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Volume 65 / Week Number 25 / June 19, 2014

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FirST ThoughTS david hull, Pastor Here is one of my favorite stories that I have told in sermons and teaching times. Over a hundred years ago, in a Scottish seaside inn, a group of fishermen were relaxing after a long day at sea. As a serving maid was walking past the fishermen’s table with a pot of tea, one of the men made a sweeping gesture to describe the size of the fish he claimed to have caught. His hand collided with the teapot and sent it crashing against the whitewashed wall, where its contents left an irregular brown splotch. Standing nearby, the innkeeper surveyed the damage. “That stain will never come out,” he said in dismay. “The whole wall will have to be repainted.” “Perhaps not.” All eyes turned to the stranger who had just spoken. “What do you mean?” asked the innkeeper. “Let me work with the stain,” said the stranger, standing up from his table in the corner. “If my work meets your approval, you won’t need to repaint the wall.” The stranger picked up a box and went to the wall. Opening the box, he withdrew pencils, brushes, and some glass jars of linseed oil and pigment. He began to sketch lines around the stain and fill it in here and there with dabs of color and swashes of shading. Soon a picture began to emerge. The random splashes of tea had been turned into the image of a stag with a magnificent rack of antlers. At the bottom of the picture, the man inscribed his signature. Then he paid for his meal and left. The innkeeper was stunned when he examined the wall. “Do you know who that man was?” he said in amazement. “The signature reads ‘E.H. Landseer!’” Indeed, they had been visited by the well-known painter of wild life, Sir Edwin Landseer. God wants to take the stains and disappointments of our lives and not merely erase them, but rather turn them into a thing of beauty. Citation: Mistreated. Leadership, Vol. 12, no. 3. This is a story of transformation. God takes our lives with all of the blemishes, sins, and flaws and then transforms us into a beautiful “new creation.” What great news! We need to talk about that this Sunday morning: “Transformation” is the sermon and the text is Romans 12:1-2. I hope that you will be present for worship.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday June 22, 2014 Second Sunday after Pentecost SermoN “Transformed” romans 12

FirST FelloWShiP - 8:15 Am

Music from the First Fellowship Band

morNiNg BiBle STudy - 9:15 Am Bible Study for all ages

SANcTuAry WorShiP - 10:30 Am

Anthem by the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Exaltation - Fettke Solo by Jennifer Matthews Music by the FBC Woodwind Quintet

eVeNiNg AcTiViTieS

Pastor’s Class - 5:00 PM in the Chapel

ministry calendar Sunday, June 22

First Fellowship/lc morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship hAm radio club/Fh men’s ensemble Practice Pastor’s class/chapel young Adult girls gathering/offsite

monday, June 23

letter Writing/252 ePic Student Bible Study

Tuesday, June 24

Spiritual Formations group 2345 ministry open gym college ministry Bible Study Adult handbells Boyscout Troop 70 meeting

Wednesday, June 25

Wacky Wednesday/offsite Supper/Fh Prayer meeting & Bible Study FBc Big Band rehearsal First Fellowship Band Practice/lc Sanctuary choir rehearsal

8:15 Am 9:15 Am 10:30 Am 2:00 Pm 4:00 Pm 5:00 Pm 6:30 Pm 9:00 Am 7:00 Pm 7:00 Am 5:30 Pm 6:00 Pm 6:30 Pm 6:30 Pm 1:00 Pm 4:45 Pm 5:45 Pm 6:00 Pm 7:00 Pm 7:00 Pm

Thursday, June 26 Friday, June 27 June 23-27

gA camp at WorldSong in cook Springs, Al

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 Mary Suzanne Giambrone, daughter of David and Lindsey Giambrone, born June 6, 2014. CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Adam & Bailey Long in the loss of his father, Keith Long Family & friends of our member Nancy Mitchell, especially to her mother, Emma Mitchell, her sister, Marcia (Greg) Newman, and her nephews, Patrick and Chris Newman

