Burbank Faith Today: March 9, 2017

When you “lose” your Bible twice in one week at church…There are certain snickers, jokes and looks you have to endure.

Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
91501

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”—Isaiah 41:10

When we talk about difficult Scriptures, the one above often gives me the most struggle because it is telling me to trust/rely on something other than me. I like relying on me. I’m tangible; I can see myself in the mirror and immediately know if progress is being made, how far along it is and how far I have to go.

But if you/I trust the Scripture above it means you have to leave it all up to God. Sounds good if you are looking for Sunday School brownie points but difficult to live out every day.

We are conditioned to fear nowadays. In fact, we probably suffer more from fear than our grandparents, and great-grandparents did during World War II. Our society has turned everything from a skinned knee to harsh language as something to fear on the scale of a nuclear exchange.

So, present day, it becomes even harder to have faith in God and to put our fear into his hands. The culture (church & secular) has put a personal, involved, interactive God on the backburner and continually herds us toward the tangible, what we can see, what we can touch, what we can count and what we can thump our chest about. Our holiness is drifting back to the ritual of cloth, ash, incense and candles.

No wonder we become dismayed. If our view of God/Christ has been shrunk, placed in a box and set with the archives in a basement, we should be dismayed. Twenty-first-century believers, conditioned into believing their relationship with the Lord is based on all their good works, happy thoughts and social consciousness, are incapable of releasing their fears. They hold onto them and look for man-made remedies.

Is this me? Is this you? Is this us? Are we searching for man-made remedies to our fear?

It’s hard, I know, but we have to employ our faith to have victory. The Lord has our back, and the Lord has our future in his righteous hand. Rejoice.

Boom!

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Time to sign up “Big Wednesday”…Contact Pastor Joe T.

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Seana Zilbert getting the ball rolling for VBS 2017.

A VBS Unlike Any Other:
Our VBS director Seana Zilbert ran her first “official” teachers/workers meeting this past Sunday. We say “official” because Sean’s has been putting together VBS for 2017 since last August.

Breaking News: You can sign up your child and their friends here on our website. Look the button up top, click, and follow.

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Pastor Bill & Matt Fruchey are going the St. Baldrick’s route in March.

Getting The St. Baldrick’s Buzz:
Pastor Joe T., Pastor Bill and Matt Fruchey have committed to getting their heads shaved to support the St. Baldrick’s campaign to raise funds to stop childhood cancer.

More information to come.

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Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz

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Eric Canto is so cool…he freezes himself…

Eric Canto has posted a digital recording of Sunday’s service on the church’s Facebook page.
The music is great…the speaker…might be a little hard on the eyes.

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Note:
BIG WEDNESDAY—March 15…We are planning on having an All-Church dinner/Bible Study in Martin Hall…If you were around in the old days we used to call these “Dime-A-Dips” and we talked about missions…Dinner will start at 6:30 and then Larry Marak will share a Bible Study…We will have childcare available—Megan Torosian & Emmy Chavez have already volunteered…As of right now we are not intending for this to be a potluck…we will be asking people to sign up…if we reach a certain threshold we may rethink that…We will not being doing pizza…This will not be a weekly thing…but perhaps a couple of times a year…

Reminder: VBS is on the way…June 26-30…

VBS Goes to Rome: The theme for Vacation Bible School this year is “Rome: Paul & The Underground Church”
The dates are June 26-30…Look at your calendar…share with your friends…Pray for Seana Zilbert, who is directing…Make plans to volunteer.

Soren K. reminds us–with just his look–how much fun summer camp can behind. Granite Ridge Camp Director, Shay Stewart offers encouragement.

July is Camps Month: Remember July is camps month…Junior High, High School & Kids.
District Assembly is July 12-14
(It is one month later this year due to General Assembly (Indianapolis) being held June 21-30.)

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Did You Know?
On This Date…

…In 1843, Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: “You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then he is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm.”

…In 1959, Barbie, the popular girls’ doll, debuted.

…In 1974, the last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended

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Church Calendar:
March 5: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM
March 13: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
March 14: Women’s Bible Study—7:PM
March 15: Big Wednesday
March 15:
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—Judges 13—7:30 PM
March 16: Church Board Meeting, 6:30 PM
March 19: Church Board Elections
March 25: Collectible/Antique Sale 8:30 AM
April 1: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
April 16: Easter Sunday
May 6-7: Burbank Relay For Life
May 13: Ladies Tea
May 14: Mother’s Day
May 21: VBS planning meeting, following morning worship.
May 29: Memorial Day
June 26-30: VBS Week

As believers, we have to remain in continual prayer for all of our first responders…all our leaders…not a political party but for those carrying the heavy burden of leadership in our country and communities.

Kourtney Zilbert (Left) is one of our own…Keep her and her partner Austin in prayer.

President Donald Trump

Senator Diane Feinstein

Senator Kamala Harris

California Governor, Jerry Brown

Mayor of Burbank, Jesse Talamantes

 

 

 

 

 

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