LIVE BY FAITH

It’s right there. It’s so obvious, so tempting. It’s a tangy mixture of a dad joke and a cliché. And we will never have this opportunity again. Never again will we be able to make the year’s theme “2020 Vision.” Can we survive 2020 with a different theme? I’m sure we can see our way forward.

Our 2020 focus will be on the book of Romans. Paul’s great letter has inspired, challenged, and transformed Christians since he wrote it. Romans gives a powerful vision of why Jesus is good news and how our lives are changed because of it. It is because Paul has such a clear vision of the gospel that he can say in Romans 1, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes….” My prayer is that we will catch this vision and be similarly inspired to a bold life with the gospel.

I guess our 2020 theme really is about vision, just not in the way we usually think of it. This is not a church vision statement designed to inspire the church to accomplish great things. This is a vision of God. A vision of who He is, what He does through Christ, and how He is shaping us by the Holy Spirit. Romans is rich in vision of how God is at work, and that is what I hope we come away with in 2020 – a clearer vision of God.

Our theme for 2020 is “Live by Faith.” It comes from Romans 1:16-17.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 

A clear vision of God and His power for salvation removes any shame of the gospel. Who could be ashamed of something so beautiful, surprising, and awe-inspiring? The clearer our vision becomes, the more we are overcome by the wonder of the gospel and the more we want it to infuse every aspect of life. The more we live by faith – unashamed.

–Todd Malone

Coming Events

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Our next Family Dedication Sunday will be January 26, during the morning worship service. If you have children that you would like to present for that dedication ceremony, please sign up at http://bit.ly/Family-Dedication or email Kathy Silvertooth at kathys@longviewfbc.com by January 12.

At FBC, Family Dedications are a statement that we, as a family of faith, will come alongside our families in the spiritual nurture and admonition of their children. As these families present their children before the body, we agree with them to resolve to teach their children about the Lord and see them grow in their faith to maturity.

Volunteers Openings for Ushers:   If you enjoy showing hospitality to others and are available once every four weeks during the Worship Service, please contact Valerie Ash (valeriea@longviewfbc.com) for details on joining an Usher Team. Thank You!

Women’s Bible Study – Starts January 7

 Location: Fellowship Bible Church in Room 201 of the Church Offices building

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.

See the trailer below for more information on the study. 

January 31 & February 1

Location: Wylde Acres

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

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

 “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed.  A stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9. 

This year our focus will be on learning to lean on the Lord during our difficult times.  We all struggle daily in different ways; Fellowship Bible Church’s Women’s Ministry wants you to know that you are not alone.

Friday January 31 we will begin at 6:00 with dinner and will spend the evening in worship.  We will, through the lens of scripture, enter into the stories of women in the Bible who struggled and overcame through their faith in the Lord.  We will end the night with games and S’mores.

Saturday February 1, we will begin with breakfast at 9:00.  Through the day, we will hear testimonies from ladies within FBC.  There will also be quiet time, games, fellowship, and a delicious lunch.  We will finish our day around 4.

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)

Ladies, please join us on Saturday, January 25th, at 2:00 pm to shower Joy Kenefake with our love, prayers, and gifts as she and her husband, Garrett, prepare for their first baby, who is due to arrive in March.

The celebration will take place at 784 Widgeon Lane, Gilmer 75645. 

She is registered at Amazon.com and Target.

Contact Jenny Webb, 903.746.0698, or Lara Rose, 607.768.9205 with any questions.

Kids’ Ministry News

All Kids’ Ministry Volunteers (nursery through 6th grade) are invited to the 1st training out of 4 that we will have during the year.  Each training will focus on a different aspect of Kids’ Ministry.  This 1st training will focus on being prepared for mass causality events and how to interact well with children with unique learning needs.  We will provide a brunch for you to enjoy.  Plus we will have childcare available.  All our trainings are required for our volunteers.  Please let us know if you need childcare and how many children you will be brining.  Contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com to register.

Calling all TEENS who serve in the Kids’ Ministry area (AWANA volunteers too) or would like to serve in the  Kids’ Ministry! Kids’ Ministry is hosting a brunch during the 9:00 a.m. Lifegroup class time just for you.  We will have donuts and other yummy food! This will be a required training time for all our teen volunteers.  For more information, contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com

Our Donation drive for South Ward Elementary was a huge success.  We were able to raise $4,703.30 dollars towards a game and goodie bag for each child, totaling over 300 kids.    This is over $1,000 more than we have raised in the past. Plus, we also purchased all the staff a small present.  A group from FBC was able to deliver all these presents right before the Christmas Break.

After getting all those gifts, we still had $1,700 left over to use toward South Ward. They have shared that they are in desperate need of uniforms for the kids.  South Ward is giving us a list of sizes that they will need and we will be purchasing those clothes for the kids.

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 January!

We hope everyone had a a great Christmas break but it’s time to welcome all of our clubbers back to Awana for a New Year and the second half of the Awana year. Come join us as we learn, play and worship together.

January 5    |  Welcome back and Half-Way Night. Clubbers should be half way through their handbook.
January 12  |  Bring a Friend Night. Invite friends to join us at Awana.
January 19  |  Layer Clothing Night. See how many items of clothing one person can wear. It’s hilarious!
January 26  | Regular Club Night

Contact Bret Freeman for more information.