Bulletin 12-1-19

Welcome Visitors!



We are honored with your visit! You and your family are important to us and we gladly welcome your presence. If you would, please fill out a gold Connection Card found in the back of the pew and place it in the offering plate or hand to an usher at your convenience. We would like to contact you, but we promise to not be overwhelming. Thank you for your visit and please feel free to return!



Order of Worship:


  • Welcome
  • Baptism | Rick Hargrove
  • “Christmas Carol Medley”
  • Presentation of Candidate
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • Offering | “Is He Worthy”
  • Message | Pastor Bill Henard
  • Invitation | “Child in the Manger”
  • Closing



Worship Counselors for today’s service:

  • Matt & Joellen Ledford




Today’s Sermon:




The Songs of Christmas Magnificat: Mary’s Song

Luke 1:46-55

By Dr. Bill Henard



The name Magnificat means to magnify. The songs of Christmas, in teaching us about the coming Savior, call us to magnify Christ. Here’s why….



  1. We Should Magnify Christ Because of His Greatness.
  • 46 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord


  1. We Should Magnify Christ in Recognizing Our Own Humility.
  • 48 because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave


  1. We Should Magnify Christ Because of His Character.
  • 49 His name is holy
    • His Power (1:35, 49)
    • His Holiness (1:35, 49)
    • His Mercy (1:50)


  1. We should magnify Christ because of his Justice
  • 51 He has done a mighty deed with His arm
    • He will:
      • Rescue the Helpless (1:51)
      • Exalt the Humble (1:52)
      • Fill the Hungry (1:53)



Takeaway: The one message that we must take from this song of Christmas is the need for each of us to magnify Christ through worship.  It begins with a humble heart. And when you are humble before Christ, that spirit of meek- ness will position you to be ready to worship. And when you worship, make sure that the focus is always this: Magnify Christ for His power, His holiness, and His mercy.








  • Today at 5pm we will have our Hanging of the Greens service. Our Senior Adult choir will be presenting “How Great Our Joy” as the sanctuary is readied for Christmas.




This Week:



  • Our choir will present “The Carols of Christmas” during the musical portion of the worship service on  Sunday, December 8th at  10:45 am.



  • KidSing will present their program “Random Acts of Christmas” on Sunday, December 8th at 5 pm. Please join us for fellowship, cookies and cocoa in the atrium after the  program!



  • Deacons of the Week: Carey Hicks, Charles Byrd, Tom Dill









  • Our last family dinner of this year will be on Wednesday, December 11th.



  • Please be in prayer for members of our choir as they join in with 700+ others at the 1st Annual Music City Carol Sing in Nashville on December 15th at the Schermerhorn Center. 



  • The next Discover First Baptist Class will be Sunday, December 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm. Dinner and childcare provided.  Sign up in the Atrium or talk with Pastor Drew.  



  • Join us for our community-wide Christmas caroling on Wednesday, December 18th at 5 pm.




Last Week:




  • FBCA donated 136 boxes for Operation Christmas Child



Budget Giving                  

  • Last Week –  $10,977.20     
  • Benevolence – $367.10  


Budget Totals (Through Oct. 2019)

  • Giving – $734,140.29
  • Expenses –  $738,063.69


Forward Giving (Through Oct. 2019)

  • Pledged – $1,050,536.00
  • Given to Date – $943,819.04
  • Last Week’s Giving – $8,413.56
  • Project Expenses – $3,496,501.17
  • Proj. Giving – $2,630,324.31
  • Loan Balance – $1,163,722.58


Attendance –  11/24/19

  • Worship – 433
  • Sunday School – 260





Pastors and Staff:



  • Bill Henard – Pastor
  • Tim Ellis – Minister of Music
  • Drew Byers – Minister of Youth
  • Karen Ellis – Children’s Ministry Director