Family Ministry – April 2016

Student Ministry

If you enjoyed the original God’s Not Dead movie, I highly recommend God’s Not Dead II.  What a phenomenal movie – as good as, if not better than the first.  We had 48 students along with 9 sponsors watch the movie opening night.  The students were challenged to bring a friend with them to the movie.  We had 17 take us up on the challenge of bringing and paying for their friends’ food and movie ticket.  God’s Not Dead II was the highest attended event to date, with the most friend participation.  Please keep praying that the momentum we see building in the student ministry continues to grow and that our students continue to invite their peers to more than just events, but also to our growth groups and Elevate.

This month our Mid-Schoolers are going to be looking at the series “Overflow” which is a 3-week series about letting our stuff, compassion, and hope overflow to others.  Our High School students are going to continue looking at the RZIM Ask Series.  We have covered “Origin” and “Meaning” and will look at “Morality” in April.

Sid Ware




Children’s Ministry

As I reflect on 7 ½ years of children’s ministry here at The People Church, I am in awe of all God has done in the ministry. What an incredible privilege to be a part of the work He is doing in the lives of children and their families.  “Thank you Jesus for allowing me the pleasure of serving You through this time.”

I also am thankful for the volunteers who devote so much of themselves to loving on children and pointing them to Jesus. I cannot imagine working with a more dedicated group of leaders than the ones who serve ‘on the hall’ week in and week out!  “I want to thank each and every one of you for your love of God, the love you have for His word, and for teaching and showing kiddos about that love!”

Lastly but not least at all, “Church family, thank you for entrusting me with leading this area of our ministry to our community! You have challenged me to grow, supported crazy ideas, and encouraged me every step of the way! THANK YOU!”

As I have said several times since February 21st, this ministry has had my whole heart! I am going to miss worshipping God with the kids on Sunday mornings. You have never heard such a wonderful rejoicing as our children singing out praises to our God.

Thank you,

Kim Adams

Person in Ministry – Shirley Maldonado

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our ministry at The People Church | First Baptist Moriarty. We believe that scripture teaches that every member of the church is a minister of God. We also believe it is important for us to appreciate those that work so hard and dedicate so much to our church and the Kingdom of God.

Each month we will highlight a different “Person in Ministry” to allow you to get to know others in the church and maybe learn about ministries that you may be unfamiliar with.

Shirley Maldonado

Spouse’s name:

Children and Grandchildren:
Mike Tubbs, Toni Meade, Ellen Stanley, Robert Maldonado, and Vera Kincaid. Ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

How long have you been at The People Church | First Baptist Moriarty? 
Since 1970.

Where is your sweet spot in Ministry (where you passions and gifting intersect)?Teaching children and working with Senior Adults and the disabled.

What are your passions in life?
Working in the yard and garden and sewing.

What are your challenges (being too busy, not a morning person, eating too much chocolate, etc)?   Remembering things.

Tell us a little about your ministry: 
Teaching Senior Growth groups and serving in social programs, such as Enchantment Legacy, which performs in-home services for the elderly and disabled.  I also have been responsible for other Senor adult programs in Torrance County.

 How has God changed your life since beginning this ministry or since attending The People Church | First Baptist Moriarty?
I receive a blessing from helping others.  God has blessed me in allowing me to be able to help others.

Create Something by: Ryne Swann

As I type this, I am also watching a lyric video on YouTube, that is the handiwork of someone who is obviously a fan of the band Gungor. The song is “Beautiful Things” and the creator of the video has written all the lyrics, segment by segment, on a single page in a spiral notebook. He then, with much creativity and beauty, rotates the notebook as needed so that we see the written words of what is being sung. It is hard to imagine, but if you go to YouTube and type in “Beautiful Things Lyrics” it will be the first video that isn’t an ad.

Now the thing that really caught my attention about this video, was not the melody, nor the lyrics, though I do love the song. The thing that jumped out at me was the fact that this was made by someone not affiliated with Gungor, or the song, in anyway. This person did this out of sheer inspiration. He didn’t have to make it, and he most likely didn’t get paid anything to make it. He heard the song, liked it, and created something based on it.

