DECEMBER newsletter

WEEK OF PRAYER NOVEMBER 28–DECEMBER 5

GENEROSITY TRANSFORMS

"The Bible is a story of God's generosity from cover to cover. His generous gift of grace extends to you and the world. What does this mean? We've been entrusted with this grace, and we get to pour it out  to others — 365 days a year. To live generously is to extend His fame —so that all nations, peoples, languages and tribes may know His name. We exist to take the gospel to every corner of the earth, and through your generosity, we deliver tangible help and the hope of Jesus to those who need it most."

100% of your gifts are given directly to IMB to fund ministry overseas.
December 24 at 6:00 p.m.

BASKETBALL & CHEERLEADING

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

New Season begins January 2022

UPWARD Basketball and Cheerleading is a high-energy ministry where children learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and Godly principles for daily living. Gear up for an all new 2022 season! We have lots of participants registered but we need volunteers. If you can be a hall monitor, serve in the concessions Snack Shack, coach basketball players and/or cheerleaders, or referee games, WE NEED YOU!!!

REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE IN PERSON IN THE GREAT HALL ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AND SUNDAYS AND ONLINE.
I’ll admit: life and ministry has changed a lot in the past year and a half. Even though we are “back to normal” in a lot of ways, there are definitely things that are different today than they were before COVID shutdowns and health concerns became part of our daily lives. Since I’ve been leading FBC Youth, I’ve emphasized two main values for our group: we are a family, and we are trying to be world changers for the glory of God. Both of those values have been very difficult to live out because of the many restrictions and concerns that we’ve all been dealing with.

As we move into the Christmas holidays and into 2022, I, along with the rest of the amazing team that I get to work with in leading FBC Youth, will recommit to pursuing these values for our ministry as best as we can, and I’d like to ask you all as youth and parents of youth to join us in these efforts! Help us rebuild the connections that make us a church family by participating in our events, and be involved as a world changer by taking what we learn at church and applying it in your daily life, one small step at a time to influence others and serve God in the ways He has designed you.

Here are some things to look forward to in the coming months:
  • Our annual FBC Youth Christmas party featuring our “Ding Dong Ditch” outreach activity will be on Saturday, December 18th from 4:00-8:00p.
  • Sunday morning Bible study is where we are strategically teaching our students about the Bible and helping them understand how God’s Word can shape everything we do in life. As we move into the Spring semester, we will be tackling issues that help our students have answers to other worldviews and confidence in the Truth of the Bible.
  • “The Mix” continues to take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30p unless otherwise announced. This is a great place for students to connect through food, fun games and activities, and interactive Bible studies with small group discussion.
  • “Sunday Night Life” will return in January along with our church’s “Equip and Engage” schedule. We are using this time to show our students how to put our faith into action through hands-on outreach and training activities.
  • “Real Talk for Parents” will return in January. Once a quarter, we meet on Sunday evening for a time to discuss real life issues surrounding our students and their families, and give a Biblical view of how families can interact on these things.
  • “222,” our youth mentoring and discipleship program, will continue to match high school students with an adult mentor for one-on-one meetings twice a month to help discuss and grow in life and in faith.
  • Spring Break Mission Trip plans are shaping up, and we are excited about several possible ways that we can help be world changers. We are working through the plans and will be announcing dates and locations as soon as possible.
  • Summer Camp this year will be “MFuge” at Glorieta, NM from June 11-15th. We will join with hundreds of other youth for amazing camp games, worship and teaching times, and group service and outreach projects in and around Santa Fe, NM.

For more information about any of these, please contact me anytime by phone (915-203-1231) or email (jkroeker@fcbep.com). Also, stay up to date on all things related to FBC Youth by subscribing to our text updates: send a text message to the number 81010 with “@fbcepyouth” in the message OR use the Remind app and look up “@fbcepyouth.” You can also follow us on Instagram (@fbcepyouth) for a variety of posts featuring information about our ministry events and activities.
I am thankful for the privilege of leading FBC Youth, and I’m excited for what’s ahead as we continue to build a family and help students become world changers for the glory of God!

