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!
International Mission Board (IMB) Lottie Moon Christmas offering.
IMB workers Skip and Kim Meyer* have spent their lives on two very different mission fields but with the same purpose: giving hope to people who need it and equipping others to do the same. The Meyers moved to South Asia in 2004 with the desire to plant their lives in an area with a great need for the gospel. Their lives on the mission field started, however, in South America where they grew up as friends — each the child of missionaries. After they married, they knew continued service in international missions was their calling. The region’s 1.7 billion people occupy an area less than half the size of the U.S. God is using Skip and Kim’s knowledge of the Spanish language and Latino culture to mobilize Hispanics and Latinos to serve countries in South Asia that have a desperate need for the gospel. As the Meyers have gone to some of the least-reached areas of South Asia, they’ve ministered alongside and trained Hispanic and Latino Christians who are committed to seeing the gospel reach regions it has never been before. Skip says it is a joy to see them being obedient to God’s call to share the good news in South Asia. The Meyers are strong advocates of the mobilization of churches from Spanish-speaking cultures. The Meyers frequently host training events for Hispanic volunteers and long and short-term workers. Skip says that leading them to become faithful and effective long-term missionaries is a goal. Skip and Kim said the impetus for their partnership and mobilization of Hispanics and Latinos came through a connection with Hispanic Southern Baptists from Chicago who came on multiple short-term trips. The Lord also facilitated a connection with a short-term team from South America who traveled to South Asia to serve around the same time. Antonio Morales* joined one of the volunteer teams from Chicago and stayed several weeks longer before returning to the U.S. “This was pivotal in his decision to follow the Lord to South Asia. He went back, convinced his wife Ana*, and the rest is history,” Skip says. Antonio and Ana are now strategy leaders with the IMB. 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 $2000.
The church office will be closed Monday, December 27 – Friday, December 31. If you have any end of the year contributions, you must have them postmarked on or before December 31 to count on your 2021 giving record.
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.
Due to the recent tornado devastation Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are on standby in anticipation of being called to help in Kentucky. Other SBDR teams are working in the surrounding states. Working in these affected areas will include clean up, chainsaw work, mud out, and perhaps salvaging possessions for homeowners.
Everyone is welcome to go. For example one story is of a lady who could not do much work, but she was found handing out water for the crews and meeting other needs as well!
Other local Southern Baptist Churches are being contacted to form a team in anticipation of being involved and deployed in January. There will be onsite training to be qualified to serve through SBDR. Contact Wayne Melanson 620-626-9326 for more information.
From Frank McCrary, KNCSB State Director for Disaster Relief:
I have been in contact with most of the DR directors in the affected areas. Arkansas, Alabama, and Illinois are handling the damage in their states. Kentucky was hit the hardest. Ron Crow said they are still assessing the damage.
Illinois is sending to Kentucky an Incident Command team and chaplains right away; with other teams as needed. Missouri is doing hot meals tonight. I am sure they will be asking for more chaplains.
Chuck Neece has notified the associational coordinators to put their teams on STANDBY, just in case. I am expecting a national call from Sam Porter this afternoon or tomorrow morning with a needs assessment report. In the meantime, we
Wait – for official news from the National DR team. Any unauthorized deployment will result in a loss of ability to serve as an SBDR again.
Pray – without ceasing for our neighbors.
Watch – for emails from Chuck Neece with instructions and from Cecil Dale for information.
Warmest regards, Frank A. McCrary, Director Disaster Relief & Chaplaincy Ministries Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
December 10, 2021 Tornado Outbreak
The Kentucky death toll continues to rise. Now up to 70. Prayers needed for workers trapped in collapsed candle factory in hard hit Mayfield, KY.
Rescue operations are still ongoing. Do NOT self deploy! Self deploying could actually hinder rescue operations. It may be a couple of days before we are asked to deploy. Please be patient so that an organized response can take place and help the most number of survivors. SUPPORT KNCSB DISASTER RELIEF
If you can’t deploy, you can still support KNCSB Disaster Relief: PRAY As teams prepare for possible deploying, your prayers for their safety are essential. Pray that these DR volunteers would be empowered by God to make a difference in Jesus’ name. Please remember to lift them up in your prayers, as well as for the survivors of this disaster.
GIVE Finally, if you would like to help financially, please consider giving to KNCSB Disaster Relief. To give, please make checks payable to KNCSB. Please write “Disaster Relief” in the memo area.Checks can be mailed to: KNCSB Disaster Relief 5410 SW 7th St. Topeka, KS 66606-2398
For a view of some of the damage in Kentucky, please view the video in the following links:
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.