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Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor

Like many of you, I saw the movie some years about the Apollo space program, entitled The Right Stuff. It was Hollywoods attempt over several hours to capture the grit, determination, and courage of our first astronauts. Those, like Chuck Yaeger, who broke the sound barrier, and hotshot fighter pilots like John Glenn pioneered outer space. God wants us to have the right stuff of seeking Him as we break the barriers of inertia and the sin gravity which weighs us down. Jesus calls us to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking (Matthew 7:7). I trust that your spiritual appetite has been whetted through recent messages, materials, and the encouragement of the entire church to go to higher ground. He is calling us to trust Him to the hilt and seek first His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33). As A.W. Tozer has written, there are no ceilings on Christs likeness We can have as much of God as we want. Seeking tests our earnestness and determination to climb higher in the sincerity of seeking the Lord with all of our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). Are you willing to go higher and deeper? Dont you want to see Him working on your behalf as you wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4)? Seeking and asking certainly go together. Most of us ask; when we do not receive immediately, we tend to not bother to ask again or to seek the Lord. However, seeking is not really Gods Plan B, but actually His Plan A. He lures us to keep asking so that we will develop our ability to ascend to the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart. Only then will we receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of our salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob (Psalm 24:3-6). The blessing of being hungry and thirsty for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) is only for those who are willing to seek not just Gods hand, but also His face as you get to know Him. Seeking God generally goes through these stages: 1) Duty When you know in your heart that it is the right thing to do and not just going beyond the call of duty. 2) Desire When you are passionately yearning to know Him more and better. 3) Decision When you do not delay, but act and obey, knowing the will of God and taking it with both hands into your lifestyle. 4) Determination When you refuse to allow hindrances. 5) Discipline When you continue that long obedience in the same direction. 6) Discovery When you realize what God meant when He said, Whoever finds Me finds life and receives favor from the Lord (Proverbs 8:35). 7) Delight The joy of pleasing Him and basking in His presence. You might as well admit, along with the astronauts, Houston we have a problem. Tell God in Heaven how you have gone out of His orbit, but need for Him to will and do of His good pleasure in and through you (Philippians 2:13).


The Right Stuff of Seeking the Lord

If you are a new believer in Jesus Christ, this is the class for you. It is an eight week class that you can join at any time during that eight weeks. If you know someone who is a new believer, please tell him/her about this class. It will be taught by our Senior Associate Pastor, Doug Pigg, and our Associate Pastor of Discipleship, John David Edie. For more information, please call Sandy at 596-8600 x630.

Meets Saturdays at 7:30pm in DC112

New Believer Class

Womens Ministry

RefresHer Winter Study (2nd Half)

Begins This Week!

Donate your gently used or new Christian books to our bookstore for their upcoming used book sale (scheduled for March 1st-9th in the Commons). For more information, call 449-4488. This is the last weekend to donate your books!

Collecting gently used or new Christian books

Lighthouse Bookstore

Missions Ministry

Janet Wicker will teach from a study she has written titled Trustworthy: A Study of the Letter to Titus -- What to Do When you Wait! This little letter gives relevant counsel about living in expectant faithfulness until Jesus returns. It also specifically challenges spiritually mature women to disciple younger women in the faith so that the gospel will have a joy-filled voice in a culture that doubts it. Join us on Tuesday, Feb 25 at 9:00am or on Wednesday, Feb 26 at 6:30pm in the Worship Center for this groundbreaking study.

In preparation for the Car Care event in March, we want to be equipped to share the hope and love of Jesus. A light meal will be served at the training. Thursday, March 6 at 7:00pm in the Worship Center Michael Reagan (Ronald Reagans son and Conservative Radio Host) and Alan Sears (President, CEO, and General Counsel) Religious Freedom is the bedrock principle upon which our country was birthed, but that foundational truth is under increasingly aggressive attack. ADF will provide inspirational insight and outline key strategies to preserve and protect our most cherished liberties. Register online at www. (for free registration, use discount code: FBC; good for you and your friends) or call 800-835-5233 x18056.

Sunday, February 23 at 5:00pm in Room DC121

Car Care Share Your Faith Training

Featured speakers include Daniel Darling (author of Activist Faith) and Brian Ivey (producer of The Dropbox). Pregnancy Resource Center exists to serve and minister through the gospel of Jesus Christ to women and families facing a pregnancy related crisis. For more information, please visit or call 513-9775.

Annual Fundraising Banquet Thursday, March 13 at 6:30pm at the Hilton Naples

Pregnancy Resource Center

Alliance Defending Freedom

Featured speaker is Matt Birk (retired NFL player from the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, and FBA parent). Tickets are on sale now, but space is limited. For tickets or details, go to or call 784-3377.

7th Annual Banquet on Tuesday, April 1 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Legacy Builders Senior Adults

This is a ministry of the deacons wives to the widows of our congregation. Join us for fellowship and encouragement from Gods Word. Please sign-up in the Fellowship Hallway, or call Vada at 596-8600 x268.

Monday, February 24 at 1:30pm in WC117

Annas Tea

Beach Baptism
Would you like to be baptized in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico? Please call Linda at 596-8600 x280 to sign-up or for more details.

Sunday, March 9

There is a guest reception in the Commons following the Saturday night and Sunday morning 11:00am worship services. Pastor would love to meet you!

Guest Reception

A.S.K. (Ask, Seek, Knock) - Week 3

No tickets are being sold, but an offering will be taken to help offset expenses. This is a great opportunity to bring your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

Sunday, March 9 at 7:00pm in the Worship Center

Mark McVey Free Concert

Join us for this luncheon featuring Wes Coyour and family in concert. Tickets are $7.00 by March 5 (afterwards, they are $10.00). Deadline to purchase your ticket is Sunday, March 9. Tickets are being sold at the Media Ministry window, church office, or call Vada at 596-8600 x268.

