MAGNIFY. MULTIPLY. MINISTER. First Servant Weekly Dr. Gil McKee, Senior Pastor December 18, 2014 Volume 13, Issue 50 Upcoming Events December 17: Christmas in the Chapel with the PrimeTime Singers, 5:45 p.m. December 24: Christmas Eve Service, 5 p.m. December 28: One service, 10 a.m. (No Sunday School or Worship KidStyle) Thank You, Stefanie McGuire! After 4½ years of service to First Baptist Church in Children’s Ministry, Stefanie McGuire is leaving her position as Children’s Worship Associate. Stefanie began her work in Children’s Ministry in May of 2010 as Ministry Associate to Preschool, and for the last two years has focused her complete attention to our kidoriented worship emphasis, Worship Kidstyle. Armed with a passion to tell children about Jesus and gifted in music, Stefanie has served our church faithfully as she has led Worship Kidstyle. Stefanie will conclude her ministry at the end of 2014. Stefanie is a long-time member of First Baptist and we look forward to her continued involvement in Music Ministry and her leadership on Wednesday nights in Adult DiscipleLife studies. On behalf of the church, all the Worship Kidstyle volunteers and especially the kids, we thank you, Stefanie, for your years of dedicated service. The Church offices will be closed December 24-26 and December 31 - January 2. However, for your convenience the Finance Office will be open Wednesday, December 31 from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. for receipt of year-end contributions. Any contributions you wish to have credited to 2014 need to be postmarked by December 31 or dropped off in the church office by that date. Our Goal: $65,000 Given to Date: $42,183 The Child Development Program will be closed December 22-26 and January 1-2. Visit www.imb.org for missionary stories and additional information about the International Mission Board page 2 First Servant Weekly Church Directory Time! Have you ever seen someone at church and couldn’t remember his or her name? Or had the name of someone and couldn’t place their face? A complete directory is invaluable for a church the size of First Baptist! In February we will begin taking photos of our families for a new Church Pictorial Directory. It is vital that we have as many church members as possible participate in the photography process in order to make the directory a useful tool for connecting with each other. Online Sign-up is Quick and Easy The photography dates are Wednesday, February 11Saturday, Feb. 14; Tuesday, Feb. 17-Saturday, Feb. 21, Wednesday, Feb. 25-Saturday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 6-Saturday, March 7. The official start date for making photography session reservations online is Sunday, December 28. But for those of you who are ready now to choose a date, click this link to get a head-start: https://www.securedatatrans14.com/ap/firstbaptistchurch140/index.php?page=10. The scheduling site is secure. You will receive reminders of your appointment as the date approaches. For those of you who don’t have computers or who would prefer some assistance, we will have sign-up stations and volunteers available at church on Wednesdays and Sundays beginning January 7. We will also have a sign-up station set up at the Triple L meeting on Tuesday, January 6. Free Photo for Each Family Everyone (individual or family) who has a photo taken will receive a free 8x10 photo. Your family will also receive a free church directory. Watch for information from First Baptist with additional details for signing up, plus information about pricing for photos (if you wish to purchase them), and special coupons and offers. There is no obligation to purchase anything. Family Movie Night Featuring: Moms’ Night Out Sunday, January 11, 2015 5:30 p.m.| Student Building Free Admission. Popcorn or chips and drink available for $2. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) Begin the New Year with Financial Peace! Begins Sunday, January 25, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Through this 9-session videodriven seminar learn how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and build wealth. Led by Ben and Judy Haas. Early Bird Special EXTENDED: Sign-up and purchase FPU kit by Sunday, December 21, for $79. After this date FPU kit will be regular price of $93. See Joe Armour to sign-up and to purchase FPU kit. Lost and Found The Children’s Center staff is cleaning out “Lost & Found”. If you think you have a lost item (Bible, notebook, clothing item, etc.), please stop by the Children’s Center office to check. The Lost & Found will be cleaned out as of January 4, and any items in good condition will be donated to a local charity. Thank you! New Ministry: Caring Hearts Support Group Interest Meeting is Wednesday, January 21 at 3 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, Room 2. First Meeting: Wednesday, January 28, 3 p.m., FH Room 2 This new ongoing support group for caregivers will meet weekly to provide encouragement and support to those who are providing care for aging parents or family/friends who are facing medical issues. Winter/Spring Precept Study: 1 Corinthians “Overcoming Divisions and Difficulties in the Body of Christ” Orientation Session: Sunday, January 11 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in room MP230 Study Begins: Sunday, January 25 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in room MP230 Join Mike Adams in this 12-lesson study that will begin January 25 and end May 3. Total cost of the workbook is $27. Childcare is available. It is required for students new to the Precept inductive study method attend the training orientation on January 11 where workbook orders will be taken. Returning students may contact Barbara Smith or Mike Adams before January 11 to order their workbooks. First Servant Weekly December 14, 2014 Ministry Plan Gifts Weekly Ministry Budget Need Surplus for Week page 3 $89,566.39 $76,627.79 $12,938.60 First Baptist Tuscaloosa 721 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 Faithful to the Finish$9,699.00 Designated Gifts $13,910.50 Total Gifts $113,175.89 205-345-7554 Children’s Center: 205-391-3115 2014 Mission/Ministry Plan Summary Actual Year-to-Date Gifts Year-to-Date Need Difference for Year $3,423,515.59 $3,831,389.50 ($407,873.91) Gifts