Brand New Christmas Teaching Series! Don’t miss Christmas 2021 with us as we gather to celebrate and worship Jesus, the Son of God! “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” will explore what was going on in Rome, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem on the first ever Christmas Eve! Be sure to invite your friends, coworkers, and neighbors for this exciting Christmas teaching series!
Ladies’ Legacy Invites You! “Treasuring God in Our Christmas Traditions” Sunday, December 12 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Shari Abbott’s home, 2431 Lilac
Amanda Schwab will be our speaker with Sherry Curtis, Ashley Prosser and Barb Westeman bringing music. REMINDER! If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to sign-up to attend the Ladies’ Legacy Christmas Get-together, you may add your name to the list in the Welcome Center or call Kathy Reimer at 620-624-0368 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come for an afternoon of inspiration, sharing, music, and Christmas snacks, as we are reminded of the opportunity we as women are privileged to have of leaving a legacy for “treasuring God in our Christmas traditions.”
Wednesday Night Meal – December 15
Menu – Ham & Beans, Cornbread, Veggies, Dessert Please sign up by Monday, December 13th.
December marks the start of our Lottie Moon Christmas offering!
Missionaries welcome efforts to push back darkness North Africa and Middle East
The mission strategy of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma was forever changed when their missions pastor read a statistic: “5% of missions work is done in North Africa and Middle East.” After reading this startling fact, Mike knew the Lord was calling him to lead his church in reversing the statistic in their own mission strategy. Otis Neumann*, a missionary with IMB’s Northern African and Middle Eastern Affinity, appreciates the advocacy of Mike and his church. “His vision has inspired others, including Hispanic churches and the Oklahoma Baptist Convention, to make NAME peoples a priority for prayer and missions work,” Otis says. For two years Mike and the missions team prayed about a specific, unreached people group. Along with a team from their church, Mike and his wife traveled to Europe in 2012. They met an IMB missionary who gave them a glimpse into how God was at work among NAME peoples there. Otis says that coming to Europe first to connect with immigrants from NAME is a good way for churches to develop a love for the people and make them a priority in their mission vision. “Europe is a modern crossroads of people from Northern Africa and the Middle East,” he explains. “From Europe, SBC churches have the unique opportunity to partner with IMB and share the gospel with people who come from some of the most difficult to access places in the world.” Two years after their trip to Europe, Mike and his missions team made their first trip into Northern Africa. Since that first trip, the church has sent multiple mission teams every year. They focus on building relationships, prayer walking and meeting community needs. In February 2020, the church sent a missionary couple from their church to Northern Africa to serve with the IMB. Even during the height of the pandemic when travel was restricted, the church looked for ways to support the work overseas through prayer and encouragement. Otis and other missionaries pray for more churches to be bold in their mission efforts. “When churches partner with IMB, we can do more together – and there is so much left to do in Northern Africa and the Middle East,” Otis says. Joining the vision to reaching the multitudes from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ, We can pray for the IMB missionaries and financially give. Our goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is $2,000. This week’s video is of Mike-Missions Pastor Henderson Hills Baptist Church and their people group.
Jumpstart 2022 What: A 3 night conference to kick off the new year with Worship, Prayer, and the Word. Who’s Speaking: The guest speaker is Runks Runkles Who’s Invited: All of FSBC and anyone else from the community! When: January 9-11th, 2022. 6:30 PM each evening
If you would be willing to help with snow removal on Sunday mornings when needed here at the church, please contact Rick Keating at 620-629-3138.
Hey Church –
You’ve probably already heard that there are some changes coming regarding the staffing of our Kids Ministry. In the event that you haven’t heard, both Norma Jean Dodge, our Children’s Coordinator, and Nique Brown, our Nursery Coordinator, have prayerfully decided to step down from their respective positions effective December 31 this year. We’re incredibly grateful for their years of service and for the healthy way in which both ladies are pursuing this change! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the transition of Norma Jean or Nique, please take the time to seek these ladies out and talk to them directly.
As we look towards the future of our Kid’s Ministry here at First Southern Baptist Church, we will be pursuing a single, full time position for the role of Kid’s Coordinator (this position will include oversight of kids, birth – 5th grade). If you’re interested in this position, or know of someone who might be, check out the link below! If you have questions about the position, check out the link below! If you just want to be in the know about the details of this position, check out the link below!
In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate your continued prayers for wisdom and understanding as the Personnel Team is seeking God’s will regarding the individual who will fill this role.