A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SHELBY, NC NOVEMBER 2019 | VOLUME 39, NO. 11
A Biblical Call to Obedience Giving Our TIME, TALENTS, TRUST and TREASURES for God’s Kingdom work as we follow Jesus. This month, our Stewardship Committee, in conjunction with our FBC Sunday School Teachers, has recommended a joint Sunday lesson for the first three Sundays in November. On any given Sunday, our adult Sunday School classes are using six different curriculum plans for their lessons. That being so, we will plan to take a couple of seasons in the year to study a “common theme” during Sunday School in order to generate church wide discussion and prayers. For November 2019, these three lessons will focus on the biblical teaching in Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle. As we study together, let’s engage in the direction from the Bible as we watch our Lord Jesus focus our time, talents, trust and treasure for use in his kingdom work. The last Sunday of the month, during morning worship, Dr. Canoy will preach a message that concludes this month of focus! Here’s a beginning Bible study for us to think about, On Money and Happiness, paraphrased by Randy Alcorn from Ecclesiastes 5:10-15: “Whoever loves money never has money enough.” The more you have, the more you want. “Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” The more you have, the less you’re satisfied. “As goods increase, so do those who consume them.” The more you have, the more people (including the government) come after it. “And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?” The more you have, the more you realize it doesn’t meet your real needs. “The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.” The more you have, the more you have to worry about. “I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner.” The more you have, the more you can hurt yourself by holding onto it. “…or wealth lost through some misfortune.” The more you have, the more you have to lose. “Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.” The more you have, the more you have to leave behind.
November Calendar Friday, November 1 12:30 p.m. Youth Depart for “What If ...” Retreat Sunday, November 3 Daylight Savings Time Ends - “Fall Back” One Hour 9:30 a.m. All Saints Day Remembrance in Worship 5:00 p.m. Outreach Visitation Tuesday, November 5 2-6:30 Blood Drive - Gym Wednesday, November 6 6:15 p.m. Faith and Health Ministry Night: “The Truth about Vaping” Thursday, November 7 10:30 a.m. Volunteer Receptionist Appreciation Brunch Monday, November 11 7:30 a.m. Virginia Creeper Trail Fellowship 6:30 p.m. No ESL Classes Tonight Thursday, November 14 6:00 p.m. Woman’s Truth Be Told Paint Fellowship Friday, November 15 1:00 p.m. Singles Retreat Begins Sunday, November 17 9:30 a.m. Deacon Election During Worship 2:00 p.m. Jail Annex Ministry Thursday, November 21 9:00 a.m. The Other Side of 50: Southern Christmas Show
Capital Campaign Pledge Update Our Future Story Facility Renovation pledge process began in 2016 and next year is the final year of the original 5-year timeline. This is our current status: 131 pledges were made totaling $1,216,610 To Date we have received $888,378.14 or 73% of the pledged amount. Thank you for your faithfulness as we finish well our 2019 pledges and move into the final pledge year.
Sunday, November 24 9:30 a.m. Shoe Box Dedication during Worship 10:15 a.m. Quarterly Church Conference following Worship Monday, November 25 11:00 a.m. Weekday Ministries Thanksgiving Feast - Gym Tuesday, November 26 5:30 p.m. Friendsgiving: Thanksgiving Fellowship Supper followed by Community Thanksgiving Service Wednesday, November 27 No Wednesday Evening Activities Thursday, November 28 Happy Thanksgiving - Church Office Closed Friday, November 29 Church Office Closed Every Sunday Morning 9:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages Every Sunday Evening 5:00 p.m. Youth Praise Rehearsal 6:00 p.m. Youth Supper & Discipleship Gathering 6:00 p.m. Worship Ensemble Rehearsal Every Wednesday Evening 5:30 p.m. Fellowship Supper 6:00 p.m. FBC Kids & FBC Youth Ministries & Handbells 6:15 p.m. Mid-Week Prayer and Bible Study
Making Decisions Together Deacon Election
Praying for the Leaders of our Church On Sunday, November 17, during morning worship, we will elect new deacons who will serve January 2020 through December 2022. Thank you for your prayers for those willing to serve and all who will be elected.
Quarterly Church Conference
Sunday, November 24 following Worship During our upcoming Church Conference we will have the opportunity to decide together to approve an Annual Ministry Plan budget for 2020. Please watch for notifications about how you can see the budget proposals in advance of this Church Conference!
