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Torrance First Baptist Church
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August 2010 Volume 23 Issue 8
Inside this issue: The Pastors Heart
Tim Kimmel Article
Passports for Kids
Just for Kids
Seniors & Friends
Puns for Fun
Pillow Case Project
Attendance & Giving
This I Believe
2 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 8 9 9 10 11 11 11 11 12
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Join us for our Friday Family Movie Nights at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym. We serve popcorn and soda too! Everything is FREE!
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2 glue sticks
1 spiral notebook
1 - 2 notebook
1 pkg. lined paper
3 pocket folders
Box of crayons
Set of markers
1 pkg. of #2 pencils
Take the Backpack Take the Backpack Take the Backpack Take the Backpack
Filler items needed
In cooperation with Love, INC and His House, we are hoping to have each family in our congregation bring at least one backpack to be donated to local children who cannot afford a new backpack. You may bring them empty or filled with the items listed below. Its easy to give money towards a project, but you will get a sense of ownership by actually buying one and filling it yourself. It is also a good way for families with children to encourage your children to become givers by taking them with you and allowing them to use their own money to fill it with items they pick out. We will display the backpacks in the Worship Center with the goal of covering the whole podium with backpacks by August 29. Extra filler items are always needed, also.
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by Pastor Rog
that God will take the seed that has been planted and cause it to grow. I am sure that most of you know that we have a new member to our staff team, Trevor Schulte. I am excited to have him on board with us as our Junior High Director under the leadership of Jay. I invite you to pray for God to use Trevor in mighty ways in the lives of our Junior High young people. Most of you probably know that Karen and I had the privilege of vacationing in Hawaii on the island of Kauai. We had a wonderful time. It is such a beautiful place. The helicopter
Dear Church Family, I am writing you today from the little village of Torrance, located deep in the jungle of Southern California. It is a quaint village made up of many different people groups who speak numerous languages and dialects. Religious practices are seen everywhere, but few truly worship the Lord Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).
Each Person Helping Others
Passionately Pursue Jesus Christ
Let me say THANK YOU to the 50+ of you that helped make our July 4th event a great success. The many volunteers hours on that day and in the days leading up to the 4th made the day a very enjoyable time together. I believe God was honored by our teamwork, our joyous spirit and our worship of Him on that day. We did have several attendees from the community, so please continue to pray with me
tour was amazing, although I did get a little motion sickness near the end. The weather was great, and the wild chickens added an extra touch to our experience. Thanks to Jay and Rog for doing such a great job on the Sundays of my absence. As I type this article, it is good to see that summer has finally arrived on this July 13. No clouds, beautiful blue sky and warm weather. My father-in-law who is visiting us from Portland sure is happy. I hope this summer that your love for God grows and you passionately serve your Lord.
Each Person Helping Others
Passionately Pursue Jesus Christ
The GOOD NEWS of salvation from sin through faith in Christ alone has been preached here for years, and yet the percentage of Christians in this village remains small. For the most part, this village is clean and orderly and prides itself on having a local government which looks out for its people, but below the surface, there are deep problems. Sadly, this village, like
many others, is touched by severe family problems, child abuse, drug problems and all kinds of bad conduct. With so much advanced technology and sophistication, you would think these villagers would conduct themselves differently, but they
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MENS CONFERENCEMENS CONFERENCEMENS CONFERENCEMENS CONFERENCE AT THOUSAND PINESAT THOUSAND PINESAT THOUSAND PINESAT THOUSAND PINES September 17September 17September 17September 17----19191919
Wanna get away? Thousand Pines Mens Retreat is the place for you! During this weekend, we will not: overload your schedule, count your calories, or ask you to mow the lawn. What we will do is provide you with: gourmet meals
boasting choice meats, opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship with godly men and an open schedule to just let you be.
The cost is $150, due by August 31 ($50 deposit when you sign up).
If you want a bed and bath linen packet, it costs $15 and includes a pillow, sheets, blanket,
towel and washcloth.
Here is a list of things to do: Paintball - $10
Confidence Course - $5 Mountain Bikes - $5 Frisbee - $2 deposit Rec Equipment - $2
Malt Shop Big Oak Caf Arte Shoppe Tippi Taxi - 25 Swimming Pool Hiking Trails
Recreation Tournaments (including horseshoe contest and JJ defending his poker title)
Sign-ups have already begun in the patio. Any questions, please contact Bill Harenburg at 310/534-4439 or [email protected] or contact the church office at 310/328-5030.
