Vacation Bible School at First Baptist and Victory Mission June 2018
First Baptist Church 212 Twelfth Street Post Office Box 828 Columbus, Georgia 31902 - 0828
to the ministry of Columbus’ First Baptist Church Family Volume 24
June 17 - 23, 2018 June 17, 2018
FATHER’S DAY SUNDAY MESSAGE
It Matters a Lot! Luke 2:40-52 Dr. Jimmy Elder INVOCATION / OFFERTORY PRAYER
Mr. Bucky Bowles / Mr. Ed James CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
Dr. Jimmy Elder
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR YOUTH MISSION TEAM AS THEY PREPARE TO TRAVEL TO AND MINISTER IN COLOMBIA JUNE 23 - 29.
SANCTUARY FLOWERS The beautiful flowers in the sanctuary are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of
Virginia R. Williams, Mary Ellen Clement and
Mary Perdue Jones by Steve and Ginger Smith. EXTENDED SESSION WORKERS
Toddlers: Nursery Workers Threes: Carly and John Weddle
IN HONOR OF OUR DADS: Noble fathers have noble children. Euripides, Greek playwright and philosopher
When a child is born, a father is born. A mother is born, too, of course; but at least for her it's a gradual process. Body and soul, she has nine months to get used to what's happening. But for even the best-prepared father, it happens all at once. On the other side of a plate-glass window, a nurse is holding up something roughly the size of a loaf of bread for him to see for the first time. Frederick Buechner, American author and minister, in Whistling in the Dark
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me. Jim Valvano, late basketball coach at North Carolina State University
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I turned twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. Mark Twain, American author and humorist, in Old Times on the Mississippi
READ THE BIBLE THROUGH IN A YEAR
READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 17 - 24, 2018 17th
Ezra 3:1 - 4:23 I Corinthians 2:6 - 3:4 Psalm 28:1-9 Proverbs 20:24-25
Ezra 7:1 - 8:20 I Corinthians 4:1-21 Psalm 30:1-12 Proverbs 20:28-30
18th Ezra 4:24 - 6:22 I Corinthians 3:5-23 Psalm 29:1-11 Proverbs 20:26-27
20th Ezra 8:21 - 9:15 I Corinthians 5:1-13 Psalm 31:1-8 Proverbs 21:1-2
21st Ezra 10:1-44 I Corinthians 6:1-20 Psalm 31:9-18 Proverbs 21:3
22nd Nehemiah 1:1 - 3:14 I Corinthians 7:1-24 Psalm 31:19-34 Proverbs 21:4
23rd Nehemiah 3:15 - 5:13 I Corinthians 7:25-40 Psalm 32:1-11 Proverbs 21:5-7
24th Nehemiah 5:14 - 7:73 I Corinthians 8:1-13 Psalm 33:1-11 Proverbs 21:8-10
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Beef Tips Creamed Potatoes Vegetable Medley / Green Beans Tossed Salad / Fruit Rolls / Dessert Children and Youth: Hot Dogs Please remember to call the church office (706.322.4468) to make or cancel reservations by noon on Tuesday.
DEACONS OF THE WEEK
Bucky Bowles and Ed James GREETERS
My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. Clarence Budington Kelland, American author
*Jerry Booker, Arnold Boles, Norman Bone, Chuck Fortner, Martha Hilton and Mike McBride
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and author
Henry Douglas *denotes Greeter Team Captain
View the 11:00 AM service live on WTVM or on the internet by clicking the "Watch Live Streaming" link on the church website.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Loving none more than Christ and loving others as ourselves, we strive to reflect God’s love to all.
To my left is a picture of J.C. at 5 with his new little brother, John Christopher. There is such joy in their eyes. I hoped it would be the beginning of a wonderful relationship between brothers; and it has been. Also to my left and up a bit is a photo of one of the boys in his first Easter outfit, made by Roxann with a cute little bear cross-stitched on the front. Then I look above that picture to see J.C. and his wife, Kat, with Roxann and John Christopher at Flat Rock Park in a photo they had made for me for a Father’s Day.
All in all, however, I celebrate the gift God has given me in allowing me to be the dad of a couple of wonderful young men who constantly make me proud and humble. I have been deeply blessed to have a wife who is so wise, intuitive and imaginative—one who keeps things on track. I am overwhelmed by the love of my family. In a word, being a dad has been a wonderful journey for which I am grateful to God.
