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First Baptist Owensboro

May 2017

REFUGEE MINISTRY

SUMMER PREVIEW

CLASS OF 2017 GRADS

Danelle Young, along with FBC volun-

A whole lot is in store this summer.

Our seniors are graduating! See their

teers, tells us about this new ministry.

Get informed and get involved!

photos and pray for their new journeys.


TABLE OF CONTENTS A Word from Paul����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1 God at Work: Refugee Ministry by Danelle Young��������������������������������������2–5 You may not even realize what has been going on in our Christian Life Center some Sunday evenings with our new Refugee Ministry. Danelle Young, FBC member, tells us about this exciting and impactful ministry. You'll also hear from ministry volunteers and learn how you can participate in the future.

VBS 2017: Calling All Galactic Starveyors!������������������������������������������������� 6-7

Pg. 2–5

Vacation Bible School is one of our biggest outreach events of the whole year! Learn about this year's theme and all the important details you need to know to get involved.

Summer Preview���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8–9 Summer hits in June and there will be plenty for you and your family to do! Check out this overview of upcoming events, and be in prayer for those coordinating and participating.

A Mother's Love is a Very Special Thing������������������������������������������������� 10–11 Just like the familiar FBC song suggests, "A Mother's Love is a Very Special Thing"! We asked our preschool children to draw just what their mother means to them. Here are their art pieces for us to oooh and aaah over!

Pg. 8–9

FOM Update: Greetings from Medford���������������������������������������������������������12 Tanner Turley, lead pastor at Redemption Hill Church in Medford, Massachussetts, updates us on the happenings from their growing church.

Class of 2017 Graduates������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13 It might be hard to believe, but it is graduation time for many of First Baptist's own! Congratulations Class of 2017!

Connect Follow-Up Committee Update by Virgil Barker����������������������������14

Pg. 12

God deserves our best! Virgil reminds us of this truth and encourages us on our Connect: For Future Generations journey.

On the Cover: What Know Your Deacons������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������15 a beautiful sunset from Camp Hero, last year's Our monthly introduction to the deacons of First Baptist Owensboro continues with Tim France and Larry Horner. children's camp at Crossings Jonathan Creek!

Calendar of Events��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������16 April: A Month in Review��������������������������������������������������������������������������������17

MEET OUR STAFF PASTOR

Paul Strahan PStrahan@fbcowb.org

WORSHIP

Derry Billingsley DBillingsley@fbcowb.org

DISCIPLESHIP

Wesley Dunn WDunn@fbcowb.org

ADMINISTRATION & SENIOR ADULTS

Bob Farmer BFarmer@fbcowb.org

CHILDREN

Suzie Horner SHorner@fbcowb.org

STUDENTS & MISSIONS Will Smith WSmith@fbcowb.org

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR Alisha Williams AWilliams@fbcowb.org

OFFICE MANAGER Judi West JWest@fbcowb.org

FINANCIAL SUPERVISOR

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

Maeghan Adams MAdams@fbcowb.org Michele Burton MBurton@fbcowb.org Susan Dant SDant@fbcowb.org

Barbara Wright BWright@fbcowb.org

230 JR Miller Blvd • Owensboro, KY 42303 • 270.683.3505 • fbcowb.org


by Paul Strahan, Pastor

SERMON SERIES

HOLY WEEK

CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER

We have continued our series of

We had a good week of preparation for

Our interim Recereation & College

messages on “The Core Principles of

Resurrection Sunday. The service of

Minister, Brent Phillips, left for minis-

the Christian Faith!” I pray these have

Shadows on Thursday night, sometimes

try in South Carolina in April. The CLC

helped you in building a foundation of

known as Maundy Thursday, was one of

continues to function with our assis-

what you believe. As I have said before,

the best. I want to thank the choir, Der-

tants managing the building. I have met

we could have named them, “The Bib-

ry, and the accompanists for presenting

with the Recreation Committee, and we

lical Principles of the Christian Faith”.

such a moving service.

are discussing the future of the CLC,

What Southern Baptists believe is what the Bible teaches. If the Bible speaks to a subject, we want to be obedient to that truth. I have just a few more weeks of messages in this series. I am praying about beginning a series in an Old Testament book, possibly one of the Minor Prophets. I will let you know as soon as I can.

