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Volume 65 / Week Number 22 / May 29, 2014

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FirSt thoughtS david hull, pastor We often hear the saying “First things first” which is a reminder to place a high priority on what is most important. I want to suggest that we think of the phrase a little differently – “First Things Last.” As I conclude my pastoral ministry at First Baptist, I plan to preach during June and July on the matters of faith which are most important – they are the “first things.” I have preached these themes during the past twelve years, but now I put them together in a series that will come last after hundreds of other sermons. I also hope that these first things will last – in the sense that they will have lasting meaning in your life. I invite you to take a journey of faith with me from the beginning to the end – as we consider First Things Last.

this sunday June 1, 2014 Ascension Sunday SerMoN “Follow Me” Mark 1:16-20

It all starts with the call of Jesus upon our lives . . . June 1

“Follow Me” - Mark 1:16-20

This call to follow Jesus places us in a special community of other Jesus-followers. . . June 8

“The Miracle of the Church” (Pentecost Sunday) - Luke 1-2 and Acts 1-2

We are all sinners and in need of the amazing grace of God . . . June 15

FirSt FelloWShip - 8:15 AM

Music from the First Fellowship Band

“A Picture of Grace” - Luke 15:11-32

MorNiNg BiBle Study - 9:15 AM Bible Study for all ages

Once we have received this grace, God wants to change us into someone new . . . June 22

“Transformed” - Romans 12

Our transformed lives are strengthened by the tension of a “both/and” kind of faith . . June 29

“Ampersand Faith” - John 1:14-18

As transformed followers of Jesus, we are citizens of two different worlds . . . July 6

Sanctuary Choir Anthem At the Break of Day - Cox Music led by David Giambrone Guest Organist - David Harrison

“God and Country” - Matthew 22:15-22

We demonstrate our commitment to following Jesus through faith, hope, and love . . . July 13

SANctuAry WorShip - 10:30 AM

“Faith, Hope, and Love” - 1 Corinthians 13:13

As transformed followers of Jesus, we join God on mission in the world . . . July 20 “Joining God on Mission” - Luke 4:16-30 and Matthew 28:16-20 When our days on earth have ended, God has prepared a place for us . . . July 27

“The Holy City” - Revelation 21:1-5 and Revelation 22:1-5

August 3

Guest Preacher

August 10

“Benediction” - Psalm 23

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

pAStor’S clASS - 5:00 pM

ministry calendar Sunday, June 1

First Fellowship Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Men’s ensemble pastor’s class young Adult girls’ gathering/offsite

Monday, June 2 letter Writing

tuesday, June 3

Spiritual Formations group/parlor 2345 Ministry open gym college Ministry dinner & Bible Study Adult handbells/240 Boy Scouts

Wednesday, June 4

Supper/Fh prayer Meeting & Bible Study/Fh First Fellowship Band practice/lc

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM 4:00 pM 5:00 pM 6:30 pM 9:00 AM 7:00 AM 5:30 pM 6:00 pM 6:30 pM 6:30 pM 4:45 pM 5:45 pM 7:00 pM

thursday, June 5 Friday, June 6 May 31-June 7

Student Summer Mission trip to dallas, tX

our First Baptist huntsville college Students… SERVING in Summer Missions rebecca Frady

Mission Arlington

This summer I will be traveling to Arlington, Texas from June 5-July 31 to partner with Mission Arlington through the Mississippi Baptist Convention. While there, I will be living in an apartment with a few other girls, working at Mission Arlington, and leading youth and adult Bible studies. At the Mission, I will be sorting canned foods, folding clothing, organizing furniture, and any other job they have for me. I will also be leading weekly Vacation Bible School and befriending the adults, youth, and children that come to Mission Arlington.

Sarah leffel Tamar Center, Thailand

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 MEMBER Jack Cook 106 Martingale Circle Madison, AL 35758 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Former FBC Ministry Assistant to Young & Median Adults & Experienced Adults, Hope Davis, in the loss of her mother, Betty Bishop Curry

Hello Church! I am working this summer with an organization called the Tamar Center in Pattaya, Thailand. Their vision is to build relationships with prostitutes and lady boys working in the bars. If these women want to leave the bars the Tamar Center provides a place for them to go. There is training to work in the bakery/restaurant, card shop, or the hair salon. My role this summer is to teach English, work in the nursery, build relationships with prostitutes and lady boys, and create new cards to sell. I and this ministry could use your prayers! For myself: Spiritual protection in my work, especially when we go to the bars, protection physically as I travel through Pattaya, to always be present minded and love the people well. For the Tamar Center: Pray we would be blessed in deep relationships with the bar girls, with healthy finances, and a strong community, for daily renewal of strength for all of the staff, and for growth. THANK yOU! If you would like to read more, please visit their website: or my blog www.

Adam thompson

WinShape Camp

This summer, I am serving as a counselor for Winshape Camps in Rome, Georgia. As a counselor, I will be leading children in Bible study, recreation, leadership development, and all the responsibilities that come with such a role.

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night dinner Menu Wednesday, June 4 Adults pineapple glazed ham or glazed chicken Breast Baked Apples and yams green Beans Wheat roll

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

SteWArdShip report VBS 2014 June 16-20 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Unavailable due to Memorial Day Holiday

Register today! Contact the Children’s Ministry Office at 256-428-9411 or sign up online at At WOW VBS, discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God. Experience the love of Jesus. Start an adventure. Use your imagination and creativity to build your faith. Meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. Use your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders!

