Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor
I am always listening for popular words and phrases which reflect our culture. I am embarrassed that I once actually used the word, “groovy.” I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard one of my children use the word “like” in any possible form in a sentence. We could pay off the National Debt if we had similar currency for how many times “awesome” is mentioned. New “cool” word alert – “Epic!” I recently heard a young man in his 20’s refer to one of our ministries in such a fashion. We are living in God’s epic moment when He “stretches out His hand” (Acts 4:30). Unlike the ad for marble, we are not “looking for the Superman sign guy,” but we can truly say, “It’s really big!” We have a Super Savior Who answers prayer! Many prayers are being offered up this weekend, as we bring our offerings and two-year commitments to pay off our remaining debt on our facilities. Church members received a special envelope in the mail to be used to indicate giving and pledging. Envelopes are in the chair racks. There is also a place to check your desire to keep on praying for our church. At the end of the worship service, as an expression of worship and dedication, we will go to one of the special ASK containers and put the envelopes in them. We take these “sacred gifts” and “bring them into the house of the Lord, the money that a man’s heart prompts him to bring,” as we put them in these “chests” (2 Kings 12:4, 5, 9). In the fall, God prompted one of our men to help us to pay off our debt. I realized in a unique way then that God was not only calling us to prayer, but to believe Him for a weekend of epic proportions. This brother and another man challenged some fellows in a prayer group to give early gifts of $1,145,000 that some might call “matching funds.” We are “within striking distance.” It’s our turn. A dad and his family were asking God to help a missionary with his finances. After the prayer time, the young son said, “Dad, if I had your checkbook, I could answer your prayer.” Of course, we know that God is “The Giver of every good and perfect gift” (James 1:17). However, we not only “ask and seek,” but we also “knock” and use what He has put into our hands and pockets (Matt. 7:7). All debt must be manageable. We made a commitment to pay off our debt on Phases 1 and 2 in a reasonable time. Unlike the federal government, we refuse to dig a deeper and deeper hole of unsustainable debt. We want to be freed up to hear God, release resources, begin new projects and ministries, and of course, repair 12-year old equipment and facilities. God will ask us at some point as did the king, “Why are you not repairing the house of the Lord?” (2 Kings 12:4, 7). We will continue to be on the offense. If we are not going forward, we tend to slide back. Let’s pray according to Psalm 90:17: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands.” Now, that’s truly epic!

“The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” Movie
Kirk Cameron said about this Christian film (starring Gavin MacLeod) “I recommend this for everyone.” And Josh McDowell said “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry will literally impact both the young and old.” The movie is free, and no childcare is being provided for this family friendly movie.

Missions Ministry

Sunday, April 6 at 6:00pm in the Chapel

Have you placed your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and not yet been able to follow in professing your faith through believers baptism? This is a perfect opportunity. Please call Linda at 596-8600 x280 for more information or to sign-up.

Palm Sunday, April 13

Beach Baptism

Since 1995, the Heaths have served as linguists/Bible translators with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They are serving as project advisors and Bible translator consultants for 4+ languages in Northwest Nigeria. Their ministry is to make the gospel accessible in the native language. Stop by this weekend and see how you can pray for or assist them. Volunteer Training Begins This Monday at 9am at PRC Call JoLynn Monday morning at 595-2159 if interested.

At the Missions Kiosk in the Commons

David & Carleen Heath

Pregnancy Resource Center Florida Disaster Relief

Join us for our annual Good Friday Lord’s Supper worship service with special music by Larnelle Harris. An offering will be taken to help offset expenses. There will be child care for infants through PreK4.

Friday, April 18 at 7:00pm in the Worship Center

Good Friday Service with Larnelle Harris

Join our local team as we prepare to be ready to respond in case of a disaster. Training will be your choice of April 5 in Tampa, or May 3 in Pompano Beach. We will leave the church on those dates at 6:00am and should return back by 5:30pm. Cost is $30 for first time training and $15 for returning volunteers. Lunch is included. For more information or to sign-up, call Vada at 596-8600 x268.

Regional Training Events April 5 and May 3

Bahamas Clothing Need
Drop Off By Sunday, April 6

Join us for our special Easter celebration services on Saturday, April 19 at 6:00pm, or on Sunday, April 20 at 8:00am, 9:30am, or 11:00am. There will be no Bible & Life Groups meeting that weekend. Classes for infants through PreK4 will be provided. Children in kindergarten and older are invited to attend the service with their family.

Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20

Easter Weekend Services

Used clothing is needed for ministry in the Bahamas. Drop off items at the Information Desk in the Commons by Sunday, April 6. Runners, join us to support this great cause! Registration fee is one new pair of children’s shoes (bring the day of the race). Prizes awarded to the first three finishers in each age group, as well as special awards for the first three overall men and women. For information or to register online, go to runforimmokalee.com.

Saturday, April 12 at 7:30am at FBCN

Run for Immokalee 5K

Vacation Bible School Needs Volunteers
Invest in the next generation and become a special agent at Agency D3 to help children Discover, Decide, and Defend faith in Jesus Christ. To volunteer, or for more details, please call Judy Miller at 514-1374 or Nancy at 596-8600 x350.

June 9-13 from 9:00am-12:15pm

Middle School Ministry

Women’s Ministry

Free event. Lots of games and free food. Don’t miss the fun!

Saturday, April 26 8:30-10:00pm in Student Center

Late Night Game Night

Summer Camp Open for Registration
Price until April 15 is $250. Price April 16-June 23 is $299. Spots are limited but $60 deposit will reserve you a place. Choose from either missions camp or recreation camp. Open to all students who complete the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade at end of this school year.

