Politics and the Pulpit of FBC

On Thursday the President signed an executive order that generated lots of conversation in the religious world.  Here is how USA Today summarized it:

“Trump's executive order…calls for easing of Internal Revenue Service enforcement of the so-called ‘Johnson Amendment,’ which prohibits churches from getting directly involved in political campaigns…While only Congress can formally do away with the law, this will pave the way for churches and other religious leaders to speak about politics and endorse candidates without worrying about losing their tax-exempt status.”

Now, I ain’t speakin fer the President’s order and I ain’t speakin’ agin’ it.  (Plenty of people are lining up to do both.)  What I want to say here is that, as for me and my role as pastor, it changes nothing.

Of course I will speak about issues as I believe appropriate.  I intend not to be reckless, but to be prudent.  Yet if I believe I have something helpful to add, in light of my understanding of Scripture, and seeking to be obedient to God’s Spirit, I will speak.

Furthermore, as a congregation, we will discuss issues.  We will do that in Sunday School classes and small groups and even in settings to which we all are invited.  If a church is not engaging in, and adding a voice to, discussions taking place in our culture, we will become increasingly irrelevant.

However…as Pastor I’m not going to endorse or condemn parties and politicians.  I’m not going to champion them or belittle them.  The President’s executive order might give me the leeway to do so, but my convictions do not.  Remember 1 Corinthians 10:23:  “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.”

So, for what it’s worth, don’t worry that you are about to hear political commercials from the pulpit of First Baptist.  I don’t think you want me to be political, and I know you don’t need me to be political.

Your pastor,
Travis
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Sermon by Travis Collins
Hannah, Samuel, and Us
1 Samuel 1-3

First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Music led by Emily Lemons

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

Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Anthem by the Sanctuary Choir
(with Hallelujah Choir)
Ancient Words - arr. Edwards
Music from the Mosaic Ringers
In Christ Alone - arr. Cota
Anthem by the Hallelujah Choir
Down in the River to Pray - arr. Tunney

No Evening Activities
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Wednesday, May 10
Quarterly Business Meeting
Menu:  Lasagna, Steamed Vegetables Garlic Bread Sticks
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
Graduate Recognition Sunday - May 21
Sunday, May 21 is Graduate Recognition Sunday. We will recognize our Graduating Seniors in our 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Worship Service (First Fellowship will still meet).
Wednesday, May 17
Wednesday, May 17
5:45 p.m.
Life Center

Join us as we celebrate our children's choir programs during our regular scheduled prayer meeting time.

Wednesday night supper will be served in the Life Center and our program will include music from all of our children's choir groups, as well as a preview of 2017 Music Camp.
Vacation Bible School
Come experience Maker Fun Factory VBS where kids will learn they are Created by God and Built for a Purpose.
June 11 - Family Kick-Off Worship beginning at 4:30 PM

June 12-15
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

For children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2017 through children entering 6th grade
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, May 14
First Fellowship Worship - 8:15 AM
Morning Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Sanctuary Worship - 10:30 AM
Aviva AL Hispanic Church - 10:30 AM
No Evening Activities

Monday, May 15
Letter Writing - 10:00 AM
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Langley Memorial Golf Tournament - 11:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16
SILK Meeting - 2:00 PM
Mosaic Ringers - 6:30 PM
Boy Scouts - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 17
Precept Women's Bible Study - 9:00 AM
Wednesday Night Dinner - 5:00 PM
Student Supper & LiftOff - 5:30 PM
Children's Music Celebration - 5:45 PM
Aviva Hispanic Bible Study - 6:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 6:45 PM
First Fellowship Band Rehearsal - 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 18
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, May 19

Saturday, May 20
MOPS & POPS end of year picnic - 11:00 AM
Graduate Family Dinner - 6:00 PM

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
Eli Richardson
1606 Montdale Rd SE
Huntsville, AL 35801-2130

Ruth Allen
12000 Turnmeyer Dr.
Apt. 4326
Huntsville, AL 35803

John & Patty Sumrall
12628 Holstein Lane SW
Huntsville, AL 35803

Christian Sympathy
Randy and Lisa Felder in the loss of his father, and Ashley (Ryan) Claborn and Chadd (Erin) Felder in the loss of their grandfather, Bobby Felder

Stewardship Report
Sunday, May 7, 2017, Week #32
Year-to-Date Goal - $2,717,447.25
Offering
     This Week - $83,820.21
     YTD - $2,701,267.26
Debt Retirement
     This Week - $2,229.50
     YTD - $68,427.93
Mosaic:
     This week: $4,375.00
      YTD: $292,816.44
     To Date: $894,725.95

Attendance
Sunday School
Preschool - 101
Children - 64
Students - 104
Adults - 546
Brookdale - 21
Guests - 74
TOTAL - 920

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 461
Sanctuary Worship - 605
Total - 1,066
Aviva - 54
Alzheimer's Support Group
Sunday, June 4, 4:00 PM in the Community Room

Are you a caregiver of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s? Join us for an informational and organizational meeting led by Deloris Funderburk, a certified and trained leader by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Upcoming Opportunities
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
Caring Talks
Our next Caring Talks presentation will be Wednesday, May 24 from 11:00 a.m. until Noon on “Veterans' Benefits, Services, and Resources”. Please RSVP to the American Senior Assistance Program, 256-382-0426.
Hallelujah Choir
The Hallelujah Choir will present a Sacred Concert on Wednesday, May 24 at 5:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
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