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February 2012 Vol. 3 No. 2

First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs... With the Bible as our basis and the Holy Spirit as our guide, we exist to INTRODUCE

people to Jesus

IMITATE

the life of Jesus, and to

IMPACT

our community and the world for Jesus

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OUR CORE VALUES Prayer Unified Direction Strategic Missions Biblical Preaching and Teaching Transformational Discipleship Effective Evangelism Strong Families Authentic Worship Intentional Fellowship Relevant Ministry

First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs

Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Evening Worship 7:00 p.m. ssfbc.org


Pastor

A Word From Your

Pastor Mark Bryant

Ministerial Staff Senior Pastor

Mark Bryant [markbryant@ssfbc.org]

Associate Pastor

Fred Lewis [fredlewis@ssfbc.org]

Worship Pastor

Neal Terwilliger [nealterwilliger@ssfbc.org)

Associate Worship Pastor

Darren Gray [darrengray@ssfbc.org]

Minister of Education

Bruce Welch [brucewelch@ssfbc.org]

Minister of Recreation & Outreach Mike Armstrong [mikearmstrong@ssfbc.org]

High School Student Pastor

Brian Brewer [brianbrewer@ssfbc.org]

Middle School Pastor

Heath Anderson [heathanderson@ssfbc.org]

Minister to Children

Brit Fisher [britfisher@ssfbc.org]

Director of Preschool & Kindergarten Tracey Cody [traceycody@ssfbc.org]

La Primera iglesia Mission Pastor Amadeo Miranda

What  an  incredible  way  to  start  the  year  as  we  ask  the  Lord  to  take  the  ROC  and   use  it  for  His  glory.    We  had  a  great  crowd  and  the  Spirit  of  the  Lord  was  definitely   among  His  people.    As  we  move  ahead,  I  want  to  encourage  you  to  take   advantage  of  the  ministry  opportunities  that  are  being  offered  at  the  ROC.    It   might  seem  strange  to  think  of  a  game  of  pick-­‐up  basketball  or  a  walk  around  the   walking  track  as  a  ministry  opportunity  but  this  is  another  way  to  reach  out  to  our   community  with  the  gospel  of  Jesus  Christ.    I  pray  we  will  consider  every  person   that  walks  through  the  door  as  a  special  guest  who  may  need  to  hear  of  the   saving  grace  of  Jesus.    You  never  know  when  the  Lord  will  provide  an  opportunity   for  you  to  tell  someone  how  Jesus  has  made  a  life  changing  difference  in  your  life   and  how  He  can  change  their  life  as  well.    You  never  know  when  you  might  meet   someone  who  needs  a  word  of  encouragement  or  a  listening  ear.              I  am  hoping  that  we  will  have  a  shift  in  our  thinking  as  we  realize  that  every   encounter,  whether  at  the  ROC  or  in  the  grocery  store,  is  an  opportunity  to   declare  the  goodness  and  grace  of  our  God.    We  need  a  reminder  of  the  words   the  Spirit  gave  to  Peter:    “[B]ut  sanctify  Christ  as  Lord  in  your  hearts,  always  being   ready  to  make  a  defense  to  everyone  who  asks  you  to  give  an  account  for  the   hope  that  is  in  you,  yet  with  gentleness  and  reverence;”  I  Peter  3:15  (NASB)               You  never  know  when  you  will  have  a  chance  to  speak  on  behalf  of  the  Lord  so  be   ready.    I  have  found  that  we  do  not  always  get  a  second  chance  and  we  want  to   be  prepared.    A  word  from  the  Lord  is  never  wasted!    Paul  writes,  “Let  no   unwholesome  word  proceed  from  your  mouth,  but  only  such  a  word  as  is  good   for  edification  according  to  the  need  of  the  moment,  so  that  it  will  give  grace  to   those  who  hear.”  Eph.  4:29  (NASB)               I  want  to  thank  everyone  who  worked  hard  to  make  sure  that  the  building  was   ready  for  the  dedication  service  and  again  I  pray  that  you  will  make  this  one  more   resource  for  bringing  your  family  and  friends  into  contact  with  the  message  of   Jesus  Christ.    TO  GOD  BE  THE  GLORY!   Be blessed, Pastor Mark  

The theme for 2012 is iSurrender. We will look at how surrender is something that we are called to do in every area of our lives. All of us have things in our life that we need to surrender to the Lord in order for Him to work in and through us so we can finish the course the He has put before us. iSurrender Some need to surrender the desire to go back. 2012 Some need to realize that giving up is not the same as surrendering to Jesus. I pray that you will begin today praying for the Lord to show you what needs to be surrendered to His control. For me, I want to be the first to say, iSurrender! Pastor Mark


February

What is happening in

We need crosses for a project we are doing at The ROC.

Rehoboth Baptist Evangelism Rally

If you would like to donate a cross to FBC, please bring it to the church office. Wood, metal, ceramic, small, large, new, or old....(Please no crucifixes)

Sunday, February 26 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Fred Lowery

Diamond Set Adults 55+

Are you looking for a place to serve at First Baptist Church? Pick up a “Get Rooted” brochure in The Welcome Center. It is full of opportunities to help you grow in service, in love and in

knowledge.

Tuesday ,February 28

GetRooted...

