MAGNIFY. MULTIPLY. MINISTER. First Servant Weekly Dr. Gil McKee, Senior Pastor February 12, 2015 Volume 14, Issue 6 Sermon Series by Dr. Gil McKee Pray for DiscipleNow 2015 February 13-15 Worship Leaders: Among The Thirsty Guest Speaker: Steve Browning The info brochure that includes the schedule and list of items to bring is available online: www.firsttuscaloosa.org/dnow15brochure.pdf. Women’s Ministry R&R Weekend Saturday, February 28 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fellowship Hall Worship • Testimonies Fun • Fellowship Tickets: $10 (includes lunch) Tickets available at several locations around the church on Sunday mornings, or weekdays in the Women’s Ministry Office in Room 308, Children’s Center. Guatemala Mission Trip February 15-20 Please pray for Vial Fontenot, Maria Hiers and Pat Nelson as they serve in Guatemala February 15-20. They will work at Guatemala Christian Academy in Guatemala City. This is the same site that a mission team from First Baptist helped build 20 years ago. That 1995 mission trip was the first international trip led by Vial Fontenot, who served as college minister at the time! Photo Sessions Begin This Week Still haven’t had a chance select a photo session time? Click this link to signup online: https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/firstbaptistchurch140/ index.php?page=10. If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact the church office at 345-7554. When you come for your photo session: Please use the 7th Street Fellowship Hall entrance and go to Room 230 on the second floor of the Multi-Purpose Building (above the Fellowship Hall). Hostesses will be there to assist you. Remember to bring a canned food for $5 off any photo purchase you wish to make. page 2 Each week we are publishing a differBaptist Faith ent section from The and Message Baptist Faith and Message, which covers the basics of what Baptists believe. Free copies of The Baptist Faith and Message are available in the church office. You can also find the complete text on the Southern Baptist Convention website: www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp. Section IIc: God the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. Military Box Project On Thursday, March 12 First Baptist Church will pack and send care packages to men and women in the military stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are ways to be involved: • Provide names and addresses of men and women who are serving. Please ask family, friends, coworkers and neighbors for names. It does not have to be a First Baptist member. Send info to: Gloria Oglesby - [email protected] or 4150 Midway Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. • Purchase supplies for the project. The list of recommended items is in the church office and online: www.firsttuscaloosa.org/militaryboxitems15.pdf. Donations may be placed in the bins found in the Children’s Center lobby, Guest Services, the Fellowship Hall entrance, and the 23rd Avenue entrance. • Donate funds to help pay for the postage to mail the boxes, which is the largest expense. • Help pack boxes on Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. • Pray for the project to be successful and for God to be glorified as we support our troops. Pray for those serving and for their families. First Servant Weekly The number 721 is significant to First Baptist Church because it is the number in our street address: 721 Greensboro Avenue. These church buildings are where we gather to worship, fellowship, disciple, evangelize and minister. May we keep our facilities updated and relevant so that we will continue to have useful space to equip our members to go out as disciples of Christ to our community and beyond. Look for information about The 721 Project in the days ahead. VBS is Coming! June 15-18 Who will you invite? How will you serve? Volunteer online at www.ttownkids.org/vbs Men’s Bible Study Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. Fellowship Hall This semester - A Husband After God’s Own Heart: 12 Things that Really Matter in Your Marriage by Jim George Cost for book: $15 2015 Mission Trips Guatemala: February 15-20 | Nome, Alaska: March 6-13 Cocota, Honduras: June 21-26 New Orleans (Family Trip): July 13-18 Michigan - Builders for Christ: July 25-August 1 South Asia: August 1-10 | Peru: August 31- September 10 Arad, Romania: October 9-17 Interested in more information about these 2015 trips? Pick up a brochure from the literature racks or contact Vial Fontenot at 345-7554 or [email protected] First Servant Weekly February 8, 2015 page 3 Ministry Plan Gifts Weekly Ministry Budget Need Difference for Week $71,455.51 $77,230.27 ($5,774.76) Faithful to the Finish Designated Gifts Total Gifts $1,242.00 $1,550.00 $74,247.51 First Baptist Tuscaloosa 721 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-345-7554 Children’s Center: 205-391-3115 2015 Mission/Ministry Plan Summary Actual Year-to-Date Gifts Year-to-Date Need Difference for Year $361,933.07 $463,381.62 ($101,448.55) Giving is an Act of Service Gifts given in Memory of: Cas Barton, Clara Campbell, Col. Paul O’Mary Gifts given in Honor of: