july 1_ 2012 torch _2_ by wuzhenguang


									      2011-12 Theme:
   “Renewing, Reconciling
       and Rejoicing”                     THE TORCH
    (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)
                                 First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill
                                            FUND-RAISER TOUR
                                          Saturday, February 7, 2009
            Motto:                                             Parks Boulevard
                                                  625 Rosa L. 9:30 a.m.
                                                 Nashville, Tennessee 37203-3331
  “Following Where Faith                           Email address: of sight-seeing, dining and
                                 A Great Get-Away Dayfbcch@birch.net
  Leads”                         shopping is planned for February 7, 2009 by the
                                            Ph: (615) 255-8757 Fax: (615) 255-1925
                                 Outreach Ministry, as a fund raiser for the Church. The
  (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV)
                                 Tour is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more about
   Vol. 51 – No. 40                                 Communion Sunday
                                 African American and multicultural history in the region.             June 29-July 1, 2012
                                 The mystery of the Woodland Street Bridge, the site of
                 THE PASTOR'S PEN                                       believe it the Miracle on
                                 the 1800’s Great Fire in EastI Nashville, is appropriate for persons who differ with
                                                                      the President on the issue of
I believe what happened this past week with a Supreme lesser known facts and legends same sex marriage to raise
                                 St, Cloud Hill, and other
                                 in the areas perspective.            their concerns and express
Court decision highlights a very important will be covered. The Tour will include stops their disagreement. Yet,
This particular reference is to the SupremeQuilt Museumwhen they are wrestling with the question of voting,
                                 at the African                         where African coffee and
                                   Congress and the the               they should look at the in
decision to uphold the vote ofcake will be served, law McLemore (House) Museum larger picture. They should
                                  Obama regarding at                  realize that no one (at your
signed by President Barack Franklin, TN, dining thea multicultural restaurant agrees with every issue. But in the
                                 own expense) often-
“Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,”and options biggershopping. Donation: we are (or should also be)
                                                                        for picture, will the things
                                                       outset         concerned about be taken care of when we don’t vote?
times dubbed “Obamacare.” Let me say from thecoffee and cake. Join us for a One Day
                                 $35.00 for Tour,
                                                                      Will we
that this article is not an endorsement of President and learning. be demonstrating our concerns for the welfare
                                 Great-Get-Away for fun
Obama’s campaign for re-election. Thisyouth.)
                                 (Great for  is written to            of all people, even if it means personal sacrifice, if we
highlight a point for consideration.                                  don’t vote? Further, will the
                                 “Tickets may be obtained from members of the Outreach deaths of those who died
                                                                      to enable all people to vote
                                 Committee at the Church or by mail by calling 299-5626. be made a mockery if we
                                                                      don’t vote? Will the laws that
The point actually would beginDeadline for purchasing tickets/reservations is January have been passed (though
                                  a few weeks ago when
                                  personal Bus will return               political party in Texas
the President shared his own 30, 2009. opinion about toaFirst Baptist Church, 625 is trying to dismantle the
persons of the same sex being married. Many persons                   Voting Rights Act) be in vain if we do not vote? Our
                                 Rosa Park Blvd. at approximately 3:00 PM.”
within the religious community, and of particular note,
                                 Tommie Morton-Young,                 decision to vote is better than a single issue. It is a
the African American community expressed outrage for
                                 Chair, Outreach Ministry             statement of principle as well as a very hard-fought
the President’s personal position. Their outrage was to               right.

the point that they are making the decision on that one
single statement (not law, not even a proposed
legislation) that they will not vote in this upcoming
                                                                      As Christians our concerns need to be for the welfare of
                                                                      all people-not for our own personal agendas but for
election in November.                                                 those who are challenged by life. We live in a country
                                                                      where too often people have as their mantra, “I got
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act                   mine, you get yours,” while at the same time creating
became law among the other things that it does is work                the difficult, and sometimes insurmountable barriers for
to insure that all persons have some health insurance                 others to get theirs. They own the gold and make the
coverage. It also seeks to increase benefits to those                 rules for others not to even see the gold.
who have pre-existing conditions, and in some ways
reduce medical cost. I don’t know all of the ins and                  The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the
outs of the law and I am sure there are many more pros                prime examples of this. He lived for people who were
as well as cons. The reality is that the law places                   challenged by life (Matthew 9:36). He died for those
people in this country in a better position to become                 who accepted him and those who rejected him (Romans
healthier and improves the quality of life for all                    5:8). He lives now for all of us and to let us be
Americans. For sure, there are some costs that are                    reminded of the example he established for all of us to
associated with getting this that may have adverse                    follow (1 Peter 2:21).
affects on the national as economy for a period of time
and may have some adverse affects on a person’s                       Happy Independence Day!
personal finances. Yet, just as Social Security has
given people some measure of income for retirement,                   Kelly M. Smith Jr.
this law will give people some measure of health care.                Pastor
VOL. 51 –No. 40____________________________THE TORCH_______________________________ June 29-July 1, 2012

