Pastor’s Perspective



Pastor’s Perspective

I recently learned the difference between believing there is a God & trusting that God. Believing there is a God is nothing really exceptional. Multiple people claim to believe there is a God and the devils believe and tremble. So, believing there is a God is not the magic answer. The one thing we need to do is learn to trust Him and to trust Him means we believe what He said and obey it and you will only obey it if you trust Him. The Bible says he that comes to God must believe that He is God. “AND” that He rewards them who seek Him. He is the answer to everyone who trusts Him.

How do I know I am trusting Him? The first thing you have to do is make sure it is God who is doing the speaking. He always answers through His Word and all direct from God is aligns with God’s holiness and His character. Second, you just have to relax! This means I can have confidence and assurance that God is going to do what He said he will do. Quit trying to make it work. Stop the scheming and manipulation. If God said it, then it will happen. Believing and trusting God is a choice. It is a yes or no answer. I will or I won’t. I do or I don’t. Come unto me all that labor and are loaded with cares and I will give you rest.

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Our ladies meet every Tuesday morning in Room A-5 at 11:00 to pray for the needs of our church family and friends. If you have a prayer request, praise report of would like to become a part of this special time contact Nancy Williams or Sandy Anstadt.

Everyone is invited to share in prayer with us.

Tuesday, 11:00AM

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Women’s Ministry

By: Lynda Ford

Welcome Home.

“That’s what I want my life to say to everyone whose path crosses mine I want to create an atmosphere of serenity and joy,  blessing and belonging that embraces people and draws them in making them feel loved and special and cared for.”These words spoken by one of my favorite writers, Emilie Barnes is the heartbeat of the Ladies ministry at Davenport.

Welcome home is a lifestyle.   A welcoming place where people can share freely without judgment.  It is a place to shut out the noise of the busy lifestyles we live and find refuge in our Bible studies and visiting with our Lord Jesus.  The spirit of Welcome home begins in your own heart and becomes a blessing to others.

I want to say my thank you to Heidi Wallace and Serina Holaway for organizing and leading the Tuesday night (bi monthly) Bible Study and fellowship.  The current study is “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziara.  The craft for October will be “Favorite Bible Verse bookmark with ribbon.  Come, Fellowship and study scripture.

Thank you also to the ladies who lead Sunday School classes for the ladies. Mrs. Nancy Williams, Mrs. Sandy Anstadt, and Linda Hayden.  Thank you to all who help to plan and facilitate the Ladies day retreats and the annual retreat (too many to list). Many thanks to our church secretary Reba Reynolds for her help with all the publicity for events. You see, our ladies of Davenport have a gracious and welcoming heart, a warm and caring heart, a serene and joyful spirit and an unforgettable sense of style.

If you have not yet experienced the joy of “sisterhood” at some of our events for ladies, please make time for the next one.  You will be Welcome!

FUTURE:  Our ladies Fall Out day retreat will be held on November 17, 2018 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm in the fellowship hall of FBC Davenport.  Lunch will be served from noon until 1:00.   Our theme will be “Falling in Love with Jesus.” There is no charge for this event and our guest speaker will be Becky Blankenship.   Please mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this event.


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The WAY Student Ministry

By: Tony Ridge

Fall is here, well fall has arrived in some parts of the country. Here in Florida we just pretend with all our pumpkin flavored everything. There are a lot of fall activities going on, high school football, pumpkin patch fun and lots of other fun times you can get out and spend some quality time with your family.

Here at the church we are getting our Annual Nativity Scene in the works. We will also have a float in the Winter Fest parade. The parade will be December 8th at 6 pm. If you are interested in helping with either of these great projects, please let me know. No matter what your talents or skills are we can put them to work to glorify God.

The youth spent a great weekend of fun at Rock the Universe, Universal Studios. We had a great turn out and everyone had a fun time! And what a blessing I received watching some of the youth that had never been to an event like this, enjoy the park with all the rides, sites and entertainment. Most of all to watch these children worship our Lord at the concerts was the greatest blessing. I would like to thank everyone who participated in making this event take place, from those who donated funds to the youth department to those who unselfishly sacrificed the entire weekend to chaperone. Without each one of you this event would not have happened. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may God bless you all.

I am looking for someone with some ideas/talent to possibly do a Christmas play with the youth. If you have any ideas, suggestions, etc. please see me.

Please continue to come out on Sunday’s to Beef O’Bradys – Davenport and The Grille at Cypresswood – Winter Haven on Friday evenings for our Spirit Day’s!  This is a fantastic way to have a nice evening out and support the youth! We want to thank Duncan and Mary Ann Owen so graciously setting up these Spirit Day’s!

We are always looking for more volunteers and/or chaperones to assist with the youth department. If this is something God has laid on your heart, please contact me – God is doing remarkable things in this area of His church. We would love to have you be a part of it!

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Music Ministry

By: Randy Robinson

Why does worship occupy such an important place in our lives? I’m glad you asked! The answer is because of what takes place during worship.

We often speak of worship in terms of giving and receiving. We receive mercy, grace, kindness, peace, love, truth and joy from God in corporate worship. We also give to God in worship. We give Him adoration, praise, confession, love and service. And though this is true, neither is giving the essence of worship. Corporate worship, rather than primarily consisting of receiving or giving, is simply about being.  Above all else, worship is an encounter with the living, true, holy, sovereign, triune God of the universe. He chooses to meet with us by His word and Spirit, and there is nothing as meaningful, rich and glorious on earth as the church gathered together with it’s Lord and Savior in worship! For in that moment, we are enjoying a foretaste of Heaven to come! The greatest longing our soul! And the very purpose of our creation!

What a blessing it is to gather together and worship HIM!

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Preschool Ministry

By: Sharon Bridges

I want to thank everyone for the prayers during and after my surgery and also to thank everyone who helped and offered to help with the preschool. Patsy, Michi, Serina and Charolette did an awesome job. It was so much fun seeing the huge get-well card from them and the kids, also Peggy and David Face Timed me and I got to see and talk to everyone. Abby wanted to know if I had needles sticking all over. These kids are so smart and so funny, it’s such a blessing to be able to share Jesus with them.

Thanks again everyone.

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