A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SHELBY, NC JAUNUARY 2019 | VOLUME 41, NO. 1
Looking to Jesus for our 2020 Vision this New Year Winter Bible Study 2020 "Evangelism: the 'Acts' Way" Dear FBC church family, let's gather around the study of the Bible to begin the new year on each of the four Sunday evenings in January. This Bible study will get us focused on sharing our faith in Jesus with the 30,000 Cleveland County residents who self-report that they do not have a relationship with any church! Here's how it will work:
January Calender Monday, January 1 New Year's Day - Church Office Closed Tuesday-Sunday, January 2-5 Youth and College Ski Trip
Sunday, January 5 9:30 a.m Lord's Supper during Morning 5:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Fellowship Supper in the Gym Worship 5:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Fellowship Supper-- Gym 6:00 p.m. Dr. Canoy will lead us in a study of "Evangelism: the 'Acts' 6:00 p.m. Winter Bible Study - Gym Way" with special focus on passages from Acts where the
early church shared its faith.
6:30 p.m. Leland Kerr will lead us in a training time with focus on various aspects of sharing our faith: Sharing plan of salvation from Scripture, Sharing our personal testimony of faith, Engaging in Gospel conversations, Making visits to neighbors' homes, and more. 7:00 p.m. We will conclude the study each of the January Sunday evenings!
Soup Makers for Winter Bible Study: January 5 Mark and Sara Greene January 12 Susan and Jim McConnell January 19 Susan Willis and Ann Alford January 26 Clara Spangler
Monday, Janaury 6 6:00 p.m. Outreach Visitation - Singles Room Tuesday, January 7 2:00-6:30 p.m. Blood Drive - Gym Wednesday, January 8 5:30 p.m. Regular Wednesday Schedule Resumes Sunday, January 12 9:30 a.m. Guest Speaker, Bill Wilson, in Worship 10:45 a.m. Combined Adult Sunday School in Sanctuary with Dr. Wilson 5:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Fellowship Supper- Gym 6:00 p.m. Winter Bible Study - Gym Sunday, January 19 9:30 p.m. Ordination of New Deacons during Worship 5:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Fellowship Supper-- Gym 6:00 p.m. Winter Bible Study -- Gym 7:00 p.m. First Deacons Meeting of the Year Continued on page 2
Interim Pastor’s Corner Monday, January 20 9:00 a.m. FBC Kids Winter Play Day Departs
I hope that you don’t find this opening paragraph of the January 2020 Informer too hokey! But if hindsight is 20/20 (hence the “hokeyness”), hopefully we learned some things last year that will inform us better for living this coming year. If perfect (or near perfect) physical vision can be numbered 20/20, then we need the best spiritual visual that we can get. If you’re like me, I know that in 2019 (as I look back) I made mistakes that I wish I hadn’t made. I said things that I wish I could take back. I failed to do some things that I should have done. So, I look forward to the opportunities that 2020 will bring with it. Although I try to live more by the Christian calendar (with the Christian New Year beginning on December 1, the First Sunday of Advent), January 1 is a good time to look back, and it’s also a good time to look ahead. With the Lord’s help, FBC Shelby made some real strides in 2019. We gained some momentum which will carry us into welcoming our new pastor in 2020. So at the outset of this new year, please pause with me (right now) to ask God to prepare your heart for the new days that are coming. Ask God to give you patience, to be quick to hear and slow to speak (as James 1:19 instructs us), and to embrace everyone around us as “saints in the making.” As part of our preparation, we will welcome to the pulpit Dr. Bill Wilson from the Center for Healthy Churches. Dr. Wilson will preach a preparatory sermon for the work that his team will assist our pastor search committee and us as a church in doing. The Center for Healthy Churches is one of the finest organizations that I know that helps churches in times of transition. The School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb entered into partnership with the Center some months ago to assist churches in our region. I honestly did not know that our search committee had reached out to Dr. Wilson for assistance, but, frankly, I could not be more pleased. Certainly they will not call our next pastor, but they will assist us in the process, and the Lord will lead us to call our pastor.
Donna Dryden January 9, 2012
We also look forward each Sunday night in January for Winter Bible Study—this year called “Evangelism: The Acts Way!” If any biblical book models for us how to engage other people with the good news, Acts does. Acts is honest about the joy, the opportunities, the challenges, and the realities that go with sharing good news with all kinds of people. Our format will be Soup-Sandwich and Fellowship (something that Acts models well for us), study together that I’ve been asked to lead, and excellent “how-to” training led by our Leland Kerr. What better way to begin the New Year.
