Your 2016 Officer Nominees

After a thorough nominating and election process, we are pleased to announce your 2016 officer nominees:

For the position of Deacon:

Steve Donnolly

Zach Shepherd

Mark Tinnes

For the position of Clerk:

Mike York

For the position of Financial Secretary:

Steve Donnolly

For the position of Treasurer:

Duane Davis

For the position of Sunday School Superintendent:

Mark Tinnes

*Please Note: You will be voting on only one person for the position of deacon.

The Annual Election of Officers will be held on Sunday, December 6th, immediately following the Morning Worship Service. The vote will be held by secret ballot. All elected officers will then take office on January 1, 2016. Please be in prayer concerning the vote and for God’s will to be done!

My Second Year as Pastor

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I have been the Lead Pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church for over two years now. In that time frame, I have been stretched in some unique ways and have gone through many growing pains. I have also learned some unique lessons along the way, and I would like to share some of those with you:

1) God uses sinful, busted, and broken people for His glory. Yes, I’m describing myself in this statement and not anyone else. In fact, the more and more time I spend in the ministry, the more amazed I am that God would put me into the ministry with all of my sins and shortcomings. I still struggle with doubt, fear, and self-pity issues; but God, for His own divine purposes, is still using me in the ministry. Truly my sufficiency does not come from me, but from God (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

2) People and circumstances reveal the lingering idols of our heart. I have learned that people and circumstances don’t make us do anything, they simply reveal what’s already resident in our hearts. Check out this list: the pull towards comfort and convenience, the need to be liked, the desire for increasing influence, and the longing for recognition. Yup. All idols of my heart that have been clearly revealed to me this past year; and God has used different people and circumstances to showcase these issues to me. I praise God for this uneasy grace in my life that makes me more like His Son – Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

3) The primary attribute of an effective pastor is patience. I am beginning to understand the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Thessalonian believers to be “patient with them all” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Quite simply and plainly, people demand patience. I have learned that when it comes to conflict in the church, sometimes it’s a knowledge issue…sometimes it’s a cultural issue…sometimes it’s a personality issue…sometimes it’s a sin issue…and sometimes it’s a combination of these things, but to decipher where the struggle is demands gobs and gobs of patience. Yes, I have prayed for patience this past year and God has answered this prayer of mine with a plethora of slowdowns and speed bumps. Take it from me, be careful with your prayer life! God just might answer your prayers 🙂  

4) My wife is still awesome. And I’m not just saying this to round out this list with a nice even number…I mean it. God has blessed me with an incredible wife and ministry partner. I have learned that the pastor’s wife (though not an official role or officer in the church) carries a tremendous amount of burden and stress. I thank God for giving to me a wife who is truly clothed with strength and honor (Proverbs 31:25). My wife continues to bless my life and ministry with encouragement, humor, and fun. Just last night she told me to “loosen up” and “just let it go”…and then we danced together…in the living room…most appropriately…but what an awesome wife I have.

Prairie Flower, it continues to be an honor to be your Pastor. I find it to be a most beautiful challenge and (at the end of the day) an incredible joy. Thank you for allowing me this incredible privilege. God bless you. I do love you guys. See you soon.

 

PFBC: Prayer List #9

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The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own “quiet time” with the Lord, in your own family worship time, or in a small group setting (i.e. Growth Groups). Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Rachel Aubrecht – Pray for Rachel’s grandma who is battling many different health issues right now.

Kirk Bailey – Pray for Zach Shepherd’s friend, Kirk, who recently went through a traumatic event. Pray that God provides healing and peace.

Carl Benson – Unspoken Prayer Request.

The Capps Family – Pray for Craig and Ila’s son, Shane, as he just accepted Jesus as his own personal Lord and Savior. Please pray that he is discipled well at his church and that he overcomes the many temptations in his life.

Micah Carroll – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Mary Case – Pray for Mary in regards to her eye sight and overall health.

Tonnie Crile – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Susan Davis – Pray for Susan and her brother that God would give to them wisdom as they seek a long-term care solution for their ailing parents.

Tracy Fagen – Pray for Tracy’s daughter (Jamie) and her husband that they would come to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Also, please pray for Tracy’s son (Jeff) and his wife that they would grow in their Christian faith. Tracy would also like prayers for her three grandchildren: Andre, Blake, and Landon.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick as he battles ongoing health problems. Also, pray for Rick’s son, Dillon, who was just recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 22.

Bill Fiordelise – Pray for Bill and his overall health.

Steve and Diana Fordham – Pray for Steve and Diana as they battle many different health problems.

Joe Goodlander – Pray for Joe and his overall health.

Bob Jones – Please pray for Bob as he continues to battle some health issues.

Marcy Juniper – Pray for Marcy’s son, JJ, as he serves in the military.

