October 2013 Beacon Newsletter



First Baptist Beacon

801 Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, Missouri 63830

October, 2013


Notes From Bro. Doug:

Is it just my imagination or did September fly by??? Wow what a month at FBC. We started off with Laura Boyd presenting about Bangladesh and then a wonderful fellowship by the WOM for Lottie Moon. You gave $435 that evening and we are on our way to reaching our goal of $10,000.00.

Don’t forget to stay for lunch Sunday. We are having soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and desserts and all donations go to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.

The 2nd Annual Kevin McCoy Music Workshop was a success! Thanks to all the participants and especially to Phillip Barksdale for the vision he has with the music program at FBC. We have a lot more great things coming up with our music program and I encourage you to use the talents God has given you and join in...if you don’t use the talent, it might just be taken away. It is to Glorify God, not to make us comfortable or in the spotlight!!!

We have 3 deacons elected for the 2013-2016 servant term: Earl Bullington, Trey Constant and Shawn Maclin. The ordination service for Trey and Shawn will be Sunday night September 29th at 6:00 pm. The ordaining council will be at 5:00 pm in the Bullington Sunday School Class and is for any ordained child of God.

Dr. Doug Fitzwater is having a monthly free clinic in the children’s building at FBC. He is doing this for anyone who shows up. The next clinic is October 12th from 9:00 am - noon.

We had over 80 people show up at our annual church picnic at England Park. We had great food and an awesome time of fellowship and fun as a church family. Family is so important in a church setting. However, you must be a part to receive the benefits of a family. Come to all the services and classes and activities and you will be amazed at how this family will lift you up, you do not have to be alone if you do not want to.

The No Excuse Sunday was a success. We had 107 in Sunday School and 145 in the morning service and 80 in the evening service, thanks to all who came and invited people.

Bro. James Roy from the country of Bangladesh presented an awesome sermon Sunday night. Please be praying for Bro. James as he travels and speaks in the USA and then travels back to his country to continue his ministry.

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper on Sunday October the 6th during the morning worship service. If you would be willing to take communion to the nursing home and to our shut-ins, please see Bro. Doug ASAP.

Thank you to all who checked up with me on what they could do this last week to help with the funerals, meals and the wedding. I think God used us all in a great way this week, many planted seeds!

10 weeks of sharing canned goods and nonperishable’s for the Caruthersville Ministerial Alliance starts this Sunday. Please help out this year because there will be a big need.

The My Hope America with Billy Graham will start in October...look at the schedule somewhere in this newsletter. I hope and pray many of you will participate. See Dr. Doug Fitzwater for details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bro. Doug

Business Meeting and Potluck
We will be trying again to have a potluck meal at 6pm prior to every business meeting each month. If enough attend and support the meal and help set-up and help clean-up we will continue the meal each month. Please bring a main meat dish a side dish and/or a dessert. If you can’’t bring food then bring a donation to help the meal ministry fund pay for extra food that is prepared, such as the salad bar.

Women On Mission News:

Women on Mission have been busy in the month of September! We met on Monday, September 9 to organize a "cookie drop" for our local police, fire and first responders in honor of September 11. Thanks to all who donated cookies - we had a ton and every delivery was appreciated! We also had an ice cream social after the evening worship on the 8th when Laura shared with us her awesome experiences in Bangladesh the past 2 years. We raised almost $ 400 toward our Lottie Moon Christmas offering. We aren't going to rest until we meet our $ 10,000 Lottie Moon goal! On Sunday, September 29, we are having our famous "soup lunch" after the morning worship. We will have 7 different varieties of soup, chili, and Bro. Chris Riggs will be making scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches, and we'll have an assortment of homemade desserts and cookies. Again, all proceeds will go towards our Lottie Moon Christmas offering for international missions. It is also "Operation Christmas Child" time! We have the empty shoeboxes in the fellowship hall for pick up, and we'd just ask that you get your boxes filled and returned no later than October 27. If you can, include the postage for mailing of $ 7.00. Pam Peeler shared with us that she saw a big Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child box while in the Ukraine! We are reaching so many people all over the world with the good news! Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 14 at 6:30 pm. We are hoping to start a study group soon and we'd love for you to be a part of it! Fall is in the air! We are thankful for our Lord of the Harvest!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Christy, Pam & Peggy

Don't forget the birthday offering for the Missouri Baptist Children's home! All proceeds will be sent to the MBCH in December to help with Christmas. It's strictly voluntary, and once a year to donate so please participate if you can! if you give $1 per year of your age you get a mug, if you give coins per year you get a pencil. There is a world bank at the pulpit area where you can put your donation.