                    TORCH STAFF                                          FBCCH MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 Editor-in-Chief                      Kelly M. Smith Jr.      1. What is your name?
Editor                             Conra G. Collier           (If you hold a church title please include that as well.)
                                                                  Ivanetta Davis Samuels.
Managing Editor                  Alice Smith Risby
                                                              2. What brought you to FBCCH?
Black Heritage Editor             Ernest C. Rhodes                I was born into the congregation at FBCCH.
Black History Editor               Bobby L. Lovett            3. What is your spiritual goal or aim for this church
Member Spotlight Editor             Sharanda Smith
                                                                  To be a better student of the word of God.
Reporters-at-Large                Carole McDaniel             4. Who's on your CD player or iPod right now?
                     Emeritus                                     Whatever our eight-year-old son, Adrian, has
                   Bertha Taylor                                  downloaded. I've become a fan of Disney
                                                                  artists these days.
 Reporter for Youth              Spencer Washington, II       5. The one famous person you would like to meet?
              Sermon Digest Reporters                             Michelle Obama.
Beverly M. Brown            Deborah Luter (“On call”)         6. The Best thing about living in Nashville is?
Lenore Crutchfield                  Willie M. Magee               Being close to family and lifelong friends.
Marquentas S. Deaderick               Mary O. Pleas           7. We can catch you on a rainy day doing what?
Charles B. Fancher                                                 Playing games at home with our son.
Constantine Fenderson                                         8. My favorite restaurant in Nashville is?
                                                                  The latest chef/independently-owned addition to
                      Proofreaders                                the Nashville restaurant scene.
Evelyn Fancher                       Carole McDaniel          9. One interesting fact someone may not know about
Jean Lambert                        Lenore Crutchfield            you?
                 Lueatrice Green Lovett
                                                                   I enjoy writing.
                                                              10. I went to school to be a __________ but have
        CHURCH BY-LAWS REVISIONS                                   always wanted to ___________?
The draft of the proposed revisions to the church's by-
                                                                   When I was a kid I always wanted to be
laws will be made available on next Sunday, July 8,
                                                                    a physician like my Daddy, but I became an
2012 for each church family. There will be a listening
                                                                    attorney because I was terrible in science and
session on July 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Martin
Luther King Fellowship Hall. The purpose of the               11. My friends come to me about advice on what?
listening session is for the sharing of the insight to the
                                                                   Legal issues and good restaurants in Nashville.
various revisions, response to any questions and to hear
any suggestions for modification of the draft. The
                                                              Fourth of July, 2012 will be observed on Wednesday
intent is to have all of the discussion regarding the
                                                              this year. The Torch editors will meet on Tuesday,
revisions prior to the meeting in which they will be
                                                              July 3, 2012. Please submit articles for the July 8,
voted upon. There will be no voting on the draft at the
                                                              2012 Torch by 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2012 to be
listening session. It is expected that the congregation
                                                              edited and sent to proofreaders.
will have the opportunity to vote on the final draft at the
church meeting on September 24, 2012. Please read
                                                              Conra Collier
through the draft and plan to attend the session on July
16, 2012.
                                                                 SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ MEETING
                                                              The Sunday school teachers will meet Saturday, July 7,
       WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY                            2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Sasser Hall.
FBCCH will not have Bible Study during the months of
July and August.                                              Reverend Dr. Arrold N. Martin,
                                                              Superintendent, Sunday Church School

VOL. 51 –No. 40____________________________THE TORCH_______________________________ June 29-July 1, 2012

