First Connections

First Connections – December 4, 2015

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious! Psalm 135:3


Attention: Committee Chairs:

2016.2017 Budget Request forms have been distributed.  Please meet with your committee to complete this important work. They are due back in the office by Dec. 7 (THIS COMING MONDAY.)


“Rediscover Joy – An Advent Series”

We have discipleship books available to go along with Ray’s current Sermon Series. They are available at either the Welcome Center or the foyer (to the west of the Sanctuary.)


Wednesday Night Dinner

December 9, 2015

Chef -David Stevens

Chef Sampley’s Southern Hot Cornbread

Tenderloin of Pork Roast

Chef’s Choice Second Meat

Chef Prescott’s Hand Crafted Green Salad

Seasoned Pinto Beans

Mac and Cheese for Kids

Fruit Cobbler

Vanilla Ice Cream

This is the last Wednesday Night Dinner until January 6, 2016.



OBU's College of Fine Arts Christmas Gift to the Community

OBU will present its 78th Hanging of the Green Christmas Concert "Lessons and Carols" in Potter Auditorium on Saturday, December 5, 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public.

Jim and Conchita  Hansford



Join the FBC Senior Adults
on Dec. 5, 2015 for Dinner at Frateli’s @ 5:30pm and the Hanging of the Green at OBU @ 7:30pm, (each one will be responsible for own meal.)



Giving Tree Still Has Bags!

We still have quite a few bags available on the Christmas trees in the Sanctuary. Each bag contains the name of a recipient with suggestions for what you might give them. Red bags represent a small amount of money required; green bags will suggest a larger amount and Gold bags will contain more than a single person, perhaps a whole family. Please choose as you can and as you feel led. We are asking that you deliver the gift yourself – this is part of the ministry of the Giving Tree – and that the gifts be delivered no later than December 19 (the Saturday before Christmas.) We have more information available which will be announced in church, or call the church office if you have questions - 275-6111.



Church Calendar

Sunday, December 6
Bible Study                                                                                                  9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                          10:45 am

Youth Handbells                                                                             4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                     5:00 pm

Children’s Choir Program                                                              6:00 pm

Youth go to Children’s Program                                                   6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 8

Staff Meeting                                                                                              1:00 pm

Women’s Bible Study-Dee Ann Schroyer’s House                                  7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 9

Church Dinner                                                                               5:00 pm

Finance Committee Meeting                                                                   5:15 pm

Young Ringers                                                                                           5:15 pm

Children’s Choir Caroling                                                                         5:45 pm         

Prayer Meeting - A-100                                                                            6:00 pm

Mission Friends                                                                                        6:15 pm

Shimmer/ Christmas Party                                                                     6:30 pm

Grief Recovery                                                                                         6:45 pm

Single and Parenting                                                                              6:45 pm

Spark                                                                                                        6:45 pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal                                                                            7:00 pm

Thursday, December 10

Women’s Bible Study-preteen room - 3rd Floor                     8:30 am

Saturday, December 12

Spark to Charlie Brown Play                                                     7:00 pm

Sunday, December 13
Bible Study                                                                                            9:30 am

Morning Worship                                                                               10:45 am

Youth Handbells                                                                                   4:00 pm

Youth Choir                                                                                           5:00 pm

Adult Choir Program                                                                            6:00 pm

Youth go to Adult Choir Program                                                       6:00 pm



Christmas Season Events at First Baptist

Kid’s Night Out: Dec. 4; 6-10 pm.

Senior Adult Christmas Outing: Dec. 5; 5:30 pm eat @ Frateli’s; then Hanging of the Green @ OBU.

*Children’s Choirs Christmas Program: December 6 @ 6:00 pm; performed by our Children’s Choirs.

Children’s Choirs Caroling: December 9 at 5:45 pm.

*Community Christmas Celebration:  December 13 @ 6:00 pm; featuring choirs from FBC, UBC and WUMC.

Happy Birthday Jesus Parties: December 20 in kids’ Sunday School classes.

Church wide Fellowship: December 20 @ 6:00 pm. Potluck and board game night.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: December 24 @ 5:00 pm.

* FYI: Children are encouraged to attend the programs; nursery provided if needed.



Give Online. It’s Easy!

Electronic giving is a convenient, consistent way to help our church grow. Consider scheduling a recurring electronic contribution today. It’s easy! You will no longer need to write out checks and prepare envelopes every week. Even when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, your electronic contributions will continue to be received on an uninterrupted basis.

Set up and manage recurring donations    

Make one-time contributions

 View your online giving history

Get started today! Visit our church website,

FYI: You can also make a gift to Lottie Moon this way!



Please pray for our Youth Minister Search Committee, elected by the church on July 12, 2015:


Katie Ford

Jon Greenwood

Amy Jennings

Jan Tipton

Phil Todd

Mike Wester






If you move or change your phone number or email address, please contact us at the church office so we can make the changes to the church directory and database. (Call 275-6111 or email Thank you!  Mary