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Volume 65 / Week Number 3 / January 16, 2014

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FiRST ThouGhTS David hull, Pastor The Madison Baptist Association is sponsoring a special evangelistic event for Madison County. Many churches are joining together to present “The Bridge” at the VBC on March 9-12, 2014. Steve Hale will be the evangelist and Bob Smith (from Huntsville) will be leading the music. In addition to the nightly meetings in the arena of the VBC, Steve will be speaking to a number of schools in our area during the days. All churches in the area are encouraged to join in this effort to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our church has already been connected to this event as Ray Jones, a church member, and I serve on the Finance Team in support of this event. Our Missions Committee has already allocated funds to be given from our church to provide generous financial support. Now I want to invite you to participate. You can learn more at There are many ways that you can join in with this community-wide evangelistic effort. Musicians will be invited to sing in a crusade choir or play in an orchestra. Our Music Ministry office will have details about this avenue of participation. Most importantly, you can be inviting your friends who are not connected to a church home or who do not know Christ to come with you to The Bridge. Please pray for our meetings together and for God to move in the lives of people who will be in attendance. In addition to what I have mentioned above, I am copying in below some announcements from the Association about how you can be a part of this special event. Choose the best way for you to be engaged in The Bridge and join in and be a part of the team. Everyone is invited to the weekly prayer gathering in Huntsville at Shea’s Express Restaurant, 415 Church St. NW, every Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. We need 500 counselors for “The Bridge” event. People can sign-up online ( or call the associational office at 256-536-0015. Notice on the website the times of counselor training. We will be collecting good, non-perishable canned food goods/items each night of “The Bridge” to benefit the needy in our area. See the website for details. Huntsville homeowners’ “The Bridge” yard signs available for pick-up at the MBA office on February 4. “The Bridge” door hangers for neighborhood distribution available for pick-up at the MBA office on February 4.

this sunday January 19, 2014 Sermon “Living Wholly: Movement”

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 a.m. Music from First Fellowship Band

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

Children Minister Search “Listening Session” - 9:15-10:10 a.m. in the Community Room

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Choir Anthem Come, My Soul, ‘Tis Time for Waking Mendelssohn

David Giambrone, leading the music

Children Minister Search “Listening Session” - 4:30-5:00 p.m. in the Student Center 10th Grade Classroom

Foundations for Life Classes

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

ministry calendar Sunday, January 19

First Fellowship/LC 8:15 AM Morning Bible Study 9:15 AM Search Listening Session/Comm Room 9:15 AM Sanctuary Worship 10:30 AM Student Band Rehearsal/SC 3:00 PM Men’s Ensemble/Choir Room 4:00 PM Search Listening Session/St. Center 4:30 PM Student Choir/Choir Room 5:00 PM Foundations for Life Classes 4 & 5:00 PM

Monday, January 20

MoPS/Comm Room Balance Class Men’s Bible Study Fellowship

Tuesday, January 21

Student Prayer Breakfast/off Campus Spiritual Formations Group/Parlor intercessory Prayer Group Women’s Bible Study/327 S.i.L.K./107 2345 open Gym Forum/SC Boy Scouts Adult handbells/240

Wednesday, January 22 Women’s Precept Bible Study/327 Balance Class/Gathering Place Student open Gym Supper/Fh Wednesday Foundations for Life Music & Missions Prayer Meeting & Bible Study/Fh orchestra Rehearsal Student Liftoff Sanctuary Choir/Choir Room First Fellowship Band Practice/LC

Thursday, January 23 ESL Ministry

Friday, January 24

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship/Parlor Balance Class Fellowship Club Day Trip/offsite Too Much Fun/St. Center

9:00 AM 10:00 AM 5:00 PM 6:30 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 9:00 AM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 4:00 PM 4:45 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

First Baptist huntsville health Emphasis 2014

Transformation Yoga

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Yoga from a Christian Perspective Saturday, February 8, 9AM – Noon Upper Gathering Place Led by Lori Smith, experienced-RYT 200, 500 RYT Please register by email at or call the Church Office at 256-428-9400. Wear soft, movable clothing. Some yoga mats available but bring your mat and a towel or yoga blanket if you already have one. Avoid eating a heavy meal prior to attending.

