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November 27, 2022
A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR
Bruce G. Chesser
Joy and I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Now we all turn our attention to the Christmas season. Christmas lights will begin to flicker in homes all across Sumner County. I would say that we will start to see decorations in the stores, but it seems they have been there since September!
Let me remind you that Christmas is best celebrated when it is not seen as one day on the calendar but as a season of celebration. Most of us have experienced a buildup of emotion for an incredible Christmas only to feel the frustration of “is that all there is?” I learned a long ago to consider every part of the month as a part of Christmas. Every Connect Group gathering, every worship service, every opportunity to ride through town and enjoy the Christmas decorations, and a hundred other things are all “Christmas.”
We are celebrating the reality that God became a man. What day of the year did it happen? Almost certainly not on December 25th. That day has become the focus of the reality that God is with us. God became a man. Jesus came to earth to pay the price for our sins. Let the celebration begin! It is Christmas time!
This morning we will study Luke 6:1-11. I pray that God will use this passage and this message to speak to your heart.
CONNECTING EVERY GENERATION, TO GOD, OTHERS & SERVICE
with Senior Associate Pastor, Bruce Raley
This week begins the Christmas season at FBCHville. The month is filled with Connect Group fellowships, ministry projects, and more. It is a great time to feel the joy of the season!
Ladies, we encourage you to get your tickets to Christmas Love. This wonderful gathering will take place this Thursday evening in the Worship Center. The speaker, Selma Wilson, is a former vice-president of LifeWay Christian Resources. She is an incredible encourager and leader. In my decade at LifeWay, Selma taught me so much about leadership. I have no doubt every attendee will leave Thursday night encouraged and challenged.
The following weekend is Christmas in the Ville. This celebratory Christmas music service will occur on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. This a fantastic opportunity to invite others to hear the Gospel through Christmas music. Invitation cards are available in the lobby to distribute throughout the community. Let’s fill the Worship Center both evenings as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus.
DEACON OF THE WEEK:
Don Perkins – Don and Norma have been members since 2004. They have two adult children and one grandchild. Don is the owner of Midstate Flooring, Inc., and Norma is a homemaker. Don teaches an adult Connect Group, and he is a greeter at the Weekley Building Welcome Center. Norma teaches a 3rd Grade Connect Group.
ASSISTING DEACONS: Jimmy Price & Mike Stark
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY: 8:50 a.m. Live Recording in Worship Center and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. | The Chapel and Online
CHOIR: 6:30-7:45 p.m. | ORCHESTRA: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (TUESDAYS)
NEXTGEN MINISTRIES: Preschool – High School 6:15-7:45 p.m.
FBCH ADULT MINISTRIES ACTIVITIES: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Worship Attendance 2,909
Connect Groups 2,288
Online Attendance 1,859
Madison First Baptist 78
Cross Roads Church 35
One Community Church 36
Budget receipts this week: $ 207,907
Year to date budget receipts: $ 1,852,854
Year to date budget requirements: $1,841,664
Church Office – (615) 824-6154
Minister on Call – (615) 870-7902
Prayer Room – (615) 826-7729
Safety & Security – (615) 447-0400
Counseling (615) 824-3772
Choir & Orchestra : 8:30 & 9:45 (Worship Center)
Worship band : 9:45 (Wilson Hall) 11:00 (Worship Center)
Connect Groups: 8:30, 9:45, 11:00
Children’s Worship (K-3) – 9:45 (Chapel)
Pastor’s bible study : 8:30 AM LIVE RECORDING IN WORSHIP CENTER
6:30 – 7:30PM IN THE CHAPEL AND ONLINE
CHOIR : 6:30 – 7:45pm
Orchestra : 6:00 – 7:30pm (Tuesdays)
NextGen Ministries : Preschool – High School 6:15-7:45 pm
FBCH Adult Ministries Activities : 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Ladies Bible Study hosted by Chuan Anderson – Weekley 1101
Mens Bible Study hosted by Chris Brunt – Weekley 3321
Young Parents Connect Group hosted by Ben Baxley – Weekley 1111
BY BAPTISM: Dillan Beghin, Sophia Beghin, and Alaina Cooper
BY LETTER: Mike & Connie Munday
BY STATEMENT: Sarah Hight, Jennifer, Emily, & Olivia Olson, Randy Roof, Evelyn Walton, and Sarah Hight
Our deepest sympathy to the families of Billy Brown, Leota Abee, and Cheryl Martin.
Bible Readings for this week:
MONDAY, November 28– Psalm 108
TUESDAY, November 29 – Psalm 109
WEDNESDAY, November 30 – Psalm 110
THURSDAY, December 1 – Psalm 111
FRIDAY, December 2 – Psalm 112
SATURDAY, December 3 – Psalm 113
SUNDAY, December 4 – Psalm 114
We believe the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative Word. (2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe in God, Three-in-One, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Creator of all. (Genesis 1)
We believe in Jesus, who died for our sins, and who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1)
We believe in the Holy Spirit who guides us to spiritual maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. (Ephesians 4)
We believe in Christ’s return to claim His bride for eternal glory