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FIRST WORD

MARCH 10 & 11, 2012

SHINING

BRIGHTER

MARCH 24 - 25

Hear Obey Trust
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Finishing Well
It was a cool evening on October 20, 1968 in Mexico City Olympic Stadium. The sun had already set, and it seemed that the last of the marathon runners had arrived, completely exhausted. Over an hour earlier, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia crossed the finish line as the winner of the 26-mile event. But then the sound of sirens split the air. The few who were still there turned and saw a slow-moving figure wearing number 36 with the colors of Tanzania. He was the last man to finish the race and had fallen earlier, injuring his knee and ankle. He grimaced with each hobbling step around the track. The few spectators who were there gave him a standing ovation. He did not finish first, but he finished well. When asked why he had continued, even though there was no chance of winning, he replied: “My country did not send me 7,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 7,000 miles to finish it.” May we also “finish the race” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul challenged the Colossians, “Say to Archippus, ‘take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord that you may fulfill it’” (4:17). God gave us the wonderful ministry of this church, but we must “fulfill it.” Perhaps God has called you to a tough task. You may be bloodied in the battle, but you don’t have to be beaten. We continue to face the challenge of Climbing Higher, Shining Brighter as we ask all who attend our church to pray about “their participation in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:5). Buildings, budgets, personnel, and programs are only valid if they are tools for advancing “the gospel” of Christ and discipling believers for the glory of God. A large part of “fulfilling the ministry” involves being “indebted to minister in material things” and to “put our seal on this fruit” (Romans 15:27, 28). Continue to pray about the special offering on March 24 & 25 to significantly reduce our capital campaign debt and to ultimately cross the finish line.

There is a guest reception in the Commons immediately following the Saturday night and Sunday morning 11:00 service. Come and meet Pastor Wicker.

Guest Reception

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Join us for a special night of reflection and celebration of the Lord’s Supper, featuring our Worship Choir and Orchestra.

Friday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Worship Center

THE LOVE & RESPECT
MARRIAGE CONFERENCE is coming to NAPLES, FLORIDA

WHERE: First Baptist Church Naples 3000 Orange Blossom Drive Naples, FL 34109 WHEN: Friday, April 13, 2012 6:45 PM to 9:45 PM

Women need love. Men need respect. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.
Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs present the Love & Respect Marriage Conference, a dynamic, high energy, practical seminar designed to help couples everywhere achieve the relationship they’ve always dreamed of. Based on the groundbreaking principles taught in Dr. Eggerichs’ best seller Love and Respect, Emerson and Sarah bring the message to life, teaching couples how to achieve a brand-new level of intimacy as they learn to: - stop the Crazy Cycle of conflict - initiate the Energizing Cycle of change - enjoy the Rewarded Cycle of new passion

$20/person after April 2nd

COST: $15/person thru April 2nd

QUESTIONS: Sandy Graham loveandrespect@fbcn.org FOR MORE INFO OR TO REGISTER: www.loveandrespect.com
596-8600 x261

“I’ve never laughed so hard.” “Singles Friendly!!” “So simple, and it works!” “Men love this conference!”
Register online at CLICK HERE to watch previews of the Conference www.loveandrespect.com.

A OVERON ILLI S M IE COP D! SOL

Childcare available by reservation only by calling 596-8600 x360. Age: infant - 10 years

Harbor Ministries presents

A Night of Gospel & Bluegrass with
and Lindsey Graham
A benefit for St. Matthew’s House

The Isaacs

(doors open at 6:00 p.m.) Tickets: $20 (Kids 12 and younger FREE)
Don’t miss this incredible evening with acclaimed Nashville group, The Isaacs. Soloist Lindsey Graham will also be performing. Please bring a nonperishable food item to help replenish the food pantry at St. Matthew’s House. Their trucks will be parked near the entrance to receive the donations. A love offering for St. Matthew’s House will be taken as well. Please call Julie Clay at 774-0500 for more information.

Friday, March 16 7:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale now at the Media Ministry window.

Interested in a Small Home Group?
Are you interested in being part of an off-campus small home group? This type of group meets in an individual’s home or office and focuses on Bible study, fellowship, outreach, and service. If you would like to know more, please contact Sandy at 596-8600 x261 or email sgraham@fbcn.org.

