A word from the Pastor… - First Baptist Church of Toccoa >> First


A word from the Pastor… - First Baptist Church of Toccoa >> First
A word from the Pastor…
For two and a half years Jesus had been teaching, demonstrating and
building the truth of who He was. Now, in the region of Caesarea Philippi
near the end of His earthly ministry, He asks the disciples a question…
“Who do you say I am?” Peter proclaimed, “You are the Christ, the Son
of the living God.” The truth of Jesus’ divinity and Messiahship was established in the minds of the disciples, and a short time later their lives
would reflect their confession.
If you were not able to be here this past Sunday, I asked two questions for
everyone to think about this week.
1. Who do you say Jesus is?
2. Does your life reflect your answer?
If we believe and confess Jesus to be the Messiah and our Savior, our
lives should reflect that belief and confession. Not that we will be perfect,
but our lives should tell others we love the Lord and desire to honor and
serve Him in all that we say and do. May each of us ask the tough questions, allow God to reveal the answers, then trust Him to mold and make
us into the people He desires us to be.
It is time to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter offering. We met our
Lottie Moon Christmas goal and I’m sure we will do the same for our
Easter offering. Our church goal is $10,000.00 which can be met in just a
few weeks if we give willingly and joyfully. I am thankful to serve a
church that is mission minded and truly desires to see the Gospel spread
across the world.
I hope to see you this Sunday for Bible study and worship.
Christmas Child
Item of the Month:
Stickers, Small Note Pads,
Small Coloring Books
*Please remember all items
have to be able to fit in the
Annie Armstrong
Easter Offering
for Home Missions
Our Church Goal:
Received to date:
“All About Grace”
Saturday, March 21
9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
*Worship* *Praise* *Fellowship*
Starla Harbin from
Starlight Ministries, Leading Worship
Special Speaker:
Frances Worthington of
Desert Flower Ministries
Venue: The Cheek Hall-Toccoa
First United Methodist Church
To Register Call: 706-886-9234
Sunday, March 22
8:30 a.m. First Light Service
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Prayer Meeting
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
5:00 p.m. Youth Choir
5:45 p.m. Children’s Choirs
5:45 p.m. Youth Snack Supper
6:30 p.m. Children’s Snack Supper
6:30 p.m. Evening Worship
6:30 p.m. Fusion
6:45 p.m. SwordQuest
6:45 p.m. Kingdom Kids
Monday, March 23
9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
6:00 p.m. Faithful Fitness
6:30 p.m. Baptist Men
7:00 p.m. ESL
Tuesday, March 24
5:00 p.m. Handbells
6:00 p.m. Youth Vocal Ensemble
Dear Church Family,
We would like to thank all of you
for the prayers, cards, food and visits during my recent illness.
Edgar and I are blessed to be part
of such a loving congregation.
Frances and Edgar Gloss
Church Trip
Flat Rock Playhouse
“Elvis Is In the House”
Friday, April 24
2:00 p.m. Tickets are $22.00
We have 15 tickets available. Call the
church office or see Nancy St. Clair to
sign up.
Wednesday, March 25
5:00 p.m. Boy Scouts
5:30 p.m. Supper Line Opens
6:30 p.m. Supper Line Closes
6:30 p.m. Ladies Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting
6:30 p.m. Mission Groups Meet
R.A.’s, G.A.’s, Mission Friends
6:30 p.m. Joy Explosion
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, March 26
6:00 p.m. Faithful Fitness
7:30 p.m. Praise Band Practice
Friday, March 27
6:00 p.m. Youth Friday Night Church
We express Christian sympathy to
Willie Jo Meeks in the death of her
sister, Mildred Sosby.
Deadline for placing order:
April 1 Cost: $15.00
Number ordered
In memory of
In honor of
Given by
Monday, March 23
6:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall
I hope everyone is enjoying this nice spring weather! David gave a
wonderful challenge leading up to Easter for us to think about who we
say Jesus is and how that changes our lives. I pray that as we approach
Easter we would truly think through this in our own lives as to who we
say Jesus is. There are a few things coming up that I want to remind
everyone. First of all, on March 21, the middle schoolers will be taking
a trip to Cracker Barrel with Zack, Samantha, and me. We will be going
out to eat and discussing the study we just finished on Sunday nights.
