UPCOMING DATES

Please note several important upcoming dates throughout the Christmas season, including no BFL classes on Sunday, December 28.

  • Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Communion Service at 5:00pm
  • Sunday, December 28 – Morning Worship Services Only (No BFL Classes or Home Fellowships)
  • Wednesday, December 31 – No Wednesday Night Activities
  • Wednesday, January 7 – Spring Wednesday Night Activities Begin
  • Sunday, January 18 – Spring Home Fellowships Begin

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.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

Join us Wednesday, December 24, at 5:00pm for Christmas Eve Communion.  We will be singing Christmas carols, hearing the Scriptures read about Christ’s birth, and participating in the Lord’s Supper.  Come join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ together on Christmas Eve.

ELDER & DEACON ELECTION RESULTS

At our specially called members’ meetings on December 10 and 14, the church membership elected all of the elder nominees to serve as elders of FBC Durham. Nathan Finn (2nd term), Ron Halbrooks, Rick Lesh (2nd term), and Ashok Nachnani (2nd term) will officially begin serving their first term on January 1, 2015.  The church membership also elected all of the deacon nominees to serve as deacons of FBC Durham: 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 will officially begin serving their first term on January 1, 2015. Thank you so much for your prayers and participation.  Continue to pray that FBC will grow in maturity in both the internal and external journeys!

POINSETTIAS

Poinsettias on the tables at the entrance into the Sanctuary are in memory of Mary Esther Harward, Joyce Lesh, Jerry Maxwell, Eloise Morris, and Winnie Wilson. They are given by the Homebound Ministry of First Baptist Church.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Please note that the church office will be closed December 24, 25, 26, and January 1.

2014 CONTRIBUTIONS

All 2014 contributions to FBC must be dated and postmarked by December 31, 2014 to count towards your 2014 contributions.

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, DECEMBER 21

Butterflies Libby Breland, Margy Mercer, Lauren Powell, Joan Wittman
Turtles Brian & Misty Young
Penguins Kenny & Stephanie Taylor
Frogs Alton & Robin Patrick
Bears Nathan & Kim Mah
Lions Sam Hebda, Sherry Wei, Xingdong Zhang

EXTENDED SESSION VOLUNTEERS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28

Butterflies Emily Matthews, Michelle Nachnani, Bekah Schaub, Jayme Ung
Turtles Luke & Corinne Dary
Penguins Adam & Dana Geerts
Frogs Eric & Lori Kaufman
Bears Jason & Sara Burgin
Lions Mike & Veronica Mitchell

EXTENDED SESSION VOLUNTEERS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 4

Butterflies Eadie Carroll, Sheryl Lynch, Linda & Lindsey Stephens
Turtles Andrew & Amber Harper
Penguins Molly, Hannah, and Grace Valenti
Frogs Chris & Jaimie Krycho
Bears Brent & Amanda Aucoin
Lions Victoria Hull, Richard & Katie Mounce

ACCOUNTABILITY IN STEWARDSHIP:  DECEMBER 14

The church received $20,154.19 towards our general operating budget, bringing our total giving for the year of 2014 to $1,137,209.23.

Distributions
Benevolence Fund $13,786.27
Capital Improvements $23,229.98
  Received
Great Commission Fund $48,241.32
Lottie Moon Offering $46,650.64