Page 1

IT’S AN ALL-STAR SUMMER IN THE MEDIA LIBRARY Add sizzle to your summer reading by using resources from the church library. -When Life’s Not Working: 7 Simple choices for a Better Tomorrow by Bob Merritt Given in appreciation of Jack and Faye Barrowman’s mission work, and in memory of Jack, by The Ruth Sunday School Class -AD 33: The Year That Changed the World by Colin Duriez Given in memory of Ellen Harrison by The Ruth Sunday School Class YOUR MEDIA CENTER IS LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS ACROSS FROM THE ELEVATOR.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH STAFF (PHONE) 863-385-5154

(FAX) 863-385-4184 PRESCHOOL 863-385-4704 Intercessory Prayer Line 385-0120 www.fbsebring.com

SENIOR PASTOR……………………………..REV. MATTHEW D. CRAWFORD INTERIM SENIOR PASTOR…………………….DR. ALLEN HIGGINBOTHAM ASSOC. PASTOR MUSIC & SR ADULTS …………….REV. NUNO NORBERTO ASSOC. PASTOR YOUTH & ACTIVITIES…….….……..……. HISPANIC PASTOR…………………..…...………………..…….REV. LUIS LUNA PASTOR EMERITUS.………………..….................................DR. JAMES MCALL CHURCH BUSINESS ADM.…………..….…..............................GEORGE SMITH EDUCATION SECTY……………….…..……. …………………… MUSIC, YOUTH & SR. ADULT SECTY.…….………..…….…..LYNDA HODGE PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR……………...…….………....DIXIE LYNN KREULEN HOUSEKEEPER…………………….………..……………...SANDY WISENBERG MAINTENANCE………….…………..…...….………………..….WADE LINDLEY

ISSUE #315

MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SEBRING, FLORIDA

OFFICE HOURS 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM Email: lhodge@fbsebring.com

THANK YOU!!! Dear First Baptist Family, We want to thank you for the prayers, food, flowers, and Bible donations when our father/grandpa passed away. We are very blessed to be part of a wonderful church family. With Love, Debbie, Serena & Jackson Rushlo and family of Edward O’Berry Thank you to all who donated items for the Magnolia Retirement Home. Thank you for your willingness to help these residents. The Women’s Ministry Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers sent to my family in the loss of my Dad. It means so much to know my Church family and friends are always there when I need them. Thanks for all the prayers and love sent to us at this difficult time. Love, Jack & Sandra York

JOIN US FOR A ROYALLY ROCKIN’ VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! JULY 7th– 11th 5:30-7:45 SIGN UP AT : www.fbsebring.com

THE VOICE

SUMMER HOURS SUNDAY 9:00 - 10:15 AM

FIRST BAPTIST SEBRING WELCOMES OUR NEW SENIOR PASTOR REV. MATTHEW D. CRAWFORD, HIS WIFE CHRISTIE, AND SONS MICAH AND OWEN

July 2013


ARE YOU LISTENING?

On Sunday morning, July 14th, I want to bring a message on the “Oldest Current Quarrel in the World” explaining the reasons behind the conflict in the Middle East. We will look at why the Jews and the Arabs are so upset with each other.

Words of love and appreciation are so limited in a time like this. You have been so kind and gracious and good to let Mary and me into your hearts and lives, as we have had the privilege of serving you here as Interim Pastor for these past months. This is an exciting time On our last Sunday together on the 21st of July, I for the church and for us as well. Thank you for want to bring words about the reality of “HEAVEN.” Our Sunday evening crowds have every expression of your love. been good also, and we look forward to those May God richly bless the church as your new pastor services also. comes to work in this part of the Lord’s vineyard. We will never forget you, and we promise to pray for you Know that we love you all and look forward to throughout the days ahead. It would be such a hearing good news about your progress in the blessing to us if you would keep us on your prayer future. list. The Interim Ministry is needed in churches from time to time, and we thank God for the opportunity In grateful love, we have had to serve in a time like this here in Allen and Mary Sebring. Churches can love more than one pastor, so give Pastor Matt Crawford your support and love as you work together in the years ahead. While we will not be here on the first Sunday of July, we do plan to be with you July 14th and July 21st.

