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Volume 64 / Week Number 2 / January 10, 2013

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville First thoughts David hull, Pastor Last sunday was an awesome day for our church. First Fellowship worship moved into a new home in the Life Center as 566 people worshiped god together in that beautiful space. in the afternoon folks toured throughout the new addition during the open house and then we dedicated the place to the glory of god. it was a day of celebration, thanksgiving, and great expectation. Now what? Now that we have moved the worship service and dedicated the building, what are the next steps as we grow into our new addition? Let me offer a few thoughts about the process before us. First, there is still some work being done in the Life Center related to media equipment. in addition, other pieces of equipment (such as basketball goals) have not arrived yet. so it will likely be February before that space can be used for recreation. When the space is ready, we will share more information about how we can utilize the Life Center for recreation. in addition, the Fitness Center will also not be functional until February. right now it is being used for storage until we can move the offices. Once that takes place, we will unload the fitness equipment and set the room up. You may be all excited about starting your New Year fitness program, so go ahead and start exercising somewhere else and then join me in the Fitness Center next month when we open up. Speaking of the offices, when will that move occur? We anticipate that most of our staff will move into new office space either the week of January 21 or 28. Following that move there will be some renovation work done to the current office space before the Music Ministry staff and several sunday school classes will then reoccupy the area. Once we have all of the new offices set up and we have moved in, we will have an office Open House and invite everyone to come see where all of the staff members are now located. Finally, i mentioned on sunday that Dru Murphree has resigned as our Media Director. i am so grateful for what Dru has done for our church in this area during a very important time of transition. Many thanks Dru for a job well done! Now what? We will begin searching for a new Media Director for our church. in the meantime, Jeremy Wilkerson has agreed to take on the extra responsibility of being Interim Media Director to bring coordination to this vital ministry on a short-term basis. Thanks Jeremy for your willingness to lead us in this way. My fortune cookie at lunch last sunday said, “You will make many changes before settling satisfactorily.” this is a time of great change for us, but thanks for your wonderful spirit as we settle into the future that god has prepared for us.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday January 13, 2013 Sermon “Gentle Witness” 1 Peter 3:8-17

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

First Fellowship - 8:15 a.m. Music from the First Fellowship Band “Song of Hope” “Your Grace is Enough” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” (5)* *denotes track from First Fellowship Songs CD, Vol. 2

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Music from the Sanctuary Choir Solo by Dave McKenzie, bass Offertory solo by Emily Parker, euphonium Music from the FBC Orchestra

Foundations for Life Classes Love Dare/324 Marriage Class/327 Women’s Bible Study/111 Preschool/216 Grades 1-6/227 Pastor’s Class/Chapel Men’s Class/108 Parents of Students/St. Ctr.

4:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM

ministry calendar Sunday, Jan. 13 First Fellowship/LC Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship/Sanct. Foundations for Life Classes See front page Student Choir/CR, 343 Student Choir Snacks/241

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM

5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Monday, Jan. 14 Letter Writing/240 Balance Classes/140,141, 114 Hallelujah Choir/CR

9:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Student Prayer Breakfast Tues. Morn. Intercess./242 Women’s Bible St./343 Grief Share/Parlor Venture Scouts/342 FORUM/Life Center Boy Scouts, Trp. 70

6:45 AM 7:00 AM 9:00 AM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Balance Classes/140,141, 114 Health Ministry/111 Supper/FH Financial Peace/118 Marriage Class/324 Music & Missions Men, Women’s Bible St./111 Women’s Bible St./114 Prayer Service/FH Orchestra/Sanct. LiftOff/Student Center Sanctuary Choir/CR

9:00 AM 1:00-4:00 PM 4:45 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Thursday, Jan. 17 ESL Classes/1st FL, FH

9:00 AM

Friday, Jan. 18 Balance Classes/140, 141, 114 D-Now Weekend

9:00 AM 6:00 PM

Saturday, Jan. 19 D-Now Weekend

8:00 AM

Dominican Republic May 28-June 8, 2013 the team will be working with Carlos Llambes and his family, who were here in December. The trip will be from May 28, 2013 to June 8, 2013, three (3) weeks total. We will split up into 2 teams. Team 1 - May 18 - May 28, 2013 Team 2 - May 28, 2013 - June 8, 2013 the work will consist of medical clinics, dental clinics, eye glasses clinics, and evangelism. The approximate cost for the 10-day trip is $1,800.00, and for the whole 3 week trip, $3,000.00. Financial aid and scholarships are available through the Missions Committee and the FBC Missions Foundation. Deadline for response is January 25, 2013. For further information, contact Dr. Jerry Graham or Laura Elrod @ (256) 461-7482 or

Family Matters Continued

Library Hours

CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Eugene Hutchens in the loss of his sister, Dale and Cindy Hutchens in the loss of his aunt, Elizabeth Hutchens in the loss of her great aunt and E.J. and Lily Hutchens in the loss of their great, great aunt, Gail Sanders.

