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Together….Picture It! “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 Yes, the Scriptures call us to intentional moves to be together as the Body of Christ! As we walk together, we are able to encourage one another through the struggles of life. It is in this common journey, following Jesus together, that we are able to hear from the Holy Spirit through our sharing with one another what the Spirit is saying to us by his presence in us. Thank you for your intentional steps along this journey “together” by your faithful presence in worship, your care for fellow members, your encouragement to your class or small group as you study the Bible, and……by having your picture made! That’s right, thank you for keeping us connected together by participating in our new First Baptist Church Pictorial Directory. We are partnering with the folks at LifeTouch photography for our directory which will be in our hands the first of the year. Please sign up to have your professional portraits made for our directory in one of these ways: • Go directly to this online link and sign up: (You can also access this site from the homepage of our church website, • Stop by the table on the Breezeway on Sunday and register for an appointment there. • Call Jennifer Burnette, Chair of our Pictorial Directory Committee, for assistance if needed at 704-419-2029. These are the special features of this photography/directory process with LifeTouch to benefit our church: • Each photographed family will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait along with a free directory for participating. We will also have access to the directory digitally this time so that it can be seen via smart phone and device. • Photographs purchased during the photograph sessions will be ready for you before Christmas. • If you bring in canned food items when you come to your photography appointment, you will receive a $5 off coupon to be used in purchasing photos. • Cards will be available for you to give away to family and friends as an outreach tool. Invite a friend with this card to sign up to have their photo made, and, even though they will not be included in our directory, they will still receive the free 8x10 for participating. This is a great way to invite folks inside our church! Be sure to take a card and give it away! “Picture” this great opportunity to have our church family “together” in a directory that we can all use!

UPCOMING EVENTS Every Sunday Morning 9:30 AM Worship 10:45 AM Sunday School for All Ages Every Sunday Evening 4:00 PM Jubilate Handbells (6th – 12th Grade) 5:00 PM Jubilate Student Choir and Worship Team (6th – 12th Grade) 6:00 PM Youth Supper 6:30 PM Youth Discipleship Groups Every Wednesday Evening 5:30 PM Fellowship Supper 6:00 PM Youth Group 6:00 PM HeartSongs and HeartScriptures for preschool & Elementary Children 6:15 PM Prayer Time 6:15 PM Sanctuary Handbells 7:15 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Wednesday, November 1 6:15 PM Missions Night – World Crafts Fair 7:15 PM Combined FBC & BSBC Choir Rehearsal in FBC Choir Room Friday-Sunday, November 3-5 12:00 PM Singles’ Retreat to Blowing Rock Sunday, November 5 9:30 AM Moring Worship – All Saints Day Observance Monday, November 6 6:30 PM English as Second Language (ESL) classes Wednesday, November 8 6:15 PM Prayer Time and Faith and Health Focus: Jessica Bridges on Evidence Based Health Initiatives and Diabetes Prevention Continued on Page 2 --->


Pastor’s Corner

Community Continued from Page 1 ---> Sunday, November 12

Reformed and Reforming! This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31, 1517. Martin Luther started something 500 years ago! We have known it as the Protestant Reformation. We have studied the impact this reformation has had on the life of the church, and today, we find ourselves still reforming…that’s the genius of Luther’s movement. The very first of the 95 Theses Luther wrote stated, “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, says ‘repent,’ he wills that the entire life of the Christian be one of repentance.” Well, if all of our days are to make up a life of repentance, then we can never leave behind the work of reformation that is needed for us to live the lives that God made us to live. So, thanks be to God, that he keeps on reforming us to live lives conformed to the image of Jesus! During the sermons on these upcoming November Sundays, watch for the “solas” to show up. “Sola” is the Latin word for “alone.” The Five Solas, then, were the hallmark slogans that came to summarize what those 16th Century reformers, like Martin Luther and those who followed him, believed formed the essentials of Christianity. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior,and King. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone. Later on in his life, Luther wrote, “I would never have thought that such a storm would rise from Rome over one simple scrap of paper.” Therein is a testimony of the grace of God at work in the life of one solitary person. Luther was a student of the Bible, and he prayed to understand God’s call on his life. Likewise, for you and me, when we are reading God’s word and applying it to our daily living through prayer, there’s no telling what reformation will come in our hearts nor how God will use our solitary lives to impact the work of his kingdom! Let the reformation continue in us! Pastor Tony