Wednesday, January 22 FBC Kids and Youth on regular schedule (even though schools are out) Sunday, January 26 5:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Fellowship Supper-- Gym 6:00 p.m. Winter Bible Study -- Gym Monday, January 27 6:30 p.m. English As Second Language Classes Resume \ 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 5:30 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
Meanwhile, I hope that you had a Merry Christmas, and that you are settling in for God’s plans for our lives in 2020. Sincerely, Robert
Emily Monroe January 3, 1993 2
P.S. We welcome new deacons who will be ordained in our January 19 worship service!
Interim Minister of Music Well, December has come and gone. Yet, the glory and majesty, as we celebrated the gift of God's Son come to earth, remains in our hearts. What a gift! As we pack away the garlands, the tinsel, and lights, let us continue to be amazed, humbled, and grateful throughout the coming year for the gift of Jesus Christ. As we remember the gift of Jesus, isn’t it appropriate that we share that gift - as we did with our presents under the Christmas tree - with all we meet this coming year. Sharing the Peace, Love, and Mercy so freely bestowed on us with others who have not yet come to know Him is one of life’s blessings. What an opportunity to love others, and to build them up in His way. You know, when you sing, you build up others. Number three (#3) in our series of Seven Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters, talks of this. First, you build up fellow believers when you sing. Note specifically here in Ephesians 5:19, "addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual song." We see the same thing in Colossians 3:13-16 where the exhortation to sing comes on the heels of bearing with one another (v. 13a), forgiving one another (v.13b), putting on love (v. 414), being at peace as one united body of Christ (v.15), and teaching God's Word to one another (v.16). When we do what the Bible says and sing together as a church family, we are hearing confessions of faith all around! We are hearing hundreds join with us and sing, "In Christ alone, my hope is found!" We are hearing hundreds of testimonies of faith all around us! Also know that as you sing, you're helping unbelievers. In Psalm 105: 1-2,the Lord is calling the Israelites to be a light unto the nations, and to do this he tells them: "Sing to him, sing praise to him, tell of all his wondrous works!" Think of the impact on someone who doesn't know Christ to hear those hundreds of testimonies, those hundreds of confessions of faith a we sing together! Good corporate worship will naturally be evangelistic!! Chances are you didn't connect singing and warfare together, but it's a theme visible in Scripture. In Colossians 3, Paul is challenging the Colossians to literally put sin to death in their lives, to kill sin. So all the commands to love and peace and forgiveness and teaching and singing are attitudes and habits of the believer that will kill sin! We see the same thing in Ephesians 5, the command to address one another in song comes right on the heels of "make the best use of the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:16) And the more you think about this, it makes total sense: What posture must be more hated by the evil one than the posture of a believer who is singing? I can't think of many stances you can take that identify you with Christ and against Satan more than eyes, heart, mind, and voice lifted to heaven I song! It's very hard to lie, be greedy or to look at something inappropriate when you're "singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart." (Ephesians 5:19). Simply, a heart that's doing that will not easily give in to temptation. A singing heart is a heart at war with the work of the evil one and the power of sin. (with permission, Tom Olson/Orchard Evangelical Free Church) So, will this be YOUR year to wage war on sin by SINGING? Join us from the pews, or better yet, come stand with us in the choir loft, and let the testimonials be heard!
~Carol Ann Forgas
Future Story Construction Pledge Drive Enters the Final Year
With the exception of some members who promised to extend their pledges in a sixth year (2021) this year marks the final year of our pledge drive to accomplish the goals of our Future Story Construction plan. We are enjoying the fruits of the campaign already - a plan that has resulted in the payment of all costs, including interest, through the gifts we have received in your pledges. That being so, thank you for your faithful commitment to finish the pledges through this year! And, members of our Capital Campaign team would love to talk further about special gifts to reduce the final $150,000 needed to totally complete the project.
Tuesday, January 7 in the Gym2:00-6:30 p.m. Call for an appointment - 704-472-1729
Faith Health Ministry 10 New Year’s resolutions for your health and your family’s “As we begin to look ahead to the new year and make our New Year’s resolutions, this is the perfect time for each of us to think about our personal health goals and resolve to make healthy lifestyle choices in the coming year.” The AMA has offered 10 health recommendations to help patients “determine where they can make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements in their health.” Avoid sugary drinks. One 20-ounce sports drink has 122 calories of added sugars while a 12-ounce can of regular soda has 126 calories of added sugars. Instead, try drinking water, coffee, unsweetened tea or other calorie-free drinks. When you do drink beverages with sugar, go for milk or all-fruit juices that boost your dairy or fruit intake.
