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Volume 62 / Week Number 5 / February 3, 2011

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville First thoughts

David hull, Pastor

I suppose it is the greatest sermon ever preached. Who could do better than Jesus in preaching a sermon? We call it the Sermon on the Mount and it is found in Matthew 5-7. The sermon begins with the Beatitudes in the first twelve verses and then moves to a stirring description of what life in the Kingdom of God is like. For the next three Sundays we will look at the fifth chapter of Matthew. Since I have already done a full series on the Beatitudes, I will begin with verse 13 and move to the end of the chapter. Will you join me as we listen to this sermon from Jesus? Here is our plan for worship over the next few weeks. February 6

“The Paradox of the Church”

Matthew 5:13-20

February 13

“Healing the Angry Heart”

Matthew 5:21-37

February 20

“The Right Thing to Do”

Matthew 5:38-48

As we prepare for worship that is coming up in the next few weeks, I encourage you to put on your calendar Sunday night, February 13. That is the night that we will be worshiping with our friends at First Missionary Baptist Church on Blue Spring Road. We will meet in their building at 6:30 on that night. I will be preaching and our musicians will be leading. A fellowship time will follow the service. Many of you have found this to be a wonderful experience of worship each year. If you have never joined us for this service, why don’t you come join us this year? I think that you will find this worship to be a blessing to you. Come, let us worship together . . . To worship is to quicken the conscience by the Holiness of God To feed the mind with the Truth of God To purge the imagination by the Beauty of God To devote the will to the Purpose of God. Archbishop William Temple

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

this this sunday sunday Sunday, February 6, 2011 Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany Celebration of the Lord’s Supper • sermon: “the Paradox of the Church” Matthew 5:13-20

• First Fellowship

8:15 a.m.

Music from the First Fellowship Band

• sunday school

9:15 a.m.

Bible study for all ages

• sanctuary Worship

10:30 a.m.

Anthem - “Christus Paradox” (Arr. Fedak) Duet - David and Barbara sizemore Music from the FBC orchestra

Evening Activities • Foundations for Life Classes • getting to Know You - 6:00 p.m. CLC Patio Room. Bring a covered dish. For more information call Myra Haythorn at 256-837-3107

iPhone & iPod Touch App Available Now! Search “FBC Huntsville” in the App Store

ministry calendar sunday, Feb. 6 First Fellowship/FH sunday school sanctuary Worship/sanct. stephen Ministry/118 youth super Bowl Party/CLC youth Handbells/329 Foundations for Life/Parlor, 111, 114, 141 Foundations for Life/107,108, 229 Pastors Class/FH youth superbowl Party/CLC

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

Monday, Feb. 7 Letter Writing/ 242 Hallelujah Choir/CR HCCa/CR, 241. 242 BsF Classes/Parlor, Chapel, 3rd Floor deacons/118 Coda/140

9:00 aM 10:30 aM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM

tuesday, Feb. 8 tues. Morn. intercess./242 “Put Life Back”/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

MusiC AND WorshiP

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

Sanctuary Choir Mid-Winter Retreat (In-house at FBC) Friday evening, February 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Saturday morning, February 12, 9:00-11:00 a.m. These two sessions will help prepare us for the music of Easter AND help us grow as choral musicians. Come and sing with us! Guest Clinician – Dr. Erin Colwitz, Director of Choral Arts at UAHuntsville


Blue Spring Sunday, February 13, 6:30 PM

Plea •

This is our annual connection with a very special sister church, First Missionary Baptist Church. Our choir and instrumentalists will join our pastor in helping lead this combined worship service in their sanctuary on Blue Spring Road. This is always a delightful gathering, full of inspiration and fellowship. 5:45 p.m. Instrumental rehearsal in their Sanctuary 6:00 p.m. Choir warmup in their Choir Room 6:15 p.m. Mini-Concert by our instrumentalists (choir enters prior to 6:30 pm) 6:30 p.m. Worship Service (David Hull, preaching)

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Wednesday, Feb. 9 Precept Bible st./342 Cradle Roll/off campus young Musicians Handbells/329 supper/FH M & M/2nd, 3 rd Floors Prayer Meeting/FH y.a. M&M/107 Liftoff/309-310 Mission Comm./242 C sanctuary Choir/CR



9:00 aM 12:00 PM 4:15 PM 4:45 PM 5:00 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM

thursday, Feb. 10 Moms in touch/Parlor Carl Hurley evening/sanct. Clarion Winds/242

8:00 aM 6:30 PM 7:30 aM

Friday, Feb. 11 BsF Leaders/Parlor MoPs steering Comm./Lib. Fellowship Club/FH sanct. Choir Retreat/CR, 241, Parlor

4:30 aM 9:00 aM 10:00 aM 6:00 PM

The Hallelujah Choir has now resumed regular rehearsals on Mondays at 10:30 am. Open to all “experienced adults!”

