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F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h W o r s h i p P a r t i c i p a n t s for Youth Week

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

to the ministry of Columbus’ First Baptist Church Family Volume 20

May 20 - 26, 2018 May 20, 2018

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S , G R A D U A T E S !


But Will It Last? Acts 2:1-21 Dr. Jimmy Elder INVOCATION / OFFERTORY PRAYER

Mr. Bart Eysel / Mr. Brad Clements CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

Dr. Jimmy Elder



MAY 23

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 20 - 27, 2018 26th




I Chronicles 7:1 - 8:40 Acts 27:1-20 Psalm 7:1-17 Proverbs 18:22

I Chronicles 11:1 - 12:18 Acts 28:1-31 Psalm 9:1-12 Proverbs 19:1-3

I Chronicles 15:1 - 16:36 Romans 1:18-32 Psalm 10:1-15 Proverbs 19:6-7

I Chronicles 19:1 - 21:30 Romans 2:25 - 3:8 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 19:10-12





I Chronicles 9:1 - 10:14 Acts 27:21-44 Psalm 8:1-9 Proverbs 18:23-24

I Chronicles 12:19 - 14:17 Romans 1:1-17 Psalm 9:13-20 Proverbs 19:4-5

I Chronicles 16:37 - 18:17 Romans 2:1-24 Psalm 10:16-18 Proverbs 19:8-9

I Chronicles 22:1 - 22:32 Romans 3:9-31 Psalm 12:1-8 Proverbs 19:13-14

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Chicken and Rice Peas and Carrots Cranberry Salad Salad / Rolls / Dessert

Leon and Margaret Barton and Bob and Louise Dodd, parents of Lindsay and Liz Barton.

Catherine Hare Chatham Hall

Caroline Rozycki Garrett Sturges High School and Harris County A. A. Liberty


Nolan Jefferson Columbus

Pearson Long St. Anne-Pacelli

Sean Mullins Columbus


Cordell Hachinsky M. D. Florida

Newman Jefferson B. S. Alabama


Toddlers: LeAnn Copelan Threes: Allison and Gordy Scarbrough DEACONS OF THE WEEK

Brad Clements and Bart Eysel GREETERS

Jerry Booker, Arnold Boles, Norman Bone, Chuck Fortner, Mike McBride and Martha Hilton SHUTTLE DRIVER

Please remember to call the church office (706.322.4468) to make or cancel reservations by noon on Tuesday.

View the 11:00 AM service live on WTVM or on the internet by clicking the "Watch Live Streaming" link on the church website.

Fax: 706.324.7422

Jack Funderburk St. Anne-Pacelli

SANCTUARY FLOWERS The beautiful flowers in the sanctuary are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of

Children and Youth: Chicken Fingers

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Patricia Bair Hardaway

Eric Lynn B. S. Auburn

Molly McCune B. S. GC&SU

Anna Mummert B. S. Georgia

Chris Scrivner B. S. Mercer

Ansley Stanfill B. S. Auburn

Koart Scholar Graduates from the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music

Warren Cauthen Ruslan Apostolov Artist’s Diploma

Ina Apostolova Artist’s Diploma

Rachel Jeon B. M.Ed.

James Klausmeyer Artist’s Diploma

Jian Shang Artist’s Diploma

College Graduate Not Pictured: Landon Cauthen B. S. Reinhardt

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



Milestones: actions or events marking a significant change or stage in development. I have heard the term milestone all my life. Like most other things, though, I have grown in my understanding of what it really means. In my earliest hearing of it, I thought of the static nature of a milestone. I literally thought of it as a marker of some sort, put in place to mark an event--like a tombstone or the monument on a courthouse lawn. At the Grand Canyon rim, there is a section dedicated to the various periods in the development of the earth and the formation of the Grand Canyon, all marked by the layers of rock, silt and so forth. Again, while layer after layer built on layer after layer, year after year and century after century, the static formation could eclipse the real truth of a milestone: while it marks a moment in time, an accomplishment or a stage of development, it is really the prelude, inspiration, and hope of the next thing to happen. The more experience I am privileged to have in life, the more kinetic life proves to be. Time barrels along, at a dizzying pace; the ancients understood and coined the term Tempus Fugit (Time Flies). That is not particularly a bad thing, but it has probably been used more at this time of year than any other. We look at the students who yesterday were bringing home Play-Doh items in preschool who are now receiving diplomas of accomplishment as they consider the next stages of their lives. I have been fascinated to see how these young people have progressed and embraced life on their own terms.

