A PUBLICATION OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SHELBY, NC FEBRUARY 2017 | VOLUME 37, NO. 2
Support the Youth at the Annual Valentine Banquet The annual Valentine Banquet is quickly approaching. Each year the youth work hard to create a special night of music, drama and fun for the church community as one of their biggest fundraisers for the year. This year the Valentines Banquet is on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the gym. Tickets are now on sale at the church office or on the breezeway after worship! Look for the big red hearts. Recently Carol Ann asked several members of the youth group what it means to them. Read below to see how your gift helps.
In supporting the Valentine Banquet, you are helping youth to earn youth bucks. They allow me to be able to go on trips which lead us to learn together and grow closer to our God. Linn Nguyen Every bit of financial help counts in allowing every member of the youth group to go on trips and have memorable and life-altering experiences. The banquet is an opportunity for us to serve you. Thank you for giving so freely. Simeon Wallace Every year I get the opportunity to have a really great time planning really funny skits with my best friends. Because of you guys supporting these silly skits, and delicious food, I get youth bucks. They give me the opportunity to go from Charleston to Belize, to Disney World, and to Passport. My absolute favorite memories and closest moment with God are all thanks to the support of our awesome church community. The Valentine Banquet is a great night full of laughter and friends that gives youth the greatest opportunities. You shouldn’t miss it! Allie Graves Giving is an essence of love. Your love and generosity go a long way. Youth bucks mean that I get to walk in God’s image and spread His Joy in me. The youth appreciate everything you give. We don’t let your faith in us all be for nothing. Thank you and God bless you. Breyonna Davis
Feb. 1 6:15 p.m. Missions Night: Katie and Allie Graves report on their Moldova trip
Feb. 4 8:00 a.m. Children and Youth Snow Tubing Feb. 5 9:00 a.m. Scout Sunday focus in Worship 6:00 p.m. Souper Bowl of Caring in gym Feb. 8 6:15 p.m. Faith and Health night: “Healthy Heart” featuring Dr. Sanjay Patel Feb. 9 12:00 p.m. The Other Side of 50 Luncheon Feb. 12 9:00 a.m. Celebrating 10 Years of ESL Ministry Focus in Worship 6:00 p.m. Winter Bible Study: Jonah Feb. 15 5:30 p.m. Featured Chef Night at Supper: “The Hub” Breakfast for Dinner Feb. 18 5:30 p.m. Valentine Banquet in Gym Feb. 19 6:00 p.m. Winter Bible Study - Jonah Feb. 23 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. GCCBA Training Event Feb. 24-25 NC Handbell Festival at the LeGrand Center Feb. 26 10:00 a.m. Quarterly Church Conference 6:00 p.m. Winter Bible Study - Jonah Feb. 28 2:00 p.m. Blood Drive in the Gym
Pastor’s Corner “Seeking the Peace and Prosperity of Our City”
Let’s Tell Our Stories!
Many of the folks from that town believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” Later they said to her, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:39-42
As it was in that 1st century world that Jesus encountered, so it is today. People respond to a story. And, they especially respond with great interest when we tell our own personal stories of our encounters with the Lord and his love and grace. Over these past weeks we have been collecting and telling the stories of our members on the Blog space on our new church website. These stories have been encouraging because we hear in them how our friends in Christ from our church family have been seeing God at work teaching them and leading them to be more and more like Jesus. If you have not read these stories, take some time to visit the blog on our website. You’ll be thankful you did. As we press ahead into the second month of 2017, let’s go there with our own stories of Jesus’ touch upon our lives ready to be told! Tell folks about the questions and struggles with which Jesus has helped you. Tell them about the forgiveness of sin you have experienced and how Jesus has shown you how to be a forgiving person. Let it be told how it was that when you were so down and discouraged, Jesus came along to show you the depths of God’s love for you and the heights to which God intends for you to live in his service. In our storytelling, others will be pointed to Jesus. And, when they turn to look his way, they will be amazed at the draw of his love and grace for their lives as well. So, let’s plan to tell our stories so that folks will be encouraged to get out of their own heads long enough to open a dialogue with Jesus. When they do, they will be able to see for themselves that “this man really is the Savior of the world.” And, when you hear a fellow FBC member share their story, please whisper to us about it so that we can encourage them to write on the blog and share what God is doing in their lives. The good news is that God “uses it all, big and small.” He will be at work as you tell the Good News of your encounters with the living Lord. Go Tell It! In the Love of Jesus, 2 Pastor Tony
Community Missions Night is
Feb. 1 at 6:15 p.m. in the gym. Katie and Allie Graves will report on their recent mission trip to Moldova. At last month’s Mission Night we heard from Bryan Moffitt. As Bryan serves with CRU in Sweden, you can sign up to be on his prayer support team. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org to pray for and support his ministry!
