Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is upon us. Like all elements of the Christian Church calendar, Ash Wednesday is an effective time to read and reflect on the gospel. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, meaning “The Springtime of the Year” or in our case, a time of renewal of faith.

On Ash Wednesday, we:

  • Contemplate the death that reigns in us because of sin, and our need for Jesus to save us.
  • Commit to daily repentance—to “die daily,” as Paul said (1 Corinthians 15:31).
  • Celebrate that Christ conquered Satan, sin and the grave.
  • Understand that Christ can lead us out of our own bondage to sin.

Ash Wednesday is:

  • A Time for Reflection
  • A Time for Repentance
  • A Time for Recommitment!

Genesis 2:7, 3:19
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being…
But mankind fell in the Garden by disobeying God. The Lord told mankind’s parents,
Adam and Eve:
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

And so it is right and good that all of us reflect on:
Who we are:
— Children of sin, but loved by a gracious Lord!
Where we are:
— Living our faith walk in Him!
What we are repentant of:
— Our sin and our condition in sin!

For further reflection:

March 2019 Pastoral Thoughts

As we kick off this first News Letter from the First Baptist Church / New Beginnings, Church of Ogden, I would like to extend some well deserved thanks to all of our family members worshiping God in our church on the corner. We have been blessed with a spirit of service and unity visiting upon virtually everyone in our congregation. From building maintenance (considerable indeed), plus cleaning, Sunday preparation activities, bulletins, music and Praise Voices, snow removal, to Game Night (Team Building), Men’s and Women’s activities, prayer concerns for others, and outreach activities like the Food Pantry and Praise Dogs, we are faithfully serving God and His children from this corner of the world. Thank you!

And yet, church is even more than service only. We are a Bible based church that focusses on God’s word not man’s for guidance, resolutions to life’s challenges, maturing, growth, and walking in our faith in Him who created us. We have been made to praise, glorify, and magnify God’s Holy and Precious Name above all others. We do this through our worship on Sundays, our study throughout the week, plus when we show our love for each other, and look outside our church for opportunities to serve God’s creation before ourselves. I believe we are on our way as a family, in learning to love the Lord, each other, and people who do not know God or have not had our blessings of a relationship in Him yet. For all of you open to the promptings of the Spirit, and showing it by your consideration, kindness, and care for others. Thank you!

This year, the beginning of March brings in the time of Lent. Lent is a time frame of forty days, not counting Sundays. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (6 March this year) and ends on Easter Saturday right in between Crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. Lent is an Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring time of the year.” As Wednesday is forty days before Easter and represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. This is a time of, self reflection, deep prayer, and repentance, as we await the coming of Easter. Today, many Christians in the church will focus on their relationship with God, and commit to give up something like a luxury or volunteer to serve others, even more than usual. For those of you that will spend this time thinking outside of your selves; thank you!

I can’t begin to tell you how honored and excited I am to be a Pastor in this church serving God and you, and God bless you!

Pastor Steve

February Events

Every Tuesday, 6:30 pm at church – Bible Study, going through the book of Hebrews

2nd & 4th Friday (February 8 and 22), 6 pm — Teambuilding Night at church. Time to play games, relax, have fun, and get to know each other better. Childcare provided.

Every Saturday in February, starting at 9 am at church  Christian Basics Class. >For new believers, and anyone who would like to review the basics.

Every Saturday, starting at 10 am at church, Praise Voices Practice

Wednesday February 13, 6 pm at church, Board Meeting

3rd Saturday, February 16
8 am – Men meet at Golden Corral for breakfast and conversation
12:30 – Women meet at church for potluck and conversation. Topic: Love! Childcare provided.

3rd Thursday (February 21), 11 am to 1 pm – Food Bank is open at church

Every Sunday: Sunday School at 9:45 (studying 2 Peter) and Worship Service at 11.

Look forward to seeing you!

Coming up in January

Every Tuesday starting January 8, 6:30 pm at church – Bible Study, going through the book of Acts

2nd & 4th Friday (January 11 and 25), 6 pm — Teambuilding Night at church. Time to play games, relax, have fun, and get to know each other better. Childcare provided.

Saturday, January 12
8 am – Men meet at Golden Corral for breakfast and conversation
10 am – Praise Voices practice
11 am – Women meet at church for potluck and conversation. We’ll discuss plans for the new year and have a devotional on the topic: How to Help. Childcare provided.

Every Sunday: Sunday School at 9:45 (studying Book of James) and Worship Service at 11.

3rd Thursday (January 17), 11 am to 1 pm – Food Bank is open at church

Saturday, January 26, 9 am. Board Meeting at Church

Beginning Believers Class – starting every Saturday at 9 am from February 2. For new believers, and anyone who would like to review the basics.

Coming up in December

Friday December 14, 6 pm at church: Game Night/Congregational Team Building Night. Join us for talk, snacks, and board and table games. Childcare will be provided.

Saturday December 15, 1-2:30 pm at church. Women’s Group Christmas Party. This year we’re making gifts – cutting scarves and putting together gift bags for the Rescue Mission. Snacks and child care will be provided.

Sunday December 16. Regular Sunday School (9:45) & Church Service (11). 3rd Sunday of Advent = Joy! Collection for the ABC Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering.

Tuesday December 18, 6:30 pm: Last Bible Study for 2018. We’re going through the Book of Acts, and will pick up again in the new year.

Sunday December 23. Regular Sunday School (9:45) & Church Service (11). 4th Sunday of Advent = Love

Monday December 24, 6 pm, Christmas Eve Service at church.

Sunday December 30. Regular Sunday School (9:45) & Church Service (11) followed by a Soup and Sandwich Potluck at church

Coming Up November

Wednesday, November 21, 5:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Social
Kick off Thanksgiving weekend with the most important thanks–to God! Pie social after the service means bring a pie to share if you can, or come hungry and ready to appreciate other people’s pie.

Friday, November 30, 6:00 pm Game/Team-Building Night at FBC
Join us in the gym to play table games and eat snacks. All ages welcome. We have a lot of games to share (dominoes, Yahtzee, banangagrams, Jenga, Blockers….), and you’re welcome to bring games that you like from home.

Sunday, December 2, after the morning service: Holiday Dinner
The Fellowship Committee will be treating everyone to a festive holiday dinner. Please sign up in the gym so we we know how much food and how many tables to prepare.

Tuesdays, 6:30 pm: Bible Study. We are going through the book of Acts, with Pastor Steve facilitating. Childcare can be provided if we know kids are coming.

Saturdays, 10 am: Choir Practice. We’re always looking for more Praise Voices! Talk to Linda.

Tuesday & Friday, 6 pm: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting
Wednesday, 9 am: OA Meeting

Third Thursday, 11 am – 1 pm: Food Pantry is open

Sundays, 9:45 am: Sunday School. Adults are studying the book of James with Pastor Steve. Kids meet upstairs with Connie and Jessica.
Sundays, 11 am: Worship Service