VOL XLIX JANUARY 17, 2018 NO 07
JANUARY 21, 2018
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018
9:30 A.M. UNTIL 11:30 A.M.
G.A.L.S BIBLE STUDY KICK-OFF
FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN..... 2018 IS HERE! I know that time is constant. It passes on one second at a time and each second is the same length of time. However, the older I get the faster that it seems to pass. My nephew turned 40 last week and I wanted to tell him to do everything that he can to embrace the time that he has with family and friends. The Apostle Paul charges the church at Ephesus and all believers today in Ephesians 5:15-16; “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” What Paul’s is trying to say is that the days are evil, and we need to take advantage of the opportunities that are before us.
I am convinced that Almighty God wants to use FBC Gautier to be a bright lighthouse in this city and community. To be that bright lighthouse we must shine outward. It is easy to shine inward and light the way for the Church family, but it is a whole different story when you are asked to shine out in the darkness. If you remember this analogy from the Sermon on The Mount in Matthew 5:14-15, Jesus said that “a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket.” As born-again believers in Jesus Christ we are subjects of the Kingdom of God and are instructed to be witnesses of our faith and manifest the Light by personal testimony and actions.
If we want to see the church grow, then we must be faithful to shine our light out into the darkness.
There have been and will continue to be plenty of opportunities to grow in your faith and cause your light to shine brighter. Sunday School and Discipleship Training are two examples. Morning and Evening Worship, plus Wednesday Night Bible study. There are also plenty of places for service to strengthen these programs and reach out too many more people.
Paul challenged the believers at Ephesus to “Redeem the Time.” He challenged them to take advantage of the opportunities that came to them because the days are evil.
Always remember that God loves you and I love you, Bro. David
BRO. BILL, Music & Education ,,,,, Welcome to 2018! A new year means that many of our organizations and programs are starting afresh after the holiday season. Our Worship Choir is beginning to work toward Easter while also preparing weekly anthems for worship. The Handbell Choir has started rehearsals again with a full roster. I am excited about what will be coming from this musical worship group in the coming weeks and months. Our Preschool and Children’s musical worship groups (God’s Groupies and WOW-Wonders of Worship) are now back in full swing with many fun and exciting things planned. You will be blessed as they participate in worship in the coming months. There is always room for more boys and girls to enjoy the fun and learning in these groups. Orchestra has resumed rehearsals and there is a great need for additional instrumentalists. If you have at least 1 year of playing experience, we would love to have you join us!! Even if you haven’t played in several years, it will “come back” to you! There are a couple of children’s Sunday School classes where we need some volunteers to step up and teach and/or assist. While it can be comfortable to stay in your adult class – our children need mature, loving adults who have a desire to share God’s love with them, too. Soon we will be launching a church outreach ministry. This will need volunteers from among us to make it work. If we do not take the Gospel and the love of Christ in First Baptist to our community how else will they learn of Him?
The start of a new year is a time for new beginnings. Often called a “fresh start” this opportunity has arrived for each of us. Prayerfully consider how you can give of yourself and your time to serve the church and the Kingdom. Yes, there were times that Jesus Himself needed to step back and recharge and be served, but He ALWAYS returned to serve others. Following His example, we must be about serving the church and the people. For some that is teaching, for others serving means becoming involved in a choir or instrumental group, others may find service in outreach to the community. As we enter a new year, let each of us find our places of service to Christ, His church, and the community where He has placed us.
YOUTH MINISTRY..... Christmas break is over, and it is time to look forward to another amazing year. We have summer trips being planned and D-Now weekend is shaping up nicely. On Wednesday night we are currently studying Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes points out many behaviors and actions that are a complete waste of time. So many things we focus our lives on are ultimately meaningless, so we need to look at our lives see if we need to remove certain elements from our lives. Solomon, who likely wrote Ecclesiastes, was a man of great wealth who knew everything the world had to offer yet he discovered so many things were simply a waste of time. He shows us what is useful and what is not based on his knowledge.
The D-Now Weekend will be April 20-22. The main theme will be emulating God’s characteristics. When we look at 2 Peter 1:3 it shows us that when we are saved we should have a desire to take on characteristics of God/Christ. We should see God in His glory and want to be like Him, God also gives us the ability to be more like Him. This D-now we will look at characteristics of God/Christ and see how we can strive to emulate them. I am excited about the weekend and hope that everyone starts praying for God to move in the lives of the youth.
Attention 7-12th graders: If you are interested in participating in Bible Drills this year, please contact Susan Landry at (228) 327-4219 as soon as possible. Church drill--April 8; Associational drill--April 12; State drill--April 19. Thank you.
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
BY C. S. LEWIS
Gals Bible Study to Begin Sunday, February 4, 2018 @ 4:30 P.M. & Also on Thursday, February 8 @ 10 A.M. Both study classes will be led by Kim Ord.
WEDNESDAY FAMILY NIGHT SUPPER
January 24-Spaghetti w/meatballs, salad & garlic bread, dessert
January 31-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn & coleslaw
THANK YOU NOTES have been received and posted on the bulletin board from Carla McDaniel, Larry Crisco, Shirley York, Judy Woodward, & Samaritan’s Purse.
LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE
SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) -------------------421
SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) -------------------167
D. T. Bible Study------------------------------------N/A
January Budget Requirements----------------50,337
January Budget Receipts-to-date-------------35,259
SPECIAL GIFTS have been given to…
… the Transportation Fund in memory of Mark McDaniel by Francelle Sanderford;
…the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in memory of Barbara Foster by Mike & Tracy Foster, Gene & Leonda McDaniel, Tommy McDaniel, and Buddy & Becky Watts;
…the Disaster Relief Ministry in memory of Mark McDaniel by Wini Harris and by Buddy, Susan & Emma Landry;
…the Youth Ministry in memory of Stephen Cowan’s father by Buddy, Susan, & Emma Landry;
…the Daycare Ministry in memory of Gail Smith by Dan & Sharon Marks and Ron & Margaret Sharpless;
A special gift was given to Our Daily Bread by the New Beginnings with Faith Sunday School Class.
The flowers will be placed in our sanctuary Sunday, January 21 by Jim Deakle in honor of his wife, Mary Jean, for her birthday; ...Wini Harris, Ben, Lynda & their families in memory of their love one, Tom Harris; ...Mike, Rex, Nancy and their families in memory of their loved one, LeRoy Foster, for his birthday.
Flower Delivery for January 22: Sally Curry
The flowers will be placed in our sanctuary Sunday, January 28 by Billy Allen in honor of his wife, Kris, in celebration of their 62nd Wedding Anniversary; ...Gene & Eloyse Klavon in memory of her daughter Terri Mendoza, for her birthday.
Flower delivery for January 29: Janet Keith
CHRISTIAN LOVE & SYMPAHTY IS extended to Carla McDaniel & family in the death of her husband, Mark; To Larry Crisco & family in the death of his mother, Dorothy Crisco; to Stephen Cowan & family in the death of his father; to Betty Zimmerman in the death of her sister; to the family & friends of Gail Smith.