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Recaps!

Mondays are for sermon recaps!
Songs that were sung!
& for Playlists we’ve made!

Highlights!

Tuesdays are for Highlighting Ministries and Sharing Opportunities to Serve
#KingdomWorkers

#StoryTellers Day!

We are story tellers, Wednesdays are days to gather around our Blogging Campfire while we share a story.
Should you like to share a favorite verse and reason why, please email it to admin@rapidcityfcc.com!

Announcements!

Thursdays are for announcements of any and all upcoming events!

Vision Casting!

If you’re ever wondering where FCC is heading and what we’re planning Fridays are the best day to find out!
 

Be There or Be Square!

On Saturdays we will be giving everyone a reason to be in church on Sunday, as if worshiping our Lord and Savior weren’t enough reason!
 

Ministry Highlight: Students and Jingle Jam

On this Ministry Highlight Tuesday, we would like to congratulate our Student Ministry on a JOB WELL DONE!
 
This was our first year performing Jingle Jam for our church families and community. We weren’t sure what the turnout would be or how successful the performance would be. We went in to this project hopeful and excited to do something new this Christmas season and it paid off!
 
Wonderfully done, Student Ministry!


Sermon Recap: Another Christmas Story Week Two

 Hitting the Highlights

It’s always difficult to tell an old story in a new way.

When it comes to stories, you can’t get much more familiar than the Christmas story.

The reason why the origin story matters at Christmas is the same reason why it matters in other stories—because without that background, we make assumptions.

When we don’t know the whole story, we fill in the blanks with what we think is going on.

Anytime there’s a blank in our minds—something we don’t understand about God—we’ll be tempted to fill it in this way: 

            Because ___________ happened, God must be ___________. 

 

I want you to be open to the possibility that your assumptions could be a little off, and that maybe there’s more to the Christmas story and to your story than you thought.

 

Before Mary and Joseph, we meet Elizabeth and Zechariah.

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John (Luke 1:11-13 NIV).

Gabriel went on to tell Zechariah that his future son, John, would be a great man who would lead many people back to God!

Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years” (Luke 1:18 NIV).

Zechariah made a huge assumption about God’s ability to come through in His life.

A wrong assumption can limit our belief in God’s ability.

From here the writer, Luke, jumps over and tells us about Elizabeth’s cousin, Mary, who eventually became the mother of Jesus.

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:34-37 NIV).

 

She knew God could write another story.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her (Luke 1:38 NIV).

When there was a blank space in her mind, she chose to fill it with faith in what God could do.  

We don’t know what God is up to. He has more going on behind the scenes than we realize.

God’s story > Your assumptions

Let’s drop the assumptions about ourselves, our circumstances, and what God is capable of or willing to do.

But not only is it harmful to hold on to these assumptions, it’s exhausting.
I hope you experience Christmas in a new way this year. 


Announcements 12/07/2017

Save the Date, Mark Your Calendars and ask Cortana/Google/Siri/Alexa or any other AI to remind you!

 12/09/2017 The SUMMIT

The Annual Congregation Meeting and Church wide Summit are an all in one meeting on Saturday! We will be starting at 7:00pm! We will be voting on the Church’s Budget for 2018, please come, ask questions, and share your opinions!

 12/10/2017 Jingle Jam

We will be having a “Party Big Enough for the Whole Family”! The party starts at 4:00pm, there will be cookie decorating, games, and more! Hope to see all the children, grand children, great grand children, cousins, nieces, nephews,  brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grand parents, great grand parents and every one else! Have a blast with us!

 12/16/2017 Coull Country Christmas Concert

The Coull Band will be having a concert in our Sanctuary on Saturday December 16th, they will be providing snacks and coffee. The concert starts at 6:30 and goes till it’s over! Dennis says anyone and everyone is invited!

 12/24/2017 Christmas Eve Service

Just a Reminder: Christmas Eve service will be held at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve instead of 10:00am!
 


Sermon Recap: How to Be Rich

“Be Rich” Prior Sermon Recaps:

            Wk 1 – Healthy Attitude = Everything We Possess Belongs to God

            Wk 2 – D.E.B.T. = Doubt. Envy. Bondage. Theft.

            Wk 3 – Prioritized Spending = Prioritizing God and His Wisdom Brings Order to Our Finances

1 Timothy 6:17-18 

            God wants us to BE RICH. 

            The context of Paul’s instructions are specifically in reference to our finances. 

            We are commanded to be generous. And we can be generous in several ways.

                        – Financially

                        – With our time

                        – With our energy

                        But in 1 Timothy we are commanded to be generous with our wealth.

In the 1st Century the attitude towards wealth was summed up by this Latin word: Liberalitas

       – “Liberalitas”
= Generosity for the sake of Prosperity”
       – Roman Emperors and political leaders would sometimes ride through the streets throwing money to citizens attempting to buy their
future loyalty.
– We tend to demonstrate generosity the same way today. Generosity if it produces something for us.  
 

