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First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church P O Box 981 Franklin, VA 23851

Phone: 757-562-7158 Fax: 757-562-7768 E-mail: JesusSaves @firstbcfranklin.org

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FBC has been blessed this year by the following companies that have provided grace gifts each Sunday for the past six months. These companies have partnered with us so that every Sunday we are able to give a FREE gift to our congregants and community members. Gifts have included free meals for a family of four and/or two, oil changes, and haircuts/hairstyles for families and individuals. Thank you. Grace Gift Business Contributors Joe’s Pizza & Pasta Palace 1217 Carsville Hwy. Franklin, VA 23851 757-562-5020 www.joespizza-pasta.com Bobby’s Muffler & Tire Center 1381 Armory Drive Franklin, VA 23851 757-569-9662 www.bobbystires.com Pizza Hut 1394 Armory Drive Franklin, VA 23851 www.pizzahut.com Applebee’s 1396 Armory Drive Franklin, VA 23851 757-516-6053 www.applebees.com Fred’s Restaurant 107 S. Main Street Franklin, VA 23851 757-562-2919 Great Wall Chinese Restaurant 1313 Armory Drive Franklin, VA 23851 757-569-0505 Elite Hair Designers 1100 Armory Drive Franklin, VA 23851 757-516-8008 Essence Beauty Salon 2016 South Street Franklin, VA 23851 757-562-0344 Deb’s Hair Studio 931 Armory Drive Franklin, VA 23851 757-569-1355

Healthy Recipe Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast Ingredients  2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts  1/2 cup chopped apple  2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese  1 tablespoon Italian-style dried bread crumbs  1 tablespoon butter  1/4 cup dry white wine  1/4 cup water  1 tablespoon water  1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch  1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish Directions 1. Combine apple, cheese, and bread crumbs. Set aside. 2. Flatten chicken breasts between sheets of waxed paper to 1/4 inch thickness. Divide apple mixture between chicken breasts, and roll up each breast. Secure with toothpicks. 3. Melt butter or margarine in a 7 inch skillet over medium heat. Brown stuffed chicken breasts. Add wine and 1/4 cup water. Cover. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Combine 1 tablespoon water an cornstarch; stir into juices in pan. Cook and stir until thickened. Pour gravy over chicken, and garnish with parsley. Serve.

Hungry? Eat Yourself To Life Choose foods low in saturated and trans fats. Foods low in saturated fat include fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Try to avoid commercially fried and baked goods such as crackers and cookies. Choose a diet moderate in total fat. The good news is that you don't have to eliminate all fat from your diet! A diet moderate in fat will give you enough calories to satisfy your hunger, which can help you to eat fewer calories, stay at a healthy weight, and lower your blood cholesterol level. To keep your total fat intake moderate, try to substitute unsaturated fat for saturated fat.

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Choose foods low in cholesterol. Try to eat fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat or nonfat dairy products, and moderate amounts of lean meats, skinless poultry, and fish. Eat plenty of soluble fiber, which may help lower your LDL ("bad") blood cholesterol. Good sources are oat bran, oatmeal, beans, peas, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, and strawberries. Insoluble fiber will not help your blood cholesterol level but is still good for healthy bowel function. Good sources of insoluble fiber are whole wheat breads, kidney beans, almonds, beets, carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and apple skin. Cut down on sodium. If you have high blood pressure and/or high blood cholesterol, your health care provider may tell you to cut down on sodium or salt. Even if you do not have high blood pressure it is also a good practice to limit salt intake.

A Devotional Conference On A Carnival Cruise Ship A week of practical teaching dedicated to REST, RELAXATION, & REVELATION Last year the FBC Family along with many community friends set sail towards the Eastern Caribbean for 5 days. The week was filled with great fellowship, flavorful food, and life changing teaching. Along with the many events planned by Carnival, we added our own Spiritual spice. We borrowed a cruise ship lounge, turned it into a place of learning, worship, and prayer. Family members of all ages, and denominations, joined together making our inaugural DEVOTTIONAL CONFERENCE CRUISE an experience never to be forgotten. This year we will be leaving from NY City sailing the cool waters of Canada. We hope to see you in 2012 as we continue to seek life guiding, mind transforming, and body rejuvenating moments of community union.


