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Bulletin for Sunday, Nov. 1: Click here.

FYI: Pastor Jim Prose's Oct. 25 sermon: "Forgotten"

"We also have the new Presidential Prayer Team Journal in the church office."

UPDATE  Oct. 27, 2020

Chuck Swindoll shares this interesting take on faith:

Hebrews 11 has been called "the hall of faith" — and for good reason.  Abraham receives extended treatment as the writer follows his spiritual journey through its heights, down into its lows and back up again. In a short space, Abraham is measured and found worthy of imitation.

Hebrews 11:17  "By faith Abraham . . ." The words "by faith" are the most important part of Abraham's story. He responded based on belief—not because he could see what was ahead, not because he had a printout of what the future held, not because he could calculate a return on his investment for this venture. "By faith" means he willingly exchanged the known for the unknown — all because he trusted in God.

What God wants from us is to simply obey, and great rewards await — if you obey without knowing all the details. It's a principle God wants each of us to experience. Learning to trust Him is like making a journey step-after-step. Faith builds upon faith. When we trust, we receive unexpected blessings. This strengthens our confidence and inspires us to trust God again as we take another step.

God wants us to grow in faith, not only because we need Him, but also because it's good for us. It stretches us beyond our comfort zone. Way beyond. We need to know the experience of embarking on an endeavor we've never tried before. We need to know that, with His help, we can safely tackle any challenge and take the risk of getting in over our heads. We need to know that when God calls us to a task, He will give us what we need to succeed.

It has been brought to my attention that someone has breached the church’s website andis sending out “fake” but official looking emails from the church and school staff.

Lynn Stutzman called me with this information saying she had received an email from (totally wrong email address but close enough that she initially thought it was me) asking her  to assist me in getting some gift cards that I  was too busy to get myself.  The email asked that she go purchase two $200 Ebay gift cards (total of $400) and then email me back with the PIN numbers off the back of the card and I would reimburse her later today.  Needless to say, had she done this, once the scammer had gotten those PIN #'s they would have been able to use the money on the cards without her even handing them the physical cards and she would have been scammed out of $400.    

There have been several other "urgent" emails like this using Rick Robertson's name also. 

So please, if any of you receive any emails from anyone at church that seem odd, especially with any kind of money request, please call that person directly to confirm whether or not the email came from them.

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Continue to be in prayer for our nation and take on your responsibility of voting in the upcoming election. Please continue to monitor the website and watch for emails as things progress.

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First Baptist Church is an exciting, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church committed to reaching people for Jesus Christ, ministering to the whole family, and teaching the Word of God through innovative means.

Organized in 1876, First Baptist has been a beacon in our community through the years, meeting the needs of all people. You will find our worship services to be warm, genuine, and exciting. From the music to the preaching, we desire to give God our best.

There is truly a place for anyone and everyone in our church. We hope that if you are looking for a church home, you will prayerfully consider First Baptist Church. Please feel free to contact our church staff for any reason.

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First Baptist Church of Elfers
4050 Redleaf Dr.
New Port Richey, FL 34652