Connection News for Jan, 2019

Over the past weeks I have been thinking about the past few years. God has been good to our family. Wanda and I have watched our children and grandchildren grow in many ways. Yes, our children are adults, but we all still have room in our lives to grow and maturity in Christ. Don’t we?

I believe that we never will stop growing. Physically, spiritually, and mentally are all areas of our lives we need to pay attention to if we are to grow old and stay healthy. But, we must also be looking forward with anticipation of the great things to come.

God has done a great work in my life. Have I made it easy for Him? At times, no! Has he given up on me. NO! This is one of the greatest reasons I look forward to the years to come. No matter what comes before me, God is already there and prepared a way whatever the circumstance may be.

I remember a specific passage of scripture, which guided me through much of my adolescence and young adult life and still does today. In 1Timothy 4:12-15, I see the past, present, and the future of God’s hand on my life.

1 Timothy 4:12-15

12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech,

in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I

come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them... 

These verses have been and will always be my light in this world.  They give me hope and assurance that what God started  in my life he will see it through to the end.  What about you? Do you have this same hope and assurance in God? If not, I hope and pray this next year will bring you great joy and assurance that whatever you go through in life God is there by your side.

As we end one year and enter into another let us all learn from the past and look forward to this next year. May God impress upon each of us the enthusiasm and joy of knowing him and being a part of his family.

God’s Servant,

Earl

Some Important Facts About the First Christmas

What does Christmas mean to you? Times with family and friends? Perhaps carols, cards, television specials. Maybe hectic shopping, parties, and eating too much. All these and more are part of what many call Christmas. But what about the first Christmas? Why is the original story—the baby in a manger, shepherds, wise men, and angels important? Here are a few important facts that will help us remember the true meaning of Christmas.

A Story That Has Endured

For two millennia, people have told of the child in a Bethlehem manger; of angels who announced his birth to shepherds; of learned men who traveled a great distance to view him.

A Story of Hope and Survival

Jesus’ society knew great pain and oppression. Rome ruled. Corrupt tax collectors burdened the people. Some religious leaders even sanctioned physical beating of Jewish citizens participating in compulsory religious duties.

A Story of Peace and Goodwill

The Christmas angel announced to some shepherds, “‘Don’t be afraid! . . . I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!” A crowd of angels then appeared praising God and proclaiming peace among people of good will. The Christmas story brings a message of peace that can soothe anxious hearts and calm interpersonal strife.

A Story of Family

Joseph and Mary had their share of family challenges. Consider their circumstances. Mary believed an angel told her she was pregnant by God. Joseph, described as “a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace Mary publicly.” But an angel appeared to him in a dream, explaining that the child was conceived in her by God, and told him to “name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Joseph followed instructions and cared for his family.

A Story of Love

Jesus came to help plug us into God. Mary’s baby was born to die, paying the penalty for our self-centeredness.

Scripture tells us in John 3:16, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” 

Christmas is meant to celebrate peace and joy. Amid the busyness of shopping, parties, presents, and fun, remember that the Prince of Peace came to spread peace and joy to all who believe in Him.

Bro. Earl

**Adapted from Rusty Wright, “Christmas: More than a Story?”  December 2004.

2018-2019 Church Empasis

Connect Change
With God Your Life

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Connect Change
With Others The World

 

As part of our RE>CONNECT Emphasis for 2018-2019 we have launched a new outreach ministry called 3 BY 3 Evangelism. This year-long emphasis moves to encourage every church member to engage 3 lost friends with the Gospel through:

Prayer:  Pray for them.

Care:     Invite them to join you for coffee, lunch,

               dinner, small group study, worship, and etc.

Share:   Share the gospel with them.

By using these three methods you will begin to develop an intentional relationship with these individuals that will prayerfully change both of you.

You can pick up your 3 BY 3 ministry cards at the following locations:

Church office     Foyer of Sanctuary     Sunday School

The staff would also like for each member to write down those names and turn them back in to the church office so that we may pray for those individuals and for you as we all do our part in reaching our community for Christ.

 

Three By Three

Connection News for Oct 2018

JoeyDarley Shaver 
 Joey Darley  John and Pam Shaver

 

"If you are a leader, the true measure of your success is not getting people to work. It's not getting people to work hard. It is getting people to work hard together. That takes commitment."

John C. Maxwell

 

 

 

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2018-2019 Church Emphasis "Reconnect"

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2018-2019 CHURCH EMPHASIS   

“RECONNECT”

Church Purpose:     We exist to be a people the power of God works through.

Objectives:

  1. CONNECT WITH GOD:

Glorify God through vibrant, joyful worship that embraces elements old and new, ancient and  modern.

  1. CONNECT WITH OTHERS:

Grow our Sunday morning small groups through  inviting others into our homes and church.

  1. CHANGE YOUR LIFE:

Gain Christ-likeness through daily prayer, study, and surrender to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.

  1. CHANGE THE WORLD:

Go to people near and far to bless them, help them, and share with them Christ’s desire to bring them home.

Beginning on September 23 we will kick-off our year long emphasis with a church-wide breakfast in the fellowship hall. This time of fellowship will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will be dismissed at 9:20 a.m. for our small group studies. Begin now by praying for God’s will to be done through each and every member of First Baptist Church. We can do it if we all work together.

Connection News for August 2018

back to school celebration

AUGUST 1, 2018

Earl/Wanda’s Home 60 Melody Lane

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All children (up to 5th grade) and their parents are invited to come an enjoy and evening of fun, food and fellowship. We will gather at 60 Melody Lane. (This is located off of Rayonier Road in the Placid Acres Subdivision) If you need any other information, please contact Earl @ 229-416-7293.

 

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RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

FELLOWSHIP HALL

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7

12:00 P.M. TILL 6:00 P.M.