Newsletter | May 29, 2024

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.

All ladies are welcome to join our WMU  group.
Monday, June 10th
1:30 PM

Meet in Bill Hardin SS Class Room

Women on Mission (WMU) members seek to live out missions through
missions projects, ministries, prayer, giving, and Bible study.

Giving as of May 28, 2024

Budget for 2024 . . . . . . . .  $329,423.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $133,036.26
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $106,990.55
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,335.00

Tithes Received 5/19/2024 . . .  $2,644.25
Tithes Received this week . . . . $7,879.00


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 Pastor

When we think about the direction and focus of our lives, few things have more impact than our priorities.  Yes, we have responsibilities, commitments, and obligations, but most of those are shaped by our priorities. 

How dangerous it is to have the wrong priorities!  How tragic to invest our lives in those things that have little or no value!  That tragedy is magnified by not accomplishing what is truly important.

This is what happened to the people in Haggai.  In Haggai 1:4, God said, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?”  In verse 9b God continues, “…Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.”  The people were living for the wrong priorities.  They neglected the temple but focused on their own houses.

What a lesson for us about priorities!  The lesson becomes even more powerful when we remember that we (believers) are ourselves temples of God (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16).  Building, maintaining, and preserving ourselves as God’s temple needs to be the top priority of our lives.

How do we do this?  First, we deal with sin.  We need our lives to be welcoming to Christ’s presence.  We need to confess and turn from any sin in our lives.  We need to seek to avoid sin.  We must live for Christ to feel at home in our lives.

Next, we spend time in the Word.  This builds up and strengthens our lives (1 Peter 2:4-5).  God’s Word is the building plan for our lives.  It is also the brick and mortar that will make our lives strong.

We must also seek God in prayer.  If the temple was to be a house of prayer (Mark 11:17), how much more should we be a temple of prayer?  We need to commune with God in set times of prayer and as we go through our day. 

Last, we are to live lives of obedience.  Being in the Word is beneficial only if we allow the Word to direct our lives.  As James wrote, we are to be doers of the Word.  We must never be satisfied by being mere hearers (James 1:22).

Every day we build the priority of our lives by our priorities.  May we give ourselves to building lives that are welcoming to our Lord. 

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

Sunday, June 9

Deacon of the Week:  Tom LaRocca

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

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Pat Rainey & Daisy Lee Speight