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First Baptist Church, Chico 850 Palmetto Avenue Chico, CA 95926 530-343-3446 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.

s we approach July 4 th and the celebration of the birth of our nation, I can’t help but give thanks that we live in this wonderful nation. Even more, I’m thankful that we’re governed by our Constitution with its Bill fo Rights, a wondrous document that seeks to ensure freedoms for all of us. I am proud and thankful to be an American.

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“God has made all of us free – free to say yes, free to say no, and free to make up our own minds about our spiritual destiny. “Religious freedom has theological import. It goes to the heart of who God is and who we are. So the fight for religious liberty for all is to ensure against government doing what even God will not do: to violate consciences or to coerce faith.” As Baptists, we sometimes forget the need to demand the separation of church and state promised by the First Amendment to our Constitution. It’s sometimes simpler to believe that the government is on “our side,” rather than to seek to understand the “other side” of the issue. It’s easier to believe we live in a Christian nation than it is to understand that we live in a pluralistic nation where it’s necessary to protect the religious rights of all people. Only in that way can we protect our own religious rights and freedom. I think maybe it would be easier to fight for religious freedom in a country that is antagonistic to religion than it is in our own country. We think so highly of our nation, and rightly so, that we may let our guard down and not speak out for the religious freedom for all religions. This 4th of July may we all celebrate the freedoms in our nation, and may we always work to ensure our right to religious liberty as we seek to protect all our freedoms.

As much as I love our country, as a Christian I am called to love God even more. We are fortunate to live in a nation where we’re free to do this, free to worship God even more than we love our nation. Very seldom are we ever asked to choose between God and country – though that isn’t unthinkable. There are times when our call to be obedient to God goes against the wishes of those who govern us. There are also times when we as American Christians are called upon to ensure that the same religious freedom we enjoy is granted to all who live in our country. I was reminded of why this is so when I came across a brochure written by the Baptist Joint Committee, the organization dedicated to religious freedom and the separation of church and state. They write: “Religious liberty is a gift from God, not the result of 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 we all receive simply by virtue of how God created us and chose to relate to us.

First Baptist Church, Chico 850 Palmetto Avenue Chico, CA 95926 530-343-3446 www.chicofirstbaptist.org RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED

E-Mail:fbcofficechico@sbcglobal.net Every Member a Minister Rev. Ted Sandberg D. Min.

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Monday, July 4 - Independence Day (Office Closed) Sunday, July 31- Quarterly Business Mtg

FOCUS Articles due in office Friday July 22

Expediters: Joyce Shannon, Louise Logue, Evelyn Cash, Marta Torres

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Date July 3 Communion Worship Leader: Communion Servers:

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Sermon Title Sermon Text Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

“Rest for Our Souls” Gayle Reynolds Doris Arbuckle & Jackie Long Cheri Sandberg & Joan Hannis Gerfen “Where Do We Sow the Seed?” Margaret Ballinger Guest Speaker: Father Mike Newman Sue Rychtera Guest Speaker: Rev. Sandi John Margaret Ballinger “Those ‘#@!$&’ Weeds” Cheri Sandberg

July 10 Worship Leader: July 17 Worship Leader: July 24 Worship Leader: July 31 Worship Leader:

Matthew 13:18-23

Matthew 13:24-30

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 Coffee and Donuts provided. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Joan Cochran (7/1) Marlene Brousseau (7/6) Chelsea Catterall (7/6) Carolyn Mosher (7/11) Virginia Bolton (7/11)

Ann Nelson (7/12) Marty Brandstatt (7/13) Terry Houchin (7/16) Terre Reynolds (7/18) Lynn Brandstatt (7/20)

Tyler & Dustin Rainey (7/24) Grace Blanchard (7/25)

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Thank You to everyone on the cleaning crew that comes in every Thursday to keep our church clean & comfortable !
(Louise Logue, Marta Torres, Joyce Shannon, Evelyn Cash, Bob Hamilton)

