June 21 Newsletter Information

Twice a month we publish a newsletter with notes from Pastor Gregg, Sharon Kidd, Kim Smith, Glenn Toney and more. There are events listed, need requests, prayer concerns and praise reports.  You can receive the updates via our church app or you can find them on this page. 

From Pastor Gregg

I think everybody loves summer; picnics, vacations, time at the lake and enjoy-ing family outings. I know I like summer even though I’m not a big fan of the high heat. One of the things that happens in church life during the summer is that a lot of things slow down a bit as we take a breather and think about all the things that are coming in the fall.

I had a couple tell me this past Sunday that they were so thankful that we had started the Live Streaming of our services. They said even though they were out of town for two Sundays they were still able to “go to church” at First Baptist via Live Stream. They did not want to miss out on church services.

This is one reason we want to purchase our own equipment for our media department. I am so thankful to Ken Fugate for the use of all his equipment but it’s time we had our own. The new equipment is so user friendly. If Ken needs to be gone on a Sunday we are going to miss a whole service; no live stream, no DVD to send to the TV station for our local broadcast and no DVD’s to give to people who want a copy of the service. We will be having nothing on YouTube or on our church APP. So, it is critical that we get the equipment as soon as possible.

We have $11,000 in the fund but we need another $7,000 to complete the project. I ask that you consider giving to this as an outreach ministry of our church.

I had a man come up to me this past Sunday and say that he had been watching us on TV for months but he wanted to come and be a part of our church and see our services “live.”

I’m sure there are many others who take advantage of our media ministry on a weekly basis. So, let’s keep giving so this ministry can continue to do the work God has designed it to do.

We’ve just come off a GREAT sports camp. I was really happy to see so many volunteers and such a great group of kids come out each night. Thanks to each of you who helped! Blessings!

Keep praying for our new Student Minister, Caleb Wigginton. He went to Alaska and he is now settling in here in London. We believe God will use this young man to reach a lot of youth and in turn, their families.

Great things are happening and we are seeing God at work on so many fronts. What a great time to be a part of the family at First!!!

Blessings!
Pastor Gregg

Spiritual Formation

My Mom loved her flowers. She had roses, day lilies, lenten roses, baptisma, and many others. They were all perennials and came up every year at their proper times. She had baskets in which she would gather the ones she liked best and then bring inside to savor.

I like to gather flowers too, but even more, I like to gather bits of wisdom and scriptures that seem to come up at just the proper time. My way is to bring these surprise gifts inside and record them in my journal. Here are a few from my wanderings last week that might be truths you would like to savor as well.

The first one came from a young man who came into the bookstore looking for a new Bible with large print. We found one whose color and size fit his needs. He took it in his hands and thumbed through the pages until he came to the book of Proverbs. Slowly looking at the chapters there, he said, “I read one Proverb every day. Did you know there are 31 chapters, one for each day of the month? They guide my life.” I was amazed at the wisdom of such a young man. I wondered if it was his grandmother who encouraged him to read Soloman’s words. So I have decided to try on his pattern of gathering a proverb a day and see how it works for me.

On Sunday, Father’s Day, I borrowed a DVD from the Public Library entitled “Victoria and Abdul”. It was about Queen Victoria and a young man from India who came to England for a presentation. He decided to stay in England and soon became her mentor. She was 81 years old, still grieving the loss of her beloved Albert, and wondering why God allowed her to continue living when she was ready to be in Heaven. She confided this to Abdul who very gently but firmly told her, God’s purpose for us on earth, no matter our circumstances, is to be servants to those around us; servants in His name. I loved being reminded of this truth on Father’s day, remembering how my Dad, never ceased to be God’s servant, even until the end of his days. He left a powerful legacy and so did Queen Victoria.

So, how do we know a statement or line of thinking is true and worth putting into practice? We can ask ourselves these questions: Is it true to Scripture? Do mature Christians agree with it? Does it give me God’s peace and reflect His character as shown in Jesus’ life? God’s wisdom is like a plumb line for right liv-ing. Finding it spoken and lived out in those around us can be like those beautiful flowers that come up year after year at just the right time. May your gardens be plentiful and your days full of God’s words and ways.

Sharon Kidd

Welcome!

We are excited to announce Caleb Wigginton is joining the FBC Team as Student Minister!

Caleb Wingginton
From Kim

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who gave of their time and talents to make our first Sports Camp a success. It was a great week, the kids loved it and we are already looking forward to next year!
I believe it is so important for us to in-vest in the children of our church and commu-nity and I think we did that through this camp. Whatever job you had, big or small, please know that you are very much appreciated!

Wacky Wednesday Schedule

  • June 20 – Lego Mania
  • June 27 – Magic Show with Mark Comley
  • July 4 – No Wacky Wednesday
  • July 11 – The Incredibles
  • July 18 – Wet n’ Wild
  • July 25 – Old Fashioned Summer Fun
  • August 1 – Back to School is Cool

Keenagers July Trip

Thursday, July 12
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventure Dinner Show
Leaving at 2 p.m.
Return approximately 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $65
(after July 3 cost is $75)
For more information see Susan Fiechter, or stop by the church office to reserve your spot.

