As you have heard through various forms of announcements in recent weeks,
our 21st semester of FAITH has begun. We began FAITH outreach evangelism ten
years ago in 2001, and have done two semesters of it every year since then. It would
be hard to say over these last ten years how many people have come to faith in Jesus
Christ and have joined our church as a result, or how many people have joined our church simply as the result
of a FAITH visit. Suffice it to say, the numbers would be staggering. All I know is that when we are visiting
in the community and sharing Jesus, people are joining; when we are not, they don’t.
Is FAITH hard to do? For me it is. You may not know this, but I am basically a shy person. In crowds
I make myself shake hands and talk to people because that is what a preacher is supposed to do. But while I
am reaching out to others, I’m relying on God’s strength to make me bold, and His strength is always made
perfect in my weakness. As a matter of fact, few things as a pastor come easily for me, but that may not be a
bad thing. It reminds me to rely on God for just about everything I do, and after all, that’s the way it should
I share that just to let you know that going out and visiting in FAITH does not come naturally, nor
is it always easy, for everybody. So you be praying for us on Tuesdays between 11 am-12 noon, and 7-8 pm
when we’re out visiting. And if you think you’re too shy or that you don’t have the spiritual gift of evangelism,
then join the club! None of those excuses absolves us from Jesus’ command to do so. And I think you’ll
discover that witnessing will soon become just like any other spiritual disciplines– Bible study and prayer,
tithing, worship–once you start and overcome the initial hurdles that Satan throws in your
path, it will become the most natural thing in the world, and you’ll wonder how you ever
got along without it. That’s because when you’re obedient to God, He enters the equation
and enables you to do things that, relying solely on your own strength and trusting in your
own power, you never dreamed possible.
Volume 51, No. 6: February 10, 2011
Preparing . . .
Children & Preschool - Sabina Silvoy
Despite the weather, spring is just around the corner. Not only does spring remind me
of the New Life I have in Christ, it also brings me to a time of preparing for things to come
like the Family Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, and Children’s Camp.
Although I am excited about how God is going to use these ministries to impact a child’s life,
it is hard to know where to focus ﬁrst. I covet your prayers for these upcoming ministries.
I also request your prayers for my precious grandson, Eli Tariku. Many of you know that my oldest daughter
Anna and her husband Jon have been in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia. A few months ago
they were matched with a 2 year old boy named, Tariku. Anna and Jon are in Ethiopia now and appeared
before the Judge for the oﬃcial adoption this past Wednesday. However, part of their paperwork could not be
located. Please pray that their paperwork will be found and the adoption can be completed this week. Once
the adoption is complete, it will take six to eight weeks to get a Visa for Eli to leave Ethiopia. During that time
Anna will take him to a missionary guest house there in the capital city, Abuba Addis. When Eli receives his
Visa, I will travel to Ethiopia and help Anna make the long trip home with Eli. We are so thrilled and eagerly
anticipate how God is going to bless and use Eli. Please keep Eli and all of his family in your prayers as he makes
the transition into a new family.
Invitation Workers Sign-Up Now for
Michael W. Smith Concert, April 9, 2011
Spiritual Development -John Hughes
...Imagine a child coming forward wanting to
simply give their heart to Jesus!
...Imagine a teenager coming forward wondering
if Jesus Christ will truly love and accept them!
...Imagine a “good ole boy” farmer who truly wants to begin a real
relationship with Jesus Christ but just does not know how!
...Imagine a senior adult who realizes 90% of their life has passed
by and they missed Jesus, but they don’t want to miss Him now!
These are just possible folks who will hear the gospel proclaimed
clearly through the music of Michael W. Smith and the personal Preparing for Adolescence
invitation extended to them. They are coming forward because
they are told a Christian brother or sister would like to share with Parenting Workshop
them how to be sure they have Jesus Christ in their lives.
