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January 27, 2023 | Volume 9, Issue #4


JAN    29                Sermon Text: Matthew 24:14-30
JAN    29                All Church Potluck - Immediately following the worship service
JAN    29                CLAM Meeting - Immediately following the potluck
FEB    26                Congregational Meeting
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All Church Potluck
Please join us Sunday, January 29th, after the worship service for a Church Potluck. It will be a great time of fellowship. Everyone is welcome whether you bring a dish to share ... or not!
A Word From Pastor Jeremiah
Hello Church!
How are you doing this week?
I wanted to take a moment and check in with you. Recently, my family visited Samantha’s parents in Oklahoma. When we leave home there is always excitement to visit them simply because how I know her parents will make us feel when we arrived. There is nowhere else on earth where you will feel more loved and welcomed than the home of Dennis & Becky Edwards.
When we visit their home, they plan for us to arrive. They go shopping and buy the best foods and treats that they would not normally buy for themselves. They put us in the nicest beds. The house is spotless. They plan activities for us to enjoy during our stay. Everything is done with great intention! In short, and to an extent, we are treated like kings and queens. They might not say that about themselves, but that is how they make us feel. It is truly special and makes us look forward to returning home there to visit everytime. 
Dennis and Becky are incredibly hospitable to all of their guests. Dennis is a businessman and he knows the importance of entertaining and how basic and essential this is to the development of human relationships. The crazy thing is for years that Dennis didn’t walk closely with the Lord, but he modeled an incredibly Godly trait in his family through his hospitality ministry to his guests and in his business.
When you study Scripture carefully, you will discover that hospitality is an essential part of life in all of Biblical history. It is a necessary ministry that God has given to us to show love to others. Think of people who made you feel special in your life. They did something that was unmistakable that made you realize their love for you. 
Did you know that we love God because he first loved us? If not, check out 1 John 4:19. Did you know that we know that God loves us because he displays his love to us in tangible ways? If not, check out Romans 5:8. Bonds in relationships (ie. faith) are built through our behavior and acts of service. That’s why James says that faith without works is dead. Check out James 2:14-26. Abraham was called a friend of God because it showed through his actions. 
The extent of our hospitality will be the extent to which people feel loved and cared for by our ministry. These external expressions are a reflection of our internal love and desire for others. Our hospitality is actually a heart issue. We cannot separate the external from internal. Jesus taught that what is on the outside is a reflection of our hearts on the inside. When our hearts are transformed and fully committed to reaching the next spiritual generation, we will be excited to demonstrate the love of Christ to outsiders in tangible ways.
What this means is that externals like greeting people with a smile, having basic etiquette, offering refreshments, going out of the way to show guests around, taking a genuine interest in someone’s life (ie. remembering to ask questions), and even the atmosphere we create and the words we choose can have a significant impact. I had a professor who encouraged us to always carry a comb and breath mints! Great advice. Funny but true.
Rest assured that God is bringing the world to our congregation. We must be prepared to invite in newcomers and give them the best experience we can. Be ready to get to know guests and introduce them to your friends at church. Please connect them to our ministries. Invite them to your community group. By every means, let’s be ready!
I love you all. If you struggle with these ideas, please connect with me. Some of this might be new to you or you might not fully understand this idea. I would love to encourage you in this way.  We don’t have time to miss out on the opportunities that God is giving to us. How we engage our guests might possibly be someone’s first real touch by God’s love! Isn’t that incredible? You and I have the potential to be the first expression of the Gospel to our guests through our hospitality. 
Let’s do this together!
Volunteers Needed
The Awana team greatly appreciates the volunteers who set up chairs last semester!  We need small groups of volunteers to fill eleven weeks for the spring semester now.  If you would like to volunteer a group or family to set up chairs one week, please contact Courtney Klima at 575-556-4393. We recommend groups of 3-4 people who can lift chairs with at least one person who is comfortable pushing the dolly with the stacks of chairs.
Discipleship Small Groups
Like the Israelites of the Exodus, in our personal ‘deserts’ we “experience intimate dependence
on God’s love and provision in faithful obedience to his every word.”
“With All Your Heart” by Ray Vander Laan (six sessions)
Video and Small Groups WOMEN & MEN ARE INVITED!
(view the video altogether, then split into “gender-separated” groups
Meeting at FEFC—
Tuesday Evenings 6:30pm (6:15 for fellowship),
Wednesday Mornings 9:30am (9:15 for fellowship),
Thursday Afternoons 3:30pm (3:15 for fellowship)
Tuesday Evenings 6:30pm (6:15 for fellowship)
Interested but not yet in a group?
See Mary Eiceman -
Or Pastor Jeremiah - 
Dear Church Family,

If you receive a solicitation for money during or after service please politely refuse and direct solicitors to the members of the response team who will then work to understand the needs and minister to individuals who need help. We are happy to provide compassionate care and we have a plan in place that will help meet needs and provide care in a safe and orderly manner.

Thank you,

Pastor Jeremiah
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