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Volume 63 / Week Number 18 / May 3, 2012

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FiRST THOUGHTS David Hull, Pastor Special days are important. They help us to emphasize and focus on the things that are important to us all through the year. For example, we should treat each other with love and respect every day, but a birthday gives a special reason to focus on someone important. Every day we should be thankful for the gifts that come from God, but Thanksgiving Day gives an emphasis to our gratitude. We should live our lives in the knowledge that God has given to us the greatest gift in Jesus Christ, but Christmas is a special day to help us remember this gift. As Christians our lives are always lived in the hopeful power of the resurrection, but Easter is a special day to call forth praise and renewed hope. Special days are important. They help us remember what we could be doing every day. This Sunday is one of those special days. We are calling it “Join in!” Sunday. it will be a special offering in support of the ministry and missions of our church. Each year about this time we have such a special offering. A note in this newsletter from Bob Broadway, our Finance Committee Chair, will tell you more about our financial needs right now. You may use this offering as a chance to catch up on your giving if you have fallen behind. It may be that you have been financially blessed beyond what you expected, and you can offer an extra gift to the Lord in gratitude for your abundant blessings. Finally, you may have never tried tithing – this might be a good opportunity for you to do that and take the first step on the way to giving 10% of your income to God. i invite you to Join in! with your special offering this Sunday. Of course we receive an offering every Sunday, but occasionally we need a special day to remind us to join our hearts, hands, and gifts in gratitude and obedience to God. i encourage your generous participation this Sunday as we Join in! together.

this sunday May 6, 2012 The Fifth Sunday of Easter Celebration of Communion

Sermon “Dinner With Jesus” Revelation 3:20

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 a.m. Music from the First Fellowship Band God is With Us (#16)* Holy Spirit Come (#11)* *denotes track from FF Songs CD, Vol. 1

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Celebration of Baptism Sanctuary Choir anthem Ubi Caritas — Durufle “Where there is charity and love, God is there. The love of Christ has gathered us as one. And from a sincere heart let us love one another.”

Music from the FBC Orchestra

i also invite you to Join in! on Sunday night for the “Music of the Spheres.” This will be a wonderful concert by our Orchestra and Adult Handbell Choir. invite a friend to join you for the evening. it will be a special night. Special days are important, aren’t they? See you Sunday.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

Music of the Spheres - 5:00 p.m. A Spring concert presented by the FBC Orchestra and Adult Handbell Choir

ministry calendar Sunday, May 6 First Fellowship Lord’s Supper Sunday Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Lord’s Supper Youth D.R. Mtg./309-310 Stephen Ministry/118 Alaska interest Mtg./Parlor Youth Choir/CR Music of the Spheres Concert Youth Choir Snacks/241

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

Monday, May 7 Letter Writing/242 Hallelujah Choir/CR

9:00 AM 10:30 AM

Tuesday, May 8 Student Prayer Breakfast @ Little Rosie’s Tues. Morn. Intercess./242 W.O.M/118 Forum/118 Boy Scouts/343 Adult Handbells

6:45 AM 7:00 AM 10:00 AM-1 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 9 Precept Bible St./343 Supper/FH Y.A. Missions & More/229 Prayer Meeting/FH Music & Missions Celebration Reh. Liftoff/309-310

9:00 AM 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM

Thursday, May 10 Yg. Ad. Guys’ Bible St/Parlor Health Ministries/118

6:00 AM 5:00 PM

Friday, May 11 Fellowship Club/FH

10:00 AM

Library Hours Sunday

Tuesday Wednesday

9-9:15 AM | 10:10-10:45 AM | 11:40-12:00 PM 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 4:00-5:00 PM

Family Matters WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Matt and Amanda Williams 7500 Woodtrail Drive Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY JoAnn and Frank Bugg in the loss of her mother, Katherine Sellers, George and Kay Bugg in the loss of their grandmother, William, Steven and Kaylyn Bugg in the loss of their great-grandmother, Betty Jo Lawley Roger and Debbie Howard in the loss of his sister, Hayley and Heather Howard in the loss of their aunt, Gaynell Latham

Music Dates and Events The Children’s Choirs sing as a part of the annual

Music and Missions Celebration Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary

The Youth Choir

presents a mini-concert as part of Sanctuary Worship Sunday, May 20, 10:30 AM (music starts at 10:20) Music to include: Before the Throne of God Above A Mighty Fortress Is Our God For Good Halle, Halle, Halle Surrender God of Grace and God of Glory (with Sanctuary Choir members)

