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Nov 2011 Updated Copy Focus

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FOCUS
First Baptist Church
,
Chico
850 Palmetto AvenueChico, CA 95926530-343-3446
 Monthly Newsletter 
Vol. 30, No.10- November 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.
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number of years ago, Robert H. Roberts – Associate General Secretary of the ABCUSAat the time – provided churches with verygood material on tithing/giving to God. Bob talksabout tithing, and I know there are some in thecongregation who don’t like to talk of tithing so wetalk about commitment instead. As you read the “10Reasons Why I Tithe” from Bob, I invite you totranslate tithing to commitment if you so desire.However you read his ideas, I hope you’ll think about giving to God.1.GRATITUDE Tithing helps me to feel blessed. Thinking about my blessings createsa desire to give more. Since tithing, my wifeand I have never had a need that was not met.2.PRAISE – I praise God with word and song, but when I give my tithe I sense a substantialand tangible expression of praise.3.WITNESS – My tithing testimonies andexample witness to my children and grand-children, to fellow church members, and toneighbors and friends.4.ORDERLINESS The discipline of giving atenth had helped my wife and I plan the useof our finances and to avoid randomspending.5.SERVANTHOOD – Giving the tithe remindsme that I am not my own, but that my life belongs to Christ, my Lord. Tithing promptsme to remember that we are “servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.”6.COMMITMENT The word commitment isnot a popular word in today’s culture. Butwhen I tithe I reaffirm my covenant withChrist and express the intention of my heartto give God priority in my life.7.GENEROSITY – My natural instinct is to bea bit cheap. I could easily become self-centered and look out only for myself. Tith-ing strengthens my compassion for others.8.JOY We now give beyond the tithe andevery year we would like to give more.Tithing reminds me how joyful I can feel to provide for ministries I really believe in.9.OBEDIENCE I was taught to tithe as achild. I am very willful, and in my rela-tionship with God I find it necessary to trustand obey. Tithing is not an issue of law, butobeying the natural instinct of my heart before the cross.10.HABIT – After all these years, tithing is ahabit of the heart – even a holy habit. I nolonger question tithing. It is as important for my spiritual health as clean teeth are for my physical well being.I hope these 10 reason to tithe will help all of usthink about what we give to God. This comingSunday, October 30, we’ll receive the commitment
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cards. Remember. We give to God, not to FirstBaptist Church.
 
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
Sunday, Nov 6 - Daylight Savings Time EndsFriday, Nov 11 - Veterans DaySunday, Nov 13 - Spiritual Practice ClassThursday, Nov 24 - ThanksgivingThursday, Nov 24 - Office ClosedSaturday, Nov 26 - Hanging of the GreensFOCUS Articles due in office Wednesday, 23
Expediters: Joyce Shannon, Louise Logue, Evelyn Cash, Marta Torres
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THANK YOU
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N O V E M B E R C A L E N D A
DateSermon TitleSermon TextNovember 6CommunionWheres the Oil?Matthew 25:1-13
Worship Leader:Jackie LongCommunion Servers: Louise Logue, Cheri Sandberg, Doris Arbuckle, Carol Willette
November 13 Like a Thief in the Night1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Worship Leader:Rev: Sandi John
November 20Is Caring Enough?Matthew 25:31-46
Worship Leader:Laura Sederberg
November 27What Are You Waiting For?Mark 13:24-37
Worship Leader:Mark Edson1 Sunday in Advent
Candle Lighters:
Terre Reynolds, Laura Sederberg
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 ADULT DISCUSSION CLASS Sunday Mornings at 9:15 am with Shirley Stanley and Jerry Fogle.Presently in a video series Jesus in the New Testament (In Mark)Coffee and Donuts provided
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Marta Torres-Miranda 11/1
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Rita Fox Landrum 11/2
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Wayne Houchin 11/3 
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Edith McConnell 11/4 
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Paul Sandberg 11/8 
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Caroline Latham-Fairchild 11/11 
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Deborah Logue 11/12 
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Carroll Shannon 11/12 
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Carol Willette 11/12 
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Laura Sandberg 11/14 
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Kelly Gerfen 11/17 
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Delores Wood 11/19 
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Mary Jane Bowser 11/21 
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Sue Rychtera 11/23 
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Wanda Long 11/28
 

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