Huddle Up!

by Debbie Vanaman

Well to use a football analogy, this month is Operation Christmas Child’s Super Bowl. This is where it all comes together and things really start to move. All of the items you’ve donated throughout this year will be placed in a shoebox by our youth, packed in a carton and begin their journey to eventually end up in the hands of a child who, for the first time, may receive a gift and learn of the love of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Collection week is Nov. 18th through Nov. 25th and if I haven’t already “drafted” you into working that week, I could always use more hands. We will be collecting shoeboxes Monday through Friday from 10:00 until 2:00. Saturday morning, Nov. 23rd at 9:00 a.m. we will pack our shoebox cartons into a truck and they will be delivered to Princeton. I need strong muscles that morning. It only takes about an hour and coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

Please keep this program in your prayers as the love of Jesus is spread to children around the world one shoebox at a time.

Board of Missions Update

Thank you for your generous support for the World Mission Offering. Our goal for this offering was $1,500 and as of October 20th we not only have reached that goal but surpassed it. Our total is $1,541.00.

Juan Aragon, one of our missionaries in Mexico, is recuperating from surgery. Please continue praying for him and his family. In addition to the Aragon family, please add Keith and Debbie Myers and their children to your prayer list. Their children, Boyden & Bailey, both attend Biola University in southern California. Boyden is in his 4th year and Bailey is a junior.

On October 29th, we were blessed to have Debbie Mulneix share with our congregation her mission experiences. Her experiences were amazing and extremely interesting. Debbie has retired from active missionary work but still needs your prayers as she starts a new journey in her life.


by Pastor Doc Adkins

I am sure that if in a church service we took the time to share blessings of life that we have encountered the list would be tremendous. I love holidays. I always have. There seems to be something wonderful and phenomenal that takes place during this time. Holidays bring out the best in most folk or the very worse of a few others.

Thanksgiving is my pet peeve. It seems that we go straight from Halloween to Christmas and not much emphasis is placed on Thanksgiving. Yet, the other day I found this little Bible study and as I did some research on my own, this is the conclusion: there is more said in the Bible about Thanksgiving than Christmas and Easter combined not discounting the absolute relevance of each of them. The Birth of Christ and the Resurrection of Christ are the foundation of our faith and Gospel. Yet from day to day living, thanksgiving is a daily condition of our heart. I live in light of the Resurrection and always celebrate Christmas but Thanksgiving is an everyday business.

So let’s do the study. By it, we all might just be blessed.

This is just a simple search through the Scriptures for different ways and things to give thanks and praise for. It is intended to help you get motivated to improve your praise life.
Just look up the Bible verses in each one and complete the answers.

Psalm 95:2 says to come before the presence of the Lord with what? _____

When giving thanks to God, we should make known what? 1 Chronicles16:8 His ____________________________.

According to I Chronicles 16:34 we should give thanks to the Lord because He is ____________________________ and His ____________________________ endures forever.

I Chronicles 16:35 says give thanks to ____________________________ .

Psalm 30:4 says to give thanks to the Lord at the remembrance of His what? ____________________________ .

1 Corinthians 15:57 says “But thanks be to God, which gives us what? ____________________________

2 Corinthians 2:14 says we should give thanks to God because He always causes us to do what? ____________________________

Psalm 42:11 says, “I shall praise him, who is the health of” what?____________________________ .

In Psalm 63:3 why does it say “my lips shall praise thee”? Because ____________________________

What kind of lips should we praise with? Psalm 63:5 ____________________________

What does Psalm 9:1 tell us to praise God with? ____________________________ ____________________________

According to I Thessalonians 5:18, we should give thanks because it is the ____________________________ of God.

In Hebrews 13:15 how often should praise be given to God? ____________________________

Psalm 148:13 says to praise the Lord because His name is what? ____________________________

2 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for His ____________________________ Gift.

