Evangel-November-17 - First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Stephen Laughlin, Pastor
John Holland, Minister of Music & Senior Adults
Colin Trisler, Student/Family Life Minister
Vol....81…November 17…Number 46
Jason Mercer, Minister of Children
The Operation Christmas Child Collection
Center will be open November 18 - 24. The
schedule will be 3 - 5 p.m. daily Monday
through Friday, 12 - 1 p.m. on Saturday and
3 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Pre-printed boxes are
available by the church office. Boxes may be
brought to the church office anytime.
FBC Youth To Attend
YEC in Alexandria
November 24 & 25
You Are Invited to Join Us
For a Birthday Party
In Honor Of
Saturday, November 23, 2013
11:00 A.M.—1:00 P.M.
First Presbyterian Church
302 South Bevill St.
Hosted By Her Family
First Baptist Church
Tuesday, November 26
Scarlett Joy Trisler
Born to Colin & Amanda Trisler
November 10, 2013
A Word From Bro. Stephen:
Join Us as We “Do” Thanksgiving
Every year, we have a church project that allows us to go beyond “saying” thank you to God for all His blessings in our lives. This project affords us the opportunity to give feet to our words and reach out to those in need. We call it Harvest Helpings.
Harvest Helpings has taken different forms over the years, and this year we are helping the 265 families who receive food from the Food Pantry
by adding a bag of groceries to the regular bag they already receive. The next time we will be passing out these bags is this Thursday
(November 14 ) from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM. We will meet at the church annex at 11:30 and load the bags up and take them to the Food Pantry.
We welcome anyone who would like to help. I promise you it will be a very rewarding experience!
Louisiana Baptist Convention
I’ve returned today from the annual meeting of the LBC. This year’s convention was at the Riverfront Center in Alexandria. In addition to wonderful worship through preaching and music (including Scot Cameron, who was our guest at FBC last Sunday morning), we conducted the business of our convention.
Dr. Steve Horn, Pastor of FBC, Lafayette, ran unopposed for LBC President and was elected by acclimation. Dr. Horn is a personal friend of
mine and a great man of God. Please pray for him, his family, and his church as he adds the responsibilities of being president to his duties.
Also, we heard the final report from the former president’s “20/20 Commission”. This commission was composed of 400 ministers from around
the state who gathered to assess our current ministries and form a vision for Louisiana Baptists through the year 2020. I will be presenting a
summary of the Commission’s findings and recommendations on Wednesday night, November 20 during Prayer Meeting. Please consider attending – the report contains a lot of revealing information and challenges for the future, some of which I believe could be beneficial to our
ministry in Winn Parish.
One More Thought
Speaking of Scot Cameron – all I can say about our Sunday morning service last week is WOW! Scot is an amazingly talented musician and an
even more gifted worship leader. I felt as if I had been ushered to the throne of God. Thank you, John Holland, for scheduling Scot and Benjie
Harlan for that wonderful service!
Music & Sr. Adult Ministry
Community Thanksgiving Service
Some people say that Thanksgiving is almost a forgotten holiday. Back to school sales lead right into Halloween sales. Then, a week or
two later, Christmas decorations are draped throughout the stores. To many people, it has just about become a long holiday weekend. This
year, I would like to encourage everyone to make Thanksgiving respectable again. Psalm 100 is a great Psalm of Thanksgiving that encourages us to “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.”
Thanksgiving is a vital part of our coming together to worship God. Come join us for the Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service that
will be held on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary. Bro. Bill Willis, Pastor of First United Methodist
Church, will be preaching the Thanksgiving message and music will be provided by numerous choirs and praise teams throughout the community. Make plans to bring your family and come join us for this special worship service.
Senior Adult Thanksgiving
You will not want to miss our regularly scheduled luncheon for the month of November. The menu will include turkey, ham, and all your
holiday favorites. Our guest speaker for this occasion will be Jim Pinkerton. Sign up in the church office if you plan to attend.
Hanging of the Greens – Sunday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m.
First Family Christmas – Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Celebration Ringers and Children’s Choir Musical – Sunday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m.
A Celebration of Carols – Sunday, December 15 at 6 p.m. (FBC Winnfield) and December 22 at 6 p.m. (FBC Jonesboro)
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, Tuesday, December 24 at 6:00 p.m.
It’s a DISASTER!!
Have you seen the pictures coming out of the Philippines since the typhoon struck? What heart wrenching views of bodies, whole
towns wiped away, and those poor children asking for food and water! When a disaster of this magnitude strikes, we are moved to respond. We send people, food, water, clothing, and temporary shelter. We do our best to help. Of course, for those who have lost loved
ones, we can do little but pray.
