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A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SHELBY, NC DECEMBER 2019 | VOLUME 40, NO. 12

Advent 2019 at First Baptist Church

First Sunday in Advent, December 1 9:30 a.m. Hanging of the Green Service 10:45 a.m. Youth Art Sale for Missions 4:00 p.m. Outreach Visitation - Parlor 5:30 p.m. FBC Kids Advent Extravaganza Monday, December 2 7:00 a.m. Operation Christmas Child Boone Trip 6:30 p.m. ESL Christmas Celebration - Gym Wednesday, December 4 6:00 p.m. FBC Kids and Youth Missions Night Thursday, December 5 6:00 p.m. Deacons Christmas Fellowship - Gym Saturday, December 7 10:30 a.m. Music and Tech Christmas Party Forgas’ Home Second Sunday in Advent, December 8 9:30 p.m. Week of Prayer for International Missions Begins 2:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Bonus Rehearsal - Sanctuary Tuesday, December 10 12:30 p.m. Staff Christmas Lunch Wednesday, December 11 6:00 p.m. Intergenerational International Missions Gingerbread House Fellowship - Gym

Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22 9:30 a.m. Advent Missions Challenge - Dr. Terry Casino Preaching 12:00 p.m. Churchwide Pre-Caroling Lunch 1:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling to our Extension Members Tuesday, December 24 5:40 p.m. Preludes Begins for... 6:00 p.m. Candlelight and Communion Service December 25-27 Church Office Closed Saturday, December 29 9:30 p.m. Student Day at Christmas Worship

Thursday, December 12 4:30 p.m. Narroway Dinner Theater Trip departs

Every Sunday Morning 9:30 a.m.Worship in the Sanctuary 10:45 a.m. Wednesday School for All Ages

Third Sunday in Advent, December 15 9:30 a.m. Sing Christmas! - Presented by Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra 3:00 p.m. Shelby Christmas Parade Outreach 6:00 p.m. Youth Christmas Party - Youth Center

Every Sunday Evening 5:00 p.m. Youth Praise Rehearsal 6:00 p.m. Youth Supper & Discipleship Gathering 5:30 p.m. Worship Ensemble Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 18 5:30 p.m. Staff Served Steak Dinner

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 7:15 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

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Interim Pastor’s Corner Merry (Almost!) Christmas 2019, December 25 is on the way along with many other Christmas events that are coming in the meantime. This Advent season is a seasons of questions for me this year. What will happen to help me know Christ better? Will this season of giving and receiving open me to give and receive more to someone else? I wonder what God will use to change me for the better? These are my questions to myself. Years ago I quit asking another question: “Why doesn’t God or the church do something better to help people?” Now I ask, “God, please do something to help me be better.” What happens as a result of my change of questions is that I no longer blame anyone else when things don’t go well. I don’t disapprove of someone else who fails to do something. Frankly, playing the “blame game” never helped anybody anyway. I play the “aim game” now, and that makes all the difference. When I aim to see and hear God when I come to worship, I do. When I aim to give more, I do. When I aim to help others because I know how much God has helped me, I do. When I aim at helping God, good for others always come from it. When I blame others, well, you know where that leads. Truth is, the longer I live the more I realize that there is no substitute for expecting God to get my attention. That single expectation always leads me to make a course correction and to change for the better. May I ask you how long it’s been since you had a course correction? How long since you admitted that you were wrong about something or someone? How long since you admitted that what you said wasn’t helpful or beneficial? How long has it been since you owned the truth that while you are on the way, you still haven’t arrived yet? When we own these things, we are on the way to change. Although I cannot predict how or when the Lord will reveal Himself this Christmas, I do know that God has some plans in place. Our choir has been preparing. Our children have been rehearsing. Our youth have been practicing. And many other activities are underway—Christmas parties, staff served steak dinner, four Sundays of Advent, Christmas caroling, Christmas Eve Service—all of them are coming to help us see and hear God’s Spirit. And when we do, God will get us “in the spirit.” If we don’t, well it’s because we’ve gone back to blaming rather than aiming.

