The Messenger Worship Services 8:30 AM—Blended 11:00 AM—Praise & Worship! Sunday School 9:45 AM
November 29, 2011
Singing Christmas Tree December 9—12, Free Tickets now available at the church office. Join us for this exciting Christmas performance Celebrating Gingerbread the Season! Houses December 10 11:00—12:30
One Worship Service Christmas Day December 25 10:00 AM No Sunday School Classes No Evening Activities
For Children Preschool 2—5th Grades and Grace Church Teachers: you are asked to help and to bring a 2 Liter Drink Hot Dog Lunch will be served.
Notes from Your MoM... Worship Choir: Thank you for your leadership in the both services on Sunday morning. We appreciate the Tree Choir members who sang with us, as well. We invite all Tree Choir members to sing with us on this Sunday and throughout the month of December into January 1st. Singing Christmas Tree Choir Special thanks to those who attended Sunday night’s rehearsal. We will meet at 6:30 PM this Wednesday, November 30th and this Sunday, December 4th at 7:00 PM after the Children’s Choir Service. There will be a Full Rehearsal with instrumentalists, cast and technicians next Wednesday, December 7 and Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 PM. Please make prompt attendance at all practices a priority! Children’s Choirs: All choirs will rehearse this Wednesday, November 30 at 5:30 PM in preparation for Sunday night’s annual Children’s Festival of Christmas Music at 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited; children and choir leaders should meet in their choir rooms promptly at 5:30 PM dressed nicely in Christmas colors. Of course, you are invited to sing on the FBC float in the Christmas Parade this Saturday; meet at the church at 10:00 AM. Tickets for the SCT are now available; please take only the number you know you will use and return any extra tickets ASAP. The dates are December 9-12 (Friday-Monday) at 7:00 PM each evening with a 3:00 afternoon matinee on Saturday, December 10. We still need some volunteers to assist Betty Alford in distributing these in the main hallway on Sunday mornings before and after both services; please call the church office if you can help. HELP! Special thanks to those who assisted on Sunday after church and the youth who helped on Sunday evening, plus all those who came on Monday and Tuesday to work in any way. We still need LOTS of help in many different areas next week before the Tree, especially on Monday and Tuesday (daytime and evening). Please try to arrange your schedule to come and assist whenever possible. The SCT is much more than music; it is truly a church-wide ministry! See the box below for the upcoming schedule! We also need ushers, greeters, and security personnel for all performances; please call the church office at 546-5187 to volunteer. And please PRAY for the Tree! Joy Singers: We will rehearse at 11:30 AM next Wednesday, December 7. We will not meet on December 14 and will go to sing at nursing homes on December 21 at 10:00 AM. Mr. Jay
From the Pastor’s Pen...
hat a great day we shared this past Sunday. God sent us new families in both of our services. We have two new folks to baptize. Praise the Lord! It is that time of year when we jump with both feet into the Singing Christmas Tree. Let me thank you in advance for your faithfulness to this important ministry. God never fails to use this special time of year and creative ministry to draw someone to the savior and to a closer walk with Christ. Please pray that the Spirit would move mightily through the music and drama, and that the gospel would be presented clearly. This is also a time of year when many families find their limited resources stretched to the max and often come to the church looking for assistance. Please keep this in mind as you think about giving and blessing others. A gift to the Church Family Benevolence Fund would help us share the love and encouragement of Christ with others. Thank you for always being so faithful in this regard. Hey ya’ll, Merry Christmas!
2011 Singing Christmas Tree *Choir Rehearsal Sunday @ 7:00 PM *FREE Tickets Now Available Help Needed the Next Two Weeks: Monday, December 5: Cut and Trim Greenery, 8:00 AM Monday, December 5: Finish Set/Technical Work, 6:00 PM Tuesday, December 6: Greenery on Tree, 8:00 AM Tuesday, December 6: Pull Lights, 6:00 PM Tuesday, December 13: Strip Tree, 8:00 AM Wednesday, December 14: Break Down Staging, 7:00 PM Thursday, December 15: Disassemble Tree, 8:00 AM
Students: Student Ministry Holiday schedule: Students will resume meeting on Sunday nights on January 8, 2012. Students are encouraged to participate in the holiday festivities with their families. Students will meet on Wednesday nights (excluding 12/28).
Ushers Needed Men: Please see William Conner to volunteer as an Usher on Sunday mornings. This is a great way to meet new friends especially for those who are new to First Baptist. Call 546-6323
Volunteers Needed for Basketball and Cheerleading! Coaches, Referees, Score/Timekeepers, Devotion Leaders, and Set-Up and Clean-Up Volunteers Needed! Please see/contact Elijah or Jillian Metherd or Joye Avant We are also looking for 100 People to Pray for 100 Days for the Upward Season, beginning December 16th. Please contact Pete or Staci Krause to be a Prayer Warrior.
