After a wonderful Community Thanksgiving service last night, we are ready for a busy Christmas season. I cannot thank our ladies enough for the superb fellowship refreshments they prepared. It was a great time and you represented our church so well. AJ led a powerful worship service. Most of you do not know, but he wrote the responsive reading, that I believe is one of the best I have ever read. We are so blessed with many gifted and inspired people like AJ, in our church.
Here are some of the highlights for December.
We begin with Hope Kitchen this Saturday morning as we deliver meals to over 200 people in our community. If you can help in any way we always need the extra hand.
Sunday evening December 1, we have our monthly Heritage Apartment outreach at 6:00 PM at the Heritage Club Room. Join us if you are interested in meeting and fellowshipping with our neighbors there.
Next Saturday, December 7, is our annual toy store as we distribute toys to over 100 children in our community. This will be an all-day event and necessitates a lot help to pull it off. If you can help let Donna Craig know and she will put you to work.
Treat Night will be on Wednesday December 18 at 7:00 PM. If you were not with us last year, Treat Night is a fun event for everyone. Be sure to attend and get a “treat bag” at the end of the service.
Pastor AJ will lead caroling to our shut-ins on Sunday evening, December 8 at 5:00 PM. This is a great way to connect with our church members who are not able to come to church. Join us if you are able.
Our Christmas Candlelight is Sunday evening December 22 at 6:00 PM. This is a great worship service and includes our choir cantata and the candlelight service. We all love this service.
We welcome our new members this Christmas, our regular guests and new guests, and look forward to you celebrating the birth of Christ with us. This is a great time to invite someone to bring to church with you as we worship together. Debbie and I wish all our church a Merry and Joyous Christmas this year. I will have some minor surgery the first week of December but we are in good hands with AJ and Luke. (David Burroughs will lead our Romans Bible study on December 11). I will be here as much as possible but that will not limit a great December at First Baptist Church.
Remember what the angels said that first Christmas in Bethlehem, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the city of David, a Savior is born for you, who is Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11, CSB)
Rev. James A. Cohn