Interim Pastor’s Corner For many of us November is the Is FBC Shelby perfect? Of course not! Have we month for giving thanks—so let projected the perfect budget? No! I chuckle and tell people who believe that they have found the the “Thanksgiving” begin! perfect church, “Oh, no! Please don’t join it. You Of course, the thanks that I have will ruin it!” in mind aren’t just about being thankful that we have enough These obvious points aside, most people are atfood to overeat on Thanksgiving tracted to people and to a place that is filled with Day, a day off from work to watch joy. Children prefer to look at a person with a smile a football game or two, or that we on her face. This joy is actually among the fruit of have enough money to race out to do some ear- the spirit that Paul declared to the Galatian Chrisly Christmas shopping. I’m talking about showing tians (Gal 5:22-23). If you’ve tracked Paul’s story our thankfulness to others by giving them the joy lately, you might agree that if anyone had a “right” and hope that God has given us. God has loved us, to complain, surely he did. No sooner had he beredeemed us, been patient with us, graceful to us, come a proclaimer of a message that he once deand has called us to an amazing church called First spised, that he was rejected, beaten, imprisoned, and ultimately killed. As best we know, he manBaptist! Aren’t you thankful for these gifts? aged only to start a few churches in a few cities Certainly to be a thankful person requires a life-re- that he visited, where maybe 20-30 at best joined orientation no longer focused on what we don’t the movement. And these converts were hardly have, our past sins, on yesterday’s or last year’s stellar believers. He was constantly writing harsh miseries, or even the unpleasant feelings that we letters back to them, but always filled with hopeful have in this moment. Rather, we celebrate what joy. God has given us by giving to others. So, let us take courage from Paul and move forFrankly, the sooner we become thankful, the soon- ward as enthusiastically as he did. When he found er we will find joy in every other part of our lives. himself in prison, he wrote letters. When he was And few things are more attractive than joy. On bound for Rome as a prisoner, he helped his fellow the contrary, few things turn people away like a travelers, even his captors. When he was near to negative spirit. Can you imagine a car salesman death, he thanked God that he might be privileged greeting you on the car lot with a frown on his face to die for his Lord. And on and on we could go. So and saying: “The last thing that you would want let us give thanks with a grateful heart, and let us to do is buy this car. Why just last week I sold one demonstrate as much by cheerfully giving to supsimilar to this one and it’s broken down already, port our proposed 2020 budget. the paint is chipping, and look at this ding on the door. You would be better off to buy a much better Sincerely, car down the street at another dealer.” How long Robert would he be in business?
Faith and Health Ministry “The Truth About VAPING”
Wednesday, November 6, 6:15 p.m. in the Gym
We look forward to Jamie Todd being with us on this night to discuss a trending health issue in our country. Jamie is the Drug Free Communities Coordinator with the Cleveland County Health Department. Come to supper at 5:30 PM, pray together, and then hear this presentation and get the truth about vaping!
Tuesday, November 5, 2:00-6:30 p.m. in the Gym
Call Dr. Mary Jones to make an appointment, 704-472-1729.
Interim Minister Of Music Have you noticed that we’re growing and expanding? We are so excited to see our Sanctuary Choir growing week by week. The Sanctuary Choir, the Bell Choir, and the Worship Ensemble ALL have a place for YOU. Have kids?...there’s a place for them, as well! Not only do we enjoy all singing TO GOD BE THE GLORY, we have an awful lot of fun, and joy! Regardless of your level of talent, there is a place for you to join in the beauty and the fun. Please consider joining us. We have begun preparing for one of the most important and special times in our Church – CHRISTMAS! If you want to “dip your toes in,” before committing to the full Sanctuary schedule, please do come sing/play with us for our very special musical SING! CHRISTMAS! to be presented on December 15th. We are also looking for our talented church members to share their gift with the congregation. Please see me, or refer me to that someone special, and let’s talk about how we can make that happen. What a wonderful thing it is to share God’s gift with others! Ever wonder why singing is such a VITAL and INTEGRAL part of our church worship experience, and why YOU (yes, you) can be (should be) an important part of this experience? Many of the answers may seem obvious, but let’s take a look at what the Bible tells us. Here, in the first of a seven part series, we will examine the importance of lifting our voices in Praise and Worship. 1. When you sing, you obey. Singing isn’t an option in Scripture. It’s a command: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16) And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart… (Ephesians 5:18-19) God’s people are more than just invited to sing; we are commanded to sing. When we sing, we’re doing what God asks of us! Next month: 2/7 Digging deep….. Looking forward to having YOU join us as we follow God’s commandment to OBEY. Excerpts taken with permission from Tom Olson, Campus Pastor at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Barrington, Ill.
Community Staff Anniversary Jene Baxter Operations Coordinator November 15, 2017 Thank You for your service to FBC
TOYS! TOYS! Thanksgiving Offering
Remember to bring a new toy to the Friendsgiving Meal on Tuesday, November 26, for use in the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association Toy Store.
