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Volume 63 / Week Number 15 / April 12, 2012

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FIrST THougHTS David Hull, Pastor The Methodist missionary Earl Stanley Jones, in his autobiography A Song of Ascents (Nashville: Abingdon, 1968), tells of an African who changed his name to “After” immediately following his conversion. He reasoned that all things were new and different and important after he met Christ, so he was going to reflect that new reality in his name as well as in his thinking. “After” is every Christian’s middle name. Easter is what makes us “After” Christians. “After” Easter, nothing in life is ever the same again. So how will your life be different in this week after Easter? remember what we talked about on Sunday as we studied Mark 16:1-8.

“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” After Easter . . . will you still worry as much about the obstacles that stand in your way? or, will you live in the faith that a Living Lord goes ahead of you to roll away the stones that trouble you?

“Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.” After Easter . . . will you live in the blessed assurance that god defeated the enemy known as death? If that greatest enemy is defeated, then what do we have to worry about?

“But go, tell his disciples and Peter . . .” After Easter . . . will you receive the forgiveness that our Living Lord is ready to offer you? remember, Peter was the one who hurt Jesus the most, and yet he was the one that had a personal invitation to experience new life. Whatever you have done in the past to fail Jesus can now have a new beginning AFTEr Easter.

“. . . that he is going ahead of you to galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” After Easter . . . will you trust the promise of Jesus that he can be seen in galilee – the place of his ministry and mission? We encounter the risen Christ in the same way – when we meet him in our “galilees” of ministry and mission service. After Easter . . . everything is different. Will it be different for you?

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday April 15, 2012 The Second Sunday of Easter Sermon “Join In!” Acts 4:32-35

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 a.m. Music from the First Fellowship Band

Morning Bible Study - 9:15 a.m. Bible Study for all ages

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Music from the Adult Handbell Choir Sanctuary Choir Anthem With a Voice of Singing - Shaw

Evening Activities Foundations for Life Classes

ministry calendar Sunday, Apr. 15 First Fellowship Sunday Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Stephen Ministry/118 Stretch-Hand/242 Children’s Handbells Youth Choir/Cr Foundations for Life Classes Youth Choir Snacks/241

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM 3:00 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Monday, Apr. 16 Letter Writing/242 Hallelujah Choir/Cr

9:00 AM 10:30 AM

Tuesday, Apr. 17 Student Prayer Breakfast @ Little rosie’s Tues. Morn. Intercess./242 Women’s Bible St./343 Mommy Times/Parlor Forum/118 Boy Scouts/314-320 Adult Handbells

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

Wednesday, Apr. 18 Precept Bible Study/343 Writing Your Life Story/118 Supper/FH Young Adult M & M/229 Music & Missions/2nd FL Prayer Meeting/FH Liftoff/309-310 orchestra/Sanct. Sanctuary Choir/Cr

9:00 AM 11:00 AM 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Thursday, Apr. 19 Yg. Ad. guys’ Bible Study/Parlor Prayer Breakfast/Bob Jones

6:00 AM 6:45 AM

Friday, Apr. 20 Serving the City

9:00 AM-12 PM

Saturday, Apr. 21 Serving the City Service Day Young Adult After STC Party

6:30 PM

Library Hours Sunday

Tuesday Wednesday

9-9:15 AM | 10:10-10:45 AM | 11:40-12:00 PM 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 4:00-5:00 PM

Family Matters WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Hannah Myers 121 Silverthorne Drive Huntsville, AL 35806 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Amanda Allen in the loss of her aunt, Suzanne Siple


Spring 2012

Ministry Plan October - March, FY 2012 YTD Goal Ministry Receipts $ 2,242,800 Ministry Expenditures: Vision for Ministry: Worship 41,365 Evangelism 95,300 Spiritual Growth 120,919 Ministry Development 10,950 Congregational Life 65,015 Missions 269,136 Total $ 602,685 Equipping for Ministry Support for Ministry