In some cases, I’ve seen how life experiences—mission trips, school adventures and other opportunities, internships, summer jobs, school projects, family adventures—have defined their lives and allowed them to dip their toes into waters that feel familiar and inviting. In some of these young lives, we have seen experiences that were true milestones. They marked a turning point . . . but only a turning point. In these energetic lives, this has not been a place to sit and ponder life or revel in accomplishment; but like a diving board, it has been a place to launch into the deep waters of life. How inspiring! This points out the importance of what we do in the context of the Church Family. We are purveyors of experiences—experiences in Christ, experiences in compassion, experiences in personal motivation to do good, experiences in self-discovery, experiences in spiritual expression and exploration, experiences in missions and experiences in being family. These are milestones that launch lives into the spiritual future; and this needs to have a greater emphasis on what we do. Instead of thinking of the heavy stones put in place to mark a moment, maybe we should think of packing a bag for the next part of the journey. I have friend at the gym who works for a large company in this city. For its employee appreciation week, the company gave the employees gym bags. How clever. This gift provides appreciation for the work of the employee, and it subtly offers encouragement to do something next—go somewhere, work out, take care of yourself, think of what is next. The gym bag is given with the hope that it will encourage the worker to feel appreciated and then take the next step. In a real way, the company hopes that instead of it being a static monument to a moment, it will one day be frayed and worn with use.


Earl Robinson May 13, 2018


Chris Rogers May 13, 2018

IN MEMORY OF Mrs. Lyra Hodges Mr. Rex Hodges Mr. Ronnie Mann Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Baggett Mr. and Mrs. Ken Funderburk Jewel Hall Virginia Hildreth Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Lanier Merritt Mr. and Mrs. Ashton Smith Mr. Pete Moore Mrs. Sandra Couroux Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Villoch Clara Sue Willoughby Mrs. Jean Mann 2


Tate and Charlie Sasser and family in the death of their daughter, Mrs. Michelle Sneddon. FIFTY PLUS DINNER AT MERIWETHER STEAK HOUSE THURSDAY, MAY 24

We will depart from the church at 5:30 PM Call the church office for reservations by Monday, May 21. When you call, please let Erin know if you will provide your own transportation.



Sunday Bible Study May 13, 2018 301 Choir / Missions / Weekday Studies 92/ 151 / 36

May 20 - 26, 2018

Slava na Boga! Do you know what that says? I didn’t, either; but in preparation for our Bulgaria Mission trip, I learned how to say “Praise the Lord!” Unfortunately, that is the extent of my Bulgarian. Second Story Team Bulgaria will fly from Atlanta to Sofia on May 21 and return May 29. Will you pray for our team of 16 college students as we take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the beautiful Roma (Gypsy) people? Pray for safe travels, divine encounters with the Roma, open hearts and ears for the gospel, and boldness to share. We are excited to see how God is going to use us in this missions endeavor. Blagodaria (Thank you)!! #lovewhereyoulive #firstonmission


Vacation Bible School is a high point in the life of First Baptist Church. This year our theme is Praise: Where Kids Get Down and Lift God High. We will celebrate God and all that He is as we learn about His grace and mercy as they apply to our lives. Students who participate will have about 15 hours of fun-filled instruction and inspiration, the equivalent to about 15 consecutive weeks of Sunday School. When was the last time your family was in church for 15 consecutive weeks? If you have children who have completed Pre – K through fifth grade, there is a place for them. If you are a youth who can be a helper, there is a place for you. If you are an adult and haven’t talked to Paula about serving, there is a place for you. And, finally, if you are unable to be with us due to work or health issues, we need your prayers for the students, leaders and parents. Sign up to let us know that you will be part of a week of PRAISE at VBS. Blessings.