Christmas Offering for Missions:$10,000 Goal We are thankful to give our Christmas Offering for Missions to ensure that missionaries are faithfully sent around the world with the Good News of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection! Your offerings can either be designated to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (whereby we support 3678 missionaries engaging 847 people groups) or to the Offering for Global Missions of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (whereby we support nearly 100 field personnel in 25 countries around the world).

Narroway Dinner Theater Other Side of 50

Narroway Dinner Theater Trip in Fort Mill, SC is December 12 leaving at 4:30 PM. The new cost for the trip is $40!! (Those who have paid $63 will be refunded the difference now that we have our bus back to use.) Final payment is due by Nov. 15. We have only 40 tickets available so sign-up today with Pam Harris or in the church office. “The Real Christmas Story” will be the show we see and it will feature live animals and songs of the season.

Staff Anniversary Thank You for your service to FBC

Dan Phillips Maintenance Team December 1, 2014

Eric Lopp Audio Specialist December 2, 2018

Sincerely, Robert 2

Carol Ann Hoard Youth and Intergenerational Pastor December 14, 1998

Jeri Ledford Organist December 19, 1982


Interim Minister Of Music How did December descend upon us so quickly? It seems as though we were just adjusting to the cooler weather, and now Christmas is but a few days away! The FBC Shelby Music Department has been busy, busy, busy, preparing glorious music with which to Praise our Lord during this most special and important time of year. The first Sunday in December, the Children and Youth will be leading us in Worship as they decorate the Sanctuary. Please do make sure you are here for our Sanctuary Choir Carol Ann Forgas presentation of SING! CHRISTMAS! Sunday morning, December 15th. The choir has been working diligently and worshipfully on their musical offering, and will be accompanied by full orchestra. You will surely be blessed, and your spirit lifted, as we worship Christ the newborn King. …and His Name Shall Be Called Counselor, the Mighty King, and the Everlasting Father. Christmas Eve service will be held at 6:00 p.m., with musical preludes beginning at 5:40 p.m. Always a special evening in the life of our church, this service promises to continue with treasured traditions and wonderful new sounds. Please plan on arriving early to insure you and your family may be seated together, as we always enjoy a large attendance for this beautiful service. We look forward to seeing you there. As promised, what follows is the second in the series of Seven Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters. It’s personally one of my main reasons for singing, because When you sing, you dig deep roots in the Word. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs… (Colossians 3:16) The Apostle Paul lays out this exhortation to let God’s Word dwell in us richly, and the, he tells us how to live out that command. The first, of course, is teaching. But the second, is singing! Singing is one of the two chief ways in which God’s Word dwells in us richly.And, as we observed in the last point, singing is a command. But this command comes with a promise: As we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs together, we are promised that the Word of Christ will dwell in us richly, which is what we should crave as believers. Our singing is more than a warm-up for the sermon or filler in the service. Colossians 3:16 is clearly laying out for us that: Singing stands alongside of preaching as one of the two great ways that God has ordained for his Word to dwell richly in each one of us! Church singing is often called “Take Home Theology” because the best songs we sing together serve as a 3-minute, easily memorizable, deeply biblical summary of important truths from Scripture. Take for example, “In Christ Alone.” There, in an easily memorizable form, you’ve got a thorough theology of the cross of Jesus Christ with clear and practical applications that you can use for your life this week! (Used with permission. Tom Olson, Campus Pastor, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Barrington, Ill.)

Sing Christmas! Sunday, December 15, 9:30 a.m.

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for worship as our Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra presents this Christmas musical experience!