Food Drive
to benefit Helps Outreach March 17 & 18
Al Micieli’s Bible and Life Group, along with our high school students, have planned a church-wide food drive to benefit Helps Outreach. Paper bags, along with a list of requested food items, will be given to the congregation this weekend, March 10 & 11. Please return the filled bags next weekend, March 17 & 18. Simply place the filled bags behind your vehicle when you arrive for church, and members of Al Micieli’s BLG, as well as our high school students, will pick up and transport the bags to Helps Outreach. Thank you for being Christ’s hands and feet to a very needy Collier County.

Women’s Ministry Announces our Spring Bible Study . . .

Introducing a Bible study from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur—Lord, Teach Me to Pray: Practicing a Powerful Pattern of Prayer. This four week teaching series focuses on key elements found in the Lord’s Prayer. You will gain insights from God’s Word on how to pray, what to pray, and what to expect when you pray. This practical and encouraging study will lead women to experience a richer, more fulfilling prayer life.

Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. & Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center, east side.
Study books are available at the Lighthouse Bookstore and in RefresHer.
Preschool childcare is wonderfully provided for sessions. Pre-register your child by calling 596-8600 ext. 360.

SAVE THE DATE!
BAND OF BROTHERS
MEN’S COURAGEOUS RESOLUTION CEREMONY FRIDAY, MARCH 30 AT 7:00 P.M.

Run for Immokalee 5k
Hosted by FBCN SportsOutreach Saturday, March 31 - 7:30 a.m. Race starts and finishes at First Baptist Church Naples. Everyone gets shirts. Prizes awarded to the first three finishers in each age group. Special awards for first three overall men and women. Registration Fee: One new pair of children’s shoes (bring the day of the race) Please mail in your registration form by March 10 so we can have a shirt for you on the day of the race. Race day registration is available, but a t-shirt is not guaranteed. Packet pick-up starts at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race. Come to the registration tables in front of the gym. Mail registration form to: Baker 267 N. Collier Blvd., Suite G Marco Island, FL 34145 Questions? Email run4imm@comcast.net -----------------------------------------------------Name ____________________________________________________ Date of Birth ____/____/____ Age __________ Gender: F M Address __________________________________________________ City ___________________________ State _______ Zip ___________ Phone (_____)_____________ Email ___________________________ Tshirt size: YM YL YXL AS AM AL AXL AXXL

I know that running in a race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decisions of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running this event including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my application, I for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the race organizers, the cities and towns in which the event is held, and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.

___________________________________________ _____________ Signature of Participant (or parent/guardian if under 18) Date

SKATES 4 SHOES
March 31 - April 1
Shoes & friends = ticket & chances to win

For more information go to www.fbcn.org/msm

What is happening at First Baptist Academy?
SPRING SPORTS SENIOR NIGHT
FBA will be honoring our spring sport athletes on Friday, April 13th at 4:30 on the FBA Baseball Field. Athletes from these sports will be honored: Varsity Girls Tennis, Varsity Baseball, and Varsity Track & Field.
Our mission is to develop students with Christian character and a Biblical worldview, equipping them for life, learning, and leadership.

In the Missions Kiosk This Weekend
Pregnancy Resource Center of Southwest Florida (PRC) continues to fulfill the mission of “saving the lives of unborn children from abortion by meeting the physical and emotional needs of our clients and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.” In 2011, PRC saw more women considering abortion and more minds were changed than ever before. PRC aims to make an impact on the culture whereby hearts and lives are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and every woman chooses life for her unborn child and eternal life for herself. Last year, God provided many opportunities for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The center’s services provide a tremendous benefit to the entire community because PRC is building healthy and stable families. PRC does this by providing pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, childbirth and parenting classes, mentoring, community referrals, and post-abortion support. All of these services are confidential and free of charge. PRC shares these services with over 500 women and men in the community every year. PRC is committed to caring for the clients with love and compassion regardless of their pregnancy decision. If you have any questions or would like information regarding volunteer opportunities, post-abortion counseling, or community service referrals, please e-mail or call Juliette, the Client Services Director, at Juliette@ prcnaples.org, or 239-513-9775. If you would like to support Pregnancy Resource Center, please e-mail or call John, the Executive Director, at John@ prcnaples.org, or 239-5139775.

to be delivered by our HIGH SCHOOL MISSIONS TEAM to the people of Argentina

Sponsor A Bible…

A gift of $10 will provide for the purchase & delivery of a Spanish Bible. To sponsor a Bible, please contact the Student Ministry office at 239-449-4480. Our High School Ministry will be traveling to Argentina on March 31- April 6. Please be in prayer for them as they “go forth and tell”.

