Christians and Mental Illness

One of the most spirited discussions we ever had in my first pastorate was on the night when I talked about that book, Why Do Christians Break Down?  The book assumes that sometimes even followers of Jesus have an emotional collapse. 

One of the ladies took serious issue with my teaching. She disagreed that Christians break down. She contended, “If you are in harmony with God, and aligned with His principles, then emotional collapses are out of the question.”

Well, being in harmony with God and aligned with His principles is certainly good for our emotional health. On the other hand, it seems naïve to believe if we will just get right with God then we won’t ever struggle emotionally.

Sometimes there are realities beyond our control that affect us deeply. Sometimes there is a physical, chemical reason for the breakdown. I’m talking about mental illness.

When I say “mental illness,” don’t think “crazy.” Think, “An illness of the mind.” Mental illness is no more shameful than physical illness. And treatment for mental illness (i.e. counseling or medication) is no more shameful than treatment for physical illness.

So, if you struggle with depression, don’t feel it is unChristian to see a counselor and or a physician. And, while I wouldn’t want us to become dependent on medicines, often medication is necessary when chemical imbalances are ruling our emotions. 

Beyond that, let’s take care of ourselves! Exercise! Eat right! Get out there and serve somebody! That’s good for your mind!

The first week in October is Mental Illness Awareness Week . I thank God for the gifts of those professionals who can help us when we struggle. Please get help, and encourage those you love to get help, for mental illness.
Wednesday Night Supper - September 27
Serving begins at 4:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Cost for supper is $6.00 for adults, $3.50 for children.
Menu: Taco Salad Bowl, Beef, Rice, Beans, Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Chips & Cheese Dip
Salad: Grilled Chicken Salad (Reservations for salad must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.) 
Children's Menu Option: Pizza, Fruit, Dessert, Drink
Sunday, October 1, 2017
World Communion Sunday
Sermon by Travis Collins
Up a Tree
Luke 19:1-10

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: When I Survey - arr. Mallory
Special Musical Guest - Mark Edwards
(Mark served as Minister of Music at FBC Nashville for thirty years and most recently served as Vice President of Celebrating Grace, Inc., the church music organization that produces our children's choir materials, music for our students and adults, and, perhaps most significantly, the Celebrating Grace hymnal which we use. Mark shepherded the production of our hymnal and led the committee of composers and arrangers that produced more than 1,500 choral, orchestral, and keyboard accompaniments for congregational singing)

Bible Study in the Chapel - 5:00 PM in the Chapel
led by Rodger Keene - "My Life's Journey"

Mosaic Worship - 5:00 PM, Life Center

Children’s Lego Bible Study - 5:00 PM in Room 230
Ministry Calendar

Sunday, October 1
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
Children's October Bday Party - 3:00 PM
Mosaic Worship - 5:00 PM
Bible Study in the Chapel - 5:00 PM
Children's Lego Bible Study - 5:00 PM
Together for Life Class - 6:15 PM

Monday, October 2
Prayer Time in the Chapel - 7:30 AM
Letter Writing Ministry - 10:00 AM
Hallelujah Choir - 10:30 AM
Ladies Bible Study - 11:30 AM
Zumba - 5:30 PM
Deacons Meeting - 6:00 PM
Cross Necklace Class - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, October 3
WMU Meeting - 9:15 AM
SILK Meeting - 2:00 PM
Children’s Taekwondo - 2:30 PM
GriefShare - 6:00 PM
Cross Necklace Class - 6:00 PM
Mosaic Ringers - 6:30 PM
Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts/Venture Crew - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 4
Precept Bible Study - 9:00 AM
Writing Your Life Story - 3:30 PM
Wednesday Night Supper - 4:45 PM
We Saved You a Seat Bible Study - 5:30 PM
Adult Prayer & Bible Study - 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, October 5
Children’s Taekwondo - 2:30 PM
Zumba - 5:30 PM

Friday, October 6
Kids Night In - 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 7
Young Adult Football Watching Party - TBA

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

New Members
Tammie Wilburn
437 Natures Way
Huntsville, AL 35824

Bryce Benson
288 Yancy Road
Madison, AL 35758

Christian Sympathy
Gayla Kidd in the loss of her uncle, James Hamner

Joe and Frances Jones in the loss of his sister, Alan and Pam Jones in the loss of his aunt, Sarah Irwin

Stewardship Report
Sunday, September 24, 2017, Week #52
Year-to-Date Goal - $4,350,000.00
   This Week - $64,407.59
   YTD - $4,225,371.35
Debt Retirement
   This Week - $6,284.84
   YTD - $100,488.77
   This week - $19,287.77
   YTD - $397,482.57
   To Date - $999,392.08

Sunday School
Preschool - 104
Children - 61
Students - 107
Adults - 515
Brookdale - 3
Guests - 49
TOTAL - 839

Worship Service
First Fellowship Worship - 338
Sanctuary Worship - 693
Mosaic Worship - 65
Student Fall Retreat - 121
Aviva - 56
Last Sunday we collected a total of $5,578.00 in support of Gideon International. This amount will buy 3,984 Bibles! Thank you for your generosity!
Disaster Relief Opportunities
Throughout the last few weeks we have seen hurricanes devastate families and communities in Houston, the Florida coastline, and the Caribbean Islands. In the midst of so much need, we as a church have much to give. Teresa of Avila writes, “Yours are the eyes through which His compassion will look upon the world; Yours are the feet with which He will go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which He will bless others.”

