Archive for December, 2011

Newletter: For December 2011

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Dare to Hope

If you’ve ever given up on a dream, then you have something in common with Zechariah. When an angel brought news that Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, would soon have a son, Zechariah had trouble believing it (Luke 1:13-18).

How long had it been since Zechariah first prayed for a son? More to the point, how long had it been since he’d given up praying for a son? With the couple’s childbearing years long past, Zechariah likely felt compelled to emphasize the impossibility of the angel’s proclamation.

Perhaps you know what it’s like to lose hope. Zechariah’s story reminds us that God’s plans cannot be hampered, even when the laws of nature stand in the way. Hold on to your hope because God works miracles.

We serve a miracle working God! The greatest proof of that is when God changes a sin-darkened heart into a heart that is whiter than snow! A new person is born!

Living for Jesus, Bro. Royce


Miracle Hill

Miracle Hill Ministries is recruiting Christian foster parents to care for foster children of all ages on a full-time basis, as well as respite basis. Any adult (single or married) who has a heart for working with needy children are welcome to apply. Miracle Hill works with DSS to place the children from the Upstate in foster homes throughout the community. Background checks, training classes, paperwork and a home study are required. You may contact Brenda Mansel or Sharon Betts at 864-878-9987 to begin the licensing process or for additional information.


Scheduled Meetings and events

for the month of December, 2011

December 3: Food give away to the needy in the community in the Family Life Center from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon

December 4: Second Sunday of Advent

December 4: Receiving of Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions-Goal $5500

December 4: Deacon meeting at 5:00 pm

December 5: J.W. Smith Class Christmas party in the fellowship building at 6:00 pm.

December 6: Alice Johnson Group meeting/Christmas dinner at Hunter’s Glen Clubhouse at 6:00 pm.

December 10: Brotherhood mission project-will be roofing a house for one of our senior adults; will begin at 8:00 am. Sign-up sheet is in the vestibule.

December 10: Young at Heart Christmas Party at 5:00 pm in the fellowship building. Cost is $5 per person and sign-up sheet is on the YAH bulletin board. Please pay your $5 to Kat Albertson by December 4th.

December 11: Third Sunday of Advent

December 12: Flora Ann Group will meet in the home of Cindy Washburn at 7:00 pm.

December 18: Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 18: Children’s musical at 7:00 pm

December 21: We will not have any activities at the church. We will go caroling to our home bound members. We will have light refreshments afterward. Come be a blessing!

December 25: Christmas Day! We will have one service at 4:00 pm. It will be a regular service. We will not have Bible Study Fellowship or Discipleship Training this day.


Choir Practice

We will not have choir practice December 4th, but we will have practice Sunday night, December 11th at 6:00 pm. Please make every effort to be here for this practice as we will be going over our special Christmas song.


Lottie Moon Offering for International

Lottie Moon: a life of radical obedience

Lottie Moon was appointed a missionary to China July 7, 1873. She was a bold woman of action and radical obedience who shared Christ with her beloved Chinese to the end. Lottie died December 24, 1912, leaving a legacy that lives on. Her influence led to the establishment of the Woman’s Missionary Union and inspired other missions pioneers to join her on the field. Her passionate letter writing led to the offering that bears her name today—Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.


The 2011 theme is “His voice, His hands—I am Southern Baptist missions.” It reminds us that as followers of Jesus, we, the church, are called to be the body of Christ. We are His heart, His hands and His voice in the midst of a world filled with unreached peoples. We are part of the task to fulfill the Great Commission. And although we Southern Baptists have been praying, giving and going for 160 years, the task is far from finished. First Baptist of Norris has a goal of $5500.00. Won’t you please pray and give as your heart and your Lord lead you to do so?


*Note: As in past years, we will not be having the walk offering for the building fund this month of December due to our receiving of the Lottie Moon Offering.


Christmas Cards

Drop your Christmas cards in the Lottie Moon Christmas Mail Box by the pastor’s office, December 4-18. We ask that you donate 20 cents per card. It would be helpful if you put your cards in alphabetical order. The money raised will go to the Lottie Moon Mission Offering.


Students on Mission

God is calling college students to the mission field. Brenna O’Donald, Austin’s sister, will be leaving for China on December 17th for two weeks to teach English classes, build relationships and to share the true meaning of Christmas. Also, Will Hendricks will be leaving on December 10th as a part of a team of 31 students on a mission trip to Guatemala for a week. They will be helping with construction of a boy’s home and sharing the gospel. We will be receiving a love offering for them on December 4th in the evening service. Your investment will yield eternal results. Pray for them.


Box Tops for Education

Remember to save your Box Tops for Education. There is a collection box in the old church vestibule marked for these box tops. The Nestlé’s Pure Life water bottle labels are not being collected this year because the company has discontinued the program. Thank you


Thank You

Sweet friends,

Thank you for all you did during the sickness and death of our dear Pete. The generous meal and every act of kindness was much a blessing. Family of Don “Pete” McCall


Church Members of Norris 1st Baptist,

Thank you for your prayers, calls, cards; your support and love during the loss of my father mean so much. Love in Christ, Michelle Stancil and family


Thank you for supporting our team! We would like to thank you for the post-game meal that Norris First Baptist provided for our team on November 4th. Your support is greatly appreciated by us all! Coach Stewart and the Red Devil Team