Looking Forward and Looking Outward

We have finished up our small group Bible studies for the fall and are looking forward to our wonderful and exciting times during the upcoming holiday season. Sunday nights will be filled with some very special music and worship you don’t want to miss.

Pastor Mike and Music Minister Creston Groover are working very hard to provide a very worshipful time during our Thanksgiving and Chrisman season. I would like to encourage each member to check our church calendar to ensure you don’t miss any of these special times.

Also, remember during this time of the year there are those who are or will be going through some very difficult times. Some may be dealing with the death of a loved one, parents unable to provide gifts for their children, loneliness, and much more than we can imagine. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness because you will have the light that leads to life.” There are those who need the light of Jesus in their lives. They need to know that someone cares for them. They need someone to make them smile. Ask Jesus to help you be that person who reaches out and gives a loving touch, an encouraging word, or simply a helping hand this holiday season. Someone is waiting for you to do just that.

May God bless you during this holiday season as you share the reason for the season. May others see Jesus in you.

God’s Servant,

Bro. Earl

 

Capital Campaign Project Update

We have started the next project phase of our renovations, which will be updating the Fellowship Hall. The stained-glass windows will be cleaned and resealed first. Our plan is to have this part of the project completed before the holidays. The second part of the project will begin after February 15, 2020. We will be repainting the room, repairing the plaster on the walls, installing new doors, new flooring, and new furnishings during the second phase of the project.

During this time of renovation, we will have to rearrange some events and meeting times. Please be patient as we continue to upgrade our facilities.

Sunday School and Evangelism

The three tasks for Sunday School are: (1) reaching people, (2) teaching people, and (3) ministering to people. Of these three tasks, reaching people is the most important. Why? Because you can’t teach those you don’t reach, and you can’t minister to those you don’t reach. Of those three tasks for Sunday School, reaching people must be the most important one. Why? Because you don’t assimilate people you don’t reach, you don’t involve people you don’t reach, and you don’t build strong, healthy relationships with people you don’t reach. If you don’t reach people, you can’t even have Sunday School!

According to joshhunt.com, “A Sunday School lacking evangelism is a broken index finger to the rest of the ministry of the church. It all starts with evangelism. No evangelism, no teaching, no discipleship, no involvement, no assimilation, no nothing! We must keep the main thing the main thing. As we plan and prioritize the work of the Sunday School, we must always keep evangelism on the front burner.”

Beginning in January 2020, we will introduce a new outreach strategy for our church. I ask that you begin to pray as we reach out to our community and to those God is sending our way.

Capital Campaign Project Update

We have started the next project phase of our renovations, which will be updating the Fellowship Hall. The stained-glass windows will be cleaned and resealed first. Our plan is to have this part of the project completed before the holidays. The second part of the project will begin after February 15, 2020. We will be repainting the room, repairing the plaster on the walls, installing new doors, new flooring, and new furnishings during the second phase of the project.

During this time of renovation, we will have to rearrange some events and meeting times. Please be patient as we continue to upgrade our facilities.

Evangelism/Outreach

What do these words mean to the local church? If we take a look at the ministry of Jesus, we see the answer to this question. By the time Jesus was twelve years old, he was already reaching out to people who needed a solid foundation in their lives. For many, Jesus became that solid foundation on which they built the rest of their lives.

Many have asked the question, “Why don’t we have an outreach ministry, a ministry where we go out and knock on doors and visit people to tell about Jesus?” The answer to this question is, “We do.” We have an outreach ministry for each area of our church, and below are some examples:

  • ·Benevolence Outreach ministry to the poor and needy: Jesus said, “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:37-40).
  • ·Outreach to children: In Luke 18:16-17, Jesus taught, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Please be in prayer as we search out the person to whom God will send to serve in this very vital ministry of the church.
  • ·Disability ministry: Sunday Morning Special Friends Class, Respite once a month are areas of ministry to those with special needs.
  • ·Youth and young adult ministries: Teenagers and college-age students represent a strategic ministry opportunity and in turn can serve as ministers and missionaries to others.
  • ·Senior adult ministries: XYZ Ministry, Joy Singers. Meals Ministry to those sick and shut-in.
  • ·Arts-related ministries: Adult Choir, Joy Singer, Monday Music and Missions, Daughters of the King, Rejoice praise team.
  • ·Workplace outreach: Since most adults spend the majority of their weekday hours at work, outreach in the work place offers connections to people the church might otherwise miss.

Regardless of the form outreach takes, all churches are called to verbally share the gospel, to reach out beyond their congregation, and to serve those in need. The method may vary, but the message is unchanging: Jesus Christ died for sinners, He rose again, and He lives today.

