First Baptist Church Collinsville
Saturday, December 14, 2019


Our annual Christmas Concert, called “Joy! He Shall Reign”, is just around the corner.                  
Once again, we are joining with several other Baptist churches in Grayson County to present a musical and drama about the true meaning of Christmas.                           

The performances will be at 6:00 p.m. on  Saturday, December 14th, & Sunday, December 15th.
At Kidd-Key Auditorium, located in the Municipal Building at 400 Elm Street in Sherman.  
This is a FREE event!

Make plans to bring your family and friends to hear, in music and words, about the greatest gift God ever presented to us – Jesus Christ!

 Children’s Christmas Program
“Twas the night before Christmas”
Will be performed by our elementary students on
Wednesday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m.
We hope you and your family will make plans to attend.

 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – International Missions - Week of Pray is December 1-8.
Our church goal is $12,000.00.


We invite you to join us for worship.

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A mother tells the story of a Christmas program at a school, where her young son Nicholas attended. During the program his class stood to sing the song, “Christmas Love”. All the students were adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row, held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing “C” is for Christmas, and child would hold up the letter C. Then “H” is for Happy and on and on, until each child holding up his portion, presented the complete message, “CHRISTMAS LOVE”.

The performance went smoothly until suddenly, a small girl on the front row, held up the letter “M”, but was totally unaware that she had turned it upside down. The letter appeared as a “W”, instead of the letter M. She had no idea, why everyone was laughing, as she stood tall, proudly holding her letter “W”.

Many tried to shush the children, but the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, then we saw it all together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday, in the first place, and why even in the chaos, there was purpose in what we were doing.

When the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:

“CHRISTWAS LOVE”. And I believe He still is! Christmas is truly about the love of Christ, for a lost world and not the many other things, we sometimes make it to be.

Bro. Jerry                                          



Sunday Night Girls/Guys
Bible Study
Every Other Sunday night youth 7-12th grade girls and guys have a bible study.
Bible Study 5-8PM
-Vans leave the church at 5 and return at 8
-Snacks are provided
Girls November Schedule:
Guys November Schedule:
Operation Christmas Child Processing center—Dec 20th
Dnow Weekend—Mar. 20-22
Easter Retreat Falls Creek—April 9-11th
Super Summer—July 6-10th


College & Career Ministry Class 

The range for this ministry is singles ages 18-24. We will meet every other Thursday evening at 6:30. This class will be led by Trent and Kaley Hodgkinson.

Contact Trent or Kaley for more information.



Volunteer (Church Wide—This means You) December 20th 5PM-12—sign up at the office
Millions of shoeboxes are collected during National Collection Week, the third week in November every year. Before these special gifts can bring hope and joy to children around the world, each one has to be carefully inspected and made ready for overseas shipment by volunteers like you. You can help prepare shoeboxes for delivery by volunteering at one of our eight processing centers across the United States. About 80,000 volunteers serve annually at our processing centers.

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Dec 11 – Pie/Cookie/Fudge orders due

Dec 11 – 6-8 pm Children’s Christmas Rehearsal

Dec 11 - Adult Prayer Meeting meets in Good News SS classroom 
Dec 12 - Coffee w/Pastor – 7 a.m.
Dec 12 - CHS Band Concert - sanctuary
Dec 12 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-McDonnell
Dec 12 - BB – gym – 7 p.m.-Sheppard
Dec 13 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-Hodgkinson
Dec 14 - GBA Christmas Program – 6 p.m.   Kidd Key Aud. In Sherman
Dec 15 - GBA Christmas Program – 6 p.m.   Kidd Key Aud. In Sherman
Dec 15 - NO evening services
Dec 16 - Prayer Warriors @ 6:00 p.m.
Dec 16 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-Hodgkinson
Dec 17 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-McDonnell
Dec 17 - BB – gym – 7 p.m.-Sheppard
Dec 18 - Pickup pies/cookies/fudge
Dec 18 - Children’s Christmas Program 7:00 p.m.
Dec 19 - Coffee w/Pastor - 7 a.m.
Dec 19 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-McDonnell
Dec 19 - BB - gym – 7 p.m.-Sheppard
Dec 19 - Pickup pies/cookies/fudge
Dec 20 - OCC Processing Center 7-10 p.m.
Dec 20 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-Hodgkinson
Dec 23 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-Hodgkinson
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service 6:00 p.m.
Dec 26 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-McDonnell
Dec 26 - BB – gym – 7 p.m.-Sheppard
Dec 27 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-Hodgkinson
Dec 29 - NO evening services
Dec 30 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-Hodgkinson
Dec 31 - BB – gym – 6 p.m.-McDonnell
Dec 31 - BB – gym – 7 p.m.-Sheppard

