A Monthly Publication of the First Baptist Church of Pelham “We are the salt of the earth, not the sugar, and our ministry is truly to cleanse and not just to change the taste.” —Vance Havner
IN THIS ISSUE
A Word from Our Pastor “Dave Says” by Dave Ramsey
Education Ministry The Counselor’s Corner
Worship Emphasis Stewardship Emphasis Student Ministry
Senior Adult Ministry Cheergivers Ministry Children’s Ministry
“In Touch with the Church Family” Welcome, New Members
March Calendar Ministry Weekend Rotation
Wednesday Night Meals General Information
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“Becoming Great Commission Christians by Making Much of Jesus”
A Word From “ Our Pastor
April 2011 - Can we count on you?
Dr. Mike Shaw Senior Pastor Our church depends on the faithfulness and dedication of our members to accomplish our work for
the Lord. As we get ready to celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday, we have several special events for which we need your help and support. We are calling it “ALL IN APRIL”. April 1-2: Priscilla Shirer Women’s Event April 2: Stadiumfest with Scott Dawson April 3-8: Senior Adult Mission Trip April 9: Connect 3 on 3 Basketball with Rick and Bubba April 15-17: Global Impact Celebration April 21: Maundy Thursday “Christ in the Passover” April 22: 9 AM-3 PM “God so Loved” on Highway 31 6 PM-Midnight Secret Church Simulcast
April 23: Eggstravaganza 10:30-12:30 Kids Event April 24: Resurrection Celebration 8:00; 9:15; 10:45 AM Whew, I’m tired just thinking about it all! Do what you can, when you can, for as long as you can, to reach as many as you can! Can you? YES, YOU CAN! Gray Allison will be our pulpit guest for the Global Impact Celebration on Sunday morning and we are blessed to have him. DON’T YOU DARE MISS IT! I love you, I love you, I love you. God bless you and God bless America!
Dave Says PILES OF CASH & DATING ON A DIME
Dear Dave, You’re always talking about accumulating piles of cash. I’ve gone to church for several years, and the Bible says not to lay up treasures on earth. Doesn’t that mean that we shouldn’t accumulate wealth or be greedy? George Dear George, The Bible also says in Proverbs that in the house of the wise there are stores of choice food and oil. If you look back through scripture, you’ll find that many of the major biblical characters were very wealthy people who understood they were not the owners of the money and wealth. They understood that their job was to manage these things properly for God’s glory. I can appreciate your concern, George, but when I talk about piles of cash my frame of reference is that we’re to handle our money and other possessions for good and for God. It’s not about greed, or to use in buying bigger and better stuff for ourselves. But you can’t do good things if you don’t have the strengths to do good things! Dave
Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, I’m a recent college graduate, and I’m determined to follow your plan and get out of debt. My biggest problem is when it comes to dating. Things aren’t cheap today, so aside from not dating, how do you handle this area of your life when you’re trying to get your finances in order? Roland Dear Roland, First of all, you definitely need to date people. I couldn’t have gone without dating, especially at your age. So, I’m not going to tell you to do something I couldn’t do. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with dating inexpensively if you’re thoughtful. Just
don’t be so cheap that you’re freakish about things. There are plenty of nice, stylish places that don’t cost an arm and a leg. A picnic and a Frisbee will go a long way on a pretty day! Your efforts to be a gentleman and make things happen in creative ways will be a lot more charming to any lady worth dating than throwing down an extra $100 at a snooty restaurant you can’t afford. The other thing is to make dating part of your monthly budget. In your situation, it’s a legitimate expense, and you need to make it part of your financial game plan. Then, if you’re seeing someone on a regular basis, and the money in the “dating” envelope is getting low, you can explain to her that you’re working hard to manage your money properly so you’ll be wealthy one day. This will make you even more attractive to the right kind of person, because it shows that you’re mature enough and responsible enough to be thinking toward and planning for the future! Dave *For more financial advice, you may visit www.davesays.org.
Priscilla Shirer Simulcast ”Going Beyond”
Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 Tickets are $25. Call the church at 664-0237 or go online: www.fbcpelham.org .