Growing up in the simple life of Summers County, my grandmother planned out our Thanksgiving meal with lots and lots of love and devotion. Turkey and the trimmings, sugar cured Country Ham and pies! Lots and lots of them. Apple, pumpkin, cherry and lemon. Why lemon, I have no clue just momma wanted it. It was my brother Arthur’s favorite I guess.

Looking back on it all, it was the planning that was most important. So let me leave us with this one thought. Plan your Thanksgiving….daily!

Listening for His Whistle

by Rev Robert A Wendel

“You who are young make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor. Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it. But know also that not just anything goes. You have to answer to God for every last bit of it. Live footloose and fancy free. You won’t be young forever. Youth lasts about as long as smoke.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 – Message Bible)

“Children are a heritage of the Lord: And the fruit of the womb in his reward. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of (children). Here I am for those didst call me. (Psalm 127:3,5; I Kings 8:53 (KJV).

We learned to listen for his whistle. When we were wanted at home, Dad would simply stand on the back porch and whistle meaning we kids should return home quickly. That unique sound was one of the ways our family connected. The link between parents and children is an emotional one, best described as a lifelong roller-coaster ride full of highs and lows.

Every April, Time Magazine names that years 100 Most Influential People asking well known celebrities to write about each individual. Justin Timberlake wrote about Tiger Woods “Last year Tiger Woods and I spent some time together talking about being fathers.:

We talked about how we want our children to see us and how we have to balance our dedication to them with our completive drive. We wanted our children to watch us at our best. He said that he wanted his 10 and 11 year olds to see him win another Major (Tournament).

On April 14th, Tiger won his 15th Major Tournament (The Masters) in an amazing sports career comeback returning him to the top of pro-golf and allowing him to hug his two children with a sense of redeemed victorious joy.”

If you want to see parents’ pride in their children, watch any of the television reality shows spotlighting young people with surprising performing talent, hoping to become professional entertainers. Pride shows in the smiles of their parents, family and friends.

On the negative side, parents worry about where their children are and just what they’re up to. In Jesus’ life, we read about the time he was “lost in the Temple among the rabbi” (Luke 2:41-52). Or when his family wanted to speak to him fearing he “had gone mad” Jesus replied “Obedience to God is thicker than blood.” ( Mark 3:21-35 Message Bible).

Gen. Colin Powell told The Reader’s Digest “Reaching our children requires conviction that they are capable of success.” Jackie Kennedy Onassis told admirers “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.”

ABW News

Sat. Oct. 5th ABW Fall Rally at Breckenridge Baptist Church.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10:00 a.m. and concludes with lunch. The Rally Mission Project is towels, washcloths, pillows, twin bedding and blankets. All items must be new and light colors and will be donated to the Pine Haven Homeless Shelter.

We also are continuing to collect used postage stamps for a project. They can be left in the container on the counter in the church office.

The Lizzie Lewis Circle meets the first Thursday of every month at 1:00 p.m. All ladies are welcome.

A Note from Jim Adkins

We would like to thank our FBC church family for their prayers, encouragement and support. It is truly an honor for us to be a part of this family. I know that I have missed many Sundays as I/we have been on the road ministering. TODAY, (9/23) I am in Kansas City. This past weekend, I was in Salina, Kansas teaching a seminar on relational evangelism, preaching and sharing the vision of the Global Poultry Initiative. It was a very fruitful week. I fly home tomorrow.

As you know, I returned home from Tanzania on September 14th. Our trip to Tanzania was very fruitful! We were able to evaluate and select about 230 breeding stock of chickens that will be used as the foundation breeding stock to launch a breeding program in Tanzania. This trip to Tanzania was a historical, pivotal accomplishment to begin our partnership with the Tanzania Disciple Making Movement, (TDMM) led by Juma Richard who visited Beckley last February. We also spent time with our national service team, praying, planning and strategizing for our next steps. God is on the move in Tanzania! Thank you for praying.

