FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Waverly, TN

Just for You...


Worship Service (traditional): 8:30 AM
Sunday School: 9:45 AM
Worship Service (praise & worship): 11:00 AM
Sunday Evening Service: 6:00 PM
Women's Missionary Union:
     (2nd Monday of each month)
 
Wednesday Night Meal: 5:30 PM
Wednesday Evening Service:
     (Mission Friends, RA's/GA's,
     Youth)
6:30 PM
Adult Choir Practice:
     (Each Wednesday night)
7:30 PM
 

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, January 1
Church offices closed
Sunday, January 4 Feasability Study Committee Meeting (7:00 pm)
Monday, January 5 Deacons Meeting (6:00 pm)
Sunday, January 18
Finance Committee Meeting
Sunday, January 25
Business 

 

 
Our address:
300 Main Street, Waverly, TN
Phone: 931-296-2348
Fax: 931-296-2397
Email: wavfbaptist@comcast.net
Facebook: FBC Waverly

A Word from the Pastor - January 2015

 

As I was preparing my newsletter article for this month, I came across an article about a great church. What does it take to make a great church? Dr. Charles Ashcraft, a former Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention writes about it:

"A GREAT CHURCH is not identified by its size, membership, budget, or staff. It takes more than a big crowd, a big building, a big budget and a big staff to comprise a great church. A small church can be a great church."

"A CHURCH CAN BE GREAT to the degree it reflects the nature, person, character, and the spirit of its founder and head. A church is great in the degree, by word, precept, example, and lifestyle it presents the theology and message of Jesus. A church is great in the degree it personifies, embodies, and puts flesh, blood, bone and sinew to the life and ministry of Jesus, who indwells and lives within."

"A GREAT CHURCH IS to the degree it grows disciples and develops the gifts of the Holy Spirit dispersed within the household of faith. A church is great to the degree it penetrates its village, hamlet, or city with the principles, precepts, behavioral patterns of righteousness, and the full essence of Godliness."

"A CHURCH IS GREAT in the degree of its sensitivity to the almost forgotten four classifications of people Christ mentioned often - the last, the least, the lowest and the lost. A church is great to the degree of its retention, nourishment, and completion of these three functions - light, salt, and leaven."

"A CHURCH IS GREAT in as much and to the degree it responds, adapts, adjusts, and keeps step with God's march across the generations and across the centuries on this most cherished, priority determination to consummate all things in Christ by mission, enterprise, and Christ-like lifestyle."

"THE EARLY CHURCH for at least the first three centuries of its beginning was strangely bereft of meeting places, trained staff, affluence and prestige; however, they had power, power enough to attract the attention of the masses high and low. There is a difference between prestige and power. They did not have enough prestige and influence to keep the pastor out of jail, but they had enough power to pray the walls down (Acts 16:25-26). They did not have the clout to buck the system, but they had the power of the risen Lord to open closed doors (Acts 5:18-20)."

I pray that God will make FBC into a great church. This next year, will you commit to reflecting the nature, person, character, and spirit of Jesus? Will you commit yourself to be on mission with the head of the church? My prayer for each of us is that we will answer yes to both of these questions in our heart and in our actions.

In Christ,

Bro. Richard


Announcements

There is still time to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering if you have not yet done so. If you do not have a Lottie Moon envelope simply mark Lottie Moon on the check and place in the offering plate.

If you would like to serve on the Project Welcome Team please call the church office or Gladys Rochelle at 209-0728.

The following were elected to serve as Active Deacons: Johnathan Baker, Joel Frazier, Lester Oliphant.

FYI

If you would like to work on your Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes throughout the year then the following list might be of help to you:
  • January: Washcloths and soap
  • February: Fingernail clippers and sewing kits/scissors
  • March: Small toys and balls
  • April: Hammers and nails
  • May: Jump ropes and flashlights and candy
  • June: Crayons and activity or color books
  • July: Dolls/stuffed toys and forks/spoons or cups
  • August: Pencils and notebooks
  • September: Puzzles and brushes/combs
  • October: Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • November: PACK YOUR BOX

Remember: NO food, liquid, or war-related items can go in the boxes!

WMU Missions Get-Together & Connection

ALL FOR YOU
SURRENDER * SACRIFICE * SERVE

March 20-22, 2015
Gatlinburg, TN

Online registration begins January 6, 2015
www.tnbaptist.org/www.tnwmu.org

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Deacons meeting Sunday, September 1 at 4:30PM
  • Church Offices closed on Monday, September 2
  • Church Directory Pictures—September 5, 6, 7 & 11
  • Emmert Circle meeting Monday, September 9 at 6PM at the Waverly Café
  • CenterShot Ministry Training Saturday, September 14th
  • Finance Committee meeting Sunday, September 15 at 5PM
  • Chile Mission Trip—September 30—October 7