“… I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

“Thrive” is a celebration of the life of our church. Every other month we take time to reflect on the blessings God has bestowed upon us as a church family.

Give Thanks

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, we are reminded to pause, reflect and be thankful. Thankfulness is something we strive to practice throughout the year, but setting aside time to give thanks at this time of year is particularly meaningful. Surrounded by family and friends, God’s blessings become even more evident. Our church family is no different. Read on to see how God has been working in the life of our church. We have so much to be thankful for.

Community Conversation

On October 16th, we had over 100 people in our sanctuary to hear from a panel of experts on an important topic for many families today, Navigating Anxiety with Kids and Teens. We advertised this event to our surrounding community and had a number of guests present to hear from Amy Head, Doyle Hamilton, and Ed Malcom. The panel, with backgrounds in counseling and medicine, shared their expertise on this topic. In the future, we hope to host additional Community Conversations on important issues affecting our community. What a blessing it is to be in a church that cares about its community and looks for ways to be the presence of Jesus to our neighbors!

Fall Festival

Although it was a cold and rainy Saturday, the Fall Festival was a great success! We moved the Fall Festival inside, and everyone had a blast. The Kona Ice truck gave out hot chocolate, and our new addition of a chili cook-off was a big hit! Our cook-off winners were: Greg Kirksey, Shawl Lobree, and Timothy Paul. We gave away more than fifty cakes at the cake walk, and the kids had a blast in the bounce house and the inflatable joust. We decorated cookies and pumpkins, ate popcorn, and had a lot of fun on a rainy afternoon. First Baptist families, preschool families, and families from our community joined us for this annual event. Our new additions: cookie decorating, pumpkin decorating, the chili cook-off, the inflatable joust, and the Kona Ice truck were such big hits that they will return next year! Brush up on your chili making skills and plan to join in the fun in 2020!

Adult Fall Retreat

From October 25th – 27th, a group of adults went on retreat to Toccoa, GA. It was a beautiful weekend and a wonderful time, as the group spent time discussing the topic of “Margin” and working to create it in their own lives. Throughout the weekend, the group prayed together, studied scripture, went on hikes, spent time in discussion, and enjoyed time away in God’s beautiful creation. It was a much needed time to pause, reflect and recharge. Be on the lookout for more retreat opportunities in the future.

Looking Ahead

November 24: Grateful Hearts

December 1: Greening
December 1: Preschool Christmas Party
December 4: Jingle Jam
December 8:
Elf Workshop
December 8: Angel Tree Deadline
December 8: Instrumental Noels
December 11: Missionary Speaker
December 13:
Youth Christmas Party
December 15: Elementary Christmas Party
December 15: Choral Noels
December 24: Christmas Eve Services
December 29: One Service