Deacons Dialogue Our Deacons are thankful for the input you have shared with them via the suggestion box they have placed on the Breezeway. A couple of the matters that they have discussed therefrom include the following. Your Deacons want to share the following information about the concerns you have shared: 1. Prayer Requests: While we do not put our prayer list online because of security reasons please know that the prayer list is always available to our members via (a) Wednesday Evening Prayer Time, (b) Sunday School News in classes on Sunday mornings, and (c) upon request to the church office you can receive it by email. 2. Specific Ministries: Sometimes there are needs for which we do not offer a specific ministry. We endeavor to be open to empowering new ministries to begin. However, if First Baptist Church does not have a ministry response to a need you have, our ministers are aware of various helping avenues in the community where certain needs can be addressed. Please feel free to call the church office.
Sunday, November 5 5:00 PM Every month we have an Outreach Visitation night. We gather in the Ladies Parlor for assignments and prayer and then depart to make contacts with our neighbors and those who have been our guests in worship. This is a great time for us to follow Jesus’ example and go to where people are to invite them to worship with us and to share the Good News that we have in Jesus. These visitation nights are led by our Deacon Outreach Sub-Committee chaired by Sara Tidwell. She and Micki Padgett have organized the names of people to visit and are faithfully making contacts. But, this small group can only cover so much ground – we are all called on to share our faith! There is something for everyone to do: write cards, make calls, go and visit! Make a plan now to join us for Outreach Visitation.
Thanksgiving is “Friends-Giving” Tuesday, November 26, 5:30 PM During Thanksgiving Week, plan to gather on Tuesday evening with your FBC friends and enjoy a meal together. Perhaps your Sunday School class or small group would like to sit together! It’s a good time right before the holidays to breathe together and be thankful for our relationships with one another. This night is a time for remembering parents and children in need as well as we bring in our Thanksgiving Offering in the form of new toys that will be used by the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association’s Toy Store and can food items for the Senior Center. These toys provide opportunities to help others AND give a platform for sharing the Good News of Jesus! So, thanks for Community Thanksgiving Worship Offering; love offering for APC, CCRM, remembering it this way: and Heart to Heart Place Shelters and gently used or new winter coats for chil5:30 PM Friendsgiving Church Family Meal dren in West Shelby! 6:15 PM Dedication of Toys 7:00 PM Community Thanksgiving Service at Ascension
Jail Ministry Volunteer Training It is time for orientation and new volunteer enrollment for the 2020-2022 Jail Ministry Volunteer programs. Below is the schedule of dates and locations for orientation for the month of November. Please make arrangements to attend one of the sessions that works best for your schedule. Each session will begin at 7:00 pm and should last approximately one (1) hour. At this time you will receive volunteer packets and rule books. You must attend one of these sessions to be eligible to participate in the jail ministry. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Officer Bumgardner at 704-669-3006 or Nicole at the Baptist Association 704-751-1087. Thank you so much for your time and participation in this ministry.
MAKE SURE YOU MARK ONE OF THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR! Monday, November 4: First Baptist Kings Mountain -Kings Mountain area Monday, November 11: Fallston Baptist - Upper Cleveland Monday, November 18: Elizabeth Baptist Church - Shelby and Central Location Thursday, November 21:Poplar Springs Baptist Church - Boiling Springs area Monday, November 25: Palmer Grove Baptist Church - Kingstown
Children and Youth Ministry Children Shared in Worship on October 20th FBC Kids are always thankful for opportunities to contribute to worship. We are happy that we were able to do so through worship with you all on Sunday October 20th. The children sang a litany of praise and their message could be heard loud and clear as they lead us all in worship of the Lord. Thank you Emily Monroe and Jennifer Burnette along with Katie Ujevich and Caroline Burnette for your faithful service in leading our children as they learn about worship and participate in worship, and thanks to Jeri Ledford accompanying their voices.
A Mission of Thanksgiving to Our Extension Members
FBC Kids had a Mission Night in October of sharing love and encouragement to our Extension Members by making turkey decorations. These turkeys weren’t just any turkey they were colorful turkeys that had messages of all the things our Extension Members provide to us daily like….wisdom, joy and kindness.May we all join the example FBC Kids have set before us to show kindness this holiday season to those who can not get out to be a part of activities as they once could.
UPCOMING FBC Kids’ Mission Night
Its that time of year again to collect Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to send to children around the world at Christmas. The children will be taking the opportunity to fill shoeboxes for their Mission Night on November 6th. Please make sure your child is here to participate in this wonderful mission project. Also we would love to have your child’s help on Sunday morning November 24th as the children will need to meet in the foyer of the sanctuary at 9AM to help bring in all the shoeboxes from people in our church. During this worship service we will have a special dedication time before we send these shoeboxes around the world to carry the message of God’s love.
