December 2011 Beacon Newsletter


First Baptist Beacon

801 Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, Missouri 63830

Notes From Bro. Doug:

We had many great events and services going on in November and many great events and services coming up in December. I hope you will take time to participate. Participation is the key to spiritual growth. We have so many great ways for you and your family to grow in Christ. We are here and ready to minister, help and lead. But you must take advantage of what has been prepared, prayed over and planned for you and your family. I hope to see more involvement from our church members in the near future.

Thanks to all who came out and supported the Christmas Missions kick-off. Missions is our mandate from the Lord Himself. We are to Go, Pray and Give.

Be much in prayer about your involvement in our mission endeavors here at FBC.

We started the Advent Season on Sunday, November 27th with Kevin & Ashlea Riggs lighting our first Advent candle, if your family is interested in lighting an Advent candle, see me A.S.A.P.

Thanks to everyone for your support of the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. 100% of the money raised will go to our IMB missionaries. By supporting the bake sale & meals you are helping reach our goal of $10,000.00 this year.

On Sunday morning December 18th Bro. Gary and the choir will lead our service during the morning service and during the evening service our Children’s Christmas play will be presented. Hope to see everyone there!

                                                                                                                          In Christ,

                                                                                                                          Bro. Doug



Mission Moments:

NO WOM Report for this month.


What can I do?

If you are interested in helping in some way with the ministry at FBC, please see the pastor for ideas. We need more leadership to step-up. W e need people that will take their ministry seriously and complete the task they have been given. We need workers who will follow as well as leaders who will lead. Many people have great ideas, but a idea without commitment, faithfulness and a humble spirit remains an idea or burns others out by trying to do too much on too many things.

The only thing keeping you from serving the Lord is you. We have ample ways to serve. Just see the pastor asap.


Christmas Play  

The Children’s Christmas play is Dec. 18th at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite finger food/snack for a fellowship that will follow the play.



Extra T-Shirts We do have extra shirts!!! each FBC T-shirt & Beth Moore T-shirt for only $5.00 each, these will make a great Christmas gift!



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December Events:

Dec. 3rd Caruthersville Christmas Parade

Women On Mission will be sponsoring a Bake Sale before and after the parade with all proceeds going to our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. We will have a float in the parade.

Dec. 4th Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for Foreign Missions :

You may light a light in Memory of or in Honor of your loved ones or friends cost is $25.00. We will skype with Laura Boyd

Dec. 5th: Caruthersville Ministerial Alliance: Taking applications

for food baskets at the Oasis Worship Center from 9:00am - Noon

Dec. 9th CMA food baskets will be ready to pick up for those who have signed up at the Oasis Worship Center

Dec. 9th: Gospel Concert at Temple Baptist Church with Brian Free and Assurance at 7:00 pm

Dec. 10th Brotherhood Pancake Breakfast 6:00 am - 1:00 pm

proceeds will go to our Lottie Moon Christmas offering

Dec. 11th Women On Mission will be sponsoring a Fried Chicken meal at noon with the proceeds going to Lottie Moon.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering will be taken

Dec. 11th House & Grounds Committee Meeting at 4:00 pm

Dec. 11th Deacons meeting at 7:00 pm

Dec. 12th Women On Mission meeting at the home of Susan Pinkerton at 6:00 pm

Dec. 14th 6:00 pm Pot-Luck meal

6:30 pm Prayer in the chapel

7:00 pm Business meeting/mission groups

Dec. 16th: Young Adult Sunday School Class Christmas party at the parsonage at 6:30 pm.

December 24, 5:00 pm our annual Candlelight Service

December 25: Merry Christmas!!

9:30 am Sunday School

10:15 am Fellowship Breakfast/Bullington Class will host

11:00 am we will join with Temple Baptist Church for our morning worship service at Temple Baptist

There will be no evening worship service on December 25

Sunday January 1st, Bro. Marty Carlyle will be filling in for Bro. Doug while he is on vacation.



FBC P.R.A.I.S.E. Report

I want to start off with much joy and excitement over everything God has been doing with the FBC p.r.a.i.s.e. Team! At first I must say that I was a bit disheartened by so few children showing up to participate...but what was I thinking? God has really blessed us! We were able to sign and sing "America the Beautiful" for the Veterans’ Day Service –and the children did an excellent job! Then, after Thanksgiving, they signed and sang the "Doxology." Once again, the children were outstanding!

We have also been working on the musical for Christmas. Initially, I was a little hesitant because we only had five children and needed at least eight for the parts in the play. Through much prayer and anticipation of what God is able to do, we had eighteen kids last week and thirteen kids this week! I have had to rewrite the play TWICE just to accommodate the number of children God has blessed us with! Praise the Lord!!!

I want to thank the youth who help out each week with practice and snack time. I also want to thank the parents who have so faithfully brought their children to practice. They have also been so helpful in bringing snacks for the kids.

