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Volume 62 / Week Number 22 / June 2, 2011

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville First thoughts

David hull, Pastor

Memorial Day is in the rearview mirror, school is out, and summer is here. No longer are the hot days of summer called “lazy days.” they are still very hot, but these wonderful weeks are filled with mission and ministry. Just think about what will be happening over the next few weeks . . . • Five of our members are on a medical missions trip right now in the Dominican republic. • Our Student Ministry leaves this week for a mission trip to Chicago. • Vacation Bible School will be a significant learning experience for hundreds of children. • We welcome a group from Viet Nam to our city and to our church that is a part of our on-going relationship with that country. • Perry County missions takes on a new look this year as we stay in Madison County and work in the restoration efforts for the damaged parts of our own county. • Children’s Music Camp is a concentrated time for children to have fun making music and learning the story behind the songs. • Children’s camp is always a great experience in the faith development of children as they go away from home and encounter god at camp. • A Student Ministry Intern and a Music Ministry Intern join us for the summer and gain valuable experience working in a church. • In addition to the special events of the summer, the weekly disciplines of worship, Bible study, fellowship, pastoral care and evangelism continue in the life of our congregation. Every one of these experiences that i have listed above has a financial cost associated with it. summer is not a time when we reduce expenses – it actually is a season in which ministry expenses increase. that is why each year we have a special offering just before summer arrives to ensure that we are giving in a manner that will fully fund all of the ministries of the church. this sunday, June 5, is Everyday generosity sunday. it will be a special offering to launch our special summer of ministry and mission. You may use this offering as a chance to catch up on your giving if you have fallen behind. it may be that you have been financially blessed beyond what you expected, and you can offer an extra gift to the Lord in gratitude for your abundant blessings. Finally, you may have never tried tithing – this might be a good opportunity for you to do that and take the first step on the way to giving 10% of your income to god. We have a great summer before us. Let’s begin with a great expression of gratitude and expectation in our offering this sunday.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday June 5, 2011 Seventh Sunday of Easter Everyday Generosity Sunday Sermon: “Christ Reigns Above Us” John 17:1-11

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. Sanctuary Choir Anthem

Christ Go Before You - Banks Anthem text is the Benediction Prayer by William E. Hull

The FBC Orchestra will play

Worship in the Chapel - 5:00 p.m. “Broken Trust” genesis 12:10-20

ministry calendar sunday, June 5 First Fellowship Sunday School Sanctuary Worship Stephen Ministry/118 Worship in the Chapel

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM

Monday, June 6 Letter Writing/242 Fish Fry

9:00 AM 10:00 AM

June 4-11

tuesday, June 7 Forum/118

6:30 PM

Wednesday, June 8 Supper Prayer Mtg. Orchestra Reh. Sanctuary Choir/CR

4:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

thursday, June 9 Needlework/107, 108

12:00 PM

Friday, June 10 Fellowship Club/FH

10:00 AM


Library hours Sunday

Tuesday Wednesday

9-9:15 AM | 10:10-10:45 AM | 11:4012:00 PM 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 4:00-5:00 PM

Pray by Day: Eggbeater Youth Living Loud in Chicago As we prepare for our trip to Chicago, we want to let you know what we are doing each day. Every day will be a new adventure, and we need your prayers as we live Christ out loud in Monticello and Chicago, Illinois. We are going as representatives of Christ and of you, our home church. Thank you for your continued support and prayer as we go to live loud in the third largest city in our country.

