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Volume 65 / Week Number 4 / January 23, 2014

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FIrST THOUGHTS David Hull, Pastor I hope that you will take a close look at the Stewardship Update which is included in this issue of The Messenger. You will see some very good news about our financial situation as a church at the end of the first quarter of our budget year. I love sharing good news, so let me call your attention to three important parts of the stewardship information: • •

First quarter giving was $1,433,267, which was over $110,000 more than our budget for the same period. In addition, this amount represented a 7.7% increase over giving for the first quarter of last year. Giving to our Faith Steps Capital Campaign remains strong. We will receive funds for this special campaign through all of 2014 and then begin our longterm loan in January of next year. Our receipts so far lead us to project that our long-term loan balance next January should be below our goal of $3.5 million. With all of this emphasis on the church budget and paying for the buildings, we certainly did not want the World Missions Offering to suffer. A goal of $85,000 had been set for this year but we actually gave $104,058 for World Missions!

As you can see, every one of these points is good news. It calls forth our Doxology! I am so grateful for your generous and faithful stewardship. Let’s keep it going so that the ministry of the church can flourish, the expenses of the building program can be met and the interest cost minimized, and missions around the world can receive the very best of our support. Keep up the great work! We looked to the past with a Stewardship Update, now let me look ahead for a moment to something new that begins this Sunday. You may have seen notices about Opus 48, An Artist Series at First Baptist Church. Our church is blessed to have many folks with wonderful gifts and talents in the arts, especially in music. Opus 48 is based on Philippians 4:8 and is an opportunity for our musical artists to share their gifts in a recital and concert setting. The first edition of Opus 48 will be this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel. I invite you to come for a very special presentation of music by a variety of folks in our church. Last Sunday morning we talked about Movement as an important part of our health. This week we explore the Medical dimension of our health. Jesus was the Great Physician – what can we learn from the Bible about the role of medicine in the full life of wholly living? Let’s talk about that on Sunday.

this sunday January 26, 2014 Sermon “Living Wholly: Medical”

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

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Call To Worship by the LCT Chamber Singers Praise to the Lord, the Almighty - Distler Anthem by the Sanctuary Choir There Is A Balm In Gilead - arr. Dawson (Alicia Pettis, solo with choir) Music from the FBC Orchestra Amazing Grace - arr. Himes

Opus 48 Artist Series - 2:00 p.m.,Chapel 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. While the performers will be primarily FBC members, from time to time guest artists will be featured. Amy Helser, flute Julianna Darby, piano David Giambrone, tenor Amelia Lane, clarinet Eric Clark, oboe The LCT Chamber Singers

Foundations for Life Classes

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

ministry calendar Sunday, January 26

First Fellowship/LC Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Opus 48/Chapel Student Band rehearsal/SC Men’s Ensemble/Choir room Student Choir/Choir room Foundations for Life Classes Student Ministry Fun Night/SC

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 4 & 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Monday, January 27 Hallelujah Choir/Choir room Men’s Bible Study Fellowship

Tuesday, January 28

Student Prayer Breakfast/Offsite Spiritual Formations Group/Parlor Intercessory Prayer Group Women’s Bible Study/327 S.I.L.K./107 2345 Open Gym GriefShare/Parlor Forum/SC Boy Scouts Adult Handbells/240

Wednesday, January 29

Women’s Precept Bible Study/327 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 30 ESL Ministry

Friday, January 31

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship/Parlor Sanctuary Choir retreat

Saturday, February 1 Sanctuary Choir retreat

10:30 AM 5:00 PM

Men’s Big Game


6:30 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 9:00 AM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 9:00 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 9:00 AM

Sunday, February 2, 6:00 PM Where: FBC Student Center Who: Mens' event - all ages! Bring: A soft drink, chips, or cookies to share Sign up: Call 256-428-9418 or email by Wednesday, January 29 so RIBS and WINGS can be ordered!

5:00 AM 7:00 PM 9:00 AM

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 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Woody & Linda Williams in the loss of his cousin, David Anderson JoAnn Blue in the loss of her brother, John Blue Family & friends of our former member Paul Rogers, especially to his wife, Zeph Rogers Janette Heard in the loss of her daughter, Debbie Lloyd

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.

Roy Henderson in the loss of his sister, Priscila Ryan Family & friends of our member F.L. Clark John & Stacey Schocke in the loss of his aunt and Alex & Anna Beth Schocke in the loss of their great aunt, Betty Schocke Morris Graham & Corinne Shovelton in the loss of their daughter-in-law and Don & Susan Moser in the loss of her sister-in-law, Kathy Shovelton

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, January 29 Adults Steak or Turkey Burger with or without bun Baked Chips or Sun Chips Fresh Veggies

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

Dominican Republic May 24-June 1, 2014 The team, led by Dr. Jerry Graham, M.D., will work with local Haitian pastor, Wilfrido Brunache, through the Dominican Baptist Convention. The team will be holding medical, dental and eye glasses clinics with local Haitian churches. No medical experience is necessary. Workers are needed for evangelism and witnessing as well as the work above. Cost is $1,700.00 with some financial scholarships available. Deadline to sign up is February 17. For more information contact Dr. Jerry Graham, (256) 461-7482, or email Laura Elrod at Suitcase Collection The DR Mission Team is needing suitcases for transporting medical supplies. Suitcases must have rollers and functional zippers. Please drop off suitcases in the Admin Suite. Thank you!!!

