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Volume 63 / Week Number 7 / February 16, 2012

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FIrST THOuGHTS David Hull, Pastor I write these words on Valentine’s Day. In the midst of flowers, candy, cards, dinners and other celebrations that happen on this day, you may need a story. Here is one of my favorite Valentine stories. Little Chad was a shy, quiet boy. Day after day, his mother agonized when she watched the children coming home from school. While they laughed and talked to each other and hung onto each other, Chad always lagged behind - alone. One day, Chad came home and told his mother that he’d like to make Valentines for everyone in his class. Her heart sank. She thought, I wish he wouldn’t do that! They never include him in anything. Nevertheless, she decided she would go along with her son. So she purchased the paper and glue and crayons, and for three weeks, night after night, Chad painstakingly made 35 valentines. Valentine’s Day dawned, and Chad was beside himself with excitement as he started out for school. That afternoon, Chad’s mother placed cookies and milk on the table. Then she looked out the window and saw the children coming home from school. There they came, laughing and having the best time. And, as always, there was Chad in the rear, alone. But walking a little faster than usual. His arms were empty. Obviously, he had not received any valentines, and she fully expected him to break into tears when he got inside. She choked back her own tears, saying as he came in, Mommy has some cookies and milk for you. But he hardly heard her words. He just marched right on by, his face aglow. And all he could say was: “Not a one. Not a one.” Her heart sank. And then, he added: “I didn’t forget a one, Mommy. Not a single one.” as told by Dale Galloway, Dream a New Dream: How to rebuild a Broken Life (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1975), 77-8. How many of us can say the same? That is something good to remember this Valentine’s Day – and every day!

this sunday February 19, 2012 Sermon “Give Me a Double” 2 Kings 2:1-12 First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 a.m. Music from the First Fellowship Band I Will Follow Teach Me Lord Mighty to Save

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Choir Anthem O God, Beyond All Praising - Holst/arr. Proulx Solo by Lea Hoppe Music from the FBC Big Band

Evening Activities Foundations for Life Classes

Lakewood Tutor Training Session 6:00 p.m. in room 118 Caren Chua is the new Volunteer Coordinator at Lakewood and brings a lot of experience. She has some wonderful suggestions for improving our time with the students and has enthusiasm for helping each student do their best. She will help with math, spelling, and reading tutoring skills. Plan to attend and bring your questions.

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ministry calendar Sunday, Feb. 19 First Fellowship/FH Sunday Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Stephen Ministry/118 Children’s Handbells Financial Peace/Parlor Marriage Class/108 Children’s Bible Drill/225-226 Youth Choir/Cr Foundations for Life Classes Pastor’s Class/FH Tutor Training/118 Youth Choir Snacks/241

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


FUN Night—Luau Style

Sunday, February 26—6:00 PM Students will be enjoying the fun and tastes of Hawaii and the movie Soul Surfer. In the Student Big Room and Hangout space.

Sadie Hawkins Night

6:00 PM 6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 29—6:00 PM Students will gather for a night that only happens every 4 years. Our Sadie Hawkins Night will be during Liftoff. We will be learning “swing” movement and having a lot of fun. Bring a friend!

Monday, Feb. 20 Letter Writing/242 Hallelujah Choir/Cr

9:00 AM 10:30 AM

Tuesday, Feb. 21 Student Prayer Breakfast Hsv. City Schools @ Little rosies Tues. Morning Intercession/242 Grief Share/Parlor Forum/118 Adult Handbells

Upcoming Bible Studies 6:45 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Precept Bible Study/342 Writing Your Life Story/118 Ash Wednesday Service/Chapel Supper/FH Music & Missions/2nd FL Quarterly Business Mtg./FH Liftoff/309-310 Orchestra/Sanct. Sanctuary Choir/Cr

9:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00-1:00 PM 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Ladies Bible Study - Mercy Triumps by Beth Moore. This 8-week Bible study on James begins February 28 at 9:00 a.m. Please respond by Feb 20th to Becky Soutullo at or call 256-428-9400. Childcare available upon request. MeetFBC! - Meets for 4 Sundays at 9:15 in room 108 beginning February 26. Each week a few of our ministerial staff lead our class. We learn about all of the ministry areas and meet our ministers in a small group setting. Even better, is that our ministers meet YOU! If you are fairly new to the church, this class is perfect for you and we invite you to be a part! If you are interested in learning more about the class, please contact Pam McDaniel at or call her at 428-9414. 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son (Vicki Courtney, author) - Begins February 19, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in room 114. Facilitated by Elaine Dickson. This is a woman’s Bible Study for moms who desire to help their sons build foundations of faith that will equip them throughout their lives.

Young Adult

Thursday, Feb. 23 ESL/1st FL

Mardi Gras

9:00 AM

and Planning Party

Friday, Feb. 24 Scrapbooking/118

8 AM-3 PM

Tuesday, February 21 6:00 p.m., Room 118

Library Hours Sunday

Tuesday Wednesday

Besides the Mardi Gras fun, we’ll also take some time that evening to lay out a proposal of young adult plans for the year ahead. What trips/events/studies/fun would you like to see us do this year? Bring your ideas!

