Please Join the Conversation

I believe the conversation we will have as a church family this coming Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Life Center, will be one of the most important conversations we have had, or will have, in a while. I want to look with you at some important data from our church’s history. In addition, some initiatives will be recommended to address the realities reflected in the data you will see.   

All this was shared in a recent Leadership Retreat involving Ministers, Deacons, Vision Team, and Leadership Council. Now it is time to take the all-important step to expand the conversation church-wide.

Please be there this Sunday, February 19, at 5:00 in the Life Center. Please be present to ask questions and to offer your input. In our regular business meeting at 5:00 on February 26, you will be asked to vote on the initiatives that require church approval. Please be present in both meetings as we consider our past…and our future.

Thank you for allowing me to be…

Your Pastor,
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Sermon by Travis Collins
“A Scandal!”
1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-23
Galatians 5:1-4, 11

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Sanctuary Choir Anthem
The Majesty and Glory of Your Name - Fettke
Solo by Amber Stewart
Fortress of My Life - Clawson
Music from the FBC Orchestra
Redemption - Gallante

Evening Activities
“Looking Back, Looking Ahead”
5:00 PM in the Life Center

Foundations for Life Classes
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. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Menu: Stuffed Baked Potato with Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken, Slaw, Roll
Salad: Pulled Chicken Salad
(Reservations for salad must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.)  
Children’s Menu Option: BBQ Sandwich, Chips, Dessert, Drink
Ladies Luncheon
Women’s Ministry
Open House and
Ladies Luncheon

This is for ALL women at FBC! We will showcase what is available to women at First Baptist, fellowship with one another, and hear from Keri Collins. Cost is $7.00.
Staff Anniversary
This month we celebrate and give thanks to God for the ministry we have shared with Jamie Mackey. Jamie joined the staff of FBC in February of 2017.  His love for God and the ministry that God has called him to has touched many lives over the last ten years here in Huntsville. He has given leadership in so many significant areas that have led young people to know Christ in a deeper and more meaningful way. When you see Jamie or Hope in the hallway this week, share your words of encouragement and appreciation with them. Thank you Jamie for the loving way you lead our students. Happy 10th Anniversary with First Baptist Church!
Worship at First Missionary Baptist Church, Blue Spring
Now well into its fourth decade, the extraordinary sister church relationship of FBC Huntsville with First Missionary Baptist, Blue Spring, enjoyed another wonderful joint service this past week, hosted as usual during February by Blue Spring.  Pastor Travis Collins preached with great insight and communicability, and our Sanctuary Choir and FBC Orchestra brought powerful, inspiring music of varying styles. Thank you to these leaders as well as to all in attendance. And, as usual, the post-service reception at the host church featured warm fellowship and great food.
The FBC Orchestra opened the evening with a prelude mini-concert
    Come, Now Is the Time to Worshiparr. Kirkland
    Rock of Agesarr. Kirkland
The Sanctuary Choir sang several selections during the service
    Wade In the Waterarr. Hayes
    Saw Ye My Saviorarr. Harlan
    The Tablearr. Nitz

FBC Arts Ministry
 Help Needed:
Craft Night in May
We are in need of “crafty” persons who are willing to lead a class on Friday, May 5. The Arts Ministry, in cooperation with Holly Canup and Debbie Bell, is hosting a Craft Night. We would love to involve men, women, and children in a night of fun and fellowship. We are hoping to have classes in Bible Journaling, Scrapbooking, Card Making, Painting, Sewing, Chrismons, Photography, Flower Arranging, Woodworking and much, much more. If you are interested in leading a class for us, please contact Holly (256-428-9438) or Debbie (256-428-9405).
Thank  You!
Hello everyone!

I hope and pray that you all are doing well! I wanted to send a quick note to let you all know how deeply grateful we continue to be for the special VBS offering that you all did for us last year. This offering has helped a number of our children under sponsorship attend school, including the new term that just begun this week. Yesterday, one of our school sponsorship students and her mom came to my office to express how deeply grateful they are. Daphne, a Rwandese graduate of our shelter and the mother of our sponsorship student, never had the opportunity to attend school as a child. She always dreamed of her daughter having the opportunity to be able to attend school. You all have assisted in helping her dream come true and also ensuring a better life for her daughter and many other children. Thank you for your support and partnership. We are deeply grateful!

Missy Ward Angalla
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Please prayerfully consider giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Every dollar of the offering goes to missionaries and their work of sharing the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the United States, Canada, and their territories. Our church goal is $25,000. Give

WMU Meeting
Tastes Across North America: A study of North American missions
Tuesday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 118. Everyone is invited to attend a morning of learning, fun, and refreshments!
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, February 12
First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Aviva AL Hispanic Church - 10:30 AM
Student Music - 4:30 PM
Looking Back, Looking Ahead - 5:00 PM
Foundations for Life Classes - 5:00 PM

Monday, February 13
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Tuesday, February 14
WMU Meeting - 9:30 AM
SILK Meeting - 2:00 PM
GriefShare - 6:00 PM
Mosaic Ringers - 6:30 PM
Boy Scouts - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 15
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 - 4:45 PM
Children's Music & Missions - 5:30 PM
Student Supper & LiftOff - 5:30 PM
Women’s Bible Study - 5:30 PM
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, February 16
ESL Ministry - 9:00 AM
Children's Taekwondo Class - 4:00 PM
Zumba - 5:30 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
Family Matters

Our Newest
Carter Joshua, son of Katie Chambers, born February 4, 2017. Proud grandparents are Steve and Robin Chambers.

James Finnian Dean Bush & Jack William Hunter Bush, sons of Peggy and Stephen Bush, born February 11, 2017. Proud grandmother is Ethel Bush.

Evelyn Rae Christian, daughter of Kyle and Ellyn Christian, born February 12, 2017. Proud grandparents are Bill and Andra McEwen.

Christian Sympathy
William Johnson in the loss of his sister, Debbie and Roger Howard in the loss of her aunt, and Hayley Howard in the loss of her great-aunt, Alva Johnson

Stewardship Report
Sunday, February 12, 2017, Week #20
Year-to-Date Goal - $1,829,612.25
     This Week - $55,016.96
     YTD - $1,873,107.77
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $2,068.50
     YTD - $39,285.57
     This week: $2,874.00
    YTD: $224,514.36
     To Date: $826,423.87  

Sunday School
Preschool - 103
Children - 65
Students - 98
Adults - 552
Brookdale - 13
Guests - 53
TOTAL - 871

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 477
Sanctuary Worship - 601
Total - 1,078
Aviva Alabama Hispanic Church - 48
Upcoming Opportunities
Taekwondo Classes for Children
Classes for new students begin Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in room 118. The Instructor is Master Mary Smith, 5th Degree Black Belt. Call 256-509-3502 for more information.
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Caring Talks
Our next Caring Talks presentation will be Wednesday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m. until Noon on “using nature as inspiration for living, learning, and serving”. Please RSVP to the American Senior Assistance Program, 256-382-0426.
Adult One Day Retreat
Thursday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Baron Bluff at Burritt on the Mountain. The theme is “Koinonia” which means Christian fellowship, led by Travis Collins. Cost is $10. Sign up with the Experienced Adult Ministry Office at 256-428-9403,
Lost and Found
Please be reminded that lost and found items are brought to the main office but are only kept for a short time. Items such as Bibles, umbrellas, and coats can be picked up during regular office hours or during the church activities on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening.
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801