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All Awana leaders and their families are invited to our Awana Leadership Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, January 13, immediately following the 11:00 service in the Fellowship Hall. This is a great way for us to say “Thank You� to all of our leaders who serve so faithfully in the Awana Ministry. Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

No PM Activities on the Night of Sunday, January 6, 2013 and

Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal Ministry Activities Resume on January 9th

Senior Adult XYZ Ministry X Y Z w i l l n o t m e e t i n J an u a r y b u t w i l l resume in the 2nd Tuesday in February


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International Mission Offering Goal - $80,000

80%-Lottie Moon Christmas Offering This fund provides support for over 5,000 Southern Baptist Missionaries. 20%-International Mission Fund This fund will be available to provide support to church members planning to take international mission trips.

Received during December, January, & February

January 2013 Vol. 55 No. 1

Im pacting Li v es - Bui lding Com m Good Thoughts

I am writing this article from the Passion Conference in Atlanta, GA. I am at the Georgia Dome with a group of high school seniors and college students from our church along with over 60,000 18-24 year-olds. That’s right: 60,000 college kids have given up a week of their winter break to gather for worship and preaching calling them to change the world. They are members of “the 1%.” Only one percent of the world’s population goes to college, and these young men and women will go on to lead our nation and the world. Here, they are being challenged not to squander this privilege, blessing, and influence on things that don’t matter, things that don’t have anything to do with Jesus. Already these students are making a major impact on the horrors of human-trafficking. They are being called to give three million dollars this year to see some of the more than 27 million slaves world-wide find freedom and hope. The vision for Passion started some sixteen years ago in the hearts of a handful of people, and now it is a world-wide movement. This generation that many of us have given up on could very well be the generation that sparks the sweeping revival our nation and world so desperately needs. My prayer is that some of this fire would come with us back to Oxford and Ole Miss as our church and North Oxford Baptist seek the face of Lord for revival in just a few weeks (there are students from North Oxford here this week). It is no accident that the Father has us here at this time. I hope you are earnestly praying that God would do something unprecedented in our city in these coming weeks. Draw your circle and ask our God to send revival . . . and let it begin in you. Bro. Eric

O T H E R M I N I S T R I E S at F B C A wana M i n i s t r y

All children 2 years-6th grade are invited to be a part of the Awana Ministry. Awana is a ministry to children to help them come to know, love and serve the Lord by learning His Word through activities, Bible memorization and exciting games. Parents can register their children any Wednesday night that Awana is being offered. Awana resumes on January 9.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL is a ministry to those who would like to better learn and speak the English language. Thomas Herrington leads the class on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in room 305. For more information, contact Thomas Herrington at

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading

practices have started and the first games are on Saturday, Janua r y 1 2 th. W e w i l l p l a y for 7 straight Saturdays ending on Febr u a r y 2 3 rd. C a l l t h e church office if you have any questions.

Life Action Ministries 4-Day Revival: Feb. 3-6 4 Evening Services

B a s e C a m p ( 2 nd- 6 th g r a d e ) a n d H a p p y H e a r t C i t y ( 4 y r s - 1 st g r a d e ) w i l l m e e t every service for their own sessions. Ladies’ Luncheon on Tuesday Sunday service @ 6:00 pm Weeknight service @ 6:30 pm

m m unity - Chanaing the W or ld Our Fam i ly

Youth Stuf f

Breakfast Club -

resumes Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:45 am. We will meet at ChickFil-A for fellowship, breakfast and some time for prayer before school.

Budget Report-December 2012

Youth Worship -

Building Funds Given to date: Go Tell Mission Offering to date:

resumes Wednesday, January 9 @ 6:00 pm in the Youth Room. Friends, music and God’s Word! Invite your friends and join us.

Open Gym -

Friday, January 11...7:0011:00 pm. Bring your own food and come play ball or just hang out.

Purity for Life Weekend - Jan 18-20. Don’t miss this incredible weekend!!! Speaker: Ben Trueblood, Director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources. Music: Rachael Hurt. $20/person...registration is now open.

