The Parkesburg Baptist Church Newsletter Volume 25 February 2012

Come Join us Feb 12th for Youth Sunday Below are pictures from last year

Pictures provided by Josh Weaver

Sermons for the Month of February 2012 February 5 COMMUNION LOVING ONE ANOTHER IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH! I John 3: 11-18 February 12 YOUTH SUNDAY Speaker: February 19 THE PROOF OF LOVING IS IN GOD’S PUDDING! I John 3: 18-24 February 26 LOVE IS THE VERY NATURE OF GOD! I John 4: 7-16 *******************************************
PASTORAL REFLECTIONS

The Legend of Saint Valentine The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr. The emperor was Claudius II Gothicus. The Christian was Valentinus. Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship state religion's idols, and he had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ, and not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. During the last weeks of Valentinus's life a remarkable thing happened. One day a jailer for the Emperor of Rome knocked at Valentinus's door clutching his blind daughter in his arms. He had learned of Valentinus's medical and spiritual healing abilities, and appealed to Valentinus to treat his daughter's blindness. She had been blind since birth. Valentinus knew that her condition would be difficult to treat but he gave the man his word he would do his best. The little girl was examined, given an ointment for her eyes and a series of re-visits were scheduled.

Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might also be brought to Valentinus for lessons. Julia was a pretty young girl with a quick mind. Valentinus read stories of Rome's history to her. He described the world of nature to her. He taught her arithmetic and told her about GOD. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted in his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength. "Valentinus, does GOD really hear our prayers?" Julia said one day. "Yes, my child, He hears each one, "he replied. "Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you've told me about!" "GOD does what is best for us if we will believe in HIM," Valentinus said. "Oh, Valentinus, I do believe," Julia said intensely. "I do." She knelt and grasped his hand. They sat quietly together, each praying. Several weeks passed and the girl's sight was not restored. Yet the man and his daughter never wavered in their faith and returned each week. Then one day, Valentinus received a visit from Roman soldiers who arrested him, destroyed his medicines and admonished him for his religious beliefs. When the little girl's father learned of his arrest and imprisonment, he wanted to intervene but there was nothing he could do. On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia - knowing his execution was imminent. Valentinus asked the jailer for a paper, pen and ink. He quickly jotted a farewell note and handed it to the jailer to give to his blind daughter. He urged her to stay close to GOD, and he signed it "From Your Valentine." His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory. When the jailer went home, he was greeted by his little girl. The little girl opened the note and discovered a yellow crocus inside. The message said, "From your Valentine." As the little girl looked down upon the crocus that spilled into her palm she saw brilliant colors for the first time in her life! The girl's eyesight was restored! A miracle! He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. In 496 Pope Gelasius I named February 14 as Saint Valentine's Day. On each Valentine's Day, messages of affection, love and devotion are still exchanged around the world.

Happy Valentine's Day! The Valentine month of love is much more than two lovers as many of us think. The love of St. Valentine expresses God's love for all of us and that each Christian has a responsibility to show His love to all. We are to express God's agape love in every part of our lives. This is why I will conclude our I John sermon series with four sermons on Christian love: “Loving One Another Is a Matter of Life and Death!” on Feb. 5; “The Proof of Loving is in God's Pudding!” on Feb. 19; “Love is the Very Nature of God!” on Feb. 26; and “Love, Honor, and Obey!” on March 4. It is truly my prayer and hope that we will continue in the spirit of agape love as we have entered our 126th anniversary year of service for Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Love In Jesus, Pastor Bob

SUNDAY NURSERY 9:00 AM—12;00 PM Cathy Pisch JUNIOR CHURCH Movie Feb. 12 Deanna Blevins Feb. 26

