First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

Month: August 2013

Context Matters

Ten years ago I traveled to Romania and for the first time in my life I felt like an outsider. I was abruptly placed in the middle of a beautiful chaotic country where I did not understand the language, money or culture. In the midst of this confusion a Romanian kindly bought me an incredibly ridiculous looking hat. I wore it to be nice but I was not thrilled. My family received a huge kick out of me in this hat as we all took pictures that follow me to this day.

While reluctantly wearing this hat I arrived at a market place outside of Dracula’s castle and saw many people wearing hats like the one I was wearing. This hat made me no longer look like an outsider. Unlike here, it was very much in style in Romania. All of a sudden the hat didn’t seem so silly and it made sense in my current context. It helped me to fit in there whereas here it would do the opposite. This is just a silly example of how context matters.

I was excited to select the material “Dreaming the Church” (our Wednesday night adult Bible study material) because I think it is important to remember that when researching how to be church we must remember that some things that work in others areas may not work here. We are given the challenge and opportunity to be authentically First Baptist Church of Saint Simons Island. We must ask the questions, “What does God want to do uniquely through us using our gifts and abilities at this time and place?”

God may not talk to you at a well but at a water fountain. The important thing is that God is talking to you where you are here and now. Are we listening?

September Will Be Busy For The Youth!

T he Night of Joy sign-up period has ended. We are taking a group of 35 youth and chaperones to Orlando, Florida for a time of fun and worship at Disney World. Please play for safe travels and for our hearts to be open to the calling of Christ in our lives. This will be a time of that we seek to grow closer to God and as a group. A participant meeting will take place September 4th at 7:15 in the Epic Café.

Wednesday nights have started back in the Epic Café. The theme for the fall is finding faith in film. Last week we watched a clip from The Avengers. We looked at the gifts and superpowers of each of the heroes. We then discussed how we are all uniquely gifted and have our own powers that we can use to impact the Kingdom of Heaven. This will end each week at 7:15 p.m.

Also during the month of September the youth will share in a time of food and fellowship at the homes of a different church member each Sunday night. We will meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. and return to church at 7:00 p.m. Because of Night of Joy our Sunday night schedule will not start until September 15th.

Dorcus Group Update

Mrs. Jennifer Fussell attended the Dorcas meeting on August 8 to discuss the “clean water” ministry in which she and her husband, local Dr. Kevin Fussell, actively participate in Haiti and The Dominican Republic. After the meeting, she took with her 50 little dresses and 60 ditty bags to distribute in the small villages they serve with their clean water ministry. These items will be sent to Haiti and DR with representatives attending their “clean water” conference and fund-raiser in Atlanta this month. When the Fussell’s return to Haiti in November, they will take with them additional dresses and ditty bags.

Recent donations of Dorcas-made neck pillows, adult bibs, crocheted and fleece throws, and memory pillows taken to Hospice of The Golden Isles were gratefully received by staff, who deliver them to both in-home and Hospice-housed clients.

Ditty bags, to be filled with personal items, for the local Seafarer’s International “Christmas at Sea” program, will become the focus of the group until mid-November. FBC-SSI congregation participated in the filling of the ditty bags last year, and the Dorcas Group invites you to again donate socks, gloves, warm scarves, books, Bibles, personal hygiene items, and non-perishable snacks. The Dorcas Basket will be found at the Fellowship Hall door for your contributions for the men who come to our ports during the holidays. These men are away from home for six months at the time, so a little bag of unexpected Christmas cheer and love can be a really meaningful experience for them. “Walk in their shoes” in your mind for a moment…and be generous.

Youth Wednesday Night Live

This Wednesday night, Youth Wednesday Night Live will be returning to the Epic Café at 6:30 p.m. During this time we will be looking at our faith through the eyes of cinema. We will discuss how we can deepen our walk with Christ and how we can use everyday events to share our faith with our friends. This will end each week at 7:15 p.m.

School has started and we are settling back into the routine of life. During September youth praise band, youth choir and prayer breakfast will start back. I am excited about each of these activities! Details for each of these events will be coming soon. Make sure you check the Lifeline and the youth Facebook page for more details.

Also, during the month of September, the youth will share in a time of food and fellowship at the homes of a different church member each Sunday night. We will meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. and return to church at 7:00 p.m. Because of Night of Joy, our Sunday night schedule will not start until September 15th. This Sunday night we will join the rest of the church for a worship service at the lighthouse. Come ready to worship and eat boiled peanuts and homemade ice cream!

Youth Lunch and Snatch

The Costa Rica youth lunch went exceptionally well this past Sunday. A big thank you to the church for continuing to come and support our youth. Thank you to Glenda Kessler for her guidance and direction in this area. Donnie Jordan did an amazing job with the meal, if the youth ate like that in Costa Rica; I’m buying a ticket tomorrow. Linda Knight gave us a little piece of Costa Rica with her decorating in the Fellowship hall. Many other adults were involved and deserve a thank you, but they are too many to list here.

Welcome to our newest youth group members. This past Saturday morning Allyson Jennings, Peyton Jennings, and Mattie Colquitt were snatched from their beds at 6:00 a.m. and thrown into the pool of Lon and Joy Lewis. We had a great time and look forward to getting to know them as we grow closer as a group and to God.

Night of Joy is quickly approaching! If you have not signed up for this fun and spirit filled event, contact me as soon as possible. You may also sign up using this web address http://fbcssiyouth.wufoo.com/forms/m7x3q1. The deadline to sign up is August 21st. A fifty dollar deposit is also needed on this date. The total cost of this trip is one hundred dollars.