Our next trip is in November. Lord willing, Melissa and I will travel to Cameroon! We’ll be meeting with the President of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) the Dean of Academics at both of the CBC seminaries. One of the primary goals of our partnership is to train the seminary students in sustainable poultry production. The big idea is to equip the young pastors and church planters with the character, knowledge and skills to make disciples and use poultry to reach others, provide food for themselves and start small businesses in the communities where they minister. We will also visit a piece of land where they are considering to build an agriculture multiplication center. This trip to Cameroon is very timely and strategic! Please pray for this as we prepare to leave in several weeks.

We are so thankful for our First Baptist Church family. We appreciate you. We love you. And I especially want to thank you for taking care of Melissa when I’m away. Your love, support and encouragement means so much to us.

Jim and Melissa Adkins
The Chicken Missionaries Who Make Disciples Like Jesus

Mission Board October Update

by Helen Jackson

We are off to a slow start with our World Mission Offering. Total amount as of Sept. 22nd is $898.00. We need to continually pray and ask God to show us how we can reach our goal of $1500. All our missionaries need our prayers and financial support. We will be taking this offering through the month of October. The World Mission Offering supports 125 dedicated missionaries plus partners- located in about 30 countries.

Please remember Juan Aragon and his family in your prayers. You remember them. Jenny Fultz introduced you to them a few Sunday mornings ago in her Mission Moment time.

We just recently learned that Juan is suffering with vertigo and ringing in the ears. This interferes greatly with his ability to drive. His ministry involves driving to 18 different rural, needy communities in the southernmost part of Mexico- over rough, unpaved roads.

Thank you for remembering Juan Aragon- along with all our great people in the mission field.

Also keep this date open – Sunday morning, Oct. 27th Debbie Mulneix will be here at First Baptist sharing her mission experiences during the morning worship service.

Winter can’t be far behind

Helping Hands is continuing to help those less fortunate here in Beckley and in Raleigh County. Now that fall is here, winter can’t be far behind and that’s where our need really grows tremendously. We will be needing blankets, winter coats and winter clothing. We also are in desperate need of men’s clothing and under garments.

Thank you for your continued support of bar soap, toilet paper and non-perishable food items and please keep these donations coming. Donations can be either dropped off at Helping Hands or left in the container outside the church office. We also thank you for your prayers as we continue to serve our community.

Fall Has Officially Arrived

by Debbie Vanaman

Well now that fall has officially arrived, I don’t know about you but this time of year brings thoughts of how blessed I am to have a roof over my head, enough food to eat, a great job and a super family. Yes, God has truly blessed me.

Each one of us needs to count our blessings daily and thank God for each and every one of them. Children all around the world unfortunately don’t have it quite so easy. The children that Operation Christmas Child reaches have never heard the name of Jesus and some of them live in orphanages just waiting for a place to call home.

We had a speaker back in August who was one such young lady. Her testimony truly touched each person who was there to hear her first-hand account of receiving a shoebox and how her life was eventually changed for the better and now she’s a speaker sharing her testimony.

Shoebox collection week will be November 18th through November 25th. That’s when your shoeboxes need to be returned to the church so they can start their journey to eventually reach a child who will see how much someone they don’t know loves them to pack a box just for them. I will be needing help working that week and I will be in contact with you to find out when you can help.

For the month of October, I still need about 50 small hairbrushes and small toys. The dollar stores around town are a great place to shop for these items. Donation boxes are in the Welcome Center and in Fellowship Hall. I will also be needing donations of money to cover the shipping for the 100 boxes that our youth will be putting together next month. These donations can be put in with your regular offering and just mark shoeboxes on the memo line.

As always please keep shoeboxes in your prayers as they are daily finding their way into the hands of children around the world. REMEMBER – one shoebox can change a child’s life. Thanks and God bless you.

Backpack Ministry – October

by Helen Greene

Backpacking is going full speed ahead! Every Wednesday morning we are packing food for our “Backpack Kids” at Beckley Elementary School.

Thanks to each one of you who brings food, gives money or prays for our kids and this ministry.

For the month of October please bring small cans of chicken noodle soup for our kids.