Feb. 5 Feb. 19

No Junior Church Sandy Syphard

SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Our dear member and friend Charlotte Taylor, went home to be with the Lord last Monday, January 23rd. We express our Christian sympathy to her husband, Robert and her son and daughter-in-law Bob & Anita. The past year has been extremely challenging, however, God’s promised grace was always with us through your phone calls, cards and especially your prayers. Thank you for your kindness, which always touched our hearts. Love, Bob & Jeanie Barnett Thank you to the Faith/Love Circle for the beautiful poinsettia and to the anonymous donor who gave me a monetary gift. Both were deeply appreciated. In Christian love, Lynn Vanderhoof

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Ron & Donna Stoltzfus, whose daughter, Alanna Stoltzfus was married to Eric Rosen on January 14, 2012 at the Atrium at The Curtis Center in Philadelphia. Pastor Bob, along with Rabbi Howard Cove, performed the ceremony.

To my special valentines with love! Thank you to our Paper Club for all their help over the holiday season and helping with the newsletter and annual report. Your dedication to our church and your secretary is greatly appreciated. Love & hugs, Thelma

Directory Up-Dates Vivian A. Spotts 300 Strode Avenue, Apt. #442 Coatesville, PA 19320

DECEMBER CIRCLE MEETINGS February 13— 7:00 PM Ruth Circle—Crane Hall February 7—7:00 PM Hope Circle—Charlynn Weaver

February 14 -12:00 PM Faith/Love Circle—Crane Hall Hostesses: Barbara Mellinger—Linda John

COMING EVENTS
ANNOUNCEMENT: The trip to Race Track Ministries was postponed in November. The mission board is looking at March 24 for another trip. Should you be interested in going, please let the pastor or anyone on the mission board know.

SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMERS GROUP UPDATE The Spiritual Transformers Group is an outgrowth of the Envisioning Conference held last September titled "Growing A Vital Congregation". We are a group of about 15-20 members of the church who are working on ways to further develop the church's strengths of "serves others", "fellowships in love" and "expresses authentic worship". Toni Kapes and Tim Clarke are the cochairs for the group. We are in the process of generating ideas for how to reach out to the community and are making plans to implement the initial ones. One of the first things we decided to do was create a Facebook page for the church and thanks go to Sean Connolly for getting that done. We welcome ideas from anyone in the congregation and would love to have more of you join us at our next meeting on February 26th after church. We look forward to working with all of you as we grow even stronger as Christ's church. MILITARY PERSONNEL FOR THE MONTH (Please send a card thanking them for their service) Joe Moore 311 Highgrove Drive Spring Lake, NC 28390 ******** COMMUNITY OUTREACH NEEDS Food Cupboard needs: meaty soups, cereals, canned fruit snacks, spaghetti & sauce or cash donations so we can buy needed items. A collection tub is in Crane Hall or see Suzanne Graybeal. All help given to those in need in our community is greatly appreciated. PARKESBURG COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Held at Parkesburg United Methodist Church Breakfast Saturday Feb. 11 from 7 Am till 10 AM—ALL YOU CAN EAT! Breakfast is provided free of charge!!! Everyone is welcome to enjoy a breakfast together with their friends and neighbors. Hosted by Parkesburg United Methodist Church & Parkesburg Word of Faith Church. For information call 610-593-2277

Digital Newsletter: If you would like to receive the monthly newsletter via e-mail please visit www.parkesburgbaptist.org/subscribe, click on Monthly Newsletter, and there you will be able to subscribe and unsubscribe. We currently offer two methods of delivery. To be environmentallyfriendly, we would prefer the option of email. Please note this will stop the paper mailing to you (snail mail). If you have any questions or concerns please contact the church.