9:30 AM Morning Worship with Veterans’ Day Observance & Dedication of Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes 2:00 PM Jail Annex Ministry Monday, November 13 6:00 PM Embrace: A Worship Celebration for Women with Babbie Mason at Cleveland Community College 6:30 PM ESL Ministry Wednesday, November 15 6:15 PM Prayer Time and Town Hall Budget Discussion Sunday, November 19 9:30 AM Morning Worship with Deacon Election for 2018-2020 7:00 PM Deacons’ Meeting Monday, November 20 11:15 AM Weekday Ministries Thanksgiving Feast in the Gym 6:30 PM ESL Ministry Tuesday, November 21 5:30 PM Thanksgiving Fellowship Supper 7:00 PM Community Thanksgiving Service – Episcopal Church of the Redeemer Thursday, November 23 Church Office Closed --Happy Thanksgiving Friday, November 24 Church Office Closed --Holiday Sunday, November 26 9:30 AM Morning Worship followed by Regular Church Conference 6:00 PM Kids’ Advent Extravaganza Monday, November 27 6:30 PM ESL Christmas Celebration Tuesday, November 28 Pictorial Directory Photography Begins Wednesday, November 29 6:30 PM Prayer Time and Study

Thank you, thank you... First Baptist Church, “The Body of Christ” has been a blessing to me. I know how much the people of First Baptist love each other. The outpouring of prayers and caring is beyond belief. Thank you for all you all mean to me. Mary Anne loved our church and its members. Love in Christ, Joe Hendrick Dear Jody and Bereavement Commitee, Our family thanks you for the wonderful lunch you brought us. It is so nice of you to do that for families that have lost loved ones. Mom really loved First Baptist so much and missed it when she was no longer able to attend. Thank you all so much. Sincerely, Doug, Vic & Gail Branton


Service Southern Christmas Show

Our Thanksgiving Tradition Fellowship Supper Tuesday, November 21 5:30 PM

Tuesday, November 14

Community Thanksgiving Service Episcopal Church of the Redeemer 7:00 PM

Make it a Friendsgiving kind of Thanksgiving! Plan on your Sunday School class sitting together for this meal. Bring along your Thanksgiving Offering to the Fellowship Supper: a new toy for use in the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association Toy Store.

We will leave at 9:00 AM and return at 4:30 PM. The cost is $12.00 OR discount tickets are available for you ($9.50) to go at your convenience. Contact Perry Holleman to make your reservation or purchase tickets.

Shoebox Ministry Workday

Monday, November 27

In Charlotte. We will leave at 8:00 AM and return at 4:30 PM 35 spaces available Call the church office to sign up today!

Pack a Shoebox Pick up your shoeboxes located on the bus on the breezeway and begin packing them for the 2017 Christmas celebration. Please WAIT and bring your boxes to the sanctuary Sunday, November 12, for a special time of dedication.

Faith & Health Focus Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the United States—and studies show that deaths related to diabetes may be under-reported! Today, 1 in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes, and if trends continue, 1 in 5 will have it by 2025. An additional 86 million U.S. adults—1 in 3—have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, which puts them at risk of serious health problems, including: heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, loss of toes, feet or legs. Of the 86 million U.S. adults with prediabetes, 9 out of 10 of them don’t even know they have it. What a frightening statistic! Get tested!

