Family Ministry – June 2016

Youth Ministry

As we move into summer, our students are going to have many different experiences. Some are going to travel and see some of the world, while others might hang out at their homes possibly on their couches watching Netflix. Summer Jobs, hanging with friends, visiting family, camping, and other activities will fill up their time as summer progresses.  Our Student Ministry is planning to have at least one activity each month during the summer. Note that our Super Saturdays have moved to the second Saturday of each month starting in June, when we are planning to visit Bee Hives Homes again. Summer Camp is coming up June 27 – July 1.  For more information, contact Sid at (505)453-5854 or sid@thepeopelchurch.org. Please continue to pray for our students throughout the summer.

— Sid Ware

 

Children’s Ministry

This summer our Children’s Ministry is being lead by two of our youth: Morgan McCall and Tim Ecton. Please pray for them as they direct this vital ministry of our church. Also, please be in prayer that God will bring the right person to our church to become the Director of Children’s Ministry.

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Person in Ministry – Lori Gleason

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.

Name:
Lori Gleason

Spouse’s name:
Brian

Children and Grandchildren:
Brandon, Brianna, Austin and Ashley        

How long have you been at The People Church | First Baptist Moriarty? 
7 years

Where is your sweet spot in Ministry (where your passions and gifting intersect)? Serving people through food

What are your passions in life?
I pray that God will help me to be a better wife, mother, daughter and friend, and to help me be the best that I can be in order to minister to others.

What are your challenges (being too busy, not a morning person, eating too much chocolate, etc)? I’m not a night person and interacting with others that are is often challenging. Another challenge in my life is to encourage my children to be positive thinkers.

Tell us a little about your ministry:
Because everyone likes food, being able to provide this service and meet and talk to people is not only a ministry to them, but also to me.

How has God changed your life since beginning this ministry or since attending The People Church | First Baptist Moriarty?
This ministry has helped me to be more hospitable and to become more aware of the needs of other around me.

 

Pro Life by: Ryne Swann

When I think about the phrase pro-life, I think, “How can anyone be against that?” What we have done in labeling a stance “pro” something, makes the opposing side seem like they are “anti” whatever the thing is. But the thing about those of us who embrace the pro-life label, is that it often only extents to a very specific part of life. I fully support the idea of being pro-life for those who can’t defend themselves, yet are very much alive and have a very real amount of personhood. But what if our “pro” views on life extended further than the womb?

Now let me clarify and say that I am not trying to take a political stance on anything, I am simply pointing out something that I find very odd and concerning. The idea is that those of us who are followers of Jesus, should be pro-people. We should be pro-love. We should be pro-life, not just standing against abortions, but standing up for the life of humans.

I say this because it seems to me like we have made the human life equivalent to a collector’s item. In the package it is incredibly valuable, but as soon as it enters into the world unprotected, it begins to lose value until it is eventually useless. And that is not the way that God designed our outlook on life to be. He designed us to be with other people. We are made in the image of a God, who Himself, is three different persons, so relationships with people are definitely a huge part of our experience. Hence we should value all the human lives that we know.

I recently read an article that highlighted the actions of some police officers from Indiana in dealing with a homeless man. Now even when I say that, you may not want to know what happened because of the way that we, as an American society, look at human lives. But I assure you that this is a good story. This homeless man was seven feet tall and wore size 17 shoes, which not even Walmart carries. So these police officers contacted the NBA requesting ideas of how to get this man some new shoes. The NBA then donated a new pair of shoes that they had made for a former player on a team. Because of the love that these officers had for this man’s life and well-being, they were able to get him a brand new pair of shoes that will last for quite some time.

They could have just kicked the homeless man out of the waffle house, but instead, they decided that this man was worth helping because he was alive and a human. How many of us (speaking very much to myself here) would have thought to go through any effort to give a man living outside in cold weather, something that we all have extras of? I know I have been in situations where I chose comfort over loving the life of another person. But I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to live out what Paul says when he talks about becoming all things to all men, so that some may be saved.

I want to really shed myself of the selfish old flesh that I used to walk around in. I want to live like Jesus and just show love, grace, and truth to everyone I encounter regardless of their background, story, or appearance. I want to be “pro” the forgotten ones, “pro” the children who have seen too much, and “pro” those who are friendless even if they are alone because of things that they have done to hurt people.

Again, just let me say, I am not good at this. I am against abortion, but sometimes, I have a hard time saying honestly that I am pro-life. But it is my desire that I work on getting there.

I want to leave you with something that I have really been wrestling with lately. It comes from Matthew 25: 41-45:

Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.”

Then they also will answer, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?” Then he will answer them, saying, “Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

Our Adoption Journey: Why? by Dennis Garcia

Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.   James 1:27

When the doctors told us we wouldn’t have biological children without extreme measures we thought that God must have other plans to grow our family.  At that time, we started researching and exploring the possibility of adoption.  When it comes to adopting there are three primary options; international adoption, private adoption, and adopting from the child-welfare system.  After learning that, at that time, there were 7,000 children in the state of Texas who were orphans and many would never find forever families, we knew exactly which option we needed to pursue.  After completing the majority of the adoption process we discovered Toni was pregnant with Miranda, and we were forced to place the adoption on hold.  While we were amazed by the miracle, we also knew that God had placed adoption on our hearts for a reason.

Our desire to adopt is more than just the desire to grow our family.  It’s greater than our compassion for children in need.  Beyond these reasons are underlying Biblical principles that have guided our decision.

First, James, the brother of Jesus, writes that pure religion is caring for the orphans.  Jesus himself had a heart for children and said “let the children come to me.”  As Christians, we have a Biblical mandate to care for the orphans.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that everybody is called to adopt, but we are all called to orphan care.  For some this may mean foster care.  For others it means coming alongside a single parent and being a support for their family.  Others are able to contribute financially to orphan care organizations.  Regardless of what orphan care looks like for you, we should all pursue pure and undefiled religion.

Second, adoption is a wonderful picture of what happens when we trust Jesus as our savior.  Paul writes, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:5) When we give our lives to Christ we are adopted into the family of God as Co-heirs of Jesus.  For us to adopt is a physical picture of a great spiritual truth.

Finally, beyond impacting a child’s life here on earth, we have the opportunity to impact their eternity.  As parents it is our job to raise our children to be committed followers of Christ.  While we can’t force them to trust Jesus, it is our job to teach them and train them.

This journey of adoption is not an easy one, just as parenting biological children is not easy.  However, we feel that God has led us to this place and will continue to provide for us as we passionately pursue His plans for our family.