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By Bro. Bill MCCullin
Babe Ruth, one of the famous baseball players of all time, finished his career in a slump. According to a legendary story, he was ridiculed mercilessly one game as he made his way back to the dugout.The fans continued to boo and yell obscenities until a little boy jumped the fence and ran to Babe's side.
The child threw his arms around Babe's legs, crying as he hugged him. Moved by the young boy's display of affection, Ruth gently lifted the boy up into his arms. As they walked off the field, the man and the boy
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cried together. This young boy demonstrated the true nature of
compassion- he sympathized with the sorrows of another. His example reminds us that a compassionate man does not stand detached from the suffering of others. Rather, he steps into the world of the hurting and feels the pain and anguish of the one suffering. And he expresses his compassion through a sincere concern, through a listening ear, a shed tear.
Our church is full of hurting people, many who are longing for a compassionate friend.Will you be that friend?
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY December 11, 6-9 PM
YOUTH "White Elephant" CHRISTMAS PARTY
December 11, 6 PM
Sunday, December 13, 6 PM
First Baptist Church, Vidalia A Night of Celebration: Worship with Candlelight
Service, Special Music, and Congregational Singing Presented by the FBC Vidalia Choir
Led by Matt Duff
Followed by refreshments in the foyer.
MISSION OPPORTUNITY: GEORGIA BARNETTE MISSION CONFERENCE CENTER
Construction Volunteers needed to help complete the building. Place Tall Timbers Christian Conference
Center, Forest Hill, Louisiana. RV Hook ups Available. Meal Provided: 3 a day, free to workers.
Housing at Tall Timbers free to workers.
Volunteers will be needed throughout the year until building is completed around March.
Contact Julia Parker, LBS Coordinator 318-794-4481 or Bill & Joyce Temple: On site Coordinators 318-368-5129
First Baptist Vidalia! Connecting People to God, to Each Other, and to the World
History of Christmas Carols by James Cooper Submitted by Matt Duff
Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles (The word carol originally meant to dance to something). The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually taking place around the 22nd December. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived.
Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones. In AD 129, a Roman Bishop said that a song called "Angel's Hymn" should be sung at a Christmas service in Rome. Another famous early Christmas Hymn was written in 760AD, by Comas of Jerusalem, for the Greek Orthodox Church. Soon after this many composers all over Europe started to write 'Christmas carols'. However, not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn't understand. By the time of the Middles Ages (the 1200s), most people had lost interest in celebrating Christmas altogether. This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223, he started
his Nativity Plays in Italy. The people in the plays sang songs or 'canticles' that told the story during the plays. Sometimes, the choruses of these new carols were in Latin; but normally they were all in a language that the people watching the play could understand and join in! The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany and other European countries.
The earliest carol, like this, was written in 1410. Sadly only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem. Most Carols from this time and the Elizabethan period are untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were seen as entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches! Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling. One carol that changed like this is 'I Saw Three Ships'.
When Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans came to power in England in 1647, the celebration of Christmas and singing carols was stopped. However, the carols survived as people still sang them in secret. Carols remained mainly unsung until Victorian times, when two men called William Sandys and Davis Gilbert collected lots of old Christmas music from villages in England.
by Jase Ellis
Good Day Church, Thanksgiving is behind us which means we can now openly
celebrate the Christmas season without being judged by our friends on Facebook! Our youth have some upcoming events I would like to point out as we celebrate this season.
On December 11 we will be having our youth Christmas party. 6pm ? 9pm(ish). This party will be a white elephant party. Students are encouraged to bring a gift for an exchange. The price cap on the gifts is $10. At the conclusion of the white elephant exchange three prizes will be awarded to
the three students who brought the best gift, the most creative gift, and the most absurd gift. Food and games will be provided free of charge and we look forward to having your kids join us for this evening of fun. On December 17 we will be visiting shut-ins and bringing them gifts to let them know we care for them and to help them celebrate this season with us. Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this event as well. As always, it is with great joy that I work with your students and help equip them for a life of obedient service to our Lord. There is no greater life than one spent in the will of our Lord. And I look forward to celebrating the incarnation of Jesus Christ with them this season. -Jase
STUDENTS GR 6-12
YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
Wednesdays 6:30 "Worship in the Word" Youth Leadership Meetings
Each 1st and 3rd Sundays at 1:30-3:00 pm
Children's Christmas Party 6 ?9 PM in the Gym
Youth "White Elephant" Christmas Party
Dec 11, 6 PM in the Warehouse
Youth Visit Shut-Ins Dec 17th
YOUNG AT HEART
TUESDAY DECEMBER 8TH
FELLOWSHIP AT 5:30 ~ MEAL AT 6:00
"It's a "Cajun Christmas Exchange"
Wrapped Gifts are to be gender specific, ranging in price from $4 to $5
Menu: Ham, rolls and tea furnished You bring sides and desserts
ALL ADULTS 50 PLUS ARE INVITED!