Flat Rock Playhouse Thursday, November 30 Christmas Celebration Matinee Leave at 12:00 PM and return 7:30 PM ONLY 5 TICKETS AVAILABLE $45.00 plus dinner at Binion’s CONTACT PERRY HOLLEMAN

Randolph Memorial Baptist Church Madison Heights, VA INVITES YOU to The Ordination to the Gospel Ministry of Jaime Nicolle Fitzgerald November 11, 2017, at 2:00 PM Jaime served us well as an intern and encourager with our FBC youth ministry!

Would You Like to Join the Jail Ministry Team? Training events (attending one is required) will be offered Thursday evenings in November. Contact Ken Crawley or Perry Holleman.

Babbie Mason Embrace Concert

Monday, November 13, 2017 6:00 PM Tickets are $20 At Cleveland Community College Activity Center Join us for a Worship Concert benefiting the Cleveland County Rescue Mission. It will fortifiy the hearts of women with worship music and testimony. You can purchse tickets at


Jesus Loves the Little Children By Susan Willis “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Are you humming along? It was a childhood favorite for many of us, and I have known these words for as long as I can remember. Jesus does love all the children of the world! However, this week, through the eyes of my child, the lyrics became more than words of a song. “Mom, can we invite my friend from church to my birthday party? You know Mom, I used to think he was so different than me, but he’s just really funny and nice. There’s nothing to be scared of. ” It wasn’t but a few months ago that this same boy was a new face to my son on the church van to camp. I’ll never forget meeting the active and excited fellow. He couldn’t have been more different than my 10-year-old boy (white, quiet, reserved, self-doubting and never in a hurry). The boisterous black boy on the other hand, was enthusiastically chomping at the bit to go to camp, self-appointed official van packer and apparently had never met a stranger. This fellow was so excited to go to camp, he barely wanted to pause for the group picture! I was a little apprehensive about how my kids would handle all his extra energy and enthusiastic personality. I was really worried about how Mr. Bailey was going to keep up with these two boys moving at opposite speeds!!! Upon returning from camp where everyone was safely accounted for, my son said the highlight of his week was watching his new friend overcome his fear of water and competing in the camp swim meet! That’s right…. God used that excited different kid to make an impact on my child’s life. Throughout the summer and fall, my children have been able to build friendships through FBC Shelby’s children’s ministry with children that are all precious in HIS sight. I am thankful that FBC Shelby is a place that my family can worship with all God’s children - red, yellow, black and white! I am thankful that the meaning of the words in this hymn is demonstrated by the way all children are loved and accepted in HIS church. Matthew 19:14 - Let the little children come to Me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.

October Blessings

Upcoming Events Mission Night – On Wednesday night, November 1 at 6 PM on our FBC Kids hall, our FBC Kids will be putting together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Then on Sunday, November 12 we will dedicate the shoeboxes that they make and all others during our worship time. Advent-Extravaganza – On Sunday night, November 26 at 6 PM we will have a special evening for children and their families to gather together in the gym at FBC and make child-friendly Advent Wreaths and gather all the material they will need to help them to prepare them to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We will serve soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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On our Mission Night at the beginning of October, FBC Kids were able to make Blessing Bags to give to people that they came in contact with that needed a blessing. They filled these bags with various things such as a bible, snacks, water, socks and various grooming items. Each bag contained a note reminding the person that they were loved by God. The children prayed over their bags and for the person that would receive it. God can use us all big and small. We are thankful for FBC kids being an example of community, compassion and service to those who need it.

Thank You! Thank you to everyone that helped share Christ’s love through the Trunk or Treat at Marion School and the Greatest Treat Festival. A lot of folks were blessed by your service and shown the compassion of Christ. It is often hard to find time to sacrifice, but it is a blessing to others when you do, and, most importantly, it is a blessing to the Lord. So may you all be blessed by living out the calling that Christ has set before us.

