VOL XLVIII                              DECEMBER 5, 2017                              NO 23

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DECEMBER 10 - LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING

                            6:00 P.M. - CHILDREN & PRESCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

DECEMBER 13 - WEEKDAY PRESCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

DECEMBER 17 - ADULT CHOIR CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION

                            6:00 P.M. QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETING FOLLOWED BY CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP

DECEMBER 19 - CELEBRATION SINGERS Leave church at 9:00 A.M.

DECEMBER 24 - SUNDAY SCHOOL & WORSHIP SERVICE

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVIE AT 6:00 P.M.

DECEMBER 31 - SUNDAY SCHOOL & WORSHIP SERVICE

PM - NO ACTIVITIES OR SERVICE

 

Next Messenger - January 17, 2018

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FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN.....Matthew 1:21; “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Can you imagine Joseph going to sleep troubled about what to do regarding his betrothed wife, Mary, and having a visit from an angel that tells him this message? That is one of the many strange realities of the Christmas story.

Christmas changes all the rules. No matter how bad things appears, because of Christmas there is hope. We must never forget that in busyness of the Christmas season, THERE IS HOPE!

As we go full speed ahead into this season we can see the beauty of the story. We reflect back on the Alpha and Omega and how Jesus was there at the beginning and He will be there at the end of time claiming victory for His children. We reflect back on Chi Rho and how our hope at victory is found under the banner of CHRIST!

December is very busy with everything from special services, musicals, and offerings. Next Sunday morning we will celebrate the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. We will have as our guest George and Geraldine Smith. The Smith’s have served as missionaries to Uganda for 17 years. They have come home for a short furlough before going back for another 3 years. God is truly using this sweet couple and we help support their work through this great offering. Also, Sunday evening our children’s choirs will be performing. On Sunday morning, December 17th, we will enjoy the Christmas cantata, “How Should A King Come?” I know it will be a very special time to celebrate HOPE! Then that evening we will have our quarterly business meeting before the Church-wide Christmas Fellowship. Just a note of reminder, the Budget and Finance Committee will be presenting the proposed budget for 2018 for discussion at the meeting. The discussion comes at that meeting and will be voted on by secret ballot on Sunday morning, December 24th. Finally, Christmas eve day will include a very special Candlelight Communion service at 6:00 PM. I know you don’t want to miss that. To God be the glory, great things He is doing!

Always remember that God loves you and I love you, Bro. David

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BRO. BILL, Music & Education ..... Welcome to December! We have already been enjoying the holiday season through many worship opportunities- with many more to come!  Thanks to everyone who helped earlier in the fall to make our Chrismon ornaments – they have turned out beautifully and are a wonderful addition to our decorations. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Hanging of the Green service. It was a wonderful experience of worship and to understand something of the symbolism in the decorations helps us to bring the Christ of Christmas into our homes as well.  Last night our Holiday Singspiration was an outstanding experience of worship and celebration.  People of all ages participated and the variety of music presented ranged from traditional carols to contemporary music and everything in between.

     This Sunday evening, December 10, our Preschool Choir (“God’s Groupies”) and our Children’s Choir (WOW – Wonders of Worship) will be sharing their Christmas presentations. These groups work hard during the year not only learning music, but other types of worship expressions and learning about the art of music as well. These boys and girls will touch your heart with the joy and tenderness of the season. 

     Sunday morning, December 17, our Worship Choir, Orchestra, and Handbell Choir will present the musical worship experience “How Should a King Come?” Plan to join us for a morning worship of celebration and praise as we are challenged by the coming of King Jesus – and what our response to His coming should be.

     Sunday evening, December 24, will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service.  This informal, family-friendly service by candlelight is always a special and touching kickoff to the family Christmas Eve experiences. Join us and bring friends to share in this time together.

     It is my prayer for each of you at FBC that you will enjoy a Christ-filled Christmas season and that your celebrations will not only bring joy but will bring a renewal of your devotion to the God who sent His only Son that we who believe in Him might not perish but have everlasting life. It all begins in the manger! Have a Mary Christmas and a Joseph new year!!

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Kelly Staup Robbins and Zachary Vaughn

Request the honor of your presence

As they join together in Holy Matrimony

On Saturday, December 23, 2017,

 2 O’clock P.M.

At First Baptist Church of Gautier

Reception to Follow

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Youth Minister Search Committee update:

The team has been meeting and began the process of looking through many resumes. We have had the pleasure of reviewing 85 resumes. It is not an easy process, but together we were able to develop a list of priorities to begin our search. Our list has become smaller, however; we are fulfilling other commitments such as meeting with the youth to hear from them. Wednesday, December 6th, we will host a pizza dinner, to hear from them and find out what is important and see what their priorities are for a Youth Minister. The journey may be long but God is in control. Keep the team in your prayers.

God bless, Scott Davis

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH WEDNESDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER:

6TH -Youth & parents will have pizza and meet with the Youth Search Committee in the youth building

at 6 p.m.

13TH -Weekday Preschool Christmas Program

No Children or Youth Activities

20TH-Bible Drill Christmas party at 6 p.m. in

the reception room.  The R.A.s & G.A.s will meet

in the gym for their Christmas festivities.

Mission Friends and all other youth & adult activities will also meet.

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NO FAMILY NIGHT SUPPER UNTIL JANUARY 10, 2018. On behalf of the Kitchen Committee, we would like to thank everyone for supporting Family Night Supper Ministry and would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

T.J. and Deb Johnson

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LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE

SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) -------------------424

SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) -------------------179

Weekly contacts----------------------------------------46

D. T. Bible Study---------------------------------------17

November Budget Requirements-------------53,349

November Budget Receipts-to-date----------40,112

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SPECIAL GIFTS

A special gift has been given to the Transportation Fund in memory of charter member, Pansy Ross, by Bob & Teenie Goodgame.

A special gift has been given to the Library Fund in loving memory of Barbara Foster & Wayne Dahlgren by the New Beginnings with Faith Sunday School Class.

A special gift has been given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in memory of Barbara Foster by Evelyn Clark.

A special gift has been given to Sue’s home by the New Beginnings with Faith Sunday School Class.

A special gift in honor of Ann McDaniel & Sybil Smith by the New Beginnings with Faith Sunday School Class has been given to Sue’s home.

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Orders are being taken to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary for Sunday, December 17, and Sunday, December 24.   Please call the

                                                                                                                          Church office by Wednesday, December 13 to place your order.   Cost: $15

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Flowers will be placed in the sanctuary this Sunday, December 10, in honor of Ernestine Dailey in celebration of her 92nd birthday (Dec. 13) by her church family & friends.

 

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CHRISTIAN LOVE & SYMPATHY is extended to the families of: Janet Fischer in the death of her mother; June Drury in the death of her sister; Jim McLellan in the death of his mother; Ernestine Dailey in the death of her brother.

 

THANK YOU NOTES have been received and posted on the bulletin board from Janet Fischer & Carrie Lynn Stanford.