Our Resurrection Day service was wonderful also. It is always good to see family members worshipping together. I enjoyed having the children for a children’s sermon. We had a number of guests, but there is always room for more. I am happy that we serve a Risen

especially for when our construction is complete. We are looking to put an Interim director of the CLC in place until our building is complete. Let me ask that you pray for guidance and direction. Our goal is to honor Jesus Christ and make much of Him!

Savior! God is good all the time! May 2017 | 1


by Danelle Young Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ —Matthew 25:34–36 2 | Connect Magazine

Did you know that Joseph, Mary, and

refugees will be resettled here each year.

Jesus were refugees in Egypt until King

In fiscal year 2017, it is 50,000 people.

Herod died? You can read about their family’s escape to Egypt in Matthew 2:13-23. A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. He or she is unable to return to their country, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Fewer than 1% of the world’s refugees are resettled globally in any given year.1 In the United States, our president determines how many

The International Center in Owensboro has resettled up to 150 refugees per year since 2009–2010. Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of working as an interim at the IC. As I write this, the faces of our clientele flash through my mind and their stories flood my heart with emotion and sympathy. Questions have crossed my mind like: “What if I were born in that country? I wonder what it was like to grow up in a refugee camp? This young man arrived alone; I wonder if he has any family? There are


so many displaced people right now,

So where and how do we begin? We

I’ve seen a group of women who speak

when will God intervene?”

can start by welcoming refugees to our

different languages unite to play volley-

community. Our Christian Life Center

ball and men team up to play soccer.

is the perfect gateway and venue to host

Kids are eager for coaching instruction

international fellowships. It provides

in the gym. Education professionals can

much-needed recreation space for ref-

interact with new students and their

ugee families and individuals to come

parents outside of school. It’s good peo-

together and socialize, with each other

ple watching (at least), but even more

and with us. To date, our newly-form-

enjoyable to interact! We would like to

ing Refugee Ministry Team has hosted

see the FBC Refugee Ministry Team

three fellowships. Our fourth event will

grow. The larger we are, the more we

be Sunday evening, April 30th. Our

can impact our community for Christ.

immediate goal is to build rapport and

If you would like to be involved, please

relationships. Our ultimate goal is to

let me know!

God fearfully and wonderfully makes every human, and He is intimately familiar with each of us around the globe (Psalm 139:13-16). Our new neighbors are placed among us for a reason—we are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14). God is intervening, through His people! As Christians, we possess the gifts of hope and salvation. Now we have the opportunity to extend those gifts to people nearby who desperately need light in their lives. Perhaps like Esther, we were created (and reside in Owens-

share God’s love and story.

May this prophecy in Revelation 7:9–10

boro) for such a time as this (Esther

What is an international fellowship?

propel us toward our calling: “After

4:14)!

It’s a party! If you were to drop in, you

this I looked, and there before me was

would see a beautiful array of people,

a great multitude that no one could

smiles, conversation, children’s activi-

count, from every nation, tribe, peo-

ties, food, and the gym and game tables

ple and language, standing before the

(pool, air hockey, and ping-pong) being

throne and before the Lamb. They were

put to good use. At our last event on

wearing white robes and were holding

March 26th, approximately 85 guests

palm branches in their hands. And they

and 25 volunteers came together for a

cried out in a loud voice:

The purpose of the church is to take the gospel of Jesus to all people in every place on earth. Yet even after two thousand years, thousands of people groups remain unreached. There are now at least seven unreached people groups represented among Owensboro’s refugee communities, including some of the world’s largest remaining unreached groups. In bringing refugees to Owensboro over the past eight years, God has opened new pathways for the local church to send the gospel of Jesus back to places it has never been known! 2 Are

fun-filled evening. One Sunday School class donated stuffed Easter eggs for the children! The Easter story was told before releasing the kids in a designated

‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” 

area for the egg hunt. We’ve received positive feedback from both guests and volunteers.

you tired of living in a broken world?