                DIGEST OF SERMON                             He is a solid shield; He is the resurrection and light; He
                                                             is a friend; He walks and talks with those who will
      “WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE?”                          listen, hear, and respond as He directs; He still seeks
           Reverend Dr. Arrold N. Martin                     justice, and He still seeks mercy. The aforementioned
                                                             are just some of the major actions the Lord requires
              10:00 a. m., June 24, 2012                     from all of society. Amen, Amen, and Amen.
            Scriptural Text: John 4:43-54
                                                             Submitted by:
                                                             Beverly M. Brown
Reverend Dr. Martin began by reflecting that Micah is
one of the smaller books of the Bible, yet it is very                         IN SYMPATHY
powerful. In this book God prodded the Israelites to         FBCCH mourns the death of Ida Vivian Robinson
know that He was the one who brought them out of             Black, our former member and church organist for
their bondage. He is still powerful and omnipotent in        many years. We send condolences to her family.
society today whether or not God/Christ Jesus is given
credit. It was His interventions that eliminated Jim         A Celebration of Life will be at New Visions Baptist
Crow, slavery, brought persons through Bloody Sunday         Church on Friday, June 29, 2012 evening from 6:00-
in 1965 through his chosen vessels. The rhetorical           8:00 p.m. Home Going services will be on Saturday,
question is, “How do His people appeal to Him to find        June 30, 2012 at Temple Church, family visitation at
out what does God requires of humankind today?” It is        1:00 p.m., and funeral to follow at 2:00 p.m. Smith
not just through the various memberships; is it not just     Brothers Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
following the church covenant; is it not just the
preaching and teaching; is it not just acknowledging                             THANK YOU
that 70% of babies are born to single mothers, it is not     I would like to thank the Church Family for all the
just tithing financially; it is not how the various          prayers, communion at home, visits, cards, and all the
television shows relate to housewives; it is not the         well wishes I received. It has motivated me to work
NAACP and other award shows that recognize various           harder on my recovery.
types of celebrities, i.e., sports, music, etc.
                                                             Brad Ewing
Certainly, acknowledgement may be a part of the bigger
scheme; but, in reality, what God/Christ Jesus requires                      IMPORTANT NOTE
is justice, equality, fairness, prayerful decision-making,   If you should need pastoral assistance, please contact
being slow to anger, walking humbly and with humility        the Deacon of the Week for assistance.
with God. Jesus gave his body as a living sacrifice; He      July 1            Ronald McFarland, Sr. (615) 331-0564
paid a price for each human being; and as a result           July 8                        Ivan Davis (615) 320-1531
God/Christ Jesus’ people need to be “souled out” to          July 15                   Ernest Rhodes (615) 712-8903
Him. God/Christ Jesus expects and requires that we           July 22                     Carol Boone (615) 851-1527
praise Him, that humankind pray, allow Him to divinely       July 29                  Beverly Brown (615) 885-5334
guide each person’s path through His Holy Spirit.
                                                                                  THE CIRCLES
Dr. Martin shared that God requires that individuals         The circles of First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill receive
know He can still close wrong doors; He can still open       new members according to the Sunday a woman joins
the right doors;                                             our church family.
                                                             July 1                                    Harris Dawley
                                                             July 8                                      Cresa Lenox
                                                             July 15                                     Eliza Wilson
                                                             July 22                                          Matrons
                                                             July 29                                  Helen Kincaide

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       IN SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING                             Research today for a cancer-free tomorrow.
Members of the Counseling Ministry and other church               Have you been impacted by cancer, whether it
members received suicide-prevention training offered                be yourself or a loved one?
by Ms. Gwen Hamer, M.A., Program Director,                        Are you passionate about helping to discover
Education and Development, TN Department of Mental                  better ways to prevent, treat, and hopefully cure
Health.     The training session sponsored by the                   cancer?
Counseling Ministry was held on Saturday, June 23,          This year, you can join the movement to help create a
2012. The following persons qualified to receive            world with less cancer and more birthdays by enrolling
certificates from the TN Dept. of Mental Health:            in the American Cancer Society's research study called
Bernice Barnes, Carol Boone, Robert Boone, Martin           Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
Currie, Miriam Currie, Clara Elam, William Ewing,
Jacqueline Knight, Jean Lambert, Krystal Martin,            Who Can Join The Study?
Pamela Miller, Virginia McClain, Mary Pleas, Erin           The study is open to anyone in the United States and
Reynolds, Chris Slay, Miles Slay and Lolita Slay.           Puerto Rico who is willing to commit to the study long
Congratulations!                                            term, is between the ages of 30 and 65, and has never
Suicide is the most preventable form of death! About        been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or
every 16.6 minutes someone in this country                  squamous cell skin cancer).
intentionally ends his/her life. Suicide is motivated by
the desire to escape unbearable pain, being unable to       When Can I Enroll in CPS-3?
see other options, anger, feelings of hopelessness, etc.    Enrollment will take place at various locations
These are warning signs for someone contemplating           throughout Greater Nashville July 10-14, 2012. Find a
suicide: *Refusing help/feeling beyond help.                complete schedule of dates, times and locations at
*Making statements about hopelessness, helplessness or      cps3nashville.org. Some locations are:
worthlessness. *Not tolerating praise or rewards.           Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center,
*Complaining of being a bad person or feeling rotten        Saint Thomas Hospital, the YMCA, Matthew Walker
inside. *Talking about a suicide plan. *Giving              Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.
verbal hints. *Becoming suddenly cheerful after a
period of depression. *Giving away cherished                To make an appointment or for more information, visit
objects/possessions, and putting affairs in order.          cps3nashville.org or Call 1-888-604-5888.
Prevention may be a matter of a caring person with the      Source: The American Cancer Society - The Official
right knowledge being available in the right place at the   Sponsor of Birthdays
right time. Ask the person if he or she is thinking of
suicide. Be direct. If the person is reluctant, be          Submitted by: The Health Care Committee
persistent. If you can’t ask…find someone who can
ask. Listen. Offer Hope. Refer for Help. Contact                   2012 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Caring Professionals: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 911.         Scholarship applications can be picked up from the
GET INVOLVED - SAVE A LIFE! Remember most                   church office beginning June 20, 2012. The completed
suicidal people don’t really want to die; they just want    application and requested materials must be submitted
the pain to end. About 80%-90% of the time people           to the church office by the deadline date of August 1,
who kill themselves have given definite signals or          2012. If you desire an electronic copy, please contact
talked about suicide. Listen. Almost all efforts to         the church office and one will be forwarded to you.
persuade someone to live instead of dying by suicide        Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
are met with agreement and relief. A helping hand can
quite literally make the difference between life and        The Scholarship Committee

