Church Famil y  Newsletter 
December 2018

Merry Christmas!

The Advent season is upon us. Advent is a Latin word that means "coming".  In other words, Advent is a time when we look forward to the coming of our Savoir. It is to be a time when we prepare out hearts and minds for His coming and also a time of repentance as we anticipate it. 

What is so interesting about the Christmas season is the fact that all of society is affected by its celebration; from the songs on the radio to the retailers in the stores and online to the TV shows we watch. Everything seems to point toward this special day. Sadly, though, Christmas seems to be about US instead of HIM - the birth of a Savior, Jesus, who saves His people from their sins. Christmas seems to have transitioned into a season of a happy "feeling" rather than a joyous celebration of God who came to save His people.

What can we do? It starts with each one of us individually. We should take time this advent season to do three things: Reflect, Repent, and Rejoice.
We, as God's people, need to reflect on His promises - and they are numerous!  We reflect on what He has already done for us and what He promises to do. We  reflect on His Word, both to remind us of our sin and to remind us of our justification, sanctification, and future glorification.  As we reflect on God's Word and promises, we should be driven to pray, to praise Him, and to  repent of our sins.   After reflecting on His goodness and repenting of our sins the next natural step is to rejoice!  
When God's people reflect, repent, and rejoice, Christmas will become about HIM instead of about us. When we celebrate Advent this way, it will affect those around us, and many Christians will respond in kind.

For unto us a Savior is born who will save His people from their sins!  

Be strong and Courageous,

Pastor Jeff
Bible Studies

James faith/works (by Matt Chandler)

Our new mid-week Bible study led by Pastor Jeff begins December 5th and ends March 13th.  The dynamic relationship between faith and works is at the heart of this awesome study.  
Pot luck dinner @ 6:30 followed by study @ 7:00 p.m.
The Lord's Prayer

Jennifer Ling leads this Ladies' Bible Study Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m. which teaches the pattern of prayer Jesus provided us in the Bible - few in words yet massive in meaning.  This study ends December 15th.
New Ladies' Bible Study

Believing Jesus by Lisa Harper.  This 8-week study delves into what it actually means to 'believe Jesus', not just 'believe in Jesus'.  Ladies' will learn what it means to truly believe the Words of Christ and allow them to transform every part of their lives.  Study begins January 5th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  Please sign up on bulletin board.
BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) for Ladies

The North Pole Satellite class meets Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m. here at FBCNP.  This year's study is titled 'People of the Promised Land Part 1'.  The Books studied will be Joshua, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 Kings 1-11.  Please see Jennifer Ling or call the church for more information.

Winter Sunday School Quarter: December - Frbruary
Join us @ 9:45 a.m. for small-group Bible Study.  There are classes for all ages: Nursery, 1- year olds, 2-year olds, pre-school, K-2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th, 7th - 12th, Ladies, Adult 1 and Adult 2.  This is a fantastic way to get involved in a small group study and get connected with the church body.
Discipleship Training:

Awana Club
This awesome club meets Sundays @ 6:00 p.m. for children ages 3 through 8th grade.  There is a fun 'theme' each week, and clubbers have a blast memorizing Scripture, hearing Bible Stories, playing games, eating snacks, and being together.  New children are always welcome!  There is no Awana December 23rd or 30th. 
All teens grades 7th - 12th are invited to join Kyle McGee Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 as they learn more about Christ and how to live out their redeemed lives.  This is an awesome time of fellowship and a wonderful way to connect with like-minded youth.

Costa Rica Mission Trip 2019
Please keep our mission team of 22 in pray as they prepare to lead VBS and par ministries, hand out food boxes, build a handicap bathroom for our host church, Biblica Sinai, and be the hands and feet of Christ.  Team 1 is leaving Jan. 2nd and Team 2 is leaving Jan. 4th.  All are returning Jan. 13th.  
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
The Southern Baptist Convention has designated the 1st week of December to pray for international Missionaries.  We have brochures on the back table to the Sanctuary.   We will be taking offerings for international missions through Christmas Eve.  Our goal this year is $1,500.00.  100% of your love offerings go to support our missionaries.
Costa Rica Mission Prep
Help is needed each Friday in December from 1:00 to 3:00 to prep activities, material, and crafts for the  mission trip.  Please stop by one or more Fridays to help out.

Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky
Our youth will be leading VBS at Wooton 1st Baptist Church Kentucky July 5th - 14th!  Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare their hearts and raise money for this trip.
Tok Christmas Party
Keep our team of 18 in prayer as they travel to Tok to host a Children's Christmas Party on December 8th.  Pray hearts and minds will be opened to hear, understand, and accept the Gospel.  To God be the Glory!
Clothing Closet
Please let folks know about our free clothing closet Dec. 1st from 10:00 to 3:00 downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.  There are quality clothing in all sizes plus some winter gear.
Small Group

The Bridge 
Josh and Alia Bailey will resume small group in the new year.  Elizabeth's surgery went Well!  They were back home in just 2 weeks and Elizabeth is breathing on her own (and about 6 inches taller)!  All praise to God.  Please keep her in your prayers as she deals with the pain and adjustment of healing.

Home Group
Brandon and Kim O'Malley host a small group study at their home the second  and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6:00 p.m.  There is good food, fellowship, discussion, and prayer.  They are going through a book, Running Scared , by Ed Welch that focuses on how fear effects us and what the B ible says about it.  Please contact the church for more information.
Trail Life USA Troop # 1412
Boys grades K - 12th grade are invited to join us Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Trail Life is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men. Please contact the church for more information.  There are no meetings December 24th or 31st.   WALK WORTHY!
American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop #1412
American Heritage Girls is an awesome program that focuses on building up young women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.  AHG meets Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and is open to any girl grades K-12th.  Please call the church for more information.  There are no meetings December 24th or 31st. 
Other Happenings

Children's Christmas Music Program
Mark your calendars!  Our children will be performing a wonderful Christmas program December 15th at Holiday Heights and at our church December 16th - both at 6:00 p.m.  They will delight you as they sing of God's glory as seen through our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Advent begins December 2nd.  There are daily family devotions available on the back table in the Sanctuary.  The few minutes you spend each day reflecting on Christ and His Word will help keep you and your family's eyes on Christ during this busy month.
Ladies' Carol Sing
Ladies' of all ages are invited to an evening of worship, song, and incredible fellowship December 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Missionary Chapel North Pole.  There will be a love offering taken up for KJNP radio/TV station.  Please see the bulletin board for what type of food to bring.
Baby Shower
Come celebrate the upcoming birth of Tiffany and Andrew's first baby, Landon Thomas Feltman!  The shower is December 2nd at 11:30 at the back of the Sanctuary.  There is a pot-luck brunch.
FBCNP 2018 Theme Verse
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and the building up of one another. - Romans 14:19
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