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SENIOR ADULT XYZ MINISTRY PROGRAM & LUNCHEON TUESDAY, MAY 7, 11AM, FELLOWSHIP HALL

Group Hymn Singing, led by Tom Barrett, will begin at 11:00 am. This month we will be featuring P.J. Scott’s Country/Gospel Band from Olive Branch, MS. Lunch will be provided! Come and join us for a great time of fellowship and ministry. Don’t forget to invite a friend to come with you!

Annual Church-Wide Cookout In The Grove

Sunday, May 19 @4:30pm

This event is a great time of fun, fellowship and music! FBC will provide hamburgers & hotdogs. We ask that you bring your soft drinks and anything else you want to share with the group. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs, etc... and come enjoy! * in case of rain cookout cancelled.

May 2, 2013

6am - 6pm

~Prayer vigil in courthouse

11:00 -11:45 am ~Luncheon @FBC

12:15 - 1:00 pm

~Prayer Service on the Courthouse South Lawn

May 2013 Vol. 55 No. 5


Im pacting Li v es - Bui lding Com Good Thoughts

As we move into May, we begin turning our attention to the glories of summer vacation. The frenetic pace of the school year is winding down. The traffic will decrease as the daylight increases. After eight years in Oxford, I know that our collective impulse is to relax, which is a good thing. But we must remember that every season is a season for the gospel (2 Tim 4:2). Summertime is especially suited for sharing the good news of Jesus with kids. Most people who come to faith in Christ do so before they reach adulthood. That is why Vacation Bible School and Winshape Camp (see inside for details) are so very important to our mission strategy every year, and this year is no exception. Of critical importance is having mature believers to serve Christ and kids with their time, talents, and treasure. There are few other ministry opportunities in our year that place you in such a position for kingdom impact. As a fifth grader sitting in VBS, I vividly remember a particular lesson about the totality of Christ’s work for my forgiveness. I was already a believer, but I struggled at times to rest securely in the fact of my salvation. The lesson that day was so simple, clear, and true that I still return to it when Satan buffets me. Winshape moves beyond the walls of our church to Lafayette Middle School. We lock arms with several other churches in Oxford to open the doors of the gospel to kids from all over our community. College students from all over the country come to lead the camp, but adults from here are needed simply to serve and care for kids all week. You can co-labor with God to lay the cornerstone of Christ in a kid’s life through these weeklong events. There is something uniquely effective about setting forth the truth of Scripture day after day, so that the fullness of the gospel can be put on display, kids have time to ask questions, and relationships can form that extend

beyond the event itself. That’s the opportunity that summertime affords us. Let’s make the most of it. Ask the Lord not if He can use you, but how He can use you this summer! Bro. Eric

for your information

Awana Awards Night W e d n e s d a y , M a y 1 5 th 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary

No Sunday Night Activities Mother’s Day S u n d a y , M a y 1 2 th

on

No Sunday Night Activities on

Memorial Day Weekend S u n d a y , M a y 2 6 th

Church Office Closed Memorial Day M a y 2 7 th

K i d s C h u r c h @ 1 1 am is seeking volunteers to work

1-2 Sundays a month starting in August. Jobs include being a Presenter, Worship Leader, S ma l l G r o u p l e a d e r , a n d T e c h Support. Must be at least 15 years old. Contact Candler Harris at charris@gotofirst.org for more info or to sign up!


m m unity - Chanaing the W or ld Youth Stuf f

Breakfast Club -

Tuesday, May 7 @ 6:45 am. We will meet at Chick-Fil-A for fellowship, breakfast and some time for prayer before school. Youth Worship - Wednesdays, May 8 @ 6:00 pm in the Youth Room. Friends, music and God’s Word! Invite your friends and join us. Senior Getaway - May 28-31 in Gatlinburg, TN. Summer Splash - Wednesdays this summer (when we’re in town). Check the Youth Board for times, locations & details. VBSwag - June 10-14 For information visit www.vbswag.com and follow us on Twitter@VBSwerve.

West Virginia Mission Trip -

June 24-29. $100.00/person...registration is now open! The BIG 7 Trip - July 25-27 to St. Louis, MO. For all students who just completed 6th & 7th grade and parents. $100.00/person...registration is now open!

