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November 11, 2010

First Thoughts David Hull, Pastor Jesus told a story. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’” (Luke 14:28-30, NIV) The One who was a carpenter knew something about a building project. He knew that it was important to count the cost before starting to build. He understood that it was critical not only to know the cost, but to know the financial resources that will help pay the costs. It is pretty simple, really. Not many of us could ever buy a house without first having a job and knowing what our income level is going to be. The same thing applies to our church. We are about to embark on a building program. We have counted the cost of the building. Now we need to determine the financial resources that we have to be able to commit to this project. This Sunday is Commitment Sunday for Faith Steps to the Future. It is the time for us to indicate the financial commitments that we will make over and above our regular giving to the church. By doing this, we will have some idea of how we can meet the projected costs of the building program. I realize that First Baptist Church is not very good about “pledging the budget.” Each year only about 60% of our budget is committed through the cards that we turn in. Frankly, that does not greatly matter. We know that we have a great track record for giving far more than we have pledged so we are able to establish a budget to support the mission and ministries of the church. A building is different. We don’t have an annual track record to help us here. It is responsible, good stewardship to count the cost and to count the resources before we begin to build. I encourage you to bring your Commitment Card with you this Sunday. After our Celebration Brunch at 9:00 a.m. we will gather in a combined worship service and offer our commitments to God. Prayerfully fill out your Commitment Card and place it in the “red brick church” during worship. If you would like to make your commitment in memory or in honor of someone, please write that on your commitment card. We will acknowledge your memorial commitment in December. Sunday will be an exciting day for our church. I look forward to experiencing it with you.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 Faith Steps to the Future Commitment Sunday 9:00 a.m. Celebration Brunch, CLC Children age 4 years old to 6th grade in the Fellowship Hall 10:30 a.m. Combined Worship Service, Sanctuary Sermon “Enlarge the Tent” Isaiah 54:2-3 (First Fellowship will not meet this week)

Ministry Calendar

Missions and Outreach Mike Pearce, Minister of Missions and Outreach

Sunday, Nov. 14 Celebration Brunch/ CLC 9 AM- 10:30 AM Worship/Sanct. 10:30 AM Library Open 11:40 AM-12:00 PM Girl Scouts/333 1:00 PM Youth Choir/CR 4:00 PM Veterans’ Day Concert/CR, Sanct. 5:00 PM Monday, Nov. 15 Letter Writing/ 242 9:00 AM Hallelujah Choir/CR 10:30 AM HCCA/CR, 241-242 4:00-10 PM Men’s BSF/Parlor, Chapel, 3rd FL 5:00 PM CODA/140 6:30 PM Tuesday, Nov. 16 Tues. Morn. Intercess./242 7:00 AM Ministers Mtg./Parlor 9:00 AM Beth Moore Bible St./342 9:00 AM Library Open 10 AM-12 PM Staff Mtg./Parlor 10:30 AM Music Staff Mtg./Parlor 1:00 PM First Fellowship Worship Tm. 5:30 PM Boy Scout Trp. 70/ 343 7:00 PM Adult Handbells/329 7:00 PM Wednesday, Nov. 17 Writing Your Life Story/118 11:00 AM Library Open 4:00-5 PM Young Musicians Handbells/ 329 4:15 PM Supper/FH 4:45 PM M & M/2nd, 3rd FL 5:25 PM Orchestra Sectionals/114 5:30 PM Trustees/117 5:30 PM Y.A. M&M/107 5:45 PM Prayer Meeting/FH 5:45 PM Quarterly Business Mtg. “Liftoff”/309-310 6:00 PM Letter Writing Comm./118 6:45 PM Sanctuary Choir/CR 7:00 PM Personnel/Parlor 7:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 18 Moms in Touch/Parlor ESL Classes/1st FL, FH HCCA/CR Forum/107, 118 Clarion Winds/242

8:00 AM 9:00 AM 4:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Friday, Nov. 19 Men’s BSF Leaders/Parlor 4:30 AM FCA Iron Bowl Prayer Breakfast/ FH 6:00 AM

