Sunday, December 18th

Has everyone finished their Christmas Shopping? I barely have it started! I put it off a bit so I could focus on the Christmas parties this past weekend :) They were so much fun! I absolutely loved all of the tacky sweaters at the Middle School party and the High School party had its own version of merriment! If you haven't heard about all of the shenanigans, just find a student and ask them! If they all loved it as much as I did then they will have a lot to share!


Attached HERE is a letter from one of our Leaders/Parents. Instead of sending this to Carrie, let's send them straight to the source! EMAIL YOUR INFORMATION TO This sweet group of prayer warriors is waiting to stand in the gap for you!

Remember our website! If you ever miss an email or need to find out more info on any of our upcoming events, this is where you'll find it! Take a look at Parent Central! Click here

ONLINE SHOPPERS: Remember, if you want Amazon to donate to First Baptist Church at the Mall Foundation Inc, you need to start each shopping session at the URL and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

HUB HOLIDAY BREAK: The last HUB before the Holiday break is TONIGHT! Don't miss it!

6th GRADE GIRLS ONLY: Your Connect Group Leaders are inviting you to a Christmas Party which will be held at the home of Kelli Chestnut! Saturday,

  • WHEN: THIS Saturday, Dec 17th from 2pm - 5pm
  • WHERE: 1503 South Warren Avenue Lakeland, 33803.
  • WHAT: Please bring a pair of fun, silly, crazy socks ($5 limit) RSVP with Kelli by calling or texting 863-944-1235

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Join us with your family on our Lakeland Campus this Christmas Eve as we enjoy a night of celebrating the birth of our Savior! Worship will begin at 11pm and will include candle lighting, a reading of the Christmas Story, and a baptism celebration. This is a night for us all to come together and rest in the peace of this beautiful season! 

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES: Join us on Christmas Day as we continue to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! We will have one service at both locations in Lakeland and Auburndale at 10:30am. This will be a day of celebrating Jesus through worship and baptism, as well as honoring the true day to day heroes in our community, our single parents. Note: Our church will hold ONE Christmas Day Service at 10:30am in the Worship Center. There will be no programming for adults, children or students following this service.

HUB KICKOFF: January 11th! We will resume our Wed night schedule on the 11th with a huge New Year Kick Off!

PARENT MEETING: coming in January! We will have a date soon!

SAVE THE DATE!: One Point Weekend will be February 17-19, 2017! Details to come!
If you are willing to volunteer with us this weekend OR to open your home to host a group of students and their leaders(s), please contact me! Not quite sure about a houseful of students?Please pray about this decision! It is such a blessing and I know you will be happy you did! Call me with any questions or if you'd like to talk to someone who has hosted before! I'll connect you!

FUN FACT :) Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S annually!


Our group has started a quick two-lesson study on Jesus’ birth and the early years of his life. Both lessons are focused on finding ways to connect even more to the Christ child as we see how Jesus matured before beginning his earthly ministry.

In this first lesson, we will focus on what is revealed about Jesus’ miraculous birth in Luke 1:26-38. Mary was favored by God, trusted that what God said would come true, and was obedient. We have the opportunity to respond to God’s call on our lives with a similar level of faith-filled obedience.

This week, here are some specific ways you can encourage your teenager to continue learning and applying what we will discuss as a group:

  • Remind your child that God loves and believes in them. Share a specific reason (or multiple reasons) how you see God’s favor on their life.
  • At random times during the week, ask how and where your teenager senses Immanuel—God with them—in his or her life.
  • As a family, read Luke 1:46-55 together, and discuss specific reasons in your own lives for giving God praise.

Thanks for allowing us to partner with you as you guide your teenager through this amazing season of life!

Encourage your teenagers to memorize the Scripture below.

But Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often (Luke 2:19).