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Pastor Emeritus & Wife Henry & Clarissa Blunt

Practical ministry for every day people

offer ministry that is applicable and excitAbout five years ago God brought toing to them. For example, the ―remix‖ has gether the First Baptist Church on 318 been a venue created for youth to experiHall Street with Dwight Shawrod Ridence God in a youth friendly environment dick as Senior Pastor. The union has that reminds them since given birth to great things. The that God is their God church has grown too. spiritually, numerically, and financially. While youth are Members have willimportant to Pastor ingly grabbed hold Riddick he consistently seeks to meet the to the vision of being a spirit-filled needs of the senior community as well. church focused on seeking God, seekHe teaches that everyone possesses gifts ing souls, teaching God, teaching and seeks to provide platforms and opporsouls, reaching God, reaching souls tunities for everyone to be educated and until the return of Christ . operate in their gifts and Pastor Riddick passionmaximize their potential. ately serves the congre- “He really has a heart While young in gation through power- for the community…” age, we often note the wispacked sermons, anointed dom our Pastor possesses. teaching, and offering tremendous viIt is clear that He sion. He does a remarkable job of pullis seeking to please ing the potential out God and that He of people and deis submitted to veloping leaders. He Him. As evidenced really has a heart by the lives that are for the community being changed in our congregation, we and makes them the core of the know that his assignment is great. Addicchurch’s purpose and vision. Before tions are being broken, hearts encouraged, being called to be the Senior Pastor of strongholds broken, and hope renewed. First Baptist, he served on staff as Pastor also reminds us that it is not about Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Gethhim, but about semane Baptist what God is church in Newport doing through News. He still the congregamaintains a tion and comheart for youth munity atand seeks to large. This also

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demonstrates his humility. While extremely anointed, Pastor is touchable. We thank God for godly leadership.

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Rev. Jennell Riddick , M.Div.

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Prayer is an important foundation. The Bible instructs us that men ought to always pray. The prayer teams gathers for instruction, dialogue, and prayer each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm for their weekly power hour. The prayer teams also gathers each Sunday morning to pray for the morning worship experience. Members gather in the main sanctuary to pray for the vision of the church, individual concerns and other matters they wish to lift before God. They also coordinate the church’s annual 24 hour prayer vigil.

Couples Ministry Marriages often face great challenges. Through this ministry couples are encouraged and empowered with the word of God on how to have a successful marriage. This ministry also seeks to enrich marriages with practical information. Through this ministry, periodic couples’ workshops are held annually and are de-

signed to help couples sharpen their tools of communication, ,

and other helpful marriage skills.

Singles Ministry This ministry attempts to offer support and provide encouragement to those who are unmarried. We understand that there are various aspects of singleness such as never married, divorced, and widows/widowers of various age groups. The Singles Ministry is as diverse as its members, and every attempt is made to provide ministry to all singles throughout the year.

Kingz Kidz This ministry focuses on children ages 3 to 11. Our goal is to begin early,

partnering with parents in developing kingdom minded kids. Children’s Church is offered twice monthly to provide a venue for the kids to express themselves and receive ministry customized to them. Children also participate in many fun activities throughout the year to demonstrate the excitement in serving God.

