VOL XLVIII                              November 8, 2017                              No 22

        SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017




Please call the church office to sign-up for headcount.

GALS will be furnishing meat, drinks and dessert. You will

need to bring your favorite holiday side dish.


Celebration Singers on the road at 9:00 a.m.

6:30 p.m. No children's activities. Service will be child friendly Nursery will be provided for children up to 3 years old

6:30 p.m.

No children's activities. Service will be child friendly

Nursery will be provided for children up to 3 years old


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The next Messenger will be December 6, 2017



“This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine.” Do you remember that song? The events of this past week remind us of the importance of being the LIGHT in a world of darkness. The week started in a wonderful way with the results of the Fall Festival. We had over 800 visitors come through the facilities on Tuesday evening. We had a chance to talk to many of those people and invite them to church. Bro. Bill has already created a file with names and addresses. These families will receive a letter and a phone call this week. We will then follow up with visits when possible.

With the success of the Fall Festival, we are also reminded of the evil that hides in the darkness. A lone gunman walked into a small rural church in Texas and began shooting people. This man’s heart had to be so dark. That is becoming a common occurrence and it reveals the wickedness in the world today.

I know I use this example over and over, but it is the truth. In the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus reminds us that we are the SALT of the earth and the LIGHT of the world. Remember, salt stops the decay and light chases out the darkness. He concluded that passage with a statement in verse 16; “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The month of November will be a busy month with many opportunities. Next Sunday, November 12th, will be the day to turn in the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Our church has consistently been a part of this wonderful ministry. Then on Friday, November 17th, there will be an Old Fashioned Gospel Sing with gospel groups; The Bibletones and the Dixie Echoes. We will also hear from some local groups as well with the trios of BRB that includes our own Buddy Watts and also Rachel Gill and Redeemed. This will be an exciting time for the church and you don’t want to miss this evening. Finally, on Tuesday evening, November 21st, we will have a special Thanksgiving service to reflect on the many reasons that we can and should thank God for His many blessings upon our lives. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.    

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


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BRO. BILL, Music & Education

This past Sunday was a wonderful experience of worship as we remembered the legacy of those in our congregation who have passed into Heaven over the last church year.  As I reflect on these I am reminded of people from my childhood and young adulthood who were a positive influence in my life for Christ and the Kingdom.  Our church is in need of a few additional willing role models for our children.  There are two Sunday School classes which need helpers and/or teachers (or will soon be needing them).  Prayerfully consider – when your candle is lit – will you leave a legacy of positive influence for Christ and the Kingdom?  This opportunity may be exactly the setting where you can have a true hand in shaping the hearts and lives of the next generation.  What a legacy that would be!

     Our annual “Hanging of the Green” service is coming quickly!  Sunday evening, November 26 we will share in worship as we decorate the church and kick off the Christmas season.  We need many helpers for this service.  When you are asked – please say Yes.  Even better – don’t wait to be asked, contact me or Dorothy Hanna to volunteer!

     December 3, the evening service will be our “Holiday Singspiration.”  If you would like to sing or play a Christmas theme song during this service, please let me know soon so that we can save you a spot.  It would be great to fill the evening with favorite Christmas worship music as we celebrate together!

     “Give thanks with a grateful heart …” is the opening line of a favorite worship song which often appears around Thanksgiving.  The text reminds us to give thanks to God for all of the blessings He has provided.  It also reminds us that when we are at our weakest He is our strength; when we feel poverty of any variety He holds our riches; for all that He has done for us, give thanks.  What a challenge that can be – to truly be thankful in the difficult times.  As individuals, as families, and as a church we have been blessed by God in so many ways.  As you celebrate Thanksgiving this month, make sure to give thanks to God for all He had done and all that He will do as we seek to serve and follow Him.





Saturday, October 28 an event was planned, supplies were bought and I was excited! But things did not go as planned.  Feeling a little discouraged, I felt the need to back up and regroup. After I listened to reasons and explanations, God showed me that I need to see the big picture before reacting to circumstances. But by listening and adjusting my thinking, God gave me new ideas and a new strategy. What happened was not a failure, it was God showing me how to improve. We all need to keep in mind that disappointment is not always a bad thing. When we have all the facts and circumstances, we realize our assumptions may have been flawed. We should always ask God to show us His plan and what He wants us to do. When we pray for God’s direction and wait for an answer, plans become a lot clearer.

This week, I will be focused on youth outreach. I will be looking for ways to connect & encourage our youth. Part of the outreach plan will include school visits and providing events that youth feel led to attend. It will also include finding creative ways to bring students into the youth program. I will also be contacting active and inactive youth.

On November 11th we will be holding a youth game night from 5:00 until 10:00 PM. Food, fun and fellowship. We are working on our calendar of events for 2018. Please be in prayer as we focus on growing these awesome students for the Kingdom.


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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 


SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) -------------------418

SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) -------------------183

Weekly contacts----------------------------------------72

D. T. Bible Study-------------------------------------N/A

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

November Budget Receipts-to-date----------14,059

A special gift has been given to the Backpack Buddies in memory of Wayne Dahlgren by Francelle Sanderford

A special gift has been given to the kitchen fund in loving memory of Barbara Foster by Mike & Tracy Foster.


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Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Flowers will be placed in our sanctuary by Nina Terral in loving memory of her sisters, Sue Purvis and Nadine Parker, and her nephew, Beau Stapleton.  Flower Delivery for Nov.13: Wini Harris

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Joann Roberts will place a Cornucopia in our sanctuary for the Thanksgiving Season.    

PRICE INCREASE FOR 2018: Flowers placed in the church sanctuary for 2018 will be $25 per arrangement. 

An increase of $5.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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 November 15: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, coleslaw, & dessert

    November 29: Baked potatoes bar, salad & dessert  

                                                                                                                                       December 6: Soup, salad & dessert