given in Memory of: www.firsttuscaloosa.org Giving is an Act of Service Cas Barton, Dorothy Burroughs, Clara Campbell, Mamie Clark, Robert Crow, Mary This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s Courtney Hardin, Geraldine (Geri) Ivie, Tom people but also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, Marcum, Joe Smith, Marilee Summerville. men will praise God... 2 Corinthians 9:12-13a Gifts given in Honor of: Good Samaritan Class, Marianne Bryan, In case of an Roy Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Lang emergency need during the weekend please call 535-5988. and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Lang, Mr. and Mrs. Shad Lang and family, Dan Maclemore, Mr. and Mrs. Bob McCoy, (as of 12/16/14) Rod McCoy. Minister on Call Recently Hospitalized Sunday School 12/14/14 Enrollment Attendance Preschool 18683 Children194 88 Students 232127 College 31330 Adults 1294658 Special Education 36 Internationals 80 42 Totals 2299 1064 Mid-Week Devotion Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. in the Chapel December 24: Christmas Eve service in the Sanctuary (includes Lord’s Supper) December 31: No evening activities Called Business Meeting There will be a brief time of business on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the beginning of Mid-Week Devotion for the purpose of approving Deacons and Committee Members with terms beginning in 2015. Please plan to attend. Family Night Meal No evening meal on Wednesday, December 24. Glen Haven Rehab: Claude Wright Northport Med Center: Doris Dickinson Forest Manor Rehab: Eleanor Powell Sympathy to: Oleta Hayes and family in the death of her brother, Sam Patterson. Carol Smith and family in the death of her husband, Joe Smith. Josie Watts and family in the death of her sister, Clara Campbell. Thank You Note Dear Church Family, Our extended family wishes to thank you all so much for the many expressions of love and sympathy extended to us during the last few weeks. Before his death, you visited Cas, brought flowers and goodies, and prayed with him and our family. After his death you showered us with love and provided such a wonderful meal for our family. Many of you visited family or attended the service in his honor. We love and appreciate you all. When writing in his journal at age 91, he listed the five most important lessons he learned in life as 1) TO HAVE A CHURCH FAMILY, 2) to love, 3) to forgive, 4) to pray, 5) to help others. So you see, he loved you all so much. Thanks, Ninette Cannon and the Barton family Gil McKee Senior Pastor [email protected] Kris Sullivan Business Administrator [email protected] Vial Fontenot Minister of Missions & Ministry [email protected] Joe Ziegler Minister of Music & Worship [email protected] Jerry Lake Minister to Senior Adults [email protected] Joe Armour Minister to Adults & Outreach [email protected] Beth Yates Minister to Women [email protected] Tim Simpson Minister to College [email protected] Jody Gambrell Minister to Students [email protected] Jeremy Carroll Minister to Preschool/Children [email protected] Carl Wells Associate Pastor Emeritus If viewing this online, you may click on the email addresses above to send a message. page 4 Sunday, December 21 8:30 a.m. Worship 8:45 Chinese Prayer Service 9:30-10:45Library open 9:45 Sunday School 9:45 Kids’ Birthday Party for Jesus 11:00 Worship | Worship KidStyle 11:00 Chinese and Spanish Worship No evening activities. Monday, December 22 6:00 p.m. Volleyball for adults 6:00 Deacon Prospect Visitation Wednesday, December 24 Church offices and Children’s Center closed. 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service Thursday, December 25 Merry Christmas! Church offices and Children’s Center closed. Friday, December 26 Church offices and Children’s Center closed. Sunday, December 28 10:00 a.m. One Worship Service 12:05 p.m. Iglesia Biblica luncheon First Servant Weekly DiscipleLife Fair Wednesday, January 7 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall As you come for supper on January 7, visit the tables and displays to learn about the Winter/Spring adult Bible studies and other upcoming activities, events, and service opportunities. Sunday Night Studies include: 1 Corinthians (Precept study), led by Mike Adams; He Has Spoken: The Worldview of Scripture, led by Joey Falgout; Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, led by Judy and Ben Haas; The Family of Jesus, led by Robin Ford (women’s study); and Stronger, led by Beth Yates (women’s study), and GriefShare, led by Carolyn and Robert McNutt. Wednesday Nights: Does God Exist?, led by Joe Armour; Parenting is Heart Work, led by Jeremy Carroll; It Could Happen Tomorrow: Understanding Future Events that Will Shake the World, led by Stefanie and Michael McGuire; The Red Sea Rules, led by Lisa Skelton (women’s study); a small group for Stepmoms led by Lori White; DivorceCare, led by Jimmy Duren; and Caring Hearts, a new support group for Caregivers, led by Carolyn McNutt. Since being a disciple is about more than studying, there will also be displays for mission trips and other areas to serve. Save the Date! Women’s Ministry R&R Weekend Saturday, February 28 Children’s Ministry Birthday Party for Jesus Sunday, December 21 during Sunday School and Worship KidStyle First Baptist Church 721 Greensboro Avenue | Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 205.345.7554 | Fax 205.391.3108 | www.firsttuscaloosa.org First Servant Weekly December 18, 2014 First Servant Weekly (USPS 020629) is published weekly (except the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day) by The First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 721 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Periodicals Postage Paid at Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Postmaster: Send address changes to The First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, 721 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Our Worship Service is broadcast at 11:00 a.m. every Sunday on WVUA-TV. Mission Statement: First Baptist Church meets to magnify Jesus Christ and multiply His Kingdom, to mature believers into effective Christ-followers, and to minister to others in Jesus’ name.
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