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Rev. Keith Felton, Pastor Jacob Sensenig, Minister of Music Rev. Eric Coleman, Minister to Youth


First Baptist Church 220 S. Bell Street P.O. Box 673 Hamilton, TX 76531 Church Office - 254/386-8141

P.O. Box 673 Hamilton, TX 76531 Church Office - 254/386-8141 Attendance Report November 29 Sunday School

Attendance Report November 29

Sunday School


Worship Wednesday Night


Our Tithes and Offerings

Gifts to the Budget

November 22


November 29


Average Weekly Needs


Hope for the Hungry


FBC Revitalization


Radio Fund


Total Gifts November 29


Sunday Personnel December 6

WELCOME TEAM Courtney Craig, Sheila Gromatzky, Jon Mark Jester, Betsy Killian, John Lengefeld, Howard Wilson COUNTERS

Mason Bullard, Dale Gardner, Johnny Slough CHILD CARE Sunday School Nursery Clydell Massingill, Carla Slough

Church Nursery

Tracy Bullard, Renee McDonald

2-3 Year Olds

Sheena Dolloff, Sarah Pearce

Children’s Church

Chris Dolloff, Charles Kneuper

Deacons on Call for December

Johnny Slough - Team Leader Garry Diaz, Jon Mark Jester, Grant Lengefeld

- Team Leader Garry Diaz, Jon Mark Jester, Grant Lengefeld First Focus First Baptist Church, Hamilton,
First Focus First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Texas Advancing the Gospel Vol. 32, No. 41 December



First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Texas

Advancing the Gospel

Vol. 32, No. 41

December 2, 2009

Advancing the Gospel Vol. 32, No. 41 December 2, 2009 Main Street Bethlehem Sunday evening, December

Main Street Bethlehem

Sunday evening, December 6th, our youth will be traveling to Burnet for Main Street Bethlehem. The entire town is transformed into Bethlehem and the night concludes with a live nativity scene. If you would like to go with us, let Eric know ASAP!!

Meet at the church by 3pm and return by 9:45pm

Special Offering

There will be a special offering taken on Sunday, December 13, to help fund the playground equipment for Miss Tillie’s Playground.

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by Pastor Keith Felton

What a joy it was to welcome the AING FAMILY - DEREK, TRACY, MELANIE and COURTNEY - to First Baptist Church! God continues to lead outstanding folks to our family of faith. I look forward to serving along side the Aing family in advancing God's love to our community. I want to offer a thank you to all our volunteer firemen of the Hamilton Fire Department. A terrible fire raged just a block over from our church. The town is sorry to lose the Texan Theater, but thankful that the entire block was not taken out by such a dangerous fire. Our own FBC Deacon, Cody Catoe, who is the Assistant Fire Chief was one of the heroes as he and others contained a fire that could have been tons worse than what it ended up. It is a nice assurance to know these volunteers are always ready to keep us safe and help our city and families in times of need. Advent is upon us and our theme is "CARRY YOUR CANDLE". I have always believed that God's action for us in the act of incarnation should move us to action for others. The Light of World came to us and brought salvation - we should carry our candles to a lost and hurting world. I want us to think about how Christmas is not only a time for us to celebrate God's great gift to us in Jesus Christ, but also to follow His lead and give great gifts to others. We carry the Candles of HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE through acts of kindness, justice, and expressing the story of Christmas to those we come in contact with. May we be thankful this season and may the Holy Spirit remind us to share the gift we've been given.

Life of the Church

Sunday, December 6 Sunday School Worship Children’s Church for Pre-K thru K Present 2010 Budget for a Vote Associational Christmas Singing Monday, December 7 Handbell Choir Rehearsal Wednesday, December 9 Youth Committee Meeting Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal Adult Bible Study & Prayer Meeting Children’s Choir Practice - Sanctuary Ekklesia - Youth Sanctuary Choir Practice Thursday, December 10 AA Meeting

9:45 am

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12:00 pm

6:00 pm

5:30 pm

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5:15 pm

6:00 pm

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There will be NO crafts from December 2 until January 6.


