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Volume 30

November November 2017

No. 11

NEWS & VIEWS OF WILLIAMS Church Phone: (256) 435435-5020 Church Email:

Daycare Phone: (256) 435435-8313 Church Church Website:

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” ― Jesus, Matthew 6:10

One hundred sixty-seven years: that is how long Christ has been at work in this community through the body we now call The First Baptist Church of Williams. A lot can happen over that period of time: generations come and go; Christian denominations are created, changed, disappear; technology develops with increasing acceleration; joys and tragedy; triumphs and defeats; laughter and tears. For 167 years this congregation has stood the test of time and continued on in the mission of God, in the calling of Christ to bring the kingdom of God “on earth as it is in heaven.” While we can all look back on our portion of the past 167 years, what if…we looked forward? What if we gazed into the future, the next 167 years? What do you see? Is our church still here? Are we still gathering in a physical space to worship on a regular basis? What does it look like: is it the same, brick building, or is it something new, something more? What about missions: are we still striving to support the work of Christ-called missionaries around the globe? Are we still seeking to meet the needs of people in our community, still striving to eliminate poverty, hunger, and heartache among our most vulnerable neighbors? What does First Baptist Church of Williams look like in the future? What role will you play in pursuing God’s mission in the future of our church? As we look forward to the ways God will move in the future of our church, here are a few ways you can be a part of the present life of our congregation. On Sunday, November 5th, we will have our 167th anniversary celebration and Homecoming. We’ll worship together at 10:00 AM, with guest preacher (and former Pastor) Dr. Barry Howard. Afterwards, we’ll gather in the CMC (gym) for our annual Homecoming lunch and a special “note-burning” celebration to mark the cancellation of our recent debt. On Friday, November 17th at 3:00 P.M., we will have our monthly Food Pantry; if you’d like to help, be at the church around 2:00 P.M. On Wednesday, November 29th, in lieu of our regular Wednesday evening activities, we will meet in the sanctuary to begin decorating for our “Hanging of the Green” service and the beginning of Advent the following Sunday. November marks the beginning of a full season of celebration and anticipation. I hope you’ll find ways to celebrate with your friends and families, and I hope you’ll take the time to thank God for all the blessings you have, but even more, I hope you’ll pray for guidance on how to share those blessings with the world, how to take all that God has given you and use it in fruitful ways to bring God’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.” Grace and Peace, Chris


Ministry & Missions Budget Needs Monthly $ 30,686.17 Year to Date $ 311,582.92 TOTALS ARE THROUGH 10/29/2017

“A special thank you to each and every one of you for your monetary support and hard work that enables First Baptist Church of Williams to touch lives by sharing the love of Jesus”. ~Finance Committee

COUNTING COMMITTEE FOR NOVEMBER Mike Davis & Donna Thomas GREETERS & USHERS FOR NOVEMBER Tony & Christy Steele Cailynn & Abigail Steele

JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER Our church is scheduled to provide the following items to the J.C.O.C. for the month of NOVEMBER: Jiffy Mixes, Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce & Sugar. Please take your donated items DIRECTLY TO the JCOC located just behind McDonalds.

ADULT GAME NIGHT: Adult get-together will be held at nd th 6pm on November 2 & 16 . Bring your favorite covered dish foods and join us for an evening of food, fun & fellowship!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER We begin serving at 5:30pm. Cost is $5 per person (age 6 & up), $2 per child (age 2-5) and no more than $20 per family. Nov 1st


Receipts $ 31,089.68 $ 246,323.04

Sarah Ann McGinnis & Team Fried Fish, French Fries, Coleslaw, Hush Puppies & Dessert Clean-up Crew: Lamar & Diane Freeman

Nov 8th

Patsy Boozer & Team Chicken Casserole, Fried Okra, Lima Beans, Salad, Roll & Dessert Clean-up Crew: Rhonda Duncan & Jessica

Nov 15th

ALL TEAMS Turkey, Dressing, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Rolls & Dessert Clean-up Crew: NEED VOLUNTEERS


Nov 22nd


Nov 29th

Sarah Ann & Team Soup, Cheese Toast, Cornbread & Dessert Clean-up Crew: Camille Chitwood, Patti Ponder, Summer Quinn & Lauren Whitaker

SPECIAL CALLED BUSINESS MEETING There will be a Special Called Business Meeting on Sunday, November 19th immediately following morning worship. The meeting is for the purpose of voting on the Proposed 2018 Budget submitted by the Finance Committee. Copies of the Proposed Budget are available in the foyers of the church. You are encouraged to pick up a copy to review and address any questions by Sunday, November 12th. Please note: We will not be addressing any questions on November 19th. This date is for voting only.