Christian Vocation Scholarship for Seminary and College Students Deadline to Apply - April 1, 2012
Scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 school year are now available to college or seminary students who are FBCN members and meet the criteria. To apply, or if you have any questions, please contact Susan Dickson, Scholarship Committee Chairman, at 455-4224. Before receiving an application, you are asked to email the following information to susandickson2@embarqmail.com - subject line: SCHOLARSHIP. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Your name, phone number, and email address. Which college/seminary will you be attending? Have you been accepted? What year will you be starting? (i.e., freshman, 2nd year seminary, etc.). What degree will you be seeking? (i.e., Bachelors or Masters in _______). What Christian vocation has God called you to?

Area Home Bible Studies
HSM@Home
On  the  next  2  Wednesdays  in  March,  the  High School Ministry will be going out into  the  community!  Students  will  be  meeting  in area homes instead of here on campus.   Several  families  who  are  closely  involved  with  our  student  ministry  have  agreed  to  host  students  in  their  homes  as  they  go  through  a  dynamic  Bible  study    written  by  Francis  Chan  called  Surrender.  Students  will  meet  in  the  host  homes on March 14 and March 21. On March 28, everyone will meet in the  Student Center here on campus for group study and worship.   
 

We hope that every student will get plugged into a home study and invite  his or her friends. This is an AWESOME opportunity to reach out to teenag‐ ers in the community who might not otherwise go to church! 
 

Contact  the  student  ministry  office  at  239‐449‐4480  for  a  host  home  near  you or for more information.   
Student Leadership University...unlike anything you’ve ever encountered...

What: SLU101 When: July 9-12, 2012 Cost: $545 (Early Bird Rate) Where: Orlando, Florida Deposit: $100 due @ sign up
For students who have completed 7th grade and up

What is Student Leadership University? Modeled after Fortune 500 corporate leadership seminars, each student is exposed to comprehensive programs focusing on leadership skills. These skills include time and life management, goal setting, dealing with conflict and difficult people, and developing a Christian worldview. SLU challenges students to develop the ability to rise above self, circumstances, obstacles, change and the crowd. Our aim is to equip, motivate, enable and empower students for present and future leadership in their schools, churches, teams, families and workplaces. We believe our training gives them a 20-year quantum leap on a global level that accelerates their leadership decisions.

For more information, please attend a 30 minute parent/student meeting on Wed 3/14 @ 8:15pm in DC121

Please remember that we have our very own social media site to connect with our very own local and North American Mission Board missionaries. Even if you aren’t a member of the Great Commission Connection, you can still be part of this social media site! If you haven’t received an invitation to join this site, or if your invitation link has expired, please e-mail Rhonda Wright at rwright@fbcn.org and she will send you the invitation link to join. Once on this site, you have access to over 200 missionaries to pray for, connect with, share pictures and videos with, etc. This site is also guaranteed to be 100% safe, secure, and totally unsearchable (the only way to see anything on this site is to be invited). If your “Change the World” bank is full, you may make your deposit at the Lighthouse Bookstore (during regular operating hours), the Media Ministry Counter (during regular operating hours), or the Fellowship Hallway Depository (available at all times during the week, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and before/after all worship services and events). Simply use the black marker provided and enter your name and your change bank number on the plastic deposit bag label provided, open the change bank from the bottom and deposit the change into the plastic deposit bag, remove adhesive strip from the back of the plastic deposit bag, close the flap making sure the bag is sealed, and drop the plastic deposit bag into the depository at your selected location. After making your deposit, KEEP THE BANK and continue to collect your change for the Great Commission Connection.

First Baptist Church Naples Membership Information
We have had many requests for information about joining our church.

Membership is built upon the prior requirement of being a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
You may join First Baptist Church Naples by:
1) Baptism by immersion, making a clear statement of possessing faith in Christ. 2) Transferring your membership from another Southern Baptist Church. 3) Making a clear statement of possessing faith in Christ and that you have been biblically baptized by immersion. 4) Seasonal residents are offered the option of holding a dual membership with First Baptist Church Naples and their home church.

