Giving Thanks

One of my family’s Thanksgiving traditions is to review what we are thankful for from the year. We list a lot every year. It’s not hard to find things, especially since grandbabies keep coming. It is good to stop and reflect on how God has made His faithfulness known.

I think our tradition is pretty common. It is a good tradition. But Ephesians 5:20 gives me pause. Paul tells the Ephesians that, because they are filled with the Holy Spirit, they should give thanks “always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Paul has a much bigger vision of giving thanks than I do.

Giving thanks “always” means that it should be a normal part of the life of a Christian. The “what are you thankful for” conversation that happens around the Thanksgiving table should be a conversation had on a daily basis, at least in prayer with the Lord.

When Paul says to give thanks for everything, I believe he means to give thanks for everything that God is doing. God still works in the middle of a sinful, evil world – and that is worthy of thanksgiving.

Give thanks this Thanksgiving and use it as a springboard to the daily habit of thanking God.

–Todd Malone

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Friends-Giving | November 2 | 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join us as we gather together in fellowship as a church family, giving thanks to God as we share a meal of soups, breads and pies, and give back to our community! It’s kid friendly!

There will be a Soup Contest, and a Pie Contest which are open to everyone to enter.  You can sign up HERE.

You are also encouraged to bring soup, bread, or pie  even if you are not participating in the contests. You can sign up to bring food HERE.

Following the meal, there will be a time of serving together on service projects that will benefit our community.  A great way to show our thankfulness to God for His many blessings – by giving to others!
We will:

  • build beds with Beds of Hope
  • donate twin sheets and pillowcases for Beds of Hope
  • make decorative placemats for shut-ins with Meals of Love
  • decorate and fill goody bags for South Ward Elementary
  • Legacy Closet will be taking donations of NEW socks and underwear – all sizes
  • Legacy representatives will also give tours of their facility on our campus where foster families can shop for the needs of foster children.

NOTE: If you have power drills and plan to work on the Beds of Hope project, PLEASE BRING YOUR DRILLS! Cordless drills will work best. 
Also: if a child wants to help work on the Beds of Hope building project, they will need to be joined by a parent on that project. 

Contact Rebecca Simcox at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com if you have questions.

Young or old, tall or short, married or single — Everyone is invited to come! Life is better in community!

Christmas Gifts for South Ward Elementary

November 10 – December 8

Beginning Sunday, November 10, come to the foyer in the Worship Center and purchase a $5 ornament to place on a tree of your choice!  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.  We will be receiving donations through Sunday, December 8.  Contact Rebecca Simcox for more information at rebeccas@longviewfbc.com

Baptism Celebration! | November 17

The next Fellowship Baptism Celebration will take place on Sunday, November 17, at the end of the morning worship service. Plan to join us as we celebrate with those who will follow the Lord in baptism.

Holiday fun is coming in December!

The FBC Christmas Musical and … 

… A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY!

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

Come hear the Kids’ and Youth perform the annual Christmas musical in the Worship Center. A fun performance for all ages, written by our own Mica Sterling!
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 bulding for some festive Christmas fun! There will be hot dogs and sides to eat, along with 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! Photo opportunities and other fun things as well. Mark your calendar and be there for this special event!

If you would like to volunteer to help us make the magic happen, contact Kathy Silvertooth at kathys@longviewfbc.com. There will be opportunities to help serve in a number of different ways.

If you have Christmas inflatable decorations you would be willing to let us borrow for a day, please let us know that as well!  It’s going to be a winter wonderland!

Watch for more details …. COMING SOON!

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. Dates for the upcoming dinners are:  November 10, November 24, and December 8.

Fellowship Women — Monthly Game Nights!

The Next Game Night Is: November 9

All Game Nights are from 6:00 – 10:00pm. We will meet in Room 201 (the big middle room) of the Church Offices building.

JR and SR High girls are encouraged to attend as well!

Make plans to join us for some good fun and fellowship. Invite your neighbors and friends to join you!

Contact Aimee Akin if you have questions.

 

Save the Date! January 31 & February 1

 

Location: Wylde Acres

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

If you DO NOT stay the night, the cost is $30. If you DO stay overnight, the cost is $50.

We will begin Friday evening at 6:00pm with dinner cooked by the fabulous DeeAnn Coker. We will then visit women in the Bible who had struggles and see how the Lord helped them through. The night will end with a S’mores bar outside over a roaring fire.

Saturday, we will begin with breakfast at 9:00am. Throughout the day, we will worship together and hear from several of our fellow FBC women as they share their testimonies with us. We will also have games and times to share. Lunch is provided. We finish the day at 4:00pm.

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 6:00-8:00pm. Contact Jeaqn Fltetcher at jeanf@longviewfbc.com for more information. 

Awana in November!

At Awana, we will begin and end the month of November with thanksgiving! The Sparks will sponsor the annual THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE  from November 3rd-25th. Donation boxes will be in the TreeHouse foyer, the Worship Center foyer, and the Adult Education Center Multipurpose Room each Sunday. Help us collect food for the less fortunate for Thanksgiving. 

  • November 10 — We will celebrate HERO NIGHT, acknowledging Jesus as our true hero and Savior. Clubbers will wear super hero costumes/shirts as their uniform that night. 
  • November 11 — Monday Night — Grand Prix workshop in room 201 of the Church Offices building — 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • November 17 — Grand Prix races for the Sparks and T&T will take place in room 201 of the Church Offices Building. Check in begins at 4:00 pm. Club starts early, at 4:30 pm, for those two clubs. Races will begin at 5:15 pm. Puggles and Cubbies will start & end at regular times.
  • November 24 — The month ends with TWIN NIGHT. Clubbers try to dress alike with best “twins” winning a prize.

Contact Bret Freeman for more information.

Sparks Sponsored Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Awana Sparks (Kindergarten to 2nd Grade) are collecting canned good to benefit the less fortunate this Thanksgiving season. Donation boxes are in the foyer of the Worship Center, TreeHouse and Adult Education Center Gym each Sunday, November 3rd through 24th. Items will be donated on November 25th to the Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive at Maude Cobb, Please give to help others in need!