My Changing Role with Fresh Expressions US

Many of you remember that, when I came as Pastor, you were gracious enough to allow me to remain involved with the Fresh Expressions movement. You were willing to allow me to spend up to an average of one full day a week doing that. What a church!

But the time has come to devote myself to FBC full-time. Last week I informed the Personnel Committee that I am resigning my position with Fresh Expressions US, effective June 1. I will remain involved with the movement as they need me and as I am able to contribute, up to once a month. As of June 1, however, any work I do with Fresh Expressions US will be on my own time.
I feel very good about this move. I have loved my work with Fresh Expressions and believe deeply in its mission. I'm excited about the potential for fresh expressions of church that will grow out of FBC, Huntsville. Now I have a deep sense that I should turn my full attention to our church.
This is a time of great opportunity for our church. I am convinced we have a great future if we can discern what God is doing and join Him in that.
I am excited about giving full attention to FBC, and having a life that is a bit less "scattered." As you can imagine, wearing these two hats has, at times, stretched me a bit thin.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity FBC has given me to remain involved with Fresh Expressions at such a deep level, and for the great gift of allowing me to be the pastor of such a marvelous church.
Travis Collins
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Sermon by Travis Collins
Divine Commas
Matthew 27:45-50, 57-60

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Music from the First Fellowship Band

Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Bible Study for all ages

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Anthem by the Sanctuary Choir
Hallelujah (from Christ on the Mount of Olives) - Beethoven
Music from the FBC Orchestra
Pines of the Appian Way - Resphigi
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today - arr. Cranfill

No Evening Activities
Wednesday, April 12
Holy Week
There will be no Wednesday Night Activities on April 12 due to Holy Week.

Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra will rehearse at their regular times.
Holy Week at FBC Huntsville
The Butterfly
A Christian Symbol of The Resurrection
Early Christians adapted symbols with Christian meaning. The butterfly became a symbol of the resurrection of Christians to eternal life through the redemption of Christ. When the body of Christ was prepared for burial in the tomb, his body was wrapped as the caterpillar is wrapped in the Chrysalis stage. This stage representing death and burial might be the final stage of life but we soon see emerge from the Chrysalis a beautiful butterfly, the same as the Resurrection of Christ as He emerged from the tomb with the beauty of His life revealed to the world!

Our Arts Ministry has worked with Leigh Halverson, Joy Moore, and the children of our church who have made beautiful butterflies to prepare us for our Easter celebration.  Those butterflies will be on display from Palm Sunday through Easter.  To further remind us of the resurrection of our Lord, the Arts Ministry will be handing out butterfly pins to everyone on Easter morning.
Meet Our Newest Ministry Residents and Ministry Interns
Meet Scott Day – Missions Ministry Resident
Scott graduated in December from Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, TX with a Master of Divinity degree in World Christianity and Witness. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Baylor University in 2013. Scott calls Springfield, Missouri home. During his college and seminary years, Scott was the Marina Manager for Baylor Outdoor Adventure. His love for people and missions is immediately obvious when you meet him. His calling and passion focus on taking the gospel outside the walls of the church. Scott will begin Monday, May 8.
Meet Rob Covington – Student Ministry Resident
Rob will graduate in May with a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, TX. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Baylor University in 2013. Rob calls Naperville, IL (just outside of Chicago) home. Rob has a contagious excitement about him for faith and the church. Rob will start mid-June.
Meet Emily Ballard – Children’s Ministry Summer Intern
Emily is finishing her Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M in College Station, TX in 2014. Emily calls Bedford, TX (near Fort Worth) home. While finishing up her studies at DTS, she has been the Elementary Coordinator of her church's children's ministry. Children's ministry is her passion…teaching kids about the joy found in Jesus gets Emily excited! She will begin with us Monday, May 22 and work with us for 10 weeks.
Meet Darien Waite – Student Ministry Summer Intern
Darien is in his first year at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University in Atlanta. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta. The south side of Chicago is home for Darien. Darien will be with us at the end of April for a weekend and then starts full force at the end of May for 10 weeks.
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, April 16
First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Aviva AL Hispanic Church - 10:30 AM

