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ENCOURAGER UPDATE MemorialS Given In Memory Of Lawrence (Bud) Eubanks: Mary Gregory Marc & Shanda Owens Larry & Claudette Owens Norman & Margie Walker Adult Choir Adult VI Sunday School Class Ryan & Sherry Effler Etherage & Alice Farr Patsy Kent Mickie Pettigrew Tammy & Tommy Simpson Bobby & Sandra Simpson Walkers & Talkers Buddy & Gloria Griffin Given In Memory Of Carl & Marie Tuck: Eleanor Tuck

Given In Memory Of Mary Lynch: Vivian & James West


From The Pastor Christmas by Peter Marshall

Childcare Extended Care 12/26/10 Babies: Claudette Owens / Pat Baldwin / Cindy Pike Toddlers: Shanda Owens / Susan Freeman / Larry Arms 2-4 Yr. Olds: Curt & Vicki Hadden / Diana Wofford

Deacon of The Week 12/26 - Eddie Knight 7 Groce Road Lyman, SC 29365

1/2/11 - Kevin Crowe 510 Duncan Station Rd. Duncan, SC 29334

Extended Care 1/2/11 Babies: Glenda Thackston / Kellie Burdette / Jewel Mullinax Toddlers: Clayton & Brandy McDonald / Bobby Bentley 2-4 Yr. Olds: Ryan & Vanessa Chavous / Diana Wofford



Please wish these individuals a Happy Birthday!

Fellowship Meal Covenant Groups Children’s Choirs • 6:30 PM RA’s & GA’s • 7:10 pm Adult Choir


• 5:20 PM • 5:50 PM


Given In Honor Of Kay & Marty Brown and Judy & Buddy Smith: Dept. III Senior Adult Sunday School Class



1/2/11 - Margrette Martin 33 Trotting Hill Lane Bluffton, SC 29910


Given In Memory Of Elliott Eubanks, Loving Husband & Father: Irene Eubanks

• 9:45 am Sunday School • 11:00 am Morning Worship • 5:30 PM Snacks & Fellowship • 5:30 PM AWANAS • 6:00 PM Evening Worship

12/26 - Lucy West 1308 Holly Springs Rd. Lyman, SC 29365

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH · 80 Groce Road · Lyman, SC 29365

Given In Memory Of Marvin (Butch) Clayton: Norman & Margie Walker

1 Lewis Harvey 1 Ann McMakin 1 Ricky Brown 1 Josh Massey 2 Betty Whitmire 3 Jeremy McKinney 4 Andrew Bradley 6 Caylie Walker 7 Harold Bullard 7 Lisa Eubanks 7 Clayton Bradley 9 Buddy Eubanks, Jr. 9 Shanda Owens 9 Todd Wright 10 Raymond Morrow 11 Ginger Ryals 12 Betty Knight 12 Mavis Eledge 14 Ruth Dobson 14 Vicki Hadden 16 Patsy Baldwin 18 Jack Morgan 19 Larry Arms 19 Amanda Young 20 Sandra Eubanks 20 Fred Greer 21 Kaci Snow 23 Margaret Mayfield 23 Marshall Alexander 23 Betsy Meccia 26 Kevin Lee 26 Alysa Lee 29 Nancy Eubanks 29 Wade Brewer 30 Randy Brown


Homebound Of The Week

Phone: (864)439-8721 · Fax: (864) 439-8722 · E-mail:

Given In Memory Of Bill & Mary Drake: Hazel Drake & Ann Elizabeth Pridgeon

January Birthdays

WEEKLY AT First Baptist Lyman

“We yearn, our Father, for the simple beauty of Christmas - for all the old familiar melodies and words that remind us of that great miracle when He who had made all things was one night to come as a babe, to lie in the crook of a woman's arm. Before such mystery we kneel, as we follow the shepherds and Wise Men to bring Thee the gift of our love - a love we confess has not always been as warm or sincere or real as it should have been. But now, on this Christmas Day, that love would find its Beloved, and from Thee receive the grace to make it pure again, warm and real. We bring Thee our gratitude for every token of Thy love, for all the ways Thou hast heaped blessings upon us during the years that have gone. And we do pray, Lord Jesus, that as we celebrate Thy birthday, we may do it in a manner well pleasing to Thee. May all we do and say, every tribute of our hearts, bring honor to Thy name, that we, Thy people, may remember Thy birth and feel Thy presence among us even yet. May the loving kindness of Christmas not only creep into our hearts, but there abide, so that not even the return to earthly cares and responsibilities, not all the festivities of our own devising may cause it to creep away weeping. May the joy and spirit of Christmas stay with us now and forever. In the name of Jesus, who came to save His people from their sins, even in that lovely name we pray. Amen." This is my prayer for the saints of First Baptist Church, Lyman, SC. With love, Pastor Scott