New Sunday School Classes
HELP!! Volunteers are needed to assist in two critical areas of Children’s Ministry! NURSERY: We need more persons to volunteer to serve in the first or second service about once every two months (you can always go to the other service on the Sundays you have to serve). Please call Jason Mitchell or Jennifer Davis (344-2515) to be put on the rotation. NOTE: If you are going to be absent on your assigned Sunday, it is YOUR responsibility to find someone on the list to trade Sundays and to notify the Nursery Captain for that day, NOT Jennifer’s! CHILDREN’S WORSHIP (Ages 3-4): We need a couple or two adults to serve the first Sunday of each odd month (November, January, March, etc.) or every two months during the second half of the first and second services. We also need a couple/two adults to serve on the fifth Sundays (about four times a year). If you can assist, please contact Jason Mitchell or Sarah Bradham (340-5894) as soon as possible. Thank you for loving and caring about our children!
Beginning this December we will launch two new Sunday School classes. The first is with Richard & Shelley Powers and will be designed for Singles or Couples not currently enrolled in a Sunday School class who desire to study God’s Word in a deeper, more engaging manner. They will be contacting some of you soon, but you can get ahead of the game by calling the Powers and register for this class: 325-3333 The second new opportunity is for College and Career Singles (under 30) with Mitch and Jamie Thompkins. The class is planning a social event on Saturday, December 17. Contact the Thompkins to get registered for the class today! 527-4287 “Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Children’s Festival Of Christmas Music Sunday, December 4 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary All of our Children’s Choirs will sing and lead us in worship. Everyone is invited to attend!
Church Goal: $15,000.00 Given To Date: $374.00
Sunday, December 4—Second Sunday of Advent 8:30 AM Blended Worship—Sanctuary 9:45 AM Sunday School/Bible Study 11:00 AM Praise & Worship—Sanctuary 5:30 PM Children’s Choirs meet in Choir Rooms 6:00 PM Children’s Christmas Music—Sanctuary 7:00 PM SCT Choir & Instruments—Sanctuary Monday, December 5 8:00 AM Cut and Trim Greenery 6:00 PM Finish Set and Technical Work Tuesday, December 8 8:00 AM Greenery on Tree 11:00 AM Young As Ever—Fellowship Hall 6:00 PM Pull Lights and Final Decoration Wednesday, December 7 9:30 AM Community Bible Study—Sanctuary 11:30 AM Joy Singers—Choir Room 5:00 PM Family Night Supper—Fellowship Hall 6:00 PM Youth Worship—Family Life Center 6:30 PM Children’s Missions 6:30 PM Prayer Meeting—Fellowship Hall 6:30 PM SCT Full Rehearsal—Sanctuary Thursday, December 8 7:00 PM SCT Dress Rehearsal—Sanctuary Friday, December 9 6:30 AM Men’s Prayer—Fellowship Hall 6:15 PM Prelude Concert—Studio of Dance 7:00 PM Singing Christmas Tree Saturday, December 10 11 AM-12:30 PMGingerbread House—Fellowship Hall 2:15 PM Prelude Concert—Studio of Dance 3:00 PM Singing Christmas Tree 6:15 PM Prelude Concert—TBA 7:00 PM Singing Christmas Tree Sunday, December 4 Security Team #3 Morning 1. Joe Lawrimore 2. Joe Wofford H. Nelson Alford Evening 1. Chris Baker 2. Paul Graham H. Donnie Bullard
Sunday, December 11 Security Team #4 Morning 1. Mark Thorne 2. Elfred Powell H. C.L. Cribb Evening 1. Andy Sipe 2. Joe Turner H. Stan McDaniel
Service Schedules Thank You for Your Service! If you are going to be absent, it is your responsibility to arrange for a substitute! Sunday, December 4 Nursery Captain: Lilli Mitchell Nursery 1 (8:30)—Connie Shelley and Debbie Swails Nursery 2 (8:30)—Geanenne Kelly and Denise Thompkins Nursery 1 (11:00)—Jan and Kristen Smith Nursery 2 (11:00)—Kay & Darryl Hollis Children’s Worship—Bill & Barbara Nelson Prayer Warriors—Elbert Fulton and Randy Reames Welcome Center—Charles & Rebecca King Grace Church—Blakeley Wright Deacon Greeters—1-Grady Thomas (captain), 2-Kevin Thompkins, 3-Jeff Wildes, 4–Rick Martin and David Ballard, 5-Larry Fox Sunday, December 11 Nursery Captain: Melanie Foxwell Nursery 1 (8:30)—Heather Anderson and Cindy Mixson Nursery 2 (8:30)—Dottie Covington and Jennifer Davis Nursery 1 (11:00)—Pat Wofford and Ashley Plexico Nursery 2 (11:00)—Camie McCord and Blakeley Wright Children’s Worship—Stephen & Stacy Sipe Prayer Warriors—Russ Atkinson and Ronnie Altman Welcome Center—Joe & Catherine Lawrimore Grace Church—Teresa and Zachary Harrington Deacon Greeters—1-Vince Weaver (captain), 2-Willie Moore, 3-Ryan Wright, 4–Mark King, 5-Richard Powers *NOTE: Deacon Greeters should be at their doors by 8:00 AM on Sunday mornings, especially with our new security measures. December Ushers: Wayne Shoemake, captain; Doug Blake, Dan Ellenburg, Darryl Hollis, Rick Martin, Stan McDaniel, Allen Poston, Dan Ray, Eddie Thompson, and Joe Wofford
FBC Christmas Parade Float: Saturday, December 3
Meet at FBC @ 10:00 AM and wear a shirt/outfit from one of our ministries (VBS, AWANA vest, RA/GA Camp, Upward soccer/basketball/cheerleading uniform, etc.). All Children are invited to ride on float and sing Christmas carols ; parents, older children, youth, and other adults are needed to walk alongside the float to distribute FBC Christmas flyers and candy canes. Free pizza lunch for all participants in the Fellowship Hall afterwards. We should be done by 1:00 PM.
