Connection News for March, 2019

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COMING IN MARCH

“GENEROUS LIFE”

Sunday Morning Small Group Study

For the month of March each class, from our children to our senior adults, will be studying the bible study called “Generous Life” March is our stewardship emphasis.

The purpose of the emphasis is to  educate each member of the importance of giving back to the ministries here at First Baptist.

Generous Life will help all members of First Baptist Church identify the type of giver they are and the kind of giver God is making them to be.

Join us each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Looking forward to seeing you!

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BIG THANK YOU!

Wanda and I would like to say thank you to our church family for your prayers, support, and contributions to a group of  Army soldiers overseas. We shipped 18 boxes of assorted snacks, personal hygiene supplies, drinks and much more. Total weight of supplies were 510 lbs.

Our son and the others soldiers send their thanks to all. He said, “It’s a great feeling to see all of these care packages come in.”

Thank you for making a difference all the way around the world!

Earl & Wanda     

New Bible Studies!

Women’s Small Group Bible Study

Date:    Tuesday, February 12

Time:   9:30 A.M.             (Conference Room)

Facilitator:      Jerri Henderson

Description of Study:

What do you do when your reality is so different from the vision you had for yourself. In the 6-session video Bible study with Lysa TerKeurst, she offers fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity. In the It's Not Supposed to Be This Way Study Guide, you will dig a little deeper and apply the teaching to your individual circumstances.

Session Titles:

The Birthplace of Disappointment

Living Between Two Gardens

Problems Placed On Us and Problems Within Us

The Four Steps of Restoration

When the Enemy Comes Against Us

Kingdom Minded, Eternally Focused

Sign-up through the church office by February 8.

 


Sunday Small Group Bible Study

Start Date: February 2

Locations: Placid Acres, Wayne Terrace, Pine Forest, FBC Family Study (Youth Area), FBC (Pastor Study)

Description of Study:

Do you want your children to be actively serving in the local church when they turn thirty and beyond? Why They Stay can help!  You will learn as a parent, pastor, or church leader specific actions that you can take to make a definitive difference in whether or not the fifteen year olds attending your church now are still attending and serving when they turn thirty. You will discover: fifteen factors that make a great difference in the likelihood that children and teens will remain in church as adults.

If you would like to be a part of one of these groups, please call Bro. Earl at 912-427-4239 or 229-416-7293 for more information.

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.

 

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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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