The Focus “Transforming people for Christ in Ashland, in the world, one person at a time” Vol. XXXI No. 30 July 31, 2011 Special points of Noteworthy News of the Week interest: • Wednesday, August ALPHA NEWS: 3, “Health Fair” and It’s time to put out the Alpha signs. We really appreciate your help. These Covered Dish Salad signs are our best advertisement. For those who kept your Alpha signs Dinner in Ellis Hall from the last session, please put them in your yards on August 8. For anyone who does not have an Alpha sign but would like to put one in your We have an yard, we will be handing out the yard signs on Sunday, August 7, after both E-Newsletter that we services. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Keller at 262-409l. send out every Wednesday. If you The Standing Rock would like to receive CCDC Musical Reservation Mission Team it, please give the church office your “Moses and the left early Saturday email address. morning. Please pray for Freedom Fanatics” them daily! One extra book available for sale - $10.00 Friday, August 12 Also pick-up a Standing The Language of God Rock Friends prayer card (Summer Book Club) 7:00 PM in the from the rectangular table FBC Summer Sanctuary in the Sanctuary hallway! Activities “Calligraphy” JULY 31 - AUGUST 06, 2011 Tuesday - 02 with Laura Ross 6:00 / 8:00 a.m. Men’s Prayer Groups Sunday - 31 on Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Worship Wednesday - 03 August 10 at 10:00 AM 9:30 a.m. Men’s Retreat Planning 10:00 a.m. “Chimes of Times” Choir Call the church office to 6:00 p.m. “Health Fair” & Covered Meeting in Thompson sign-up! Dish Salad Dinner in Ellis Hall 9:45 a.m. Sunday School Hall Please check to see if 10:45 a.m. Deacon-Led Prayer Time 6:30 p.m. “OK Chorale” Men’s Choir you have any aprons 11:00 a.m. Worship (#241) that belong to the 5:00 p.m. “Praise in Motion” 6:30 p.m. “Standing in Grace” church’s kitchen! We Handbells (#244) Women’s Choir (#135) are missing 3 black 6:00 p.m. Youth Duct Tape Fest 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir (#135) and 1 green aprons. 7:00 p.m. Quarterly Business Mtg. Thursday - 04 Monday - 01 6:00 p.m. Men’s Horseshoe Thank you, 9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting Fellowship Christine McClintock VOL. XXXI NO. 30 THE FOCUS PAGE 2 A Word From Our Pastor Quick, fast, short, hot, great, Nurse, is doing a Health Fair. We that this is just not a particular political wonderful, good food, spectacular begin with a salad covered dish party issue. If you have feelings about are all some words that describe our dinner and then check out our health. what is happening, write to your week at the beach. We had a good See elsewhere in the Focus for the appropriate representatives. Let week. Thank you for the time away. details. Vacation Bible School Washington know how you are It was good to be with family and begins Sunday evening, August 7 at feeling. But above all, please pray. friends. I managed to get three books 6:00pm. My thanks to Cynthia This is a great country and I don’t read and I recommend all three to McCreary and Lydia Collins for want to see it go the way of the Roman you: The Sixth Man (David leading this effort. Invite your family, Empire centuries ago. The Roman Baldacci), The Pastor (Eugene neighbors and friends to the Empire basically imploded. They Peterson) and Unbroken (Laura “Pandamania!” destroyed themselves. So pray. Hillenbrand). Baldacci has written at I ask that you keep in prayer those in I have always been excited about the least twenty one books. Eugene our congregation who are serving this church. I believe God has more in Peterson is the writer of the Message week at the Standing Rock Indian store for us as the Body of Christ that version of the Bible. Laura Reservation in the Dakotas. Pray has been named “First Baptist Church, Hillenbrand wrote Seabiscuit. Read that God will do great things through Ashland.” We may have to work all three. them and in them. I cannot wait to harder and better, but we have a good Good things are coming up in