So Tell Me Again What a Fresh Expression Is

We’ve been talking about this for a long time, but because “fresh expressions” is such a new concept, it’s easy to be confused. So here’s an easy way to understand it: When you hear “fresh expression” think “new form.”  So a fresh expression of church is simply a new form of church. It’s not “church light.” It’s not “kinda, sorta church.” It’s not a ministry of our church. It’s church, and by “church” I mean it is a Christ-centered community engaging in worship, fellowship, discipleship, and outreach.  

It doesn’t look like church as you and I most often think of church. It probably will be much smaller and much simpler. And the most important thing about fresh expressions of church is they are intended to reach people who are highly unlikely ever to walk through the doors of our church or any other existing church.

Most often, a fresh expression of church exists among a micro-culture, a subculture, a “people group.” I know of fresh expressions of church among kayakers, single moms, runners, internationals, restaurant workers, surfers, residents of retirement homes, people who live in the same neighborhood, and lots of other micro-cultures. Having a church for people who share something significant in common makes it easier for folks to feel at home.  Our church has teams working on planting fresh expressions of church among artists, among people in recovery, and in the neighborhood of Butler Terrace. These fresh expressions of church will have a tether to FBC, Huntsville.   

Thank you for being the kind of church that is willing to explore creative means of reaching people who, to quote Ephesians 2:12, are “without hope and without God in the world.”  It is an honor to be…

Your Pastor,
Wednesday Lunch & Bible Study
led by Scott Day
July 26, 2017
Serving begins at 11:45 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Bible Study will conclude by 12:45 PM. Cost for lunch is $6.00 for adults, $3.50 for children.

Menu: Baked Ham or Roasted Turkey and choice of 3 sides: Cornbread Dressing, Baked Potato Casserole, Pinto Beans, Squash Casserole, Italian Green Beans, Broccoli Rice and Cheese, Roll or Cornbread

Childcare is provided.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Sermon by Travis Collins
We Believe Series
"Resource Managers"

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Music led by the First Fellowship Band

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Sanctuary Choir Anthem
I Sing the Mighty Power of God - arr. D. Winkler
Solo by Suzanne Hefner

Social Media Class
4:00 PM in Room 254 led by JD Daniels
The Food Drive benefiting Huntsville Assistance Program has been extended to Sunday, July 30. Please bring items to the collection bins located at each entrance. More info.
Please bring your backpack and join us for the blessing of the backpacks during each worship service this Sunday! Come celebrate the beginning of the new school year for students, teachers, and administrators!
Kids Night In / Parent's Night Out
Deadline to register is SUNDAY!

Friday, August 4
6:00-9:00 PM
$10 per child/$20 family max
Babies - 6th Grade
During the last week of June, our 4th-6th grade students and several of our FBC parents had a blast at CentriKid Camp in Campbellsville, Kentucky! The theme of camp this year was titled “Adventure Awaits: Follow the One, True Light,” and we embarked on quite the adventure of a lifetime as we journeyed together in learning that Jesus Christ is the One, True Light. Our kids had a ton of fun experiencing game stations like archery, Bible study time with camp leaders, intentional conversation in church group time, and an epic high-energy game called Organized Mass Chaos. We are thankful for each student who participated and pray that the truths they learned at camp will stick with them for years to come.

Emily Ballard
Children’s Ministry Intern
Music Ministry
Summer of 2017 has been a most interesting one in FBC Music Ministries!  We are so grateful for the many folks who share their God-given talents (and time and energy) through the myriad of opportunities for ministry which are available through a music group.

The STUDENT MUSIC mission trip to Philadelphia was an amazing 8 days, bringing to culmination months of preparation on the part of our student singers and instrumentalists.  They used the wonderful gift of music to bridge cultural divides, socio-economic divides, and age differences to minister in such an effective manner.  Our church would have been SO PROUD of both the spirit and the sound produced by this group.

Then, our FBC ORCHESTRA led the church in an outstanding God and Country Celebration.  Performing music from stellar composers and blending in beautiful visual images appropriate to the repertoire, our church orchestra truly "wowed" the audience packed into the Life Center with a concert of American, sacred, and patriotic music.

Then, our MUSIC CAMP for children experienced another record-breaking registration, and, more importantly, led children to understand with heart, mind, body and spirit (the whole person) the person and presence of Jesus Christ.  Music is one of God's gifts that enables that to happen.  It was a terrific week.  We are so grateful to our Interim Children's Choir Coordinator, Suzanne Hefner, and her truly outstanding team of leaders (directors, teachers, assistants, students, support staff, and music ministry staff) for making MC 2017 such an effective week.

And, amidst all of these special endeavors, our Music Ministry Staff has been in transition.  We say farewell to Lea Anne Hardy this week and welcome aboard Barbara Sizemore to the position of full-time Music Ministry Assistant.  These ladies, along with Amy Helser in our office, fill such a vital role in the Music Ministries at FBC.  (I know I hear an "amen" from not only Jeremy and myself but also hundreds of church members!).

Finally, of course, we anticipate the arrival next week of Dr. Esther Kim, our new Associate Minister of Music and Organist.  Our search committee, Personnel Committee, Deacons, church leadership and the many music ministry participants who have already met Esther and family can affirm with me that God has indeed been so gracious in leading FBC in this process.  Please hold Esther and her family in your prayers as they make the transition and find their significant place in the FBC ministries that stretch throughout our city, region and beyond.