Thursday, March 13 at 11:30am in the Worship Center

Legacy Builders Luncheon


Back to Basics: An Introduction to Quilting & Sewing

Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm in Room WC117

As a church, we are continuing to seek the Lord in a focused way for the next five weeks. Were committing to ask, seek, and knock for God to send revival and meet all our needs. Our pastor and staff have provided resources to help you in prayer and scripture reading. These are available in the Commons Kiosk (by the stairs) and online at You can also share in how God is speaking to you in social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) with the hashtag: #ASKHimFBCN. This Weeks Scripture Reading (a chapter a day): (Sunday-Sunday): Galatians 1 - Ephesians 2

Bible & Life Groups of the Week

They are currently studying The Purpose Driven Life.

All levels of ability are welcome. You can work on a group project, or on a project of your own. For more information, contact Pam at or 272-5583. FBCN member Betty Robel passed away on February 15. We are praying for and express our sympathy to her family. Brantley Wall was born on December 30 weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz and measuring 19. Proud parents are Michael & Christie and big sister is Peyton. We need encouragers before the worship services on Satuday night and Sunday morning to walk families to their childs classroom and guide the parents from there. Call Beverly at 596-8600 x351 for more information.

Margo Carrillo teaches all ages of single ladies in room DC215 Second Floor of the Discipleship Center

Saturday Night at 7:30pm

Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord New Arrival

Tom is currently teaching on Forgiveness: The Key to Freedom.

Tom Rider teaches ages 60+ in the Chapel (adjacent to the Commons)

Sunday Morning at 9:30am

Great Opportunity for Encouraging People

Last Weekend
Professions of Faith Charlie Brown Mia Cori Statement of Faith Daniel & Suzanna Criss

Decisions for Christ

February 15 & 16
Saturday Night Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Total Veritas Concert

Worship Attendance
1,278 1,962 1,282 4,522 1,287

First Baptist Academy

FBAs upcoming dessert theater spring production of Fiddler on the Roof is coming April 10 and 11. Tickets go on sale February 28 online at

FBA is at the Missions Kiosk in the Commons This Weekend FBA Open House

2013-2014 Operating Revenues July 1, 2013 - February 16, 2014 Budget Actual Variance

Financial Stewardship

February 15 & 16

Bible & Life Attendance

778 162 463 817 794 3,014

$4,909,150 $4,781,456 ($127,694)

This Upcoming Week

Deacon of the Week February 24 - March 2 Travis Wilson & Daryl Kniep

Debt balance as of Feb 16 $3,791,459

See what God is doing!

Saturday Night Sunday 8:15 a.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Home Groups Total

Come visit First Baptist Academy to see for yourself what sets FBA apart from the rest. FBA offers a comprehensive program balanced with kingdom education, college preparatory academics, competitive athletics, and compelling fine arts. You can visit classes, speak to teachers, and meet principals. For more information, visit us in the missions kiosk this weekend, find us online at, or call 597-2233 x566.

Thursday, March 6 from 9:00am - Noon

Wednesday Family Meal

Saturday, February 22
5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Weekly Schedule

If you need assistance, please call the church deacon hotline at 800-732-9573. For Spanish, call 404-7764.

Tickets may be purchased at the Lighthouse Cafe or at the door for $6 each or $25 for a family. Alternate choices available.

February 26 (4:45-6:00pm in the Fellowship Recreation Gym) Chicken Marsala, Pasta, Vegetable, Salad, Dessert

TAPT welcome you to bring your blankets and chairs, and join us! We will have pizza, drinks, popcorn, and Ritas Italian Ice for sale. Admission is free! During the 5th annual FBAHS J-Term (January 6-17), students focused on the business climate in Southwest Florida through on-site visits, demonstrations, and hands-on training with area professionals. They also experienced opportunities to serve others.

Friday, February 28 6:00-9:00pm on the FBA Football Field

Movie Night Under the Stars Monsters University

High School Students Internships and Service Opportunities

Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus Worship Service: Worship Center Spanish Worship Service: Chapel Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus Haitian Bible Study & Worship: ED207 Vietnamese Worship & Bible Study: DC221 Worship Service: Worship Center Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus Romanian Bible Study & Worship: Modulars 3 & 4 Worship Service: Worship Center Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus Spanish Worship Service: Student Center Romanian Worship Service: Modular 4

Sunday, February 23

These boys are the back to back district champions and on their way to play in the regional finals this weekend!

Congratulations to the FBA Varsity Boys Basketball Team

Ways to Connect Online with FBCN

Live streaming Saturday at 6:00pm and Sunday at 9:30am & 11:00am at! Like us on Facebook: FirstBaptistChurchNaples Visit our website: Follow us on Twitter: @fbcn @hayeswicker

Tuesday, February 25
4:45 p.m. 6:20 p.m. 6:25 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. RefresHer Womens Ministry: Worship Center

Wednesday, February 26

Family Meal: Fellowship Recreation-Gym AWANA for Kids: Education Building Band of Brothers Mens Ministry: Chapel RefresHer Womens Ministry: Worship Center High School Ministry: Student Center Middle School Ministry: Family Life Center-Gym Worship Choir Rehearsal: Choir Room

Contact Us

Other events this week include: Children/Youth Choirs, Annas Tea, Sewing/ Quilting, Prayer for our Pastors, Celebrate Recovery, and Grief Share For a full weekly schedule, please go to

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