Dont be left hanging!
Full Moon Hike
Sunday, August 22
Our next full-moon hike will take place in Palos Verdes. Meet at church at 7:15 p.m. so we can leave at 7:30 p.m. Dont forget to bring drinking water, a light jacket and a flashlight or headlamp.
Saturday, August 28 Our first day hike is scheduled on Saturday morning, August 28, in the Santa Monica Mountains. For more information, contact Dan Rollino or Jason Robinson.
Mens BreakfastMens BreakfastMens BreakfastMens Breakfast Saturday, August 14Saturday, August 14Saturday, August 14Saturday, August 14 9 a.m. in the Gym9 a.m. in the Gym9 a.m. in the Gym9 a.m. in the Gym For all men (Jr. High age and up) Great food for a donation of $5
Sign up in the patio
today or call Bill Harenburg, 310/534-4439,
for more information.
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What is your goal when raising yourWhat is your goal when raising yourWhat is your goal when raising yourWhat is your goal when raising your
children? children? children? children?
Like most parents, the word success is somewhere in your answer to the above question. The problem is most parents dont stop there. They add wealth, power, beauty and fame to this definition. The telltale sign that these goals are our view of success is the heavy emphasis that is placed on kids stellar grades, being connected to the influential kids in school, getting onto the winning team, racking up strong athletic
skills, being chosen leaders of various endeavors and investing heavily in current fashion. These are the priorities that plant the seeds of success the wealth, power, beauty, and fame kind into the soil of their kids souls. Is that all we want our children to be merely successful? Why not prepare them for a life that dwarfs the goals of those who are merely successful? Why not groom our children for true greatness?
Success looks inward; true greatness looks upward, then outward. Success is about my agenda; true greatness is about Gods agenda. Success accommodates selfishness; true greatness is about giving. Success worships what it sees in a mirror; true greatness grieves over what it sees through its windows. Success pays off for now; true greatness pays off forever. Excerpted from Raising Kids for True Greatness by Dr. Tim Kimmel
Meet at TFB by 5:00 pm.
Cost: $10 + Dinner Money
Saturday, August 7 5:00-8:30 pm
For more information
or to sign-up, contact
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Kids, pick up yourKids, pick up yourKids, pick up yourKids, pick up your Passport in the patio.Passport in the patio.Passport in the patio.Passport in the patio.
We will be leaving for the following We will be leaving for the following We will be leaving for the following We will be leaving for the following Ports of Call in August:Ports of Call in August:Ports of Call in August:Ports of Call in August:
Port 9 ~ Huntington Beach, CA
Adventure Playground K - 6th grades
Friday, August 6 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bring: lunch, spare clean clothes & a plastic bag for dirty clothes. Wear closed-toe shoes (tennis or water shoes) and enjoy cable slide, rope bridge, mud pits, fort
building, rafting, slides, tire swings, etc. Kids arent allowed to stay clean on this one!
Port 10 ~ Long Beach/San Pedro, CA
Rubber Duck Tours 5th & 6th Grades (Souled Out only)
Friday, August 13 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Youll enjoy: a ride on a 38 ft. amphibious vehicle;
a ducks eye view of historic Long Beach splashing past the Queen Mary & Rainbow Marina; the opportunity to see sea lions & other marine life
Pack your lunch; dinner will be provided.
Port 11 ~ Knotts Soak City K - 6th grades
Friday, August 20 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bring sunscreen, towel and your good behavior. Lunch will be provided.
Parents and kids, please note:
the September 11 Passport Event
(Narnia movie clips) has been canceled.
Crossroads Christian Crossroads Christian Crossroads Christian Crossroads Christian Academy has openings for Academy has openings for Academy has openings for Academy has openings for 2010201020102010----2011 school year.2011 school year.2011 school year.2011 school year. Parents, if you would be interested in enrolling your children in a Christian school in Gardena, grades K-8th, please contact the church office.
Educational Educational Educational Educational ScholarshipsScholarshipsScholarshipsScholarships AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable Assistance is available for those who are attending college and plan on going into full-time Christian ministry. Applications & details are available in the church office. The deadline for the
Fall Semester is August 1, 2010.
