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Volume 30

May 2017

No. 5

NEWS & VIEWS OF WILLIAMS Church Phone: (256) 435Church Fax: (256) 435Daycare Phone: (256) 435435-5020 435-5255 435-8313 Church Email: fbcwilliams@cableone.net Church Website: fbcwilliams.org

“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” -Flannery O’Connor Not too long ago, I was talking to a friend and colleague in ministry about our Holy Week schedules when he said to me, “Chris, when Easter is late [like it was this year] there is a tendency to almost be lulled to sleep, and then summer sneaks up on you before you know it!” That seems to be true. It seems like Easter Sunday was just last week, yet here we are on the brink of summer. Many of you are looking forward to high school and college graduations, whether it’s you, your children, or your grandchildren who are doing the graduating. Others of you may already be gearing up for your summer vacation, counting down the days until the school year is over, dusting off the pool toys and the beach chairs. Still others are planning for baseball and softball tournaments, sports camps, cheer camps, band camps, or other sorts of camps. The summer is without a doubt the busiest time of year, as we seek to fill every moment with activity as the weather is warm (or hot) and the sun stays out longer into the evening. I want to encourage you, though, to not let the gravitational pull of summer scheduling to pull you away from participating in the life of Christ’s Church here at Williams. It can be easy to give into the feeling that we need to be at every event, that our kids need to take part in every sport, camp, or activity that comes along, but it is so important that we remember our first love—our commitment to Christ. Summer can be a time of simultaneously high activity and low attendance, and it seems to get a little worse each year. I often hear folks say, “Once we get through the summer, things will go back to normal and we’ll be back in church.” Each year, however, it seems to take longer for “normal” to come back around as are time is taxes more and more. I think summer activities are wonderful; they can be meaningful times in the lives of our families. However, I want each of us to pray, to reflect on what all this busyness does to our personal relationship with Christ, to our need for worship and engagement in the kingdom of God. What lessons are we teaching when we give so much of ourselves to these other activities at the expense of those that may draw us closer to Christ? Will you join with me in praying about how you will make time for regular worship and participation in the life of Christ’s Church here at Williams this summer? Will you join me in making worship and discipleship priorities now and on into the months ahead so that we set an example of faithfulness for future generations? Will you join me and the rest of your sister and brothers at Williams as we worship and serve together throughout the summer, making Christ and his kingdom a priority? Grace and Peace, Chris


FOR THE RECORD 2017

2016

OFFERING Budget Receipts Goal Actual Receipts to Date

$ 120,058.59 $ 97,607.00

$ 137,043.97 $ 97,185.25

BUILDING PLEDGES Pledge Goal to Date Received to Date

$ 18,862.18 $ 17,925.00

$ 18,862.18 $ 18,649.00

BUILDING LOAN BALANCE: $ 38,271.74 TOTALS ARE THROUGH 4/23/2017

“A special thank you to each and every one of you for your monetary support and hard work that enables First Baptist Church of Williams to touch lives by sharing the love of Jesus”. ~Finance Committee

COUNTING COMMITTEE FOR MAY Mike Davis & Donna Thomas GREETERS & USHERS FOR MAY Bruce Boozer & Staci Porter Jim & Shirley Justice

JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER Our church is scheduled to provide the following items to the J.C.O.C. for the month of MAY: Rice, Mayonnaise, Mustard & Ketchup. Please take your donated items DIRECTLY TO the JCOC located just behind McDonalds.

NURSERY HELPERS May 7 Beverly Almaroad May 14 Heather Dempsey May 21 Patti McLeod May 28 Lauren Whitaker ␣

Nursery␣helpers␣will␣assist␣one␣of␣our␣regular␣nursery␣workers␣each␣Sunday␣ morning␣for␣Sunday␣School␣and␣Worship.␣␣Our␣regular␣nursery␣workers␣are:␣ Terri␣Harris␣and␣Sharon␣Williams.␣␣␣Nursery␣Helpers␣if␣you␣need␣to␣reschedule␣ your␣day␣to␣work,␣please␣contact␣Marleah␣Blades␣at␣256-689-0242.␣ ======================

3 & 4-YEAR OLD HELPERS May 7 Jake & Courtney Green May 14 Candace Burns & Haley Stephens May 21 Heather Dempsey & Sallie Thomas May 28 Maggie Hedgepath & Cailynn Steele ======================

CHILDREN’S CHURCH

May 7 May 14 May 21 May 28

Emily Duncan & Kate Hamby Christie Shew & Marleah Blades Nikki Haynes & Randy Blades IN CHURCH ======================

CHILDREN’S STORY

May 7 Rhonda Duncan May 14 Marleah Blades May 21 Chris Thomas May 28 Nikki Haynes

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday Sunday School 9:00 am Morning Worship 10:00 am Choir Practice 4:00 pm Tuesday Bible Study 10:00 am Wednesday Evening Devotion 6:00 pm Children & Youth Activities

ADULT GAME NIGHT: Adult get-together will be held on th th May 4 and April 18 at 6pm in the Doug Ponder Sunday school classroom and gathering area outside the kitchen. Bring your favorite finger food snacks and join us for an evening of food, fun, fellowship and games.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE DAYCARE? th

Please join us on Thursday, May 11 for our Daycare Graduation program to be held in the sanctuary at 6:30pm. Below is a list of our graduates this year. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. Daycare Staff

2017 Daycare Graduates Jacob River Blevins Beckett Carson Burns Calli Jane Carr Emily Rose Catherine Dunaway Gage Elijah Forrest Mason Daniel Grady Ava Susanne Hobgood Lily Morgan Hobgood Jaycee Catherine Humphrey Sidney Elijah Parris Aubrey Kenleigh Reaves Brooklyn Kennedy Rogers Mayson Scott Steiner

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:


May 2017

FBC WILLIAMS ACTIVITIES CALENDAR Sunday

Monday

1

Tuesday

2

Wednesday

3 10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY

Thursday

Friday

4 6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities

5

Saturday

6

Happy Birthday Steve Green & Samantha Preston

6:00 PM Adult Get-together

Happy Birthday Kayla Andrews

7

8 8:15 AM Deacon/Staff Monthly Mtg

9

Happy Birthday Donna Thomas

10 10:00 AM BIBLE STUDY

Happy Birthday Skyler McLeod

14 Happy Birthday Hope Davis MOTHER'S DAY

11

12

13

Happy Birthday Cindy Newsome

6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities Happy Birthday Linda Hedgepath

15 Happy Birthday Samuel Duncan, Allison Ostrander & Caleb Shew

16 PVHS Band Banquet

17 6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities

18

19

20

6:00 PM Adult Get-together

CMC RESERVED Boozer / Thomason Golf Tournament Meal

Happy Birthday Jim Justice & Matt Johnston

Happy Birthday Tyler Teal

21 CMC Reserved - Chesnutt Shower 1:30-3:00pm

28 COMMUNION Happy Birthday Shirley Johnston

22 Happy Birthday Cheryl Green

29 MEMORIAL DAY CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

23 7:00 PM PVHS Baccalaureate Service

30 Happy Birthday Lara Green

24 NO SERVICE

25

26

31 6:00 PM Devotion, Children & Youth Activities

Apr 2017 F

2 9 16 23 30

7 14 21 28

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

Happy Brithday Peggy Hamby

Jun 2017

S M T W T 3 10 17 24

27

Happy Birthday Tricia Boozer

4:00 PM PVHS GRADUATION

S 1 8 15 22 29

S M T W T 1 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29

F 2 9 16 23 30

S 3 10 17 24

May 2017 Newsletter