Christmas Poinsettias

Help us decorate the Sanctuary for Advent by purchasing a poinsettia at the cost of $12. The deadline for orders is December 8. Fill out the order form below and submit along with your payment to help us be ready for the season. You may take your poinsettia home with you at the conclusion of the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Name:_________________________________ Phone:___________________________________ Purchase (number):_______________ poinsettias at $12 each. And/or make a donation to the Christmas Offering for Missions $___________________. In Memory of:____________________________ ________________________________________ In Honor of:______________________________ ________________________________________

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God With Us Shelby Christmas Parade Outreach Sunday, December 15, 3:00 p.m.

Would you come (at 2 p.m.) and help us set up and give away hot chocolate and cookies to those of our neighbors who will gather on our block to watch the 2019 version of the Shelby Christmas Parade. Be present to initiate Gospel conversations with those who gather at our front door!

Staff Served Steak Dinner

Wednesday, December 18, 5:30 PM Be sure to sign-up for a rib-eye steak or a hamburger steak as we enjoy holiday fellowship together! Sign-up sheets are with your Sunday School roll each week OR you can call the church office to sign-up.

Christmas Caroling to Our Extension Members Sunday, December 22, 1:30 p.m.

Plan now to join us for a SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH fellowship following Sunday School on December 22 and then forming caroling teams which will depart by 1:30 p.m.. We will be caroling to our FBC Extension Members and taking them a gift prepared by our Deacons. This is always a highlight of the Christmas season as our Extension members bless our hearts with their love for the Lord and our church.

Angel Tree Ministry Be a Blessing to a Child!

Thanks for taking an angel from the Angel Tree in the Welcome Center and purchasing the gift that is listed on it. Then, return the gift to the church office by December 8th and you will be a blessing to a child this Christmas!

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By CA Hoard One Christmas several years ago, the youth were practicing the Hanging of the Green Service for Advent. Taylor, an 8th grade boy, had one job. All he had to do was put the tablecloth straight onto the communion table. It was a beautiful, purple, silky cloth trimmed in gold lace. He practiced folding and unfolding the cloth many times to get it just right. He wanted it flat on the table with no wrinkles and every corner covered, the drape of the purple cloth just so. For sure, he wanted the words on the cloth to be in full view. On the front of cloth were the words “Immanuel, God with us.” Several weeks after the Hanging of the Green service, I received a phone call. When I heard the voice on the other end of the line, I was stunned. My jaw dropped to the floor; tears welled up in my eyes. “What? It can’t be. There is no way!” I cried. Taylor, the same, fumbling 8th grade boy, his brother, and his parents were flying home after a Christmas visit with family. Their small plane crashed, killing all four of them. Only a sister was not with them. My heart broke for her. That night, I wrestled with whether God really was “Immanuel, God with us.” It was hard to put all of this together in my mind. Things just didn’t seem to connect. Here was this tragic news. Here was Taylor’s sister, suddenly orphaned and alone. Yet, the very moment that I heard the tragic news, I remembered my last interaction with Taylor. There he was, fumbling around and tangled up in that purple tablecloth. It was a quirky, joyful scene. I remembered a young boy, trying to do his best for God, even with that small task. I remembered the words, “Immanuel, God with us.” Taylor, that cloth, and those words changed my life that Christmas season. I realized that God was with him, that God was with his sister, and that God was with all of us as we worked through the hows and whys of this tragedy. Matthew’s Gospel begins with the birth of a baby who is “God with us” and it ends with that child as a grown man. There, Jesus tells his disciples and all of us, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). “Immanuel, God with us.” We may be struggling still with the hows and whys of life that hit us daily, but in those times, let’s remember the promise that was made years ago, that we are not alone. Find comfort and strength knowing Jesus’ continuing presence is with us. “Immanuel, God with us.” Lord, help us to remember you are with us. Give us the peace in knowing you are walking with us daily, on the good days, and on the hard days. May we share your presence with those searching and struggling today. Amen


Compassion Youth Ministry FBC Youth Art Show - After Hanging of Green December 1

FBC Youth have been working diligently to create beautiful pieces of holiday art. These pieces would be wonderful for you to display in your home or give as gift to a loved one this Christmas. The youth will exhibit their art in the welcome center and the breezeway on SUNDAY following the Hanging of the Green service. All proceeds from these sales will go to benefit missions around the world through our Global Mission Offering and our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and checkbook to support FBC Youth’s talent and most importantly the spread of Jesus love around the world through missions.

