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2013 Vacation Bible School - Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God will be built around the Scripture, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7; NKJV) "Professions of faith made during Vacation Bible School (VBS) consistently equal about 25 percent of the number of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention. Nearly 3 million children, youth and adults register for VBS at more than 25,000 Southern Baptist churches each year and report nearly 90,000 professions of faith in Christ.� In the 2013 VBS theme-park world, participants will be challenged to tap into God's promise to give them the courage to face their fears by trusting Him. Whether this sense of fearfulness comes from changing the familiar to the unfamiliar, speaking up when it's the right thing to do or making the ultimate decision to follow Jesus and trust Him as Savior, they will learn they can trust God for the spirit of power, love and sound judgment. Kids have a lot to be afraid of these days. However, but we want them to learn that whatever it is that scares them, they can trust God to be with them and help them be brave. This is an important teaching. Colossal Coaster World will begin at Taylor Road July 15 and conclude on Sunday night July 21. We will meet each morning Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at Noon. Sunday night, July 21 will be the conclusion and parents, family, and friends night. On that Sunday night after the presentation, we will have a huge ice cream party for everyone. In fact, the entire week will be a huge party!

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July 3 NO ACTIVITIES. Happy Birthday America! 10 17 24 31

Dinosaurs and Dolls. Please bring your dinosaurs and dolls to share with your friends. We will see what the Bible says about dinosaurs and sharing. VBS Coaster rides. (Bike night) bring a riding toy and helmets. LEGOS and LEOTARDS (bring Legos to build and share and girls bring leotards and tutus for dress up. BE HAPPY, BE HEALTHY, with B. Bring a healthy snack to share with B and all of our friends.

Kindergarten Ready, set for school to start? During Sunday School in July we will prepare our five year old Sunday School classfor promotion to worship. We will be introducing kindergarteners to family worship time. Time will be spent on why we do what we do in “BIG CHURCH”. In August, we will have family time at the Hepburn home for parents and children. Followed by Bible presentation in worship the next Sunday. Now is the time for this special transition in children's lives.

IT’S TIME FOR VBS!!!!!!!!!!! VBS Learner and Volunteer Registration is OPEN!!! Please go to to register for this year's VBS. We welcome volunteers and require they be a church member. We have a place for everyone to help! Even if you have registered online, please email or fill out a volunteer card! VBS is July 15-19 from 8:30 a.m.-Noon

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY The following is a list of Friday Fundays for the children at church this Summer. Each event is open to all who wish to attend, as long as they have a supervising adult with them. Friday, July 12, 10 a.m., Capri Theatre "The Pirates!" Cost is $1.00 with drinks and popcorn at $.50 each Friday, July 26, 4 p.m., (don't want to roast) SPLASHPAD downtown FREE Friday, August 2, Alabama State Capitol Tour and lunch at Chris' Hot Dogs FREE tour. Cost of lunch is optional! 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Facilitator: Dean Finch


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I’ve been reading about the role music plays in the health, growth, and attitude of the church and ran across an article / book review by Michael O. Emerson. I’ve included some excerpts from parts that struck me and hope you enjoy. The review is on Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation by Gerardo Marti. The book is available from and other book retailers. They're Playing Our Song: The Secret Multiracial Churches Know About Music It's not the style or quality of musical performance that brings multiracial churches together, but a commitment to common participation. But what type of music? This is the core question of Gerardo Marti's fascinating new book and one that occupies the minds of many a Christian leader attempting to do multiethnic ministry. After carefully studying twelve successfully integrated churches, he came to a clear conclusion: It doesn't matter what type(s) of music. When asked, most leaders fall into one of two camps as to how they answer the question, "What type of music is most conducive to being multiethnic?" They fall into either the one-size-fits-all camp (there is a universal language of music, a particular rhythm that speaks to us all as humans) or the musical-buffet camp (you need to play a variety of musical forms to appeal to the varieties of people). About half the people interviewed fall into the first camp, about half into the second camp. Quickly, Marti finds that the theory he subscribed to when he began his research—the one-size-fits-all theory—is simply wrong. Ethnomusicologists, sociologists, and missionaries have all concluded there are no universals in music. People can and do ascribe different meaning to and have different feelings about the exact same musical sounds, even if the people are in the same room together when hearing the music. If you think about it, you have probably experienced this reality yourself—some people in the church almost breaking into tears at a song, and you experiencing essentially nothing (or vice versa). Those who subscribe to the musical-buffet theory not only believe a variety of music must be performed, but they work hard to act on that belief. So how do they decide what varieties to play? It is here that Marti is again on to something of tremendous importance. What he found in his interviews is that people have to rely on stereotypes. Instead of bringing people together and transcending racial boundaries, this approach reinforces boundaries—boundaries built on gross, oversimplified stereotypes. It unwittingly even assumes that somehow we have inborn preferences for certain styles of music, rather than tendencies to prefer the type of music we most often hear those around us enjoying. Fact is, musical preferences are learned. And the musical-buffet approach can rarely succeed, says Marti. People simply are not trained or skilled in the abilities to perform such a wide range of musical styles. Even if a church finds an incredibly gifted worship leader who can do so, the worship leader will not be able to find enough volunteer choir members who can do so. So, like the one-size-fits-all theory, the musical-buffet theory simply does not work.