Sunday we celebrate our graduates; and we celebrate Pentecost. Let’s pack bags so people will understand that both are times of getting ready to take the next step, not sitting and celebrating a static moment. We need to do this now, because Tempus Fugit for sure. Your Pastor, Jimmy




We are beginning our summer schedule for adult choir. In the next few weeks, we will introduce our summer music; and I would like to invite anyone interested to join us. The anthems will be old favorites that just take a little brushing up to sing. Rehearsal is from 6:30-7:30 PM through June, with no rehearsal in July. We will resume rehearsals in August. Come sing with us this summer and help lead our church family in worship.

Financial Stewardship Giving 2018 Year-to-Date Annual Budget 2018 Expected Receipts to Date Actual Receipts to Date Receipts to May 12, 2017

$1,947,972.00 $658,872.08 $616,668.56 $623,483.04

Online giving is now available from our church website.


There’s an important lesson about honesty throughout the book of Esther. Haman has just been promoted as the king’s most important advisor. Haman lets this go to his head and commands that everyone bow to him. There’s one man, however, who won’t: Mordecai. Haman is so angry that he vows to destroy not only Mordecai but all of his people, the Jews. Little does Haman know, but Mordecai has family in high places. Queen Esther risks everything to save her people. Once her plan with Mordecai is set in motion, Haman’s dishonesty to hurt others ends up hurting him instead. Bottom Line: When you lie to help yourself, you hurt yourself instead. Sometimes we have a tendency to lie in order to make ourselves look good. Nevertheless, we can’t keep the lie for long. Eventually we’ll be found out and our lie will hurt only us.

YOUTH MINISTRY ( The end of the semester is upon us. We look forward to celebrating our graduates, with your words of wisdom by our side; and we’ll mark the end of our semester with a cookout Sunday, May 20, at 7:00 PM. With all of these celebrations, we’re heading into a busy season with youth ministry – trips, events, mission work, and plenty of fun. If you’d like to see what we’re up to, check us out on Facebook (search “FBC Columbus Youth”) and Instagram (@fbc_columbus_youth); or, you can watch the youth page of our church website. It’s going to be an awesome, busy summer. We hope you’ll join us, even if only virtually.

8:30 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 - 11 AM 9:35 AM 9:45 AM 9:45 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE Breakfast for high school graduates and their families (FH) Church Library open Nehemiah Project (Parlor) Bible Study Victory Mission Sunday School WORSHIP SERVICE AND GRADUATE RECOGNITION Lunch for active duty military and their families (YAB) CHILDREN’S MUSICAL (Sanctuary) Youth Summer Kick-Off at the home of the Booths

MONDAY Second Story Mission Team Departs for Bulgaria 9:30 AM Food Closet 11:00 AM Bible Study 3 TUESDAY Bulgaria Mission Trip 5:15 PM Victory Mission Bible Study WEDNESDAY Bulgaria Mission Trip 5:15 PM Fellowship Supper begins (FH) 6:00 PM Stitch and Study Quilting (Library) 6:00 PM Church in Conference (FH) 6:30 PM Youth Fall Preview Night (YAB) 6:30 PM Adult Choir (Music Suite) 6:30 PM RA Racers (FH) THURSDAY Bulgaria Mission Trip 6:30 AM Men’s Bible Study (Panera) 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study (BK Wynnton) 9:30 AM Food Closet 5:30 PM Fifty Plus group departs for dinner at Meriwether Steak House FRIDAY Bulgaria Mission Trip SATURDAY Bulgaria Mission Trip CHURCH IN CONFERENCE W E D N E S D AY , M AY 2 3 6 : 0 0 P M I N F E L L O W S H I P H AL L

SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON THE 2019 DANUBE CRUISE; THE $250 PER PERSON DISCOUNT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 5, 2018 It is not too late to sign up for the 2019 (June 26 - July 3) river cruise from Munich to Vienna, with excursions to Salzburg, Neuschwanstein, Czesky Krumlov, Melk and more. Call Howie or Susan in the church office (706.322.4468) for more details.

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