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  • The MESSENGER (USPS 591-280) is published weekly except the week of Christmas by

    First Baptist Church, 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801. Periodical postage

    paid at Huntsville, Alabama 31801-5178. POSTMASTER send change of address to THE

    MESSENGER, 600 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.

    office: 256-428-9400 weekend minister on call: 256-428-9457 24-hour prayer line: 256-428-9460


    firsT bapTisT hunTsville

    this sunday

    knowing, lov ing, serv ing Christ...together

    First Baptist Church 600 Governors Drive Huntsville, AL 35801

    First thoughts David hull, Pastor

    Last sunday our church voted on two recommendations that were presented by the Leadership Council. the first recommendation (to repeal the debt limit) passed with 82% in favor. the second recommendation (to approve a line of credit construction loan and establish a new debt limit) passed with 83% in favor. We are now prepared to take the next step in our building process. What happens next?

    the Building Committee will continue to work with the architects to prepare bid packages for pre-qualified construction companies to have. these will be distributed in early April with the bids to be received in May. After adequate time for review of the bids, the church will have the opportunity to vote on entering into a contract with a construction company to begin the work. We hope that the groundbreaking will be in June.

    My thanks go out to our Building Committee, Finance Committee, Leadership Council, Deacons and trustees for their wonderful work in bringing us to this point. i look forward to what god has in store for our church as we move forward.

    speaking of moving forward . . . look ahead with me to this sunday night. A Prism of Praise will be a most unique event at 5:00 p.m. in our sanctuary. groups from throughout the wide range of our music ministry will present musical selections one right after the other. sound will come from all around the room as groups offer their gifts in praise of god.

    our Music Ministry provides a blessing for us each week in worship. i am most grateful for the talented and committed folks who give of their time to make music that glorifies god. the opportunity to hear so many groups at one time will be a special blessing for our church.

    You will not want to miss this significant event. Bring a friend and join us for the special night of music.

    March 20, 2011Second Sunday of Lent

    sermon: the Promise of graceromans 4:1-5, 13-17

    First Fellowship - 8:15 a.m.Music from the First Fellowship Band

    sunday school - 9:15 a.m.Bible study for all ages

    sanctuary Worship - 10:30 a.m.sanctuary Choir and orchestra Anthem:

    Amazing Love - Kendrick

    Emily Parker, Euphonium solo

    Evening Activities

    A Prism of Praise5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary

    All the FBC Music Groupswill help us celebrate the

    worship oF God with continuous music from various places

    throughout the churchs sanctuary

    Performing groups include:FBC Orchestra, Youth Choir, Adult Handbell

    Choir, Hallelujah Choir, Clarion Winds, Young Musicians, Youth Band, Young Musicians

    Handbell Choir, The Bluegrass Band, Vocal Ensemble from the choir, Music Makers Choirs,

    the FBC Mens Ensemble, Youth Handbell Choir, Sanctuary Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, First Fellowship Band, and combined groups

    (on final selection).

    Volume 62 / Week Number 11 / March 17, 2011

    EArly Adulthood MinistriEsPam Mcdaniel, Minister to young and Median Adults

    Family MattersCHRISTIAN SYMPATHYFannie Parvin in the loss of her sister, Mil-dred White Muglia

    Sarah Proctor in the loss of her grandfather, Dale and Paula Proctor in the loss of his father, Walter Proctor

    J.P. Thomas in the loss of his wife, Jeannie Thomas in the loss of her mother, Shirley Thomas

    Forrest and Ann Ruble in the loss of his father, John Forrest and Annalee Ruble in the loss of their grandfather, F. Greer Ruble

    Family and friends of former FBC Minister of Music, Dr. Eugene Brasher

    OuR NEWESTJacob Alexander Mathison, son of John and Jaime Mathison

    Precept 5-Week Bible StudyBook of Esther

    Beginning wednesday, April 139 11:00 a.m.

    room 342Books will be available by March 23. if

    you are interested in participating in this study about a faithful and courageous woman of the Bible, contact Kennie

    worlund at 256-539-4275 or [email protected] by March 18

    Glasses for Haiti

    dr. Grahams team needs glasses for haiti. if you know the calibration of your

    glasses, please write it on the case; however, we now have someone who

    can calibrate them for us. please donate your glasses in the bag in room 118 by

    the last week in March. we gratefully welcome your participation in this mission

    teams work in haiti.

