the first word - First Baptist Church, Bristol, Virginia
ONE VIRGINIA STREET
BRISTOL, VIRGINIA 24201
Volume 64 Number 33
THE FIRST WORD
August 29, 2013
This seems to be a good time to stop and
thank you for the very unusual and wonderful
welcome we have received at FBC. It has been
so encouraging to us as we put down roots
here to find your arms and hearts open to us.
It makes me even more sensitive to reaching
to folks who need to be a part of the
community we have here at FBC. I hope we
will look intentionally around us for
“strangers” who need to find a home. This
hospitality is an essential and wonderful part
of being God’s people.
I want you to pray about helping with a rather
unique and important part of our
congregational care. I have discovered we
have at least 45 people who are homebound
or fairly limited in their mobility. One of the
ways I would like to see our church respond
to that is to form a team of people who would
agree to visit a very small group (less than
three) of our homebound people, once a
month, for a year. This is a simple way to
make sure our church has a variety of
approaches (deacons, pastor, and this special
care team) to care for those who are shut in.
If you would be willing to serve in this way,
contact me or Terri Thomas and offer your
service. If you have questions about this,
please contact me. I see us beginning this
hands-on touch of care in October.
I look forward to seeing you on Sundays.
There are really good small groups in place
for Bible Study and friendship. Coffee
(sometimes chocolate scones!) greet people at
9:45. I think we have helpful and passionate
worship at 11. FBC is a really good place to be.
First Baptist Church acknowledges
with gratitude each gift you have
given in memory of or in honor of
loved ones and friends.
When: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Where: First Baptist Church
Alma Hunt State Missions Fund
In memory of Angie Rollyson
In memory of Bobby Cumbow
In memory of Lisa Slagle
By Ernie & Linda Sprouse
First Baptist Fund
In memory of Lisa Slagle
By John & Nina Burson
In memory of Louis Hyde
By Patricia Stouffer
In memory of Louis Hyde
By Robert & Penny Bruce
Time: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Email: Wally Elliott
Certified by the
American Heart Association
News from the Mission Team
We continue to need your help. No
experience required. Our church is
responsible for providing FOUR servers
each weekday during the month of
September. You can sign up for more
than one day.
Contact Beverly Bowers, 276-466-8107, to get your name
on the list today!
Please invite your friends and plan to
enjoy this time of Christian renewal.
Chad Johnson, pastor of Fellowship
Baptist Church of Meadowview, Virginia,
will be our guest preacher.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
JOIN US AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAMS
5:30 - 6:00p.m. Miss Janet’s Mayberry Diner
Kid’s friendly meal provided
Menu: Cheese pizza, carrots w/dip, apple slices w/dip and
ice cream sandwiches
6:00– 6:50 p.m. KidStyle— K—5th graders - Creative activities through music, art, exploration, drama,
and Bible studies
6:00 - 6:50 p.m. 6th graders and up
Helping young men and women navigate the issues they face daily.
Dear Church Family,
The outpouring of love and compassion shown to our family during the
passing of our precious daughter, Angie, has been overwhelming. We thank
you for your prayer cards, during her long illness, sympathy cards, phone
calls, food, and flowers. They were all appreciated.
Pastor Brewer, Terri Thomas and the deacons were very supportive. We are so grateful to have such a
loving and caring church family. May God bless each of you.
In Christian Love,
The Robert Taylor Family
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
The church office will be
closed on Monday,
September 2, in observance
of Labor Day.
The cost is $7 per person with a $15 max for families.
We MUST have reservations for those not on the
standing list and cancellations by TUESDAY AT
MENU: Hamburgers/hot dogs, baked beans, chips,
and pink lemonade pie.
Our Christmas Bazaar will be on November 22 & 23. This year we would like to feature a large amount
of homemade crafts and goodies to sale at the event. We need your help. It’s not too early to begin
making your donations for the Bazaar! If you aren’t sure what to make, check out Pinterest on the
Internet. They have lots of ideas. How about you men? Do you have a craft item you could share? The
more we have, the better the selection, and the better the Bazaar.
Members we want you to have first choice if you would like to sell your Arts & Crafts. If you wish to
rent a 8 foot space or table, the cost is $10. or you may simply donate items for the space sponsored
by First Baptist. Contact Linda Pruner at 276-669-3592 if you are interested in reserving a space.
The Little Dirt People: What it Means
to be Born Again by Tempe Brown was
placed in our library by Mr. & Mrs.
Ernie Sprouse in honor of their
grandchildren: Hannah, Katie, and
Abbie. Those who attended last
Wednesday’s prayer service heard Ms.
Brown’s personal testimony rendered in song and oftentimes humorous narrative. In addition to her spoken
witness of Christ’s gift of redemption, she wrote and
illustrated this appealing little book that explains the
plan of salvation. While The Little Dirt People is a
picture book, it has appeal for all ages.
Rhythm & Roots 2013
On September 22, 2013,
Steve Gulley & Dale Ann
Bradley will be in concert in
our 11 a.m. service.
Bradley has been named female vocalist of the
year five times by the International Bluegrass
Music Association. Gulley is a veteran of bands
such as Doyle Lawson & Quiksilver, Mountain
Heart and Grasstowne.
Rev. Ronnie Brewer
Mr. Eric D. Hicks
Minister of Music
Mrs. Angie Hicks
Mrs. Nancy Hyde
Mr. Don Hatcher
Ms. Terri Thomas
Assistant Minister of Music
Church Phone : 276.669.8191
E-mail: [email protected]
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
One Virginia Street
P.O. Box 116
Bristol, VA 24203
Extended Session—September 1, 2013
Deacon of the Week for September 1-7:
Sherri Love & Terri Cook
Matt & Tammy Chandler
Wally & Stephanie Elliott
August 25, 2013
Weekly Budget Needs .......................... $ 8,977.00
Giving This Week ................................. $ 7,194.27
Same Sunday last year ........................ $ 5,268.00
Budget Needs to Date .......................... $305,332.00
Giving to Date ..................................... $265,485.42
Giving to Date vs. Budget
Needs to Date……….…………..………$ (39,846.58)
Next Week for September 8-14:
Ushers for the Month – September
Head Usher: John Burson, 276-628-8803
Dennis Hare, Margaret Myers, Justin Rogers,
Amy & Drew Talbert, and Eldon & Linda Wilson.
Greeters: John & Penny Strickland
If you are unable to serve, please contact
the head usher.