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Volume 30

Decem December ember 2017

No. 12

NEWS & VIEWS OF WILLIAMS Church Phone: (256) 435435-5020 Church Email: fbcwilliams@cableone.net

Daycare Phone: (256) 435435-8313 Church Website: fbcwilliams.org

“Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’” ― Luke 2:9-14

December is that month that seems to take its sweet time getting here. When it does arrive, though, we never quite seem completely ready for it, and by the time we think we’ve got a handle on it, it slips right past us and on into a New Year, leaving us wondering what exactly happened and looking forward to its next arrival. Whether December is the actual month in which Jesus was born or not (and it’s highly unlikely that it is), it seems fitting to celebrate the arrival of the Christ-child in the month that takes so long to get hear and leaves us still looking forward to its next arrival. Here are a few things to look forward to this month as we celebrate Advent and Christmas together: on Sunday, December 3rd we will begin the Advent season with our traditional Hanging of the Green Service (*note there’s no “s” on “Green”) during morning worship, and at 6:00 P.M. we will have our Christmas music special, featuring our adult choir and children’s choir. On the evening of December 13th we will have a pizza supper followed by caroling in our community, so come ready to sing your favorite Christmas carols. On December 15th at 3:00 P.M. we will have our last Food Pantry distribution of 2017. We will not have Sunday School on Christmas Eve, but we will gather for worship at 10:00 A.M. and again at 4:00 P.M. for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service. We will NOT have Wednesday evening activities on December 27th or January 3rd. My prayer for you this Advent and Christmas season is that the birth of Christ may be more real to you than ever, that presence of Jesus in and around us may be felt with a deeper sense of gratitude and hope, and that the love of God may bring you peace, hope, joy, and love this season and in the days ahead. Grace and Peace, Chris


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY SCHEDULE

Ministry & Missions Budget Needs Monthly $ 30,686.17 Year to Date $ 339,908.64

NURSERY HELPERS

Receipts $ 24,401.00 $ 271,359.04

Dec 3 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 24 Dec 31

TOTALS ARE THROUGH 11/26/2017

“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 DECEMBER Sharhonda Duncan & Jeanie Floyd GREETERS & USHERS FOR DECEMBER Alan & Patsy Boozer Ty & Jill Green

JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER Our church is scheduled to provide the following items to the J.C.O.C. for the month of DECEMBER: Dry Beans, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Cake Mix and Cake Icing. Please take your donated items DIRECTLY TO the JCOC located just behind McDonalds.

ADULT GAME NIGHT: Adult get-together will be held at th 6pm on December 7 . 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. Dec 6th

Lynn Edwards & Team Breakfast Clean-up Crew: Lamar & Diane Freeman

Dec 13th

Pizza

Dec 20th

NO SUPPER

27th

NO SUPPER

Dec

CBF GLOBAL MISSIONS CHRISTMAS OFFERING Our goal for CBF Global Missions this year is $6000 with a challenge goal of $7000. You may make your donations payable to FBCW and write at bottom of check “Global Missions”. You will be able to donate through Jan 6, 2018. BUT, as an added incentive if we reach the goal of $6000 prior to Christmas Eve………Bro. Chris will wear the “special and colorful” “Christmas Suit” to church on Christmas Eve morning worship. AND, if we reach the challenge goal of $7000, Pat Barker will also be wearing a matching suit for worship.

Sharon Williams Carol McGinnis Beverly Almaroad Patti McLeod Kari Haynes

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 Dec 3 Kate Hamby & Gracie Davis Dec 10 Candace Burns & Haley Stephens Dec 17 Sallie Thomas & Heather Dempsey Dec 24 Maggie Hedgepath & Cailynn Steele Dec 31 Marleah Blades & Bethany Johnson ======================

CHILDREN’S CHURCH Dec 3 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 24 Dec 31

Courtney Johnston & Callie McFall Nikki Haynes & Randy Blades Christie Shew & Marleah Blades Nikki Haynes & Katrina Lipscomb IN CHURCH ======================

CHILDREN’S STORY Dec 3 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 24 Dec 31

Kate Hamby Randy Blades Rhonda Duncan Marleah Blades Chris Thomas

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

10:00 am

Wednesday Supper 5:30 pm Evening Devotion 6:00 pm Children & Youth Activities DAYCARE NEWS We had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at the daycare thanks to all of the helpers from our church family. Many parents, grandparents, and others came to eat with our children. We are thankful for our many blessings. We would like to offer you a special invitation to “The Daycare Christmas Program” on Tuesday, December December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm. The performance will be held in the sanctuary. It is a great holiday activity! Please include this in your list of places to go this Christmas. The Daycare will be CLOSED on December 25, 2017 thru January 1, 2018! Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our Daycare. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Marilyn and Staff


December 2017 FBC WILLIAMS ACTIVITIES CALENDAR Sunday

Monday Nov 2017 S M T W T 1 2 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 14 15 16 19 20 21 22 23 26 27 28 29 30

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4 8:15 AM Deacon/Staff Monthly Meeting

Tuesday

F 3 10 17 24

S 4 11 18 25

S M 1 7 8 14 15 21 22 28 29

5 Happy Birthday Paul Ingram

Wednesday Jan 2018 T W T 2 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30 31

Happy Birthday Patsy Boozer

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12

Happy Birthday Bob McLeod

Happy Birthday Bruce Boozer & Mary Jane Davis

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

13

10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY

8 Happy Birthday Chris Cheatwood, Emily Johnston & Shirley Justice

Happy Birthday John E English

6:00 PM CAROLING

17

18

4:00 PM 4th Quarter Church Council Meeting

24

Happy Birthday Katelyn Edwards

25

4:00 PM Christmas Eve Communion Service NO SUNDAY SCHOOL

31 Happy Birthday Kevon Green Terri Byrd Preaching

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

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20

10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY Happy Birthday Donna Boozer & Cindy Maples

26

6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities

NO BIBLE STUDY

15 3:00 PM FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION

16 CMC & KITCHEN RESERVED Duncans

Happy Birthday Donnie Andrews & Sallie Thomas

21 Happy Birthday Eric Freeman & Ronnie Preston

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23

Happy Birthday Christy Steele

NO SUPPER

27

Happy Birthday Cheryl Lyon

9

6:00 PM Adult Get-together

14 5:30 PM SUPPER

Saturday

2

S 6 13 20 27

6:00 PM CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

10

Friday

1 F 5 12 19 26

6

10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY

Thursday

Happy Birthday Bethany Johnson

28 Happy Birthday Tyler Almaroad & Blake Bonds

NO SUPPER NO SERVICE

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS - CHURCH OFFICE & DAYCARE CLOSED

29 Happy Birthday Brian Boozer & Leonard Norton

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