Mother/Daughter Brunch – May 8th

You are invited to a Mother/Daughter Brunch

On May 8th from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

We will have: Food

                  Fellowship

                  Door Prizes

                  WorldCrafts Table (to purchase gifts)

                  And more!

We would encourage you to invite your lady family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

RSVP to Elaine Henderson by Monday, May 3rd.

Call (575)313-1673 or email cowgirlmom_10@yahoo.com

We will have a sign-up table in the east foyer on April 18th, April 25th and May 2nd.

Worship Ministry – March 2021

He is Risen! It is almost Easter can you believe it. It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating Christ’s birth here on earth and now we are preparing to celebrate his ultimate sacrifice for us and his resurrection from the dead.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve God and to lead you in worship these past few months. It has been an amazing spiritual journey for me, and I thank him every day for allowing me to serve him in this way.

My how the worship team has grown since last October! Currently on the team we have the following members serving:

Andrea – guitar and vocals
Nixie – keyboard and piano
Amy – vocals
Ryan – drums
Patrick – lead guitar and bass
Amber – piano
Rebecca – vocals
Cathie – vocals and piano
Nate – AV team leader
Josiah – AV team
Silas – AV team

At the first of the year, we purchased an electric drum set which has greatly contributed to the overall sound balance. We have also rearranged the stage set up to help with balance and stage presentation. A new iMac was purchased and installed in the AV booth and things are working much better now. Many of you have shared with me positive feedback about the changes, and I appreciate your encouragement.

It has been a vision of mine given by God to work with the children’s ministry to start a children’s choir. Somewhere along the way that got lost and I believe it is a vital part of children’s spiritual growth to be able to participate in singing God’s word. With this they will have the opportunity to share special music with our church body from time to time. The children and youth shared special music with us at Christmas and it was truly a blessing.

I know that there are many of you in our congregation who are talented both musically via an instrument or vocally. I also know that not everyone can make the commitment or devote the time to being on the worship team. That being said I still would love for you to share your talent. Come and see me and together we can discuss how you could share your talent.

We will begin practice for our Easter choir starting March 15th at 7:00 pm. We also practice on the 22nd and the 29th. Our Easter choir will lead in worship on Easter Sunday, and we will sing a very special song for our congregation and most importantly for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! If it is God’s will I hope to have Special Choirs, Quartets, Trios, and other types of special music throughout the year to come. Thanks again for your prayers and encouragement.

In Christ’s Love,
Mike

Family Night at the Church!

Please join us on Wednesday, February 10th as we continue our family-oriented Wednesday evening activities! The schedule includes a simple fellowship meal from 5:45 to 6:20 p.m. followed by classes for all ages that start at 6:30 p.m. The schedule includes:

Team Kid for Preschool – Follow the Leader – for children 3 years old through Kindergarten. This class is an age-appropriate balance of high energy activities, games, Bible lesson and application. Children’s Area – Room 504

Team Kid – Jumping the Hurdles – for kids in grades 1 through 5. This curriculum, just as the title implies, helps kids prepare for life’s challenges that include handling things like peer pressure, anger & making good choices to name just a few.  This will include a Bible lesson, games & activities that get them moving. Children’s Chapel

Student Ministry – Elevate – a time of worship through singing, Bible study and fellowship for middle and high school students. LOFT

Ladies’ Bible Study – a study of 1 & 2 Kings called Trustworthy by Lysa TerKeurst, led by Charla Richard. Room 304

Coed Bible Study – the continuation of the video series on the book of James, led by Tar Henderson and Pastor Johnny. Room 207

Childcare will be provided for children birth through 2 years old. Nursery

There is something for every member of the family, so bring the entire family!

2020 Review & 2021 Renewal by Pastor Johnny

Well Church, what can we say? The year 2020 in many ways has not turned out like anyone could have imagined.  It started with promise, but quickly moved to a pandemic. Through the pandemic we have experienced shutdown, struggle, and a “new” normal, which I really don’t want to continue. Some of you have lost loved ones and we mourn with you. Some of you were and are currently sick with Covid19, or the flu, or other illnesses and we pray to God for healing on your behalf. 2020 has been a year of trials and temptations like we have not seen in our lifetime. 2020 has driven many of us to our knees in prayer! Why does it take a pandemic for us to trust, pray, or repent?

