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Volume 31

January 2018

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

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

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” ― G. K. Chesterton Another year has arrived, a new year full of possibilities, hopes, and dreams. This past year (2017) was a great year for our church: we continued to be more deeply engaged in missions in our community and around the world through new missional partnerships and strengthened programs; we paid off our debt, making financial room for us to dream about the future and long-term improvements to our facilities; we had a record year in terms of undesignated giving, a trend I hope will continue in 2018 as we look towards creating a realistic and sustainable budget; we welcomed new members and celebrated baptisms; we faithfully continued the work to which Christ has called this church for over 167 years. Now, with the arrival of 2018, comes the possibility of even greater things. As you are making resolutions, renewing commitments, or simply looking down the calendar at the year ahead, let me encourage you to renew your commitment to Christ and his church here at Williams. Commit to joining us for worship each Sunday morning. Commit to finding a Sunday School group and becoming a part of that most important community within the greater community of our church. Commit to giving to the mission and ministry of our church through undesignated tithes and special missions offerings. Commit to praying for our church, for other members, for our community, and your ministers and church staff. In 2018, may you commit yourself more fully to the calling Christ gives each one of us who call on his name, and as you are praying for God’s direction in this coming year, join me in praying for a few specific things. Pray for direction in how we will address the growing concerns about our aging buildings and spaces in need of repair, updating, or repurposing. Pray for our personnel committee, our interim ministers of music and youth, and for whomever God may be calling to join our staff in a permanent role this year. Pray for our missional partnerships and ways we might be more fully engaged in support and action with them. Pray for our community and how we might grow in relationship with those who are otherwise disconnected from us, from faith, and from God. We stand on the brink of a new year filled with possibilities. We can choose to look over our shoulder at all that has happened before—all that we feel we’ve accomplished—or we can choose to brave that which is out before us, the unseen, unknown future, where God goes before us. May we all choose to follow God into the future set before us with a revived sense of hope, possibility, and assurance in God’s love to see us through. Grace and Peace, Chris

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


Receipts $ 31,290.01 $ 302,649.05


“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 JANUARY Diane Freeman & Steve Green GREETERS & USHERS FOR JANUARY Lynn & Rita Edwards Tyler & Katie Edwards

JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER Our church is scheduled to provide the following items to the J.C.O.C. for the month of JANUARY: Canned Fruit, Cereal, Kool-aid and Toothpaste. Please take your donated items DIRECTLY TO the JCOC located just behind McDonalds.

ADULT GAME NIGHT: Adult get-together will be held at th th 6pm on January 4 & January 18 . 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. Jan 3rd


Jan 10th

Patsy Boozer & Team Chicken Fingers, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Rolls & Dessert

Jan 17th

Sarah Ann McGinnis & Team Lasagna, Corn, Salad, Garlic Bread & Dessert

Jan 24th

Lynn Edwards & Team Taco Salad, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice & Dessert

Jan 31st

Patsy Boozer & Team Pork Chops, Green Beans, Scalloped Potatoes, Salad, Rolls & Dessert

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 7, 2018. Total Received to date: $4,620.00


Sharon Williams Jamie Davis Bonnie Johnson Peggy (J) Green

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 Jan 7 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28

Randy Blades & Lauren Whitaker Kate Hamby & Gracie Davis Candace Burns & Haley Stephens Sallie Thomas & Heather Dempsey ======================

CHILDREN’S CHURCH Jan 7 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28

Courtney Johnston & Chris Dempsey Christie Shew & Sharhonda Duncan Nikki Haynes & Tyler Teal IN CHURCH ======================

CHILDREN’S STORY Jan 7 Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28

Chris Thomas Courtney Johnston Christie Shew Kate Hamby

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


January 2018







8 Rev. Joshua Hearne Preaching

3 6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Church Office & Daycare CLOSED




NO SUPPER Devotion 6pm in Sanctuary


5 Happy Birthday Jess Bonds

6 6:00 PM CMC RESERVED Green


10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY 6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan

CMC RESERVED Green Happy Birthday Lynn Edwards & Sean Ponder


9 Happy Birthday Maggie Hedgepath


5:30 PM Supper 6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities



Happy Birthday J.C. Holmes


6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan

Happy Birthday Nancy Ponder & Matt Whitaker

Happy Birthday Abby Hedgepath

14 1:30 PM Casey & Ashley Barker Baby Shower

15 Happy Birthday Bonnie Johnson

16 10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY 6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan

Happy Birthday Rita Reaves





6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan

5:30 PM Supper 6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities

Happy Birthday Richard Doss

Happy Birthday Jimmy Green

Happy Birthday Katrina Lipscomb & Patti Ponder



Happy Birthday Will Andrews, Allan Williams & Andy Williams

23 10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY 6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan Happy Birthday Joe Maples


29 Happy Birthday Denis Green

30 10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY 6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan Happy Birthday Braxton McFall & Kay Prickett





6:00 PM CMC Reserved-K Duncan

5:30 PM Supper 6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities

Happy Birthday Kathleen Friery & Madilyn Turner

Happy Birthday Ally Ponder

31 5:30 PM Supper 6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities

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

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

F S 1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

Feb 2018 S M T W T 4 11 18 25

1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28

F S 2 9 16 23

3 10 17 24

January 2018 Newsletter  
January 2018 Newsletter