Wednesday Noon Bible Study Begins July 19 and Runs through the Fall
For the summer sessions we will work from Adam Hamilton’s book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today Hamilton is pastor to one of the largest United Methodist congregations in the country, and writes clearly and compellingly about what Scripture is, what it isn’t and why the Bible still matters. Reading the book isn’t necessary for the study, but I suspect you will enjoy it!
July 19 What the Bible is Not
July 26 Which Books Made it into the Bible and Why
Aug. 2 Questions About the Nature of Scripture
Wednesday Noon Bible Study Begins July 19 and Runs through the Fall
This coming school year, our church is partnering with the First Baptist Church on New Street to provide tutoring and supplemental help for the students at Ingram-Pye Elementary. Once students return to school and administrators gauge their needs, we will be given time slots throughout the week and tutors will be asked to help as their schedule allows. There will be an introductory meeting in August (details yet to be determined) and tutoring will begin after Labor Day.
If you are interested in this good partnership and ministry opportunity, please contact Jody Long.
Join us on Sunday, August 6 as we are led in worship by our students, educators and families. As a congregation, we value the role of education in our spiritual and personal formation, and so we will take this opportunity at the beginning of the school year to bless and pray for our students and educators.
Students and educators are invited to bring their backpacks or another symbol of their work for the "Blessing of the Backpacks." We will also recognize our new first graders and present them with a Bible as they graduate from preschool W.O.W. and transition to full-time worship attendance. Please make plans to attend this service.
Sunday, July 30, 12:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Lunch and childcare are provided. Please sign up for childcare with Julie Long.
The Apostle Paul tells us that the church is like a body, where everyone has their place, and each part is connected to the rest. It’s in this spirit that our Stewardship Committee is kicking off a “mini-campaign” to help make sure we meet meet our stewardship goals for this year. We’re asking that each of us consider making an additional pledge of at least $300 over what we contributed last year. Some will be able to do more, and some less. The number is not as important as the thoughtfulness behind it. Small gifts, when given together, are transformed in miraculous ways. Click here for more information on the campaign.
Travelers on a Journey, August 6, 13 and 20
In May, a congregational letter described recent actions taken by the Church Council and Board of Deacons around inclusivity and same-sex marriage. An ad-hoc team has been at work crafting a process to allow the entire church to join the conversation. Travelers on a Journey is that process. Come to listen and to add your voice as we travel this road together. Childcare will be provided for each meeting. Sign up with Julie Long for childcare.
All meetings will take place in the Fellowship Hall
Sunday, August 6 following worship: Fellow Pilgrims on the Road. We will meet over a potluck lunch. In this meeting we will share where we are in this question of sexuality and inclusion in the church, and how we got there. We will also talk about the role of Scripture—BRING YOUR BIBLE.
Sunday, August 13 at 5pm: Walking the Mile, Bearing the Load. We will meet over supper, which will be provided. This session will center on listening to the testimonies of some of our LGBTQ members and their families.
Sunday, August 20 following worship: Till We've Seen the Journey Through. We will once again meet for lunch, this time provided, review what we have heard, and talk about where we will go from here as a congregation.
“Hilaritas:” Voices on the Journey
Erin Robinson Hall, retreat leader
Christian community is formed in the sharing of joys and sorrows,
sharing the deep gladness of God's love. On this retreat, we will reflect on
the voices we know by heart, voices we need to hear, and voices we must amplify.
Accommodations: The St. Simons Grand
Cost: $170 (payable to FBCX) Due Date: August 1st
Please register online by clicking here or at the church office and submit payment through the church office or pay online (you will have to register if you're a first time online giver, and be sure to select "women's retreat" from the drop down box when you make your gift).
Monday, June 26, 7:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m., Statesboro
Enjoy water slides, lazy river, play areas and more! We’ll leave the church at 7:30 a.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. Chaperones are needed! All preschoolers/kindergartners must have an adult going that will be responsible for them. Additional chaperones are needed for grades 1-5.
Cost: $18 plus lunch money Sign up Deadline: June 21
Wednesday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
For families of preschoolers and children. Gather at the pool in the Brookefield Subdivision off of Bowman Rd. Enter on Brookefield Drive and take the first left onto Edgefield Way. Pool is at end of Edgefield Way. Pizza and drinks will be provided. RSVP to Julie Long if you plan to come.
