Bro. Jim challenged us to recall the time we were saved as we sang “We Will Remember” and “I Worship You, Almighty God.” The hymns centered on the cross and included “At Calvary,” “There Is Power in the Blood,” and the worship choir’s special “At the Cross.” The offertory Lynne played was Psalm 42:1 set to music. Read it for yourself and meditate on it. I have a saying in the office, “God respects us when we work, but He loves us when we sing.” Music/singing is a marvelous way to express our love for the Lord. Continuing with sermons from the Sermon on the Mount, Bro. Gabe’s sermon, entitled, “Biblical Fasting” was based on Matthew 6:16-18. “”Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, “so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” These verses don’t need a lot of explanation. We see that Jesus did expect us to fast, but not like a hypocrite. Fasting comes from the inner self. We are subjecting our will to God’s will, focusing on God, and prayer. We must be humbled as we fast. Some reasons we might fast could be prayers not being answered, no resolution to a problem or we are just broken because of a situation. Although we are told to fast in secret and in a way that no one will know that we are fasting, our reward will be open and folks will know that we’ve been with God. Jan. 19 ~ Sanctity of Life Sunday…We will be collecting offerings for A Woman’s Pregnancy Center, the local organization that ministers to ladies who are in crisis pregnancies. Prayers fliers are included in the bottles that were given out last week. Your bottles may be returned at any service until February 9th. We will present a check to the Pregnancy Center at the WMU Rally on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church. Sunday nights @ First have resumed at 5 p.m. ……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 two different classes are being offered. Experiencing God -13 wks. – Led by Debbie Roderick – Cost $16 Divorce Care (if needed) – 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. All sessions stand alone, so you can join any one at anytime. 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. There will be classes for YOUTH, grades 6-8, and for HIGH SCHOOL, 9-12 gra-des, 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. 21 ~ Tuesday ~ 10 a.m. Just Older Youth choir… We will visit a local nursing center. Jan. 22 ~ 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. Sunday, Feb. 9 ~ Sunday Dinner ~ Annual Friendship Banquet…Immediately following the morning worship service, the Youth will host our annual Friendship Banquet. Please sign up or call the church office to make your reservations by Feb. 2. Sunday, Feb. 9 ~ During the evening service we will welcome the “ARK singers” from the Ukraine. This wonderful group has worked hard since their formation in 1972 witnessing and sharing their music and Christian faith. They rely on the love offerings they receive to keep their ministry going. Tuesday, Feb. 11 ~ 10 a.m. WMU Rally at Elizabeth Baptist Church. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a website, madisonfbc.net, that is regularly updated. Our pastor can be reached at email@example.com. Jim Carey, our music minister can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Don’t forget your baby bottle with offering in it. And remember when you fast, do it in secret and with a happy face.