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Volume 62 / Week Number 7 / February 17, 2011

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville First thoughts

David hull, Pastor

This issue of The Messenger has six pages instead of four. The two extra pages will give information about our Called Business Meeting on Sunday night at 6:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. You will find some background information and then two recommendations that come to the church from the Leadership Council.

this sunday Sunday, February 20, 2011 Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany • sermon: “the right thing to Do” Matthew 5:38-48

Here is what you can expect during the meeting. Curt Morton, the Building Committee Chair, will update us on the progress of the Building Committee. They have been hard at work with the architects and want to share with you what they are learning. It is important to hear from the Building Committee before considering the two recommendations before us.

• First Fellowship

Following a report from the Building Committee you will hear from Bob Broadway, the Finance Committee Chair. Our Finance Committee has also been working hard to explore various options for financing that will be necessary for the building program. He will have detailed information about possibilities related to finances.

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The information that you will hear from Curt and Bob is extensive, and very difficult to place in written form in a newsletter. I encourage you to come and listen so that you can be aware of all the options that are before us. So far our Building Committee, Finance Committee, Trustees, Leadership Council and Deacons have all spent a considerable amount of time discussing a plan for moving forward. Now it is your turn to listen, learn, discuss, and vote. After the updates from Curt and Bob, we will present and explain the two recommendations that are printed in this newsletter. Brief explanations are offered here in print, but more will be shared so that everyone understands what we are voting on. Note that we will only be voting on these two recommendations. Later, once we receive the bids, we will vote on what we actually plan to build. We need to know the exact costs of the building before we can take that vote. Following a time for questions and discussion, we will take a secret ballot vote. Deacons will count the votes and will announce the results while we are in the meeting. These are exciting days for our church as we take “faith steps to the future.” Sunday night will allow us to take a few more steps along the way. I hope that you will be here to listen, learn, discuss and vote.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

8:15 a.m.

Music from the First Fellowship Band the Youth Choir will sing

• sunday school

9:15 a.m.

Bible study for all ages

10:30 a.m.

sanctuary Choir Anthem “reconciliation” -Pfautsch solo by Cynthia Futral Music from the FBC Big Band

Evening Activities • Foundations for Life • Called Business Meeting

6:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall More information found in First Thoughts

Blood Profiles First Baptist is again partnering with Huntsville Hospital to offer blood profiles at a reduced cost. Forms available now in the CLC. But act fast! Lab work must be performed this month! The cost is $30 for the Executive profile, $35 for the Executive Male Profile (with the PSA for prostate) and an additional test for heart disease is $10.

ministry calendar MusiC AND WorshiP

sunday, Feb. 20 First Fellowship/FH Sunday School Sanctuary Worship/Sanct. Stephen Ministry/118 youth Handbells/329 Foundations for Life/Parlor, 111, 114, 141 Foundations for Life/107,108, 229 Pastors Class/FH youth Choir/Cr youth Snacks/241 Called Business Mtg./FH

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

Billy orton, Minister of Music and Worship; elizabeth hostetter, Associate Minister of Music and organist; Jeremy Wilkerson, Contemporary Worship leader; Amanda Allen, Minister of Children’s Music and Missions



4:00 PM 5:00PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:15 PM

Monday, Feb. 21 Letter Writing/ 242 Hallelujah Choir/Cr BSF Classes/Parlor, Chapel, 3rd Floor CodA/140

9:00 AM 10:30 AM

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5:00 PM 6:30 PM

tuesday, Feb. 22 Tues. Morn. intercess./242 “Living Well”/118 Beth Moore Bible St./342 Ministerial Staff Mtg/Parlor Gen. Staff Mtg/Parlor Music Staff/Parlor Grief Share/CLC Venture Scouts/342 Forum/118 Boy Scout Trp. 70/ 343 Adult Handbells/329

7:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 1:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM

Wednesday, Feb. 23 Precept Bible St./342 Writing your Life St./118 young Musicians Handbells/329 Supper/FH M & M/2nd, 3 rd Floors Supper/FH y.A. M&M/107 Liftoff/309-310 Sanctuary Choir/Cr Leadership Council/Parlor

