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WEEK OF DECEMBER 8 2010

ENCOURAGER UPDATE

Sunday

MemorialS Given In Memory Of Marvin (Butch) Clayton: Ryan & Sherry Effler Given In Memory Of Mary Lynch: Robert & Virginia Collins Given In Memory Of Marjorie Bolding: Ryan & Sherry Effler

HONORARIUMS Given In Honor Of Etherage Farr: Adult V Men’s Sunday School Class Given In Honor Of Bob Phillips: Adult IV Men’s Sunday School Class

Attendance

Please wish these individuals a Happy Birthday!

Wednesday • 5:20 PM • 5:50 PM

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

Childcare Extended Care 12/12/10 Babies: Alice Farr / Peggy Fogel / Nancy Eubanks Toddlers: Ken Eubanks / Katie Johnson / Tollie Gosnell 2-4 Yr. Olds: Matt & Diana Wofford / Joseph Eubanks

Deacon of The Week 12/12 - Matthew Arms 104 Scenic Drive Lyman, SC 29365

12/19 - Marty Brown PO Box 13 Lyman, SC 29365

Extended Care 12/19/10 Babies: Bootsie Harvey / Betty Watson / Ashley Gosnell Toddlers: Roger & Kathy Ann Crowe / Natalie White 2-4 Yr. Olds: Kelvin & Avonda Mitchem / Diana Wofford

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PAID

PERMIT NO. 14 INMAN, SC

No Wednesday evening activities: Dec. 22 Dec. 29

Wylie Crowe Kelvin Mitchem Hazel Drake Bootsie Harvey Jerry Dowis Jessica Link Markus Gattner Bunt Nelson Scott Stancil Bob Fogel Haley Cannon Abigail Whitener Marc Owens Susan Smith Lawrence Eubanks Julianna Whitener Alice Farr Ann Powell Seeger Hadden Betty Babb Jarred Smith Chris Walker Tyler Cannon Glenda Thackston Gina White Stephanie Garrett Donna Duncan Brooks Bentley Emily Bentley

THE FIRST BAPTIST LYMAN

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12/19 - James Laws Greenville Living Center 809 Laurens Rd., Rm 107 Greenville, SC 29607-1914

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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE No Sunday PM services on: Dec. 12 Dec. 19 Dec. 26

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12/12 - Dessie Cannon Camp Care, Rm C8-2 59 Blackstock Road Inman, SC 29349

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

December 5, 2010 Sunday School: 191 Worship: 210

December Birthdays

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

Homebound Of The Week

Phone: (864)439-8721 · Fax: (864) 439-8722 www.firstlyman.org · E-mail: mail@firstlyman.org

