First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

Month: February 2014

Lent is Coming

On March 9th, we will begin the season of Lent. The Lenten season lasts 40 days and leads us into the Easter season. During this time we are reminded of the story of Jesus being tempted by the devil in the desert for 40 days. We know the devil tempted Jesus three different times in this story. The first temptation is found in Luke 4:3-4.

It says in Luke 4:3-4, “The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.”’ The devil wanted Jesus to turn the stones into bread. I like how Jesus made it clear that nothing was wrong with bread but that bread is just simply not enough.

We need certain things in this world to live but to really live we need God in our hearts. God must be our foundation and the center of our lives. Sometimes we may have bad days and feel like we are in a wilderness all alone but we can remember that God is with us…and God is all we really need.

Dear God, Thank you for helping us in the good times and in the bad times. Help us to lean on You as our rock and our foundation, and not the temporary things of this world. It is in Christ name we pray, Amen.

2013 Dorcus Report

Items made and delivered by the Dorcas Group in 2013 have been counted; and because The FBC congregation has been so supportive with contributions of fabric, toiletries, money, and other items for Seafarers, VBS in Alaska and Costa Rica, we wanted to report results. You helped us meet our
mission objectives, and we are grateful. With your help, The Lord has blessed our efforts.

We owe special thanks to our Rock Hill, SC “sister group” for boxes of fabric received from them. This group’s ability to get fabrics from textile mills and their desire to share with us, enabled us to fill the needs of others.

326 “Little Dresses”+ 25 from SC “sister group” were sent with missionaries to:

Africa (Springfield Baptist, Springfield, GA)
Venezuela (Alpharetta Baptist/ Kreiksmeir/ Bread of Hope Mission
South Africa (Ithemba School, S. Betts) Brunswick
Haiti & Dominican Republic (Clean Water Mission-Fussels-SSI)
Haiti (NC mission group, L. Adams)
Honduras (SC “sister group” missions to Honduras/ Dr. Lutterman / We sent 50 little dresses)

573 Ditty Bags

Africa; Teller, Al; Venezuela; Costa Rica; Haiti; and locally to Faithworks; Morning
Star; and Seafarer’s Christmas Project

17 Manbags

Venezuela, China, Haiti

36 Laprobes/ Shawls

Hospice of the Golden Isles and Karen’s House of Hope

9 Cancer Caps

Karen’s House of Hope

59 Pillows- (curved neck pillows and small, straight “limb” pillows)

Hospice of the Golden Isles

10 Walker Bags All locally distributed
3 to the Physical Therapy Department of Magnolia Manor
7 to individuals at FBC
46 Memory Pillows

Hospice

25 “Little Shorts”

Venezuela

16 Bibs
12 to Hospice of the Golden Isles
2 to Marshes Edge
1 to Magnolia Manor
1 to FBC
18 Flannel Scarves (14) and Knitted (4)

Seafarers

30 Cross Necklaces
Sent with little dresses to Haiti
13 Baby Blankets + 1 Bunting

Alaska

1 Fidget Blanket

Magnolia Manor Resident

In addition to these items made by Dorcas members, other items collected from local dentists and our FBC congregation were used to fill ditty bags and to meet requests for VBS supplies, or special needs.

Ditty bags made for local Faithworks distributions were sent with toothpaste and toothbrushes. VBS supplies were collected for Alaska and Costa Rica missions; and the special needs of the Alaska mission also resulted in great church participation to provide:

10 Kuspuk Kits: each contained 5 yards of colorful printed material (paid for by Friendship Finders Sunday School Class); zippers, buttons, hem tape, thread, and trims.
10 Singer Sewing Kits: scissors, measuring tape, pins, needles, and thread.
20 Bed Sheets: donated from congregation for burial clothes
Baby Clothes: donated by congregation

Dorcas members appreciate the participation of FBC member donations that helped meet the needs for mission projects. We invite your continued participation as we launch 2014 projects.

The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics begin February 7th in Sochi, Russia. As we watch the Olympics we will witness people who are the very best at their sport. What we will not see are the many times these athletes have fallen before they have become the people that they are today. On YouTube there is a commercial for the Olympics that demonstrates this point. See below for the video.

Like these Olympic athletes, there is no telling how many times we are going to fall down in our lifetimes. Peter is a perfect example of someone who continuously messed up. He is known for taking his eyes off Jesus and also for denying Him. Yet, God chooses to build His church on him.

We often have this ideal image of church and think it is supposed to be perfect. So it is interesting that God gives Peter this responsibility. God knows we are not perfect and God also knows churches are not perfect. God created us. God created church. But like Peter and these Olympic athletes, what sets us apart is not that we fall but that we get back up. As followers of Christ, we are able to have a solid foundation in our Savior.

Pastoral Reflections – February 2nd, 2014

A wonderful and well-attended meal followed our Sunday Worship Service. Much work through many hands went into the making of this good event. Thanks especially to Carolyn Still, Maxine Chambless, Allaine Ridenour, Sandra Benson, Billie Gomez and Nancy Bryson. The video (Thanks Rev. Rebekah White) enabled us to see some of the needed aspects of our goals in Caring For The Cornerstone. As you know we set a $500,000 Goal for this campaign. WE HAVE RECEIVED ADVANCE PLEDGES OF APPROXIMATELY $170,000! A great start—

We have designed the first two Sunday’s in February (2nd & 9th) as our
official kick-off in Giving.

So, Remember we begin this process of receiving gifts on this Sunday. Your prayers and participation will result in a proud realization of much
needed improvements.

We should have much more special information to release in a special bulletin in February. Meanwhile, I know you are aware that we move into
the CLC for worship on February 16th. You will begin to receive specifics of the good planning going into this time period. I am confident we will
make the timelines to return to our Sanctuary by Easter Sunday.

I am amazed at how lectionary text so often seems to be the right text for the time. On this Sunday, Paul’s word about the Cross is most relevant to
us at this junction. He places a high premium on the Church and the centrality of the cross to enable the people of God to maintain perspective! A good word for us!

Sermon Title:
The Foolishness of God
Sermon Text:
I Corinthians 1:18—2:2