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Volume 62 / Week Number 24 / June 30, 2011

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville First thoughts

David hull, Pastor

the Book of Nehemiah is a story of the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem. Following days of exile, the people of god took on the task of restoring the city to its earlier glory. i love the verse that reads, “i told them that the hand of my god had been gracious upon me, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. then they said, ‘Let us start building!’ so they committed themselves to the common good.” (Nehemiah 2:18, NrsV)

“Let us start building . . .” in a written ballot vote, our church voted on sunday to move ahead with a building program. over 88% of the vote was in favor of starting the building program. We are now ready to sign a contract with Lee Builders and begin the work. our Building committee will work closely with the architects and the builders during this construction phase. the work will soon begin. During construction, our staff will work hard to communicate with the church about what to expect during the building process. the Messenger, church web site, Facebook, and e-mail will be used to share information about the construction developments. Let me offer two information items for you right now:

this sunday July 3, 2011 Third Sunday after Pentecost sermon: “two great invitations” Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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

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

• The Christian Life Center will remain in operation through July 1. After that time it will be closed for use and we will be emptying the contents and placing them in storage. • A Groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for Sunday morning, July 10, at 9:00 a.m. on the St.Clair side of the Christian Life Center. On that morning, First Fellowship worship will move as a group to the groundbreaking for the conclusion of worship. others may arrive by 9:00 and participate in the groundbreaking service before Bible study begins. We expect that this brief ceremony will end in plenty of time for you to begin sunday school at 9:15. Everyone is invited to attend this historic moment. “so they committed themselves to the common good.” We move forward in unity, praying for what god will do in this building when it is finished, planning for the ministry that will take place within the walls, dreaming about possibilities of lives that will be changed, and giving so that this dream will become a reality. We commit ourselves to the common good. The Footprints Continue as Faith Steps to the Future. “Let us start building!”

sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Music from the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra

The Star Spangled Banner (A Love Song for our Country—arr. Stamp) God Bless America—arr. Christopher Salute to the Armed Forces—arr. Kirkland Battle Hymn of the Republic—arr. Cranfill Special Recognition of the U.S. Armed Services

No Evening Activities

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

ministry calendar sunday, July 3 First Fellowship Sunday School Sanctuary Worship No Evening Activities

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

Monday, JuLY 4 Offices Closed

tuesday, July 5 Forum/118

6:30 PM

Wednesday, July 6 Wacky Wednesday Supper Prayer Meeting Orchestra Rehearsal Sanctuary Choir

Kids were very interested in knowing about Jesus’ name (how he was named, what it meant) and were eager to know what their own name meant... heard some great stories about how they got their names! (Everything from a long family history to a sibling naming them!) Kids were excited to hear the new theme/story each day and were able to recall that previous day’s key points.

12-6:00 PM 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

thursday, July 7 Clarion Winds/242

7:30 PM

Friday, July 8 Fellowship Club

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

Music was awesome and the hand motions were so easy that everyone could do it! Loved having the ‘real sign language’ lesson from Hannah Alderson each identified with making the word pictures with their hands!

FAMILY MATTERS OUR NEWEST Cooper James Banta, son of Chris and Aimee Banta. Proud grandparents are Mark and Angela Seanor. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Bailey Alderson 5010 Balmoral Drive SW Apt. 15 Huntsville, AL 35802-1465 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Clifton and Rosa Sisco in the loss of his cousin, David Sisco in the loss of his cousin and Kitty Sisco in the loss of her nephew, Douglas Sisco Shirley and Keith Stephens in the loss of her mother, Kathy and Barry Ingram in the loss of her grandmother and Taylor and Chandler Ingram in the loss of their greatgrandmother, Pansy Carter Gary and Melinda Lawson in the loss of his mother, Kimberly and Sara Beth Redmon in the loss of their grandmother, Prudence Lawson

Many were able to accomplish the daily mission and connect with the shopkeepers about Jesus. They were genuinely pleased when the shopkeepers came to worship! Participants loved the marketplace.....especially the olive oil make the sweet smelling salt rub and sample to bread dipped in oil and herbs!

God sightings started off slow in my age group (5th grade boys) but later in the week they were more aware of who/what/how they could see God at work and even ‘did’ an act of kindness to create a God Sighting to report! Thinking of others was big! Submitted by Kay Bugg

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Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, July 6


Home Style Chicken Fingers sweet Potato Fries Cole Slaw rolls Assorted Fruit Salad

Student Ministry

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

STEWARDSHIP REPORT 6/26/11 Year-to-Date goal


offering This Week

July 15-17




Debt retirement This Week

Friday Night: Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals




Faith Steps to the Future: This Week




To Date:


Saturday: Full day at Six Flags over Georgia

ATTENDANCE sunday school Sunday: Worship at an Atlanta church then lunch at The Varsity before departing for home.















Worship services

Cost: $100

Includes game ticket, park ticket, meal voucher at park, 2 nights housing, and transportation.

First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




Registration due by Wednesday, July 6, in the church office or This is a great trip to reach friends that do not attend church. You come—and bring them!

THANk YOu A thank you note has been received from the family of Bill Cleveland. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

First Baptist Church

office: 256-428-9400

600 Governors Drive Huntsville, AL 35801

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 Camp July 11 - 15 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Final Presentation is Sunday, July 17th 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary Kindercamp (completed Kindergarteners)

“God Colors My World” - Our Kindercampers will be exploring different musical instruments, singing, and learning about all the wonderful ways that music relates to God’s creation.

Younger Camp (completed 1st and 2nd graders)

“...A Small Child Shall Lead Them” - Our Younger camp will also engage in music exploration with rhythm games, singing, crafts, etc. and will be preparing for a childrenled worship service on Sunday night, the 17th.

Older Camp (completed 3rd - 6th graders)

“Makin’ Room” - led by Terry Taylor - This summer, we are excited to have Terry Taylor, Associate Pastor of Worship and Music Ministries at Shades Crest Baptist Church in Birmingham, with us to lead our older music camp! He is active as a curriculum writer, conference leader, guest conductor, and music advocate. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Samford University. FBC Music Camp is going to be so much fun! I hope you’ll join us! Contact the Music Ministry Office for more details (256) 428-9421 or register online at

Morris Elementary 4th and 5th Grades School supplies will be collected for Morris Elementary from July 10-31. This collection will be supplies only; backpacks are not included. The supplies will go directly to the classroom teachers. The lists will be available online, at the Welcome Centers, and in the Sunday School boxes by July 3. This is a project for the entire church: for Sunday School classes, other church groups, families, and individuals. Please begin thinking how you want to be involved. Questions can be directed to Debbie Howard at 256-8820840;, or to Susan Keene at 256-881-6533;

Hallelujah Choir

Monday is July 4th, a special day for everyone. Come sing and celebrate our Independence. We sing at Big Spring Nursing Home behind FBC at 10:00 a.m.

June 30, 2011