Everyday Miracles by Carol Ann Hoard While I am writing this, I am halfway through the last month of my Sabbatical. This has been a wonderful time for reflection for me. The timing of this was perfect to be able to be with Joel during this part of our life. I have been thinking about miracles. We were praying for a miracle for him to be healed, but in the midst of that, we missed the everyday miracles. The Latin word, “miraculum” in English translates to “miracle”-something wonderful. Some of us have stopped believing that something wonderful is possible. If we look around the world, we see it- cancer, sickness, wildfires, terrorist attacks, shootings - it would be easy not to believe in miracles. The miracles we think of are changing My mom has said, water into wine or raising people from the dead. We need to look for the everyday miracles. BUT, I stopped looking – well except for my iPhone, iPads, TV’s –that is “Coincidence is when God not where the miracles happen. If you are honest, you are probably looking in the performs a miracle and wrong place too. We don’t allow for the possibility of miracles anymore. Seeing the sunrise, holding a baby, waking up, an unexpected friendship, a card in the decides to remain mail, a beautiful flower, your favorite cookies. My mom has said,“Coincidence is anonymous.” when God performs a miracle and decides to remain anonymous.” We must open our eyes to the possibility of miracles and see them. Maybe, we need to change our perspective. Anne Lamott said, “It is not what we are looking at but what we are looking WITH that matters.” We need a new way of looking at things. Luke 18:27 - Jesus replied, “What is impossible for humans is possible for God.” When we are connected to Jesus, we can see them, but when we are disconnected, we miss them. Let’s be the ones who walk connected to God and look for something wonderful.

Upcoming Youth Events Sunday Night Schedule as follows: November 5: Regular Youth November 12: Regular Youth November 19: Practice Hanging of the Green Service November 26: Practice Hanging of the Green Service Sunday Night Youth Supper: If you are interested

Fellowship Supper 5:30 PM Come and eat with your family and Sunday School class. Let’s give thanks for our church family and friends!

in cooking a meal, let CA know. We are open for the month of November.

Hanging of the Green We need all youth to participate in the Hanging of the Green Service as we kick off the Advent Season. Make sure you are coming to handbells and choir to get ready. Sunday Night Schedule Handbells - 4:00 PM Choir - 5:00 PM Supper - 6:00 PM Bible Study - 6:30 PM

Youth of the Week November 5: Will Hoard November 12: Jon Ley November 19: Linton Suttle November 26: Carrie Lovingood

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A Word to Our Church Family Dear FBC Family, Mary and I give thanks to God for the privilege of sharing with you over these past 16 years. You have cared for and watched Rachel and David move into adulthood. You have celebrated with us such important milestones as Rachel’s marriage to Daniel and the birth of our granddaughter Karis. You have walked with us through times of rejoicing and times of sorrow, and you will always be in our hearts. We have treasured our time to serve with Tony and Janet Tench with whom we share a long and highly valued friendship. We have been blessed to share in the work of the church with wonderful ministry colleagues: Carol Ann Hoard, Perry Holleman, and Missy Smith, as well as those who have moved to other places of service, like Mallory Monroe, Pat Fletcher, and Robert Dimmick. Jan Swartzbaugh, Donna Dryden, Dianne Spangler and Ashley Pearson are a terrific group of co-workers in the church office, and I am grateful for each of them. Jeri Ledford and Emily Monroe are simply awesome people, and you must surely know that their talent, skill, and diligent work make possible much of what happens in the musical expressions of worship from week to week. Justin Harper and Nikao Wallace are, likewise, important collaborators on our music staff, and I am thankful for them. Those who serve in our children’s choir ministry (Emily, along with my wonderful wife Mary, Jennifer Burnette, and Pat Whatley) play a significant role in helping our young people grow into faith and understanding of Christ’s call to each one of them, and I am deeply grateful for their commitment. Personally, it is hard to leave a church with so many faithful people who sing and volunteer as leaders or instrumentalists in various groups, like Pam Watson, Cal Robertson, Shawn Sisk, and certainly all of our faithful choir members, vocalists, and handbell ringers. Finally, it’s very hard to leave such a singing and loving congregation. How can I even begin to adequately express my gratitude for the many cards, gifts, and expressions of encouragement that you have shared with Mary, Suzanne, and me? You have demonstrated abundantly your love and care for us, and while the words, “thank you,” are inadequate, they do represent our deep and heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for your prayers as I begin my new place of service with The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, North Carolina, and for Mary and Suzanne as they remain here until an appropriate job opportunity is available for Mary. I will pray for my FBC family even as I cherish such wonderful memories from the past sixteen years. When you’re in the Greenville area, please look me up or come and worship with us at The Memorial Church. Soli Deo Gloria, Andy Roby

