Happenings At Madison First Baptist Church

This past week has been a busy ministering one for the folks at First Baptist. Three of our “forever family” went to be with the Lord. The first was “Gangie” Lois Wainwright. She was known as the gentle, beautiful, white haired lady who loved the Lord. She was most famous for her pound cake. The next was William Sweat. He was a quiet, faithful “pew neighbor” of this writer and her family until he was no longer able to attend. Mrs. Walteria Schnitker was another one of the long time members of First Baptist to pass away this week. I met Walteria in February 2000, at my second WMU meeting for FBC. She was a part of the Friendship Sunday School Class until she moved to Dowling Park. Even then as the JOY choir would visit there, I recall her joining in the hymn singing until she was no longer able to do that. Our hostess/bereavement committee is to be commended on a job well done as they coordinated meals for all these families. The entire church body came together to share the love of Jesus in a tangible way. Our pastor was out of town for the weekend. Filling in for him was Dr. Mike Miller, Director of Missions for Middle Florida Baptist Association. After our time of praise and hymns he preached from Psalm 8. “O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen-Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!” Read and meditate on how special we are as His supreme creation and how much we should value the sanctity of life. Jan. 19 ~ Sanctity of Life Sun-day…Throughout the month we will be collecting offerings for A Women’s Pregnancy Center, the local organization that ministers to ladies who are in crisis pregnancies. Prayers fliers are included in the bottles that are available for filling. Silent money will be greatly appreciated. Your bottles may be returned at any service through February 9. Sunday nights @ First …Our evening service @ First begins at 5 p.m. This will allow us the opportunity to share in praise, worship, and the Word from 5 until 5:45 p.m. Then from 5:45 until 7:30 p.m. a variety of class options will be available to grow your faith. For ADULTS three different classes are being offered. Use the sign up sheets on Sandra’s door or the tear-off portion of the bulletin or call the church to register. Experiencing God -13 wks. – Led by Debbie Roderick – Cost $16: 2/2 ~ Units 2 & 3, 2/16 ~ Units 4 & 5, ~ 3/2 ~ Units 6 & 7, 3/9 ~ Unit 8, 3/16 ~ Unit 9, ~ 3/23 ~ Unit 10, 4/6 ~ Units 11 & 12. Divorce Care – 13 wks. – Led by Bro. Gabe, Ann McLeod, and Shelly Smith – Cost $15. This is a class for those experiencing separation, divorcees or those going through a divorce. Managing the Stress of Abundant Life led by Dr. Mike Miller ~ four -weeks: Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 2 and 9. There will be classes for YOUTH, grades 6-8, and for HIGH SCHOOL, 9-12 grades, through COLLEGE/CAREER age. The CHILDREN will also have special places. The Preschool Choir, ages 3-6 will be taught by Beth Carey and Carol Bynum. Jim Carey and Thelma DeHart will lead the Children’s Choir for those in first-fifth grades. And of course, a Nursery will be provided for those babies through age two. Dinner will be served from 7-7:30 p.m. for preschool through college. No matter your age or where you are in your walk with Christ, there is a place for you “SUNDAY NIGHTS @ FIRST!” God is doing awesome things! Jan. 28 ~ Tuesday ~ 10 a.m. Just Older Youth choir… We will visit a local nursing center. Jan. 29 ~ Wednesday’s Schedule: 5:30 p.m. ~ AWANA, 6 p.m. ~ The Youth and College Group, 6:30 p.m. ~ Prayer Meeting, 7:30 p.m. ~ Worship Choir rehearsal. GOOD NEWS CLUBS… We have two clubs in our local schools. The Madison County Central School Club meets on Tuesday, at 2:45 p.m. The Pinetta Elementary School Club meets on Thursday; at 3:15 p.m. Leaders share the Good News of Christ through song, prayer, fellowship and a Bible story each week during the school year. Attendance for these groups is running about 50+. Be a prayer warrior for this group of folks ~ volunteers and students. Carol Bynum is the coordinator for these groups. If you would like to furnish refreshments for either of these groups, please contact Carol at 971-7246. Thursday, Jan. 30 ~ Ladies’ Night ~ Painting Social ~ The ladies will gather at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a “paint class” …The cost is just $25 (payable to Melanie Parks) and includes all the materials to make a heart door hanger for your home. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Becky Driggers (cell # 566-5510) to sign up and pay. Saturday, Feb. 1 ~ 9-11 a.m. Family Conflict Management Seminar ~ Dr. Mike Miller, Director of Missions for the Middle Florida Baptist Association, will be leading the conference. There are three ways to sign up ~ If you are in church, use the tear off portion, sign the sheet on Sandra’s office or call the church office, 973-2547, or the association at 973-8607. This event is open to the public. We would just like for you to sign up so we can be better prepared to serve you. Sunday, Feb. 9 ~

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