Torrance First Baptist Church
the Proclaimer October 2010
Volume 23 Issue 10
Inside this issue: The Pastor’s Heart Reflections We Get Mail Hiking Ministry Backpack Results Loaves & Fishes Sonseeker’s Party Crux Ministries Atherton Country Fair Fall Festival Gary Bonner Singers Transforming Conf. Financial Bible Study Just for Kids Calendar Singles’ Ministry TFB Academy Seniors & Friends Global Outreach Shoebox Ministry Bulletin Board (Jobs) New Arrivals Attendance & Giving Bereavement Job Search Blueprint
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KickKick-off Luncheon Sunday, October 3 12:30 p.m. Ladies, be sure to stay for the fun after the second service on Sunday, October 3, and enjoy prizes, food, fellowship and a heads-up on what Women’s Ministry has in store for the women of TFB in the coming year. The cost is $8. Sign up in the patio or call the office to let us know if you plan to attend.
Saturday October 16
9 a.m. until 4 p.m. We are counting on YOU to help with cleaning, repairs, painting, etc. here at Torrance First Baptist where we worship the Lord. We thank you for your past support in making this day such a great success and thank you in advance for your future support.
Proclaimers also available for viewing and printing on-line: www.torrancefirstbaptist.org
Lunch will be provided!! “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this [the Lord’s] house remains a ruin?” Haggai 1:4
Sign up in the patio for an appointment to have your picture taken by Lifetouch for a new church directory. Portraits will be taken here at TFB beginning the end of October. Plan on one hour for check-in, photography, and portrait selection as you view your images on-the-spot and have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits (without obligation) just in time for Christmas. Each family will get an 8x10 portrait and a church directory FREE of charge. Our Church Family Directory won’t be complete without you. Sign up in October.
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Each Person Helping Others Passionately Pursue Jesus Christ BACKPACK DONATIONS — AMAZING! Thank you church family for stepping up to the plate and giving backpacks to the children in our community. Through your generosity and the generosity of others, we donated 435 backpacks. Please pray for those children this school year. Although life does have some special moments, like the smile on a child’s face when he
receives a backpack, if you take it in its totality — the 365 days each year, the 24 hours in each day, the 60 minutes in each hour, and the 60 seconds in each minute — you find that most of living is routine and fairly mundane. For example, how many minutes per day do you spend doing whatever your job requires of you; or taking care of your basic needs like eating, sleeping, fixing meals, etc.; or managing your finances? God made us in such a way that doing these routines is expected by Him. But what about the nonroutine areas of life? For instance, how many minutes per day do you spend letting other people know they are loved by God and important to you; or getting to know God better and loving Him more; or telling others
the Good News of salvation in Christ; or building close loving relationships with your family, or reaching out to those in need? The more we insert these nonroutine acts into our routine lives, the more effective we will be in helping others pursue Jesus Christ. My challenge to us all this Fall is to invest ourselves in the pursuit of helping others become fully devoted followers of Christ by filling our routine lives with as much of this kind of non-routine activity as possible. Why? Because life is too short and people are too important to not pursue such a goal. Sincerely, Pastor Charlie Each Person Helping Others Passionately Pursue Jesus Christ
by Pastor Rog
Dear Church Family, Daily living presents many hard challenges, difficult questions and more than this, heavy-duty stress. And though culture has changed dramatically over the years, LIFE hasn’t. Years go by, but life problems often remain the same. This was true for the people who lived while our Lord was here on the earth. They too were harried, frustrated, over-burdened and needing help.
