Fairview Focus

December 2018

 

From Our Pastor

Finding Favor with God Can Cause Disfavor with Others

“And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” (Luke 1:28)

 

It sounds strange, but sometimes finding favor with God makes life tough.  When Gabriel informed Mary she would give birth to the Son of God, her first thought was, How can I, a virgin, conceive?

 

Mary also knew the social fallout that occurs for an unmarried woman to be found pregnant. How could she explain that her pregnancy was of God and not of a man?  Finding favor with God possibly meant finding disfavor with people, especially the very ones she loved.  Mary knew that her pregnancy, would bring joy to the world, but could have the opposite effect for her.

·  When Joseph, her betrothed, discovered her pregnancy, he could have had her stoned under Old Testament Law.

·  Such a woman often got ostracized from her own family and community.

She could have told God, “Thanks, but no thanks.”  Yet, her response was one of total submission to the will of God for her life; “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

 

Mary surrendered to God’s will for her.  She considered favor with God a blessing rather than a burden.  She placed her trust in the Father who was able to provide even if all others abandoned her.

 

As Mary submitted to God’s will with trust, so we should do the same.

·  When family members ostracize us because of our convictions.

·  When the culture all around us lives for immediate pleasure and pride.

·  When our own hearts long for self-service rather than for self-sacrifice.

Like Mary, we should say, “Let it be to me according to your word.”   Mary took God at His word and submitted to His will above her own, regardless of the consequences.  And she was greatly blessed as a result.

 

Dr. Billy Nale

 

A Joyful Noise

Preschool and Children

Hopefully the Thanksgiving season was a special time for everyone. Now we are coming upon the Christmas season. Even though it is a busy time of year, I hope there will be moments that you spend reflecting upon the gift of Christmas. May we also take advantage of times to share with others about the true reason of Christmas. For families, may you find ways to incorporate the birth of Christ to share with your children among your celebrations and activities. 

 

As far as our children's calendar for December goes, we are planning a trip to Zootastic on December 1st. However, due to an inclement weather forecast, we may have to cancel. We are looking forward to the BYW sponsoring a pizza and movie night. The movie will be "The Star". This will be held on December 8th at 4:00 pm. The children will be presenting a Christmas programs on Sunday night, December 16th, at 6:00 pm. Also, the children plan to go caroling on Wednesday night, December 19th, at 6:00 pm. The Gospel Project will resume in January. In conjunction with the Tuesday night Hispanic Bible study, both a toddler class and children's Bible study class are being offered.  

 

A good idea for families with younger children during the holiday season is to get a simple child's nativity scene and spend time as a family acting out the Christmas story with it. This is a great way to explain the Christmas story to your child/children and to observe your child's understanding of the Christmas story. 

 

From the children's department, we hope you have an absolutely wonderful Christmas!

 

Andrea Poindexter

Minister of Preschool and Children

 

 

Youth Ministry

During the month of November, the youth met twice for the “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart” study by J.D. Greear. It’s been a great study that has tackled some important questions, dug into scripture, and challenged them to live out their faith through assurance of salvation. We have one lesson left to conclude this study which we will finish on Sunday, December 2. We will then take a break throughout the rest of December and begin a new study on January 6th.

 

We also went bowling on November 17th. There were 13 youth and 5 adults in attendance. We had a great time with a little friendly competition, fellowship, and just building relationships! We ended the evening back at the church with food and more fun!

 

We ask that you please continue to be in prayer for this ministry and the youth being ministered to!

 

Caleb and Beth Cosby

 

BYW

The BYW met on November 13th at Lisha High's home.  Many thanks to Lisha for her hospitality! Beth Cosby shared a devotional about prayer. We finalized our Ladies' Conference topic, which will be "Called To, For, and By". Our Conference is on February 23rd. Mark your calendars. We met on November 24th to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. We will also be providing gift baskets to the ladies division of Hope Valley as our Christmas outreach project. We are also provided desserts for the Hispanic Bible Study for the month of November. We will be hosting a Christmas event for the children on December 8. If you are interested in becoming more involved in a ministry at Fairview, we'd love to see you at BYW! We will not have a regular December meeting, but will meet on January 14th at Holly Whitaker's house. 