I want to challenge you to be 1 of 100 from FBC, and 1 of Three Wednesdays
500 from our community, to meet, encourage, and then guide Beginning February 23
one person coming forward through a simple presentation of the 6:00 pm
gospel. Pray with them, get basic information, and then help Memorial Social Hall Room 110
encourage them in their new relationship with Jesus. You could
Led by Sabina Silvoy
be the one who assists them in connecting with our church. You
may be the one who stands beside them when they come forward
for baptism. You may be the one who helps them connect to a Sessions:
Sunday School Class. Caution! Bridge Out Ahead!
Hundreds of you have committed thousands of dollars to go
“Forward in Faith”. We are building to reach those who have yet Something Crazy is Happening
to come! This is an opportunity to spend a small amount of time to My Body!
and to impact the life of a person for all eternity.
Sign up online, email or call me at 382-6063. Who Am I?
Yours for making disciples who seize God-given opportunities, Call or email Sabina to sign up!
Media - Ron Lawhon
I still have some copies of
The Sons of Jubal recording.
This CD of 15 songs includes
Midnight Cry, A Mighty
Fortress, In Christ Alone, and AARP Driver Safety Class
Thou O Lord as well as other favorites in various for Drivers over 50
styles. I have some copies of this disc available for
purchase at $15.00. Get yours before they are gone Thursday, February 17, 1 pm to 4 pm
or I have to return them. All proceeds go to fund and
missions by the Jubals. Friday, February 18, 9 am to 12 noon
We are still collecting old cell phones and we
appreciate those who have brought some in. We AARP developed this six hour classroom
send these for recycling, and they send a check that refresher to help drivers 50 years and older
we use for missions. There is a drop box in the FLC improve their skills and prevent crashes. It
for these phones. covers age-related physical changes, rules of
We are beginning work on a new website design
the road, and updates on recent changes in
for our church, and we could use your help! If you
the law. And, you may be eligible for up to
have been to other church websites and see pages
20% discount on your automobile insurance
that are informative, attractive, or effective please
send me the church web address so we can go see premium. Fee is $14 for the two-day class
what others are doing well. This will help us build a ($2 AARP discount). Sign up by calling the
better site for our church. Family Life Center, 229-386-1643.
Extended Session - February 13 February 13 February 16
Deacons in Service Family Night Supper
Coordinator .............................................. Jennifer Alexander
Charlie Taylor Chicken
Bed Babies/Creepers ......Rita McGahee & Beth Rakestraw Wayne Hanna & Dumplings
Toddler B ............................................ Jin Ping & Victoria Guo Ushers
Group 2 Turnip Greens
2 Year A............................... Beth Thompson & Karla Mallard
3 Year A.............. Peggy Golden, Melinda & Mallory Moore
Jerry Shiver Tossed Salad / Dessert
8:30AM Service Volunteer ................................ Janice Landi
Jerry Branch Kids: Chicken Strips
February 6, 2011
Sunday School Attendance
New Members ............................................. 0
Members Present .................................... 792
Prospects Present ...................................... 18
Visitors Present ........................................... 19
Sunday Morning Total ............................. 829 Forward in Faith Facts
Vida Abundante ....................................... 57 Forward in Faith Gifts this Week ................. $ 34,223.23
Extension Department ............................. 36 Total Gifts to Forward in Faith ................ $ 3,590,870.73
Grand Total .............................................. 922
Total Forward in Faith Commitments .... $ 3,892,505.00
Total Contacts ......................................... 254
Regular Offering ....................................... $ 59,753.31
Weekly Required Budget .......................... $ 45,506.25
Offering to Date ....................................... $ 232,665.53
Budget to Date ........................................$ 273,037.50 and
Under Budget ............................................. $ 40,371.97 Figures
This Week at FBC: February 13-19, 2011 Gratitude
13 8:30 am Morning Worship (Sanctuary) Pat Berger; Ray & Tallulah Rogers.
