November 2016
Ancient City Baptist Church

27 Sevilla Street  St. Augustine, FL 32084

   Jim Lee Dinner
Calling All Men 

Mr. Jim Lee is remembered for his desire to see the men of the church gathering together for fellowship and for service. Our annual Jim Lee Dinner is a way of honoring a much-loved former member and carrying forward his valuable concern. 

This year's dinner is set for Saturday evening, November 19, beginning at 6 pm for fellowship with dinner to be served at 6:30. All men are invited and encouraged to bring a friend along. Our speaker this year is Kyle Cubbedge. The grandson of Eddie and Carolyn Calhoun, Kyle is a graduate of St. Augustine High School and the University of Florida where he earned a bachelors degree in criminology.

He has a wonderful testimony for Christ and we look forward to hearing about that as it relates to his work with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department where he is employed.

The meal itself is free and the menu is exceptional: steak, baked potato, vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. 

   Seven Reasons People Choose a Church
by Thom Rainer
Thom S. Rainer is an American writer, researcher, speaker, and current President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  
  1. Quality of sermons (83%). The primacy of the pulpit is the number one factor for those looking for a church home. These results are very similar to my research published in the book, Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, fifteen years ago. Unfortunately, the demands on many pastors make it difficult for them to put the time they need in sermon preparation.
  2. Feeling welcomed by leaders (79%). It is so important for pastors and staff to take the lead in welcoming guests. No, they are not supposed to do all the welcoming, but their role has a huge impact.
  3. Style of services (74%). I would love to be able to unpack this response a bit more. One thing, however, is clear. People are still choosing churches by the styles of worship of the congregations. The numbers are overwhelming. Three out of four church seekers say worship style is a factor for the church they choose.
  4. Location (70%). I want to be careful not to say things these numbers don't mean to say. But I would surmise that location is more important today than it was ten years ago. This reality would at least partly explain the dramatic increase of multi-site churches. Churches are going to the communities where the people are. It also prompts us to follow the trends of large regional churches. Will people more and more prefer a church in their own community rather than driving to the regional church?
  5. Education for kids (56%). This number is incredibly high, especially since many families do not have kids at home. Obviously those who do have children at home consider this issue vitally important. "Education" likely refers to more than the teaching ministry to children; it probably encompasses the total scope of children's ministry. I have said on more than one occasion the first staff member I would bring to the church after the pastor would be a children's minister.
  6. Having friends/family in the congregation (48%). Relational connections are very important. We see this issue to be so important that we created a ministry (Invite Your One) to engender an attitude of inviting. Those same connections play a crucial role in the assimilation process in the church as well.
  7. Availability of volunteering opportunities (42%). This factor was very encouraging to me. People no longer want just to sit and soak; they want to get involved. If guests know there are opportunities to get involved quickly in the church, they are more likely to choose that church. I have no doubt the Millennials are instrumental in this number being as high as it is.

   Megan Sahley Concert
Sunday, November 13 at 2 pm

Megan Lineberry Sahley is one of our own about whom we are so proud. Known by all our longtime members, Megan grew up in Ancient City Baptist Church. She attended the University of Kentucky where she earned the Bachelor of Music Education and the Bachelor of Performance degrees. She is now pursuing the Doctorate in Violin Performance at Florida State University.

Megan has graciously consented to do a Benefit Concert for Life Services on November 13. She will be performing both classical and sacred selections and will be accompanied by Annsley Edwards and her mother, Laura Lineberry.

The concert is set for 2 pm in the sanctuary of Ancient City Baptist Church. The concert is free and an offering will be taken for the benefit of Life Services.  The public is invited. 

Basket of cards received on Pastor Appreciation Day
   Thanks from Larry and Laurel DuBose
Your gracious words and gifts were more than we ever dreamed. Truly this is a family of faith and we are so thankful to be a part. May God richly bless each of you. We love you and pray for you daily and look forward in faith to what our Lord is going to do in the days ahead.
                                                     Love in Christ,
                                                     Larry & Laurel
                             Nursery Schedule for November

Nov. 6
Jeanette Booth
Dottie Rice
Loise Trivette
Ruth Hammond
Nov. 13
Louise Meade
Sandra Caraway
Ruth Mull
Mary Perry
Nov. 20
Linda Crosby
Brad Burnsworth
Polly Burnsworth
Linda Parrish
Nov. 27
Dot Barnes
Joanie Steele
Terri Wampler
Holly Wampler


   Greeters for November

Dee Healy

Linda Parrish

Mary Perry

November 06
Nick Athanaseas
Rod Hampton
November 13
Mark Hall
Brad Steele
November 20
Bob Booth
Jimmy Meade
November 27
Joe Blewett
Brad Burnsworth

Vol. 4 No. 3 

In This Issue

Weekly Schedule

Adult Bible Fellowship
& Sunday School
f or children
9:40 on Sundays

11:00 am Sundays

Get Acquainted Time
following worship
every Sunday
in the Fellowship Hall

Nov. 3
at 10:30 am

Prime Time Singers  
at 10:30 am

Soup, Salad and Scripture
at 11:30 am
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22

Wednesday Night
Bible Study & Prayer
6:30 pm
Choir Practice
7:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Sat. Nov. 5
Turn you clocks back. EST returns

Sun. Nov. 6
Communion Sunday

Sun. Nov. 13
Megan Sahley Concert
2:00 PM

Tues. Nov. 15
ACCA Committee
9:30 am

Tues. Nov. 15
Trustees' Meeting
5 pm

Tues. Nov. 15
Deacons' Meeting
6 pm  

Saturday, Nov. 19
Jim Lee Dinner
for men at
6:00 pm

Sunday, Nov. 20
Progressive Choir
11 AM
Nov. 24
 Thanksgiving Day
Church Office Closed

Nov. 25
Church Office Closed
Church Staff

Clarence Hackett
Interim Pastor

Larry DuBose
Associate Pastor

Mark Hall
Email Mark

Cutis Powell
Minister of Music

Pat Hampton
Office Manager

Cindy Lewis
Volunteer Coordinator
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Ancient City Christian Academy News

In October the Academy had visits from Florida's Smokey the Bear, the local police department with Project Buckle-up, and a Channel 47 weather forecaster. T he  VPK class walked to the Pumpkin Patch at the First United Methodist Church on King Street. Finally, on 
On October 26 there was a wonderful Fall Festival which was a big hit.  Many thanks to Debbie Spiller for her face painting of the preschoolers.  Some pictures are shown below.

In November Erin from Action News will come and Larry DuBose will come to our Chapel November 16th is the date of our Thanksgiving luncheon. Help is needed for the set-up and serving.  Desserts for our preschoolers and their families would also be much appreciated. Thanks for your help!

The Academy has 1 opening for a 2-year old, 1 opening for VPK and several openings for 3-year olds. Share this information with your friends and family and ask them to call for a tour (904-824-4256) or email

Larry DuBose
Ancient City Baptist Church