The fellowships have been a blessing

Jesus promised, “the Good News about

to all who’ve attended. I’ve observed

the kingdom will be preached through-

relationships forming as people begin

out the whole world so that all nations

to recognize each other after multiple

will hear it; and then the end will come

events. Volunteers are connecting with

(Matt. 24:14).” Let’s work together to-

new friends on Facebook. Our chil-

ward that end!

dren are naturals at welcoming other

Footnotes: 1 Kentucky Office for Refugees “Understanding Refugee Resettlement” report 2 Dr. James Litsey “Refuge Owensboro Description” report Additional supporting passages: Genesis 28:14, 1 Chronicles 16:23-28, Matthew 28:19, Luke 24: 45-47, Acts 17: 24-28, Romans 4: 16-18, and Galatians 3:8

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REFUGEE MINISTRY VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIES JJ Poole: Having the fellowships has

Brock & Kendal Quinton: We have

Todd & Erica Houston: Our entire

been a blast! I have been able to help

volunteered at a few fellowships as a

family has been involved since the first

pick and drop off some of the kids that

family. We helped organize activities for

fellowship. With Todd being a teach-

have been coming to the events, as well

the kids; however, our most important

er and coach at OHS, he continually

as being able to play soccer with them.

job was to love the people attending

spoke of his refugee students and how

Every time we have had an event, the

these fellowships, and make them feel

much he admired their hard work and

kids are always so excited to be able to

welcome both in our community and

determination. God began growing

come to such a great place like the CLC.

in our church. We believe that God is

our hearts with compassion for these

It has been an eye opening experience

using the fellowships to help our church

people. Fellowships became a perfect fit

to really find out the amount of refugees

build relationships and show others the

for all of us! Our family simply shows

that we have here in Owensboro. The

unconditional love of Christ. God has

up and works on creating relationships.

way God has brought these people to

greatly used this work to impact our

Whether it is through decorating cook-

our doorstep is just amazing. Some-

family. As parents, we are watching our

ies, painting nails, or playing ping pong,

times we can’t always go on mission

two-year-old son play with children

we are investing in them. The number

trips to share the Gospel so God has

in our community who are complete

one response I hear from the refugee

said, "Ok, I’ll bring them to you." Being

strangers to him. Watching the children

children and adults is how grateful

part of the Refugee Night has shown

play shows that love has no barriers.

they are to get out of their home for an

me that even though I live in a small

For us, God has opened our eyes to the

evening and how grateful they are for

town in Kentucky, I have an incredible

practical ways that we can serve Him

our kindness and friendship. As great as

opportunity to witness to people who

and others in our backyard. It just takes

this is, these nights mostly impact MY

don’t know my Lord and Savior.

something small, such as playing a

family as our hearts grows for these pre-

game of ping-pong, painting fingernails,

cious people, stretching us to seek other

or being a friendly face to have a lasting

ways to love, serve, and have intentional

impact for His kingdom.

gospel conversations with refugees.

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UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE God has opened a door in Owensboro, and moving forward, we want to be intentional about equipping our congregation for the mission ahead. This fall, FBC will provide training that can be put into practice at fellowship events. You don’t have to wait until then to get involved though! Currently, English conversation groups meet on Sundays between 1:30-2:30. Beginning soon, there will also be opportunities for small groups to come alongside a family during their first 90 days in Owensboro. A small group would assist with things like airport pickup, apartment setup, transportation, grocery shopping, Social Security registration, obtaining state IDs, opening a bank account, bus training, school enrollments, and cultural orientation (refugelouisville.com/welcome). Training will be provided! For more information, contact Danelle Young at dy22@icloud.com or call 270-570-3341. International Fellowship & Potluck

FCA Soccer Camp

Volunteer Training

Sunday, April 30 | 5–7 PM | CLC or

for Refugee Children

Sundays, October 1, 15, & 22 | 6–7 PM

local park (weather dependent)

July | Additional Info TBA

Volunteers are needed to help with

Contact Erica Houston if you are inter-

transportation, food, greeting guests,

ested in helping.

conversing and playing games with guests, and children’s activities Vacation Bible School June 12–16 | 8:30–11:30 AM | FBC Volunteers needed at the church and to transport children

Volunteer Training Sundays, September 10 & 17 | 6–7 PM

Location TBA International Fellowship Sunday, October 29 | 5–7 PM | CLC Thanksgiving Fellowship Sunday, November 19 | 5–7 PM | CLC

Location TBA International Fellowship Sunday, September 24 | 5–7 PM | CLC

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CALLING ALL...

