While pastoring in the early 1980’s in Oklahoma, I became
acquainted with a touring, full-contact ghter skilled in the
martial art of taekwondo. His nickname was “Redwood.” He came to our town on the run and seeking to hide out from his sensei, his “master” from Kansas who demanded that Redwood become his slave. When the 6’4”, 230 pound man refused to do his bidding, the teacher put out a contract on his life. Though Redwood could do the splits front-ways and side-ways, he knew that he needed to “split” from Kansas and “get out of Dodge!” Not knowing Christ, he stumbled onto our church. He showed me a yellow notebook paper upon which he had written Bible verses picked at random from the Bible. The Spirit had led him to the greatest plan of salvation verses possible – John 3:16, Romans 6:23, and Romans 5:8. This big man understood that he needed to “Man Up” to become a servant of the Savior.
Guys, even though you may be a “manly man” like my friend who left the ghting
world and eastern religion, the most courageous thing you can do is to become God’s man under the King of King’s authority. I believe that the Lord is leading you to be a part of our
Band of Brothers
, which begins next Wednesday at 6:25 pm in the Chapel. Like Redwood, you don’t have to know much about the Bible to be a candidate for a full-contact encounter with the living Lord.I am privileged to work with our lay-leader,
Mr. Terry Cole
, and our staff coordinator,
John David Edie
. John David, Steve Hayes, Tom Rider, Doug
Pigg, and I will be teaching on practical subjects specically related to being
godly men. We urge you to get involved at a particular table, make friends, and be under the direction of our “Table Disciplers,” the fellows who coordinate the discussion and care for the men around them. We always allow time for prayer
and sharing. This is a terric way to get more involved. Come “as you are”
concerning clothes, lifestyle, and other ways, but know that God will help you to be what you ought to be. If you have been a part of the Men’s Ministry, invite a friend to sit at your table, even if he is not a believer or an FBCN member. So, let’s man up!
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!
Guest Reception Missions Ministry
Building Kingdom Families - Block BLG led by Tom Rider
Saturday, September 6 - October 11 at 7:30pm in the Chapel
What is your plan for passing 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.
Big Daddy Weave Concert
Thursday, October 9 at 7:00pmat First Baptist Church Naplesin the Worship Center
Also featuring Chris August, Group1Crew, and Dara MacLean.
Tickets are available exclusively at chosentickets.com
. (VIP seating is $32.00 and general admission is $25.00. Groups of 10 or more are $22.00).
Various Ministries Women’s Ministry
RefresHer Fall Study: “Sermon on the Mount”
Begins Tuesday, August 26 at 9am andWednesday, Aug 27 at 6:30pm in the Worship Center
Matthew’s gospel contains a sermon Jesus gave 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 one cohesive message intended to challenge us to
think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctication.
Workbooks are now on sale in the Lighthouse Bookstore.
Band of Brothers Fall Study: “Man Up”
Begins Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm in the Chapel
Every Wednesday, we have a powerful time of teaching, discussion, and fellowship. Find out 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.
SportsOutreach Beacons Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 30 at 8:00am at Worthington Country Club
This provides an opportunity for you to join with others in support of a program that is reaching out to the youth of our community through a variety of sports. For details, contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 596-8600 x213.
New Session Begins Saturday, Sept 6 at 7:15pm in Room DC113
This class is for everyone who is suffering with 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, Sept 16 at 6:30pm in Room DC108
Dave Ramsey teaches you how to manage your nances in this fun and
informative class. You must sign-up online at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/
classnder. For more information, you may call Rhonda at 596-8600 x261. Visit
our table in the Commons the weekend of September 6 & 7.
9/11 Commemorative Service
Thursday, September 11 at 6:00pmin the Worship Center
Join us for this special time of reection with special music,
a wreath presentation, and special speakers Frank Silecchia (NYC Fireman who found the steel cross at the Trade Center site) and Patrick White (representing Shanksville, PA).
