FROM THE PASTOR
The holiday season is close at hand. We are just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving and Wal-Mart is already playing “Here Comes Santa Claus.” It will be here before we know it. November is a month of change as the weather cools and as we begin to contemplate being with family and friends enjoying good food and fellowship.
Two major events during the month are the Community Thanksgiving service and Turkey Trot. These time honored traditions are a great way to connect with Christians from several different churches. The Washington County Ministerial Association Community Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, November 19 at Long Ridge Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Dr. General James preaches. I will be proclaiming at that service. It begins at 7pm and a reception will follow.
Turkey Trot will be held on Tuesday, November 21 here at First Baptist. We hope to deliver close to 200 meals at lunch that day. Preparations will begin at 10am. The effort is sponsored by the Ministerial Association. Our responsibility is in providing the resources for the turkeys and dressing. We will be receiving funds during the month for this ministry.
Thanks to the ones who gave to ensure that the Youth Alliance could come into our area schools on October 16. We were able to raise the funds for Willie Green, former running back with the Cleveland Browns, to encourage and inspire his listeners. The Yam Fest on October 28 was a great success also as we harvested sweet potatoes donated by Luton farms in Roper. The produce was given to the Plymouth Food Pantry for distribution.
Thank you for all you do in ministering to this community. We plan on offering another Community Garden organizational meeting during the month as we prepare our gardens for the spring of 2018.
MARK YOUR CALENDER
Baptist Men’s Breakfast Sunday, November 5 at 7:30 am.
Food Pantry Truck Monday, November 6 at 9:30 am.
FBC Subway Night – Thursday, November 9 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Community Thanksgiving Service – Sunday, November 19 at 7:00 pm at Long Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
Deacons Meeting Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm in the Craft Room with Steve Barnes.
Turkey Trot Tuesday, November 21.
Decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas on Friday, December 1 at 9:30 am.
There will be a Hayride/Bonfire for youth and children Sunday, October 29 at 5:00 pm at the home of Scott and Caroline Chandler.
Mission Action – Monday, November 6 at 1:00 pm at Golden Skillet.
Laura McNair – Tuesday, November 7 at 2:00 pm in the Craft room with Natalie Marks.
Helen Peele – Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 pm with Mary Kay Bradshaw.
Unity – Tuesday, November 14 at 12:30 pm at Golden Skillet.
Sunday, November 26th the youth will go shopping for our Angel Tree gifts, go out to eat, and then to the Path in Washington. Bring money to spend on the gifts as well as money for supper. Meet at the church at 3:00 pm.
WEDNESDAY SUPPER SCHEDULE
November 1 – The Trustees and Personnel Committees have kitchen duty. The menu is baked ham.
November 8 – The Finance Committee has kitchen duty. The menu is beef tips.
November 15 – The Social and Scholarship Committees have kitchen duty. The menu is pineapple pork chops.
November 22 – No Supper
November 29 – The Flowers and Memorials Committees have kitchen duty. The menu is fried chicken.
The youth are in need of ½ inch ribbon scraps of any color or pattern for a Christmas project. Please bring them by Sunday, November 19.
We need donations to help with the purchase of turkeys for this year’s Turkey Trot to be held on Tuesday, November 21.
DEACON CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
The Annual Deacon Christmas Social will be Friday, December 1 at Golden Skillet at 6:00 pm. This is open for current and past deacons, their spouse or guest. Please sign-up on bulletin board outside the church office.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
A big thank you to all those who helped with the Appalachian Coalfield Back Pack Ministry. Due solely to your donations, we were able to put together 130 back packs!! Special thanks to the ladies knitting group who made dozens of toboggans. The generosity of this church family is going to bring joy to the kids receiving these back packs. Thank you once again for ALWAYS stepping up and meeting the needs of those less fortunate.
Sincerely, Baptist Men
It was voted at the last quarterly conference to designate the first Wednesday night of each month as Committee Meeting Night. There will be no programming to allow time for committees to hold meetings.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
CHURCH FAMILY: Taylor Tucker, Willie Beacham, Charles Spruill, Judy Thompson, Wade Brabble, John Smith, Louie Askew, Hope Stanton, Oliver Lucas, Pat Kost, Clifford Frymier, Austin Rogers, John Lewis, Barbara Peyton, Larry Nicholson.
