May Newsletter

Dear Church,
 
Easter Sunday is just passed. It was a great day, our Lord showed up and blessed. We celebrated three Baptisms, and Laura being saved. She was with us to watch her daughter Tina, be baptized and came to know Jesus as her own Savior. We also had the joy of welcoming back several members who’ve been gone for a while. God blessed the time of worship; It was a great day for the Lord and His Church.
 
Today we will be starting a series of messages on the book of Acts. The days following Jesus resurrection and how that birthed the Church. Again, this will not be a complete exhaustive study. We will be looking at the beginnings of the new Church. Who, What, Where, When and How! With the hopes that God will speak to us and inspire us to be busy with what His plan for our Church family is to be doing.  It is hard to accept sometimes, but we can’t do everything. We should not be trying to do everything.  Then we also struggle with NOT doing things that God has not planned for us to do. Acts is a continuation of the Book of Luke. The Gospel told what “Jesus began both to do and teach.” and Acts tells us what the risen Lord continues to do and teach through the work of Holy Spirit. I pray that God speaks mightily, and that we hear deeply and personally what Holy Spirit is speaking to us about today.
 
God is doing some new work in our Body of Believers. Well as much as anything can be new to us. First is our greater and stronger effort to build up our LifeGroups. Studying in the homes and developing learning and practicing our life of faith. We’ve asked Brother Don Horner to be our Education Director, taking on the oversight of Sunday Morning (Adult) Bible Studies, and leadership over the LifeGroups. He is helping with finding Bible Study material that will help us and our individual groups learn and be inspired to serve and live for Jesus. We have encouraged all our groups to start with the book of Acts. Some have already been digging deep into the Word. Groups are still being formed, if you’re interested in being in one, leading or facilitating (hosting), a group please call the office or speak to Brother Don.
 
We have another addition to our staff, Isaac Bouck has volunteered to be our Children’s Leader. Isaac has been teaching one our Children’s classes as well as chaperoning some Children’s events. Pray for Isaac and all our students. We will continue training Isaac and working with him to help with all the Children’s ministry activities.
 
One more for this month. Ty & Lisa Cochran are moving from the West side of Washington State, to live on the West Plains once again, and the Lord has also helped them find a home. They are returning to Airway Heights Baptist Church to serve. Ty will be serving as Team Leader of our Worship Ministry Team. Aby will continue to serve and minister through Music, still doing many things as she has done in the past. With Henry helping as he did this past month we may experience of a tremendous variety and a fulfilling Worship for everyone.
 
A personal note, I have had shots for my back, and it is improving wonderfully. The Dr. was encouraged by how well the shots have helped already. Thank you for your prayers, keep praying it continues to heal and get strong enough to do the work that is needed at church and at home.
 
We continue to pray for the need of a Youth Leader or Pastor, we still need a couple of volunteers to help in the search. We are beginning the process of training and selecting 3 new Deacons to help our church continue to care for the needs and ministry. John 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
 
All for Him,
Pastor Dale

Youth News…   There are a couple of things on the horizon for youth activities. Student Conference is May 3rd and 4th. The Cost will be $95 per student, which is due April 7th If you would like to help financially and donate some, part, or all for students to go please talk to me or Suzi Jenkins. Youth group meets on Wednesday nights 6:30-8:00. Hope to see your students there!     Pastor Ron

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
 
Helpers are needed for the nursery during the worship hour. Our regular volunteers are either out of town, had to step down for health, or have moved. If we can get 3 or 4 couples or 6 or 8 individuals. We need two people each week. It would only be once a month. But if we get more, it would be longer between your time to serve.
This is a very important ministry if we plan on reaching our young families. Thank you in advance. I trust that God will speak, and you will answer with “YES LORD”
 
Please call or text to 509-496-0838 to let me know.
All workers will need to be background checked.
 