Saturday, June 4

Travel to Monticello, Illinois Host Homes

Sunday, June 5

Calvary Baptist Church Concert at Calvary Baptist Church

Monday, June 6

Travel to Chicago, Illinois Serving and Singing at Catholic Charities

Tuesday, June 7

Serving and Singing at the Pacific Garden Mission Serving at the Greater Chicago Food Depository FAMILY MATTERS CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY James McKemy in the loss of his wife, John McKemy in the loss of his mother, Wren McKemy

Wednesday, June 8

Singing at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Singing at the Illinois Youth Correctional Center

Thursday, June 9

Concert in Six Flags Great America

Friday, June 10 THANK You A thank you note has been received from Charles and Sue Godwin. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

Serving and Singing with the Chicago Lights Ministry Beginning the trip back to Huntsville

Saturday, June 11

Stopping in Marion, Illinois Travelling back home to Huntsville

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


Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, June 8


Involved, Invested, Serving – FBC

grilled Chicken Pasta salad Cranberry Congealed salad roll Dessert


I thank God for the people of First Baptist. From the very first moments in this tornado crisis you have been involved in diverse ways of helping, collecting, donating, providing support, and on the ground managing storm damage all over our county and beyond.

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

A few examples:



Even a new opportunity for volunteers came to FBC with the administration of emergency food stamps to thousands of needy families.

Gordon Perry has led chainsaw and clean up crews in some of the most affected areas. Thousands of volunteers have been processed through our CLC and you have provided many of the volunteers to help make that process smooth and productive. Chris Sims has provided leadership in the day to day work at the CLC with excellence. Dennis Brooks and others organized chainsaw crews to assist some of our church members. Meals have been provided for the volunteers at the CLC by Sunday School classes, the Mission Committee, and many individuals. Mark and Angela Seanor dedicated the days with no electricity to visiting as many older adults in our church as possible, providing batteries, radios, no cook meals, and comfort to those in the dark. I saw our pastor taking many hours from other duties to provide an example in volunteering and being a gracious host at the CLC. There were many FBC members who recognized the partnerships we have with many agencies, ministries, and other churches and volunteered or provided support to them. Many people donated funds to the FBC disaster relief fund to assist people in greatest need.

Thank you for the many ways that you are helping and will continue to help. We are currently planning and working with other churches to provide some long-term care to one of the hardest hit communities. You will hear more on this as plans continue to develop. Let’s continue to represent Christ in everything we do and especially in the days of hardship ahead for many in our area.

unavailable due to bank holiday WORSHIP ATTENDANCE First Fellowship Sanctuary Worship Total

305 553 858

MissioN oPPortuNitY thursday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor Neal and tisha hadaway will speak and give a powerpoint presentation of their work with college students and women in Central Asia. He has been a university English/history teacher and she a women’s counselor.

In the next article we will update you on the latest relief work. I thank God for your faithfulness.


Mike Pearce

Surviving Suicide of a Loved One support group, meets Monday June 6, 11:45 - 1:00 in the Bannister Room at Church of the Nativity, Episcopal. Post Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Support, opportunities for individual and group support as well as professional counseling, free to public. Come tell your story. Beginning Monday, June 6, 7:00 - 8:30 and continuing every Monday. Location: Good Shepherd UMC, Old Railroad Bed Road.

FBC Deacon Nominations Currently Being Accepted First Baptist Church 600 Governors Drive

office: 256-428-9400 weekend minister on call: 256-428-9457

Huntsville, AL 35801

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.

Deacon Nomination and Acceptance forms are available in the church office and through Sunday School classes. These forms give an overview of the nomination process and the requirements for FBC deacons. Completed forms should be delivered to the Deacon Ballot Box in the Church Office by July 24. As you prayerfully consider a nomination, reflect on these Biblical requirements for deacons: • Demonstrate growth toward mature faith (Acts 6:3; 1 Tim. 3:9, 4:12) • Demonstrate Christian home life (1 Tim. 3-11-12) • Demonstrate personal and public morality and a life accepted by God and the church (1 Tim. 3:8, 10, 13; Phil. 1:27)

Music Camp

KinderCamp Directed by Kathryn Hoppe-McQueen for completed Kindergartners

VBS 2011 June 13-17 Sign up today to volunteer! 256-428-9411

Younger Music Camp Directed by Lea Hoppe

for completed grades 1 and 2

Older Music Camp Directed by guest, Terry Taylor for completed grades 3 - 6

Registration cards are available either in Amanda Allen’s office or the Music Ministry Office You may also register online at musiccamp

June 2, 2011  


June 2, 2011