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May 12, 2020
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he MessengerAUGUST 2018Vol. 60 No. 8 from the Pastor First Baptist Church is made up of fascinating people who do extraordinary things. Let me tell you about what one of our members is doing this month. Beth Little and her family attend FBC. Beth and her husband, Paxton, have three terrific children. On August 18-19, Beth and her support team of family and friends
will be travelling to Colorado so Beth can compete in the ‘Leadville Trail 100 Run’ Ultra- marathon. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, an Ultra-marathon is, in this case, a 100 mile run. Did you catch that? Yes, 100 miles! Beth hopes to run the 100 miles in under 30 hours. On top of the distance, she will be in the Rocky Mountains running at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. A regular marathon distance is 26.2 miles. But Beth isn’t satisfied to be a marathoner. Upon completion of her run, she will be an Ultra-marathoner! I suppose the question some of us might ask is, “Has Beth lost her mind?” Well, maybe to a certain way of thinking but I admire Beth’s dream and I’m proud of her willingness to take the challenge. It’s a challenge most of us wouldn’t attempt. Running can challenge us to deal with hardships, unexpected difficulties and attempt something that is beyond ourselves. Faith in Jesus Christ is something like that. Faith is a great challenge. People all around us think we’ve lost our minds to be people of faith. Yet, Philippians 3:14 says “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Years ago, William Carey, the English Baptist missionary, said; “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” Most people never press on to the goal for the prize mentioned in Philippians 3. It seems too hard or we get too distracted or we settle for lesser prizes. But I believe God puts a dream in our heart of knowing Jesus and making Him known; to press toward the prize. The prize is connecting our lives to the things that God does. Why would we do this? Because the things God does are eternal. They last. Only in God’s things do we find the prize; life’s true meaning. Beth’s goal of completing a 100 mile race can remind us of the great prize all Christians can receive as we connect our lives to His. Of course, we don’t have to run 100 miles, or even a 5K, to get connected to Jesus. He has given us everything we need for that, we just choose to place our attention and affection toward him every day. Blessings, Beth. Thanks for the example. We’re proud of you and we’re cheering for you! Don
Promotion Sunday and AUGUST 5 Preschool Recognition Ministry Fair in the Atrium 8:30 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Bible Study classes 11 a.m. Worship Service
AUGUST 7 11 a.m. XYZ Program & Luncheon Noon Prayer Meeting
AUGUST 8 6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Band Rehearsal
AUGUST 10-12 DNow for Youth
AUGUST 12 8:30 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Bible Study classes 11 a.m. Worship Service 5:30 p.m. Dinners for 8
AUGUST 14 Noon Prayer Meeting 4:30 p.m. GriefShare
AUGUST 15 5 p.m. Fellowship Meal 5:30 p.m. AWANA Registration in the CLC 6 p.m. Midweek for Youth 6 p.m. Adult Bible Studies 6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Band Rehearsal
AUGUST 18 7:30 a.m. Men’s Ministry Work Day
AUGUST 19 8:30 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Bible Study classes
11 a.m. Worship Service 4 p.m. Children’s Bible Drill 5 p.m. Children’s activity and fellowship 5 p.m. Youth Disciplieship 5 p.m. Life U Studies 6 p.m. Deacon Installation followed by Quarterly Business Meeting
AUGUST 21 Noon Prayer Meeting 4:30 p.m. GriefShare
AUGUST 22 5 p.m. Fellowship Meal 5:30 p.m. AWANA: First Night of Club 6 p.m. Midweek for Youth 6 p.m. Adult Bible Studies 6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Band Rehearsal
AUGUST 26 8:30 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Bible Study classes 11 a.m. Worship Service Noon College Students Lunch and Ministry Fair 4 p.m. Children’s Bible Drill 5 p.m. Children’s Choir 5 p.m. Youth Disciplieship 5 p.m. Life U Studies
AUGUST 28 Noon Prayer Meeting 4:30 p.m. GriefShare
AUGUST 29 5 p.m. Fellowship Meal 5:30 p.m. AWANA 6 p.m. Midweek for Youth 6 p.m. Adult Bible Studies 6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Band Rehearsal
August Check out featured events at www.gotofirst.org
XYZ Senior Adult Program and Luncheon Tuesday, August 7 at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
We will begin with hymn singing led by Keith McGregor. Program by Bobby and Kathy Clanton with an overview of their recent Holy Land trip by video. A delicious meal will be provided. Invite a friend and join us.
