We’re Hiring!

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you an opening in our ministry team. Find out more by following the below link.

Volunteers Needed

The food pantry is in need of volunteers to do the many tasks that need to be done. Just two or three hours, one day a week would be helpful. Your time and generosity will be a blessing as well as a wonderful gift to someone less fortunate. FBC Murphy is working at the food pantry weekly. If you are interested in helping, contact Megan Austin at 618-684-8258.

Wednesday Night Activities

Wednesday Night Activities are taking a break for the Christmas season. The Wednesday night groups will only meet December 12th and 19th. FBC Kids Club, Crossfire Youth, Family Dinner and Bible Study with Pastor will NOT meet on Wednesdays, December 5th, 26th, and January 2nd due to Pasta with Santa and the school Christmas break. All activities will resume on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.
It all starts with FBC Kids and Crossfire at 3:30 pm. All children from Kindergarten – 5th grade are welcome to be a part of the FBC Kids Club from 3:30-6:00 pm, which offers snacks, homework, Bible stories and dinner. Transportation is provided from the two Murphysboro grade schools by contacting the school and Barb Troutman. Crossfire Middle School Youth is from 3:30-5:30 pm. The Family Dinner starts at 5:00 pm with dinner for everyone. Family Dinners take a break during the summer. Crossfire High School Youth and Bible Study with Pastor both start at 6:00 pm. Choir rehearsal begins at 7:15. Invite your family friends and neighbors! There is something for all ages here at FBC on Wednesday nights.

Wednesday Dinners needs Volunteers

FBC Kids Club has approximately 30-40 kids every week. Feeding this group has become an important part of our ministry. There are 35-40 adults, 30-40 children and 25-35 youth who are all Wednesday night regulars. Simple and easily prepared foods are prepared (kids like simple foods). Would you please prayerfully consider volunteering to be a part of our kitchen crew one Wednesday a month? If you would like to discuss where you could help, have questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact Christina Smith (519-0829) or Pastor Shaker.

Pasta With Santa

Pasta with Santa will be on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. All children and their families are invited to have dinner with Santa. Pasta, salad, drink, and Christmas cookies will be served. Santa  will be on hand for consultations. So, kids make your list and be ready to have a heart to heart talk with Santa. He will have time for every child. This is an awesomely fun outreach.  Be sure to invite your neighborhood kids and their families.

Homemade Cookies are Needed

The Deacon Care Team will be assembling and delivering Christmas care packages to our church’s nursing home residents and shut-ins on Monday, December 10th. If you would like to brighten the holidays for our home bound and nursing home seniors, make some homemade cookies and candy. Please have your goodies at the church no later than Sunday, December 9th. Thank you for bringing some holiday spirit to those who are unable to participate in our church family holiday events. Your thoughtfulness will be a blessing to you and our beloved shut-ins.

McAlister’s Fundraiser Night

The Summer Mission Trip Team is hosting a fund-raiser at McAlister’s Deli in Carbondale on Thursday, December 13th, from 5-8:00 pm. 10% of your purchase will go to the 2019 Mission Trip fund. The Mission Team will be at the restaurant waiting on tables and offering drink refills. No need to cook, bring the whole family or order through the drive up and help send the Mission Trip Team to Jamaica.

Communion at River to River

Our Deacon Team is planning their quarterly Communion Service at the River to River Assisted Living facility on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 pm in the east building. Everyone is invited to be a part of the service. The residents would love having the fellowship. You and the residents will both receive a blessing! Please plan to attend.

Christmas Choral Celebration

The Christmas Choral Celebration will be held at 10:00am on Sunday, December 16th. It will be a morning of inspirational Christmas music with the FBC Choir proclaiming the baby born in the manger is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This worship service is like no other with the choir telling the Christmas story with songs and hymns. It will be a wonderful spirit filled service for everyone! Please be sure to invite your family friends and neighbors.

Crossfire Christmas Party

All middle and high school students are invited to an evening of Christmas food, games, gifts and fun on December 16th at 5:00pm. Everyone is to meet at the church at 5:00 pm and will board the church bus for a Progressive Dinner; going from house to house enjoying what their hostesses and hosts have prepared. Following dinner, everyone will return to the church for some big giveaways, an ugly sweater contest and a white elephant gift. exchange. It will be a fun filled evening.

FBC Kids Club Christmas Party

All children Kindergarten through the 5th grade are invited to a Christmas party with all the trimmings at the Wednesday Night FBC Kids Club from 3:30 – 6:00pm on December 19th. There will be Christmas music, Christmas crafts, Christmas games, the Christmas story…Christmas, Christmas all afternoon. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm and pick up time is 6:00 pm.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 6:00pm on Monday, December 24th. This very special service will feature the sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas with the sanctuary in its beauty with candlelight, holiday decorations and wonderful Christmas carols. It will be a beautiful and reflective service of the wondrous gift of Jesus. This is a perfect opportunity to invite your holiday guests to a wonderful Christmas service.

Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24th-25th so the staff may spend the Christmas holiday with their families. Please bring your holiday guests and family to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 24th. The church office will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1st, New Year’s day. In case of an emergency, please contact a Deacon or Vicki Ardrey at home.

Murphysboro Community Christmas

Everyone is invited to the 25th Annual Murphysboro Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day, December 25th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 606 Plum St. Meals for delivery to the elderly and disabled may be arranged by calling Mary Ann at 303-4768 before Dec. 22nd. This is an community event and everyone is welcome.

Wednesday Security Needed

A Wednesday Night Security Volunteer is needed. For more information concerning this position, please contact Pastor Shaker or Judy Rawls.

Fellowship Hall

The fellowship hall has some issues.


Problem: The fellowship hall flooring is old asbestos type linoleum product that is beginning to wear very thin. They will no longer be able to strip the wax off without potentially breaking through the protective sheeting into the asbestos materials. This could and would present a health hazard. The floors can continue to be waxed but once the wax builds back up the floor will constantly look dingy and dirty. Not an inviting site.
Solutions: Sealing and covering the old flooring with new flooring. Looking at industrial strength flooring material that is guaranteed to last at least 30 years. Considering both tile type flooring for Fellowship Hall and lower entry ways and carpet for the classrooms.


Problem: The classroom doors in the fellowship hall are deteriorated beyond repair. Rodney Brown has worked on the doors and has told council members there is nothing more he can do to repair them. The doors are cracking, the bottoms are showing some rot, and it takes three people to move them. Concerns are that someone who doesn’t know what they are doing tries to move the doors they could be seriously injured. We are most concerned for our children and their fingers.
Solution: Replace the doors with more modern, sound proof, easy to move door systems. While costly, these doors if taken care of should last many years into the future plus will help with the external noise issues. (The floors and doors are over 90 years old. They have served FBC well!)

Intervarsity Dinners

FBC will be preparing a meal for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at SIU Carbondale on the last Friday of each month. If you would like to help, please contact Rachel Edgar at 201-0698 or Kristy Dunning at 534-3054.

Ladies’ Exercise Class

Calling all ladies! There is a Senior’s Ladies Exercise class on Monday and Wednesday mornings starting at 10:00 am in the children’s department of the Education Building. The class focuses on balance and stretching exercises. If you have questions or would like more details, please contact Judy Rawls.