Music Camp July 7-11 9 AM - 2 PM Register online at or in the Music Ministry Office

AtteNdANce Unavailable due to Memorial Day Holiday

Worship Service First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




thANk you A thank you note has been received from the Phillip Roberts’ family. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the Music Suite.

Fellowship Club Friday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Program: Marsha Ferrell from Hospice Non-members may call Sue Mauldin at 256-534-2368 to RSVP



January 1, 2014 to May 11, 2014







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FAITH STEPS F.L. Clark Ethel Bush Mary Lee Galloway Ethel Bush Ernie Hamilton Ethel Bush William E. Hull Ellen Hamilton Myra Haythorn H. Marlowe and Geneva Link James and Mary Reeder Carl Morring, Jr. Arnold and Sara Stokes Helen Neely Johnny, Virginia and Judi Brooks Ethel Bush Ralph and Martha Edfeldt Renee and Leo Kump Bonnie McDaris Ben and Lydia Nicholson Don and Joyce Royston Elizabeth Whitten Pat Williams Debbie Heard Lloyd Arnold and Sara Stokes Kathy Shovelton Ethel Bush Arnold and Sara Stokes

Mike Wilkinson George and Johnnie Barnes John and Anne Berg Leslie Boyd Keith and Barbara Brown Children’s Legal Services of Ocala, Florida Brad and Cindy Fleetwood Harold and Barbara Floyd Tom and Marilyn Guffin N’gozi Ihediwa Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jenson Ed and Billie Perkins Michael and Darlene Simmonds Cliff and Sue Ellen Sisson Sue Thornton MEMORIAL FUND Edwin Alderman Ladies A Class John Blue Wood and Peggy DeLeuil Kathleen King Cliff and Sue Ellen Sisson Joyce Zackie Lynn Carson Margaret Breazeale Ann Finch Joyce Freisen Rosa Harris Renfroe Animal Hospital Don Mielke Explorers A, Ladies B Sunday School Class


January 1, 2014 to May 11, 2014 Carl Morring, Jr. David Barnes George and Lynda Beason J.R. and Katherine Brooks Betty Burton Voncille Cleary Donna Deaton-Hill Helen and Bob Middleton Charlotte Park George and Sue Royer Anne Speake and Jane Wacaster Guy and Sally Spencer, Jr. Noel and Linda Tallon Brenda Thornton and family Billy and Yvolene Thrash Ann and Latham Walker Michael and Irene Wisner McCormick Realty, LLC Metro Kiwanis Club of Huntsville

Helen Hall Buffaloo Fedelina Romero Ralph and Lynda Romero Mr. and Mrs. James Ray Lysaght Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Jaudon Mary and James Lysaght Lorene Guffin Ethel Mitchell Tom and Marilyn Guffin Ferne S. Shreve Mrs. Charles Shreve Bessie Massey Webb Benjamin Webb MUSIC MINISTRY

Helen Neely Hallelujah Choir

Virginia Murphree Betty B. Hunt

Harold Parker Jeffrey and Karen Hixson Marshall Space Flight Center SES Care Committee


Howard Sandlin John and Carolyn Blue Bill Watson Charles and Laurie Murrell Buford Whitt Mary Walton and Robert Dudley MOTHER’S DAY OFFERING Mrs. Franklin Batt Mrs. J.A. Webb Mrs. Herbert Batt Maude E. Bass Betty Thurstone

Leonard Yesinsky Betty Yesinsky SPECIAL MISSIONS F.L. Clark Janet Crawford

Charlie Schmidt Mr. and Mrs. Truman Holbrooks Ed and Bettye Pugh James and Mary Reeder Ries Farms, Inc. Jane Talley Janel and Ed Bates

HONORARIUMS MOTHER’S DAY OFFERING Alison Hoskins Hunter Hoskins Pat Perry Arnold and Sara Stokes Suie Scoggins Betty Malone Christopher Hall SPECIAL MISSIONS Mike Kirk Linda Horn Frank Bugg Linda Horn

Ernie Hamilton Janet Crawford Cindy Holloway

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Rosa Harris Bill and Joann Hadaway

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Nellie Martin Jean King Robert Newman Joyce Zackie


Pastoral Search Committee Nominations 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

Nominations for the Pastoral Search Committee are accepted now through June 8. The election will be held Sunday, June 22. Absentee ballots will be available June 15-20. Forms may be found in the church office and online.

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.

G The Walkie Talkies started as part of our H7 Health series, and was a great success! Join us on Thursday mornings in the Gathering Place at 10:00 AM for an hour of walking and fellowship. No reservations required; all ages and speeds are welcomed! Carol Brigance is the Point of Contact for any questions. Her number is 256-864-8179.

First Baptist has delivered two-day meal packages to 75 students each week during the 2013-2014 school year. These food packages were picked up at the North Alabama Food Bank and delivered to Lakewood each Thursday by a group of faithful First Baptist volunteers. On Friday the food packages were placed in the student’s back packs before they left for home. These food packs assured that the child would have food on Saturday and Sunday. This ministry gives First Baptist the opportunity to say, “God loves you”. It also is Matthew 25:40 in action... “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

College Department Summer Kickoff Party

Mexican Fiesta Tuesday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center. 2014 High School Graduates are welcome to join us. Come enjoy food, fellowship, games, and the return of the outdoor volleyball court!!

Young Adult Girl Gatherings Sunday nights in the summer 6:30 PM Beginning June 1

May 29, 2014  


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