YAP Nite - Date Change...mark

your calendar for Sunday, January 27 @ 6:30 pm in the Youth Room. We will preview the 2013 Calendar and discuss upcoming events.

Student Life Conference - February 22-24 @ Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. $60.00/person...registration is now open! Only 25 spaces available!

Life University Spring 2013

Life University will kick off again on Sunday night, Jan. 13 at 5:00 p.m. This is a great time to join a study if you weren’t in one this past fall. The studies that we know as of now that will be offered starting in January are the following:

1. The Whole Counsel of God led by our pastor 2. Women’s Explorers Bible Study: “The Only True God - Knowing the God of the Bible” 3. Men’s Explorers Bible Study: The Gospel of Matthew 4. The Gathering Cloud Part 2 A study of the end times led by Bobby Clanton. 5. Men’s Bible Study: The Book of Genesis led by Jim Propes. 6. Financial Peace University

Budget Building Designated T o t a l

$276,102.91 $ 14,077.39 $118,130.71 $408,311.01

$5,423,747.24 $56,082.42

F am i l y B i b l e S t u d y

Dec 2-649, Dec 9-629, Dec 16-592, Dec 23-454, Dec 30-481


of the


January 6-12: Keith Scruggs, Mitch Diggs, Rick Mize, Breese Quinn January 13-19: Eddie Aune, Anthony Hart, Bubba Morgan, Scott Kendricks January 20-26: Michael Meurrier, Mark Moore Kevin Bain, Gary Carter Jan 27-Feb 2: Greg Brewer, Martin Locke, Paul Hale, Matt Moore

New Members



Alex & Carol Shepard; Montana Booth; Chante Edwards; Chris & Jill Cauthen; Justin Robinson; Abby Meyer; Brad Martin; Jake Roberts; and Susan Wells.

O u r S y mp a t h i e s

To Mr. Eddie Bonds and family in the loss of his aunt, Mrs. Mildred Davis. To Mrs. Susan Rose and family in the loss of her niece, Mrs. Monica Morrison. To Mrs. Laura Wall and family in the loss of her husband, Mr. Damon Wall. To Mrs. Cindy Reed and family in the loss of her aunt, Mrs. Billie Jane Klepzig. To Mrs. Pat Freeman and family in the loss of her father, Mr. Lesley Stewart.

Quarterly Business Meeting J an u a r y 1 3 , 2 0 1 3 6 : 4 5 pm i n t h e S an c t u a r y

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1 - Church Office Closed 4 - No Activities 6 - 8:30 & 11 am Worship Services - 9:45 am Bible Study Classes - 5:00 pm Sunday School Leadership Meeting in Fellowship Hall til 7:30 - No Other Activities 9 - Fellowship Meal @ 5:00 pm - Awana @ 5:45pm - Wednesday Youth Worship @ 6 pm - Adult Choir Rehearsal-6:00 pm - Handbell Rehearsal - 6:00 pm - Worship Band Rehearsal-6:30 pm 12 - Upward Basketball in the CLC 13 - 8:30 & 11 am Worship Services - 9:45 am Bible Study Classes - Awana Leadership Appreciation Luncheon, 12:30, Fellowship Hall - Life University Classes @ 5:00 pm - Quarterly Business Meeting @ 6:45

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15 - Inmon Circle Meeting (9:30 am) 16 - Regular Wednesday Schedule 18-19 - Purity of Life Youth Event 19 - Upward Basketball in the CLC 15 - Women’s Explorer’s Bible Study at 5:00 pm 15 - Children’s Bible Drill Resumes 20 - 8:30 & 11 am Worship Services - 9:45 am Bible Study Classes - Life University Classes @ 5:00 pm 23 - Regular Wednesday Schedule 27 - 8:30 & 11 am Worship Services - 9:45 am Bible Study Classes - Life University Classes @ 5:00 pm 30 - Regular Wednesday Schedule

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