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KIDS Just for
2 6:30p Pillow Case
3 5p Revive meet at
6 Annex reserved
all day for Loaves
9a K-6th, Port 9,
7 11a Loaves &
5p Revive to Ice
8 5p Prayer
5p Revive meet at
7p GO Comm
7p Ad Ops Comm
9a Quest to Beach
7p Beacon Light
11a 5th & 6th
grades - Rubber
7p Family Movie
9a Mens breakfast
11a Srs. & Friends
to Glendale Centre
7p C.E. Comm
5p Revive meet at
F, F, O, W
7p Deacon Board
9:30a K-6th, Port
11, Soak City
7p Family Movie
7p Open Volley-
5p Revive meet at
5p Revive meet at
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9:15 & 11 a.m.
Worship & Witness: 6 p.m.
Adult Sunday School: 9:15 & 11 a.m.
Childrens Church: 9:15 a.m.
Patio Fellowship: 10:30 a.m.
Children & Youth S.S.: 11 a.m.
New Covenant Childrens S.S.: 11 a.m.
Japanese Sanctuary Bible Fllwshp: 11 a.m.
New Covenant (Korean) Wrshp: 12:45 p.m.
New Covenant (Korean) Fellowship: 2 p.m.
College Gathering: 6 p.m.
Ladies Prayer: 11 a.m. [except 8/23]
Open Basketball: 6:30 p.m. [except 8/23]
Chess Club, 6:30 p.m
High School Revive: 5 p.m.
(Meet at Torrance Beach)
MasterLife Bible Study: 7 p.m.
Bible Study: 7:30 p.m. [except 8/24]
Jr. High QUEST: 6:30 p.m.
Small Group Bible Study: 6:45 p.m.
Choir Practice: 7 p.m.
Life of Jesus Bible Study: 7 p.m.
New Covenant (Korean) Bible Study: 8 p.m.
[None of the above on 8/25]
Worship Band Practice: 6:30 p.m.
Ladies meet @ Dennys for Bkfst.: 9 a.m.
New Covenant (Korean) Prayer: 6 a.m.
MasterLife Bible Study: 8-10 a.m.
[Neither of the above on 8/28]
All activities on premises cancelled due to termite tenting, 8/23-28
Most work days, I sit in my cubicle, crunching numbers of some sort.
I do venture out, but only for short stints not much face-to-face fellowship.
But do the chats on Facebook, Twitter, and email count as fellowship? Think through some situations: a student away at college, a soldier
at war, a firefighter on duty, and an executive on a business trip. Each of these
persons is physically absent from family and friends, yet relationships persist. Human persons remain human in time and eternity. Just as the
disembodied state between physical death and resurrection does not remove
personhood, so the un-embodied connections through the mail, over the
telephone, and on the internet do not remove personhood. The invention of the web has opened up a world of new possibilities
for continuing relationship with those who are physically absent. Whether
moving to another town or simply separated by the dailies of life, most of our
time as TFBers is spent physically apart. We ought to savor the times of face-
to-face gathering, but we need not leave our relations to that small window. What does this have to do with TFB? Did you know that back in
2009, TFB entered the world of Facebook? So far, 240 current or former
TFBers have connected to TFB's Facebook page. Some share personal news. Bill Blancke announced his graduation
from Crown College with a Masters in Ministry Leadership. Ann Pursche
expressed her sadness at the death of Sonny Bishop. Mike and Alice Johnson
popped in to say, Hi. Others share TFB news. Dee Gonzales announced Kamper Kamp
details. Mark Grindle lets us know when the Proclaimer is online. Mark
Duvall posted the Sunday worship line up. Relationship is happening on TFB's Facebook page. Stop on by and
join the community. [See box on left to find out how.]
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Enjoy Time with the Singles FellowshipEnjoy Time with the Singles FellowshipEnjoy Time with the Singles FellowshipEnjoy Time with the Singles Fellowship Please invite anyone of any age to join us.
Game Night ~ Saturday, August 14, 6:30 p.m. ~ Meet at Brenda-Jeans house, 5757 Ravenspur Drive, #3, RPV. Bring games and snacks to share. Dinner Night ~ Saturday, August 28, 6:30 p.m. ~ Meet at Souplantation, 21309 Hawthorne Blvd. (near Torrance Blvd.).
