Give Meaningfully

Advent Conspiracy has been around for several years. It is a movement of churches who want to use the Christmas season to care for the needy. The church who started Advent Conspiracy was convicted by the amount of money spent during the Christmas season. When they started Advent Conspiracy 10 years ago, the U.S. spent $450 billion a year on Christmas gifts. The cost of providing clean water to everyone in the world was $10 billion dollars. $10 billion would ensure that everyone in the world would have clean water forever. If every family in the U.S. who purchased Christmas gifts reduced their spending by 2% for just one year, no one in the world would ever lack clean water again. That was enough to motivate the church to make some changes.

FBC is joining that movement, but our focus will not be on clean water. We will focus locally, turning our attention to the needy in East Texas. We have already started by providing gifts for South Ward Elementary. Many of the children at South Ward will not receive a single Christmas gift beyond what we provide. It is a blessing to be able to give a smile and laughter to a child and to make God’s love tangible to them.

We will go beyond our work with South Ward. We will also give you opportunities to minister to the children and families in the foster care/adoption community. As Kara Curfman shared in church a few weeks ago, these children and families have unique needs that FBC is able to address. Keep your eyes open for information in the lobby that will direct you to ways to participate.

The goal is not to add to your financial burden. The goal is that you would spend no more than you already planned to spend. But take some of the money that you planned to spend on gifts and direct it toward the needy in East Texas. Tell your children the plan & get them to participate. We will share ways you can volunteer your time as well. It does not take a lot to make a difference. Start with 2%. It can change a life.

 

Watch the video below for more information on Advent Conspiracy.

–Todd Malone

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Advent Schedule at Fellowship

December 1

  • Advent begins: follow the readings for Advent Conspiracy through Dec. 22
  • Bookmarks with the readings are available in the Worship Center foyer

December 14

  • FBC Christmas Musical at 5:00 pm
  • A Very Merry Christmas Party follows at 6:15 pm
  • Hot Dogs for everyone, cocoa and cider, S’mores and more! Don’t miss it!
  • Everyone invited; no nursery or child care

December 22

  • Christmas Worship at Fellowship
  • Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 am | No Life Groups
  • Nursery and kids classes from birth – Kindergarten for both services
  • Grades 1-6 go to service with parents

December 24

  • Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 6:00 pm
  • No nursery or child care
  • Children are welcomed, but it is an adult focused service

December 29

  • After Christmas Worship; No Life Groups
  • All 10:30 am kids’ classes will meet
  • Kids’ ages 2 yr. – K wear their PJs to class
  • 1st — 6th Grades will be joined by Pastor Todd and Ann for Praise in your PJs in Kids’ Church!
  • It will be a fun morning for everyone!

Christmas Gifts for South Ward Elementary

November 10 – December 8

It’s not too late to purchase a $5 ornament to place on a tree of your choice in the Worship Center Foyer!  Each tree represents a grade level at South Ward Elementary. Your donations will go towards the purchase of a gift for each student, goodie bags and a gift for each staff member.  Last opportunity to participate will be Sunday, December 8.  Contact Rebecca Simcox for more information at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com

The Kids’ Ministry presents their FREE, Christmas Musical: “Carols of Love”.  This musical will include kids ages 3 all the way through 6th grade with a cameo from the Youth Choir and a Men’s parody group.  Our 4th – 6th graders will tell the story of how a group of carolers share the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus!  All are welcome to come Saturday, December 14 at 5:00 p.m. Invite your neighbors and friends for this fun evening.  Contact Rebecca Simcox for more questions at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com.

 … A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Saturday, December 14  |  Musical @5:00 pm  | Party @6:15 pm

BRING THE FAMILY AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

After the musical, we will all gather on the patio area between the Adult Education Center (Life Group building) and the Church Offices building for some festive Christmas fun! There will be hot dogs, hot cocoa and cider, and popcorn. We will have fire pits and a S’mores fixings station where you can roast marshmallows, and then make your own S’more!