Worship Thru Art

14 Christian Education Knowledge is Power 5 Couples Why Did I Get Married? 18 Culinary Ministry Healthy recipe 15 Deacons Servants of all

7 Best Budgeting Tips for 2011

New Start New Year

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Why did you get married? Solutions for a long lasting

18 Healthy recipes Receive healthy eating tips

13, 16 Kings Kids (Ages 3-12) And A Child Shall Lead Them 16 Men Looking For A Good Few Men 16 Missionaries Hit the missions field of Franklin 17 Pastor of FBC Partnering to Produce

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Strengthen your faith, use your gift. 10 Singles Alone but not lonely 13 T2 Youth (13-17) Saved with Swagger

Contributors

10 Women Seriously saved sisters 7 Worshipping Art Get Your Groove On

Dawes Orr

Marilyn Freeman

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10 Intercessory Prayer Prayer Still Changes Things

3 Fix your finances

2 settings, such as discussion groups, outside outings, or breakfasts, men in the church get to rub shoulders with other men and find wholesome models and mentors by which to pattern their lives.

15 Health Ministry Your Body is God’s temple

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Men’s Ministry The Men’s Ministry seeks to shape kingdom men by helping men to develop a kingdom mindset. Brothers share their struggles, challenges, and success, thereby helping each other to navigate the treacherous waters of manhood. In various

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Missionary Ministry Missionaries serve as a support group to families and individuals as needed. They often visit homebound members, assist with various tasks and provide spiritual encouragement. They assist families during the holidays and throughout the year when needs arise. They also follow up with members after funerals.

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It’s a new year! That means a fresh start. A new you. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, ―Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.‖ What a wonderful thought. Actually, your fresh new year starts not because of a new calendar, but because Christ offers you a clean slate starting now! So what will that mean for you? New attitude? New study habits? Breaking old negative habits? A change in mindset? What will it be? Perhaps you have been waiting to start that ―new‖ thing. Well, wait no longer. You can get it started now. Don’t worry about the past. This is your opportunity to move forward. Don’t allow people to discourage or distract you form the great things that are ahead. God has ordained great things for your life. Sometimes we allow past hurts, obstacles, fears, and other situations to stop us from being the person that God has designed for us. Make up your mind today, that you will start fresh now. Don’t keep putting it off. Greatness lies right before you. Ready...set...go begin your fresh start!

Prayer Still Works

See You At Armory Field On May 5th, For the National Day Of Prayer Led by Pastor Dillon & Rock Church

New Year New You The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a New Year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31st and January 1st. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31st. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. However, if a Christian determines to make a New Year’s resolution, what kind of resolution should he or she make? Common New Year’s resolutions are: to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money better, and spend more time with family. By far the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more and eating healthier. These are all good goals to set. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 instructs us to keep exercise in perspective: ―For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.‖ The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things. This should not be. Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. For example, why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually, or is it because you have just heard that it is a good thing to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself? Philippians 4:13 tells us, ―I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.‖ John 15:5 declares, ―I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.‖ If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution. So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) Pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) Pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) Rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) Find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) Don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead allow them to motivate you further; (6) Don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6, ―Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,…‖

Your Spiritual Gift In Action To enhance our ability to keep our members informed about church activities, anThe Care Ministry has been birthed with the sole purpose of bridging the gap between our church ministry and our membership. The goal is to have each member of our congregation assigned to a small group that is monitored by a church leader. Each leader will be responsible for simply staying in touch with those who are assigned to their group.

Health Ministry ―Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in good health even as thou soul prospereth‖ This ministry seeks to keep our members and the congregation at-large informed on leading healthy lifestyles. Media Ministry FBC makes use of modern technology to assist and aid in promoting the Word of God. The media ministry leads the way in our audio visual and internet endeavors. The basic component of this ministry is the sound system. Each of our worship services are recorded for future listening and viewing.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms nouncements, birthdays, and anniversaries are recorded weekly and reported each Sunday via video. Audio and video recording of each week’s message is available on CD and DVD. FBC reaches out to the world with our internet. Those who log in online are able to get an overview of the ministry of FBC, join church online, keep up-to-date with FBC activities, give their offering, view pastor’s messages, and much more.