New Adult Choir Rehearsal Time
Begins Sunday, September 7
5:00-6:30pm in the Adult Choir Room
Led by Sonya Stearns, this is a great choir option for those who are involved in Wednesday night ministries. If you have been wanting to sing in our Sunday Worship Choir but couldn’t
because of other conicts on Wednesday nights, now you have
a new option of participating! Come and join us!
Living Christmas Trees “Journey to the Manger”
Drama Information Table in Commons This WeekendLCT Choir Retreat Saturday, September 6
To make this 32nd anniversary presentation special, we want more singers in the trees than we’ve ever had before. Our annual LCT Choir Retreat is Saturday, September 6 with breakfast at 8am, and rehearsal 9am-3pm with a catered lunch. Registration is $10. Please contact Tina at 596-8600 x229 if interested.
An LCT Drama, Stage Ensemble, and Nativity information table is in the Commons by the staircase today through September 7.
LCT tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 11.
Surrendering the Secret
Begins Tuesday, August 26
Are you suffering from the guilt and secrecy of a past abortion? Please contact STS@fbcn.org or call 239-596-8600 x282 to join us for our next 8 week study.
Missions Ministry Spaghetti Splash Luncheon
Sunday, September 7 at 12:20pm in the Commons
This program will feature short reports from the Watsons, the Kentucky Mission Team, and Anne Bessette (Haiti mission trip). Lunch will be provided by the Missions Committee (monetary donations are welcomed). Gluten free options will be available. Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 3 to email@example.com or call 596-8600 x630.
Major Concert Announcement
Upcoming Mission Trips
For Prayer and Consideration
September 12-21 - Ecuador (TACTICA for police ofcers)
December 3-14 - Uganda (Orphan’s Heart)For details, please go to
Joy Comes in the Morning (A Ministry to Widows)
Begins Saturday, September 13 at 10:00am in DC121
Are you a woman who would like to meet with other widows for fellowship, prayer, and encouragement from God’s Word? Then please join us! RSVP by calling 596-8600 x115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Benevolence Fund Needs Help
The Benevolence Fund is what we use to bless those from our church family
who nd themselves going through a rough time nancially. Currently this fund
is very low. Please consider a donation to replenish this fund so that we can continue to help. Just make a check to “First Baptist Church Naples” and put “BN” in the memo section.
Home Bible & Life Groups
The fall session will run for 12 weeks starting the week of September 14. Russ & Linda Ayers Tuesdays 6:30pm/Autumn WoodsLaugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Al & Janie WintermanMondays 6:30pm/Old NaplesLaugh Your Way to a Better MarriageLee & Debbie NortonMondays 6:30pm/Carlton LakesLaugh Your Way to a Better MarriageMike & Angel JarvisSundays 6:30pm/Golden Gate EstatesBecoming a Contagious ChristianCouples with elementary-aged childrenEric & Kristin YeldellSundays 6:30pm/Immokalee & 951Becoming a Contagious ChristianCouples with preschool-aged childrenLuis & Carmen RodriguezSundays 6pm/WatewaysSpanish Speaking Group
Sign-ups begin today in the Commons next to the Information Desk.
Nathan & Martha PhillipsTuesdays 6:30pm/Autumn WoodsThe Art of MarriageMarried adults 32 years old or younger Sharon GammonsThursdays 6:30pm/Airport & VanderbiltOvercomeLadies only (emphasis on widows)John & Jennifer PattersonMondays 7pm/Golden Gate EstatesMarriage, Parenting, & Topical StudiesChad & Shannon MooreSaturdays 7:45pm/Pine Ridge & LoganRecovering RedemptionCouples married 3 weeks to 3+ yearsKent & Lisa AndersonMondays 6:30pm/Quail WoodsMarriage Encounter Couples mid-30s to early 50s
** Find out more information about each group at our table in the Commons.**