YOUTH SCHEDULE
Sun. Feb. 5 6:00 PM Sat. Feb. 11 8:00 AM Sun. Feb. 12 9:00 AM Sat. Feb. 18 6-8:00 PM Sat. Feb. 25 6-8:00 PM Super bowl party @ The King’s Service project & set up dinner Youth Sunday & spaghetti dinner BYF—Connolly’s BYF—Bright’s

Come One, Come All to our Annual Youth Sunday The BYF would like to invite everyone to our Annual Youth Sunday, which will be on February 12 at 10:30am. Our youth are very excited to take over worship for the morning and share with you their love for our Lord and Savior. You will get to hear some amazing music, a fun children’s story, powerful prayers and a wonderful sermon. This year our sermon will be given by one of our juniors, Emily Stepto. Emily was invited to attend Sunday school a year and a half ago by her friend, Marina Kapes, and hasn’t left. She attends Sunday school and Church and is very active in our youth group. We are excited to hear what God has placed on her heart to share with us. We also would like to invite everyone to join us after the worship service for a spaghetti dinner in Crane Hall. We will be collecting donations to put towards the summer mission trip. We hope to see everyone there!

Bible Quizzing is Here Again!
Bible Quizzing season has just begun and our teams have already won a few matches! This year we have two teams who will be studying the book of John. Our matches are every Sunday, January through March, at 6:30pm at various Mennonite churches in the area or at Lancaster Mennonite High School. We would love to have spectators cheering us on so feel free to come support us any Sunday night. Please keep the teams in your prayers and give them encouragement when you see them in church. Parkesburg 1 is made up of Brianna Blevins, Jordan Clarke, Michaela Evans, Samantha Holmes, and Emilie Potter. Parkesburg 2 is made up of Alyssa Baughman, Erica Baughman, Erick Potter and Emily Stepto. Joining the Experience If you enjoy singing worship music than the Experience is looking for you! The Experience would love to invite anyone who has a heart for worship to join them. We also would love to have anyone who enjoys playing instruments, such as the guitar or piano. If you would like to join us or have any questions please contact Dustin or Amanda King at 610-593-7241 or amandabethxc@yahoo.com.

WOMEN’S NEWS
Ladies of Parkesburg Baptist (men are welcome also) mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 13th. Our Women’s Circles will be joining together at 6:00 in crane Hall for a covered dish dinner. Bring your favorite dish to share. Following our evening meal we will be inspired by our guest speaker, Lois Almstead, who will be with us. A few of our women heard Lois last year at West Chester Baptist and were truly blessed by her testimony. We look forward to her visit and hope your will join us for that evening.

THE AMERICAN BAPTIST WHITE CROSS HELPS INDIA
Did you know American Baptists help support ten Christ-centered medical centers in India? An estimated 50% or more of India’s non- Christians who come to faith in Christ have been influenced by these health centers. The Circles of Parkesburg Baptist have taken on the challenge to collect $300.00 to help these centers. The bulletin board in our sanctuary will have hearts with money amounts. We would request you donate to this worthwhile project. Please give your donation to Donna Coats. We will be collecting the money throughout the month of February.

SHARE GROUP STUDY BASED ON COURAGEOUS
All adults, parents, and single parents are welcome to become involved in a small group Bible study and share group based on the movie Courageous. We will be having a luncheon share group following worship from 12 Noon – 2 PM every other week --Feb. 19; March 4; March 18; April 1. Please let Pastor Bob or Donna know of your interest.

RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM will be having a winter yard sale. Please bring your items to the church from 1/22/12 - 2/26/12. The yard sale will be March 3rd from 8AM 3PM, rain date March 10th at the church. Please see more info on Bulletin Board.

MOVIE NIGHT AT PARKESBURG BAPTIST CHURCH
On Friday night at 6:30 PM we will be showing the new Christian movie Courageous for the whole family. Please bring your favorite dessert to share and plan to have a real great time of fellowship in the Lord. The movie, Courageous, tells us that honor begins at home. It is about four men that have one calling, which is their desire to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners in the sheriff's department, David Thomson and Shane Fuller, are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. While Adam is winning at work, he struggles to connect at home. He and his teenage son are running in different directions. Between Dylan's video games and latenight training runs, there seems to be little common ground between father and son. And while his young daughter is his pride and joy, Adam definitely doesn't share Emily's zest for life. Nathan, who grew up not knowing his dad, has done all he can to break the cycle of fatherlessness in his family. Nathan's young sons look up to him, but his teenage daughter is turning away as she begins to attract the attentions of young men. Shane struggles as a divorced father attempting to stay involved in his son's life and to get ahead financially. Young officer, David, is single, with a well-hidden past. Spending time together is a value of these men who eagerly welcome a new friend, Javier, into their circle. Javier finds humor in life as he works diligently to make ends meet. Focused on God, Javier lovingly strives to provide for his wife and two young children. When tragedy strikes, these men are left actively wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith, and fathering. Can a new found urgency help these dads draw closer to God and their children? How will their stories impact your family? COME AND FIND OUT! “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!” Joshua 24: 15

