Neighborhood Focus at Work

A recent article in the Alabama Baptist newspaper was titled “Home renovation ministries serve those in need, provide hope across Alabama.”  The article states, “…Every strike of a hammer is an opportunity for home renovation ministry volunteers to share the gospel by giving homeowners a helping hand.”

The article featured our men who work in Lincoln Village:

“As volunteers come onsite to work, they also have the opportunity to talk about their motivations for helping, said Mike Kirk, a member of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, in Madison Baptist Association, and a volunteer with several renovation and construction ministries. “We usually meet the homeowner, visit with them and learn more about them. As we do that, we share the reason we are there — to give back in the way God has given freely to us,” Kirk said. Homeowners are not always unchurched, Kirk was quick to point out. Sometimes unchurched family members are the ones who are most curious about the motivations behind the work. And when there are children involved, the potential infuence is multiplied, he said, noting his church’s long-term involvement in Lincoln Village Ministry, a multifaceted urban renewal ministry in Huntsville. “At Lincoln Village we tend to work with young families, mostly single mothers with young children trying to get a new start in life,” Kirk said. “The kids ask us what we’re doing, why we’re there.”

Mike went on to talk about the need for more volunteers.  Lincoln Village Ministry is a wonderful ministry, so maybe you’d like to join hands with Mike and the team!

So many of you are focusing on our neighborhood in meaningful ways.  Thank you for putting your faith into action.

Your Pastor,
Travis
This Sunday we will be collecting food items for the Huntsville Assistance Program. Please plan to bring your food items and place them in the black bins marked “HAP Food Drive” in the East Entrance and Gathering Place. 
Sunday, April 23, 2017
First Sunday after Easter
Sermon by Travis Collins
On the Beach and at the Source of the Leak
Isaiah 58:2-10


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

Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
MeetFBC! Class begins . This six week class is a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about our church and ministries. Meets in the Community Room.

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Anthem by the Sanctuary Choir: Ukrainian Alleluia - Courtney
Anthem by the Ladies of FBC Chamber Singers: Offertory - Beck
Music from the Mosaic Ringers: Festival Toccata on OLD 100th - arr. Moklebust
Big Topics Series: Human Trafficking - 5:00 PM 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. Special guests Lynn Caffery, Tennessee Family Services Regional Director, and Pat McKay, Chair of the Huntsville-Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force. Ms. Caffery was actually trafficked as a little girl, and both ladies have broad experience in battling the practice of human trafficking in our area.
Wednesday, April 19
Menu:  Apple Roasted Pork Loin with Baked Apples, Candied Yams, Green Beans, Roll
Salad: Grilled Chicken Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.)  
Children’s Menu Option: Pizza, Fruit, Cookie, Drink
Fresh Expressions Interest Meeting
Sunday, April 30 at 3:30 in Room 118

Are you interested in being part of a fresh expression of church—a new form of church for people highly unlikely ever to come to FBC or any existing church? As of now, there is significant interest in beginning a fresh expression of church among the following “micro-cultures.”

House/Neighborhood centered churches
International Community
Butler Terrace (“Dinner Church”)
College/Graduate Students
Outdoor Enthusiasts
Downtown
Muslims
Art Community
Recovery
Medical Residents UAB

We are preparing to launch some of these fresh expressions of church fairly soon. If you sense an “inner stirring” about being part of a handful of people who would explore one of these fresh expressions of church, we’d love to have you join the conversation on April 30 at 3:30 in Room 312. Childcare is available for children birth through 6th grade. Contact Cindy Thompson (cindy@fbchsv.org, 256-428-9411). Deadline for childcare is Wednesday, April 26.
“Launch Team” for the new Mosaic worship service (Sundays @ 5:00)
We would love to have a minimum of 50 volunteers for the new worship service beginning in the fall. Would you be willing to consider being among that group of missionary-like volunteers? If so, there is an information meeting on Sunday, May 7 at 3:30 in the Student Center.

Here are a few details. More will be shared on May 7.

Q. Who are we trying to reach?  
A. Unchurched people, people whose schedules do not allow them to be there on Sunday mornings because of work or travel.

Q. What will the worship style be like?  
A. The intention is a more “close-knit” feel than either our First Fellowship or Sanctuary Worship services.  Here are a few of the elements we anticipate:  An interactive sermon style.  Seating around tables.  Varying elements to worship, such as testimonies, communion, and guided prayer times.

Q. Who is our “target demographic”?  
A. We hope it will be engaging for young adults but this is not a “young adult service.”  We are not targeting any age group.

Q. Where and when will we meet?  
A. In the Life Center at 5:00 on Sundays.

Q. What will the discipleship programming be like?  
A. We are still working on that, but we do plan to facilitate some “let’s dig deeper” discussions around the tables. We also plan begin some small groups that will meet in homes at times other than Sunday evenings.

