The Star of Bethlehem – December 21st

The Star of Bethlehem was visible just above the church on Monday, December 21st.

The Christmas Star made an appearance just after sunset on Monday, December 21st. The star was formed by a great conjunction of the planets Saturn and Jupiter, where the two planets appear closest together in the sky. This is the first time these two planets have been this close since 1226 AD. It is amazing that this occurrence would be happening in the year 2020, when the world seems to need it most.

In the year when Jesus was born, there was violence, chaos, political and social unrest. It was dark. The Magi found him by way of the star, which was the “meeting” of 3 stars: Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. They followed the star until it rested on where he was and they began to worship him. In a time where it was dark, Light was brought into our world. Jesus stepped in to the chaos and brought peace.

Fast forward to this year, 2020. It’s a time of violence, chaos, political and social unrest. It is dark. Winter Solstice, December 21st, is known for being a time where the day is the shortest and night is the longest…it’s literally the “darkest day” and is the beginning of what most would say the cold, dark winter season.

But on the darkest day this year, Jupiter and Saturn met, giving us the Christmas Star! How fitting…that in this moment of time, during the Christmas season, we get to see this beautiful reminder…that even in the darkest of times…Light will, and has, stepped in. In our chaos, He is there. In our darkest time, He is there. He brings Light, and makes all things new.

May we always be reminded of His power, and His Light that he brings for all mankind. He is perfect at stepping into chaos and bringing it into peace.

Thank you Jesus!

Zoomed in shot of the Star of Bethlehem.

Holiday Office Closure

The First Baptist Church office will be closed Friday, December 25th through Friday, January 1st in observance of Christmas and New Year.

May God bless you and keep you! Have a safe holiday!

Christmas Eve Service – December 24th

Celebrate Christmas by joining us online for our Christmas Eve Service – Thursday, December 24th. The sanctuary will be opened that day from 1:00 till 4:00 PM for reflection and prayer. Communion will also be available for anyone who would like to partake.

First Baptist Church Thanks University of the Cumberlands for Food Pantry Donations

     Each year the University of the Cumberlands students, faculty, and staff step up and collect non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Each year we are astounded by the amount that comes in. Particularly this year, we were deeply moved by how much the University provided. Over 30,000 pounds of canned vegetables, oatmeal, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, Mac & Cheese, Spaghettios, hamburger helper meals, and so much more has filled our downstairs storage area. This will make such a difference in our community.
     In a time when life is definitely not normal, when suffering and confusion seem to take the forefront, it is indeed a joy to watch students and staff at UC set all the sorrow and fear aside and choose “to love their neighbor as themselves.” 
     Thank you and know we who distribute the food are just as blessed by seeing your love in action as those who come to our doors seeking help. You are a blessing to us all.