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Complete Guide to the Bible: An Illustrated Book-by-Book Companion to the Scriptures Forged by Fire: How God Shapes Those He Loves By Bob Reccord

SENIOR PASTOR…………………………...…………..REV. MATT CRAWFORD ASSOC. PASTOR MUSIC & SR ADULTS …………….REV. NUNO NORBERTO HISPANIC PASTOR…………………..…...………………..…….REV. LUIS LUNA PASTOR EMERITUS.………………..…..................................DR. JAMES MCALL CHURCH BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR….............................GEORGE SMITH MUSIC, YOUTH & SR. ADULT SECRETARY..……..…….…..LYNDA HODGE EDUCATION SECRETARY…………………………….....CONNIE RODRIGUEZ PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR……………...…….……….....DIXIE LYNN KREULEN HOUSEKEEPER…………………….………..………….…...SANDY WISENBERG MAINTENANCE………….…………..…….….………………..….WADE LINDLEY AFTER HOURS COORDINATOR…………………………………...HAL GRAVES

When God Comes to Church: Experiencing the Fullness of His Presence By Steven Gaines Lies That Go Unchallenged in Popular Culture By Charles Colson The Navy Justice Series: Treason, Hostage and Defiance YOUR MEDIA CENTER IS LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS ACROSS FROM THE ELEVATOR. HOURS: SUN. 9:00 - 10:15 A.M. & WED. 5:45 - 7:15 P.M.

Dear Friends: Thanks to all of you who prayed for us during Bob’s illness. Your Christian concern and friendship has been greatly appreciated. Thank you for all the wonderful expressions of love, concern, and for the food brought to our home. In His Love, Frances Dear Church Family: Thank you so much for the many cards, prayers, and financial support you provided following the passing of George. He so much loved being apart of this church family. Jay Stubbs & family To the Church Family: Happy Thanksgiving to each one of you, with much appreciation and always blessings to each of you, New Testament Mission. Love Bro. Mike & Sister Pat Karl Dear Church Family: A gigantic thank you to the community and First Baptist Church for opening your hearts to the African Children’s Choir, Wednesday, 10/16. Over 900 people watched in amazement as these 7-10 year olds gave us a message of love and good will. These children tour the U.S. to raise awareness of poverty in Africa. Those who attended also were blessed when the Woodlawn, Fred Wild, Cracker Trail, our children’s choir and the Sebring Middle School Choirs as they joined the African Children on stage to sing NKOSI SIKELE (the African National Anthem). The choirs worked hard to learn the words. When their bus broke down in West Palm Beach, Annett Bus Lines came to the rescue. Host families took care of lodging and meals for 2 nights, ripped costumes were repaired, broken suitcases were replaced, Erik Christensen and the Kitchen Angels provided extra meals for their Wednesday supper time, volunteers helped out—even setting up classrooms for the children to have their schooling uninterrupted. Linda Crowder at the Children’s Museum of Highlands invited the little ones inside to experience many new learning activities. They couldn’t stop talking about their fun time! The article by Jay Meisel and pictures by Ryan Pelham in the Highlands Today was of special interest to the children. They were given newspaper clippings for their scrapbooks. Thank you again Highlands County! Patricia Sinkler Our Church Family: Thanks for your prayers in comforting us during our loss and for the lovely flowers. May God Bless each and everyone of you for your kindness. God Bless. The Family of Donel Daff

If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.

252 Crew

Week Two (Nov 10) Choose Your Words Carefully Proverbs 12:18

If you want to be wise, think before you speak

Week Four (Nov 24) Josiah Chooses to Follow God 2 Kings 22-23 Proverbs 22:3

If you want to be wise, look before you leap.

Mission Offering: Good Samaritan Shoe Box Mission for Children.

* Kindergarten—First grade

* Sundays at 10:30am * Room D203

THE VOICE

Dear Church Family: It is hard to express the thankfulness I feel in my heart for all you have done for my family and I. You have prayed, provided food, sent cards, called and visited us. We feel lifted by your sweet support and Christian love. God has blessed us with many wonderful things, one of the greatest being our church family. I love you, Ila McCall Cox

Week Three (Nov 17) Rehoboam Listens to Fools 1 Kings 12:1-15 Proverbs 13:20

Community Outreach

Email: lhodge@fbsebring.com Email: connierodriguez@fbsebring.com

THANK YOU!!!

Week One (Nov 3) Family Worship Sunday in Sanctuary Lunch in the Fellowship Hall (Parents/Kids/Volunteers)

ISSUE #319 MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SEBRING, FLORIDA November 2013

OFFICE HOURS 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30

The Grateful Gathering is a project planned to provide up to 30 families a basket full of ingredients for 7 evening meals during the week of Thanksgiving. These meals are easy to prepare with a menu created to be kid-friendly. We would love for the participating families to gather around their table each night for the evening meal. During their gathering, each will be able to have a devotion time using a Bible, tabbed with suggested reading, included in their basket. Volunteers will be needed on the following date: Saturday, November 22, 8:00 am: Prepare and assemble baskets. 10:00 am to noon: Distribution - Families will come to the church to get baskets, and volunteers will be needed to assist families. Watch for more details in the near future.

