First and Ten; Do it Again!

Maybe you’ve heard that cheer at a football game:  “First and ten; do it again!”  Well, that’s an easy way to remember the biblical guidelines for giving.

Twenty-four times the Bible talks about “firstfruit giving,” such as Proverbs 3:9, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”

Keri and I always have believed that the first part of what we earn is God’s—before we consider the expenses of everyday life.

A missionary in Africa answered the knock on his door to rind an African Christian young man holding a large fish in his hands. "Reverend," said the young man, "You taught us to tithe. So I have brought this tithe for the church." The missionary gratefully accepted the fish and said, "If this is your tithe, where are the other nine fish?"

"Oh, they're still back in the river,” said the man. “I'm going to catch them now.”

The “firstfruits,” I believe, belong to God.

God established the tithe—ten percent of our income—in what we call the Old Testament. Jesus affirmed it.

In case you’re asking, for Keri and me the tithe goes to our church.  We love giving to other ministries but our tithe always has gone to the church of which we are members.

And in case you’re asking, for Keri and me that always has meant before taxes.

What if you just can’t bring yourself to give ten percent immediately?  Some have suggested picking a percentage and being committed to that for, say, this year, then increasing that until we reach a tenth.  Well, that’s a start.  And if you’re serious about it, then I’m confident you and God can work out the details.

First and ten; do it again!

Your pastor,
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Third Sunday of Easter
Sermon by Travis Collins
John 3:16-21

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Music from the First Fellowship Band and guest worship leader Nick Esslinger

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Observance of the Lord's Supper
Music from the Sanctuary Choir
God So Loved the World -arr. Harlan
and music from the FBC Orchestra
Fantasy on SPANISH HYMN - Dunn 

Big Topics Series: Did Jesus Die for Everyone?
5:00 PM in the Life Center
Special guest, Fisher Humphreys, retired professor, Beeson Divinity School and author of numerous books, including For God So Loved the World. Dr. Humphreys is a renowned scholar and an expert in the debate between the belief that Jesus died for the "elect" and the belief that Jesus died for all who will turn to him.
Wednesday, May 3
Menu: Beef and Chicken Fajitas, Refried beans, Mexican rice, Chips & Salsa
Salad: Grilled Chicken Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.)  
Children’s Menu Option: Soft Taco, 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
Art Community
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 (, 256-428-9411). Deadline for childcare is Wednesday, April 26.
“Launch Team” for the new Mosaic worship service
We would love to have a minimum of 50 volunteers for the new worship service on Sunday nights at 5:00 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 (, 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 9:30 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 30
First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Aviva AL Hispanic Church - 10:30 AM
VBS Training - 11:45 AM
Fresh Expressions Interest Meeting - 3:30 PM
Student Music - Band at 4:00 PM / Choir at 4:30 PM
Smart Phone Class - 4:00 PM
Financial Peace University - 4:30 PM
Children's Foundations for Life - 5:00 PM
Big Topics Series - 5:00 PM

Monday, May 1
Letter Writing - 10:00 AM
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM
Deacons Meeting - 6:00 PM

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

Wednesday, May 3
Precept Women's Bible Study - 9:00 AM
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
GA Mother/Daughter Tea - 6:15 PM
RA Father/Son Basketball Game - 6:15 PM
First Fellowship Band Rehearsal - 7:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 4 - National Day of Prayer
Chapel Open 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
ESL - 9:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, May 5
Jesus and the Arts Craft Night - 6:00 PM

Saturday, May 6
MOPs Yard Sale - 7:00 AM -12:00 PM

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

Stewardship Report
Sunday, April 23, 2017, Week #30
Year-to-Date Goal - $2,551,364.25
     This Week - $55,684.48
     YTD - $2,520,496.64
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $2,075.50
     YTD - $65,648.93
     This week: $2,304.00
      YTD: $280,301.44
     To Date: $882,210.95

Sunday School
Preschool - 60
Children - 48
Students - 82
Adults - 518
Brookdale - 3
Guests - 20
TOTAL - 1,028

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 407
Sanctuary Worship - 556
Total - 963
Aviva - 42
Family Matters

Christian Sympathy
Lois Matthews in the loss of her sister-in-law, Kenneth & Jennifer Matthews in the loss of his aunt and Laurel and Michael Matthews in the loss of their great-aunt, Donnis Matthews

Brenda & Randy Bounds in the loss of her mother, Scott (Jenny) Bounds, Kevin (Mollie) Bounds, and Jeff (Stephanie) Bounds in the loss of their grandmother, Mary, John, Maggie, Paige, Alex, Catherine and Elizabeth Bounds in the loss of their great-grandmother, Nettie Ola Stanford. Services are pending and will be announced by Cleveland Funeral Home, Cleveland, Mississippi

Family and Friends of our member, Pat Martin especially to her daughters, Leisa (Mike) Smith, Laurie (Larry) Healy, and son Wes (Holly) Martin and her grandchildren, Jenna (David) SteakleyBryan Smith, Seth and Jordan Martinand Michael and Shannon Healy and great-granddaughter Vivian Martin

Lois Matthews
2026 Cameron Road SW
Huntsville, AL 35802

Kenneth & Jennifer Matthews
Laurel and Michael
5832 Criner Road
Huntsville, AL 35802

Brenda & Randy Bounds
7103 Heathrow Drive
Huntsville, AL 35802

Scott & Jenny Bounds
Mary and John
3405 Shamrock Drive
Iowa City, IA 52245

Kevin & Mollie Bounds
Maggie, Paige and Alex
655 Gooch Lane
Madison, AL 35758

Jeff & Stephanie Bounds
Catherine and Elizabeth
3043 Flint Mill Run
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763

Leisa & Mike Smith
Bryan Smith
145 Limerick Lane
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Jenna & David Steakley
108 Grayson Avenue
Savannah, GA 31419

Wes & Holly Martin
Seth and Jordan Martin
Vivian Martin
5168 Ashley Drive
Covington, GA  30014

Laurie & Larry Healy
Michael and Shannon Healy
4516 Blackmuir Wood Drive
Charlotte, NC 28270
Langley Memorial Golf Tournament
Jesus and the Arts Craft Night
The deadline to sign up for a class is Friday, April 28!
Music Camp Registration Opens Monday, May 1
ESL Volunteers Needed
The English as a Second Language Ministry has expanded this year and has experienced a 32% growth in attendance! This has caused a shortage of teachers, placement interviewers, and child care workers. What a wonderful problem to have!
Please pray about serving in this ministry. ESL training is being provided by the Madison Baptist Association on Thursday, May 18 though Saturday, May 20. The cost is $25 and includes all materials and lunches. To sign up call 256-536-0015 or email Denise. Deadline to sign up for this training is May 14.

Email Mike Pearce more information.
Upcoming Opportunities
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.
Smart Phone Class
Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Learn about apps and general navigation led by JD Daniels. Bring your smart phone and any questions you may have!
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.

Perry Count Mission Trip

June 4-9 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, or (256) 679-1385.

Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801