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MAY 2018 Vol. 60 No. 5

from the Pastor



In eleventh grade creative writing class, Mrs. Curtis tried to teach me that an article like this one should have one thematic idea. The rest of the article should then center on the one theme. Well, with apologies to Mrs. Curtis, this article has several areas of focus because May is certainly a month with several areas of focus at FBC. Here are a few…

n The month of May means Mother’s Day. Each year we celebrate moms with a Sunday of recognition and appreciation. Certainly only one day is not enough to say ‘Thanks’ to our moms. God has provided moms who have helped us along in our lives. So this month we express our gratitude to God for moms, the ones who birthed us and the ones who have adopted us spiritually along the way.



n The month of May means Graduates. Commencement exercises will remind those receiving degrees of the new opportunities opened by graduation. Congratulations to our graduates! We can’t wait to see where God will lead you.



n The month of May means Deacons. The church will select men to the Deacon Body. We celebrate the service of those who complete their term with grateful appreciation and we anticipate those God will lead to take their place. Please prayerfully consider this uniting opportunity around the ancient but still very relevant office of service in church. Maybe Mrs. Curtis wouldn’t be too disappointed after all. As I think about it, May does have one theme at FBC: a growing church celebrating God’s work and provision in His people. Let’s celebrate together. I’ll see you in church on Sunday. Don

fbcoxford @fbcoxford n www.gotofirst.org 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford MS 38655 n 662.234.3515 FREE app "First Baptist Oxford MS"

May MAY 1 11 a.m. Noon

MAY 2

5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Check out featured events at www.gotofirst.org

XYZ Program & Luncheon Prayer Meeting Fellowship Meal AWANA: Affliction Night Youth Worship Adult Bible Study ESL Class Choir Rehearsal Band Rehearsal

MAY 3

11 a.m. National Day of Prayer Lunch 12:15 p.m. Community Prayer Service 3:30 p.m. Kidz Club at Brittany Woods

MAY 6

8:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 p.m.

MAY 8 Noon

MAY 9

5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Worship Service Bible Study classes Worship Service Children’s Choir Evening Worship College Pancake Study Break

MAY 10

3:30 p.m. Kidz Club at Brittany Woods

Mother’s Day

MAY 15 Noon

MAY 16

MAY 17

3:30 p.m. Kidz Club at Brittany Woods

Graduate Recognition

MAY 20 8:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m.

Worship Service Bible Study classes Worship Service Picnic on church grounds Daraja Children’s Choir Concert

Church Picnic May 20 at 5 p.m.

followed by Daraja Children’s Choir concert at 6 p.m.

Noon

Fellowship Meal AWANA: Party Night Youth Worship Adult Bible Study ESL Class Choir Rehearsal Band Rehearsal

8:30 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Bible Study classes 11 a.m. Worship Service No evening activities

Youth Worship Adult Bible Study ESL Class Choir Rehearsal Band Rehearsal

MAY 22

Prayer Meeting

MAY 13

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Prayer Meeting

5 p.m. Fellowship Meal 5:30 p.m. AWANA: Award Ceremony

Prayer Meeting

MAY 23

6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:15 p.m. Band Rehearsal

MAY 24

3:30 p.m. Kidz Club at Brittany Woods

MAY 27

8:30 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Bible Study classes 11 a.m. Worship Service

MAY 28



church office closed

Memorial Day

MAY 29 Noon

Prayer Meeting

MAY 30

6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 7:15 p.m. Band Rehearsal

MAY 31

3:30 p.m. Kidz Club at Brittany Woods

Our Family

Sunday school attendance April 1 - 511 April 15 - 538 April 8 - 499 April 22 - 425 First Baptist Oxford Goal: $25,000 Given to date: $13,572

Deacons of the Week Apr 29- May 5 May 6-12 May 13-19 May 20-26 May 27- June 2

Ben Hellums, Walter Locke, Thomas Herrington Rick Mize, Breese Quinn, Jim Vinson Jamie Hopson, Kevin Howell, Martin Locke Matt Moore, Bill Rose, Steven Russell Mike Tomes, Jeff Busby, David Erhart

Congratulations

To Megan & Noah Miller on the birth of a son, Thomas Noah Miller, on March 31. To Jennifer & Andrew Nowlin on the birth of a son, Jack Lawrence Nowlin, on April 4. Proud big brother is Myles.

