VOL XLIX APRIL 10, 2018 NO 07
THE CELEBRATION SINGERS WILL MINISTER IN SONG
TO THE NURSING HOMES ON TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018
11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN....
SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Spring-time always brings new growth. The trees start blooming and the grass starts growing. The colors change, and the birds seem to start singing louder. Most people understand that change is coming. They understand there is a season for growth called Spring.
King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1; “To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven:”There is a time for everything. There is a time a time to slow down and a time to speed up. This is the time to plant seeds. One example is the new proposed outreach program. Next Sunday afternoon we will unfold a new program to reach out to visitors and prospects of the church. Bro. Bill will introduce the ideas at a 5:00 PM meeting at the church. We are asking you to attend and volunteer in several ways. We are asking for people to deliver packets of information to doors of visitors. We are asking for Sunday School classes to commit to following up with prospects that would be similar in age or interests. We are asking for people that would be willing to visit in the home and share their faith and answer questions about the church. This is the time for all of us to become part of the outreach of this great church.
It is also time to challenge our young people regarding the church. We have several young people that have stepped back, and I am calling them to forward. We have several younger youth that are still learning what it means to be youth at FBC Gautier. They need some of our older youth to step forward and teach them how to nurture and demonstrate their faith at home and in school. We may not currently have a Youth Minister, but there is a very capable Youth Committee, church family, and myself to help with the process.
Speaking of the youth, we decided to postpone the D-NOW Week-end to July. We also have committed to a mission trip to southeast Kentucky in June. This is the time for all of us to step forward and rebuild the youth program. This community needs a strong youth program at FBC Gautier.
Always remember that God loves you and I love you, Bro. David
BRO. BILL, Music & Education ,,,,,
Thank you to everyone who shared a role in our Easter worship celebrations. I am grateful for the many hours of preparation that so many gave to make it a morning of Resurrection Celebration!
This coming Sunday, April 15, starting at 5:00 PM is our orientation for the new Outreach/Community Connection Ministry plan for our church. As many people as possible are needed for this to be effective in reaching those in our community, especially those who reach out to us first. There are different ways to serve – not all of which require visiting in person. It is critical for our church in the months and years ahead if we are to continue being a lighthouse in Gautier we must become intentional and active in reaching beyond ourselves. Join us for this orientation and plan to be a part of this simply, non-threatening approach to connecting with people.
The annual Spring Fling is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, from 11 AM to 1 PM. This is one of the biggest events we sponsor designed to connect with our community and introduce our community to the loving family of FBC. Please save this date on your calendars and plan to participate by helping with a booth, registration, and other areas. Everyone will be needed as we typically see over 300 people come through our facility. See Francelle Sanderford to volunteer!
VBS isn’t far away! “Game On” needs volunteers for teaching, assisting, crafts, music, recreation, and many other areas to make this a successful week of sharing the Gospel with our community’s children. There will be an orientation/training meeting on Monday, May 14 starting at 6:30 PM for all volunteers so that we are all on the same page and ready for a smooth week. Contact Janie Steele to volunteer – do wait to be asked!
God is wanting to do a new thing at FBC Gautier. We believe this. We also know that God has chosen in this time in history to do His work through the hands, feet, and voices of His children. That means US! Use these opportunities for serving as a springboard for sharing with our community Christ’s love.
CONGRATULATIONS TO... Gabe & Christine (Lewis) Stewart upon the birth of their daughter, Ainsley Carolyn Stewart. Born on Friday, April 6, 2018. (8 ½ lbs. 20 in long) Proud FBCG grandparents are Bro Bill & Theresa Lewis
ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES, MARY MARGARET VINSON & KYLE ANDREW PACE
joyfully invite you to attend their wedding on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at Colonels's Quarters at Castle Hill, 120 Castlehill Drive, Oxford, MS. Reception to follow
WEDNESDAY FAMILY NIGHT SUPPER
January 24-Spaghetti w/meatballs, salad & garlic bread, dessert
January 31-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn & coleslaw
DISASTER RELIEF MINISTRY
For many years, Mississippi Baptists have sought to bring help, healing, and hope to those affected by disasters through the active response of many volunteers. Volunteers are sent out with training so that they can be most rapidly effective in a disaster response. We, at First Baptist of Gautier, have the tools and equipment to respond to hurricanes, tornados & floods. We will often help with some level of rebuild also. If you would like to respond with the Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief, please contact Stan Aycock at 228-217-6637
NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need Sunday morning Extended Session (during worship) volunteers. If you would like to be put on the rotation schedule (every 6-8 weeks) or can volunteer for one Sunday, it would be very helpful.
We average 10-12 preschool age (3 & 4 yr. old’s) and 3-4 bed babies (infant to 2 yr. old’s) and are growing each week. Please prayerfully consider serving in this area.
LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE
SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) ----------------409
SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) ----------------193
D. T. Bible Study-----------------------------------55
TRANSPORTATION LOAN BALANCE ----------37,590
TRANSPORTATION RECEIPTS (March)-----------1639
SPECIAL GIFTS have been given to…
TRANSPORTATION FUND-in memory of Mark McDaniel, Lou Roddy, George Terral, Pete Davis, Edna Baxter & Doris Webber by Mike & Tracy Foster.
The flowers will be placed on Sunday, April 15, by Bobbie Boykin in loving memory of her husband, Andy Boykin.
Flower Delivery for April 16: Janet Keith
The flowers will be placed in our sanctuary Sunday, April 22by Bob Brice in loving memory of his wife, Mildred Brice, for her birthday.
Flower Delivery for April 23: Sally Curry
CHRISTIAN LOVE & SYMPATHY is extended to Jean Wade & family in the death of her sister, Floy Pridgen; and to Clay Webber & family in the death of his mother, Doris Webber.
APRIL 18: Potato bar, salad& dessert
APRIL 25: Hamburger, hotdog, chips & ice cream
SPRING FLING: Volunteers are needed. Please contact Francelle Sanderford or the church office if you are available to work a booth at any time between 11 and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.
NOMINATING COMMITTEEis working diligently on the Sunday School teachers and officers for the 2018-2019 church year. Please seek God’s guidance in where He would have you to serve.