895,000

BUDGET NEEDS TO DATE…………….....$

448,934

BUDGET RECEIPTS TO DATE…..…...…...$

414,125

WEEKLY REQUIREMENTS………..............$

13,300

Aren’t you so excited to see what is ahead for our church? I’m very happy and excited about having Matt as our Senior Pastor. When we met, I was amazed at how much he loved the Lord; how much passion he had in wanting to share the gospel of Jesus to the lost; how much he loves and appreciates his family; how easy he develops relationships with all kinds of people; and many other things including how well he plays soccer! We gotta keep this excitement going, it cannot stop now. You know well that one or two people cannot do it all alone. We need to keep stepping up and help reach this city for Jesus. Like the song says “Greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city”! So, let’s join hands with Matt and the other leaders of our beloved church and keep on working towards leading others to life in Christ.

Nuno Jezimar Nuno Norberto Associate Pastor Music and Senior Adults

WEEKLY RECEIPTS (06-30-2013)……....…....$ 16,077 MOTHER’S DAY CHILDRENS HOME………$

Hello everyone,

On a quick musical related note, you will have the opportunity to join, rejoin, or keep on coming to our choir rehearsals starting August 14, that’s when we will start working towards our Christmas program! I hope to see you then! Love y’all!

THE TITHE IS THE LORDS 2013 CHURCH BUDGET……………….…$

MINISTER OF MUSIC

5,559

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

HISPANIC MISSION PASTOR Leí de un destacado siervo de Dios, pastor de una iglesia en la ciudad de Atlanta Georgia, en los tiempos de la gran depresión económica en 1937.Este pastor ,era nuevo en la iglesia ,cerca de la iglesia abundaban bares, billares y otros centros de vicios, frecuentados por hombres sin trabajo, golpeados por la vida y las injusticias sociales los tenían sumidos en la depresión. El pastor sintió compasión por ellos y con permiso de aquellos centros de vicios comenzó a poner carteles que decían: "Dios les ama, predicador nuevo en Wheat Street ,vengan el domingo, vengan vestidos como estén". Pero no todos estaban de acuerdo con el sistema misionero que traía su pastor ,una hermana mostró su inconformidad y dijo: esta iglesia es para los miembros de la misma ,nosotros somos ciudadanos respetables ,no mendigamos, ni olemos a vino y yo no pienso adorar junto con este tipo de personas de la calle. En respuesta su pastor le dijo : Lamento mucho que usted haya dicho esto , permítame corregir su grave error . Esta iglesia no es propiedad de sus miembros, nosotros somos solamente inquilinos ,esta iglesia le pertenece a Dios, y mientras yo sea el pastor no importa si tienen camisa limpia o no , si ellos quieren encontrarse con Dios son bienvenidos. El espirito misionero es la razón de ser del verdadero pueblo de Dios . Números :11 :16,17 Entonces Jehová dijo a Moisés: Reúneme setenta varones de los ancianos de Israel, que tú sabes que son ancianos del pueblo y sus principales; y tráelos a la puerta del tabernáculo de reunión, y esperen allí contigo. Y yo descenderé y hablaré allí contigo, y tomaré del espíritu que está en ti, y pondré en ellos; y llevarán contigo la carga del pueblo, y no la llevarás tú solo. Roguemos a Dios que ponga de su espirito misionero en el pueblo . Y les decía: La mies a la verdad es mucha, mas los obreros pocos; por tanto, rogad al Señor de la mies que envíe obreros a su mies. Lucas :10:2 Su hermano en Cristo :Luis Luna.

Under the Lord Jesus Christ, we will connect with others, grow as disciples, and serve with our gifts. We, the First Baptist Church of Sebring, are committed to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ fulfilling the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) in order to reach and convert the lost and equip the saved to be on mission with the Lord.

Our Preschoolers are having a blast with all the fun summer activities we have planned. They have Water Day’s, R.O.C. Day’s, they go to the Children’s Museum, have fun snacks, crafts, and much more.

Celebrating and caring for one another. Serving and ministering in Christ’s Name. Enjoying fellowship with God and each other.

Our biggest activity is for Fourth of July. We have a water slide for the kids and make fun t-shirts too. The kids look forward to this day every summer! Dixie Kreulen PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

July 2013 voice