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FBConnection: A ministry information publication
Published by: First Baptist Church
9280 Maple Avenue / Hesperia, CA 92345 (760) 244-4109
Wayne Stockstill, Senior Pastor (ext. 108)
Richard Spring, Pastor of Church Development (ext. 104)
Robert Grissom, Pastor of Administration/Stewardship (ext. 105)
Brian Kaiser, Pastor of Worship Arts (ext. 107)
Jim and Wanda Mole, Directors of Student Ministry (ext. 201)
Sherry Cleveland, Director of Children’s Ministry (leave messages at ext. 106)
Brandy Smith, Director of Preschool Ministry (ext. 120)
Bill Trott, Pastor of Hospital Visitation Ministry (leave messages at ext. 106)
Richard Amos, Facilities Manager (ext. 102)
Staff Lucy Flood, Accountant (ext. 101)
Doris Groveunder, Financial Secretary (ext. 103)
Pastoral Claudia Kingston, Executive Secretary (ext. 106)
Administrative Robin Martin, Data / Publications Manager (ext. 100)
Ron Murphy, Audio/Visual Coordinator (leave messages at ext. 106)
Support June Warwick, Special Events: Coordination/Planning (leave messages at ext. 106)
Preschool Ministry Staff Computer Network Ministry Team
Maygan Bartosh Sammy Martin, Systems Administrator
Gail Barwise Fidel Gonzales, Webmaster
Every Sharon Perry
Audio/Visual Ministry Team
calling is Children’s Ministry Leadership Team
Dawna Avery El Kingston
great when Stacy Padgett Robin Martin
greatly Student Ministry Leadership Team
pursued. Nathan Freeman Custodial Staff
Fidel Gonzales Ted Holmes
Ron and Carolyn Heyward Russell James
—- unknown—- Odena Jones Darron Price
Brenda Kraus Glenn Trowbridge
Taken from Dave and Cheryl Olson
Apples of Gold Jeannie Rash
complied by Lance Way
FBCH Ministry Contacts
Baptism Assistance Ministry, Judy Cutright
Deacon Ministry, Duane Thompson
Greeters Ministry, Arceal Morgan
Harmony Ministry, DeWayne Williams
Kitchen Ministry, Ron and Julie Murphy The smallest good
Library Ministry, Ann Bender
Ministry Men’s Fraternity Ministry, Mike Lemons deed is better than
MOPS Ministry, Susan Esterline
Recovery Ministries, Darrell Bell
Salt and Light Ministry, Vacant
Sewing Ministry, Arceal Morgan
Swap Meet Ministry, John Hale intention.
Usher Ministry, David Johnson
Women’s Ministry, Lynda Kaiser
YACS, Odena Jones
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Church Family Update
If you would know the greatest sum in
When shall we all learn
that the good news needs the
addition, count your blessings!
—- unknown —-
telling, and that all men Taken from Apples of Gold
need to know it?
• Charles Carroll • Albert Gutierrez • Peter Teuis
• Robert Devone, Jr. • Elizabeth Gutierrez • Sabra Waggoner
• Kristina Hedburg • Dee Hamlin • Cindy Wells
• Rachel Jacobs • Cody Mason • Carol Wilson It isn’t the
• Randy Keen • Eddie Rodriguez • Don Wilson
• Anthony Kull • Diane Salka load that
• Adriano Rodriguez • Michael Salka weights us
• Mitchell White • Katherine Smith down —- it’s
the way we
With Deepest Sympathy . . . carry it.
Sorrow with his pick mines Church Members Taken from
the heart, but he is a Apples of Gold
• Otto Lampman complied by
cunning workman. He Jo Petty
deepens the channels
whereby happiness may
enter, and he hollows out
new chambers for joy to Family Members
abide in, when he is gone.
—- unknown —- • Father of Luis Garcia
Taken from • Sister of Wanda Anderson
Apples of Gold
Autumn Peace Words that are sacred as
Taken from Apples of Gold complied by Jo Petty
Take with you words, healing waters, with
strong words of courage: Pure as light, and you
Words that have wings! beautiful as morning, holy
Take with you holy Take with you tall words, words
words, words that know words that reach up, that
God; And growing words, with know
deep life within them. God.
