Torrance First Baptist Church
the Proclaimer June 2010
Volume 23 Issue 6
Inside this issue: The Pastor’s Heart Reflections Graduates 4th of July BBQ SonSeekers BBQ Bulletin Board CRUX News VBS Needs Ports of Call Doors of Hope Library Just for Kids Calendar Singles’ Events TFB Academy Seniors & Friends Attendance & Giving Global Outreach Mail Births & Deaths Loaves & Fishes Food Drive New Directory
2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4-5 5 We will have one morning service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, as 5 many in our congregation will be away at Family Camp. Pastor Rog will be 6 preaching that morning. There will be Children’s Church but no Sunday School 7 that day. 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 Come one! Come all! Join us for our Friday Family Movie Nights beginning on June 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Friends in Christ Room. Everything is FREE including popcorn and soda.
Proclaimers also available for viewing and printing on-line: www.torrancefirstbaptist.org
Our Children’s Summer Ministries Program begins on June 11. Find out where you will be going and how to get your passport on p. 5. June 11
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I am sure you have heard the phrase “built-in obsolescence,” and experienced its reality when something you bought wore out much sooner than you anticipated. Over the years I think we all have noticed a shorter shelf life for most products we use: appliances, furniture, electronics, etc. The apostle Paul talks about the obsolescence of spiritual gifts God gives us for ministry. He then mentions three qualities for ministry that do not possess obsolescence, implying that these three qualities should be
our top priorities in serving God. He says, “there are three things that will endure – faith, hope, and love…” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV). Faith is a strong belief in the person and character of God. It is truth firmly believed and consistently lived out. Faith brings a hunger for God and for God to do what only God can do in and through you. Hope is not wishful thinking but a confidence that God is Who He said He is! Hope is possessing God’s perspective and anticipating God doing great things. Love is sacrificial in its nature. It is a willingness to offer yourself to God as a sacrifice and a determination to say no to your selfish nature and pursue serving others. Paul takes the time in this chapter to list the dominate features of love because as he put it at the end of verse 13, “the greatest of these is love.”
All of our programs, strategies, buildings, staff and members here at TFB have, by nature, a built-in obsolescence. None of this will last forever. Even our own lives, marriages, children, dreams and plans have a limited shelf life. So it is wise to focus on what will last – faith, hope and love. I think one of the highest compliments any one could give us, both as individuals and as a church family, is to say that we have Faith – trusting and surrendering to God — as a very dominate character trait in us; that we are full of Hope – having extremely high levels of confidence in God and being full of anticipation of what God is doing and will do; and full of Love – deeply caring for God and each other, showing high levels of gentleness and patience with each other, and truly wanting and praying for the best from God for each other. May we be such a group of people, Pastor Charlie
by Pastor Rog
As I look back on my life, it is clear to me that the Lord brought many wonderful people across my path who have had a tremendous impact upon my life. These people were used by the Lord to minister His message of love all around the world yet remained very humble. One of these people was Bob Pierce, co-founder of Youth for Christ and founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse.
Dr. Bob was a very forceful and energetic person. His heart was opened to the needs of the world when he traveled to China in the 1940s. While in China, he saw spiritual and physical suffering that was unknown to most Christians. This changed his life. Not too long thereafter, he founded the ministry of World Vision. His ministry motto was: Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.
Billy Graham, who knew Bob Pierce intimately, said of him: “Now what was he praying for? He was praying for those who did not know Christ as their Savior. This Christ-like concern became the driving force of his ministry. (Continued on page 11)
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4th of July Picnic in the Park College Jessica Shanks, Masters in Education Administration, Cal State Dominguez Hills; Jenna Nawa, B.S., Molecular Cell Biology, UCLA; Jeffry Nawa, A.A., El Camino College.
High School Timothy Barnhart Allison Diroll Jonathan Everett Brittany Graves Sean Graves Veronica Grindle Ian McKenzie Jelissa Nawa Naomi Parker Angela Perez Daniel Spitzer Nicole Will Sarah Wolfe
Jr. High Allison Cordova Will Diroll Gibson Duvall Andy Halsig Kathy Hadley Kurt Kellogg Olivia Lee Arielle Meyer Imari Meyer Jonathan Norris Andrew Spitzer Jason Ward
We will have our church service at 10:30 a.m. at Torrance Park, in the Bandshell on Arlington (near Sepulveda). After the service, our Fellowship Committee will be BBQing hamburgers and chili dogs, and providing potato salad, baked beans, chips and soda for the whole family for only $3/person or $15/family. It will be free to the community as our outreach to them. Make plans now to attend!
