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Volume 64 / Week Number 44 / November 7, 2013

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FiRSt thOughtS David hull, Pastor “Transformed for a Purpose.” You will be hearing and seeing these words for the next few weeks throughout our church building and in our worship services. This is our Stewardship Emphasis Theme for this year. Our Stewardship Committee has done an excellent work in selecting the theme and in preparing our hearts and minds to experience the transformation that comes through Christ. In worship, we will focus on this transformation and talk about the way that we are changed for a purpose. The theme verse that will echo throughout worship for the next three Sundays is from Colossians 3:10. “And you have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” (ESV). This verse is a part of a larger section of Scripture that includes Colossians 3:1-17. Each week I will link the theme verse to that great statement of God’s resurrection power in our lives that is found in verses 1-4 of the chapter. Do you remember those words? If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (ESV) I invite you to join us in worship each week as we consider God’s transformation in our lives, as we prepare for a season of Thanksgiving, and as we consider our financial commitments to God through the church in the year to come. All who belong to Christ have been “Transformed for a Purpose.” Let’s talk about that together. November 10

“Practice Resurrection” Colossians 3:1-17

We will talk about what it means to “Practice Resurrection” when we “have been raised with Christ” (v. 1) and have “put on the new self” (v. 10). November 17

“Take Me Higher” Colossians 3:2, 10

The challenge to “Set your minds on things that are above” (v. 2) is how we are “being renewed in knowledge” (v. 10) November 24

“Image is Everything” Colossians 3:3-4, 10 Commitment Sunday

We reflect the “image of its creator”(v. 10) when we are “hidden with Christ in God.” (v. 3)

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday November 10, 2013 Sermon “Practice Resurrection” Colossians 3:1-17

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 a.m. Music from First Fellowship Band

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Choir Anthem Let All the World in Every Corner Sing Vaughan Williams

Music from the FBC Orchestra Music from the FBC Big Band

Veterans Day Weekend Concert 5:00 p.m.

featuring the 50-piece FBC Orchestra with Big Band and Alabama Singing Women Chorus Repertoire to include: Variations on America (Charles Ives) God of Our Fathers (Claude T. Smith) and two movements from American Hymnsong Suite (Dwayne S. Milburn)

ministry calendar Sunday, November 10

First Fellowship/LC Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Joyful Ringers handbells Men’s Ensemble Practice/CR Student Choir/CR Veterans Day Weekend Concert/Sanct

Monday, November 11

Letter Writing/252 hallelujah gospel Quartet/242 Balance Class/LC hallelujah Choir/Choir Room Men’s Bible Study Fellowship

tuesday, November 12

Student Prayer Breakfast/Off Campus intercessory Prayer group Women’s Bible Study S.i.L.K./107 2345 Open gym griefShare Fellowship Dinner/Fh Cub Scouts/327 Forum/SC Adult handbells/240 Boy Scout troop 70/304

Wednesday, November 13 Women’s Precept Bible Study/321 Balance Class/gathering Place Writing Your Life Story/CR Student Open gym Supper/Fh Music & Missions Prayer Meeting & Bible Study/Fh Orchestra Rehearsal Student LiftOff First Fellowship Band Rehearsal Sanctuary Choir/Choir Room

thursday, November 14 ESL Ministry

Friday, November 15

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship/Parlor Balance Class/gP Family Movie Night/Student Center

8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:30 AM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 9:00 AM 9:45 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 5:00 PM 6:30 AM 7:00 AM 9:00 AM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:45 PM 5:30 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Sundays in November Student Ministry Resident Andrew Shaffer preaching November 17, 5:00 PM, Chapel Thanksgiving Banquet November 24, 5:00 PM, Life Center

Advent Events A Service of Hope and Peace December 1, 2:00 PM, Sanctuary Missions Celebration Service December 1, 5:00 PM, Chapel Hanging of the Green Combined Worship December 8, 10:30 AM, Sanctuary Missions Celebration, Missionary Shirley Farley December 8, 5:00 PM, Chapel Christmas Comedy Dinner Theater December 15, 4:30 PM, Life Center Happy Birthday Jesus Party December 18, 6:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