Culinary Ministry The Culinary ministry of FBC serves whenever there is a function requiring food. This ministry prepares and serves delicious meals. The culinary ministry also serves for funeral repasts and assists with other gatherings upon request. We receive healthy eating demonstrations and recipes from those in this ministry.

gation and providing visionary leadership. Members of the church who have demonstrated commitment and loyalty to the vision of the church. This group is responsible for carrying out the two ordinances of the Baptist Church, Holy Communion and Baptism. Those who serve in the diaconate ministry have been faithful members of the church and have demonstrated commitment and loyalty to the vision of the church. Transportation Ministry We recognize the need of some members to have transportation to and from church activities. Currently our van is on the road on Sunday mornings, making sure that those who would like to be in attendance at worship are able to do so. We highly encourage members in need of transportation to worship to call the church office by Wednesday, in order for the transportation team to prepare their route. Our van is also rolling on other occasions when church activities require transportation.

Deacons This ministry is comprised of men and women, who work alongside the pastor ensuring the spiritual needs of the congre-

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Christian Education

DEALING WITH DEBT

FBC Presents Weekly FOCUS CLASSES. All of These sessions are 11 week certificate classes taught every Sunday morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 Am. Each class is open to the entire community and absolutely FREE. Come study to show yourself approved, while gaining valuable insight on how to succeed with Christ like principles. See you in FOCUS Class!

Learning how to manage what you have with a BUDGET and a BIBLE.

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hese Tips On Budgeting will help you control the most important part of your family financial program...outgo. Almost all financial problems are due to outgo, not income. If you feel you have an income problem, understand that money management is not about having more, it is about managing what you have. Chances are, even if it seems you don't make enough, the problem is outgo. This is very good news! Why?

Focus 1— Basic Christian Principles Lessons designed to equip new Christians on basic doctrine.

Focus 7—The Good News of the New Testament Receive good news exploring Matthew , Mark, Luke, & John.

Focus 2—The Great Beginning Study of the first books of the bible from Genesis to Joshua.

Focus 8— Church History Take a look back at how the church was established in Acts.

Focus 3— Bible Giants Gain practical instructions from the great Judges to Esther.

Focus 9— Pen Pal Principles Survey letters written for us to read in Romans to Revelations.

Focus 4— Perfect Poetry Poetic monologues & measures from Job to Songs of Solomon

Focus E—Stewardship Principles Find out what does the bible say about money and its purpose.

Focus 5— Meet The Major Prophets Survey the messages delivered by prophets Isaiah thru Daniel.

Focus E—World Religions Discover the theologies of other major religions.

Focus 6— Meaningful Messages From Minor Prophets A few powerful words from prophets Hosea to Malachi.

Focus E— How The Bible Was Made Ever wonder how we obtained our bible? Here you learn how.

I'm glad you asked! It's good news because you can control outgo. That's what this article is all about. We'll show you some tips and tricks that make it easier to control your spending, pay down debt, and save for those big things in your future. For more information, you may join our ACTS 247 ministry and receive consistent assistance with your financial stewardship, employment retention, taxes, and all other areas of financial concern. Until then What Is A Budget? A budget is a spending plan that includes everything you will spend money on. A good budget is a spending plan that includes everything you will spend money on and stays within your income. A wise budget includes everything you will spend money on, savings for a 'rainy day', savings for large purchases, giving, savings for kids, and investment for retirement and still stays within your income.

I suspect the wise budget is a bit over the top for you if you're new to budgeting. Caution! No matter how detailed your spending plan is, if it does not include everything you spend money on, or, if it does not address where you will get the money to cover all your expenses, it is not a budget. Why Budget? I suspect you already know why or you wouldn't be reading this. If we don't budget, we lose control of our expenses and can't even figure out where the money went. Worse, yet...we can't figure out where we'll get the money to cover that big bill we forgot was coming. Tips On Budgeting:

lator and scratch paper. Budgeting Tip 3: Check off the lines on your documents as you account for them in a budget item. That way you don't put the same thing in more than one item and you don't forget anything. Budgeting Tip 4: Formulas: Convert regular weekly pay to monthly: Weekly Pay x 4.333 = Monthly Pay Convert bi-weekly pay to monthly: Bi-Weekly Pay x 2.167 = Monthly Pay Convert annual totals to monthly amounts by Dividing the total by 12.

