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Volume 62 / Week Number 21 / May 26, 2011

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville

this sunday

First thoughts

David hull, Pastor

special emphases remind us of things that are important. A focus on a one-time event can help us remember what should be ongoing habits in our lives. We have a sunday school high Attendance Day with an emphasis on inviting everyone to Bible study – and this reminds us to invite friends every week. We have a special day of missions called serving the City – and we are reminded we should always be on mission in our city. We have a church picnic as a special emphasis on fellowship within the church – and are reminded that our lives are always to be in fellowship and friendship with one another in the community of the church. For several years now we have been having a one day stewardship emphasis in the spring. this year it will be on June 5 and is called Everyday generosity sunday. i like the title that our stewardship Committee has chosen. We will have the special offering emphasis on one day, but it is a reminder that our generosity is to be “everyday.” the stewardship of our finances can be challenging. there are so many financial pressures to use our money in other ways. A tough economy may have made an impact on you. Family needs may be demanding more money. You may have enough money, you have just fallen out of the habit of giving. Maybe the lure of some new thing has caused your money to be spent elsewhere. the faithful, obedient discipline of stewardship is not easy. it is challenging. that is why we have a special emphasis on stewardship each spring. We need a reminder on a special day to be generous every day. Perhaps that would be a good day for you to try giving a tithe if you have never done so. it might be a chance to catch up on your giving if you have fallen behind. it may even be an opportunity for you to offer an extra gift because you have received an extra financial blessing in recent days. You will receive more information in the mail about this special day. i encourage you to begin thinking and praying about how you will respond on Everyday generosity sunday, June 5.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

May 29, 2011 Sixth Sunday of Easter sermon: “Christ Lives Within us” John 14:15-21

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. Celebration of Believer’s Baptism Sanctuary Choir Anthem: Keep Your Lamps - Thomas Solo by Laura Kendrick

No Evening Activities



Sunday 5

ministry calendar sunday, May 29 First Fellowship

8:15 AM

Sunday School Sanctuary Worship Baptism

9:15 AM 10:30 AM



tuesday, May 31 Forum/118

6:30 PM

Wednesday, June 1 Supper Prayer Meeting

4:45 PM 5:45 PM

JuNE 4-11 Student Mission Trip to Chicago

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

FAMILY MATTERS CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Louise and Al Hinshaw in the loss of her brother, John Miller Rosie Byrd in the loss of her brother-in-law, David Q. Byrd

Growing Up with Vacation Bible School... Red koolaid, two cookies, the American Flag, the Bible, and share night. These are vivid memories I have of many summers of Bible School. Every week in June my sister and I counted down the days until Bible School. Who would lead the procession into “big church” carrying the Christian Flag? What new and fun songs would we learn? And what silly hand motions would accompany the song? It was a week where you met new friends, reconnected with old ones and learned Bible verses. It was a place where young and old came together for one purpose, teaching about God’s love and more importantly, demonstrating His love through a smile, a touch or a story. As I grew older, I became the Bible School pianist, then a youth helper and finally as an a adult, a teacher. This will be my fourth year to teach Bible School at First Baptist. I cannot tell you the blessings I have received as I watch with wonder the little kids as they create a craft or absorb the Bible Story. Sometimes, it is the first time a child hears John 3:16. And for some, it may be there only chance to hear about how much Jesus loves them. Now, being the mom of two little boys, I want them to remember Bible School as I once did. I want them to remember the excitement about that special week in June. I want them to remember singing about Jesus and hearing and seeing the Bible Stories in action in chapel. I want them to see their mother singing and worshipping right along with them! Come be a part of this exciting week! I promise you get more than 2 cookies and red get a VIP to the hospitality room and you may ask, “What in the world is that?” Join us and you will learn about Miss Joy’s famous hot crackers and an endless supply of freshly made, hot brownies! I encourage all of you to send your child, your grandchild or invite a neighbor to VBS 2011. It is one camp that may change a life! Submitted by ...Will you help a child Ingrid Lunsford

grow at VBS this year? June 13-17

Noteworthy No Rehearsal this week for the Sanctuary Choir or FBC Orchestra! Both groups will rehearse on June 8. New members are warmly welcomed! Childcare provided! The recent issue of Vocare, published by Baptist Women in Ministry, includes a section called “Mothers and Daughters in Ministry.” It features articles by Jane Hull and Emily Hull McGee. A copy is placed on the bulletin board in front of the church office and additional copies of the magazine are available in the literature racks near the East Entrance Welcome Center.

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Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, June 1


Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes green Peas roll

The Young & Median Adult Women’s Beach Retreat was recently held in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Even though it had

been scheduled for quite a while, it was very difficult for us to leave families and friends in Huntsville with no power and areas of destruction to go to the beach. We saw several people from Huntsville and other areas in Gulf Shores who had chosen to leave for a few days after the tornados hit Alabama. Some left to give their children a break from what they had been through with the tornados in Tuscaloosa and other areas. My first thoughts of the beach usually include fun, sun and good food. Our trip did include all of those things, but I feel like the greatest component of the retreat was Christian fellowship with tears as well as a lot of laughter! “Fellowship” was one of my Grandmother’s favorite words when it came to spending family time together. As descriptive as the word is, the experience is beyond explanation. New friendships were definitely formed. Our time at Gulf Shores was a time of sharing and discussions, laughing, reading, studying, creating, reflecting and affirming each other as well as our relationship with Christ. Quiet time as well as group time was enjoyed by all. The varied ages of the women present was, in my opinion, an important factor in our sharing and learning from each other. It often amazes me that a group of Christians from varied backgrounds, personalities, and likes and dislikes can get together and share such a wonderful time because of our values in common through God’s love for us. Submitted by Mecia Stapp


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

stEWArDshiP rEPort 5/22/11 Year-to-Date goal


offering This Week




Debt retirement This Week




Faith Steps to the Future: This Week




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Worship services First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




thANk You

Thank you notes have been received from Curt and Nancy Morton, Anna Wilkerson from the Harris Home for Children, Polly Lucas, Jimi Gale Vernie, and Susan Stinson. They have been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

FBC Deacon Nominations Begin June 5th, 2011 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.

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. 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)

June 4-11 Prayer Partners Needed for Student Mission Trip The Chicago Mission Team requests Prayer Partners for the 71 people traveling for the Youth Choir and service-oriented trip. Prayer Partners will receive a Prayer Guide to use while the mission team is away. One person per mission trip participant is needed. We ask the Prayer Partners to make a “Prayer Travel Bag” with goodies and prayer notes. Sign-up on the bulletin board outside the Student Ministry Office. Prayer Bags need to be brought to the church by Thursday, June 2. If you have any questions, please see Jamie Mackey. Students will be ministering through music and service at Calvary Baptist Church (Monticello, IL), Catholic Charities, Pacific Garden Rescue Mission, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Illinois Youth Detention Center, Six Flags Great America, and Chicago Lights ministry.

Music Camp

KinderCamp Directed by Kathryn Hoppe-McQueen for completed Kindergartners

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

May 26, 2011  


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