OTHER CONCERNS: Our military and our nation, Family of Eugene Boyce, Family of Kenny Brown, Family of Betsy Beach, Walt Hamilton, Gina Skiles Meyer, Elwood Sprouse, Alice Wilson (Mother of Karen Pruette), Essie Rath, Jenny Guy (Niece of Brenda Bullock), Billy Maitland, Stan Dymek (Brother- in- law of Beth Thomspon), Christine Pierce (Mother of Christy Tucker), Kendell Moore, Billy Waters, Jackie Gibbs, Valoire Hassell, Johnny Swain, Hazel Jarrell, Alice Edwards, Celia Darden, Audrey Outten, Olive Hassell, Albert Phelps, Mary Crews (Niece of Robyn Lloyd), Billy Daniels, Ben Proctor (Friend of Phyllis Faulk), Wayne Browning (Uncle of Beth Thompson), Joan Autrey (Sister of Lorita Simonds), Ronnie Pinner (Grandson of Shirley Pinner), Jonathan Windley, Tim Keck, Rodney Rogerson, Frank Winslow, Carey Faulk, Roy Chappell, Tommy Woolard, Linda Anderson, Billy Phelps, Louise Tooley, Brenda Skiles, Crystal Cowan, Sue Knowles, Phil Smith, Joyce Vaughn, Jessie Cowan, Jared Phelps, David Denton, Rod Mumma, Holly Pierce, Linda Adams, Joan Harrell, Lynn Craddock.
NURSING HOME RESIDENTS: Washington Nursing Home – Pauline Humphreys, Roanoke Landing- Alice Dotson #209, Tim Elks #315; Tyrell House -Doris Wells #105.
Galatians 6:9: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
LUNCH BOX MINISTRY
We are currently packing lunch boxes for Pines, Creswell and Columbia elementary schools.
You may join the team by contacting Ceil Davenport
We can always use people to:
Write notes of encouragement
Commit to prayer for the children who receive these packs and their families
- Monetary Donations are always appreciated. Please designate local missions / lunchbox ministry on your check or envelope.
- Thank you to all who are currently serving on this ministry team by packing, delivering, writing notes for the children, praying.
Collecting food for our local Food Pantry is a mission opportunity. We have lots of volunteers from First Baptist who give of their time each week working at the local food pantry located on highway 32 beside the old DMV office. We have a food pantry box in the hallway beside the church office where you can place food items.
This fund is used to help in the local community and in our own church family with whatever needs may arise. There is always a big need to help with utility bills, gas and food. Giving to the benevolence fund helps us to continue to meet these needs.
MILE OF PENNIES
Loose change is collected each Sunday until we reach a mile and then it is sent in to the Baptist Children’s Homes.
It takes $844.22 to reach a mile. Thank you so much for your continued support of this ministry.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
We are down to the last couple of weeks of collecting funds to help with the shipping costs. The Ladies SS Class will put together about 200 boxes. The cost for each box is $9.00, which is a $2.00 increase. Help in funding this is greatly appreciated. We want to encourage others to put together a Christmas Shoebox to help a child somewhere thousands of miles away to have a Merry Christmas! The deadline is Sunday, November 12.
- BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOMES
There is a MISSION FIELD all around us! Did you know 70% of Baptist Children’s Homes’ residents are unchurched and unreached for Jesus? When our church participates in the Annual Offering, hope is shared and miracles happen. Our church plays a vital role in introducing North Carolina children to the love of Jesus.
Our goal is $1,800.00.
November 5 Bob & Ann Cody
Benjie & Nancy Rogers
November 12 Bill & Renee Sexton
Kevin & Robyn Lloyd
November 19 Phyllis Faulk
Bryan & Beth Foster
November 26 Scott & Caroline Chandler
Mike & Debbie Holcomb
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
November 5 Beth Thompson
November 12 Jimmy Brown
November 19 Dell Hagwood
November 26 Youth
November 5 Celia Davenport
November 12 John Smith
November 19 Sue Smith
November 26 Shelley Brown
November 5 Janet Ruth & Tim Griffin
November 12 Kevin & Robyn Lloyd
November 19 No COPE (Thanksgiving)
November 26 David & Faith Noell
November 5 Brenda Bullock
November 12 Ann Cody
November 19 Robyn Lloyd
November 26 Charlene Evans
Hulan Williams 11/2
Ronnie Coburn 11/2
Blake Gurganus 11/10
Harry Ward 11/11
Billy Benson 11/14
Alice Dotson 11/14
Lorita Simonds 11/16
Paul Lilly 11/17
Kayla Stotesbury 11/17
Kristen Stotesbury 11/17
Pat Kost 11/18
Katelyn Cooper 11/18
Dianne Swain 11/23
Jordyn Lyle 11/23
Taylor Tucker 11/25
Taylor Sexton 11/26
Gage Brabble 11/28
Robert & Phyllis Dickerson 11/16
Willie & Claudia Beacham 11/22
Bill & Linda Sermons 11/25
Bill & Renee Sexton 11/25
John & Sue Smith 11/26
John & Rita Lewis 11/28
DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH.