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Volume 62 / Week Number 18 / May 5, 2011

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville

First thoughts

David hull, Pastor

i shared the following quote in my sermon on sunday morning:

this sunday May 8, 2011 Third Sunday of Easter

Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and gods plans, but god is not helpless among the ruins. our broken lives are not lost or useless. god’s love is still working. he comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out his wonderful plan of love. these words, by olympic champion runner and missionary to China Eric Liddell spoke to me following the tornadoes of last week. (Do you remember the movie “Chariots of Fire” that was made about his life?) god is not helpless among the ruins. god is very present in the midst of the destruction. i have seen this “wonderful plan of love” lived out on sunday as around 400 people gathered in a sanctuary with no electrical power but filled with the power of god’s spirit. We gathered to worship and pray and hear the words of scripture that will give us hope. Little did we know that we would be surprised by the lights coming on during worship! John Claypool used to say that we worship a “god whose other name is surprise.” god always surprises us by bringing light into the darkness. then today (Monday) i watched as hundreds of people flooded into our Christian Life Center to volunteer with the red Cross to help those in need. the road to recovery is very long, but “god is not helpless among the ruins.” god’s power and love are all around us. Can you see it? i am grateful for people who helped as volunteers in the Christian Life Center and teams of people who have gone out to cut trees and help with clearing the devastated areas. We all have an opportunity during these days to be a part of god’s “wonderful plan of love.” god is not helpless among the ruins – god is at work in the midst of the ruins. Will you join in the work of god?

sermon: “A report or an Experience?” Luke 24:13-35

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 Service of Family Dedication Sanctuary Choir will sing Solo by Vicki Woods FBC Orchestra will play

No Evening Activities

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

ministry calendar sunday, May 8 - Mother’s Day First Fellowship 8:15 AM Sunday School 9:15 AM Sanctuary Worship 10:30 AM Celebration of Believer’s Baptism NO EVENING ACTIVITIES

Monday, May 9 MOPS Mtg./241 Letter Writing/ 242 Hallelujah Choir

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

tuesday, May 10 Forum/118

6:30 PM

Wednesday, May 11 Supper M & M Celebration Prayer Meeting Young Adult M&M/107 Liftoff/309-310 Sanctuary Choir

4:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

thursday, May 12 Moms in Touch/Parlor Needlework Ministry/107-108

8:00 AM 12:00 PM

Friday, May 13 Fellowship Club

10:00 AM

saturday, May 14 Graduate Family Dinner/FH

5:00 PM

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 Erin Westbrook 1101 Hermitage Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Art and Becky Caneer in the loss of his grandmother, Daniel, Hallie and Caroline Caneer in the loss of their greatgrandmother, Mary Enochs Caneer Martha Dougherty in the loss of her brother, Grady Dewitt Byrd

Tornado Relief

The recent tornadoes that came through our area lead many of us to raise questions about the ways we can help. This question is not limited to an individual response but can draw a communal one as well. As a church, we have responded before by offering our facility as a Red Cross shelter for those in need.

After these recent storms, the Christian Life Center has hosted the Madison County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, consisting of area service organizations, including the Red Cross and United Way, along with HAM radio and the Emergency Management Association, in responding to needs after any disaster. Primarily, we are a volunteer hub, connecting individuals interested in helping with needs in the community. These needs range from debris removal to food and supply delivery and to the needs of local service organizations such as the Manna House, who has an increased demand for their services due to the disaster. At the CLC, these individuals register, go through a brief safety orientation, and are matched with tasks in the field. Over the first three days, 2,000 individuals have come through the CLC to volunteer in the storm-related areas. If you are interested in serving in the community for storm relief, come by the CLC to register and be matched with tasks in the area. First Baptist volunteers have played an integral part in providing the staffing of the center and helping others to be able to volunteer. I thank each of you who have served in this way. One of the questions I continue to ask after storms is: where do I see God in the storm? One place is through those seeking to do what they can, helping those in need, and trying to share hope in a period of darkness. Where do you see God in the storm, and how is that leading you to act? Wendy Kirk, the coordinator of the VRC (and COO at United Way of Huntsville): “It has been such an honor and privilege to be here at the Christian Life Center. The FBC staff has truly been doing God’s work here each day during this crisis situation. FBC was the first to offer their services to the Red Cross and it was an obvious fulfilling of God’s purpose as the need was so great. The Staff here at FBC has been the biggest blessing to us while attempting to create a functioning VRC with no light, internet, phone service or any of the basic office necessities. Thank you for your generosity of spirit, place and heart! I have been a witness to a miracle in action! Thank you FBC!” For more information and for the latest volunteer opportunities, visit our website at Submitted by Chris Sims knowing, lov ing, serv ing Christ...together



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Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, May 11


Lasagna stemed Vegetables garlic stick Dessert

Graduate Recognition Sunday May 15th


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

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thANk You A thank you note has been received from Jennifer D’Agostino. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

Fellowship Club

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

May 13th Special guests: Ukelele Choir For reservations call Louise Rhodes at 256-533-5578 Menu: BBQ Pork with Buns Baked Beans Potato Salad Slaw Dessert 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.

CLC Closing May 15th As we prepare for construction we have a few items in the CLC that we are currently selling as we have no plans to use them in the new facility. They include:

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Air Hockey table Pool table (7’) Foosball table Player Piano Kiln

Please contact the CLC desk at 428-9445 if you are interested. Also, please come by the CLC to pick up your old nametag or trophies.

Church Picnic The church picnic scheduled for May 22 has been canceled. Our site, the Marshall Baptist Retreat Center, suffered a great deal of damage with the storms. As a result, they have canceled all events for the month of May.

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