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Volume 65 / Week Number 12 / March 20, 2014

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FirSt thoughtS david hull, Pastor Spring begins this week! After a long, cold winter I think that we are all ready for warmer weather and blooming flowers and trees. As this new season changes the world around us in the coming weeks, I think about other changes going on around our church building that are about to bloom forth. I am not talking about new flowers – I am talking about new development. Have you been watching the $100 million development called Twickenham Square which is being built just across St. Clair Avenue from our property? In the next few weeks we will begin to see the construction mess diminish and the new growth bloom. Already the Homewood Suites Hotel is open for business. Soon the Artisan Apartments will be open for residents to move in. The urban Publix has signs all over it now and begins to really look like a grocery store. New restaurants and businesses which will make their home in the Square are announced on a regular basis. Our “back yard” is about to look very different from what we have known for fifty years. But that is not all that is blooming forth. Sunday’s paper carried a story about “Gateway Boulevard” which will be a new four-lane road with a grassy median that runs from Governors Drive (at Harvard) to Lowe Avenue. This will make a new major entry point into downtown and will greatly impact the eastern border of our property. Our visibility to the community will be seen now from two heavily traveled streets – Governors and the Gateway. But that is not all that is blooming forth. Discussions are being held right now in our city about what should go where the Holiday Inn has closed across from Big Spring Park. Will it be more residential? Another hotel? A baseball field? Something else? Whatever is decided, we will have new neighbors to the west which will impact our ministry to our community. We are already reaching out to our new neighbors. You many have noticed the Leasing Office for Artisan Apartments which is located on the east end of our property on St. Clair Avenue. Good relationships with this residential unit are important from the very beginning. Plans are being made now for ways to welcome the new residents who live in these apartments which are walking-distance from our church. As businesses get established in the new development we will visit them and welcome them to the neighborhood. A wonderful opportunity is before us. Fifty-one years ago God planted us in a turnip patch on the outskirts of downtown. Now, this garden plot continues to grow, develop, and bloom. Our calling is to be good gardeners as we sow the seeds of the gospel in this fertile soil all around us.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday March 23, 2014

SerMoN “Worship” Psalm 95

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

Sanctuary Choir Anthem Speak, O Lord - arr. Edwards Solo by special guest - Jane Rice Holloway

PAStor’S clASS - 5:00 PM thiS SuNdAy’S teleViSioN BroAdcASt Due to the March Madness basketball games, the live television broadcast of the 10:30 worship service will air, in its entirety, on channel WHNT2. Both worship services will also stream live online at

ministry calendar Sunday, March 23

First Fellowship/lc Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Student Band rehearsal/Sc Men’s ensemble/choir room Pathway to Wholeness/253 Women’s Bible Study/111 Pastor’s class/chapel

Monday, March 24

letter Writing/252 hallelujah choir/choir room Men’s Bible Study Fellowship

tuesday, March 25

Spiritual Formations group/Parlor intercessory Prayer group Barre exercising class/324 Women’s Bible Study/327 S.i.l.K./107 2345 open gym griefShare/Parlor Forum/Sc Boy Scouts

Wednesday, March 26

Women’s Precept Bible Study/327 Writing your life Story/comm room Student open gym Supper/Fh understanding islam/118 Prayer Meeting & Bible Study/Fh orchestra rehearsal Student liftoff Sanctuary choir/choir room First Fellowship Band Practice/lc

thursday, March 27 eSl Ministry

Friday, March 28

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship/Parlor

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 5:00 PM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 8:55 AM 9:00 AM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 9:00 AM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:45 PM 5:30 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:00 AM 5:00 AM

Student Spring camp

laguna Beach retreat, Panama city, Fl March 22-26

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

Personnel Committee sets Call Weekend for Minister to Children Candidate The Personnel Committee has unanimously approved a recommendation from our Minister to Children Search Committee regarding a candidate to be our new Minister to Children. The candidate will be in town for a Call Weekend April 3-7. After meeting the candidate in various meet-and-greet opportunities and in both worship services, a vote to call the candidate will take place after each worship service on Sunday, April 6. The Search Committee invites all families of children and preschoolers to the Gathering Place Friday night, April 4, 5:30-7:00 PM. More details of this time together will be shared later. The name of the candidate with more information will be shared Wednesday night, April 2.

