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Volume 64 / Week Number 50 / December 12, 2013

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville

FiRST THOuGHTS David Hull, Pastor Frederick Buechner is a favorite writer of mine. He has a beautiful way of expressing the faith we believe. Read what he says about Advent:

this sunday December 15, 2013

The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised the baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff in the air of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment. The Salvation Army Santa Claus clangs his bell. The sidewalks are so crowded you can hardly move. Exhaust fumes are the chief fragrance in the air, and everybody is as bundled up against any sense of what all the fuss is really about as they are bundled up against the windchill factor. But if you concentrate just for an instant, far off in the deeps of yourself somewhere you can feel the beating of your heart. For all its madness and lostness, not to mention your own, you can hear the world itself holding its breath. (from Beyond Words, p. 8) Take time to Stop, Look, and Listen during this Advent season. Maybe you will be able to “hear the world itself holding its breath.” This Sunday we will learn from Joseph who teaches us about “All My Listening Heart.” (Matthew 1:18-25, 2:13-15, 2:19-23). Are you listening?

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

Sermon “All My Listening Heart” Matthew 1:18-25, 2:13-15, 2:19-23

First Fellowship - 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. Dress warmly since the temperature in the Sanctuary will be colder than normal due to the LCT presentations beginning this week.

Sanctuary Choir Anthem All My Heart This Night Rejoices - Stroope Solo by David Giambrone Joseph’s Song, Card Music from FBC Orchestra A Christmas Festival - Anderson

Christmas Comedy Dinner Theater 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Life Center This is a church-wide, family friendly, interactive show featuring Christian comedians

ministry calendar Sunday, December 15

First Fellowship/LC Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Student Band Rehearsal Comedy Dinner Theater/LC LCT Dress Rehearsal

Monday, December 16 Letter Writing/252 MOPS/Comm Room Men’s Bible Study Fellowship

Tuesday, December 17

Student Prayer Breakfast/Off Campus intercessory Prayer Group Spiritual Formations Group Staff Christmas Party/offiste Adult Handbells/240 Boyscout/342

Wednesday, December 18

Supper/FH 5 Love Language Bible Study/324 Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration/FH LCT Pre-Dress Rehearsal/Sanct Student Ministry Christmas Party First Fellowship Band Rehearsal

Thursday, December 19

Student Prayer Breakfast/Off Campus LCT Presentation

Friday, December 20 Men’s Bible Study Fellowship LCT Presentation

Saturday, December 21 LCT Presentation LCT Presentation

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

World Missions Offering Goal: $85,000 Given to Date: $15,952 CBF Global Missions: $7,825

6:30 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:30 AM 7:30 PM

SBC Lottie Moon: $8,127

First Baptist’s

One Less Orphan Ministry

5:00 AM 7:30 PM

recognizes that...

4:30 PM 7:30 PM

More than one third of Americans have considered adopting, but no more than 2% have actually adopted.

Library Hours

Approximately 1.5 million children have been orphaned due to AIDS in subSaharan Africa---a population greater than all of New England.

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

If one family in every 3 churches in the US adopted a child, we would adopt every child in need of a family in the US.

LCT Ticket Office

There are more orphans in the world than people in the UK and France combined.

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM East Welcome Center

For every child born in the US, there are two children orphaned in Asia. Approximately 7 million Americans are adopted persons.

FAMILY MATTERS CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Meta Brown in the loss of her niece, Gayle Clever, Marilyn Guffin & Charlotte Schlittler in the loss of their cousin, Mary Ann Mitchell.

In the US, 400,540 children live without permanent families in foster care. 115,000 of these are eligible for adoption.

Won’t you help us make ONE LESS by praying, donating to this ministry, or by supporting those who have or are in the process of adopting. Watch The Messenger for more information.

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, December 18

The Living Christmas Tree


December 19-22

Thursday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 3:00 p.m. (abbreviated for young children)

Sunday, December 22, 5:30 p.m.

Chicken Tenders Mashed Potatoes Green Peas Roll Cup Cakes

Salad Fried Chicken Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by noon on Wednesday.)


with special guests Committed and Prosper

Week #10 12/8/13 Year-to-Date Goal

$ 895,029.00

Offering This Week

$ 77,982.26


$ 704,078.18

Faith Steps - Admin Suite

Thursday @ 7:30 p.m. Friday @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday @ 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sunday @ 3:00 & 5:30 p.m.

LCT Ticket Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This Week

$ 1,800.00


$ 37,600.25

To Date:

$ 727,960.65

Faith Steps to the Future This Week

$ 8,365.00


If you would like to be an LCT Helper volunteering with parking, tree spotters, or ushering, call 256-428-9421 or sign up online at

$ 108,420.29

To Date:

$ 5,075,561.17

ATTENDANCE Candlelight Communion Service December 24 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Sunday School Preschool Children Students Adults Brookdale Visitors TOTAL

61 88 140 646 13 21 973

Worship Service

Sanctuary Worship




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

The offices of FBC will close on December 31 at 5:00 p.m. Therefore, contributions to be posted for 2013 should be received in the Finance Office by Tuesday, December 31. Of course, any donations postmarked by December 31 will also be counted. If you have any questions, please contact Alison at 256-428-9417 or

MESSENGER, 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.

*You still have the opportunity to donate from your IRAs! We are hosting a church-wide "Happy Birthday Jesus" party on Wednesday night, December 18.

**Remember that stock gifts and other appreciated securities are a great way to donate! Call Alison if you have questions.

It will be in Fellowship Hall and will be the Wednesday night program. The meal will be as usual. For the evening service we'll be singing carols, doing a craft, and reading the Christmas story. Everyone

Sarah Tate Angel Tree

will leave with a Jesus Birthday present.

If you adopted either Alexcia Doward or Azariah Hodges please contact Susan Wessinger at 256-603-2340 or email

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