My Hope America Schedule:

Oct. 6: Introductory video AM Service

Oct. 6: 5:00 pm Matthew Party Training Session 1

Oct. 13: 5:00 pm Matthew Party Training Session 2

Oct. 20: Dr. Doug Fitzwater explaining & presenting My Hope America

Oct. 20: 5:00 pm Matthew Party Training REVIEW & Session 3

Nov. 7-7 Matthew Home Parties

Nov. 10: My Hope America Celebration Sunday

FBC Youth Musical: "Friends Forever" October 27th at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary.


Special Concert: You asked for it and you are getting them back!!! The group "Blend", and acappella singing group, will be with us again on Sunday night October 13th at 6:00 pm. They are fantastic!! A love offering will be taken.


Youth Report:

School has started back and most of the youth have settled in for the long school year. Fall has officially gotten here and it won’t be long before the time changes again.

We have been working on basic Baptist faith beliefs which I feel will give the youth a good idea of what is basically expected of them as a Baptist. We have been using the information you can find as well at at the top of our web page.

McDonald’s in Hayti was this month’s birthday celebration location. We had a good time and the fellowship was great.

On September 11th, Bro. Nathan Pinkerton brought a video on distractive driving to the group. The video was a serious reminder on how fast texting and being distracted can kill you and everyone in the vehicle with you. Don’t text and drive. Pay attention!!!!

We have several upcoming events for you to plan on supporting. We will be making pizzas again sometime in October. We will be going to Judgement house in Sikeston on October 9th . We will have a team in the Chili Cook-off on October 19th and we will be going to Van Buren to a Youth Retreat on October 25th and 26th. So, as you can see I will have much more to write about next time.

We will continue to teach your children about God, the Bible and what being a Christian means. Please continue to pray for us.

                                                                                                                                                              Chris & Kristy Riggs, youth pastor


Association Youth Retreat: Oct. 25-26 Cost is $25.00 each person & includes a T-Shirt and meals: See Bro. Chris ASAP

Common Ground

FBC’’s Praise and Worship Team

Join us for worship every Sunday morning at 9:00 am in the Memorial Chapel! It is a great way to start the day by putting our attention on Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith!!


FBC Adult Choir

Sunday Nights at 7pm

The adult choir rehearsal time has been changed from Wednesday nights to Sunday nights at 7:00 pm. We have begun working on our Christmas musical. This year, we will be doing, "Smoky Mountain Christmas: The Gift", and I think you will enjoy this musical!! It has a beautiful story line and features some of your favorite Christmas songs, along with a few newer songs all driven by a smoky mountain country style! It’s not too late to be a part of what God is doing in this amazing group of people! If you would like to be a part of the choir, get with Bro. Doug or me...we will definitely be able to use you!


2 Extreme/FBC Youth Choir

We have set a date for our musical, "Friends Forever"!! It will be on Sunday, October 27th at 6:00 pm. We are working hard and having a lot of fun while doing it. On October 11th, beginning at 10:00 p.m., the youth choir will have a 80's themed, "Work- out Lock-In" . It will start at 10:00 pm that Friday and go until 7:00 am the next day. We will be working on our set, costumes, props, and also tying up any loose ends on choreography, solos, etc. we will also have a lot of fun playing some awesome games and doing some other goofy stuff. We will have a "Build Your Own Taco" bar for supper along with a "Build Your Own Sundae" bar for dessert! I am still looking for some adult helpers for that, so please let me know as soon as possible if you can help with that. If you need to, you can work in shifts, so please try to help out if you can. I have also added a new helper, Cory Grooms has agreed to help me out with the youth choir. Pray for her, she’ll need it...just kidding!! If you are not a part of this choir, you don’t know what you’re missing! Come and join the greatest youth choir in history that is not afraid to take things to the extreme!!