Is Is Is Is FacebookFacebookFacebookFacebook fellowship real?fellowship real?fellowship real?fellowship real? by Laura Springer, M.Div., Th.M. http://tfbacademy.blogspot.com/
For more information, call Brenda-Jean Shephard, 310/901-0816.
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Next Events for Seniors & FriendsNext Events for Seniors & FriendsNext Events for Seniors & FriendsNext Events for Seniors & Friends
If you are interested and/or want more details for any of our
Senior & Friends outings, call Terri Mullin at 310/629-0396.
August 14 (Saturday)August 14 (Saturday)August 14 (Saturday)August 14 (Saturday) Glendale Centre TheatreGlendale Centre TheatreGlendale Centre TheatreGlendale Centre Theatre
We will be seeing a play, The Hasty Heart, that was reproduced into a 1949 movie with the same title, that starred Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal It is a story about how friendship wins out over bitterness and self-pity. We will leave the church at 11:00 a.m., go to lunch, see the play and then be home by 6 p.m. The cost is $20 plus money for lunch.
FridayFridayFridayFriday September 17September 17September 17September 17 at 12:00 noonat 12:00 noonat 12:00 noonat 12:00 noon
Please note the new date for the SENIOR SUMMERTIME POTLUCK BBQ. It was scheduled for August 27, but due to the fact that the church will be tented for termites that day, we have moved the event to September 17 (still a few days before autumn begins ). Meat and corn-on-the-cob will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert to share.
Puns for FunPuns for FunPuns for FunPuns for Fun 1. The roundest knight at King Arthurs Round Table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated in an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. The butcher backed into a meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
6. No matter how much you push the envelope, itll still be stationery.
7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. 10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. 11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, You stay here. Ill go on a head.
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
copied from the Internet
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TFB Global OutreachTFB Global OutreachTFB Global OutreachTFB Global Outreach by Dee and the G. O. Committee
6"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard (Isaiah 58:6-8, ESV).
Youth with a Mission
On Monday, June 28, Amanda Diroll shared with us why this verse has meant so much to her as she ministers to
the homeless, addicted, and abused in the streets of Kona, Hawaii. After much prayer and training, Amanda will be going from short-term missions to a year-long mission with YWAM University of Nations continuing her work in Kona. She is raising support for her time in this ministry and needs funds of approximately $1,000 a month. It has been so exciting to see the work and miracles God is performing through this ministry, called NaKupono which in Hawaiian means on behalf of all things righteous. God is changing hearts and lives and giving this ministry favor with the local government to reach out as never before. Please keep NaKupono, Amanda and the team lifted in prayer.
The Shawvers in Mexico We received a newsletter from Chuck and Ramona Shawvers, who we support in Mexico. Recently they visited with a group of students from the local Baptist Seminary and attended the Baptist Church in Iguala, Mexico where one of the seminary graduates serves as pastor. Here is a brief statement of his visit to the church: It is filled with people of all ages but especially youth, lively worship, good teaching, lots of love, [and] lots of enthusiasm. The kind of place you want to be, even when Mexico's soccer team is playing in the World Cup! The kind of place where people can come to know God. The kind of ministry we want for all of our graduates. May we have such an enthusiasm to reach out as God requires us to do. Do you have a vision of where God is calling you?
Pray for our Russia Pray for our Russia Pray for our Russia Pray for our Russia TeamTeamTeamTeam Pastor Rog and Joyce Hosier and Michael Dodd will be going to Kursk, Russia, leaving on August 5 to serve as short-term missionaries. Rog and Joyce will be holding two marriage conferences: a 2-day one in Belgorod and one in Kursk for 3 days. Since marriage conferences have never been held in Russia, these dear people will be hearing some things which might sound somewhat different than what their culture has taught them. Thankfully, the truths in Gods Word transcend all cultures and give us the bedrock on which all God-honoring marriages must be built. Michael will be joining Amelia Speed (Bob and Della Andrews granddaughter), former attendee/member Michelle Wood, and others to work at an orphanage in Lugov. This is a powerful opportunity to share Christ with those children who desperately need to know Him. Pray for the following: Safe travel and smooth connections; Open hearts for Gods Word; Sensitivity to the Spirits leading re: cultural differences; and For all on the team to work well together as one.