YTD Actual $ 2,003,661 23,941 94,136 95,085 76 57,150 237,765 $ 508,153

965,306 593,099

920,693 496,262

Total Ministry Expenditures $ 2,161,090 Excess $ 81,710

$ 1,925,108 $ 78,553

Planning ahead is not always easy. There are many unknowns involved, as anyone can tell you. But planning is essential. Why else do we send our children to school if not to prepare them for a world we expect to be here? Why do we save money for a rainy day unless we anticipate a future when the sun will be shining? We plan. . .to be ready. The Church too must plan ahead if it is to carry forward the work of the Lord, to prepare for your needs and those outside the church, and find the means of serving both. To do so, the church relies on each of us to provide its support, both personal and in substance. We adopted a plan last August when we voted on a budget of $4,200,000. This budget reflects the ministry goals of each area of ministry in our church. There are plans for missions, retreats, camps, outreach, facility maintenance, and worship. There are plans for Vacation Bible School, Music Camp, Serving the City, and Living Christmas Tree. These ministry plans depend upon funding our ministry budget. We find ourselves about 11% below our expected gifts for this fiscal year. That translates to a projected annual deficit of about $360,000. That changes our plans. The Finance Committee has requested reductions in all areas of spending. Reserves in personnel, building maintenance and rental income are frozen – to be used if needed. We will not spend more than we receive. Only through your financial support will the vision as reflected in our FY2012 ministry plan be realized. Review your giving record for the year – are you current in your giving? Are you blessed in such a way that you could give more? We have planned a special day of giving on May 6th as we “Join In” and celebrate that “Together we are the church.” We ask that each person “Join In” and respond to God’s blessings and continue to open hearts to the needs of God’s people through His church.

Mary Ratliff in the loss of her sister-in-law, Jo Ann Vaughn Amy and Jonathan Boyd in the loss of her grandfather, Matthew and Zadie Boyd in the loss of their great-grandfather, Loren Allen

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, April 18

Adults BBQ Chicken Twice Baked Potoates Mixed Vegetable Casserole Texas Toast Cobblers and Ice Cream


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Salad grilled Chicken Salad (reservations for salad must be turned in by noon on Wednesday.)

We are Going

Bananas for Books! Won’t you join us?


5 week reading program for 2 year olds through elementary-age children

04/08/12 Year-to-Date goal

$ 2,387,280.00


Kickoff: May 23rd

This Week

Watch your mailbox for more information

$ 79,738.00


$ 2,177,049.16

Debt retirement

Final Celebration and Awards: June 27th

This Week

$ 570.00



$ 29,433.50

Faith Steps to the Future

To read Godly material To utilize the church library To promote resources at our church To read together as families To read age-appropriate books

This Week

$ 30,672.55


$ 1,076,335.20

To Date:

$ 3,483,066.15

Have you applied for your library number? Go to:


Sunday School Preschool

Hope is Rising





One day retreat with Dr. Frank Lewis, Pastor of FBC Nashville, TN

April 27









Monte Sano State Park Lodge Cost: $10 Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Worship Services First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship

Sign up with the Adult Ministry Office: 256-428-9413


1129 1650


A thank you note has been received from the family of Thea Maulding. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

First Baptist Church 600 Governors Drive Huntsville, AL 35801

office: 256-428-9400 weekend minister on call: 256-428-9457 24-hour prayer line: 256-428-9460 The MESSENGER (USPS 591-280) is published weekly except the week of Christmas by First Baptist Church, 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801. Periodical postage paid at Huntsville, Alabama 31801-5178. POSTMASTER send change of address to THE MESSENGER, 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Saturday, April 21 Pick Up Your Serving the City T-Shirts this Sunday For those who would like to pick up your shirt before Serving the City day, plan to come to the East Entrance this Sunday, April 15 to pick it up. The shirt cost is $5.00. For those not able to pick them up Sunday they will be available in the Fellowship Hall at 8:30 Serving the City day, April 21.

Fellowship Club Student Spring Camp Went Extremely Well! To view the official Spring Camp Video, go to fbcyouth. To view Spring Camp Pictures, go to springcamppictures. Clean Water Benefit Concert Students will be hosting a benefit concert to help purchase and install a water purification system related to their mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The concert will be Friday, May 4, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Mark your calendar! Attention Graduates Graduate recognition Sunday is May 19. We are collecting names, family connection, degree, and school of all our high school, college, and post collegiate graduates. Please email by Sunday, May 6.

April 13 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall Speaker: Lindy Martin, father of our John Martin, will be speaking on the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina Menu: Roast Beef, Baby Red Potatoes, Three Bean Salad, Rolls Call JoAnn Allen at 256-534-1958 to RSVP

Volunteers needed - P.E.T. Build Saturday, April 28, 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM Men, ladies, and families welcome to help. No heavy lifting involved. Come to 5021 Bradford Drive, at the dock area, in Research Park. Parts are here to assemble 40 units. Bring work gloves and small hand tools. Previously assembled P.E.T. vehicles will be shipped to Tanzania soon. Lunch will be provided. Coordinator: Dr. Jerry M. Graham, M. D. 256-461-7482

April 12, 2012  


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