Nov 5 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 26

Sharon Williams Bonnie Johnson Peggy (J) Green Lori McFall

Nursery␣helpers␣will␣assist␣one␣of␣our␣regular␣nursery␣workers␣each␣Sunday␣ morning␣for␣Sunday␣School␣and␣Worship.␣␣Our␣regular␣nursery␣workers␣are:␣ Terri␣Harris␣and␣Sharon␣Williams.␣␣␣Nursery␣Helpers␣if␣you␣need␣to␣reschedule␣ your␣day␣to␣work,␣please␣contact␣Marleah␣Blades␣at␣256-689-0242.␣

3 & 4-YEAR OLD HELPERS Nov 5 Sallie Thomas & Heather Dempsey Nov 12 Maggie Hedgepath & Cailynn Steele Nov 19 Marleah Blades & Bethany Johnson Nov 26 Hattie & Callie Ewing ======================

CHILDREN’S CHURCH Nov 5 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 26

Courtney Johnston & Tyler Teal Christie Shew & Emily Duncan Nikki Haynes & Rhonda Duncan IN CHURCH ======================

CHILDREN’S STORY Nov 5 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 26

Chris Thomas Nikki Haynes Courtney Johnston Christie Shew

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday Sunday School 9:00 am Morning Worship 10:00 am Choir Practice 4:00 pm Bible Study


10:00 am

Wednesday Supper 5:30 pm Evening Devotion 6:00 pm Children & Youth Activities DAYCARE NEWS Thank you for your support with the October activities! This month we will be closed on November 10th to observe Veteran’s Day and closed the week of Thanksgiving, November 20th thru 24th! On Thursday, November 16th, we will have our Thanksgiving meal at the daycare. The children will dress for the occasion in Native American and Pilgrim attire. We are blessed at the daycare to have a wonderful group of children and a great staff! Thank you for your continued continued prayers and support! Like in our song we sing each week – “God is so Good”! Marilyn and Staff

November 2017


S 1 8 15 22 29

M 2 9 16 23 30

Oct 2017 T W T 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 26 31



F 6 13 20 27

S 7 14 21 28


Dec 2017 S M T W T 3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

6 9:15 AM Deacon/Staff Prayer Time

Sometimers Riverboat Cruise

9:30 AM Choir Practice

7 14 21 28

F 1 8 15 22 29

S 2 9 16 23 30



8:15 AM Deacon/Staff Monthly Meeting

14 Happy Birthday Adam Freeman, Bill Green & Cailynn Steele

Happy Birthday Diane Freeman, Courtney Green, Peggy (J) Green & Cheryl Haynes



Happy Birthday Gail Burns

Happy Birthday George McKerley

27 Happy Birthday Katelyn Hamby & Faye Ponder

28 10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY Happy Birthday Marie Swenson

3 6:00 PM Adult Get-together


4 Happy Birthday Tara Hedgepath

Happy Birthday Michele Teal



5:30 PM Supper, Devotion, Children & Youth Activities Happy Birthday Wyrnne Lipscomb

5:30 PM Supper, Devotion, Children & Youth Activities


16 6:00 PM Adult Get-together


2:00 PM Decorate Church Followed by Soup Supper

Happy Birthday Hudson Freeman VETERANS DAY

18 Happy Birthday Tyler Edwards

Happy Birthday Louise Green & Darren Hamby

23 Thanksgiving Holiday Church Office & Daycare Closed

24 CMC Reserved -Duncans Happy Birthday Nick Howard Thanksgiving Holiday Church Office & Daycare Closed



Happy Birthday Rory Bonds

Happy Birthday Coralyn Blades, Taylor McGinnis & Brady Turner




Happy Birthday Millie Holmes & Rex McAlister


Happy Birthday Vickie Johnston & Cody Ponder






5:30 PM Supper, Devotion, Children & Youth Activities



Happy Birthay Jacob Freeman

Daylight Savings Time Ends


6 13 20 27


5:00 PM CMC Reserved Staci Porter

10:00 AM 167th Homecoming NO Sunday School


5 12 19 26




November 2017 Newsletter