Burbank Faith Today: March 10, 2017

…This Sunday…

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”—2 Timothy 4:5

Paul is encouraging Timothy here to keep calm, keep focus but also—perhaps most importantly—to get his job done. That no matter what takes place, what is going on around him, he is to discharge (Get Done) all the duties of his ministry.

Like the quarterback is supposed to keep his eyes downfield when facing the blitz and the basketball player is supposed to keep his eyes up-court, and the writer is supposed to focus on story, and the church is supposed to focus on Christ…Paul is telling Timothy not to get caught up in the garbage, minutia, of Churchianity…He’s telling him to get the job done. He’s telling us, through the Holy Spirit—to keep our focus on Christ and get the job done.

We want passion, we want to feel things, we want inspiration, but sometimes the emotional fuel tank runs empty. I get it. Spiritual and mental exhaustion are real things…But when emotion is gone that is when we rely on the fundamentals and mechanics of our faith.

Hardship, betrayal, bickering and crises matched with fatigue can make us want to crawl into a hole, but that is precisely when we go to the basics of our faith and discharge all the duties of our ministry.

And the basics begin with keeping our eyes on Christ when facing life’s blitz…Being in the Word even when we don’t feel like it…Following through with our prayer life even when we are tired and would prefer to veg out instead.

Crisis brings reward…The quarterback that can beat the blitz can score a touchdown. The basketball player with his eyes up-court can get the ball to a teammate for a quick basket. The writer who focuses on story instead of opinion will be well read. The church, the pastor, the individual that can keep their eye on Christ through a hurricane will be victorious.

They’ll be reminded of the faithfulness of God.
They’ll be reminded of the power of God.
…And they’ll gain confidence in the knowledge that the next time a crisis comes—and there is no apparent/obvious answer at hand—they’ll know that the Lord is with them.
Boom!

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Very Important Announcement This Sunday:
Be sure to be in service this Sunday as the board will be sharing an important announcement with Burbank Faith.

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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 1681, English Quaker William Penn, 26, received a charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of the colonial American territory known today as the state of Pennsylvania.

…In 1748, [O.S.] Slave-ship Captain John Newton, 22, was converted to a saving Christian faith. Newton later became an Anglican clergyman, and (as the author of “Amazing Grace”) a greatly respected hymnwriter as well.

…In 1937, English historian Arnold J. Toynbee wrote: “In this really very brief period of less than 2,000 years Christianity has, in fact, produced greater spiritual effects in the world than have been produced in a comparable space of time by any other spiritual movement that we know of in history.”

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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 Kamala Harris

Senator Diane Feinstein

Mayor of Burbank, Jesse Talamantes

California Governor, Jerry Brown

 

 

 

 

 

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