Living by Faith

I have learned in my life that things do not always go the way we expect them to. Our plans we have for this journey wind up have more twists and turns than we planned. We get discouraged and depressed. We tell ourselves we are a failure. Satan begins to enjoy our little pity party. At that point of the party I remember the words I have heard over and over, “It’s time to be a big boy and pull yourself up by your bootstraps.”

Let’s stop for a moment and think of the people in the Bible who faced the death of their dreams and how God’s plan for them worked out for the best.

“Abraham dreamed of being the father of a great nation, but he was still childless in old age. Joseph dreamed of grandeur in Genesis 37, but he landed in prison. Moses dreamed of liberating his people, but he was thrown out of Egypt as a murderer. David dreamed of leading the armies of Israel, but he became their prey. Thomas dreamed of proclaiming the Messiah, but his Jesus was crucified. Paul dreamed of going to Spain, but was a prisoner of Rome.

Yet in each case the setbacks became stepping stones; for in God’s will there is no failure, and out of His will there is no success. Our dreams sometimes die so they can be reborn in the image of God’s will.

Faith is trusting God’s promises when they are most needed, and going forward without a loss of enthusiasm. God provides the opportunity of having big dreams, but we must work according to His timing and will to achieve them.

Along the way, if your dream dies, don’t let your spirit falter. Keep you eyes focused on Jesus, count it all joy, and wait for Him to give the victory.”

“Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.”

Grantland Rice

*Exerts from Turning Point Magazine

Connection News for Sept 2017

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It's exciting to feel like you belong. That feeling of arrival—like sitting down to a homemade meal with you closest friends—brings a sense of inclusion like nothing else can. Everyone, no matter where they are in life, needs

 to know they belong, because something inside each of us longs to be pursued, to be valued.

The word “Church” means different things to different people. For some, it awakens warm feelings of childhood potlucks and singing. For others, it might trigger a more sour feeling, a subtle tensing of the shoulders. People’s reactions to the Church are as varied as their individual histories.

But what is God’s intention for the Church? When God initiated the Church, He had in mind a heartfelt connection of diverse people. He said that the greatest love we could show was to lay down our lives for our friends. There’s no greater belonging than the one God intended in the Church.

The Church is a community of people committed to doing life together and knowing God. Through thick and thin, these are the friends who stay by your side. God wants each of us to find a place of belonging in His family. Come find you place of service in the kingdom.

The Church is not a building. It’s a community of people brought together to experience God’s love and purpose.

www.invitedtobelong.com

 

Coming This Fall

Kingdom Man: by Tony Evans

Sunday Mornings beginning on September 17 at 9:15 a.m.

Location:  Ed. Bldg. Room 210       (Men only Class)

There are plenty of males in the world today who are content to slide through life, never making any waves in the world around them. Responsibility, leadership, and initiative are foreign concepts to them. And the world is suffering for it.

Our world is falling apart, not from the lack of males but for the lack of men. Real men. Kingdom men. Men who recognize that God has uniquely endowed them with the capacity and destiny for greatness. A kingdom man understands and loves this. He doesn’t run from responsibility; he runs toward it. This is the kind of man the world needs.

But the world isn’t the only one crying out for kingdom men. God is too. He’s looking for men who are willing to fully align themselves under His comprehensive rule. When they submit to His authority as their Lord, they are then willing to lead their families, businesses, and churches well. When a kingdom man shows up, everyone in his sphere of influence is affected for the better.

The time for the return of kingdom men has never been more critical. Our families need them. Our neighborhoods need them. Our churches need them. Our world needs them.

 

Small Groups will begin back on September 24

(Study TBA)

 

Tuesday Women Bible Study begins in September.

 

KidzLife: Celebrating Life in the Kingdom of God!

KidzLife is our dynamic Wednesday night ministry that teaches kids how they can live the most adventuresome lives possible – life following Jesus in God’s kingdom. Through creative presentations and interactive small groups, kids go deep into God’s word, learn to hear God’s voice, and walk in the power of His Holy Spirit. Furthermore, our kids hide the Scripture in their hearts and impact other nations through our hands-on mission component. Our leaders are equally blessed as they intentionally disciple the next generation.

KidzLife meets every Wednesday night (Begins August 23, 2017 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

KidzLife is for kids age 3 through 5th grade.

Children's Summer Fun Calendar for July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday’s—6:00-7:30 pm

We will meet on Wednesday nights at different homes for a time of swimming fun, fellowship, and a devotional. Bring swim clothes, floaties, a towel, and extra clothes. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children for this family event.