DINN If you at the mom to ea we w more

saturday, Feb. 12 sanct. Choir Retreat/CR, 241, Parlor 8:00 aM Clinton s.s./CLC 8:00 aM-12 PM

Library hours sunday tuesday Wednesday

Ticke ship H Wors also b office $15.0

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

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu

stuDENt MiNistriEs

Wednesday, Febraury 10

Jamie Mackey, Minister to students


BBQ Pork Potato salad Cole slaw rolls Dessert





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

takes place this Friday, February 4. Please pray for the following regarding this ministry event: • Homeless persons to come—we have put the word out through various ministries in our city • Good weather—helps for a better response • That the message of God’s love in Jesus Christ be evident in the words spoken, facial expressions, and the ways we greet our guests • That God will use this ministry event to transform those who serve to be more like Christ.

Sunday, February 6 5:00 PM in the CLC Big Game Moonbounce Good Food Entrance Fee: a canned food item

stEWArDshiP rEPort 1/30/11 Year-to-Date goal


offering this Week $48,932.92 ytd $1,570,875.12 Debt retirement

this Week $787.00

A special offering will be taken at the end of each worship service this Sunday. 100% of the amount given will help the food ministries of Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP) and the Downtown Rescue Mission.

ytd $25,321.00 Faith steps to the Future: this Week $13,019.50.00 ytd $1,482,847.55 to date: $1,669,326.85

PrEsChooL MiNistriEs

Joy moore, minister to preschool


JOHN ROSEMOND First Baptist Church is proud to present nationally syndicated columnist, bestselling author and recognized parenting expert John Rosemond at a parenting seminar on February 27, 2011. This event is being co-sponsored with First Missionary Baptist Church on Blue Springs and The Huntsville Times. Presently, his time is devoted to speaking and writing. John is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers, including the Huntsville Times. He has written thirteen best-selling books, nine of which are published in 16 different countries. These books are available for check out from our church library and will be available for sale at the Seminar. For more information on John, go to his website at This event is open to the public and seating is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. Parents, grandparents and parents-to-be are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $10.00 person/$15.00 per couple and will be sold on Wednesday evenings in the Fellowship Hall or in the Childhood Ministries office and on Sundays after First Fellowship and after Sanctuary Worship. Tickets may also be purchased on our website at There will also be LIMITED childcare with reservations. Reservations must be made in the Childhood Ministries office, absolute deadline for these reservations is February 20. The cost is $5.00 per child/max of $15.00 per family. Please call 256/428-9411 for more information. DINNER FOR MOMS OF PRESCHOOLERS If you are a mother of a preschooler, you should have gotten an invitation to dinner at the home of Joy Moore, Minister to Preschool. This annual dinner is a time for moms to get together for fun, food, conversation, and no interruptions. You will get to eat your meal while it is hot! Please remember to call 256-428-9411 to RSVP so we will prepare enough salad, chili and dessert for you! Looking forward to learning more about you and your dreams for the preschool ministries of FBC.

sunday school Preschool














Worship services First Fellowship


sanctuary Worship




Thanks A thank you note has been received from Bob and Teresa Martin. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

Family Matters CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY 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

Pete Over ton in the loss of his mother, Mar tha Jean Over ton. Friends and family of our former member, Gloria Batey.

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.

eaRLy aduLtHood MinistRies Pam Mcdaniel, Minister to young and Median adults

Fellowship Club The Fellowship Club has been rescheduled to Friday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. Myra Haythron will be speaking about her Ukraine mission trip. If you are a first time guest, contact Kay Gover for seservations at 256-536-8317

FBC Tablecloths If you have one of the church’s tablecloths, please contact Pat Williams at 256-518-9262 or

Reservations being taken now!; 256.428.9403 Who: When: Where: Bible Study: Cost:

Young adults (ages 20s, 30s; married, single) March 11-13 (Friday night – Sunday morning) Camp Alpine in Mentone, AL David Hull, facilitator $65/person, plus $10 if you want to do the high ropes course

Fireplace, high ropes course, bonfire and marshmallows, hiking trails, friends, Bible study, worship, fellowship, fun! Girls’ cabin, boys’ cabin for sleeping…..beautiful lodge for meeting, eating, and being together in all kinds of ways!

A gathering of Young Adults: Knowing, loving, serving CHRIST…together

"First Monday" Prayer Meeting with FMBC At 8:00 am on February 7th, we will hold our monthly joint prayer meeting with members of First Missionary Baptist. We will no longer alternate locations, which became somewhat confusing for participants. Instead, our permanent meeting place will be the FMBC prayer chapel. We believe that God has raised up this group to not only pray for our two churches, but to help us find ways to minister together to reach Huntsville and beyond. As some of you may know, members of both churches participated in a recent medical mission trip to Haiti led by Dr. Graham, and we're planning to return together in 2011. Even if you cannot attend, I hope you will pray for guidance as we seek to know God's plan for forming this group. For more information, call Diane Singer (256-461-7955) or email her at

February 3, 2011 Messenger  


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