Join together for Wednesday Fellowship Dinner Come and enjoy fellowship at 5:30 p.m. around the tables with your church family followed by children, youth and music ministries and Prayer Time with Bible Study around the table! Cost: $6.00 for adults, $2.50 for children (Family Maximum $15.00 for parents with children age 17 and under.)
Move more. Every healthy adult between 18 and 65 years old needs at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity five days a week. These are activities in which you move your large muscles in a rhythmic manner for a sustained period. They include walking briskly, bicycling slowly or gardening. This kind of movement makes your heart beat more quickly and over time it makes your cardiovascular disease system healthier.
Safely store and properly dispose of all your prescription medications. If you have any unused medication left over, you should properly dispose of it. Make sure your family is up-to-date on its immunizations. Work with your physician to ensure that you are all following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. And remember that it is not too late to get your flu shot. 4
-information taken from an AMA journal article by Kevin B. O’Reilly, December 28, 2017
Chicken Alfredo Pasta Salad Bar Dessert
Turkey Dressing Green Peas/Squash Salad Bar
Roast Beef Mashed Potatoes Green Beans Salad Bar Desert
Know your blood pressure numbers. Visit LowerYourHBP.org to find resources on understanding your numbers. Visit your physician and commit to a plan to get your hypertension under control.
Manage stress. The good news on this front is that a good diet and daily exercise, as noted above, are key ingredients to maintaining and improving your mental health. So you are killing two birds with one stone by eating better and moving more. Another essential element on this front is to realize the power of saying “No.” It is never easy to do this, but taking better care of yourself will make you a better colleague and friend over the long run. Lastly, do not see it as a sign of weakness to ask for help from a friend or mental health professional when you need it. We are here for each other.
Holiday No Wednesday Activites
Avoid processed food and added sodium. This is a category of unhealthy choices hidden right under our noses, in the form of many packaged foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, pasta, dressings, sauces, soups or gravies. By seasoning your own food when you cook at home, you control how much sodium is used. And try out other herbs and spices to get the kick you want instead of shaking on more salt.
Talk with your doctor about tobacco use and quit. Your physician will help you drop the tobacco habit for good with evidence-based, Food and Drug Administration-approved cessation aids. Electronic cigarettes do not fall into that category. A U.S. surgeon general report notes that evidence for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking devices is lacking, adding that the “health impacts of frequent exposure to the toxicants in e-cigarette aerosol are not well understood, though several are known carcinogens.”
Liver Mush/Bacon Eggs Grits Fruit Biscuits
Know your risk for type 2 diabetes. One in three Americans has prediabetes, yet only one in 10 knows it. Yet diabetes is not inevitable. Eating more healthfully, exercising regularly and losing between 5 and 7 percent of one’s body weight can prevent diabetes.
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you are a woman, that means up to one drink a day, and two drinks daily for men, as defined by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans— which the AMA supports. And only adults of legal drinking age ought to drink alcohol. Keep in mind that not every drink equals “one drink,” depending on the alcohol content.
Lead Pastor Search Update and Information We are thankful for the faithful and diligent work of our Lead Pastor Search Committee and their focus as the new year begins. Bob Bass (Chair), Jenny Dellinger, Dana Graves, Judy Hawkins, Marie Hendrick, Jim McSwain, and Becca Sisk have been meeting regularly with Dr. Bill Wilson from the Center for Healthy Churches and are excited about the connections to be made in 2020 with potential candidates. The committee invites all of our members to be part of this prayerful process in the following ways: 1. Continue to lift up this committee in your daily prayers. 2. Go to the church website (fbcshelby.org) and from the home page take time to read through the interactive "church profile" the committee has prepared to introduce our church to our new pastor. 3. Plan to be present in Worship and Sunday School on Sunday, January 12, as Dr. Wilson will be preaching that morning and then, during a combined Adult Sunday School session in the Sanctuary, he will share with us about the work of the Center for Healthy Churches and how they are encouraging our pastor search. He will be able to answer questions at this time as well.
Church Wide Events
Children and Youth
Hanging of the Green
All generations led the way for our Advent season with the Hanging of the Green service in December. It was a beautiful was to start our celebrations of the birth of our Savior. Thank you to everyone who worshipped with us and who led us in worship on this special day.
Caroling to our Neighbors
FBC Youth and FBC Kids united to spread cheer to our neighbors as they went on Mission in December. FBC Kids and FBC Youth went Christmas caroling this Christmas to share joy with some of the senior adults in our community and church family. We are so thankful for the joy that we are given through the birth of Jesus that gives us so many reasons to sing.