Monday, April 17
Letter Writing - 10:00 AM
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Tuesday, April 18
Ladies' Bible Study "Just Show Up" - 9:15 AM
SILK Meeting - 2:00 PM
Family Skate Night - 6:00 PM
GriefShare - 6:00 PM
Mosaic Ringers - 6:30 PM
Boy Scouts - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 19
Precept Women's Bible Study - 9:00 AM
Writing Your Life Story - 3:00 PM
Student Open Gym - 4:30 PM
Wednesday Night Dinner - 5:00 PM
Student Supper & LiftOff - 5:30 PM
Children's Music & Missions - 5:30 PM
Adult Prayer & Bible Study - 5:45 PM
     with Called Business Meeting
Aviva Hispanic Bible Study - 6:00 PM
Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 PM
Women's Ensemble Rehearsal - 6:30 PM
First Fellowship Band Rehearsal - 7:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 7:00 PM

Thursday, April 20
Hallelujah Choir Inspire Festival - All Day
ESL - 9:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, April 21
Hallelujah Choir Inspire Festival - All Day

Saturday, April 22-29
Young & Median Adult Women's Beach Retreat

Library Hours
9:00-9:15 AM, 10:10-10:45 AM, 11:40-12:00 PM
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
4:00-5:00 PM
Family Matters

New Members
Terry, Christine & Grace Townson
2225 Rosebrooke Dr SW
Huntsville, AL 35803

Christian Sympathy
Family and friends of our member, Ruby McClusky, especially to her husband, Lonnie McClusky

Lynda (Ralph) Romero and Emily Vandiver in the loss of their brother, George A. Hall

Stewardship Report
Sunday, April 9, 2017, Week #28
Year-to-Date Goal - $2,419,298.25
     This Week - $78,568.03
     YTD - $2,404,575.59
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $1,297.00
     YTD - $62,246.43
     This week: $2,581.00
      YTD: $245,663.23
     To Date: $847,572.74

Due to issues with our database, Sunday School attendance numbers are unavailable.

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 447
Sanctuary Worship - 664
Total - 1,141
Aviva - 48
Craft Night
Jesus and the Arts
Craft Night
Friday, May 5 | 6:00-8:00 PM | 3rd Floor

You are invited to a Craft Night! This is something new we are trying and are delighted to have had members volunteer to lead a variety of classes. Choose something you are interested in learning or something you might want to do as a family. Click here to see the classes we are offering.
Golf Tournament
The 28th Annual Langley Memorial
Golf Tournament
benefiting FBC Student Ministry Missions
Monday, May 15
Cherokee Ridge Country Club
Lunch: 11:00 AM
Tee Off: 12:30 PM
Format: Four Man Scramble with Shotgun Start
Cost: $50.00 due by May 7
Upcoming Opportunities
Graduate Weekend
May 20-21 is Graduate Recognition Weekend.
Information on our website here.

If your college student graduated in Winter 2016 or Spring 2017 or will graduate in Summer 2017, please provide the following information to Cindy Thompson (  Full Name, Parent's name, School graduated from, Degree earned.
Hallelujah Choir
Our Hallelujah Choir will be featured at the INSPIRE choral festival next week (April 20-22), in Knoxville. Our singers has been invited to sing one of the mini-concerts for the festival attendees. Billy Orton is also one of the guest conductors for the festival workshop and final concert. Please pray for this group of “experienced adults” as they travel next week and as they extend our music ministry in this special way.
April 23-May 28 is the next MeetFBC! This is an opportunity for those interested in learning more about our church and ministries. Each week our ministers meet with us and share specifics about their ministry. Please contact Jud Reasons or Debbie McDaniel if you have questions or to sign up for the class.
Human Trafficking
Sunday, April 23 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Life Center. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world, generating $150 billion annually. Come hear what the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force is doing to help stop human trafficking and how our community can help. A time for questions and answers will be available.
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801