    Getting to Know You

    March 24th from 6-9:00 p.m. in the CLC. Bring a covered dish. Call Myra haythorn

    for more information at 256-837-3107.

    Easter Lilies

    orders are being taken now for Easter lilies to be placed in the sanctuary. Cost is $7.50. order envelopes can be found

    at the welcome Centers and in the Church Office. Deadline to purchase is

    sunday, April 17th. please turn in envelope and payment to Kristi Taylor in

    the Church Office.

    Young Adult Retreat 2011Living Life to the FULL!


    ministry calendar

    knowing, lov ing, serv ing Christ...together

    stuDENt MiNistriEsJamie Mackey, Minister to students

    Wednesday Night Dinner MenuWednesday, March 23

    AdultsBeef and Chicken Enchiladas

    rice and BeansChips and salsa


    saladGrilled Chicken salad

    (reservations for salad must be turned in by noon on Wednesday.)

    stEWArDshiP rEPort


    Year-to-Date goal $2,054,850.00


    this Week $64,895.03

    ytd $2,012,540.54

    Debt retirement

    this Week $609.00

    ytd $29,472.00

    Faith steps to the Future:

    this Week $11,954.00

    ytd $1,681,685.43

    to date: $1,868,164.73


    sunday schoolPreschool 66

    Children 89

    students 108

    Adults 604

    Brookdale 16

    Visitors 30

    totAL 898

    Worship servicesFirst Fellowship 318

    sanctuary Worship 600

    young Adult retreat 30

    totAL 948

    thANK YouThank you notes have been received from Mary reeder and the Joe walker family. They have been placed on the bulletin board across from the church office.

    Library hours sunday 9-9:15 AM | 10:10-10:45 AM | 11:40-12:00 PMtuesday 10:00 AM-12:00 PMWednesday 4:00-5:00 PM

    MusiC AND WorshiP Billy orton, Minister of Music and Worship; Elizabeth hostetter, Associate Minister of Music and organist; Jeremy Wilkerson, Contemporary Worship Leader; Amanda Allen, Minister of Childrens Music and Missions

    PrEsChooL MiNistriEsJoy Moore, Minister to Preschool

    Helping Little Children with LentLent can seem so heavy in comparison to the anticipation and excitement of preparing for Christmas through Advent. what can this season of preparation to remember and celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection mean for little children?

    Why not use some symbols to help your child learn the story of Easter?

    ROOSTER- Do you have a rooster in your home already? Put it in the center of the table as a reminder of peters betrayal of Jesus. (see Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31, 66-72; Luke 22:31-34, 54-62; and John 13:36-38). The betrayal of Jesus by his friend was very upsetting, but Jesus knew that it would happen. The rooster symbol reminds us that it is always easier to say we will remain faithful than it is to actually remain faithful when the going gets tough. how-ever, the rooster also reminds us that God knows this and that if we ask, we will be forgiven.

    BAsiN ANd TowEL The basin and towel reminds us of John 13:5, which tells the story of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. The basin and towel represent Christs love for us and his willingness to be a servant to all. Is your family serving through Serving the City?

    NAiLs As symbols, nails represent the nails that were used to crucify Jesus. Nails remind us of how real the suffering and death of Jesus was.

    BUTTERFLY The butterfly is a symbol of both the resurrection of Jesus Christ and eternal life. The butterfly leaves the cocoon in a new form, which symbolizes how we are transformed through Jesus Christ from death to new life. Even young children can see how the cocoon can look dead and then open with the new life of a butterfly!

    Cross Most of us have a cross somewhere in our home. why not put one in the center of the table as a reminder of Christs love for us. Just saying those words for a very young child helps them to begin to understand that the cross is a special symbol for those who know and love Jesus. sing Jesus Loves Me with your child as a blessing during Lent.

    These are just ideas and examples of ways that you can help your child begin to understand the weeks leading up to Easter. As the time grows near, Childhood Ministries will have materi-als outside of our office for you and your family to create Gospel Eggs. The story of Christs love for us needs to be taught first at home and we will reinforce that learning at church. Check the church