November 28, 2010 Sunday School: 184 Worship: 216

WEEKLY AT First Baptist Lyman

From The Pastor Merry Christmas! I hope you are warm, your home is decorated, and all of your purchases have been made. If so, sit back by the fire, drink a cup of hot chocolate, and watch an old Christmas movie. Wishful thinking, you say? I understand. I want to tell our Senior Singers how much we as a church family enjoyed their Christmas presentation through song last week. It was awesome. You guys are so faithful and your leadership is amazing. Thank you. This Sunday morning I will begin a new series - a study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This is a great word for us. I hope you will read along with me throughout the week in preparation for each Sunday’s message. As always, if you are unable to join us on Sunday morning, you can listen online at www.firstlyman.org. Let me conclude my letter with a prayer from Ephesians 1. “Father, I thank you for the faithful saints of First Baptist Lyman. O God of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of glory, give to each of your people a spirit of wisdom and revelation in their knowledge of You. Open the eyes of their hearts that they may be enlightened, so that they may more fully know the hope of Your calling upon their lives. Help them to know the riches of glory through their inheritance in Christ. Allow them to experience the surpassing greatness of Your power. These things all believers may know through Christ.” God bless! 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 Slip-Slidin’ Away: I had almost forgotten how exhausting driving in the snow and ice can be… almost. I was vividly reminded this past weekend on my return trip from a visit with my Mother in West Virginia. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not afraid to drive in the snow. I learned how to drive on the snow covered inclines and hairpin curves of West Virginia’s “highways,” behind the wheel of a 1970 Pinto with a manual transmission. The fact that I’m alive is a testimony to the protective hand of God on my life. No, I don’t fear the road. I do, however fear some of those with whom I share the road. In particular, the folks in the 4 wheel drive vehicles who think the extra traction will keep them from skidding on the ice, really make me nervous. Their equipment emboldens them to drive faster, steer and brake as though the road was dry. While 4 wheel drive may get you out of the ditch quicker, it is the constant attention to the principles of safe driving that keep you from getting into the ditch. Treacherous roads demand constant attention. Life can get a little slippery from time to time even for the most grounded child of God. That’s why Peter wrote, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings”. 1Pet. 5:8-9 (NIV). Let’s be careful out there. Our carelessness can be dangerous, not only for ourselves, but for those with whom we share the road. Some Musical Notes: The Senior Adult Choir did an outstanding job of presenting the story of Christmas through song here at First Lyman and at Ashlan Village. We are going to take a few weeks off and pick up with some great new music after the first of the year. The Adult choir will present the musical, “Only Love” Sunday morning, Dec. 19th, during our “Home for Christmas” celebration. We will then go to Lenoir, NC to share it with the residents of the Bethel Colony of Mercy at 6:30 that evening. God is working out the details to make this a great opportunity to share the love of Christ through worship, ministry and evangelism. Thank you for your prayer support and your help in putting the stockings together for these men.

Jim

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

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

Churc Church News HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Sunday Morning December 19 10:30 AM Once again this year we are planning a special service of homecoming and fellowship with our homebound members and their families. We hope to have as many as are able to come to the service at 10:30 AM - 12 Noon, along with their families, so they can experience the warmth of their church family’s fellowship and we can enjoy their presence once more. Please make plans to be here to welcome them home for Christmas!

Joy Fellowship December 14 6:00 PM Our entertainment will be the Echoes of Hope. Come and join our wonderful fellowship!

On December 13, we will be hosting a party for the Families of the Christmas Kids we sponsored. If you are interested in helping out by setting up, decoration, or just being there to talk and minister to the families, please see Avonda Mitchem or Glenda Farmer.

The Lottie Moon Post Office is back in business! Let the Lottie Moon Post Office deliver your Christmas cards this year to friends and family at First Baptist Lyman! Postage is only .25 cents per card and all donations will go to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Just place your cards in the Lottie Moon mailbox before Wednesday, December 15 and they will be available for pick-up on Sunday, December 19.

From the Minister OF Students & Education Holy cow, it is cold! Christmastime is officially here! I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year—the trees, the lights, and yes, even the cold. Well, maybe not the cold itself but rather the glorious feeling of walking in to a warm home at the end of the day. It kind of makes me think about life a little bit. The cold often startles us—after a while (or maybe quite quickly), it makes us uncomfortable. But if we never had to experience something uncomfortable, I wonder if we would ever appreciate the blessings of refuge, peace, and security. For many people, this holiday season is anything but a time of peace and refuge. I wonder what would happen if we would take a few minutes out in the cold—out of our comfort zones—to maybe make someone’s season a little more tolerable as we bring the warmth of Christ to him or her. I hope these next few weeks are some incredible ones for your family—and I hope you will have many opportunities to show the kingdom that has already begun and that is coming in full force soon. God bless and Merry Christmas!

Ricky

Student Ministry First Lyman Student Ministry Progressive Christmas Dinner December 17 5:30 PM - 10:15 PM What exactly is a progressive dinner? We’ll have a four course meal, each course being served at a different home - which means we’ll be running all over town, playing games as we go!

Don’t forget to bring a wrapped gag gift ($10 or less) for our crazy gift exchange!! Please RSVP to the Church Office by December 8 if you plan to attend: Call Allison at 439439-8721 or email her at allison@firstlyman.org. allison@firstlyman.org

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!


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