Capital Campaign Pledges
Thank you! Thank you! As a part of our First Baptist Church family you have faithfully made your Capital Campaign Pledges so that we can be well-positioned for our future ministry from our home base here in the heart of Shelby. Thank you now for sending your pledges to the church by using your regular offering envelopes or through our on-line giving portal accessible from the homepage of our website. The more we receive in advance of the construction will reduce our financing needs throughout the project. Find the online giving portal at the bottom of each webpage and on the Connect page. Look for the symbol above.
Winter Bible Study: The Book of Jonah
Rescheduled Due to Weather: We are thankful for Dr. Cal’s flexibility to reschedule our study. Dr. Cal Robertson, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Gardner-Webb’s School of Divinity, will join us on three Sunday evenings in February as our Winter Bible Study Teacher. Dr. Robertson serves as a Deacon in our church as well as an encourager of our youth and music ministries. He is currently also serving as part-time Minister of Music for Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Cal will teach Jonah on Feb. 12, 19, and 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Webb Chapel. It will be a great study – invite others – save the date!
The Story in Our New Logo: Part 5
“Community” -- Just as God said through the prophet Jeremiah, ‘seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile,’ God intends for his church to make the greatest impact in our community! He’s called us as believers to be “one” so that Shelby and Cleveland County will know him. We walk together, a community of Christ Followers, to know him and make him known in our Shelby community.
General need: Jumbo Ziplock Brand bags (100 bags per quarter) Men and women (but more men than women): Underwear (L and XL), socks, undershirts (L and XL), wash cloths, soap, shampoo, lotion (vitamin E fortified), deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, sanitary napkins (10-12 pack size), emery boards (no nail files, clippers, scissors, razors, shave cream), first aid items like Neosporin, band aids, sunscreen, cases of bottles of water Children: Same as adults but not as many, Christian/Bible coloring books or story books and Crayola crayons.
Souper Bowl of Caring is Feb. 5
Music Ministry News
Join us for the annual Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the gym. Bring soups and favorite pick-up foods and enjoy the first half of the Super Bowl on the big screen together. Also, bring $1 per family member to help with feeding ministries in our community.
Lay Institute of Religion Classes by GWU
Session One: (no charge, meets at Boiling Springs Baptist Church) Islam, ISIS and Other Inquiries, led by Dr. Don Berry meets Thursdays, Feb. 2 - 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Session Two: ($40, meets in Lindsay 214 at GWU): “Reading the Bible for Personal and Communal Renewal” led by Dr. Sophia Steibel, Thursdays, March 9 through 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Heck Jones Offering for Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina
Beginning Feb. 19, we will promote the Heck Jones Offering. Our FBC goal is $7,500. This offering assists WMUNC in Mission Trips (Missions Carolina, Armenia, Guatemala, Missions Coordinators, Young Women and Acteen mission trips), Leadership Development (Deaf, Hispanic and Associational leadership), as well as varied ministries (military, women’s prison, new ministers wives, Christian Women/Men Job Corps, Camp Munda Vista).
GWU Concert Choir Concert
Join us for a concert featuring the Gardner-Webb University Concert Choir on March 5 at 6 p.m. at FBC.
All State Youth Choir Auditions
FBC will host auditions for the NC Baptist All State Youth Choir on Saturday, Feb. 4. Youth who are currently in the 9th-12th grades and who are active members of Chapel Choir (Jubilate) are eligible to audition.
NC Baptist Singers and Orchestra in Concert
FBC is honored to host the NC Baptist Singers and Orchestra, a group of 150 church musicians from across the state. They will gather to rehearse, and then present an awesome worship concert on Monday, March 27 at 6:45 p.m.
Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association Training
On Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. the GCCBA is hosting volunteer training at the Associational office at 1175 Wyke Rd. in Shelby. The training, “Enlisting, Training and Encouraging Volunteers,” will be led by our own Children’s Minister, Missy Smith. No pre-registration is necessary. We hope you will be a part of this very informative conference.
For the February Music Ministry schedule, please see page 7.
