Newsletter | February 28, 2024

Please make plans to join us for family night
as we continue our series on the backgrounds
of the songs we sing.

6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall

Menu for Family Night

Chicken and Dumplings
Green Beans or Garden Peas
Pear Salad
Strawberry Cake

GA Baptist Evangelism Conference

Jonathan and Saskia will attend the Georgia Baptist Evangelism Conference in Tifton, GA, on Sunday, March 10. If you would like to participate with them, please see Jonathan. We will leave FBC around 4:15 PM and return around 8:30 PM. For more information, click here: https://gbcevangelismconferences.com/tifton/



Special Family Night | March 13th

What do the Jewish Passover and Jesus’ Last Supper have in common? Anna Beth of Light of Messiah Ministries in Atlanta will answer that question as they present “Jesus in the Passover.” The “Jesus in the Passover” service will bring to life the Jewish roots of faith in Jesus and the celebration of Communion. Anna Beth will have a Passover table set up with all of the traditional elements involved in the Passover meal. During the service you will see how Jewish people celebrate Passover today, how the symbolic foods of Passover picture God’s redemption, and personally participate in taking the traditional elements, and how Jesus is beautifully foreshadowed in the Passover celebration and story. This is a service for anyone.

A love offering will be taken up to support Light of Messiah Ministries.

Giving as of February 27, 2024

Budget for 2024 . . . . . . . .  $329,423.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . $50,681.02
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . $38,182.07
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,335.06
Tithes Received this week . . . . $3,659.98

MID-WEEK DEVOTION

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

God created us with a purpose:  to love Him, to love others, and to tell others of His love. In the same way, a toaster has a purpose. A toaster takes bread and turns it into toast. It is good at what it is designed for but pretty much useless at everything else. However, as great as a toaster makes toast, it can only work if it has a power source. Without a power source, it is just a bread holder.

How many times in our lives have we tried to make toast without our true power source? When God created us with a purpose, He didn’t intend for us to do things alone. God gives us, as believers, the Holy Spirit to help guide and support us to fulfill His tasks.

In Acts 4, Peter and John have just healed a man and have been teaching in the name of Jesus. The religious leaders thought that this behavior would have died down after the crucifixion of Jesus, so they were beginning to get frustrated with the disciples. In the hope of curtailing this behavior, they put Peter and John in jail overnight. However, the council did not want a riot on their hands, so they released them and ordered them to stop teaching.

I have never been arrested, nor have I spent a night in jail, but I would do everything NOT to go back to jail. I am pretty sure that the accommodations today are far better than what Peter and John faced. Being faithful to their calling as Christians, they immediately returned to teaching and preaching. In verse 29, we read, “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.”  They were not worried about returning to jail; they kept their focus on ministry.

 In our country, we often take our freedoms for granted. We are allowed to live out our faith completely without any chance of harm, but we don’t take advantage of that privilege. According to Christianity Today, eight Christians worldwide are killed daily because of their faith. Every week, 182 churches or Christian buildings are attacked. And every month, 309 Christians are imprisoned unjustly.

The believers in Acts prayed for boldness, not protection. They knew the source of their power. If we continue to read, we see what happens after they prayed:

“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31

They prayed for boldness, and the building shook. God wants to hear from you. Prayer allows us to communicate with the Creator of the universe. Why would we neglect to pray? We must stay plugged into the unlimited power of our Creator. We can have the same power that shook that room to guide us daily. Don’t be a useless toaster that just holds a piece of bread; be an unstoppable force for your Heavenly Father.

Sunday, March 3

Deacon of the Week:  Tom LaRocca

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Tom LaRocca
Organ Greeter:  Daniel West
Piano Greeter:   Allen Whitehead

Sound:  Chris McCard
Video:  Saskia Perry

Nursery Workers
Sami Mastrario & Eilene Perry

Sunday, March 10

Deacon of the Week:  David Flake

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  David Flake
Organ Greeter:  Carl Hobbs
Piano Greeter:  W. Greg Brown

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Dianne Huff & Elizabeth See