Carol Boone Co-Chair FB Counseling Ministry
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                                                                         USHERS ARE COMING!
                                                           Vernell Neely and I are grateful for our women who
                                                           have volunteered to usher at the 2012 ABW
                                                           NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE, which meets
                                                           here in Nashville at the Millennium Maxwell House
                                                           Hotel, July 21 through the 27, 2012. We have enough
                  FBCCH PICTORIAL                          ushers for the Sat. 6:45 P.M. opening night service, the
               DIRECTORY IS COMING                         Sun. 9:00 A.M. service, the Mon. 9:00 A.M. and 7:00
We will have sign-ups each Sunday before and after our     P.M. services, and the Tues. 7:00 P.M. service.
morning worship service until the sitting appointments
are filled. Stop by the sign-up table, even if you've      However, we still need ushers for the following
already made your appointment and make sure that the       services: 3 for Sunday 7:00 P.M., 4 for Tuesday 9:00
committee has your most current contact information. It    A.M., 3 for Wednesday 9:00 A.M., 4 for Wednesday
is of the utmost importance to ensure we have an           7:00 P.M., 4 for Thursday 9:00 A.M., and 5 for
accurate, informative and useful tool for our              Thursday 7:00 P.M. Now, our still needing 23 more
members. We need each and every one of you in order        ushering “opportunities” might seem like a lot, but that
for this to be successful.                                 number is relatively small when you realize that we
                                                           started out having to supply 66 ushers. So, First Baptist
The Previous dates/times listed have been filled.          Women, won’t you help us to fulfill our goal of having
                                                           all the ushers we need by signing up by Sun., July 8th.
Pictures will also be taken on Wednesday, August 8,        We thank you for your support.
2012 from 2:30-8:30 p.m.
Additional date(s) will be added if needed.                Sincerely,
                                                           Jean Lambert
We will be photographed at our church on the lower
level. Bring in a small bag of non-perishable food items                    AN INVITATION
to your photography sitting and you will receive $5.00     The Hope Community Development Corporation is
off any photographs you may choose to purchase. In         sponsoring a Crown Breast Survivor Brunch celebrating
this way, Lifetouch partners with our church in a          and supporting breast cancer survivors on Saturday,
community effort to feed those less fortunate. After       July 14, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Ray
being photographed, you will have an opportunity to        of Hope Community Church, 901 Meridian Street. The
view your poses the same day. Plan to make any             speaker will be Reverend Renita Weems. Call (615)
purchases at that time. You will receive an 8x10 photo     227-4110             ext.           30             or
of your choosing whether or not you make a purchase.       crownbreastcancerbrunch@gmail.com for required
You will also receive a directory upon its completion.     RSVP.
Talk it over with your family and set your appointment
ASAP. Looking forward to seeing all of you!                              “ATTENTION LADIES!!!”
Be highlighted on our military page. Submit a              Free mammograms will be provided for women over
picture of any member currently on active duty             forty at the Nashville General Hospital, now through
status. Include name, rank, and branch of service.         July 31, 2012. The address is 1818 Albion Street,
No copyrighted photographs please.                         Nashville, TN 37208. Also, the Meharry Women’s
                                                           Health Center is providing free pap smears after July
Tammye Hawkins                                             1st. Please call Ms. Campbell at 615-327-6109 for more
Pictorial Directory Coordinator                            information, or to make an appointment. You do not
                                                           need to have health insurance. Early cancer detection
                                                           saves lives!

                                                           Submitted by: Chandra Norman Lipscomb

VOL. 51 –No. 40____________________________THE TORCH_______________________________ June 29-July 1, 2012

