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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH STAFF 200 E. Center Ave, Sebring, FL 33870 (PHONE) 863-385-5154 (FAX) 863-385-4184 PRESCHOOL 863-385-4704 www.fbsebring.com

YOUR CHURCH MEDIA LIBRARY Come on into the Media Library! MAY I? Yes, you MAY!

The principles, practices, & priorities of a winning life: -Quiet Strength By Tony Dungy Rediscovering what made this nation great: -America the Beautiful By Ben Carson, M.D.

SENIOR PASTOR…………………………......REV. MATT CRAWFORD ASSOC. PASTOR MUSIC & SR ADULTS .…REV. NUNO NORBERTO HISPANIC PASTOR…………………..….. ….…..…….REV. LUIS LUNA CHURCH BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR.…...............GEORGE SMITH MUSIC, YOUTH & SR. ADULT SECRETARY…..…...LYNDA HODGE EDUCATION SECRETARY……………………..CONNIE RODRIGUEZ PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR……….…………....DIXIE LYNN KREULEN HOUSEKEEPER………….………..………….……SANDY WISENBERG MAINTENANCE………….………………..…………….WADE LINDLEY AFTER HOURS COORDINATOR………………………...HAL GRAVES CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:15AM SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 10:30AM SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP 6:00PM WEDNESDAY EVENING MEAL 5:00PM 6:00PM ADULT BIBLE STUDY 6:30PM KIDS ZONE

Inspirational Fiction: -Secrets, Unforgotten and Echoes By Kristen Heitzmann

OFFICE HOURS 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM Closed for lunch 12:30PM-1:30PM

YOUR MEDIA CENTER IS LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS ACROSS FROM THE ELEVATOR. HOURS: SUN. 9:00 - 10:15 A.M. & WED. 5:45 - 7:15PM. Linda Kent

Email: lhodge@fbsebring.com Email: connierodriguez@fbsebring.com

THANK YOU!!!

So many prayers, cards, and kindnesses these past 5 months—it was a First Baptist shower of love. God healed my broken foot and strengthened my faith, as well. Thank you all for traveling this journey with me. Carolyn Hesselink Bereavement Committee—Thank you so much for the food. Your support during this difficult time was much appreciated. Your efforts allowed everyone to gather, eat together and remember our mother through fellowship and memory sharing. In His Love — Linda, Ken & Family The Family of Margie Haynes To our Church family—Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. Your remembrance of our mother at this time was much appreciated. In His Love—Linda, Ken & Family The Family of Margie Haynes

252 Crew Kindergarten – Fifth Grade * Sundays at 10:30am * Room D203 Week One (May 4) Family Worship Sunday in Sanctuary “End of Year” Pizza Party - Fellowship Hall (Parents/Kids/Volunteers)

Week Two (May 11) Paul and Silas in Prison Acts 16: 16-40 I can stick with it even when things don’t go my way.

Week Three (May 18) Galatians 6:9 Principle Galatians 6:9 I should stick with it because it is worth it.

(Last 252 Crew for School Year)

Mission Offering: Collect new/used Clothes and Toys for infants to teenagers. All donations distributed through First Baptist’s Clothes Closet.

Located at 200 E. Center Avenue Sebring, FL 33870 ISSUE #325 MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SEBRING, FLORIDA MAY 2014

THE VOICE

Exposing the agenda to redefine moral values: - The ACLU vs. America By Alan Sears and Craig Osten

Mark your calendars! Sunday, May 11, 2014 is Mother’s Day!

First Baptist Church Preschool is now enrolling Ages 6 weeks – 4 years old! For more information, please call the Preschool office at 385-4704.


HISPANIC MISSION

MINISTER OF MUSIC Hello everyone,

SENIOR PASTOR Church Family, Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read the Voice newsletter. I thank the Lord for your faithfulness in service, giving, and attending our church. It is a blessing to live together in community as those redeemed by Christ. We have been blessed by the Lord in our process of searching for a youth pastor. I am excited to have you meet our youth pastor candidate, Lonnie Hill, as well as his wife, Mari, and their son, Alex! Please be in prayer for all the remaining details of our search process, and ask the Lord to greatly bless our student ministry. Thank you for being a church that cares deeply about the next generation and passing on our faith.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT Under the Lord Jesus Christ, we will connect with others, grow as disciples,

and serve with our gifts. THE LORD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER

I love this verse that talks about just that topic: 2 Timothy 2:2. Paul encourages Timothy, his pastoral protege: "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." My prayer is that we as a church will faithfully teach the gospel and the Word of Christ to the next generation of disciples, so that they can continue to pass on the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). I love you and pray God's blessings upon you! In Christ, Pastor Matt

May Keenager Program Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:15 a.m. We will be blessed to have Chad and Amy Winsor, SIM missionaries to Niger, West Africa. Please bring a friend or two, and don’t forget your potluck food to share.

