“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Moses asked a question that has crossed all of our minds. When we are called to serve God or talk to someone about Christ, we automatically think, “Who am I to do this? How can little ol’ me ever begin to serve God? What right and qualifications do I have to be used by God?”
When God calls us, the devil is quick to remind us of our shortcomings and sins. How can we ever begin to think about serving the Almighty God? How can we possibly do it? The answer is found in the next verse: “I will be with you!” (Exodus 3:12)
God will never call us unless He promises to go with us. He gives us the power and strength to do His will. It worked for Moses and it will work for us. Give it a try.
The Fee Fee Annual Picnic was a tremendous success. The event was moved indoor because of the storms. Thank the Lord for our beautiful Family Life Center. It was a perfect place to have the gathering. Everyone played games, fellowshipped, and had lots of food to eat. A great big “thank you” to the Socials Committee for all the hard work that made this possible. Also a big “thank you” to Andrea Baldwin for providing the kitchen help and assisting in the process.
It was very successful with about 300 people attending. It was so wonderful to see the church family fellowshipping in such a great way. We are so blessed as a church.
An update on the roof situation: We have completely new roofs on all of our buildings except the office complex. All known leaks are stopped and our insurance covered the cost. Praise be to the Lord! The bad news is that the office roof has begun to leak (especially over my office). I have temporarily relocated down the hall and our insurance is working with us on repairing or replacing this roof. Pray for it to be replaced. Eventually we will have it all done. Life is always one exciting thing after another but God gives us the grace to go on.
A quick note on the church’s giving: At the end of May we had given almost $40,000 more this year than in 2012. I believe that much of this can be credited to the Stepping Up Together emphasis we had last September. It is amazing what the church family can do when we work together. Thank you for your support and keep Stepping Up Together.
Our church is doing very well and is reaching many new people in our community. Come and help us be all we can be for the Lord.
See you in church,
SOUNDS OF SAINTS
Have you ever wondered about the singing of Paul and Silas while they were in prison after being severely beaten? I’ll admit that I am curious about quirky things that really don’t matter, but I sometimes wonder if these two saintly prisoners sang in harmony or unison; were they singing songs that had been composed or were they simply improvising on the spot? I doubt they would have approached the sound of Simon and Garfunkel or your favorite contemporary Christian artists or even the style of Sacred Harp singing, although I would suspect the latter would more closely replicate the timbre of their singing. The most astonishing fact surrounding this event is that the other prisoners LISTENED and God RESPONDED with an earthquake that set them free! The sincerity of their hearts and the obvious deep connection with their Creator was compelling for their audiences of several and of One. Wow! Powerful stuff. Think about it.
UPCOMING PATRIOTIC SERVICE AND KIDS
All kids are invited to participate in our June 30 Patriotic Service. If you have children who can participate please contact me
and more details will be provided. We will have two 45-minute rehearsals - Wednesdays, June 19 and June 26. Both rehearsals will begin at 5:15 in the choir room.
Both the 8:00 a.m. choir and the 10:50 a.m. choir will continue to rehearse throughout the summer months. The choirs are vital to our worship experience. This would be a good time for you to join us. We always have rehearsal packets ready for prospective new members. You're welcome!
ONE MORE THING....
“Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum”
See you Sunday - AND Wednesday —Ronna
Vacation Bible School is June 24-28 this year. I hope you’ll pray for the children and workers at KINGDOM ROCK-where kids stand strong for God! Child care is available during VBS for workers’ preschoolers. Please let me know if you will need that care so we have workers who will lovingly care for your kids. THANK YOU all who are preparing to help!
¨ June 15: Father’s Day Weekend (Cardinal Baseball related) Mystery Trip #1. Tickets are purchased. Church bus will leave at 8:45 a.m. from church parking lot. Dress comfortably (lots of walking). We should return by noon.
¨ June 29: Mission project for kids: making sack lunches for homeless in St. Louis City. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in Fellowship Hall.
¨ July 6: Kids’ Mystery Trip #2. Dress comfortably for outside activity; bring sack lunch. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult; older children without an adult will need a permission slip. No cost required.
¨ July 8-12 (dates were printed wrong in previous Forerunner): RA Camp—forms and deposit should already be turned in.
¨ July 19: Kids’ Mystery Trip #3 in the evening. More info to follow.
Welcome, New Member
On Sunday, June 2—
Presenting herself as a candidate for church membership by transfer of letter:
· Sandy Durell
Thank You notes received from Bro. Wes Owens, Mel & Marie Janis and Regina Pfeiffer have been posted on the bulletin board in the hallway to the Cornerstone Café.
Our love through Christian sympathy is extended to Larry (Pat) Condra in the death of his mother, Irene Potter, on June 3. Irene was the grandmother of Drew Condra.
June 15 - Men’s Prayer Breakfast, 8:00 a.m., HomeTown Buffet
June 20 - Ladies Summer Supper Club, Hacienda Restaurant, 6:00 p.m. (sign up in Parlor)
June 28 - Fee Fee Family to River City Rascals Game, 7:05 p.m. (buy tickets in the Parlor at $8.00/ticket)
June 30 - Patriotic Service, 8:00 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
June 30 - Forever His, Youth Choir from LaGrange, Georgia in concert, 6:00 p.m.
July 4 - Independence Day Holiday, church office and buildings closed
July 7 - Summer Concert Series and Super Sundae Nights begin
July 14 - Church Business Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
July 17 - Fee Fee Family Church Swim Night, 8:00 -10:00 p.m. at Bridgeton Pool
July 22-25 - Adult Victorious Bible Study, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Summer Concert Series
Each concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the Sundays listed below and will be followed by Super Sundae Night in the Dining Room. Join us for hotdogs, nachos and ice cream following each concert.