the hear their reports when they return. God to share who has given us His next few days. Our Quarterly best through Christ. As we prepare for Business Meeting is tonight at Let me also ask you to pray for our a new fall season, “join me with 7:00pm in Ellis Hall. You are country. We seem to be in a political excitement” in what God can do. needed at this meeting. There will be gridlock that affects not only Welcome Visitors! Thanks for a recommendation from our individuals, but also the world. I sharing your lives with us. We count it Missions Committee about a very cannot pretend to know the answers a joy and privilege to do God’s work worthwhile project. Other reports that are needed to solve all the together in this place. will also be given. On Wednesday, problems. Debt ceiling is beyond my August 3 Betty Stadnick, our Parish comprehension. It does seem to me Robert Sunday(07/31): Duct Tape Fest, 6:00 - 8:00 PM July 31 Duct Tape Fest: Attendees should show up with some sort of duct tape accessory or outfit. Award prizes for Most creative & Most functional. 6:00-8:00 PM August 07 VBS 14 Welcome Upcoming Youth Party Items needed for VBS: 17 Bowling at Hanover Lanes 2:00 - 4:00 PM 21 Kidnap Gnomes 6:00 - 8:30 PM Multiple Panda Bear Stuffed Animals 28 Volleyball (Any Size) Large Slingshot Young Adult (ages 18-26) Empty Paper Towel Rolls thEDGE: Every Day God Empowers: Sunday Nights, 8:00 PM Wrapping Paper Rolls or Toilet Paper Rolls FOOD PANTRY Place items in marked blue tub in Thank You! A huge thank you to those who went shopping for the Commons Area. Food Pantry. Without your support we could not help a community in need. This month we have assisted 64 families (the highest month For further information contact Lydia to date). To those who give a monetary donation thank you so much Collins (550-1930) or Jim Townsend for this allows us to shop for the pantry when stock becomes low. To (798-9014). volunteer or any questions, call Carolyn Bivens at 550-3836. VOL. XXXI NO. 30 THE FOCUS PAGE 3 Parish Nurse VBS The Sunday morning of the chair massage, education on Blood Drive 16 people had heart health, information on signed up, but the final organ donations and total was 33. What a teaching the Heimlich GREAT JOB thanks to all maneuver will be available. This year at VBS we will collecting food for the needy of you. God is good all the Come out and have a good instead of money. time. healthy supper and learn a Please bring the donations as Wednesday August 3 after few health tips. follows: the Healthy Salad Supper Sunday - Canned Meats we will have a Health Fair. Monday - Green Beans Checks for blood pressure, Tuesday - Pasta Wednesday - Spaghetti Sauce measure body fat, get a Thursday - Regular Jelly Grace Sightings . . . “We must be relentlessly creative and intentional about taking our faith outside of the church walls .” - Bill Slater CCDC News Senior Adult News Because of the extreme heat, Wednesday, August 10 Senior Adult Council Meeting at Water Day had to be cancelled! 2:00 PM But the children brought their favorite games to share with Thursday, August 11 their friends. Hill City Chop House at 11:00 AM Thompson Hall was filled with Thursday, September 8 Our deepest sympathy and laughter and fun! Quarterly Luncheon love to Walter Barlow in the Thursday, September 22 death of his brother, Paul Linda Ficklin, Director Shirley Plantation Tour Barlow; AND to George and Thursday, October 13 Toni Smith in the death of Green Valley Book Faire his brother, Tommy Smith. STATISTICS: Financial - Budget Requirements - Attendance Budget Requirements $ 17,453.00 Memorial Garden $75.00 WEEKLY ATTENDANCE Budget Receipts (07/24/11) $ 13,215.25 Bus Fund (TD) $7,159.50 Sunday, July 24, 2011 Worship: Partnership Missions $ 100.00 Building Fund (07/24/11) $ 600.00 World Hunger $ 50.00 8:30 113 Future Building Fund (TD) $ 7,029.00 11:00 205 2011 Budget Requirements Sunday School: Endowment Fund (06/30) $ 85,508 Needs to Date: $523,590.00 Members 239 Benevolence Fund $ 40.00 Visitors 10 Gifts to Date: $514,963.67 Total 249 VBS - Pandamania FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Learn how much God loves you! 800 Thompson Street August 7-11 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Ashland, VA 23005 in Ellis Hall (804) 798-9014 Snack Supper at 5:30 PM, $1.00 Fax: 804-798-9043 donation Email: email@example.com Preschool (Age 3) - 6th grade Website: firstbaptistashland.org Adult Bible Study at 6:00 PM The Church Picnic is scheduled for Join FBC and bring a friend. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH STAFF Saturday, September Volunteers still needed. 17 at the Stone’s Farm Robert E. Thompson, Pastor Drop by the VBS table in the from Noon to 3:00 PM. James F. Townsend, Associate Pastor commons area to register your Frederick D. Horn, Minister of Music More details later! child for a week of Fun! and Family Life Barbara A. Hollowell, Minister of Youth And College Ministry Dear Loving Church Family, Betty F. Stadnick, Parish Nurse For more than 40 years, I have Linda M. Ficklin, CCDC Director experienced your love, support and Joanie L. Tompkins, Administrative Asst. prayers through many difficult Lisa B. Reckley, Administrative Asst. times. I can never thank you Ken R. LeFevre, FOCUS Editor enough! Evelyn Castle, Organist Much love, Dack Axselle, Pianist Catherine Painter Prayer Concerns OUR MEMBERS: Mike Powell, Kathy Powell, Hazel Worsham, Bill Belcher, Durwood Stone, Jeannie Garris, Steve Owens, Virginia Thompson, Maxey Slater, Cecile and Cecily Clemons, Carolyn Bivens, Pat Messina, Barbara Hollowell, Lucille Haley, Margaret J. Caudle, Charles Baltz, Doris Yowell, Bill Chisholm. FOR OUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS: Diane Bush (Tom Ficklin); Jason McCallister and Vonna Lewis (Wendy Farmer); Larry Martin (Bernie Marsh); Dick McGrew and Buddy Norton (Peggy & Bob Dillard); Andy & Estee Summers and family (Mick Outten); Fred and Polly Raines (Venetia Redd); Virginia Crisp (Dorothy Busic); Harriet Bledsoe (Jennifer Thompson); Bob Smiddy; Michael Nelson (Jim & Eleanor Smith); Joyce Draxinger (Geri Gleeson & John Kuniak); Robert Eggleston (Crystal Hopper); Mike Saettel and Virginia Webster (Hope & Roy Saettel); Betty Whatman (Sharon Chidsey); Melissa Chapman (Judy Futch); Peggy Perry, Miles Coleman, Donna Martin and Janice Doughty (Kit Taylor); Tim Lhota (Ezra Marsh); Tommie Beales (Amy Mackay); Aidan McGann (Linda Bateman); Kendall Brooks (Janice Miller); Aaron Fish (Christine McClintock); Diane Harris-Lewis (Jane McAlexander); Dan and Julia Miller (Glenn Davis); Rebecca Hall (Carol Norman); Edward Quarles (Harold and Ellen Brooks); Roger Hartman, Scott Towne and Jennifer Hueston (Randy & Maria Howard); Carroll Harris (Russell Buchanan); Elke Cremer and family (Ariel Vital); Earl Conkling (Martha Dooley); Allen Miller (Judy Lingenfelter); Barbara Ann Hendricks and Wade Williams (Ruth Marks); Patty and Lynn Wray (Pamela Stiles); Linda Platt (Jackie Dougherty); Bobbie Masters (Karen Pennington); Tommy Mayer (Tommy & Brenda Eggleston); Kelly Kindle & Jack Peoples (Susan Glisson); Charles “Robbie” Robinson (Ken Olive); McCullen Family (Jane Wait); Dr. Richard Lee (Susan & Keith Robertson); Margaret Oberholtzer and Kevin Cauthorn (Gail Dail); Peggy Ganoung (Marlene Ward); Paul Pico and Trudy Hutcheson (Kim Hutcheson); Conley and Maxie Booth, Charles Mabrey, Gracie Mabery and Joe DeLuke (Charolette DeLuke); Kathleen Jennings (Kelly Jones); Stephen Walsh and Mike Apel (Elaine and John Mallory); Larry Horner (Mark Horner); Lavelle Sheffield (Roy Haley); Jerry McGraw, Evelyn Smith, and Lee Grant (Pat Ross); Sherri Pollick (Geri Gleeson); Elizabeth Sarna (Kay Rooke); Jim Hilton (Sara Hilton); Julie Chapman & family and Clara Phillips (Wilma & Travis Edwards); Chanel Hobbs (Tricia Dalton); Richard Bagby (Jim & Betty Ellis); Vera Lee Leigers (Caroline Jablonski); Scotty and Dottie Scott (Ginger Collison); Rose Parsley (Joyce Parsley); Karen Snyder (Beth Mallory); Tommy Clemons (Alison Clemons); Our military personnel and our country.
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