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The 4th of July.  A church parking lot.  Bottles of water.  Popcorn. Church members.  The community.  And an idea. What is the connection between all of these things?

Love God…. Love People.  This is a phrase we use frequently here at FBCW.  It’s easy to love God and love people in our church building.  We love our Pastor, we love all of our ministers, we love our Sunday School teachers, we love each other.  The question is, do we show that same love to our community? 

It came to our attention that the church parking lot has become a favorite place for families to gather to watch the Wentzville 4th of July fireworks display.  Our Senior Sunday School Class decided we would like to pass out bottles of water not only to our church members but those from the community who come to enjoy the fireworks as well.  What started out being just bottles of water available turned into a multi-class partnership.  One of the “younger” adult Sunday School classes heard we were going to do this and asked if they could partner with us on the project.  Pretty soon other ideas were discussed and as a result we decided to give away popcorn with the water.  This one simple suggestion turned into a project by the two classes.  Labels were made to attach to the water bottles with the FBCW logo and website info as well as scripture and gospel literature available.  Young and old gathered together to put the labels on the water bottles and get ready for the event.

A table was set up at the door with the water and popcorn and some of our classmates walked around the parking lot to the various groups gathered and handed out the water and popcorn.  More than 100 bottles of water were passed out and almost as many bags of popcorn.  If anyone had any questions about becoming a Christian, there were plenty of people there to talk to them.  If they just wanted to know more about our church, those questions could be answered as well.  Most of all, we just wanted everyone to feel welcome and know that we truly do (here is that phrase again) Love God….Love People.

We felt it was important to show our community we do love them and not just those who attend our services on Sunday morning.  

As Christians, we must always remember that non-believers are always watching us. And, it is our hope that someone on our parking lot on the 4th of July saw something different about us and will have a desire to know what that something is.  Jesus said in John 4:10:  If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water”(NLT).  Let us look for opportunities to tell others who Jesus is.  Hopefully they will also learn to Love God…Love People.

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VBS 2018 Recap

Locker Talk
“I’ve got joy down in my heart.  Deep, deep down in my heart. . .”  Alright, so our athletes didn’t learn that song this year, but it might have been what the kids and volunteers were singing after Family Night!  There were 130 children who participated in our Family night festivities.  A total of 310 people stayed for the closing night. We had a great time celebrating all that was accomplished during the week.

Game Plan
Great job!  This year’s pennies were a success because they made it their goal to search them out and bring them in.  Because of their hard work, and a little good competition, we are going to be able to help missionaries around the world have clean drinking water.  It is amazing what one penny, or two, or three, or more, can do.  Thank you! Way to get in the game!

This year’s goal was 100,000 pennies. 

Girls                $436.94
Boys                $432.93

TOTAL            $869.87

Goal:  86,987 pennies brought this week!
Friday night’s addition put it over $900.00

Missions rooms and Big Top Missions

The kids collected over 1,000 water bottles for Linc’s summer lunch program and the youth collected $643.45 for Under the Same Tree missions organization.

Bulletin Board:

Bible Study:  We offer Bible Study each Sunday morning at 9:30 in Sunday school. You don’t want to miss it. 

This week we will be sending out 16 letters to parents of children who prayed to receive Christ as Savior.  Most of the children have had a one on one time with a teacher already. 

Recreation: Ga-Ga ball to be continued at several youth and children’s events throughout the year. We will also be offering Upward soccer and basketball this year to keep kids active and spiritually fed.

Missions: This year we will continue missions through Mission Zone during the summer and again in the fall on Sunday nights at 5p.m.  “Pure Water, Pure Love” is a part of our ongoing mission projects.

Music: Our Worship Arts Ministry will begin in September on Wednesday nights.  Those of you who liked music and crafts will not want to miss this. 

Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On!

This is it!  This week we learned about: The parable of the lost sheep, Lazarus being raised from the dead, Thomas’s doubt about Jesus, Jesus shows us love, and Jesus was willing to die for us so we can have joy.

Weekly Stats Enrolled:

Children            254
Youth                101
Adults               108  
TOTAL              463

Of the 300 enrolled, 75% of the children identified themselves as not a part of our church.  This means we have a lot of follow up with families.  If you would like to follow up with some of these families, contact your Sunday School teacher for information.

Big Top VBS!

"Big Top VBS- The youth had a great week, despite the ever-changing weather, and enjoyed our annual week long competition in a field and under a tent. We were blessed to have a great band and speakers through the week to lead our group in worship and to share the gospel with our students each night. Congratulations to the Pink Team for taking home the win, a shout out to all of the students who attended and invited their friends, and a big thank you to all of our adults who volunteered their week to make the event happen!" –Alec

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3


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