I know my last article was about the Honduras mission trip that was about to happen, but I am still in awe of how God worked in all of the participants' lives while we were helping the people of El Riito in the beautiful mountains of Honduras. You have heard the numbers, but let me refresh your memory. The entire ministry group, counting drivers and translators, was over 50 people; 1,053 was the number of people helped in the medical clinic; over 6,033 prescriptions were filled; 222 dental patients seen and 575 teeth pulled; 868 was the number of animals helped by our vet team; in eyeglass ministry, 420 eyeglasses were distributed; 800 clothing bags were given; 1,200 bags of rice and beans were given to the medical clinic patients as well as during the evangelism ministry (door-to-door); and here are the best numbers: 75 people accepted the Lord as their Savior, and we saw 21 rededicating their lives back to God’s service! Amen! Praises be to our God, for He is good! He is our Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, and our El Shaddai! The Lord God Almighty! I probably could use the entire “Voice” to tell the many stories some funny and some sad - of our experience in Honduras. The Lord is working with the Hondurans’ hearts, and I know He is using us, our church, to be a part of His blessing. Pray for the next team going in February of 2015. Find out ways you can be a part, whether lending a helping hand here in the preparation part of the mission trip, or going overseas to be more close and personal with God’s people in Honduras. On a different note, the First Baptist Sebring Worship Choir CD will be ready VERY soon. If this is news to you, let me share with you a little. Our Worship Team has been working on mostly writing original songs and have recorded a CD. The choir has recorded their part and now we are in the final details of the long editing part. In September of this year, we will worship together on a Sunday night when the choir will sing all the songs on this CD. It has been fun (for most of us!) to record this CD, and we have been praying that it will be a blessing to the people of FBC Sebring as we learn and sing these songs.

Después de recordar que somos una comunidad de fe o el cuerpo de Cristo como pastores necesitamos hacer actividades que no necesitan votación y nadie se le opondrá. Convoquemos a las personas de la iglesia a la oración, sin lugar a duda este es el mejor tiempo para comenzar; ya que queremos cambios verdaderos en nuestra iglesia. Dios escoge actuar en respuesta a la oración de su pueblo… cree en la oración? Prestemos atención a la siguiente historia: Un pastor rentó una casa para dedicarla a la oración de la iglesia, los miembros de la iglesia se le opusieron fuertemente y oraron para que Dios interviniera, unos días antes de comenzar a orar un rayo cayó sobre la casa y a causa del fuego la casa se quemó….las personas que se habían opuesto no se sorprendieron más bien se alegraron; luego recibieron una demanda del dueño de la casa diciendo que la oración había sido la responsable de que su casa se quemara. La iglesia negó los cargos y el juez resumió el caso así: parece que el dueño de la casa cree más en el poder de la oración que las personas de la iglesia, es posible mover los hombres hacia Dios con solo el poder de la oración. Mateo 21: 21,22 Respondiendo Jesús, les dijo: De cierto os digo, que si tuviereis fe, y no dudareis, no solo haréis esto de la higuera, si no que a este monte dijereis: Quítate y échate en el mar, será hecho. Y todo lo que pidiereis en oración, creyendo, lo recibiréis. Pastor,

Love you in Christ! Jezimar Nuno Norberto Associate Pastor, Music and Senior Adults

Luis Luna

2014 ANNUAL CHURCH BUDGET……..$950,000 BUDGET NEEDS TO DATE……................$320,301 BUDGET RECEIPTS TO DATE…….…….$310,806 APRIL REQUIREMENTS….….…................$81,271 APRIL RECEIPTS…..………..……….….…$84,059 ANNIE ARMSTRONG.………...….…….….$9,512

Celebrating and caring for one another. Serving and ministering in Christ’s Name. Enjoying fellowship with God and each other. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you”. Psalm 32:8

Where has the time gone? The school year is almost over. That means it’s time for our End of the Year and Graduation programs. If you would like to see our kids in action, and see what they have learned throughout the year, please come to our programs. The End of the Year Program is Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. The Four-Year-Old Graduation Program will be Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Both are guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Dixie Kreulen, Preschool Director

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