Here are some tips that will guide you in joining:
• Meet with one of our encouragers during the invitation time at the end of the worship service and complete our new member decision form. • Meet with one of our pastors or deacons at the guest reception with Dr. Wicker following the Saturday night service or the Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. service. • Set an appointment to meet with one of our pastors during the week by contacting Linda Peiffer at 596-8600 x280. • Attend our quarterly Discovering First Baptist Church Naples dinner led by Senior Pastor Dr. Hayes Wicker.

The next prayer shawl gathering will be Friday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. in Room AD145. We are always open to new members. We make prayer shawls for the homebound, those in the hospital, women who just had babies, etc. Please come by and check us out!

Prayer Shawl

Join us for our next 3rd Fridays event...where 20’s and 30’s gather for fun, food, and fellowship! We will meet next Friday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the New Gym (Family Life Center).

Are you in your 20’s or 30’s?

Every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Worship Center

Equipping to Share Jesus

First Steps Class
A First Steps Class for children who are in 1st through 4th grades who would like to get baptized will begin on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. This three-week class covers the topics of salvation, baptism, communion, being a part of the church, and growing as a child of God. Please contact the Children’s Ministry Office at 596-8600 x350 to sign your child up for the Saturday session and to pick up his/her workbook so that he/she can begin his/her work.

FBCN Employment Opportunity
We are currently seeking a qualified individual to fill the part-time position of Administrative Assistant for Women’s Ministry. This person will support the Director of Women’s Ministry as well as all aspects of women’s Bible studies and events. Must be proficient in Microsoft programs (specifically Word and Publisher) but a working knowledge of Adobe programs (Photoshop and InDesign) is a huge plus. Should be able to adapt to a flexible schedule, have strong organizational and people skills, and have a heart to see women know and grow in Christ. To apply, you may go online at www. fbcn.org or pick-up an application at the church reception office.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Thursday, March 15 at 9:15 a.m. in WC100a

Sewing/Quilting Class
Monday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Room WC117
Everyone is welcome, whether a newbie or experienced with sewing. We have a few machines that may be used, but if you have a portable machine please bring it for your own use. Come and fellowship with others. Bring a UFO (unfinished project) to class and we will encourage/help you finish it. If you do not have an unfinished project, then bring something that you would like to do. Please call Kathy at 370-2592 or Pam at 272-5583 if you have any questions.

Brigitte Gabriel CDs
CDs of Brigitte Gabriel’s recent presentation at our church are available at the Media Ministry window for just $5.00 each. Get yours today before they are all gone!

Empty Baby Food Jars Needed
The preschool ministry needs glass baby food jars for art projects. Please bring your empty ones to the preschool desk. We appreciate it!

Why you should serve in Preschool and Children’s Ministries
1. Children are important to God.
I don’t know about you, but I want to serve in ways that matter most to God. There is no question about God’s attitude toward children. The Bible tells us that children are a blessing from God. While Jesus was on earth, He made a point to welcome children and to affirm their value. He even talked about punishment for anyone who would abuse a child. Make no mistake, children matter to God. If children matter to you as they do to God, then you should serve in Preschool and Children’s Ministries. Stay tuned...next week we will share the #2 reason why you should serve in Preschool and Children’s Ministries. Find out how you can personally impact kids for Jesus! Call Beverly (Preschool) at 596-8600 x351 or Larry (Children’s) at 596-8600 x370.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 10
6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Worship Service/Worship Center KidzTown Children’s Worship/DC120 Hispanic Worship Service/Chapel Bible and Life Groups/Various Rooms on Campus Bible and Life Groups/Various Rooms on Campus Worship Service/Worship Center Bible and Life Groups/Various Rooms on Campus KidzTown Children’s Worship/DC120 Romanian Baptist/Modulars 3 & 4/SC117 Haitian Bible Study & Worship/ED222 Vietnamese Bible Study and Worship/DC220 Worship Service/Worship Center Bible and Life Groups/Various Rooms on Campus Hispanic Worship Service/Student Center Equipping to Share Jesus/WC100a Resonate/Student Center Praise Kids/Education Building Project 56/DC220 Romanian Baptist Congregation/Modulars 3 & 4 Sewing & Quilting Class/WC117 RefresHer Women’s Ministry/WC East Side Family Meal/Fellowship Recreation-Gym AWANA Children’s Ministry/DC120 Band of Brothers Men’s Ministry/Chapel RefresHer Women’s Ministry/WC East Side High School Ministry/Student Center Middle School Ministry/Family Life Center-Gym Choir Rehearsal/Choir Room Orchestra Rehearsal/Worship Center Mothers of Preschoolers/WC100a Prayer for our Pastors/AD184 Celebrate Recovery/DC121 Women’s Book Club/DC108 Grief Share/AD145 Prayer Shawl/AD145 Singles 3rd Friday Fellowship/Family Life Gym Southern Gospel Concert/Worship Center

Sunday, March 11
8:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 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. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m.