Penny Jenkins
Jer. 33:3
Financial Matters…
 
     1Corn. 1:26-28 (NCV) says, “Brothers and sisters, look at what you were when God called you. Not many of you were wise in the way the world judge’s wisdom. Not many of you had great influence. Not many of you came from important families. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and he chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose what the world thinks is unimportant and what the world looks down on and thinks is nothing in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.”
     The amount of financial guidance you can find in today’s world seems endless and ever changing. There are new ideas, new schemes, new plans, goals, and theories. There are thousands upon thousands of people who are willing to tell you: what to do with your money, how to get rich, how to beat taxes, or offer you the next great investment. They want to share with you how to get rich. I even saw a headline the other day promising to tell me the new secrets that “savvy” investors are using today. Everybody wants to be considered savvy—right?
     But Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) reminds us, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Another version of the same verse replaces “Good planning and hard work” with “steady plodding”. Steady plodding does not sound savvy. It sounds boring and weak and maybe even foolish to some. Sound familiar?
     Here’s the point: God is not doling out financial secrets. His instruction for how to handle money is unchanging. He has a plan and He told it to the world. Getting rich quick is not the answer to our financial woes. Don’t get me wrong; when God wants to provide a financial miracle, He’s still got that ability. But most of the time he simple points us back to good planning and hard work. Steady plodding. That flies in the face of what so many financial geniuses are selling. But boy does it work!
 
Will you take the next step? Your decision…make it a good one.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Leroy
Dear Ladies of AHBC-
 
Hello and Happy Spring! I wanted to share some news with you and express how much God loves you! As we reflect the cross and the newness of life it puts us in an emotional mindset, hopeful and grateful to be alive and chosen by God.
 
As you know there has been much change at Airway Heights Baptist and much illness. We can pray that as the illness subsides God’s glory will shine thru us and down to us. With all the changes and lack of abled bodies there will be NO Mother Daughter Tea in May. This event has been going on several years and requires much planning and many workers. We will instead offer a retreat and a summit both of which are out of town and will require planning and money. I will include those events at the end of this article.
 
We want to focus on our 60th year as a Church and to focus on some outreach events such as Vacation Bible School and feeding kids. We are not forgetting you ladies and do have a few bible studies still going. We need you! The kitchen needs a new Hostess and we always need Teachers and Leaders and Mentors. We need prayer warriors to intercede for the church and the Lord’s Will to be done!
 
If you have any questions about what I have said please ask me or ask Miss Penny. If you need help with going to these upcoming events or have any ideas on how we can further God’s kingdom thru our ladies lets pray together and talk!
 
Sincerely,
Laurie Underwood

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January Newsletter

Dear Church,
 
Happy almost new Year! It is a great privilege to serve the Lord, and that I serve you as God has called us together. We are called by God’s love and mercy to present our bodies a living sacrifice. That means since we have expressed our faith in Jesus, we no longer are the owner, occupier, and lord of our body. We have died to ourselves, and now Christ lives through us. Both to help us, guide us, and protect us. Most of us need protection more from our self than any other. Although there are dangers outside of our own decisions, Satan, others who invite us, entice us, to sin, to go against God’s standard and plan for our life. Rom 12:1-2. Our life now is given over to serve God. Since He loves us so much that he took our sin on His own body and paid the price, death. Now our life should be a living sacrifice to serving him.  Then Paul warns us that we should not keep living like the world.
 
Then Paul describes how much God and the church help us to live for Him. First God makes us a part of His Body the Church. We are members of one another. No one is more important than anyone else, we are all important to God. We all don’t do all the same things, that could get confusing. Paul makes some comparisons to the physical body, how we have many parts, but they don’t all have the same functions. Here is part of Paul’s instruction: Rom 12:10-18 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
 
Read all of Romans 12 to get a greater picture. One challenge to the new year is to adjust to the changes in staff and develop a plan of discipleship that helps us grow as a body, and as individuals. We are making some adjustments, to help us in discipleship, we are developing a plan to have home Bible studies. Strategic in location having homes in at least 4 of 5 areas to start with around Airway Heights, the West Plains and even one or two in Spokane. We will not be starting them all at once, we will start one or two at a time, as they are ready and so that we can give support until the facilitators and host families are confident to take it forward.
 
With lots of other changes needed in our church, we are doing a congregational study and get some current demographics of the 10-mile radius around AHBC. This way we can look at who we are and who lives around us and determine if we are reaching those around us. We also need to become stronger and more diligent in discipleship, Sunday morning studies will continue and even become more diligent in the Study of God’s Word. This hope in our self-study is to find out what our next steps should be to grow believes, including Students, Young and Old and all in between Adults.
 
