Mercy and Forgiveness
James Dobson, noted author and founder of Focus on the Family, tells of seeing a sign on a convent in California. It read: “Absolutely no trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” Signed, “The Sisters of Mercy.” I am so grateful that when we have committed “trespasses” and sins against God and others, that through Christ’s mercy and forgiveness, we are not prosecuted. I am sure that the good sisters did not intend to give that mixed message, even though the law and justice must be upheld.Donna Rice discovered mercy and forgiveness. In 1987, she was involved in a national scandal with presidential hopeful, Gary Hart. Though he was married, she accompanied him on a yacht called “Monkey Business” on a pleasure cruise in the Bahamas. At the time, she was a backslidden Christian, who had met the Lord as a freshman in high school at a Cliff Barrows crusade. In high school, she was in youth choir and was active with the other students on mission trips and at First Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina. However, at college she began to gradually compromise and lost sight of the charge of 1 Thessalonians 4:1, that we “ought to walk and to please God…more and more.” The Rice-Hart scandal put them on the front page of periodicals all over the world. As her life collapsed, she resigned her job and was hounded by the press. She was offered millions of dollars to tell her story, but could not escape the advice of her mother, “Before you make any decisions, get your life straight with God.” Donna said, “I was stunned, because I hadn’t yet realized I could put the entire mess in His hands.” Donna’s mother gave her a tape from a former youth-group friend, who wrote a note with it: “Donna, I imagine you are in a lot of pain right now; God loves you and I love you.” Rice recalls, “When she began to share songs we used to sing
together; I collapsed on the oor in my apartment and sobbed. I knew I – no one else – was responsible for my choices. I cried out, God, it took me falling in front
of the whole world to get my attention; help me to live my life Your way.” Donna
said, “God ooded me with His presence and forgiveness and surrounded me
with Christian fellowship.”
As you hear the message this weekend, know that sanctication is an ongoing
process demanding repentance and restoration. “God has not called us for impurity but in holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:7). If you have fallen, get up, talk to one of our counselors, and run to the loving arms of the Father. Failure need
not be nal.
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!
Winston Walker Howard was born on July 29 at 8 lbs, 4 oz and 19.7”. Proud parents are Joel & Anna, and big sisters are Mallory and Mimi. Adam James Cohen was born on August 3 at 7 lbs, 3 oz and 20”. Proud parents are Joshua & Amber, and siblings are Jase & Ayla.
Children’s MinistryNew Believers in Christ Missions Ministry
Foundations 101Bible & Life Group for New Believers
Begins Saturday, August 16 at 7:30pm in DC112
This class is for new believers and anyone who is interested in learning the basic principles and truths of the Christian faith. It will begin on Saturday, August 16 and run through November 29. If you know someone who is a new believer, please tell him/her about this class. For more information, please call Lou at 596-8600 x258.
Good News Club
At the Missions Kiosk in the Commons
This is a weekly after school program that presents Bible lessons, Bible memory verses, songs, missionary stories, prayer, and snacks. We need volunteers for
the new school year. Stop by the Missions Kiosk to nd out more information.
Helps Outreach Food Drive
August 23 & 24
Please bring a bag lled with canned, dry, or other non-
perishable foods on Saturday, August 23 or Sunday, August 24. Place the bag behind your car as you park for worship. Members of the Ken Hess BLG will pick up those bags and deliver them to Helps Outreach. Help us share the hope and provision of Jesus with the less fortunate in our community.
Bible & Life Group EMPACT Leaders
All BLG EMPACT Leaders Meeting
Sunday, August 17 5:00-6:30pmin the Fellowship/Recreation Gym
It is very important that all adult BLG EMPACT leaders attend this meeting. We will be serving pizza and drinks. So, if you serve as Evangelism Leader, Missions Leader, Prayer Leader, Assimilation Leader, Community Leader, Teacher, or Class Administrator, please plan to attend. Our Associate Pastor of Discipleship, John David Edie, has some very important information to share with all of you.
October 12-15 in Central Florida
Join us for worship, preaching, and fellowship. $100 holds your spot. Deadline is Monday, August 18. Total cost is $200, plus food. That includes transportation and 3 nights accommodations. Sign-up today in the Fellowship Hallway or Commons Information Desk. Call Vada at 596-8600 x268 for more information.
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
Tuesday, August 12 at 6pm in Room DC108
This is an informational meeting about foster care and adoption. To register, please call Amy at 910-5273 or email her at Amy.Roller@FBCHomes.org.
Building Kingdom FamiliesBlock BLG led by Tom Rider
Saturday, September 6 - October 117:30pm in the Chapel
What is your plan to pass on a godly heritage to your children? What are some key biblical imperatives that will help you? What are the resources available to assist you? Join us for this six session Block BLG. It is a unique opportunity to equip parents to be all that God intends for them to be.
BLG and AWANA Needs
As we begin our fall session, we have BLG volunteer needs for Saturday nights: Two 1st grade teachers, one 3rd grade assistant teacher, and many substitute teachers. For Wednesday AWANA (beginning August 27), we need volunteers for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 3rd grade. Please call Nancy at 596-8600 x350 for details.
Church Quarterly Business Meeting
Wednesday, August 20 at 8:00pm in Room WC117
All church members are invited to attend.
RefresHer Fall Study in the Worship Center
Begins Tuesday, August 26 at 9am andWednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm“Sermon on the Mount”
Matthew’s gospel contains Jesus’ longest recorded message, a sermon given to His disciples to articulate what the life of a Christ-follower would look like. Janet Wicker (our Senior Pastor’s wife) will teach these three chapters as they were originally heard: as one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about
repentance, salvation, and sanctication.
Band of Brothers Fall Study in the Chapel
Begins Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm“Man Up”
Every Wednesday, we have a powerful time of teaching, discussion, and fellowship. Our Discipleship Pastor, John David Edie, and our pastoral team will teach us what it means to “Man Up” for God and be the men He intends for us to be. We will learn how to turn around the bad habits, lazy attitudes, and general couch potato mentality that often overtake us. We can change through Christ and become leaders at home, the church, our community, and the workplace.
Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary
Jim & Betty Meyer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 6. Congratulations!
SportsOutreach BeaconsCelebrity Classic Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 30 at 8:00amWorthington Country Club in Bonita Springs
For more information, contact Naomi at email@example.com or call 596-8600 x213.
New Session Begins Saturday, September 6at 7:15pm in Room DC113
This class is for you, or someone you know, that is suffering the pain of divorce. For more information, go to www.divorcecare.org/groups/45417 or call Rhonda at 596-8600 x261.
Financial Peace University
New Session Begins Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30pm in Room DC108
Dave Ramsey teaches you how to manage your nances in
this fun and informative class. For more information, go to www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/org/23611/class/260296 or you may call Rhonda at 596-8600 x261.
Youth Choirs Kickoff
Sunday, August 17 at 5:00pm
Praise Kids (4 years old-4th grade) will meet from 5:00-6:00pm in the Education Building. 5th Grade Ministry Team will meet from 5:00-6:00pm in Room DC220. Amplify (6th-8th graders) will meet from 5:00-7:00pm in the Family Life Center. Resonate (9th-12th graders) will meet from 5:00-7:00pm in the Student Center.