December, 2017 Beacon Newletter




801 Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, Missouri 63830





A Word From Your Pastor:

Merry Christmas to you all in our church family. December is jammed packed with activities for our church. From the Christmas Parade December 2nd, Christmas Play on the 8th, Lottie Moon White Elephant Auction on the 16th, to the Christmas Eve service. Plenty of opportunities for you to plug into First Baptist this month.

In all of this busy-ness don’t forget why we celebrate this Great Holiday! The Savior of the World has come to Earth to save us from ourselves (our sins). For God the Father so loved us that He sent His One and Only Son. (John 3:16)

I realize we have commercialized this Birthday to death. Beginning before Halloween the stores were preparing for this buying frenzy that we have all been caught up in our entire lives. Tree’s, lights, presents to ourselves, Special Events, Eating, etc...I wish we could all go back to that silent night two thousand years ago and relive the miracle of Jesus up close and personal.

Remember church family just who’s birthday it is, please. It’s NOT yours or your kids or grand kids. It’s Jesus’ birthday, Prophecy fulfilled by God the Father to send a Deliverer to earth to Redeem us from our sins.

Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones but always understand why we celebrate.

Merry Christmas for Susan and I.

In Christ,

Pastor Jimmy



Vision Night Service

Our annual Vision Night Service will take place during our evening service on December 31st at 5:00 PM. Please come ready to pray with us and share ideas to make 2018 the best year ever!



Women On Mission:

Merry Christmas:

The end of the year is upon us and the rush is on. In all the hub bub going on the remainder of the year, please do not forget your Lottie Moon Offering. This offering is what keeps our International Missionaries on the field. I have had the honor to work along side some of the IMB Missionaries and I can tell you it is not a glamorous calling. Hard work, separation from family, modest living conditions. I am so thankful they are on the field and our offerings is what keeps them there.

Our Samaritan Purse yielded over 60 boxes. Great job 1st Baptist. Now we will be concentrating on Easter Baskets. I’ve had a few tell me they had some things left over they didn’t use in their boxes, if it can be used for Easter Baskets, bring it on to church. We will be doing the baskets in March. After the holidays is a perfect time to start buying for next year’s boxes.

I don’t want to mention names for fear of leaving someone out, but I appreciate so much the men in the church that step up and get things done when needed. Many things are repaired and done by the men of the church, which saves the church money on repair bills. Be sure and thank these men for all they do.

Women on Mission will be meeting at the Pastor’s home for our Christmas get together and will take the winter months of January & February off. We will meet back in March to assemble the Easter Baskets.

Please don’t forget the reason for the season. Don’t let Santa, gifts, and get togethers take the place of the true meaning of Christmas.

Keep Christ in Christmas!
Pam & Christy



Extreme Arts

We are excited to be hosting the Christmas Extravaganza again this year which will take place in the fellowship hall, immediately following the Children’s Choir musical on December 17th at 6:00 PM. There will be games, food and door prizes and you can read more about that in this newsletter. After this, we will be on break until January 14th .



FBC Worship Choir

For Christmas this year, we will be doing a joint production with the choir from North 10th Street Baptist Church in Blytheville. We will be doing the musical, "The Christmas Shoes", based on the song and movie of the same name. It will feature some of your all-time favorite Christmas songs along with a few new songs by the group Newsong. The presentation will be a two night event. The first production will be on Thursday, December 7th at North 10th Street Baptist Church in Blytheville, AR at 7:00 pm. The last night will be at our church on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 pm. These are free events, and I hope you will come and attend both nights if possible. Bring the whole family! I am very excited about this and hope it will be a blessing to our two communities.

Singing His Praises,



4th Annual Christmas Extravaganza

Our Christmas extravaganza will take place this year on December 17th right after the children’s choir program. As you know, this is a potluck style event. We’re asking you to bring your favorite Christmas desserts, candies and finger foods. Extreme Arts will moderate as they do every year and will treat you to games, fun, drama and music, while you chow down on your favorite Christmas snacks. There will be door prizes and all sorts of fun, so make sure you stick around and celebrate with us!



Community Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve will be on Sunday this year, so we will not have our regular services or classes that evening. Instead, we will meet together for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:00 PM in the sanctuary. If you would like to sign up for special music or to do a reading, please get with me, so I can put you on the schedule.



Youth News:

We are full steam ahead for this busy holiday season. On December 2nd, the youth that are available will help hand out gloves for the Caruthersville Christmas parade.

On December 16th, come out to Hays in Caruthersville to support our youth as we ring the bell for the Salvation Army. They will alternate 1 hour shifts from 8 - 12. If any adult would like to volunteer to hang out with them at any time during that time frame, that would be fantastic.

Since my daughter goes to Cooter High School, I was made aware of the school starting an angel tree this year. This is always a wonderful opportunity to help someone in need, and since it was a child that’s the same age as our youth, I decided to ask them about sponsoring someone. Of course, they said yes. That is one thing I can say about our kids, they have big hearts. I will be delivering the presents to the school on December 6th.

