December 16, 2020
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Lunch Break Advent Devotional
Wednesday, December 16
12 - 12:30 pm on Zoom · Lunch Break Advent Devotional

Feel free to bring a lunch for a mid-day, mid-week devotional reflection on Zoom. We will meet to read Scripture and share encouragement during this season of waiting.
Zoom Link
for Lunch Break Devotional
To join by phone, dial
(929) 436-2866
Meeting ID:
818 7018 5786
Wednesday Night Bible Study
6:30 - 7:30 pm on Zoom
Prayer Time & Advent Bible Study:
It's A Wonderful Life in Christ

Our Wednesday night Bible Study will meet the first three Wednesdays of Advent for a time of community prayer and an Advent-theme study called A Wonderful Life in Christ, based on the film It's a Wonderful Life.
Zoom Link
for Wed Night Bible Study
To join by phone, dial
(929) 436-2866
Meeting ID:
867 888 594
CBF Missionaries of the Week
Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship currently has more than 810 endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors who are actively serving in a variety of specialized settings. CBF-endorsed chaplains serve in each branch of the United States Armed Forces, medical centers, correctional institutions, hospice organizations, police, fire and rescue departments, colleges and universities, businesses and industries, retirement communities, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Civil Air Patrol as well as in many other specialized settings. CBF-endorsed pastoral counselors serve in counseling centers, interdisciplinary settings, and on church staffs.
Explore the Bible and Open Windows Literature Available
Winter Quarter (Dec/Jan/Feb) of Explore the Bible Sunday School literature and Open Windows devotional is available on the table outside the church office. Stop by the church to pick up a copy, or call the office to have a copy mailed to you.

(If you use FormationConnection, and/or Reflection resources, your current materials -- the Fall Trimester -- go through the end of December.) We still have extra copies of most of the fall literature available in the church library.
Collins Children's Home Meat Offering
Thank you for your extravagant generosity to the Collins Children's Home meat offering!

The grand total collected was $2,221.
Rev. Cara Morgan Called to New Position
Congratulations to Rev. Cara Morgan, Volunteer Minister to Young Adults, who has been called to the position of Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Church Anderson! Of course, this means she will be leaving FBCP, but Cara has promised to stop by from time to time!

We are very excited about this wonderful new opportunity for Cara and wish her many blessings on this new venture. We will GREATLY miss her at FBCP. We will celebrate Cara's faithful service to FBCP at a worship service in January before she begins her new position on January 18, 2021. Congratulations, Cara!
Called Church Conference
At the Called Church Conference on Sunday, Dec 13, the nominating committee presented two candidates to fill deacon vacancies: James Braswell (to serve through May 2021) and Max Loyd (to serve through May 2022). The budget and finance committee also presented the proposed Ministry Plan (budget) for 2021. A few changes were made to the budget at the Dec 13 conference. The revised proposed budget is included in this email (click button below). Printed copies are available by request from the church office.

We will vote on the deacon candidates and on the budget at the conclusion of worship on Sunday, December 20. The vote will take place by secret ballot; votes may be submitted online or in person. Details will be shared at Sunday’s worship service. If you would like to vote and are not able to do so by either of these methods, please contact the church office.
Offering for Global Missions
During the Christmas season, many Baptist churches have traditionally emphasized giving to missions around the world. This year, CBF’s mission offering theme, Extend Hope and Hospitality, is inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Giving to the Offering for Global Missions is a way of extending hope and hospitality to people around the world who are in need of such hope and welcome.
Worship In-Person or Online this Sunday at 11:00 am
First Baptist Church of Pendleton

The Worship of God
December 20, 2020 ∙ 11:00 am
Fourth Sunday of Advent
"Waiting with LOVE"