Church Staff Rev. Scott Stancil Pastor Rev. Ricky Stark Minister of Students & Education Rev. Jim Carey, Minister of Music & Senior Adults Carol Petty CDC Director

From The Minister Of Music & Senior Adults A

Musical Notes The Senior Adult Choir got off to a great start this year blending music and ministry. We will begin rehearsal for 2011 on Tuesday, January 11th at 10:00 AM in the choir room. Mark your calendar and make your plans to join us as we prepare for the work of worship leadership. The Adult Choir will not rehearse on December 22nd or 29th. We will have our first rehearsal of 2011 on Wednesday, January 5th. We have some great new music to learn and share, and a Wonderful Savior to love and praise. Come and join us for the best night of the week! Calling All Men! On Sunday, January 9th we will celebrate Deacon Ordination during our morning worship service. Let’s fill the choir loft with men on that day. Even “Joyful Noise Makers” are welcome! If you will join us in the choir room that morning at 10:45, I promise you will be blessed even as you will be a blessing. One Final Note Kim and I have been so blessed this year. 2010 has been a year of change that has really stretched our faith. There is still much stretching going on. But God has been faithful to provide and protect, and He has shown His love to us through our new family at Lyman First Baptist in amazing and overwhelming ways. Thank you for letting God use you to care for our family. Since this is the final Encourager of 2010, our prayer for all of you is the most joyful and Christ-filled Christmas ever, and for you to experience the fullness of God’s love as we begin this next year together.


Dear Lyman First Baptist Church Family, This special time of year reminds each of us how much we’ve been given, and we here at District Five Family Ministries want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you give to us throughout the year. Our ministry thrives because of caring folks like you! May God bless you this Christmas season and always! Sincerely, Lyn Turner Leslie Shelton Amy Garvey The Entire D5FM Family

Churc Church News Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for the many prayers, cards, food, and words of concern during Bud’s illness. They have been a great source of comfort over the last three and a half years. How blessed we are to be in a church that shows so much love for one another. In Christ’s love, Jo Ann Eubanks & Family

No Men’s Prayer Breakfast in December We will start back with our monthly men’s breakfast on January 16 .

The Staff of First Baptist Church Lyman would like to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and bountiful New Year in Christ Our Lord.

Lottie Moon

For International Missions March will be Sunday morning, December 26. Make plans to come and give generously to international missions!

Attendance December 12, 2010 Sunday School: 169 Worship: 184 December 19, 2010 Sunday School: 154 Worship: 283

From the Minister OF Students & Education In classical Greek drama, there were two great genres: the tragedy and the comedy. In the tragedy, everything would start out fine, but then a life-changing event would occur or a character flaw would come to the surface in light of circumstances, and a good life would go south quickly; and thus the play ends with the tragic ruins of a life. In a comedy, on the other hand, quite the opposite would occur. Now, when we talk about comedy, we think funny. But when dealing with classical comedy, such is not the case. Instead, in a comedy, tragic events might occur, but in the end, everything turns out okay - you get a happy ending. At this time of the year, I rejoice because Christmas signifies the change in the status of our drama. The human race was in the most tragic of tragedies, destined for (and deserving of) the most tragic of endings: separation from God for all eternity. But 2,000 years ago, God decided to enter into His own drama, and as it turns out, for those who are in Christ, life is not a tragedy after all but rather a comedy--we will get our happy ending. That might be difficult to hear right now. I don't know what you're going through, and your circumstances may appear tragic right now, but in light of eternity, they will ultimately work out for your good. So if things are bad right now, take heart - it just means the story isn't over yet. As one Christian singer/ songwriter put it, "If it's not okay, then it's not the end, my friend." Rejoice this Christmas - there is hope. He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. You will have your happy ending; the story isn't over yet, and the Great Playwright still has something up His sleeve. Merry Christmas!


HOLIDAY SCHEDULE No Sunday PM services on: Dec. 26 Jan. 2 No Wednesday evening activities: Dec. 29

Student Ministry Youth Bible Study Sunday, 6:00 p.m. In the new youth room

Don’t forget to pray for our adopted missionary, Alissa Stewart, who is serving in Uganda!

Encourager 2010.12.22  

Encourager 2010.12.22

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