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Valentine Banquet Dancing with the Members

Every Sunday Morning*

February 10 5:30 PM Cost is $15 per person

Every Sunday Evening*

Look for the Red Heart in the Welcome Center to buy your tickets!

9:30 AM Worship in the Sanctuary 10:45 AM Sunday School for All Ages 5:00 PM Youth Praise Rehearsal 6:00 PM Youth Supper & Discipleship Gathering Every Wednesday Evening*

Menu for the night: Marinated pork tenderloin, crunchy salad, party mashed potatoes, green beans, with strawberry or chocolate cake for dessert.

5:30 PM Fellowship Supper 6:00 PM Youth Group Prayer Time 6:00 PM HeartSongs & FBC Kids 6:00 PM Sanctuary Handbells 6:15 PM Mid-Week Prayer 7:15 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Remember the Valentine’s Banquet is our annual fundraiser in support of our Youth Ministry.

Saturday, February 2 2 - 11 PM Singles’ Group Outing to Gaffney

The Valentine Banquet is always a joyful time and it is our annual fundraiser to help our young people earn “youth bucks” as they prepare for the night and serve throughout the weekend. The money that is raised gives the youth the support they need for their portion of the cost for camps, retreats and mission trips across the balance of the year. Thank you for your prayerful support and encouragement for FBCS Youth!

Other Side of 50 Events for the Year

Wednesday, February 6 6:15 PM Dr. Canoy begins “Becoming Good Disciples” a study in the Gospel of Mark Sunday , February 10 9:30 AM Scout Sunday during Worship 5:30 PM Valentine’s Banquet Tuesday, February 12 12:30 PM Other Side of 50 BBQ Lunch with Vintage Vibe Friday, February 15 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Parents’ Night Out 6:15 PM Singles’ Bible Study

BBQ Lunch at the Church | Thursday, February 12 at 12:30 PM Entertainment - “Vintage Vibe” | $8 per person

Sunday, February 17 2-4 PM Baby Shower for Matt and Mary Renfer 7:00 PM Deacons’ Meeting

Train/Transportation Museum & Tour of Spencer, NC | Thursday, March 14 Leave the church at 8:00 AM and return late afternoon. Lunch at Hendricks BBQ. | $18 per person, plus money for lunch.

Friday, February 22 3:30 PM Set-up begins for the NC Handbell Festival

Amish Country Tour - Partnering with Central United Methodist Church April 29 - May 1 (4 days, 3 nights) Call church office for full details - 704-482-3467

Saturday, February 23 2:00 PM NC Handbell Festival Worship Concert – LeGrand Center

Chimney Rock / Lake Lure Trip | Tuesday, May 21 Call church office for full details - 704-482-3467

Sunday, February 24 9:30 AM Martha Stearns Marshall Day of Preaching 10:15 AM Quarterly Church Conference

Interim Pastor’s Corner

Community Staff Anniversaries

Happy February 2019! February brings with it two reminders for me: Valentine’s Day and Leap Year! Leap Year, as you know, happens so that the calendar can stay in sync with time (or is it so that our thoughts about time can get in sync with the calendar?). Given that the earth orbits at the pace that it does, our year is really 365 ¼ days, not just 365 days. So, every fourth year we have to add a day to the calendar to correct the year to cover for the ¼ day that is missing in the three previous years. While our next Leap Year (February 29) won’t be until 2020, I wonder what important “leaps” we might make in 2019? I propose that we take the “Valentine’s Leap.” Okay, should you Google “Valentine’s Leap,” you will get a blank screen, since no one has mused about that one yet. But, it isn’t complicated. The “Valentine’s leap” that I have in mind is the “leap of love.” St. Valentine was actually arrested for attempting to convert people to Christianity during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus (Claudius II). Prior to his relationship with the emperor, Valentine was jailed for marrying Christian couples at a time when it was illegal to be a Christian. Claudius, whom Valentine also loved and befriended, ultimately sentenced Valentine to death for not giving up the Christian faith. Even though Valentine was beaten and finally beheaded, he died confident in Jesus’ love for him. According to tradition, prior to his execution Valentine healed the jailer’s blind daughter and left behind a note to her that he signed: “Your Valentine.” I hope that you’re seeing a pattern in St. Valentine’s life. He maintained his Christian faith alongside demonstrating consistent Christian love. He was not angry. He was not overly aggressive. He was not belligerent. He was a gentle Christian in a not-so-gentle day. He continued to love and to do good even in the worst of circumstances, and from every indication without complaint. He loved the emperor the same as he loved the jailer, the jailer’s daughter, and the Christian couples that he married. So, let’s leap with our love for everyone this February and witness what good thing God will do through our love. Sincerely,

Robert Painting of St. Valentine marrying Christian couples.


