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Kids’ Day Delivery of Baby Gifts to NICU January 4, 2017

First Baptist Church 212 Twelfth Street Post Office Box 828 Columbus, Georgia 31902 - 0828

Deacon Ordination at First Baptist January 8, 2017

Volume 2

January 15 - 21, 2017 JANUARY 15, 2017


Come to Jesus…. John 1:29-42 Dr. Jimmy Elder INVOCATION


Mr. Chuck Jones CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Dr. Jimmy Elder


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WILL MEET AT THE HOME OF THE ELDERS TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Parents, please call Glynn Tomblin(706.322.4468) by January 16 to let her know if your child(ren) will attend. This will be the first Monthly Bible Study for the new year.





Numbers 28:16 - 29:40 Mark 16:1-20 Psalm 55:1-23 Proverbs 11:18-19

Numbers 32:1 - 33:39 Luke 4:31 - 5:11 Psalm 64:1-10 Proverbs 11:22

Numbers 36:1 - Deut. 1:46 Luke 5:29 - 6:11 Psalm 66:1-20 Proverbs 11:24-26

Deuteronomy 4:1-49 Luke 6:39 - 7:10 Psalm 68:1-18 Proverbs 11:28





Numbers 33:40 - 35:34 Luke 5:12-28 Psalm 65:1-13 Proverbs 11:23

Deuteronomy 2:1 - 3:29 Luke 6:12-38 Psalm 67:1-7 Proverbs 11:27

Deuteronomy 5:1 - 6:25 Luke 7:11-35 Psalm 68:19-35 Proverbs 11:29-31

Numbers 30:1 - 31:54 Luke 4:1-30 Psalm 63:1-11 Proverbs 11:20-21

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MENU JANUARY 18 Turkey Pot Pie Buttered Noodles Jello Salad / Tossed Salad Fruit Bar Dessert Please remember to call the church office (706.322.4468) to make or cancel reservations by noon on Tuesdays.

Phone: 706.322.4468

Fax: 706.324.7422

NO EVENING WORSHIP EXTENDED SESSION WORKERS Toddlers: Ali West Threes: Gretchen Denham January 15 is the deadline for signing up and paying for the Ladies’ Retreat to be held in Fellowship Hall January 27 - 28. See Roxann Elder or Ann White to register.


PHASE SO DON’T MISS IT! A workshop for parents of children from birth through age 18. Sunday, January 22, at 5:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room of the Youth and Activities Building. Childcare will be provided. Come and see what happens with the jar of marbles!

DEACONS OF THE WEEK Mike Helms and Chuck Jones GREETERS Jerry Booker, Arnold Boles, Norman Bone, Chuck Fortner, Martha Hilton, Mike McBride and Jim Wetherington SHUTTLE DRIVER Don Smith View the 11:00 AM service live on WTVM or on the internet by clicking the "Watch Live Streaming" link on the left side of the website.

Loving none more than Christ and loving others as ourselves, we strive to reflect God’s love to all.


I had entered the chapel quite early for a funeral I was simply attending. People were milling around, talking and so forth. I was sitting with several of our church members when my phone vibrated, indicating a message. Because we have a person in intensive care, I was concerned and checked the message. It was from our Administrator, Tim, telling me that the Online Giving module on our webpage was complete and was ready to be used. This is something that has been requested for some time—and something we have been working on for some time. It has now all come together. This wonderful tool will meet the needs of those of us who bank and pay bills online. Many church members and others have requested that this giving option be made available. It is a service whose time has come, so you may go online and offer your tithes and offerings, pay for trips and make special donations through our online app. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do it:        

Go to At the main page, look to the left of the page under “Just for You . . . .” The eighth link in the list is “Online Giving” – Click that and it will take you to the Online Giving Page The two funds noted on the site all the time are General Fund and Benevolence – select the fund In the “Memo” box, you have the option of offering more direction/ clarification concerning the gift In the “Give” box, enter the amount of your contribution Enter your e-mail address for confirmation You also have the option of making multiple gifts by using the “+Add More” tab

I also want to note that, going forward, when we have a Youth Event, Children’s Event, Adult Event, Special Missions Offering and the like, the site will be updated to accommodate the particular fund. Also note that payments for trips will not be listed on your contribution statement and are not tax deductible. The convenience of this is obvious. Our Finance Committee and deacons hope this will be a useful tool, offering you another channel for your generous financial support of the Lord’s work through your Church Family. I leaned over and told our members sitting next to me about the text I had just received. Both of them responded affirmatively. I said, When you go home, try it out! I hope you will as well. It is a really neat way that our Church Family has entered a new age in giving. It is probably not unlike when the first checks were placed in the offering plate instead of cash . . . or cash instead of a chicken in the earliest days. ☺ Your Pastor, Jimmy