Friday Feed the Hungry: Care Bag Needs
These supplies will help during the quarterly toiletry bag giveaway at the Feed the Hungry Friday Lunch. Leave these items in the school bus on the breezeway on Sundays! Continued next column
Children’s Corner: A Message from Missy “This is my commandment, that you love one another that your joy may be full.” This is one of my favorite songs and passages coming from John 15. I often use this in talking to my own children and the children here at church reminding them that God wants to bless us when we show love to others. When we show love He makes our joy full, as well as bringing glory to His name. My girls are quick to fight about which toy is theirs and who gets to help or just simply anything. You know how siblings do. But often I make it a point that arguing zaps our joy, but showing love, which can simply mean giving up something that is important to us, can make us more joyful. This is a good lesson for us adults as well when we don’t get our way. May your joy be full this month as you show His love, Missy
Brookdale Nursing Home Visit
On Feb. 1 FBC children will take Valentines to the residents at Brookdale Nursing home. Parents please fill out the permission form before we leave at 6 p.m.
Children and Youth Snow Tubing Trip We will go Snow Tubing at Jonas Ridge on Feb. 4, and children, youth and families are invited to join us. We will leave at 8 a.m. from the bus parking lot. We look forward to this fun day and would love for you to join us. Sign up by emailing children@ fbcshelby.org or email@example.com.
We are going to have a fun family campout with all FBC families on March 31-April 2. There will be activities for every age and games as well. Please save the date as we will have sign-ups to attend starting at the beginning of March.
The children celebtrated the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday with a trip to Sky High Trampoline Center.
Vacation Bible School
Save the date and Sign up to help! Vacation Bible School will be June 11 - 15. We will have a workers’ information meeting on Wednesday, March 8. Please plan to come and find out what opportunities we have available for service on this year at Bible school.
Children’s camp is June 26 – June 30. All children who have completed 2nd – 5th grade are invited to attend as we go to CentriKids hosted at Gardner- Webb University. The children always have a wonderful time and grow greatly in their relationships with the Lord which is truly a blessing to witness. If your child is interested in going, please sign them up by contacting Missy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up in the children’s hall.
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While out on their Sky High trip, children are reminded that all people are wonderfully made by God.
College Students’ Exam Care Package Thanks
Thank you so much for the exam care package. It meant a lot to have homemade treats and encouragement from hometown friends during exams. I really enjoyed reading the handwritten notes, and the baked goods were simply amazing. After helping pack “the college care packages” for many years, I know a little about how much thought, time, and effort goes into preparing them. However, now I know just how great it feels to receive one. I am looking forward to another semester knowing I have the support of my church family. - Carrie Price
The annual Valentine Banquet is Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the gym. We need all youth and leaders to come on the Wednesday nights to prepare for the banquet. Contact Carol Ann for more information.
Youth Grow Together at Faith in 3D Weekend in Orlando Faith in 3D was truly beautiful. A room full of hundreds of teenagers with different backgrounds coming together and sharing true fellowship in the “happiest place on Earth” is the embodiment of joy for me. I learned that all the magic of Disney World does not change the pain and injustice in the world. I was told that people are so tired of Christians talking, but not putting action to their words. I am so thankful for that. Honestly, my favorite memory of the weekend was the entire room of people standing up after a powerful sermon and holding hands, singing, “ We Shall Overcome,” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The pain of this world is immense, but our God is greater! I felt that love so tangibly this weekend. - Allie Graves Faith in 3D gave me a time to get away with God. I learned more about how I can share the Word of God. I experienced fun and laughter. My favorite memory was riding the Tower of Terror with everyone. I experienced Jesus when He helped me through my sickness. - Carrie Lovingood This weekend I learned about God’s dream for me and what it means to live that dream. I learned the difference between calculated efforts and actually putting feet to faith. This weekend really stressed the importance of showing God’s love to others because of all the terrible things going on in our world today. I experienced God throughout the weekend through the love and care people showed to each other. My best memory was running through the park to get on rides and still make it back to the group on time. It was tiring, but so much fun. - Linn Nguyen While working Faith in 3D, I remembered my experiences as a FBC youth at the conference a few years ago as compared to my experience now as a leader. I realized how much impact the group you are with can have. Sometimes while working the weekend, the experience can be awkward at times and that can impact the conference. It can be hard to engage in worship when you’re worried about the memorized lines, timing and delivery of my portion of the service. That being said, I realized I wanted to hear the sermon more than I looked forward to the music or games. This change has shown me that I have indeed gotten older. Although it is a lot of work, I do enjoy the camaraderie that I feel with our worship team. Seeing my friends, whom I’ve known and worked with on stage, doing well has been special. It reminds me of what real love for others feels like. Since I have grown up attending conferences like this and have had so many experiences with God, I am blessed to now be giving back by serving. - Samuel Robertson, Former Youth
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Adult Ministry The Other Side of 50 Luncheon A New “Face” For Our Adults
The Other Side of 50 Luncheon A New “Face” For Our Adults Our former Senior Adult Ministry will now be called “The Other Side of 50”, as we plan for this new year. Coming this month will be a luncheon in the gym on Thursday, Feb 9 at 12:30 p.m. Please note time change. We will enjoy a catered meal and special entertainment with the Chickband. One of our own, Brenda Curtis, is a member of this music group. Call the church office and sign up for this special event.
