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2021 CHURCH THEME: Our 2021 church theme is: “Excited about the future: Carrying on without carrying over”    

Scriptures are: Deuteronomy 31:8;  Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 43:18&19; Isaiah 58:11&12; Joel 2:25&26; Romans 15:13. 

Song:   “Moving On” by Jonathan McReynolds   Hymn: “O God our help in ages past”          

VIRTUAL BIBLE STUDY:  Join us on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. on the website, Facebook Live and YouTube.   We are studying gratitude now through November.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Join us for our final  virtual Throwback Thursday worship experience Thursday  at  7 p.m. on the website, Facebook Live and YouTube.  Flash back to old-school worship  and preaching from a previous Young Adult Day celebration.

TRANSITIONS HOMELESS CENTER: For their community service project, the Young Adults are collecting travel size hygiene items to donate to Transitions Homeless Center that provides homeless men and women ages 18 and older access to hot meals, showers & housing. Items include shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, body wash, lotion, small first aid kits, tissues, disposable masks, hand sanitizer and deodorant. There will be a box under the portico on Sundays or drop-off donations at the church office during the week. The project runs through Oct 31.

FALL FESTIVAL: The Youth Ministry’s annual Fall Festival is Oct. 30, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. in the Lady Street Parking Lot.  Children of all ages are welcome to participate in the Drive-thru trunk or treat festivities.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM:  Attention Parents:  Planning is underway for our virtual Church School Christmas program. If your child is interested in playing a musical instrument or saying a speech, contact the church office by Oct. 30th.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: The Women’s Department of the Midlands Baptist Association extends an invitation to everyone to join in their annual Baptist World Day of Prayer observance Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.  This year’s theme is Courageous Life! based on Hebrews 13:4. The virtual program is being presented via Zoom; MEETING ID: 834-2534-8140 PASSCODE:  331289.

LADIES’ GOLF:  The First Nazareth Golf Ministry  offers ladies free golf lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm at the Clyburn Golf Center located at 2091 Slighs Avenue, behind CA Johnson High School. We teach and give tips on all levels from beginners to golfers with experience. Please contact Bendorris White. 

ALZHEIMER’S WALK: The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed the dedication to ending Alzheimer’s is still our Focus.  Under the leadership of Rev. Olivia Williams, First Nazareth is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s an in-person and everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail— event.  Because the association feels strongly about keeping everyone safe, there isn’t a large in-person gathering. Instead, participants will walk in small teams at Segra Park on Saturday. Register at alzheimers.org. Team name First Nazareth Baptist Church, Team Captain Rev. Olivia Williams. Donations can be made online to the FNBC Team, mailed to the church or given to Rev. Olivia Williams.  Checks should be payable to the Alzheimer’s Association.

PRECEPTS: Precepts for Living, the 2021-22  Church School Commentary, has arrived and a limited number  available through the church office. 

BNS SCHOLARSHIP: A reminder from The Men of Omega and Men’s Day Committee—- Donations to the BN Scott Scholarship Fund are being accepted through December 31st

FREE FLU SHOTS: Prisma Health is providing free flu shots every Saturday in October at various locations in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw and Sumter counties Insurance is not required. Anyone age six months and older is eligible for the vaccine that will be provided in a drive-through setting. . Shots will be given Saturday, Oct 23, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Flu shots also will be available Wednesdays and Thursdays this week at Prisma Health Richland, Nine Medical Park, in the first-floor lobby area from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. 

MBA MONDAYS: The Midlands Baptist Association presents MBA Mondays-a virtual series of sermons by MBA pastors-on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.  Join the MBA on Facebook Live and YouTube as well as the church’s website. 

ABSENTEE VOTING: Our Get Out The Vote Committee reminds all voters that absentee voting is underway for the  Nov. 2nd City of Columbia General Election.  Eligible voters can vote in-person absentee Monday-Friday, 8:30 am and 5:00 pm,  at 2011 Hampton St. and at  2020 Hampton Street. With in-person absentee voting, you can complete an application and cast your ballot in one step. A current and valid Photo ID is required. In-person absentee voting  ends Oct. 25 and November 1, respectively,  but don’t delay, let your vote count now.  To vote absentee-by-mail, call the church office for instructions.  Remember, elections have consequences. 

STOP EVICTION: If you need help now to avoid eviction or utility disconnection or if you need help applying for rental and utility assistance, scan the QR code or call South Carolina Legal Services at 855-216-9198.  To apply for free legal representation in an eviction action, call Legal Services at 888-346—5592. 

MOBILE VACCINE CLINICS: To make accessing a COVID-19 vaccine easier, Prisma Health’s Mobile Health Clinics are providing vaccinations at sites throughout the community. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is needed. ID and insurance cards are encouraged but not required.  The two-dose Pfizer vaccine is provided for persons 12 and older. Prisma Health’s mobile medical clinic is offering free Covid vaccines Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon: Greater St. Luke Baptist Church, 5228 Farrow Rd.

PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH: October is Pastor Appreciation Month, a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings they provide. Paul urged Christian communities to acknowledge those “who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you,” holding these spiritual leaders “in the highest regard in love because of their work.” Bring a card, write a note of appreciation or give a gift card to express our love for  Pastor Scott’s work!

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: The FN Cancer Support Ministry reminds us that October has been observed as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1985. It began as a collaboration of community sponsors to raise awareness and funding for research for a cure for Breast cancer. In support of men and women whose lives have been touched by  this disease, you are encouraged to wear pink throughout the month.  The Cancer Support Ministry has resumed monthly meetings virtually (Zoom or conference call )on second Tuesdays at 5:30  PM. For details call the Church office or Trustee Catherine Lewis. 

JUNETEENTH 22: Mark your calendar!  The 2nd annual BBQ Cookoff has been rescheduled for June 18, 2022 as part of FNBC’s first-ever Juneteenth Weekend Celebration. Lots of activities are planned in conjunction with the cookoff and Sunday worship.  

MEDICARE WEBINAR: The  S.C. Department on Aging is presenting  a series of webinars on Medicare, Tuesdays, October 26-Nov. 16, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The webinars cover Medicare, Medicare-Medicaid, how to avoid Medicare scams and where to receive free unbiased counseling if you want assistance reviewing your options.  Contact the church office to receive the Zoom link or telephone number. Be an informed consumer!