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TopDecember 2016 
A monthly newsletter from Field Street Baptist Church

We exist to make CHRIST known by proclamation and living of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


In This Issue
Music Ministry
Community Missions/Administration
Children's Ministry
Senior Adult Ministry
Monthly Budget Statistics
FSBC International Short-Term Missions Gift Wrapping
Fund Raiser
Sunday, December 18
Noon - 4:00 p.m.

 Living Christmas Tree
Glory Div ine
December 9 & 10 @ 7 PM
December 11 @ 3 PM

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Ingathering:  December 18
FSBC Goal:  $50,000

The church office will be closed December 22, 23, 26, &
 January 2 for the
Christmas & New Year Holidays.



Your year-end contributions must be received in the church office by December 29 or postmarked on
 or before midnight, December 31,
to be deductible on your 2016
Income Tax Return.
Weekly Schedule
FSBC Ministerial Staff

Bible Study

Attendance Averages

Worship Attendance Averages
Financial Statistics
Thank You and Appreciation
Like us on Facebook
From Our Pastor
December Is Upon Us! Opportunities Abound!

The Living Christmas Tree 2016, December 9-11
Please plan to pray for and participate in this year's presentations of the Living Christmas Tree. The LCT represents numerous volunteer hours preparing this ministry to share with our community and region. So many individuals contribute to make this ministry happen annually. Thank you to all who have had a hand in readying this ministry. Please plan to attend one or more of the presentations:
Friday, December 9--7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 10--7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 11--3:00 p.m.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is Coming!
The LMCO is the MOST IMPORTANT designated offering we receive annually as a congregation. I am asking and challenging you to please plan and prepare to give exceedingly generously to this offering. Our church offering goal is $50,000. The ingathering for this offering is Sunday, December 18. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this critical offering. Let's shatter this offering goal, to the glory of God, on ingather Sunday!

Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning Worship Celebration
You are invited to join us on Christmas Eve for a brief time of worship and reflection at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. This service is always meaningful in helping us to calibrate our hearts and minds to the core meaning of Christmas. Also, please make plans, if you are in town, to attend our Christmas morning worship celebration at 10:00 a.m. We will have one combined morning service only. We will not have Bible Fellowship on December 25 or January 1. The title of the message Christmas morning will be, "Don't Miss the Christ in Christmas."
Upcoming Sermons in December:
 We will continue our trek through the Sermon on the Mount, from Matthew's Gospel, through the month of December, with the obvious exception of December 25. The schedule will be as follows:
December 11-"What Jesus Said about Divorce" (5:31-32)
December 18-"Adultery-A Matter of the Heart" (5:27-30)

See you Sunday!
        John Hall, Pastor  
Music Ministry 


The Living Christmas Tree


After months of planning and preparation the Living Christmas Tree is officially here. Numerous volunteers have spent countless hours learning music, designing lights, and constructing and decorating the tree. I am so thankful for so many people who have sacrificed so much to make this event possible. Be praying that the Lord would use the Tree to be an avenue for Field Street to share the message and story of our Lord, and pray that people would be receptive to that message. 


I hope that you will join us for one of our three presentations. I promise you will be blessed by all you hear and see!

Friday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m.



The doors will open one hour earlier for a time of music led by Dr. Joe Martin (piano), Todd Evans, (cello), and Sharon Hawkins (violin). I look forward to seeing you there!


--Josh Thomas
Minister of Music
Education Ministry

Gift Wrapping Missions Fundraiser
Sunday, December 18
Noon - 4:00 pm
Simplify your Christmas errands and help Field Street Baptist Church  International Short- Te rm Missionaries answer the call to serve.

Bring your gifts to the Dining Room and for a love gift, we will wrap them for you! 

"Re-fresh" Leadership Banquet
Sunday, January 22 @  5:30 pm
For ALL leadership - Bible Fellowship leaders, Deacons, greeters/ushers, all Bible Fellowship class leaders, children's workers, etc.
Come and enjoy a meal and wonderful entertainment by Dr. Charles Lowery. Dr. Lowery's unique style of humor, encouragement, and motivation will inspire as you begin the new year. You will leave truly REFRESHED!

Field Street University 2017
GriefShare - Begins Sunday, January 8 @ 5:00 pm
Bringing Up Girls - Begins Sunday, January 29 @ 6:00 pm
Women's Bible Study - To be announced

International Missions
There are a number of opportunities for you to be involved in International Missions...to go, to give, to pray :

Dominican Republic Mission Trip
June 3-9
A group of adults, students and families will be ministering to the community. If you have an interest in participating in this trip, see Daniel Morrow or Beth Hall.

Poland Mission Trip
July, 2017
A group of adults will be conducting an English Camp, similar to our VBS. There are also plans to work with the Warsaw Baptist Seminary. This will be a wonderful opportunity! Be watching for more details.

Please be in pray for these teams as they make preparations for these trips. In the coming months, you will have opportunities to give to these trips to help offset costs of the participants. 