Tuesday Wednesday

Curt and Nancy Morton in the loss of his stepfather, Jennifer and Kenneth Matthews in the loss of her grandfather, Laurel and Michael Matthews in the loss of their great grandfather, Ross Durant.


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 Sarah Helen Vines, daughter of Brian and Sarah Beth Vines, born January 2, 2013. Proud grandparents are Ron and Susan McClung and Jim and Kathryn Kay.

Family and friends of our member Billy Tidwell, especially to his daughter, Susan (Robert) Tidwell Rook. Rosie Byrd in the loss of her brother, Joseph Merchant.

WELCOM NEW MEMBERS Walter and Donna Dick 2639 Bransford Trail Hampton Cove, AL 35763

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, January 16

Adults Breakfast for Dinner Egg Casserole, Hash Brown Casserole, Bacon Sausage, Biscuits, Gravy Sweet Rolls

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

FBC Students in Grades 7-12 January 18-20, 2013


The D-Now Weekend will be filled with great worship, small group Bible studies, food, fun and games, no studying, and much more! We have great leaders coming for the weekend.

12/31/12 Year-to-Date Goal


Offering YTD

$ 1,330,751.66


$ 14,474.00

Debt Faith Steps to the Future YTD

$ 546,182.74

To Date:

Speaker - Travis Crim

Band - Clemency

For more information contact the Student Ministry Office at 256-428-9411 | |

$ 4,428,730.87

01/06/13 Year-to-Date Goal

$ 1,376,575.00

Offering This Week

$ 94,415.10


$ 1,425,166.76

Faith Steps - Admin Suite This Week

$ 5,325.00


February 22-24 Tickets available now!

$ 596,793.89

To Date:

$ 602,118.89

Faith Steps to the Future This Week

$ 28,600.50


$ 574,783.24

To Date:

$ 4,457,331.37

Global Missions Offering

$ 74,670

Friday, February 22: Doyle Dykes Concert, 7:00 p.m.


Retreat Seminars for YOU:

Marriage – Dale and Jena Forehand, Stained Glass Ministries Parenting – Brad Griffin, co-author of Sticky Faith Life at a Crossroads – Loyd Allen, spiritual guide and professor Preschool Praise Day – Miss Patty Cake Children’s Mini Camp – Nic Allen and Team, Rolling Hills Community Church Boomers, Empty Nesters, & Beyond – David and Claudia Aarp, Marriage


Sunday School Preschool




Students Adults

153 668







Worship Service First Fellowship

Sanctuary Worship TOTAL

566 617 1183

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.

Music Ministry the student Choir resumes regular rehearsals this Sunday, January 13, 5:00 p.m., followed by Snack Supper.

The Student Choir

at First Baptist Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

the hallelujah Choir will sing a mini-concert for the EsL Ministry on thursday morning, January 17, 10:00 a.m.

MeetFBC! Are you new to FBC? Would you like to learn more about our church family? Whether you have been our guest for one year or one week, we invite you to be a part of a 4 week informal small group session of MeetFBC! You’ll meet our ministerial staff and have an opportunity for conversation with them. We look forward to meeting you! Questions? Contact Pam McDaniel at or simply share your information on a guest card and indicate you want to be invited to our class that begins January 27.

Every Tuesday night for the next 13 weeks beginning January 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Cost is $15.00 for the workbook. the goal is to help members build a sense of community, and become familiar with the daily “From Mourning to Joy” devotional exercises. Contact Betty Barnett at 256864-2311 or Fran Wilson at 256-837-4906 for more information.

the sanctuary Choir annual MiD-WiNtEr RETREAT is January 25-26 (Friday evening and saturday morning). the music for Easter and other special projects will be covered. Come and sing!

FBC will be collecting canned goods, toiletries, and other non-perishables to support the huntsville Assistance Program. Please bring in your donations on sunday, January 20.

January 10, 2013  


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