Budget Tip 5: Remember This quote: [A lot of Budgeting Tip 1: Get the whole picture. Start by collecting all people are willing to give God the checking account and credit card credit, but not too many are willing statements for the last year. Collect to give Him the cash.‖] – Anonymous all cash receipts for the last month (or next month if you don't do this). Budgeting Tip 6: Prioritize This List Don't forget cash spent on  Cut your expenses co-payments, mocha's, hair Make a lifelong promise to spend less cuts, etc. Now col Negotiate a better rate with credit card lect all receipts  Get the employer match on your 401k. for financial  Sell your junk & Start giving 10%. contributions to charity, including  Organize your bank accounts. Girl Scout cookies, etc. Col Start an emergency fund lect all pay stubs, deposit receipts, etc. Budgeting Tip 7: Include everything you regularly pay cash for in the Cash Budget-Monthly Budgeting Tip 2: Record the whole section. picture. Use all the stuff you collected to record a 'picture' of what you Budgeting Tip 8: After you total everything, you spent last year (use a pencil and have may be surprised to discover your expenses are a big eraser on hand. You can print larger than your income. This is normal, I'm sad and use a budget worksheet to make to say. The amount your expenses exceed your this job easier. Don't be surprised if income is the amount you add to your credit cards this takes a lot of time with a calcuand other (article continued on page 6) 3


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Year @ a Glance

We Have What You Have Been Looking For XYZ For Seniors As we move forward with expectation of all of the great ventures that will yield success, we pause to celebrate our seniors. Each senior in our community must be credited with paving the way, and creating opportunities for all of us to be the best citizens possible. However, we do not just stop at highlighting their past achievements, we acknowledge that today they are very much an essential part of our current triumph. In order that we may benefit from the work of our seniors, and acknowledge their many achievements we introduce to our community our “XYZ” members. That is the Xtra Years of Zest Ministry filled with active seniors that understand age is nothing but a number.

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With bi-weekly gatherings, numerous banquets, various outings, and several community outreach They will still bear fruit in programs these seniors are active and on the move. Join them any Wednesday at will stay fresh and green Ps 12Noon @ 318 Hall St Franklin.

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T2 For Youth

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―Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.‖ 1 Timothy 4:12

Year @ a Glance

T2 and King Kidz are ministries created for youth. The purpose of the youth ministry is to empower youth, help them realize their gifts, and add a twist of flavor to learning Godly principles. Join the youth for the upcoming events. January 17th– MLK Memorial March with Girl Scouts January 30th– The ―Remix‖ at First Baptist February 12th– True Love Waits Conference April 23rd– Easter ―Eggstravaganza‖ April 25-29th Spring Break Activities May 7th– Mother’s Day Luncheon *1st and 3rd Wednesdays All Girls/Boys Bible Study

Let no man despise thy youth;… 1 Timothy 4:12 92:14 NEWSLETTER

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early beloved we are gathered here today in the sight of God, angels, and this assembly to unite in holy matrimony this man and this woman....for better or worse...richer or poorer...in sickness and in health...as long as we both shall live…‖

It is no secret that marriages today needs the covering and participation of the Lord like never before. During a time when the very definition of marriage is questioned, we as the body of Christ must pull together and strive to keep our covenants to our spouses and to God. The couples ministry gathers regularly to educate, equip, and empower couples to be the very best they can be. Through outings, candid conversation, and conferences, couples are informed that successful marriages take work, but that it is also one of the most rewarding institutions created. Here are some helpful reminders to help strengthen your marriage: 1) Unexpected challenges arise in marriage. But nothing takes God by surprise. He will help you handle the varying seasons of your marriage. 2) Make God a priority in your marriage. Sure, he is there when things get rough, but including Him all along the way could result in fewer rough times. 3) You nor your spouse is perfect. Put your trust in a perfect God. 4) Seek to please God in how you love and treat your spouse. 5) Pray for your marriage. Prayer still works. With many other married couples of FBC not pictured, we strive to remind our community of the importance of the marital covenant. Blessings to all couples.