& YOUNG ADULTS

We had an exciting Fall semester with our college and young adult ministry, and we are excited about what’s ahead as we continue to help college students and young adults connect with the love and the life of Jesus!

We have had great Bible study and discussions on Sunday mornings though the leadership of our great team of Sunday school teachers, Robert and Celeste Guzman, Jordan Sherwood, and Stephanie Hommel. We invite all college students and young adults to join us each Sunday at 10:10a as we meet in the Bridges Worship Center in the Underground at FBC to have fun and learn together in interactive ways.

In addition to Sunday mornings, we had awesome home group gatherings on Sunday evenings twice a month at Elvin & Juli Porflit’s home, and we had several Friday night hang outs that included a game night, an outing to the corn maze, a pumpkin party, and we hosted a citywide worship gathering with over 50 college students and young adults from various local churches and campus ministries. We have also built a strong partnership with the Baptist Student Ministry, and we are taking steps to help them reach more students at UTEP and EPCC as well as join with them for several missions and discipleship opportunities.

As we wind down this semester and look towards Spring of 2022, we are excited to continue connecting with college students and young adults here at our church and in our community, and our desire is to get help them grow through discipleship and use their God-given gifts to “build a bridge” that will help connect others to Jesus! Please pray for us, and if you’re between the ages of 18-25, join us and be a part of FBC College as we build a great ministry that will impact many lives!

For more information about FBC College, please contact me anytime by phone (915-203-1231) or email (jkroeker@fcbep.com). Also, stay up to date on all things related to our college and young adult ministry by following us on Instagram (@fbcep.college).

Sympathy

  • Xiomara O'Neal Martinez in the passing of her aunt.
  • Linda Tarpley in the passing of her mother, Eleanor Varela.
  • Erick Jimenez in the passing of his mother, Esther Zamora.
  • Bobbie Williams in the passing of her son, Dale Williams.
  • Kelly Baldwin in the passing of her husband, Bill Baldwin.

CONGRATULATIONS

  • Asher Dunning
    Parents: Caleb and Kelsey Dunning
    Big Sister: Riley
  • Zion Flores
    Parents: Erick and Silvia Flores

LUKE 1:35

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.

DATES TO REMEMBER

December 5, 11:15 a.m. • Spanish Worship
December 7, 11:00 a.m. • 
Women on Mission In-Person
December 24, 6:00 p.m. • Christmas Candlelight Service
Grace Place had a successful start serving and reaching out to the community. We are grateful for all the support and for each of our volunteers. We are grateful to Mustard Seed Café for providing hot meals on Wednesday and Thursdays.
 
On December 18th is our Good News Christmas Party at Grace Place  from 3pm to 5pm in partnership with Christian Women Jobs Corp and Child Evangelism Fellowship. This will be held with children from our neighborhood. We are grateful for the gifts that’s being donated towards this Christmas event. We hope and prayer to start a weekly Good News Club with these children in 2022.
 
We are certainly needing more volunteers. We encourage you to please sign up for our upcoming Orientation and Training to be held on the last Monday of every month ( next training is Monday, January 31st  9:30am-12:30pm).  You can sign up on VOMO at https://app.vomo.org/project/grace-place-community-center.

During the month of December we will be serving until December 16th (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) and we will resume services on January 11th.
 
Grace Place Coordinating Team Wishes you a Happy New Year!
 
—Linda Misenhimer, Xiomara Martinez, David Evans, Mark Sida, and Edgardo Martinez

Come and enjoy free games, songs, snacks, and a bible story with our local community

Host: First Baptist Church of El Paso
Location: Grace Place Community Center (900 Arizona Ave.)
Date: Saturday, December 18
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Contact: (915)533-1465
Note to Parents: Your child is invited to attend a fun, interactive Christmas party sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, a Bible-centered ministry. All teachers and helpers have been trained and screened to ensure your child's safety. Parents are welcome to attend!

NOVEMBER GIVING

2020 (5 Sundays)
Budgeted —$208,158
Actual — $100,405
2021
Budgeted — $126,606
Estimated — $144,000

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