Date                  Host Family                          Address

July 12               Lynn Jones                            109 Worth Street

July 26               Dear                                      15 Club Road

Neptune Park Trip—July 19, 12:30-5:30

Splash Park on St. Simons Island

We will leave the church at 12:30. All permission slips and funds must be submitted by Sunday, July 9th. We ask that you eat lunch before you come and arrive by 12:15, so that we can leave on time. The van will return to the church between 5:30 and 6:00

We will be taking the church van. You may choose to drive  your own vehicle as well. If you do, we ask that you caravan with us from the church so that we may get our tickets and enter the park as a group.

How Much:  $6/person (includes admission)*

*Children 3 and under are free and must wear a swim diaper (even if they are potty trained).

galactic starveyors

What a great time we had at VBS 2017: Galactic Starveyors! Our volunteers put in a lot of work, and it was well worth it! Over 300 kids registered for VBS, with an average of 250 kids and youth attending daily. Among the 300, over 100 unchurched children and families were touched by this event. With 13 groups of kids, 9 classes (Bible Study, Music, Snacks, Games, and Crafts for both younger kids and older), van routes, security, refreshments, and more, over 80 volunteers worked everyday for 5 days beginning before 8:00 in the morning and many working till late in the evening after the kids left to prepare and teach kids about Christ. Several children accepted Christ as their savior, and many more children and families now understand the love of God and that they are welcome at Jesup First Baptist Church.


Thank you so much to all the volunteers that helped before VBS with preparation, set-up, and outreaches, during our main event, and after VBS with clean-up and follow up to make it a success. All of your hard work and effort showed God’s love and grace in the lives of so many kids and families in Jesup and surrounding counties!!

 

 

CHILDREN’S SUMMER FUN CALENDAR

Vacation Bible School

June 12-16—9:00-12:00

Join us this year for our Galactic Starveyors VBS. This will be an exciting time of space themed singing, crafts, play, and learning God’s Word. This is open to children who have completed Pre K-5th grade. Want to volunteer? See Amanda Phelps, Val Eidson, or Earl Barron. Sign up today through our website at www.jesupfbc.org.

Wonderful Wednesday’s—6:00-7:30 pm

We will meet on Wednesday nights at different homes for a time of swimming fun, fellowship, and a devotional. Bring swim clothes, floaties, a towel, and extra clothes. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children for this family event.

Date Host Family Address

June 7      Williamson 232 Harmony Road

June 21     Thomas 665 Ski Lake Dr.

July 12      Lynn Jones 109 Worth Street

July 26      Dear 15 Club Road

 

Strike Zone Bowling Trip (Brunswick, GA)

June 28, 1:00-5:00

We will leave the church at 1:00. We ask that you eat lunch before coming and arrive by 12:45, so that we can leave on time. Permission  forms and all fees must be turned in by Sunday, June 11th. The van will return to the church between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.

We will be bowling two games together. Bowling shoe rental and two games are included.

We will be taking the church van. You may choose to drive  your own vehicle as well. If you do, we ask that you caravan with us from the church so that we may get our tickets and enter the bowling alley as a group.

How Much: $6/person (includes shoe rental and two games)*

*There is no charge for individuals who will not be bowling, such as infants.

 

Neptune Park Trip—July 19, 12:30-5:30

Splash Park on St. Simons Island

We will leave the church at 12:30. All permission slips and funds must be submitted by Sunday, July 9th. We ask that you eat lunch before you come and arrive by 12:15, so that we can leave on time. The van will return to the church between 5:30 and 6:00

We will be taking the church van. You may choose to drive  your own vehicle as well. If you do, we ask that you caravan with us from the church so that we may get our tickets and enter the park as a group.

How Much:  $6/person (includes admission)*

*Children 3 and under are free and must wear a swim diaper (even if they are potty trained).

Connection News for May 2017

Children’s Ministry Update

Parent Meeting

 

¨Sunday, April 30th @ 4:30 in the Conference Room

¨All parents of children (birth through 5th grade) are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

¨We will discuss the current status of our children’s ministry and ask for parental input. We’ll see you then!

¨Childcare will be available.

AWANA RACER DERBY RESULTS

 

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Cubbies - 1st Place

Gwen Brewer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPARKS Design:

1st—Reilly Phelps

             2nd—Spencer Dear

             3rd—Marigrace Groover

 

 

 

sparks speed

 

 

Sparks Speed:

1st—Spencer Dear

 2nd—Reilly Phelps

3rd—Gracie Brewer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TTT&T Design:

1st—Caredith Groover

2nd—Nicholas Thomas

3rd—Brynzlee Williamson

Speed:

1st—Brynzlee Williamson

2nd—Caredith Groover

3rd—Nicholas Thomas