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TopDecember 2018 
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
Children's Ministry
Student Ministry
Senior Adult Ministry
Monthly Budget Statistics
2018 Living Christmas Tree
December 7 & 8 @ 7 PM
December 9 @ 3 PM
Doors open 1 hour before presentation
Mission Offering
 for International Missions
FSBC Goal: $65,000
Ingathering:  December 9
One Worship Service at 10:30 AM
December 23 & 30
No Bible Fellowship Classes
  Christmas Eve Service
6:00 PM
Church Office Will Be Closed
December 24 & 25
January 1
Year-end contributions must be
received in the church office or postmarked on or before
midnight, December 31.
 Save the Date
January 20, 2019
Weekly Schedule
FSBC Ministerial Staff

Bible Study

Attendance Averages

Worship Attendance Averages
Financial Statistics
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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. . .
  Thank you for praying about what God would lead you to give toward the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our church goal is $65,000. As of September of this year, there are 3,667 IMB field personnel. Your giving helps to support their work. The IMB is working to reach every nation with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Currently, the IMB has engaged 811 people groups. Still, some estimates suggest that there are 3,200 unreached people groups. Therefore, our praying and giving is of paramount importance to making Christ known among the nations. I am asking God to enable our church to give generously and to His glory. Our offering ingathering is this Sunday!!

2019 Proposed Budget is Adopted and Approved. . .
  The 2019 Proposed Budget passed by a vote tally of 278-yes and 1-no. Thank you for your support of our operating budget. I am excited about the prospects of a new year of ministry! I am so grateful to be a part of a church that is exemplary in giving. Thank you for being a responsive church to needs and opportunities.

The Living Christmas Tree. . . 
  The LCT is upon us! I am looking forward to these presentations. I appreciate so many who give unselfishly to participate in this ministry. I am especially grateful to Billy for his leadership in bringing together a ministry of this magnitude. Thank you to all of you participating in any capacity for the gift of your time, talent, and availability to make these presentations a reality. It's important to keep before our community and before one another the substantial reason for this Christmas season. What a privilege to lift up the name of Christ in our community and region through the Living Christmas Tree. May God be pleased to send the crowds, and may many be encouraged in their faith and others introduced to the One King! See you this weekend.  
Special Sunday Schedule During Christmas Holidays. . .
  Please note that we are adjusting our Sunday morning schedule during Christmas. On Sunday, December 23 and 30, we will have ONE morning service at 10:30 a.m. We will not have Bible Fellowship on these Sundays. Furthermore, on Christmas Eve we will host a significant service at 6:00 p.m. If you are in town, please make plans to be here on these special Sundays. And, if you do not already have plans for Christmas Eve, would you consider including the Christmas Eve service as part of your celebrations of Christ's birth. I assure you these gatherings will be meaningful and Christ-centered. What a great way to prepare one's heart for celebration the Lord's birth. Thank you.
Merry Christmas from the Halls!
  My family would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! We love you and continue to be grateful to God for His grace and kindness to us through our church family. You are a blessing in our lives. Thank you for your encouraging words, your prayers, and your love for our family. May the Lord especially make His presence known in your lives and homes during this Christmas season.


     With much affection,  

     John Hall, Pastor
Music Ministry 
The Living Christmas Tree 2018!

December 7 & 8, 7:00 PM

December 9, 3:00 PM

Doors open 1 hour before presentations


The Living Christmas Tree presentations will be December 7 & 8 at 7:00 PM and December 9 at 3:00 PM. This is a Cleburne and Johnson County tradition that you do not want to miss! This will be the 28th Living Christmas Tree presented by Field Street.  It will be a meaningful time of worship through music looking to the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many people invest countless hours preparing for these presentations. This year's presentation is entitled "One King," and it is sure to be a memorable experience.  If you have never seen a Living Christmas Tree, it is sure to become a family tradition. We hope to see you there.



Students are learning and memorizing 10 anthems to be performed February 22-24 in Jones Hall on the campus of Baylor University. YouthCUE is the best ministry for students who have any level of interest in Church Music. All students are invited and encouraged to join in this outstanding experience! Please mark Sunday, February 24, on your calendar and plan NOW to make the short trip to Waco to watch the final concert! You will be blown away!


