“We Believe”

In the May 10 Business Meeting you will be asked to approve a “We Believe” statement. The recommendation comes from the Leadership Council, having been reviewed and approved by both the Ministers and Deacons.

Below you will find a “Q&A” as you consider this statement, and beneath the Q&A you will find the statement itself.

I hope you will be part of our discussion about this and other matters in our May 10 Business Meeting.

Your pastor,
Travis

Q.  Is this a new, formal statement of beliefs for FBC?
A.  No. We have a formal statement of beliefs affirmed by the church: the 1963 Baptist Faith & Message (BF&M). This statement is intended as a more accessible, more understandable, more readable statement. It is written in language that should be more familiar to the average reader.

Q.  What is the purpose of this statement?
A.  It is important to know that this doesn’t change anything about the way we express our beliefs at FBC. It will be used to help our members and prospective members understand, in a shorter, simpler statement, the things we believe.  

We assume that there are not lots of people who will read the entire BF&M. This statement will include a link and reference to the BF&M in the hopes that people will take the next step and read that more thorough document. Yet this makes our statement of beliefs more available to more people.

Q. Is this statement intended to be an all-inclusive account of our beliefs?
A. No, this is intended merely as an introduction to our church. At the end of the document there is a reference and link to the 1963 Baptist Faith & Message for a fuller account of our beliefs.

Q.  How will it be used?
A.  The primary immediate use will be its prominent posting on the website. We know that most people visit a church’s website before they visit the church. Most churches like ours have a statement of beliefs, presented in a format similar to this one, on their websites. Those are helpful as prospective guests/members consider whether they want to visit us on site.  

Of course this will be helpful in our MeetFBC class, as well as in personal conversations with people considering membership at FBC. (I can see a sermon series coming, too!)

Q.  Why does this statement not address a wider range of topics, such as the recent statement on sexuality?
A.  For one thing, we have issued a clear statement on sexuality so it would be redundant to do so here. Furthermore, this is simply a means of letting people understand more clearly what we already have stated we believe.

Q. Does this “water down” our belief statement?
A. No, it does not change our belief statement; it simply makes an introduction to what we believe more accessible.  

The following is what will appear (if approved) on our website and other publications as our “We Believe” statement. (The words in blue indicate a hyperlink).

We Believe

We believe in the One God Who exists eternally in Three Persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in Jesus, the perfect incarnation of God the Son, Who died taking upon Himself our sins, rose again on the third day, and will come again.

We believe all humans are created in the image of God and deeply loved by our Creator. Yet, because of our sinful choices, we are in need of a Savior. We believe Jesus is that Savior—the Savior of all who will turn from their sin and follow Him.

We believe in the power of God’s Holy Spirit to teach, comfort, enable and transform us.

We believe in the Bible as the trustworthy authority for what we believe and practice.

We believe in the Church as the body of Christ in the world.

We believe in our calling to meet human needs and to encourage others to follow Jesus, both in our community and around the world.

We believe our decisions in this life have eternal consequences. We further believe that our hope for Heaven comes through faith in Jesus, not our own goodness.

We believe we are to be good stewards of our God-given resources, from our talents to our finances to our planet.

We believe in grace as the heart of the Christian faith.

We believe and affirm the convictions expressed in the 1963 version of the Baptist Faith & Message. Here is a link to that Statement for a more comprehensive account of what we believe.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Sermon by Travis Collins
Faces and Hearts
James 2:1-9

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

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Sanctuary Choir Anthem
Soon and Very Soon - Crouch/arr. Hayes
Karen Anderson, soloist
Anthem by the Young Musicians Choir
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Big Topics Series: Racial Reconciliation
5:00 PM in the Life Center
Special guest, Carolyn McKinstry, author of While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement. Mrs. McKinstry was a little girl and in the 16th Street Baptist Church when it was bombed in 1963, resulting in the death of four of her friends. She is a faithful follower of Jesus who is passionate about racial reconciliation.
Wednesday, May 3
Menu: Beef and Chicken Fajitas, Refried beans, Mexican rice, Chips & Salsa
Salad: Grilled Chicken Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.)  
Children’s Menu Option: Soft Taco, Fruit, Cookie, Drink
National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 4 | 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM | Chapel
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

All are invited to participate in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4. The FBC Chapel will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on this day. There will be a verbal, guided call to prayer during the noon hour led by Diane Singer. Self-paced prayer guides will be made available all day long for those seeking to pray for our nation in this place.
“Launch Team” for the new Mosaic worship service
We would love to have a minimum of 50 volunteers for the new worship service on Sunday nights at 5:00 beginning in the fall. Would you be willing to consider being among that group of missionary-like volunteers? If so, there is an information meeting on Sunday, May 7 at 3:30 in the Student Center.

Here are a few details. More will be shared on May 7.

Q. Who are we trying to reach?  
A. Unchurched people, people whose schedules do not allow them to be there on Sunday mornings because of work or travel.

