SERMON: Jon Huckins  
“On Mission Toward Bethany”

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR TODAY are given by the Byrne family in celebration of the 65th wedding anniversary of our parents and grandparents, Dave and Ann Byrne. We are so thankful for your love and commitment to one another as well as to our whole family, and for your example of serving others that has helped to shape all of our lives. We love you and we rejoice in your 65 years together! David & Joyce, Laura & Jason, Andrea & David, Sara & Eric and all the great-grandchildren.

CONGRATULATIONS to Luke and Maggie (Roher) Thomas, who were married on January 6th. Please pray for God’s blessing on this couple as they begin married life!

THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of  Martin Luther King Jr. day.

LADIES – ONLINE REGISTRATION for our 2019 Women’s Retreat “Craving Connection” is now open. We will be returning to Camp Tejas from February 1st – 3rd, 2019; make plans now to join us! Register at https://tithe.ly/event-registration/ #/491538 . If you have any questions please email Kody Shepherd! 

TODAY IS MISSIONS COMMITMENT SUNDAY!  We are celebrating and sharing information about the ministries that our church is involved in internationally, and asking you to prayerfully consider making a commitment to be a part of these ministries through prayer, giving and/or volunteering. Our theme is Run the Race: Whole Gospel, Whole Church, Whole World. God is at work around the world and we are running hard to follow Him. Last year was a fantastic year and we are so grateful for all of your support for our missionaries. 

Our goal for 2019 is to raise $54,000. This goal and these missions funds are outside of weekly tithe and the church budget. This budget supports ministries in southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong/China, East Africa and around the world.

We are excited to learn what God has in store for us with international mission projects.  We are praying for His direction about how and where we volunteer and care for our missionaries and mission fields. What a privilege we have to be a part of what God is doing around the world. 

Prayer is a crucial part of ANY ministry, but in some ways it can be harder to commit to regular, fervent prayer than to just slip some money into the offering plate. Would you be willing to choose at least one missionary or ministry to pray for regularly in 2019? Thank you to those of you who are already praying faithfully!

If you would like to learn more about what we are planning for missions, you are encouraged to pick up an information flyer from the kiosk.

BE MORE LIKE JESUS! You are invited to join us beginning on Wednesday, February 6th for Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson’s “Renovation of the Heart” training course. This course, which will be facilitated by Jon Kerr and Russ Merck, clearly articulates how we sometimes absorb worldly ways that can impede our being Christ-like. You’ll see how the different aspects of our make-up, heart, thoughts, feelings, choice, body, social context and soul – can be sources of strength or weakness, and we’ll look at various ways to become truly alive in Christ. The class will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for six weeks. Nursery care is available on request and Kids-Can-Do (for children age 3 through 5th grade) starts at the same time, so we are trying to make it easier for parents to attend. If you have questions or would like to sign up for the class, please contact Jon Kerr. Jon and Russ also want you to feel welcome to attend the first session or two before deciding whether to continue with the class. More specific details on the course will be made available in the bulletin on January 27th. Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly”. We hope that you will plan to participate in this journey toward more abundant life!

MEALS ON WHEELS is in need of volunteers both for permanent routes as well as substitutes. The next week of our responsibility is March 4th – 8th. One day during that week you will meet at the church at 11:30 and drive or ride with a driver on one of the two routes. It takes about 1 1/2 hours. Please contact Darleen Latimer for more information or to sign up. Thanks for your willingness to help with this crucial ministry.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR 2019 FUN RUN! We hope that you will plan to join us on Saturday, April 6th for the 1 mile or 5K races. Runners and walkers are both welcome. This is a great opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy being with others from our church and community, all while supporting missions. Sign up is online at hometownfunrun.com or through our church website. Lots of volunteers will be needed to make this event a success! If you can help, please contact Molly Black. Meanwhile, save the date!

T-SHIRT SALE TO BENEFIT MISSIONS: Stop by the Coffee Café after the service today to place your order for T-shirts or hoodies with our FFC logo. All funds raised will be used to support our mission work around the world! T-shirts are available in several color choices in long or short sleeve styles, in adult and children’s sizes. The price varies by size and style. Orders will be taken through January 30th, and the shirts will arrive by around mid-February. You can also order shirts online – look for information on our church website. Thank you for helping to support our mission work!

ATTENTION FFC YOUNG ADULTS: We will be having an open meeting in the Coffee Café immediately following worship on Sunday, January 27th, for any who have an interest in being involved in our young adult meetings and groups moving forward. Our plan is to discuss different options for meetings and activities together. Anyone age 18-35 is welcome to attend! For questions or more information, see Bobby Kirkpatrick.

CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS for 2018 will be prepared within the next week or two. In order to save money on postage, printing, etc., most statements will be sent by email, so please watch your incoming messages for an email from the church. If you prefer to receive a printed contribution statement, you can contact the church office to request one and we will gladly put it in the mail to you. Thank you for your faithfulness to support the ministries of the church.