Update from Pastor Michael Lea
Friday, August 12th (2022)
First Baptist Family,
As summer comes close to an end, I want to provide some important updates in the life of our congregation.
First, if you have been in or around our church facilities this week, you will have noticed that our new electronic sign is being installed. The masonry work has yet to be completed, but will be soon. We look forward to using this new resource as one of the sources of communication to the community about the activities of our church. At the same time the sign was being installed this week, Skybest Security installed our new security system. Our Safety and Security Committee is currently working on a more detailed plan to use this system. We will be sharing more information about this system in the coming weeks and months, which will include some education, information, and training sessions with leadership and the congregation. For now, if you have any questions, please contact the chair person for our Safety and Security Committee, Archie Griffith.
Second, this Sunday, August 14th, we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Polly Hughes, our oldest church member. We are trying to collect 100 cards for Polly. Please bring these to the church no later than this Sunday. After the morning worship service we will be going to Polly’s home to deliver cards, sing Happy Birthday, and visit with her. We will be taking the church buses for those who would like to attend. So, our discipleship hour will be a time of serving someone, which is our theme for this Sunday.
Third, our Growing Young team has conducted several listening sessions this summer. We appreciate those who have participated in these sessions and look forward to several more in the next few months. If you have not participated in one of these sessions, please be listening for announcements of upcoming opportunities. Also, if you have not taken the Growing Young congregational assessment, please do so by going to the link you received via e-mail. We will also have a QR code in the worship bulletin the next several Sundays that you can scan with your phone and we will designate a few different times in the service when you can take the assessment. It is vital that we hear from you!
Fourth, on Sunday, August 21st we will have our quarterly business session after worship and before discipleship groups. One important item that will be brought for a vote at this session is recommended changes to the personnel manual that will help offer more benefits for the two positions that will be open when Mary Patrick and Becky Johnson retire in September. Personnel will be sharing more details about this recommended change and vote next week.
Also, on August 21st, we will have a back to school party for children, youth and their families from 12:00noon to 3:00p.m. Lunch will be provided along with lots of games and outdoor activities. Then, at 4:00p.m., we will gather at the river at Elk Shoals for baptism service for Laney and Maleah Lovell and Autumn Barker. Come celebrate these new beginnings in the life of our children and youth and their families!
Last, but certainly not least, from 2:00 to 4:00p.m. on Sunday, August 28th our church will have a reception for Mary Patrick and Becky Johnson, who are both retiring from their respective positions. I hope you all will find time to attend this reception, if you are able, to show appreciation for these beloved and faithful employees and all they have done for our congregation. We are grateful for their service to our church and want to be sure they know it.
Our church continues to grow spiritually and in number. It is a testament to our commitment to our mission to grow together in Christ’s likeness. It is a pleasure to grow alongside you.
Pastor Michael Lea: 336-480-6144
Associate Pastor Patricia Turner: 704-473-4644