Mrs. Lyra Hodges Mr. Rex Hodges Mrs. Marian Murray Mr. and Mrs. Ron Murray Mr. Joseph Andrew Nichols Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sparks Mrs. Mary Nell Ramsay Mary, Bob and Philip Ramsay Mrs. Susan Schlader Mrs. Mary Stewart Mrs. Madelyn Rutledge Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Harrison Mr. and Mrs. David Priester Mrs. Jennifer Rutledge CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY IS EXTENDED TO

the family of Mr. Kellon Shepard. FIRST BAPTIST COLUMBUS MISSION TRIP TO ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA Saturday, May 27 - Friday, June 2, 2017 This trip will be organized and led by Orphan's Heart ( and is for people of all ages! Ages 18 and younger need to come with a parent. Participants will care for young children at a malnutrition center and work on various projects as needed. The cost is $1100 plus airfare. Financial assistance is available. Participants need to make a commitment by January 27. Please come to a meeting on Wednesday, January 18, at 5:15 PM or Sunday, January 22, at 5:00 PM. Meetings will be in Room 123. If you have trip questions, call Cindy Sparks (706.577.5515) or email her at ITEMS NEEDED FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN AT MERCY MED Ladies’ Retreat participants will make “love bags” for children and babies who are treated at Mercy Med. They need pacifiers, baby wipes, bibs, rectal thermometers, nasal saline, bulb syringes, A&D diaper rash cream, vitamin D drops and gas drops (Mylicon) for babies. For children, they need Bibles, pencils, math flash cards, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, thermometers and multivitamins Please bring these items to the church by Friday, January 27. YOUNG IN HEART / SENIOR ADULT DAY TRIP TO TUSKEGEE THURSDAY, JANUARY 19



Victory Mission Clothing Boutique Saturday, January 21 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Deadline for donating clothing: Thursday, January 19 Favorite adult and youth items are t-shirts, shoes, sweat shirts and sweat pants; clothes for all ages of children are needed as well. Call Gretchen Denham (706.323.1010) if you can assist with set-up or help the day of the boutique.

Sunday School January 8, 2017 307 Choir / Weekday Studies / Missions 59 / 11 / 78

Financial Stewardship Giving 2017 Year-to-Date

8:30 AM 9:45 AM 9:45 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM




TUESDAY 11:45 AM Breaking Bread Bible Study (2S) 5:15 PM Victory Mission



PARENTS ARE PEOPLE, TOO! That means you are made in the image of God. Have you ever wondered what makes you want to be a better parent? Have you ever been amazed by how much you love your kids? It’s the image of your heavenly Father flickering in you as mom or dad. It’s Just a Phase, a workshop for parents of children from birth through seniors in high school, will begin on January 22 at 5:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room of the YAB. Childcare will be provided. Invite friends, coworkers, neighbors, anyone who’s a parent made in the image of God!



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We mourned this weekend at the passing of Mr. Kellon Shepard. Our students had the chance to visit with him multiple times over the years and had grown very fond of him. As has been the case with so many beloved church members who have passed away, our Homebound Ministry has allowed FBC students the opportunity to make strong connections with these saints and actually hear their incredible life stories. We talk a lot about second stories, but people like Mr. Kellon have had 20 different stories over the span of his 90 years, and each layer of his life has had so much richness and application for our own lives and future. We as students and young adults are reminded again today by the life of Kellon Shepard that we are upheld by the love, sacrifice and faith of those who have gone before us.

Comfort comes in many different forms. During the ordination service last Sunday, I found myself comforted by the hymns Gwyn Davis played as our congregation offered blessings to Rebecca Wiggins. Each hymn was familiar to me. As Gwyn played, I sang the lyrics in my mind. I did not consciously decide to recall the words; it was definitely an involuntary impulse. Before the service concluded, I offered prayers of thanksgiving for my exposure to those wonderful hymns. I was grateful to my parents, Sunday School teachers, music directors, ministers of music, and most of all to a list of children’s and youth choir leaders who had given me the opportunity to discover this trove of hymns and spiritual songs that are now a part of my deepest thoughts. As leaders and parents, it is our responsibility to continue sharing these words of comfort with generations to come in worship, Bible study and through our preschool, children’s and youth choirs. Blessings.

January 15 - 21, 2017

Annual Budget 2017 $1,853,002.00 Expected Receipts to Date $45,436.00 Actual Receipts to Date $44,825.24 Receipts to January 10, 2016 $58,377.72

YOUTH MINISTRY ( Our Youth Council slipped away to Camp Lumpkin in LaGrange Thursday and Friday, January 5-6, to organize our efforts for the spring semester. We immersed ourselves— individually and collectively—into the youth program with a fine tooth comb, seeking to identify strengths and weaknesses. Together, we have begun putting into motion a great plan for Spring. We also had an opportunity to share together one positive attribute we witnessed in each other during the retreat. In naming that particular strength for one another, we identified how God might use each of us to strengthen the youth family at First Baptist. It was an awesome retreat!



5:15 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:45 PM

WEDNESDAY Fellowship Supper begins (FH) Reading Buddies (various rooms) Ladies’ Study (114) Preschool Arts 4 and 5 years (110) Music /Arts for grades 1-5 (206) Church in Conference with Budget Discussion (FH) Youth Wednesday Night Live! (YAB) Pastor’s Coed Bible Study (FH) Men’s Study (261) Adult Choir (Music Suite) GAs (213) / RAs (209) / 4s and 5s Mission Friends (109)

THURSDAY 6:30 AM Men’s Bible Study (Panera) 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study (BK Wynnton) 9:30 AM Food Closet 7:00 AM 7:45 AM

FRIDAY High School Breakfast (C-f-A) Middle School Breakfast (C-f-A)

SATURDAY 10:00 AM Victory Mission Clothing Boutique For an updated calendar, please visit our website:


Thank you to all who made the Christmas season so very special this past year. Our children’s choir directors, Babbs Douglas and Gena Davis, put together such great music with our children. Thank you Myron Douglas for directing the handbells; they bring a special sound to the season. Thank you Janie Lee Bullock, Nancy McKee, Gwyn Davis and Karen Lewis for leading us in worship through organ and piano. Thank you to all the support staff and ministers for their hard work and leadership. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful and dedicated people minister to us and with us.

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