Our time of praise included “Open the Eyes of My Heart” and “Faith is the Victory.” For the offertory we sang “The Church’s One Foundation” and the orchestra played “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone.” The worship choir’s special was “Jerusalem.” We really appreciate the time and effort these folks put in to leading us in worship. Bro Gabe continued his preaching from the Sermon on the Mount using Matthew 6:25-34 as his text. Worry is something we all do. Worry here means consuming focus about things that take over our day. In the passage we see the relationship between God, nature and man. We are God’s supreme creation. We have an intimate Father who really cares about us and will tend to all our needs much more than He takes care of nature. We just need to exercise our faith in Him.
Mission action is reaching out beyond the church walls and ministering to other folks in such a way that they too, want to be a part of our forever family. Jesus said it like this, “As you are going, for you will be going, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20. Having said this, please look at the following events as opportunities that we have to teach, reach, disciple and baptize those with whom we come in contact.
Present time until May ~ The Family Career and Community Leaders of America, formerly FHA/FFA at Madison County High School is sponsoring a food drive in order to collect food for Madison County Elementary students in need. One in six children do not receive proper meals or snacks when they go home on the weekends. Donated food items will be packed into backpacks to be given to selected elementary students on Fridays before the weekend. BREAKFAST ITEMS: Granola bars, pop tarts, individual packaged cereal, etc. SNACK ITEMS: Pudding, fruit cups, fruit snacks, individual packs of crackers and chips or other snack items. LUNCH ITEMS: Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee products, Ramen noodles, etc. DRINKS: Individually packaged fruit juices and drinks. Any donations will be appreciated.
Feb. 25 ~ Tuesday ~ 10 a.m. Just Older Youth choir… We will visit Dowling Park/Lunch.
Feb. 26 ~ 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… 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.
Sunday nights @ First …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 tear-off portion of bulletin or call the church to register.
Experiencing God -13 wks. – led by Debbie Roderick – Cost $16. 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: Mar. 2, 9 and March 16.
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!
Saturday, March 8 ~ 5 p.m. ~ 2014 First Baptist Cup Championship ~ Ping Pong Tournament ~ The entry fee is $3/person. You must complete a registration form/waiver to participate. Forms are available in the church office or contact the Youth Committee.
March 28-30 ~ “LIVE OUT LOUD” Men’s Retreat ~ Lake Yale Conference Center…If you are interested in attending this event please contact Brian Townsend. The cost is $200/person. This includes room, six meals and conference.
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.
July 26 ~ Aug. 1 ~ WE’RE GOING ON A MISSION TRIP…PRAY…GIVE…GO…Our Missions Committee has partnered with Back2Back Ministries of Monterrey, Mexico to provide fifteen members to help with construction projects or simple repairs. They will also play games, tutor children, or do other craft projects with children from ten children’s homes. There will be opportunities to feed families in three impoverished areas of the city. The team will share the Gospel while meeting people’s basic needs. PRAY about where God will use you in this missions’ endeavor. GO if the Lord leads you in that direction. Each of us can DO something. Please contact Kara Washington or the church office for more detailed information.
Join us this week 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. Bro. Gabe asks that we spiritually prepare this week for the Lord’s Supper Observance during the morning worship service this Sunday. And remember, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34.