9:00 AM 11:00 AM 4:15 PM 4:45 PM 5:00 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

thursday, Feb. 24 Moms in Touch/Parlor newcomers Club/Parlor needlework Ministry/107, 108 First Fellowship Band/FH Clarion Winds/242

8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00-8 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Orchestra, Youth Choir, Adult Handbell Choir, Hallelujah Choir, Clarion Winds, Young Musicians, Youth Band, Flute Choir, Young Musicians Handbell Choir, Bluegrass Band, Vocal Ensemble, Music Makers Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Youth Handbell Choir, Sanctuary Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, First Fellowship Band, Combined Music Ministry Groups. Looking Ahead Palm Sunday Concert (April 17, 5 p.m.)—An Instrumental Hosanna! Maundy Thursday Worship (April 21, 7 p.m.)—Lord’s Supper Service in the Fellowship Hall Good Friday Worship (April 22, 7 p.m.)—Tenebrae Service and Presentation by the Sanctuary Choir

Friday, Feb. 25 BSF Leaders/Parlor

4:30 AM

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

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Wednesday Night Dinner Menu

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Wednesday, Febraury 23

Jamie Mackey, Minister to students


lasagna salad garlic Bread Dessert

FUN Night

Sunday, February 27 6:00 PM in the FBC Student Space


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

Walk the Red Carpet Eat Good Food Enjoy a Scavenger Hunt

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Come & Bring a Friend. First Baptist Huntsville opened its doors with “love” on Friday, February 4, to the homeless of Huntsville. We had approximately 150 guests for dinner. We had well over 100 FBC’ers greeting, serving, and being the presence of Christ that night. Thank you to FBC Missions, FBC Kitchen, those that contributed to the hygiene bags, and the many that served to prepare for and make the Love Feast take place. It truly was a wonderful night.

Giving Report: $1,247.00 The food ministries of HAP and the Downtown Rescue Mission will benefit from this offering. Thank you, First Baptist Huntsville!

steWArDshiP rePort 2/13/11 Year-to-Date goal


offering This Week


Debt retirement This Week

Wednesdays—6:00 PM in the Student Big Room

$340.00 $26,436.00

Faith Steps to the Future: This Week yTd

$21,050.50 $1,604,427.10

To date:


PresChool MiNistries

Joy moore, minister to preschool

AtteNDANCe sunday school Best-selling author and America’s most popular speaker on parenting and family issues.

February 27

Sessions starting at 2 p.m.


$10 per person/$15 per couple Tickets may be purchased on our website at or in the Childhood Ministries Office. Childcare reservations must be made by February 20. Please call 256-428-9411 for more information.

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A 4-week study series on RELATIONSHIPS is coming to Liftoff! Does God determine our romantic relationships? If not, then they will determine our relationship with God.

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Worship services First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




Thanks Thank you notes have been received from Linda and Woody Williams, Don Comer, Deanna Geurkink, and Fran Wilson. They have been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

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LEADERSHIP COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION First Baptist Church Huntsville, Alabama February 20, 2011


The Background



In May, 2008 our church adopted a lengthy recommendation from the Leadership Council concerning a proposed building renovation and expansion program. Included in what was adopted were the following points: • The church would purchase new television equipment and Sanctuary audio equipment. • The church would engage in a building renovation and expansion program that would include the renova tion of the current gymnasium into a multi-purpose space, the new construction of a gathering space, Student Ministry area, administrative offices, and new parking along Governors Drive. • The church would use a consultant to lead us in a Capital Stewardship Campaign. • The church would limit long-term indebtedness from this building program to $2 million. • The total cost of the work described above would be around $9 million.





