Dear First Baptist Church Family,

Oh, how we will miss Kevin and his family! Kevin has been a wonderful pastor to you and he has been a good friend to me over the past couple of years.  As God has led Kevin to Galax, He will also lead you to your next pastor. As God works to make this happen, I will be with you. I am pleased and excited to not only work with your leadership as your Director of Missions, but to also work with you, the church, by preaching, helping with church programs, and being available to you as a pastor.

Before we know it, the Christmas season will be upon us. We will be celebrating Advent on Sunday mornings in December. We will do this by lighting Advent candles, having an Advent reading, and the sermon will be centered on the Advent theme of the week.  We will wrap up Advent with your annual Christmas Eve service. And, of course, we will celebrate Christmas musically through the Cantata.

There will be an Advent devotional booklet for adults and one for families. Also, there will be an Advent family guide you can use to help you celebrate Advent at home. The guide is how we celebrated Advent in our home when our children were young.

Many of you know I teach religion in the School on Monday mornings. Mondays would be a great time for me to meet with you if you would like. I will also be available by appointment at other times. If you have an emergency, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to ministering to you and with you. You can contact me through the church office or you can call my mobile number (434) 774-6560.

Blessings in Christ,

Rev. Joe McDowell