In the coming days, we have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ through disaster relief in the state of Florida. We will be partnering with Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville, a church in which our students have served together two years ago. This congregation is located in an area of the city which was several feet under water, the worst flooding seen there since the 1920’s.

We will be sending a team to assist in clean-up, ‘muck’ removal, and community engagement from Sunday, October 8th to Friday, October 13th. You will only be responsible for the cost of your meals. If you are not able to attend this trip, yet still would like to donate to the relief effort, you can designate your Sunday offering to “FBC Disaster Relief.”

Missions Ministry Resident
Student Fall Retreat
Fall Retreat was LIT!

What a great Fall Retreat!

Students were great. Amazing adults made things run smoothly. We were blessed with an amazing speaker and band. Food was delightful to our taste buds. Camp ToknowHim is holy ground for our group. Lots of fun, adventure, and maybe even rest were experienced in capture the flag, late night hangout, bonfire, low ropes course, and free time.

Our theme LIT focused on Ephesians 5:8-14. Our speaker John Uldrick focused on the dualism of light and darkness, what light produces, the effects of darkness, and living as people of light. It was some good, strong stuff. We were all challenged.

Click the link below to view pictures from the retreat. Many have already been uploaded. More to come.
The Living Christmas Tree
Preparations for the great music of THE LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE have begun...and it is not too late to get involved! Rehearsals are each Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. Childcare is provided. What an opportunity for cross-generational fellowship, inspiring music, challenge/fulfillment, and JOY! Our Wednesday nights will result in a tremendous witness to the presence and message of Christ.

Contact the Music Ministry Office (256-428-9421) if you have questions or need further information.
WMU Meeting
Tuesday, October 3 at 9:15 a.m. in Room 118
Guest speaker is Erica Jayroe, Office Manager at WorldSong Missions Place. The Jayroe family attends Cook Springs Baptist Church where Erica serves as pianist/organist, WMU Director, and Children in Action Leader among other roles. Erica’s passion for missions education and camp ministry drives her desire to serve the Lord at WorldSong.
Everyone is invited to attend!
Kids Night In
Friday, October 6
6:00-9:00 PM
Entrance #2
Cost: $10 per child/$20 family max
Children birth through sixth grade are invited to a "No Parents Allowed" evening of fun! Dinner will be provided. Registration deadline is Sunday, October 1.
Joint Worship with
First Baptist Blue Spring
Sunday, October 8
6:30 PM in our Sanctuary

Reception to follow in the Gathering Place
Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 29
3:00-5:00 PM
FBC Back Parking Lot
(outside entrance #7)
This October we’re going to open our parking lot and our trunks to the families in our community for a fun filled afternoon of “Trunk or Treat!” At Trunk or Treat events, children make their way to the trunks of vehicles that have been turned into games and activities by gracious volunteers. That’s where each of you come in! To help make this year’s event successful, we need the cooperation of everyone. If you have a vehicle, we need you to participate!

Do you want to provide a trunk?
Contact our Family Ministries Team
256-428-9411 or
Opportunities for YOU!
Young Adult Cookout with WEE Families
Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Come hang out and eat in the courtyard with your family and families from our WEE ministry.
Caring Talks
Our next Caring Talks presentation will be Wednesday, September 27 from 11:00 a.m. until Noon on “The Area Agency on Aging: who are they and how do I find one in my area?”. Please RSVP to the American Senior Assistance Program, 256-382-0426.
Young Adult Day at Tate Farms
Saturday, October 14 - come out anytime between 9am-6pm and hang out or run into other Young Adult families while enjoying Tate Farms!
MOPS Holiday Market
November 4 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. MOPS Holiday Market is our annual Fall Vendor Market. We hope to have a wide array of vendors from all over the city. Many of our own MOPS moms have businesses that we are excited to have join us. We hope to have some food vendors this year as well. We will provide one table and additional tables will be available for $5 each. Register on Mosaic .
M&M Family Outreach Night
Wednesday, October 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Join us at either Dublin Park playground in Madison or Everybody Can Play playground in Huntsville! We will collect trash and distribute popsicles to all who are there. Trash bags, gloves, hand wipes, and popsicles will be provided...just bring your serving hands and hearts! Let’s serve our community together!
Weekend Minister on Call: 256-428-9457
Church Office: 256-428-9400
 First Baptist Huntsville
600 Governors Drive Southwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35801