Family Friendly

Easter Egg-stravaganza April 19, 8:15-11:00 am

Preschoolers - 4th Grade and their families Cost: $10.00 per family Reservations by Sunday, April 13 Each family is responsible for their child’s basket AND for bringing 1 dozen, filled plastic eggs per child participating. At the end of the event, each parent is responsible for checking the contents of the eggs their child finds for appropriate age and allergy concerns.

Event includes:

Pancake breakfast (8:15) Miss PattyCake event (9:00) and hunting for eggs (10:00)

FAMILY MATTERS NEW MEMBER Coleman Hill 7611 Chadwell Road Huntsville, AL 35802 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Ed & Sandy Bowlin in the loss of her grandmother, and Bethany, Bruce & Brooke Bowlin in the loss of their great-grandmother, Elizabeth Bruce.

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night dinner Menu Wednesday, March 26 Adults Catfish Fillets or Grilled Chicken Potato Salad Baked Beans cole Slaw hush Puppies

Easter Flowers

Salad grilled chicken Salad

It is time to order flowers to be placed in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. This year we are going to use white geraniums instead of the usual Easter Lilies. This will allow those in our congregation and on staff who suffer from allergies to enjoy the beautiful flowers of Easter. If you would like to purchase a geranium in memory of or in honor of someone, you will find order envelopes at the Welcome Centers and in the Church Office. Cost is $8.00. Deadline to purchase is Sunday, April 6.

(reservations for salad must be turned in by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.)

SteWArdShiP rePort Week #24 03/16/14 year-to-date goal

2014 Music Ministry Dates to Note

$ 2,021,710.00

offering this Week

$ 51,791.26


Lenten Organ Recital

Thursday, April 3, 12:00 noon Sherry Upshaw, Associate Minister of Music and Organist Sponsored by the American Guild of Organists

Spring Flowers: A Sacred Concert

April 13, 5:00 p.m. Music from the Sanctuary Choir and FBC Orchestra Including Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and new music from Craig Courtney

Faith Steps - Admin Suite this Week

Student Mission Tour to Texas

May 31-June 7 Led by the FBC Student Choir and Student Praise Band

$ 1,635.00


$ 78,286.09

to date:

$ 768,646.49

Faith Steps to the Future this Week

$ 1,667.00


$ 346,668.56

to date:

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday | April 17, 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship | April 18, 7:00 p.m. | Tenebrae Service Easter Sunday | April 20, 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

$ 2,135,651.82

$ 5,313,809.44

AtteNdANce Sunday School Preschool









FBC Music Camp

July 7-11 For children who have completed Kindergarten – 6th grade






Worship Service

LCT 2014 Kickoff

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Living Christmas Tree 30th Anniversary Presentation

First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




December 18-21

thANK you A thank you note has been received from Brian, Suzanne, tyler, and Adam godsy. it has been placed on the bulletin board across from the Music Suite.

Resource Room Supplies Needed 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

We need your help to restock some supplies for our Resource Room. Please bring any empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls to the church office. Thank you! 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

You are Invited to Attend an Educational Seminar

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

Wednesday, March 26, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. in the Community Room. This is a FREE program designed to give information both to professionals and home caregivers. Topic:

L - Long term care U - Utilization of Services C - Care Management K - Knowledge is Power

It is sponsored by the American Senior Assistance Programs and the Hospice Family Care of Huntsville. To attend please RSVP by calling 256-382-0426

The Vine – Branches of Art Event

Saturday, April 5 This Sunday is the last day to sign up for Serving the City! Pick up an orange brochure or sign up online at

Enjoy an evening of beautiful art while supporting The Vine Pastoral Counseling Center. The Branches of Art event on April 3, 5:30-8:30, in The Arbor at the Huntsville Botanical Garden will feature a silent art auction of paintings, photography, pottery and more. All proceeds benefit The Vine in its mission to offer individual, marital and family counseling with the love and grace of Christ. Reserve your tickets by March 28 at or call 256-461-8580.

“Pathway to Wholeness: The Christian Faith and Whole Person Health” Saturday, April 12 at 9:00 a.m. - Noon (breakfast and registration at 8:15) in the Community Room Presenters: Eugenia Graves and Debbie Duke Learn to manage stress and experience healthier relationships with God, self and others. For more information or to register: or 256-883-6539.

March 20, 2014  


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