June 2018 Witness

May and June are months when we typically celebrate our families and consider our responsibilities to them.  1 Timothy 5:8 says, “If anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Marion Anderson, the famous African-American contralto, was once interviewed and asked to name the greatest moment of her life. She had many big moments to choose from.  
There was that private concert she gave at the White House for the Roosevelts and the King and Queen of England.  There was the time that she won the $10,000 Bok Award as the person who had done the most for her hometown of Philadelphia. “But,” she told the reporter, “the greatest moment in my life was the day I went home and told my mother that she would not have to take in washing anymore!” There was a young woman who took seriously her family responsibilities! May we all “go and do likewise!”
We had a good month in May with an average attendance of 322 in Bible Study.   May was a month filled with family activities. We celebrated NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER for our community in our gym on May 3rd with the best crowd we have had in years.   We had six children that we celebrated during our BABY CELEBRATION on Mother’s Day.   The worship gathering for women called THE CANOPY was inspirational on the evening of May 17th.  Jason Teal and crew did a great job with the GRADUATION SUNDAY service and luncheon on May 20th. That evening, Greg Burrell and our children’s music ministry presented “O CHICKEN OF LITTLE FAITH,” our end-of-year musical, which was a delight to all who attended.   And we appreciated the opportunity to participate in the LAMAR COUNTY BACCALAUREATE SERVICE on May 23rd.  
Sadly, we said goodbye to Kristi Miller, our Children’s Minister, as her resignation was announced on May 20th.  We appreciate Kristi’s service to our church and our community over the last five and a-half years.   She will be pursuing other opportunities closer to her family. Our prayers will go with her.
We voted on our NOMINATING TEAM REPORT on May 27th. Thanks to Russ Jenkins, Chairperson Pat Burnette and our 2018-19 Nominating Team for working hard to staff our multiplied ministries here at First Baptist. On behalf of Chairman Steven Bacon and our Student Ministry Leadership Team, I will be recommending for church approval almost 40 members of  our STUDENT BUILDING PLANNING TEAM at our Regular Church Conference on May 30th. Please keep them in your prayers.