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Over the last three years we have been proceeding with this adopted plan. The Capital Stewardship Campaign was postponed due to the economic recession, thus delaying the entire project. The fall of 2010 was the opportunity that we chose to move forward with this campaign, We were hoping for pledges of one and one-half times our annual budget which would equal $6 million. A little over $5 million was committed to the new construction. Meanwhile, the church moved ahead and purchased television and audio equipment for the Sanctuary and has now paid off the bank loan on this purchase out of cash reserves that we had. We are nearing the point of receiving bids for our building project and are now faced with a decision. In light of the amount of money raised and the projected cost of the project, something will need to change from what we approved three years ago. Given that $5 million has been committed to the project, we will either need to change the scope of the project that we have approved or we will need to change the debt limit of the project that we have approved. Otherwise, the numbers do not add up correctly. Best estimates were made three years ago when we voted. We now know more information and realize that something needs to be adjusted from what was previously adopted. The Leadership Council has discussed this situation at length and makes two recommendations to the church. These recommendations are printed with some explanation on the back of this page. Sunday night we will have a Called Business Meeting at 6:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to hear updates from the Building Committee and the Finance Committee. These updates will give fuller explanation to what is printed in the newsletter. There will be opportunity for discussion, and then we will take a secret ballot vote on the two recommendations.

The Recommendation from the Leadership Council In preparation for the Building Committee to seek bids for our construction project, we realize that two financial matters need to be addressed so that we can move forward with this program. After reviewing the estimated costs of the building and knowing the fact that the church has pledged over $5 million towards this building program through Faith Steps to the Future, the Leadership Council recommends the following two motions: 1. The Leadership Council recommends that the church repeal the previously adopted $2 million limit on long-term debt. The long-term debt amount will be dependent upon a future vote of the church in consideration of the final project scope and bids received. Explanation: When the church voted in May, 2008 to move ahead with this project we approved a limit of long-term debt in the amount of $2 million. Based upon the estimates we have received and the amount of funds that have been pledged, we now believe the cost of this building program will leave us with a long-term debt that is greater than the $2 million we previously approved. We will not know the true cost of the project until we receive bids – sometime in late April. At that time the church will decide the scope of the project and the resulting long-term debt the church will incur. We maintain the option of accepting a bid, rejecting all bids, or modifying the project. However, we now need to demonstrate good faith going into the competitive bidding process by lifting the restriction on the amount of the long-term debt. 2. The Leadership Council recommends that the church approve a line of credit construction loan with Regions Bank for church approved renovation/additions. This line of credit, in an amount of up to $8 million, will be drawn upon as needed for construction expenses while we are receiving $5 million in gifts through Faith Steps to the Future. As a requirement of this financial arrangement the church will agree to a mortgage on the church property with Regions Bank. Explanation: The $8 million line of credit construction loan is for the purpose of providing adequate cash flow during the construction phase of this work. Expenses for construction will be due before the pledged funds have been received; therefore a construction line of credit is necessary. Funds are drawn on the loan only as they are needed. At the end of our Faith Steps to the Future giving period, the remaining balance will convert to a long-term loan at the same competitive rates as the construction loan.

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Family Matters First Baptist Church

office: 256-428-9400

600 Governors Drive

weekend minister on call: 256-428-9457

Huntsville, AL 35801

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.

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CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Bill and Betty Lee, Jr. in the loss of his sister, Betty Weyrich. Elizabeth and Wayne Hostetter in the loss of her uncle, Leigh Hargrave. Family and friends of our member, Roy Tate. Jo Ann Blue in the loss of her aunt, Mary Ruth Cowden.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Steven Huppenberger 375 Lower Dry Creek Lacey’s Spring, AL 35754

Charitable Giving Through IRAs

EArLy AduLTHood MiniSTriES Pam Mcdaniel, Minister to young and Median Adults

The IR A Charitable Rollover was extended for 2011. If you are age 70 ½ , you may transfer up to $100,000 per person directly from your traditional or Roth IR A to First Baptist and it will qualify toward your required minimum distribution as well as become non-taxable to you. If you are interested in this option of giving to Faith Steps or any other offerings, please contact Alison in the Finance Office or 256428-9417. You should also ask your financial advisor if this option will benefit you. Please note that the transfer must come directly from the IR A trustee to the church to qualify.

Women on Mission The missions study for the ‘Week of Prayer’ for North American Missions will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 118. Everyone is invited to attend.

February 17, 2010