for others as Jesus’ follower! Do the next right thing! Glad to be your pastor, Jeremy


2012 Board Members, Committee Members and Officers Elder Mick Boomsma Adam Declercq Ken Felig Brian Gough Dan Nordell Werhner Orilla Bill Ramm Bill Samp Richard Steenbergen Christian Education Jim Farr Eric Hamo Rainier Laxamana Linda McGunigale Julie Spykerman Lesley Steenbergen Mary Steenbergen

Facility Jose Avila Hank Brand Bill Hatch David Pugsley Roger Tsuda Nathan Zug Finance Steve Burrows Rob Hipp Marge Kato Joyce Milburn Phil Teague Brenda Wylde Men’s Ministry Gene Gatch Dan Guerrero Daniel Gustavson Corey Wylde

Women’s Ministry Danna Bone Denise Botana Gina Climer Denise Mitchell Mary Samp Patsy Teague Karen Thormahlen Outreach Keiko Brand Alicia Burrows Vicki Felig Morris Ngige Carol Sundman Suz Wittman Nominating Bob Atkinson Rodica Marc Mike McMillen Dave Mitchell Rich Schlegel

Music Gene Gatch Gary Kiker Dave Mitchell Jennifer Nordell Carol Sundman Social Alicia Burrows Donna Burrows Steve Burrows Dianne Chapman Richard Chapman Barbara Gustavson Bob Gustavson Elena Iancu Rodica Marc Paula Rice

Moderator Bill Ramm Vice Moderator Mick Boomsma Treasurer Mike Steenbergen Church Clerk Sue Dorsi Financial Secretary Mike Dorsi Head Usher Steve Spahr Auditor Dave Mitchell Historian/Reporter Lesley Steenbergen

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February 20th

Thank You

Lindsey Climer for the many years of Service here at Magnolia Baptist Church

We appreciated all that you have done. God Bless You as you begin a new journey in your Life...

The Church Pictorial Directory is now available

Kids' Night Out

Friday, February 3rd ~ 6pm-9pm only $5.00 per child

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If you want to be part of the fun ~ Talk to Mr. Steve


Magnolia Men’s Monthly Meeting at Hometown Buffet on Katella and Euclid

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Craig Whelen Staci Myers Tendo Thomas Rich Schlegel Lucy Kilgore Jacob Sawyer Mary Steenbergen Dianne Chapman Marilyn Miller Emma Samp Bob Atkinson Ryan Compher Aidan Mora Brittany Kiser Steven Climer Linda McGunigale Caesar Leynes Robyn Nordell Iris Magsombol Monette Laxamana Nicholas Whelen Cassie Favello Kathi Kiser Richard Grimshaw Thelma Matthews Beverly Soeltz Stu Johnson

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Bob & Barbara Gustavson Jerry & Barbara Hill Andy & Judy Anderson Tom & Barb Everson Richard & Mary Steenbergen John & Sandy Schissler Joshua & Amber Alejos

(Next meeting is on 2/25/12)

Time: 7:30am – 9am Cost: $7.70 per person Includes: a breakfast buffet, omelette bar and coffee. If you bring a visitor they are FREE. For more information talk with Gene Gatch; 714.774.7036 or Dan Guerrero; 714.794.9729.

WOMEN praying for WOMEN Third Tuesday of each month 7:00pm

Lois Farr's Home 324 S. Beachy Pl. Anaheim

Contact Brian Gough for upcoming Events (714) 323-1355 email: bbjhcg4@gmail.com or just check us out on the website: www.magnoliabaptist.org April 1st 3rd 5th - 8th

March 3rd

Date: Last Saturday of every month

Youth Yard Sale AWANA Grand Prix 9th -11th Launch Retreat 10th Church Workday AWANA Girls Serving Others 11th A Night of Inspirational Music 16th - 18th JH Winter Retreat 17th Ladies trip to Descano Gardens 18th Purls to the World 20th Women Praying 29th Senior Adult Lunch 31st All Church Auction

BOOK RECOMENDATION Moving from Fear to Freedom

by Grace Fox In today's world with its economic, political and family problems, Grace Fox's book, "Moving from Fear to Freedom" is a wonderfully written book on the emotionally packed topic of fear. Grace shares her personal experiences with honesty. "Our Kid's Well Being", "Lessons Learned in the Storm", and "It's Not About Gray Hair and Wrinkles" are ample chapter titles. Each chapter contains stories from scripture and ends with some practical helps: questions to focus your thinking and scripture used as a basis for prayer. It is a must read for women who want to understand the many aspects of fear and what to do about them. Pick up this practical guide and see what God can do in your life.

Palm Sunday Passover Banquet Youth Trip to Union Rescue Mission 6th Good Friday Service 7th Eggstravganza 8th Easter Sunday 13th - 15th Men's Retreat 13th All Church Workday Ladies Who Lunch 15th Purls to the World Teacher Support 17th Women Praying 20th Ladies Craft Night 21st Youth Yard Sale 22nd Compassion Sunday 26th Senior Adult Lunch 28th Paint Your Heart Out Iron Men's Breakfast AWANA Girls Serving Others

Reviewed by Mary Steenbergen

FEBRUARY 12TH YOUTH HUME LAKE DEPOSITS WILL BE ACCEPTED May 4th 12th 15th 18th 20th

Kid's Night Out Mother's Day Event Women Praying Ladies Craft Night Sunday School Teachers Meeting Purls to the World 26th Iron Men's Breakfast 31st Senior Adult Breakfast


February

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Ladies' Bible Study 9:30am

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Home 2:30pm

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Purls to the World 10:45am Convalescent Home 1:30pm

Church Office Closed

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Youth Group 7-8:30pm Women Praying for Women 7pm

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Worship Team 7:30

Worship Team 7:30

AWANA Kids Serving Lunch - Noon

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Iron Men's Breakfast 7:30am

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