One Sacred Effort
I believe in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Each year our church joins with thousands of other Southern Baptist Churches to focus our attention on sharing the Gospel with those who may never have had the opportunity to hear about Jesus. Together we support nearly 5,000 missionaries who invest their lives making disciples and establishing churches in hundreds of countries across our world. Many of the places where our workers seek to build relationships and serve are not really that open to the Gospel. One of our major efforts has been to identify un-reached people groups and specifically strategize to establish in roads to those cultures and people. I am proud to contribute to the noble effort of our denomination, and to support the faithful believers who put it all on the line to attempt to carry out the Great Commission. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And I will be with you, even to the end of the age.”
The goal for the LMCO is $175,000,000 and our church goal is $8,000. Some have asked how we can attempt to give so much money off line when we are struggling to meet our budget. The answer is that this is our reason for being. We certainly have to plan our budget to be able to pay bills, provide salaries and benefits, plan and provide for ministries, but missions is our first priority! The four major offerings we receive which are not included in our budget are the LMCO in December, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, Margaret Lackey State Missions Offering which we ask for in the early fall, and we also have an offering supporting the MS Baptist children’s home which we collect around Mother’s Day. In fact, a portion of every dollar you give through our church goes to missions, but 100% of the LMCO goes directly to missions and administrative costs are paid from other sources. I saw somewhere that someone said, “No one ever went broke through giving.” Or put another way, “You can’t out give God.”
As a church we exist to share Christ. What better way to do that than by joining in one sacred effort? Together we can make a difference in the lives of lost people all around the world.
One Sacred Effort
All men are invited to meet at the church at 5:30pm Tuesday December 2nd. We will travel to West Union for an associational Men’s Meeting where Billy Galloway of Central Baptist, McNeil will speak. This is always a great time of fellowship and hearing about the mission work going on through our association. Hope you can make it!
The annual Christmas Parade will be Friday, December 5th @ 5:30pm. First Baptist will be serving HOT CHOCOLATE on the church lawn during the parade. Come join us and warm up while watching the parade.
Wednesday, December 10th @ 6:30pm
Orange Cranberry Glazed Pork
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Answered Prayer from Hattiesburg will sing for us.
There is no cost for this banquet.
We asked that you RSVP to the church office (601-795-4531) no later than Friday, December 5th.
Join us on the town Green December 3rd at 5pm for a wonderful time of fellowship as we kickoff the Christmas Season. There will be ornament making, cookie decorating (and eating) and plenty of hot soup and hot chocolate to keep us warm as we enjoy crafts and games. Don’t miss out on this new tradition!
The Samaritan’s Purse shoebox collection for kids around the world came together nicely this past Sunday. Even a few more boxes came in this morning and are being distributed to the proper places for shipping to children the world over. Thanks for your participation in this effort to send some Christmas joy to a child who may never have heard of the love of Jesus.
There are six openings in the Four Year Old class.
We also have one opening in the Three Year Old class.
Tuition is $100.00 per month.
Hours are from 8:00-11:30, Monday-Friday.
We follow the public school calendar for holidays.
Form 121 from the Health Department is required for admittance.
If you or someone you know is interested, call the church office.