Dates to Remember in January
January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb 11: Mr. Scott Hall is going to be speaking to us about the homeless
teenagers in the Roanoke Rapids High School district.
Mar 23 (tentative): Ms. Angela Love will speak to us about the things Jo
Story offers us.
Apr 14: Comedian and singer Amy Kornegay will make us laugh.
May 12 or 19: The Spiritual Practice of Simplicity: Practicing simplicity
doesn’t just mean living with less; it also encompasses the inward
desire to live a simpler life. This class addresses loosening dependence
on things, activities, and even human relationships while deepening
dependence upon God. Topics include biblical simplicity, setting
priorities, letting go with peace, and enjoying freedom, contentment and
peace in Christ
Aug 11 or 18: Dementia and the Faith Community. Learn how you
church can minster to those living with dementia and the caregivers.
Participants will gain a better understanding of dementia and learn how
to communicate and minister to those living with dementia as well as
those caring for them. Participants will also learn warning signs of
dementia and concrete ways to help.
515 Becker Dr., RR, NC 27870
Email: [email protected]
January 2020 Newsletter
Rev. Dathan Hall
Happy New Year from the staff of First Baptist Church. We are looking
forward to an exciting new decade where God will do mighty things
through each of you. One exciting new thing is going to be the start of
our newest small group called “Next Level”. This group will begin on the
first Sunday of January, meeting at 10 a.m. each week. In addition, the
Sounds of Praise Choir is excited to get back to regular practice and is
seeking new members to use their talents to God’s glory in 2020.
We ask that all church members pray for God’s direction and blessing
over the coming month. We also ask that each person resolve to grow
closer to the Lord and each other this year. May God’s favor rest upon
Don L. West,
Minister of Music
Sounds of Praise Choir rehearsal every Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
If you have thoughts about singing with us, this would be a
good time to try out for the choir. We would love to have
"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin' Around The
Christmas Tree," and "Holly Jolly Christmas" were written by
Jewish songwriter Johnny Marks.
The first Christmas song to mention Santa Claus was Benjamin
Hanby's "Up On The Housetop." Written in 1864, Hanby was
inspired Clement Moore's 1823 poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas."
1st: Selby Merritt 14th: Shirley Grady
4th: Paige Dickerson 18th: Lisa Barriger
4th: Donna Draper 18th: Kaylin White
5th: Myrle Moore 22nd: Lynne Smith
7th Verdie Riggan 31st: Angela Love
We were blessed to have had a donation of Christmas stockings for
Bayberry and the shut-ins.
The Senior Luncheon was a great success and fun was had by all. See
ya next year. Next one is May 5.
Free Over the Counter Medicine Giveaway will be held at Halifax Community
College Ervin C. Griffin, Sr. Centre Weldon, NC 27890 Friday, January 17,
2020 9:00am—2:00pm Bring Friends, Family & Neighbors
Please pray for the following church
members who are our brothers and sisters in
worship. Any updates should be given to Ms.
Faye Wallace, 252-308-5318 or Ms. Harlean
Bayberry Retirement Home (252-537-2995) Carolina Rest Home (252-533-0014)
Vacant Muriel Knight/Don Barnes
111 Wicker Dr. RR, NC 27870 1361 Carolina RR, NC 27870
Margie Davis, 537-9463 Gwen Merritt, 537-4042
322 Monroe St, RR, NC 27870 802 E. 12th St, RR, NC 27870
Anne Emery, 537-4654 Roma Wright & Kay White, 532-0581
42 Henry St, RR, NC 27870 657 Williams St, RR, NC 27870
Margie Holiday, 537-3194 Nell Bailey,532-4778
901 Wilson St, RR, NC 27870 158 Morgan Dr, P.O. 462, RR, NC 27870
Kay White* (cancer) Tina Mead* (back surgery) Shirley Dyer (knee surg)
Nell Bailey * (bad legs) Margie Holiday * Jean Floyd * (heart)
Lessie Johnson* (back) Betty Hodge (cancer) Verdie Riggan* (BP/arm)
Tommy Vaughan* (kidney) Georgia Mae (cancer) Ann Graham Lotz (cancer)
Margie Davis * Jim Martin (agent orange) Melinda Hite (Eye’s)
Roy Barnes* (back surgery) Roma Wright * Anne Emery * (breathing)
Gwen Merritt * Joyce Edwards * (shoulder) Marion Barnes
June Skaggs * Barbara Vaughan * Zettie Jones
Billy Strickland (lung cancer) Becky Jernigan (Tammy Emery’s Mom)
Viola Sykes (Marion Brown’s Mom) Bill Kornegay (foot) Wayne Meade (
Ryker Brown (Faye Wallace’s grt neph) Gisela Kinscheck (Heart) Terri Bennett (kidney/)
Elizabeth Clary (pneumonia) Francis Medlin * (heart)
Whitt Copeland Richard Gaylor Cindy Willey
Ray Mabery (heart) Lia Gennaro Ray (cancer) Linda Overton (cancer)
Evenly Given Sherri Beals (heart) Al Lane (heart)
Barry Skaggs Lynn Wallace (heart) Clay Brickett (hip)
Ann Thanos Brenda Gray (loss spouse)
Brenda Ragland (heart/cancer) Woodruff Family
Jacob Bouchard*, U.S. Navy Aaron Purser *, U.S. Navy
Rev William (Billy) Hardwick - Kenya
* First Baptist Church members
Fun time at Bayberry meet and greet for the
Good food and fun.
Please attend Bible Study before our service
on Sundays from at 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
We are encouraging more students to
attend. Please come or visit the Bible class
that fits your age group. Come study the
gospel and fellowship.
0 - 4 Victoria Allen,
5 – 11 Kathy Abernathy
12 – 18 Amy Hall
19+ Roy Barnes
I would like to thank everyone for the
awesome job with Operation Christmas Child
collection of different items every month and
for the people who helped pack boxes. We did
well this year and collected 134 boxes. We will
start collecting again in February and plan to
go over that number. Thank you!! 😊
We are in desperate need of nursery workers. Can you play
or rock for 1 hr. on Sundays? Please consider it. See Tori
Allen for times you can work. Thank you!
Ms. Kathy Abernathy
This is how we roll in Sunday
School....after the Bible lesson, of
course...We so CWAZY!!🙃🙃
The kids will be making Christmas
ornaments and doing other Christmas
activities for the month of January.
The kids are finishing up the new testament with
Revelation and learning what each book is about.
First Baptist Church Staff/Committee
Pastor: Rev. Dathan Hall Minister of Music: Rev. Don West
Administrative Assist: Ms. Angela Love Pianist: Mr. Jeff Riggan
Bereavement Social: Jeanne West Finance: Pete Smith
Ladies Ministry; Amy Hall Senior Coordinator: Harlean Shook
Youth Leader: Amy Hall
First Place for best float. Let’s hear it for Jesus!
What a fun time in the Roanoke Rapids Christmas Parade representing
Jesus! Let’s hear it for Jesus! Angels we have heard on High! We are so
thankful for all who helped build, or ride and share the love of CHRIST
with our community! First Baptist Church won the first-place church
float entry this year! We are so thankful for togetherness!
Responsibility: 5th 12th 19th 26th
Grades K -5
Kathy Abernathy Kathy Abernathy
Amy Hall Amy Hall Amy Hall Amy Hall
Tori Allen/ Abby
Children’s Church Lessie