300 Willits Street
Birmingham, Michigan


This Weeks Schedule​​ (Sunday, December 9, 2018)



Thursday, December 5: 
8AM Men’s Breakfast        
Writer’s Group 6- 7:30PM Parlor


Saturday, December 8:
AA Meeting 9:00 – 10:30AM Fellowship Hall
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall


Sunday, December 9:  The Second Sunday of Advent

Youth Lesson 9:30AM

Choir Rehearsal 9:30AM

Worship 10:30AM


Monday, December 10:

SLAA Group Parlor 7:30 – 9:30PM


Wednesday, December 12: 

10:30AM Pastor Study Group

6:30PM Bell Choir practice 
7:30PM Chancel Choir practice 
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall


Thursday, December 13:

8AM Men's Breakfast

Writer’s Group 6- 7:30PM Parlor


Saturday, December 15:
AA Meeting 9:00 – 10:30AM Fellowship Hall
AA Meeting 7:30-9:30PM Fellowship Hall


Sunday, December 16:  The Third Sunday of Advent

Youth Lesson 9:30AM
Choir Rehearsal 9:30AM
Worship 10:30AM

Christmas B'Jazz Vespers at 6PM with Paul Keller Ensemble


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Take A Coloring Book! In anticipation of the season of Advent, beginning on Sunday, December 2, we have printed off some Advent coloring books that are available at the sanctuary Welcome Center entrance stationed with colored pencils. Help yourself!


Study Group led by Pastor Scott is meeting on Wednesdays at 10:30 am at Jackie Erhardt’s house (1137 Ivy Glen Circle in Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304).  The group is studying the book of Acts.  All are welcome, even those who have not participated in the past.

December B’Jazz Vespers! Join us and bring a friend to a terrific show on Sunday, December 16 at 6PM. The ever-popular Paul Keller music ensemble promises to amaze!

Baptism Class: Pastor Scott will be starting a baptism class for adults and youth who feel the nudge of God toward greater commitment in faith.  The class will cover some history of baptism and the church while focusing on discussion about what faith means, and how we experience God’s leading.  Please see Pastor Scott for details.

December Ladies Lunch: Mark your calendars!  We have a reservation at Clawson Steakhouse for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11. The address for Clawson Steakhouse is 56 S. Rochester Rd., Clawson, MI 48017.  It's just south of 14 Mile Rd. on the west side of Rochester Rd.  It's just south of Val's Pet Supplies. Please RSVP to Harriet Stewart or Leslie in the office by phone or email if you plan on attending. 

Harriet’s cell phone is 248-495-2212.

Order a Christmas Plant! As is our tradition each year we give the congregation an opportunity to purchase a Poinsettia plant in honor or in memory of a loved one. The plants cost $7.50 each and will adorn our lovely sanctuary beginning in mid-December through the end of the year. Names of honorees and givers will be included in the December 166, 23 and Christmas Eve bulletin. (note correction)  

Advent Devotionals available in the Welcome Center.  Advent is a time of looking forward, reflecting, and anticipating the coming of Jesus into the world.  Our Advent Devotionals will help us to do this, and to journal and reflect through art to find ourselves in God’s great story.

Wanted: Artistic Assistant for Worship Design Team:

Are you artistic?  Have a good eye for arrangements?  With the retirement of Jack and Jo Ellis, we lost our talented designer of seasonal and special occasion altar and Sanctuary decorations.  We are looking for someone who would be interested in supporting the Worship Design team with selection and hanging of appropriate banners, arrangements of Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies, and occasional altar and other arrangements (think of the fall harvest decorations for Will Olsen Sunday).  If you are interested, please talk to Judy Phillips or Joan Trusty.


Crazy Fun Youth Christmas Social , Dec. 16, 2018, 12 Noon Pizza and Presents provided ~ 1:45 Drive to The Historic Redford Theater for the Holiday Ugly Sweater Variety Show. Featuring a magician, juggler, dancers, barbershop quartet, youth choir sing-a-long and Justin Lavoisier in the historic Barton pipe organ!  $15 tickets will be provided. Ware an ugly sweater, or a plain sweater and we will make it ugly!!! See Keely Tyson and RSVP soon! 


Thanking our First Responders:

This year, the Discipleship Team would like to encourage the congregation to give thanks to your community's first responders (police, fire, EMS) during the month of December.  A sign-up list is posted in the Welcome Center for specific locations.  This would make a great family activity or a shared activity with a friend or neighbor.  Christmas cookies (homemade!) or candy, perhaps a meal or dessert, could all brighten working hours for those who work to protect us.  Maybe taking time after opening presents on Christmas morning to go to your fire station and share some eggnog and candy cane cookies or dropping off dinner one Saturday night.  We suggest you call first to make sure what you want to bring will be appropriate and to arrange a time to visit.  

FBCB Music Department News:

  • The Chancel Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday's at 7:30pm and again on Sunday morning's at 9:30am. 
  • The Bell Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday's at 6:30pm.  
  • On Communion Sunday's (first Sunday's of the month) everyone is invited to be part of a Communion Choir with rehearsals at 9:50am in the Choir Room.  This is a great way to explore being part of our music program!


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Mission Partners: Remain in prayer for Dan and Sharon Buttry, Jon Goode and family, Sameh and Semah, and Jeni Pedzinski, as well as retired missionary Judith Sutterlin.

Please keep in your prayers our Associate Pastor Search Committee members: Glenn Craig (Chair), Joan Trusty, Tim Olsen, Harriett Stewart, Pastor Scott Runyon 

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​​Let's Get Reading!  Introducing Book Buddies and Books for Thought

In support of this quarter's emphasis on international, cross-cultural and inter-faith understanding, the FBC Discipleship Team wants to get some conversations started! Here's the idea: we propose a list of books related to our quarterly theme and you and a partner decide which book to read and discuss together. 

We have a sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center if you want to see who you might be Book Buddies with, or just ask someone!  We hope our shut-ins will be able to participate as well.

The eight books on the list below are all easily available from Amazon (often in several formats, if you prefer to use your e-reader).  We selected a range of genres and topics, so we hope there is something of interest for everyone, including children and youth. Have another book in mind that fits this focus?  Share your suggestions! 

· Grounded: Finding God in the World (Diana Butler Bass 2017)
· We Are The Socks (Daniel L. Buttry 2015)
· The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Lesslie Newbigin 1989)
· Half the Sky (Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn 2010)
· Paul: A Biography (N.T. Wright 2018)
· No Greater Love (Mother Theresa 2002)
· You Are Here Discovering the magic of the Present moment (Thich Nhat Hanh 2010)
· A Wreath for Emmett Till (Marilyn Nelson 2009)
· Each Kindness (Jacqueline Woodson 2012)   

 

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There are many available dates open on our Sunday Flower Calendar. Please consider buying chancel flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one.


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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman (Author)

December B’Jazz Vespers!


Paul Keller Music Ensemble


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Christmas music all jazzed up!

Join us and bring a friend to a terrific show!


Sunday, December 16 at 6PM

First Baptist Church

of Birmingham, Michigan

(248) 644-0550