This year, FBC, Farmington is taking a greater role in Operation Christmas Child. On November 16, we will receive our church’s shoeboxes in the morning worship service. This benevolent ministry has grown significantly since its beginning.
We are also serving as a collection center. Churches and groups from the area will bring their shoe boxes to our church during that week, November 17-24, from 9:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M. each day. We will then count and box the boxes to load onto the truck for shipping to the national centers.
We have realized what an impact these shoe boxes have in the lives of the children and families who receive them. This year will require a bit more effort from our church, but consider the effect of your work.
November 22 will mark the ninth annual Help the Hungry Bake Sale. Members from First Baptist Church have been faithful over the years to help raise over $223,000 for the two food pantries in our town. The need this year is different than in the past – it is greater than ever before. The pantries are seeing record breaking numbers of families coming to the pantries; families of one – usually elderly and families of many – usually multi-generational families living together. The bad news is that 1 in 5 are food insecure, the good news is that 4 out of 5 of us can help. What can you do this year to help? Here are some opportunities for you to prayerfully consider:
Can’t do any of that? Please pray for the bake sale. Pray for the hungry in our area. Pray that the needy will know that Jesus loves them and that we love them.
Advent is a celebration of the coming of the Savior. It is celebrated beginning the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas and centers on the major themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
The Advent season begins here at First Baptist with our annual “Hanging of the Green” service as we decorate our sanctuary with colors and symbols of the coming Messiah. This year’s service will be held on Sunday night November 30th at 6:00 PM.
Here at First Baptist we celebrate Advent in a variety of ways. Each of the four Sundays of Advent will be centered around one of the Advent themes. Families of the church will help in worship thru the lighting of candles representing the theme as well as reading scripture and sharing a meditation for that day.
Another tool to help families celebrate the season of Advent is our Advent Devotional Booklet. This year, like the past six years, members of First Baptist will write daily devotionals focusing on the coming of the Savior. This helps us all to focus once again on the story of God coming to us in the person of His Son Jesus.
These booklets will be made available free to the church family on the first Sunday of Advent – November 30, 2014
When Farmington schools dismiss on Wednesday or have an early out due to weather none of our children or preschool groups will meet. Student and adult groups will not automatically cancel. If we must canel Wednesday evening activities for students and adults we will put an announcement on the radio and our website.
Only unusually severe weather would cause a cancellation of the Sunday morning services, though we will occasionally dismiss the evening services because of weather.
Remember, when yo listen to the cancellations there are a number of First Bapist Church in the surrounding area.