In 2020, we have been challenged to have faith over fear, by allowing God to take control of our circumstances and believe He was big enough to handle them. We were challenged to engage in prayer over living a life of panic. Prayer along with the Word of God are offensive weapons wielded by the Saints against the enemy. The enemy wants to destroy life, but prayer gives us a lifeline to the Father, and He hears our cries and acts on our behalf. He is always faithful and finally we have been challenged to have joy over despair. Joy is not focused on our circumstances, but it is found in Christ, the Way-maker and Miracle worker in our lives. Joy conquers despair when we decide to allow God to empower us with His Spirit.

My prayer for us in 2021 is that it will be a year of Renewal, not just a new normal but a supernatural normal. The Apostle Paul says it this way, “Therefore, we do not give up. Even though our outer person (physical body) is dying, our inner person ( spiritual life) is being renewed day by day.”  (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Church, do not miss out on what God has in store for you in 2021, by looking back at 2020. Look forward, by seeking God, and being renewed by Him daily. Make that your life’s desire. A lost world is dying to hear the message of hope in Christ. We have that message; allow that message to renew your desire for evangelism, discipleship, and discernment of the truth. May God richly bless and renew you as you live for Him in 2021!

Pastor Johnny, Lead Pastor

Fall Funfest – October 31

Outdoor Carnival Tent Event aka Fall Funfest 4:30-6:30 p.m. October 31 in the Church parking lot. Our big needs: Candy (Thanks to those who’ve already given), Portable canopy shades that we could borrow, goodie bag stuffers, volunteers to make popcorn & cotton candy on Saturday morning (Oct. 31) Event volunteers: technically savvy folks to assist with our photo ops station: station volunteers, foot traffic and parking volunteers. Please contact Beth 228-3880 if you are able to assist in one or more of these areas of need. Thank you!

Church-wide Ministry Fair

Sunday, October 4th after Worship Service

 Ministry Team Responsibilities

Rotating Ministry Teams

Building & Grounds Ministry

  • Assure that the church facilities are maintained in good functional condition.
  • Assure that necessary repairs are completed in a timely manner.

Personnel Ministry

  • Assure needs of church staff are addressed.
  • Review and adjust job descriptions as needed.
  • Keep up to date regarding salaries and benefits for church employees.
  • Recommend Personnel raise package each year.
  • Review, update and administer the Personnel Policies of the church.
  • Assist in the hiring of new church employees.

Stewardship Ministry

  • See that the financial desires as voted on by the church body are carried out.
  • Review monthly financial reports.
  • Review monthly bank records.
  • Prepare a proposed yearly budget in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for procedures of money handling including counting committee and check signing.
  • Encourage stewardship education.

Non-Rotating Ministry Teams

Communications Ministry

  • Assure that the church audio/visual capabilities are maintained in good functional condition.
  • Coordinate with the Church Office concerning all forms of church communication (e.g., Facebook, eNews, church website, blogs, etc.).

Discipleship Ministry

  • Plan and facilitate Discipleship training opportunities (e.g., Bible Study, Hope Groups) to encourage others to live by the Word of our Lord Jesus.
  • Ensure all members know their Spirit Gifts to better serve the church and community as disciples.

Fellowship Ministry

  • Involve as many people as possible in fellowship activity.
  • Plan and facilitate church-wide fellowship events.
  • The Hospitality sub team will be responsible for the food preparation for all church-wide events.

Men’s Ministry

  • Involve as many men as possible in Men’s Ministry.
  • Plan and facilitate church-wide Men’s Ministry events.

Missions Ministry

  • Involve as many people as possible in mission activity.
  • Plan and facilitate mission trips and local mission projects.
  • Promote local, BCNM, and SBC mission offerings.

Safety Ministry

  • Implement the safety and security procedures as detailed in the Safety Manual of First Baptist – Moriarty.
  • Keep up to date regarding measures to ensure the  safety and security of our congregation.

