VOL XLVIII                              OCTOBER 11, 2017                              NO 20

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017

 

       

 

 

 

 

Craft Workshop

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

6 -8 PM

Hosted by the GALS Ministry

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OCTOBER 31, 2017

6 -8 PM

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW!!

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FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN..... The theme for FBC Gautier these days is flexibility. It seems there are not many things that are currently “written in stone.” Two weeks ago, we were recovering from an exciting week-end of the 75th Anniversary. We were making plans for Deacon Ordination on October 1st and World Hunger Day on October 8th. Since then, we sent our 3rd Disaster Relief team to Orange, TX. While we were in Orange, TX helping people to recover from Hurricane Harvey, another storm developed that headed straight for the Gulf Coast of MS. When all was said and done, we were hit by Hurricane Nate, cancelled church services, and prepared for the storm. Nate has come and gone and we are still here. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been and now we start planning again. However, always remember that we must be flexible.

Next Sunday morning we will emphasize World Hunger Relief. The new term is Global Hunger Relief but it still accomplishes the same thing. The goal of the Global Hunger Relief is “Dollar for Dollar,” distribution of funds for the purpose of feeding the hungry across the world. In other words, 100% of the funds that come into the convention for Global Hunger Relief go out to help feed the hungry. That is the emphasis on Sunday, October 15th. We will receive a special offering for Global Hunger Relief to be a part of such a need.

Also, speaking of being flexible, BMEN and Fall Jackson County Baptist Association Meeting were scheduled for the same evening. Solution? Flexibility. The JCBA meeting is not flexible but the BMEN is. We have moved the BMEN Gathering from Tuesday, October 10th to Tuesday, October 17th. We are still planning a meal prepared by Zachary Vaughn and devotion by Kris Staup. It will be delayed a week, but it will still be a great time for men to gather for food (both physical and spiritual), fellowship, and discipleship.

We are quickly moving into the Fall season with holidays and events. Please stay involved in the many opportunities of service to the Body of Christ here at the church, in the community and around the world.

Always remember that God loves you and I love you, Bro. David    

 

BRO. BILL, Music & Education ..... I have now experienced my first full hurricane as a Gulf Coast resident. Coming from Florida I am certainly no stranger to hurricanes and the preparation (or cleanup) aspects but certainly each location is different. Some people approached the coming storm with a long history on the Gulf Coast of severe weather conditions while others perhaps had never really seen a hurricane. Some took great steps in preparation while others maybe only froze some extra water and made sure their electronics were charged. Regardless of where people “came from” we all experienced the weather system together. As I reflect on this I am reminded that every week we come together on Sunday for a common purpose–to worship. We come from many different backgrounds and places of life even on a week to week basis yet we all join–heart, mind, soul, and strength (or on some Sundays we join less in strength and more brokenness) to worship. What is so wonderful is that as we join we are all strengthened and encouraged.  Yes, God is present everywhere and can be with us even if we are not physically in the House of the Lord but there is something special about joining with fellow believers for worship and Bible Study.  It is an opportunity to grow in strength, wisdom, and to be encouraged by others who may come from a different place in life but share the same love for our Lord and desire to serve Him.  Scripture says “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25) for a reason–God knew that we would need each other to navigate life, much as we need each other to prepare and recover from weathering a major weather storm.  I look forward to our Sundays together – the fellowship, encouragement, and the support for living that we share is just something that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Join us this and every Sunday!

Please don’t forget Fall Festival is coming quickly! We need an army of volunteers to make this event a success. Time is valuable, but what better way to spend a couple of hours than investing in the work of the Kingdom?  This event draws our community together in the love of Christ – and you are needed to make that happen!  Don’t wait to be asked, reach out to Janie Steele and volunteer!

 

 INTERIM YOUTH MINISTER..... Another hurricane has hit and FBCG keeps moving along. The youth program is moving along as well. I am looking forward to our cookout on October 28th and a weekend event in November. We have some fun things planned for the youth as well as good Bible study and teaching. We are currently going through Mark on Wednesday nights and are beginning to learn how to be a disciple. Being a disciple is tough and can cause us worldly burdens but we live how Christ lived because we love Christ and want others to love him as well. I hope to instill the love of Christ in our youth.

Mark I uses the word immediately quite often. The disciples left their boats immediately. Christ went into the wilderness to be baptized immediately. Everything in the chapter happens immediately. Chapter 1 teaches us that we must also act immediately when God calls us. We like to stop and think and determine whether what God called us to do is possible. We wonder how family will react, are we ready, and whether the cost of obedience is worth it. God is not calling us to make up excuses. He is calling us to act and make a difference for His kingdom. If God calls you to witness to someone or help a person in need then do not stop and think. Do not argue with yourself wondering if it was really God guiding you. Be obedient and make an eternal difference.

 

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October 18: Baked chicken, dressing, field peas, salad & dessert

October 25: Spaghetti w/meatballs, greenbeans, coleslaw & dessert

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FALL FEST:  This event brings hundreds of people from the community through our facility where we can share the love of Christ with them through providing games as an alternative to the “trick or treat” of Halloween.   We really need a large number of volunteers to make this event run smoothly. If we want to continue offering this strong community outreach event, we need volunteers to step up and give the gift of time to make it possible.  Please contact Janie Steele or the church office to sign up.                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                            

LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE

SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) -------------------418

SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) -------------------174

Weekly contacts----------------------------------------81

D. T. Bible Study---------------------------------------67

October Budget Requirements----------------53,349

October Budget Receipts-to-date-------------12,901

 

A special gift to Disaster Relief Ministry has been given in memory of my husband, John Pouncey, my son, Ronnie Pouncey and my best friend, Barbara Foster by Eloyse Pouncey.

 

Special gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering have been given in loving memory of Barbara Foster by Francelle Sanderford, Bill & Ruby Rushing, Terie Eaton, Tom & Judy King, and Charles & Mathilda Munn.

A Special gift has been given in honor of the Bereavement Committee and in memory of Barbara Foster by Mike & Tracy Foster and by Rex & Amelie Foster

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Flowers will be placed in our sanctuary in loving memory of Clark & Maurice Massey for their Wedding Anniversary and their son, Richard Nelson Massey, for his birthday by the family.   Dorothy Hanna will also place flowers in loving memory of her daddy, James Dobbins, for his birthday.

Flower Delivery for October 16: Gaynell Atkinson

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Flowers will be placed in our sanctuary by Billy Allen in honor of his wife, Kris, for her birthday.

Flower Delivery for October 23: Sally Curry

 

CHRISTIAN LOVE & SYPMATHY IS EXTENDED TO Rita Johns & family in the death of her nephew, Steve Lamkin.

 

THANK YOU NOTES have been received and placed on the bulletin board from Grady & Cynthia Mayo and from Nell Ely.

 

CORRECTION TO OCTOBER BIRTHDAY LIST:

Please add Kyle Gregory to October 24