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dont. And worse yet, the upcoming generation will not be any different unless there is a SPIRITUAL AWAKENING in their hearts and lives. The call for more MISSIONARIES went out years ago and continues to this day, but sadly many of the true believers here dont seem too interested in telling others about the Person Who changed their lives and saved them from their sin. To be sure, this is very discouraging so many people to reach for Christ and too few who are prayerfully ready. Would you please pray with us that the Lord would burden the hearts of those who already have received this GOOD NEWS for themselves, that they too are MISSIONARIES right where they live? Through the years, weve come to understand that if there is no real passion for those who are spiritually lost, all our efforts are severely diminished. Like you, we too are tired of mere programs which soon fade away. We earnestly desire the real thing motivating us to tell others about Christ yes, the very LOVE and PASSION of our Savior a ministry which humbles us before Him and brings glory to His Name. Many thanks for standing with us. Your PRAYER SUPPORT is urgently needed. We know the task before us is great, but our dependence is on the Lord. Through Him all things are possible (Philippians 4:13). Praying for more of His passion and love,
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to the following families who have lost loved ones:
Norma Mooney as she has lost her mother, Lillian Molina;
Bill McNair as his son-in-law passed away; and
Rena Johnsons Dad, Artie, is now with the Lord.
Pillow Case ProjectPillow Case ProjectPillow Case ProjectPillow Case Project (AKA Sewing 101) Bring your sewing machine and join us on August 2, at 6:30 p.m., as we learn how to make pillow cases. The cost will be $10 for two of them. You may keep one or both, but we are hoping you will donate one to be given to Social Services (for children to put their belongings in) or for children who are cancer patients and like to hold onto a pillow. Space is limited. Any ?s, call Irene Hardy, 310/328-7363.
Operation Operation Operation Operation Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas ChildChildChildChildSamaritans Samaritans Samaritans Samaritans Purse Shoe BoxesPurse Shoe BoxesPurse Shoe BoxesPurse Shoe Boxes Christmas in August? Not really, but its a great idea to get a head start on getting your shoeboxes ready for November. Now is the time to get great deals on school supplies, not only for the backpacks but also for the shoeboxes which will be sent to needy children all over the world. More information coming next month.
Attendance & GivingAttendance & GivingAttendance & GivingAttendance & Giving
= Thank you for giving approximately
$51,772 in the month of June.
The Proclaimer is a monthly publication of the First Baptist Church of Torrance, California, located at 2118 West Carson Street (6 blocks east of Crenshaw). Sunday services: 9:15 a.m. Worship Gathering (contemporary Service); 11:00 a.m. Blended Service (with Sunday School for all ages); and 6:00 p.m. Evening Service. Mid-week events for children and students: High School Revive; Jr. High Quest; and Big for children.
For more information, contact the church office: 310.328.5030 or [email protected] Or visit us on the web at www.torrancefirstbaptist.org
Will Be on Vacation in AugustWill Be on Vacation in AugustWill Be on Vacation in AugustWill Be on Vacation in August This I Believe the 8:15 a.m. Sunday School class will be on vacation for the month of August. With everyone rested and refreshed, the class will start again on September 12 (still at 8:15 a.m.).
For those who might be interested, we are studying the book of Isaiah. What is fascinating about the book is that there is a unique break starting at chapter 40. This break is so distinct, it has caused many to say, This shows there is obviously more than one author. Another fascinating aspect is that there are 66 books in the Bible and 66 chapters in Isaiah. The first 39 books of the Bible are the books of the Old Testament. The theme of these books is history, judgment and Gods mercy. The theme of the first 39 chapters of Isaiah is history, judgment and mercy. The next 27 books of the Bible are the New Testament and their theme is salvation and comfort. The theme of the last 27 chapters of Isaiah is salvation and comfort. In the Bibles New Testament, there are four gospels. In Isaiahs New Testament, there are four songs announcing the Messiah. The author of both the Bible and Isaiah is the Holy Spirit, even though the Bible had many scribes. On September 12, we will resume this study starting with chapter 55. Whosoever will may come. See you then!