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

Please RSVP to or 256-428-9411 by Noon on Sunday Feb. 19 to signup or to reserve childcare.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Penny Hastings 200 Catamaran Court Madison, AL 35758 Myrna Sharpe 7703 Bailey Cove Road Huntsville, AL 35802

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Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, February 22

Adults BBQ Stuffed Potatoes Marinated Vegetable Salad rolls Assorted Pies

Renovation Update- February 2012


The project is progressing well and remains within budget and on track for November 2012 completion. The steel installation has been completed for the administrative area, and the new front entry has connected the structure to the existing building at the chapel. The metal for the roof has been installed along with the curbs for HVAC equipment. After a few final touches, brick installation will begin along the front of the church. Roofing work is also scheduled to begin within the next couple of weeks, and that will “dry in” the administrative suite and entry area so the remaining inside work can be completed.

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

The contractors have removed the clerestory windows from the original gym roof. New metal is now covering those openings, and several roofing panels that were corroded beyond use from previous water leaks have also been replaced. Roofing is scheduled over the next few weeks for the gym, and that will allow the electrical, fire protection and insulation contractors to begin their inside “dry” work. The steel is being installed around the stage area and will soon begin for the AV booths, storage areas and other parts of the worship space. The elevator “pit” has been completed, and the original doors to the fitness room have been blocked in. After the renovation, the fitness room will be accessed from the new entry area by the chapel.

STEWArDSHIP rEPOrT Year-to-Date Goal


Offering This Week

$ 64,259.22


$ 1,611,065.40

Debt retirement This Week

$ 265.00


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$ 22,924.50

Faith Steps to the Future: This Week

$ 12,421.99


$ 965,756.72

To Date:

$ 3,372,487.67 Despite the challenges created by the wet winter weather, construction on the St. Clair side has shown much progress. The slabs have been poured for the student area and gathering space. The restroom and kitchen rough plumbing has been completed and slabs have been poured there. The “heavy” steel for the gathering space has been installed and “light” steel construction will begin soon. Remaining slabs are scheduled to be poured in soon, and steel for the student center and other areas between the buildings will be erected in the coming weeks. The renovated gym space will soon be joined to the existing building on two levels as the area between the buildings is filled in with structure. After construction is completed, ramps will provide easy access to the new facility, and the new elevator will provide for easy movement between floors on the west end of the building. Beginning February 27, the pumps on our existing chillers will be replaced with larger units to accommodate the new facilities. During this week, we will have no cooling capacity for the entire building. The heating boilers will not be affected, so we should experience no issues as long as our normal cool winter weather returns! The contractors expect to have one chiller operational again by Sunday March 4th, so we should be comfortable during Sunday worship regardless of the outside temperatures. We appreciate your understanding, especially if unseasonable temperatures cause the facility to be a bit warmer during that week of February 27. The excitement and anticipation is growing as more of the new structure is completed. Continue to pray that God will use this facility for His glory. FBC Building Committee Note: You can follow the weekly progress on the church website: Look under “Connections/Construction Update” for the most recent photos.

ATTENDANCE Sunday School Preschool














Worship Services First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship TOTAL

612 902

THANK YOu A thank you note has been received from Kendrel and Nancy Helton. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

New Six-Week Study 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.

Stretch Out Your Hand: Exploring Healing Prayer by Tilda Norberg and Robert E. Webber. March 4th 3:00-5:00 p.m. in room 242 Healing through prayer sometimes raises almost as many questions as it answers. Why isn’t everyone healed? What is the role of faith? Is it fair to offer healing prayer to a suffering person, only to have him or her suffer deep disappointment when the healing they expect does not occur? If you have asked any of these questions, come explore healing prayer with us. The class will be led by Jane Hull, Sharron Culpepper, and Eugenia Graves Please pre-register by calling the church office 256-428-9400 so that we can have a book for you.

Celebrating Grace Hymnal Dedication Service February 26, 5:00 p.m. • • •

We will sing from our new hymnal! We will dedicate this wonderful new worship resource. Special music will be provided by Sanctuary Choir Music Makers and Young Musicians Adult Handbell Choir FBC Men’s Ensemble Youth Choir Hallelujah Choir FBC Orchestra The printed program will carry the names of persons honored and memorialized, plus the names of the donors.

“WEE” are making plans for the 2012-2013 school year Registration for our Half Day Mother’s Morning Out and our Half Day Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten (also Full Day Kindergarten) Registration schedule: WEE families: Wednesday February 22 FBC members: Monday,February 27 Public: Wednesday,February 29 The WEE Ministry provides developmentally appropriate activities for infants (six weeks) through kindergarten in a loving, Christian environment. Need more information? Call 256-428-9440. Come and join our family as we play, learn, and grow together!

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February 16, 2012