  • Make a photographic memory of the evening at our Selfie Station! 
  • Kinsler the Labradoodle (Our unofficial Christmas Mascot) will be dressed in his Christmas best and available for photos as well.
  • Mark your calendar and be there for this special event!

Want to help us make the magic happen? We are looking for Christmas Elves to help! 

We have several opportunities for helper elves! Set Up and Clean Up Crews, Serving Food & Drinks at the various stations, as well as Selfie Station. Contact Kathy Silvertooth at kathys@longviewfbc.com.

There is a signup to bring food donations for the various food stations: http://bit.ly/FBC_Xmas_Party
You may drop donations in the box at the Community Life Desk on Sunday mornings, or at the kitchen the day of the event. 

We are also still looking for Christmas inflatable Decorations to borrow for that day! 

 

College & Career Dinners

The College & Career ministry is hosting a dinner every other Sunday, starting September 29, for all college-aged young adults. For more information, contact Jera Dalton at 719-429-5078. Date for the December dinner is:  December 8.

Women’s Bible Study – Starts January 7

 Location: Fellowship Bible Church (Room to be Determined)

Join us beginning Tuesday, January 7, for a 6 week study of Lysa Terkeurst’s “Finding I Am”. Every Tuesday night from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

RSVP to Lauren Gibson – lauren.gibson7@yahoo.com – or 423-367-3303.

Room location will be determined by number of ladies who sign up. 

January 31 & February 1

Location: Wylde Acres

Women’s Retreat 2020: “The Struggle is Real”

Schedule:
Friday night | Dinner at 6 pm | Time of Worship to Follow
Saturday Morning | Breakfast at 9:00 am  | Time of Sharing Stories from FBC Women
Afternoon | Time of Games and Conversation
Retreat Ends
| 4:00 pm

Cost to stay overnight at Wylde Acres: $50
Cost without overnight stay: $30
Register Here: http://bit.ly/FBCRetreat

We all struggle daily in different ways.  Fellowship Bible Church’s Women’s Ministry wants you to know that you are not alone.

On Friday, January 31, we will gather at Wylde Acres and share a meal at the table together, and then spend the evening in worship with our Worship team.  On Saturday, February 1, our morning begins as we come together for breakfast, and listen to ladies in our church share their personal stories of how they, by the help of the Spirit, have overcome.

It’s going to be a worshipful, joyful, introspective and refreshing time. Come ready to rest with the Lord and let Him encourage you through the real stories of your sisters in Christ. We are all sojourners finding our way home. Sometimes there are twists and turns on that journey that we never imagined, never wanted – and never thought we would survive. But by His grace, we stand, together. And our stories are the resounding harmonies of His faithful love, grace and power toward those He loves. Remember, you are never alone. And you, my friend, have been given a story worth telling.

Look for more info on the FBC Facebook page or ask Aimee Akin – lil.blesins@yahoo.com , Erin Beamer – beamer81@yahoo.com , or Dee Ann Coker – DeeAnnCoker@yahoo.com.

You may sign up HERE. You will be able to pay online when you register as well!

We are excited and can’t wait to come together as women to encourage each other. Please be praying for this event!

If you have any questions, reach out to:
Aimee Akin (lil.blesins@gmail.com)
DeeAnn Coker (deeanncoker@yahoo.com)
Erin Beamer (beamer81@yahoo.com)

 

 

Club 456 is for all 4th-6th graders. It is a preteen evening full of devotionals, fun, games, and digging into God’s word. club meets once a month on the first Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm. Contact Jean Fltetcher at jeanf@longviewfbc.com for more information. 

Awana in December!

Heading into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Awana will have a short but sweet club listing for December.

December 1st will be our Leaders Favorite “Silent Night!” where all activities are conducted in a whisper.

December 8th will be our last Club night of 2019 with Decorate a Leader and the Club Christmas Party for all clubbers.

Awana will resume club after the holidays on January 5th with a special “Welcome Back Night”. Remember to keep Jesus as the focus of our celebrations and the REASON FOR THE SEASON!

December 1   Leaders Favorite “Silent Night!” 
December 8   Decorate a Leader and Party

Contact Bret Freeman for more information.