UPWARD BASKETBALL AND CHEERLEADING IS COMING PRACTICE STARTS JANUARY 6TH GAMES START JANUARY 18TH END OF SEASON CELEBRATION MARCH 10TH

Volunteers needed in all areas. Contact: Travis Wise 863.381.1498 or the church office at 863.385.5154.

NOVEMBER 2, 2013 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Speaker: Lois Tejada Music: Susan Robertson


MINISTER OF MUSIC

SENIOR PASTOR Hello, Church! I hope this newsletter finds you doing well and enjoying the fall season. I am so grateful for the little bit of cooler weather we are getting now. I am also thankful that we have finally gotten into our home here in Sebring and that baby Emma will be arriving very soon! By the time you get this newsletter, she should be here! Thank you for asking about our family and praying for us so faithfully. Speaking of being thankful, I want you to know about the next sermon series we will be starting soon: “A LIFE of Thanksgiving.” According to God’s Word, living and giving out of a thankful heart should be the way we live at all times, not just the way we live during the holiday season. This sermon series will examine a biblical view of stewardship of our time,

OUR MISSION STATEMENT Under the Lord Jesus Christ, we will connect with others, grow as disciples,

and serve with our gifts.

THE TITHE IS THE LORDS 2013 ANNUAL CHURCH BUDGET….…..$ 895,000 BUDGET NEEDS TO DATE………….......$ 736,318 BUDGET RECEIPTS TO DATE…....…......$ 674,097

The series should last seven weeks and take us through the end of 2013. Following that, we will jump into working through another book of Scripture. I can’t wait to open God’s Word together with you! God bless you, and have a great Thanksgiving! Pastor Matt

November Keenager Program Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 11:15 a.m. Thanksgiving Musical with Jerry Fawley. Bring a friend and a covered dish and join us for great fellowship, inspiring speakers, music/singing, and good food. Celebrating and caring for one another. Serving and ministering in Christ’s Name. Enjoying fellowship with God and each other.

OCTOBER REQUIREMENTS……............$ 79,476 OCTOBER RECEIPTS.……........................$ 58,187 MAGUIRE STATE MISSIONS…..……….$ 4,383

Una Oportunidad Para Sanar.

Thanksgiving gifts, and finances and connect that stewardship to our gratitude for God’s love, provision, and salvation in Jesus Christ.

We, the First Baptist Church of Sebring, are committed to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, fulfilling the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) in order to reach and convert the lost and to equip the saved to be on mission with the Lord.

HISPANIC MISSION

Give thanks – How? To whom? Why? The answers we can find in Henry Smith’s song. Like the song says, Give thanks with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy One; Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. We have hope for eternity because of the salvation we find in Jesus Christ. During the season of Thanksgiving we take a lot of time to be thankful for family members, friends, our country, and stuff we have, but let’s give priority to thank God for sending His only Son, for shedding His blood on the cross, for paying the punishment for our sins, and for making us right with God. On a side note, don’t forget our November 10 and 11 dates celebrating Veterans Day . On November 10, if you are a veteran, you are invited to come along with your spouse to the 3rd Annual Breakfast for Veterans here at our church. Just call the office to sign up. The following day, November 11, we are very excited to host the Heartland Pops Band, as they play a concert entitled “Salute to the Veterans.” They have as a special guest the Navy Band Conductor, Commander Allen Beck. The concert is FREE and starts at 7 pm in our church sanctuary. Love you in Christ!

Como pastor tuve la oportunidad de ir a Costa Rica en un momento de dolor, fue una oportunidad para confortar a los que se sentían dolidos, Lucas 4:18,19 El Espíritu del Señor está sobre mí, por cuanto me ha ungido para dar buenas nuevas a los pobres; me ha enviado a sanar a los quebrantados de corazón, a pregonar libertad a los cautivos y vista a los ciegos a poner en libertad a los oprimidos y a predicar el año agradable del Señor. Es una oportunidad para afirmar el valor de la vida, de proclamar nuestra esperanza en Cristo Jesús y la oportunidad de sembrar y cosechar. Somos una fuente de fortaleza y consuelo. Dios no nos dará un camino fácil hacia la tierra prometida pero si una camino seguro…San Juan 14:2 dice: En la casa de mi Padre muchas moradas hay; si así no fuera, yo os lo hubiera dicho; voy, pues, a preparar lugar para vosotros. Los que amamos están con el Señor; el Señor ha prometido estar con nosotros; por lo tanto si ellos están con El y El está con nosotros nuestros amados no deben estar muy lejos”. Su hermano en Cristo; Luis Luna Dear First Baptist family, my family wanted to express our appreciation for the support you provided during this difficult time as we lost our father .The time we spent with our family was much needed, and it was a blessing. We thank you for your continued prayers. Pastor Luis Luna.

Jezimar Nuno Norberto Associate Pastor, Music and Senior Adults Thanksgiving is full of GIVING! The children are GIVING back by helping those going on the Honduras Mission Trip. We will be collecting supplies needed for the children in Honduras. The children will be GIVING joy as they sing for their family at our Thanksgiving Feast. The children will be dressed up as Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indians, singing their Thanksgiving songs.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.

Dixie Kreulen, Director


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