Ladies Annual Tea
September 26, 2009
12:30 o’clock in the afternoon
Reservations can be made at the Connection Center
Sept. 6th, 13th, and 20th
Cost —- $10.00
Guest Speaker: Robin Martin
Bring a friend and colour your day in a rainbow of pleasures that are
weaved together with the threads of a—-
Radiant afterglow from warm and loving fellowship and . . .
Opulent fare to delight the palette; where . . .
Yesterday’s elegance is revived in a . . .
Gorgeous, inviting atmosphere complete with
Beautiful melodious treats to please the ear and . . .
Inspirational, encouraging words —- all of which will give you . . .
Very wonderful memories to keep and cherish.
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MOPS is a group for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers.
That means that any mother with a child who is 0-
5 years of age can join us. Our goal is to provide We will
a safe, fun environment for both mother and child laugh together,
where we can uplift, support, love and encourage
one another. We have wonderful mentor moms
to lend a sympathetic ear and offer wise input learn together,
when we need it. Starting in September we will
be exploring life on planet mom. Each month we
will be looking at the different roles that we play together.
mothers fill. We meet 2 weeks out of each month
and offer play dates on a regular basis. Each
meeting will feature either a speaker, a fun activity or a Attention!!
craft. The children will be cared for and involved in a fun Operation Christmas Child Season!!
educational program while the moms rejuvenate. Please
come and join us to unwind in a safe atmosphere where Our annual drive to support children in need around the
you can find yourself again. world and share the gospel with them is upon us! Start
collecting your shoe boxes and items NOW while school
Our 2009—-2010 meeting dates are as follows: supplies are on sale, many for less than 50 cents a piece!
September 8th and 22nd / October 6th and 20th Remember that plastic shoe boxes work well for the
November 3rd and 16th / December 1st and 15th children since they can be used again and again to carry
February 2nd and 16th / March 2nd and 16th
water. Our goal this year is 400 boxes. We can easily
April 6th and 20th / May 4th and 18th
meet that goal if we start collecting now! Our collection
dates w i ll be
For more information contact Susan Esterline November 1 st, 8th &
15th, so get a jump
or email us at email@example.com .
We look forward to seeing you on things in order to
in September! avoid the rush.
Two little eyes to look to God;
Two little ears to hear his word;
Two little feet to walk in his ways;
Two little lips to sing his praise;
Two little hands to do his will;
And one little heart to love him still.
—- Old Welsh Prayer
SUNDAY EVENING —- TEAM KID
Unit Studies for the Year
Unit 1: All Around My Church
Unit 2: All Around My Home
Unit 3: All Around My Body and God’s World
Unit 4: All Around My Friends
Unit 5: All Around in Bible Times
Unit 6: All Around My Feelings
Unit 7: All Around with God
Unit 8: All Around My Town
Begins Sunday, August 31st at 6:00 pm
October: Dr. Tomorrow’s Robot Repair Shop
Begins Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:30 pm
Policy for participation:
• Children must be at least 3 years old by
December 2, 2009 to participate
• Children must be potty-trained to participate
• For safety reasons, children should wear tennis
• Girls must wear shorts under dresses or skirts
• Only those listed on your child’s registration/
emergency card will be eligible to pick up your
child from TeamKid
UPCOMING EVENTS !!!
Preschoolers and Parents Pumpkin Patch and Picnic
Planning to go to Apple Valley or Live Oak Canyon in late September or early October on a weekday if
possible in conjunction with our MOPS group. Please see Brandy Smith asap if you are interested in
participating in this event.
Preschool Open House
Please plan to come and discover what your child has been doing and learning. As always we will have
several fun activities in each classroom along with some mouth-watering goodies for all who attend!
Preschool Ministry BLOG coming soon!!
A great way to keep up with all the exciting things happening
in the Preschool Ministry.
If you are involved with one of our many programs and have information or
pictures we can use on our BLOG, get the to Brandy Smith asap!!
Thanks to Fidel Gonzales for putting together our BLOG.