We will do our Christmas party on December 20th from 6 - 8 PM. They will need to bring food and a gift for our gift game.

Please continue to pray for us as we continue with all of our upcoming events.

God Bless,

Kristy Riggs


Thank You:

Dear Friends,

We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the kindness, compassion, and love you have poured out on us. The food was delicious and fed our entire family. The visits, cards, and phone calls were so uplifting to us.

We have had difficult days, but God has been faithful to carry us through. What a blessing to have such a beloved church family.

In Christian Love,

Shelby & Kelly

Philippians 1:3


First Baptist Family,

Thank you for your prayers, the food and visits while I was in the hospital and recuperating at home.

Janice Boyd



WW II Veteran Still Preaching God’s Word

*Highlights of the article taken from the Tennessee News Baptist & Reflector paper

HENNING - In 1944 Ira Singleton faced a tough decision.

The 18 year old had joined the Army and was in basic training when he received word he had been granted a discharge. He later learned that his father and pastor had worked to get him the discharge because Singleton had been called to the ministry and had already preached his first sermon.

Singleton asked his superior officer, "Do I have to take it?" The officer responded that he did not. Singleton declined the discharge and remained in the Army.

Singleton didn’t want anyone to think that he became a preacher to get out of serving. There were no protesters in 1944, people wanted to do what it took to support their country, so he wanted to serve as well.

He was an infantry replacement so he faced combat in Germany two months before the war ended in 1945.

God spared him and he returned home & began his ministry at Buntyn St Baptist in Memphis & served as pastor for several small churches while attending Union University in Jackson. He served 2 years as director of missions for Beulah Baptist Association in Union City before resigning and attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

After graduating he served churches in Missouri & Arkansas and later as director of missions in KY. Singleton and his wife Georgia (now deceased) also served as missionaries with the Southern Baptist foreign Mission Board.

After retirement he served several churches as supply or interim. 15 years ago, he died while in the hospital but was revived by doctors & nurses and he continues to serve God during his retirement years, stating, "God has blessed me!"

Earlier this summer, Singleton now 91 years old, began serving as interim at Salem Baptist in Henning. He drives 74 miles one way every Sunday from Memphis to Henning. Singleton is overwhelmed at the opportunities God has given him to continue to serve.

Even with our nation’s problems, "It’s still the best nation on the face of the earth for religious freedoms", stated Singleton. In addition to fighting for the country he loved, he was able to share the gospel with fellow soldiers. He says he is not a "hero" only a flag-waving Christian, I am an American who loves my country, my family and most of all, Jesus.



Memorials for Paul Walker; given by: Newbern Medical Clinic, Earl Bullington, Liz Hightower, Denny & Shelia Baird, Ray & Marilyn Strawn, Tom & Bonnie Barnes, Caruthersville Lions Club

Memorial for Jim White, given by: Fred & Janice Boyd

Memorial for Edna Mae Hooker given by: Edna Mae’s Daughters


Children’s Church Workers Schedule

1st Sunday: Kristy Riggs

2nd Sunday: Janice & Rickey Bell

3rd Sunday: Paige Gillock

4th Sunday: Kathryn & Terry Waldrop

5th Sunday: Christy & Bill Mercer

* Shelia Baird Substitute

*Please contact Myra Sandage if you cannot be here on your designated Sunday


Please contact us: If your children or grandchildren have received any honors in school, let us know so we can announce it in the newsletter and put it on the tv announcements


 12 CHRISTMAS.........

1. FAITH: Father, it is by Your grace we have been saved, not of ourselves, but a gift from you... Ephesians 2: 8-9

2. HOPE: May the God of Hope fill you with all joy & peace in believing, so by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in Hope.. Romans 15:4 3. LOVE: Help us to love because You first loved us....1John 4:19

4. FORGIVENESS: Thank you for being faithful & just in forgiving us our sins & purifying us from all unrighteousness... I John 1:9

5. MERCY: Let us be merciful, just as our Father is merciful.. Luke 6:36

6. KINDNESS: Let us be kind & compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as through Jesus, You forgave us.... Ephesians 4:32

7. GENEROSITY: let us be enriched in every way to be generous in every way and to give the glory and thanks to you Lord! ..2 Corinthians 9:11

8. COMPASSION: Let us live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic & compassionate, love as brothers, to be humble... I Peter 3:8

9. JOY: Let us be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer...Romans 12:12

10. SALVATION: Thank you for providing Jesus who is the way, the truth, the life and the only way to you....John 14:6

11. OBEDIENCE: Help us to not merely listen to Your Word and deceive ourselves, help us do what Your Word says.. James 1:22 - 25

12. LIFE: Thank you for coming that we may have life, and have it to the fullest...John 10:10

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