Missy Smith Minister of Children February 1, 2016

Don Jones Maintenance Coordinator February 4, 2015

Financial Notes (1) Remember you can make your plans to give financially to the church online by going to the church website ( and clicking on this symbol at the bottom of the page or click on “Giving” at the top right corner of the homepage. (2) Thank you for your faithfulness to bring in your pledges for our construction capital campaign. We are entering the fourth of five years of commitment and you have responded so very well! Thank you. (3) Offering Envelopes: If you give your tithes and offerings online and do not wish to receive the mailed offering envelopes, please let us know in the church office. And, if you’d prefer to have only one set of envelopes for your family (instead of one set per person) let us know that as well. Email us at (4) Thank you for your faithfulness to give your tithes and offerings. While we missed giving the entire 2018 budget, we did not spend beyond our offering receipts.



2018 FBC Search Committee Survey

Executive Summary

Thank You to all 209 who participated in the church-wide survey to inform our Lead Pastor and Worship Arts Pastor Search Teams. This has been a helpful process. 53% of the surveys were filled out by individuals 65 or older and 59% of respondents have been members of First Baptist Church for 20 plus years. Responses indicated that great value is held in Worship, Fellowship, and Sunday School, followed closely by the value we hold in our staff. Although we have good satisfaction in the tasks of the church, we also have room to improve and to better promote our work, especially in the areas of helping members deepen their spiritual relationship with God and sharing the good news of the Gospel. Almost 60% felt the area where we need the most improvement is “connecting with younger generations.” The three areas of “first impressions”, “building community”, and “spiritual growth” came next with about 30% each. 70% of the responses noted they are agreeable for FBC Shelby to be dually aligned with the SBC and CBF; however, 95% felt that our “autonomy” (not being bound by any denominational decisions) and our “cooperation” with Great Commission Christians to spread the Gospel, are strong values that reflect FBC Shelby as a corporate body of believers. 96% agree that affirming women as deacons and ministers reflects the position of FBCS in this the church age. 76% of responses agree that the statement recognizing the “sexual ethic of Jesus” while “welcoming all who would join us” in a spiritual journey following Jesus, describes the position of FBC Shelby. Each comment about the staff positions has been carefully read. Your thoughtful participation is greatly appreciated! The responses will help the search teams as they look for the persons the Lord has called to serve in this place. We as FBC Shelby have a wide scope of opinions, but we have lots of common ground to build our future story upon! 99% of respondents indicated they were “all in” for prayerful support of our search processes. The search teams are thankful to have such a strong foundation of support as they proceed with their work.

Respectfully submitted, Tammy Bass, Facilitator

Baby Shower for Matt and Mary Renfer It’s A Boy! February 17, 2 - 4 PM Ladies’ Parlor They are registered at Amazon.

Becoming Good Disciples: A Study in the Gospel of Mark Join us for Wednesday Prayer Time and Bible Study 6:15 PM Beginning on February 6, Dr. Canoy will lead us in a study of the Gospel of Mark. 3

Love = Joy! “This is my commandment that you love one another that your joy may be full.” This is one of my favorite children’s songs and Bible passages coming from John 15. I often find myself using this when I am talking to my children, and the children here at church, reminding them that God wants to bless us when we show love to others. When we show love, He makes our joy full, as well as bringing glory to His name. My girls are quick to fight about which toy is theirs and who gets to help do this or that…..we all know how children do. Often, I make it a point to teach them that arguing zaps our joy. Showing love to each other can simply mean giving up something that is important to us and, even though it’s hard, it does bring us joy. This is a good lesson for us adults as well when we don’t get our way. May we as believers of the One who is the JOY GIVER be examples of his love to others and in doing so increase our joy, their joy, and ultimately HIS joy….so that JOY may be full. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

FBC Kids on Wednesday Nights

Snow Tubing Recap Our children had a wonderful time snow tubing together in January!

After taking a break for the Christmas holiday, FBC Kids resumed with their regular scheduled Wednesday evening activities. The children have had a wonderful time learning scripture together, and preparing music to share with our church body on Sunday mornings. If you know children that are not involved in FBC Kids on Wednesday nights, you definitely want to bring them so they can get plugged in and grow spiritually through this program. We meet on FBC Kids Hall every Wednesday from 6-7:30 PM.

Parents Night Out

Friday, February 15 5:30 PM —8:30 PM We will meet on the FBC Kids Hall and have pizza, games, and lots of fun as we jump into God’s love for us with a night out for parents and a night in for kids. Cost is $5 per child, or, maximum cost of $10 per family. Sign up by email to children@fbcshelby. org, on the children’s hall, or by calling the church office.

Community Vacation Bible School

Informational Meeting on March 10 at 6:00 PM At Mt Calvary Baptist Church The time is now to start praying and preparing for Vacation Bible School which will be June 23- 27. We are joining with Mt. Calvary Baptist and Central United Methodist as we host our Community Vacation Bible School. Missy has been meeting regularly with these other churches and looks forward to meeting with you. Please plan to attend the first informational meeting so we can be sure that everyone is communicated with effectively leading up to VBS.