Budget April 1-22, 2018

Budget $146,943.06 Building $3,881.83 Designated $21,721.91 Total $172,546.80

New Members in April

Makenzie Porter, Mary Mac Ferris, Lyza Neal, Glynda & Luther Gray, Janna Kate Baker

Our Sympathy

To Mrs. Donna Lane and family in the loss of her brother, Mr. Louis Davis, Jr. To Sandra & Joe McLellan and family in the loss of their daughter, Tracy Michelle McLellan. To Teresa Llewellyn & Lee Ragland and their families in the loss of their mother, Mrs. Louise Ragland.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER THURSDAY, MAY 3

Lunch at FBC: Serving will begin at 11 a.m.

Program on the south lawn of the Courthouse on the Square at 12:15 p.m.

FBC Prayer Watch Hours at the Courthouse on the Square May 2 from 7-8 p.m. and May 3 from 3-4 a.m. and 7-8 a.m.

XYZ Senior Adult Program and Luncheon Tuesday, May 1 at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

The program will begin with hymn singing led by Eric Johnson, followed by program featuring Kathy Brummett on “Global and Local Human Trafficking.”

A delicious meal will be provided. Invite a friend and join us.

MISSION & MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES Questions? Contact Jeff Holeman at 662.234.3515 or [email protected]

Local Missions

Kidz Club at Brittany Woods. Thursdays 4-5:30 p.m.

FBC Oxford

Meet at FBC Oxford at 3:30 p.m. every Thursday during May, June, and July.

USA Missions

Family Mission Trip to New Orleans. Late July. More info to come.

m Bourne International

CHURCH (ELMWOOD)

Missions

Mission Trip to Rome, Italy. December 13-21. Christmas Outreach to Young

ut the Family

Adults. Total Cost will be $800 plus airfare. $100 non-refundable deposit is due before June 1.

Jessica, and I have been married almost six years now. We o New Orleans and the Elmwood area about four years ago. added to our family in many ways since being here. We have dible church family, some great friends who are more like family nds and who double as aunts and uncles to our daughter, Molly 1 year old). I work full time outside the church as does my wife, n accountant.

OAXACA Missions Partnership

originally from Hattiesburg, Miss., just a couple hours north of eans. And much to the dismay of many people whom we love, oth graduates of Ole Miss. Jessica has a master's degree in ancy, and I have a bachelor's degree. I also squeaked through 's program at NOBTS.

Women’s Trip to Oaxaca. Sept 1-7. Ministry focus will be Outreach and

Discipleship of women. Cost will be $500 plus airfare. $100 non-refundable deposit is due before June 1.

our city and are excited to raise and grow our family here in the etro. We thank God for calling us to such a great city, and we ward to seeing how He will continue to use us.

Pastor/Leader Training in Oaxaca. August 22-27. Cost will be $500

ut the Church Plant

plus airfare. $100 non-refundable deposit is due before June 1.

k Church is in its infancy, but God began this work a long time mbined, our team of seven has lived in the Metro Area for about s, and five of us grew up here. Over that time, God has given e and a burden for the city.

Family Mission Trip to Oaxaca. October 5-12. Cost is $550 plus airfare. Ministry focus will be to children and families among the Tlacolula Valley Zapotec people. Teaching English, sports and games, and more. There will be free time to explore rch, we're seeking to love God and love people in the Elmwood e're plugging into the lives of our neighbors and coworkers to Time will be available for students to complete school assignments. Oaxaca attractions.

ed talking about the possibility of planting back in 2011. As the d area continued to explode with development, it became clear were going to stay home and plant here.

e them to Jesus. Our goal is to be a vibrant church focused on the unchurched in our community and throughout the world.