Seniors Alive Ministry

  • Plan and facilitate worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism opportunities to our church’s seniors (ages 55 years old and older) to the Glory of God.

Women’s Ministry

  • Involve as many women as possible in Women’s Ministry.
  • Plan and facilitate church-wide Women’s Ministry events.
  • Staff-led Ministry Teams

Staff-led Ministry Teams

Children’s Ministry

  • Minister to children and their families.
  • Contact Beth Aultman our Children’s Ministry Director for additional information.

Student Ministry

  • Minister to students and their families.
  • Contact Sid Ware our Student Ministry Director for additional information.

Worship Ministry

  • Use talents, skills, and giftedness to lead the church in Worship.

Come and find a place to serve our God, our church, and our community!

Mission New Mexico 2020

Romans 10: 14-15a

     How are they to call on Him whom they have not believed?

     How are they to believe in Him or whom they have not heard?

     How are they to hear without someone to proclaim the good news to them?

     How are they to proclaim the Good News unless they are sent to do so?

William Barclay restates this scripture passage. He changes the question, “how can” to a statement, “you cannot.”

     You cannot call on God unless you believe.

     You cannot believe in Him unless you hear about Him.

     You cannot hear about Him unless there is someone to proclaim the Good News.

    There can be no one to proclaim the Good News unless God commissions someone to go.


OK, so where do I fit into this picture? I am not the one commissioned to go——am I?

Well, yes, you are. We all are. Every member of God’s family has been commissioned by Jesus to, “Go and make disciples of all the nations.” Matthew 28:18-20

Now that we have that settled, what does that have to do with the Mission New Mexico offering?

Let me tell you what the allocations are for Mission New Mexico.

  • Church Planting
  • Enabling Christian Challenge missionaries (for those of us wondering what that is you may remember BSU, Baptist Student Union. Same thing, new name.) to serve on overseas mission fields for two months during the summer.
  • Enabling Christian Challenge students to assist with local VBS, camps, or workplace evangelism in Denver. (I personally had a Christian Challenge Team serving with me at Inlow years ago in the kitchen and they were the greatest.)
  • Hunger Funds  As I read the Mission New Mexico annual report from 2019 I read, “As the bags of food were being delivered to the class rooms one little girl stopped the delivery person and said, ‘My name is Linda, do you have a bag with my name on it?’ ‘Yes, I do’, the delivery person replied,’” That delivery person was Mollie Pittman. I wrote about this encounter in the quarterly report submitted to NMBC. The annual report did not print Linda’s response which was, “Oh good, because we don’t have any food at home.”
  • Inlow and Sivells Baptist Camp support
  • Minister and Family Retreat

Do you see these activities as ways of, “Going and making disciples of all nations?” I do.

I read in the Baptist New Mexican about Mountain View Church which has 27 members and last year gave $4,300 to Mission New Mexico. I thought, “Wow, that is a lot for a church with 27 members. And it is, it is $160.75 per person. I have decided this year to not set a dollar goal for this offering. Meeting or not meeting a goal can lead to pride or to disappointment. Neither of which bring God glory. During this uncertain, bewildering, time in our lives may you give as God alone directs and give glory to Him.

Thank you, may you be blessed,

your Mission Team

SENIORS ALIVE Ministry

Mission statement: To provide worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism to our church’s seniors to the Glory of God.

Elders, Grandparents, Senior Saints, Regardless of what others call us, we, the older members of the People Church possess a treasure of experience, knowledge and wisdom gathered during our life’s journey. What are we doing with this treasure? If we do not share it, our treasure is gathered for naught. It disappears when we pass on. Consider how we can share our experiences, knowledge, and wisdom with our church family and our community.

Proverbs 23:26: “My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways”

We like to do activities together as a group to help and inspire and just get to know each other better and have fun while we serve the Lord together. Key word together.

How these five areas: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and missions have been accomplished in the past:

Hymn sings, Bible studies, speakers, going on trips together, camping, meals together, Reaching out to unbelievers and new believers, encouraging Care group attendance, helping those in need, Blessing bags with Bibles to homeless, singing at Senior center and in the park.

