Connection News for July 2016

VBS 2016 Update


I would like to express to each and every worker, my deep appreciation for the numerous hours of work that you served. The types of volunteers that served are directors, teachers, class helpers, worship leaders, registration table helpers, van drivers, snack crew, recreation, music, security, art/crafts leaders, nursery workers, volunteers who gave out lunches, clean up and set up crews, backdrop painters, and many other helpers who gave of their time and effort to make this year’s VBS a true success!
Weeks prior to VBS there was outreach, phone calls, personal contacts, and more to promote VBS. The results were better than we ever could have imagined! God worked in numerous ways and touched the hearts of students and adults.
Below are some interesting facts about VBS 2016:


Four lunch outreach areas each day for five days
Outreach was done in 11 neighborhoods
Four childcare facilities participated
Six van routes were run twice daily
Over 250 lunches were provided daily
Nine local businesses provided materials/supplies
Registered 360 children
Average daily attendance of 270 children
Approximately 100 VBS volunteers


I personally was very excited about the diversity of our volunteers. Every age group in the church family was represented among the volunteers. For many it was their first time participating in VBS. For me, it was exciting to see God’s family working together to reach children/middle schoolers for Christ.
Hats off to our VBS Leadership Team, Amanda Phelps and Kasey Ledford, for their dedication and loving spirits. Their leadership led to the success of VBS 2016! These ladies are truly amazing!
We are already looking forward to VBS 2017!!!

Connection News for June 2016

THE CONNECTION CORNER

Diving into God's Word

Come dive into God’s Word this summer with the Families at First Baptist! We will be developing the habit of devotional reading as a family, applying God’s Word to our lives, and having a lot of fun together!

Program Highlights:

Family Bible Study- Sundays @ 6, Parents and Kids spend time learning and applying the Word together while making new family friends 5/22-6/24. Family Devotion Guide Provided to help you develop or strengthen your family devotion time. Parents are not required, but at least one adult family member is highly encouraged! Weekly activities will be based on the previous week's devotions from Matthew.

Children’s Diving in the Word Bible Study- Wednesdays @ 6-  5/25-8/3

Ocean Commotion VBS6/20-24 from 9:00 am-12 noon (completed preK-5th); kick-off/sign up Sun. 6/12 @ 4:30

MOPS Sponsored Playdates and Outings- Got a preschooler/toddler/baby? Come join our tribe!

6/7 MOPS Playdate (location TBD)

6/28 MOPS Outing to Liberty Cinemas to see The Peanuts Movie, Movie @ 10, carpool/caravan leaving FBC @ 8:45 $1.50/person ($1.50 popcorn and $1.50 drinks available)

7/12 8:30 MOPS Playdate (location TBD)

7/28 MOPS Playdate (location and time TBD)

Family Friendly Water Themed Trips-Parents, siblings, and other family are encouraged to join in!

Neptune Park 10:00 Sat. 6/11- $10/person (includes admission and lunch). The deadline to sign up is 6/5. Wear a swimsuit. Bring extra clothes, a towel, and sunblock.

MAREX Marine Education Center (with Touch Tank!) and Skidaway Island State Park (Marsh Hike/Reptile Encounter) Sat. 7/23- $7/person (includes admission) pack a lunch, deadline to sign up 7/10

Kids Movie Outing- Family Welcome!

6/15 12:30-7:15 Finding Nemo in Brunswick, leaving @ 12:30 (eat lunch before you come), movie @ 2:00, We will return to the church for pizza and Bible study! This is a FREE event!!! Concessions are optional and on your own (Bring cash if you intend to buy them.) Movie admission, pizza, and (limited) transportation provided! 

Fellowship Events- Cookout (Date TBD) and Ice Cream Social (7/31 @ 6)

Back to School Bash/AWANA Kick-Off- Sat. 8/6 4:00-6:00 (Location TBD)

Summer is a special time when the kids are out of school and we have additional opportunities to make memories with them. This summer, our children's program is all about spending time as a family and as a family of faith and growing together in Christ. We hope you'll come dive into God's Word with us this summer! If you have any questions or need any additional information, please let me know.

In Christ,

Mrs. Val

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