First Baptist Church Collinsville
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

 Jesus Our Treasure
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 A striking Christmas card was once published, with the title, If Christ Had Not Come.   It was founded upon our Savior’s words, If I had not come.  The card represented a pastor’s falling into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.

            In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there were no stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save.  He walked into the street, but there was no church, with its spire pointing to Heaven.  He came back and sat down in his library, but every book about the Savior had disappeared.

            The doorbell rang and a messenger asked the preacher to visit his poor, dying mother.  He hastened with the weeping child, and as he reached the home he sat down and said, “I have something here to comfort you.”  But when he opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, he found that it ended in Malachi.  There was no Gospel and no promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and weep with her in bitter despair.

            Two days later, he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service.  There was no message of consolation, no hope of heaven.

            If Christ had not come; if He had not sacrificed Himself for us, and if He is not risen, then we are the most miserable of people.  If He did not come our preaching is empty and our faith is a hollow shell.  If He did not come, there is no hope for mankind.

            But praise God!  He did come!  He came as a humble servant to take away our sin, on the cross.  Christmas is the time to celebrate the hope that we have, in a Savior that came all the way from heaven, to this earth for our healing and hope.          


Bro. Jerry                                          



Youth Ministry at FBC

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Youth Schedule
Youth Sunday School: 10AM
Worship Service: 11AM

Youth Bible Study/Mission Projects: 6-7PM

Wednesday Night:
Group Games: 6PM
Meal: 6:15PM
Bible Study:7PM

Small Groups: 7:45-8PM 




Youth Texting System

If you are a youth Parent and want to be on the Mass Text System for youth information text @fbcpa to 81010 and follow the instructions.

If you are a youth Cook/Kitchen Helper and want to be on the Text System for youth food information text @fbccooks to 81010 and follow the instructions.

If you are a youth Student and want to be on the Mass Text System for youth information Junior High text @fbcju - High School text fbchi to 81010 and follow the instructions.

If you are a youth Sponsor and want to be on the Mass Text System for youth information text @fbcspon  to 81010 and follow the instructions. 



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.



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Dec 8 - Youth - girls activity - 10:00 a.m. multipurpose building 
 Dec 8 - Choir Musical @ 6 p.m. Sherman
Dec 9 - Choir Musical @ 6 p.m.  Sherman
Dec 9 - NO EVENING Service
Dec 12 - Business Mtg - "Budget" 7:00 p.m.
Dec 13 - Coffee w/Pastor 7 am
Dec 15 - Men's Breakfast 7:00 a.m. (old kitchen)
Dec 15 - JoAnna SS class fellowship 10:00 a.m. - noon (TeamKid room)
Dec 15 - TruthSeekers SS class fellowship @ Bingham Residence - 10:30 a.m.
Dec 16 - WM - Continental Breakfast
Dec 16 - Children's Christmas Program - 6:00 p.m.
Dec 17 - Prayer Warriors @ 6:00 p.m.
Dec 23 - NO Evening Service
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service - 6:00 p.m.
Dec 25 - Merry Christmas (Church office closed)
Dec 26 - Church office closed
Dec 31 - New Years Eve (Church office closed)  

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


 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – International Missions

The week of prayer is December 2nd thru 9th.

Our church goal is $10,000.00

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 began last month. This 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



Christmas Card Exchange Project =

Sponsored by GodChasers / TeamKids


If you would like to exchange Christmas cards with fellow church members why not participate in this service project.  You write out your cards, drop them in the mailbox (located in the front foyer), the students will process the cards, then members would check their mail folders on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. You are requested to put $0.25 per card in the change can. The funds received will be given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. The dates of the project will be December 2 – 16. NO cards will be accepted after 16th!


Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Dedication Morning  November 18th

@ 11:00 a.m.

FBC will be traveling to the DFW Processing center on November 26th.  Our work shift will be 6-10 p.m. There are only 20 spaces available; if interested in serving contact Trent ASAP 



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.


NO Game Day in November

Games begin at 9:30 a.m.

 Potluck lunch at 11.30 a.m.


 Senior Adult News



WOMEN’S Ministry Corner

Jesse Tree Advent Project

The Christmas season is fast approaching; the Women’s Ministry will celebrate the season of Advent and the coming of Jesus at Christmas with a Jesse Tree.

The Jesse Tree project takes place December 1 through 25. It’s similar to an advent calendar, but it’s more about tracing the history of the coming of Jesus.

The tree gets its name from Jesse, the father of David. The first day’s scripture is Isaiah 11:1-2 – “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.” This branch came in the form of a babe, and through the scriptures for each ornament, you can see God weaving the stories into place to ready the world for the coming Messiah.

To prepare for this project we will need an assortment of 25 ornaments to represent the history of the coming of Jesus. These ornaments maybe homemade or bought. We would like for all church members to have a part in this project. On Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00 pm there will be a planning meeting and for everyone to select their ornaments and to receive more information about the project.

Please contact Cathy Farquhar for more information.


 Dec. 16th – Sunday school continental breakfast
9:00 – 9:35 a.m. in fellowship hall

2019 Winter Ladies Bible Study will begin in January.

‘Finding I Am’ How Jesus fully satisfies the cry of your heart, written by Lysa TerKeurst. Monday evening and Tuesday morning classes available. Monday evening classes will be facilitated by Tricia Folsom; Tuesday morning classes will be facilitated by Nancy Armstrong. This is a six week study and will begin the week of January 7th. Books are $15 and available in the church office.


** In the planning – January craft night – date and time to be announced soon.

Women’s committee   2016-2017
       Cathy Farquhar, Shawn Bensley, Bobbie Zimmerman, Suzanne Cox, Misty Landers, Janice Wilsford 




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 - Dec 15th 







 Special Thank you………


To our church family,

We want to say a special thank you for all the cards, phone calls and especially the prayers from all of you. We love our church family!

Rick & Billie Hendricks

Thank you Collinsville believers for your kindness during Glen’s surgery and recovery; and my recovery time. The calls Glen got from men is so encouraging and the women’ calls telling us that ‘they care’, and covering us in prayer. We love our church family.

Glen and Darlees Maxie




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