Family Potluck & BBQ July 17 ~ 11:00 a.m. All members of the SonSeeker’s Sunday School Class and their families are invited to swim, eat and enjoy the day at the Bundoc home. The cost is $5/per person (for the meat and paper goods). Each family please bring a side dish and beverages to round out the meal. RSVP to Rebecca Darrow, 310/532-2607) or Teresa Bundoc, 310/373-1313).
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Crux Cinch Packs on Sale Every student who registers for camp will receive a Crux Cinch pack to bring to camp. For everyone else, you can own one too! Available in black or teal, this lightweight pack has mesh accent panels and a rubber zipper pull for added flair. All proceeds support Crux Student Ministries Camp Scholarship fund. Stop by the Student Ministries table in the patio.
Crafts Blue cellophane Transparent tape Paint markers Permanent markers (black) Poly-fil (15 bags) Glue dots (large) Pennies (140) Permanent markers (colored)
Games Ship bells (several) Sandwich bags (5 boxes) Vinegar (6 bottles) Baking soda (3 boxes) Toilet paper (1 large pkg.) Plastic cups (420) Wading pool (3) Bags of ice (9) Bath toys (9) Towels (10) Appliance boxes (6)
Thank you for your support… For those that came out to our Summer Camp fundraising dinner on April 18, your support resulted in $900 for our scholarship fund. For the students that worked to make that a great meal, each will receive $35-$50 towards camp. In addition, four students (Michael Dodd, Gibson Duvall, Olivia Lee, and Allison Cordova) earned an additional $50 towards camp for memorizing Romans 12. We also received requests for some backyard work projects that we are in the process of completing. The generosity of God’s people at TFB is such a blessing to our students. In these tight economic times, every little bit helps. Please continue to support TFB Crux Student Ministries with your prayers as we approach summer and the opportunity for students to bring their friends introducing them to TFB and ultimately to Jesus.
Writing paper (150) Newspapers Mops (5) Beach balls (25) Paper towels (2 large pkgs.) Timers (5) 2-liter empty soda bottles (30)
Cinema Starburst (8 lrg. Bags) Bible Jars (6) Colored bed sheets (5+); one white Plastic mesh fencing to make 25 pairs of handcuffs 4 ft. heavy chain Large blue camping tarp Clear packing tape (2) Brown canvas tarp Lunch sacks (50) Saltine crackers (120) Round fire logs (6)
Register for Summer Camp $40 Deposit REQUIRED to reserve your spot. Junior High: June 22-July 2; High School: July 11-17. Some scholarship help available.
Rolls of stretchy white gauze (75 yds.) Roll of brown shipping paper Handcuffs (one pair) Mini-marshmallows (5 bags) Gummy worms (20 bags) + 5 bags sour Small pretzel sticks (5 bags)
Goodie Galley Pringles baked wheat stix (60) Square pretzels (5 bags) M&M’s (20 bags) Honey nut cheerios 8 oz. Paper cups (500) Wet wipes (8 boxes) Blue corn chips (10 bags) Ranch dip (5 containers) Mild cheddar cheese (10 blocks) 2 oz. condiment cups (120) Blue plastic dessert plates (120) Blue Jell-O (20 boxes) Whipped topping (15 bowls) Vanilla wafers (3 boxes) 9 oz. plastic cups (120) Continued on page 5
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Pick up your Passport in the patio. We will be leaving for the following Ports of Call in June: Port 1 ~ Joppa, Israel
K - 6th grades Friday, June 11 6 - 9 p.m. Cost: $5.00 Make Your Own Pizza Night Game Night Movie Night (“Pistachio”) Gelato, the toymaker, carves a little boy, Pistachio, out of wood and when he tries to do things his way, he lands in a “whale” of a situation!
Port 2 ~ Hawaii 4th - 6th grades Friday, June 18 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $8.00 Lu’au Karaoke Graduation Come celebrate the “bon voyage” of the 6th graders going up to Jr. High (6th grade parents are invited). Enjoy Hawaiian grub and atmosphere and come ready to belt a tune and send off our 6th graders with a prayer and a small token.
Port 3 ~ Redondo Beach, CA K - 6th grades Friday, June 25 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $6.00 Bring a packed lunch (or $$ for lunch at Ruby’s), a towel, water toys and/or a chair. *Parents, drop off and pick up at Seaside Lagoon!