We will be leaving the church at 4:00; please bring $10 for supper and a
little extra if you want anything from the outlet mall. Also on March 27,
we will be having a Friday Night Church. This Friday Night Church
may be a little different, but I will let you know more details later. I
hope everyone has a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing you
all soon!
Youth Upcoming Events
Every Wednesday - Joy Explosion (6:30-7:30)
Every Sunday - Youth Choir (5:00) and Fusion (6:30)
March 21 – Middle School Cracker Barrel
March 27 - Friday Night Church
April 4 – Mission Trip to Clarkston
April 9 – Clemson FCA
This week will be busy for Ignite Kids. Friday
night is Family Game Night starting at 6:00 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to join us for this fun night!
Bring a finger food and your favorite game.
The R.A. race will be Saturday morning at 10:00, weigh-ins starting at
Then, Easter is upon us. We will have our Easter egg hunt March 29 at
4:00 p.m. This will be fun for the kids, but I am most excited about the
upcoming services reflecting this sacred time of year. Let’s make sure
our focus is more on who Jesus is, our hope, our Savior, God’s only
Son, sacrificed for us. As Christians, we are blessed people!
March 25
Nursery Workers
March 22 8:30 a.m. Service
Molly Hicks
Chad Hicks
Cheri Clary
March 22 11:00 a.m. Service
Kim Kiser
Madeline Kiser
Betsy Moore
Rod Moore
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread
Same Menu
Please call the church office by
Monday Noon
to make or cancel a reservation.
Thank You
Thanks to everyone who helped make our trip this past weekend on
the Appalachian Trail a success. We had 34 scouts and leaders involved in this hike from Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald. Our
church deserves a big thank you for helping to provide transportation
for trips such as this one. As leaders we could never accomplish what
we do with these scouts without the wonderful support we have from
our church.
Rex Patterson, Scoutmaster
"What wondrous love is this, O my soul, that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?" These words absolutely haunt
me. The Appalachian melody that so often accompanies this text resonates within my being. How can we even begin to comprehend the
perfect love of Christ—a love that compelled Him to "lay aside His
crown for my soul?” This grace astounds me. Yet, the mystery of
God's love is the tenet of my faith: while I was yet a sinner, Christ
died for me. Here now, and for all eternity, I'll sing on, covered with
God's wondrous love. -Benji
This Sunday’s Music
“Wondrous Love”—Paul Christiansen
Sanctuary Choir
*Preschool Choir will be singing in both
morning services
Periodical postage paid at Toccoa, GA 30577
Music Ministry
“A Link Between Church and Home”
Vol. 31 - No. 11
Welcome New Member
Kimberly Tanner
135 Rumsey Avenue
Toccoa, GA 30577
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R.A. Race
This Saturday, March 21
9:00 a.m.
In the Fellowship Hall
March 19, 2015
Sunday Worship Opportunities
8:30 A.M. First Light Service - Fellowship Hall
11:00 A.M. Morning Worship - Sanctuary
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship - Chapel
“Think of the
wild flowers...
Flowers in the Sanctuary Sunday, March 22, are given in loving
memory of Bob and Helen Shiflet
by their daughter, Jeanne Carithers.
Here Comes
Peter Cotton Tail...
Please bring in your candy-filled Easter eggs during the
month of March! There will be boxes set out around the church
in which to place them. Our egg hunt will be March 29!
March 15, 2015
Budget Requirements Weekly . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14,211.54
Budget Receipts March 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,865.05
Month-to-Date Required . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $42,634.62
Month-to-Date Received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $43,460.37
Sunday School Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238
Contact John Wheeler at 706-939-1614
David Ritcey
Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor
Brett Sanders
[email protected]
Interim Music Director
Benji Stegner
[email protected]
Interim Children’s Director
Carrie Clark
[email protected]
Our Church Website
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And how they neither work nor weave. Yet I tell you
that Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one
of these. Set your heart on his kingdom.”
Luke 12:27 & 31