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'Our Choir, Our People' So what else is there? How can a church attract and be sensitive to a multiracial people? In responding to this question, Marti's sociological brilliance shines. He asks you to imagine your child, niece, or nephew doing a musical solo—perhaps it is at a school recital, or perhaps in your church's children's choir. What do the adults do? No matter what the music, no matter how well or poorly performed, they cheer, usually while standing, and usually filled with a mixture of joy and pride. The point is not whether the children "did well." The point is that they are our children, and we are proud of them for being up there, representing us. This is exactly the answer Marti arrives at through his extensive analysis of what is actually occurring in multiracial congregations, and through his insightful interviews with parishioners, choir members, and church leaders. . What "succeeds" musically in multiracial churches is not a certain type of music or how well it is performed. Rather, it is: (a) people of various backgrounds all practicing together, spending time together, singing together, worshiping together; and (b) the fact that it is "our choir, our people." To get downright sociological, it is the transcendent experience in which worship becomes at the same time a celebration of the group itself and of God who has brought the group together. At its essence, then, what matters is the network of relationships of the people in the congregation, not the type or even the quality of the music. Until I read Worship Across the Racial Divide. The church I had attended worked hard at developing relationships across racial lines, and the people knew each other well. The people in the choir were their friends; the music thus was their music. Like the joy and pride we feel for our child performing a solo, so the parishioners felt for their choir. And this is exactly what Dr. Marti found in his research. This book is a paradigm shifter. To me, it represents an advance to the next stage of multiracial/ethnic/cultural ministry. Focus on people as people, bonding them together, helping to create the unity Christ prayed we'd have. Go ahead and seek musical forms that speak to many people simultaneously, and feel free to play different types of music. But you need not be in bondage to either. And the truth shall set you free.


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Student News

July 11- 6 FLAGS $45 for transportation and park entry. You will need money for 2 meals and souvenirs July 13- Biscuits with Fireworks following 7:05 p.m. July 15-19 Helping in VBS July 19- ALL NIGHT RAGER 10 p.m.-6 a.m. July 24-27 Missions in the Mountains. We will be traveling to Asheville, NC and partnering with a Women’s and Children’s mission to do service work. We will also be hiking/mountain climbing, doing recreation activities, and sightseeing. August 1-3 Back to School Retreat. Panama City, FL cost $100. We will have a time to gear up for the school year through Bible Study, Beach Days, and Basketball. Register by July 14.

First Place 4 Health 6 Week Summer Session Tuesdays, July 9 - August 20 at 5:30 p.m. Many people think of Summer as a time for swimsuits, fresh salads and outdoor activities, but it can also be a season of temptation, with hot and lazy afternoons and enticing vacation cuisine! Healthy Summer Living is a daily devotional that will inspire readers to eat right and stay active during the break between the Spring and Fall sessions of First Place 4 Health. For more information or to sign up, contact Beth Maloch at 850-7111 or Betsy Russell at 301-2805. Cost is $15 for the book.

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Men's Prayer Breakfast July 14, 8:00 a.m. Cost $2.00 per man, We will be praying in a special way for Vacation Bible School which will start the next morning. There are other real needs that we will be praying for at this time. We need men of the church to show and pray with us. Please make your reservations by Thursday, July 11. Ice Cream Fellowship July 21, following the VBS evening program This will be a great time to make your favorite home made ice cream or bring your favorite from the store. Ladies Bible Study Gideon is the name of the next Sunday evening ladies study which will begin in mid August. Priscilla Shirer is the writer for this new study. Look for more information in the next Archways.

Senior Adult Luncheons will resume in August.


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First Place Kickoff


Service in Worship Center for all ages


Student 6 Flags


Kids @ Capri Theatre


Student Biscuits Game


Men’s Prayer Breakfast

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Student Rager


Ice Cream Social

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