Childcare is available for children birth through 6th grade. Contact Cindy Thompson (cindy@fbchsv.org, 256-428-9411). Deadline for childcare is Wednesday, May 3.
MOPS Community Yard Sale
Community Yard Sale
Saturday, May 6
7:00 AM - Noon
FBC Front Parking Lot (closest to Governors Drive)
Are you interested in renting a parking space and selling your items?
Come and shop with us!
All proceeds support FBC's chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers.
National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

All are invited to participate in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4. The FBC Chapel will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on this day. There will be a verbal, guided call to prayer during the noon hour. Self-paced prayer guides will be made available all day long for those seeking to pray for our nation in this place.
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, April 23
First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Aviva AL Hispanic Church - 10:30 AM
Financial Peace University - 4:30 PM
Children's Foundations for Life - 5:00 PM
Big Topics Series - 5:00 PM

Monday, April 24
MOPS Meeting- 9:30 AM
Letter Writing - 10:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Tuesday, April 25
Ladies' Bible Study "Just Show Up" - 9:15 AM
SILK Meeting - 2:00 PM
Mosaic Ringers - 6:30 PM
Boy Scouts - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 26
Precept Women's Bible Study - 9:00 AM
Caring Talks - 11:00 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
Aviva Hispanic Bible Study - 6:00 PM
Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 PM
First Fellowship Band Rehearsal - 7:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 7:00 PM

Thursday, April 27
ESL - 9:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

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

Our Newest
John Allen Cobb, son of Jeremy and Abby Cobb, born March 21, 2017. Proud grandparents are Gary and Carla Cobb.

Tyler Lee Thompson, son of Greg and Kelley Thompson, born March 30, 2017. Proud grandparents are Gary and Carla Cobb.

Michelle Elizabeth Womac, daughter of Sid and Kim Womac, born April 6, 2017.

New Members
Ellen J. Williams
2211 Country Club Ave NW Apt 1114
Huntsville, AL 35816-1727

Christian Sympathy
Carolyn Nalls in the loss of her brother, Bill Spivey
    
William and Gena Black in the loss of his uncle, and Audrey Black in the loss of her great-uncle, Ken Wood

Family and friends of our member, J.P. Thomas, especially to his daughter, Jeannie Thomas

Stewardship Report
Sunday, April 16, 2017, Week #29
Year-to-Date Goal - $2,485,331.25
Offering
     This Week - $60,236.57
     YTD - $2,464,812.16
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $1,327.00
     YTD - $63,573.43
Mosaic:
     This week: $32,334.21
      YTD: $277,997.44
     To Date: $879,906.95

Attendance
Sunday School
Preschool - 131
Children - 72
Students - 118
Adults - 642
Brookdale - 15
Guests - 88
TOTAL - 1,116

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 699
Sanctuary Worship - 1,057
Total - 1,756
Aviva - 54
This spring our stewardship emphasis day happens to fall on the 5th Sunday and gives us, as a church body, a great opportunity to enjoy some fun alliteration AND to ponder what the concept of a First Fruit offering means for New Testament believers who also embrace the traditions of the Old Testament based on God’s first fruit gift to us in Jesus Christ our Savior. What are First Fruits? Who brings them? When are they to be brought? Where do we give them? Perhaps most importantly, why do we give First Fruit offerings? Here are some quick answers to those questions. Our prayer is that you will look for answers yourself and will ponder what your First Fruits are. Read more...
Jesus and the Arts Craft Night
The deadline to sign up for a class is Friday, April 28!
Music Camp
July 10-14, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
with Final Presentation on Friday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m.

For children who have COMPLETED Kindergarten - 6th Grade
Registration begins May 1, 2017
Cost is $50/child and $40/each additional child

New for 2017
We will be offering afternoon activities from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for an additional cost per day.  This will require an additional registration.
Perry County Mission Trip
June 4-9, 2017

Perry County, Alabama is one of the poorest counties in the United States. The purpose of this mission trip is to help people in the Perry County community with home improvement and to provide assistance with Judson Baptist College improvement.

Individuals or families are welcome to attend for the whole week or any days that work for your schedule. Cost is $15 per day to cover food.

Dennis Brooks, Paul Glover, and Mike Kirk are the lead team for the week. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 21. Contact Dennis Brooks (dennisbrooks@knology.net, 256-679-1385).
Upcoming Opportunities
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.
The Vine’s “Branches of The Vine” Fundraiser
Thursday night, April 27 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  The silent and live auctions will contain gifts for upcoming holidays and experiences to enrich your lives.  Proceeds support The Vine so that we can continue to offer a sliding fee scale and scholarship assisted sessions.  $50 a ticket.  www.vinepcc.com to RSVP or call 256-270-7399.
WMU Meeting
Tuesday, May 2 at 9:15 a.m. in Room 118. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Information on our special guests: NW & his family served among Muslims in Central Asia for 12 years, but now live in Atlanta and work among refugees. AM is a follower of Jesus from Afghanistan whose family moved to the US as refugees 2 years ago. Both men will share on Tuesday about 'Reaching Muslims for Christ, Right in our own Back Yard.’ Come see and hear what God has been doing in the Muslim world.
Huntsville Green Team
If you were unable to volunteer for Serving the City, there is an opportunity to serve with the Huntsville Green Team on Saturday, May 6 in the northwest part of our city. This service day will focus on picking up trash, helping to move and throw away items to the curbs, and general clean up. If you are interested call George Martin at 256-690-3264.
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801