HELP! USHERS, GRETERS AND SECURITY PERSONNEL ARE NEEDED FOR EACH SERVICE OF THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE. PLEASE CALL THE CHRCH OFFICE AT 546-5187 TO VOLUNTEER.
December 2011 SUN
27 SCT 6:30 PM Sanctuary
5 Advent Begins AM-Cut Greenery Children’s Choirs 6:00 PM
6:00 PM SCT 7:00 PM Set-Up
8:00 AM Greenery on Tree
Chicken Alfredo, garlic toast, salad, dessert CBS Fellowship
6:00 PM Pull Lights
SCT Full Rehearsal 6:30 PM
6:15 Prelude 7:00 PM Performance
8 9 SCT Dress Rehearsal Prelude 7:00 PM 6:15 7:00 Performance
10 2:15 & 6:15 Prelude 3:00 & 7:00 Performance Gingerbread Houses
15 SCT Take Down 8:00 AM
8:00 AM Strip Tree Young As Ever 11:00 AM— FH
14 Churchwide Christmas Party/ Dinner
18 19 Keyboards & Carols 6:00 PM
23 OFFICE CLOSED
6:15 Prelude 7:00 PM Performance
8:00 AM 8:00 AM SCT Const. SCT Material SCT Set Up & Mesh 6:00 PM 6:00 PM SCT Lights
ONE WORSHIP OFFICE SERVICE
Prayer Meeting 6:30 & Students 6:00 PM
OFFICE CLOSED CLOSED
28 Prayer Meeting Only 6:30
Christmas Eve Service & Lord’s Supper 6:00 PM
Discipleship News... Coming in January…
Courageous Living Bible Study
When You’ve Been Wronged by Erwin Lutzer
Walking As Jesus Walked By Dann Spader
Please see Keith if you are interested in leading a Discipleship class this semester!
News & Information...
Memorials & Honorariums Given To/By
In Memory Of
Going Forward in Faith
The Singing Christmas Tree To the Glory of God
Sondra Morris and Greg Elliott Gladys Cribb Eddie Thompson Rhett, Charla, and Trenton Tindall
Leta Ulmer Tommy Smith, Gladys Blakeley, James Herndon, James Pollock, and Isabel Mayer Donna Thompson and Lynn Thompson Alice Shubrick
Budget Archie D. & Cornelia Miller-Rodgers
Thank You To all those who helped with the Operation Christmas Child drop off this year we say thank you and Glory to God for over 3000 boxes for our Association.
In Touch Ministry Honors Barbara Causey Honorage Nursing Center Rm 9 1207 N. Cashua Dr, Florence— 29501 Send the Barbara a card of encouragement today.
Faithful In Giving: Required Weekly $23,490.00 Received $16,383.69 Forward In Faith Offerings $405.00 Debt Retirement $1,275.00 Designated Funds $2,049.00 Lottie Moon $373.00
Faithful In Worship: 286 230 Bible Study: 339
Kids Kount, Too! (KK2) We are currently working on remodeling the children’s classrooms and would like you to help! A Giving Tree is located by the magazine racks with envelopes tied to it. Each envelope contains a suggested dollar amount to give toward this much needed project. We ordered new tables and cabinets as well as painting each room. Thank you from all of us, in advance, who work in the Children’s Ministry area thanks you for your loving support!
Martha’s House Thrift Shop Volunteers Needed. Call Susan Mitchell at 520-4812 if you are interested in ministering to women transitioning from incarceration to society. Three—four hours weekly or whatever you can volunteer for.