Father’s Day, to me, is not so much a celebration of my being a dad as it is a humble reminder that God has allowed me to stand in a role that I could not possibly fill without His help, love and wisdom. I am a blessed man. Those of you reading this, who are parents, are blessed as well. God bless our Fathers, and God never allow us to take for granted the privilege and responsibility of being parents. Your Pastor, Jimmy
WEEKS AT A GLANCE
IN MEMORY OF
Sunday Bible Study June 10, 2018 334 Choir / Missions / Weekday Studies 56 / 144/ 14
June 17 - 23, 2018
IN HONOR OF Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cardin on their 50th Wedding Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Biel
I look to my right and up a bit to see a picture of our first grandchild, Ava. I look in other places and see all three grandchildren. The nostalgic moments could go on and on; but this experience reminded me of what it means to be family—of how precious these memories are. I see a picture of my parents in the study and remember the lessons they taught me. I learned so much about being a dad from my dad.
As I am filled with these memories at this time of year, I find myself missing Bigdaddy and Dad. I am filled with memories of the parenting of which I was a part. I am amazed that although being a dad really does not come with a manual, it does come with guidance through home experiences, observation of others and the blessing of my faith. I think about how the Bible has shaped my idea of parenting. I realize that much of being a dad is through trial and error; I am astounded at the things I got right and frustrated with the things I know I did wrong. I know that if I had a chance to do it over again, I would change some things, rearrange some priorities, loosen up a bit and dive deeper into the experiences. I would be more engaged in some ways and less engaged in others.
YOUTH MINISTRY (email@example.com) WOW! That's all I can say in response to all the youth did this past week. I was so proud to see the ways they led children at FBC and at Victory Mission during VBS. We had a great crew that came out from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM each day to help share the love of God with our children. I think that's what the kingdom of heaven on earth is like: youth loving on kids and sharing the word of God with them. If you see a youth, ask him or her about the experience of helping with VBS. I'm sure they'll have plenty to say.
Dr. Walker Harris Mr. and Mrs. Mote Andrews, Jr. Mrs. John (Butch) Deaton Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lumpkin, III Mrs. Jacquie Rawls Mr. and Mrs. Richard Robbins Mrs. Lyra Hodges Mr. Rex Hodges Dr. Jack Lawler Mr. Pete Moore Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Caldwell Mr. Ronnie Mann Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Caldwell Judge and Mrs. Bill Smith Jo Ann Wilson Mrs. Anne Tanyas Mr. and Mrs. Charles Price Mr. Earl Ward Mrs. Dorris Ward
I am at the desk at my office, surrounded by pictures of my family. To my right is a photo of Roxann, J.C. and me in our first family picture. He is so tiny; and we were so young. It is a portrait of the family I had dreamed of having. We were so proud to have him in our lives. Also on my right is a picture of J.C. when he was just a few months old, when we took him to visit St. Simons. This is the picture of our son when he first felt sand and put his toes in the ocean. He loved it. I can tell you that I spent a great deal of time wondering what life would hold for him; and I wondered what his favorite things in life would be. That photo reminds me how, in that moment, everything lay in potential, ready to be formed and experienced.
We surround ourselves with things that remind us of the really neat gift of being family. We do not have to have pictures for the memories, but they give a visual to the images in our minds. I look at the pictures and am homesick to speak to the children and grandchildren. Sometimes I just pick up the phone and call; and I look forward to the times when I have an opportunity to be with them.
CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY IS EXTENDED TO
Greg Appleton and family in the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Beth Appleton the family of Mrs. Sally Chadwick FOYER FLOWERS
The beautiful flowers in the foyer are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of
Mr. George Denham by his family. YOUTH COLOMBIA MISSION TEAM NEEDS SUPPLY DONATIONS BY SUNDAY, JUNE 17
The 2018 Youth Mission Team needs supply donations: tissue paper, white glue and/or glue sticks, decorative tape, small scissors, stickers for boys and girls, plastic adhesive jewels or sequins, small bottles of hand sanitizer, soccer balls (preferably deflated), or monetary donations to help in purchasing these items. Thank you! FIFTY PLUS DINNER AT THE MASON JAR IN AUBURN TUESDAY, JUNE 26
We will depart from the church at 5:30 PM. Call the church office for reservations by Thursday, June 21.
Financial Stewardship Giving 2018 Year-to-Date Annual Budget 2018 Expected Receipts to Date Actual Receipts to Date Receipts to June 11, 2017
$1,947,972.00 $818,188.08 $759,937.98 $740,599.40
Online giving is now available from our church website.