College Care Boxes December 1

It’s that time of year again for our college students to enter the rigorous weeks towards the end of their semesters. As the draw in to focus on exams we as a church want to send them a package to encourage them. Please bring homemade goodies to church on December 1st so that we can mail them to our college students.

Christmas Caroling-December 4 * See Children Ministry

Gingerbread House Mission Night-December 11 * See Children Ministry

Youth Christmas Party December 15, 6 p.m. Youth Room

Ski Trip

Ski Trip Sign-Ups are now open for the January 2-5 trip which is open to youth and college students (cost is $225 and deposit of $75 is due now). Great Christmas present idea!

FBC Youth will celebrate the Christmas Season together with games, food and fun!!! Bring a $5 gift to exchange during a gift exchange game. Do not miss this festive time of fellowship!!

Salvation Army Bell Ringers December 23

Ronald Reagan once said, “The Salvation Army embodies compassion and Christian love in feeding the hungry, caring for the homeless, and attending to the afflicted and the downtrodden.” That is why FBC Youth choose to spend a day helping the Salvation Army raise funds to do support the good work they are doing. Last year FBC Youth won the award for raising the most money in the county for the Salvation Army. So join us in spreading compassion of Christ by being present by serving in a time slot and supporting our bell ringers on December 23 at Ingles on 74.

Caswell Fall Retreat Recap

Thank you for supporting FBC Youth as they journeyed to to Fort Caswell this fall for a retreat. KK Reynolds said, “I learned at Caswell this fall that We all have struggles but when we have hope in Jesus HE will get us through.” We are so thankful for our youth and that they can receive renewal from retreats like this that draw them closer to Jesus.

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Children Ministry Advent Candle Lighters We are thankful that our children will help us light the Advent candles on Sunday mornings during worship. The following is a schedule for the various age groups that will help in the candle lighting. On the Sunday that your group lights the candle please plan to arrive at 9:15am prior to the service.

Advent-Extravaganza Sunday December 1st

FBC Kids and their families have the opportunity to hop on the Christmas Train and receive devotionals as we celebrate with an Advent Extravaganza party on Sunday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the FBC Gym. We will play games, eat pizza and make sure we start off this Advent season celebrating Jesus. Plan to join us and bring a friend!!

FBC Kids/Youth Mission Night Wednesday, December 5th at 6pm

FBC Kids will share the joy of Christmas with members of our community as they take time to visit with them on Wednesday, December 4th at 6pm. Please have your child dress in Christmas colors and meet on the FBC Kids Hall at 6 p.m. on this night as we will load the bus by 6:15 to depart to sing carols and spread Christmas cheer.

Preschoolers – December 1 K-1st Grade – December 8 2nd-3rd Grade – December 15 4th-5th Grade – December 22

International Missions Gingerbread House Party Wednesday, December 11th 5:30 Supper and 6:15 Decorating Party

This is a churchwide event….meaning children, youth, parents and all other adults are invited to participate. We will serve supper at 5:30 then we will begin the decorating of gingerbread houses as we learn about international missions from around the world. These houses will be decorated in a way to demonstrate the countries where our missionaries serve. So make plans to join us as we make ginger bread houses that will Share Abundant Life for Every Tribe and in Every Nation.

Shoebox Blessings

“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love!” -Mother Teresa

FBC Kids packed 30 shoeboxes to send to children around the world. These small boxes will be tools in which the love of Christ can be shared with children and their families that so desperately need to hear it. We are thankful that our FBC Shelby family supports our children doing small things with great love....to God be the glory!