Vacation Bible School

Monday–Friday, June 12–16 8:30–11:30 AM in the Christian Life Center Volunteers & children can register at fbcowb.org Participating children must have completed a grade between Kindergarten and 5th grade VBS 2017 will turn you into a Galactic Starveyors! As you focus your telescope on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator, you will discover the wonder among all wonders—that God who created everything there is—the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible—wants a personal relationship with you! You are invited into the clubhouse to see the God who is over the moon in love with you! 6 | Connect Magazine


A "TELESCOPIC" OVERVIEW Day 1: In the Beginning

Day 4: God Had a Plan for Jesus

Genesis 1:1–2, 26–31; John 1:1, 14

Mark 15:22–16:7 (3s–K) — Matthew 26:17–30 (B–2s)

Point of the Day:

Point of the Day:

God created me to love Him.

God had a special plan for Jesus.

Bible Story Summary:

Bible Story Summary:

In the beginning God created the world and everything in

Jesus never did anything wrong. Not even once. After Jesus

it, including people. God made people special. He made

had died on a cross, His friends placed His body in a tomb.

them able to think and to choose and to love. God loved and

When some women went to the tomb, they met a young man

cared for the people He had created. (Genesis 1:1–2,26–31;

dressed in a white robe. The man said, “You’re looking for Je-

John1:1,14)

sus, but He is not here. He is alive again!” (Mark 15:22–16:7)

Day 2: God is Still in Charge

Day 5: God is Always with Us

Genesis 3

John 21:1–19; Acts 1:4, 8

Point of the Day:

Point of the Day:

God will always love me, even when I make wrong choices.

God promises to help me.

Bible Story Summary:

Bible Story Summary:

Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit God said not to eat.

Jesus helped the disciples catch 153 fish, and

Because of their wrong choice, Adam and Eve had to leave

then cooked breakfast for His friends.

the garden. But God still loved them and took care of them.

After breakfast, Jesus told Peter

Adam and Eve were the first people to disobey God, but they

to love others and to tell

were not the last. Everyone who has ever lived has chosen to

other people about Him.

disobey God—except Jesus. (Genesis 3)

Jesus promised that

Day 3: God Sent Jesus Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18–24; Luke 2:22–38 Point of the Day: God promised to send His Son, Jesus. Bible Story Summary:

God would send a special Helper who would always be with and help the disciples. (John 21:1–19; Acts 1:4, 8)

Jesus ate a special supper with His friends. While they ate, Jesus said, “Remember Me, and always think about Me.” God had a special plan for Jesus.

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OFFICE & CLC CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY Monday, May 29

The church office and the Christian Life Center will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th.

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE FOR JUNE

fbcowb.org. Find more VBS 2017

least 6–8 volunteers to help with ser-

information on pages 6–7.

vice projects throughout the week. We

CROSSINGS SUMMER CAMPS

will also provide support for a large

June 16–18 & June 17–23

This world places hope in skills, reputation, accomplishments, nations, and nationality. In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul teaches us that our citizenship is in heaven and that we

outreach event on Friday night. The cost is $980, which includes transportation, lodging, and two meals. If you are interested, please contact Bob Farmer as soon as possible.

CAMP K12

Friday, June 30

belong to Jesus. For this reason, our

Kindergarten–second graders love

hope is not placed in the rewards that

to go to camp but may not be quite

Each Wednesday in June, First Baptist

this world has to offer. We are Out-

ready for an overnighter. This is their

will have noon prayer lunch, but we

siders. We strive to obtain a different

chance to get away for a day and

will not serve family supper or have

reward—the prize of knowing our

have some fun! Camp K12 will be

evening activities. However, there will

true King—Jesus.

on Friday, June 30 and children will

Wednesdays in June

be no prayer lunch on Wednesday, June 14th due to VBS.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 12–16 at 8:30 AM

All Galactic Starveyors are encouraged to join us for VBS as we search for the Visible and Discover the Invisible. Children having completed grades K–5th and their friends are welcome June 12-16 at 8:30-11:30 in the Christian Life Center. Volunteers and children can register online at 8 | Connect Magazine

Our middle and high school students will attend camp—themed "Outsiders"—at Jonathan Creek on June 16–18 (MS) and 17–23 (HS). If interested, contact Will as soon as possible to register.