(firstname.lastname@example.org) [Brandon Strozier]
Last Sunday, we said a fond goodbye to Zach Corcoran as FBC Student Ministry worker. He means so much to so many, and it was a wonderful celebration of someone who brings so much life to our church family. I had the pleasure of remembering many phases of my life and ministry and ways Zach has been involved with much of it. Zach's life, along with the celebration, was a testament to the work of First Baptist Church: still growing children into fully functional adults who are living for the Lord. You should be so excited to see people like Zach who are proving again the vitality of the ministry efforts of this congregation for the Kingdom of God!
EDUCATION MINISTRY (email@example.com)
SAVE THE DATE August 23 at 6:00 PM Putting the Heartbeat Back: Internet Safety for Families Special Guest Speaker: Jesse Weinberger
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There’s an important story about honesty throughout Judges 13–16. From the start, Samson was set apart to lead God’s people. His life had many ups and downs as he tried to live from his own strength; but ultimately his confidence in God allowed him to carry out the plan for his life. Bottom Line: God is stronger than anyone. Believing that God is stronger than anyone can give us confidence to put our trust in what He can do more than what we can do. We can only do so much on our own. We need God’s help to accomplish His plan for our lives.
Ministry Spotlight: Victory Mission Victory Mission is our ministry in South Columbus; and these are exciting days there! Vacation Bible School was held last week with an enrollment of 65 children and 25 volunteers. The children also collected an offering of $57—enough to purchase 3 pairs of “The Shoes that Grow.” The first victory Mission Summer Day Camp began this week and will meet 3 days a week for the month of June. Interesting Bible lessons, meaningful missions service, exciting games, and creative crafts are planned for each week. Luis and Arturo, children from the Victory Mission program, participated in the Springer Theater Academy this year; and it was a joy to see them learn and perform. This opportunity is made possible through a scholarship that was given several years ago. Each Sunday morning at 9:45, we have Sunday School for the community, along with a nice hot breakfast. As you can see, Victory Mission is reaching South Columbus for Christ by helping children and adults understand and grow in Christ. If you would like to be part of this outreach ministry, give me a call; I’ll be happy to share with you all of the opportunities for service.
MUSIC MINISTRY (email@example.com)
Shelby Clark, Caleb Cole, Corey Crofoot, Brandon Fortson and Andrés Padilla are our summer interns (Koart Scholars). Most are some distance away from their families, so please take them to lunch one Sunday. I’m sure they would appreciate getting to know more of our church family members.
SUNDAY FATHER’S DAY 8:30 AM WORSHIP SERVICE 9:30 - 11 AM Church Library open 9:35 AM Nehemiah Project (Parlor) 9:45 AM Bible Study 9:45 AM Victory Mission Sunday School 11:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE MONDAY Mission Team from FBC LaBelle, Florida Begins Work at Victory Mission 9:30 AM Food Closet 6:30 PM Meeting for Youth Colombia Mission Team (Potters’ home) TUESDAY FBC LaBelle Team at Victory Mission 9:00 AM Terrific Tuesday (YAB) WEDNESDAY FBC LaBelle Team at Victory Mission 12:30 PM Youth Lunch Bunch (TBD) 5:15 PM Fellowship Supper (FH) 6:00 PM Church in Conference (FH) 6:20 PM Prayer Around the Tables (FH) 6:30 PM Pastor’s Coed Bible Study (FH) 6:30 PM Summer Wednesday Night Live! (YAB) 6:30 PM Adult Choir (Music Suite) THURSDAY FBC LaBelle Team at Victory Mission 6:30 AM Men’s Bible Study (Panera) 7:00 AM Men’s Bible Study (BK Wynnton) 9:30 AM Food Closet 7:00 PM Youth Games at Lakebottom FRIDAY FBC LaBelle Team at Victory Mission 9:00 AM Youth Summer Prayer Breakfast (Chick-fil-A Wynnton) SATURDAY First Baptist Columbus Youth Mission Team Departs for Colombia
June 24 - 26, 2018 SUNDAY FBC Youth Mission Team in Colombia 8:30 AM WORSHIP SERVICE 9:30 - 11 AM Church Library open 9:35 AM Nehemiah Project (Parlor) 9:45 AM Bible Study 9:45 AM Victory Mission Sunday School 11:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE MONDAY FBC Youth Mission Team in Colombia 9:30 AM Food Closet TUESDAY FBC Youth Mission Team in Colombia 9:00 AM Terrific Tuesday (YAB) 5:30 PM Fifty Plus group departs for dinner at The Mason Jar in Auburn