Monday, March 12 Tuesday, March 13
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. 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14

Thursday, March 15
9:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 16
10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Last Weekend
Decisions For Christ
David Oakes Baptisms Hannah Mae Patterson Brittney Apperti John Robert Patterson Frank Barrett Nancy Rapert Brad Buckingham Cielo Zenteno Tejeda Madison Buckingham Lynn Watkins Lynn Gaddis Todd Watkins Reed Halvorsen Will Watkins Gary Harrison Cliff Williams Roger Johnson Ruth Zenteno Robert & Sue Krampf Daniel Ziegler Brett & Lori Legan Ella Ziegler

Worship Attendance
March 3 & 4
Saturday Night Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Total 1,293 2,023 1,214 4,530

Bible & Life Attendance
March 3 & 4
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 8:15 a.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Home Groups 62 925 153 457 899 763

Financial Stewardship

July 1, 2011 - March 4, 2012 Budget Actual Variance $5,144,576 $5,066,473 ($78,103)

2011-2012 Operating Revenues

Debt balance as of March 4 $8,527,363

Next Week

If you need assistance, please call the church deacon hotline at 800-732-9573. For Spanish, call 601-6051.

` Tickets may be purchased at the Lighthouse Cafe during regular business hours or at the door for $6.00 each or $25.00 for a family (immediate family residing in home). ` Cafe Hours
Alternate choices include grilled chicken breast, hamburger, pizza, or a grilled foot long hot dog.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday

Bookstore Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Wednesday Saturday Sunday

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Total

3,259

Deacon of the Week
Duane Bryan & Daryl Kniep

Dr. Wicker on the Radio
You can hear Dr. Wicker every day at 1pm on 91.5 Kingdom FM WJYO. Dr. Wicker is also on WSOR 90.9 FM at 8pm on Sundays. You can hear our Band of Brothers Men’s Ministry on WJYO 91.5 at 11am & 9pm on Saturdays.

March 12 - 18

Wednesday Family Meal
Meal for March 14 (4:45 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Recreation-Gym) Sweet & Sour Pork, Rice, Salad, Vegetable, and a Dessert

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Closed 3:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Closed 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sermon Notes

Acts is the power book of the Bible. Story after story show God working in the world -- from Cornelius’ miraculous salvation, to Peter’s release from prison. We see God working to get the gospel to the ends of the earth. Be prepared for more exciting news as lives are changed. Sunday - Acts 10:9-22 / Monday - Acts 10:23-33 Tuesday - Acts 10:34-48 / Wednesday - Acts 11:1-15 Thursday - Acts 11:16-30 / Friday - Acts 12:1-11 Saturday - Acts 12:12-25

Pastoral Staff

Dr. Hayes Wicker ................................................................................................ Senior Pastor Miguel Cruz ............................................................................. Hispanic Congregation Pastor Beverly Day ............................................................................ Director of Preschool Ministry Justin Faircloth ....................................................... Associate Pastor/Middle School Ministry Steve Hayes...................................................................Associate Pastor/Biblical Counseling Forrest Head ....................................................................................... Senior Associate Pastor Jim Hill................................................................................Director of Single Adult Ministry Lewis Howard .............................................................................. Associate Pastor/Education Don Ingle ......................................................................................Director of Men’s Ministry Shannon Moore ........................................................................Director of Women’s Ministry John Patterson..................................................................Associate Pastor/Media & Technology Doug Pigg ................................................................Associate Pastor/Church Administration Tom Rider .................................................................. Associate Pastor/School Administrator Larry Rigley .................................................................. Associate Pastor/Children’s Ministry Dr. Todd F. Stearns ........................................................ Associate Pastor/Worship and Music Kevin Taylor ..............................................................Associate Pastor/High School Ministry Kevin Van Duser .................................................................Associate Pastor/Sports Outreach Eric Yeldell.........................................Associate Pastor/Contemporary Worship & Ministries

First Baptist Church Naples

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 Church Website.........................................................................................................www.fbcn.org

3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL 34109 Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.