             NEW LIFE PROJECT (NLP)                          KROGER GIFT CARDS
             FATHERHOOD PROGRAM                              The Endowment Board wishes to thank you for your
The New Life Program is here to provide fathers with         continuing support and wishes to remind you that the
the skills, knowledge and support they need to become        Kroger Company contributes to the church’s
more positively involved in the lives of their children in   Endowment Fund each time we use our Kroger Gift
order to maximize the health and well-being of               Card to make purchases at Kroger stores. The
Nashville families.    This project will be piloted in       Endowment Board’s goal is to get 100% of the
North and East Nashville. FREE workshops are being           congregation participating in this important program.
offered on parenting skills, conflict resolution, and        When our Kroger Gift Cards’ reload reaches $5,000.00
anger management, to name a few. Resources for               or more, the church receives a check from Kroger for
education, employment, and housing are also available        4% of all associated reloads.
to promote successful fatherhood and the overall well-
being of our children. For more information, call the        Below is a YTD summary of Kroger Card Activity:
New Life Program office (615) 340-8989.
                                                                      Reporting         Total
                     REMINDERS                                         Period       Sales/Reloads     Rebate
      The Volunteer Driver Training Class will be
       held on July 18 and September 19, 2012.
       Contact Council on Aging (615) 353-4235 or
                                                                      12/24/11        $9,168.77       $366.75
      The Project Identity’s Summer Institute for
                                                                      01/21/12        $5,740.00       $229.60
       Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior high school
       students, offering academic college life is                    01/22/12-
       planned for July 9-27, 2012 at Morehouse                       02/18/12        $8,587.09       $343.48
       College. For more information contact                          02/19/12-
       http://www.morehouse.edu/projectidentity/sum                   03/17/12        $6,980.00       $279.20
       mer.htm                                                        03/18/12-
Please see previous issues of The Torch or call the                   04/14/12        $9,030.00       $361.20
church office for more information.                                   04/15/12-
                                                                      05/12/12        $7,453.70       $298.15
              TORCH ANNOUNCEMENTS                                     06/09/12        $7, 531.47      $301.26
Announcements for The Torch should be submitted two
weeks in advance of the event as much as possible. This      Kroger is doubling rewards points through
will assist in making sure the announcements are listed      September 30, 2012. Card holders can save up to
in a timely manner.                                          $2.00 off per gallon of fuel (instead of the $1.00). There
                                                             are three ways to earn the fuel points: 1) one fuel point
             NOTICE- NOTICE- NOTICE                          per $1:00 spent on groceries; 2) double fuel points spent
To all groups needing entry and use of the church            on third party cards (music, restaurants; retail stores, -
sanctuary and Ennix-Jones Center during the week,            EXCLUDES KROGER CARD); 3) automatic 50 fuel
please call the church office at 255-8757 in advance of      points on each qualifying prescription.” Your Kroger
your event. This is to ensure personnel are available to     Card gas points are good at all Kroger Stores and
allow entry and to have a record for security purposes.      participating Shell Gas Stations.
Your cooperation is highly appreciated.
                                                             If you do not have a First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill
Paul E. Robertson,                                           Kroger Gift Card or if your card has expired, please see
Chair, Trustee Board                                         or call Deacon Ronald McFarland or Trustee Paul
                                                             Robertson. We also encourage you to use the Kroger
                                                             Gift Cards to purchase gasoline.
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                                                            Sunday, July 8, 2012
                                                            “David Embodies God’s Justice,” 2 Samuel 23:1-7;
                                                            1Chronicles 18:14
                                                            Adult Topic: “True to the End”
                                                            Youth Topic: “Significance through Justice”
                                                            Children Topic: “David: a Just King”
                                                            Key Verses 1 Chronicles 18:14 –“David reigned over
                                                            all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his
      Summer Quarter Sunday School Lesson                   people.”
             God’s Call for Justice
             Unit I, Justice Defined                        This lesson focuses upon King David as he reflects over
                                                            his reign as King of Israel. David makes four statements
The lessons for the summer quarter are a survey of the      about himself: He was the son of Jesse of the tribe of
Old Testament with the theme being “The Justice of          Judah. God exalted him king over Israel (he never
God.” Unit One explores the fundamental teachings of        sought to be king). He was anointed by God; and in
the Law, as laid out in the books of Exodus, Leviticus,     Hebrew culture it was strictly forbidden to harm the
and Deuteronomy.                                            Lord’s anointed. He was the singer of Israel’s songs and
                                                            the organizer of the Temple worship. Next, David
Sunday, July 1, 2012                                        reveals three things about God and two things about the
“Samuel Administers Justice”                                requirements for leadership: God is the God of Israel.
 1 Samuel 7:3-11, 15-17                                     God is the one who speaks to His leaders. God is the
Adult Topic: “Rescued”                                      Rock of Israel. Leaders must be willing, first, to rule in
Youth Topic: “Security through Justice”                     righteousness, being fair and just to all peoples; second,
Children Topic: “Samuel: a Just Judge”                      the leader must rule in the fear of the Lord, having
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 7:3 – “And Samuel said to the           reverence and respect for God. Evil rulers are seen as
whole house of Israel, ‘If you are returning to the Lord    worthless. David is viewed as Israel’s greatest king. He
with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign    achieved what Saul never did in uniting all twelve of
gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the        the tribes of Israel into one nation.
Lord and serve Him only; and He will deliver you out
of the hand of the Philistines.’”                           Sunday, July 15, 2012
                                                            “Solomon Judges with Wisdom and Justice,”
Samuel represents the transitional period between the       1 Kings 3:16-28; 2 Chronicles 9:8
period of the judges and Israel’s first king. Throughout    Adult Topic: “Wisdom and Justice”
the period of the judges, Israel vacillated between the     Youth Topic: “Wisdom through Justice”
true worship of God and worshipping the gods of the         Children Topic: “Solomon: A Wise Judge”
neighboring Canaanite clans. Israel had slipped once        Key Verse: 1 Kings 3:28 –“When all Israel heard the
more into a state of apostasy, and the tribal leaders       verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe,
came to Samuel seeking repentance for the sins of the       because they saw that he had wisdom from God to
nation. Samuel raises the question of their sincerity and   administer justice.”
tells them, “If you are returning to the Lord with all
your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign             This lesson is the classic story of King Solomon’s
gods…and commit yourselves to the Lord. . . . He will       wisdom. It is the story of two mothers who are said to
deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” The        be prostitutes. While they were asleep one of the
people had to be totally committed, and it was an           women rolled over on her baby suffocating it and
imperative for them to remove the worship of other          causing its death. She quietly switched babies with the
gods from among them.                                       other woman. It is probable that the matter was handled
Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.              at the local level, but was appealed to the king for a
                                                            final verdict. It is interesting that the king would hear
                                                            the case of two prostitutes, the outcast of society.
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SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON CONTINUED                              restitution for her possessions. Upon hearing her story
