Newsletter | May 22, 2024

Join us for a special family night
as we welcome “Made From Scratch.”
Our hostess committee will prepare a wonderful meal,
followed by this special program. The money
collected tonight will go to support this group.

Menu For Tonight
Chicken Cordon Bleu, Brown Rice
Green Beans, Rolls,
Pear Salad, Cake

Community Outreach

Join us this Sunday night, May 26th, at 5:00 PM for community outreach. This is an excellent opportunity for us to share the love of Christ with our community and to invite them to join our church family.

Preparing for Homecoming on August 25, 2024

On August 25, 2024, First Baptist will celebrate 135 years of ministry in the heart of Ashburn. As we prepare for this special homecoming event, we need your help. If you have the names and addresses of past members or staff, we could send an invitation to please get them to Nikki in the church office: email or 229-567-9320.

VBS Workers

It is time again for us to start getting volunteers for VBS. If you would like to help with this ministry, see Eilene Perry. It will be July 15-17.


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

As some of us get older, we tend to become more forgetful. Fortunately, this has not happened to me because I have always been forgetful. 

I have never been able to read a list of items and turn around and repeat them without looking. Luckily, at least I can remember some of the most detailed information about things I have done or seen. 

After my parents passed away, we opened the safe at my Mom’s old store. For some reason, I remembered where I had hidden a copy of the combination 25 years earlier, and it was still there. But how often do we forget things we aren’t regularly reminded of? People or things that were once very important become distant memories. This was the case with the Israelites living in the land of Judah during the reign of King Josiah.  

King Josiah came into a situation that viewed idol worship and ignoring God’s commands as being socially acceptable and commonplace due to the pagan reign of his father and grandfather. Josiah could have easily gone with the flow and changed nothing, but the young king chose to act. At age sixteen, he began to seek God, and at age twenty, he began religious changes. King Josiah had the temple repaired. While the repairs were taking place, a copy of God’s law was found.

Because previous kings had tried to destroy God’s law, this King Josiah was unfamiliar with the laws and tore his garments when he realized all of the ways the people had turned from God. Due to King Josiah’s leadership, God’s judgment on Israel would come, but not during Josiah’s lifetime.

One of the changes King Josiah made was reinstating important festivals such as the Passover. God’s people had turned so far from Him that they no longer remembered the deliverance of their ancestors from Egypt. As we look at Exodus, God gave a specific reason why they should celebrate the Passover:

And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. 26 And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 you shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.'” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. Exodus 12:25-27

We see in this passage that they were to observe Passover so they would remember, and so their children would know. I find it interesting in this passage that the children would learn by watching what their parents do.  

The Passover was a reminder of the nation’s identity as the people of God. It reminded them that God had set them apart, taken them out of slavery, saved them, and brought them into a new land.

As a believer, how do you let God use your ordinary life to do extraordinary things?   Will you be remembered as a baseball fan, a good cook, a person with a fantastic talent, or will you be remembered for your love of God? Does your life reflect God enough to the people around you that they see it above everything else?

Sunday, May 26

Deacon of the Week:  Carl Hobbs

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Carl Hobbs
Organ Greeter:  W. Greg Brown
Piano Greeter:   Tom LaRocca

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Charnelle Reinhardt & June Whiddon

Sunday, June 2

Deacon of the Week:  Daniel West

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Daniel West
Organ Greeter:  David Flake
Piano Greeter:  Dwane Lewis

Sound:  Chris McCard
Video:  Saskia Perry

Nursery Workers
Sue Mastrario & Jane Smith