What is Angel Food Ministries? Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. The program has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 45 states. Angel Food Ministries crosses denominational lines and has spread the good news of the gospel of Christ through salvation tracts that are placed in each food order. Blessings by the box Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. Everyone Qualifies There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications. Ordering and Deadlines Orders are prepaid before the deadline. You may pay by check, EBT, cash, or money order. The ordering deadlines differ depending on the host site. The December deadline for FBC is Friday, December 3, 2010. Pick up day is Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Manna House. You can also order online at Deadline for online orders is Sunday, December 9, 2010. Do you know someone in need? Perhaps your Sunday school class could sponsor a box of food for an individual in need. What if I have questions? For more information and current menus visit the missions page of or visit Menus and instructions for pick up can also be found in the East Welcome Center at FBC. Additional questions call Mike Pearce at 256-428-9448.

The Children and Staff of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home cordially invite you to

Open House to express our appreciation for your prayers and support Sunday December 5, 2010 2 to 5 p.m. 1404 16th Avenue, Southeast Decatur, Alabama

Celebration Brunch This Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the CLC we look forward to a time of food, fellowship, and music, as well as words of reflection and anticipation. It is appropriate that we gather in the facility that served our church well in the past as we look forward with faith and hope to an expanded, refurbished facility that will better meet the needs of our church and ministries. Children, age 4 years of age through 6th grade, will have their own special food and activities in the Fellowship Hall. Nursery care will remain unchanged. After the brunch, we will join together in the Sanctuary for a combined worship service. First Fellowship and Sunday School will not meet on this date.

Advance Commitment Totals A total of 144 people made advance commitments to Faith Steps to the Future amounting to...

$3,076,000 144 represents 18% of over 800 giving units $3,076,000 represents 39% of our $8,000,000 goal Thank you to those leaders who made advance commitments to Faith Steps to the Future.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

GIFT PROFILE GUIDE This Gift Profile Guide represents the great variety of gift amounts that are necessary to reach our financial goal. The amounts are for three–year sacrificial commitments that are over and above members’ tithes and offerings. Giving Period: Dec 5, 2010– Nov 30, 2013 (4 Tax Years) To Raise $8,000,000 Number of Gifts 2 4 6 10 20 30 40 60 80 100 120 Many


Amount Each $500,000 each $250,000 $125,000 $75,000 $36,000 $24,000 $18,000 $12,000 $9,000 $6,000 $3,600 less than $3,600

Total Amount Raised:

$7,698.17 THANK YOU for all the great work last week for the Rummage Sale! The day was a great success. Many hours of planning and work went into this event. The Faith Steps to the Future student team deserves much of the planning credit. Gratitude goes to the many that helped with unloading, setting up, pricing, working the sale Saturday morning, and befriending the community in the name of Christ. We even had some non-youth parents show up to help! Thank you to all who helped!

Recreation Chris Sims, Christian Life Center Coordinator

As we move through the fall and the weather gets colder, it might be harder to get outside and exercise. Below are some tips to stay safe and warm as you exercise in the cold (from the Mayo Clinic): • Dress in layers. Find a combination of layers that can be removed as you sweat and put back on as needed. • Protect your hands, feet, head and ears. Insulate these parts of your body. You can lose heat through your head, so use a cap or hat to keep it warm. Make sure to insulate your feet with warm, dry socks as this part of your body gets cold first. • Drink plenty of fluids. Just because it is colder doesn’t mean you can’t get dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your workout. • Remember sunscreen. • Pay attention to weather conditions. At some temperatures, it might be to cold or the wind chill might be too low to maintain your core body temperature. On these days, be mindful if you need to move indoors. • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite can occur in exposed areas and on your hands and feet. If you start to feel numbness, loss of feeling, or a stinging situation, you might be developing this. Get out of the cold and slowly warm the affected area. Symptoms of hypothermia include intense shivering, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and fatigue. • Remember that cold is a stress on the body, as is exercise. Have fun, but don’t overdo it. As it gets colder, move your exercise routine to the CLC. We have exercise machines and equipment for you to get in your workout.