Rick and Bubba Tournament
We have partnered with Rick and Bubba and Chick-fil-A to bring an evangelistic basketball tournament to Regions Park on April 9. We need volunteers to work with concessions, registrations, parking, tournament operations (court hosts, scorekeepers, etc.), decision follow-up, and in the family fun zone just to name a few. Please visit www.rickandbubba3on3.com or call Robert Heard at 664-0237 to sign up.
Secret Church Simulcast with David Platt
Friday, April 22. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Simulcast begins at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $5.
Some of the events for All in April are ticketed events. These include Priscilla Shirer simulcast, Global Impact Conference (Friday night banquet, Saturday morning men’s prayer breakfast, Saturday ladies’ luncheon), and Secret Church simulcast. You can get your tickets in the gathering area on Sunday mornings or in the church office through the week.
All In April
That tomb is empty! The Counselor’s Corner
Wounds Most individuals have a hole in their heart that is the result of a wound that is old or one that is still very fresh and raw. It is a wound that hurts and can sometimes be all consuming. It might lead to anger, revenge seeking or even withdrawal. That hurt is carried around like a stone around the neck with no idea of how to release it. In fact it seems almost impossible to understand that it can be released. Wounds have generally been caused
when we are victimized at the hands of other people. That stone has been carried around since that time. If you continue to be the victim, the wound will never heal. You see, they are not hurting you anymore. It is you who continues to be the victim and harm yourself through your very own thoughts and behavior. You could blame them at one point in time for their part in hurting you. But if you continue to carry around that heavy stone, you have only yourself to blame.
What costs you more? Releasing or resenting? Mercy without judgment or judgment without mercy? What would it cost you to release and forgive? What would it cost you to resent and never forgive? So likewise shall my heavenly father do also unto you, if you from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Matthew 18:35. —Linda Story The HOPE Center
Global Missions Celebration Friday, April 15
6:00 PM — Missions Banquets Children $2.00 — Children’s Wing Adults $6.00 — Annex 7:15 PM Worship Service — Annex Saturday, April 16 8:30 AM — Men’s Breakfast $4.00 — Dr. Ron Cox speaking — Annex 12:00 PM — Ladies Luncheon $4.00 — Annex 7:00 PM — Student Concert with Saul2Paul 7:00 PM — Missionaries share in various homes with Sunday School classes
Sunday, April 17
8:00, 9:15, 10:45 AM — Worship Services Dr. Gray Allison preaching 5:00 PM — Celebration Service — Sanctuary
All tickets are available in the Gathering Area on Sunday mornings or in the church office during the week.
As a part of All In April, there are two special events where we will need counselors to be a part of the invitation follow-up team. StadiumFest: On April 2, we are partnering with Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association for Stadium Fest. There will be three invitations given during the 12:00-9:00 family event. We will need counselors for all three. We also need camera operators and set-up and tear-down help. Contact Donnie Sisk if you are willing to be a part of this team. If you were a counselor for the Awakening, you won’t need to go to training, but there will be two training sessions — March 7 and March 21. There will be a brief site meeting and prayer time on Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 at Spain Park Stadium for all those who will be assisting. Rick and Bubba 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament: We need around 200 volunteers to help us facilitate this event. We are the host church and we need your help. There are many different opportunities to be a part of this evangelistic event. We need: court hosts, scorers, concession workers, Family Fun Zone volunteers, help with registration, parking, greeting, help with marketing, set-up and clean-up. We are asking all our volunteers to sign up online at www.rickandbubba3on3.com. From that address click on Birmingham and on the next page click volunteers. Each of our staff members has taken leadership as a task team director; we need your help. Feel free to contact me for specific questions or if you have trouble signing up online.
Adventure Camp 101 will be during Spring Break. Ad 101 is an opportunity for our students to learn basics of rappelling, top-rope climbing, backpacking, paddling, orienteering, basic camp skills and putting those skills together in an adventure race on our last day. Final payments are due March 6. We leave from the Annex and head for Shocco Springs at 6 AM on Monday, March 14th and return at 2 PM on Thursday, March 17th. Refuge On the Road: Our next 5th Wednesday event is March 30. This will be a local outing, and costs $20 per person plus any snack you buy. For all the details, join us for Refuge each Wednesday in March. You will need an up-to-date noratized medical release form.