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3 Ways Parents Can Focus Their Family on Jesus This Christmas By Lindsey Helms

Christmas is undoubtedly the most exciting time of the year. As a mom of two little ones, Christmas has brought me such a renewed sense of joy: witnessing the sheer joy in our children’s faces as special treats are brought out, festive songs we all know by heart echoing down the hall, and the excitement buzzing in the air. If I am honest with you, it’s easy for me to get caught up in the joy of the things—of the gifts, the surprises, the goodies. But how can we make sure that just as much joy is focused on Christ and His birth this season? As children, how do we translate the fun of these other things over to the real reason for Christmas, and seamlessly? As parents, my husband and I want to relish in the anticipation of Christmas with our kids, but we also want to make sure we’ve crafted the perfect concoction of fun, excitement, and Truth about why we celebrate Christmas. We want the joyful memories and the foundation of faith, combined. How can we do it all? Here are three easy and exciting ways to keep your family focused on Christ this Christmas, while keeping it FUN and FESTIV E! 1 – Focus on the CELEBRATION. This is, very simply put, an easy one for us as parents. It’s easy to decorate a Christmas tree, or attend your local Christmas parade. Those celebrations are what the JOY of Christmas is nestled in, the sparkle, magic and excitement, and they seem to be on auto-pilot for kids and adults alike. But could there be so much more in the daily celebration? What do the days leading up to Christmas really mean? Not just a festive countdown to when presents can be opened—we have so much more to celebrate and anticipate in the days leading up to Christmas. Sharing the simple joy that our Savior IS coming, HIS birthday is what we’re counting down to, that is what and why we celebrate Christmas, that is what it’s all about. 2 – Focus on the GIVING. So much that is celebrated around Christmas is focused on the idea of receiving. Naturally, children are laser-focused on what Christmas morning will bring for them. They made their lists, and the grand finale for them will ultimately be just WHAT is under that Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Those things are fun, but shifting our intentions on what we could possibly give, rather than receive will bring a newfound joy to your children that will last a lifetime! Focus on having purposeful conversations about what we can give, as Jesus tells us to do and exemplified to us over and over again throughout the Bible. As a mom, I’ve seen how easy it is to entice my kids in the excitement, so by making the joy and fun based around GIVING, they will share in the excitement, too! 3 – Focus on the GIFT. Now there will be gifts to be enjoyed by everyone, given and received, and those are so exciting, all wrapped in shiny paper and pretty bows. But after the decorations come down, and those toys inevitably lose half of their pieces, the joy of Christmas will fade. But focusing on the GIFT, the birth, the real reason that we celebrate Christmas will help the joy of Christmas live in our hearts all year round. He is our gift. Memories will be made with your children this Christmas, and a time will come when Christmas morning won’t be as exhilarating as it once was because the presents aren’t as grand or enticing. But I want to challenge and encourage you that what we do now, and celebrate now, will create a lasting joy for a lifetime. Article taken from: www.forevermom.com (http://www.forevermom.com) 7


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STAFF DIRECTORY Robert Canoy, Interim Pastor..................................................................rcanoy@gardner-webb.edu Tony Tench, Executive Connections Pastor...........................................................tony@fbcshelby.org Carol Ann Hoard, Youth and Intergenerational Pastor........................................youth@fbcshelby.org Missy Smith, Children and Family Pastor..........................................................children@fbcshelby.org Carol Ann Forgas, Interim Minister of Music.....................................................music@fbcshelby.org Penny Corn, Weekday Ministry Director.........................................................childcare@fbcshelby.org Donna Dryden, Financial Coordinator............................................................finance@fbcshelby.org Dianne Spangler, Membership Coordinator.............................................membership@fbcshelby.org Jene’ Baxter, Operations Coordinator.........................................................operations@fbcshelby.org Tebin McDowell, Deacon Chair.......................................................................deacons@fbcshelby.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

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