Newsletter | July 3, 2024

Reminder: No Prayer Meeting This Week.

All ladies are welcome to join our WMU  group.
Monday, July 8th
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.

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

July Items
Tools that will fit in a shoe box,
School Supplies, Washcloths.

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 nikkibrewer@fbcashburn.com or 229-567-9320.

Giving as of July 2, 2024

Budget for 2024 . . . . . . . .  $329,423.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $164,711.26
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $128,774.28
Needed for weekly budget . . .  $6,335.00
Tithes Received this week . . . . $5,504.00

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

This week, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. The 4th of July is usually associated with family gatherings, picnics, fireworks, parades, and barbecues. However, we cannot celebrate our independence as a nation without remembering those who sacrificed for our freedom today. So many men and women lost loved ones trying to have a better future for their families. We must remember that freedom in the United States was not a free gift. It had a significant cost.  

Freedom is a precious gift, one to be celebrated by our nation and by every person free in Christ. Because of Jesus, we are free from sin, death, and the requirement to keep the Old Testament laws. Because of Jesus, we can walk as children of God in the power of His Spirit. Our freedom gives us the ability to love God and other people sincerely.

Paul writes to the church of Galatia, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1, ESV). When a person believes in Jesus Christ, he is free from the requirements of the law. He no longer has to worry if he is good enough, has done enough good works, or has kept enough laws to be acceptable to God. Because Christ, through his death on the cross, took our judgment and punishment, He has set us free.

But just because we are free in Christ does not mean we are free to sin. Paul continues in verse 13, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13, ESV). This passage encourages us not to use our freedom as an opportunity to sin. If we are true believers, we will want to obey God even when we fail. If we don’t want to obey God and instead want to use His grace as a free pass to do whatever we want, knowing we can be forgiven afterward, we must question whether or not we really know Him. If we love Him, we will obey Him and want to follow Him.

Because Christ loved us,  He served and gave Himself for us. Therefore, we should love Christ with all our hearts and minds. We should desire to please Christ in all we do and how we show love to others. Freedom isn’t free. Christ paid a price for you and me.

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

Sunday, July 14

Deacon of the Week:  Carl Hobbs

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

Sound:  Carl Hobbs
Video:  Sue Mastrario

Nursery Workers
Jackie Clifford & Sandra Harris