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Volume 65 / Week Number 17 / April 24, 2014

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FirSt thoughtS david hull, pastor On Palm Sunday night our Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra presented for us a bouquet of “Spring Flowers.” Easter then broke forth with the beauty of white blooms in the worship spaces and flowering crosses in the hallways. Now, it is time for trees to appear around the church. Let me tell you about them. Our Stewardship Committee leads us each spring to have a stewardship emphasis with a one-time special offering. This year the theme is Transformed to Give. As we see the trees being transformed from their winter “deadness” into the blooming life of spring, we have a beautiful picture of stewardship. Trees seem to be perfect stewards; God created each variety for a unique purpose and each one fulfills that purpose season after season. They are “transformed” with the coming of warmer weather and they “give” the world their beauty for months to come. The trees that you will see around our building are our giving trees. They are placed to remind us all of our calling to be good stewards, transformed by the love and grace of God for the purpose of giving. Sunday, May 4, is the day for our special offering. You will receive a mailing about this with offering envelopes to use. Perhaps this can be a day for you to catch up on your giving if you have fallen behind during this year. Or, it may be a chance to try tithing (giving 10% of your income to God) for this one Sunday. You may have received financial blessings that you never expected to come, and May 4 can provide a way for an unexpected gift to be shared. I invite you to prayerfully consider what you might give to the Lord on May 4 that will cause the missions and ministries of the church to bloom forth with great beauty.

this sunday April 27, 2014 SermoN Jud reasons preaching “embracing emmaus” Luke 24:13-35

FirSt FeLLoWShip - 8:15 Am

Music from the First Fellowship Band

morNiNg BiBLe Study - 9:15 Am Bible Study for all ages

SANctuAry WorShip - 10:30 Am The Hallelujah Choir fills the loft Come, Let Us Reason - Medema/arr. Curry Go Into All the World - Sleeth Solo by Alicia Pettis Was it a Morning Like This? EVENING ACTIVITIES No Pastor’s Class Men’s Ensemble - 4:00 PM Pathway to Wholeness - 4:00 PM Student Choir - 4:00 PM Men’s Bible Study - 5:00 PM Student Fun Night - 6:00 PM

This coming Sunday, April 27, I will be out of town and am grateful that Jud Reasons will be preaching in my absence. I hope that you will continue to worship in that great Easter spirit of last week as you explore the road to Emmaus.

may 4 knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

ministry calendar Sunday, April 27

First Fellowship/Lc morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship ham radio club/Fh Student Band rehearsal/Sc men’s ensemble/choir room pathway to Wholeness/253 Student choir/242 men’s Bible Study Student Fun Night

monday, April 28

Letter Writing/252 hallelujah choir/choir room men’s Bible Study Fellowship

tuesday, April 29

Student prayer Breakfast/offsite Spiritual Formations group/parlor intercessory prayer group S.i.L.K./107 2345 open gym griefShare/parlor Adult handbells/240 Forum/Sc Boy Scouts

Wednesday, April 30

Women’s precept Bible Study/327 Student open gym Supper/Fh understanding islam/118 children’s music and missions prayer meeting & Bible Study/Fh orchestra rehearsal Student Liftoff Sanctuary choir/choir room First Fellowship Band practice/Lc

thursday, may 1

Student prayer Breakfast/offsite eSL ministry Walkie talkies/Life center

Friday, may 2

men’s Bible Study Fellowship/parlor gA Fun Night

8:15 Am 9:15 Am 10:30 Am 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:00 Am 10:30 Am 5:00 pm 6:30 Am 7:00 Am 7:00 Am 5:00 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 9:00 Am 4:00 pm 4:45 pm 5:30 pm 5:30 pm 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 6:30 Am 9:00 Am 10:00 Am 5:00 Am 6:00 pm

Women’s Beach retreat April 26-may 3 at gulf Shores, AL

experienced Adult trip

April 28-may 9 to the grand canyon

Library hours

Sunday 9-9:15 Am | 10:10-10:45 Am | 11:40-12:00 pm tuesday 10:00 Am-12:00 pm Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm

FAMILY MATTERS OUR NEWEST Luke Joseph Thomas, son of Michael and Lindsey Thomas, born January 23, 2014. Proud grandparents are Bob and Elaine Quick. NEW MEMBERS Don & Ann Long 103 Morning Vista Drive Madison, AL 35758

Music Ministry Dates to Note Student Choir Snack Supper and Fun - Sunday, April 27 • •

5:00 PM - Regular Rehearsal (special focus on Graduate Recognition Sunday and Texas Mission Trip music) 6:00 PM - Special Snack Supper off-site. Private dining for our Students with special appearances by a Super Hero or two! Menu includes choice of hamburger/cheeseburger, chicken sandwich or club sandwich, chicken fingers, french fries, coleslaw, and beverage. There will also be a vegetarian option. Cost for each student is $5.00. Transportation from FBC by mini-buses or parents may pick up students (1812 Winchester Rd NE, Huntsville, AL 35811). We will return to FBC by 8:15 PM.

Hallelujah Choir End of Season Fellowship Lunch Wednesday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Gibson’s. All singers invited!