In John 6, we see some of these people taking time off from their normal routine so that they could be with Jesus and hear His teaching. In verse 2, we see them following Jesus because they saw Him performing miracles and they needed some miracles in their own lives. Who doesn’t? In verses 5-11, we see that our Lord was concerned for their physical welfare. They had no food. Out of love, He performed the miracle of feeding thousands of
these hungry people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish. What a powerful God—what a loving God! He taught the people many things and they marveled at His wisdom, but the spiritual truths of His teaching eluded them. It reached their minds but not their hearts. (Continued on page 11)
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We Get Mail
Dear Church Family, I want to thank you for the many expressions of sympathy to me and my family during the time of Bill’s illness and his passing. Through your cards, flowers, and prayers, we felt your love and were comforted. In God’s love, Ester Adams & Family
Dear Friends in Christ, Thank you for the prayers, thoughts, and cards after the passing of my father. Praise God, he is with the Lord. In His Name and with love, Nancy Christensen
My family and I appreciate all the words of encouragement, cards, phone calls, etc. from our dear church family in the homegoing of Edna. Special thanks to Pastors Rog and Charlie for the wonderful service in her honor. With gratitude, Ralph [Potter], Norma and Gary
Loaves & Fishes Update Friday October 22 This date has been tentatively selected for a rather difficult hike that is being considered. We are hoping to accomplish an evening hike of Mt. Baldy, lit by a full moon and a hands-free headlamp. The elevation gain is 4,000 feet! We are hoping to have two groups for that hike: one of which will run the course, and another that will walk. Stay tuned in your bulletin for more details when they have been solidified.
We will be serving traditional holiday meals for our November and December hot meals (on the first Saturdays of those months) for the needy. We can use all food items (including turkeys) for these meals. Call Linda for a list of needs and to sign up, 310/3285371.
Backpack Results Thanks to you and others not previously mentioned (including Church & Casualty Insurance Co. and LifeTouch), we were able to provide 435 backpacks (more than half of which were completely filled).
Mark Your Calendar
Sonseeker’s Class Christmas Party December 5
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At IGNITEAMS 2010, 2010 join hundreds of High School students and their leaders at BIOLA University where you will receive training and encouragement to impact your school and community for Christ.
Saturday, October 2 Cost $9—lunch included
50’s Party Slick back your hair, dust off that poodle skirt as we enjoy good food & fun Karaoke music together.
Friday, October 29 7-9 pm
Atherton’s 26th annual
Country Fair Saturday, Oct. 9
Saturday October 30 5-8 p.m.
10 a.m. ~ 3 p.m.
Featuring country-western musicians: Justin Curtis & Easy Pickens Delicious lunch and snacks Home-baked desserts Game booths & prizes Miniature train rides Petting zoo/pony rides Specialty shops open (collectibles, crafts, jewelry, clothes, etc.) Tours of model units Come join the fun! Atherton Baptist Homes 214 S. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra CA
Invite your friends for a great time of family fun here at the church with: game booths, food, and never-before-seen clips from the upcoming “Narnia” movie. Help is needed with donations of candy, small toys & trinkets, money to purchase items, and people willing to man booths. Contact Levana Condon if you can help.
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October 10 ~ 6 p.m. The Gary Bonner Singers have distinguished themselves as a choral ensemble of musical excellence and versatility; contagious, sparkling performance; and warm, vibrant choral tone. They have produced 18 albums and have been honored to perform at the White House Holiday Open House both in December 2006 and December 2008, chosen from over 10,000 applicants. Ranging in age from 18 to 60, the singers represent a wide diversity of backgrounds and occupations. Audiences respond enthusiastically to the 60-voice ensemble. Join us for a remarkable musical experience! A freewill offering will be taken.
2010 Transforming Churches Conference October 2121-22 Hillside Community Church 5354 Haven Avenue Alta Loma, CA 91737 Register now to hear two worldclass speakers, Dave Gibbons and Harvey Carey, sharing from the crucible of their own ministry experiences, choose from 8 practical ministry breakout sessions, share the victories and challenges of ministry with trusted colleagues, laugh, cry and share with long-time friends, be renewed, refreshed, and inspired in your walk with God. On-line and walk-in registrants will be accepted after October 13, but meals are not guaranteed after the October 13 deadline. Because TFB is part of Transformation Ministries, this conference is free (except for meals) for those who sign up from our church. To register on-line and for more information, go to www.transmin.org.
