Thursday, November 3, 2016

Whiteboard: I Can

Our leadership team this year wants to emphasize that stewardship is about more than money. When we are sharing our blessings with each other here at the church that means that stewardship is about sharing our time and talents in addition to sharing our treasure.

In order to demonstrate the ways that we share our time and talents as part of the continuing Ministry at FCC Scottsdale this Sunday you’ll find an “I Can…” Checklist as an insert in your Sunday morning Worship Bulletin.

The “I Can…” Checklist lists off thirty different things that you can do help us further our Ministry programs right here at the church. The list ranges from “Come to Worship” and “Pray” to “Fold and Prepare The Newsletter for Mailing” and “Be a Substitute Teacher for Sunday School.” 

 In fact, if you would like a sneak peak at all 30 items listed on the checklist, well, check out the photos below!

Now, I don’t anticipate anybody will check off all 30 items on the “I Can…” Checklist, but I do hope that you will look over that list and check off the things that you are currently doing to further our Ministry here at the church and check off those things that you might be interested in participating in over the next year. 

We’ll collect the “I Can…” Checklists during the worship service and share the data collected with our different Ministry Team leaders here at the church to help coordinate our efforts.

Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas in Prison

One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour.

But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, ‘These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.’ The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’ The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

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