VOL. XLIX FEBRUARY 15, 2018 NO. 03
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018, 9:00 A. M.
Celebration Singers will be traveling to Ocean Springs Nursing Center and River Chase Village. Please join us if you enjoy singing the old familiar hymns. Our new van is roomy and comfortable, and getting in and our is not a problem
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD MONTHLY COLLECTION LIST OF ITEMS
January - Hats, gloves & scarves
February - Accessories (jewelry, sunglasses, barrettes, ponytail holders, etc)
March - Qualify craft items
Check out the bulletin board near the gym and check out the monthly items we are collecting for 2018 Operation Christmas Child
march 4 - walk - to - the - cross
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
March 18 - 21 spring revival
FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN..... In the last messenger we looked at WHAT DO I SAY? In this article I want to look at the question, WHY? Why should I be so concerned with telling others about Jesus? Acts 1:8 says; “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and YOU SHALL BE WITNESSES to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The emphasis on “You Shall Be Witnesses” is added by me. However, this passage makes it clear that we are called to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. This is not an optional thing. It is a direct command from Jesus Christ to His followers and we are included in that statement.
We wonder to whom should I witness? There is a simple answer: EVERYBODY! The Great Commission in Matthew 28 reminds us that as you go, wherever you go, share Jesus; baptize converts; and make disciples. Sometimes we really struggle with whom to tell. One of the best ways to resolve that dilemma is to start with your immediate surroundings. Map out relationships of people in your life that are far from God. Start praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you other people that need to hear from a witness of Jesus Christ. As the Holy Spirit reveals these individuals to you, write them down and start watching how the opportunities will come for you to share. Remember, I gave you a simple starter that will hopefully open the door to a conversation. That starter is simply to ask them if there is something that you could pray for in their life? Whether they allow you to pray or not, it will then give you the chance to say, “The reason I wanted to pray for you is that there was a time in my life when I did not know Jesus as my Savior and Lord and I was lost and struggling with life. When I found out Jesus died on a cross for my sins, I surrendered to Him as Savior and Lord and now my life is so much better. Now I have peace and purpose.” If they allow you to get that far then simply ask them if they have a story like that. If they don’t then you can tell them how they can also experience peace and purpose.
The next logical question; Will you be obedient to God and His word and be a witness of Jesus Christ?
Always remember that God loves you and I love you, Bro. David
BRO. BILL, Music & Education ..... Worship in February will be filled with excitement and challenges. Our handbell choir and orchestra will each be participating in worship during the month in addition to our Worship Choir. Each week Bro. David brings a message that not only encourages us but challenges us to become involved in the work of the Kingdom. It is one thing to simply hear the music and to hear the message, but it is another to actually engage heart, mind, and spirit as an active worshipper and to take the challenge brought through the Word as the Holy Spirit convicts us and do something about it. There are many opportunities for active involvement in the work of the Kingdom at First Baptist. Participation in small group Bible study to strengthen your walk is one way to start the process. Taking on a leadership role is certainly one way to be involved in serving and in encouraging others to grow deeper in their faith. The Nominating Committee will soon be starting their task of securing volunteers to teach and lead the many organizations of our church. When asked, please prayerfully consider saying “yes” to the calling. If you know God is calling, you- don’t wait to be asked – volunteer!
Sunday evenings are a wonderful time to share fellowship and grow in your walk as well. We have several short term small group classes going right now in addition to the Preschool and Children’s choirs that meet each week. ‘Financial Peace/God Owns It All” is a money management class being led by Keith and Jennifer Schwartz. This class has helped people around the country gain a positive hold on financial planning and debt management. “The Screwtape Letters” is a lady’s study sponsored by the GALS ministry studying the book by C.S. Lewis. “Journey into Believer Building” is a study of the phrase “one another” in the New Testament. The focus of this study is learning how to build up each other in Christ and to encourage others in their Christian walk.
Serving the Kingdom outside of the walls of the church is also a critical part of our calling as believers. Look for where you can be a Light for Christ in your circle of influence and shine brightly for Him.
YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE..... The youth learned last week that we all should avoid situations that may lead us to sin. But avoidance is not enough. We must also have a change of heart so that we no longer sin as much. We need the attitude that we no longer want to sin and when we do, it breaks our hearts. This can only happen with the transformative power of Christ.
For the next few Wednesday nights, we will be studying 1 and 2 Timothy. We will be discussing how youth can be a mature Christian and a strong witness for Christ. We will also discuss the impact that young people can have on the world. Our D-Now weekend is coming up on April 20-22. Our focus will be on how Christians should have a desire to be like Christ and the different characteristics of God. Our youth are growing in the Lord, so please continue to pray for us as we march toward the future.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is quickly approaching. Please be in prayer as to where God would have you serve in this ministry.
TRANSPORTATION..... Our new (used) van has arrived and has already been put into service. During our last business meeting on December 17, 2017, the church approved the purchase of this van, subject to the involvement and approval by the Budget & Finance Committee and the Church Trustees.
Our budget for 2018 had already been completed and approved by the church at this time, and there was no amount included for the payments for this van. In the next business meeting, a motion will be forthcoming to amend the budget to include the monthly payment of $2,066.40. A maintained designated item has been established for this van and any gifts received for this purpose will be used to pay down this note sooner than the eighteen-month financing term.
February 21: Hamburgers, hotdogs, tatortots & dessert
February 28: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, & dessert
LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE
SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) -------------------412
SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) -------------------152
D. T. Bible Study---------------------------------------65
February Budget Requirements--------------50,337
February Budget Receipts-to-date-----------21,796
Special gifts have been given to the transportation fund in memory of Lou Roddy by Tommy McDaniel, Walter & Peggy Greene, Craig & Kelley Frye, Ron & Margaret Sharpless, and Buddy & Becky Watts
A special gift has been given to the transportation fund in memory of Mark McDaniel by Evelyn Clark.
The flowers will be placed in our sanctuary Sunday, February 18 by Dorothy Hanna in memory of her mother, Dorothy Dobbins & in honor of her daughters, Angela Hanna and Renee West, for their birthday.
Flower Delivery for February 19: Ann McDaniel
The flowers will be placed in our sanctuary Sunday, February 25 by Delores Price & family in loving memory of her mother, Marie Davis.
Shelton Cambre will also place flowers in honor of his wife, Mary, in celebration of their 64th Wedding Anniversary on February 27.
Flower Delivery for February 26: Sally Curry
CHRISTIAN LOVE & SYMPAHTY is extended to Nina Terral and family in the death of her husband, George Terral.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Michael & Kaitlin Hefner upon the birth of their daughter, Olivia Claire Hefner. Born on Monday, February 5, 2018. Weight: 6 lbs. 11 oz. Proud FBCG grandparents are Darren & Amy Brick.
THANK YOU NOTES have been placed on the bulletin board from Bryan & Amanda Randolph.
DEACONS AND WIDOWS BANQUET
The annual Deacons and Widows Banquet has been set for Friday evening, March 2, 2018, at 6:30 PM. The banquet will be catered at the church. To all ordained deacons and the widows of former deacons, we look forward to seeing you at this event.