STEWArDSHIP rEPOrT Week #16 01/19/14 Year-to-Date Goal

$ 1,519,869.00

Offering This Week

$ 33,144.15


$ 1,570,178.86

Faith Steps - Admin Suite This Week

$ 285.00


$ 70,873.51

To Date

$ 761,233.91

Faith Steps to the Future This Week

$ 52,869.00


$ 271,035.61

To Date

$ 5,238,176.49

GLOBAL MISSIONS OFFErING CBF Global Missions SBC Lottie Moon Total

$ 31,514.00 $ 72,543.63 $ 104,057.63

Our goal for 2013 was $85,000 and as a church family, we went above and beyond! Thank you, First Baptist, for supporting world missions in such an extraodinary way!

Volunteers needed - P.E.T. Build Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m.

PET vehicles are being assembled to be given to people across the world who do not have the use of their legs. We ask that each person sign up for the build through your Sunday School class. Men, ladies, and families welcome to help. No heavy lifting involved. Come to 5021 Bradford Drive, at the dock area, in Research Park.

ATTENDANCE Sunday School Preschool














Worship Service First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship





STEWARDSHIP UPDATE 1st Quarter, 2014


Ministry Plan October-December, FY 2014










Ministry Receipts Ministry Expenditures: Vision for Ministry: Worship Evangelism Spiritual Growth Ministry Development Congregational Life Missions Total Equipping for Ministry Support for Ministry Total Ministry Expenditures Excess


YTD Goal $ 1,323,070

YTD Actual $ 1,433,267

22,215 52,520 41,762 4,350 32,608 158,768 312,223

11,015 42,432 30,364 1,459 22,610 171,992 $ 279,872

463,001 284,436

403,956 273,325

$ 1,058,634 $ 264,436

$ 957,153 $ 476,114


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We sing the Doxology over our first quarter report – giving praise to the One who molds and shapes us as we are being transformed for His purpose! • • •

First quarter giving was $1,433,267 – an increase of 7.7% over giving for the first quarter last year. Projections for Faith Steps receipts show us establishing long-term debt well below our $3.5 million goal. Christmas Missions Offering goal was $85,000. We gave $104,058!

Our minds, hearts, relationships, speech, attitudes, priorities, and generosity are all being transformed so that God can use us as the hands and feet of Christ.

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Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

MeetFBC! New to FBC? Been here a while and want to know more about FBC? We have a place for you! Meet FBC! meets for 5 weeks – in a small group setting where we learn more about our staff and get to ask questions about our church. Our first gathering session is Sunday, February 2 at 9:15 in the Community Room. During these five weeks, we meet our ministers and they share more about our faith family in an informal dialogue time. Our pastor, Dr. David Hull, will be the first minister to visit MeetFBC! Because we are small in size, we get “face time” with our ministers. We learn more about the ministries that FBC offers and ways that you can participate. One Sunday we will also tour the building, which is really helpful for many people, especially since we are now in our “new space”!

Your Stephen Ministry at FBC sends you good wishes for the New Year. If you have discovered that you are not feeling the best about things in your life right now, a Stephen Minister would love the chance to spend some time with you. We have over twenty trained ministers who will listen, pray with you, offer some spiritual encouragement, or just be a loving presence to you. Our assignments can be confidential if you wish. Call today at 256428-9434. We would love the opportunity to help to brighten your New Year.

If you have questions or want to register, contact 2345 Ministry Office at 256-4289418 or email

Quality Time with your Spouse Wednesday, January 29

Next Craft Circle is Tuesday, February 4 7:00-8:30 PM in the Community Room Decoupage Clock Cost: $6 Register by emailing and then submit payment online or drop it off in the Church Office. Deadline is Wednesday, January 29

Kristin and Jeremy Wilkerson and Elaine and John Dickson are two couples in different stages of their marriages who will be sharing their marriages with us and how they use quality time to always know their spouse. Dinner: 5:15 p.m. Marriage Forum: 5:45-7:00 p.m. Community Room (Entrance #7) Children Activities begin at 5:25 p.m. Call 256-428-9418 or email to RSVP


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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.

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

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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

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

FBC is collecting canned goods, toiletries, and other non-perishables to support the Huntsville Assistance Program this Sunday, January 26! Please bring your items to the East Welcome Center or Gathering Place.

“Listening: Sacred Art and Practical Skill” presented by the Hunt. Assoc. for Pastoral Care’s School of Applied Ministry Tuesday, February 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Community Room (supper and registration at 5:30). Cost: $35 (includes supper!). Presenters: The Rev. Judy Guerry and the Rev. Carl Malm. For more information or to register: or 256-883-6539.

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