NO WEDNESDAY EVENING ACTIVITIES

There will be no Wednesday night activities this week, November 26.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

The church office will be closed November 27 – 28.

OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE TO THE LOTTIE MOON OFFERING

The International Mission Board is currently conducting its Christmas emphasis for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This is their major source of funding for International Missions. Every dollar that is given to the Lottie Moon Offering goes directly to support IMB missionaries. FBC currently has seven family units that are serving overseas with the IMB and depend greatly on this annual offering. The total offering is $175 million. FBC Durham’s goal is $120,000. Visit the website: www.imb.org and begin to pray about how God will lead you to give or even go to these areas to share the gospel.  To contribute to this fund, make your check payable to “First Baptist Church” and write “Lottie Moon Missions” in the Memo line or give online through your First Durham Connection account, choosing the “Lottie Moon Missions” fund option. Another way to give to the LMCO is to order your Amazon.com items through Amazon Smile using this web link: http://bit.ly/IMBSBC and they will donate 0.5% of each purchase to LMCO.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: EDUCATION KITS FOR DURHAM KIDS

This year’s children’s Christmas project is in partnership with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Durham, and the kids at First will be putting together “education kits for Durham kids.” These kits include school supplies and other items that have been requested by CEF to serve kids in our community. Items for these kits can be dropped off in the children’s hall before Bible For Life, or at the church office during the week. We’ll be having our packing party on Sunday, December 14 in room 352 after the morning worship service, and there will be pizza for the kids! To participate in the packing party, please RSVP by contacting Kevin Schaub, and if you would like to contribute any items for the kits, you can visit this link to see the list of needed items.

100 EDUCATIONAL GIFT BAGS FOR LIBERTY STREET APARTMENTS

Help us to bless the parents at Liberty Street Apartments by providing school supplies for their children.  Please donate the following supplies by Sunday, December 14. The goal is to bless the community with 100 educational gift bags.  Please leave your donation in Morgan Hall on the stage.

  • Notebook paper, pencils, pens, crayons, erasers, glue, rulers, index cards, notebooks, markers

Contact Matthew Hodges if you have any questions 919-688-7308, ext. 26 or matthew.hodges@fbcdurham.org.

WOMEN’S MISSION LUNCH (WMU)

All ladies are invited to join us on Monday, December 1 at 12:00pm in the Adult Library for our mission lunch. We will be focusing on the International Missions Week of Prayer “One Sacred Effort”, and will be praying for missionaries who are supported by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Please bring a sandwich, and join us in this special time of finding our part in God’s story.

BABY SHOWER FOR MYRA MCKAY

Ladies, please join us for a baby shower honoring Myra McKay on Saturday, December 6 at 10:00am at 10904 Fitzwilliam Street in Raleigh. Please RSVP to Michelle Nachnani. Myra and Wes are expecting a boy due in February.

SENIOR ADULT CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Seniors, join us for our annual Christmas lunch on Tuesday, December 9. This year we will travel by bus to the Homestead Steak House in Timberlake to enjoy a bountiful lunch, a great time of fellowship, and carols. The approximate cost for the meal is $15.00 per person. The church bus will leave FBC at 11:00am, and we plan on arriving at Homestead Steak House at 12:00pm. Please make your reservation by calling Ashley in church office at 919-688-7308, ext. 33 by Monday, December 1.

FBC CHOIR

Please consider joining the choir as it leads in corporate worship on Sunday, December 14. The practice times will be Wednesday nights November 19, December 3 and 10. Practice will start at 7:30pm in the music suite on the second floor.

BEFRIEND & EXTEND HOSPITALITY TO INTERNATIONALS

1) We have students who have expressed interest in learning about Jesus and the Bible. Could you be a language partner? 2) Please open your home to 2-3 international students for a holiday meal, any time in December! Our students are eager to learn about Christmas, and American Christian families, and this is an easy, natural way to introduce them to the Gospel.  We will pair you with students and provide you with conversation tips. Earlier sign-ups are appreciated so that we can start taking student sign-ups. For more info or to sign-up, please contact Tim or Liz MacArthur on FBC Connection,  or askfbcicmt@gmail.com.

TWO SPECIALLY CALLED MEMBERS’ MEETINGS IN DECEMBER

Our first specially called Members’ Meeting will be on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30pm in Room 342. There will be three items of business at this meeting. The first will be the election of the deacons and church officers nominated at our recent November Members’ Meeting. The second will be voting on the proposed 2015 church budget (hard copies of the proposed budget are available in the church office). The third will be voting on more new member candidates. We will also have a specially called Members’ Meeting on Sunday, December 14 at the conclusion of our morning worship service.  The item of business will be the election of elders nominated at our recent November Members’ Meeting.

PRAY FOR OUR ELDER & DEACON NOMINEES

The following individuals have been nominated to serve as deacons: James Batchelor, Ken Lastowski (2nd term), Walter Lee (2nd term), Tim MacArthur (2nd term), Bill Oakley (2nd term), Charles Todd (2nd term), and David Unwin. Ron Halbrooks has been nominated to serve as elder. Testimonies for each elder and deacon nominee are available on the church website (fbcdurham.org) and hard copies are available upon request. Please take the time to read each of these testimonies and get to know the nominees.  Pray and encourage the nominees, and feel free to ask them any questions you may have about their spiritual gifts, passions, and qualifications.  If there is any biblical reason that would disqualify anyone of the nominees from serving, please discuss the concern with the specific nominee first, then, if necessary, communicate the concern to the elders.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS: HELP NEEDED!

Come by even for a one-time visit, to see what this is all about!  Several opportunities exist for you to get involved in our Wednesday night classes (part of FBC’s growing International Connections ministry). We will train you! Needs: 1) Teacher for youth-aged children. 2) Female helpers for the young children’s class. 3) Backup van/bus drivers for (the rare occasion) when our regular drivers are unavailable. 4) Lend us your 12 or 15 passenger van, as our church bus and van are overfull! To find out more, please contact Liz MacArthur on FBC Connection.

FIRST DURHAM CONNECTION

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for First Durham Connection. If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to sign up. Click Here to sign up. First Durham Connection is our new online connection tool that enables you to easily connect with other members; update your personal records and photos; sign-up for and communicate with home fellowship groups; view and print church directories; give online; and much more! We encourage you to sign up every member of your family including your children. If you have questions, please call the church office for more information.

EXTENDED SESSION VOLUNTEERS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Butterflies Julie Ferguson, Zinnada Hodges, Nancy Lesh, Danielle Renstrom
Turtles James & Sonya Batchelor
Penguinns Chris & Svetlana Thorne
Frogs Peter & Kristin Tzendzalian
Bears Stephen & Maria Estes
Lions Tito & Giselle Balbino

ACCOUNTABILITY IN STEWARDSHIP:  NOVEMBER 23

The church received $31,944.25 towards our general operating budget, bringing our total giving for the year of 2014 to $1,066,972.87.

Distributions
Benevolence Fund $12,584.83
Capital Improvements $23,229.98
  Received
Great Commission Fund $46,236.32