Q. What will the worship style be like?  
A. The intention is a more “close-knit” feel than either our First Fellowship or Sanctuary Worship services.  Here are a few of the elements we anticipate:  An interactive sermon style.  Seating around tables.  Varying elements to worship, such as testimonies, communion, and guided prayer times.

Q. Who is our “target demographic”?  
A. We hope it will be engaging for young adults but this is not a “young adult service.”  We are not targeting any age group.

Q. Where and when will we meet?  
A. In the Life Center at 5:00 on Sundays.

Q. What will the discipleship programming be like?  
A. We are still working on that, but we do plan to facilitate some “let’s dig deeper” discussions around the tables. We also plan begin some small groups that will meet in homes at times other than Sunday evenings.

Childcare is available for children birth through 6th grade. Contact Cindy Thompson (cindy@fbchsv.org, 256-428-9411). Deadline for childcare is Wednesday, May 3.
MOPS Community Yard Sale
Community Yard Sale
Saturday, May 6
7:00 AM - Noon
FBC Front Parking Lot (closest to Governors Drive)
All proceeds support FBC's chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers.
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, May 7
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
Mosaic Worship Interest Meeting - 3:30 PM
Children's Foundations for Life - 5:00 PM
Big Topics Series - 5:00 PM
Student FUN Night Fish Fry - 5:00 PM

Monday, May 8
Letter Writing - 10:00 AM
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM
Deacons Meeting - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 9
SILK Meeting - 2:00 PM
Mosaic Ringers - 6:30 PM
Boy Scouts - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10
Precept Women's Bible Study - 9:00 AM
Student Open Gym - 4:30 PM
Wednesday Night Dinner - 5:00 PM
Student Supper & LiftOff - 5:30 PM
Children's Music Celebration Rehearsal - 5:30 PM
Student Supper & LiftOff - 5:00 PM
Quarterly Business Meeting - 5:45 PM
Aviva Hispanic Bible Study - 6:00 PM
Orchestra Rehearsal - 6:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 6:45 PM
First Fellowship Band Rehearsal - 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 11
ESL - 9:00 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, May 12
Fellowship Club - 10:00 AM

Saturday, May 13
Preschool PJs, Pancakes & Pattycake - 8:30 AM

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

New Members
Kevin Hanson
500 Saint Clair Ave
Huntsville, AL 35801

Mark Ebersold
125 Royal Dr.
Apt. 1206
Madison, AL 35758

Christian Sympathy
Frances & Winfred Jones in the loss of her brother, Brian Jones and Laurie (Rob) Heard in the loss of their uncle, Morgan Jones, Katherine and Sarah Bryant Heard in the loss of their great uncle Doyle Frederick

Stewardship Report
Sunday, April 30, 2017, Week #31
Year-to-Date Goal - $2,617,397.25
Offering
     This Week - $96,950.41
     YTD - $2,617,447.05
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $549.50
     YTD - $66,198.43
Mosaic:
     This week: $8,140.00
      YTD: $288,441.44
     To Date: $890,350.95

Attendance
Sunday School
Preschool - 101
Children - 51
Students - 100
Adults - 553
Brookdale - 19
Guests - 49
TOTAL - 871

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 390
Sanctuary Worship - 506
Total - 896
Aviva - 48
Music Ministry
The FBC Orchestra is beginning preparations for a special patriotic mini-concert on Wednesday, June 28 for the God and Country Service. The music will be wonderful, challenging, and inspiring! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Childcare is provided.
Student Music will NOT rehearse the next two Sundays. The group WILL help to lead the Sanctuary Worship service on May 21. Stay tuned on the early rehearsal time that morning.
Events
Upcoming Opportunities
Huntsville Green Team
If you were unable to volunteer for Serving the City, there is an opportunity to serve with the Huntsville Green Team on Saturday, May 6 in the northwest part of our city. This service day will focus on picking up trash, helping to move and throw away items to the curbs, and general clean up. If you are interested call George Martin at 256-690-3264.
Fellowship Club
Friday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Program: Paula Joslin and the The B-Team Angels
Menu: Boxed Lunch
Non-members may call Sue Mauldin for reservations at 256-534-2368
Perry County Mission Trip
June 4-9, 2017. Perry County, Alabama is one of the poorest counties in the United States. The purpose of this mission trip is to help people in the Perry County community with home improvement and to provide assistance with Judson Baptist College improvement. Individuals or families are welcome to attend for the whole week or any days that work for your schedule. Cost is $15 per day to cover food. Dennis Brooks, Paul Glover, and Mike Kirk are the lead team for the week. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 21. Contact Dennis Brooks, (256) 679-1385. 
ESL Volunteers Needed
The English as a Second Language Ministry has expanded this year and has experienced a 32% growth in attendance! This has caused a shortage of teachers, placement interviewers, and childcare workers. ESL training is provided by the Madison Baptist Association on Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20. Call 256-536-0015. Deadline to sign up for this training is May 14.
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801