10:00 a.m. Games 11:30 a.m. Meal

Explore the mission Jesus has waiting from Psalms 147:5 during VBS 2012. Get ready to fly away each day as we take off to new heights!!

Amazing Wonders Aviation will take us to great places! We will learn about God’s power over things, to trust that God is in his control, accept God’s forgiveness, celebrate that Jesus is alive and rely on God's power.

Mark your calendar... June 18-22, 2012

Fellowship Hall


7th - 12th Grade

Registration information is in the office. If registering on line, you will need to get a registration packet in the church office.

“Registration Rally” Thursday, Feb 23, 6:30 @ The ROC

Zone 45

Winter Swim Greenville YMCA March 2 Depart on the east parking lot at 7:00 pm, return at Midnight Sign up online or in the church office Cost: $15.00

Super Sunday Super Bowl partY

February 5th Pre-teen Camp Student Life Camp

Sherman, TX July 2-5

Early Bird Price $185.00 on or before March 28th After March 28th $235.00 (For kids who have completed 4th & 5th Grades)

Middle school and High school

Saturday Night at the R.O.C. Play ball and Games, Eat Pizza! Grades 1-5 Saturday, March 24th 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Sign up is not required, pay $5.00 at the door.

Invite your school friends!

After the 4: o’clock service...

@ The ROC

Group Dynamix Middle School Trip February 10 & 11 Depart Friday, February 10 at 5:00 PM, return by 10:30 AM Saturday, February 11 Cost $45 Register in the office or online.

Student Life

missions & me

Missions & Me-Jan/Feb 2012

Middle School & High School

Student Life Camp June 10-16 at YMCA of the Rockies

Early Bird Price: $275 by Wednesday, March 28; $325 after. $75 non-refundable deposit to register.

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February Men’s Breakfast Saturday, February 18 8:00 a.m. Fellowship Hall Cost: $3.00

Game Night Adults 55+

Contribution Records 2011

February 7 6:00 - 8:30 pm Youth Building

Super Sunday February 5 Evening Service 4:00 p.m.

Tithe and register for events... it is safe and secure! More info @

Hours of Operation

RISE Youth Choir Fundraiser

Monday-Friday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm (Closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesdays) Saturday 6:00 - Noon

SPAGHETTI LUNCH

Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased from any RISE choir member, in the church office or at the door.

On-line Giving is now available at SSFBC.

www.ssfbc.org/#/online-giving

Your 2011 contribution records are available. Please contact the church office.

Sunday, February 12th 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Fellowship Hall

Pledged: $1,573,236.00 Given: $1,347,439.65 as of 1/22/2012

Zumba Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 - 9:00 am Texercise for 55+ Are you 55+ and wanting to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle? Come join us for exercises that will provide you with better endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. No fancy gear, just a fun and practical guide to feeling your best! Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 -10:00 am Instructor: Stephanie Litzler No advance sign-up necessary Open gym Tuesday 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Did you know The ROC is available for group events? Call Mike Armstrong at 903-348-2642 for more information or check out The ROC Policies & Procedures page on the SSFBC website. Camille Grace Daughter of Lacy & Russell Coker

Hallie Michelle Daughter of Shannon & Danny Lawrence

Joshua Son of Vivian & Frank Mangrum

Ryker Slade Son of Kendra & Slade Daniel


...from Sulphur springs

SSFBC on Mission 2012

to South Asia...Acts 1:8

The week of july 17, 2012 (Exact date to be determined soon)

Our mission begins at home! we will have opportunities to reach our own neighborhoods...Backyard Bible Clubs, Neighborhood Outreach & more!

Cost: TBD join us as we help and encourage the churches and pastors in Milwaukee. A great mission trip for all ages, families, singles, and youth. Contact: Brit Fisher.

April 15-21, 2012 Cost: $200

Basic carpentry, drywall, painting, plumbing, and electrical work will be done. You do not have to be skilled in these areas to go and to help. For adults. (men & women)

June 24-30, 2012 Cost: $50 VBS, landscaping, community service, etc. Designed for students involved in thirst & ignite, but of course Adults are welcomed! Participation in our local vbs is required to allow proper training & preparation to go & lead while on the trip. Contact: Heath Anderson

Contact: Tommy Johnston

There are over 6000 people groups considered unreached (which means that less than 2% are considered Christian). ssfbc has partnered with The IMB to Embrace one of these groups, asking the Lord to use us to see The Gospel established among them. Please join us in praying for our Himalayan tribal group known as The Bantawa.

RISE Choir Tour July 8-14, 2012 Cost:$500 Contact:Neal Terwilliger Or Bradley Edge (For RISE Choir members and sponsors)

The week of May 20, 2012 For College & Adults June 24-29, 2012 Cost:$150 We will build a team ready to respond in the event of a disaster, such as the Nashville flooding or Gulf coast relief work. Contact: bruce Welch

July 5-14, 2012 An adventurous trip to the high mountains of northern Nicaragua. The location for this trip was picked because of the tremendous potential to start new congregations in the area. The language is Spanish, but we take translators. The activities include vbs, sports ministry, personal witnessing, medical & dental clinics, a pharmacy, evangelistic services, children’s activities, & an ongoing work with a school for developmentally disabled children. this trip requires specific preparation/requirements. Contact: greg Adams

Address service requested

116 Oak Avenue Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482

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