The mission of the FBC p.r.a.i.s.e. Team is to use the gift of music and drama to bring people into the church (or other locations) to hear the FBC p.r.a.i.s.e. Team. Parents, family, and friends who do not know Jesus WILL come to see their child perform when they will not attend for any other reason. We are presently praying for those that God is going to send to the Christmas program on December 18, 2011, at 6:00 pm. We claim the victory in advance and give Him the glory for all He is about to do!

                                                                                                                                                       In His Service,



Deacon of the Week:

December 4 - 10 Fred Boyd 333-2319

December 11 - 17 Jim DeReign 333-4570

December 18 - 24 Nathan Pinkerton

December 25 - 31 Earl Bullington 333-1450


Nursery Workers:

December 4: Amanda Maclin

December 11: Marilyn Strawn

December 18: Susan Pinkerton

December 25: April Davis

Old Pianos Free: We have several old pianos upstairs, if you would like one or know of someone who would, please contact Charlie Jones or call the church office.

College Students Addresses

The Gleaner Sunday School Class want to send cards of encouragement to all our college students. Please give their names and addresses to a member of the class or the church office.

Puppet Ministry:

Chris & Christy Riggs are in charge of this ministry, if you are interested in helping, contact Chris or Christy or if you would like to donate, we have a special fund for this ministry.

Casserole Ministry:

The Kitchen Committee is in charge of this ministry. We will have casseroles in the freezer ready for families coming home from the hospital, or to be given to someone who has been sick and to be used during funerals and other occasions. If you want to help make the casseroles, please see a meal ministry person. They will be made in the church kitchen and stored in the church freezer. If you know of someone who needs a casserole, please see the pastor, please do not take one without permission.


Drama Ministry:

Nikki Bell is leading a drama ministry for youth 7th - 12th grade, practice is every other Sunday night at 5:15 pm.

Dear Members,

Please DO NOT place liquids in any of the trash cans/bins. Please pour the liquids out in the nearest sink. Thanks!

Baptist Men’s Bible Chapter Reading: You may pick up your December Calendar for a daily Bible reading schedule that the Baptist Men are asking the church to join them in these daily chapter readings.

Scriptures for Salvation:

Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23

John 3:3 and John 14:6

Romans 10:9-11

2 Corinthians 5:15

Revelations 3:20


Scriptures on Assurance of your Salvation:

Job 19:25-27

Romans 8:16-17

I John 4:13-16

I John 5:13

2 Timothy 1:12

I John 3:1-3

I Peter 1:3-5

Cookbook Pre-Orders: Now taking! !!. All profit goes to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Cost is $18.00 each.



You gave enough gifts to fill 50 Operation Christmas Child boxes and a very generous donation helped with the $7.00 shipping for each box. Thanks and I know God will bless your generosity.



A memorial was given in memory of Virginia Coppedge; given by: Marilyn Boyd

Memorials given in memory of Chuck Hardesty, given by; Fred & Janice Boyd, Marilyn Boyd, Bill & Christy Mercer, Ray & Marilyn Strawn.

A memorial was given in memory of Perry McDonald; given by; Fred & Janice Boyd

A Memorial given in memory of Grace Prange; given by: Fred & Janice Boyd.

From the Pastor:

When you know of a church member going into the hospital and need a visit or a prayer from the pastor or a deacon, please call the pastor or the church office.

I know that hospital visits and nursing home visits are a weakness of my ministry, so I am going to try to do better in this area. But I need family members’ help and your help to do my job better.


                                                                                                                               Bro. Doug



The Church staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the church members for all they do, not only during the Christmas season but all year long. The Church could not function properly without the dedication of so many of our volunteers... from teachers, kitchen helpers, those serving on committees, those who decorate the church and to those who quietly come to help maintain the church buildings. It’s impossible to name each one but you are very important to the body of Christ and are very much appreciated. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

                                                                            Bro. Doug & the Church Staff


Constant News:

The last newsletter we were gearing up for the fall retreat and fall festival and as I type this one, it is SNOWING!! November 29th and we are out for a snow day. Speaking of the fall retreat, we had 6 people to go to Van Buren to hear Dylan’s band. They rock!! Dylan has so much talent and he represented FBC and God well. We were very proud and stood around like "groupies" because he was "with the band". The fall festival was a blast. The youth group all picked a station and manned it well. We had a great turn out as Sara and Dylan rode around town with a bullhorn announcing it to the kids in the neighborhood. They are so bold for the Lord. Many adults helped pull it together and I think all went well.

Last Sunday we had a group go to Wal Mart and Hays to ring the Salvation Army bell. Beth, Caroline, Jacob, and Dylan took the Wal Mart shifts, Emma, Carson, Hunter, and I stood outside of Hays. It was cold, windy, and rainy but it is such a great cause and this group of kids is going to make anything fun.

We have had a few volunteers to teach our lessons. Many times kids learn better from kids. They speak the language!! Beth, Emma, Lexi, and Carly have all stepped up and prepared a lesson to share and we all received a blessing. The seeds are being planted and I think this group knows that they HAVE to influence their friends in a positive way because the negative influence is always looming. Please keep praying for the youth in our church, in our community, and in our country. It would not be easy to be a teenager in 2011.










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