Matt Latcham – Please pray for Matt’s mother who is battling cancer.

The Morgan Family – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Rhonda Reed – Pray for Rhonda’s mother, Jean Sampson, and her overall health.

Jim Rosien –  Please pray for Jim as he undergoes radiation to remove the cancer from his brain.

Danica Smith – Pray for Danica’s mom, Joanne, as she recovers from a massive heart attack. Also, please keep Danica’s father, Jeff, in your prayers as he ministers to his ailing wife.

Arlena Tinnes – Pray for Arlena as she continues to battle lung cancer via chemotherapy.

Doug Tinnes – Pray for Doug’s friend, Ed, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Also, continue to pray for Doug and Julie’s grandson as he battles health issues.

The Thompson Family – Please pray for Ryan and Shanon Walker’s friends, John and Sarah Thompson, who recently lost their four year old son in a four wheeler accident.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s daughter (Sandi) as she continues to battle cancer in her lower body. Sandi does not know Christ and so prayers for her salvation are also needed. Also, please pray for Judy’s granddaughter (Maddie) who is slowly going blind. She too does not know the Lord and prayers for her health and salvation are greatly appreciated. Also, please pray for Judy’s great-granddaughter (Errin) who is recovering from heart surgery…Errin is just 3 years old.

Mike York – Please pray for Mike’s wife, Becky, as she is struggling with tendonitis.

The Zieser Family – Please continue to pray for Julie as she undergoes chemotherapy; and pray too for Wayne as he grieves the loss of his mother, Flora.

PFBC Leadership Team – Pray for your Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to us wisdom, discernment, and vision as we continue to move forward.

Our Church – Pray that we would continue to see people getting saved, baptized, and added to our church.

Our Visitors – Pray for our many visitors that continue to come to PFBC. Pray that God would work in their hearts and lives. Pray that God would grow our church numerically and spiritually.

Our Missionaries – Pray for our many supported missionaries that God would grant to them success as they preach the Gospel of Peace.

Our Country – Please pray for our country and its leaders, military, and economy.

Please Note: We will periodically update this prayer list. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!

Timeline of Events for 2016

Plan Ahead #2

Below you will find some tentative items for the 2016 calendar year:

Sunday, January 3, 2016 – Mini-Series on the Mission and Vision of PFBC

Sunday, January 10, 2016 – Mission/Vision Q & A/ Potluck with Annual Member’s Meeting

Sunday, January 17, 2016 – Launching “Wisdom from James” Sermon Series/Name Tag Sunday/Communion Sunday/Relaunch of Growth Groups

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – Baby Dedication Service

Monday, February 15, 2016 – Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – Pastor Jon’s Vacation

Sunday, March 6, 2016 – Relaunch of Friendship Bible Study

Sunday, March 27, 2016 – Easter Breakfast (9 AM) and Easter Celebration Service (10 AM)

Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Communion Sunday/Potluck with Quarterly Member’s Meeting

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Special Missionary Speaker

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – AWANA Grand Finale

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Special Missionary Speaker

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Launching “Wisdom from Ecclesiastes” Sermon Series/Baptism Sunday/Name Tag Sunday

Sunday, May 22, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Pastor Dave’s Vacation/Pastor Jon’s 3 Part Series on “Wisdom from Proverbs”

June 2016 – August 2016 – Break from Friendship Bible Study and Growth Groups…Relaunch of Summer Nights of Prayer/Growth Groups Training (Offered Twice in the Summer)/New Member’s Class (Offered Twice in the Summer)

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Communion Sunday/Potluck with Quarterly Member’s Meeting

Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – VBS (Pastor Jon is the Program Chair for this event)

Monday, August 1, 2016 – Saturday, August 6, 2016 – Pastor Dave at Camp Fairwood as Family Camp Speaker (Pastor Jon will be preaching on Sunday, August 7th)

Sunday, September 4, 2016 – Special Missionary Speaker – Luke Snell

Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Special Q & A On the Relationship Between Human Tragedy and the Goodness of God

Sunday, September 18, 2016 – November 13, 2016 – Launching “Wisdom Access: A Conversation on Prayer” Sermon Series/Name Tag Sunday/Relaunch of Friendship Bible Study/Relaunch of Growth Groups

Sunday, October 9, 2016 – Communion Sunday/Potluck with Quarterly Member’s Meeting

Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Nomination Process Begins for the Annual Election of Officers

Sunday, November 13, 2016 – January 8, 2017 – Break from Growth Groups

Sunday, November 20 and 27, 2016 – Thanksgiving Sermon Special

December 2016 – February 2017 – Break from Friendship Bible Study

Sunday, December 4, 2016 – Christmas Sermon Series Launch/Annual Election of Officers