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Volume 65 / Week Number 18 / May 1, 2014

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville A LETTEr FroM our pASTor “First News” Email Sent April 27, 2014 Dear friends,

this sunday May 4, 2014

Seven years ago my wife, Jane, experienced a call from God to be a pastor. This calling led her to return to school for three years to receive additional theological training. For the last three years since her graduation, Jane has been supply preaching in various churches, was an Interim Pastor in Birmingham last year, and most recently has been the Interim Minister to Children in our church. Today, she was called to be the Pastor of the Union Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Watkinsville, Georgia. I took a vacation from my regular preaching today and have been with her for this Call Weekend. We are both thrilled that the Providence of God has led her to be called by this wonderful church in the greater Athens, GA area. Her ministry at Union Christian Church will begin on June 1. Her last day as our Interim Children’s Minister will be May 18. With the coming of Leigh Halverson as our new Minister to Children at the beginning of June, this will make a seamless transition from one minister to another. (By the way, Leigh was fully aware of these developments with Jane before she agreed to join our church staff.)

The Second Sunday of Easter Celebration of Communion

With Jane’s call to serve as a pastor in Georgia, I am announcing my retirement from pastoral ministry effective August 10, 2014. The distance between the two churches is too great for me to continue my service as your pastor. Instead I look forward to Jane being my pastor as we live together in Watkinsville. Since I don’t know how to build anything with my hands like many in our church who retire about my age, and I do not play golf or fish, my next chapter of life will still involve ministry through writing, teaching, consulting, and interim preaching. Hopefully the months between now and August 10 will provide the needed time for a healthy transition into an interim season for the church.

Bible Study for all ages

Jane and I both have a strong sense that now is the right time for such a move in our lives. Three years ago, upon her graduation from seminary, would not have been the right time for me to leave Huntsville – both personally and pastorally. While my work is never done here in this great church, I do sense that now is a good time to bring closure to our twelve years of ministry in First Baptist Church and to embark on a new adventure of trust and faith. We both do so with tremendous gratitude for the opportunity to serve with you in such a great church. We are also fully confident that the next chapter in the long history of First Baptist is filled with wonderful promise. Now is not time to say goodbye. However, it is time to let you know of our plans for the future. In this day of social media, we are aware that news travels very fast, so we decided to share this news today in an e-mail to the church. Many conversations about all of this will follow, but for today know of our deep love for the entire family of First Baptist Church even as we follow the call of God with excitement and anticipation to Union Christian Church. Blessings, David Hull

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

SErMoN “Come to the Table” Luke 14:16-24

FirST FELLoWShip - 8:15 AM

Music from the First Fellowship Band

MorNiNg BiBLE STudy - 9:15 AM

SANCTuAry WorShip - 10:30 AM Sanctuary Choir Anthem Ah, Holy Jesus Music from the FBC Orchestra Piano Solo by Jim Snyder It is Well with My Soul

EVENiNg ACTiViTiES Foundations for Life

ministry calendar Sunday, May 4

First Fellowship/LC Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Student Choir Lunch Student Band rehearsal/SC Men’s Ensemble/Choir room pathway to Wholeness/253 Student Choir Men’s Bible Study pastor’s Class Student Fun Night

Monday, May 5

Letter Writing/252 MopS hallelujah Choir/Choir room Men’s Bible Study Fellowship

Tuesday, May 6

Student prayer Breakfast/offsite Spiritual Formations group/parlor intercessory prayer group WMu Meeting/118 S.i.L.K./107 Adult handbells/240 Forum/SC Boy Scouts Craft Circle/Comm room

Wednesday, May 7

Women’s precept Bible Study/327 Student open gym Supper/Fh Children’s M&M rehearsal understanding islam/118 Children’s Music and Missions prayer Meeting & Bible Study/Fh orchestra rehearsal Student Liftoff Sanctuary Choir/Choir room First Fellowship Band practice/LC

Thursday, May 8

Student prayer Breakfast/offsite ESL Ministry

Friday, May 9

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship/parlor Scrapbooking Fellowship Club/Fh

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM 12:00 pM 3:00 pM 4:00 pM 4:00 pM 5:00 pM 5:00 pM 5:00 pM 6:00 pM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 5:00 pM

Langley Invitational Golf Tournament

The 25th Annual

benefitting the FBC Student Ministry Missions

6:30 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 5:00 pM 6:30 pM 6:30 pM 6:30 pM 7:00 pM 9:00 AM 4:00 pM 4:45 pM 5:00 pM 5:30 pM 5:30 pM 5:45 pM 6:00 pM 6:00 pM 7:00 pM 7:00 pM 6:30 AM 9:00 AM

Thursday, May 29 Goose Pond Colony Golf Course Scottsboro, AL TEE-OFF TIME: 12:00 Noon

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Alan Hill 256-880-6086

FORMAT: Four Man Scramble with Shotgun Start

Jamie Mackey 256-428-9411 studentministries@

FEE: $45.00 due by May 26 PRIZES: Longest drive and closest to pin holes. Flight winning teams.

5:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM

Experienced Adult Trip

April 28-May 9 to the grand Canyon

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 NEW MEMBERS Lisa Moon 2411 Bankhill Cir SE Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763

Stewardship Emphasis This Sunday, May 4 We are entering the summer months when life takes a turn – long summer days with backyard cookouts, trips to the lake, vacations, and sleeping late. During these months attendance for church activities is sporadic as is our financial support. Make this Sunday, May 4, a time for you to consider where you are in your financial commitment to the ministries of our church. Behind in your gifts? Catch up! Received a special blessing? Share it! We are Transformed to Give!

CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Family & friends of our member Jimmie Lyn Bounds especially to her daughter, Beth (Vernon) Bice, and her granddaughters, Cappy Bice, Tabitha Bice, and Libby (Tony) Bice Diaz.

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night dinner Menu Wednesday, May 7 Adults Lasagna (Meat or Vegetable) garlic Bread Sticks Salads

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

Music & Missions Celebration Service

May 14 5:50-6:45 p.m. in the Life Center. The Wednesday Night Dinner will be served in the Life Center. Please come and support our Children's Choirs, GA and RA Programs!

STEWArdShip rEporT The Stewardship Report is unavailable this week due to severe weather and closings

Perry County Mission Trip FBC’s annual Perry County mission trip will be June 9-14. This is an ideal mission trip for families. There will be a meeting in May with more information. If you have any questions now, please contact Gordon Perry, or 256-837-2323.

ATTENdANCE Student Summer Mission Trip Prayer Partners Needed

Sunday School preschool

Our Student Mission Trip this summer is May 31-June 7 to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The trip will have a music emphasis along with the opportunities of children's ministry through Mission Arlington. We need two Prayer Partners per trip participant that will pray for the "trip missionary" and provide a trip bag filled with travel snacks and prayer notes. A signup sheet will be on the Student Ministry bulletin board on the Music Office hallway. If you need more information, please contact the Student Ministry office (256-428-9411 or












Worship Service First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




ThANK you A thank you note has been received from the Neely family. it has been placed on the bulletin board across from the Music Suite.

Fellowship Club 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 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

Friday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Program: John Noblin is talking about the P.E.T. Cart Menu: cheesy chicken and rice, sweet baby carrots, rolls, assorted pies Non-members may call Sue Mauldin at 256-534-2368 for reservations.

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

English as a Second Language Training

News from the Ham Radio Club We are making progress with setting up the station. We have 10 to 15 folks who are active in the club and have some donated/loaned equipment in hand to get our station on the air. We have our antenna in place and now it is a matter of finishing the work in the booth in the Fellowship Hall. The Big news that I want to share is that we have our FCC license and our call sign. Our station Call sign is K4FBC. It is our goal to use this hobby with this special call to spread the good news of salvation and to foster fellowship. There is a term that we use “73” which means “best regards”. We sign off all our contacts or “QSL’s” with this term. Just wanted to let you know our status and ask if there are any others who are interested. Ham operators or those who would like to become a Ham, please contact myself or come to one of our meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for May 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 73 Dru Murphree KK4WUX President FBCHRC

For the 2014-2015 ESL year we are planning on adding several more classes. Most of our classes are too large for optimum teaching so we are looking for new teachers. Perhaps you would be willing to help expand the ESL ministry next year. To find out more consider taking the ESL training at the Madison Baptist Association building on Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3. The training is an important step in preparing for teaching ESL. We would also encourage you to sit in on two or three of our classes and see the basics of leading an ESL group. We only have five more sessions left in this year so see Mike Pearce, Tom Guffin, or Sylvia Bailey if you want to know more. Classes end May 15 and begin again August 28.

Letting Go: Forgiving Others and Ourselves This workshop is designed to help us overcome the barriers to forgiveness. It also guides spiritual care providers in how to help others to live forgiven and forgiving others. This workshop will be presented by the Center for Loss, Grief and Change and the Huntsville Assoc. for Pastoral Care on Tues., May 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church (Room 100), 8100 Whitesburg Dr. (the corner of Lily Flagg and Whitesburg). Cost: $10.00. To reserve your space for this class or for more information: or 256 883-6539.

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