 

Holly Whitaker

 

Prayer Quilt

A prayer quilt workshop was held on Monday, November 19 with 14 participating.  The devotional centered on the theme of “Cultivating a Spirit of Thankfulness.”  At the following Sunday Worship Service, quilts were circulated among the congregation during intercessory prayer time for 8 designated recipients.


Prayer quilt participants will be joining WMU members for a time of fellowship, food, and fun at the home of Linda Poindexter on December 3 at 1:00 p.m.  All participants are invited to attend this Christmas social.  Prayer quilt members will be taking a holiday/early winter break and will resume regularly scheduled workshops on January 14, 2019.  Have a blessed Christmas!

 

Donna Dobbins

 

WMU

Every Church. Every Nation.

It’s more than a catch phrase. It’s at the core of what we do. We believe every church—and every church member—has a critical role to play in bringing the gospel to the world. Over 2.8 BILLION people have little to no access to the Gospel. Your church’s participation in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is a key part of that.

 

Your Gifts Transform Lives

Because you and your church give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, IMB missionaries can take the gospel to unreached peoples around the world. Every dollar you give makes a difference, because ALL of the money collected goes to the work of reaching every nation.  100% of your church’s gifts to the LMCO support IMB missionaries who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places around the world. 

 

Last year 

-811 people groups engaged by IMB

-12,005 churches planted 

-46,495 people baptized (imb.org)

YOUR offering is INVALUABLE!

 

We will collect our LMCO during our annual March to the Manger December 9th. Please donate and know that YOU have a part in sharing the Gospel all over the world!

The next WMU meeting will be Wednesday January 16 at 11am in the fellowship hall. Please join us!

 

Jennifer White

Experiencing God Everyday

We are in the middle of the holiday season. It’s a time of giving thanks, visiting with family and friends, carrying on family traditions and starting new ones. How wonderful it is to be able to celebrate our Savior’s birth!  We Christians have the honor and privilege of prayer. This month continue to pray for our community and the lost. Remember ones who are celebrating the holidays for the first time who have family and friends who have passed away. And also, please remember the Week of Prayer for International Missions, December 2-9. Our prayers are crucial for the missionaries and the work they do to spread the Gospel. 

 

Kingdom Prayer Coordinators

 

Prayer Shawl

A dedication / blessing was held November 25th for 11 baby blankets and 17 lap blankets.  These will be delivered to the Woltz Hospice Center and The Legacy Center.

 

We will be taking a break in the month of December and return on January 17th.

 

On December 11th we will all meet at my house for a Holiday Gathering.

 

Merry Christmas to All!

 

Kathleen Edmonds

 

Missions

Samaritan's Purse:

 

59 boxes were provided for this Mission Outreach from Fairview Baptist Church.  Thanks to Baptist Men, BYW, and WMU, and Adult II Sunday School Class for contributing to the unpaid postage for boxes provided through VBS.

 

Appalachian Christmas Outreach:

 

25 Backpacks were provided from Fairview from which 22 were provided from VBS.

 

Future Missions Opportunities and Events

 

Lottie Moon March to the Manger will be Sunday, December 9.

 

International Missions Week of Prayer- December 2-9

 

We will be having Cristi Chivu, Director of the International Missions of Romania American Missions (RAM) with us on March 2 and March 3, 2019.  We will be having a banquet on Saturday March 2 fpr Chivu to share information about RAM and create an interest of support for this mission. He will be sharing in our worship service on March 3. 

 

The Surry Baptist Association is looking to provide opportunity for anyone to go on a Mission trip to Jamaica June 24-29, 2019.  Please let me or Dan Merritt know by end of 2018 if you are interested in going.  Last year the trip consisted of setting up a clinic where people could get their blood pressure taken and it provided an opportunity for witnessing for Jesus.

 

Thanks to the Missions Groups for their prayer and financial support for Anna Marie Aguilar serving in Istanbul, Turkey. 

 

 

 

Kent Whitaker