Our Nurturing Faith and Belonging Task Force has been working to find ways to implement the feedback received during the visioning process related to our schedule of activities and programs, with the goal of providing time for educational opportunities as well as fellowship. As a part of this work, we will be experimenting with a change to our regularly scheduled activities that have been held on Wednesday nights.
For the fall months (September –December), children, youth and adult programming is going to change from Wednesday nights to Sunday nights, with the exception of Chancel Choir rehearsal. A Wednesday lunchtime adult Bible study will be added, giving adults the possibility for two different Bible study times during the week. A schedule for the change is below:
Childcare available 4:45-7:15
5:00-5:45 – Youth and Children’s Choirs
Adult Fellowship/ committee meetings
5:45- 6:30 – Supper for all; children’s celebrations begin at 6:15
6:30-7:15 – Missions for Children
Youth Bible Study/Missions
Adult Program (quarterly church conference as needed)
11:30 a.m. Wednesday lunch and Bible study for adults
Childcare available 6:00-7:30, and from 5:00-6:00 for committee meetings by request
5:00-6:15 p.m. -- Church open for committee meetings
6:15-7:30 -- Chancel Choir Rehearsal
As the fall semester concludes, we will evaluate this model and make a decision to continue, to return to our current Wednesday schedule, or to modify the current schedule in another way. Thanks for your patience and flexibility as we try something new!
Beginning Friday, June 23, the church office will be closed on Fridays. The office will be open each week, Monday-Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jubilate! Youth Choir Tour this Week
Our youth choir and their chaperones will travel Tuesday-Sunday as a part of the annual youth choir tour along with several other churches from around the Southeast. The group will travel to Louisville, KY, and back to Macon, singing in various venues along the way. They will perform in worship at 11:00 at Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon on Sunday, June 11. Please be in prayer for this group as they travel and serve.
June 28-30, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Visit www.cbf.net/general-assembly for registration and schedule information.
If you are interested in attending the Thursday evening worship session featuring guest speaker Brian McLaren, call the church office to sign up. We can help arrange transportation for those interested in attending.
Join us for worship on Pentecost Sunday as we celebrate the birthday of the church! Wear red or bright colors.
Learning (and Loving) Our Neighbors
A Joint Adult Sunday School series offered in July
Fellowship Hall. All adult classes are invited to join in.
July 9 -- "Learning about our Middle Georgia Jewish Community," led by Rabbi Larry Schlesinger
July 16 -- "What Christians Should Know About Islam," led by Imam Adam Fofana
July 23 -- "Gaining an Appreciative Knowledge" led by a panel representing the Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia
July 30 — “Repairing the Breach: Next Steps in Interfaith Work”
These final Wednesday leading up to the summer, we will have a variety of studies and church events.
April 19 After Resurrection: The Great Commission
April 26 CHURCH CONFERENCE
May 3 Dee Bratcher’s ”Research and Writing in Religion” class from Mercer will lead us in a story on biblical translation
May 10 After Resurrection: Signs, Tongues and Snakes
May 17 RA/GA Pinewood Derby and GA Commencement
May 24 After Resurrection: Feed My Sheep
May 31: BEGIN NOON BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m, Fellowship Hall
All church members are invited to join us for our quarterly conference. Among the agenda items are reports from several of our “Write the Vision” implementation task forces.
Baptist Identity Task Force Report to Be Presented at Church Conference
At church conference on April 26, the Baptist Identity Task Force will present their report, including recommendations for updated church membership policies and the formation of a new Baptist Identity committee. Click here to read the full report in preparation for the conference.
At the conclusion of worship on Sunday, April 23, our youth will be passing out Macon Area Habitat for Humanity banks for the congregation. Over the next month or so, please put any pocket change (or dollars are great, too!) in the bank. Banks need to be returned to the church on Sunday, May 28. All moneys collected will go toward our annual “Faith Build” home, in partnership with Highland Hills Baptist Church and Mercer University. If you can’t be at worship on Sunday, you may pick up your bank in the church office beginning Monday, April 24.
Sunday, April 23, 12:30 p.m., Great Room
Come to the Great Room to be seated and served lunch by our children as a part of our Children’s Camp fundraiser. Our meeting will begin around 12:30, or when all have been served. Childcare will be provided for the meeting.
Sunday, April 23, 12:15 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Our children will host and serve a BBQ lunch in the Fellowship Hall as a fundraiser for their trip to PassportKids! Camp this summer. Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of camp for our campers. Come and support our kids!