Senior Adult Ministry
Dear Senior Adults, I am glad to see a break in this weather. Our Senior Luncheon is scheduled for March 8 at 10:30 AM in the Annex. John Jones will be cooking for us this month. We have some exciting activities to share with you. It looks like we could be able to minister to the senior center where Brother Jesse Weaver resides. We need to talk about that new opportunity this month. The Senior Choir will meet at 10:30 AM for rehearsal. We only have a couple of months to get ready for Senior Recognition Day on May 1, so I hope to see you at Senior Choir. I hope you are rested up over the winter months because March and April are packed full of activities. March is our preparation month for ALL IN APRIL activities. We have three major events scheduled for April. Dr. Gray Allison will be our guest speaker for April 17 in all three services on Sunday morning AND at our special Sunday evening worship. Our seniors will want to be cooperative, and I will be sharing with you what seniors can do to help with all of these activities. We have a place for you. You need to sign up for mission trip ASAP. Our Senior Adult Mission Trip to New Orleans is April 3-8. We will be working with the Senior Centers in New Orleans and also working inside Walter Zschiedrich’s house on Jasmine Street near the seminary for our construction project. We will also get back on schedule with our day trips as soon as all this weather settles down. I am looking forward to seeing you again on the 8th. For His Glory, Bro. Paul
Cheergivers Ministry We, the First Baptist Cheergivers, ask you to continuously pray for our precious ones who are homebound or in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. They have their problems day in and day out, but they also miss going out to church and other places and being able to fellowship with others. If you have time and would like to visit any of them, please contact me and I will give you the information you need.
Our March birthdays are: Tena Shelton, March 20 and Nettie Harris, March 31. We wish them happy birthdays and sun shiny days to follow. We pray for them to have “hearts full of Jesus”. Remember, if you have immediate family who would like our visits or if you would like to visit, please contact me. Jeanette Owens The Cheergivers 664-9700
Children’s Ministry Spring Break Changes: (Spring Break is March 14-18)
Wednesday, March 16 no evening activities Sunday, March 20 no Elementary Choir
“All 4 Him”
Grades 1-3 Friday Night, March 4
Drop off @ 5:45; Pick up @10:10
Grades 4-5 Fri-Sat, March 4-5
Drop off Fri @5:45; Pick up Sat @11:00
If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Williams at 216-0028.
We Need YOU! Vacation Bible School 2011 “Gold Rush”, Discovering the Rock of Ages
We need someone to step up and take the position of VBS Director for Elementary age. Our first meeting is March 6. Supply lists are due March 27.
FBCP Bible Drills Sunday, March 27
In Touch With the Church Family
…Lucy Wain in the death of her father-in-law. …Reed Howard in the death of his father. …Carl Sexton in the death of his sister. …Carol Harrison in the death of her brother. …friends of Dr. John Bob Riddle, who passed away on February 12th. …Laura Maharrey and family in the death of her mother, Diane Glover. …Jane White and family in the death of her sister. …Jeff Berry and family and Delta Berry in the death of Jeff’s father. …Sabrina Collum and other family members and friends of Butch Collum.
You are cordially invited to attend a
Bridal Tea in honor of
Elizabeth Kornegay bride-elect of
Sunday, April 3, 2011 2:00 pm-4:00 pm (Gathering Area)
Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for all the thoughts and prayers during my surgery. Thanks for the visits from staff members and Blessed Believers Sunday School Class. I love all of you. You’re the best! Roger Wallace Dear Church Family, Want to thank everyone for the prayers, visits and calls while I was in the hospital. We love our church family and appreciate all the loving care. John McCombs
2011 Church Family Giving (through February 20)
Congratulations to … …Andrea and Jason Holsomback on the January 25th birth of Grady Martin Holsomback. He weighed 7 lbs 11 ozs and measured 21 inches. Proud big brother is Jackson Holsomback and grandparents are Sue and Calvin Holsomback.