As most of you know, this is my first Christmas season away from home and away from my home church, but I am excited to be celebrating it with FBC Hamilton. You have welcomed me into your church family and I truly know that God has some wonderful plans in store for the coming season and New Year. Once again I implore you to spread the news about the December 13 th Christmas Program, which will take place at 6:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary. It will be a wonderful time of worship, music, and celebration as a church family. The members of the Sanctuary Choir, the Handbell ensemble, and the children’s choirs have been working diligently and have crafted a wonderful program. It will surely be a highlight of the Christmas season.

Jacob Sensenig




Christmas Poinsettias - There will be 20 regular size poinsettias and four large poinsettias used to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. If you would like to reserve one in honor or in memory of someone, please contact the church office. The regular size plants are $12 and the large ones are $25. The names will be listed in the bulletin and the plants available to take home on Sunday, December 27, and need to be paid for before then. The gold baskets will be used again and should be left at the church. Thanks to Jill Gromatzky, for making these available for the decoration of the church during the holiday season. Also, to those who help provide the flowers in memory or honor of their friends and relatives

LOOK OUT! Here They Come!

As the holidays quickly approach, our schedules become increasingly filled with a number of activities with our families, church, and friends. Like everyone else, my schedule is packed full of exciting events that I get to share with my family, friends, and church. However, there is another event in my schedule this year that makes me sad, and that is my decision to leave FBC Hamilton. Over the past year and a half, it has been a privilege to serve alongside of you as we reach the students of our community. We have accomplished many great things together and I know that God will continue to bless this church with many more great events to come. This time of transition also includes Tiffany and I moving to Nashville, TN. We will both continue our graduate school endeavors at Vanderbilt University. I will be finishing my M.Div. at Vanderbilt School of Divinity. I am saddened to leave behind all the wonderful friends and people that I have met during my time here at FBC. I will be in constant prayer for everyone at this church, our students, and our community. As soon as we figure out where we will be living in Nashville, I will give out our new address so we can stay in contact. I will be serving on staff here until December 16 th , 2009. The night of the 16 th, we will have a huge party for our students as a final gift that I would like to

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activities planned for our students listed below. DEC 6 th – Main St. Bethlehem (Burnet, TX) Meet at the church by 3pm and return by 9:45pm Dinner and transportation provided for students


ATTENTION PARENTS: Due to safety concerns, ALL children are to remain inside the Family Life Center on Wednesday until playground attendants take them outside from 5:30-6:00 P.M. Under no circumstances are children to be on the front church lawn.

LAST CALL for items for Bravo Company Soldiers December 6.

SHOES FOR ORPHAN SOULS November 1 - December 6 New Shoes are good for the


November 1 - December 6

New Shoes are good for the soul…

Local Military Personnel - If you have a current address for a local service man or women, please contact the church office.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL December 9 Soup and Trimmings

office. WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL December 9 Soup and Trimmings 2009 BIBLE 365 Day 323 - Jeremiah

2009 BIBLE 365 Day 323 - Jeremiah 19;1-21:14, 1 Thess. 5:4-28, Psalm 82:1-8, Proverbs 25:7b-10 Day 324 - Jeremiah 22:1-23:20, 2 Thess. 1:1-12, Psalm 83:1-18, Proverbs 25:11-14 Day 325 - Jeremiah 8:8-9:26, 2 Thess.1-17, Psalm 84:1-12, Proverbs 25:15 Day 326 - Jeremiah 26:1-27:22, 2 Thess. 3:1-18, Psalm 86:1-17, Proverbs 25:16 Day 327 - Jeremiah 28:1-29:32, 1 Tim. 1:1-20, Psalm 79:1-33, Proverbs 25:17 Day 328 - Jeremiah 30:131:26, 1 Tim. 2:1-15, Psalm 87:1-7, Proverbs 25:18-19 Day 329 - Jeremiah 31:27-32:44, 1 Tim. 3:1-16, Psalm 88:1-18, Proverbs 25:20-22