Illinois Valley Chapter FOCAS
Fellowship of Christian Anglers Society
March Membership Meeting
We will have a breakfast in the lower classroom of the
Bartonville Bible Church, 3826 W. Chalmers,
at 7am on Saturday, March 1st .
All are welcome who are interested in learning about our group.
From the President
I was talking with one of our members the other night about some problems they were having and the fact the we have so many guys on our prayer chain that really get after it when it comes to passing the prayer requests along and their commitment to personal prayer. He was amazed at how well everyone in the club gets along and how simple we keep things when it comes to our faith. And he is totally correct. We have always been that way and it has been the subject, either directly or indirectly, in many a devotion.
The advantage we have is that we keep things simple and basic and don’t get hung up on doctrine. When you look at us as a bunch of guys what do you see? In most instances you see fishermen. But if you look a bit closer at us spiritually, you see diversity. In some organizations that may be a point of difficulty but it never has been for us. I think that most members attend church regularly, or are at least affiliated with a particular denomination but I know the denomination affiliation of only a few. I would be surprised if just about every denomination were not represented by someone in our club.
As I was reading in Acts the other day I noticed some points of diversity in the church that had been established in Antioch of Syria. This was the first church where the members became known as “Christians”. The first verse of Chapter 13, reads:
“Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon, (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod
Atipas) and Saul.”
My Study Bible further describes these guys in a bit more detail. It notes that the name “ “Simeon” suggests a Jewish background, and he was probably of African descent. “Lucius” is a Latin name and he came from Cyrene, the capital of Libya in North Africa. Manaen had been brought up with King Herod Antipas, which suggests that he was from the upper class. Barnabas was a Judean Jew, and Saul was both a Jewish Pharisee and a Roman citizen from Tarsus.” That is a pretty diverse group as well. Certainly no one can argue with their success. It was from this original congregation that Paul and Barnabas set out on the first missionary journey.
The common thread between these five men was their deep faith in Christ and their dedication and willingness to spread the Good News.
It worked for them and as far as I can tell it seems to be working for FOCAS. We must continue to recognize that Christ has called all people from all nations and all walks of life to follow Him. The more we love the Good News of Jesus and the more willing we are to invite those around us to be a part of the Christian family, the more we will transcend any differences we may have.
Look around your neighborhood or your work place. Is there someone there that might like to join a bunch of fishermen that are dedicated to Jesus and the spreading of the Good News? If so invite them to the meeting in March, or take them to the All Sports Show in Elmwood and drop by our booth. That way they can enjoy the show and see what we are all about at the same time. Either way, it can’t hurt to ask! It may be just what God has planned.
-Submit your Prayer Request on the Members Page and contact
Chaplin Bill Perry
.-Submit your nomination for the Extra Mile Award on the Members Page,
or give to Jim Batterton or Larry Rowden.
B. E. S. T. Column
Buy – Exchange – Sell – Trade)
’93 14ft Lowe Jon Boat w/ Shoreline trailer and 15 hp. Johnson; $1200.00. Call Joe Lane (309) 635-2210.
Gillie Jigs.com…Custom jigs, skirts, chaterbaits, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits – pick your head size/style pick your skirts. As well as custom wrapped rods on North Fork Composites blanks (Gary Loomis’ new company).
T & C Rod and Reel Repair…Rod and reel repair; custom wrapped rods. Todd Mull (309) 634-0234
Buehl Custom Wood Lures...Custom and old lure reproduction Richard Buehl (309) 267-3425 or www.wix.com/buehlrc/cwl