9:30 am Sunday School
10:00 am Vida Sunday School (Zimmerman Bldg)
Morning Worship Service (Sanctuary)
Vida Worship Service (Zimmerman Bldg)
11:00 am Vietnamese Worship Service (Mission Annex) to Jim and Jane Butler in the death of Jane’s brother-in-
12:00 pm Vida Baptism Service (Sanctuary)
4:00 pm Sunday School Leadership Class (MSH) law, Gene McBee, of Columbia, TN; to Spud and Sherry
4:30 pm Children's Handbells
5:00 pm Vida Praise Band Rehearsal (Zimmerman Bldg) Bowen in the death of his cousin, M.J. (Jay) Bowen, III,
5:30 pm Blessed Expectations Social (Bowen Conf. Rm)
5:30 pm Bible Drill Practice of Metter, GA; to Tommie Tucker in the death of her
5:30 pm Adult Discipleship (MSH)
6:00 pm Youth - Servant Leaders
brother, Bob Thompson, of Wichita Falls, TX; to Gary
Adult Ensemble Rehearsal
Evening Worship (Sanctuary)
and Tina Baxter family in the death of her father, Jack
14 8:30 am SAINTS Exercise (FLC) Matkowski, of Americus.
9:00 am Step Aerobics (FLC Basement)
10:30 am Staﬀ Meeting (Oﬃce Conf. Room)
3:45 pm Childrens New Christian Class (Rm 221) Congratulations
4:30 pm Aerobics Class (FLC Basement)
5:00 pm Men's Basketball Game (Gym) to Daryl and Wei Barron on the birth of a son, Elijah
6:00 pm Christian Karate (FLC Basement)
15 9:00 am Girlfriends Bible Study (Bowen Conf. Rm)
6:00 pm Men's Basketball (Gym)
7:00 pm Joy Explosion Band Rehearsal (MP Room)
16 8:30 am SAINTS Exercise (FLC - Gym)
9:00 am Step Aerobics (FLC Basement)
5:00 pm Family Night Dinner (FLC - Gym)
5:45 pm Adult Discipleship (MSH, G23)
5:45 pm Children's Amplify! Choirs
6:00 pm Prayer Meeting (FLC)
Show Me the Funny
6:00 pm Vida Bible Study (Zimmerman Bldg)
6:00 pm Praise Band Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
6:30 pm Children's Missions (RA / GA / MF)
6:30 pm Father/Daughter Social (Mem Social Hall)(4-6)
Youth - Joy Explosion
Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) Women’s Life Lunch
with Vanessa Dorminey
Finance Committee Meeting
17 8:30 am SAINTS Exercise (FLC - Gym)
9:00 am Step Aerobics (FLC Basement)
10:30 am Joyful Sound Choir Practice & Lunch
Thursday, February 17
12:00 pm Women's Life Lunch with Vanessa Dorminey
1:00 pm AARP Driver Safety Program (Part 1 of 2)
1:00 pm Ladies' Bible Study (Patio Room)
4:30 pm Aerobics Class (FLC Basement)
Men's Basketball (FLC - Gym)
Celebrate Recovery Worship & Groups $6/person, childcare provided
sign up with Layne or at
7:00 pm Properties Committee Meeting (Patio Rm)
18 Church Oﬃce & FLC Close at 1 pm
9:00 am AARP Driver Safety Program (Part 2 of 2)
12:00 pm Homeschool PE Class (Gym)
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Wayne Roe, pastor
John Hughes, minister of spiritual development/associate pastor
Gary Aikens, minister of music/worship
Bill Hughes, minister of youth/college/singles
Ron Lawhon, minister of media
Jim Donovan, minister of church administration
Sabina Silvoy, director of children & preschool ministries
Mark Myers, minister of recreation and senior adults
Jose Lopez, hispanic pastor
Kiet Le, vietnamese pastor
WMU FOCUS WEEK
February 1420, 2011
National WMU Theme: UNHINDERED
“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that
hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let
us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the
cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1‐2
• Pray for Missions
• Engage in mission action and witnessing
• Learn about missions
• Support missions (financial giving, supporting missionaries and families)
• Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle
• Participate in the work of the church and denomination
NEEDED: ………….HEARTS For Missions
There is a place for YOU….in the WMU children’s organizations and Women On Mission. Perhaps God
is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and become a member of Women On Mission or a
volunteer in one of the children’s ministries. Prayerfully consider this call and talk to one of the
organizational leaders about how you can experience the joy of serving Him in new and exciting ways!