--Jerry Melson 
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Children's Ministry
Thank you, church family, for your generous contribution and participation with our annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection. We were able to donate a total of 124 shoeboxes this year, including 32 boxes that were collected through our AWANA program! Your contribution will make a positive impact on children all around the world.
All Children's Choirs and AWANA will be suspended during the Christmas holiday season and will resume on Wednesday, January 4th.
Car kits for our T&T AWANA Grand Prix (3rd-6th grades) are now available at no cost. Our Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, March 5th from 6-8 p.m. In conjunction with this, our Sparky Drive-In will be held on Friday, March 3rd from 6-8 p.m.  Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will paint and decorate their own cardboard box to resemble a car. Boxes need to be large enough for the child to sit in while they watch a movie that evening. Start collecting your boxes now and get an early start. March will be here before you know it!
Mark your calendars for Friday, February 24th, from 6-8 p.m. for our Family Night with Dennis Lee. Dennis Lee is a renown comedian, ventriloquist and singer. He will be accompanied by his famous sidekick, Mickey, who loves Nana Puddin'. You don't want to miss this exciting opportunity for families. All ages are welcome! Tickets will go on sale in January!
Truth Lab is a monthly program for 1st-6th graders. This month's activities will be held on Sunday, December 18th, from 9:45-noon. During this time, students will rotate between 5 different classes, learning the truths of the Bible in a fun, interactive way. This month's theme is "The Gift of Jesus" in which we will explore the promises of God as fulfilled through the life and work of Jesus.
Upcoming Dates:
Truth Lab/Children's Celebration, December 18
Family Night with Dennis Lee, February 24, 2017
Sparky Drive-In, March 3, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
AWANA Grand Prix, March 5, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Preteen Mission Waco Weekend, March 31-April 2
Thank you for your support and participation in our preschool and children's ministry. What a joy it is to serve our Lord and Savior at  Field Street Baptist Church. 

--Jennifer Howington
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Student Ministry
It's Christmas time! As the Fall semester winds down, Field Street Student Ministry keeps on rolling.
Over the next few Wednesday nights, we will be serving with S.O.S. ministries here at Field Street, to help them get ready for Christmas. Students will have the wonderful opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus this Christmas season as they serve right here in Cleburne.
Girly/Burly is coming up Friday, December 16th. This event will take place from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Field Street FLC. Come hang out and find who has the skill to be crowned Girly/Burly champs: the girls or the boys!
Upcoming Dates:
-Wednesday, December 7th - Apex - Serving with S.O.S.
-Wednesday, December 14th - Apex - Serving with S.O.S.
-Friday, Decembers 16th - Girly/Burly - Field Street FLC
-Friday, January 13th- Sunday, January 15th - Growth Weekend
-Sunday, February 5th - Dessert Auction

Grace and Peace,
--Daniel Morrow

Senior Adult Ministry 


LOOKING BACK. . . I have to say that the "Thanksgiving Service" on November 22nd surpassed our every expectation. It was a wonderful worship experience that included music by Billy Cate, our Field Street Ladies' Trio, Joyful Sound and great congregational singing. I was moved by the  "Lord, I want to thank You. . ." testimonies; the thoughtful prayer of Thanksgiving by Gene Gallagher; the fitting message by the pastor; and the wonderful spirit of the service. We'll certainly have to think about this kind of service again next November.


JOYFUL SOUND. . . will be doing a ministry    concert at Town Hall Estates on Tuesday, December 6th. This will bring our fall schedule to an end.


YOUNG AT HEART AND JOYFUL SOUND. . . will begin the New Year on Tuesday, January 10th.

Joyful Sound--9:30 AM in the choir room

Young at Heart--10:45 AM in the Family Life Center


FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH. . .Young at Heart is sponsoring a trip to Southwestern Seminary for a Southern Gospel Concert. A sign-up list is in the church office. The cost is $20 per person. The money for this concert will be due on Tuesday, January 10th.

  --John Glover




Thank you for all your support for the Fall 2016 semester. Those of you who pray, give, teach, and serve are valuable ministry partners. We greatly appreciate you! 


The Spring 2017 semester begins on January 30. Please call the CWJC office and leave names and contact information for any woman who will benefit from our program. Our number is 817-645-9979.


You are invited to attend our 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, January 14, 2017. It will be held at First Baptist Church Family Life Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the church office or from any Advisory Council member. Come and enjoy the good food, fellowship, family entertainment and silent auction! If you are interested in providing chili or items for the auction, contact Jerry Melson, Judy Hall, Connie Crain, Carolyn Cody, Larue Barnes, Mark Bryant, or Karen Strayer.


We are NOT currently accepting clothing donations due to the CWJC office closing for the holidays. Donations can resume after the first of the year. We are requesting that all donated clothing items be clean and placed on wire hangers. We will no longer accept items that are folded in plastic bags. We also will take accessory items, especially jewelry and all sizes of shoes in good condition. Contact Lana Wade, Nancy Gilliam or Sandra Buerger if you have further questions.