Billy Orton
Minister of Music and Worship
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, July 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
Social Media Class - 4:00 PM

Monday, July 31
Prayer Time in the Chapel - 7:30 AM
Letter Writing - 10:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM
Student EPIC Bible Study - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 1
College Class Volleyball - 5:00 PM
GriefShare - 6:00 PM
Boy Scout/Cub Scout/Venture Crew - 7:00 PM
College Bible Study - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 2
Wednesday Night Supper - 4:45 PM
Adult Prayer & Bible Study - 5:45 PM
Preschool/Children M&M Team Building - 5:45 PM
Aviva Bible Study - 6:00 PM
Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 6:45 PM
First Fellowship Band Rehearsal - 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 3
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, August 4
Parents Night Out/Kids Night In - 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 5
Outdoor Church at Manna House - 11:00 AM

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 (Closed in July)
Family Matters

Christian Sympathy
Family and friends of our member, Robert (Bob) Miner, especially his wife, Elaine Miner

Loy and Bill Conn in the loss of her stepfather, Kris and Brian Goodwin in the loss of her grandfather, and Madelaine and Sam Goodwin in the loss of their great-grandfather, Duane Shores

Janna Stone in the loss of her father, Natalie Stone Hutcheson and Sara Stone in the loss of their grandfather, Tom McCutchan

Family and friends of our member, Louise Henshaw

New Members
Claudell Harrell
43 Valley Way Cir SE
Huntsville, AL 35802

Stewardship Report
Sunday, July 23, 2017, Week #43
Year-to-Date Goal - $3,585,357.50
     This Week - $51,002.04
     YTD - $3,547,035.70
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $1,189.50
     YTD - $84,523.93
     This week: $3,349.00
      YTD: $355,836.44
     To Date: $957,745.95

Sunday School
Preschool - 78
Children - 42
Students - 89
Adults - 540
Brookdale - 12
Guests - 73
TOTAL - 834

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 416
Sanctuary Worship - 633
Total - 1,049
Aviva - 38
New Class for Nearly-Weds & Newlyweds
Sundays from 6:15-7:30 PM
beginning August 13
Room 118

Topics included in the class are:

  • Biblical Foundation for Marriage
  • Leaving and Cleaving/Family Origin
  • Expectations
  • Love Languages
  • Gender Differences
  • In-Law Relationships
  • Emotional Closeness
  • Intimacy
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Communication/Conflict Resolution
  • Finances
  • His Faith/Her Faith
  • Planning for Marriage Growth
If you are engaged or have been married for less than two years, FBC Huntsville invites you to attend our “Together for Life” class to help you build a strong foundation for your new marriage. This 13 week series is designed to answer questions and spark thought-provoking conversations as couples choose to build their life together on the truths that last forever.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

A new season of GriefShare begins
Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor.

All who have experienced the loss of a loved one are invited.

Church Wide Picnic

BBQ lunch will be served. Cost for lunch is $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for children ($20 family max). To help make sure we provide enough food, please register on Mosaic!
Promotion Sunday is August 6
To celebrate a new church year we have reserved the Monte Sano Lodge for a
church wide picnic
and day of fun and fellowship with one another!

Sunday, August 6 will be casual Sunday so come dressed for the picnic! The lodge will be available to use on this day starting at 10:00 a.m. Come up as your schedule allows.
Young Adult Lake Weekend
All young adults are invited!
Swimming, Fishing, Lake-Side Sitting, Meeting New People, Relaxing, Watching Movies, Eating, Laughing...
August 11-12 
At John & Susan Wessinger's Lake House
285 Lakeview St. Ashville, AL

Text Susan at 256-603-2340 to RSVP

Meals will be provided but please bring $5 to help cover the cost of food. Also bring a snack of your choice. Arrive after 4:00 PM on Friday and leave after dinner on Saturday, or just come on Saturday.
Bible Study Opportunities
The idea of having a conversation about spiritual matters is rather unnerving for most of us. So we are offering help through a four-week, one-hour workshop: Just Walk Across the Room. The sessions begin on Sunday, August 13, and continue for four weeks. 

Here are the schedule, the places, and the facilitators:
Sunday mornings at 9:15: Austin Boyd, Chapel
Sunday afternoons at 3:30: Fran Wilson, Community Room
Tuesday mornings at 10:30: Jamie Richardson, Community Room (childcare provided) Tuesday evenings at 6:00: Tom Houser, Community Room
Wednesday evenings at 5:45: Mary Kate Gygax, Community Room
You are invited to join us on Sunday evenings for Bible study, discipleship, and the study of various topics led by some of the best teachers - Median Adults to Experienced Adults - First Baptist Church has to offer. Each teacher will bring their best study along with their own unique teaching style. This class is open to all ages, members, and non-members.

August 13: Joseph & Cathy Hicks
The Four Stages of Life

August 20: Joseph & Cathy Hicks
The Four Stages of Life

August 27: Joseph & Cathy Hicks
The Four Stages of Life

Opportunities for YOU!
Preschool & Children’s Leadership Launch
If you are serving in Preschool or Children’s Sunday Morning Bible Study for the year 2017-2018, please join us for a Leadership Launch on Saturday, July 29 from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Student Center. This will be our time to empower and equip you for the year ahead! It will be a time to receive your job descriptions, calendar for the year, and understand our vision for our ministry to grow and strengthen because of you!
Median Adult Lake Day
Saturday, August 19 at the Stallcup's lake house. Join us for boating, grilling, and conversations! Bring a lawn chair and a side or dessert to share. Let us know you are coming!
Caring Talks
Our next Caring Talks presentation will be Wednesday, July 26 from 11:00 a.m. until Noon on “Finishing Well: The Past, Present and Future” presented by Dr. Quick. Please RSVP to the American Senior Assistance Program, 256-382-0426.
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801