FINANCIAL SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY Have you ever wondered how to manage money? Do you ask yourself questions like: “Do I need to keep living paycheck to paycheck?” “How do I get out of debt?” “How can I save money?” “What more can I do to prepare for my financial future?” Invite your friends and family to join us on Saturday, October 23 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon here at Torrance First Baptist Church You will learn, from a biblical perspective, basic, easy-to-follow tips on how to manage money. This FREE event will focus on YOU and the financial concerns YOU face every day. Financial success can be achieved! To sign up, give the church office a call today. Any questions, contact Bill Morris, 310/329-6127.
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Just for l ye w lo
5p Prayer Gathering 7:15p Worship Team Gathering
6p Committees: F, F, O, W 7p Deacon/ Deaconess Boards
7p Lauran Bethell Circle
7p GO Comm. 7p Ad Ops Comm.
5p Prayer Gathering 6p Gary Bonner Singers
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7p Beacon Light 7p C.E. Comm.
10:30a Tracy Asanuma Circle 12 noon Ladies’ Bible Study resumes w/ luncheon
Recurring Weekly Events:
Sunday Worship Services: Annex reserved 11a Loaves & all day for Loaves Fishes 9:15 & 11 a.m. & Fishes 7:30a Revive to Worship & Witness: 6 p.m. Igniteams @ Biola Adult Sunday School: 8:15 9:15 & 11 a.m. Children’s Church: 9:15 a.m. Patio Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. 8 9 9a Choir Retreat Children & Youth S.S.: 11 a.m. 10a Job Search New Covenant Children’s S.S.: 11 a.m. Workshop Japanese Sanctuary Bible Fllwshp: 11 a.m. 10a Atherton Fair New Covenant (Korean) Wrshp: 12:45 p.m. 6:30p Singles’ New Covenant (Korean) Fellowship: 2 p.m. Game Night College Gathering: 6 p.m. Monday 15 16 Ladies’ Prayer: 11 a.m. 9a All Church Open Basketball: 6:30 p.m. Work Day Tuesday BSF Leaders: 9:15 a.m. High School Revive: 7 p.m. MasterLife Bible Study: 7 p.m. Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 22 23 BSF: 9:15a.m. 11a Srs. & Friends 9a Financial Bible BIG: 6:30 p.m. to Wheel of Study Jr. High QUEST: 6:30 p.m. Fortune taping 6:30p Singles’ Small Group Bible Study: 6:45 p.m. Dinner Out Choir Practice: 7 p.m. 7p Open Volleyball; Share/Care Life of Jesus Bible Study: 7 p.m. New Covenant (Korean) Bible Study: 8 p.m. 29 30 Thursday 6:30 Singles’ 5p Fall Festival Ladies’ Bible Study: 2 pm. [resmes 10/7] Movie Night 7 p Quest 50’s Worship Band Practice: 6:30 p.m. party Chess Club, 6:30 p.m Friday Ladies meet @ Denny’s for Bkfst.: 9 a.m. Saturday New Covenant (Korean) Prayer: 6 a.m. MasterLife Bible Study: 8-10 a.m.
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Enjoy Time with the Singles’ Fellowship Please invite anyone of any age to join us. Game Night ~ Saturday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. ~ Meet at Tim & Susan Taylor’s, 10820 Falda, in Torrance. Bring games and snacks to share. Dinner Night ~ Saturday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. ~ Meet at Daphne’s Greek Café, 25362 Crenshaw Blvd., in Torrance (below 24-hr. Fitness at corner of PCH). Movie Night ~ Friday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. at Brenda Jean’s, 5757 Ravenspur, #3, RPV. For questions, suggestions, or more information, call Brenda-Jean Shephard, 310/901-0816.
Being Church: Some Suggested Measures by Laura Springer, M.Div., Th.M. http://tfbacademy.blogspot.com/
If we were to sit down as a church and take a look at how we are doing at being church, what measurements would we use? The TFB mission statement, the 2010 theme, the church constitution, and various New Testament passages come to mind, but these are difficult to measure. I would suggest a rubric (an evaluation tool) based on the description of the church in the Nicene Creed (AD 381) and on a three-fold understanding of our task as church (know the story, be the people, expand the kingdom).
