Welcome to our services for December 10, 2017!

Be involved in fellowshipping, learning, and serving!

8:15 AM Morning worship
9:45 AM Sunday School Classes for all ages
11:00 AM Morning worship
5:00 PM Narroway practice
6:00 PM India Report. Hear how God worked through this trip and through Dave & Ann Stromsness.
6:00 PM The Fold SNE for students in Grades 7-12. For more info, please contact Pastor Brandon at 566-2077.
6:00 MAPS Kids Christmas Party! Christmas is coming & we would like to get together & celebrate! Bring a wrapped gift ($5 limit) for someone your age & gender. Please contact Mrs. McFeaters or Marleena Payne to sign up for goodies to bring & with any questions. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
7:15 PM Deacons Meeting. Please contact Phil Wirsing with questions.
~Pastors Christmas Fund deadline is today.

This Week

8:30 – 11:00 Noah’s Ark Community Preschool

6:30 PM Tae Kwon Do. Open for those age 8 and above. Please contact Pastor Bill at 566-2077 for more information.

1:00 – 4:00 PM Sanctuary reserved
2:30 PM Prayer meeting at the home of the Jensen’s (115 Circle Dr. in Bath). Everyone is welcome for a time of praise & prayer! Please contact Dan Jensen with questions.

6:30 PM Awana Clubs: T&T Auction/Sparks Christmas Party! Invite your neighbors and friends in Kindergarten-sixth grade! Child care will be provided. For more info, please contact Pastor Brandon at 566-2077.
If you have new or slightly used items that you would like to donate for the auction, please let Pastor Brandon know. We are looking for items that would interest the children themselves or that the children would use as gifts for family members. Items need to be to the church before noon on Tues. Dec. 12th.
6:30 – 7:00 PM Prayer Meeting. Stop by to pray together. See Pastor Bill with questions.

12:00 PM Senior Community Luncheon. Invite someone 55 or older to join us for great food and fellowship. Please bring a dish to pass, your own table setting and a good appetite. If you have any questions please call Chris Wolcott at 585-384-6052. Those that are interested in joining us at Family Life Ministries for the January Seniors Luncheon, please be prepared, on 12/14, to give Joanne Drake $9 each for the cost of the ticket so she can make reservations for our group.
1:00 – 3:00 PM Homesteaders Art Class with Diane Dix in the Coover Room. Questions? Call 566-3338.
6:30 PM Tae Kwon Do. Open for those age 8 and above. Please contact Pastor Bill at 566-2077 for more information.

4:00 PM Worship Practice for 2nd Service.
5:30 PM Narroway Cast Party. See Kathy McFeaters with questions.

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Sewing for Others. Calling all non-sewers and sewers! We need you! Come join us in making blankets, skirts, shorts, and several other projects. We do these for OCC, missions, & other agencies that need or request them. If you are a sewer, bring your machine. If you don’t sew, a pair of scissors would be helpful. Contact Donna Patterson with questions (607-542-2301)
1:00 – 4:00 PM Ladies Paint Day. Looking for some fellowship with other ladies? Come & enjoy a time of painting, food, & fun at the church. It’s $20 per person (this covers the cost of the materials). Seating is limited to 30 people, so please sign up on the bulletin board if you plan to attend. Also, please bring a dish to pass. Contact Amanda Mullen with questions (607-661-6632)

Next Sunday
8:15 AM Morning worship
9:45 AM Sunday School Classes for all ages
11:00 AM Morning worship
5:00 PM MAPS Kids will be packing cookies for caroling. We have really appreciated your help in the past and we know you’ll do a good job this year as well. Contact Kathy McFeaters or Marleena Payne with questions.
5:55 PM Christmas Caroling! Meet at the Church dressed to go right out singing at 6:00 PM. After delivering our music and cookies, we’ll gather together at the church around 7:30 PM for soups and breads and to have a special Christmas Story! Please sign up for attendance, for cookies, and for which soup, bread or dessert you will be able to provide.
7:15 PM Trustees Meeting. Please contact Aaron Mullen with questions.

Upcoming Events!

*12/21 11:30 AM The Encouragers will hold their annual Christmas luncheon at the church. Please bring a “batch” of your favorite homemade Christmas cookies & about $5-$7 (depending on how many come) to cover the cost of the pizza, drinks and chips for our lunch. After lunch and packing of the cookies, we will dismiss to deliver the cookies to the local businesses. Thank you for participating in this important outreach. Ladies of all ages are welcome. If you have any questions, please call Myra Jensen (776-6753) or Betty Edwards (776-6204).

12/24 Christmas Eve Services. Invite someone to join you!
At 8:15 and 11:00 AM we will be focused on some of the characters of Christmas and of course, the birth of our Savior!
9:45 AM Sunday School for all ages.
6:00 PM Please join us for a candle lit Christmas Eve as we celebrate the “One Gift” that changed the world.

*End of Year Giving
We do appreciate that so many of you give faithfully to support the ministry of the church! God’s money that you give helps to support our missionaries around the world, to provide Sunday School and Jr. Church curriculum to strengthen the faith of our children, to keep the lights & heat on for Seniors luncheons, to pay for the insurance for the building, and to make available gospels of John for people to hand out.
As you consider your year end giving; thank you for thinking of investing it here. It would be most helpful if you could have it in by Sunday, Dec. 25 but a postmarked contribution by Saturday, Dec. 31 will work. You may also use our electronic giving options although fees are subtracted to cover processing.
Online. The easiest link is found on our homepage: www.FirstBaptistAvoca.org
Text an amount to 607-229-1995. Your first time you will be sent a link to register your information.
App. With your location services turned on, download the EasyTithe app, search for Avoca or 14809, choose our church, enter your information and contribute.
If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to, email or call Pastor Bill.

*12/31 New Years Eve Service. End the year well!
At 8:15 and 11:00 AM Pastor Brandon will turn our attention to the significance of our gathering together to worship our Lord!
9:45 AM Sunday School for all ages.
6:00 PM New Years Eve Service. Come spend the final evening of the year remembering God’s faithfulness in the past year and recommitting yourself to fully serve the Lord in the year ahead. Please see Pastor Brandon for more details on how you can participate in this service.
~New Years Eve Gathering. After the New Years Eve Service, teens and young adults are invited to celebrate together with some bowling and food and fellowship at the church to welcome the new year. The cost for the event is $10 (by Dec. 24). Bring a snack to share. See Pastor Brandon for more info or if you are able to help provide transportation.

Ladies Retreat
It’s time to get ready for our Ladies Retreat. This year’s theme is, “Our Joy Is In The Lord” and will be held at the Linck Hill Inn on Feb. 23-25, 2018. Total cost is $155 per person. Registration forms are on the table by the sign-up bulletin board. See Vanessa Obrochta with questions.

Christmas Card Tree
We would like to encourage you to use the Card Tree in the Narthex to give your greetings to the entire congregation. The money saved on cards and postage can be designated for our missionaries by using one of the pew envelopes.

*Pastor’s Christmas
We are collecting offerings for a Christmas Fund for our Pastors. Anyone who would like to participate can put their donation in the offering box with a note that it is for Pastor’s Christmas. All monies are due TODAY, Sunday, December 10th. Contact Aaron Mullen with questions.

Thank You
Thank you cards were sent to the church from Javier & Rebekah Chacon and Tom & Chris Wolcott. They are posted on the bulletin board by the water fountain.