LIFETREE CAFÉ EXPLORES AMERICA’S STANCE ON CRIME. The treatment of criminals in America will be explored at Lifetree Café on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Café downstairs and Thursday at 11:30 am at Candlewood.
The program, titled “Tough on Crime,” includes a film featuring Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. The controversial sheriff has been praised and criticized for his treatment of prisoners. His jail prepares just two low-cost meals per day, restricts television viewing, places inmates in desert tents, and requires prisoners to wear pink underwear. According to Lifetree Café representative Craig Cable, Lifetree participants will delve into whether America’s justice system is too tough or not tough enough on crime.
THE SUNDAY MORNING CLASS IS STUDYING JAMES. We always review, so feel free to join the class at any time. We meet upstairs.
THE WEDNESDAY 12:30 BIBLE STUDY is studying 1 Corinthians. This is a great time to join the study! Come with ideas and a desire to learn more about the Lord and to grow in faith!
FAITH WEAVER FRIENDS, where kids pre-K – 5th jump into Bible Stories and fun related activities to help them grow in relationship with Christ and each other will resume on Wednesday, January 13th from 6:30-7:30.
50+ VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER: Don’t feel like being part of the crowd at dinner on Valentine’s Day? Then join with friends for a Valentine’s Day dinner on Sunday, Feb 14 at 4pm hosted by the New Beginnings Social Outreach Team. We are serving smoked pork tenderloin, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert and drinks catered by Bourbon Smoke BBQ, Jason Ishcomer. Price is $10 per couple/$5 for single. Tickets will be available after church starting Jan 10 for our congregation and available to the community starting January 28. Advanced ticket sales only due to limited seating.
HELPING HANDS UPDATE: We are continuing to collect items for the health kits, and food and clothing items for Helping Hands. Helping Hands will need spring clothing now. Containers for these items are under the coat rack. Thank you Doug Bosworth for taking the clothing collected in December on the drop off day. Thank you to everyone that took a Christmas toy tag from our tree and brought in toys. We were able to make 10 health kits from the items brought in and thanks to everyone that donated items.
A DIAPER DRIVE will be conducted in January by The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, in partnership with WDWS,. Diaper drives help babies in need because many low income parents struggle to afford diapers. The diaper drive will be held: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 8am-6pm. Diapers (any size) can be dropped at two drive-through locations: Champaign-Urbana Public Health District 201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign; WDWS 2301 S. Neil St., Champaign.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY will be offered at First Baptist Church beginning on January 20 at 6:30 pm. First Baptist will offer scholarships to those who cannot afford the cost of the course materials. There will be a free preview on January 13 at 6:30 for folks to come and check it out. Please have interested people email, call or visit the church website for more information or to register: 217/586-3304; http://www.fbcmahomet.org.
ATTENDANCE for Sunday, January 3rd was 81.