A special thank you to Stacy Padgett for putting together the wonderful, recent preschool slide presentation.
11:30 am—2:00 pm
14725 Seventh St., #600
Victorville, CA 92395
For more info,
Men's Fraternity is a series of three one-year-long studies, beginning
with The Quest for Authentic Manhood,
followed by Winning at Work and Home,
and ends with The Great Adventure.
Men’s Fraternity provides men with an encouraging process that
teaches them how to live lives of authentic manhood as modeled by
Jesus Christ and directed by the Word of God.
For more information, contact Mike Lemons at 245-7767.
Page 8 Get involved with
Children’s Worship needs
small group time workers!
Knight School needs leaders
to listen to children recite verses and selections
from their handbooks!
Image Shoppe needs helpers in puppetry,
arts and crafts, music and drama!
Contact Sherry Cleveland (760-245-4600) if you are interested in
becoming involved with the Children’s Ministry.
Sunday Morning 9:30 am / every week
Bible Study: Children learn the truths from
God’s Word through Bible lessons and
activities that are age appropriate; Bible
The hardest job that people
study is the foundation toward spiritual
growth and development.
have to do is to move religion
Sunday Morning 11:00 am / every week from their throats
Children’s Worship: Children learn to worship
God through praise songs, Bible lessons, to their muscles.
drama and group activities; during September
and October they will discover truths from
God’s Word through Adventures in Science.
Sunday Evening 6:15 pm You are writing a gospel,
Knight School: August 30-November 15
A time for learning and memorizing God’s word A chapter each day,
as well as a time for games and fellowship;
children are preparing for spiritual battle as By deeds that you do,
they learn to put on the whole armor of God
that they might be able to stand against Satan’s By words that you say.
fiery darts; they earn jewels for their shields and
sashes as they prepare for knighthood. Men read what you write,
Wednesday Evening 6:00 pm
Image Shoppe: September 2-December 2
Whether faithless or true,
A time for children to be creative through —-
Arts/Crafts (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm / 1st-2nd-3rd grade)
Say, what is the gospel
Puppetry (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm / 4th-5th-6th grade)
Music/Drama (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm /grades 1-6) according to you?
—- Preparation for the Christmas musical will begin —-
We’ve got to build
better people before we build
a better society.
Taken from Apples of Gold complied by Jo Petty
Volume 3, Issue 5 Page 9
6:00 - 8:00 pm
For more information about this event, please contact:
Beverly Norris / Cindy Howell / Carl Brewster
Everyone is encouraged to bring and donate a non-perishable food item
to help feed the needy of our community.
Trunk ‘r Treat
Jesus —-Take the Wheel
Esther: It’s Tough Be-
ing a Woman
Fall 2009 Bible Study
Sunday evening — Facilitated by Lynda Kaiser
Monday evening — Facilitated by Brandy Smith
Thursday morning — Facilitated by Rita Amos
Friday Single Women’s Bible Study
Facilitated by Judi Gleason
Pantry Sunday: August 30
Bring various kinds of non-perishable foods to be used to feed people in
need in our community
Women of Faith: September 11-12
Family Mission Bank Day: September 19
Bring a large jar. Glass paint will be provided. We will be collecting silver
coins to present to the Lord in December as a Family Missions Offering.
Meet in room #115 from 10:00 am until noon. Cost is $1.00.
Women’s Retreat: October 9-10
Location —- Jenness Park; sign up now at the Connection Center. $50.00
to reserve your spot.
Ladies Christmas Shopping Day: October 24
Meet at the church for a down-the-hill shopping trip and lunch. We will
leave at 10:00 am.
For more info about any of these events,
contact Lynda Kaiser at (760) 947-9004 / firstname.lastname@example.org
home. To that end, we would like to
see another Good News Club
established in our community to
share the gospel with children in
our public schools. We often
complain about the moral decay
and crime in our community, but
that will only change as we let Jesus
use us to change hearts —- one
heart at a time. Children are the
most receptive audience for the
gospel, so we are asking for you to
pray about and consider taking the
Teaching Children Effectively course
to qualify you to help launch a new
Good News Club. Without
additional leadership, these
children in our community may not
have the opportunity to hear the
gospel and follow Jesus.