Church Evaluation Rubric The Church is One The church is one in her connection to Christ. Individual churches have structures and practices that express and encourage internal, local, and global connection. Individual churches model and draw others toward the unity of the people of God. The Church is Holy The church is holy in that she consists only of those who are in Christ, those who are and are becoming holy by God’s grace. Individual churches have structures and practices that expect and nurture corporate and personal holiness among those in Christ. Individual churches model the right belief and right practices that glorify and reflect God. The Church is Catholic* The church is catholic in that she consists of all those who are in Christ. Individual churches have structures and practices that provide for and encourage breadth of proclamation and depth of cultural expression. Individual churches declare and glorify the grace and sovereignty of God. The Church is Apostolic The church is apostolic in that she attends and submits to the Scriptures, received and recorded by the Apostles of Jesus. Individual churches have structures and practices that provide for and encourage personal/corporate submission to and alignment with Scripture. Individual churches experientially and verbally declare the Good News of God in Christ. What should we celebrate? What are our challenges? *Note: The term “catholic” simply means “universal.” It refers to no specific branch of Christianity. This rubric is excerpted from AN ARTICULATION AND EVALUATION OF AN EMERGING CHURCH ECCLESIOLOGY by Laura K. Springer (Th.M. Thesis, May 2008, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, Reader: Robert L. Saucy, Ph.D.)
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Next Events for Seniors & Friends October 22 (Friday) Taping of “Wheel of Fortune” The bus will leave the church at 11 am. We will go to lunch and then to see a 3:30 p.m. taping of the TV show. Bring money for your lunch.
November 18 (Thursday) Palm Springs Follies (Note: this is now a oneone-day trip) We will leave the church at 9:00 a.m. and drive to Palm Springs to once again enjoy the Palm Springs Follies. The Crystals, widely regarded as one of the defining "girl groups" of the 1960s, will be performing. We will get back to TFB at around 8:00 p.m. The cost for this trip is $55.00 per person. If you want to sign up and/or want more details for any of our Senior & Friends’ outings, call Terri Mullin at 310/629-0396.
In Memory of Edna Potter Edna Potter was the force behind the Seniors & Friends Ministry for over 20 years. She and Ralph worked hard planning, making reservations, and providing transportation for many fun one-day outings for our TFB Seniors and their friends. Overnight trips and cruises were also well-attended and greatly enjoyed and aided in the development of many great friendships through the years. For each cruise, Edna spent hours on newsletters that were given out on each day of a cruise to assure that “her” travelers were kept informed of daily activities. Each booklet was replete with the Daily Bread, jokes, anecdotes and puzzles for the cruisers to enjoy. In recent years, Ralph & Edna had passed on the baton of leadership of the Seniors to others. But being the travelers that they were, who loved the sights and sounds of new places, they continued to attend and enjoy all the outings that they could. Edna is now enjoying all the awesome sights and sounds of her new home in Heaven.
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“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I, send me!’ He said, ‘Go and tell this people...’” (Isaiah 6:8).
TFB Global Outreach by Dee and the G. O. Committee
Operation Christmas Child — Shoe Boxes This ministry sends shoeboxes filled with gifts to needy children around the world. You can help by filling a shoebox with small new toys, hard candy, hygiene items (toothpaste/brush, low-scent soap in separate zip-lock bag), school supplies, etc. You may pick up an empty, wrapped shoebox in the patio or you may wrap it yourself. You can also pick up a brochure giving details about what to put in your box and what not to put in. Samaritan’s Purse is asking for $7 per box to cover shipping costs. Deadline is: November 14
Missionary Praying, Part 1 This month and next we would like to encourage “Missionary Praying.” Each week in the bulletin you see the name or ministry of a few Global Outreach teams that we support. Do you wonder how or what you should pray for? In Romans 10:14-15, Paul talks about 5 groups of people we can pray for that are active in the global outreach process – senders, goers, hearers, and believers and worshipers. We will focus on the senders and the goers this month. As a sending body, we should keep these teams in our heart and not forget the problems and needs of the ministry teams. We can pray that they will have favor with the local government/tribal leaders and that God’s Word will go unhindered from reaching the people. May you have a genuine concern for those who have been called to go and keep them in your prayers. The goers are men and women with problems and issues just like us only they are in a foreign land or committed to a ministry to reach others. They may travel frequently to do the job they need to do, so travel and health mercies are needed. At times new languages, traditions, foods and homes must be learned and accommodated. Pray for protection, encouragement, passion and God’s voice to lead them. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go. I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).
