December means Missions and Music at FBC Clinton

Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    The most enduring example of this statement can be traced to what happened with Jesus and his disciples. The 12 disciples followed him for three years and their numbers swelled to more than 500 who saw him in a “post-resurrection” experience before his Ascension. For more than 2000 years, the church has continued telling the story of the resurrected Jesus and how each person can have eternal life in His name. That’s the Good News!

      One way we spread the Good News is through our December designated missions offering supporting the missions efforts of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) and Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Our combined (SBC/CBF) churchwide goal is $8000.

     Both the CBF and SBC have global missions offerings that are typically promoted during this time of year. Our church provides the means to give to either the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (SBC) or the Global Missions Offering (CBF). 

    Keep in mind that 100% of your gift to the Global Missions Offering will send CBF field personnel to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Also, 100% of your gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering provides missionaries the services they need to live among the unreached peoples they serve.

    There are offering envelopes available for both CBF and SBC; the right envelope depends upon your Baptist convictions and where you want your money to go. For me, that means supporting the mission work of the CBF. Regardless of where you send your money, my hope is that we would ALL contribute to the missions offering!

    On a related note, the Angel Tree is up! I appreciate so much Beth Green and Sondra Davis for serving as Coordinators of this effort. Just FYI, we get our referrals from Clinton City Schools and Head Start; thanks so much for your participation.

    Thanks also to our Hostess Committee for their time and effort in renovating and redecorating our building. Several areas are already seeing immediate improvement in bringing our furnishings up to date. These changes are not only encouraging to us but also send a positive message to our guests.

    As we make our way into the month of December, we will also be blessed with wonderful music for the Christmas season. Our children and adult choirs are working diligently to provide meaningful worship opportunities for us. And, tickets for the “Clinton Keyboards at Christmas” are nearly gone!

    Finally, my family and I count it a blessing to be celebrating our first Christmas here in beautiful east Tennessee. We are grateful for the friendships we’ve made in our church and community and look forward to a wonderful Advent season. And, let me be among the first to say “Merry Christmas!”

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