Goodie Galley (continued) Plastic spoons (240) Choc. Graham crackers (3 boxes) Extra fruit Cherry pie filling (12 cans) Fresh fruit: watermelon, cantaloupe, red/green grapes; pineapple Plastic coffee stirrers (240) Heavy plastic dinner plates (25)
Finale 5-gallon buckets (5) Clear plastic shower curtains (8) Bungee cords (enough to fit 8 garbage cans) Styrofoam cups (120) 6 in. x 28 in. cardboard (2) Cannon (fake or real) Decorating Ship’s wheel Sails or large sheets Anchor Parrot (stuffed or real with owner) Heavy ropes Ship flags Palm trees Compass Anything relating to ships, sailing and the sea
LIBRARY FOR DOORS OF HOPE Grace Condon is working towards a Girl Scout Silver Award and has chosen to build a library for the new Beacon Light Women’s Shelter, Doors of Hope. If you feel led to help in this project, you may donate any of the following: books for women (please, no “R” rated), inspirational wall art, VCR/ DVD player, CD player, computer, printer, printing paper, shelves, folding table, folding chairs, office supplies (pens, pencils, highlighters, paper clips, containers & organizers), CD’s, DVD’s, or store gift cards to Family Christian Book Store, Target, Best Buy, Staples, or Home Depot so items may be purchased. Any questions, please see Levana or Grace Condon.
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Just for l ye w lo
Give to those in need.
7p GO Comm 7p Ad Ops Comm
7p C.E. Comm
11a Srs./Frnds to IMAX Movie/ lunch
Home from Kamper Kamp
5p Prayer Gathering
Happy Father’s Day
5p Prayer Gathering
6p Committees: F, F, O, W 7p Deacons/ Deaconesses
7p Lauran Bethell Circle
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7p Beacon Light
Annex reserved 11a Loaves & all day for Loaves Fishes & Fishes Kamper Kamp Leave for Kamper Kamp
10a K-6tth, Seaside Lagoon 7p CRUX Summer Kick-off
6p Family Movie Night - “Secrets of Jonathan Sperry”
6:30p Singles’ Dinner Out
18 19 6p K-6th, Port 7p Open Volleyball; Share/Care 2, Hawaii
6p Family Movie Night - ”Up”
11 12 6p K-6th, Port 6:30p Singles’ Game Night 1, Joppa
3 10:30a Tracy Asanuma Circle
Saturday New Covenant (Korean) Prayer: 6 a.m. MasterLife Bible Study: 8-10 a.m.
Friday Ladies meet @ Denny’s for Bkfst.: 9 a.m.
Thursday Ladies’ Bible Study: 2 p.m. Worship Band Practice: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Beth Moore Bible Study: 6:30p Jr. High QUEST: 6:30 p.m. Small Group Bible Study: 6:45 p.m. Choir Practice: 7 p.m. Life of Jesus Bible Study: 7 p.m. New Covenant (Korean) Bible Study: 8 p.m.
Tuesday High School Revive: 7 p.m. MasterLife Bible Study: 7 p.m. Bible Study: 7:30 p.m.
Monday Ladies’ Prayer: 11 a.m. Open Basketball: 6:30 p.m. Chess Club, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services: 9:15 & 11 a.m. Worship & Witness: 6 p.m. Adult Sunday School: 8:15, 9:15 & 11 a.m. Children’s Church: 9:15 a.m. Patio Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. Children & Youth S.S.: 11 a.m. New Covenant Children’s S.S.: 11 a.m. Japanese Sanctuary Bible Fllwshp: 11 a.m. New Covenant (Korean) Wrshp: 12:45 p.m. New Covenant (Korean) Fellowship: 2 p.m. College Gathering: 6 p.m.
Recurring Weekly Events:
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Enjoy Time with the Singles’ Fellowship Please invite anyone of any age to join us. Game Night ~ Saturday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. ~ Meet at Bob Weebe’s home (29433 Stonecrest Rd., RPV). Bring games and snacks to share. Dinner Night ~ Saturday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. ~ Meet at Bamboo Garden, 20535 Hawthorne Blvd. (at Spencer Street) For more information, call Brenda-Jean Shephard, 310/901-0816.
“What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View” by Kenneth Berding, 368 pages, Kregel Publications (October 27, 2006) Reviewed by Laura Springer, M.Div., Th.M.