...The Name That Is Above Every Name… Philippians 2:9

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(Tips On Budgeting Continued from page 3) ...consumer credit balances every month. Note: When I did this the first time I discovered I was spending $ 250 more than my income each month. If your income is larger than your expenses, the difference is the amount you can add to savings, etc. Budgeting Tip 9: Review your budget worksheet to see if you can spot any errors, to try and find areas where you feel your spending is excessive, and to consider if any expenses (maintenance, insurance, taxes, etc.) will increase over the next year...make necessary adjustments and re-total. Budgeting Tip 10: Make sure you keep a savings balance for a "rainy day" that matches 6 months of your net income. After you've accumulated that, you can begin investing and buying some of those things you just want. Budgeting Tip 11: Giving or donating is as important as paying a bill. Give this a try! You should have an amount designated on your family budget for giving. Even if you don't take part in a regular charity or church giving program, make giving part of your budget. There is a great deal of evidence, from 2,900 years ago right up to the present, that what you give comes back to you multiplied. Do it for a year and see what happens. Our Acts247 ministry was designed to serve the business, financial, and entrepreneurial needs of our congregation and community. Our intention is to keep this ministry as an explicit testimony to the love of Jesus, not simply to provide services.

More Than Church, Online Its Info to Keep Your Life Inline

True Love Waits True Love Waits challenges teenagers and college students to make a commitment to sexual abstinence until marriage. True Love Waits encourages moral purity by adhering to biblical principles. This youthbased international campaign utilizes positive peer pressure by encouraging

those who make a commitment to refrain from premarital sex to challenge their peers to do the same. This weekend welcomes large youth groups from all over the state of Virginia. Each person enjoys intimate workshops, and a prom like formal. Commitment is the central focus.

The Bible makes it clear that being in debt is not God’s best for us. When Proverbs says, ―the borrower is slave to the lender‖, it gives the impression that God wants us to be debt-free. Debt is NOT normal We have got to start understanding that debt is not normal. Just because everyone else is doing it, does not make it right! God’s principles should be our guide. Debt is Slavery Every time we enter into lender/borrower agreement we are actually entering into a master/slave agreement. Proverbs 22:7 states ―the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.‖ We have to do everything that we can by being disciplined with our money and being the best steward possible. And we have to trust that God will do His part. Being Debt-free isn’t just for us God wants all Christians to prosper. Psalm 35:27 states …And let them say continually, ―The LORD be magnified, who delights in the prosperity of His servant.‖ He wants us to thrive and use what ―Giving is more than we have been blessed responsibility – it is a with to bless others. He says, we will lend privilege; more than an to many nations and act of obedience – it is not borrow. It is easy to evidence of our faith.‖ – say, ―I will give when William Arthur Ward I have more money to give.‖ It is a true step of faith when we give before we have an abundance. Read Luke 21: 1-4 Sowing Seed for the Harvest The Bible makes it clear that we will reap what we sow. We need to look at every dollar we have as seed. We can either spend it on ourselves or we can sow it into the Kingdom of God or sow it into someone else’s life. Galatians 6:7 states, teaches us we reap what we sow. 6

www.firstbcfranklin.org Walk In iT Inc. This is organization seeks to educate, equip, and empower youth and adultwomen to operate in their maximum potential. Walk in it offers classes, conferences, customized workshops and materials to help you discover your life’s purpose and walk in it. Rev. Jennell Riddick www.walkinit.net