International Ginger Bread House Fellowship
In December we were able to spend time with our church family while learning about missions around the world by making gingerbread houses that represented various countries. We are so thankful for God’s love for the whole world and for people who are willing to travel to all lands to tell HIS story. Be sure to pray for our missionaries year round and give financially to the Christmas Offering for Missions so that HIS name will be proclaimed in every tribe and every nation.
One of the wonderful ways we can spread the love of Christ is through ministry events like giving free hot chocolate to our neighbors in our community during the Shelby Christmas Parade. We are so thankful to all who participated to make this an exciting outreach.
Look at this Empty Angel Tree!!!
Thank you so much for taking an angel and buying a gift. Every angel was taken and toys and clothes were turned in! You are amazing! Also, thank you for giving money and items to fill up the homeless bags for the Christmas luncheon. You are such a giving church and I am grateful to be a part of it! Happy New Year! Susan Grose, WMU Director
Upcomming Events Churchwide MOVIE Night January 10 6:30 p.m.
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Join us for a churchwide movie night in the youth center. We will watch a movie together. Popcorn and drinks will be provided! Bring a snack to share!
Outreach Visitation Mark your calendars now to be part of our Outreach Visitation nights during 2020. We are planning NOW to make visits on the first Sunday and Monday of every month in the year. Gather in the Singles Room (Sunday’s at 5:00 p.m. and Monday’s at 6:00 p.m.) for assignments and then make visits. We will tell you how to report back about the contacts you will prayerfully make as God puts us into conversations with our Cleveland County neighbors. And, if you are hesitant about going, then plan to attend this year's Winter Bible Study, "Evangelism: the 'Acts' Way" and be encouraged! 6
FBC Kids jumped on the Christmas train this Christmas at the Advent Extravaganza so they could be prepared to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. They received child-friendly Advent devotionals and nativities. They also left the night with their hearts prepared to focus on Jesus this Christmas season.
FBC Kids Winter Play Day!!! January 20 9 a.m.
Kindergarten - 5th Grades join FBC Kids for a fun day at Altitude Trampoline Park in Gastonia on Monday, January 20th. We will meet at the church at 9 a.m. and head to Gastonia. Cost is $10 per person and you will need to bring money for lunch on the way back. Parents are welcome to join us but you must sign up by January 15th to come. Sign up by email to email@example.com or by calling the church office. We hope you can all join us for this fun day of fellowship together!!!
January 2-5 Winterplace WVA
All college students and Youth – It is still not too late to sign up for the Ski trip – Skiing for two days and 3 nights on in house on the slopes. Cost is $250. See Carol Ann for more information.
February 9th 5:30 p.m. in the Gym Cost $15 per ticket
Money raised will go to support the youth ministry. Childcare is available for $5 per child. Please sign up for childcare at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets go on sale January 19 in the Welome Center after Worship Service. Look for the big red heart. Thanks for supporting the youth.
March Madness March 26-29th Pigeon Forge, TN
Join us for our spring retreat! Not at Charleston this year but in the great Smokey Mountains. We will have Bible Study, day at Dollywood, fun and a mission project. Cost is $150 for the long weekend and $50 deposit is due February 2nd. Sign up for a wonderful time together with the youth family.
Fun times at the FBC Youth Christmas Party
Children & Family Pastor
My family and I have been in a very difficult season this past year. Some wonderful things have happened but there have also been some very difficult obstacles for us to overcome. I will save you all the details but let’s just say that we are eager to move out of 2019 and onto 2020. Often during this past year I have thought of Christ and felt as if He were so far away yet we desperately needed HIM to be close to us. Now there have been moments when I felt HIS presence but there have also been very dark days when it felt as though He had forgotten us. This is the first time in my life when I have gone through trials and felt a distance from the Lord. In my previous experiences when I have had trials, I have felt a closeness to God that has sustained me. A truth that I have discovered in these darks days that I now hold to be valuable is that even in the darkness of our life Christ’s light still shines, our job is simply to continue to follow it. Sometimes in life we are as the Wisemen were so long ago wondering after a star in search the Savior. Did you know that the Wisemen are thought to have followed the star around for two years prior to arriving to see the Christ child? Some scholars think it could have even been longer than that. Yet, these wisemen kept following the light from the star with great hope that they would soon get a glimpse of the Savior. When they did finally arrive to Jesus, they were so overcome that they had to bow down and worship at his feet. In Christian history this arrival of the Wisemen to Jesus is what we call Epiphany, where we celebrate that Christ is God incarnate with us here on earth. Traditional Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas, this beginning the new church year. So no matter where you are this new year I want to encourage you to keep following the light in the darkness with great hope and anticipation from what we learned at Christmas about Christ’s arrival….GOD is here and when we arrive at HIS feet HE will gladly receive our worship and rejoicing. 7
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