Newletter Articles are due by the 20th of each month


Music Notes:

Well, this past month we had the 2nd Annual Kevin McCoy Memorial Music Workshop! It was a blast! This year it included Common Ground, the Adult choir and the youth choir! It was a long day but it was worth it! We learned a lot about worship and music! For instance, do you know what the most repeated command in the Bible is? Come on, take a guess! It’s to "sing"! That’s right, we are told over and over again all through the Bible to sing! The Bible tells us that God inhabits the praise of His people! He loves it when we sing to Him!! The concert that night also went very well! Common Ground played and we were assisted by Jim Clark, who came down to help out with the workshop! The combined Adult/Youth choir sang a special; Ashley Grissom sang a special while Connor Barksdale signed the words and Bro. Doug and Sis. Peggy sang a duet! For those of you who didn’t make it, you missed a wonderful night of praise and worship. Special thanks to Jim Clark and Bro. Doug for helping with the classes and Bro. Doug, Marilyn (the Reverend Mother) Boyd, and Kristy Riggs for all the awesome food and to everyone else who showed up to make this year’s workshop such a wonderful and memorable event!

                                                                                                                                                                                               Soli Deo Gloria,


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.

House & Grounds Meeting October 6, 5:00 pm Deacons meeting October 6, 7:00 pm 6:00 pm Pot-Luck & Business Meeting October 9, 7:00 pm Budget & Finance Committee meeting Oct. 13: 4:00 pm in the green room.

Special Prayer Service:
We will be having a special prayer service from the North American Mission Board on October 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. It will be based on Luke 10:2. We will see a video and pray for our missionaries and for more to join them.


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

Practice on the Christmas musical begins this Sunday. We need ALL children between the age of five and sixth grade to be upstairs at 6:00 p.m. We will begin our first few weeks with the music. I am really excited about the upcoming presentation (except for the fact that it makes Christmas and the end of the year seem so near.)


Please Be there!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                      Praising Him,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Morgan and Vaughn

Deacon of the Week: Oct. 6 - 12: Fred Boyd

Oct. 13 - 19: Jim DeReign

Oct. 20 - 26: Nathan Pinkerton

Oct. 27 - Nov. 2: Jon Constant

Praise & Worship Service: 9:00 am every Sunday morning

Special Music

If you would like to be put on the calendar to sing a special in our morning service, please get with me, so I can put you in the rotation. We have a lot of talent in our church and I hope you will share it with us!

The Baptist Hour: Every Sunday 8:00 am KCRV 1370

Newletter Articles are due by the 20th of each month


In Memory of Calvin House; given by: Donald & Karen Price.

In Memory of Ethel Terrell; given by: Bill & Christy Mercer.

In Memory of Delpha Abbott; given by: Fred & Janice Boyd.

In Memory of Dub Goodale, given by: Fred & Janice Boyd

In Honor of Janell Boyd’s Engagement; given by: Fred & Janice Boyd.


You’re Invited to:

Wedding of Jo Beth Moses & Joel Williams

October 5, 2013

Wedding of:

Morgan Constant and Daniel Mayer

October 26, 2013


5th and 6th Grade Missions:

As fall approaches, we have begun talking about the Lottie Moon Christmas offering and what we can do to help do our part. We will have a lesson and video every week leading up to the offering date. One thing we have discussed is filling up a box for Operation Christmas Child. The kids want to do 2 boxes so we will do 1 box for a girl and 1 box for a boy. Another is our next mission project. We will be making "Hot Chocolate Kits". We are going to sell these at the Mistletoe Market the WOM will be doing in December. We will be needing jars (small with lids) if anyone has any so we can put together our kits. I will be putting up a box in the fellowship hall for collecting jars. All the money collected will go to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. This is a very important time of the year, as we learn that many people view Christmas as a time for receiving gifts, it is more importantly a time for giving.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Kristy Riggs

Puppet Ministry: (4th Sunday of each month 5:00 pm)

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

RA’s & GA’s

The GA’s and RA’s have had 12 students the last 3 weeks! Please come and learn about the Bible and missionaries with us.

                                                                                                                                                                                             Peggy & Dana



  December 2020  
Upcoming Events




Youth Bible Study (7th-12th)
6:15 PM to 8:00 PM
Our new Bible study time for our youth group! (See more info in the Youth Group tab)


Sunday School - All Ages
9:30 AM to 10:20 AM
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10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
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