Lent

Wednesday is the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. The word, “Lent,” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word, “lencten” meaning “Spring,” but this is not merely a seasonal celebration.  It is a season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter.  It reminds us of Jesus’ forty days of fasting and temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2).  Lent, as a season of contrition and repentance, was mentioned way back in 325 AD, at a large gathering of Church leaders called the Council of Nicea

Lent is much like Advent.  While Advent is a season of waiting in anticipation, Lent is a season of reflection and repentance.  Many Christians give up something they enjoy for the season of Lent as a sign of humility.  

Baptists, after hundreds of years, have become interested in Lent, and in Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent.  This year will mark the 6th year that FBC Huntsville has celebrated Ash Wednesday.

Of course, as Baptists, we view Lent not as a requirement but as an opportunity.  It is not an obligation but a choice.  Our freedom in Jesus certainly gives us the liberty to celebrate Lent if we find it spiritually helpful, and the liberty not to celebrate it if we don’t.

Yet, I invite you to take seriously this season of preparation to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.  For me, the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection is more rich if we have spent time reflecting on both His sufferings and our desperate need for a Savior.

Your Pastor,
Travis
Over the next five weeks in worship, we will explore what it means to live out our "Church at the Heart of the City" vision which we adopted Sunday night in Quarterly Business Meeting. Each week, we will focus on one of the five initiatives.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
First Sunday in Lent
Sermon by Travis Collins
Sermon Series: Church at the Heart of the City
Neighborhood Focus (a heart for our community)
Luke 19:37-44

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 from the Sanctuary Choir: O Come, Let Us Sing Unto the Lord - Diemer 
Music from the FBC Orchestra: Come, Now Is the Time to Worship - arr. Kirkland
Anthem from Student Music: God's Gonna Set This World on Fire - Hogan
All singing the March Hymn of the Month in FBC Children’s Choirs: O Worship the King

Evening Activities
Deacon Ordination Service - 4:00 PM in the Chapel
Ordaining Becky Caneer

Foundations for Life Classes
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday Worship Opportunities
We are offering two Ash Wednesday services this year. Choose the time that works best for you. Worship with us at 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel or 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Scriptures, a pastoral meditation, congregational singing, special music, prayer, and the optional imposition of ashes will be included. Invite someone to join you as our congregation begins a journey to the Cross!
Menu:  Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Broccoli
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
Serving the City
April 1, 2017
A day of service to our community.
Sign-ups begin this Sunday!
Service Projects Include
Home Improvement, In-House Projects, Servant Projects, Ministries & Agencies Work, Partnership with Schools, Block Parties, Prayer Walking, and more!
Empowered to Connect Simulcast
Empowered to Connect Simulcast
Friday & Saturday, April 7-8
9:00 AM-5:00 PM both days
First Baptist Huntsville, Life Center
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The Empowered to Connect Conference is a two-day event presented by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.

Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.
Cost: $20, plus $5 for each additional person
per household
Childcare not available
Smart Phones, Tablets & Computers
Having computer trouble? Bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop and we will help!
Sunday, March 12
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Room 118

Come and learn about apps, short cuts and general navigation, led by JD Daniels. From personal Bible study and daily devotionals, to connecting with family and friends using Facebook, Skype, and other means.
Adult Retreat & Ladies Luncheon
Save the Date!
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, March 5
First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Aviva AL Hispanic Church - 10:30 AM
HAM Radio Club - 1:30 PM
Deacon Ordination Service - 4:00 PM
Student Music - 4:00 PM
Foundations for Life Classes - 5:00 PM

Monday, March 6
MOPS Meeting - 9:30 AM
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7
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, March 8
Precept Women's Bible Study - 9:00 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
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 9
ESL Ministry - 9:00 AM
Children’s Taekwondo Class    4:00 PM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, March 10
Fellowship Club - 10:00 AM

March 11-15
Student Spring Camp

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
Elizabeth Grace Heatherly, daughter of Stanford and Retchie Heatherly, born February 21, 2017. Proud grandparents are Roger and Frances Heatherly.

Eliza Jane Corbell, daughter of Laura and John Corbell, born February 21, 2017. Proud grandparents are Randy and Janice Hicks.

New Members
Todd & Tina Gipson
P.O. Box 189
New Market, AL 35761

Christian Sympathy
Ethel Bush in the loss of her brother-in-law, and Andrew Bush in the loss of his uncle, Russel E. McGuff

Matt and Kim Quinn in the loss of his grandfather, and Caroline and Megan Quinn in the loss of their great-grandfather, Charles “Chuck” Baisden

Stewardship Report
Sunday, February 26, 2017, Week #22
Year-to-Date Goal - $1,967,072.25
Offering
     This Week - $56,213.21
     YTD - $1,979,537.99
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $1,198.50
     YTD - $41,862.57
Mosaic:
     This week: $1,619.00
    YTD: $ 231,303.23
     To Date: $833,212.74

Attendance
Sunday School
Preschool - 91
Children - 64
Students - 105
Adults - 582
Brookdale - 15
Guests - 65
TOTAL - 929

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 450
Sanctuary Worship - 677
Total - 1,127
Aviva Alabama Hispanic Church - 52
Upcoming Opportunities
Requiem Concert this Sunday
Our FBC Chamber Singers combined with the HCC Chamber Chorale will collaborate this Sunday, March 5, in a presentation of the Requiem at Asbury Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m., accompanied by the full Huntsville Youth Symphony, including not only the unique sounds of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) but also the exciting ethic percussion parts. FBC members are cordially invited to attend.
WMU Meeting
Tuesday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 118. Everyone is invited to attend a morning of learning, fun, and refreshments! Give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Our church goal is $25,000.
Fellowship Club
Friday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Program: Family Hospice, Lee Shaw
Menu: Chicken and Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Peas, Roll, Dessert 
Non-members may call Sue Mauldin (256-534-2368) for reservations.
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. Read more
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801