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The B-I-B-L-E, Yes,

Thats the Book for Me!

Many of you grew up singing the little chorus, The B-I-B-
L-E, yes, thats the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word
of God, the B-I-B-L-E. Then you would all shout BIBLE!
We have the joy of giving the precious Word of God this
weekend to our new kindergarten children. The scriptures
are known as the Bible. We urge them not only to bring their
Bibles to church regularly, but to learn to hear from God by
reading them. Of course, we adults should set the example.
As someone wrote, The Bible that is falling apart usually
belongs to someone who isntif you carry a Bible when you are young, it will
carry you when you are old. As for you continue in what you have learned and
have frmly believedhow from childhood you have been acquainted with the
sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in
Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14, 15).
Half the books of the Bible can be read in 10 to 45 minutes each, and many of
them can be digested in less than 20 minutes. Studies have been made that the
entire Old and New Testaments can be read aloud slowly and with expression
in less than 71 hours. However, many Christians never read silently the entire
New Testament, much less the Old Testament. If you are new in the Lord and
the Word, seek to read a chapter a day from the New Testament. Just begin
with Matthew and read to Revelation and then read through the Psalms and the
Proverbs in the Old Testament. By that time, your mind will have been saturated
more and more with truth, then read from Genesis through the rest of the Old
Testament. Of course, each week I read and teach from the Bible. Holding an
actual copy of scripture is a strong statement.
I am inspired by Billy Grahams story of a missionary imprisoned by the
Japanese in China during World War II. In the concentration camp, the penalty
for having even a portion of the scriptures was death. However, a small copy of
the Gospel of John was smuggled to her in a winter coat. At bedtime, she pulled
the covers over her head and with a fashlight read a verse, then put herself
to sleep memorizing that verse. She eventually memorized the entire Gospel.
When she went to wash her hands, she would take one page at a time, dissolve
it with soap and water, and fush it down the drain. With a twinkle in her eye, she
later related, John and I parted company.
The missionary was later interviewed by a Time reporter who was standing at
the gates when they came out of the prison. Most of them shuffed along with
eyes on the ground, spirits broken, having long since lost hope. Then out came
the bright missionary. One of the reporters was heard to ask, I wonder if they
managed to brainwash her? The Time reporter answered, God washed her
brain. May the Lord bless and wash all of our brains! He probably did not know
the words of Jesus. You are clean because of the word that I have spoken to
you (John 15:3).
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
Carl Calabrese met Jesus face to face on June 30. We are praying for his wife,
Marlene, and the rest of the family. Paul Schaap went home to be with Jesus
on July 16. We are praying for his wife, Joyce, and the rest of the family. Edith
Whitaker passed into glory on August 1. We are praying for her family.
New Arrivals
Cassidy Joy Thomas was born on August 8 at 7 lbs, 8 oz. Proud parents are
Caleb & Michaela, and big sister is Taralyn.
Preschool & Childrens Ministry
New Believers in Christ
Missions Ministry
Foundations 101
Begins Saturday, August 16 at 7:30pm in DC112
This class begins this Saturday, August 16 and runs through November 29. For
more information, please call Lou at 596-8600 x258.
Helps Outreach
At the Missions Kiosk in the Commons
Helps Outreach is an overtly Christian organization which prays with people
and will actively evangelize all who would hear. Secondarily they distribute food,
clothing, furniture, and housewares at no cost.
Helps Outreach Food Drive
August 23 & 24
Please bring a bag flled with canned, dry, or other non-perishable foods next
weekend. Place the bag behind your car as you park for worship. Members of
the Hess BLG will pick up those bags and deliver them to Helps Outreach.
Bible & Life Group EMPACT Leaders
All BLG EMPACT Leaders Meeting
This Sunday, August 17 at 5:00 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. Our Associate Pastor of Discipleship, John
David Edie, has important information to share.
Building Kingdom Families - Block BLG led by Tom Rider
Saturday, September 6 - October 11 at 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.
Various Ministries
Church Quarterly Business Meeting
Wednesday, August 20 at 8:00pm in Room WC117
All church members are invited to attend.
Womens Ministry
RefresHer Fall Study: Sermon on the Mount
Begins Tuesday, August 26 at 9am and
Wednesday, Aug 27 at 6:30pm in the Worship Center
Matthews 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 Pastors wife) will teach these three
chapters as one cohesive message intended to challenge us to
think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctifcation.
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.
Childrens Choirs
SportsOutreach Beacons Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 30 at 8:00am
For details, contact Naomi at or call 596-8600 x213.