Big Band favorites such as: One Note Samba In the Mood St. Louis Blues String of Pearls Featured Vocalists: Gaines Gravlee Laura Kendrick Vocal Ensemble from the Sanctuary Choir

Selections from the Band’s July Concert in NC: Fairest Lord Jesus Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us Bound for the Promised Land He Keeps Me Singing Rock Of Ages

knowing, lov ing, serv ing Christ...together

Wednesday Night dinner menu Wednesday, June 25 Adults Steak Burgers with Bun cheese, lettuce, and Tomato French Fries Summer Salad

Music Camp July 7-11 9 AM - 2 PM Register online at or in the Music Ministry Office • • •

KinderCamp (Completed 5K): "God Colors My World" directed by Susan Keene and Mary Ella Sharpe Younger Camp (Grades 1-2): "The Little Donkey's Easter Journey" directed by Lea Hoppe Older Camp (Grades 3-6): "It's Cool in the Furnace" directed by Karen Anderson

Salad grilled chicken Salad (reservations for salad must be turned in by noon on Wednesday.)

STeWArdShiP rePorT Week # 37 06/15/14 year-to-date goal

$ 3,029,328.00

offering This Week

$ 62,027.87


$ 3,127,297.90

Faith Steps - Admin Suite This Week

$ 2,759.26


$ 98,594.17

To date

$ 791,229.00

Faith Steps to the Future This Week

God and Country Service Join us for this special patriotic service and dinner, with music from the Sanctuary Choir Menu for Dinner:

A Special Patriotic Service and Dinner

Wednesday, July 2, 5:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall

Fried Chicken Tenders, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables, Cranberry/Orange Salad, Roll Cost is $6 for Adults and $3.50 for Children.

$ 13,670.20


$ 464,988.78

To date

$ 5,430,790.04

ATTeNdANce Sunday School Preschool














Worship Service First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




ThANK you A thank you note has been received from the Zack Thompson family. it has been placed on the bulletin board across from the music Suite.



2014 Pastoral Search committee Nominees





Nathan Alderson

Patty Atherton

BJ Boyanton

george Bugg

elaine dickson

gaines gravlee

cathy hicks

mike Kirk

Pat lewallen






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2014 Pastoral Search committee Nominees, continued

ingrid lunsford

debbie mcdaniel

Nelson Parker

diane Singer

Julie Stephens

Todd Westbrook

Jerry miller

larry moore

Becky Soutullo

harold Stephens

The Pastoral Search committee election will be held this Sunday, June 22 during both morning worship services. you will vote for six (6) nominees.


College Bible Study, Fellowship, and Volleyball 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

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in the Student Center Come study Crazy Love by Francis Chan with us!

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.

FBC Deacon Nominations 2014 FBC Deacon Nominations have begun. Deadline for nominations is Sunday, July 20. The FBC Deacon Election will be held on Sunday, September 7 Please reflect on these Biblical requirements for Deacon service as you prayerfully consider a nomination

College Department Ocoee Rafting Trip 2014 High School graduates included!

A Deacon.. • Demonstrates growth toward mature faith (Acts 6:3; 1 Tim. 3:9, 4:12) • Demonstrates Christian home life (1 Tim. 3:11-12) • Demonstrates personal and public morality and a life accepted by God and the church (1 Tim. 3:8, 10, 13; Phil. 1:27)

YAGG Young Adult Girls Gathering

Saturday June 28 – Leave FBC @ 7:30 AM Cost: $30 per person; lunch is provided Return to FBC around 5:30 PM SIGNUP AND PAYMENT DEADLINE IS SUNDAY JUNE 22 Contact church office or Vic and Tammy McCarn ( to sign up

The FBC young adult girls are meeting in homes on Sunday nights this summer at 6:30 p.m. for a time of Bible study and fellowship. If you are interested in more information contact Pam McDaniel at

June 19, 2014  


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