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New Youth Center Furnishings And it is ready…. well almost! Thank you, thank you! The youth are so excited about moving into the new youth space. Thank you so much for your donations to help furnish this area. With Katie Graves’ spiritual gifts at work, we are about to get it finished. I hope you will drop by and see it! We are so thankful for all the hands who have helped move, and build items for us. So much work has gone into this area and the youth are so excited! Their leader is too!

Cuba Mission Trip Silent Auction and Picker’s Sale Donations Needed! April 5, 2019

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to clean out? If you did, we have the perfect place to donate it! The High School youth are going on their International Mission trip to Cuba this summer and need your help. Bring in your items that you wish to donate. We accept new items and gently used items. No clothes please!

Youth Spring Break Retreat Charleston, SC April 15-19

Valentine Banquet - Dancing with the Members February 10 5:30 PM Cost is $15 per person

Cost is $150 if you sign up by March 3. Cost will be $175 after March 3.

Look for the Red Heart in the Welcome Center to buy your tickets! Menu for the night: Marinated pork tenderloin, crunchy salad, party mashed potatoes, green beans, with strawberry or chocolate cake for dessert. Remember the Valentine’s Banquet is our annual fundraiser in support of our Youth Ministry.

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Interim Music Minister’s Corner By Faith As a worship leader, I try to put out of my thoughts the logistics and other details that go along with a worship service, and instead try to keep my mind’s attention and heart’s affection on the Lord. One such moving time was on January 13, when the Sanctuary Choir was singing By Faith.  I looked on the front row and saw Katie Ujevich and right behind her, Margaret Baldree. What a contrast!  The song is about walking by faith and not by sight, and here were two believers – one in her 20’s with a lifetime of faith in front of her, and another who has experienced a lifetime of faith, both singing about the importance of not depending on merely reason or leaning on our own understanding, but trusting, by faith, in the Lord’s guidance, protection, and strength.  It challenged me to live by faith too.  I pray that when you worship, you have those renewing moments in your relationship with our Lord.  Be a worshiper in spirit and in truth! ~ Dr. Paul Etter

Western North Carolina Handbell Festival

Friday- Saturday, February 22-23 LeGrand Center in Shelby Handbell choirs from across the state of North Carolina will ring the joys of the Lord together right here in Shelby again this year. The LeGrand Center has proved to be a premier location for this regional festival and again this year, under the direction of Jeri Ledford, our FBC Sanctuary Handbells will participate in the festival. While the clinician will lead the choirs to learn and refine new music, the choirs will also perform a Worship Concert that is open to the public at 2:00 PM on Saturday to conclude the festival. You are welcome to attend the concert!!

Faith & Health - Heart Health Awareness Month Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk: Watch your weight. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Get active and eat healthy.


Gardner-Webb Lay Institute Classes Spring 2019 Session 1 Thursday Nights Only, February 14-28, 2019 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Dr. Danny West - Hosea Session 2 Thursday Nights Only, March 7-28, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Dr. Robert Canoy – Revelation Sign up by phone 704-406-4400, or, email You can pay the first night of class. Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email with your request.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! What a difference you make in the lives of children! Their excitement over your Angel Tree gifts seems never ending. Happy smiles and energetic children are here daily and the parents have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for your generosity. Thanks for being you. ~ Penny Corn, Weekday Ministries Director

Please Join Us for Wednesday Night Fellowship Supper! Adults $6 Children $2.50 Menu for February February 6: Roast beef and mashed potatoes, green beans, salad bar and dessert. February 13: Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad bar and dessert. February 20: Beef stir fry over white rice, salad bar and dessert. February 27: Ham, green beans, sweet potato patties, rolls, salad bar and dessert. Gluten-Free Options are available upon request.

Extension Department Focus Visitor Spotlight - Kitty Eeds Kitty visiting with her good friend, and Extension Member, Barbara Allen.

I have been a visitor with the Extension Department for over 40 years. It all began for me in the 1970’s when I called Essie Davis and told her that I would like to become part of the Extension Department as a visitor to shut-in members. Mrs. Essie, of course, was happy to get another visitor. I told her that my Mother and Grandmother live a distance away and that because of the distance, I could not visit them as often as I would like to do. So, I would like to visit other “Mothers and Grandmothers!” I have been blessed with sweet memories of dear and wise older Christians through the years. I am thankful for Essie, Alta Pernell and Judy Hawkins for encouraging the privilege of serving in this way. The verse that has led my mission is from Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you have done for one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” ~ In Christ, Kitty Eeds


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STAFF DIRECTORY Robert Canoy, Interim Tony Tench, Executive Connections Carol Ann Hoard, Minister of Students & Missy Smith, Minister of Paul Etter, Interim Minister of Penny Corn, Weekday Ministry Donna Dryden, Financial Dianne Spangler, Membership Ashley Pearson, Publications Jene’ Baxter, Operations Tebin McDowell, Deacon

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