Sometimes we choose to change, making decisions and plans that become different for the purpose in doing what we have always been commissioned to do since Jesus ascended to Heaven. Other times, change is thrust upon us by circumstances that are beyond our plans, hopes or other-wise driven to change out of necessity. There are many times this surprises us; it never surprises GOD. He knows and has a plan that includes all the things we can’t plan for. God loves you, His plans for you are good. Jer 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—”plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope God always has the plan, and it will always be good at the end of that part of our life, and when we are through seasons of our life and the life of our church. Rom 8:28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. Pray for God’s wisdom to be known among us, pray for peace, as much as we are able. And know that God loves you.
 
Pastor Dale Jenkins

Financial Matters…          Happy New Year 2019!  I figured this might be a good time to ask if you’ve ever received a bill that caught you off guard. In this case I’m not talking about emergencies.  I just mean a regular monthly bill you didn’t realize would be so much.  Maybe you overspent a bit at Christmas, or the temperature dropped, and the heat bill went up significantly.  Even if you’re faithfully doing your monthly budget, these things can be a real surprise.        Here’s a suggestion to help smooth out these financial shocks. Begin to keep a bit more money in your checking account.  This is separate from your emergency fund.  Basically, on any day of the month, you want to have a buffer to help prevent overdrafts, raiding your savings, or having to wait for the next payday to pay a bill.        Your main savings goal is still to have an emergency fund in place.  The checking buffer is simply a tool to ease paying your monthly bills.  So, it’s ok to start small.  Maybe try to keep $50 in your checking account at the end of the month.  Then build from there, even $5 or $10 each month helps.        The size of the buffer depends on your financial circumstances.  If you’re digging out of debt, you need your dollars to pay it off.  If you are financially healthy with a fully funded emergency fund in place, you might consider having up to one month of bill payments in your checking account at any given time.  Don’t over think this.  Use it if it helps you.  But if it complicates things, then forget about it.        If you’d like some help assessing your finances as we start 2019, contact me at 244-1485 or Frank Sweet at 244-7054.        Will you take the next step?  It’s your call…make it a good one.   God Bless Pastor Leroy


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February Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

      The start of 2019 is as promising as the start of any year. With the promise (and threat) of similar challenges as all the previous years. Some things will always be the same. We also have the challenge and hope of new things. Small new things that bring little noticeable changes. The way we record things or organize things a little differently. Then there are changes, that to a few people are significant. The schedule of a Bible Study class, the beginning of a new Bible Study for your age group or in the area near your home.
 
     The changes that have a dramatic affect. The increased emphasis of LifeGroups that fulfill an   urgent roll of discipling believers in our Church and Community, as well as provide for the care of each person. Discipling and caring, very much the model for both types of activities comes from Acts 2:41-47.  We have 5 locations to work on as we start the first of our new focus on LifeGroups, Basalt Ridge, Airway Point, Arrow Leaf, Medical Lake, Deep Creek, and Men’s & Women’s Groups. The last two will be located at the church.     Information days and times will be in bulletins and in LifeGroups handouts at the Welcome Center in the foyer. We need your help and participation. 1. We need a few Bible Study Leaders, Hosts/Hostess’, Prayer Supporters (that attend each group). In the next year, one goal is to get everyone who attends AHBC to be involved in a Sunday Bible Study and a LifeGroup. Life in group is shared! We plan to share in Bible Study, and so much more. Some very important things like prayer support for things in life that happen to us, and because of us. As well as fellowship, life is difficult at times, being alone or lonely when challenges come make it that much more difficult. We need to share every day kind of events like “breaking bread” together (meals), and caring for our families, from infants to the well-aged. We also hope to build into our LifeGroups things like being on mission as a Church (going and doing, together), as well as helping one another.  Please spend time praying for our church family to become good at sharing life together as groups.
 
     January had some unique challenges for me, I started having sever nose bleeds that could last more than an hour at a time. After visits to Doctors, E.R., and a specialist, I was instructed to stay home and not lift anything more than 5 lbs., for 10 days, not leaning over (not letting head below heart level).  Then a small nose bleed caused me to go get checked and we started all over again. Cauterizing more aggressively, and a whole new 10 days of restriction.  Well, today things are going great. I’m ready to get back to a regular schedule. Thanks for your prayers.
 
