Volume 64 / Week Number 23 / April 25, 2013
The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville First tHougHts David Hull, Pastor Have you looked in the mirror lately? our stewardship Committee has placed mirrors around the church facilities with the words “give with Purpose” on them. these mirrors and other signs around the building are pointing us to a special offering that will be received on May 5. We are calling it “give with Purpose” sunday. since we are talking about god’s transformation during our worship services, our stewardship Committee crafted these words to explain the special offering: “Because our hearts and lives are being changed, we give with purpose, believing that god can use our gifts to bring others to the saving knowledge of His transforming love.” the give with Purpose offering will be in support of the ministry and missions of our church. Each year about this time we have such a special offering. You may use this offering as a chance to catch up on your giving if you have fallen behind. it may be that you have been financially blessed beyond what you expected, and you can offer an extra gift to the Lord in gratitude for your abundant blessings. Finally, you may have never tried tithing – this might be a good opportunity for you to do that and take the first step on the way to giving 10% of your income to god.
this sunday April 28, 2013 The Fifth Sunday of Easter Sermon “Metamorphosis: From Failure to Service” John 21:1-19
First Fellowship - 8:15 a.m. Music from the First Fellowship Band “Today is the Day” “Lay Me Down” (#6)* “Beautiful Things” (#13)* And a special selection from our Music Makers Choir *denotes selection from our First Fellowship Songs CD, Vol. 2
i invite you to “give with Purpose” on May 5. of course we receive an offering every sunday, but occasionally we need a special day to remind us to join our hearts, hands, and gifts in gratitude and obedience to god. i encourage your generous participation in this special offering. the process is very simple. We will not provide special offering envelopes, you will not receive any letters in the mail about this, and there is not a series of stewardship sermons in preparation for this day. We are all simply going to look in the mirror and consider the stewardship response that we will offer to god. some of the signs around the building remind us that Purpose can be an acrostic for – Prayer, Unity, Rejoicing, Praise, Obedience, Sacrifice, Expectancy. if we approach our offering on May 5 with each of these qualities, we will truly “give with Purpose.”
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 a.m. Bible Study for all ages
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Choir Anthem Lord, Listen to Your Children - Medema Solo by Joel Cobbs
Ken Medema at First Baptist! Saturday, May 4:
sessions with our student Choir 6:30 p.m. Coffee House, Gathering Place
Sunday, May 5:
sings in both morning services 5:00 p.m. Concert with our Student Choir, Sanctuary
knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together
Evening Activities Foundations for Life American Songs of Faith A Wednesday Night Hymn Festival May 1 at 6:00 p.m. Featuring the Hallelujah Choir, the FBC Big Band, and the Adult Handbell Choir
ministry calendar Sunday, April 28
First Fellowship 8:15 AM Morning Bible Study 9:15 AM Sanctuary Worship (Baptism) 10:30 AM Health Ministry Event/Comm. Rm. 4:00 PM Joyful Ringers 4:00 PM Foundations for Life Classes 4:00 & 5:00 PM Student Choir/Choir Room, 343 5:00 PM Student Fun Night 6:00 PM
Monday, April 29
Letter Writing/252 Hallelujah Choir/Choir Rm.
Tuesday, April 30
Student Prayer Breakfast Intercessory Prayer/242 Cub Scouts/327 Venture Scouts/342 Forum Boy Scouts/3rd floor Adult Handbells/Sp. Min.
Wednesday, May 1
Supper/Fellowship Hall Music & Missions Marriage Class/324 Hymn Festival/Sanctuary LiftOff/Student Center Sanctuary Choir/Choir Room
9:00 AM 10:30 AM 6:45 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 4:45 PM 5:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 2
Student Prayer Breakfast ESL Classes
Student Choir Reh. with Ken Medema Coffee House with Ken Medema
8:00 AM 6:30 PM
April 26-May 4
Women’s Beach Retreat
Library Hours Sunday
Golf Tournament Benefitting FBC Student Ministries Missions FORMAT: Four Man Scramble with Shotgun Start
Friday, May 24 Goose Pond Colony Golf Course Scottsboro, AL
FEE: $40.00 (includes green fee, cart, and all the fun you can have! Please no refunds after May 22) Donations in honor of Dr. Langley and proceeds from the sale snacks, drinks, etc. will be used for FBC Student Ministry Missions. REGISTRATION: Forms available in the church office and welcome centers.