SENIOR ADULT SERVE MEDFORD MISSION TRIP June 17–24

Redemption Hill Church has invited us to serve during their “Serve Medford Week”, June 17–24. They need at

receive an email with the details as to where we will go this year and how to register. Friends are welcome to join us! Past destinations have been the Children’s Museum of Evansville, Chaney’s Farm, and Kentucky Down Under. This year’s camp will be just as fun. Contact Suzie with any questions.

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE FOR JULY

Wednesdays in July

Each Wednesday in July, our Wednes-


day prayer lunch will meet, but no

You may be thinking, “I have no soc-

are willing to go all in. Are you willing

meal will be served. Attendees are

cer experience,” or “I have absolutely

to go all in for Christ? Join other men

encouraged to bring their lunch with

no athletic abilities.” Well, no soccer

from FBC and thousands of brothers

them. We will not serve family supper

experience, no worries. You just need

in Christ as worship and teaching

or have evening activities.

a willingness to serve God and love

from notable Christian speakers en-

OFFICE & CLC CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

on elementary-aged kids. The cost

courages, challenges, and equips you

of this trip is $600 ($100 deposit due

to live an extraordinary life for God.

Tuesday, July 4

The church office and the Christian Life Center will be closed for Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4th.

CAMP PARENT MEETING

Sunday, July 9 at 5 PM

On July 9th in Room 300, parents whose children will attend Camp 2–6 with Mrs. Suzie are encouraged to attend this very important camp parent meeting. If you are unable to make it, please contact Suzie.

HIGH SCHOOL SERVE MEDFORD MISSION TRIP July 15–22

Go and assist our mission partners who serve at Redemption Hill Church. This mission team will lead a soccer camp for elementary age kids.

May 28th). Contact Will to register.

CAMP 2–6 SUMMER CAMP AT CROSSINGS

July 23–26 (Signups Closed)

We are so excited to return this year to Jonathan Creek Camp this summer with 62 campers and chaperones. Each year the kids have had a blast, met new friends, gotten to know each other better, and most of all, God worked in their lives. Last year, we saw two make decisions at camp! Please pray that the Holy Spirit will speak and that children will listen and obey Him.

THE MAIN EVENT MEN'S CONFERENCE July 28–29

God is not looking for men who are deemed successful, impressive, or even good by the world's standards.

LifeWay is hosting this event, and you can find out more details and register at fbcowb.org/mainevent. We will leave early-to-mid-afternoon on Friday and arrive home Saturday afternoon. Cost is $150 per person and includes travel, conference, hotel, and all but one meal.

SENIOR ADULT SERVE MEDFORD MISSION TRIP August 16–20

We invite you to join us for an opportunity to serve with Redemption Hill Church as they reach out to the Medford Community. We will walk the neighborhoods to promote the Community Fun Day on Saturday, August 19th. We will also help serve during the event. If you are interested please contact Bob Farmer at your earliest convenience.

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GREETINGS FROM MEDFORD 

FIRST ON MISSION UPDATE FROM REDEMPTION HILL

I

by Tanner Turley, RHC Lead Pastor

t’s an exciting time of the year.

interest in serving on one of our Sunday

of discipleship among each person who

Spring is always highlighted by

teams on our Connect Card. Which

is a part of our church. Our next ser-

the end of snow, the Red Sox back

Team? Worship! I soon found out Dan

mon series will focus on the importance

in action at Fenway Park, Marathon

had served as a Worship Intern the two

of corporate worship, connecting with

Monday, and Patriot’s Day, which

previous summers and is a gifted wor-

a small group, serving with a ministry

commemorates the first two battles of

ship leader. To top it off, his wife, Nikki,

team, church membership, and engag-

the Revolutionary War (Can you name

can sing too! How’s that for answered

ing in God’s mission in our everyday

them? That’s right. Lexington & Con-

prayer? Thank you for journeying with

lives. Then we will gear up for a great

cord). The past few weeks have brought

us. It’s amazing how God provides the

summer of serving Medford with three

many reasons for Redemption Hill to

right person at the right time and works

signature events spread across the three

celebrate God’s work among us.

through our prayers!

months: Serve Medford Week (June

For starters, many of you have prayed

We also just wrapped up an awesome

God would send us our new worship

Easter season. We held our 6th annual

leader. Well, I am thrilled to tell you

Medford Eggstravaganza (Egg Hunt)

He did and not as we expected! After

and had 316 people attend our Easter

seventeen months of searching through

service. Two of those made a commit-

calls, networking, interviews, job post-

ment to follow Jesus! Six more said they

ings, and conversations, God decided

want to explore more about Jesus and

He wanted to show how powerful He

Christianity! We’re so thankful for how

is by sending someone to us. On the

God is working through our collective

We are so thankful for the way FBC

third Sunday of the year, God sent a

witness.

