In the famous book, In Search of Excellence, authors Peters and Waterman spoke of “hoopla” as a key to effectiveness in business. We might call it celebration or rejoicing. The best companies celebrate accomplishments and the people who are responsible. The authors of that book observed, “The leader is primarily an expert in the promotion and projection
of values.” Jesus Christ afrmed God’s values when Peter
confessed that He was “the Christ, the Son of the living
God.” Jesus noted, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For esh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 16:17). As the Perfect Expert, Jesus determines our convictions and conrms our value to Him.
If leadership is a train, celebration is the caboose which brings perspective
and praise at the end of a process. We certainly celebrate God’s victories: “You have multiplied, O Lord My God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them” (Psalm 40:5). We need more hoopla when we see the Lord’s hand on a project.
We rejoice in the success of our recent
Vacation Bible School
. As the primary
, wrote: “We are one Body, and it takes all of us to pull off VBS. This year we had an average of 542 children daily; we were able to purchase 154 solar-powered audio Bibles at $4,133 (through our girls vs. boys offering); we had 235 volunteers; over 30 children a day made steps toward a relationship with Jesus Christ Who is the Son of God, more than just a man,
Who died and rose again and has left evidence through His Word. I am eternally
grateful!” We celebrate leaders like Betsy, Beverly Burgoyne, and Jason Dean, who impacted these precious VBS children, as well as our many volunteers, some who invested vacation time. Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, often hitch-hiked
on delivery trucks so that he could visit with the drivers and wandered into
distribution centers at 2:00 am and ate donuts with shift workers. He celebrated his people. Upon returning from the Southern Baptist Convention, I was able
to experience the energetic worship of our children in the assembly time and
thank God for all of the hard working volunteers.
We particularly honor our
Deacons and their Wives
this weekend. They are true, godly leaders. We are recognizing them in the services. “Well done, good
and faithful servants!”Let’s continue to celebrate our successful mission trips, the arrival of new staff,
the birth of babies, the salvation of souls, the growth of ministries, and so much
more. It is time for hoopla!
Churchwide Dr. Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor
There is a guest reception in the Commons following the Saturday night and
Sunday morning worship services. Pastor would love to meet you!
Sunday, July 13
Have you placed your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and not yet been able to follow in professing your faith through
believer’s baptism? This is a perfect opportunity. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please call Linda at 596-8600 x280.
High School Camp
July 27-31 at Clearwater Christian College
Choose your own mission adventure. All current 8th grade through 12th grade students are eligible to attend and cost is $250. You can sign-up immediately at hsmfbcn.com or return a registration envelope to the Student Ministry Ofce with your deposit of $50. For more details, call Josh Jones at 449-4480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Adult Bible Study
“Overcoming Our Fears,Understanding God’s Names”
Every Wednesday at 6:30pmin the Worship Center
Workbooks are available in theLighthouse Bookstore for $13.00 each.
Faith Family Freedom
“WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?” By Dr. David Jeremiah
In this study, Pastor and Author, Dr. David Jeremiah, applies the truth of God’s Word to each of these common fears: Fear of Failure, Fear of Depression, Fear of Being Alone, Fear of Serious Illness, Fear of Dying. The
biblical teachings that he introduces will help you break free of paralyzing fear through
God’s power and presence.
“THE POWER OF GOD’S NAMES” By Dr. Tony Evans
Witness the majesty and glory of God’s names.
In biblical times, names communicated a
person’s essence...his/her history, nature, or character. That’s why God revealed Himself
by dozens of different names in Scripture. No single name could convey the fullness of His character and works. Learn the meanings
of God’s names to know Him more fully and
experience Him more deeply.
Fifth Grade Summer Camp
July 28 - August 1
This is an awesome opportunity to have your child experience
a life-changing summer. Winshape is a day camp designed for students. We are asking our 5th grade students to sign-up for the week of July 28-August 1. For more information, feel free to visit www.winshape.org/camps/. If you have any questions, please contact our Fifth Grade Director, Jason Dean, at email@example.com.
“Faith Family Freedom” Family Cookout
Wednesday, July 2 at 5:00pm-8:00pm
Join us for face painting, corn hole games, FBCN staff
competitions, good food, and even better fellowship. Our Student
Ministry will be hosting even more games. The menu consists
of hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and cole slaw. Tickets
are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children, or $15 for a family. They are on sale now through June 29 at our table in the Commons. Your ticket includes a free t-shirt in adult sizes only. T-shirts are available for pick-up this weekend and next weekend at our table in the Commons. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 596-8600 x630.
The proposed budget for 2014/2015 will be brought to a church vote on June 28 & 29. Copies of the proposed budget
are provided for your review at the information counters and turnstiles.
Word of Life Hungary
At the Missions Kiosk in the CommonsThis Weekend
The work of Word of Life Hungary began while
Hungary was still under communism. Since 1990, it
has served every summer as a place where children and youth hear the message of the gospel. Through their outreach program, nearly every week of the year many young people in Hungary are hearing the
gospel for the rst time. Find out more by visiting us in the Missions Kiosk this weekend.
Guatemala Mission Trip
Being Commissioned This WeekendJune 28 - July 4
This team will be caring for children from infants
to ten years old at the Orphan’s Heart orphanage.
Please be praying for them.
First Baptist Academy Help Wanted
First Baptist Academy
Substitute Teachers are Needed
If you are interested in applying, go to www.fbalions.org to
complete an applicaiton. For questions or further information, email Cindy Case at email@example.com or call her at 596-8600 x256.
Celebrating a Milestone Anniversary?
Please notify Vada at 596-8600 x268 if you are celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th wedding anniversary and would like an announcement in First Word.
If you know of a church member or regular attender that has
recently passed away, please call Vada at 596-8600 x268 and give her the information. It will then be placed in First
Personal Contact Information Update
Has your email address changed recently? Have you just moved? Did you change jobs or cell phone numbers? We
would like to update our records. Please send personal
contact updates to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 596-8600 x238.
Word of Life Hungary Mission Trip
Being Commissioned This WeekendJuly 4 - 13
This team will be teaching English and helping with sports and games at a youth camp. Please be praying for them.
C2 Kentucky Mission Trip
On the Field June 21-29
This team is helping to run a rodeo style youth camp, and participating with service projects. Please be praying for them.