Happenings At First Baptist ChurchSep 19th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Church, Community News
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16. Salt and light are essential to life. Salt preserves, seasons and flavors our lives. Light is essential to life in that in provides vitamin D and helps battle depression. We are to have a preserving effect on the world. Pure salt never loses it abilities to preserve, season and flavor. However, it can be made impure. As Believers we are try and keep our lives from the impurities of the world. The Jews of Jesus’ day thought they were inherently Light. They were wrong. But those who have Christ in our hearts inherit that Light from Him. We still have to live out our lives in this world, but we are to illuminate the Kingdom, preserve it, flavor it and add seasoning to it. Verse 16 is the key verse. TAKE OUTS or DINING IN in THE FELLOWSHIP HALL! Sunday, Sept. 22 ~ Chicken & Rice Dinner/Cake Auction Fund Raiser. Following the morning worship service we will enjoy the fund raiser meal to help offset the cost of repairing the leak in the 1898 Sanctuary. Plan now to attend and support this worthy cause! We invite, YOU, the community to join us for this event. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Just Older Youth choir… Visit Dowling Park and then out to lunch. Come join us! GOOD NEWS CLUBS…We have two clubs at our local schools. The Madison Count Central School Club meets on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. The Pinetta Elementary School Club meets on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. Leaders have the opportunity to share the Good News Christ through song, prayer, fellowship and a Bible story each week during the school year. Be a prayer warrior for this group of folks, volunteers and students. 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; and 8:15 p.m. ~ Christmas Choir. New Members Sunday School Class ~ Sept. 22. All new adult members are invited to join Bro. Gabe in the fellowship hall at 9:45 a.m. for this class. “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 5:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Then from 5:45 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. a variety of class options will be available to grow your faith. For ADULTS three different classes will be offered: Experiencing God -13 weeks – led by Andrea Krell – Cost $16 When God’s People Pray – Six weeks – led by LaVerne Deckard – Cost $11 Divorce Care – 13 weeks. – led by Brother Gabe Krell and Shelly Smith – Cost $15 This is a class for divorcees or those going through a divorce. Call the church office at 973-2547 to register for these classes so books will be available for you. Please make checks payable to FBC Madison for your class book with the name of the course in the memo. The YOUTH, grades 6-8, will have an opportunity to study the Book of James led by Amy Kendrick and Dave Deckard. For HIGH SCHOOL, 9-12 grades, through COLLEGE/CAREER age folks Melanie Parks, Ray Pike and Ansley Rogers will be leading a study entitled “Forgotten God.” The CHILDREN will also have special places. The Preschool Choir, ages 3-6 will be taught by Beth Carey and Carol Bynum. The Children’s Choir for those in first-fifth grades will be led by Jim Carey, Martha Beggs, and Thelma DeHart. And of course, a Nursery will be provided for those babies through age two. Dinner will be served from 7:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. for preschool through college. On the fourth Sunday of each month we will have our monthly fellowship meal followed by our regular business meeting. No matter your age or where you are in your walk with Christ, there is a place for you “SUNDAY NIGHTS @ FIRST!” Coming in October…Pumpkin Patch Youth Fund Raiser. The Youth will sponsor a pumpkin patch on Friday, Oct. 11, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Keep this in mind when planning your fall decorating ideas. Support our Youth by pre-ordering your pumpkins through the church office at 973-2547. The community is encouraged to share in this opportunity. Sunday Night, Sept. 29 Family Night Supper/Business Meeting and Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Jim Carey as our Minister of Music. We will honor Jim’s fifth year of service during our family night service. There will be a special basket to receive cards and expressions of appreciation for him and Beth and their faithful service to our church family. Throughout the month of September, you will have an opportunity to support the ministries of the Maguire State Mission Offering. Please pray for a greater awareness and commitment to reach our mission field in Florida for Christ. Our church goal is $2,200. If you have questions about any of the announcements or prayer concerns, the church staff is ready to serve you. The church office hours are 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The office phone number is 973-2547 or you can reach the church secretary by email at email@example.com. We also have a website, madisonfbc.net, that is regularly updated. Our pastor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jim Carey, our music minister can be reached at email@example.com. See you Sunday morning for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., where we have classes for nursery through senior adults. Worship begins at 11 a.m. when we will honor the Lord with songs of praise, prayers, offerings, and the spoken word. And remember “SUNDAY NIGHT @ FIRST” begins at 5:00 p.m. See you there. In the meantime, be the salt and light that Jesus talked about to those you meet each day.