Owensboro continues to partner with

new couple to visit Redemption Hill as guests who had just moved to the area. As it turns out, they indicated an 12 | Connect Magazine

As we head into the summer months, we will focus on cultivating next steps

18–24), Soccer Nights (July 10–14), and Community Fun Day (August 19). Please pray for each one of these events. We are asking God to add 10 new Medford families through our summer outreach! Please also lift up our staff as we seek the Lord daily and lead with His grace.

us as we bring Jesus to this great city! Hope to see you in Owensboro (or Boston!) soon!


Rebecca Browning, DCHS

Davis Dodson, DCHS

Ryan Embry, DCHS

Jacob O'Bryan, DCHS

Anna Kate Schertzinger, OHS

Olivia Wilson, DCHS

Not Pictured

Kisiah Brown, SSHS Cameron Brandle, DCHS David Miller, DCHS

College Graduate

Lucas Wiman Georgetown College Majored in Art May 2017

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by Virgil Barker, Coordinator FBC

When things aren’t going well...

the land to the king for nothing. Yet,

Follow Up Team

GOD DESERVES OUR BEST!

David’s response baffled the landowner

Today we have many reasons to offer

It seems that in many ways today the

up a prayer of praise and thanksgiving:

idea of excellence and giving God our

Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but

next month (June 6th) we reach the

best is a foreign concept. How many

I will surely buy it from you for a price;

halfway point of our three year Con-

times have I done just enough to get by?

nor will I offer burnt offerings to the

nect: For Future Generations, the total

How many times have I forfeited God’s

Lord my God with that which costs me

Connect gifts are quickly approaching

best and my best to just embrace the

nothing. —2 Samuel 24:24

$3,000,000, and the work on the new

good enough? You might say it is an ep-

addition and renovation are moving

idemic affecting many Christians today:

quickly toward completion. I’m hop-

we only approach God at appointed

ing we will have exceeded three mil-

times, we only think of Him when we

lion dollars by the time you read this.

need something, and we want His bail-

However, as I review all that God has

out when it gets tough. We want all that

accomplished in just a few months, a

God has to offer without our having to

question comes to my mind. Have we

offer anything. If we are honest with

given our best?

ourselves, many of us fit this picture.

God doesn’t deserve what’s easy! God deserves our best! Regardless of the task we face... GOD DESERVES OUR BEST!

How often do we think about what we are giving to God? The story of David in 2 Samuel 24 comes to mind as an example of Giving Our Best rather than going with Easy.

When things are going as intended...

God had instructed David to build an

GOD DESERVES OUR BEST!

altar on the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite who was willing to give

and it baffles most people today.

David had it in his heart to give God only his best. God cared enough to send His very best—His Son, Jesus Christ— to die on a cross. Likewise, we are expected to give our best to Him. How often do we skirt the issue? We give just enough. We do just enough. We go just enough. Just like the widow who gave her two small coins, our very best doesn’t have to outdo or measure up to anyone else’s. However, it must be OUR very best. I cannot give your very best. You cannot give my very best. If we don’t give our best are we giving Him anything at all?


This month we introduce Tim France and Larry Horner. These men of God are tasked with the mission of caring for our church's needs. Keep them in your daily prayers as they seek to serve our congregation and pursue unity in the church. Trust in the Lord with all your heart

the Spirit's leading, praying to be the

and lean not on your own understand-

"light and salt" that I should be.

ing; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

LARRY HORNER

Member 10 years Larry, what passage of Scripture has recently had an impact on you and in what way?

TIM FRANCE

Member 17 years Tim, what passage of Scripture has recently had an impact on you and in what way? I have actually had three separate sets of verses that have spoken to me. We

—Proverbs 3:5–6 I have been challenged to trust God for "the next thing", trusting He will use me in ministry and family to honor Him. I am seeking to stay sensitive to

What are specific ways that you pray for the congregation of FBC? I pray that our church family draws closer to the Lord each day and as we draw closer to Him we will in turn draw closer to each other and bring Glory to Him.

and business-related. These verses have

many kinds, because you know the test-

helped me through stresses of family

ing of your faith produces perseverance.

sickness and caretaking that go along

Let perseverance finish its work so that

with that, as well as increased responsi-

you may be mature and complete, not

bility and time required at work.

lacking anything.

