VOL. XLIX July 18, 2018 NO. 11
• 20– Wiseones’ to William Carey
• 27 – GALS movie night at 6:30 p.m. "I CAN ONLY IMAGINE"
• 29 – 8 a.m.Senior Adult Breakfast (age 65 & up)
9:15 a.m.Children/Youth promotion Sunday
10:30 a.m. Ordinance of Baptism
6 p.m. RA & GA badge ceremony
7 p.m. Missionaries birthday celebration
Next Messenger on August 1st.
FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN..... CAN YOU BELIEVE SUMMER IS NEAR AN END? School starts back in just a few weeks and the busy Fall schedule begins. Let’s reflect on what God has been doing over the past two months.
First, we had an extremely successful June with VBS and the summer Youth Mission Trip. Janie and her VBS team did a wonderful job of organizing and doing VBS. Then we had 19 youth and adults that went to Kentucky and accomplished much. That team tutored a young lady to take the GED test, who by the way accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior the Sunday after we returned home and passed her GED on the following Wednesday, completed around 75% of disassembling a house to use as building material to help a lady build two rooms on the back of her house, help in the remodel of a kitchen in the church that we worked at, and led a VBS that shared the gospel to over 30 people every day. Know that this team represented God and FBC Gautier very well. We have also added Bro. James Wilson as the Minister of Students, Outreach, and Missions. I would say June was very productive.
July has also been very positive. We started off with a very powerful service on July 1stthat focused on Patriotism. We have seen four come forward for the ordinance of Believer’s Baptism, two for church membership and two to rededicate their lives to Jesus Christ and asked to be rebaptized as a spiritual marker. Next Sunday, we will convene a licensing council for Michael Davis during the evening service. What a joy it is to see the Lord working in the lives of people! We will then finish July with a packed Sunday on July 29th. It starts with a Senior Adult Breakfast at 8 AM sponsored by the RA’s and GA’s. Then, during the 10:30 service we will celebrate the baptisms of the four individuals. During the 6:00 PM service we will recognize our RA’s and GA’s as they receive the various badges that have been earned this past years. Finally, we will end the day with a Birthday Party for Missionaries that are serving around the world. This is a reminder from our WMU to remember the thousands of people serving the Kingdom of God. To God Be The Glory Great Things He Is Doing!
Always remember that God loves you and I love you, Bro. David
BRO. BILL, Music & Education..... Earlier this month we celebrated the freedoms we enjoy here in America and were reminded of the freedom we can enjoy through a relationship with Jesus Christ – a freedom which will last for an eternity. I have just returned from some valuable time away visiting family, vacationing, and attending a publisher’s workshop. Thank you to Buddy Landry for filling in for me. While it was nice to be away it is also nice to be back and “on the move” for the work of the Kingdom here in Gautier.
As July comes to a close and August begins, so starts another school year. The first sign of this is our Children’s Department Sunday School Promotion. On Sunday, July 29, the children’s classes (Kindergarden-6thGrade) will join together to celebrate those being promoted to a new class. A special gift will be given to those moving into the Youth department. We will also soon see a return to a full slate of worship ministry activities. “God’s Groupies” and “WOW – Wonders of Worship”, our preschool and children’s musical groups, will kick off in August on Sunday afternoons. Handbell Choir will soon be resuming rehearsals on Tuesday evenings. Orchestra will return after a break as well. All of these groups are open to new volunteers! All children up through and including 6thgrade are encouraged to take part in the Sunday evening experiences. Anyone in 7thgrade and older is welcome to become involved in the Handbell Choir. Ability to read music is helpful but not required. The Orchestra is always open to new musicians with at least one year of formal playing experience (school band, private lessons, etc.) It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played in several years – it is like riding a bicycle! There are customized parts for our group so whether you are a second-year player or someone who has played for 20 years there is a place you can serve. Talk to me and we’ll get you set up with the right music before our first rehearsal! The Worship Choir will soon be starting on music for Christmas. Now is a perfect time to consider joining this fun family of singers giving worship and praise to our God while enjoying some wonderful fellowship. There is a place to serve for everyone who has a desire to use their gifts and talents in worship. Find a spot and join in the excitement!
WILSON’S WORDS..... As I begin this article, I would like to once again thank everyone at First Baptist for making my wife and I feel so welcome! It seems as though we have indeed come home; and I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do as He uses all of us for His kingdom work here in Gautier. On July 6th, the Youth Ministry had a fun-filled day as we enjoyed a couple of Jurassic World movies at my apartment and at the movie theater. We had 22 people in my apartment, and amazingly we all fit and didn’t fall through the floor!! It was great just hanging out with the teens and with my fellow adult leaders. Moments like this help to begin the process of the youth ministry coming together in terms of fellowship and family bond. I believe in this concept wholeheartedly. Church in general should feel like family, and for some, church might be the only positive family experience that exists. We have an amazing group of teens already, and I am encouraged that with a group like this, we can see new teenagers coming in as a result of having such a positive dynamic at work. All teenagers are welcome here no matter what background they may have. We are going to pray for each other, support each other, and serve with each other.
YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM..... will meet July 18 & July 25 at 7:30 in the Youth Complex
YOUTH & YOUTH PARENT’S..... will meet Sunday, July 29 immediately after the morning worship service in the sanctuary.
YOUTH ENDOF SUMMER RETREAT WEEKEND: AUGUST 3rd-5th, we will have a weekend for the teenagers to come together and spiritually prepare for the new school year. In fact, the theme of the weekend is TOGETHER. This will be a great opportunity to bond together as a group, discover ways to support each other, and grow together in the Word of God. We will look at some important Christian principles that will help students as they return to school. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow personally, andas a group. Derek Wall, a longtime ministry friend of mine, will be our speaker for the weekend, and Cari Sims, a senior teen from Vancleave, will lead our worship services. DEADLINE: July 25, $25 due. For students going into 7thgrade-college.
LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE
SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) -------------------394
SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) -------------------172
D. T. Bible Study---------------------------------------51
TRANSPORTATION LOAN BAL-------------23,199
Backpack Ministry- A special gift has been given in memory of Jeanette Unger by Mike & Tracy Foster.
New Van Fund- A special gift has been given in honor of Emma Landry for her 17thbirthday by Billie & Zelma Lofton.
The flowers will be placed on Sunday, July 22, by Paul Heffner in honor of his wife, Jan Hefner, in celebration of their 18thWedding Anniversary.
Flower Delivery for July 23: Sally Curry
The flowers will be placed in our sanctuary Sunday, July 29by Gene and Elouise Klavon in loving memory of their dear friend, Norma Kahl, for her birthday on August 2.
Flower Delivery for July 30: Wini Harris
CHRISTIAN LOVE & SYMPATHYis extended to Pam Shirley & family in the death of her sister, Sandy Sennett; and to Margaret Stauter & family in the death of her father, Morgan Hill
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
5-Prayer walks at local school following p.m. service
15-Family Night Suppers begin
25-GALS Bible Study Kick-off