The Hallelujah Choir

will lead the Prayer Meeting Worship Wednesday, June 6, 5:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall Music to include: When the Morning Stars You Are My Song Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Only Love I Can Do All Things Through Christ What Shall I Render to My God Forever Blest Is He Eternal Life

Art and Becky Caneer in the loss his aunt, Daniel, Hallie, and Caroline Caneer in the loss of their great aunt, Virginia “Anne” Caneer Lynda and Ralph Romero in the loss of her cousin, Gaylia Jones White

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, May 9

Adults Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast Broccoli Rice & Cheese Glazed or Marinated Carrots Strawberry Pudding Layer Cake


Sign up for the The 23rd Annual

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

Langley Invitational

Golf Tournament Benefitting FBC Student Ministries Missions

STEWARDSHiP REPORT 04/29/12 Year-to-Date Goal

Friday, May 25, 2012 Goose Pond Colony Golf Course Scottsboro, AL

$ 2,604,000.00

Offering This Week

$ 73,736.56


$ 2,348,216.69

Debt Retirement This Week

FORMAT: Four Man Scramble with Shotgun Start FEE: $40.00

includes green fee, cart, and all the fun you can have! (Please no refunds after May 23)

PRIZES: Longest drive and closest to pin holes. Flight winning teams. Raffle and Silent Auction.

Donations in honor of Dr. Langley and proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets, silent auction, snacks, drinks, etc. will be used for FBC Student Ministry Missions.

$ 30,848.50

Faith Steps to the Future This Week

$ 21,316.10


$ 1,117,441.85

To Date:

$ 3,524,172.80

Checks may be made out to First Baptist Church, Huntsville (designated Langley/Youth Missions) or you will receive a receipt for cash gifts.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Frank Graves 256-586-4631

$ 415.00


ATTENDANCE Sunday School Preschool









Registration forms are in the Church Office, Welcome Centers, and Fellowship Hall, and online at You may print a copy and turn it into the church office or mail it in with payment. This year we are adding a raffle and silent auction. If you have a craft or hobby (art, woodwork, etc.) you may donate some of your work, or you or your Sunday School class may put together and donate something like a theme gift basket. Donations due by May 16.




Worship Services First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship 55+ Trip

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THANK YOU Thank you notes have been received from Joyce Royston and Sue McElyea. They have been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

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

I invite you to "Join In" on May 6. As a family, we have set forth some great and wonderful new goals in the recent years, and together we need to make it happen. This Stewardship Emphasis Sunday is an opportunity for us as a family to "catch-up" on our annual giving. Currently, we are at about 10% below budget. That means we are $250,000 behind where we expected to be at this point in the year. While our staff has done an outstanding job working within the actual giving, the Finance Committee believes that a more solid financial ground now will help get us over the giving slump of summer when giving isn’t as much in our thoughts as vacations and well-deserved rest. Increased giving aids ALL areas of our budget, including Ministry and Missions. Likewise, decreased giving also has an effect on all areas. This year, let's try something new. Let's set a new bar for ourselves. I challenge you as a family to keep focused on your giving so that our church family can stay at or even ahead of budget during summer months. This will make it less stressful in the fall when we are typically trying to "catch up" before year-end. Let's do it NOW! Let's "catch up" NOW! We feel each other’s pain in this economy and with job losses. We are all here together, as one family, and we are here to work together. Giving what you can, and going above what you could normally do, could help out those who are not able to participate as much as they could have in the past. If God has blessed you with more than expected this year, I am certain that He would admire a hearty giver. "To whom much has been given, much is expected." Luke 12:48 I encourage each of us to "dig deep" (as our Pastor Emeritus would say!) and let's "CATCH UP" now on our giving. Let's pitch in for those in our Church Family whose household income has been affected by the current economy. I am confident that together we can "Join in" and make a difference for our future, as well as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bob Broadway Finance Committee Chair

May 8, 10:00 a.m. Room 118. Bring a covered dish and come hear about WMU Ministries around the world. The speaker is Jean Roberson, Ministry Consultant, National WMU.

Fellowship Club May 11, 10:00 AM, Fellowship Hall. Mary Moore from the Huntsville Library is speaking. Menu: BBQ Pork, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Assorted Pies. Call JoAnn Allen at 256-534-1958 to RSVP.

Please Note... The updated Personnel Manual is now available for review. Copies are available in Kristi Taylor’s office. The updated Finance Manual is also available for review in the Finance Office. Feel free to come by and take a look. These documents will be presented for approval at the May 23 Quarterly Business Meeting.

Spring Family Campout May 10-12 Honeycomb Campground To sign up call the campground at 256-582-9884 then call the Adult Ministry Office and tell us your plans!

May 3, 2012