First Baptist Church
"Half Empty or Half Full

 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20 Baptist are notoriously known for being pessimistic about church life. We always see the glass as half empty not as half full. However, in most churches all over the country, there are reasons to be discouraged. Several churches are struggling to meet budget, to reach the younger generation, and to encourage members who have quit coming. As a person I’m generally a very optimistic person, sometimes being so encouraged that I annoy those around me. Especially, in the role as pastor, I’m always trying to encourage church leadership, church workers, and the congregation as a whole that better days are upon us. Yet, even the pastor can get discouraged at times when things seem to be going bad. When circumstances in the church or in our own personal life look down and out, we feel like there is no way things will ever get any better. We don’t need to become discouraged and put God in a box. However, we need to remember no matter how impossible the situation seems our God can move mountains and can do more in our personal lives and in the life of a church than we can even fathom. Our Lord is always working. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next. Thus for the believer the cup is not half empty or half full, but always over flowing. Please join us Sunday morning as we look at “Forgiveness From the Cross,” Luke 23:32-43. We also welcome Bro. Jeffery to the pulpit Sunday night with a message entitled, “The Role of the Holy Spirit,” sermon scripture Acts 2:42-47.

In Christ Bro. Jeff

Youth

First of all, I want to say thank you for supporting our Youth this past Sunday. We were able to raise $1,500 for camp this summer. Thank you for always supporting our youth group! We have a lot of events coming up soon so I want to inform everyone about what’s coming up. First of all, on Saturday, March 25th, we will be taking the children bowling at Lumberjack Lanes in Springhill. All children who are in 6th grade or younger are invited to attend as well as all parents. Any child who is in Pre-K or younger will need to be accompanied by a parent. We will leave the church at approximately 9:15 AM that morning and will return back to the church between 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM. The cost for the trip will be $7 per child which will include bowling, shoe rental, and pizza. Please let me know by Friday, March 24th, if you will have a child that will be riding the bus so that I can make sure we have enough seating. On Friday, March 31st, we will have a lock-in for the Youth. We will start the evening by going to Altitude Trampoline Park in Bossier City. We will leave the church at 6:30 PM and we will also eat supper while we are there. Everyone going will need to turn in $22 by Wednesday, March 29th, and also bring money for supper on that Friday. Parents, if your child is under the age of 18 and has never been to Altitude Trampoline Park before, you will need to go to altitudebossier.com and fill out a waiver for them to be able to jump. If your child is over 18 they can fill out the waiver themselves. Once we return to the church, we will be at the church the rest of the night. We will play different games all throughout the night and conclude the lock-in with a breakfast that will begin at 6:00 AM on that Saturday morning. I need a few volunteers to help cook sausage and biscuits that morning so if you are willing to help please let me know as soon as possible. Also, on Saturday, April 15th, we will have an Easter Egg hunt for children 12 years old and under at the city park at 10:00 AM. This event will be open to the community. I am going to be putting a sign-up sheet in the main office and on the side tables behind the piano and organ in the sanctuary for people to sign up to bring refreshments. I would also really appreciate candy donations to fill the Easter eggs. Other events coming up soon are the children’s service on Sunday, April 23rd, graduation Sunday on May 7th, and VBS June 11th-15th. Please contact me at the church or on my cell if you have any questions. Bro. Jeffery

Announcements

Coming Events: Deacons of the Week Jerry Smith and Mike Speer Children’s Sermon - Andrea Tinsley

WEE Care will be selling Cookie Dough plus lots of other items beginning March 15th through March 29th. See a WEE Care parent or a worker to look at their brochure.

Nursery Worker

We do have a nursery worker (Jodi Clements). She works on Sunday morning, Sunday Night and Wednesday evening. We are in need of volunteer nursery workers. Please call Lissa Crump if you can help.

Wednesday Night Meal

Wednesday Night Meal March 29, 2017 Chicken Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Hostesses: Beth Franklin and Pat Walker

********* Homebound Deliverer Donna Buford

In Our Thoughts and Prayers

Pat Acree Amanda Applegate Gene Ash Molly G. Brantley Kim Brownmiller Charlie Buford Bonnie/Lily Burgess Ronnie Burgess Tammy Burley Frank Bush Dennie Chance Paula Cochran Ashton Coleman Milton Cowling Jack Cox Hazel Cross Scarlett Crowell Denise Dance Dub Dubberly James Duck Gary Egger Erin Gibson Faherty Will Fife Raymond Floyd Helen Forgey Betty Gardner Shay Goodwin Linda Goshay Heather Greeson Sue Grillette Cynthia Haynes Mike Hicks Speedy Hollan Glenn Hooks Camie Jackson Cohen Johns Kenny Killgore Doug Lewis Ricky Lisemby Jimmy Joe Maddox Will Maddox William McCann Betty Moss Doyle Odom Jimmie Sue Odom Charlie Oliver Ian Pavatt Dana Perkins Henry Pratt Lana Pugh M. D. Ray Reformers Unanimous Keith Rodgers Stacy Rogers Joy Phelps Coleson Shaw Lori Johnston Sims Linda Sneed Don Soderberg Barbie Gandy Still Neal Taylor Don Thrash Nancy Tinsley Danny Triplet Judy Beth Triplet Michael Waits William Wallace Carol Waller Ben Ware Mary Beth Ware Pete Ware Tommy Ware Adam & Adrienne Webb Buddy Williamson Ken Young

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