VOL XLVIII MAY 24, 2017 NO. 11
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
5:00 p.m. Evening Service
7:00 p.m. Sounds By The Sea in Pascagoula
FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN .... A TIME OF TRANSITION – It is time to look to the future in certain areas of the church life. It is time to say farewell to Bro. Wayne and his family as they move on to the next part of their lives. Approximately 7 months ago, Bro. Wayne came to me with the news of moving to Texas. That was a difficult message for me to receive. I have enjoyed having someone that had the pastoral background to be able to respond to various situations. And he told me 8 years ago, “I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I HAVE YOUR BACK.” And for 8 years he has had my back and I greatly appreciated that fact.
Now, it is time to say good-bye and start looking forward to the future of FBC Gautier. How do we proceed from here? First, it is the responsibility of the Personnel Committee to find a suitable individual to serve as an interim Minister of Students. That committee has already started that process and even made an announcement about that two weeks ago. They will receive resumes or written statements for consideration through May 31st. Then, they will present someone to the church for consideration of the interim position.
In the meantime, there will be a “Special Called” business meeting on Sunday morning, June 4th to receive names of individuals to serve on a Youth Search Committee. At this meeting, we will receive nominations of at least 7 individuals to serve on this committee. Two weeks later, June 18th, we will vote on the names by secret ballot to select the 5 active members of the search committee and two alternate members of the committee. The five that receive the most votes will be the active members and the next two will be the alternates. If you want to nominate someone to serve on this committee, PLEASE speak with them first and be sure they are willing to serve if elected. This committee, when elected, will be given the task of discerning God’s will and locating that individual to serve on the staff of this great church. We must decide now to trust God and trust the process.
Always remember that God loves you and I love you, Bro. David
BRO. BILL, Music & Education .... Thank you! Thank you!! Sunday night our Preschool and Children’s Choirs led in worship for their spring “end of year” program. The Preschool choir, led by Monica Corley and Dodie Aycock sang strongly and reflected a tender love for the Lord in their singing. The Children’s Choir under the leadership of Theresa Lewis and Marcy Warning presented the musical “God’s Not Dead.” These boys and girls did a fantastic job not only with learning the songs but with remembering speaking lines and stage movements. I am excited about the future of FBC in our children. Both groups will take the summer off so that the children and the workers can rest, recharge, and plan for next year’s exciting choir year. The foundations provided to the children through FBC children’s choirs not only are musical but spiritual as well. Biblical Truth is conveyed in the songs and time is spent in choir time making sure the children understand these spiritual Truths as well. I encourage families with children to prayerfully make Sunday evenings at church a family priority. An hour or two doesn’t disrupt the entire afternoon or evening and the benefits to all ages in Discipleship training and growing in “wisdom and stature” will last a lifetime.
VBS is just around the corner! I am excited for what God will do through our faithful staff of volunteers to reach the hearts of the children who will attend. If you haven’t yet volunteered, contact Janie Steele and she will plug you in. Even if you can’t volunteer to serve, please join us praying for the workers and children of VBS 2017. This is one of the biggest opportunities we have to reach the children of our church and community with the Gospel of Christ.
We are building a solid prospect list from recent events like the Spring Fling and upcoming events like VBS and need volunteers to help with making contacts. Yes, we need some willing to make visits but if you are uncomfortable with that we also need people to make phone calls and write cards. Please speak to myself or Bro. David if you are willing to volunteer. Training will be provided and service will hopefully be only one week per month. God is drawing people to our church, it is our responsibility to reach out to them.
THANK YOU FROM WAYNE’S WORLD .... I face a major dilemma as I try to write my final article for the “Messenger.” How do I cram eight years of thank you’s into one article? In the effort to not leave anyone out I’m going to attempt to keep them generic.
To the search committee who recommended me to the church, I want to say thank you for following the leadership of the Spirit even when it didn’t make sense; let’s be honest, from outside appearances I didn’t look like the typical Student minister. To the church family of FBC, thank you for taking a chance on me and for giving me the opportunity to serve in what has been the most rewarding experience of my 29 years of ministry. To all those who served on the Youth Committee, your guidance, advice and prayers have meant so much. To each and every one of you who have served as chaperones on the various trips and for the various events, we couldn’t have done them without you. Parents thank you for trusting me with your most prized possessions, your amazing kids. And, I have had the best time hanging out with the Senior Adults on our various outings and events. Wise Ones’, you do an amazing job, keep it up. To Bro. David, Ms. Leonda, Ms. Becky, Ms. Kim and Bro. Bill, it has been a wonderful experience serving with you. I truly believe that each of you love the Lord and His church. Thank you for your dedication and service. To all the students who have passed through the student program, you have made the last eight years an amazing ride. We have laughed, argued, played, served, and loved together. I love you with all my heart and words can’t even begin to express how much I’m gonna miss you. I could go on and on but I think I had better stop for now as my eyes are getting a little misty. My prayers will always be with you. May God bless you all.
NEW TO THE LIBRARY: UNLIKELY ANGEL -The untold story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero.
Given by Gloria Blakeney
LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE
SS Enrollment (+6 Homebound) -------------------425
SS Attendance (+6 Homebound) -------------------201
MAY Budget Requirements-------------------53,349
MAY Budget Receipts-to-date----------------38,225
A special gift has been given to the Building Fund in memory of Billy Vaughn, father of Connie Baxter, by Mr. & Mrs. Ray Peterson.
Special gifts have been given to the Building Fund in memory of Uless Dailey by Mr. & Mrs. Billie Lofton and Mr. Tommy McDaniel.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 .... The flowers will be placed in our sanctuary by Bobbie Boykin in loving memory of her husband, Andy Boykin, for their wedding anniversary on May 26th. Margie, Jan & Larry Stewart, and Scott & Lisa Holifield will also place flowers in memory of their loved one, Lavern Holifield.
Flower Delivery for May 29: Sally Curry
Sunday, June 4, 2017 .... Flowers will be placed in our sanctuary by Jim Deakle in honor of his wife, Mary Jean, in celebration of their 58th Wedding Anniversary. Jo Thomas will also place flowers in loving memory of her daughter, Cynthia Halford, for her birthday.
Flower Delivery for June 5: Bill Rushing
CHRISTIAN LOVE & SYMPATHY is extended to Ernestine Dailey & family in the death of her husband, Uless Dailey; Eloise Pouncey & family in the death of her son, Ronny Pouncey.
THANK YOU NOTES have been received and placed on the bulletin board from the Gautier Fire Department.