Happenings At Madison First Baptist Church

This month, Southern Baptist churches will be promoting the Week of Prayer for North American Missions: Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Our local goal is $2500. Prayer guides and envelopes were available and can also be picked up from the church office. Please prayerfully give.
What a wonderful way to begin our worship service. We participated in the baptismal service for Taylor Money and it served to prepare our hearts for worship. The time of praise included “At the Cross” and “He Lives.” The offertory was “Praise Him! Praise Him!” Lynne accompanied the orchestra in a beautiful arrangement of “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. Bro. Gabe continued his preaching from the Sermon on the Mount using Matthew 7:13-14 as his text. The title of the sermon was “Narrow is the Gate.” “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Bro. Gabe emphasized that the way that leads to life is narrow and exclusive, yet inclusive. Whosever will, may choose to travel the narrow way.  Jesus is the only way by which we can have life.  Think about it this way: Imagine life to be a funnel. The bowl represents the broad way of life. One has to deliberately choose to travel into the neck of the funnel (Jesus’ way) that leads to life. And traveling in the neck of the funnel is narrow and sometime difficult, but ultimately it will lead to the abundant life.
After the worship time, most folks enjoyed a delicious BBQ with all the trimmings in the fellowship hall. Many thanks to the chefs and others who so faithfully prepared the meal to support this fundraiser for the Back2Back mission trip.
Results of the 2014 First Baptist Cup Championship ~ Ping Pong Tournament ~ Youth Division Winner was Cody Smith (War Eagle!); Adult Division Winner was Alden Weiss.  Julie Townsend won the women’s division before tackling the men’s division.  A fun time was had by all, participants and spectators.
GO…Our Missions Committee has partnered with Back2Back Ministries of Monterrey, Mexico. The trip is scheduled for July 25 ~ August 2.  Pray for the fifteen participants daily. Each of us can do M~ M ~ M something good.  Let’s get busy. Here’s the list:
MUSIC ~ Make a donation to the mission fund and Lynne will play your favorite hymn for the prelude in memory or honor of someone or just a song you love to hear. Donations to Kara and requests to Lynne.
MERCHANDISE ~ During the month of March we will be collecting new tennis shoes, new socks, new underwear: Kids, 3T; Men’s: medium; Women: 5-6, new boxers and briefs: adult small and medium, gently used children’s clothes, jeans for boy and girls, sizes 6-14, bras for teenage girls, and boys’ bathing suits, sizes 3T, medium or size 10/12. Please contact Kara Washington or church office for a pamphlet.
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.
March 18: JOY Choir ~ We will visit Southern Living for Seniors.
March 19: START YOUR ENGINES…Wednesday’s Schedule: 5:30 p.m. ~ AWANA, The AWANA Grand Prix will be held in the fellowship hall. ~ 6 p. m.  ~ The Youth and College Group, 6:30 p.m. ~ Prayer Meeting, 7:30 p.m. ~ Worship Choir rehearsal
The Family Career and Community Leaders of America/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, 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.  This will continue until the end of the school year.
Sunday nights @ First …Worship begins at 5 p.m. in the auditorium.
5:45 until 7:30 ~ Discipleship Training Classes for Adults: Experiencing God, Divorce Care, Managing the Stress of the Abundant Life
5:45 until 7 ~ Preschool and Children’s Choirs, Youth (gr. 6-8) and High School/ College Groups
7 p.m. ~ Supper ~ Pre-K-College
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 1stbaptistoffice@gmail.com. We also have a website, madisonfbc.net, that is regularly updated. Our pastor can be reached at gabekrell@yahoo.com. Jim Carey, our music minister can be reached at muzicman123@gmail.com.
Join us this week at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday school 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. Support our Sunday nights @ First. And remember, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Seek Him today for truth and life.
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