Jesus’ style of Generosity Was Radically Different

            – Luke 10 – The Parable of the Good Samaritan

            – The Good Samaritan, the least expected individual, generously goes out of his way, time, energy, and resources to help the injured man.

            – The Good Samaritan serves his neighbor without any potential prosperity for himself.

            – Jesus tells us to go and do likewise. 

Lagniappe

= “something given as a bonus or extra gift”

            – Lagniappe is a term used in restaurants around New Orleans when a chef adds just a little extra to their creations. 

            – Christians today, we tend to be generous like lagniappe. Just a little bit more.

 

 
But Jesus’ style was even more than “Lagniappe”. It was “Lavish
“The hallmark of Christians in the 1st Century was not their wealth, they had none. And it was also not their theology.” – Andy Stanley

            – It was the radical. It was Christians who adopted unwanted children.

 

STORY: Pachomius

            – A pagan man captured and inscribed into the Roman army. During his training there was a difficult famine and those being trained were often
overlooked in the daily rations. But strangers brought them food at night. Pachomius could not forget their generosity and returned after his military obligations and found it was Christians who were sharing with him. He investigated this Jesus and gave his life to the faith. 

            – Pachomius found Jesus through the lavish generosity of Christians.

Lavishly

= “in a very generous or extravagant manner”

 

If we BE RICH, lavishly, in good deeds, willing to be generous and willing to share, could you imagine what kind of impact we could really have…      

            in our families

                        In our neighborhoods

                                    in our city

                                                in our world.



Cast a Vision, Set a Goal 3

Just another reminder and enlightenment as to where we are going and what we are doing!

 This Year is Going out WITH A BANG!

We are #StoryTellers:
This Sunday will be the last day of our “Be Rich” Series
Next Sunday we will be starting a new four week series called, “Another Christmas Story”
-Found Kids are studying an Emoji Christmas!
 
We are #PartyThrowers:
Lots of parties are coming up!
-The SUMMIT (our church family can turn a annual congregation meeting into a party, we are getting together, and that’s a party) 
December 9th at 7:00 pm!
-JINGLE JAM will be on
December 10th at 6:00 pm
-Student Ministry will be having a Christmas Party (There will not be Youth Group on December 24th, just come to our Christmas Eve Service!) date of Student Ministry Party to be determined
 

Christmas Eve Service will Take Place at 5:30 pm on December 24th, we will not be having morning Service!

 
 


Happy Thanksgiving!

 Announcements:

1: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

2: Please be safe and enjoy your shopping on Black Friday! IF you decide to brave the madness!
3: Sunday Bible Studies with Dennis Coull are at 9:00 am in the West Annex!
4: We are decorating for Christmas! If you have resources or time to spare and wish to assist, please contact Mary Stevens!
5: This Sunday we will be distributing our predicted budget for 2018, this will be voted on at the Summit on December 9th! Between now and then you will have time to ask questions and consult with the Elders!
6: THE SUMMIT is at 7:00 pm on December 9th, this is a church wide summit and everyone is invited! Please R.S.V.P on a Connect Card on Sunday!
7: JINGLE JAM, a party big enough for the WHOLE family will be at 6:00 pm December 10th!


A sad, yet thankful #StoryTeller

We are all #StoryTellers, today we will be sharing Shelby’s favorite verse and remembering something tragic that occurred on this day in history.

Matthew 7:7 NLT “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
This has been my favorite verse, since I found Christ as my Lord and Savior as a teenager and here is why.
My parents divorced when I was very young.
We never went to church,although I’d always wanted to. The Lord’s Prayer was something my grandmother taught
me to say whenever I wasscared or in trouble. I didn’t understand why it made me feel better, but I always helped during rough times and it just happens to be in the “Sermon on the Mount” along with my favorite verse. Coincidence? I think not.
As a young kid, up until starting high school. I went back and forth between my mom’s house and my father’s
house. Both of my parents had remarried and life at my mom’s house was fantastic.
On the other hand, the  new family at my father’s house was a little unwelcoming. My step brother’s first thought
of me  was, and I quote, “You were a spoiled little brat.” 
Honestly, I have never really been spoiled, though I have never been in need of anything that couldn’t be acquired, nor have I wanted for much. I am forever grateful. I was little, and compared to my step-brothers and sister  I always will be. My step-mother is also not someone I care to stay in contact with and it often feels like my father has chosen them over me.
This was very hard to handle as a child and as a young teenager. I felt as if I wasn’t wanted and I still don’t know
what I did to make my father chose other things and people over spending time with and believing his own flesh and blood when their stories and my truth didn’t line up. This is something I had battled with for a very long time until finding out I HAD ANOTHER  FATHER! One who loves unconditionally, forgives, redeems, and SAVES. In a very dark time, my mom and I decided to go to church one Sunday. The Pastor was teaching in the chapter of Matthew and Matthew 7:7 is the first I ever highlighted in my Bible. 
After years and years of praying and feeling like no one was ever actually listening. This verse stuck with me. You can never give up on your prayers and our Father will never give you more than you can handle. Nor will he ever stop listening, or stop caring.
Today I am stronger, smarter and more mindful of what accepting Jesus as your lord and savior can do. Matthew 7:7 showed me this. If I could thank Pastor Robert in person for this I would. Every day. At a time when you feel like you want to give up, and there is nothing more you can do to change the situation you’d wish to escape from, maybe this verse can help you as much as it helped me. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
-Shelby Moreno 

