Starting January 2nd, we will begin a 5 week message series called, “How to Know When You Grow”. We can measure heights, weight, IQ, reflexes, strength, blood pressure, and so much more to determine if we’re healthy/mentally physically. But what about spiritual growth? How do you measure that? Come be a part of this series on Sundays in January to find out!
Menu for Wednesday Night, January 19th is: Pizza, Salad, Dessert
Call the church office at 624-0186 by Monday, January 17th at 5 PM to sign up.
The tech team is looking for a person to work once a month helping run projection for both services. If you would be interested or have questions what all you will be doing, please contact Gary Classen at 620-629-0063.
Our next Quarterly Business Meeting will be on Sunday, January 30th at 5:00 PM. Anyone is welcome to come, all members are encouraged to come and help with the church business.
TAIWANESE BELIEVERS COMMIT TO GLOBAL SPREAD OF GOSPEL
When IMB missionary Jeremiah Farmer moved to Taiwan, he recognized a need in the churches — no one was being sent out as missionaries. According to Jeremiah, in the year 2019, less than seven Taiwanese in the entire world were serving on the mission field. While many of the Taiwanese churches are healthy and have a strong faith history, only a few churches are large enough to support and send their own members to serve on the mission field. They also have preconceived ideas about career missions. “[Churches] thought, ‘If one of our church members wants to be a missionary, they can just go with a foreign organization and do that,’” Jeremiah says. Jeremiah and other IMB missionaries focused on training Taiwanese believers — encouraging and equipping them to send. With Taiwanese pastors who had the same vision and heart to see believers sent to share the gospel away from Taiwan, they laid the groundwork for a Taiwanese mission sending agency. While the IMB did help fund some aspects of the agency, the goal was a self-sustaining missions organization. “We were really careful to not make it ‘our thing,’” Jeremiah explains. “We wanted to make sure the sending agency was locally owned. The goal has always been for local ownership, local sustainability, local mass sending.” Jeremiah and Taiwanese pastors worked with IMB missionaries Fred Hillman, a logistics coordinator, and Steve Remington, a key partner to Taiwanese Baptist Convention leaders. After six months of preparation, Huayu International Missions (HIM) opened in February 2020, right before the restrictions of COVID-19. However, those who had joined the agency and were ready to be sent in 2020 did not falter in their commitment to go. HIM’s process of sending is much like the IMB’s process of preparing missionaries to send; the Taiwanese missionaries are vetted, interviewed and trained beforehand. In 2020, HIM was able to send five Taiwanese missionaries to areas of the world where IMB missionaries were already located so the Taiwanese missionaries could receive encouragement and training. This year, nine more Taiwanese missionaries are being sent. Those being sent are young and old, married and single, male and female. One woman sent in 2019 moved to the Northern Africa and Middle Eastern region. Luna, a single woman in her 30s is learning the local language and has already been building relationships with those she meets in the city and markets. Jeremiah sees the mission legacy continue through his Taiwanese brothers and sisters. “The IMB sent our earliest missionaries to East Asia, a mission field, and now, 175 years later, they are beginning to be ‘sent’ along with us to other mission fields.” 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 those whom they serve. Please financially give. Our goal for the Lottie Moon Offering is $2,000.
Disaster Relief ASH-OUT ASSISTANCE/TEAMS NEEDED ASAP for Colorado
FROM: Chuck Neece, KNCSB Acting State Director for Disaster Relief
Work teams are needed as early as possible for Colorado! Colorado Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has asked for our help.
Please be advised that all teams will need to bring cold weather clothes, as well as rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows.
Colorado will supply shakers/ screens to teams.
If you can serve, please contact Chuck Neece to coordinate before deployment by email at the following address:
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.