This Sunday night the youth will meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. We will have a Bible study followed by a trip to Fuse for yogurt and XBOX Kinect. We will return to the church at 7:00 p.m. I hope to see each of you there. Please continue to pray for the youth minister search committee and for the youth of our church to continue to be the

Wednesday Night Programs Start Back

Our Wednesday night programs start back, next Wednesday, August 21st & 28th, and we are kicking it off with relevant engaging Bible studies taught by authentic talented leaders. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us this year. Please see below for information regarding our upcoming Wednesday night lineup. If you have any questions, please email me at rebekah@fbcssi.org.

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Studies:

Dreaming the Church by: Brett Younger

This study will begin August 21 and will take place in the fellowship hall
Dates/Topics/Leaders
August 21, 2013 – “Dreaming God’s Church” – Acts 2:1-21
Led by Barry Kerr
August 28, 2013 – “Dreaming a Courageous Church” – Acts 3-4:4
Led by Carolyn Pipkin
September 04, 2013 – “Dreaming a Sharing Church” – Acts 4:23-35
Led by Larry White
September 11, 2013 – “Dreaming an Authentic Church” – Acts 5:1-11
Led by Mike Hendley
September 18, 2013 – “Dreaming a Holy Church” – Acts 7:1-8, 54-60
Led by Paige Browning

In His Presence: Holy Ground Facilitated by: Angie Wainright

This study will begin August 28 in the LJL Classroom
It will also be offered on Thursday mornings at 10:00a.m.

Wednesday Night Children’s Bible Studies:

Developing Bible Skills for Children by: John Echols

This interactive study will be led by Rebekah White & Wendy Alberson for K-5 Children
This Study will begin August 21 and will take place in Faith Village (in Sunday School area)
August 21, 2013 – Jesus Calms the Storm/Learning from Bible Stories
August 28, 2013 – A Letter from Paul/Learning from Bible Verses
September 04, 2013 – Wasteful Worship/Learning from Bible People
September 11, 2013 – God Knows Me/Learning from Bible Poetry

Bible Stories that Tell of God’s Great Love

This study will be led by Debby Richardson for Preschool Children
This Study will begin August 21 and will take place in the Preschool Department.

Wednesday Night Children’s Choirs:

Young Musicians (2nd – 5th) – Michael Jennings & Joy Lewis (Adult Choir Suite)
Music Makers (K-1st) Faith Village
Preschool Choir – Betsy Crumbliss (Preschool Department)

School Begins

School is starting back for many this week and while back to school shopping for clothes and supplies is needed it is also very important to prepare our hearts and minds for what lies ahead. There is a wonderful website that offers back to school online devotions that I would like to challenge you to do daily as a family. It is www.d365.org. It is my prayer that everyone has a great school year. Please email me your first day of school pictures at rebekah@fbcssi.org.

Come Hear About Costa Rica Missions

This Sunday, the youth of First Baptist St. Simons that went on the Costa Rica mission trip, would like to say thank you to the congregation for their support. After the 10:30 a.m. service there will be a lunch provided for every member of our congregation in the fellowship hall. The cost of this meal is free. While dining, you will be able to hear more about this life changing experience that you helped make possible for our youth. So, make plans to spend time with us as we eat and fellowship together this Sunday.

Night of Joy is quickly approaching! If you have not signed up for this fun and spirit filled event, contact me as soon as possible. You may also sign up using this web address http://fbcssiyouth.wufoo.com/forms/m7x3q1 . The deadline to sign up is August 21st. A fifty dollar deposit is also needed on this date. The total cost of this trip is one hundred dollars.

Please remember our youth and children as they head back to school this week. Pray that they will continue to be the light to the world that Christ has called them to be. Pray that Christ will continue to guide their path as they seek the will of God in their lives.

Blessing of the Backpacks

It is a crucial and important time for our children as they start back to school and we want them to know that they have the love and support of their church. This Sunday, August 4th, we have many things in store for them. At the beginning of the service we will recognize children who are beginning kindergarten and present them with their very own Bible. During the children’s message we are having a Blessing of the Backpacks. Children will wear their book bags down front for the children’s message and we will pray with them. Following the 10:30 a.m. Worship service we are having a special graduation luncheon for children who are graduating out of the children’s program and for their families.

My favorite thing about the summer is that through camps and events the children have wonderful opportunities to interact and grow in God and with each other. It is my prayer that they take the things that they have learned back to school with them and let it have a lasting impact.

As the summer comes to a close, there are two very special people that we need to recognize: Summer Interns Ansleigh Mize and Abby Wainright. They have done an excellent job in serving in many capacities at our church over the last two months. They have taught Sunday School rotations, Children’s Church and helped with Vacation Bible School Camp, Choir Camp and Monday Mystery Trips. May we continue to lift them up in our prayers as they continue on life’s journey. Ansleigh is about to begin her second year and Abby is about to start her first year at The College of Coastal Georgia.

Youth Summer Activity Blitz was a Blast!

We had a great time of fellowship, fun, and discipleship last week. I would like to thank the chaperones that helped with all of the activities last week. Tuesday, we had a great time participating in the Beach Olympics. On Thursday, we went into our community and found creative ways to show the love of Christ to people that we come into contact with on a daily basis. Saturday, we took a group of 18 people tubing on the Ichetucknee Springs. Then this past Sunday, we had a great time swimming at the home on Lon and Joy Lewis, followed by a time of worship at the Gathering Place. Coming up this Sunday, we have a video game night from 5 to 7pm in the church fellowship hall. Snacks, games, and video game systems will be provided.

Night of Joy sign ups have begun. The dates for Night of Joy are September 7th and 8th. The cost of this trip is $100 dollars. The last day to sign up for this trip is August 17th. A deposit of 50 dollars is also due on that day. You can either sign up with me or online at http://fbcssiyouth.wufoo.com/forms/m7x3q1/ If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (912) 230-6187.