Who Said It … Lee Jenkins Lee Jenkins has served in the financial service industry for 25 years and is the author of Lee Jenkins on Money—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. In a departure from our normal approach, the Monday through Friday readings are handled in a Question -and-Answer format. The questions are drawn from those Lee has been asked during his live speaking engagements. What he Said … Cirrhosis of the Giver Check out these statistics from the Empty Tomb and Christian Stewardship Associations:  The average Christian in America gives only 2.5 percent of his or her income to the kingdom of God.  The percentage Christians who give financially to God has been declining for the past 26 years.  Between 80 percent and 90 percent of Christians do not give 10 percent or more. What's up with that? Cirrhosis Of the Giver (COG) is what's up. This disease is running unchecked through too many of our churches. Take this quick test to see if you have COG:  Do you experience sudden paralysis and inability to reach for your wallet when the offering plate comes your way?  Do you find yourself sweating or getting mad at the preacher for talking about money?  Do you pay everybody else before you pay God?  This Week's Key Study Passage: Mark 12:41-44

Cirrhosis of the Giver

Stewardship Corner

Q: Is It Relevant?

Key Bible Verse: "One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy." (Leviticus 27:30) Dig Deeper: Deuteronomy 12:5-11 Since Christians are under grace, not under Old Testament law, does the obligation to tithe still apply? I've had friends tell me that tithing is Old Testament law and is not relevant to the New Testament. A: The distinction between law and grace is often misused, partly because the teaching is difficult to understand, but also because when it comes to money, most people tend to seek out ways to dodge obedience. It is certainly true that Christians are under the principle of grace, not the principle of law. In other words, we attain righteousness not by our works but by the grace of God. However, being under grace does not mean living by lower standards or giving less to God. On the contrary, it means giving and doing more (Matt. 5:17-48). In my experience, I have found that many people who argue against tithing use their arguments to justify their own lack of generosity. [Furthermore,] where in the New Testament does it indicate that tithing is no longer valid? Last time I checked, there is no such passage. In my opinion, tithing is still relevant for the New Testament believer. [But] it isn't the finish line of giving; it's the starting block. —Lee Jenkins in Lee Jenkins on Money

