Journey: A new class—New beginnings!

By Connie Skarda, Sunday School Teacher

Beginning April 11 at 10:15 A.M. in Room 200-A.

This last year has been a journey no one expected to take. How prepared were we for the unexpected? How can we be better prepared for what lies ahead?

One morning on my walk, I was thinking on a study I was currently attending based on Moses and the Israelites as they JOURNEYED out of Egypt’s bondage into freedom in the Promised Land. I was also preparing a lesson – again about Israel’s journey. This focus was on facing New Beginnings. VOILA! A JOURNEY – started with a beginning trek through the wilderness but would lead them to their new beginnings in Canaan.

Aren’t we, as believers, on a JOURNEY? Jesus set us free from the bondage of sin and set us on a path that would lead to the eternal Promised Land of Heaven. The path WILL lead there, but we are to walk it – live it – here on planet earth until we get there.

As Pastor Mark’s series “Homestead” taught us – this isn’t our home, but we do have to live here. How do we make it a home until we reach our true home? His current series “Signs” – last Sunday he said something like this, “There are signs along the way. Don’t miss them! Read them!”

That’s what this class, Journey, is about. Here are a few samples of various studies we will be doing that help us prepare for the unexpected (New Beginnings) and to live well in our temporary home; instructions (signs), as to how to walk along this Journey (Sit with Jesus, Stand on His Promises, Walk in His Purposes); and possible a study, “Come and See Jesus”, the title speaks for itself!!

I’m a big basketball fan – and we are in the middle of March Madness (and that’s an understatement this year!!!). It is referred to as the Road to the Final Four. Another name for the basketball championship is The Journey to the Tourney. 68 teams had to qualify, narrowed down to 64, then 32, then the famous sweet sixteen, the elite eight – the final four – and then WOOHOO – a champion.

A couple of parallels – it will not be an easy tourney journey – the count is already down to 16 as I type. Hard work – isolation because of Covid – cut off from the ‘world’ out there. – Much like us – We are on a journey – not to become a champion, but to spend eternity WITH OUR CHAMPION. We have a lot to do for Jesus on our Journey. Hard training – tough games. We are to live separate from the world’s values. The qualifications to get into the tourney journey? Believe IN your CHAMPION who won the game for you – HE conquered your NO SIN. WE all are #1 seeds!!! None of us are in competition along the way to eliminate each other – just to play the game well WITH each other. We all are winners. We all will make it to the final box in the bracket of heaven!

Every Journey begins with one small step – what step do you need to take? Maybe it’s to come along with us on our JOURNEY.

join us for worship and remembrance

April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

a message from our minister to Preschool & children

By Martha Jackson
The FBC Preschool & Children’s Ministry is very excited to welcome families back into our building for Sunday School and Worship services. We are taking every precaution to maintain a safe environment for your families and our teachers and helpers.

As we continue the step by step process of reopening and welcoming everyone back to Church, we have made some changes to our procedures.

We are accepting Walkers through Kindergarten during both worship services. We are also having Children’s Sunday School classes immediately following the first service. Starting April 4, we will provide baby care as needed during worship services. Please help us to be ready for your family by making registrations ahead of time.

For the essential details, please visit the Policies and Procedures page for Preschool and Children’s Ministry.

Women's ministry updates

Ladies, exciting things are happening in the life of the Women's Ministry at FBC of EP! Make sure you have the FBC mobile app downloaded to your smart device and turn on Women's Ministry notifications so that you can receive all the info instantly right on your phone or tablet. Download the app and follow the instructions below to enable Women's Ministry notifications. It's that easy! See you soon!!

  1. Open the FBC app on your smart device.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner.
  3. Open "Settings."
  4. Open "Notifications."
  5. Turn on the toggle switch next to "Women's Ministry" until it turns green.
  6. Receive all the notifications and connect with the Abide Women's Ministry at FBC of EP!

Northeast men's prayer breakfast

The Northeast Men’s Prayer Breakfast will resume this month. The Prayer Breakfast takes place every Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Denny’s on Transmountain (4690 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Dr.). All men are invited to join us for prayer and fellowship.

new member

Beatrice Galloway, by baptism


Carmen Briones and family in the passing of her husband, Fernie.
Rod Wiggs in the passing of his brother.
The family of Lucy Lagrone Long.
Russell Gunstream in the passing of his mother.
Jon Boggs in the passing of his sister.

Philippians 3:10

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

march giving

2020 (5 Sundays)
Budgeted          $158,556
Actual                $128,292
Budgeted          $119,849
Actual               $163,000

full Calendar