Children’s Ministries Cindy Russell, Minister to Children

FYI Menu Wednesday, November 17 Adults Lasagna Salad Rolls Dessert Salad Grilled Chicken Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by noon on Wednesday.) Kid’s Meal Pizza, Fruit, Cookie, Milk

STEWARDSHIP REPORT Week # 5 Year-to-Date Goal: Offering: This Week YTD Debt Retirement: This Week YTD

$370,650.00 $82,606.14 $400,664.96 $820.00 $7,930.00

ATTENDANCE Sunday School Preschool 71 Children 98 Students 133 Adults 655 Brookdale—Regular Attenders 21 New Members 3 Visitors 30 TOTAL 1011 Worship Services First Fellowship Sanctuary Worship RA Campout TOTAL

Please watch your email for instructions pertaining to November 14th’s Celebration Sunday!

389 661 42 1092

Thank You Thank You notes have been received from Pat and Jim Lindberg, and James and Sallie Keith. They have been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.



Family Matters WELCOME NEW MEMBERS William & Shannon Simmons 2511 Scenic Dr SE Huntsville, AL 35801-2858 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Family and friends of our member, Juanita Adams, especially to her sister, Kathern Pyburn

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. Volume 61, Week Number 45, November 11, 2010

Experienced Adult Ministry Mark Seanor, Minister to Experienced Adults

Jack & Evelyn Lucas in the loss of his sister and Linda Lucas in the loss of her aunt, Maureen Sansom Sara & Arnold Stokes in the loss of her sister, Harriet Gibson Ann & Latham Walker in the loss of her cousin and Gwen Walker in the loss of her cousin, Phyllis Brown Johnnie Zbinden in the loss of her son-inlaw, Larry Smith

“Ten Commandments for Retirees” -Terry Rohe

1. Thou shalt make plans. Be bold, be daring. Take up a new hobby; try an evening course at one of our local community colleges. Get active in your neighborhood, anything that keeps your body and mind active. 2. Thou shalt look at the brighter side. Be optimistic. Remember, aging is a positive life experience. 3. Thou shalt travel. There is no time like the present to see new sites or visit family and friends. 4. Thou shalt not whine: it’s a time-waster and won’t win you any friends. It is better to devote your energies to solving problems or scaling new heights. 5. Thou shalt write at least one cheerful letter to someone every week. Remember it takes two minutes out of your day to become a highlight of someone else’s day, and sharing your thoughts also makes you feel great. 6. Thou shalt laugh often…deeply…and loudly. Laughing is not only good for the heart, but it also reminds others that you still have s sense of humor. And if you can’t laugh at life, what can you laugh at? 7. Thou shalt make a list of 20 things you’ve always wanted to do (Bucket list) and do them one at a time. Too often we put things off due to a lack of time. Consider retirement an invitation to finally make your dreams a reality. 8. Thou shalt sear out rather than rust out. Spend your time creating new memories rather than dwelling on the past. Stay Active. 9. Thou shalt think big thoughts and enjoy small pleasures. Don’t restrict yourself. Who says you can’t write that “great American novel” if that’s what you want to do? And don’t forget that you really have time to treat yourself in small ways, take time to smell the roses. 10. Thou shalt remember it’s OK to Grow Old however; it’s not OK to be Old.

Remember, aging is as much a state of mind as a physical process.

Letter Writing Ministry For all those who signed up to do letter writing from your home AND anyone else who is available to serve in this way, please come to a meeting Wednesday, November 17th in Room 118 at 6:45 p.m. following Prayer Meeting. At this time you will be given supplies so that you may begin. If you have questions please call Betty Lee at 256-881-1887.

ESL “Taste of Fall” Would you like to help introduce our internationals to American Fall foods? On November 18th our ESL ministry is hosting their annual “Taste of Fall”. You may bring a small portion of some traditional Fall foods such as pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, corn bread dressing, toasted pecans, etc. For more information call Tina Darby at 256-837-5699 or Tara Dubose-Schmitt at 256-864-2990.

Care Packages 84 Care Boxes were sent to our College Students last week. Thank you goes to the College Ministry Team, the Young Adult M&M group, and the many that wrote Prayer Notes to our students. Our students realize the love and support they have from their home church.

November 11, 2010 Messenger- Campaign Issue 5  


November 11, 2010 Messenger- Campaign Issue 5