Weekly Update

· Dear Church Family,

We make the mistake of assuming that the people God uses in the Bible are extraordinary in their intelligence, spirituality or abilities. Or, we use this as our excuse for not getting involved in Church. But, the truth is, God uses ordinary people who are willing to be available and to be used. Our world, our homes, our families, our church could instantly be changed if we, His people, would simply say God, I want to make myself available to you. I will do whatever you ask me to do. As Mary said, when she heard the announcement from the angel, “nothing is impossible with God.” All of us would do well to read the Christmas story from Matthew and Luke with a desire to note all of the average folks whom God used. In reality, they were all average and ordinary. But they were available. And when they heard, they were obedient. And because of this God’s will was realized and He was glorified. I leave you with this from 1 Corinthians 1:18-29 - 18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE." 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. Thank You Lord for ordinary folks who hear and obey You!

· Thank you to all who helped to decorate our Sanctuary. It is beautiful and well done. Lord I thank You for so many who have a servant’s heart and a heart to serve! Please bless them and let them know of your favor towards them.

· Today (Friday), December 2nd is the City of Walton’s Christmas on Main. FBC Walton will have a tent set up on the corner of main street and Depot street. We will be giving out hot apple cider and goodie bags for the kids. And, we will be inviting folks to join us at the OFC for some great vegetable soup and grilled cheese. We need your help in order for this to be a success!!

-We need folks to help our ladies assemble the goodie bags at 10:30 today in the Fellowship Hall.

-We also need several men to help us put up the tent at the corner of Main and Depot street at 4 pm on Friday. We have the tent, but we need the help.

-We also need folks who will help out in the tent from about 5:45 to 8 pm. We need folks to serve the apple cider, to speak with folks and perhaps even to pray with someone if there is a need.

-We would welcome anyone who wants to help in the OFC. You can help welcome guests, serve the food and any other need that may arise.

-I hope you will plan to join us for this important opportunity to touch a lot of lives in our community!!

· This Sunday Morning, December 4th at 7:30 am we would like to invite all of our men to join us for a Men’s Prayer Breakfast in the fellowship hall here at FBC Walton. Make plans right now to join us as we enjoy some great food and a season of encouragement as we serve Jesus together.

· Thanks to all who picked up the tags for the Giving Tree. Please return your gifts unwrapped with the tag attached by December 11th and put it under the Christmas Tree in the main hallway. If you have any questions ask Sandy Adams.

· On Sunday, December 11th, our King’s Kids Choir will present “Meet Me at the Manger” at 10:30 am. NOTE: The children will have their last practice on Saturday, December 10th from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Please make every effort to have them here for this important practice.

· On Sunday, December 18th, our Adult Choir will be presenting the Christmas Cantata, “The Spirit of Christmas”. Immediately after church, we will be having a Christmas fellowship meal in the OFC. There is no charge for the meal, but we need for you to sign up if you intend to attend so we can have enough food prepared. There are signup sheets available on the front and back welcome center desks. Please sign up by December 11th.

· Thanks to everyone who worked during the Operation Christmas Child collection week at the OFC. Our church, FBC Walton contributed 1554 shoeboxes. We received 16,870 from all over NKY. Together with other collection centers, we received 28,871 from all of NKY. And, we logged 354 volunteer hours. In the end, your sacrifice and commitment makes all of this possible. Thanks

· There will be a deacon’s meeting next Sunday, December 4th at 4 pm in the multi-purpose room.

· The 2023 Budget will be voted on this Sunday, December 4th without discussion immediately after the morning worship service by secret ballot. God’s provision and your faithful giving enable us to continue to work and minister as a church. Thanks for being faithful givers.

· Our youth will begin meeting on Sunday nights on December 4th at 6 pm.

· Our youth will be going to “Deck the Y’alls” Lightfest at Thomas Moore Stadium in Florence on Wednesday, December 14th from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are $14 plus an additional $10 for those who want to ice skate.