Rev. Jennifer McClung Rygg
Worship In-Person

Christmas Eve Worship
Our Christmas Eve worship service this year will be online only and will be available on YouTube beginning the morning of Thursday, December 24th. A link will be posted at as well as on our church Facebook page. The video may be used to worship remotely anytime on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or in the days to follow. 
As you prepare to worship at home, you may wish to gather the following supplies:
  • A candle for each participant (may also use flashlight or glowstick for children) 
  • If you have an Advent wreath at home, we will be lighting all four candles and the white candle in the center 
  • Bible
  • A nativity scene (Here is one that can be printed and colored: Mary Joseph Jesus Shepherd)
  • Bread and Juice (feel free to be creative if needed, based on what you have in your home - crackers, water, etc.) 
If you prefer a screen-free Christmas Eve service, an At-Home Worship Guide is available by clicking the button below.
Note: Even though we have been offering and at this time plan to continue offering in-person worship on Sunday mornings, Church Council decided not to have an in-person service on Christmas Eve, largely due to concerns that more guests, including out of town visitors, would increase the likelihood of spreading COVID in our community. Also, with so much uncertainty and the possibility of needing to change plans at the last minute, we wanted to ensure that we had a Christmas Eve service prepared. We pray you may be blessed by a meaningful time of worship on Christmas Eve.
Worship Volunteers
Since resuming in-person worship in the sanctuary, we are exploring new ways of recruiting and using volunteers. Many of our regular volunteers are not able to serve right now due to health concerns. We also recognize that this “new normal” includes preparing for volunteers needing to cancel at the last minute (if they are not feeling well or find out they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID.) Volunteering in worship is a meaningful and useful way to serve.

If you would like to volunteer as a greeter, candle lighter, reading Scripture, giving the Offertory Prayer, or camera operator, please use the buttons below or email or call the office at 864-646-3913.

If you are not attending in person, one way you can volunteer is by creating a watch party on Facebook, which increases the visibility of our worship service video.
Giving an offering is an act of worship. Even during this time of physical separation, your generosity is important, enabling the work of the church to continue as much as possible. Several giving options are available:

  • Secure Online Giving is available at Click the GIVE NOW button
  • Text the word FBCPENDLETON to recipient 73256
  • Mail your offering to: FBCP ∙ PO Box 187 ∙ Pendleton, SC 29670
  • Set up your offering as a recurring bill pay option through your online banking
stay home if you are not feeling well · wear a mask when out in public
keep your distance · wash your hands often
Clemson Community Care Food Needs
Clemson Community Care has a need for the following food items: jelly, cereal, dried beans, fruit, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, salad dressing, jello, soup, and pudding.

Non-food items needed include: diapers (size 4), deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent, dish detergent, and paper towels.

All donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for your continued support.
CBF Gathering Online
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
One of the unexpected blessings of this time of physical distancing is increased opportunities to worship with those in other locations.

CBF is offering a weekly gathering on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm.

Tune in on CBF's Facebook page each week for music, a devotional and prayer led by members of the CBF community and important words and resources from CBF field personnel, chaplains, and pastoral counselors and others carrying out essential ministry in new and faithful ways in these days. 
Church Office
At this time, the church office hours are limited as staff members are working from both home and church. If you need to come by the church when staff is present, please check with staff first. If you come into the church building please follow safety precautions, including:
  • Sanitize your hands before entering (a hand sanitizer dispenser is mounted outside the entrance near the office)
  • Wear a mask if others are present (masks are available at the entrance by the office).
If you call the church office, please leave a message; the church voicemail is checked regularly. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call Pastor Jennifer Rygg at 864-760-7135.
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Pendleton Community Counseling Center
Living with uncertainty…
It seems we are at an intersection these days. Sometimes we may feel we are unsure of even a direction to take as news of the pandemic, tropical storms, wildfires, and less access to those organizations we depend on continues to assail us. As a clinician, I hear daily from individuals who have tremendous faith that God or their Higher Power will carry us through these difficult times and we will arrive at the conclusion that all is well.
A couple of months ago, I received an online resource that I have been sharing (old school through the mail) with individuals I felt might benefit from exploring worries, anxiety, fear, and general concerns that seem to shadow us right now. By following this link, you can access information that can help decipher the difference between worry and excessive worry. An activity menu will help you stay busy -- though you may have to remember to mask up and physically distance.
Use the link below to get the Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety. Clicking the link will open a PDF document. Remember, too, we continue to see new and established clients via video through a couple of secure platforms. Should you wish to meet with me or another therapist, please call 1-888-293-7585. You may leave a confidential voice message if no one is available to speak with you.
May you find additional reassurance that all is well and expand or develop your faith.
Safe Journey,
Dede Norungolo, LPC, LAC, CAC

Dede Norungolo is an Outpatient Counselor at Baptist Easley Counseling.
First Baptist Church of Pendleton
351 South Broad Street ∙ PO Box 187 ∙ Pendleton, SC 29670
(864) 646-3913 ∙