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First Baptist Church 212 Twelfth Street Post Office Box 828 Columbus, Georgia 31902 - 0828

Volume 48

December 4 - 10, 2016



Mighty God Matthew 3:1-12 Dr. Jimmy Elder OFFERTORY PRAYER

Mr. Ryan Lang from Second Story LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE 8:30 AM Rita and Powell Brewton 11:00 AM Second Story Students

F i r s t B a p ti s t C h u r c h i n v i t e s y o u t o e n j o y a C h r i s t m a s M u s i c a l C e l e b r a ti o n f e a t u r i n g o u r C h i l d r e n ’ s a n d Yo u t h C h o i r s and Adult Handbells. S u n d a y, D e c e m b e r 4 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary READ THE BIBLE THROUGH IN A YEAR READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 3 - 10, 2016 3rd




Exodus 32:1 - 33:23 Matthew 26:69 - 27:14 Psalm 33:1-11 Proverbs 8:33-36

Exodus 37:1 - 38:31 Matthew 28:1-20 Psalm 34:1-22 Proverbs 9:7-10

Leviticus 1:1 - 3:17 Mark 1:29 - 2:12 Psalm 35:17-28 Proverbs 9:13-18

Leviticus 6:1 - 7:27 Mark 3:7-30 Psalm 37:1-11 Proverbs 10:3-4





Exodus 39:1 - 40:38 Mark 1:1-28 Psalm 35:1-16 Proverbs 9:11-12

Leviticus 4:1 - 5:19 Mark 2:13 - 3:6 Psalm 36:1-12 Proverbs 10:1-2

Leviticus 7:28 - 9:6 Mark 3:31 - 4:25 Psalm 37:12-29 Proverbs 10:5

Exodus 34:1 - 36:38 Matthew 27:15-31 Psalm 33:12-22 Proverbs 9:1-6

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FAMILY DEDICATION AT 8:30 AM Benjamin Maddux Johnson Lindsay and Abe Johnson TONIGHT AT 6:00 IN THE SANCTUARY

Christmas Musical Celebration Children’s and Youth Choirs and Handbells EXTENDED SESSION WORKERS

Toddlers: Toncy Little Threes: Jennifer Stravelakis




Allen Denham and Johnny Johnson

Ground Beef Tacos and Fixin’s Fruit and Salad Bar Dessert Children and Youth: No Special Menu Please remember to call the church office (706.322.4468) to make or cancel reservations by noon on Tuesdays.

Phone: 706.322.4468

Fax: 706.324.7422


Jack Lawler, Billie Dodson, Roxann Elder, Peggy Owens, Doug Pullen, Crawford Smith and Mae Watson SHUTTLE DRIVER

Don Smith View the 11:00 AM service live on WTVM or on the internet by clicking the "Watch Live Streaming" link on the left side of the website.

First Baptist Church invites you to join us for an evening of sacred music as our Adult Choir and orchestra present

Jesus, composed by Mary McDonald. Sunday, December 11 6:00 PM Sanctuary

Loving none more than Christ and loving others as ourselves, we strive to reflect God’s love to all.

FAMILY MATTERS IN MEMORY OF Mrs. Erie Sue Buck Dr. Othell Hand Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Heard


