First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

Month: November 2013

Thank You for Wounded Warrior Help

Col. John Campbell led a truly impactful event for combat injured soldiers and their families this past weekend. He provided an experience to some of the most deserving families and we give him much praise. This year was different than in years past because he wanted to offer childcare so that all soldiers and families would have the opportunity to participate. It was definitely a challenge with the short time frame of planning and all of the unknown variables of ages and number of kids but many people stepped up and helped to make this a huge success.

One of these wonderful people is Brooke Maynard. She worked hard and it paid off. The stories of how much fun these children had keep pouring in.

Elizabeth Jordan said that the Mission Team’s goal was that the children would be provided with an equally memorable event as that of their parents who would attend the McGladrey Classic. This was definitely accomplished. One child was crying when a mother went to pick her up because she did not want to leave. Another mother said that this was the first time she had been able to leave her four year old autistic child in someone else’s care. It was a great experience for both parents and
children.

I would like to thank our Office Staff (Anna Coursey, Rev. Barry Kerr and Angie Wainright) and Childcare staff who helped with this event on their time off (Heidi Harris, Betsy Crumbliss, Jill Johnson, Laura Moore and Abby Wainright). I would also like to thank all who volunteered (Monica Colquitt (nurse on site all weekend), Morgan & Mattie Colquitt, Sylvia Martin, Joni Bennett, Annette Owens, Porter Boyer, Pat Natzke, Christine & Sam Norris, Alicia & Craig Shell (provided Georgia Sea Turtle Center Program), Ken & Glenda Kessler, Wendy Alberson, Maggy & Laney Wainright, Lynn & Thom Chapman, Sharon Proudfoot, Debby Richardson and Barbara Hanzalik). The community also helped in a tremendous way. Spacewalk gave us a very good deal on the inflatables. Also, when we went to pay for the children for putt-putt the lady told us that it was anonymously paid for. Last but not least, I want to thank our FBC SSI children for spending time with the children of these military families on Sunday. You helped them to truly feel special and to have a great time. Thank you!

Fall Festival A True Success

Our annual Fall Festival was this past Wednesday, October 30th, and it was a great success. Every year this event serves as an opportunity for outreach, fellowship, and service to the community. I would like to thank Sharon Proudfoot and the Children’s Ministry Team, Nancy Bryson and the Food Teams, all of our Sunday school classes, Staff, and everyone who made this event possible! It could not have happened without each of you!

This was probably my favorite Fall Festival because not only were our children and parents in attendance as well as numerous visiting families from the community but also people of all ages of our church were represented. It was not only a community event but a true church family event.

Our church family being together and being one is not only important to us but it is important to God. John 17:11 says that Jesus went off by himself to pray and he prayed, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name You gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.”

Jesus knew that if his disciples would come together as one, they would be much stronger than they would as individuals. So he prayed and asked God to protect them and to help them to be one, just as he and his Father were one. This past Wednesday we were one and that is what made this year’s Fall Festival a true success.

Where Are You?

Genesis 3:8-9 says, “They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?””

The first question that God asked in the Bible is powerful. God asked… “Where are you?” God could have told Adam and Eve where they were and where they were going but God asked them a question. God engaged them in the process.

God asking Adam and Eve this question not only shows how God seeks us out and desires to be with us in both our strong and weak moments but it also demonstrates God’s faith in them. God’s act of questioning demonstrates God’s faith in our ability to grow and to work through it.

I love it when a parent says how their child is beginning to ask questions about God. It is usually not long after someone begins to ask questions that they accept Christ into their hearts and lives and are then able to experience God in a whole new way.

God invites us to be engaged in questioning, searching, and growing to become more in the likeness of Christ.

Jesus said that if we ask, it will be given to us. He said that if we search, then we will find. He said that if we knock, the door will be opened. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks…He will open the door. (Matthew 7:7-8)