We hope everyone plans to stay and have breakfast with us following the sunrise service. A basket will be available if you would like to donate towards the cost of breakfast, but of course, it is in no way required or expected.
Any graduates that would like to participate in our baccalaureate service click on the following link for all the information you will need.
Saturate USA is a God-sized vision to take the love of the Gospel to 120 million households by the end of 2027. The hope is to spark true repentance and revival in our beloved country. Our country needs to rediscover the message of the Gospel, and we need to cry out in prayer for revival to sweep the land. United in love, and with God on our side, we can win America back to Christ
First Baptist is partnering with the Turner Baptist Association to saturate Turner County. As a result, we have adopted around 330 homes that First Baptist will expose to the Gospel. On April 24th, we will gather and hang bags on our neighbor’s doors containing the Jesus film, Gospel material, and information about our church. We will meet in the fellowship hall at 2:00 PM for a logistical meeting and receive your door hanging bags.
We need everyone in the church to participate to complete this task successfully. Even if you only feel you can cover ten houses. Ten teams, covering ten houses, cover 30 percent of the homes we need to reach. So make plans now to join us as we leave the building and spread the hope of the Gospel through our community.
Church Goal: $1500.00
SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE THROUGH SAMARITANS PURSE
To support the humanitarian efforts of Samaritan’s Purse in Ukraine, First Baptist has set up a designated fund you may contribute to. The fund will be open until May 4th, with all donations going straight to Samaritan’s Purse Ukraine humanitarian efforts.
Click here for more information: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/
Giving as of April 13, 2022
Budget for 2022 . . . . . . . . $322,471.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . $93,020.55
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . $73,524.77
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,201.37
Tithes Received this week . . . $1,989.70
Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion in the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.
From OUr Family and Music Minister
If you have never been on a youth retreat or gone to a youth camp, let me explain the emotions that you generally experience. As you gather early in the morning, usually on a Monday, you are tired from camp prep and packing, but the excitement of camp fills you with energy. The late nights and early mornings start to catch up with you as the week progresses. (Especially at a Fuge camp, the adults know the only way to get a clean and somewhat quiet shower is to wake up at 5:00 AM.)
Thursday afternoon comes, and you start to regret every life decision you have made. Youth that have been best friends for life can barely stand the sight of each other. Every chaperone you have makes a vow they will never come on another youth trip. Finally, you have had enough, and you tell every youth, “I don’t want to see any of you until we eat supper.”
Then, the final night of Bible study comes. You see that even though they looked like zombies, they truly had listened to the Bible studies you had been teaching. They share in the group about their week, and your heart becomes full, and you realize why you love working with annoying, hormonal, moody teenagers. You get to sleep just a few hours the last night because the Bible study seems never to end, and you seem to have to pack ten times more than what you brought. However, overwhelming energy fills your body when you walk out into the sun the following day and get into the vehicle to drive back home. Partly because of the great Bible study the night before but primarily because of the long bond you have built with the young people.
This Sunday, we celebrate Easter. God started with a perfect creation. Man and woman were living in close communion with God. Everything seemed perfect. But then sin entered the world. Then after many years of rebellion and sin constantly pulling us from a close relationship with our Creator, Jesus conquered death. On that first Easter morning, we could truly walk out into the sun and be forgiven for our sins because Jesus had risen from the dead. We now have a permanent bridge that will span the vast abyss that separates us from God.
The resurrection should leave us in complete awe. It means that Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be. The resurrection is more than a simple happy ending; our entire faith rests on the fact that Jesus conquered death and rose from the grave. I pray that we never take what was done on our behalf for granted.
Of course, surviving a youth trip has no comparison to having all of our sins covered by the love of Christ. But in life, when you see those glimpses of God working, don’t take those for granted. Instead, thank God for them and use them to share Christ with others. But know that it’s just a glimpse of our eternal home because He is not dead! He is Alive!
Sunday, April 17
Deacon of the Week: Carl Hobbs
Front Door: Carl Hobbs
Organ Greeter: Allen Whitehead
Piano Greeter: W. Greg Brown
Sound: Daniel West
Video: Julie West
Rachel Flake & Barbara Anne Perry
Sunday, April 24
Deacon of the Week: Daniel West
Front Door: Daniel West
Organ Greeter: Dan Raines
Piano Greeter: Allen Whitehead
Sound: Daniel West
Video: Julie West
Dianne Huff & Elizabeth See