With God, justice is to be rendered to everyone             the king appoints an officer of the court to settle her
regardless of class or position. Solomon’s verdict is to    case and tells him to restore all that is hers including the
split the living child in half and give half to each        income from the land from the time she left. This is
woman. The real mother of the child cries out in            another example of God’s justice. There are three
compassion for the king to give the living baby to the      lessons to be learned from the text. The woman had
other woman whose response was to have the baby             shown trust in God for she did as the prophet told her to
killed so that neither woman could have him.                do. Life can change swiftly even for the wealthy.
Consequently, Solomon awards the child to its true          People who face injustice must be willing to persevere.
mother, who had compassion for the life of the child
and was willing to give him up so that he might live.       Sunday, July 29, 2012
Solomon had asked God for wisdom. The Queen of              “Jehoshaphat Makes Judicial Reforms,”
Sheba praised the name of the Lord God who had               2 Chronicles 18:28-19:11
chosen Solomon to be king over Israel, because the          Adult Topic: “Return to Justice”
Lord delighted in Solomon. God elevated Solomon to          Youth Topic: “Fairness through Justice”
the throne for three reasons: God loved Israel with an      Children Topic: “Be Fair with Everyone”
everlasting love; God wanted to uphold or establish         Key Verses: 2 Chronicles 19:6, 7, 9 – He told them,
them forever; and God made Solomon king to uphold           “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not
and establish justice and righteousness.                    judging for man but for the Lord, who is with you
                                                            whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the
Sunday, July 22, 2012                                       Lord be with you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord
“A King Acts on a Widow’s Behalf,” 2 Kings 4:1-37;          your God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.”
8:1-6                                                       He gave them these orders: “You must serve faithfully
Adult Topic: “Restorative Justice”                          and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord.”
Youth Topic: “Restoration through Justice”
Children Topic: “Justice Restored”                          In this lesson King Jehoshaphat of Judah establishes
Key Verse: 2 Kings 8:6 –“The king asked the woman           judges in the land and the Northern tribe of Ephraim.
about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official    He gave orders to serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in
to her case and said to him, ‘Give back everything that     the fear of the Lord. He instructed the judges to be
belongs to her, including all the income from her land      aware that they were not judging for man but for the
from the day she left the country until now.’”              Lord. Today throughout the world there is some form of
                                                            corruption in all governments. Jehoshaphat, in an
This is another story about justice for women in a male-    attempt to bring the people back to God, charges the
dominate society. The woman in the story is believed to     priest and Levites to be above reproach. While
be the Shunammite woman found in Chapter four. This         Jehoshaphat was said to be a good king, his biggest
woman is wealthy and she encouraged her husband to          mistake was to form an alliance with King Ahab of
make a place on the roof of their house for the man of      Israel. King Ahab led him into war against Ramoth
God to stay whenever he was in the area.                    Gilead from which he barely escaped because of the
                                                            hand of the Lord protecting him. He also mistakenly
Elisha must have made many trips through the area and       sealed this alliance by having Ahab’s daughter,
had become dear friends with this couple for he declares    Athaliah, marry his son Jehoram. Athaliah, like her
when he returns next year that she will have a son. In      mother Jezebel, would later wreak havoc among the
Chapter four this child dies, and the prophet revives       royal family. Jehoshaphat’s reforms had little affect on
him. In Chapter eight, because of the famine in the land,   the nation because the people had not yet set their hearts
he advised her to leave her home to escape the famine       on serving the God of their ancestors.
that lasted seven years. Upon her return she is now a
widow and her land has been confiscated. Elisha’s           Reverend Dr. Arrold N. Martin,
servant is recounting the prophet’s miracles to the king    Superintendent, Sunday Church School
when this woman comes to the king’s court seeking
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                 JULY CALENDAR
Every Sunday:
Sunday Church School                         8:45 a.m.
Worship Service                             10:00 a.m.
Every Wednesday:                                                              PRAYER LIST
Torch Editors                               10:00 a.m.    Mrs. Catherine Barbee        1723 26th Ave. N 37208
Every Thursday:                                           Major Alicia R. Bodie                      US Army
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal                    6:00 p.m.    Dr. Kermit Brown           TN State Veterans’ Home
Children’s Church:                                                               2865 E. Main Street, West #23
Every Sunday except the second Sunday, children (ages                                     Humboldt, TN 38343
4-12) will leave morning worship service after the        Mr. Zeb Burrows          Jackson Memorial Hospital
children’s message. Adults will be available to escort    (Cousin of Al Bodie)                  Miami, Florida
children downstairs. Parents are asked to pick up their   Mrs. Ivanetta Davis       3525 Geneva Circle 37209
children immediately after morning worship.               Mr. William “Brad” Ewing 7037 Hickory Pass Lane
                                                                                            Antioch, TN 37013
Sunday, July 1 – Saturday, July 7, 2012                   Mr. Oliver Hardge                         California
                                                          PO3 Antoinette Ingram                      US Navy
Sunday July 1, 2012                                       Dr. Edward Isibor                8220 Frontier Lane
Communion Sunday                                                                        Brentwood, TN 37027
                                                          Dr. Calvin King #304 A Green Hills Health & Rehab.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012                                                             3939 Hillsboro Circle 37215
Trustee Board Meeting                         6:00 p.m.   Mrs. Ida Lewis               341 South 5th St. 37206
                                                          Mr. J. D. Martin           1650 Pinetree Pass Lane
Wednesday, July 4, 2012                                                                    Lilburn, GA 30047
Fourth of July                            Office closed   Mr. Derrick McDaniel           Christian Care Center
                                                                            Nursing Home, Smyrna, TN 37167
Saturday, July 7, 2012                                    Mrs. Rose McDonald       111 N. Carolina Ave. # 204
Sunday School Teachers Meeting                9:00 a.m.                                  Lexington, NC 27292
                                                          Mrs. Naomi Norman            3255 Kings Lane 37218
Sunday, July 8 – Saturday, July 14, 2012                  Mrs. Marian Officer       9344 Shadow Point Circle
                                                                                      Chattanooga, TN 37421
Sunday, July 8, 2012                                      Mr. Alfonso B. Patton      4112 West Hamilton Rd.
Youth Sunday                                                                             Nashville, TN 37218
                                                          Mrs. Katie Reed            3875 Lunn Drive, 37218
Sunday, July 15 – Saturday, July 21, 2012                 Mr. Harvey Sims            644 Revels Drive, 37207
                                                          Mrs. Ruth Slay              533 Elizabeth Crest Rd
Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28, 2012                 (Lolita Slay’s Mother)      Chattanooga, TN 37421
                                                          Mrs. Annice Snodgrass           333 A Birmingham 2
Thursday, July 26, 2012                                                                     Bordeaux Hospital
Finance Committee Meeting                     6:30 p.m.                       1414 County Hospital Rd. 37218
                                                          Mrs. Bertha Taylor            105 Valley Green Dr.
Sunday, July 29 – Saturday, August 4, 2012                                                 Antioch, TN 37013
                                                          Mrs. Dorothy Vassall           3747 Westport Drive
Sunday, July 29, 2012                                                                    Nashville, TN 37218
Friends and Family Sunday                                 Mrs. Gwendolyn Vincent 4824 Fairmeade Ct, 37218
                                                          Mr. Walter Vincent       4824 Fairmeade Ct. 37218
Monday, July 30, 2012                                     CWO3 LaTonya Ingram Wallace                US Navy
Deacon Board Meeting                          6:00 p.m.   Mrs. Jennie P. Wilkins 832 Inverness Ave. 37204