9:00 AM

Living Christmas Tree December 19-22, Sanctuary

5:00 AM 10:00 AM 5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24, 5:00 PM, Sanctuary

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 MEMBERS Robert & Kathrynn Engberg Ethan 4815 Cove Creek Drive Brownsboro, AL 35741 Bill & Beth Fleming 6107 Whitesburg Drive Huntsville, AL 35802

Under the forward thinking leadership of Ruth Patterson, First Baptist Huntsville began providing Christian Education to children with intellectual disabilities in November of 1963, a full 12 years prior to national legislation requiring states to provide public education to children with disabilities. Thank you First Baptist members for 50 years of faithful support of Special Education Ministry in our congregation. The greeting cards you have sent over the last few weeks have been such a pleasure for our class. Please continue to celebrate with us! Our room is located in the Music Suite near the East Entrance. You are invited to visit during our Open House on Sunday, November 17 from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Gary & Sue Helms 173 Golden Harvest Drive Huntsville, AL 35761 Laura Kendrick 115 Rolling Lea Place Madison, AL 35758 CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Family and friends of our member Howard Sandlin.

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, November 13 Adults taco Salad Chips and Salsa Mexican Cornbread

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


You’re Invited! Who: Everyone! Children need to be accompanied by a parent. There is no childcare provided. Where: Student Center When: November 15! Student Center will open at 5:30 p.m. Come early to visit. Bring your dinner and eat in the snack area. Movie will begin at 6:00 p.m. What: Movie (Curious George) and popcorn will be provided. You will leave with an activity sheet for your child and some follow-up family activity ideas!

11/03/13 Year-to-Date goal

$ 366,744.00

Offering this Week

$ 85,551.03


$ 355,091.15

Faith Steps - Admin Suite this Week

$ 4,305.00


$ 17,823.34

to Date:

$ 708,183.74

Faith Steps to the Future this Week

$ 9,144.00


$ 50,018.38

to Date:

Lakewood School Volunteers Needed

$ 5,017,159.26

AttENDANCE Sunday School Preschool













Thursday, November 14 3:00-5:00 PM


Worship Service

The Lakewood PTA is sponsoring its annual Fall Festival (carnival). We need several volunteers to help with the bounce house, carnival booths, registration, food booths, and other tasks. Volunteers are asked to arrive early for set up and/or stay after for clean up. This is a great project for a class or department to adopt.

First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




Please come help with this fun night for the kids and their families. It also helps sustain the Lakewood PTA which supports the overall school program.

thANK YOu Thank you notes have been received from Bailey and Adam Long and from Carolyn Nalls. They have been placed on the bulletin board across from the Music Suite.

RA’s Tips for Trays 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.

Wednesday, November 13 4:45-5:30 in the Fellowship Hall All tip money will go to help provide supplies for the hygiene bags for Waterbury Baptist Ministries, Waterbury CT. Between the RA’s and GA’s we hope to be able to provide 200 bags for their Christmas Eve Service. Each bag will cost around $10 each. Thank you for supporting our children’s missions efforts!

WMU International Mission Study on Peru Tuesday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. Room 118 We will discuss mission needs and opportunities and diversity in climate, geography, religion, and cultures

Transformed for A Purpose And you have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. - Colossians 3:10 The ultimate goal of Christianity is transformation: from unrighteous to righteous, from hearers to doers, from people of the world to people of God, from self-centered to Christ-centered, from lovers of the flesh to lovers of the Spirit, from independent to interdependent, from inevitable death to everlasting life. The Holy Spirit is ever present to transform us so that we are used by God for good and for His glory. As we are being transformed from takers to givers, search your own heart about the financial resources God would have you give to His Church this coming year.

World Craft handmade scarves from Indonesia will be available for $15.00

mommy time Mommy Time is a time for moms of preschool children to enjoy a meal prepared by someone else and without the responsibility of cutting someone’s food up or getting another cup of milk. We hope you can come!

Commitment Sunday November 24

November 19, 2013 6:00-8:00 p.m. Community Room Childcare is available with reservations. Call 256-428-9411 for both childcare and reservations for your meal. Deadline is November 13!

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