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FOCUS
First Baptist Church
,
Chico
850 Palmetto AvenueChico, CA 95926530-343-3446
 Monthly Newsletter 
Vol. 30, No.6 - July 2011
We are a richly varied church community celebrating the grace of God through worship, through encouraging spiritual  growth, and by living as reminders of God’s loving presence in our world.
A
s we approach July 4 and the celebration of 
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the birth of our nation, I can’t help but givethanks that we live in this wonderful nation.Even more, I’m thankful that we’re governed byour Constitution with its Bill fo Rights, a wondrousdocument that seeks to ensure freedoms for all of us. I am proud and thankful to be an American.As much as I love our country, as a Christian I amcalled to love God even more. We are fortunate tolive in a nation where we’re free to do this, free toworship God even more than we love our nation.Very seldom are we ever asked to choose betweenGod and country – though that isn’t unthinkable.There are times when our call to be obedient to Godgoes against the wishes of those who govern us.There are also times when we as AmericanChristians are called upon to ensure that the samereligious freedom we enjoy is granted to all wholive in our country.I was reminded of why this is so when I cameacross a brochure written by the Baptist JointCommittee, the organization dedicated to religiousfreedom and the separation of church and state.They write:“Religious liberty is a gift from God, not the resultof any act of toleration or concession on the part of the state. It has to do with what we Baptists call‘soul freedom’ – the liberty of conscience that weall receive simply by virtue of how God created usand chose to relate to us.“God has made all of us free – free to say yes, freeto say no, and free to make up our own minds aboutour spiritual destiny.“Religious freedom has theological import. It goesto the heart of who God is and who we are. So thefight for religious liberty for all is to ensure againstgovernment doing what even God will not do: toviolate consciences or to coerce faith.”As Baptists, we sometimes forget the need todemand the separation of church and state promised by the First Amendment to our Constitution. It’ssometimes simpler to believe that the government ison “our side,” rather than to seek to understand the“other side” of the issue. It’s easier to believe welive in a Christian nation than it is to understandthat we live in a pluralistic nation where it’snecessary to protect the religious rights of all people. Only in that way can we protect our ownreligious rights and freedom.I think maybe it would be easier to fight for religious freedom in a country that is antagonisticto religion than it is in our own country. We think so highly of our nation, and rightly so, that we maylet our guard down and not speak out for thereligious freedom for all religions.This 4 of July may we all celebrate the freedoms
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in our nation, and may we always work to ensureour right to religious liberty as we seek to protectall our freedoms.
 
First Baptist Church, Chico850 Palmetto AvenueChico, CA 95926530-343-3446www.chicofirstbaptist.orgRETURN SERVICE REQUESTEDE-Mail:fbcofficechico@sbcglobal.net
Every Member a Minister 
 Rev. Ted Sandberg D. Min.
M A R K Y O U R C A L E N D A
Monday, July 4 -
 
Independence Day (Office Closed)Sunday, July 31- Quarterly Business MtgFOCUS Articles due in office
 
Friday July 22
Expediters: Joyce Shannon, Louise Logue, Evelyn Cash, Marta Torres
 
 
J U L Y C A L E N D A
DateSermon TitleSermon TextJuly 3CommunionRest for Our SoulsMatthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Worship Leader:Gayle ReynoldsCommunion Servers:Doris Arbuckle & Jackie LongCheri Sandberg & Joan Hannis Gerfen
July 10 Where Do We Sow the Seed?Matthew 13:18-23
Worship Leader:Margaret Ballinge
July 17Guest Speaker: Father Mike Newman
Worship Leader:Sue Rychtera
July 24Guest Speaker: Rev. Sandi John
Worship Leader:Margaret Ballinge
July 31 Those #@!$&WeedsMatthew 13:24-30
Worship Leader:
 
Cheri
 
SandbergADULT DISCUSSION CLASS Sunday Mornings at 9:15 am with Shirley Stanley and Jerry Fogle.Presently in a video series Jesus in the New TestamentCoffee and Donuts provided
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Joan Cochran (7/1) Ann Nelson (7/12) Tyler & Dustin Rainey (7/24)Marlene Brousseau (7/6) Marty Brandstatt (7/13) Grace Blanchard (7/25)Chelsea Catterall (7/6) Terry Houchin (7/16)Carolyn Mosher (7/11) Terre Reynolds (7/18)Virginia Bolton (7/11) Lynn Brandstatt (7/20)
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MONDAY, July 4 is Independence Day!
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OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
Thank You to everyone on the cleaning crew that comes inevery Thursday to keep our church clean & comfortable !
 (Louise Logue, Marta Torres, Joyce Shannon, Evelyn Cash, Bob Hamilton)

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