Connection News for September, 2016

Small Group Bible Studies

September –November

Locations: Sunday Small Groups 5:15-6:45 p.m.

Westberry, 1676 Spring Grove Rd.

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

                  Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Jones, 109 Worth St.

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

     Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Barron, 60 Melody Lane  

   Study: “Not A Fan”

    Author: Kyle Idleman

Tuesday Small Group: 6:15 p.m. –7:30 p.m.

Groover, 236 Hayden Lane  (Children Welcomed)

Topic: “Financial Independence”

Wednesday Night Small Group:    

6:15-7:30 p.m.  Open to all Youth    (Zach)

Wednesday Small Group:10:30 a.m. -12 noon

  Study: “What in the World is Going On?”

     Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Facilitator: Bro. Earl Barron / Open to all ages

Sign up for the Bible study can be done online at Then go to the event scroll at the top or the event  tab at the bottom left part of  the page and click on the small group you wish to attend.

Connection News for August 2016

Promotion Sunday

awana begins

Awana workers meeting will be on Sunday , August 7 @5:30 p.m. in the conference room. All workers are asked to please be at this meeting.

We've had a great summer diving into God's Word! Thank you for involving your children in our church family through worship, Sunday School, Bible study, VBS, and other opportunities this summer. As we close out our time this summer, we look forward to the start of another school year and the return to routine that comes with it. Our focus this summer in our family and children's Bible studies has been committing ourselves to the reading of God's Word.

The beginning of a new school year is a prime opportunity to reestablish or begin a habit of devotional reading as individuals and as a family. As the pace picks up, I hope that  we'll all prioritize growing in our relationship with the Lord and helping our children do the same. Personally, we plan to use this year as a fresh start for our family's devotional life. We're working on a plan, as a family, to better establish devotional reading of the Word into our family routines. My prayer is that you will help your children to develop these same routines. If you're just getting started, why not read just a few verses from the gospels as a family each day like we did in our family Bible study this summer. If you already read the Word as a family, why not try letting the kids take more leadership in that area by letting them pick the next book to read or by helping them to select a devotional book to use. Either way, I pray that you will prioritize reading God's Word with your family this school year. I'll be praying for your kids and their relationship with the Lord as this year begins and I ask that you pray for mine. Together, through prayer and commitment, we can help our children become adults who are desperately in love with Jesus.

Prayerfully, Val

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


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


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


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.
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