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BIRTHDAYS FOR THE MONTH OF                                    25      Sue Hall Smith
          JULY                                                25      Erma J. Todd
                                                              25      Robert D Wood, II
                                                              27      James R. Collier
                                                              27      Ernest E. Dismuke
                                                              27      Beverly A. Scott
                                                              30      Sheldon Greene
                                                              31      Harvey J. Doughty

       1     Darrell L. Hayes                                            JUBILEE DRIVE
       1     Ruth McGriff                              The Church has commenced the "Jubilee Drive" to pay
       1     D.J. Wootson                              off the church loan. We are looking for 100%
       2     St. Clair Foster                          participation. Forms for the Jubilee Drive are available
      2      Regina C. Jackson                         from the ushers or from the desk in the Vestibule.
       2     Nanette Lacey                             Someone will be stationed there to assist.
       2     Tiana McKnight
       3     Judson R. Wood                            Members and friends are being asked to covenant
       5     Brittany Ennix                            annually to contribute to the Jubilee Drive for the next
       6     Daryl J. Hawkins                          four years, in addition to the giver’s regular tithes and
       6     Herman F. Jackson                         offering, at one of the following giving levels:
       6     Simon Morrow
       6     Settle Townsend                           Crown                         $15, 000 and above
       7     Rosetta Miller Perry                      Diamond                       $10,000-$14,999
       9     Rev. Dr. Arrold N. Martin                 Platinum                      $5,000-$9,999
      10     Camille Calloway                          Gold                          $3,000-$4,999
      10     Chandra N. Lipscomb                       Silver                        $1,000-$2,999
      10     Gary Cornell Rowe                         Bronze                        $500-$999
      10     Ivanetta H. Davis                         Emerald                       $1-$499
      10     Minister Lanny Babb
      11     Barbara R. Smith
      11     Pastor Kelly M. Smith Jr.
      12     Evelyn P. Fancher
      12     Liz J. Johnson
      12     Tanae McKnight
      14     Candace Cosey
      14     Isolina Rankins
      15     Shelia Robertson Littleton
      15     Tamarah S. Daniels
      17     Maribeth Crutchfield
      17     Mona Hayes
      17     Roosevelt Roper
      17     MaKayla L. Sampson
      20     Keenan J. Robinson
      22     Antwan L. Hamilton
      22     Ryan Odell King
      23     John R. Alexander
      23     Vincent Baker
      24     Kermit Brown
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                                               JULY BIBLE READINGS