MONDAY, July 4th is Independence Day! OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED

Our Prayer List

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The WAR in Iraq and Afghanistan

Chico First Baptist Family Continue to Pray for:

Friends with Cancer: : PAUL METTLE - Jill Ramsey’s brother-in-law; FERN MORGAN - mother of friend of Terre Reynolds; FRANK JAMES - Mary Jane Bowser’s friend, esophageal cancer; MARGARET BALLINGER’S SISTER - began chemotherapy again; CANDACE - Jill Ramsey’s friend, ovarian cancer; CHERYL DEAN Evelyn Cash’s cousin, bone cancer; BOB DEMILLO - friend of Virginia, having cancer treatments;- ERIKA LUCKETT - singer friend of Terre & Laura, ovarian cancer, in remission. SHIRLEY SMITH: Has Parkinson’s and Palsy SP; AMY: Ed Hightower’s daughter - Parkinson’s disease; RICK: Jill Ramsey’s cousin - has kidney failure; JOYCE SHANNON: - recovering from surgery; RUTH WOODS: Calif. Park rehab - recovering from broken hip; CORA RAE HUBBARD: Blister on her corneas, september surgery; JOY REIL: - in hospital; ELIZABETH FUNK: - health concerns. *** REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Courtyard at Little Chico Creek: HELEN WALLACE The Inn at the Terraces : EDITH MCCONNELL Roses & Ivy Elder Care Center: DOLLY SKINNER Roseleaf Senior Care: PAULA JOHNSON Feather River Canyon Home: ELAINE HERRINGTON Twin Oaks Care Center: LOU HAYES MILITARY: JASON WILLIAMS - Ed Hightower’s step grandson WILL DUNHAM - Doris Arbuckle’s grandson DAN GERFEN: - Joan Hannis Gerfen’s son deployed to Afghanistan

CAROL: Catherine Hendrix’s neighbor died May 30. Please remember her family and friends. Pacific Coast Baptist Association. Remember those who are grieving. *If there are names that can or should be removed please contact Ted or the office at 343-3446*

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DID YOU KNOW ? We here at First Baptist Church have walkers, crutches, wheelchairs and other durable medical
equipment to loan? Call the church office at 343-3446 to arrange pick-up.

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A DAY OF REFLECTION How often have you said or heard someone else say, “Please just give me an answer, and the sooner the better!”? However, often the spiritual life is about “living the questions” more than finding safety and security in “having the answers.” On Sunday, July 24, First Baptist Church of Chico, 850 Palmetto Ave, is offering a day of reflection on the spiritual practice, “Let Life Question You.” 10:30 AM worship with sermon, 11:45 am, Bring your Own Sack Lunch Fellowship, with drinks and dessert provided. Noon to 1 pm, teaching and discussion. All are welcome. Led by the Rev. Sandi John, Pastoral Counselor. For more information please call Sandi at 809-0409 or the church office at 343-3446.

THANK YOU TO MY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY Thank you so much for all the cards, calls and visits while I have been recuperating from knee replacement surgery. The healing process is going well and I am hoping to get back on my feet as soon as possible, I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful church family. Best wishes to you all, Joyce Shannon **********************************************************************

Office Notes: Pastor Ted and Cheri will be on Vacation Beginning July 11, thru July 25. ********************************************************************** Attitude of Gratitude God is the Source of all of Life, it is self destructive to put our trust elsewhere. If giving causes more pain than pleasure, it is not our money, but our faith that is insufficent. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. It’s often said the church is a crutch, what makes you think you don’t limp? Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. The Churches have to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless. But they have also to remember that the answer to homelessness, is homes, not shelters. What the poor and downtrodden need is not piecemeal charity, but wholesale justice. WM Sloan Coffin ********************************************************************** CONGRATULATIONS:

Cal and Margarita Rainey on their 65th Wedding Anniversary !!!

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Business Meeting & Lunch after service *Cindy Hightower

*Lock up person for the week

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