9:00 AM 5:00 AM 8:30 AM 10:00 AM 6:00 PM

Library hours

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

FAMILY MATTeRS OUR NEWEST Charlotte Ruth Jeffress, daughter of Sara and David Jeffress, born December 14, 2013. Proud big sister is Emily Warner. Sophie Elizabeth Hangartner, daughter of Alan and Carol Ann Hangartner, born January 6, 2014. Proud grandparents are Scott and Karen Hangartner. CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Betty Barnett in the loss of her sister-in-law Betty Peer.

Are you interested in joining Weight Watchers? Are you already a member of Weight Watchers? We are wondering if there would be church support for our hosting an “at work” Weight Watchers program. This would be a 17 week series, meeting at lunch time, beginning sometime in February. The cost is $186 per participant. If you are interested, please email Cindy Thompson at or Debbie Bell at You may contact Debbie Bell directly by calling 256-428-9405.

ThANK You A thank you note has been received from Carolyn Nalls. it has been placed on the bulletin board across from the Music Suite.

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, January 22 Adults

Ladies Luncheon Sunday, February 16 following the 10:30 worship service in the Fellowship Hall Reservations may be made at the reservation table on Sundays and Wednesdays or in the 2345 Ministry Office during the week. Cost is $8.00 (please have payment ready at time of reservation). Deadline to register is February 9.

Chicken Vegetable Soup White Chicken Chili Tossed Salad Crackers Corn Muffin

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

STEWARDShiP REPoRT Week #15 01/12/14 Year-to-Date Goal

$ 1,454,269.00

offering This Week

$ 49,292.10


$ 1,537,034.71

Faith Steps - Admin Suite This Week

The OPUS 48 Artist Series will offer a venue where members can use their artistic gifts in settings such as concerts, recitals, lectures and master classes.

$ 465.00


$ 70,588.51

To Date

$ 760,948.91

Faith Steps to the Future This Week

$ 13,283.00


$ 218,166.61

To Date

The first concert of the new OPUS 48 Artist Series at First Baptist Huntsville is

$ 5,185,307.49 Year-End Contributions

12/31/13 Year-to-Date Goal

$ 1,323,069.00

offering YTD


Faith Steps - Admin Suite YTD

$ 68,707.88

To Date

$ 759,068.28

Faith Steps to the Future

Communication and Trust in Your Marriage Wednesday, January 22 Kay and George Bugg will be our featured couple. They bring 25 years of marriage experience in how they have learned to communicate with each other. Dinner: 5:15 p.m. Marriage Forum: 5:45-7:00 p.m. Community Room (Entrance #7) Contact 256-428-9418 or email to reserve your spot!


$ 202,923.61

To Date

$ 5,170,064.49

ATTENDANCE Sunday School Preschool




Students Adults

136 683







Worship Service First Fellowship Sanctuary Worship ToTAL

432 596 1028



October 13, 2013 - December 31, 2013




Robert Newman John and Eva Geiger





Ernie Hamilton Bill and Polly Lucas


8.91 .00




Spurgeon Hendrick Arnold and Sara Stokes Henry Hill, Jr. Bill and Polly Lucas Howard Sandlin Latham and Ann Walker Bill and Polly Lucas




Ernie Hamilton Arnold and Sara Stokes




Howard Sandlin Arnold and Sara Stokes LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY Beth Dees James and Mary Reeder

72 80 136

683 13 25





Karol Emanuel John and Eva Geiger Jerry and Diane Mungle James and Mary Reeder

Spurgeon Hendrick Jim and Mary Reeder LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING Ernie Hamilton Max and Mary Ella Croft MEMORIAL FUND Daphine Collins James and Mary Reeder Agnes Gatlin Anne King Ernie Hamilton Helen Ritchey Rougeou Virginia Murphree Henry Hill, Jr. James and Mary Reeder Sara Hix William A. and Maxine Odle Buford Whitt Jerry and Patricia Price Dorothy Williams Harold Williams Roland Williams Iva C. “Buddy” Yates James and Mary Reeder MISSIONS WITHOUT BORDERS OFFERING Ernie Hamilton Mary Goodhue

MUSIC MINISTRY Mary Lee Galloway Carl Mathis Sara Hix Mr. and Mrs. Oliver E. Wager, Jr.


