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Volume 64 / Week Number 43 / October 31, 2013

The Messenger firsT bapTisT hunTsville FiRSt tHOugHtS David Hull, Pastor Sometimes the storms of life descend upon us. The ship of our lives is suddenly caught up in the wind and the waves of a situation that rocks our boat. Occasionally we can see the storms heading our way over the horizon. At other times they catch us when we least expect it. The diagnosis is bad . . . our job has ended . . . a relationship is broken . . .an unexpected event happens that quickly changes our plans. You know about these storms. If you have lived long enough, some kind of storm has come along and ended the smooth sailing you were enjoying and caused you to think and act differently. So what do you do in the midst of the storm? As Christians we have the Bible to guide us through the storms of life. In fact, sometimes it is good to read about actual storms in the Bible and how the people of God responded. One of my favorite passages like that comes from Acts 27:13-44. The Apostle Paul is a prisoner on his way to Rome. The ship on which he is sailing is caught in a long and violent storm. Through the storm the prisoner ministers to his captors. In fact, the most amazing thing is that Paul serves up a picnic in the middle of the storm. Imagine that! Maybe that is exactly what we need to do this Sunday. The storms of life will wash us along this week, but on Sunday we will stop in the middle of the storm and gather around the Lord’s Table. We will break bread and drink from the cup. I think that is what Jesus intended. That Thursday night long ago was certainly a stormy night for our Lord as he was betrayed, arrested, denied, and tried. The next day he was crucified. Yet in the middle of that storm he stopped to share a supper with his friends – just like Paul did later on the ship . . . and just like we need to do this Sunday. I invite you to read the story in Acts 27:13-44 before you come to worship on Sunday. My message is “A Stormy Supper.” The act of worship is not a retreat from the storms of life – but it is a way to experience God’s peace in the midst of the storm. Come, let us worship together.

knowing, loving, serv ing Christ...together

this sunday November 3, 2013 Sermon “A Stormy Supper” Acts 27:13-44

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 Blessings - Story/arr. Sorenson Music from the FBC Orchestra Excerpt from American Hymnsong Suite

Reception for Cindy Russell 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room 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.

Deacon Ordination Service 5:00 PM - Chapel

Time Change Sunday Daylight savings time ends this Sunday morning. Move your clocks back one hour Saturday night.

ministry calendar Sunday, November 3

First Fellowship/LC 8:15 AM Morning Bible Study 9:15 AM Sanctuary Worship 10:30 AM Reception for Cindy Russell/CR 3:00 PM Student Band Rehearsal/SC 3:00 PM Men’s Ensemble Practice/CR 4:00 PM Foundations for Life Classes 4:00 & 5:00 PM Student Choir/CR 4:00 PM Deacon Ordination Service/Chapel 5:00 PM

Monday, November 4

MOPS/CR Letter Writing/252 Hallelujah gospel Quartet/242 Balance Class/LC Hallelujah Choir/Choir Room Men’s Bible Study Fellowship Deacons Meeting/CR

9:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:45 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

tuesday, November 5

Student Prayer Breakfast/Off Campus intercessory Prayer group Women’s Bible Study S.i.L.K./107 2345 Open gym Building Committee Appr. Dinner/CR griefShare/Parlor Cub Scouts/327 Forum/SC Adult Handbells/240 Boy Scout troop 70/304 Craft Circle/118

Wednesday, November 6 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 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 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Veterans Day Weekend Concert Sunday, November 10 | 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)

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, November 7

Student Prayer Breakfast/Off Campus ESL Ministry CWJC Celebration Lunch/CR

Friday, November 8

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship/Parlor Balance Class/gP Fellowship Club/FH Student Hang Out/SC

6:30 AM 9:00 AM 11:00 AM 5:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 5:00 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

FAMILY MATTeRS Family and friends of our member Spurgeon Hendrick especially to his wife Margaret Hendrick.

Commitment Sunday November 24

Family and friends of our member Ernie Hamilton especially to his wife Ellen Hamilton. Nathan and Hannah Alderson in the loss of his father and Bailey and Adam Long in the loss of her father John Alderson.

knowing, loving, serving Christ...together

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu Wednesday, November 6 Adults BBQ stuffed potato with toppings marinated slaw, roll

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

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!

StEWARDSHiP REPORt Week #4 10/27/13 Year-to-Date goal

November 19, 2013 6:00-8:00 p.m. Community Room


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Faith Steps - Admin Suite

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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My Hope America with Billy Graham is a nationwide effort to reach people across the United States with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Following a simple biblical model, My Hope America with Billy Graham combines the impact of video programs with the power of personal relationships. Christians across America will open their homes this November to share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using one of several new evangelistic programs featuring life-changing testimonies & powerful messages from Billy Graham. Join in with Billy Graham’s “My Hope” in home ministry and witness. To find out more how you can open your home to neighbors and friends visit


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tHANK YOu A thank you note has been received from Susan Schmidt. It has been placed on the bulletin board across from the Music Suite.

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

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.

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

Sundays in November Retirement Reception for Cindy Russell November 3, 3:00 PM, Community Room Deacon Ordination Service November 3, 5:00 PM, Chapel Veterans Day Weekend Concert November 10, 5:00 PM, Sanctuary Student Ministry Resident Andrew Shaffer preaching November 17, 5:00 PM, Chapel

Fellowship Club 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

Thanksgiving Banquet November 24, 5:00 PM, Life Center

Advent Events 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 Living Christmas Tree December 19-22, Sanctuary Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24, 5:00 PM, Sanctuary

Ushers Needed Anyone interested in joining the Usher group please contact Clifton Sisco at 256-859-0057 or at

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