So, Evangelism/Outreach are very important components of the local church. Without them we would not be the church we should be, so reach out and see what God will do! It’s time to “BE THE CHURCH”.

God’s Servant,

Bro. Earl

Get Connected with Small Groups

Small Groups Join One Today

Would you like an opportunity to grow as a person in the knowledge of God’s word? First Baptist offers several opportunities, also known as Small Groups, where people from all ages join together to get involved in pursuing  and learning more about God's word. These Small Groups provide opportunities for believers to learn from each other as they apply the gospel within the confidence of the Small Group relationships.

Below are some dates, locations, and times that we have Small Group meetings within our church family, and most Small Groups will officially begin on September 8.

OFF CAMPUS

Lynn/Alan Jones 109 Worth Street Sunday 6:00

Earl/Wanda Barron 60 Melody Lane Sunday 6:00

 

ON CAMPUS at FBC

Children/Youth/Family Group  Youth Area Sunday 6:00

Sunday Night with Mike Worship Area Sunday 6:00

 

OTHER GROUPS

MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers)

2nd & 4th Mondays FBC Fellowship Hall 9:00am-noon

Beginning on September 9th

Childcare will be available at the church

 

Women’s Bible Study:

Each Tuesday beginning on September 3 9:30am-noon

Meet in the conference room

Women of all ages are invited

Sunday morning Small Groups for all ages:

Time: 9:15am till 10:15am

Team Night

Throughout this month's Witness you may notice an overload of information about our Team Night and #bethechurch. Developing active and effective teams in our church helps us know how to meet the needs within our membership and in our community. Your team needs you to be here for our Team Night on September 22nd. You will have a great time planning how your team can complete its mission and do God's work here in Jesup.

Connection News for July 2019

Our weekly children's summer events continue. Mark your calendars with these dates and put this newsletter on your fridge so your children do not miss a single activity. Events begin at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted.

 July 3—Fourth of July Celebration at Lance and Emily Hendrix's home at 7:00pm—No separate Children's activities—bring a lawn chair and a side dish—Happy 4th of July

 ****July 10****—Summer Waves Trip on Jekyll Island—leave FBC at 1:00pm and arrive back at 6:30pm—All children MUST be accompanied by an adult—no exceptions! $10.00 per person to be paid at registration—permission forms available in the church office

 July 17—CWW at Creston/Amy Groover's home—522 Altamaha Road

 July 24—CWW at Alan/Lynn Jones' home—109 Worth Street

 ***July 31***—Bowling at Strike Zone in Brunswick—leave FBC at 2:00 and arrive back at 6:00pm—$10.00 per person to be paid at registration—permission forms are available in the church office

 August 7—Children's Back to School Celebration at FBC

Storytellers

FBC Jesup will be participating in the Go Georgia leadership training in Statesboro on August 23-24. There are over 100 breakout sessions related to various church leadership roles. Whether you work with kids, teach Sunday School, sing in the choir, lead the youth group, coordinate the children's worship, direct the women's ministry, or serve on one of our teams, there will be something for you. You can register for one or both days, and FBC will pay your registration. Let's become better prepared to tell the world the Good News of Jesus.

 

 

Summer Activities

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VBS June 17-21

Ages: Completed Pre-K through 5th

Time: 9:00am—12:00 noon

 

Summer Activities

 

 

We have summer filled with fun events for our children. Mark your calendars with these dates and put this newsletter on your fridge so your children do not miss a single activity. Events begin at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted.

  •  May 29—CWW at Buddy/Suzette Williamson's home—232 Harmony Road
  •  June 5—CWW at Eddie/Sabrina Thomas' home—665 Ski Lake Drive
  •  June 12—CWW at Joe/Gena Ierardi's Home—746 Catherine St.
  •  June 19—VBS week—Let's get wild——no CWW
  •  June 26—CWW at Jason/Angie Schrum's home—540 Oran Way
  •  July 3—No Children's activities—Happy 4th of July
  •  ****July 10****—Summer Waves Trip on Jekyll Island—leave FBC at 1:00pm and arrive back at 6:00pm—All children MUST be accompanied by an adult—no exceptions! $10.00 per person to be paid at registration—permission forms available in the church office
  •  July 17—CWW at Creston/Amy Groover's home—522 Altamaha Road
  •  July 24—CWW at Alan/Lynn Jones' home—109 Worth Street
  •  July 31—Bowling at Strike Zone in Brunswick—leave FBC at 2:00 and arrive back at 6:00pm—$10.00 per person to be paid at registration
  •  August 7—Children's Back to School Celebration at FBC