Contact Church Office for more Information or to Add an Event or Activity, 903-429-6742.



Samaritan’s Purse

Operation Christmas Child Project

Shoeboxes are filled with toys and other fun items; the boxes are then delivered to children in need around the world in partnership with local churches. Information brochures are available in the church foyer. Our shoebox dedication will be held on November 17th at 11:00 a.m. Filled shoeboxes may be brought to the church November 11-17. 

The Back-pack Buddy program is an outreach project being organized through our Collinsville schools. A back-pack of nutritional foods is sent home on Fridays for students in need over the weekend. FBC will be contributing supplies to the school once a month to help with this project. This a partial list: fruit cups, pudding cups, individual juices, small cans of ravioli, spaghetti Os, soups, meats, crackers, little Debbie snacks, fruit snacks. For a complete list, check your Sunday school classes or pick up one in the office. If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Head. 

 Children’s church is for our 4 to 7 years old children. Children need to sit with their parent/parents. The children will be dismissed when the choir is dismissed. There will be attendants at the back to take the children to the classroom. You may pick up your children following the service, in the 1st & 2nd grade Sunday school classroom. Please direct your questions to our children’s church coordinator – Janelle Hodgkinson






Outreach Opportunities
FBC Food Pantry sponsored by the Joanna SS Class
Donations are accepted the first Sunday of each month – your donations maybe dropped off in the old kitchen.
If you know of a need contact either Polly Pruitt, Marilyn Head or Wanda Overstreet.

Our pantry is very low….please remember you may bring items the first of each month….place items in the old kitchen….also remember if you know of a need please contact either Marilyn Head or the church office.



Spotlight on

 Senior Adults

Adult III Game Day 
Don’t forget Game Day is now the 3rd Wednesday of each month - so plan on being here & bring a friend for Skip Bo, Dominoes, 42 or other games.


Next Game Day - No November Game Day 

Games begin at 9:30 a.m.

 Potluck lunch at 11.30 a.m.



Sr. Adult Christmas Outing is being planned --
Dinner at Golden Corral; then to the Sherman Community Theater – ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
Tickets will be $20, watch the bulletin for more information.



WOMEN’S Ministry Corner




Ladies mark your calendars for January 17th! We have a special treat for you. Susie Holamon, the President of Geary Girl’s Ranch, who is also an accomplished artist, will be coming to teach us to paint an original on our own canvass. She will also be telling us all about how we can minister to Geary Girl’s Ranch. Women’s Ministry will be hosting. We
will be having hot chocolate with yummy snacks. Also, during December Susie will be selling her cookbook for $20 to help support Geary Girl’s Ranch.
The next Ladies’ bible study will begin the week of January 13, 2020.
‘Seamless’ Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story
by Angie Smith
This will be a 7-session bible study. Classes will be Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Books will be $14.00

Stop by the office window to sign up. 




Attention: Men of all ages


      This is your opportunity to enjoy a time of devotion, fellowship and a good hot breakfast with your fellow man.

Next Breakfast - NO Dec Breakfast 







 Special Thank you………


Dear Church Family,
We thank you so much for the prayers, calls, cards and food after my surgery. Our Christian friends are the very best. May God bless each and everyone of you.
Thanks again. Rick & Billie


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