DECLARE HIS GLORY AMONG THE NATIONS HIS WONDERFUL WORKS AMONG ALL PEOPLES
Syria's Hope It's hard to imagine anything but a continued descending darkness closing in on Syrian & Iraqi refugees, victims of brutality caused by ISIS and the Syrian regime. While images & reports of beheadings, cruelty, & pure evil continue to shadow refugees (numbering in the millions) from any light of hope, there is hope in the good news of Jesus Christ. Only a loving God Who cares deeply for all who are fleeing violence can push back that darkness. Peter, a Christian worker, works tirelessly to bring refugees God's shining hope. But his work comes at great cost to the many he serves & to him personally, as he ministers in the midst of tremendous suffering. "The hardest thing in this ministry is just sitting down & listening to their hurts," Peter says. "They come, they arrive with little children just with the clothes on their back, their businesses are destroyed ... women have been raped .... Real torture goes on among men & young men in Syria." Through Southern Baptist support, Peter is able to work along the Syrian border, distributing food & other critical necessities. As more Syrians flee, he hopes to give hope through Christ --A message they've never heard.
BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS ... and BECAUSE YOU GIVE IMB HELPS SEND MISSIONARIES TO THE BILLIONS WHO HAVE YET TO HEAR.
2015 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
``PRAY--GIVE--GO--SEND" FBC VIDALIA GOAL $10,500
Mission March December 6th 10:30 service
Psalm 96:3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples. (ESV)
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Children's Christmas Party
December 11th 6pm-9pm FBCV Gym
* CHRISTMAS STORY READ BY SANTA * * COOKIE DECORATING * GAMES * * CRAFTS *
* FOOD * HAY RIDE * HOT CHOCOLATE *
*Hay Ride to look at Christmas lights so bring a warm blanket and a good cup to enjoy hot chocolate along the way!
BIRTH to FIFTH GRADE
Parents are invited to join in the fun with their children.
GARAGE SALE BENEFIT
The proceeds will go to help pay for Marty Probst's medical expenses DATE: December 4 & 5
PLACE: First Baptist Church Vidalia Call Evelyn Stiner (601-334-6674) if you want to volunteer to help or if you have items to donate.
LADIES PRISON MINISTRY
At the Concordia Correctional Facility
NEEDED ITEMS for CHRISTMAS PARTY BAGS
We need the following items: Women's fuzzy socks (with grips if possible) Toothbrush and Toothpaste (large size Aim or Pepsodent)
Body Wash (12 oz size) Shampoo/Conditioner combo (12 oz size)
Candy/Cookies Please bring them to the church office before Dec 7th.
P. S. "Have I told you lately that `Jesus loves you.'"
Women on Mission News
Next Monthly Meeting
December 7, 2:30 pm at the church International Mission Study
December Mission Action:
Assist with preparing gift bags for Ladies' Prison Ministry
Love and prayers for
in the loss of her mother Liz Stewart
Enjoy the Christmas Holidays with the FBCV Family
Dec 6 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Mission March
Dec 8 Young at Heart Christmas Party Dec 11 Youth & Children's Parties
Dec 13 FBCV Choir: "Christmas Begins with Christ"
Dec 17 Youth visit to "Shut-ins"
Current Sunday School & Financial Reports
ARE NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO HOLIDAY PRINTING SCHEDULE
CELEBRATE RECOVERY! THURSDAYS 6 PM, FBC VIDALIA
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-Centered Program for ANYONE with hurts, habits,
and/or hang-ups ... past or present.
Dec 4-5: Friends of the Probst's Benefit Dec 7: Women on Mission Dec 8: Young at Heart Dec 11: Children's Christmas Party Dec 11: Youth Christmas Party Dec 13: Christmas Musical Dec 23: No Services Dec 24-25: Office Closed
Sharing a thought ...