     Please pray for how God will use our 60th celebration as a testimony and casting the Vision for our Church’s life. To prepare for this we are going to do a church examination using Revelation 1-3 as a check list. Then the first 3 chapters of Acts to set the model for the next 5 years of AHBC.  Along the way we will find things we do well, and we want to hang on to. And, we will find things that are not working that we will want and need to change. Please be a part of the growth that change can bring, in prayer and by awareness that brings attention to the things that need to stay or change. Giving our attention to how we can do these things, and finally put action to our prayers by being DOERS of the Word and not hearers only.
 
Joyfully Serving our Jesus
Pastor Dale Jenkins
Church Family, as always, I thank you for the opportunity to minister to you and your clubbers. AWANA club is still going well. We are averaging about 40 clubbers every week. As a ministry we have collected food for the food bank on our first night of club every month. Working with the folks working in the 2nd Harvest ministry, we have added special items each month to make it more competitive for the clubbers and more beneficial for the Food Bank. We give points for every item brought in and double points for special items of the month. At the end of that club night, a leader gets a pie in the face from a clubber whose club brought in the most food. So far, each club has had a chance to participate in giving a pie to a leader, and I have had several leaders step up to take one. God has used this small part of AWANA club to build excitement in the clubbers and leaders alike as they get a chance to help our community by sharing Christ love with others.
 
We are half way through the club year. We have a few events coming up. I will add comments to the bulletin as these events get closer and give handouts to clubbers at the end of club nights also. First is the AWANA Games in March second is AWANA Grand Prix (pine derby car race), and third will be the Award ceremony. Additionally, as we look at the remaining club year, it is never too late to come and help in club. It is an awesome way to minister to both children and their parents. Again, thank you for the opportunity and may God continue to bless this ministry and this church family.
 
AWANA Ministry Director
AKA AWANA Commander
Ron Davis Jr
It has been a while since I gave an update on Student Ministry. The good news is the Student Ministry is still going and reaching students. Pastor Dale has asked a handful of us to help until the church calls a Youth Pastor. Big thanks to John, Suzi, and Isaac for helping! Pastor and I have traded off leading the lessons and   teaching, Suzi has come up with creative games and activities, and John and Isaac help by being mentors and building relationships for Christ.
 
We started last month going back to UGM and serving food. The plan is to go on the first Wednesday night of every month during the school year. We will make sure we get the times out to everyone for February. Also, as I type this up, we are getting ready to go up to Winter Camp. There are several students who are going, and I am excited to see what God will do this year! Along with Winter Camp, our students have formed a praise team for Wednesday night Youth Group, and they practice Sunday nights after AWANA. They are growing in their faith as they serve God. Just as a reminder, the youth meet on Wednesday nights now from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Again, thank you for allowing us all to minister to you and your students. If you have any questions about student ministry, please feel free to contact any of us helpers or pastor Dale.
 
Ron Davis
Financial Matters…
Do we glorify God with our finances?
 
     The second part of 1 Pet 4:11 (NKJ) says, “…that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Everything, everything, EVERYTHING about Jesus glorifies Father God.
     Similarly, we serve a God who is glorified in ALL creation.  The sunrise reminds us of Him.  The clear night sky reminds us of Him.  The vast oceans remind us of Him.  Even our own beating heart reminds us of Him.  It all speaks of a loving God who cares.
     So, if everything about Jesus glorifies God, and everything about creation glorifies God, I think we should seek to glorify God in every aspect of our lives.  And that includes our finances.  When we hear things like that, we typically start considering how much we give in tithes and offerings.  But honoring God with our money goes far beyond giving.
     We have opportunity to exult God in how we make money, how we spend money, how we save money, how we teach about it, and anything else we do with it.  Even our attitudes about money speak to our relationship with God.  So, what does your financial life say about Him?  Do you think God wants your financial life to be a disaster?  Or is He more likely to be glorified by you having your financial life in order?
 
If you’d like some help, contact me at 244-1485 or Frank Sweet at 244-7054.
 
Will you take the next step?  It’s your call…make it a good one.
 
God Bless
Pastor Leroy

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Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.

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Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.

 

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