First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

Month: September 2013

Children To Be Baptised

M onday morning I had the privilege of hearing key note speaker Rev. Lillian Daniel at the Mercer Preaching Consultation. She said, “The preacher’s job is to take large bills and to break it into small change that you can use.” The goal is not to make it less than what people deserve (by dumbing it down) but to break it up so that it is useable. This metaphor is very applicable when talking to children. There is a tension between “dumbing down” the message of Christ and speaking over their heads. We have to find a happy medium by being able to explain God to them in an accurate yet attainable way.

One way that we helped “take large bills and break it into small change” was by having a Faith Class for children who are beginning to ask questions about baptism and are interested in inviting Christ into their hearts and lives. Together we explored who God is as we worked through the book, “God…Should I be Baptized?” Four of the children who attended this class have made professions of faith and will be baptized this Sunday, September 29. Please see below. I am so proud of each of them. They are mature beyond their years. They come from loving homes and a supportive church. They shine at their school as well as in their extracurricular activities. I am honored to be able to walk on this journey with them.

Dorcus Group Update

York Co. Quilters “First Friday Group” has been called our “sister group” because Dorcas Group member Sylvia Martin’s sister, Wynnell Shows, is a member of the First Friday Group. Their location is Rock Hill, SC and agreements with textile mills in the area gives them access to bolt ends and surplus materials which they have generally shared with the Dorcas Group- the other reason they are called our sister group. They have a heart for sharing. They, too, make “little dresses” to send to underdeveloped countries with people going “on mission”.

Our Dorcas Group has been able to expand the variety and quality of items it can now donate to local and foreign missions because of the variety of fabrics received from our
sister group.

Dorcas learned that the Rock Hill group had a request from one of their local pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Joel Lutterman, for 200 “little dresses” to take to Honduras at the end of October on a mission trip with the International Heart Foundation. This is a non-profit medical charity dedicated to providing life-saving surgical care to children with congenital heart defects who live in underdeveloped countries. Dr. Lutterman wants to distribute the little dresses in the areas of his work in Honduras.

Dorcas Group, because dynamo dressmakers, Billie Gomez, has been sewing 25-30 dresses every two weeks, had a good inventory of dresses and sent to our SC “sister group” 50 little dresses, which was gratefully received as part of the 200 requested by Dr. Lutterman.

So, “sister groups” in Rock Hill, SC and FBC-SSI have joined our hearts to seek Him and our hands to serve Him.

Anyone who wants to join Dorcas is invited to join and contribute in whatever way you are able. Dorcas meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month in Room 105.

Youth Serve With Hearts and Hands

Beginning this Sunday, the youth will spend Sunday nights in the homes of many of our church members. This will be a time of food, fellowship, and discipleship. These events will take place between 5 and 7 p.m. On October the 5th the will begin serving through the Hearts and Hands ministry. Please arrive at the church at 10:30 a.m. We will deliver food and then head to Foxes Pizza for a lunch of our own. Please bring about 7 dollars for this activity.

The next day, youth will begin greeting on Sunday mornings. I am real excited about the opportunities we have to serve the church and our community in these capacities. So look for our smiling faces as we deliver food and meet you at the gym door soon!

There will be a youth parents meeting on October 6th in the fellowship hall after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This will be a short meeting as we look at the next few months fun filled activities and service opportunities. Hope to see you there.

This past Wednesday night we talked about how our actions show the type of person that we truly are on the inside. We talked about how our faith is shown by what we do not by what we say. This week as we walk the halls of our schools, I want to encourage you to share Christ with others whenever you can and when necessary use words.

New Program

New Kindergarten—Fifth Grade Program:
We have started a remarkable new program for kindergarten through fifth graders (252 Basics). On Sunday morning children meet for small group time (greeting and introductory games) at 9:30a.m. in Faith Village. Following small group time, they gather for a large group time (interactive Bible study) in our Seaside Cinema room. During Children’s Church, they view engaging videos that retell and reinforce what they have learned in Sunday school. This is followed by small group time and free time. The best part of this exciting new program does not happen at church but at home. Children are provided with devotions each week that go along with their Sunday Bible study. Parents are also provided with information on what their child is learning. This is a collective effort to help children develop a holistic and eternal relationship with their Savior, Jesus Christ.