Calendar of events 2020

January: Inductive Bible study. February:  Valentine Party. May: Camp meeting Ute Lake, cancelled. July: Senior High School gifts given. August: Senior Banquet. October: Get pumpkins for Oct 31 event. November: Blessing bags to Coronado Park. December: Christmas Party & Foster parent ministry.

If you would like to be a part of the Seniors Alive group, and are 55 years old or more, please give your name and email or phone to the church office. If you are a member of FBC Moriarty, and at least 55 Please consider being a part of the Seniors Alive Committee that plans events for the year and volunteer by contacting the church office (505) 832-6385.

Why Did Jesus Pray?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did Jesus have to pray; He was God?” In the book A Praying Life, Paul Miller describes three reasons why Jesus needed to pray.

First, it was “his identity”. Jesus was God, and He was also the Son of God. During prayer Jesus revealed His need to draw closer to His Father. As parents, our kids need our direction and comfort. Jesus needed His heavenly Father’s comforting hand. As children of God we must learn to pray because we need God’s hand of direction and wisdom in our own lives. (John 10:30)

Second, it was “his example of love”. We love in personal relationships, one on one. I can show love to all my kids but that love is intensified as I spend one on one time with them. Repeatedly, Jesus reflected this loving personal relationship by intentionally getting alone to pray specifically to His Father. (John 15:13)

Finally, Miller writes, it was “his humanity” that drove Jesus to seek His Father’s will above his own. Jesus willingly set aside some portion of His deity and clothed himself in skin for our sake. Because he was human he needed to pray for strength and guidance. In His prayer time He set the perfect example for our lives. (Luke 22:42)

On Mission,

Pastor Johnny

Reopening for In-Person Bible Study Groups – Sunday, June 21st

Current Status & Path Forward

The CoronaVirus Response Team (CRT) has monitored the situation, including additional governmental guidance, and has developed the following phased Regathering Plan. Our goal as the CRT, the Church Ministry Council and the Church will continue to be to use wisdom and prudence to determine the exact dates of the various phases. Note that the entire building has been deep cleaned.

Phase One – Regathering Plan: Sunday Morning Worship Service Only

The start date for Phase One was Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Phase Two – Regathering Plan: Adding Bible Study Care Groups

The start date for Phase Two is Sunday, June 21, 2020.

  • The Worship Service will be held on Sunday Mornings in the building with many of the same provisions as Phase One:
    • Seating will be by family units with 6-foot separation between units. (Note that the available seating is approximately 25% of our maximum seating capacity but allows for our average worship attendance.) Note that overflow Worship Service seating will be provided in the Children’s Chapel, if needed.
    • Parents will be expected to maintain the “distancing” of their children while they are not in childcare.
    • Hand sanitizer stations and masks will be available as you enter the building.
    • Your tithes and offerings can be placed in the Offering Box at the entrance into the auditorium. (Alternatively your tithes and offerings may be mailed to the church, dropped off at the church Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or made online at the church’s website www.thepeoplechurch.org.)
  • Beth Aultman, the Children’s Ministry Director and Sid Ware, the Student Ministry Director stated that their areas of ministry will be ready to teach and care for children/students on the first Sunday of Phase Two.
  • Adult Bible Study Groups may meet at the church during the regular Bible Study time, being mindful of the prescribed safety precautions, or they may continue to meet remotely via Zoom. The decision will be left to the Group Leader and their class members.
  • Morning Worship Services will continue to be broadcasted for the foreseeable future via Facebook.
  • All attendees are expected to:
    • Come in person only if you are healthy (not exhibiting symptoms such as dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, runny nose, headache), and you are personally comfortable with the regathering.
    • Vulnerable individuals should be deliberate in their decisions to attend in person.
    • Follow the recommended “distancing” guidance – no hugs, handshakes, avoid touching your face, etc.
    • Wear masks if you wish but they are not required.
    • Sing or not sing as you desire.

Phase Three – Regathering Plan: Return to non-distancing Normal

Phase Three will start as soon as practical after the start of Phase Two.

  • Details to be determined