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Woman To Woman Mentoring Sign Up Sunday

WOMAN TO WOMAN MENTORING SIGN UP TODAY

Kick-Off Begins Friday, October 7th 6:00pm South Chapel

Sign up Sunday before or after the worship service at 10:30am  in Fellowship Hall!

For questions contact Betty McCartney at bettymccartney46@gmail.com

 



Youth Group Sunday School Class Begins This Sunday

YOUTH GROUP SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Beginning Sunday, September 18th 9:15am Gold Room 

Facilitators: John West, Sonja West, Gregg Leach

If you are in High School or Middle School, come to Sunday School this Fall and explore the story, the history, and the meaning of the Gospels. This class is a great way to become better grounded in your faith. We will be using the new “Drive Thru History” DVD series The Gospels hosted by Dave Stotts, which was filmed in the actual locations where Jesus preached and performed his   miracles. Adults are also welcome to attend, especially parents of teens!

For more information contact Sonja West:  sonja@nutley.org

 

 



Bell Choir Retreat Sign Up This Sunday

BELL CHOIR RETREAT SIGN UPS

Bell Retreat begins Friday, Sept 23rd – Sunday, Sept 25th   Cost – $50.00

Start off the year with confidence. Perfect for new members. Meet in the church parking lot at 5:00pm

. Dinner will be at camp. Will return to church on Sunday in time to play in the worship service at 10:30am.

Sign up on SUNDAY in Fellowship Hall. Ages 5th – 12th grade.

Questions: Bell Director, Daniel Heath at 253-304-7373

 



All Church 40-Day Devotional Prayer Challenge

The All Church 40-Day Prayer Challenge began on Monday, September 12th but it’s not too late for you to join in!
THE BOOKS ARE HERE! We were out of books but the order is here now and you can get your book before or after the 10:30am Worship service on Sundays in Fellowship Hall for a donation price of $5.00 or you can come into the church office Monday-Thursday 9;00am-4:00pm.


FPC Library–Drop by for Free Gifts and a Raffle for Amazon Gift Card

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During the Kick-Off Sunday ministry fair in Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, be sure to stop by the FPC library to find out all our new and improved resources. And just for filling out a card with a suggestion for the library, you can get a free gift (one per family, while they last) PLUS be put in a raffle for a $30 Amazon gift card. There will also be free coloring pages for kids.
 
 


Kick-Off Sunday–Raffle Tickets to Those Who Sign Up!

Remember to come to FPC at 9:15 am for the ministry fair in Fellowship Hall. There will be treats at the various tables, and in addition, there will be a special raffle for prizes for people who sign up for various things. There will be an additional raffle for those who visit the Library table and fill out a card with suggestions for the library.



40-Day Prayer Challenge Begins on September 12

The devotions for Week 1 and their associated topics and Bible passages are shown below:
 
Sept. 12: Friendship with God (Psalm 16:11)
Sept. 13: Prayer Starts with God (Romans 8:26-27)
Sept. 14: Celebrating God Through Prayer (Psalm 34:1-3)
Sept. 15: God Needs Our Prayers (Exodus 17:9-11)
Sept. 16: Your Welcome to the Throne (Hebrews 4:16)
 
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Differing Perspectives of This Week’s Verses

Each week during the 40-day prayer challenge we will be providing links to six translations/interpretations of the daily verses. We hope that reviewing these alternate versions will provide deeper insights for you. Use the links in the table below to explore one or more of the reference sources:
  
Date Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 16
Passage Psalm 16:11 Romans 8:26-27 Psalm 34:1-3 Exodus 17:9-11 Hebrews 4:16
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
New Revised Standard (NRSV) Link Link Link Link Link


Digging into Context and Cross-References

Many times when we are considering verses from the Bible, we wonder how they might be influenced by the context that existed when they were written. Additionally, we know that there are many connections among the verses, and we may be curious to learn how they fit together. Bible commentaries can help us address these areas.
 
“A Bible commentary is a written, systematic series of explanations and interpretations of Scripture. Commentaries often analyze or expound on individual books of the Bible, chapter by chapter and verse by verse. Some commentary works provide analysis of the whole of Scripture.” Source:
 
Beginning on September 19, we will provide a few brief notes based on the Zondervan Bible Commentary (One Volume). That will give you an opportunity to read and digest the five devotions and their associated Bible verses. This commentary is available on the Bible Gateway website (https://www.biblegateway.com/) for subscribing members ($3.99 per month), and it has eight additional commentaries also available for your research. This is only one web-based source of commentary information, so we encourage you to find an approach that works best for your needs.
 
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Share Your Prayer Stories

As we participate in the 40-day prayer challenge by reading the book and investigating other resources, our understanding also can be enhanced by learning about the experiences of other FPC members and regular attenders. Each week we will be featuring short stories from one or two bloggers. Everyone is invited to sign up to provide a posting by contacting Sonja West at sonja@nutley.org. Volunteers will be contacted so that they can be scheduled for their comments to be posted during a specific week.
 
Bloggers are encouraged to consider the following questions when deciding what story to share:
  • Tell us a bit about your regular practice of prayer. Do you have a special place you use? Do you keep a list, pray spontaneously, or use some combination of both? What role does scripture or devotional literature provide in your prayer life?
  • Tell us about a season or an experience that has had a lasting influence on your understanding of prayer or prayer practice.
  • What is your favorite thing about prayer? What is the hardest thing about prayer for you?
  • Have you experienced an answer to prayer that really stands out for you?
  • If you were to give a new Christian some advice on prayer, what would you say?



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