Leading in Worship this Month November 5: All Saints Day Observance remembering our members who passed away during this past year. The GWU Trumpet Ensemble will lead in our worship. November 12: Veterans’ Day Observance during worship and the dedication of Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. November 19: Elementary HeartSong Choir will share in Morning Worship. Boys and girls should be in the Sanctuary at 9:00 AM to prepare. November 26: Parent-Child Dedication service during worship.

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Meet our Interim Minister of Music Dr. Paul Etter Paul serves as the Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities/Coordinator of Worship Leadership at Gardner-Webb University. He and his wife Jeanne have one son, Trey, a 2012 Graduate of Shelby High School and currently in the US Army Reserve. Paul grew up as a “preacher’s kid” and has lived immersed in the church serving in full-time, part-time and interim positions. We welcome him to service in God’s Kingdom with us at FBC!!



Sunday School Spotlight Judy Hawkins - Observations of an Elementary Sunday School Teacher of 30+ Years What a privilege I have had to teach with Clara Spangler over most of these years. We have loved, laughed and grown with so many of our FBC children. Teaching these children has provided many opportunities for God to surprise me with timely life lessons. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Adults can learn from children. I am always spiritually fed by the elementary SS lessons! You see, teachers always walk away blessed by the opportunities that teaching provides (even for someone like myself who went into nursing so that I did not have to teach.) God works in His way, not mine. God desires a simple, honest conversation with me. The honesty of a child’s prayer is amazing. These young students are prayer warriors who are sensitive to the needs around them. They offer their prayer requests so simply. God gives each of us a responsibility to love and encourage children. It has been a blessing to watch students grow and come to proclaim Christ as their Savior. One of our practices over the years has been to take a picture of each student at the beginning of the Sunday school year. We make two copies - one to dis- play in the classroom and the other to keep in our files for sharing with the child at the time of high school graduation. The pictures are a reflection of a student’s growth and the opportunity of a personal relationship with that child. The impact of a male presence. There have been those men who have made a difference. Pete Baucom and Mac Wells showed love to my daughter and her friends as they came through the pre-school department. And then, I have had shared teaching roles with Fields Young III, Danny Spake and Bill Parker. What a positive impact they had on the lives of those young people. And so, I close with this life question: Where are the men today who are willing to share in this responsibility we have to teach our children?

Trip to Stepp’s Apple Orchard Visit from State Trooper

Gathering Fall Leaves

Join with Us on Wednesdays for Fellowship Dinner November 1: Creamy baked chicken over rice pilaf, vegetable medley, green beans, yellow carrots and red pepper strips, yeast rolls, salad bar and carrot cake. November 8: Virginia ham, fried okra, sweet potato patties, buttermilk biscuits, coconut cake. November 15: Hamburger steak smothered in mushroom gravy, baked potato, roll, salad bar. (Tuesday) November 21: Ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, roll and dessert. November 29: Homemade vegetable night: slow-cooked pinto beans with Southern-fried squash, stewed cabbage, Georgia’s marinated slaw and fresh baked cornbread. Gluten Free options are always available upon request.


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