If you have any questions or advice
on any of these, or other missions
We are about to embark on an We will be working in the area
issues, please contact your FBCH
exciting adventure in missions and surrounding Tarma, which is 6-7
Missions Team and please keep us
we would like you to come along! hours east of Lima, Peru. The area
in your prayers.
has cities, towns and villages at
God has opened the door for us to elevations ranging from 7000 to
adopt a segment of the North Junin 12000 feet. The Quechua people
Quechua people of the central are the descendants of the original
Andes region of Peru. This means inhabitants of Peru (including the
that we will be given both the Inca) and are skilled textile makers.
responsibility and the privilege of Many retain the belief in a “mother
sharing the gospel, discipling new earth” type god and other gods.
believers, and bring those new Many who claim to be Christian
believers together to form a new retain pagan spiritual practices
church. What could be more alongside their Christian beliefs.
exciting than that?
Please pray with us that God will
FBCH MISSIONS TEAM
open the hearts of the North Junin
Quechua to the gospel. Also, dust David Toews (760-244-0894)
off your passport, or apply for a new
passport, so that you will be Carlos Briceno (760-947-9505)
prepared to serve the Lord through
Lane Way (760-947-7739)
missions in Peru next year.
Linda Trowbridge (760-244-3232)
Along with our desire to serve the
Lord abroad, we also desire to see
Quehua people having coca tea the gospel proclaimed here at
Congratulations July / August Scripture Scholars !!
Correctly answering 5 of 5:
Correctly answering 4 of 5:
Fran Gee; Melody Lynch; Lillian Watson
Question #2 stumped everyone this time!
Answers from the July/August 2009 edition of the
“Scripture Smarts” quiz are:
1. Eden (Genesis 2:8)
2. places with towers (Genesis 11:5-9; Luke 13:4; 2 Chronicles 26:9)
3. the cave of Machpelah (Genesis 23:19)
4. D (Ezra 4:19)
5. False (Israel was no longer an independent nation but a province of a larger empire.)
This challenge is open to Bible students of all ages!
Honesty is expected in that you search the Scriptures on your own to discover the correct answers.
Find the answers to the five questions below, write them on a piece of paper, along with your first and
last name, and turn it in at the Information Center or church office before October21st.
Stats for those giving correct answers will be in the next edition.
Turn on your brain power and crack open those Bibles!
1. What substance appeared on Gideon’s fleece one night —- but not the next —- to convince him he
was working in God’s will?
2. Match: Hazael . . .
A) was told by Elisha that he would die
B) was told by Elisha that he would be king of Judah
C) asked Elisha if the king of Aram would get well
3. True or False: Although Rahab’s story is recorded in the Old Testament, she is mentioned at least
twice in the New Testament.
4. Connect the Thots:
the father of lies / the accuser of the brethren / Beelzebub
5. Who wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews?
I thoroughly believe in a university education for both
men and women, but I believe a knowledge of the
Bible without a college course is more valuable than a
college course without a knowledge of the Bible.
Taken from Apples of Gold complied by Jo Petty
Volume 3, Issue 5 Page 13
Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight
and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our
eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross
and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.
September @ the student center
Hallelujah Jubilee Sunday Mornings
Magic Mountain 8:00 a.m. = Jr./Sr. High Bible Study
9:30 a.m. = Worship (wc)
11:00 a.m. = Jr./Sr. High Bible Study
(girls) 6:00 - 7:30 pm
An opportunity to express
November creative movement, drama,
Feed the Community singing, black light routines,
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Parties Junior High Ministry
Taking the time to . . .
Senior High Ministry
. . . get fueled up for the
Help Your Teen Respond to Liberal Science
Here is an article you may find interesting as the school year begins. Pastor Rich
Written by Gary Oliver
Your student may have opportunities to respond to a liberal science teacher, but do you know how to respond when it’s your
teen who announces that he no longer believes that God created the world? Here is how to handle this opportunity to reveal
Live Out Truth
Many parents in such a situation give in to panic and bombard their children with
intellectual arguments in support of creation, but their good intentions only create more
division, distance, and distrust between them and their kids.
