Saying Thanks for Grace

Todd Malone

I came across a definition of grace from Dallas Willard that has helped me: Grace is God working in you to accomplish what you cannot do on your own. I like this definition because it explains what is going on with grace. The common definition that grace is undeserved favor doesn’t explain what God actually does when He extends grace. Grace is God’s work to bring us to Him and make us like His Son, which is beyond our efforts.

I viewed grace growing up as a step away from being passive. That is because I didn’t think of forgiveness as doing anything beyond choosing to ignore my sins. This definition brings into focus that grace is God at work. He actively makes up for the limitations of my fallenness. He does this by pursuing me, first by sending Jesus, then by the Holy Spirit drawing me to the Lord. He continues to pursue me and transform me into Christlikeness, which I cannot do on my own.

This is going to be my Thanksgiving focus. I am grateful to the Lord that He accomplishes in me what I cannot accomplish on my own. There is nothing greater over which to give thanks.

New Trustees to be Presented

New trustee board members will be presented at the 10:30am worship service on November 11. These men include: Elder, Alex Stanton; Deacons, Darrell Ash, Leigh Hunt, John Livingston, and Eric Livingston. Pray for these men and the rest of the Board as they seek to lead FBC wisely, and follow the will of the Lord for us in the coming year.

Operation Christmas Child

November 12-19

FBC will not be collecting shoeboxes on site this year, but you ARE encouraged to fill a boxes (or boxes) and take them to one of the local collection locations: Calvary Baptist Church -4715 Tenneryville Road, or First Christian Church – 720 N 6th Street.

Go to for drop off times at each location. You may also find more information about packing and tracking your shoeboxes.

Packing a shoebox for another child is a great way to teach your kids about sharing the love of Jesus with others, and it will be fun! Just do it!


Awana is racing towards the holiday season with fun things in November!

November 4th begins the Sparks Sponsored Food Drive which helps those less fortunate through the Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive. Collection boxes for canned foods will be in place through the 18th with deliverty on Monday the 19th.

November 5th will be the Awana Grand Prix workshop to help clubbers and parents design and build a pinewood race car.

November 11th will be RACE DAY with registration beginning at 4:30pm and races starting at 5:30pm.

November 21st will be a regular club night.

November 25th will find the clubbers and leaders all in P.J.’s as the uniform of the night.

FaceBook Live! Worship Service Video Tech Team

Do you love the FaceBook live videos of the Worship Service the church has been doing? Do you want them to continue? Well … we need your help! We’re recruiting a team of committed, teachable individuals to run our FaceBook live videos on Sunday morning. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, but you’ll need to be up at the church by 8:00am on the Sunday mornings you volunteer. Think you can do it!? Contact Tyler Ellison at or Adam McMahen at to let one of us know you’re interested. 

Light Up Christmas at South Ward!

We will bless South Ward Elementary with Christmas gifts. Folks will donate $5 towards the purchase of a game for a student. Once all the tags have been purchased from a tree, we will light it! Final donations can be made on December 16th.

Thank You!

Dear FBC Family,

Thank you so much for the beautiful plant! Your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time have brought us much comfort that only Christ can give. We appreciate you all very much!

The Poss Family


Thank you so much cor the beautiful plant sent for my father’s funeral. The support means the world to all of us.
The Guinn & Curfman families
(From Kara Curfman)


Dear Precious Friends and Family, 

God has immensely blessed our family. One of our rich blessings is our church family. We are so grateful for your faithful prayers and support, especially during this difficult season.

Thank you for the basketball of goodies and snacks that you sent following Dave’s recent hospitalization and chemo treatment. Our family feels so love by this sweet gift.

God is so good to us! Thank you for showing the love of Christ to us!

Love, Becky for the DeBoer Family


Thank you for your prayers and concerns about my recent tendon operation.  The cards, emails, flowers, visitors, and food really lifted my spirits.  I am thankful that Ralph and I are part of such a caring group.

Patsy Richards