June Newsletter Information

Twice a month we publish a newsletter with notes from Pastor Gregg, Sharon Kidd, Kim Smith, Glenn Toney and more. There are events listed, need requests, prayer concerns and praise reports.  You can receive the updates via our church app or you can find them on this page. 

June 11-14

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

There will be a meeting for ALL volunteers on Sunday, June 10 @ 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Graduates, Logan Smith and Weston Morgan honored - June 3, 2018

Spiritual Formation - Sharon Kidd

Sometimes I admit to feeling overwhelmed by the needs around me. In our community there are many families who lack sufficient food and adequate shelter. And some need to ask for help on a regular basis. Last week I came home from work with a question on my mind. “Father, do you want me to help over and over again? What is the right thing to do?”

After Bob and I had dinner, I sat down to watch the news. A preacher was finish-ing his talk before the next show started. He was quoting a poem and it gave me pause because it was about giving to others. So I grabbed a pencil and paper to write down what was left of the poem. “Giving is living and living is giving. You may wonder why you should keep on and how long should you care. ‘Do I have to?’ you say. No, you can stop right there. You know what to do. It wouldn’t be right to keep on giving, if God ever stops giving to you.” It was a direct answer, it expressed what I read in Scripture, and I thought the timing was quite amazing. I still wonder about implementing the right ways to help and how to educate along with giving. But I am certain God has more ideas to pass on that will bring continued light.
I looked up the word “compassion” in the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook. This was the definition given, “Compassion means feeling with and for others as well as extending mercy and help to them in extravagantly prac-tical ways. Compassion is part and parcel of sharing in God’s heart for an aching and wounded world.” Here is one of the scriptures that support the spiritual gift. “Be sympathetic, love as brothers and sisters, be compassion-ate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” I Peter 3:8-9. I am humbled each week as I come to church and see and hear about examples of compassion from my church family. We have a very loving and giving church. Compassion can be learned from those who mentor it before us, and can also be received from the Holy Spirit who shares Jesus’ compassion with us. I once watched a documentary about Mother Teresa and during the film, she shared that as she helped the poorest of the poor, she was also helping Jesus who is in them. She was reminding us of His needs, His suffering, His poverty, and His identification with those who call on Him for help. The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook had a suggestion for those on the journey. “Consider who the outsiders and disenfranchised are in your community. Choose one of these groups and find out something about them. What do they need? What do they have to give? Where is God calling you to walk in His compassion?” May God guide us as we live our lives in the light of His Love. Thank you for your beautiful examples of compassion.

From Glenn

Imagine for a minute what could be said at your funeral if those speaking were a relative, a fellow church member, a co-worker, and a neighbor. What would they HONESTLY say about you?

This could provide a much needed perspective for most of us. A perspective that wouldn’t be biased and one-sided. Remember that God, through Paul said, “I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think.” Romans 12:3. Nothing like the approaching end of life to get someone to hold themselves accountable, right?
Another question: What would Jesus say about your life right now? Every one of us has been given a talent or an ability or a skill by God. Some have more than one. All are expected to use what we’ve been given and multiply it to bring glory and honor to our Heavenly Father. Take a few minutes and read Luke 19:12-27, and see which one of the servants best describes you. Be prepared, a different perspective of the truth can cause you to NOT think so highly of yourself…

Our students had a great time at the bonfire on Sunday night, hanging out and making s’mores and hotdogs around the campfire. Thanks to the many adults who helped with this event! Continue praying for our prospective Youth Pastor.

Youth Campfire

Our students had a great time at the bonfire on Sunday night, hanging out and making s’mores and hotdogs around the campfire. Thanks to the many adults who helped with this event! Continue praying for our prospective Youth Pastor.

It's HERE!

June 11 – 14
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Turn in registration form asap.
It’s going to be a fun week!
You don’t want to miss it!

Prayer List

If you would like to be added to the church email prayer list, please send an email to Nancy Perkins at: nancylouperkins@gmail.com

The Amor of God Class

This study is being taught on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Alathean/Bonoth Classroom. It is written by Priscilla Shirer, and led by Sharon Kidd.

I and II Timothy Class

The class on I and II Timothy is being taught on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Men’s I Classroom. The teachers are Joe Allen, Felix Taylor, and Tommy Houchens.

The Holy Spirit Class

Sarah Bivins will be teaching this four-week class beginning Wednesday, July 11, at 12:00 p.m.

Expecting to see Jesus

Expecting to see Jesus

This nine-session class will begin on Tuesday, July 10, at 3:00 p.m., in the Mary/Martha Classroom.

It is written by Anne Graham Lotz, and led by Sabra Huff.

June 1 Newsletter Information

From Pastor Gregg

This past Sunday we were privileged to see so many of our children and youth recognized. They truly represent our church today and into the future. Along with seeing our children we were able to show the first artist rendering of our new First Kids Wing. We are calling this expansion “Heart for the House.”