Like most people raised in church, I grew up understanding spiritual gifts as talents and abilities, given by God to be used for his glory in the church and in the world. This belief stood unchallenged until I read Kenneth Berding's, What are Spiritual Gifts? In his book, Berding argues for a biblical understanding of spiritual gifts that stands in contrast to the conventional "abilities" understanding. He makes the case for spiritual ministries through the exegesis—the contextual study and explanation—of key New Testament passages. Berding claims that "charisma" (usually translated "gift") and "pneumatika" (usually translated "spiritual") ought to be understood primarily as referring to spiritual-ministries rather than as spiritual-abilities.
After presenting the basics of his argument through the story of a hypothetical spiritual gifts seminar (ch. 1-3), he introduces the reader to word meanings and word use (ch. 4). He then lays out Paul's concern for ministry (ch. 7) and talks about the nature of biblical lists (ch. 8). Having laid the groundwork, Berding unpacks the meaning of four key passages (ch. 9-12). In chapter 13, he goes a bit deeper into Paul's use of the terms "grace" and "given." Berding begins to wrap up his argument by addressing four potential objections to the idea of gifts as spiritual ministries (ch. 14) and placing his understanding of ministry in the context of four broad Pauline themes. Finally, he explains the implications of the thesis and makes recommendations for ministry (ch.19-23). In What are Spiritual Gifts? Berding challenges the widely held understanding of spiritual gifts as abilities and confronts some of our basic notions of ministry. Despite our discomfort at having our assumptions challenged, his understanding of spiritual gifts is worth a look, for it answers two issues that often arise with the common understanding. First, understanding spiritual gifts as ministries rather than as abilities frees us from the treasure hunt. Rather than working through a battery of tests in search of my special ability, I can look at how I am serving, the needs present in my faith community, and how I might meet them. Second, it supports the call to bloom where I am planted. Rather than looking for the new program or church where my gift might be better used, I stay in my community and serve the Christian siblings God has given me. What are Spiritual Gifts? is recommended for anyone interested in thinking more deeply about God’s gifting and calling all his people to service. i
Ephesians 4:11-12; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:28-20; and 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 "the language of given-ness and having, the issue of talents, English usage of the word gift, and the role of 1 Corinthians 12:8-10" (133) iii ministry and service, learning by example, the Holy Spirit, and empowering and weakness iv Those seeking to go deeper will find ample endnotes and four supporting appendixes. Subject and Scripture indexes are included. ii
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Next Events for Seniors & Friends June 21 (Monday) IMAX Movie & Lunch In a race to repair the Hubble Space Telescope that was carried into orbit twenty years ago, which has provided us with legendary images of Earth and space, seven NASA astronauts depart on a journey of a lifetime. With an IMAX camera in tow, NASA prepares to send a skilled team up to make the final fixes to the Hubble Telescope. If these damages are not repaired, we will forever lose the Hubble that has provided us a continual window into space. 3D films have become very popular, and like the other popular ones, IMAX: Hubble 3D (2010) offers viewers a chance to see something never seen before. We will leave at 11 a.m., have lunch and then enjoy the movie.
August 14 (Saturday) Glendale Centre Theatre We will be seeing a play, “The Hasty Heart,” that was reproduced into a 1949 movie with the same title, that starred Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal. It is about an insufferable Scots soldier confined to a World War II military hospital. He is befriended by an all-American patient. Gradually the patients grow begrudgingly fond of Todd, and when it is learned that he is suffering from a fatal illness, everyone involved tries to keep his true condition a secret from him. It is a story about how friendship wins out over bitterness and self-pity. We will leave the church at 11:00 a.m., go to lunch, see the play and then be home by 6 p.m. The cost is $20 plus money for lunch.
If you are interested and/or want more details for any of our Senior & Friends’ outings, call Terri Mullin at 310/629-0396.
Attendance & Giving
AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE FOR APRIL
Thank you for giving approximately $52,610 in the month of April.
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Isaiah 6:8: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying: ‘Whom shall I send: And who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am send me.’ And He said, ‘Go and tell this people.’ So where do we go? How can we help? You can start by helping those in Tennessee. Samaritan’s Purse is seeking volunteers to help out flood victims whose homes are soaked from the rains and mud. Included below is the connection to by Dee and the G. O. Committee Samaritan’s Purse website in addition to feedback from one young lady who tells of her experience in volunteering.
