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January 7 - Happening This Week

Inside: First Aid, SHAPE, Book Club, Deacon Ordination, and Upward Camp.

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It is not too late to join the First Aid Training on Saturday, January 9! The class will last from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.


Pastor David began a new sermon series this month, called “SHAPE: Finding Your Fit.” It will help each of us better understand how God has uniquely shaped us for service in His church. We are each members of the Body of Christ, and God has given each of us a unique place and function in His body. Please don’t miss a message in this series. And join us on Wednesday nights, beginning January 13, for a SHAPE Workshop in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom. You will discover your spiritual gifts, heart passions, natural abilities, personality, and life experiences, and at the end, you will have a complete SHAPE Profile to help you better know how you can serve the Kingdom of God in and through FBC Thomson.


In our continued efforts to expand ministry opportunities in person and online during this pandemic, I am excited to begin a Pastor’s Book Club! Each month, we will come together for an hour-long discussion of that month’s book. That means you’ll need to have read it before we meet! For our inaugural book club selection, we will read Dr. Ken Hemphill’s You Are Gifted: Your Spiritual Gifts and the Kingdom of God. This book goes along nicely with our Sunday morning and Wednesday night SHAPE emphasis. Dr. Hemphill digs into Paul’s teaching on spiritual gifts in several books, with a special emphasis on 1 Corinthians.

We will meet on Tuesday, February 16. If you want to be part of the in-person book club, join us in the Fellowship Hall at 6 PM. But if you want to be part of the online book club, we will meet separately at 7:15 PM on Zoom. Please purchase your own copy of the book. You can use the links below. Ebook versions are also available. And then contact the church office and let us know which meeting to expect you to attend: in-person or online.

I look forward to discussing with you this informative and inspiring book on spiritual gifts!


We want to encourage you to be in worship on Sunday, January 17 as we ordain Mr. Lee Briggs and Mr. Wayne Miller into the ministry of deacon. We can’t do our traditional “laying on of hands” due to COVID. Rather, we are asking everyone to write a note of encouragement or share a Scripture or prayer with both of these men. Baskets will be available in the Sanctuary for you to leave Lee and Wayne each a note. Please come prepared that Sunday to leave them a blessing that will encourage and strengthen them as they serve our church as newly ordained deacons. And pray for the other six men who were selected to serve as deacons from 2021-2023: Doug Dent, Jerry Dunn, Russell Gary, Daniel Hughes, Mike Lloyd, Cleve Poston.


We are excited to announce Upward Basketball Camp coming in 2021! This is a skills & drills based camp that encourages fundamentals and fun. The camp will take place on three consecutive Saturdays, February 20, 27, and March 6. The age groupings and times are as follows: K/5-3rd Grade boys and girls are 9:00 AM-Noon; 4th-8th grade boys and girls are 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. Please note, these age groupings are subject to change based on the number of signups. The cost of Upward Camp is $32. The cost includes a participant kit with a t-shirt, water bottle, and basketball. Registration will begin Monday, December 14. The easiest way to register and pay is online. A specific link to our church’s payment page will be released soon. You can also go by the church office and complete a Registration Form and pay in-person. Please consider having your child involved or inviting another family to participate in Upward Basketball Camp!



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Please bring your items and place them in the blue box under the portico.


While we are in uncertain financial times, it is as important as ever for us to trust in God’s providential care and to give so that the Kingdom’s work can continue. We are still doing ministry, supporting missions, helping with disaster relief, and we still have bills and staff to pay. We encourage you to mail or drop by the church office your tithe and gifts. We also have online giving available on our website and via the Realm Connect app.


In this second message in the SHAPE: Finding Your Fit series, pastor David will help us understand the purpose of spiritual gifts and how we can discern the ways in which God has gifted each one of us. Join us in person, listen on WTHO 101.7 FM, or watch our live-stream online.

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