VBS Numbers and Why They Matter

On Monday morning, June 12, I walked into our Life Center and had a moving experience. Children had gathered for our Vacation Bible School’s opening worship. And there were lots more children than I remember from last year!

The average attendance in 2016 was 143.
The average attendance in 2017 was 208.
The good news is that we had a 45% increase over last year!

The good news is also that we didn’t have as many this year as I’m sure we will have next year!

Should we really talk about numbers? Well, I understand that some might say, “It’s not about numbers; it’s about people.” However, when we are trying to build for the future, to have 45% increase in the number of children in VBS over last year is a big deal. A really big deal.

Obviously, the honor goes to God for His blessings. Yet God uses people, and I’m deeply grateful for the VBS Lead Team (Emily DePlachett, Nancy Harrison, Katie Hoppe-McQueen, Emily Lemons, Debbie McDaniel, Nancy Moore, Jamie Richardson, Barbara Sizemore, and Anne Stone) that came alongside Joy Moore, Leigh Halverson, Emily Ballard (our Children’s Ministry Intern), Cindy Thompson, and our 127 wonderful volunteers!

I am so excited about our todays…and our tomorrows. And I am so honored to be…

Your Pastor,
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:00 PM - Dinner Served in the Fellowship Hall
5:45 PM - Bible Study led by Travis Collins
Menu: Chicken Fried Steak, Hash Brown Casserole, Southern Style Green Beans, Cheese Grits, Biscuit
Salad: Fried Chicken Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.)
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sermon by Travis Collins
We Believe Series 
"The Paraklete"
John 14:15-18, 26-26; 15:26 ; 16:12-15

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
Anthem by the Sanctuary Choir: Come, Holy Father - Amy Tate Williams
Music by the FBC Orchestra: Ancient Words - arr. Shipps

Student Mission Trip Presentation
5:00 PM in the Chapel

Fresh Expressions Interest Meeting: Recovery Community
6:00 PM in the Community Room
Fresh Expressions of Church
We have had the initial information meetings for our three new fresh expressions of church. All three are off to a good start, and it's very encouraging. All three, however, could use a few more team members. If you are willing to consider any of these, please join them in their next meeting.

Fresh Expression of Church (Dinner Church) in Butler Terrace:
Thursday June 22, 6:00 in Room 242.

Fresh Expression of Church Among Art Community:
Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24 at Lowe Mill (around back at the dock).

Fresh Expression of Church Among People in Recovery:
Sunday June 25, 6:00 pm in the Community Room.
God & Country Service
Wednesday Night Supper will be served in the Gathering Place beginning at 4:45 PM.
The FBC Orchestra will play during dinner in the Life Center followed by a mini-concert prior to Travis' meditation.
Family Ministries
Monte Sano Picnic & Play
Wednesday, June 21
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Pack your lunch and meet us at  Monte Sano to play and eat together!
Story Time with "Miss Lea" Hoppe
June 27, July 18 & July 25
10:00 AM in the FBC Library
Join us for reading fun!
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, June 25
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 Mission Trip Presentation - 5:00 PM
Fresh Expressions Interest Meeting - 6:00 PM
     Recovery Community

Monday, June 26
Prayer Time in the Chapel - 7:30 AM
Letter Writing - 10:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM
Mosaic Cross Necklace Class - 6:00 PM
EPIC Student Bible Study - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 27
Mosaic Cross Necklace Class - 6:00 PM
Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 PM
College Bible Study - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 28
Caring Talks - 11:00 AM
Student Wacky Wednesday - 1:00 PM
Wednesday Night Supper - 5:00 PM
Ladies Bible Study - 5:30 PM
God & Country Service - 5:45 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 6:45 PM
First Fellowship Band Rehearsal - 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 29
Zumba - 5:30 PM
First Women Game Night - 6:30 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

Christian Sympathy
Family and friends of our member, Martha Jones, especially to her son, Butch (Pat) Jones

Family and friends of our member, Bill Huff, especially to his wife, Jackie Huff

Stewardship Report
Sunday, June 18, 2017, Week #38
Year-to-Date Goal - $3,257,063.50
     This Week - $54,911.72
     YTD - $3,083,787.07
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $1,796.50
     YTD - $77,581.43
     This week: $1,440.00
      YTD: $304,473.94
     To Date: $906,383.45

Sunday School
Preschool - 105
Children - 49
Students - 93
Adults - 504
Brookdale - 20
Guests - 99
TOTAL - 876

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 481
Sanctuary Worship - 615
Philadelphia Mission Trip - 62
Total - 1,158
Aviva - 43
Wednesdays in July
Old Books, New Looks:
A Simple Survey of the Old Testament

July 12, 19 & 26
Wednesday Lunch
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

We’ll Talk About...
  • How the Bible all fits together
  • Principles of reading and interpreting the Old Testament
  • What such ancient books mean to us

Invite people who work in the area - there will be no charge for their first lunch! This is a perfect lunch break opportunity!

Childcare is provided
This is in lieu of Wednesday Night Dinner and Bible Study.
Huntsville Assistance Program
Open House
15th Anniversary Celebration & Open House
Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Come help us celebrate, view our new facility, learn about our services and how you can support them.

1001 Monroe Street SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
phone: 256-539-2320
fax: 256-519-8918
In the past five years HAP has provided almost $1 Million to assist more than 24,000 families in Madison County!!!

Amateur Radio Field Day
Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 PM

Outside Entrance #7
The FBC Amateur Radio Club, K4FBC, will be continuously operating for 24 hours under simulated “emergency conditions” as a part of ARRL “Field Day”. Please stop by and visit our outdoor tents and see how our organization is able to serve our community. You can even get on the air with us and make a contact with another Ham perhaps thousands of miles away! Click here to learn more!
Women on Mission 2
This new group will focus on Praying, Learning, and especially the Doing of Missions!

Join together for brunch on Thursday, June 22 at 10:00-11:30 a.m.
At the home of Lorri Doss
1207 Chandler Rd. SE, Huntsville (256-503-0352).

Special Guest is Carol Spears, missionary surgeon to Kenya and friend of Travis and Keri Collins.

This will be a new group at First Baptist. Dates and times of future meetings will be determined.
Upcoming Opportunities
Baseballs Needed for Music Camp
The Music Ministry is in need of old baseballs for Music Camp, July 10-14. The older the better! If you have any you would like to donate, please bring them by the Music Ministries Office or contact the music office at 256-428-9421.
Summer Monday Mornings in Prayer
You are invited to pray in the chapel on Monday mornings during the summer from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.  This will continue through July 31. Our intent is simply to pray. No program. Just praying.
Deacon Nominations
Nominations are open now and end Sunday, July 16. The FBC Deacon Election will be held on Sunday, September 17. Ballot boxes are located in the front office and at each Welcome Center.
Ladies Game Night
Thursday, June 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This event has been moved to the Student Center. All Young, Median, and Experienced Adult ladies are invited! Bring your favorite board game and a snack to share and join us for a night of fun and games! Sign up on Mosaic or contact Holly Canup (256-428-9438, holly@fbchsv.org).
Caring Talks
Our next Caring Talks presentation will be Wednesday, June 28 from 11:00 a.m. until Noon on “Probate Court Basics: Guardianship, Conservatorship, and How to Avoid Both”. 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