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September 30, 2018 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
September 15, 2018
The ice cream social has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 23.
We will welcome Kelsey Stillwell with a homemade Ice-Cream Social at 5:30 on September 16. Bring ice-cream or toppings to share.
A service of ordination will be held for Bonnie Chappell's at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. Reception following in fellowship hall.
We will celebrate the ministry of Julie Long on September 2. We will have a potluck lunch after the morning service. Please bring item to share.
Women of all ages are invited to join us for a favorite tradition - Women's Retreat! We will stay in condos at The Grand at St. Simons. The retreat will begin Friday evening, September 7 and will conclude around lunchtime on Sunday, September 9. This is a great way to enjoy time with your friends and to get to know new people whom you usually do not spend time with.
Please call the church office for more information
Payment is due and can be paid online or with a check sent to the church office.
Once again you will have the opportunity to order Easter lilies in honor, memory or appreciation of loved ones, to adorn the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1. The cost of the lilies will be $11 each. Reservation forms are available in the church office and in various locations throughout the building. The cut off date for placing your order will be Monday, March 26. The lilies will be placed on March 30 and may be picked up after the morning service on April 1.
Join us for Men's Retreat, Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18.
This year's retreat will be held in beautiful Vogel State Park. Our accommodations will be fully-furnished cabins. There will be a light devotional schedule, but otherwise our time will be spend enjoying the rejuvenating power of the Holy Spirit we find in the presence of others and in God's creation.
Men of all ages, abilities and comfort levels outdoors are invited and will be included.
Cost is $75 and can be paid online through a link provided following registration..
FBCX will be joining with the wider Christian community in our observance of the season of Lent with these special offerings:
Ash Wednesday Service
February 14, 6:15 p.m.
Supper will be served beginning at 5:30. There will be no other programs going on this evening, except that Chancel Choir will rehearse after the Ash Wednesday service. Children will be invited to go with Mrs. Julie at the beginning of the Ash Wednesday service for their own lesson on Lent and will return to the service at the end for the imposition of ashes.
Praying With Your Pen
A Six Week Lenten Writing Group
Begins on Sunday, February 18, At the School Hour, 9:45 a.m., Library
(Led by Kathy Manis Findley and LeAnn Gunter Johns (rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org).
No formal writing experience needed.Bring a journal and pen/pencil.Challenge yourself this Lent to experience something new and different through a writing small group.
Activities for Children and Families
A “family faith jar” will be available for children and their families to take home. The jar will include strips of paper to pull out each day with the suggestion of a discussion starter or
Lenten Devotionals and Wednesday Night Study
To help guide you through your Lenten observance this year, copies of a devotional
featuring the poetry of Mary Oliver will be available in the church starting next week. These devotionals are free! Copies of the poems featured will be included with the devotional, but if you’d like to have them in book form, they can be found in Oliver’s Devotionals. We will also be using these devotionals during the adult Bible study time on Wednesday.
Press for Progress
International Women’s Day 2018
Thursday, March 8th from 6-8:30 pm
FBCX Fellowship Hall
Bring a potluck dish to share!
Invite a friend to celebrate International Women’s Day and continue to press for progress. We’ll hear a panel discussion with advocates who care deeply about this topic and learn ways we can be advocates as well.
Please let Julie know if you need childcare.
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
What can a research professor and a Black Lives Matter activist teach us about how to have hard conversations? What does talking about courage, shame, and vulnerability have to do with race and privilege?
Bestselling author Brené Brown and community activist DeRay McKesson come together for an in-person conversation on how we summon the courage to show up for those moments that can make a real difference in our lives and our world.
The event, which is being held at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, will be livestreamed for our community at our church in the fellowship hall next Thursday, February 1st, at 7 p.m. Please invite others to join us—no registration required.
6 week Lenten writing group, beginning Sunday, February 18, FBCX Library
9:45-10:45 am (Sunday School)
Led by Kathy Manis Findley & LeAnn Gunter Johns (rsvp to email@example.com)
No formal writing experience needed. Bring a journal and pen/pencil.
Challenge yourself this Lent to experience something new and different through a writing small group.
Wednesday, February 14, 6:15 p.m., Sanctuary
Begin the Lenten journey with a service of worship and the application of ashes. Children will participate in an Ash Wednesday orientation in the children’s area before joining families for the application of ashes.
We’re thrilled to welcome Suzii Paynter as our guest preacher this Sunday. Suzii is the Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, our primary missions and identity partner. Prior to joining CBF in March 2013, Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center.
Over the past decade, Paynter has gained a national reputation for her advocacy on important ethical issues such as religious liberty, hunger and poverty, human trafficking, immigration reform and the environment. She has been recognized by numerous national religious and secular organizations such as the Sierra Club, American Association of Retired Persons and Samaritan Counseling Centers.
A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher of more than 40 years, Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Following worship on Sunday, December 17, Jody Long announced he will be leaving his position of Minister of Youth and Missions here at First Baptist to accept a call to be the Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia. His last Sunday with us will be January 14. He will begin with CBFGA on February 1.
We will honor Jody’s service to our church and celebrate with him and his family in this exciting opportunity at a lunch following worship on February 4. This was already scheduled to be our Baptist Heritage Sunday (formerly Founders’ Day, which following a recommendation from our Baptist Identity Task Force will be moved to the fall), and Suzii Paynter, Executive
Coordinator of CBF Global, will be our guest preacher. What a blessing for her to be here to help us celebrate Jody.
Bring a covered dish side or dessert to contribute to the potluck-style lunch.
As part of our Baptist Heritage weekend celebration, we, along with FBC, New Street, will have FBC Macon day as the Mercer Bears take on the Wofford Terriers in basketball on Saturday, February 3. Tickets are FREE but please contact the church office to reserve your seats by Monday, January 29. Tickets are good for the Women’s Game at 2:00 p.m. AND the Men’s game, which should start around 4:30 p.m.
Come watch the Bears and have a great time with our church and our friends at FBC New Street!
Sunday, January 21, 12:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Join Global Women on Sunday, January 21st following the morning worship service for a light lunch. We will hear from Yashica Lyons, the women’s program director of the Rescue Mission of Central Georgia. Come and hear about the ways in which the Rescue Mission is providing a safe place of shelter and healing for women (and their children) in our area. Please let Julie know if you need childcare for this meeting.
On January 21, we will ordain and install new deacons for the coming year. The congregation will be invited to lay hands upon each ordained. You are encouraged to write notes of blessing for each deacon and bring them to the service as well.
New deacons to be ordained include: Ross Hardy, Ben Sapp, Greta O'Dell and Amy Wiles.
Deacons to be installed include: Fred Bongiovanni, Dee Bratcher, Phil Clark, Gwen Colwell, Bruce Conn, Rebecca Cooke, Oscar Hugley, Connie Jones, Suzy McCullough, and Don McGouirk.