Friday, May 3 Saturday, May 4
The 24th Annual
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 OUR NEWEST Emery Lillian Core, born April 2, 2013. Proud greatgrandparents are Bob and Jean Hall. Paisleigh Grace Lewis, born April 22, 2013. Proud parents are Jonathan and Brittany Lewis, proud grandmother is Lisa Andrews, and proud great-grandparents are Roy and Pat Heifner. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS grayson Carroll 112 Peterson Place Huntsville, AL 35811 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Joe & Jeanette Hunter in the loss of her brother, Gene Doran
Family Campout May 8-11 at Monte Sano State Park. For more information or sign up contact the campground at 256-534-6589. You are asked to make your own reservations in order to hold your campsite. Then call the Adult Ministries Office and tell us your plans at 256-428-9403.
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As Christians, we are called to stewardship in every area of our lives, from our daily quiet time, prayers, activities to our personal finances. As we strive to be more like Christ, we being to understand the purpose in giving our time, talents, and money. “And we are all… being transformed into His image…” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Family and friends of our former Preschool/Children’s Minister, Lynn Ellis Breck, especially to her husband, Lloyd Breck and her daughter, Rebekah Breck Family and friends of our member Ann Vines especially to her son, Greg Lansdell Kara and Mike White in the loss of her father, Kenneth Richard Powell
knowing, loving, serving Christ...together
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Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, May 1 Adults Chicken Salad Pasta Salad, Broccoli Salad Fruit Salad Blueberry Tea Biscuits
Salad Chef Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by noon on Wednesday.)
thank you First Baptist for serving in so many ways on Saturday, April 13. there were many wonderful stories of how the community was touched. thank you to each of the project leaders. their leadership in all the project areas made the day proceed smoothly. the serving the City lead team consisted of Ann Gattis, Mike Soutullo, and Pat Lewallen. they spent many hours planning, enlisting, coordinating, and working out all the details of the service day. Be sure to give them a pat on the back for a job well done. one new project this year that was very successful was the First Baptist Church Boy Scout Troop # 70. They stood in front of several local grocery stores and accepted donations for Huntsville Assistance Program. gayla Kidd, HAP Director, said it was the largest single donation of food of any group in the history of HAP - over 2000 items! Way to go, Troop 70!
STEWARDSHIP REPORT 04/21/13 Year-to-Date Goal
Offering This Week
Faith Steps - Admin Suite This Week
Faith Steps to the Future This Week
Lucas Couple Honored
An enlarged version of a handmade blanket was presented to Evelyn Lucas last week. this blanket was patterned after the hundred of such wraps that were made by Evelyn and others, presented to new mothers over the past 60-plus years as a part of the Cradle Roll Ministry. A small delegation of FBC members in a home-visit presented the special personal blanket. It had been signed by 400 to 500 First Baptist members, signifying appreciation for a lifetime of work advancing the cause of Christ and His church. An extended article detailing the remarkable six decades of service of both Evelyn and Jack Lucas - she in the Cradle roll department of the sunday school, and he as the ever-present and everresourceful head of church-wide audio/visual activities - is in preparation. Watch for it! Submitted by Joe Jones, Church Historian
Worship Service First Fellowship
THANK YOU A thank you note has been received from Joe Zimmerman. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the Music Suite.
Women on Mission Meeting and Salad Luncheon 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
fbchsv.org 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
May 7, 10:00 a.m. in room 118 the speaker is Barbara glenn, a North American Mission Board Mission Mobilizer with the Madison Baptist Association. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring your favorite salad. Contact Becky Newman at 256-881-6572 for more information.
paid at Huntsville, Alabama 31801-5178. POSTMASTER send change of address to THE MESSENGER, 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.
Christian Women’s Job Corps® of Madison County, AL, Inc. You are invited to attend the graduation Ceremony of the Fall 2012 Class of Christian Women’s Job Corps® FBC Chapel sunday, May 5 At 3:00 p.m. reception immediately following ceremony
May 22 5:45-7:00 p.m. in the Life Center
Honoring our Mission Friends, GA’s, and RA’s
Attention Graduates The Student Ministry Office is collecting names, family connection, degree, and school of all our high school, college, and post collegiate graduates. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 5.
two-time gold medalist and world champion juggler! reception to follow in the gathering Place. this is a church-wide event - everyone is welcome to attend!
simulcast at First Baptist Huntsville Friday, May 17, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Saturday, May 18, 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM Room 118 Childcare is available with advanced reservations by calling 256-428-9411. Deadline for childcare is May 12. www.fbchsv.org/gpe email@example.com 256-428-9418