July 7 - Shades of Grace (a six-piece bluegrass band)
July 14 - The Lesters
July 21 - The Harris Trio
July 28 - Celebration Brass
August 4 - Autumn’s Child / Mark Holland (Mark plays Native American flute)
August 11 - Assurance Quartet (No Super Sundae Night on this date)
Happy Father’s Day
Sunday, June 16, is Father’s Day and in honor of this special day, all men, 18 years of age and older, will receive a gift at the end of each morning service. Please note that there will not be any afternoon activities or evening service on that day; enjoy the rest of the day with your family and friends.
Thank you, church family!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my church family for your cards, letters, phone calls, visits and all your expressions of love to me since my open heart surgery on May 1. I am so blessed to be part of a wonderful church family who prays for and goes out of their way to minister to people in all kinds of ways. By the time you receive this newsletter, I should be back to full time again. Once again, thank you for your expressions of love and care for me.
Vacation Bible School!!!
Our VBS is right around the corner—June 24-28. It’s hard to believe that it is almost here! Please pray for the leadership team, helpers and, of course, the kids. Everyone can participate in our VBS! If you are providing leadership during this very important week, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks! And also to the home team (YOU), for providing the prayer support that is needed and welcomed. If you know of any children in your neighborhood, please make it a point to share with their parents that we offer the best VBS anywhere, and try to enroll them or give them the information they need. Thank you for being part of our annual VBS!
See ya Sunday for Bible Study and Worship!
Mission Trip Permission form due June 30
The Mission Trip is coming soon! Only 28 days left. Have you started packing yet? Well you don’t need to pack quite yet, but you do need to get your mission trip permission forms turned in to me or the church office. The deadline is Sunday, June 30. If you need another copy of the forms, contact me immediately. Make sure the World Changers form is notarized AND that you include a copy of your insurance card. Our church notary, Janet Wiley, will be available for anyone to come and get their forms notarized on Sunday, June 23, after the 10:50 a.m. worship service in the Coffee Café, or anytime during regular office hours.
Chi Alpha Summers
Summer’s here!!! Our Wednesday nights are taking on a whole new look, full of exciting games and group Bible studies called Chi Alpha Summers. At 6:00 p.m. we’ll go to the gym for some exciting big group games. Then we’ll head to the youth lounge for our Bible study. I hope you’ll plan on coming to all our Chi Alpha Summer fun!
Six Flags Day – Monday, June 17, 10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.- “Ride till you puke!” at our Six Flags Day on Monday, June 17. We’ll meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. and travel to Six Flags St. Louis for a day of roller coasters, water slides, and funnel cakes! The cost is only $20 per person! If you have a season pass, then you go for free. Everyone must also bring a sack lunch and money for dinner in the park. We will return to the church by 9:30 p.m. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, June 12.
Midweek Monster Movie Mania – Wednesday, June 26, 12:30 p.m.- Our Midweek Monster Movie Mania will be a day of food, fun, and a “monster movie”. We'll meet at the church at 12:30 p.m. and drive to have lunch at a fast food restaurant. Then we’ll go see Monsters University in theatre! After the movie we’ll hang out at the church. Dinner will be provided there. Youth can then stay at the church through the Wednesday night activities. Youth will need to bring money for lunch and the movie ticket.
Zoo Scavenger Hunt - Tuesday, July 16, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Ready to scour the zoo looking for clues, deciphering puzzles, and hanging out with friends?! Well, then come to our St. Louis Zoo Scavenger Hunt. We’ll meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. and travel to the St. Louis Zoo. The winning team will get a tasty prize! The cost is FREE but youth will need to bring a sack lunch. We will be back at church by 4:00 p.m.
July Summer Events
8-13 – Cincinnati Mission Trip – Pray for the youth going!
16 – Zoo Scavenger Hunt
17 – Family Fun: Swim Night
31 – Family Fun: Putt Putt
Our trip to Warm Springs Ranch (the Clydesdale breeding farm) near Boonville on June 20 has had great response. If there are those who would like to join us, let me know. The farm will allow us to add to our number as long as we give them advance notice. Also, if you are signed up and find that you can’t go, please notify me so we can get refunded for the money we’ve advanced. We’ll be leaving at 7:00 a.m. from the church.
The next Metro Prayer Breakfast will take place on Friday, June 21, at 9:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of St. John. The cost is usually around $5.00 per person. The church bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. Please sign the sheet on the bulletin board for a count for the kitchen crew.
We hope to tour the newly renovated City Library on July 11. A sign-up sheet is also on the bulletin board. Let us know if this tour would interest you. Details will follow as the date approaches.
Sunday Bible Study Attendance 319
Small Group Attendance 0
Total Bible Study Attendance 319
Worship Attendance: 8:00 AM 167
10:50 AM 269
6:00 PM —
WOW Bible Studies 13
Men’s Fraternity —n
Nursing Home Ministry —
E-Giving (5/25-6/3) $3,632.00
Sunday Bible Study Attendance 305
Small Group Attendance 0
Total Bible Study Attendance 305
Worship Attendance: 8:00 AM 128
10:50 AM 291
6:00 PM n/a
WOW Bible Studies 7
Men’s Fraternity n/a
Nursing Home Ministry 32
FULFILLING THE PROMISE
Pledges to Date: $1,313,516.00
May Gifts: $14,460.00
June Gifts (To Date): $8,955.00
Total Given: $936,598.64