Newsletter | June 26, 2024

WMU Project

WMU will be collecting items to support Constructors for Christ. The mission of Constructors for Christ is to spread the gospel by building churches and mission facilities. Please leave your donations at the entrance to the fellowship hall. Donations are needed by July 10, 2024.

Dishwashing liquid 12.4 oz
Multi-purpose cleaners like pine-sol
Shampoo 15 oz
Potted meat
Cake mix white or chocolate
Green beans 15 oz can
Peas 15 oz can
Staple items

Operation Christmas Child

We will gather the following items over the next several months to prepare for OCC. A box will be located outside Nikki’s office.

June Items
Small Toys, Flip-flops,
Ball caps for boys, Socks

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.

Giving as of June 17, 2024

Budget for 2024 . . . . . . . .  $329,423.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $158,376.26
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $123,270.28
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,335.00
Tithes Received this week . . . . $1,525.00


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

How can we handle the storms of life?  Every one of us faces problems, difficulties, and adversities.  You may be in such a situation now.  How can we handle such times?

In Matthew 8:23-27, the disciples were in a small boat in a terrible storm on the Sea of Galilee.  They were terrified and panic stricken.  They told the Lord Jesus that they were about to die.  Our Lord asked them why they were afraid and rebuked the wind and the waves.  The storm instantly stopped, and the disciples were in awe of the Lord.  They asked how a man could have such power and authority.

What can we learn from the disciples?  First, follow the Lord.  The disciples were in the boat because Jesus led them into the boat.  While our Lord’s plans often lead us into storms, being out of His will is far more dangerous.  It is far better to face a storm with the confidence that we have followed the Lord than to face adversity knowing we are out of His will.  To face tomorrow’s storms with confidence, we must follow the Lord today. 

Next, we must trust the Lord.  That means that we trust His power, capability, love, faithfulness, and concern for us.  The disciples struggled in this area.  They saw our Lord sleeping as an indication that He didn’t know about the storm or didn’t care about the disciples. 

Don’t we struggle with those same thoughts?  If God doesn’t prevent a problem or doesn’t instantly solve it, don’t we wonder about the same concerns?  Don’t we ask if He is even aware of the problem?  Don’t we ask if He even cares about the problem?  Like the disciples we need to trust the Lord.  He knows about the problem.  He loves us deeply.  He fully intends to carry us through the problem into His will.  We need to trust Him.

Last, we need to grow in our knowledge of the Lord.  This whole episode was orchestrated by the Lord so that the disciples could know Him better.  He wanted the disciples to grow in both their head knowledge and heart knowledge of Him.

He does the same with us.  He uses everyday life to show us His power, love, faithfulness, and glory.  We need to let him teach us about Himself and grow in our relationship with Him as a result.

Like the disciples, we often face storms.  Like the disciples, our Lord is wanting to teach us and grow us.  Let’s let Him have His way.

Sunday, June 30

Deacon of the Week:  Allen Whitehead

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Allen Whitehead
Organ Greeter:  Dwane Lewis
Piano Greeter:   Carl Hobbs

Sound:  Daniel West
Video:  Julie West

Nursery Workers
Charnelle Reinhardt & June Whiddon

Sunday, July 7

Deacon of the Week:  Dwane Lewis

Deacon Greeters
Front Door:  Dwane Lewis
Organ Greeter:  Allen Whitehead
Piano Greeter:  David Flake

Sound:  Chris McCard
Video:  Saskia Perry

Nursery Workers
Sue Mastrario & Jane Smith