A unique and remarkable experience occurred on Palm Sunday evening, April 13. Our beloved Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra presented SPRING FLOWERS: A Sacred Concert. UNIQUE because we do not usually present a concert of any kind on Palm Sunday. UNIQUE because of its title and content. None of us had ever done a sacred concert with the title "Spring Flowers." And, even though it was Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, the music included several selections that were not typical of Lenten presentations. We wondered whether the unusual title and content would generate any interest in people during such a busy time of year. Well, the concert was REMARKABLE. Whether the selection was classical sounding (orchestral Brahms) or traditional inspirational (choral At the Name of Jesus), Impressionism (the Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs) or contemporary classicism (Emma Lou Diemer's setting of Psalm 95), whether the music was about the Cross (from Craig Courtney) or the Resurrection (Joseph Martin), whether the congregation was singing old favorite hymns (For the Beauty of the Earth and Fairest Lord Jesus) or something new (In the Bulb).....whatever the case in terms of repertoire, the response and participation were REMARKABLE. REMARKABLE, too, was the exquisite beauty with which the choir and orchestra performed. Soloist David Giambrone went above and beyond in his preparation and presentation of the song cycle. Our folks produced music which came from their hearts AND heads after many weeks of investing effort and imagination into understanding the substance and intent of great music and poetry of faith. We worshipped. Numerous "remarks" have been shared in the aftermath of SPRING FLOWERS via email, Facebook, personal notes and multiple conversations. The support and loving affirmation have meant much to our Music Ministry. As always, our prayer is that God is glorified and the message and presence of Christ are experienced. With great love and thanksgiving, Billy Orton Minister of Music and Worship

Nancy (Nance) Cox 4012 Belle Grove Drive Huntsville, AL 35802 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Nelson & Karen Parker in the loss of his father and Emily Parker in the loss of her grandfather Rev. Harold Parker Family and friends of our member Lynn Carson especially to his wife, Jan Carson Family and friends of our member Carl Morring, especially to his daughter Susan (Ronald) Cope, his son Gus (Pam) Morring, and his grandson, Carl Morring Linda Horn in the loss of her father, Edwin Alderman Jim Love in the loss of his brother-in-law, John Wowker

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night dinner menu Wednesday, April 30 Adults chicken Salad on Lettuce cool & colorful pasta Salad grape Salad Fruit Muffin

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

SteWArdShip report Tuesday, May 6 7:00-8:30 PM in the Community Room The craft will be a glass-etched plate (cost is $4). Please register by Wednesday, April 30 by contacting the 2345 Ministry Office at 256-428-9418 or email Childcare is availble with reservations made at 256-428-9411 by the deadline.

Week #29 04/20/14 year-to-date goal

$ 2,388,045.00

offering this Week

$ 61,632.26


$ 2,456,655.55

Faith Steps - Admin Suite this Week

Langley Invitational Golf Tournament

The 25th Annual

$ 1,670.00


$ 85,971.98

to date

$ 776,332.38

Faith Steps to the Future this Week

$ 9,534.05


$ 405,815.43

to date

$ 5,372,956.31

benefitting the FBC Student Ministry Missions

Thursday, May 29 Goose Pond Colony Golf Course Scottsboro, AL TEE-OFF TIME: 12:00 Noon FORMAT: Four Man Scramble with Shotgun Start FEE: $45.00 due by May 26 PRIZES: Longest drive and closest to pin holes. Flight winning teams.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Alan Hill 256-880-6086

Sunday School preschool









Jamie Mackey 256-428-9411 studentministries@






Worship Service First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship totAL

991 1654

thANK you A thank you note has been received from the godsy family. it has been placed on the bulletin board across from the music Suite.

Annual Deacon Fellowship 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

Friday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This event is for deacons (active/inactive) and spouses, Ministers and spouses, and spouses of deceased ministers and deacons. Entertainment will be “Name that Tune� led by Kimberly Collette. Contact Jane Orton, 256-536-6623 or

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.

Movie Night - Frozen

Everyone is invited to our Family Movie Night on Friday, April 25 in the Student Center! Children need to be accompanied by a parent. There is no childcare provided. Student Center will open at 5:30 p.m. Come early to visit. Bring your dinner and eat in the snack area. The movie will begin at 6:00 p.m. You will leave with an activity sheet for your child and some follow-up family activity ideas!

Fellowship Club

Wonderful Memories with Miss Pattycake and the FBC Easter Egg-stravaganza

Friday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Program: John Noblin is talking about the P.E.T. Cart Menu: cheesy chicken and rice, sweet baby carrots, rolls, assorted pies Non-members may call Sue Mauldin at 256-534-2368 for reservations.

English as a Second Language Training For the 2014-2015 ESL year we are planning on adding several more classes. Most of our classes are too large for optimum teaching so we are looking for new teachers. Perhaps you would be willing to help expand the ESL ministry next year. To find out more consider taking the ESL training at the Madison Baptist Association building on Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3. The training is an important step in preparing for teaching ESL. We would also encourage you to sit in on two or three of our classes and see the basics of leading an ESL group. We only have five more sessions left in this year so see Mike Pearce, Tom Guffin, or Sylvia Bailey if you want to know more. Classes end May 15 and begin again next August 28.

April 24, 2014  
April 24, 2014