October 13, 2013 - December 31, 2013 ONE LESS ADOPTION MINISTRY John Alderson LifePoint Sunday School Class John Dickson Dr. J. E. “Jim” Campbell Joy and Michael Moore Daphine Collins Joy and Michael Moore Ernie Hamilton Joy and Michael Moore Spurgeon Hendrick Brenda Hicks Joy and Michael Moore Henry Hill, Jr. Joy and Michael Moore PET PROJECT Spurgeon Hendrick Sidney and Jo Anne Allen RA & GA MISSION PROJECTS Karol Emanuel Cliff and Sue Ellen Sisson Spurgeon Hendrick Cliff and Sue Ellen Sisson SPECIAL MISSIONS Spurgeon Hendrick Kathleen King Wood and Peggi DeLeuil Ann Gravlee Bill and JoAnn Hadaway Graham and Corinne Shovelton

Ernie Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. James W. Apple, Jr. William J. Baxley John and Betty Black Jesse and Jean Bradley Stephen and Karen Day Marilyn and David Duncan Bill and JoAnn Hadaway Rena Hamilton Brenda Hicks Ellen and David Howard Andrew and Laurene Hunt The Huntsville Utilities Employee Fund Winfred and Frances Jones Bettie and William Perkins Jim and Mary Reeder David and Judy Richardson Graham and Corinne Shovelton Torchmark Corporation Life Group at Whitesburg Baptist Church Henry Hill, Jr. Winfred and Frances Jones Leonard and Sara Martinec STUDENT MINISTRY MISSIONS Henry Hill, Jr. John and Eva Geiger Virginia Murphree TELEVISION MINISTRY Spurgeon Hendrick James and Mary Johnston Ernie Hamilton James and Mary Johnston

WORLD HUNGER O’Dell Grady James and Mary Reeder Elizabeth Nunn James and Mary Reeder

HONORARIUMS Essie Coppock Johnnie and Norman Shepard Cindy Russell Eugene Hutchens LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING Janice and Randy Hicks Ellen Hamilton MUSIC MINISTRY Arnold and Sara Stokes The Family of Arnold and Sara Stokes ONE LESS ADOPTION MINISTRY Ralph and Martha Edfeldt Joy and Michael Moore SPECIAL MISSIONS Mary Goodhue Maurice and Beth Berthon Fran Wilson and Betty Barnett Bonnie Tondera

GriefShare 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

Tuesdays, beginning January 21 6:00-7:30 PM Parlor All who have experienced the loss of a loved one are invited. Contact Fran Wilson at 256-837-4906 for more information.

paid at Huntsville, Alabama 31801-5178. POSTMASTER send change of address to THE MESSENGER, 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Blood Profiles February is time again for FBC to partner with Huntsville Hospital Laboratory to do the Blood Profiles. The cost is $30 for the regular profile which includes Complete Blood Count, Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, Lipids(Cholesterol), Thyroid(TSH). The PSA for men is $5.00 and the CRP (checks for inflammation) is $10.00 extra. Pick up your lab form and pay in the church office starting January 31. Go to ONLY Huntsville Labs listed on the back of the form during the month of February. You will be called when your results are ready. Any questions: call Eugenia Graves, Faith Community Nurse, 256-682-6271

Too Much Fun! a 2345 Fellowship Event

Friday, January 24 6:00 - 8:30 PM in the Student Center Cost: $5 for dinner

A combination of Minute to Win It!, Let’s Make a Deal, and a little bit of Double Dare and Survivor...prizes...laughter...and too much fun! Contact the 2345 Ministry Office at 256-428-9418 or email

Writing Your Life Story Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. beginning February 5 in the Community Room. Led by Edna Zimmerman and Rodger Keene

Children’s Minister Search “Listening Sessions” We have scheduled two “Listening Sessions” this Sunday where you will have the opportunity to tell us your desires for Children’s Ministries in our church. These sessions are open to everyone in the church. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to email us at Sunday, January 19 9:15-10:15 AM in the Community Room 4:30-5:00 PM in the Student Center 10th Grade Classroom

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