MINISTRY PARTNER OPEN HOUSE MONDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2012 356 MAIN STREET, PARKESBURG PA 6:00PM – 7:15PM OUR MISSION IS TO ASSIST THE CHURCH BY PROVIDING A SAFE HAVEN THAT OFFERS THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL BY ADDRESSING THE SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, AND ACADEMIC NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. WE HELP CHURCHES SERVE PRIMARILY AT-RISK YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE POINT OFFERS CHRIST-CENTERED AFTER SCHOOL RECREATION, DISCIPLESHIP, AND MENTORSHIP FREE OF CHARGE TO LOCAL YOUTH AND FAMILIES, AND ARE HOSTING AN
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PARKESBURG BAPTIST PRAYER REQUESTS SPECIAL REQUESTS REQUESTERS
Barry & Doris Aberts Edna Alberger Shirley & Bob Altizer Jeannie Barnett Deanna Blevins Jill Bright Bob & Donna Coats Bill & Bobbi Cross Roy & Mary Engel Tom & Carol English The Finnegan family Helena Fulmer Lyle & Thelma Gillespie Suzanne & Bert Graybeal Ann Hart Rusty Hertzler Eleanor Kolpak Sharon Longsinger Nancy & Sue Mattson Jamie McBride Ben & Joan Millers Moose Mulvaney Debby Mundy Tina Myers Nan Needham Joy & Fred Pepperday Doug & Mary Pongracz Elmer Pluck David Potts Bob & Judy Reynolds John & Terri Rich Tim & Laurie Robinson Bud & Pat Rust Schempp family Tristan Schmitt Charlotte Seltzer Barry & Dottie Simmons LaVelle Smith Patricia Smith Michelle Snyder Vivian Spotts Alvin Williams Jr., William Jones Alma & Dick Thomas, Marge Meli, Mildred “Pucky” Lynch, Carol Amole James Weaver, Douglas Weaver Mrs. O’Hop Donald Schaus Wyatt DeSteffono Caedon Stoll, Angela Clark Becky McBride Jean Engel Lorraine DeHaven Doris Moody ,Helene Coover Michelle Fellenbaum Bob & Denise Tomey, Brian Graybeal, Scott Crane Charlotte Rozell Chasity Ryder, Peggy Hertzler Jarrett Kolpak Dwayne Skiles Brenda Mattson, Richard Farra Robie Logans, Audrey Kickuskie, Jamie Miller, Elizabeth Misner, Sheri Finney, Michell Pappatera Ed Finn & son,Joanne Hookway, Honora Zook, Bill Manning, Beth Mulvaaney Tim Dimarco & children, Lamar Forman, Howard Gordon, Rita Mundy, Pam & Jose Munoz, Rudy & Alice Spina Melinda Weaver LeAnne Jamison Michael Havens, Bill Beveridge, Robin Hawk & Family Alli Patton Bill Sielski Merle, Stephanie Potts Evelyn Cullingford Payton Howell, Robert & Virginia Rich, Lauren & Christian Mataraza Debbie Robinson, Matthew Fields, Nadine Field Linda Rust, Robert Rust Will Taylor & family Mennonite School Community Marge Devlin Candi King Mary Lou Getty, Phyllis Ritchie The Osborn family, Terry Osborn Jerry Wheeler Beth Simpson Moore

David Syphard, Dorcus Syphard Sandy Syphard Jim Davis, Chad Beiler, Eleanor Frey, Dave Brooker , Dale & Melissa Kessler Jeff Kingsley, Kerry Glenn, Laura Stoltzfus Bob & Anita Taylor Tim Peotter, Fred Tyson Jr., Fred & Nancy Tyson John Pagan, Nilsa & Gary Pagan Rev. Lynn Vanderhoof Kristeen Quinonez, Lynda Walz Mark & Linda Wilson, Jack Wilson Kevin & Tina Wilson Damon Scott Jr., Damon Scott IV, Lauran Cox,, The Boyd family Dana Young

Please up-date your prayer requests with the secretary or Pastor Bob by February.

COME JOIN US AT THE PARKESBURG BAPTIST CHURCH FOR A DELICIOUS DRIED BEEF DINNER TO BENEFIT OUR RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM FIGHTERS WITH FAITH

ALL YOU CAN EAT
DRIED BEEF GRAVY FRIED POTATOES TOAST BAKED BEANS PEPPERED CABBAGE APPLESAUCE CAKE COFFEE/TEA/ICED TEA

DATE: SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012 TIME: 4PM – 7 PM PLACE: CRANE HALL (PARKESBURG BAPTIST CHURCH) $10.00 (ADULT) 7.00 (AGES 6-12) FREE (CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER)
FOR TICKETS CONTACT: AMY BLESS (484-883-6349)

The Mission of the Parkesburg Baptist Church is to accept and treat everyone as Jesus would; bring people to a personal relationship with Him; and disciple all believers to be Christ’s witnesses to the world.

Memory Verse: “
“ Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.“
1st John 3:18