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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!
 

Easter is Around the Corner



Cast a Vision, Set a Goal 03/02/2018

We’re looking for audacious members of our church, is that you?

 Are you a regular handy man? Love to DIY? If so, we want your help!

We are looking to create a Design and Environments team here at the church. We want to spruce up our building, bump up the Feng Shui, and boost morale all at the same time. Our building has its flaws, it’s coffee stains, it’s antiquated decor. If you have the knack and know how to fix it please contact Barb S. OR sign up in the lobby by Sunday March 4th and she will get in touch with you!

 Are you able to create that magic drink that brightens eyes and stows grumpiness in the early AM? Yes, we mean COFFEE, the magical bean.

We want a Barista Team to help welcome visitors and make our Sunday mornings even more special. Can you do that for someone? Can you hand out a freshly poured steaming cups of smiles? If so please contact the Barista Team Leader Barb S. and she’ll let you know how you can help!
 


April Choir Concert from Summit Christian College

On April 13th at 7pm, we will be hosting a choir concert from Summit Christian College. Their Students
will need room and board during their visit (one night). Please sign up below if you can host at least two students while they are here. There are 9 students in need of accommodations!

 

We are #PartyThrowers and #KingdomWorkers!

Please contact Shelby at 605-342-5707 or by email at shelby@rapidcityfcc.com if you are able to host some students!



Marriage Soundtrack Week One

 Power Ballads

Marriage and family therapists inform us that within every marriage there are 4 major booby traps (money, communication, sex and faith) that have the potential to trip up and blow up the relationship.
If you are single, dating and engaged, it would
be wise to plan on pre-marital counseling to walk through these issues, gaining perspective on your individual experiences and language tools for difficult obstacles. 
If you are married it is not a sign of weakness,
rather sign of strength, to seek out help and wisdom in order to strengthen your marriage. With age and experience the context of these four landmines will evolve and your ability to overcome will need to continual grow.


Volunteers Needed!

Looking for an audacious team of volunteers for brainstorming!!!!

We’re changing things up in the entry way and expanding coffee service. We’re looking for creative, imaginative, focused, dedicated, and fun people to plan the new entryway design and figure out how we can expand the coffee service area.

Initial gathering will be an information meeting.

Hopefully you will then be able to decide if this will be a fit for you.

Please sign up at the welcome/information center in entryway.

Sign up sheet will be available for two weeks.
Questions???? Call/text Barb at 390-5594.


Sermon Recap: My One Word- Week 1

New Years Resolutions are kept on at a rate of 8%. https://goo.gl/BNtk6v

Resolutions are often broken because:

  1. Resolutions are Essentially Intention

                                – Good Intentions don’t determine destinations. Direction does.

                                – Intentions without strategy most likely results in failure

  1. Your Priorities are being Hijacked

                                – Despite our best laid plans, life happens and our priorities often get derailed.

                                – Rarely will anyone offer to help you achieve y our goals, they only ask for help to accomplish their
goals.

   3. You Added, but You Didn’t Subtract

                                – Before adding to our complex lives many of us fail to subtract.

                                – If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.

                                – Through subtraction, not addition, success is more often found. 

  1. You Fail to Notice Patterns
                                – Life is fully of repeated patterns; we tend to be people of routine; even if the pattern is a pattern of
chaos.

                                – Are your patterns leading your toward success or away from it.

When talking about establishing priorities for a new year, from a church perspective, this is difficult, because the Bible doesn’t have a clear story or teaching about writing New Year’s Resolutions. 

What if we focused less on achieving resolutions and more on building our character.

Romans 12:1-2 remind us that God wants to lead us through a transformation by a renewal of our minds. https://goo.gl/rGGrRt

Romans 5:3-4 remind us that there is a process by which we allow the sufferings and struggles of our lives to build perseverance, then character, then hope. https://goo.gl/E6ibHE
And what if focused on just one character piece for the year. 

                – Often times while we focus on one aspect of our character we grow in many other aspects as well. 

What if we choose One Word to focus our year on; trusting that God wants to direct our paths.

We would love to have everyone share with us their One Word net week. 
Use the tools in your series guide book to help you discover your One Word for 2018.



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.