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Volume 64 / Week Number 48 / October 24, 2013

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FIrST THOugHTS David Hull, Pastor We have an outstanding group of Deacons in our church. A team of thirty-six servant leaders are committed to strengthening the ministry of First Baptist Church. It is my joy to work with these Deacons. October is the month when new Deacons begin their service, officers are elected, and a new “Deacon Year” is launched. This month gives me a good opportunity to thank Mike Soutullo for his excellent leadership as our Deacon Chair during the past year. Assisting him was the Vice-Chair Mark Russell. Both men provided strong leadership and our Deacon Body flourished. I am grateful for the love of Christ that these two leaders have and for their commitment to the ministry of this church. We have been blessed by their service. This month we elected new officers for the coming year. Pam Jones will Chair the Deacons and John Gordon was elected to be the Vice-Chair. Both Pam and John have already demonstrated quality Deacon service and I look forward to working with them during the new year. Sunday night, November 3, will be the time for our Deacon Ordination Service. We will gather in the Chapel at 5:00 to ordain six new Deacons. This is a large group of people who have been elected to serve as a Deacon for the very first time. You will hear their testimonies during the ordination service and we will lay hands on them to set them apart for Deacon service. I hope that you will be in prayer for Tina Darby, Stuart Fowler, MaryAnn Moon, David Morgan, John Richardson, and Susan Wessinger who will be ordained on that night. Please join me in thanking these folks who serve us well.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday October 27, 2013 Sermon “Humble Prayer” Luke 18:9-14

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 a.m. Music from First Fellowship Band He Was There Lay Me Down Here I Am to Worship

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Choir Anthem Bow the Knee Barbara Sizemore, soloist Trumpet solo by Werner Smock

Foundations for Life Classes

ministry calendar Sunday, October 27

First Fellowship/LC Morning Bible Study Sanctuary Worship Student Band rehearsal/SC Men’s Ensemble Practice/Cr Foundations for Life Classes Student Choir/Cr Student Fun Night/offsite

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

Monday, October 28

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

9:00 AM 9:45 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 5:00 PM

Tuesday, October 29

Student Prayer Breakfast/Off Campus Intercessory Prayer group Women’s Bible Study S.I.L.K./107 2345 Open gym griefShare/Parlor Cub Scouts/327 Forum/SC Adult Handbells/240 Boy Scout Troop 70/304

Wednesday, October 30 Women’s Precept Bible Study/327 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 Foundations for Life Bible Studies First Fellowship Band rehearsal Sanctuary Choir/Choir room

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 5 & 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 31 ESL Ministry

Friday, November 1

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship/Parlor Balance Class 2345 Ladies’ retreat/offsite LCT retreat

Saturday, November 2 2345 Ladies’ retreat/offsite LCT retreat rA Father/Son Campout/offsite

You are invited to a reception celebrating the good work and ministry of

Cindy Russell Minister to Children as she prepares to retire effective Wednesday, November 13.

On Sunday, November 3 we will recognize Cindy in both morning worship services and have a reception for her in the Community Room at 3:00 p.m.

9:00 AM 5:00 AM 8:30 AM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 12:00 PM

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

Jane Hull to be Interim Minister to Children Jane will begin as Interim Minister to Children officially on Sunday, November 17. With years of experience in many ministry roles, Jane will do an outstanding job in this full-time 40 hours/week interim role. She will follow the current job description for the Minister to Children and will be supervised by Jud Reasons, Associate Pastor. Although Jane is not interested, the Interim Minister to Children will not be eligible to be a candidate for the permanent position of Minister to Children. Thank you, Jane, for sharing your gifts with us during this interim time.

FAMILY MATTERS CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Kelly & Amy Helser in the loss of his mother, and Robin Helser in the loss of her grandmother, Cynthia Rookis

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, October 30 Adults Tour of Italy Chicken Parmesan rotini with meat sauce garlic bread stick Tossed salad

Salad Fried Chicken Salad

Veterans Day Weekend Concert Sunday, November 10 | 5:00 p.m.

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

featuring the 50-piece FBC Orchestra with Big Band and Alabama Singing Women Chorus


Repertoire to include: Variations on America (Charles Ives)

10/20/13 Year-to-Date goal

$ 214,327.00


God of Our Fathers (Claude T. Smith)

This Week

$ 58,133.31


and two movements from American Hymnsong Suite (Dwayne S. Milburn)

$ 187,412.49

Faith Steps - Admin Suite This Week

$ 335.00


$ 13,148.71

To Date:

$ 703,509.11

Faith Steps to the Future This Week

$ 15,645.83


$ 29,045.83

To Date:

$ 4,996,186.71

ATTENDANCE Sunday School Preschool





Living Christmas Tree The Living Christmas Tree choir will enjoy their annual retreat on November 1-2 to prepare Christmas music for this year’s Tree. Your prayerful support means so much as our fine choir contributes time and energy in preparing to sing the Christmas message to thousands in December.










Worship Service First Fellowship


Sanctuary Worship




Experienced Adult Spring Trip Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam 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.

April 28-May 9, 2014 Trip includes transportation, meals, guided tours of the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, Petrified Forest National Park, historic Route 66 Museum, and much more! Contact the Adult Ministries Office at 256428-9403 or for more information The Vine The Vine welcomes you to attend a “Service of Worship for Healing” on Tuesdays, November 5th and again December 3rd, noon to 12:45, at the Gideon Blackburn House of First Presbyterian Church. This will be a quiet reflective service with the focus of seeking healing from the Lord.

Fellowship Club

Come fellowship with other women at First Baptist Huntsville! Invite a friend! Make a craft! Take part in great conversations!

The first Tuesday of the month 7:00-8:30 PM in the Community Room.

Friday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall Program: Honoring Veterans Speaker: Sandra Childress, Stand Down Operations Menu: Ham with pineapple glaze, baked potato casserole, lima beans, fried okra, corn muffin Non-members may call Sue Mauldin at 256-534-2368 for reservations

Reservations are required. Register each month by emailing and then submit payment online or drop it off in the Church Office.

Next Craft Circle is Tuesday, Nov. 5

Therapeutic Neck Wrap and Body Scrub (Cost: $10) Register by Wednesday, October 30 This Craft Circle will also be a mission project! In addition to making this craft for yourself, the neck wrap and body scrub will be given as gifts to staff at Lakewood Elementary. If only 7% of the world’s 2.1 billion Christians each cared for one orphan, there would effectively be NO MORE ORPHANS. Orphan Sunday – November 3

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