Our Family Sunday school attendance July1 - 456 July 15 - 517 July 8 - 481 July 22 - 492
Budget July 1 - 22, 2018 Budget $148,603.42 Building $4,527.83 Designated $14,638.56 Total $167,769.81
Go Tell Offering $12,588.00
New Members in June/July Gary & Marilyn Spears; Ken & Kay Bray; Abby McCutcheon; McCord Bain.
Congratulations To Katy & Sam Ellmer on the birth of a daughter, Mary Katherine Ellmer, July 2. Madi is the big sister and proud grandpar- ents are Pam & Tim Carter.
To Julie & Tyler Little on the birth of a son, Lee Thomas Little, May 11. Proud grand- parents are Debbie & Larry Little.
Our Sympathy To Kris & Ron DeWitt & family in the loss of their granddaughter, Alexandrea Robertson.
To Peyton Warrington & family in the loss of her grandmother, MariAna Davis.
To Mr. Jimmy Reed & family in the loss of his wife, Mrs. Gail (GeeGee) Reed.
To Mrs. Ann Gilstrap & family in the loss of her brother, Mr. Donald Tribble.
To Mrs. Anne Byrd & family in the loss ofher husband, Mr. Walter Ash “Red” Byrd.
To Mr. Mike Flynn & family in the loss of his sister, Mrs. Shirley Evans.
To Ms. Mary Chrestman & family in the loss of her uncle, Mr. Matelon Chrestman.
To Mrs. Corie Miller & family in the loss of her grandfather, Mr. William Dotson.
Deacons of the Week July 29- Ryan Overall, Jason Simon, Aug. 4 Brodie Burns Aug. 5-11 Ben Hellums, Walter Locke, Thomas Herrington Aug. 12-18 Rick Mize, Breese Quinn, Jim Vinson Aug. 19-25 Jamie Hopson, Kevin Howell, Martin Locke Aug. 26- Ben Hellums, Walter Locke, Sept. 1 Thomas Herrington
beginning Wednesday, August 15 This year's study will be Matthew. Beth Fitts and Joe Meurrier are the teaching leaders.
MEN’S CLASSES 6:40-7:35 a.m. at First Baptist Church – New!
12:05-12:55 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist
WOMEN’S CLASSES 9:30-11:00 a.m. at North Oxford Baptist
(birth-7th grade children’s program provided)
12:05-12:55 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist
6:00-7:05 p.m. at First Baptist Church (nursery and Awana program provided)
Call (662) 801-1517 to register.
Explorer’s Bible Study
Please join us this year to study God's Word!
Help and encouragement after the death of a loved one
GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life. We
know it hurts, and we want to help.
Wednesdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 17 - April 25
Riverwood Church, 555-5555 9828 Chambers Road
GriefShare beginning Tuesday, August 14 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the old church office
building across Van Buren Ave.
For more information, contact Dr. Glenn Waller at (662)701-7226
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Celebration Choir and the Worship Band will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, August 8. Fall is the perfect time to consider joining these wonderful ministry opportunities. No music degree or formal training in music is required, just a servant’s heart and a desire to make a joyful noise. In the coming weeks, the choir will start working to prepare a special Gospel Mass for worship as well as getting a head start on the Christmas Cantata. There’s no denying that singing is one of the best vehicles we have to worship the One True God and singing with a room full of believers who love Him and His music as much as you do is one of the greatest things you’ll ever experience. Please see Eric or a choir member to learn how you can become a part of our music ministries.
“…the season of singing has come” Song of Songs 2:12
Experience the fun and fellowship: one family serves as a host home and prepares the main course, and then others bring an appetizer, a salad/side, or a dessert. Groups meet for lunch 12:30-2:30 or for supper 5:30-7:30.
Sign up cards available, or you can sign up through the church office, 662-234-3515 or [email protected] or online at www.gotofirst.org. Sign up by August 5!
Dinners for AUGUST 12 12:30-2:30 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY WORK DAY: AUG. 18 Meet in the CLC at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and work details. Email [email protected] to sign up!
MEN’S MINISTRY NEWS [email protected]
MEN’S STUDY The Book of Judges: Discovering the Source of Strength & Deliverance
WOMEN’S STUDY The Book of Ruth: Snapshots of Faithfulness
GROUP STUDY The Lord’s Prayer: Teach Me to Pra