November 22, 1963

At 12:30 p.m., on Elm Street in downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade slowly approached a triple underpass. Shots rang out. The President was struck in the back, then in the head. He was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where fifteen doctors tried to save him. At 1 p.m., John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was pronounced dead. On board Air Force One, at 2:38 p.m., Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President.
 

http://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/november.htm



See You Tomorrow 2!!!

 Service at 10:00am for NOVEMBER 19th!

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!


Cast a Vision, Set a Goal 2

“Clarity changes everything, but chaos is required, yet, simplicity is beautiful and, focus is amazing because, movement is waiting.”

– Patrick Mancini

I’ve been reading a lot lately. I mean a lot. 

I’ve been reading a lot lately, because church leadership can make anyone feel inadequate. But I believe that we have
everything we need for life and godliness. Everything we need individually and everything we need as a church. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that can propel us into the best life possible for this church. 

 

So I’m reading a lot lately. 
Reading about leadership and vision. 
 
Because I’m more and more convinced that my responsibility as lead pastor is to point us in a direction, give us a bigger
picture than we can imagine and then allow the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to propel us forward. 

 

This reading has lead me to the above quote.
 

Which reminds me of a story. 

When I was in middle school I took a shop class. We built projects out of wood. We used large workshop equipment that
could send a child to the hospital if we didn’t pay attention or if we fooled around. We were trained to use tools; hammers, saws, screwdrivers, files and lots and lost of sandpaper. 

 

One of the projects we participated in every years was to build a race car out of block of wood. In the back of the car
there was a hole bored out that would fit a CO2 cartridge. During a race the two cars would be lined up, and then individually fixed to a wire than ran the length of of the course. There was two small fish eye screws on the bottom of each car, front and back, that kept the car moving in the proper direction as the CO2 cartridge power quickly launches it forward. 

 

Because the direction was preset and power was beyond our control, those of us who participated in these races only
had to focus on the structure of the vehicle. What I found after multiple years in this shop class (I retook the class again and again because I enjoyed it and was allowed to, not because I kept failing) was that I could win the competition if I made my car the lightest weight possible. This meant I chiseled away most of the wood, and then sanded down the car to be as thin as possible. Other students would carve their cars into the shapes of animals or actual cars, but mine was a skinny stick with just enough wood to hold a CO2 cartridge. My 8th grade car easily was our school’s champion. 

 

The more simple and stream-lined the car was the more likely it would be successful.

“Clarity changes everything, but chaos is required, yet, simplicity is beautiful and, focus is amazing because,
movement is waiting.”
There is a lot in this quote. Maybe enough that we’ll need to spend several weeks contemplating it. But let’s focus on
those first three words for now.
 
Clarity changes everything. 
 
There is something incredibly power and beautiful about clarity and simplicity. 

 

Mancini teach us that CLARITY makes…

            – uniqueness undeniable

            – direction unquestionable

            – enthusiasm transferable

            – conviction s tangible

            – work meaningful

            – synergy possible

            – success definable

            – focus sustainable

            – leadership credible

            – uncertainty approachable

 

As we continue to build vision for this next chapter of our church’s story clarity must be a priority. Clarity will remind
us of what we are responsible for in ministry. Clarity will allow us to say no to great ideas. Clarity will highlight the metrics by which we can measure our success. 

 

The temptation will always be to create complexity. The pursuit of clarity may hurt some people’s feelings. But if the
mission we have been give has as much eternal significance as we believe it doesn’t, then clarity must be a priority. 

 

Clarity isn’t everything, but clarity changes everything.

Praying for clarity.

Pastor Trevor



Just a Reminder1

Announcements 11/16/2017

We still need volunteers to help decorate this weekend! If you have an available resources to share, or just want to help, please contact Mary Stevens!
Upcoming Holiday: not that you need a reminder, still, here it is
Find your recipes and turkey basters, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! 11/23/2017!!! 
Upcoming Events: 
– Jingle Jam, A party big enough for the whole family! Here at FCC, festivities will begin between 5:30 and 6:00 pm mark your calendars for a night of Cookie decorating, Fun Games, Singing and Dancing to Christmas Music and much More!
– Affirmation Ballots are being collected this Sunday! Be heard, don’t
forget to cast your vote!
*Must have attended First Christian for 6 months or more,
be a Member of FCC and 18 years old or older to vote*
 
THE SUMMIT: It’s coming soon folks, we will be having our Church Wide summit meeting and Congregational Business meeting, this is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with our Leadership here at FCC, ask questions, and find out more as to where we, as a church, want to be in the future!