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Finance Quick Tips 5 Bible verses about money every Christian should know:  Philippians 4:19  Malachi 3:10  1 Timothy 6:10  Acts 20:35  Proverbs 22:7 Helpful tips to help you achieve a debt fee lifestyle and stay that way: 1) Allow a realistic budget and stick to it. 2) 2) Continue to acknowledge that God is the owner of everything you have (Psalm 8:6 and Deuteronomy 5:2333)


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Women’s Ministry First Baptist Women’s Ministry is reflecting over a great year and looking expectantly to a new year!

beach house was absolutely beautiful it was the open spirit of the sisters as we sat around the pool, around the table, and even along 2010 was a great year the shore to listen to what for the Women’s God was saying to us Ministry! Some high individually and collec lights included a tively. What a blessing! powerful beach In September we hosted retreat in which Go our annual women’s Rev. Jennell Riddick conference. Our theme d met us in a tremendous way. was ―Going God’s Way.‖ Through sessions, Each year God meets us discussions, prayer, and moin a new way! Just as Doroments of reflection we truly thy followed the yellow experienced God. While our brick road, we sought to fol-

Surviving Singleness Not married, maybe divorced, or living as a widow? Resources sometimes low and wondering when or if God has a partner for you? You are not alone. Sometimes surviving a single life is a matter of altering your perspective. Remember this… 

Your time is your time

(spend it wisely) 

Both marriage and singleness are gifts from God

You are valuable so do not settle

Find hobbies or special interests to remove dormant moments

FBC has a ministry designed to aid you.

Dance That Moves You

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low God’s way for our lives. With anointed preachers and teachers we had empowering sessions and tremendous fellowship. It was a wow weekend! Monthly meetings of encouragement and sharing also kept the women going strong throughout the year. The God we serve is powerful so we look to the new year with tremendous expectation. We are spicing up our annual retreat by adding some surprising new twists. If you want to experience God in new ways, hear him clearly, and fellowship with other sisters in Christ make plans today to attend our women’s retreat June 10th 12th. It will be an empowering weekend you don’t want to miss. Also our annual Women’s Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th. This weekend women gather from near and far to partake in one of a kind workshops, experience powerful worship, and hear life changing sermons. Make plans to attend!

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Intercessory Prayer Ministry Some things never go out of style. Prayer is one of those things! In 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 we are instructed to pray always. This includes good times and bad. Prayer is to our situations as batteries are to electronics. If you want things to work you must have prayer. Prayer keeps us charged and ready

to experience the occurrences of life. We teach that prayer is communication with God. We talk to Him and He talks to us. At First Baptist we are consistently hearing the testimonies of the results of prayer. ―I got a job!‖ ― I broke that habit!‖ ―The doctor’s report came back positive!‖ New testi10

monies are coming forth to prove that prayer still works. With this in mind the Intercessory Prayer Ministry gathers multiple times a week to pray for the church, members, the community, and the kingdom at large. Through prayer we are able to operate in the power God gives.

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There’s A Form Of Worship Thru Art For You

Choir…. Singing our songs provide a musical testi mony that helps others by using vocals and instruments that sooths and causes us to be refreshed as when David played to refresh Saul to help relieve him from evil spirit.

* Drama This ministry uses dramatic performances to make viewers laugh, cry, or seriously think about issues that can change your life. All ages welcome

