Business Meeting

Baptists take a lot of ribbing about our business meetings.  People love to talk about how Baptists argue during those meetings.  People talk about how inefficient it is for a large roomful of people to make big decisions.  For those and other reasons, Baptist business meetings are sometimes mocked.

But those meetings help define Baptists!  That decision-making process is part of our identity!  The congregational model of governance is based on our conviction that each of us is a priest (minister), and each one of us is competent to understand the will of God.

Naturally, we put a lot of trust in those committees, councils and teams who have worked hard studying an issue.  We take seriously their recommendations.  In the end, however, it is the congregation who makes the big decisions.

This Sunday night we will hold our quarterly business meeting.  There are a number of things on the agenda, including a recommendation from the Leadership Council that we start a Sunday Night Worship Service in the fall on a nine-month trial basis.  Here is a link to a Q&A document that I shared with those present this past Sunday night.  And here is a link to the Powerpoint that I shared.

I hope you will be here and help us make good decisions.

Your Pastor,
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Sermon by Travis Collins
Midian, Beer Lahai Roi, and a Cave in Haifa
Psalm 139:7-12

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Sanctuary Choir Anthem: The Table - Tomlin/arr. Nitz
(with Cynthia Futral, soloist, and orchestral ensemble)

Business Meeting - 5:00 PM in the Life Center
Sunday Night Worship Proposal
The Leadership Council moves that we begin a Sunday Night 5:00 PM Worship Service in August for a nine month trial period.

Church at the Heart of the City Vision Proposal
Neighborhood Focus (a heart for our community)
Fresh Expressions (an open heart)
Relational Discipleship (a heart for God)
Radical Hospitality (a welcoming heart)
Young Adults (a heart for all generations)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Menu:  Breakfast for Dinner: Scrambled Eggs, Hash Brown Casserole, Bacon & Sausage, Biscuits, Muffins/Sweet Rolls
Salad: Chef Salad
(Reservations for salad must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.)  
Children’s Menu Option: Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit, Drink
Student Spring Camp
Music led by Iron City Worship
Spring Camp
March 11-15
Laguna Beach Christian Retreat west of Panama City Beach, FL
Students & Friends in grades 7-12
Cost: $235
(after Wednesday, Feb. 22 cost is $275)
Bible Study led by Pastor T
Adult Retreat
Christian fellowship or communion, with God or,
more commonly, with fellow Christians.  
Thursday, March 23
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Baron Bluff at Burritt on the Mountain
  Led by Travis Collins

 Cost is $10. Sign up with the Experienced Adult Ministry Office at 256-428-9403, .
Celebrating Night to Shine
Friday, February 10, 2017
The Chamber Singers of First Baptist
The Chamber Singers of First Baptist is a choral ensemble from our Sanctuary Choir.  This group meets on an as needed basis and varies in personnel from project to project.  In addition to singing for morning worship services occasionally, the Chamber Singers have performed at the Living Christmas Tree as well as in selected community projects, and were featured in the November 2015 concert with organ virtuoso Nathan Laube in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of our Casavant organ.

This Spring our Chamber Singers are helping to provide two concert presentations of the Karl Jenkins Requiem in our city. Karl Jenkins is a contemporary Welsh composer who is especially popular in the U.K. and well known for his inclusiveness of other cultures in his writing. His Requiem is heavily flavored by the culture of Japan, augmenting the traditional Latin Requiem texts with Japanese haikus that poetically reflect upon death and help to focus the spirituality of the work. These particular texts will be sung in Japanese.

The two concert presentations are both in the Madison area
  • Sunday, February 26, 4:00 PM at Messiah Lutheran Church in Madison, with piano accompaniment and featuring Joseph Lee on the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). More info
  • Sunday, March 5, 3:00 PM at Asbury Methodist Church (Hughes Road) with the Huntsville Youth Symphony accompanying. More info
Our Chamber Singers will be joined by the HCC Chamber Chorale for these concerts.  (The collaboration of the two outstanding ensembles will provide a similar sound to what we experienced at the Nathan Laube organ presentation.)   

You are cordially invited to these special presentations.

Please join in thanksgiving for the work of our choir members and in prayerful support of these extraordinary opportunities for extending our FBC Music Ministries.
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!
Jordan Mission Trip
Syrian Refugee Project in Jordan
Dental & Medical Emphasis
October 22-30, 2017
First Baptist Huntsville, in partnership with Global Outreach International, International Mission Board, and with a Jordanian Baptist church, is helping provide education, food, clothing, and other resources to 200 Syrian refugee children, most of whom have never been to school previously.
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, February 26
First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Aviva AL Hispanic Church - 10:30 AM
RA Racers - 1:00 PM
Student Music - 4:00 PM
Quarterly Business Meeting - 5:00 PM

Monday, February 27
MOPS Meeting - 9:30 AM
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Tuesday, February 28
SILK Meeting - 2:00 PM
GriefShare - 6:00 PM
Mosaic Ringers - 6:30 PM
Boy Scouts - 7:00 PM
Taekwondo - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 1
Precept Women's Bible Study - 9:00 AM
Ash Wednesday Service - 12:00 PM
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
Ash Wednesday Service - 6:00 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, March 2
ESL Ministry - 9:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4
GA Mother Daughter 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

Our Newest
Annie Boyd, daughter of Carrie and Andrew Boyd, born February 20, 2017. Proud grandparents are Austin and Cindy Boyd.

New Member
Kian Hernandez
10 Taylors Brook Way
Gurley, AL 35748

Christian Sympathy
Tim and Suzanne Norris in the loss of his mother, and Oliver and Alexander Norris in the loss of their grandmother, Fran Norris

Robert and Susan Williams in the loss of his mother, Nancy Williams Ludwig

Ricky and Susan Cornelius in the loss of his father, Robert and Mollie Cornelius in the loss of his grandfather, and John Henry Cornelius in the loss of his great-grandfather, Willie Cornelius

Stewardship Report
Sunday, February 19, 2017, Week #21
Year-to-Date Goal - $1,898,342.25
     This Week - $50,217.01
     YTD - $1,923,324.78
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $1,378.50
     YTD - $40,664.07
     This week: $5,169.87
    YTD: $229,684.23
     To Date: $831,593.74 

Sunday School
Preschool - 91
Children - 52
Students - 96
Adults - 564
Brookdale - 9
Guests - 68
TOTAL - 892

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 438
Sanctuary Worship - 589
Total - 1,027
Aviva Alabama Hispanic Church - 32
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.
View our Facebook page here.
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.
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.
Fellowship Club
Friday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Program: Family Hospice, Lee Shaw
Non-members may call Sue Mauldin (256-534-2368) for reservations.
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801