We are asking God to move on hearts to expand our house. We have enjoyed this present facility for over 20 years but it is time to expand and to improve. I have heard from many of you as you have expressed your hopes for this time in our church life.

We feel that this is an investment in young lives that will pay great spiritual dividends.

We will be getting some bids on the construction and will be looking at design changes that may need to be made to accommodate some of our future needs. We believe the growth we have seen this year is just a foretaste of what is yet to come. Thank you for your prayers and ideas. We are listening and want you to be praying about what you can give for this campaign. Thank you in advance for all you are going to do!

Blessings!

Pastor Gregg

Children & Youth honored - May 20, 2018

Spiritual Formation - Sharon Kidd

Wednesday night, as the choir was coming out after their weekly practice, I was standing by the door wishing them all a good evening. One of our new members stopped to talk and told me a thought he had about our church. He said, “If all of our men here at First Baptist, (and I added, women, as I listened), would fall in love with this church, the Bride of Christ, we would have a great unity and outpouring of God’s Spirit here.”

He said that idea had come to him during his morning prayer time and he wanted to share it with someone. I was glad he shared it with me because I had been observing the compassion our folks are having for each other, along with a desire to pray for needs in our congregation. It was as if that very truth was already happening as he gave it the beautiful description of “falling in love with the Bride of Christ”. Of course to do this we each individually must first fall in love with the Bridegroom, Jesus, by spending time with Him each day in spoken prayer and listening prayer, and time with Him reading the Bible in a contemplative way: reading a short passage for information and then reading a second time watching for a word, phrase, or sentence that grabs our attention. Next, ask God why He gave you that thought, and what He wants you to do as a result of reading it. This, combined with worship and gratitude, will deepen our love for our Lord Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom. One more thought came to me about that conversation with our insightful choir member; to allow myself to “fall in love with the Church, the Bride of Christ”, I will need to be willing to take a good look at her beauty as well as her flaws. I will need to hold them both up to the light of His love and forgiveness, a skill to be learned by every Bride
and Groom.

These ponderings were re-enforced for me as I listened to Bishop Michael Curry preach at the Royal Wedding in England on Saturday. He quoted Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37-39, about our responsibility of love and he called everyone to imagine a world where loved is lived out in every situation. It is never too late to start.

He closed with this blessing, “God bless you and may God hold us all in the Almighty hands of love.” So I ask you to join me in considering the desire of our choir member compared with the words of Jesus. It will make His Bride even more beautiful, His Kingdom to come and His will to be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

God’s blessings be with you all.

From Glenn

Father’s Day

When Pastor Gregg began the Lord’s Prayer series, he talked about God as our “daddy” and I’m sure many of you thought about your Dad. I know I did. Many things ran through my mind. First time I ever went fishing, he took me. First time I rode a bike by myself, he held me up and got me started. First time I held a rifle, my Dad put it in my hands. The first time I saw a grown man cry, it was my Dad. The best part about those tears is that they were tears of joy – my Dad had just accepted Christ. I was 8 years old and wasn’t quite sure why he was crying, when he was so doggone happy!
I also learned that a man can give up bad habits and replace them with good ones. My Dad smoked 4 packs of Salem cigarettes everyday, but when God saved him, he went home and threw every pack in the garbage and never smoked again. The very next day, he replaced those “cancer sticks”, as he called them, with God’s Word and I’ve never forgotten that experience.

Unfortunately, as I got older my relationship with my Dad deteriorated. Part my fault, part his. But we reconciled before he went to be with the Lord and I’ll forever be grateful to God for that.

Regardless of what happened with your earthly father, your Heavenly Father wants a relationship with you. He wants you to be like Him in every way that you can. If your relationship with God comes apart, it will never be His fault. He knows we will need His help to reconcile, but He is always there with open arms to welcome us back. In Isaiah we read these words, “Yet Lord, you are our Father, we are the clay and you are our potter, we all are the work of your hands.” Isaiah 64:8 CSB. If you allow our Heavenly Father to change you, you will NEVER be the same.

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Dads!

Coming Soon!

June 11 – 14
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Turn in registration form asap.
It’s going to be a fun week!
You don’t want to miss it!

Prayer List

If you would like to be added to the church email prayer list, please send an email to Nancy Perkins at: nancylouperkins@gmail.com

Our Growing Family

Welcome to Meghan Smith!

Dear FBC Family:

Thanks to our church family for donations, flowers, food, cards, visits, and prayers during our loss of our mother, Louise Walden. Also, a special thanks for the delicious meal after the service and to those who prepared and served it.

The family of Louise Walden

Journey Class

Our Journey class will not meet during June, July and August. We will resume classes in September. If you would like to sign up for a fall class, see Terry Bryant or Connie Hensley.

Library Addition

To Be Where You Are large print edition was given by Ron and Janis Cunagin in memory of Louise Walden.

(A new page of recent members is available in the library. You can keep your pictorial directory updated with these pages.)