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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 foor 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 fooded me with His presence and forgiveness and surrounded me
with Christian fellowship.”
As you hear the message this weekend, know that sanctifcation 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 fnal.
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.
New Believers in Christ
Bible & 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 fnd out more information.
Helps Outreach Food Drive
August 23 & 24
Please bring a bag flled 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
in 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 Families
Block BLG led by Tom Rider
Saturday, September 6 - October 11
7:30pm 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 and
Wednesday, 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 sanctifcation.
Band of Brothers Fall Study in the Chapel
Begins Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm
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.
Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 30 at 8:00am
Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs
For more information, contact Naomi at email@example.com
or call 596-8600 x213.
New Session Begins Saturday, September 6
at 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 fnances 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.
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 ..................................................................FBCN@fbcn.org
August 11 - 17
If you need assistance, please call
the church deacon hotline
For Spanish, call 404-7764.
Deacon of the Week
Wednesday Family Meal
Saturday at 6:00pm
and Sunday at 9:30am
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This Upcoming Week
2013-2014 Operating Revenues
July 1, 2014 - Aug 3, 2014
Budget Actual Variance
$610,636 $575,400 ($35,236)
Bible & Life Attendance
August 2 & 3
Saturday Night 1,177
Sunday 9:30 a.m. 1,542
Wednesday Night Study 306
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 Aug 3
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.
August 2 & 3
Saturday Night 731
Sunday 8:15 a.m. 62
Sunday 11:00 a.m. 769
Home Groups 165
Dr. Hayes Wicker Senior Pastor
Beverly Burgoyne Director of Preschool Ministry
Greg Clydesdale Associate Pastor/Middle School Ministry
Miguel Cruz Hispanic Congregation Pastor
John David Edie Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Betsy Evans Children’s Ministry Director
Steve Hayes Associate Pastor/Biblical Counseling
Dr. David Heath Associate Pastor of Missions
Shannon Moore Director of Women’s Ministry
John Patterson Associate Pastor/Media & Technology
Douglas Pigg Senior Associate Pastor
Tom Rider Associate Pastor/School Administrator
Larry Rigley Associate Pastor/Pastoral Care
Dr. Todd Stearns Associate Pastor/Worship & Music
Kevin Taylor Associate Pastor/High School Ministry
Kevin VanDuser Associate Pastor/FBCN SportsOutreach
Eric Yeldell Associate Pastor/Contemporary Worship & Ministries
Find out more about each Pastoral Staff member by going to our website:
August 13 (4:45-6:00pm in the
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, August 9
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, August 10
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, August 13
4:45 p.m. Family Meal: Fellowship Recreation-Gym
6:30 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, Florida Baptist Children’s Home
Informational Meeting, Prayer for our Pastors, Celebrate Recovery, and C2 Retreat
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