Vacation Bible School June 3-7, 2013

F o r P r e K - 6 th g r a d e ~ M o n - F r i ~ 9 - 1 2 : 2 0 Online Registration Only for children & workers has begun! Go to the church website and click on the VBS link.

VBS Workers Needed!

We want you to be involved serving in these areas: crafts, music, teachers, helpers, decorations, administrative help, etc. Email or call Aaron Hulse at ahulse@gotofirst.org or the church office.

Cupcakes & Sugar Cookies for VBS

We need 400 cupcakes(iced) and 500 sugar cookies for the week of VBS. Would you bake a dozen or two, we need them at the church on Sunday, June 2. Contact Dina Addy at 837-0797 or dina_addy@yahoo.com if you can help.

Our Fam i ly

Budget Report-April 7-28, 2013 Budget Building Designated T o t a l

Building Funds Given to date: Annie Armstrong Given to date:

$172,023.00 $ 8,517.44 $ 12,301.41 $192,841.85

$5,460,935.85 $16,023.95

F am i l y B i b l e S t u d y

Apr 7-582, Apr 14-644, Apr 21-602, Apr 28-597

Deacons

of the

Week

May 5-11: Jim Pryor, Keith Scruggs, Mitch Diggs, Rick Mize May 12-18: Breese Quinn, Eddie Aune, Anthony Hart, Bubba Morgan May 19-25: Scott Kendricks, Michael Meurrier, Mark Moore, Kevin Bain May 26-June 1: Greg Brewer, Martin Locke, Paul Hale, Matt Moore

New Members

in

April

Ryan Overall; Kendall & Ginger Gregory; Joseph, Jeana, Jamie, Jennifer & William BaumBaugh; Roger & Joyce Fitzgibbons; Peter Binder; Brandi Anderson; Rob & Christy Ray; Van Thornton; Danny, Barbara & Ashley Flowers; and John & Stephanie Stevens, Anna Kate, Pearson, & Rob.

Our Sympathies

To Cheryl Eber and family in the loss of her mother, Mrs. Mary Lee Newell. To Melissa Alexander and family in the loss of her sister, Rita Goodson. To John Alexander and family in the loss of his mother, Belle McDonald Alexnder. To Polly Matlock and family in the loss of her grandson, Will McClellan. To Anna Burns and family in the loss of her grandmother.

Congratulations

To Molly & Casey Turner on the birth of a son, Thomas Casey Turner (Case) on March 30.

W i n S h a p e C am p f o r K i d s . . . The dates are Mon., July 1 - Fri., July 5 at Lafayette High School. For children who h a v e c o m p l e t e d 1 st- 6 th g r a d e s . C o s t $ 1 3 9 p e r camper(sibling discount of 10%).


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5:00pm Fellowship Meal 5:45pm AWANA 5:45pm Student Worship 6:00pm Prayer Time/Bible Studies 6pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal 6:15 Handbell Choir Rehearsal 7:30 Worship Band Rehearsal National Day of Prayer 6am-6pm Prayer Vigil(Courthouse) 11am-11:45am Luncheon @FBC 12:15pm Prayer Service on South Lawn of Courthouse 8:30 & 11 am Worship Services 9:45 am Bible Study Classes 5:00 Children’s Choir 5:00 The W.A.Y. 5:00 Life University Classes Senior Adult XYZ Ministry(11am) 6:30 High School Graduate Banquet Regular Wednesday Schedule

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This Month

May May May May May May May May May May

9 - 7:00pm Fine Arts Academy Recital 12 - Regular Sunday Morning Schedule - 11:00am Senior Recognition 15 - Regular Wednesday Schedule - 6:00 Awana Awards Service in the Sanctuary 16 - Weekday Graduation @ 5:30pm in the Sanctuary 19 - Regular Sunday Morning Schedule - 4:30-8:00 pm Cookout in the Grove - No Other Activities 21 - Inmon Circle Meeting in the Conference Room 22 - No Wednesday Activities 26 - Regular Sunday Morning Schedule - No PM Activities 27 - Memorial Day Church Office Closed 29 - No Wednesday Activities

800 Van Buren Ave. • Oxford MS 38655 662.234.3515 • www.gotofirst.org

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