Lessons Learned from Serving By Tara Warrick
This fall I served as a group leader at the Back-to-School Youth Retreat at Camp Awanita. We have some really great youth who are willing to think beyond the ‘typical answer’ when questioned. I was really impressed with my small group (Team Yellow) and their willingness to be real and give me authentic answers when we were doing small group Bible study. I feel so broken for these kids because at times I still feel like a kid myself. Adults worry about fitting in, about finances, about success, and about uncertainty. We are not so different from these youth. We hopefully just have more life experience to draw from in our decision making. I cried sad tears over the prayer request card I took home from a sixth grader who just feels lonely, afraid, and just “really wants one good friend”. I cried tears of joy for being able to hold hands with people of different races on a small town Baptist trip, and I cried tears of worry as these kids go into an uncertain reality and what they will face at school, home and even at church. I am really thankful and proud of the program that has been developed at FBC. Nikao Wallace January 1, 2017
Join us in welcoming our new members into the fellowship of FBC.
Jerry & Diane Frady Jerry and Diane January 1, 2017 Frady 823 E Green St. Shelby, NC 28152
Nikao Wallace 127 Brookhill Rd. Nikao Wallace Shelby, NC 1,28150 January 2017
Join us in celebrating and thanking our staff for their years of service.
Jerry & Diane Frady January 1, 2017
Don Jones Feb. 4, 2015
Cheryl Woods Feb. 4, 2015
Wendy Wright Feb. 10, 2015
Missy Smith Feb. 28, 2016
In the Sunday School Spotlight: Brenda Curtis Why Do I Teach Sunday School? I have taught Sunday school practically all my adult life. I began teaching at Zion Baptist Church when my children were in Sunday School there as preschoolers. I began teaching the senior adult class at FBC when Inez Conner retired, and I’m not even sure what year that was. In total, I’ve taught for a total of about 25 years. The best thing about teaching for me is studying the Bible and learning something new each time. The biggest challenge and most fun thing is picking out the perfect treat for the ladies that goes along with the scripture! For example, when we are reading and learning from Paul’s teachings, I like to bring in something like a Peter Paul Almond Joy to enjoy. Class mission outreach projects: • Funds for Senior Center • Donuts for the Sherriff and Police Departments • Scarves for the homeless on trees • Soles for Hope • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Brenda Curtis’ Sunday School Class
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Music Schedules for February
Supper begins at 5:30 p.m. Donation suggestion: Adults $5 and Children $2.50.
FBC Music Groups Back on Schedule in February
February Menu Feb. 1 Szechuan Orange Beef with stir-fry Asian vegetables with white rice, candy-glazed carrots, egg rolls, and fortune cookies, Jello/ pudding, salad bar; Kids: gluten-free chicken tenders over rice Feb. 8 Georgia’s spaghetti and meatballs with rich meat sauce, garlic bread sticks, salad bar, fluffy chocolate brownies; Kids: glutenfree spaghetti with meatballs with gluten-free garlic toast Feb. 15 Featured chef night: The Hub’s Deloris Lockhart with homecooked breakfast in the evening. Feb. 22 Creamy baked chicken over rice pilaf, vegetable medley of broccoli florets, green beans, yellow carrots, red pepper strips, yeast rolls, salad bar, carrot cake; Kids: gluten-free chicken tenders with veggies
Sharing Gifts of Music in Upcoming Worship Services •
Feb. 5: Chamber Chorale; Dale Bridges, soloist; Worship Ensemble/Band; Jeri Ledford and Emily Monroe.
Feb. 12: Bryan Young; Sanctuary Choir; Worship Ensemble and Band.
Feb. 19: Brass Choir; Carol Ann Forgas, soloist; Sanctuary Choir; Worship Ensemble and Band.
Feb. 26: HeartSong Preschool Choir; Emily Monroe; Sanctuary Choir; Worship Ensemble and Band
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