Hanging of Green Participation and Rehearsal
On December 1st we need ALL youth and children to help with this special service. Youth will practice on November 17, 20 and 24th. Children will practice all Wednesdays in November, and in the Sancutary on the 20th
College Students’ Addresses Needed
Don’t let your student miss out on a college care box this Christmas. Please send your students address to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15th. Anyone interested in making any baked goods for the college students, please bring them to the Youth Center on Sunday, December 1. The youth will pack the boxes on Sunday night December 1st.
Make sure you have sign up for the 2020 Ski retreat. This is open for youth and college students. January 2-5. Cost is $225 per person. A $75 deposit is due now. This would make a great Christmas Present.
Church Wide Ministry Corn Maze
FBC Families had a wonderful time of fellowship and outreach at Shelby Corn Maze in October. Andrew Murray says, “Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.” If you weren’t with us at the Corn Maze we sure did miss you! We were able to have a great demonstration of his love in the fellowship we shared together. Thank you for all who came and enjoyed time investing in each other.
Thank you for Serving in October!!!
We would like to thank you all for serving in October at The Greatest Treat Festival and at Marion School Trunk or Treat. Through these opportunities may have seemed small to you, we were able to share Christ’s love in big ways.
VA Creeper Trail November 11th
All ages are invited to ride down the 23 mile trail. It is located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Bikes are provided to enjoy the down hill adventure. Children under 12 must have an adult to accompany them. The cost is $25 per person. This includes transportation, bike rental and shuttle. Please sign up by calling the church office by November 3rd.
Creep along in Virginia’s beauty with your Christian friends.
Truth Be Told Art
A Fellowship Evening for FBC Women Truth Be Told Art is an inspirational painting event that can be enjoyed by all generations, as the group follows the instructor step-by-step through a boutique-style design. The women of First Baptist Church are invited to a Truth Be Told painting fellowship on Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the FBC Gym. It will be a great evening and whether you have ever painted at all you will end the evening with a completed painting of your own creation. See Katie Graves and Janet Tench for more information. Cost is $30. Register and pay online at: https://tinyurl.com/y5nqacl4 You will choose one of the pieces below!
Thank you from Missy and Family….. As a lot of you know my father-in-law has been in a difficult battle with cancer the last few months but in October his battled ended. Victory for him came as he found rest in the arms of Jesus. He fought hard and often with a smile on his face....but once he got a glimpse of the beauty that awaited him in heaven there was nothing holding him back. The past few months have been rigorous for my family as we watched my father-in-law struggle and as my husband, Bailey had to spend numerous nights and days away to help care for his father. I wanted to thank you all for your support and prayers that have encouraged us in these difficult days. We have seen Gods faithfulness and love through YOUR kind actions. God’s kindness and mercy to us have been evident throughout this entire process and we are so thankful to all of you, our FBC Family, who have walked with us to remind us of that fact. May we be faithful to show the same compassion to others who go through similar struggles. In His Love, Missy Smith and Family
Looking Toward Advent! Wait, What? In November? Yes, just a reminder that just as soon as November ends on Saturday, November 30, Advent begins the next day on December 1 with the Hanging of the Green Service!
The INFORMER (USPS 581-520) Published Monthly First Baptist Church 120 North Lafayette Street Shelby, NC 28150-4456 Second Class Postage Paid At Shelby, NC 28150 Postmaster: Send address changes to The INFORMER 120 N. Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28150
120 North Lafayette St. Shelby, NC 28150
STAFF DIRECTORY Robert Canoy, Interim Pastor..................................................................email@example.com Tony Tench, Executive Connections Pastor...........................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Ann Hoard, Minister of Students & Activities..............................................email@example.com Missy Smith, Minister of Children...................................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Ann Forgas, Interim Minister of Music.....................................................email@example.com Penny Corn, Weekday Ministry Director.........................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Donna Dryden, Financial Coordinator............................................................email@example.com Dianne Spangler, Membership Coordinator.............................................firstname.lastname@example.org Jene’ Baxter, Operations Coordinator.........................................................email@example.com Tebin McDowell, Deacon Chair.......................................................................firstname.lastname@example.org
CHURCH INFORMATION Office Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. 120 N Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150 (p) 704.482.3467 (f) 704.482.1137
Check out our website and blog: www.fbcshelby.org Wi-fi Password: FBCS-120NLaf Find us on Facebook and Twitter! @FBC_Shelby_NC
Remember, you can make your plans to give financially to the church online by going to the church website (www.fbcshelby. org) and clicking on this symbol at the bottom of the page or click on “Giving” at the top right corner of the homepage.