And this is not the only video that has been created from a Gungor song. There are several more that people have put some work in to. There are some that people just copied and pasted the lyrics into an automatic video maker, but there are several that people custom made out of inspiration given by the song. Now this type of thing, especially lyric videos, is done for all kinds of artists, but for now, I am just going to focus on the ones created from a song written by Gungor.

I recently listened to an interview with Michael Gungor, the lead singer of Gungor, and in it he talked about how the band has never, and most likely will never, fit in to any genre boxes. They just create songs and albums that are as creative as possible at that time. They don’t settle for what is popular; they make what they feel like they should make. Because of this, they have attracted quiet a following of loyal and inspired fans. And there is something to be said about the level of creativity that their music inspires.

What if we, as believers, looked at the beautifully complex and wonderful creation that God, the most creative being and the one from whom all creativity comes, has made, and we were inspired in the same way. What would our response be? It would be to create. Now I know what you are thinking: God didn’t make me an artist; I couldn’t draw a straight line to save my life; I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket let alone create a song. Well the wonderful thing about creating something that is based on the creativity of God is, it doesn’t have to be the Mona Lisa.

The video that was based on “Beautiful Things” by Gungor that I was talking about earlier, was created by someone simply writing the words on a piece of paper. And that video has over 1,000,000 views, because it was created out of inspiration. Not all artistic creations will seem to be on par to be displayed in the Louvre, but when we really look at and are inspired by God’s creation (whether it be skies, mountains, humans, love, babies, grass, water, rainbows, animals, or anything else) we should be inspired enough to create something as a response.

Another reason we should try making something in response to God, is because of how we are made. We are made in God’s image, and He is creative enough to make all that you see. So even when we don’t feel like it, know that we have some part of us that is creative.

My challenge is simple: Create something. It can be a painting, a poem, a song, a computer graphic, an essay, a sculpture, a written prayer, or ANYTHING else that you can think of. God deserves all we have to offer, so let’s try to create something simply because we are inspired by God and His amazing creations.

A Three Party System by Dennis Garcia

It’s another presidential election year and we as Americans are faced with the decision of selecting the next leader of our country.  This is both a right and an obligation that I believe we should all take serious.  But the question becomes, as follower of Christ, how do we live out our faith when it comes to politics?

There is much debate in the church world on how Christians should vote.  Democrats believe that Jesus is on their side because they care for the “least of these.”  Republicans believe that Jesus is on their side because they stand for biblical morality.  So who is right?  If Jesus was walking the earth in 2016, would he be a Democrat or a Republican?  While I can’t claim to speak for God on this issue, since scripture doesn’t really talk about American Politics, I think we can look at the truth of scripture and boldly declare that he would be neither.  I would argue that Jesus would be a proud member of a third party, the Kingdom Party. 

In the political world Americans identify with the party that best reflects their own world view.  This is why there is much confusion over how Christians should vote.  I believe there are elements of each party’s ideology that both advance the Kingdom of God and advance the kingdom of this world.  Neither party, however, can rightly claim to be “God’s party”. 

You see, we as followers of Christ are called to live by a different worldview.  This is not the worldview (ideology) of the Democrats or Republicans.  This is not the worldview that justifies our sinful indulgences or our every whim and desire.  We are called to live by the worldview of the Kingdom of God as defined by scripture.

When we live by a Kingdom worldview our candidate of choice is no longer who is the best Republican or best Democrat, the best Conservative or the best Progressive.  The question must become, who best embodies the character and priorities of a Kingdom Citizen?  Who best understands and lives by a Kingdom worldview?  We must be willing to look past the R or the D next to a candidate’s name and decide who will best represent Christ and His Kingdom. 

For far too long, Christ-followers have allowed their politics to inform their doctrine.  We think as Democrats or Republicans first and as Citizens of the Kingdom second.  It’s time we set aside our political ideologies for a Kingdom Worldview.  It’s time for our faith to influence our politics.  It’s time we set aside the labels of an R or D and wear the label of Christ. 

As you evaluate the candidates this year spend time praying for guidance and wisdom.  Take time to evaluate the candidates’ positions against the biblical worldview.  Let your faith and the Word of God be your guide and not the ideology of your party.  In Christ we are no longer Democrats and Republicans, we are members of the Kingdom Party.