Instead, start by focusing on your love relationship with Christ. Consider the ways you
demonstrate Christ to your family. According to John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13, and
Ephesians 5:1-2, the ultimate apologetic for the claims of Christ is not primarily
intellectual but relational.
As people see Jesus in our lives, they are brought face-to-face with the reality of an
infinite and personal God. How your student sees God’s love lived out in your home will
always be more powerful than any book, apologetic, or attempts to make him believe
Don’t ignore the problem, but seize this unique opportunity to engage him, listen to him,
and understand him. Let him know that you value who he is in the process of becoming.
Seek Outside Help
I encourage you and your student to watch the DVD Expelled by Ben Stein. This documentary, by a Jewish social commentator
who became alarmed at the scientific community’s blatant attack on intelligent design, exposes the astonishing and pervasive
anti-supernatural bias and closed-mindedness of the bulk of scientific community. This movie will give your student some new
questions to consider about the pseudo-science that masquerades as legitimate science.
How Great Is Our God by Louie Giglio is another DVD that will challenge your student to reconsider God’s creation of the world
as opposed to it being a random result of unknown factors. This amazing documentation looks at recent discoveries in the
field of astronomy, both asking and answering questions that you and your student may never have considered.
Teach Your Children Well
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children
is to teach them how to think, ask questions, to
deal with doubt, and to grapple with uncertainty.
Great parents give the gift of both what to think
and how to think.
What looks like a problem may be used of God to
help your student make the “faith of our fathers”
become his own faith. By God’s grace and with
your prayers and patience, he may emerge from
this with a clearer conviction and confidence than
ever. When your student goes to college, he will
be prepared to face and pseudo-scientific attack
based on his personal faith and what he has
resolved for himself through the help and prayers
of parents who allowed him to doubt and ask the
hard questions and, in the process, modeled the
reality of the presence of the living Lord.
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A Stitch in Time . . . .
The FBCH Sewing Fellowship meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 8:00 am
until 12:00 pm. There are many things to be done —- cutting fabric, sewing,
ironing which result in the variety of items we are able to produce for hospice,
the homeless and newborn babies as well as for our own church. We have a
very enjoyable time in fellowship as we work. Often our church staff comes in to
visit which affords us the opportunity to get to know them better. Pastor Wayne
comes in from time to time and has prayer with us; we enjoy that very much.
There are always refreshments on hand, provided by one of our own group, for
Visit us and join in this ministry. It’s a great way to do something for someone
Fall/Winter Discipleship Training Classes
Book of Matthew Life of Paul
Facilitated by Don Park Facilitated by Richard Miller
Meets in (wc) Meets in #223
Esther —- The Quest for Authentic Manhood
It’s Tough Being a Woman Facilitated by Mike Lemons
Facilitated by Lynda Kaiser Meets in #127
Meets in #225
Teaching Children Effectively
Crazy Love Child Evangelism Fellowship
Facilitated by Pastor Rich Spring Myra Marquez
Meets in #227 Meets in #125
Way of the Master Probing Prophecy
Facilitated by Nathan/Aimara Facilitated by Cindy Miller
Freeman Meets in #119
Meets in #220
Judgement House is a walk-through drama that shows the
consequences of what we decide to do with Jesus.
We will be taking a group from our church to Arbor
Christian Fellowship in Lake Forest, CA on October 30th
to view the presentation of this amazing drama.
Please join us. Your life will be changed.
Sign up at the Connection Center
starting September 6th to reserve your spot.
For more information about this event,
please contact Carl Brewster at (205) 807-7114.
Look for us on the web!
Looking Ahead ————-
1: Daylight Savings Times Ends
7: Men’s Ministry Breakfast December 2009
5: Men’s Ministry Breakfast
7: Toward a Growing Marriage
12: Splendor of Christmas
14: Home for the Holidays (Christmas Musical)
15: Operation Christmas Child 20: Mission Emphasis
(last day to turn in your shoebox)
24: Candlelight Service
22: Thanksgiving Service
27: Joint Morning Worship