December 2017 Newsletter
One Step at a Time
On Sunday morning ESPN Sports broadcasts a program called "Thirty for Thirty" -
the tagline for the program "Start your Sunday with a story." As the holiday sea-
son gets underway stories will be told.
It's been called the "Greatest Story Ever Told." Do you know the story? It's the
story of Jesus' birth. You can read it again after you finish reading this. It's
found in Luke's gospel, chapter two. Add to your reading Matthew's gospel, chap-
ters one and two and you will have started this season with "The Greatest Story Ever
Speaking of stories, join us Sunday mornings as we journey through the Bible and
rediscover what it means to THINK, ACT and BElieve LIKE JESUS.
The conversation has begun with children, youth and adults sharing together
the same stories. Our Children's Ministry is called "Boots and Bibles." The Prophet
Isaiah wrote, "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good
news," (Isaiah 52:7) We at FBCMT are raising up a generation who have beauti-
ful feet. A generation who starts their Sundays with a story. That is "The Great-
est Story Ever Told."
Let me encourage you as you put on your boots and start your shopping to remem-
ber that we are told to put on our feet the Good News of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians
6: 15) Say with me these words as you start each day: "Today, I will THINK, ACT
and BE LIKE JESUS!"
See you Sunday at FBCMT as we share in this Holy Season.
IN HIS STEPS,
Pastor George II Peter 3:18
The 5-year loan for our new roof is almost over! The 2018 year will be the last. The balance due is $2,666.76. Semi annual payments to be made in the amount of $1333.38 each will be made in January and July.
Boots and Bibles
Our new children's ministry based on Isaiah 52:7 and Ephesians 6:15, takes place during morning worship at 10:30am. It will include Bible Stories, crafts, music, snacks and videos and is for children from infant through 6th grade.
Our special offering for December is the RETIRED MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES OFFERING. As we prepare for the RMMO 2017 on behalf of American Baptist Churches, USA, please take a moment to reflect on our theme this year, "Generous Congregations."
Helping those in need is one of the major themes of the Bible and of Jesus ministry. The prophet Isaiah reminds us, "But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity." (Isaiah 32:8 NLT) Generosity is central to our faith. As Christians, we are called to serve and care for others, and RMMO aligns with the collective spirit of love that inspires us all to honor the devotion of ministers and their families for their services to the church.
Greetings from Dollie's desk
As I sit here this chilly morning trying to write you a bit of news it seems these months have gone by so fast. Soon we will be gathering for Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas celebrations. With work on some Sundays I miss church and my church family. I wonder why I was born so good looking instead of rich?
There is a lot going on and some very busy hands. Ladies have been making and tying quilts. Soon we will have several to give to someone. Thanks ladies.
We have lots of face lifting going on all over the church building. The nursery has been painted and new floor laid. The Fellowship Hall has been given a new look with texturing and pain and new round tables. Thanks to all the ones who have gone over and above doing volunteer work.
There have been so many gone to different places recently so I won't try to cover all. It sure makes a difference on Sundays when so many are gone at once.
There are still those with health issues. So keep them in your prayers. Also we received word that Bobbie Sekora passed away on Nov. 13. Please remember the family in your prayers.
"A Taste of Italy" dinner was enjoyed on Nov. 4th for VBS families and helpers as an outreach. Thanks to all those who made the evening a success.
Keep in mind December 2nd for our annual Christmas Dinner at 4pm. Sign-up sheets are available for reservations and contributions to the dinner menu. So check with your family and friends and get your reservations made.
I leave you with this little story: Recently I lost a keychain with three important keys on it. We searched everywhere. The next day my work watch disappeared from my dresser. My granddaughter began to wonder if I was experiencing a mental problem. My keys and watch have been found. It was a charming little two year old great granddaughter who was involved. I was so happy when we found my keys and watch. The story in Luke 15:8-10 came to mind. Please read it. We can rejoice when we can make some ones day with a smile or hug and show God's love.
Until next month God bless you, Dollie Post