TFB Global Outreach
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteers are needed to help with this response. No special skills are needed, just people able to do physical labor and willing to share the love of Jesus Christ. Go on-line to spvolunteernetwork.org/getting-started.aspx and choose “Nashville, TN - Flood Relief” to sign up. BLOGGING: Erin didn’t hesitate when her office allowed employees to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse to help flood victims in Nashville on Friday. She spent the day helping clean out mudsoaked houses. “It was an awesome experience,” she wrote in a blog post.
“It’s great that we can be
“witnesses” wherever we go . . . Seek where God would have you go.”
The full impact of just how amazing it was hit her the next day, when she had time to catch up on her e-mails. Her daily Bible verse for Friday was Psalm 108:3: "I’m thanking you, God, out in the streets, singing your praises in town and country" (The Message).
“How awesome is this!” she said. “The same day that my office goes and volunteers with Samaritan's Purse, this is the Scripture that is sent at 5:30 a.m. To say that one of our team members, Jonathan, never stopped singing praises to the Almighty God while we were working is an understatement. When we would start feeling weary, he would break out with song lyrics like, ‘I'll go wherever You lead me. I'll do whatever You want me to. I’ll go for You to the North and the South, the East and the West.’ And, ‘Emmanuel, You are here.’ It lifted the soul and made us want to sing along. “We were singing His praises in town and country! So I am thanking You, God, out in the streets!” It’s great that we can be “witnesses” wherever we go. Samaritan’s Purse has many opportunities within the U.S. where you can make a difference. Seek where God would have you go.
We Get Mail Thank you to all who called, visited and sent flowers for Herb--especially to Pastor Rog. It meant so much to both of us! Love, Dolly [Beckham]
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Dr. Bob functioned from a broken heart. The needs of a hurting world along with the severe trauma of his immediate family drove him to his knees again and again. With all of his faults, Dr. Bob was a tremendous example to all who knew him. He was a man of prayer, and he longed to see people come to a saving knowledge of Christ and grow in His grace. As I now reflect on his life and look at myself, it is very clear that I, too, am a very needy man. I need my heart broken with the things that break the heart of God. A broken heart can lead to a “praying” heart, if we’ll allow the Lord to have His way in our lives. The Lord works through the prayers (the “heart cries”) of His children. Will you pray, along with me, that our hearts “will be broken with the things that break the heart of God”? Life is too short to spend it concerned only for ourselves and our problems. Personally, my vision needs to be expanded . . . my prayer life deepened . . . my concern for others touched by His love. Yes, my heart also needs “to be broken with the things that break the heart of God.” My friends, will you make this your prayer as well? Hungering for Him, Pastor Rog
Lillian Ruth Irene Gaines came into this world on May 10, 2010. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs and was 18½ inches long. Congratulations to Mom & Dad, Karla and Michael, and Grandparents, Carlos & Pat Delgadillo. Big sis, Olivia, is bound to be a big help!
Please pray for the following families who have lost loved ones: Karla Gaines lost her great-aunt, Margaret Richardson; Brenda Grindle lost her father, Herb Wright; Herb Beckham, who has attended TFB for several years, is now with the Lord; and Tom Nordstrom lost his cousin, Sharon.
Loaves & Fishes Update Loaves & Fishes needs your help. We are in need of hygiene items (shampoos, hand cream, tooth paste, tooth brushes, and deodorants) for our outreach program. Also, we are always in short supply of men’s clothing. You can bring these items to the church any day of the week. Thank you,
Donâ€™t Forget . . . The Salvation Army/His House is requesting food to help feed those who are needy in these tough economic times. They are desperately low on supplies and are in need of nonperishable foods (no expired items please) to help replenish their cupboards. We will have a box in the foyer during the entire month of May for your donations or you may bring them to the office during the week. Five or 10 dollar gift cards to popular grocery stores or even the 99Â˘ Store for milk, eggs, fresh veggies, meats, etc. would also be appreciated!
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The Proclaimer is a monthly publication of the First Baptist Church of Torrance, California, located at 2118 West Carson Street (6 blocks east of Crenshaw). Sunday services: 9:15 a.m. Worship Gathering (contemporary Service); 11:00 a.m. Blended Service (with Sunday School for all ages); and 6:00 p.m. Evening Service. Mid-week events for children and students: High School Revive; Jr. High Quest; and Big for children. For more information, contact the church office: 310.328.5030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit us on the web at www.torrancefirstbaptist.org