In "The Daily Dr. Cloud", writer & speaker Dr. Henry Cloud recently wrote, "Time will pass, what you do with it will remain." At my age, that statement really resonated with me!! Then, my daily Bible reading was Psalm 31; in verse 14-15 David says, "But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord ... My times are in Your hand." Wow! God must have been trying to get my attention ... And He did!
Job 14:5 says, "A person's days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed." Our lives run on God's timetable not ours, we don't have control over when "our time" begins or when it ends. But we do have control over what we do with "our time" and what "remains" after our time passes! I hope that you are challenged as I was, and that by the grace and mercy of God when we're gone, what "remains" will bring good to others and glory to God.
Thanks for letting me share. Allie LaBorde
PLEASE CHECK YOUR BULLETIN FOR ANY CHANGES IN OUR REGULAR SCHEDULE
DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Dec 6: Bunny Barlow, Greg Randall, Chris Strong, Lindsey Crum, Brennan Breeland
Dec 7: Marlie Hargon, Jackson Shirley, Meredith Shirley
Dec 9: James Sgall, Ryan Boles Dec 10: Lynn Case, Mona Manchester,
Joanie Herring Dec 11: Bey Harris, Eric Adams Dec 12: Alethia Lawrence Dec 13: Holly Hutchins, Emma Bryan Dec 15: Stephanie Sandrock, Will Johnson,
Bryce Anderson Dec 16: Teressa Reynolds, Cole Cupit Dec 17: Tiffany Paul Dec 19: Buck Denny, Shayne Knapp
First Bapst Vidalia: Published December 3, 2015
Contact Informaon 100 N. Hickory St., Vidalia LA 71373
Phone 318-336-7111 Fax 318-336-7112
Rev. Bill McCullin, Senior Pastor Email: bill@
Rev. Ma Duff, Assoc. Pastor of Worship & Creave Ministries
Jase Ellis, Assoc. Pastor of Youth & Educaon Email: Jase@
Carrie Vest, Director of Children's Ministries Email: Carrie@
Allie LaBorde, Church Secretary Email: allie@
Mitzi Roby, Financial Secretary Email: mitzi@
Sylvia Strahan, Part-Time Secretary Email: sylvia@
Acve Deacons: 2015-2016
Jon Betts, Junior Williams, Randy Ainsworth, Bo Strahan, Jamie Lawrence, Kent Ozment, Clare Shields, Tommy Probst, John Tuttle, Tance Hughes, Michael Garrett
Pastor's Bible Study: Open Class
One Accord Signing Class
W.O.W. - Mid-Week Service
Wednesday Night Youth "Legacy" Gr 6-12 6:15 pm
Sanctuary Choir Pracce
Deacons' Meeng - 2nd Sunday Young at Heart - 2nd Tuesday
3:00 pm 5:30 pm
Small Group Studies
FIRST BAPTIST VIP's "... It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:24b
Dec 6: Nursery: Linda Crain, Kayce Hinson, Peggy Kemp, Una Knapp, Misti Ellis, Jami/Randy Ainsworth, Jessica Clayton 12/9 Tammy/Clare Shields Greeters: Roy McKinney, Chris Sanders, Chris Roberts, Marie Allred, Jo Sebille, Angie Weeks, Grady Boykin 12/9 J.D. Whitehead Counter: 12/7 Art Verdel Children's Church: Pam Higgins, David/ Dawn Moss, Beth Houghton
Dec 13: Nursery: John/Erin Woodruff, April Garrett, Kristen Hendricks, Diane Hargon, Betty Woody, Charla Knapp, Elaine Daniels 12/16 Sue Wilson Greeters: Jimmy/Sheryl Neely, Dorothy Ames, J.D. Whitehead, Ann Pickering, Peggy McCall, Doug Clark; 12/16 Hil Burge Counter: 12/14 Marie Allred Children's Church: Pam Higgins, Dawn/ David Moss, Lillian Breeland
Dec 20: Nursery: Denise/Daniel Davis, Mandy Hedrick, Lacy Jester, Jill Brown, Jennifer Bryant, Ann Pickering, Linda Newburn 12/23 Greg/Kathrine Green Greeters: Keith Darnell, Linda Wilson, Mary A. Doughty, Donis Craft, Kim/Jerry Clark, Keith Darnell; 12/23 Linda Crain Counter: 12/21 Billie Chandler Children's Church: Pam Higgins, Dawn/ David Moss, Natalie Creel
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