Mrs. Lyra Hodges Mr. Rex Hodges

Advent has come into our lives once more. I always find this time of year magical and filled with wonder and clear messages of God’s love. This week when I was at the gym, I encountered a man accompanied by a younger man, both of whom had come to swim. The lanes were filled, but we found a way to accommodate the two of them so they could swim together. The older of the two identified himself as a coach and the younger as one of the members of the wrestling team. In conversation, I learned that the coach was working with the young man to help him increase his endurance and conditioning—and one of the best ways to do this is through swimming. As we talked further, he told me that the young athlete had injured his ankle and was unable to run or do traditional forms of conditioning. As his ankle recovered, he did not need to be putting weight on it or challenging it with repeated actions such as running, jumping and so forth; but he still needed conditioning for endurance. The way I saw it, the coach could have just sidelined him for a while, given him a routine to follow that might have included swimming or some other exercise or turned him over to someone else. The coach was so committed to his student athlete, however, that he got up around 5:30 or so and came to the gym WITH the athlete. He got in the pool WITH him. He swam WITH him. He supported him. He was present in the young man’s training. I was deeply impressed with the commitment of the coach as well as the commitment of the young man. This is the kind of coach who affords students the best opportunities for success, self-achievement and an understanding of team support. Education and the building of character, as well as developing the gifts of a person, are in direct proportion to how engaged the one in charge (coach, mentor, teacher, etc.) is in the person’s life. We always do better when the one who is guiding us shows up to help. God could have told us to get our acts together. God gave us the Bible, and He could easily have told us to simply follow the scriptures. He could have monitored our progress and watched from heaven as we struggled through life. The truth is that He knew we would do better with an example—a Savior who was present in our lives, who would walk with us in every challenge and opportunity of life. It would help if this One had been tempted and challenged in every way that we are, yet succeeded in overcoming and resisting the Fall. That is the grand idea of God which we celebrate at Christmas. Emmanuel, God with us! Jesus walks with us every day. He came into this world to teach, mentor, set an example, support, encourage and help us reach our fullest potential in life. He came to bless and affirm us. He came to save our souls. He did not stand on the sidelines but engaged in life, suffered and offered the ultimate gift of sacrifice and love. God is with us. Emmanuel is come! What we celebrate at Christmas is seen in a coach who gets up early for one, and only one, member of the team who needs his support; who goes out of his way to be where the student needs him to be; who offers coaching, guidance and belonging. All in all, he says, you matter to me and how you fare in life matters a great deal. That is the essence of the Emmanuel experience. God is with us indeed, and His name is Jesus! The one thing required is that when the coach shows up at the gym, the student must meet him there. Let’s meet our Savior in the places where He may be best honored during this incredible season. Your Pastor, Jimmy

Mr. Mike McBride Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mumbrauer Mr. Bill Newsome Mr. Bill Dillard SUGGESTED GIFTS FOR THE MIDTOWN MEDICAL CENTER NICU AT CHRISTMAS As part of our Christmas morning worship celebration, we are asking each person or family attending to bring one (or more) gifts to be delivered to the NICU of Children’s Hospital, in Midtown Medical Center in Columbus. Suggestions for gifts are:  indestructible classic children’s books by authors such as Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Robert Munch, Jan Brett, Jan O’Connor, Don Freeman, Deborah Guarino, etc. Choose titles that would interest you as a reader.  washable/wipeable instrumental or voice musical toys with volume controls  washable/wipeable stuffed animals with no removable parts (eyes, buttons, etc.) that are small enough for an infant to hold and to fit in a crib  pacifier holders, specifically Wubba Nub  CDs of classical music and/or lullabies  baby supplies that you would typically buy for a newborn, such as diapers, wipes, etc.

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VICTORY MISSION ANGEL TREE NOVEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 4 Select a teddy bear girl or boy from the tree in the foyer of the sanctuary. Pick an angel located next to the tree, write your name on it, and put it on the tree to replace the teddy bear. Look on the bear for the child’s age and a suggested gift. Purchase the gift ($20 or less). Wrap the gift and tape the teddy bear to the outside of the gift. As you go through this process, please pray for the child who will receive the gift. Return the gift to the Mission Tree by Sunday, December 4 .





Sunday School November 27, 2016 285 Missions 124

Second Sunday in Advent

Barbara Bell has been leading our Quilt Ministry for over five years. During that time, hundreds of quilts were made and distributed to places such as the NICU at the Medical Center. The time has come for Barbara to move closer to her family—her biological family, that is. Her church family is very much going to miss Barbara and her loving, generous spirit. The date for her transition is still being determined; in the meantime, please let Barbara know how much we appreciate everything she has done here at FBC. Barbara, we will miss you and wish you the best in your new home!