General Fund given to date $ 143,200.78 Budget needed to date $ 218,239.40 Year to Date Expenses $ 134,648.99 Debt Retirement given in 2011 $ 3,416.00 Loan Balance as of 1/15/2011 $ 8,804,804.46
Welcome, New Members!
Brendan C. Holley (for baptism)
Ryan Jewell (for baptism)
Ellie B. Glasscox (for baptism)
Alex Brown (for baptism)
Jerry Tennison (for baptism)
Caitlin Ladewyks and Ashtyn Bailey (for baptism)
Left: Gracie Neimorts and Susan McAnnally (by letter)
Ena Littleton (for baptism)
Allison Copus Douglas Drumheller (for baptism)
Andrew Bell (rededication)
March Calendar Sunday
AL Legislative Prayer Luncheon (Bro. Mike, invocation)
Children’s DiscipleNow Weekend
6:30 Scout Troop Meeting 6
9 AM 9 AM - 1 PM LifeSouth Community Job Search Ministry Blood Bank at FBCP 1 PM “Crafty Chicks”
10:30 AM Senior Adult Luncheon Scout Day at AL Legislature 6:30 Scout Troop Meeting
Adventure Camp at Shocco Springs Monday-Thursday 9 AM Job Search Ministry 10 AM - WMU 1 PM “Crafty Chicks” 20
6:30 Scout Troop Meeting
No Evening Activities 23
9 AM Job Search Ministry 1 PM “Crafty Chicks” 7 PM Deacons Meeting 27
6:30 Scout PLC Meeting 29
6:30 Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet and Crossover Ceremony
6:00 FBCP Business Meeting 30
9 AM Job Search 2-4 PM FBCP Bible Drills
1 PM “Crafty Chicks” 6:30 Scouts Court of Honor
Refuge on the Road
SUNDAY SCHEDULE 7 AM Prayer Team 8, 9:15, 10:45 AM Sunday School & Morning Worship 5 PM Handbell Rehearsal F.W. Friends (Preschool) Bible Drills (Elementary) 4:00 PraiseMakeerz Choir (Grades 1-5) 5:00 Adult and Student Discipleship Classes 6:00 Student Creative Ministries
Get ready for “All in April”!
WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE 5 PM Wednesday Night Dinners 6 PM Prayer Meeting (Annex) 6:30 Celebration Choir Rehearsal Discipleship Training Refuge (Students) College Bible Study Music Maker (Preschool) The Crew (Elementary)
March Ministry Staff Weekend Hospital Rotation
March 5-6 - Donnie Sisk - Home 567-7475, Cell 620-1157 March 12-13 - Paul Moore - Home 663-0155, Cell 913-5129
March 19-20 - Paula Kornegay - 230-8987 March 26-27 - Robert Heard - Home 663-8767, Cell 936-2302
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CHURCH STAFF Wednesday Night Meals Church Family Meal at 5 p.m. Prayer at 6 p.m. Please check the First Baptist Church of Pelham web site and/or your Sunday bulletin for current menus. Prices: Adults - - - - - - - - - - - - $ 4.00 Children (12 and under) - $ 3.00 Family maximum (one household) $15.00 Reservations: Before noon on Monday (no exceptions, please) Standing reservations payable in advance monthly Serving time: 5:00-5:45 PM This is a volunteer, self-supporting ministry (non-profit) from our church cook team. (Complimentary dinner for 1st time visitors by reservation.)
“When an immoral person is unwilling to seek help and to change, the Bible tells us not to keep company with them, indeed not to even eat with them (I Corinthians 5:11).
Today’s Turning Point with David Jeremiah, Thursday, March 25, 2010
Dr. Mike Shaw, Pastor Rev. Robert Heard, Administrative Pastor Dr. Paul Moore, Assoc. Pastor: Ministry/Senior Adults Rev. Donnie Sisk, Pastor to Students/Activities Rev. Jonathan Williams, Preschool/Children’s Director Paula Kornegay, Worship Leader Linda Kennemore, Administrator
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