Sunday School News for September 23, 2018



****Join us TODAY as we Honor Our Beloved Richard & Charlotte Segars as he enters retirement.  Immediately following the morning worship service, we will have a Salad/Fruit Luncheon in the Adult 4 Area. Bring your favorite salad or fruit dish.  Please come enjoy the fellowship & celebrate a job well done! A card basket will be available for you to place your notes to them.

****Please join GISD as they offer best wishes to Sally Stacy as she enters retirement TODAY, 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the

Chambers Sunday School Room.  A “wish you well tree” will be available.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR STATE MISSIONS: A big ”Texas-size” Thank You to those who made our State Missions Banquet a huge success. It is always good to see members working together for events such as the banquet. From food preparation to a late Friday night setup and Saturday morning decorating, everything came together. We appreciate Dr. Charles Wade sharing the stories of Texans, reached by the Gospel because of the Mary Hill Davis Offering, and the challenge he presented to each of us. Sunday School teachers and leaders will want to remind those present about the State Missions offering goal of $7,000.00. After the banquet our church has given $5,769.58 toward the offering goal. Please continue to pray for the needs across Texas and how we, as Texas Baptists, can help meet those needs by praying, giving and Speaking Out for Christ starting right here at home!

RESPONSE TO PRAYING FOR TEACHERS: Last Sunday we started our praying for our Graham ISD teachers. Sunday School teachers and leaders will want to thank those who took the name of a teacher to pray for them. There were 55 names of teachers to pray for and the names were basically taken by the end of Sunday School. For those present this Sunday there is still the opportunity for you to have the name of a teacher to pray for. Just call the church office and let Natalie know. It is good that we have enough prayer warriors to double up on some of the names of teachers. Graham ISD Prayer Warriors, you will want to email the teacher you are praying for soon if you have not already done so. This is not a one and done prayer responsibility. One of your Children’s Committee members will contact you each month with possible things to pray for. Thank you for praying for our Graham ISD teachers.

SAW YOU AT THE POLE: SYATP, “See You At The Pole” is scheduled September 26, 6:30 am on both Junior High and High School campuses.  SYATP is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. That means this is all about students meeting at their school flagpole to pray—for their school, friends, teachers, government, and their nation. SYATP is not a demonstration, political rally, nor a stand for or against anything.  SYATP is a great place to connect with God, connect with other believers, and connect our Junior High and High School campuses in the name of Christ.

FIELDS OF FAITH: Fields of Faith is upon us once again. The date for this year's Fields of Faith is Wednesday, October 12. This is a great time to invest in the lives of our students. Some Sunday School members have already signed up with Caleb to help with Fields of Faith.  For some you are season veterans and know the importance of the evening. Others will want to experience this joy for the first time. There are many areas of help needed. If you would be willing to help out this year please contact Caleb and he can send you the appropriate information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let Caleb know. The Graham Fields of Faith is used as an example to other communities. Our church was first to provide hamburgers to volunteers coming from work straight to the stadium. This is a great help. Those wanting to help with cooking or serving can contact Eddie Chambers or the Church office.

Thank You for investing in our students!

PREPARING FOR THE 2019 BUDGET: The process for the developing the 2019 Church Budget is now underway. Committee Chairpersons and organization leaders that expend funds have received by email and by carrier mail the 2019 Budget Worksheet and request form. If you serve in one of these capacities and have not receive this information please contact Roy Gant, Stewardship Committee Chairman or the Church Office. When developing your budget it is always helpful to visit with Jessica McClanahan, our Financial Secretary to get expense information for the current year to help you prepare your 2019 Budget Request. Please note these dates:


  • October 1 Budget Requests due, Stewardship Committee develops budget
  • October 21 Stewardship Committee and Requesting Chairpersons/Directors meet.
  • November 4 Proposed 2019 Budget presented to Deacon’s
  • November 7 Present 2019 Budget after Wednesday Services
  • November 14 Present 2019 Budget for adoption
  • Your Stewardship Committee members are: Sharon Pendleton, Sherita Forbus, Jan Chambers, Lan Locker, Buddy Caulder and Roy Gant Chairman.

TRUNK OR TREAT: Our Children’s Committee met recently to plan our Trunk or Treat for the children of our community October 31. Our church members have been very supportive of this opportunity to provide a safe alternative to the traditional Halloween activities and visit with families in our city. Let’s start telling others about our Trunk or Treat. How does this work? Our members simply park their vehicles on the church parking lot and give away candy from the trunk or trail gate of your vehicle. Call the church office to reserve your spot on the parking lot. This is also a great time of fellowship for our members who have volunteered to bring their vehicles. Very soon you will see the receiving cans for the candy. This is one of those events the children and families of our community look forward to. Our Children’s Committee and other volunteers provide the leadership for Trunk or Treat. Our Children’s Committee consist of Tiffany Fade, Jimmy Bryant, Jean Gant, Scott Vanarsdall, Jaicee Mathis and Terry Loetz Chairman. Neely Burrows also works with this committee when Scott Vanarsdall is not able to be present.

These are the next 2 important dates for Deacon Election.    Monday, September 24th, a letter will be mailed to the entire church membership.  Included in this mailing will be (1) guideline for a New Testament Deacon, (2) final list of eligible men to serve, and (3) nomination ballot for each household. Cards can be returned to the Church Office, a receiving box in the foyer or the wood receiving box in the sanctuary. Deadline to return the nomination names is October 3, Wednesday.  

Several years ago the thought of having an outdoor church sign on the highways coming into Graham came up. After several months of detailed work the Property Committee is now ready to share with the church family the uniquely designed sign that will welcome those new to our city and remind all they are welcome at First Baptist.  A mock-up of the sign will be on display in the foyer. The mock-up is 2’ x 3’ mounted on a coroplast material. The actual sign size is 6’ x 3’. You will also find a sample of the Alupanel used for the sign. This is a really great looking sign. The signs were paid for from a designated gift.

WHAT DO YOU DO: When a class member is absent for three weeks, absence becomes a habit. Absentees often begin to feel guilty about not attending. Attending members also begin to feel guilty about not reaching out. Caring relationships work to avoid that happening. Because you care, reach out immediately after each absence. Make a contact–the more personal the better. In other words, make a visit or a call. Express your care, even if the member has been on vacation. How can we do so without producing guilt? Consider the following:

say hello at the door (or by phone)

say that you just wanted him/her to know you missed him/her in class

remind him/her about upcoming plans for a fellowship or project

if there was a previous prayer request, ask for an update (write it down)

ask how you can pray for him/her and the family

pray together

as you part, say that you look forward to being in class together.

If the person has been absent for several weeks, extend the visit for a few extra minutes. Attempt to discover a need the class could meet. Ask the absentee if you can pick them up for the fellowship  with the class/department department Talk about recent class activities. Share your Sunday School experience and what the class/department means to you.