New Session Begins Saturday, Sept 6 at 7:15pm in Room DC113
This class is for you, or someone you know, who is suffering the pain of divorce.
For more information, go to 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 fnances in this fun and
informative class. For more information, go to
classfnder or call Rhonda at 596-8600 x261. Visit our table in the Commons
September 6 & 7.
Youth Choirs Kickoff
This 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.
Mens Ministry
9/11 Commemorative Service
Thursday, September 11 at 6pm in the Worship Center
Join us for this special time of refection 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 (WC129)
Led by Sonya Stearns, this is a great choir option for those who are involved in
Wednesday night ministries. Come and join us!
Living Christmas Trees Journey to the Manger
Drama Info Table in Commons Beginning August 23
LCT Choir Retreat Saturday, September 6
To make this 32nd anniversary presentation special, we want
more singers in the trees than weve 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 will
be in the Commons after services August 23 through Sept 7.
LCT tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 11.
Student Ministry
Amplify & Resonate
Begins This Sunday, August 17 at 5pm
Amplify (6th-8th graders) will meet from 5:00-7:00pm in the Family Life Center.
Resonate (9th-12th graders) will be diving back into ministry through music,
stomp, drama, and puppets in the Student Center from 5:00-7:00pm. Call Josh
at 449-4480 for details, or email
Weekday Part Time Employment and Volunteers Needed
Teachers and assistants are needed to serve with young children on Saturday
nights and Sunday mornings. Teachers and assistants are also needed to teach
preschoolers (birth through four years old) during MOPS every other Thursday
morning. For details about any of these positions, call Beverly at 596-8600 x351.
High School Ministry Parent Connect
Saturday, August 23 or Sunday, August 24
This is a detailed meeting about our new Area Bible Studies coming this fall.
On Saturday, August 23, meet us at 4pm (incoming 9th grade students and
parents) and 4:30pm (all students). On Sunday, August 24, all students and
parents meet us at 12:00pm. Call Josh at 449-4480 for more information.
AWANA Training for Kindergarten-4th Grade Volunteers
Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30pm in Room ED132
Surrendering the Secret
Begins Tuesday, August 26
Are you suffering from the guilt and secrecy of a past abortion? Please contact or call 239-596-8600 x282 to join us for our next 8 week study.
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
August 18 - 24
Philip Ehling
Steve Miller
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
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Saturday at 6:00pm
and Sunday at 9:30am
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Weekly Schedule
Last Weekend
This Upcoming Week
2013-2014 Operating Revenues
July 1, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014
Budget Actual Variance
$751,620 $680,472 ($71,148)
Financial Stewardship
Bible & Life Attendance
August 9 & 10
Saturday Night 1,266
Sunday 9:30 a.m. 1,525
Total 2,791
Wednesday Night Study 328
Decisions for Christ Worship Attendance
See what God is doing!
Debt balance as of Aug 10
August 9 & 10
Saturday Night 763
Sunday 8:15 a.m. 65
Sunday 11:00 a.m. 792
Home Groups 190
Total 1,810
Statement of Faith
Diana Abney
Lily Bannister
Julie Foss
Matthew Foss
August 20 (4:45-6:00pm in the
Fellowship/Recreation Gym)
Chicken Marsala, 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, August 16
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 17
8:15 a.m. Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus
9:00 a.m. Haitian Bible Study & Worship: ED206
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 20
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: Foundations 101, Praise Kids, 5th Grade Choir,
Amplify, Resonate, BLG EMPACT meeting, AWANA Training, Church Quarterly
Business Meeting, Prayer for our Pastors, Celebrate Recovery
Home Bible & Life Groups
Senior Adults
Annas Tea
Monday, August 25 at 1:30pm in Room WC117
This is a ministry of the deacons wives to the widows of our congregation.
Join us for fellowship and encouragement from Gods Word. Sign-up in the
Fellowship Hallway, or call Vada at 596-8600 x268.
Sensational Celebration
October 12-15 in Central Florida
Deadline is this Monday, August 18
Join us for worship, preaching, and fellowship. $100 holds your spot. 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.
These are Bible and Life Groups that will meet in homes all throughout the week
all over the Naples area. Groups will be for all ages of adults and all different
stages of life. A number of our groups this fall will focus on marriage enrichment.
Fall session will run for 12 weeks starting the week of September 14 and
go through the week of December 7.
**Sign-up will begin next weekend in the Commons at the information area.**
Coming This Fall
Jeremy Giles
Jill Giles
Chuck Piatt
Diane Piatt