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Christmas in Abilene

The calendar is already filling up with Christmas events, from The Messiah to Christmas at The Zoo. The following list will be updated continuously. To add a Christmas-related event, email details to editor@spiritofabilene.com ABILENE COMMUNITY BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Abilene Community Band will present its Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Paramount Theater. Admission is free.

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Yes, Virginia, Operation Christmas Child is Here

By LORETTA FULTON OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILDWhen: National collection week Nov. 15-22Where: Local drop-off locations are First Baptist Church, 1333 N. Third St., and Wylie United Methodist Church. 3430 Antilley Road. First Baptist drop-off hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16; 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday,

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Q&A With Phil and Mary Christopher

Phil Christopher retired in September as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, a position he held for twenty-six years. Both Mary and Phil Christopher have made a substantial impact on Abilene since their arrival, and thankfully, they will remain Abilenians. Phil’s last Sunday as senior pastor was Sept. 26. Future plans call for some travel and continued local involvement in

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First Baptist ‘Give Hope’ Campaign Gets a Boost

The Hope Center by the Numbers7,500–square footage of existing activity building6,900–square footage to be added to activity building for kitchen to train students in Culinary Academy18,000–square footage of existing structure to be converted to GLO Daycare facility4,200–square footage that can be converted into after-school program14,400–square footage for future development By LORETTA FULTON The Give Hope Campaign at First Baptist Church

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‘Tis the Season for Retirements

By LORETTA FULTON In August 2020, Stan Allcorn started a trend that is continuing this summer among other local pastors and people serving in ministry roles–retirement. Allcorn came to Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in 1998 and stepped down from his position as senior pastor last August. He and his family were honored at an outdoor retirement party Sunday night, Aug.

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Phil Christopher Retiring From FBC in September

Dr. Phil Christopher, senior pastor of First Baptist Church since 1995, announced his retirement Sunday, June 13, during the morning worship service. His retirement is effective Sept. 26 of this year. The following letter was posted after the service. Some things don’t change…. An article about First Baptist Abilene in the 1954 Abilene Reporter News was titled “An evangelistic, progressive, and pioneering

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Holy Week Luncheon Series Again Goes Virtual

Monday, March 29“The Unsung Hero of Holy Week”Phil Christopher, First Baptist Churchhttps://vimeo.com/529522707                              Tuesday, March 30“When God is Late”Shane Hughes, Highland Church of Christvimeo.com/527855462 Wednesday, March 31“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”Steve Patterson, St. Paul United Methodist Churchvimeo.com/527413002 Thursday, April 1“The Final Miracle Before the Crucifixion”Cliff Stewart, First Central Presbyterian Churchvimeo.com/527862671 By LORETTA FULTON For the second consecutive year, the

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It’s Not Too Late to Pack Box Online for Operation Christmas Child

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILDPhysical shoeboxes filled with gifts for children worldwide have been collected, but it’s not too late to pack a shoebox online. Deadline is Dec. 31. Just go to https://samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/ and follow the instructions. More information: Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. For more information, contact Naomi Wood, area coordinator at 325-660-5633 or abileneareaocc@gmail.com.  By LORETTA FULTON At

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FBC Music Minister Composes Piece for Book of Devotions

By LORETTA FULTON Todd Wilson, pastor for worship and music at First Baptist Church, contributed a devotional to a new book, “Rise Up and Praise Him.” The book of daily devotionals was compiled by Phil Barfoot. Wilson’s devotional, “The Question That Everyone Asks,” is posted below.  Wilson has been at First Baptist Church since December 2002. He also has served

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