Bulletin Board Seasonal jobs available: Mattel Retail Services is seeking seasonal associates nationwide to team with Retail Service representatives during the holiday season. If you know anyone that would be interested, please ask them to apply online at Mattel.com/Careers/Nationwide Retail Services. Then select Job Category: Retail Sales/Merchandising and enter your state of residence. If you have any questions, please call Dee Gonzales at 310/600-0213.
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Later, when the Lord changed locations (vv. 22-27), they followed Him again. Jesus told them plainly that the only reason they were following Him was to get more physical food. What they really needed was the spiritual nourishment He was freely offering them. Sadly, they still did not comprehend what He was saying and walked away from God. When Jesus asked His disciples (the 12) if they, too, would walk away from Him, one of them, Peter, responded with an astonishing statement. It’s found in verses 68 and 69: “Lord, to Whom shall we go? You alone have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Wow! Peter was right on with his answer. Now, how did he come to understand what the Lord was saying while the thousands who left earlier hadn’t? Peter allowed the Holy Spirit to minister to His open heart and in so doing, he was brought to the point of belief. As he carefully listened to the Lord, what he heard turned into faith: “We believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is amazing what happens to us and in our lives when we take the time to really listen to the Lord. My prayer is that we all will be enriched as we spend time alone with Him in prayer and in His Word. May this be our heart-felt desire before Him today. So thankful for Him, Pastor Rog
Attendance & Giving
Harry & Rita Matthews announce the birth of a Great-grandson: Wyatt Robert Doleshel was born on August 5. He weighed 6 lbs. 13 ozs. and was 19” long. Proud parents are: Bryan and Heather. Proud grandparents are: Mark and Aleta.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Please pray for those who have recently lost loved ones: John Peterson lost his mother, Alice;
we received word that Estella Ullarich, former TFB member, passed away and
AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE FOR AUGUST
Thank you for giving approximately $49,049 in the month of August.
Edna Potter, long-time TFB member and beloved wife of Ralph, is now with the Lord. (See tribute on p. 9 of this issue.)
WINNING the JOB SEARCH in a RECESSION
Facing a layoff? Unemployed? Looking for better employment? You are invited to attend this workshop and be informed of skills and techniques that will
expedite your job search. The workshop is focused on educating the attendees with practical, current job search information and addressing the current
recessionary job market.
Your Blueprint to Success!
Saturday, October 9 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Torrance First Baptist Church 2118 W. Carson Street Torrance, CA 90501 Seating is limited. Register online at: www.torrancefirstbaptist.org or call 310·328·5030
This seminar will be led by Jeff Farmer, Executive Recruiter & Career Counselor, who is known for his winning track record of results. Jeff Farmer’s unique teaching approach is not only to educate the participants with cutting edge information in how they can succeed in the job search, but also to be a source of encouragement and motivation. Jeff has personally counseled and coached over 200 Fortune 500 companies regarding recruitment, outplacement and career transitions. Jeff also serves as a Graduate Programs Career Counselor for Pepperdine University. This workshop is offered FREE as a gift to our community by the family of Torrance First Baptist Church. There will be a 45-minute break in which you are welcome to leave for lunch, or bring your own lunch and hang around to talk with Jeff.
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 email@example.com. Or visit us on the web at www.torrancefirstbaptist.org