Faith Decisions:
This past Sunday Jacob Triplett walked down making a profession of faith in Christ and expressing his desire to get baptized. It has been an honor to be able to witness the
work of Christ in Jacob’s life. Next Sunday, September 29, will be a very special baptismal service. Lexi Alberson, Beau Browning, Cammie Pope and Jacob Triplett will be getting baptized. In next week’s lifeline I will be talking about each of them and their faith journey.

Youth Begin as Greeters

B eginning September 29, the youth will spend Sunday nights in the homes of many of our church members. This will be a time of food, fellowship, and discipleship. These events will take place between 5 and 7 p.m. This Sunday night the youth are encouraged to attend the Mercer preaching conference worship service in place of our normal Sunday night activities.

Also, beginning in October, the youth will be greeters on Sunday mornings and a part of the Hearts and Hands ministry. I am real excited about the opportunities we have to serve the church and our community in these capacities. So look for our smiling faces as we deliver food and meet you at the gym door soon! More details about these events are coming soon!

There will be a youth parents meeting on October 6th in the fellowship hall after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This will be a short meeting as we look at the next few months fun filled activities and service opportunities. Hope to see you there.

Asking Questions

When I was a student at McAfee School of Theology the student body had t-shirts made with a quote from John Claypool. It said, “There is more honest faith in an act of questioning than in the act of silent submission, for implicit in the very asking is the faith that some light can be given.” At Mercer, questions were not only permissible but expected. It was a safe community where, as a student, I felt like I could ask questions as I dissected and learned from the text.

At our church, Sunday school and Wednesday night Bible study is a great place for dialogue and learning to occur. This past Sunday the some of the smallest members of our church (kindergarten – fifth graders) were studying the story of Moses. One child raised their hand and asked, “Why didn’t God just free the Israelites instead of sending Moses?” Another child spoke up and said, “God wanted to show Moses something and work through him like God wants to work through us.” I love listening to their conversations as they wrestle with the text. We should never outgrow this process of asking questions and learning from one another. May we always be lifelong students.

Thank You To Volunteers

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Skip and Peggy Russell, Lee Norvell, Sharon Proudfoot, and Rani Lauersdorf for helping make the youth trip to Night of Joy trip such a success. Each one of these individuals spent their weekend investing in the lives of our youth that will make a meaningful impact on their lives for years to come. We took a group of 33 to Walt Disney World and had a blast. The discipleship focus for the weekend was on how being a servant and placing others before yourself is what really makes us first in the eyes of God. And yes we made our picture in front of the Lobster. I would also like to thank John and Nancy Bryson for teaching youth Sunday school this past Sunday!

Youth Sunday nights will start back this Sunday night! We are still looking for church members to host us at their homes for a time of discipleship and fellowship. Please contact me soon if you are interested in hosting a Sunday evening. Each Sunday night we will last from 5 p.m.tp 7 p.m.

Making Time for Relationships

In seeking to be a good steward with our lives, one area that cannot be overlooked is time management. In Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” he talks thoroughly about this subject. Although many generations have attempted to perfect time management through the use of programs and planners, times and things Covey says we should focus on “preserving and enhancing relationships and on accomplishing results.”

This reminds me of a story told by one of my professor’s at seminary. He shared how when he was president at a college one of the problems he faced was enrollment. He began to realize that it was not because of academics but had more to do with a broken fountain in the front of the school that the groundskeepers would not fix. He built relationships with the groundskeepers by actually getting his hands dirty and working alongside them to help these problems. Therefore, the groundskeepers began to feel appreciated and began to take pride in their work. The landscape of the school no longer served as deterrence to potential students but was instead a great asset.

I think we can all agree that relationships matter and help produce incredible results. Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, teach us this more than anyone. He did not carry around a calendar or a planner but instead invested in the lives of others….our lives…and we know firsthand His effectiveness in our lives. May we learn from Christ and build up those around us because investing in the lives of others produces big results in our limited time.