News -- for the week of March 23 - 29, 2020
I know we are in some frightening times in our nation with the COVID-19 virus. Continue to pray for our country as our leaders discern how to best tackle this situation. Pray for those in our community to stay healthy and avoid getting or spreading this virus. Pray for those who are losing their jobs or facing financial difficulties because of what is taking place. We can be a witness to those around us in the way that we handle this situation. God’s Word tells us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV). Even in the midst of this pandemic, we can trust that our God is working all things together for our good. Let’s turn to the Lord with more zeal and trust knowing that nothing can stop his purposes. The end of Romans chapter 8 tells us that nothing will be able to separate us from God’s Love.
We are working on getting an FM transmitter to try to have a drive-in church in a few weeks. Right now we will continue to post online material on the church’s new YouTube account. The link to the YouTube account is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJlkaCIP0HWpXQA4kw65SCw. It is not the easiest link to type out, so another way to get to the YouTube channel is to look on the FBC Hamburg AR Facebook page. You do not have to be a Facebook member to look at the page, you can search for it on Google and scroll down to the Posts that will have links to the messages. I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so that we can get an easier to spell out URL for the account when we reach 100 subscribers. I hate that we are not able to meet together corporately, but we will still try to provide encouragement and communication with each other through these various means.
I have had members ask me about how to get tithes and offering to the church while we are not meeting on Sundays. One way you can get your offering to the church is by mailing a check to our PO Box 352, Hamburg Arkansas, 71646. Another option is to come by the office Monday-Thursday between 9:00am and 3:00pm and leave a check or cash with Deedee.
I know lots of things are still up in the air, but let me encourage you to trust the Lord in the days ahead. Pray that the Lord will hasten the end of this pandemic and that we will be able to get back to the normal routines of our lives. Do not waste your opportunity to seek the Lord during this time, and to still be a witness for the Gospel. Jesus is still the only hope for our world.
What a week! Even though we were not prepared for doing online church at all, we managed to scrape together a youth lesson and Sunday sermon and upload them to Youtube/Facebook! Also, big shoutout to Bryan Hollis for stepping out into the unknown (sorry, we've been watching Frozen 2 on repeat) and trying out Facebook live for his Sunday School class! Like we've said before, please bear with us as we continue to learn and grow in this new terrain that we are in for the time being. We are soaking up a ton of information, changing a few things around, and trying to get better in a short amount of time!
With all that being said, the youth lesson may get uploaded to Youtube tonight, or tomorrow. It has been a crazy week in the Roberts' household so time may be against me! Just keep checking the InstaSnapFaceTweets for information as to when it is coming!
We are now taking orders for a
First Baptist Church, Hamburg t-shirt!
The Outreach Committee believes this is a great way to identify members and volunteers during community events, VBS, Awana and just everyday use. If you would like to purchase a t-shirt please have your size and money turned into the church office by Tuesday, March 24.
Youth sizes $10
2XL and Up $12
”I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1
I thought the message from Bro. Ty was right on target. As believers, we shouldn’t worry or be fearful. That goes against God’s teachings. In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.”
God’s love for us is great and He wants us to be overcomers. Don’t get me wrong, He expects us to use the good sense He has given us. We shouldn’t do foolish things that we know are not good.
Stay home, and be diligent about how you take care of yourself. This virus is very serious. I hate staying inside as much as anyone, but I can mow my yard and fix up things around the house. I have plenty to do to keep me busy.
So far, we have been blessed in Ashley County with no reported cases of the corona virus. Let’s do all we can to keep it that way!
We are planning another luncheon, but we will wait until the virus threats are over.
Please take care of yourself. If you need anything, food, supplies, etc. please give us a call.
We can deliver groceries, medicine or most anything else.
GriefShare will not meet March 24!
GriefShare, a 13 week video based grief support group, will begin its next cycle on January 21 at 6:00. It will meet once a week in the Fellowship Hall.
Please let any leader (Lisa Riels, Stephanie Hollis, Linda Tucker) or Deedee Ellis at the office if you would like to attend. We are also willing to reach out and contact others who may need this service but are not familiar with our church, please pass their information to us.
The workbook is $15.00 with scholarships available upon request.
The sessions are “self-contained” so they do not have to be seen in sequence. Therefore, you are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point.
Awana is postponed during the coronavirus outbreak. Stay tuned to this column or our Facebook page for more information. Food for our AWANA children will be handed out tonight if you will just drive by the Fellowship Hall.
Calling all Children…..
$25 Deposit due
Reserve your spot today!! Click this link for more information
LIFETOUCH Directory PICTURES
SIGN UP for a time slot Outside the choir room for MAY 6—9
Wednesday through Friday 2—9 pm
Saturday 10 am until 5 pm
In case you haven’t heard, the Music Minister search committee you selected consists of Ben Carpenter, Keith Long, Joy Barnes, Karen Morris, and chairman Kenneth Williams. I know I can speak for each member when I say that we are humbled to be selected to serve First Baptist Church,
At our very first committee meeting, each member was assigned contacts to announce the position not only statewide but regionally.
Now, we need your help. First of all, please pray that God will grant us wisdom and patience as we begin the search. Second, if you are aware of someone who might be interested in being our Music Minister, please have them contact us. This can be done by sending a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or First Baptist Church, attn: Music Minister Search Committee, P.O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Of course, you can contact one of the committee members personally, if you choose.
Donations can be dropped off at the Church Office Monday - Thursday, 9:00 - 3:00
The Outreach Committee will be hosting a food drive for Hamburg Helping Hands Food Pantry during the month of March!
There will be donation boxes placed in each Sunday School Class as well as the front foyer of the Sanctuary. The Sunday School Class with the most items donated at the end of March will be treated to breakfast by the Committee.
The food pantry is in need of items such as: dried beans, peanut butter, mac and cheese, rice, crackers, canned meats, cereal, and pasta. Cash donations are accepted, $1 = 1 food item. Please be mindful and check expiration dates.
Thank you so much for the love shown to our family during this time. Thank you for the visits, phone calls, meals delivered, and prayers during our father’s illness. Also, many thanks for serving our family a wonderful meal after the service. It was delicious! We are truly blessed to have you all as a part of our family. Your love and prayers are felt daily!
Tami Byers, Todd & Dana Callaway & family& Tim & Leslie Outlaw & family
The family of Willene Carpenter would like to thank her church family for all acts of kindness
during her illness and loss. Thank you for loving her and loving us during this difficult time.
To write to Ralph Parker: Ralph Parker
c/o Amanda Stewart
3036 Blossom Trail Lane
Franklin, TN 37064
To write to Dean Nelson: Dean Nelson
674 E. Main St., Apt. 233
Hendersonville, TN 37075
March 29, 2020
Deacons on Call (Week of March 23)
DeWayne Massey 831-1280
Bob Barnes 853-6996
David Streeter 940-0555
March 15, 2020
Sunday School — Did not meet
Budget Offering — $3,410
Z U M B A F I T N E S S C L A S S E S
Zumba Strong -- Mondays at 5:30p
Thursdays -- Zumba 5:30pm
Gentle Yoga -- 6:30pm
Each class includes a short devotional and prayer circle.
Everyone is invited at attend. Beginners Welcome. Cost is $3 per class.