Seed Start-Ups

As a youth, I visited Sequoia National Forest in California
with my parents and was awed by the giant 300-feet tall
trees. Some have trunks that are 30 feet in diameter and
live up to 4,000 years. In the Middle East, I have seen palm
trees that often bear fruit for 200 years. These creations of
God began with the smallest of seeds.
The frst electric light was so dim that a candle was needed to
see its socket. It took 32 hours for one of the frst steamboats
to chug its way from New York to Albany, a distance of 150 miles. The frst cars
only purred along at two to four miles per hour. Carriages would pass them, with
passengers taunting, “Get a horse!”
“The seed of righteousness” is planted in our hearts to bring “a harvest of
righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:10). As a believer, you have all that it takes
within you to grow to be a giant sequoia saint and a shining light as you travel
the rest of your life journey with the Lord. We get frustrated at the speed of
growth and long for instant maturity. Sometimes, we feel that we are not growing
at all, yet like a plant or tree, growth may be taking place under the surface…
if you “get right.”
Walmart began as Sam Walton’s start-up business, a Five and Dime, which you
can still visit, as Janet and I have done. Google began with just two nerdy guys
writing code for a new search engine. Your spiritual mustard-seed-faith can
grow. After all, Samuel noted of King Saul that he was “Once small in his own
eyes” yet he was “anointed as king over Israel” (1 Samuel 15:17). Saul got into
trouble when he started seeing himself as a big deal.
This weekend is very special in the Wicker family, as we celebrate Janet’s
birthday (July 5) and her brother Jack’s special day (July 4). Their godly parents
planted seeds which have continued to bear fruit in many ways.
Let’s continue to water the garden of godliness. “Let us not grow weary of doing
good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Deal
with the weeds which choke out the seeds. Put your roots down deep into God’s
Word and in the fellowship of His church. “Patiently wait for the precious harvest
to ripen” (James 5:7).
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
“Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord”
Buddy Adams went home to be with Jesus on June 26. We
are praying for and express our sympathy to his wife, Linda,
and the rest of the family.
Malachi Burdette met Jesus face to face on July 1 before he
was born. We are praying for and express our sympathy to
his parents, Dean & Shenna, and the rest of the family.
Beach Baptism - Next Sunday, July 13
Visit our Table in the Commons This Weekend to Reserve Your Spot
Have you placed your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and not yet professed
your faith through believer’s baptism? This is a perfect opportunity. For more
information, call Linda at 596-8600 x280.
Student Ministry
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 or
return a registration envelope to the Student Ministry Offce
with your deposit of $50. For more details, call Josh Jones
at 449-4480 or email
Summer Adult Bible Study
“Overcoming Our Fears,
Understanding God’s Names”
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm
in the Worship Center
Workbooks are available in the
Lighthouse Bookstore for $13.00 each.
Beach Baptism
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.
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 to attend the week of July 28-August 1.
For more information, feel free to visit
camps/. If you have any questions, please contact our Fifth
Grade Director, Jason Dean, at
Various Ministries
Missions Ministry
First Baptist Academy Help Wanted
First Baptist Academy
Substitute Teachers are Needed
If you are interested in applying, go to to
complete an application. For questions or further information,
email Cindy at or call her at 596-8600 x256.
Word of Life Hungary Mission Trip
On the Field July 4 - 13
This team will be teaching English and helping with
sports and games at a youth camp. Please be praying
for them.
Vietnam Mission Trip
On the Field July 9 - August 2
Our own Vietnamese Church Pastor, Jimmy Nguyen,
is returning to Vietnam to teach and train pastors.
Please be praying for him.
Meet the Candidates
Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm
This is a candidate forum for all three Collier school districts.
All voters in the primary will be able to cast three votes, one
for each district 1, 3, and 5, regardless of the district you live
in. The top two candidates in each district will advance to the
general election in November (unless a candidate receives
over 50% of the votes cast in his/her district). We encourage
you to seek the candidates who best demonstrate courage,
honesty, and the earnest intent to represent the voters and
all stakeholders in the quality education of our children.
Nigeria Mission Trip
Being Commissioned This Weekend
Trip will be July 10 - August 5
Our own Associate Pastor of Missions, Dr. David
Heath, is going to work with the Dukawa, C’Lela,
Fakai, and Reshe languages in NW Nigeria. Please
be praying for him.
FBCN Staff Anniversaries for June
Kim Buchanan Preschool Ministry Assistant 13 years
Shannon Moore Director of Women’s Ministry 8 years
Bob Plamondon Director of Operations 5 years
Sandy Graham Special Event Coordinator 5 years
Keith Scott AVL (part-time) 3 years
Norma Woods Human Resources Assistant 3 years
FBCN Staff Anniversaries for July
New Believer Class
Begins Saturday, August 16 at 7:30pm in DC112
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. For more
information, please call Sandy at 596-8600 x630.