Worship Thru Arts — Ministry That Moves You ―Let everything that have breath, praise ye the Lord‖, is the cry from the pulpit. This declaration is followed by joyous shouts of ―Hallelujah!‖ and ―God we praise you!‖ This is the common scene in most contemporary churches. It is often the portrait of a typical worship service at First Baptist Church (FBC) at 318 Hall Street. However, God’s glory does not stop there. These shouts of praise are followed by the playing and singing of music, and pure praise through various art forms. Depending on the Sunday, or the theme of the weekly service, praise can be expressed by adults, youth, or children that are either singing, dancing, miming, stepping, reading poetry, or acting in a short drama skit. We have applied all of these art forms as a way to worship and acknowledge God’s consistent presence in our lives. The worshipping arts ministry led by Sherita Ricks Parker has become one of the more regularly attended and popularly joined ministries. In this ministry a person male or female is encouraged to express themselves through extracting internal feelings and expressing them outwardly. What we see is dancing. What we hear is singing. What we feel is the vibration from synchronized stomping and stepping. It is amazing to see those who are usually reserved, now uncharacteristically, express exuberance. But what we are actually receiving is the sincere love for God shown through fluid movements to music. We are presented with emotions passionately shared by people with white painted face. We bob our heads, and tap our feet as choirs lead us in a symphony of singing to and about God. It is an opportunity for what a person feels inside to finally be released . This allows the soul to be free and encourages the broken hearted. This is Worship through arts. While the mainstream church may still be attempting to

the place of various art forms in the church we have found differing types of worship expressions biblical. First, the members of the ministries are not only using talents but also the spiritual gift of encouragement. The art form simply serves as the venue by which God is able to speak to those in His presence. Is it biblical? One of the greatest components of the Wor shipping arts ministry at FBC is that each rehearsal is begun with a biblical devotional moment. Yes. Worship through arts is biblical. We find these words "Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp." (Psalm 149:3 NLT) "Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!" (Psalm 150:4 NLT) These are just a couple of references to biblical dancing that glorifies Praise his name with God. dancing, accompanied by We believe and tambourine and harp. experihave ence the Spirit of God change lives when receiving these forms of ministry. We have seen worship through art in the following forms. This is not an absolute list but instead represent the forms that are currently being implemented at FBC. Praise Dance… The art of dance has been used as an expression of love and admiration for God for many years. In II Samuel 6:14 David danced rejoicing. Dance is a artful form that shows a oneness of body and music.

* Step Team All of their love, peace, and happiness is given to the real Alpha and Omega. With precision choreography, mixed with chants of positive affirmation, this team brings stomp the yard to your neighborhood.. For Young Adults & Young Men.

* Praise Dance Here body and beat, mobility and music caress each other to create rhythmic motion to good news music that will inspire, motivate, and present the Gospel in a unique method. Four dance teams are provided for dancers Age 5-7, 8-14, Young Adult, & Adult Dancers.

* Pantomime

ministry draws people into a musical form of expression through body movement.

Drama… Through dramatization we portray many realistic situations that we may be confronted with and God provides us a practical solution to help us glorify Him.

Step… Step is expressive form of cadence where stomping, clapping and rhythm are combined. Stepping, a dance tradition made popular by African-American fraternities and sororities, is a complex performance involving synchronized percussive movement, singing, speaking, chanting, and drama. It can be traced to the peoples and cultural dance traditions of Africa, specifically, the "Gumboot Dance". With a focus on precise foot movements and hand-clapping, gumboots used dance as a means to communicate. Stepping in the U.S. can be traced as far back as the 1920's during fraternity pledges at Howard University. As stepping evolved into the 1940's and 50's, various elements of military drill formations became prevalent; partially due to the fact that many military men joined fraternities upon returning from WW II. As a result of this evolution, step has become the format of choice to display pride in ones African-American churches. This form of worshipping arts reaches many people.

Personal Testimony Worshipping Artist Ministry has given me an opportunity to grow both spiritually and mentally. Praise dancing has changed my life in a number of ways. It is an outlet to allow God to move through me via dance. I have learned that dancing is not for entertainment but a form of worship. God has given different gifts for His glory. God has allowed me to develop a more intimate relationship with Him through dancing as well. We have devotional lessons, ministry prayer, empowerment sessions, and testimonies. All these things have enabled me to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. - Kia Vinson

Mime is an art form of that expresses a silent shout of emotion. Painted faced members engage awaiting parishioners with gestures set to music. For Adults & Young Men Ages 7-16.

Mime… A mime artist is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech. The use of this 8

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