This Month at a Glance
|Wednesday, April 1
||Children's Easter Celebration (6:00 pm)
|Friday, April 3
||Church Offices Closed
|Monday, April 6
|Tuesday, April 7
||Property and Space Committee meeting
|Sunday, April 19
Finance Committee meeting (5:00 pm)
|Sunday, April 26
Business Meeting (6:00 pm)
Something to think about...
"When we don't teach our children to sing, they grow up to be moms and dads who don't sing. In 20 years we have a church full of people who don't sing. Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship, issues a compelling call to church leaders to rethink the importance of children's and youth music programs..." (Read more
A Word from the Pastor - April 2015
I have recently finished reading the book Change Your Church for Good. A former church member and a child of one of our current members worked with the pastor who wrote it. As I was reading I came across several quotes found on pages 241-42. I thought I would share them with you.
Churches must be creative in their own settings. The goal is to expose as many people as possible to the church. Since people are the church, whatever a church does should involve their people. This presupposes that the people will be positive reflections for the church and the Lord. The goal is to plant a seed that compels as many people as possible to come back to church. If this is going to happen in any given church setting, there are two important principles that must be embraced and implemented.
First, each church must build off their unique strengths. They can't just copy other churches, unless they have similar strengths... Each church must be innovative and imaginative within the confines of their God-given uniqueness.
Second, the church must embrace and implement the excellence factor. As one of our key values states, "excellence honors God and inspires people." If the church is going to appropriately reflect God and inspire people, it needs to be committed to excellence. Mediocrity does not reflect God and inspires no one. Excellence both honors God and inspires people. In order to create fresh momentum, the church must remember the excellence factor.
These are challenging ideas, but so important. As I think about these comments, I wonder, "How can we be more creative in order to reach more people? Are we positive when we talk about FBC with outsiders? How do we build on our unique strengths as FBC? Do we strive for excellence in all that we do? If not, then how do we make this a priority?"
We serve a great God that deserves the very best we have to offer. This is His church and we ought to honor Him in everything we do. Let me encourage you to ask God to glorify Himself in and through this church. Ask Him how you can share positive words about this church in this community. Ask Him to help us utilize our strengths and uniqueness to impact the lostness in this city and county.
Bridal Brunch for
Michael Frazier & Mary Beth Triplett
Saturday, April 25, 2015
First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Target & Wal-Mart
Financial Peace University
If you or someone you know is interested in taking the Financial Peace Study Course please contact the church office.
- Our 2015 Annie Armstrong Goal: $5,000.00. Received: $770.00
- Easter Sunday, April 5 Services schedule:
- Sunrise Service (time to be announced)
- Breakfast to follow
- 8:30 Worship Service
- 9:45 Sunday School
- 11:00 Worship Service
- No Evening Service
- The Golden Agers will have breakfast on Saturday, May 2 at the Log Cabin Restaruant. Meet at the church parking lot at 8:30 to ride the bus. Breakfast will be at 9:00. All expenses will be covered by the church.
- Senior Adult Recognition: Sunday, May 3 (both morning worship services)
Just a Reminder: The Prayer Room is available for anyone who would like to set up a time to stop by the church and pray. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer with a list of times.
Music & Children Notes
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
It's been said that the only constant in life is change. But human nature is resistant to change. In any season of life, when God brings change, His nature is such that it should always be intertwined with hope, because that is the character of our relationship with Him. If God's people are motivated by anything in this world, it's hope.
As our family prepares to set off on this new adventure of serving God, I wanted to use this last newsletter article to say thank you to a few people. There won't be enough room to be complete, so if I miss anyone, I apologize up front. I want to thank:
- The choir and praise team for their hard work and dedication. It's been a joy working with you. I hope you've learned a little from me, as I have learned a lot while serving you.
- Steve Winstead for doing fantastic work keeping our technology running.
- William Kirkland and Brent Holland for your encouragement, support, and some timely wise counsel.
- Dale and Ms. Billie for your commitment to the music ministry and your flexibility and willingness to try new things with me.
- Children's Committee for the fun things we've done to serve the kids at FBC. I pray that, as you seek to provide fun activities for kids and families, that communicating God's Word will be your primary focus.
- Debbie Frazier for being flexible for some of my, um, "unorthodox" practices.
- Last but not least, Bro Richard and Lesa for their prayers, wisdom, encouragement, and faithfulness to our church, and to me and my family.
- Deacons meeting Sunday, September 1 at 4:30PM
- Church Offices closed on Monday, September 2
- Church Directory Pictures—September 5, 6, 7 & 11
- Emmert Circle meeting Monday, September 9 at 6PM at the Waverly Café
- CenterShot Ministry Training Saturday, September 14th
- Finance Committee meeting Sunday, September 15 at 5PM
- Chile Mission Trip—September 30—October 7