School Supplies Needed
Donations Accepted until July 27
The Backyard Bible Club is going to the Immokalee
Apartments to deliver school supplies to needy children.
Donations may be delivered to the collection bins in the
Commons and by Kidztown (DC120). Supplies needed are
backpacks, notebooks, pencils, paper, washable markers,
crayons, scissors, glue, rulers, and highlighters.
First Baptist Church Naples
3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL 34109
Offce Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Church Receptionist ..................................................................597-6057
Enter ext. # for direct connection ...............................................596-8600
Lighthouse Bookstore ................................................................449-4488
First Baptist Academy Naples ...................................................597-2233
24-Hour Prayer Line .....................................................597-PRAY (7729)
Church Email
July 7 - 13
John Sanchez
Frank Romano
If you need assistance, please call
the church deacon hotline
at 800-732-9573.
For Spanish, call 404-7764.
Deacon of the Week Wednesday Family Meal
Live streaming
Saturday at 6:00pm
and Sunday at 9:30am
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Ways to Connect Online with FBCN
Contact Us
Weekly Schedule
Last Weekend
This Upcoming Week
2013-2014 Operating Revenues
July 1, 2013 - June 29, 2014
Budget Actual Variance
$7,474,150 $7,521,474 $47,324
Financial Stewardship
Bible & Life Attendance
June 28 & 29
Saturday Night 1,031
Sunday 9:30 a.m. 1,572
Total 2,603
Wednesday Night Study 385
Decisions for Christ Worship Attendance
Visit a Bible & Life Group Today...
We Will Help You Find One!
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 ftted just for you.
See what God is doing!
Debt balance as of June 29
First Time Guests
Welcome to First Baptist Church Naples
We are glad that you came to worship with us. 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. Volunteers
at the Information Desk in the Commons are there to assist you in fnding the
perfect Bible & Life Group. Thank you for joining us today! For more detailed
information about our church and ministries, please call Lou at 596-8600 x258.
June 28 & 29
Saturday Night 590
Sunday 8:15 a.m. 91
Sunday 11:00 a.m. 783
Home Groups 188
Total 1,652
Statement of Faith
Linda Termotto
Valerie King
Chloe Jones
July 9 (4:45-6:00pm in the
Fellowship Recreation Gym)
Chicken Parmesan, Pasta,
Vegetable, Salad, Dessert
Tickets may be purchased at the Lighthouse
Cafe or at the door for $6 each or $25 for a
family. Alternate choices available.
Saturday, July 5
5:00 p.m. Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus
6:00 p.m. Worship Service: Worship Center
6:00 p.m. Spanish Worship Service: Modular 1
7:30 p.m. Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus
Sunday, July 6
8:15 a.m. Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus
9:00 a.m. Haitian Bible Study & Worship: ED207
9:00 a.m. Vietnamese Worship & Bible Study: DC221
9:30 a.m. Worship Service: Worship Center
10:00 a.m. Romanian Bible Study & Worship: Modular 4
11:00 a.m. Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus
12:30 p.m. Spanish Worship Service: Student Center
6:00 p.m. Romanian Worship Service: Modular 4
6:30 p.m. Haitian Worship Service: Modular 2
Wednesday, July 9
4:45 p.m. Family Meal: Fellowship Recreation-Gym
6:20 p.m. Wacky Wednesdays Kids Program: DC120 Kidztown Worship
6:30 p.m. Summer Adult Bible Study: Worship Center
6:30 p.m. High School Ministry: Student Center
6:30 p.m. Middle School Ministry: Family Life Center-Gym
6:30 p.m. Worship Choir Rehearsal: Choir Room
Other events this week include: C2 Softball and Celebrate Recovery
Home Bible & Life Groups (BLGs)
Launching This Fall
Every weekend, we have over 30 adult Bible and
Life Groups meeting on our church campus in
what we consider to be one of the most important
ministries at FBCN. BLGs are where the Bible is
taught in a small group format, but also where
life happens and people truly become part of the
family. We want to expand this great ministry
beyond the First Baptist campus, as well as offer
a variety of meeting times during the week. In the
fall, we will be launching a new dimension to our
BLG ministry, which we are calling Home Bible &
Life Groups. Groups will meet in homes around
the Naples community, and will usually happen
in the evenings. If you are interested in this new
BLG ministry, please contact John David Edie at
Home Bible & Life Groups

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