Connection News for May 2016

THE CONNECTION CORNER

Why is Sunday School So Important to the Church?

Some have said that Sunday School is a thing of the past. We make all sorts of excuses why we can’t make it to church/Sunday School, but yet we find some sort of inner strength during the week that gets us up and going to our jobs, schools, and other areas of our busy lives.

I give credit to those who were committed to teaching to me as a child, as a teen, and as an adult the importance of knowing God in a more personal way. No, they were not perfect in any sense, but they demonstrated to me how important God’s word is. They demonstrated it by their actions, and by their willingness to care, guide, and love me in every step of my journey. They gave me a little glimpse of what heaven will be.

This is what we are called to do for each other and for our community. We demonstrate this through Sunday School, worship, discipleship, and through our everyday lives. This is our PURPOSE as a body of believers.

The mission of First Baptist Church is “To make Jesup more like heaven today than it was yesterday.”

The Vision of First Baptist Church is that we are:
“A CARING FAMILY OF FAITH” A fellowship of loving Christian people who have joined together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the mission of the church. That mission calls us to:

*CELEBRATE GOD’S PRESENCE through a Christian lifestyle and Christ-centered praise and worship;

*TEACH GOD’S WORD through Bible study and discipleship opportunities;

*COMMUNICATE GOD’S MESSAGE by sharing the Good News of repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ with others; and

*MINISTER TO GOD’S CREATION as we demonstrate God’s love by meeting the spiritual, physical, and social needs of people within our fellowship, our community, and in cooperative ministries around the world.

This is why Sunday School is so important. It is the largest ministry of the church mandated to win people to Christ. Are we as a body of believers each doing our part to communicate that Sunday School is still important to the life of God’s kingdom? If so, I look forward to seeing you in Sunday School.

Connection News for April 2016

THE CONNECTION CORNER

Nominating Team Meeting
Date: Sunday, April 10th
Place: Conference Room
Time: 4:00 p.m.
There are many ways in which you can use your spiritual gifts in service to the local church. Here are a few of the ways that people can serve at FBC Jesup. To find out more about a specific ministry, email Earl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact me at 427-4239.

Music Ministry
Many people use their musical talents in our Worship Choir, Children's Music/Mission leaders.
Sunday School Ministry
People serve as Teachers, Class Directors, Hospitality Coordinators etc.
Children Ministry
Teachers and classroom support workers teach and serve in our Children's Ministry, as well as working in Vacation Bible School, and a number of other ministries.
Greeter Ministry Team
These people are the greeters who welcome people to First Baptist and help our guests find their way.
Ushers
Assist with seating guest and receiving offerings.
Student Ministries
Adult Teachers and Youth Sponsors build relationships with our Students and lead them in Bible study as well as many other activities.

Sunday School Appreciation Day
Sunday, April 24, 2016
A special luncheon will be held in
appreciation of all our teachers and their guests following the morning worship. The deadline for sign-up for the luncheon

Connection News for March 2016

We are coming to a close of our 40 Days of Community small groups bible study. It has been a wonderful time getting to know others in our church and being able to study God’s word together. God’s word says in John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
The word “disciple” carries with it a sense of deep commitment to Christ. When asked what does it mean to be a disciple of Christ, one believer responded: It means we must

*Bear the burden Christ bore for the unsaved, sharing the gospel with the same urgency.
*Be willing to give up any and everything for the sake of being obedient to Christ.
*Have evidence of Christ’s work in our lives by bearing fruit in terms of planting and watering seeds of faith in others.
*Obey the biblical commands.
Val Eidson

My prayer is through our small groups we will continue to grow as true disciples of Christ by showing the love of Christ to each other and to those who are searching for a place to belong.
Our small groups will continue with new studies in March. If you have any questions, please contact Bro. Earl.

Connection News for February 2016

THE CONNECTION CORNER

40 Days of Community Small Group Bible Study

The first few weeks of our small groups has been a blessing to all in attendance. Our attendance for Bible study has tripled. God is blessing!

If you are not involved in one of our small groups, we invite you to choose one of our  locations and times… Sunday evenings, Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Wednesday evenings for youth. 

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This is an eye opener… Some probably never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way…even though we say it over and over again.

The Lord is my Shepherd

            – That’s Relationship!

I shall not want

            – That’s Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.

            – That’s Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

            – That’s Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul

            – That’s Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.

            –That’s Guidance!

For His name sake

            – That’s Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

            – That’s Testing!

I will fear no evil.

            –That’s Protection!

For Thou art with me

            –That’s Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,

            – That’s Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

            – That’s Hope!

Thou anointest my head with oil,

            –That’s Consecration!

My cup runneth over.

            – That’s Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

            – That’s Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.

            – That’s Security!

Forever!            

That’s Eternity!

Bro. Earl

Connection News for January 2016

THE CONNECTION CORNER

Making a Difference in 2016
As I grew up I didn't think about what my future would be like. I just wanted to have fun. But, in my junior year of high school the thought hit me. What am I going to do after high school? I began to think and think hard about my future plans. I wanted to make a difference in life. I thought about becoming a pediatric doctor because I loved working with children. But realizing the amount of education it required, I realized that I might not have the smarts enough to be a doctor. So instead I went to school to become a paramedic. I wanted to help people physically and felt that I could also help them spiritually by working in the emergency field. I worked part-time for a local ambulance service as an EMT for 13 years; while also working full-time as an industrial supervisor.
Time went by and I felt the hand of God tugging at my heart saying, “I have something else for you to do”. When I heard His call, the time had come to really put my faith and trust in Christ and follow His path, and I thank God that I did.
Following Christ has made a difference in my life, and I want to make a difference in my church, my community, and in the nation where I live. Each of you are called too and we can make a difference. It’s up to us to decide if we are willing to make a difference in 2016. I pray that we all will begin to seek God’s direction in our lives, in our church, in our community, and in our nation. Are you willing to take the steps to “Make a Difference”?
Bro. Earl

40 Days of Community Small Group Bible Study
From the beginning, God planned for us to fulfill His purposes in community with other people, in our church families, in small groups, and in the world as a whole. Why did God plan it this way? Because we are better together.

This Bible study will be offered at various times and at various locations around Wayne County. To sign up for the location that suits you best, visit the church website jesupfbc.org. Once on the website, look at the bottom left and click on events, then select the “40 Days of Community” link. It will direct you to the sign-up page, complete the information required and submit. It is a very simple process, registration will be open through January 5, 2016. Classes begin January 10.