Sandra & Jerry Simpson’s 50th Anniversary Sunday School www.firsttuscaloosa.org 02/08/15 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God... 2 Corinthians 9:12-13a Minister on Call In case of an emergency need during the weekend please call 535-5988. Gil McKee Senior Pastor [email protected] Kris Sullivan Business Administrator [email protected] Vial Fontenot Minister of Missions & Ministry [email protected] Enrollment Attendance Preschool 186 86 Children 194 119 Students 232 158 College 313 89 Adults 1294 696 Special Education 35 Internationals 80 59 Totals 2299 1242 Recently Hospitalized DCH Regional Med Center: Odessa Adams, Brandee Curry Northport Med Center: Eleanor Wells Forest Manor Rehab: Becky Turner VA Hospice: Billy Maxwell Children’s Hospital: Rachel Williams Minister of Music & Worship [email protected] Jerry Lake Minister to Senior Adults [email protected] Mid-Week Devotion Sympathy to: Joe Armour Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. in the Chapel February 11: David Wood February 18: HymnSing w/Mark Brown February 25: Garland McKee Family Night Meal Wednesday, February 18 Meal served 4:30-5:30 p.m. Reservations are not needed. BBQ Chicken with green beans, cornon-the-cob, potato salad, Texas toast, cookies OR Baked Chicken with same sides (rolls) OR Salad Bar Kids’ Meal: Chicken tenders, tater tots, cookies Looking for a place to serve? Follow this link for our current Destination Service guide: www.firsttuscaloosa.org/servingbooklet14.pdf (as of 02/10/15) • Lynn Holmes and family in the death of his father, Earl Holmes. • Curtis Bonner and family in the death of his father, William “Bill” Bonner. Caring Hearts Support Group Wednesdays, 3 p.m., FH Room 2 This new ongoing support group for caregivers meets weekly to provide encouragement and support to those who are providing care for aging parents or family/friends with medical issues. GriefShare Group meets Sundays at 3:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, Room 2. Led by Carolyn and Robert McNutt. Visit www.griefshare.org/about to learn more about this support group. DivorceCare Sessions meet weekly from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in room 311 of the Children’s Center. Led by Jimmy Duren. Childcare available. Visit www.divorcecare.org/about to learn more. Joe Ziegler 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, February 15 Guatemala Mission Trip (15-20) 8:30 a.m. Worship 8:45 Chinese Prayer Service 9:30-10:45Library open 9:45 Sunday School 11:00 Worship | Kids’ Worship 11:00 Chinese and Spanish Worship 3:00 p.m. GriefShare 4:00 Handbells 4:30 Revelation Student Choir 5:00/5:30 Adult DiscipleLife/Women’s studies 5:30 College Leadership Meeting 5:30 3D: Student Discipleship 5:30 Bible Skills, Drills, Thrills 5:30 Preschool Teamkid Monday, February 16 8:00 a.m. Second-Hand Rose Ministry 11:30 Women on Mission Study 6:00 p.m. Volleyball for adults Tuesday, February 17 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 8:00 Around the Table with Sister Schubert event Line Dance Exercise Classes EPIC: College Worship Wednesday, February 18 6:30 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 9:00 9:00/9:30 10:00 1:00 p.m. 3:00 3:30-7:30 4:30 4:45 5:30 5:30 5:45-6:30 5:45-7:15 6:00-7:15 6:00-7:15 6:00-7:15 6:45-8:05 Men’s Bible Study Men’s Prayer in the Chapel Quilters Group Women’s Bible studies Moms’ Group Sweet Dreams Ministry Caring Hearts Support Group Library Open Students Pre-Game Wednesday Night Meal DivorceCare Spanish Bible Study Mid-Week Devotion M&M for Kids | ESL Classes Student Ministry Adult DiscipleLife studies Women’s Bible studies Worship Choir/Orchestra Thursday, February 19 9:30 a.m. ESL Classes 10:00 Prime Time Singers First Servant Weekly Tickets available beginning Sunday, February 15. Tickets may be purchased on Sundays and Wednesday nights in Guest Services, and during office hours MondayFriday in the Music Office. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5 each. Children age 12 and under are admitted free, but will still need a ticket to insure adequate seating. There is no reserved seating. The doors to the Bama Theatre will open 45 minutes prior to start times. This year’s music and drama will feature the complete story in each presentation. Childcare for Pre-K and under will be available in the Children’s Center by request. Please visit http://parents.firsttuscaloosa.org/ childcare/ to complete a reservation form. Note to Parents: the drama will depict the crucifixion of Jesus. If you are interested in placing flowers in the Sanctuary on March 1 or 22, please contact Donna McCown at 366-4400 or [email protected] First Baptist Church 721 Greensboro Avenue | Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 205.345.7554 | Fax 205.391.3108 | www.firsttuscaloosa.org First Servant Weekly February 12, 2015 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. Friday, February 20 3:30 p.m. College Winter Road Trip 5:00 Music Ministry Winter Gala 6:00 Chinese Fellowship/Bible Study 6:00 Family Dedication Dinner 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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