July 1:                        1 Samuel 7:3-11, 15-17        July 16:                                    Luke 15:11-24
                  “A Faithful Judge”                                             “A Son Restored”
July 2:                                     2 Samuel 2:1-7   July 17:                                      Psalm 68:1-6
                 “Inquiring of the Lord”                                     “The Protector of Widows”
July 3:                                  2 Samuel 22:8-20    July18:                                  Luke 20:45—21:4
             “Rejoicing in God’s Deliverance”                                  “Greed and Generosity”
July 4:                                 2 Samuel 22:26-31    July 19:                                    2 Kings 4:8-17
             “Depending on God’s Guidance”                                        “A Promised Son”
July 5:                             2 Samuel 22:32-37        July 20:                                   2 Kings 4:18-27
               “Living in God’s Strength”                                 “Seeking Help from the Prophet”
July 6:                                2 Samuel 22:47-51     July 21:                                   2 Kings 4:28-37
             “Praising God’s Steadfast Love”                                     “A Child Restored”
July 7:                                      Isaiah 32:1-8   July 22:                                      2 Kings 8:1-6
              “Reigning in Righteousness”                                       “Justice for a Widow”
July 8:                                   2 Samuel 23:1-7    July 23:                                   Isaiah 33:13-22
              “Ruling   in the Fear of God”                                   “The Lord Is Our Judge”
                                                             July 24:                                      Psalm 72:1-7
July 9:                               Ephesians 1:15-23
                                                                           “May Righteousness Flourish”
                 “A Prayer for Wisdom”
                                                             July 25:                                     Psalm 119:1-8
July 10:                                   Psalm 37:27-34
                                                                        “Steadfast in Keeping God’s Statutes”
                “The Lord Loves Justice”                     July 26:                                      Job 28:20-28
July 11:                              2 Samuel 12:20-25
                                                                         “Fear the Lord, Depart from Evil”
             “Jedidiah—Beloved of the Lord”                  July 27:                              2 Chronicles 20:5-15
July 12:                                 1 Kings 1:28-37
                                                                                “The Battle Is God’s”
            “Solomon Anointed Israel’s King”                 July 28:                               2 Chronicles 17:1-6
July 13:                                  1 Kings 1:41-53
                                                                         “Waling in God’s Commandments”
                “Grace for a Competitor”                     July 29:                              2 Chronicles 19:4-11
July 14:                                 1 Kings 4:29-34
                                                                           “Judging on the Lord’s Behalf”
            “Solomon’s Unsurpassed Wisdom”                   July 30:                                  Malachi 2:10-17
July 15:                1 Kings 3:16-28; 2 Chronicles 9:8
                                                                           “Where Is the God of Justice?”
           “Solomon Puts Wisdom into Practice”               July 31:                                    Daniel 4:34-37
                                                                             “God’s Ways Are Justice”

VOL. 51 –No. 40____________________________THE TORCH_______________________________ June 29-July 1, 2012

                          FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, CAPITOL HILL

                                       KELLY M. SMITH JR.

                   DEACONS                                 TRUSTEES
                   Beverly M. Brown, Chair                 Paul E. Robertson, Chair
                   James Collier, Vice-Chair               Robert Greene, Vice-Chair
                   Ronald McFarland, Sr., Secretary        Richard Dinkins, Secretary
                   Carol Boone, Asst. Secretary            Zelma C. Ewing
                   Martin Currie                           E. Jean Lambert
                   Ivan Davis                              Paul Luter
                   Ernest Dismuke                          Benita Lynch
                   Emmitt Hayes                            William J. McDaniel
                   Ernest Rhodes                           Pamela Wood

                   DEACONS EMERITI                         TRUSTEES EMERITI
                   Chester Crawford                        J. D. Martin
                   Charles Fancher                         Alfonso B. Patton
                                                           Walter Vincent


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