CITY MINISTRY ( [Brandon Strozier]

We are so excited to be celebrating Second Story's 1st anniversary this Sunday at First Baptist! Many of our students from 2S will be in attendance for and involved in the services that morning. In addition, Second Story will be selling coasters that are adorned with our logo as a fundraiser for our ministries in 2017. The wood used has been reclaimed twice over and represents a beautiful symbol of the way in which Christ has reclaimed our lives and made us new. We hope this is something you would love to have in your home or would give as a gift. See you Sunday!

You are invited to our Family Christmas Dinner Wednesday, December 14, in Fellowship Hall at 5:15 PM. Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets are available Wednesday evenings in Fellowship Hall and Sunday mornings on the loggia. Please purchase tickets no later than noon Monday, December 12.

Financial Stewardship Giving 2016 Year-to-Date Annual Budget 2016 Expected Receipts to Date Actual Receipts to Date Receipts to Nov. 30, 2015 *

$1,853,002.00 $1,588,156.00 $1,459,975.70 $1,426,900.73



Our scripture verse for December is found in Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Jesus is the reason we rejoice or find joy. Joy is a response to the character of God; and when we learn to trust God no matter what, we can find joy in knowing that no matter what happens He is in control. We will spend the month of December taking a closer look at the way joy shows up throughout the Christmas story.


We hear this week from Susan Peters, who is not currently teaching every week but has faithfully served in the children's Sunday School and ministry for years: Leading a Bible study brings discussion, understanding, and spiritual interpretation of the word of God. All this can point us in the right direction to our place in God's plan for our lives.

December 4 - 10, 2016

8:30 AM 9:45 AM 9:45 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM

9:30 AM 11:00 AM 4:30 PM 5:30 PM

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY SCHOOL Victory Mission Sunday School WORSHIP SERVICE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL CELEBRATION (Sanctuary) MONDAY Food Closet Mission Action I (FH) Missions Committee (122) Properties Committee (122)

TUESDAY 11:45 AM Breaking Bread Bible Study (2S) 5:15 PM Christmas Play at Victory Mission WEDNESDAY 5:15 PM Fellowship Supper begins (FH) 6:00 PM Ladies’ Study (114) 6:00 PM Preschool Arts 4 and 5 years (110) 6:00 PM Music /Arts for grades 1-5 (206) 6:00 PM Prayer Around the Tables (FH) 6:30 PM Youth Wednesday Night Live! (YAB) 6:30 PM Pastor’s Coed Bible Study (FH) 6:30 PM Current Events/Social Issues Discussion Group (Library) 6:30 PM Men’s Study (261) 6:30 PM Adult Choir (Music Suite) 6:45 PM GAs (213) / RAs (209) / 4s and 5s Mission Friends (109) 6:30 AM 7:00 AM 9:30 AM 12:00 PM

THURSDAY Men’s Bible Study (Panera) Men’s Bible Study (BK Wynnton) Food Closet Young in Heart (FH)

FRIDAY 7:00 AM High School Breakfast (C-f-A) 7:45 AM Middle School Breakfast (C-f-A) SATURDAY

YOUTH MINISTRY ( Last week, we had our annual Turkey Bowl— a flag football tournament we organize. It’s become a holiday week staple for many in our community, members of First Baptist and non-members alike. There was a great turnout this year; we believe around 170 people were involved in the tournament plus additional spectators. My, how this tradition has grown! Thank you for your support of the Turkey Bowl, because it gives our youth an opportunity to host many of their friends and neighbors. Events like this, though not explicitly focused on First Baptist, help to show others the kind of fun and fellowship they can find among our ranks.

For an updated calendar, please visit our website:

ALTAR GUILD’S CHURCH DECORATION FUNDRAISER Members of the church family may make donations to the Altar Guild’s church decoration fundraiser in honor of or in memory of a friend or loved one. Donations are used for decorating the church at Christmas and to provide funds for decorations for other events. The names of honorees and donors will appear in the order of worship on Sunday, December 18. Please see the donation envelope available Sundays in the foyer for more details. Deadline for donating: December 9.

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