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will

—James 1:2-4–2

sustain you; He will never let the righ-

What are specific ways that you pray

teous be shaken. —Psalm 55:22–22

for the congregation of FBC?

Come to me, all you who are weary and

I pray that our church will always seek

burdened, and I will give you rest.

the will of God and that each and every

—Matthew 11:28-30–28

member will continue to grow in the

have had many trying situations over

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and

the past 12–15 months both personally

sisters, whenever you face trials of

Lord. May 2017 | 15


MAY

Calendar of Events

3 WEDNESDAY

12:00 PM Prayer Meeting 4:45 PM Family Supper 6:00 PM Studies & SS Review

4 7SUNDAY

THURSDAY

18 THURSDAY 21SUNDAY

6:00 PM Seekers Prayer Daviess-McLean Week of Prayer Children's Church Break Begins

6:00 PM Seekers Prayer Dedication of Families

8:30 AM 9:45 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM

Classic Worship Sunday School Elevate Worship Evening Worship

9 10 WEDNESDAY TUESDAY

9:30 AM Jo Nelson Study

12:00 PM Prayer Meeting 4:45 PM Family Supper 6:00 PM Studies & SS Review

14SUNDAY

Mother's Day No Evening Worship

8:30 AM Classic Worship 9:45 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Elevate Worship

17WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM 4:45 PM 6:00 PM

Prayer Meeting (FH) Family Supper Studies & SS Review

8:30 AM 9:45 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Classic Worship Sunday School Elevate Worship Evening Worship Deacon Meeting

24

WEDNESDAY

28

SUNDAY

12:00 PM 4:45 PM 6:00 PM

Prayer Meeting Family Supper Studies & SS Review

HS Serve Medford Deposit Due

8:30 AM Classic Worship 9:45 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Elevate Worship

3:00 PM Discover FBC 6:00 PM

Evening Worship

29MONDAY

Memorial Day Office & CLC Closed

31WEDNESDAY

12:00 PM Prayer Meeting 4:45 PM Family Supper 6:00 PM Studies & SS Review

CLC HOURS

Monday–Thursday 6:30 AM - 9 PM

Friday

6:30 AM - 1 PM

Saturday

9 AM - 3 PM

OFFICE HOURS Monday–Thursday 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday

8 AM - 1 PM

BROADCAST INFO Our service is broadcast on 90.3 WKWC on Sundays at 10 AM and Channel 72 Tuesdays at 7 PM and Wednesdays at 9 AM. Services are on a one week delay. Note: If sensitive information is mentioned in a service, it cannot be broadcast. An older service will be aired in its place.

MINISTER ON CALL If you have an after hours emergency, please call 270.683.3505 and press 9 to reach the minister on call.

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APRIL: A MONTH IN REVIEW

"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together." —1 Corinthians 12:26

CHURCH FAMILY REPORTS

MARCH 20–APRIL 20

SYMPATHY...We offer Christian love and sympathy to Mary Ann (Jim) Nichols in the death of her brother; to the family of James ‘Jim’ Lee in his passing; to Millie Miller & MaryAnn (Robert) Leucht in the death of Chester Miller, husband and father respectfully; to Keith (Connie) Goodman in the death of his father, Rex Goodman; to Jancie Westerfield in the death of her mother, Ella Mae Logsdon; to Mary Martha Reynolds, Robert L. Wilson, Sam Wilson, and Roberta Owen & families in the death of Martin Wilson, father and brother respectively.

WELCOME FIRST BAPTIST'S NEWEST MEMBERS!

Came Forward March 19th to Join by Baptism Ryan & Hillary Overby Pictured with their children Paige & Parker Overby

Joined by Statement of Faith April 9th Linda Sue Boling

Joined by Transfer of Letter April 2nd Brad & Jeni Goodall Pictured with their children Alyson & Payton Goodall

Joined by Transfer of Letter April 9th Jacqueline Stephens May 2017 | 17


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