6:40 pm Each Wednesday Mission Friends and GA’s
12:00 noon First Tuesday Women on Mission, Patio Room.
Covered Dish Luncheon, Inspirational Missions Speakers, Opportunities to participate in mission projects
WMU MISSIONS AND MINISTRIES AT FIRST BAPTIST
• ABAC BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRY
‐‐Provide meals for campus wide Bible study twice a year. Support projects, prayerwalk campus.
• STATE MISSIONS
‐‐Set financial goal and promote state missions emphasis in September.
• PATTYCAKE HOUSE
‐‐Provide monthly financial support to Pattycake House.
• PREGNANCY CARE CENTER
‐‐Provide clothing for children made by members as well as new clothing donated by members.
Special pregnancy ministry ‐ Bibles are donated.
• PURE WATER, PURE LOVE
• ‐‐Give financial support to this national WMU project that aims to provide missionaries and the
people they serve with drinking water free from disease‐causing microorganisms.
• WORLD HUNGER DAY
‐‐Promote awareness of this national project and focus on local needs by using rice bowl
contributions in October for four agencies: Brother Charlie’s, Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Mell
• RUTH’S COTTAGE
‐‐Provide new clothing for children as well as personal items for women.
• SANTA’S HELPERS
‐‐A Mell Association ministry. Members sew stockings, volunteer to pack toy bags, assist in
distribution, donate money and toys, bake and package 400+ cookie bags for distribution day.
• NURSING HOME
‐‐ Sewing ministry makes walker bags, visits residents and distributes bags.
• TIFTON SOUP KITCHEN
‐‐Contribute food, plastic aprons and gloves for operation.
• TIFT REGIONAL HOSPITAL
• ‐‐Provide grooming bags for stranded travelers or other needy patients.
• STATE WMU ESTHER FUND
‐‐Provide funds to help support state projects.
• INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
‐‐Set goal and promote International Missions (Lottie Moon) in December.
• HISPANIC BIBLE SCHOOL
‐‐Provide financial and volunteer support for Bible school.
• MELL ASSOCIATION FOOD PATRY
‐‐Promote church wide food drive and stock pantry.
‐‐Contributed 200+ Bibles for distribution bags last year.
• NORTH AMERICAN MISSSIONS
‐‐Set goal and promote NA Missions (Annie Armstrong) in March.
• SAVANNAH MISSION TRIP
‐‐Provided food and funds
• HOSPICE OF TIFTAREA
‐‐Prepare hospitality baskets for Hospice patients.
• MEN 0F THE SEA—SAVANNAH BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
• ‐‐Prepare personal care bags and phone cards for distribution by Savannah Chaplain to men as
they arrive in port.
• TIFT COUNTY JAIL MINISTRY
‐‐Collect devotional books for distribution to female inmates.
• CAMP PINNACLE SCHOLARSHIPS
‐‐Provided four scholarships to GA’s for a week at Camp Pinnacle.
• MINISTRY DAY IN OCTOBER
• ‐‐Participated in various community projects and hosted ministry luncheon.
• ADOPT A SCHOOL PROJECT: NORTHEAST
‐‐Prayerwalk at the school and provide hospitality room three times a year.
FBC WMU 20102011 LEADERSHIP FBC Women on Mission Leadership
Marolyn Mixon, WMU Director Ina Claire Webb, Facilitator
Annette Hammond, Assistant Director Gerri Markham, Vice Facilitator
Ina Claire Webb, Women On Mission Facilitator Joyce Parker, Secretary
Carolyn Branch, Churchwide Missions June Branch, Treasurer
Coordinator Marilyn Arnold, Prayer Chairman
Betty Thomas, Missions Support Leader Joy Burkett, Hostess Chairman
Margaret Kelley, Missions Outreach Leader
Sabie Suggs, Acteens Director
Gladys Johnson, Mission Action
Melinda Moore, GA Director
Christy Bozeman, Mission Friends Leader