Christmas in Oaxaca (College Students). December 29-January 12. Cost will be $1850. $250 deposit is due before June 1.

For the month of May, we will be collecting

peanut butter crackers for Lovepacks.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY NEWS

[email protected]

Monthly Book Club

Email [email protected] for more info.

Movie Night Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Watching the movie War Room.

Email [email protected] for more details.

MEN’S MINISTRY NEWS

[email protected]

SATURDAY WORK DAY: JUNE 2

Meet in the CLC at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and work details. Email [email protected] to sign up!

2 N D A N N UA L

Cal l gol ing all fers !

C S R F A L M O G B LE C B F Saturday, June 9

8 a.m. - shotgun start • Mallard Pointe in Sardis, MS Cost per team is $200. Form your team today (men and/or women). Space limited to the first 18 teams, so register today! Contact Timothy to register at 662-234-3515 or at [email protected]

For more information, see gotofirst.org

Sunday School Teacher Training • Sunday, July 22 Please save the date for our annual night for Sunday School Teacher Training. We will have a meal starting at 5 p.m. with training to follow from 5:45-7:45 p.m. We will have childcare for children from nursery through 5th grade from 5:30-8 p.m. This is an important time in the educational life of our church, so I hope you can be present with us. You can RSVP for the evening with Pam Carter by or before Friday, July 13. When you RSVP, we would also need to know the number of children and their ages that will be coming with you. I am thankful for each of you and the investment you make in helping train and equip disciples through our Sunday School ministries. 2 Timothy 2:2, Timothy

STUDENT MINISTRY NEWS Events Celebrating our High School Seniors

May 15-21 Memory Tables in the Atrium. May 20 Breakfast during Sunday School. May 20 Graduate Recognition Service at 11 a.m.

The BIG 7 Trip June 11-13.

St. Louis. For students entering and finishing the 7th grade. $110 per student is due NOW. Bible Study, Cardinals Baseball, Six Flags, and more.

Beach Camp 2018 June 24-29

Panama City Beach, FL. For all students entering 7th grade to college. Cost is $175. We still have a few spaces remaining.

July 3-10 HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIP TO OAXACA

Training Meeting #1 .. Sunday May 20 at 7:30 pm. Training Meeting #2 .. Wednesday, May 30 at 6 pm. Training Meeting #3 .. Sunday, June 17 at 7 pm. Training Meeting #4 .. Sunday, July 1 at 7 pm.

SAVE THE DATE! DNow 2018 will be August 10-12. We need Host Homes.

More to LOVE about First

by Brooke Hutson Gibson

With Vacation Bible School right around the corner, it’s important to remember the impact that week can have on the lives of our children. Nine years ago, Bryce Addy accepted Christ as his Savior during VBS. Since then, he has grown in his faith journey and has been actively involved in our children’s and youth ministries. “I enjoy the fellowship and community I feel when I go to church at FBC,” said Bryce. “I serve because I love knowing that not only am I doing things to benefit my church and the community, but also to further the witness of Christ.” Bryce is a senior at Lafayette High School and is the son of Dina & Hank Addy. In the Fall, he plans to attend Mississippi State and major in biomedical engineering. Watching our youth grow in faith and service, is just one more thing to love about First. See the full story at gotofirst.org/more

COLLEGE NEWS

Sunday, May 6

9-11 p.m. FBC Fellowship Hall

PRESCHOOL & CHILDREN'S NEWS Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 9 Party Night May 16 Awards Ceremony Open to all kids currently in Kindergarten-6th grades

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

June 4-8 9 a.m.-noon

Sign up at gotofirst.org SAVE THE DATE!

Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Read! 2018 SUMMER READING CHALLENGE PreK-6th grade

June 10-July 22

Sponsored by the FBC Library & Media Center

Register online at gotofirst.org/library

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