 Festival Concert at 3:00 pm on February 24 in Jones Hall

 in McCreary Music Building on Baylor University Campus.


Get there early. The 1500 seat auditorium fills up fast.


 --Billy Woods


Education Ministry
LeadershipBanquetLeadership Banquet
Sunday, January 20
This years banquet will feature David Ferrell. David is a Christian comedian who travels the country speaking in churches, as well as entertaining and motivating groups ranging from hospitals to non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.
Everyone is invited to attend. A meal will be served. Join us for this evening of fun!

We are hosting a special seminar, " Loss of a Spouse," on Wednesday, January 23, at 5:45 pm in the parlor. If you, or anyone you know, have lost a spouse recently or anytime in the past, plan on attending this special seminar.
New semester of GriefShare 
A new semester begins Wednesday, January 30. We will continue to meet in the parlor each week at 5:45.

--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 101 shoeboxes this year! Your contribution will make a positive impact on children all around the world.

MOPS: Better Moms Make a Better World
is a new ministry to Field Street Baptist Church! All moms of preschoolers and school-aged children are invited to attend. For information about upcoming events and how you can get involved, please join our Facebook page at "Field Street MOPS."
Our children's ministry will participate in Night in Bethlehem on Sunday, December 16, from 9:45-noon. This is an opportunity for our children to experience Bethlehem in a special way. Each classroom will provide a glimpse of what life was like in Bethlehem during the night of Jesus' birth. If you would like to participate in this exciting event, please contact Jennifer Howington or Susan Bryant.
All Children's Choirs and AWANA will be suspended during the Christmas holiday season and will resume on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 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 3, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. In conjunction with this, our Sparky Drive-In will be held on Friday, March 1, 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 your child to sit in while they watch a movie. Start collecting your boxes now and get an early start. March will be here before you know it.
Mark your calendar for Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. for our annual 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! All ages are welcome! Tickets will go on sale in January!
Night in Bethlehem--December 16, 9:45-Noon
MOPS: Christmas Wreath Class--December 17, 10-Noon
Family Night with Dennis Lee--January 25, 6-8 p.m.
Sparky Drive-In--March 1, 6-8 p.m.
AWANA Grand Prix--March 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Preteen Trip to Mission Waco--March 29-31
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 
Field Street. 

--Jennifer Howington
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Student Ministry

 Looking for a Way to Serve at Field Street on Sunday Mornings?
Introducing Sunday Serve. This new ministry of Field Street was born with a desire to see more of our members use their giftedness and passions to better contribute to the life and body of our church on Sunday mornings. We WANT you and we NEED you!
All you have to do is complete the online Sunday Serve form letting us know your area of interest and we'll take care of the rest.
We are looking for a small group leader for our middle school guys on Wednesday nights. If you are at all interested in fulfilling this role, or would like more information about its commitments, responsibilities, and expectations, please contact the church office.

--Taylor Dunn 
Discipling Teens to Own Their Faith

Senior Adult Ministry 


"We may laugh or we may moan, but all can ask 'where's this year gone?'" I can hardly believe it's. . .DECEMBER! 2018 is coming to a close and a New Year is on the horizon. I was talking with one of our Homebound members who just turned 100 a few months ago, and she made this remark, "I never thought I'd live this long." In 100 years, she has certainly seen a lot of changes--some good and some, not so good!


Speaking of our Homebound members, our ministry staff will deliver Christmas bags on our visits in December. They will be filled with a delightful assortment of items ranging from socks to candy. It's just an effort to let them know how much they mean to our church family.


YOUNG AT HEART HOLIDAY BANQUET was a great success. We had great weather, great attendance and a great program. It was so good to see and hear Matt and Caryn Martin singing once again with Suzanne Rains.  it was a great night!



JOYFUL SOUND will be quite busy in

December.  On Sunday morning, December 9, in both the 8:30 & 11:00 services, we will sing our Christmas music. And then, on Tuesday, December 11, we will present two concerts of Christmas music at Town Hall Estates and the Wren Place.

  --John Glover

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