Greetings in the Name of our Savior, Immanuel, who is indeed “God with us.”  I hope that you were able to be with the FBC family this past Sunday because it was indeed a beautiful day both weather wise and worship wise!

 

Do you recall some of the message about Jesus having “room” in our hearts?  That first Christmas, Mary and Joseph found that there was NO ROOM for them in the inn. There was no place available, except a small place for animals with a feeding trough that served as the Lord’s first crib.

 

Why do we modern day folks not give Christ “room” in our hearts?  It seems there are 3 specific reasons why we tend to shut Him out of our lives.  FIRST, Jesus offers no status or economic power.  We may not become wealthy if we follow Jesus!!  He clearly said that we cannot serve God and Money at the same time….it’s impossible.  SECOND, our busy lifestyles just cannot make the room that He wants.  We say, “Sorry God, I’m just too busy today…got a 1000 things I need to do.”  He says in reply, “Come unto Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  We 21st century folks desperately need that rest.

 

THIRD, we tell the Lord “No Room” because all He offers is a cross, suffering, and persecution! That is just not our idea of the good life we so badly desire.  BUT if we take up that cross and follow Him, if we repent and believe, He not  only offers eternal life beginning NOW, but a glorious room in His House.  The Good News…He’s preparing it now.  Will you make room for Him?  He wants to make room for you…He loves you!!

 

Have a blessed week walking with the King.

 

Bro. Bill

Cell 903-280-1119

wardlaw@pobox.com

 



IMB Mission Emphasis

Sunday, Dec. 16

 

Scott Norris & Megan O’Neal will be here for Sunday School (6th grade and up will meet in the ROC)

& Scott will preach Sunday morning….

Regular Sunday School for 5th grade & below)

 

Sunday Morning, December 16, we will be taking up a Love Offering for the Scott Norris family and Megan O’Neal. The Norris family and Megan work for the International Mission Board in Central Asia. Scott and his family are on furlough, and Megan is preparing to go overseas after the first of the year. Scott and Megan will be speaking during Sunday School in the ROC and Morning Worship on the 16th. We hope you will join us to hear how these two are working with the International Mission Board to spread the word of Jesus Christ and His love to others around the world.

 



Our Dearest Church Family,

 

We would like to express our appreciation for all the delicious food, calls, support and especially all the prayers for our family during this difficult time in our lives.

 

                                           Love,

                                           The Larry Johnson Family

 



Ladies of FBC!!

Join us December 4th @ 6:00 pm in the ROC for a fun time of baking cookies and fellowship.  This will also serve as an Outreach and Inreach opportunity for our church.  We will package the cookies and during the week they will be delivered to the businesses in our community and also to people that are being ministered to through our Inreach committee.  More details will follow in the weeks to come.  So mark your calendars and let’s join together for                                                                                                                            fellowship and reaching others!

 

SPONSORED BY OUTREACH & INREACH COMMITTEES

 



 

So much for which to be thankful. I thought Debbie Carpenter’s solo last Sunday was so beautiful. Thank you Debbie for sharing “Breath of Heaven.”


I really like the new song the praise band is singing for the call to worship. They are changing the songs every 2 weeks or so. I also want to thank Nicholas Taylor. Nicholas led the songs last Sunday night and did a great job. I know God has plans for this special young man.

 

The Children’s Choir will meet this Wednesday at 5:00 in the Sanctuary. More than likely, they will rehearse through most of AWANA. They’re doing a great job. So thankful for Brittany Lea and Michelle.

 

The Adult Choir has 3 rehearsals remaining; Wednesday, Dec. 6, Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14. I pray that all of you will make these rehearsals a priority.

 

                                                                     Bro. Bob

 


Lottie’s Soup Kitchen cannot happen without YOU!!
 
December 16, 2018 after morning worship
 
Remember to let Sandra Dorman, Jan Christmas or any other WOM member what you can bring for this event.
 
All proceeds go towards the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

 



Outreach , Inreach, SR Adults and ROC Committees

 

Dr. Greg Addison from the AR Baptist Association will be here on December 2nd @ 2:30 pm to lead an Outreach/Inreach training for our committees.  As we are beginning this new work in our church, this will be a great opportunity to learn some new and cutting edge ideas about how to reach our community as well as those inside our church.  Bro. Greg is excited to come and be with us so mark your calendars and look forward to a great session!

The session will be held in the Couples II Sunday School classroom.

 

 



 

First of all, I need to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out with Breakfast with  Santa! Without all of you, this event would not have run as smooth as it did! We have about 156 parents and kids plus our workers. Pictures will be ready for pickup Wednesday, and you can pick them up at the church    office! 

 

This Wednesday, we will be continuing the Christmas Lights series! We will be digging into the story of the shepherds and wise men and their journey following the star. It is going to be a great night of worship and hanging out and I cannot wait to see the students there! 

 

Parents, if you haven't paid for Xtreme Winter, please get the money in as soon as possible! We will be having a meeting in a couple of weeks where we will talk about the schedule and what to bring/what not to bring. You will receive a letter in the mail with the time and date for the meeting! 


John 1:4

Turner  Roberts

 

We need volunteers for Youth Supper on Wednesday nights!! Contact Lonni Davis  500-3190

 



Dear Church Family,


Thank you all for the cards, phone, calls, and most of all your prayers. Thank you to our Sunday School Class for the wonderful meal they prepared and brought to our house.  Words cannot express how grateful we are for all of you.  Please continue to pray for me.  Love to all of you.

 

Thanks again,

                                                    Vicky & Danny Rial

 



BUSINESS MEETING

CHANGE FOR DECEMBER

 

On December 9th we will have monthly   business meeting.  We will vote on the     addition of the Safety Committee being   added to the church’s By-Laws.


This Committee was approved by the church but during our most recent revision, we inadvertently left this committee out.  The proposed revised Constitution/By-Laws, with the Safety Committee addition, will be on the church website for your review.

 



THANK YOU to Everyone who had a part in the decorating of the sanctuary,.  It is beautiful!!  A special thanks to the ones who donated the new Christmas Trees, the ones who spent hours getting them up and decorated and the ones who have purchased poinsettias.

 


 

Nov. 28- Missions Night: We will learn about  International Missionaries.  We will take up money for the Lottie Moon Offering all through December!


December Item:

Money for Lottie Moon Offering

 

Dec. 12-  PJ Night

Food:  Lezlie Foote & Derenda Stanley


Dec. 19– Happy Birthday, Jesus!!  Party & Caroling Night

Food:  Carolyn McGilton & Susan Stanley

 

Dec. 26-  CHRISTMAS BREAK

                 NO AWANA

 

January 2019:  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Thanks to everyone who helps with AWANA!!

 

Sincerely,

Kristin Nutter

479-530-7610

 




             

             Bryan Hollis                  853-7383

             Harry Shiver                 853-7079

             Kenneth Williams        853-6039

             Mike Stanley                 853-7100

 

 

 



December 9, 2018


Ushers:  Brad Davis, Chairman, Ralph Parker, Eddie Mack Stanley, Johnny Pierce, Zach Lauhon, Britt Barnes


Dec. 9: Bed Babies: Pearl Williamson; 2 & 3 Year Olds:   Rebecca Shiver


                                         Dec. 16: Bed Babies:   Tracy Streeter; 2 & 3 Year Olds:  Jenny Murphy


 

Please be in your area by 10:45 for choir members to get in place.