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 8

Registration for course offerings begins Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2 before RefresHer in the Fellowship Hallway. Teachers for each class will be on hand to answer your questions. Purchase of materials is required at time of sign up and will act as your registration.

Begins Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16

Enricher Series for Women

June 23-27 at Stetson University

Senior Adult Ministry

This is the final week of the A.S.K. emphasis. We have seen God move in our hearts and lives mightily over the last seven weeks. Today, we celebrate all that God has done and give back to Him in order to retire our church’s building debt and help our resources continue to go beyond the buildings. There is a brochure in the pocket of the chair in front of you that will explain more about this. While this is the last week of the A.S.K. emphasis, don’t look at this as an ending, but a launching point to climb higher still and seek the Lord more fervently. Final Scripture Readings (Sunday-Tuesday): 2 Timothy 2 - 2 Timothy 4 (a chapter a day)

Men’s Ministry

Come and join our Men’s Ministry as we fellowship around delicious coffee and donuts on a beautiful Saturday morning in our Courtyard. For details, call Linda at 596-8600 x280.

Saturday, April 5 at 7:30am in the Courtyard

Coffee and Donuts

This is a ministry of the deacons’ wives to widows. Special guest speakers are Senior Associate Pastor Doug Pigg and his wife, Renee. It’s time to spring into spring! Please signup in the Fellowship Hallway, or call Vada at 596-8600 x268.

Monday, March 31 at 1:30pm in WC117

Anna’s Tea

Cost is $150 plus three meals. Contact Terry at 572-3316 or tcole@fbcn.org to sign-up or for more information.

Friday, May 16 at 8am - Sunday, May 18 at 1am

Promise Keepers in Jacksonville, FL

This lunch will feature the Legacy Players. Cost is $7.00 by April 10, and $10.00 after April 10. Deadline to get your ticket is Sunday, April 13. Tickets sold at the Media Ministry window, in the church office, or call Vada at 596-8600 x268.

Thursday, April 17 at 11:30am in Worship Center

Legacy Builders “Son” Flower Luncheon

Last Weekend
Statement of Faith Victor Garcon Gene Harris Sue Harris Neil Johnson Lou Kibsgard Juddson Page

Decisions for Christ

March 22 & 23

Worship Attendance
1,254 1,786 1,258 4,298

First Time Guests

Saturday Night Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Total

We are glad that you came to worship with us today. Our worship services are intended to give praise to God and reveal how Jesus gives hope for all who call on His name. We hope that you feel at home here! Greeters at the doors can help with any immediate needs/questions that you may have. Thank you for joining us today! For more detailed information about our church and ministries, please call Lou Falorio at 596-8600 x258.

Welcome to First Baptist Church Naples

2013-2014 Operating Revenues July 1, 2013 - March 23, 2014 Budget Actual Variance See what God is doing!

Financial Stewardship

March 22 & 23

Bible & Life Attendance
683 164 445 686 867 2,845

$5,739,150 $5,621,244 ($117,906)

This Upcoming Week
Deacon of the Week March 31 - April 6 Dave Starkweather & Russ Ayers

Debt balance as of March 23 $3,726,216

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

How does a big church feel like a small community? By discovering our Bible & Life Groups! Bible & Life Groups are people experiencing life-changing Bible study and engaging in a lifestyle of reaching and serving others for Jesus Christ with a group of genuine friends. Visit the information desk in the Commons. The helpful volunteers there can guide you to a Bible & Life Group fitted just for you.

Visit a Bible & Life Group Today... We Will Help You Find One!

Bible & Life Groups of the Week
Telly’s class is currently studying through “The Book of Romans.”

Telly Alvarez teaches 24-29 year olds in DC115 (First Floor of the Discipleship Center)

Saturday Night at 7:30pm

Wednesday Family Meal

Weekly Schedule
Saturday, March 29
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.

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.

April 2 (4:45-6:00pm in the Fellowship Recreation Gym) Chicken Marsala, Pasta, Vegetable, Salad, Dessert www.fbcn.org/wednesdaymeal

Jim is currently teaching on “The Book of John.”

Jim Diller teaches 50+ year olds in DC112 (First Floor of the Discipleship Center)

Sunday Morning at 11:00am

First Baptist Academy
This spring, FBA eighth grade students will be involved in service projects to our community. They will be giving a helping hand at St. Matthews House, the Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Ft. Myers, and Harbor Chase of Naples. This is a great opportunity for students to express Christ’s love through service. People of the community enjoy seeing these young, cheerful faces coming their way to bless them in Jesus name. FBA places a high value on providing service opportunities to our students as part of a well-rounded educational experience.

Eighth Grade

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, March 30

Ways to Connect Online with FBCN
Live streaming Saturday at 6:00pm and Sunday at 9:30am & 11:00am at fbcn.org! Like us on Facebook: FirstBaptistChurchNaples

Visit our website: fbcn.org Follow us on Twitter: @fbcn @hayeswicker

Tuesday, April 1
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 Women’s Ministry: Worship Center

Wednesday, April 2

Family Meal: Fellowship Recreation-Gym AWANA for Kids: Education Building Band of Brothers Men’s Ministry: Chapel RefresHer Women’s 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: Anna’s Tea, Holding onto HOPE, MOPS, Prayer for our Pastors, Celebrate Recovery, Grief Share, and Men’s Ministry Coffee and Donuts. For a full weekly schedule, please go to fbcn.org/weeklyschedule.

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