There are disasters that strike every day in the lives of ordinary people. They may not be the size of a tsunami, hurricane, earthquake,
or typhoon, but they disrupt and complicate lives just the same. Many situations such as this were prayed over during Judgment
House. Many more are all around us. How can we help with these personal disasters?
First, we must have sympathy for, or empathy with those experiencing difficult times. Next, certainly we should pray for them. Sometimes just being a shoulder to cry on or an ear to simply listen to the suffering one is the best we can offer. Just being there as a friend
and a brother or sister in Christ is a tremendous comfort. Love and understanding make such a difference!
The greatest disaster is not having Christ in your life. He offers an ever listening, but never judging ear and shoulder. He makes sure
we are never alone. He provides the strength we need just to keep breathing, or make it through the day. He gives hope in every situation. After all, who else do you know that is able to take any disaster and turn it into a blessing?
Take time today to look for opportunities to be the shoulder or ear of Christ for someone going through a personal disaster. If that
friend does not have a personal relationship with the Savior, take a moment to share what having Him in your life during your crisis
times has meant to you. Everyone has disasters occur during their lifetime. With Christ, we have the key to the Calm in the storm.
See you in Sunday School,
YOUTH EVANGELISM CONFERENCE:
YEC is in Alexandria on Sunday, November 24 through Monday, November 25.
We will be spending that Sunday night in Alexandria at the La Quinta Inn in Alexandria. The combined cost for the conference and the hotel room is $25 per person.
Payments are due NOW. There are a limited number of spots available, so if you
want to go, get your money in ASAP!
I’m looking forward to a great trip!
Saturday, November 23rd, 4th - 6th grade students will
be assisting in the OCC packaging center in the annex
beginning at noon. After completing our packaging activities, we will leave for our "Destination Unknown." Students will need to eat lunch prior to coming and bring
$15. Students attending will earn their OCC patch for
their RA or GA vest. This will be a fun trip as we complete our fall ministry focus for Operation Christmas
Child. Sign up online at www.fbcwinn.com and click on
the van to register or call the church office.
I would like to thank everyone that attended
and helped plan our Minute to Win It - Fall FX. We had a
great time participating in the games, packaging shoe
boxes, and enjoying the company of other Christian families. A special thank you to Mrs. Alice Ann Brockner for
preparing our meal and the FBC student ministry for
hosting our games! Congratulations to Victor, Melissa,
Hannah, & Jayson Vines for being our Minute to Win It
First Family Christmas
Sunday, December 1
Family Life Center
If your last name begins with AI, bring a vegetable dish;
J-R, a dessert; and S-Z, a salad
Menu: Ham, Rolls, Tea
There is no cost; but please sign
up in the office.
Don’t miss me—Santa Claus—I’ll
be bringing gifts for all the good
girls and boys!
First Baptist Church
Sunday, November 17
9:00 - 9:45 AM Library open
9:40 AM Sunday School
10:40 AM Preschool Worship
11:00 AM Morning Worship
5:00 PM Preschool Choir, Bible
Drill, Teachers’ Meeting
6:00 PM Evening Worship
Monday, November 18
6:00 PM I Am Second (Youth)
Tuesday, November 19
7:00 AM Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, November 20
9:00 - 1:00 PM Library open
5:30 PM Gym Opens, Grace
6:00 PM Celebration Ringers
6:15 PM Prayer Mtg., M & M,
7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, November 21
11:30 AM Sr. Adult Thanksgiving
12:00–2 PM Harvest Helpings Distribute groceries at Food Pantry
Saturday, November 23
12:00 PM 4-6th Grade (Destination
Serving Christ in the Heart of the Forest
FOR THE RECORD (NOV. 10)
Tithes & Offerings
Over (Under) Budget
Steven & Mandi Wolfe
4’s & 5’s
Andrea & Cicily Martin
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Sharon Barnett, Nickalas
Brenda Parker, Olivia Smiley,
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Mark Your Calendar
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Hanging of the FBC Winnfield Steve Bates, Natalie Ingles, Twilla Parker,
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Maggie Bruce, Krista Cole, Richie Jordan
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
2’s & 3’s
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Nov. 17 Acts 13-14
Nov. 18 Acts 15-16
Nov. 19 Acts 17-18
Nov. 20 Acts 19-20
Nov. 21 Acts 21-22
Nov. 22 Acts 23-24
Nov. 23 Acts 25-26
Nov. 24 Acts 27-28
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