I don’t know about you, but I have found that over the years for quite a few Christians sharing their faith is something that at times seems to produce anxiety. Some are concerned they will offend others by sharing the gospel. Others are worried that they will be made fun of and derided for what they say about their faith. The Bible reminds us in 1 Corinthians, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing…23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Corinthians 1:18-23 ESV). Those who give these reasons for not being a faithful witness to the gospel need to be reminded that they are disobeying the Lord, and part of being a Christian means sharing your faith.


There is another group that wants to obediently share their faith, but their anxiety about witnessing stems from a concern that they won’t say the right thing. The Gospel of John offers this group the comforting assistance of the Holy Spirit in witnessing when it says:


When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

John 16:13 -14 (ESV)


In addition to trusting in the Holy Spirit’s power, the other way to allay some of this anxiety is to develop methods for sharing our faith and practice those methods. This Sunday we are going to take a break from the Gospel of Mark and talk about one simple method we can use to share our faith. Together we as a church body need to strengthen our resolve to lead the lost of our community to know the hope of the gospel.

In Christ,

Brother Ty


Thank you to everyone who came Sunday night to hear the students talk about the experience with Street Reach. This is one of their favorite things that we do and they love getting to share about their favorite memories, kids, etc! Thank you for supporting them!


This Wednesday we are continuing our 10 Questions series by looking at evidence of the existence of God.  We will really be hitting on the moral argument and using that to give evidence of God's existence. It is going to be a great night of worship and we cannot wait to see the students there!


Thursday at 2 pm, we are going to be making 75 sack lunches for the football team! If you are available, we would love the help.


John 1:4

Turner  Roberts


Wednesday Night Suppers!!

If you can cook & serve, contact Lonni Davis  500-3190.


”I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

I’m so very thankful for the participation at the Choir Banquet. The food was delicious and the    fellowship was even better.  Thank you, music committee, for your work, getting everything ready. The main comment I heard was, “We need more choir fellowships.” I agree and we will definitely take that into consideration.


Thank you, choir, for the great music from last Sunday. You did such a great job and I appreciated your hard work.


Don’t forget! From now on, choir starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Please do your best to be on time.


Children’s Choir starts at 5:00 on August 28. Mrs. Brittney Lee and Mrs. Michelle are ready for you to come back to children’s choir.



Bro. Bob



August 26, 2019

10:30 am  Crossett FBC

Speaker:  Bro. Paul Carter

Music:  Jamie Staley, Bob Endel, Mary Pierce

Noon meal provided!



Sunday, August 25th at 6 pm
Deacon’s Ordination Service
To ordain Jim Barnes & Michael Stanley


August 21—AWANA starts!!

Children's Choir at 5:00 in the Choir Room

Supper at 5:30.  Pick-up at 7:30

AWANA needs you!!!!

If you would like to serve, we have need.  Please contact Deedee or Kristin.


AWANA worker meeting Sunday, August 18th, at 5:00 in the

fellowship hall.



The Arkansas Baptist Convention sponsors a state wide mission project every year called Acts 1:8.  It is a one day event and will take place in Batesville this year on October 5th.  The sign up for this mission opportunity will begin June 6.  It costs $10 per person which covers your meal.  Our church will reserve 10 spots and we can add more as needed.  This is a great opportunity for our church to reach out into our state so please be praying about how you can participate.  We will provide additional information in the weeks to come.


The Outreach Committee would like to thank all the ladies who participated in our outreach last week by  baking goodies for all the teachers and staff of our schools.  We would also like to thank those of you who helped deliver the baked goodies to the schools.  The teachers and staff were blessed and we hope that you were also. Thank all of you again.  Our committee greatly appreciates your participation.

Stacey Harriman, Chair


Dear First Baptist Church,

The time spent with family and friends after our mother’s service was so lovely.  First Baptist meant so much to Mother, as well as all of her children.  We thank you for the meal and fellowship. We are deeply grateful for your kindness and sympathy during our time of loss.

With Love,

Allen, Suellen, Sharon, Shelley, Steven and families


Bro. Ty and FBC Family,

Jimmy and I are so thankful for all the many acts of kindness shown to us by our First Baptist Church family.  Your prayer support, especially, has been a true source of strength these past months. Please continue to remember us in prayer as we move thru the coming days.

The Jimmy Murphy Family

Philippians 1:3


FBC Congregation,

On behalf of the Noble Elementary staff I would like to thank you for the treats that were provided this week.  We are so thankful to work in such a supportive and    involved community!  We are looking forward to an amazing year at NES!


Angela L. Maize, NES Principal


Our many thanks to the Church Family for all the prayers for Laranda during her illness.  She has returned to her normal everyday life of work, exercise, church, family,  etc.  Her doctor is taking a ‘watch and see’ stance to continue monitoring her progress.  We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers more than we can say.”


The first meeting of GriefShare, a 13 week video based grief support group, will be Tuesday, August 27 at 6:00.  It will meet once a week in the Fellowship Hall. The fee for the workbook is $15.00 with scholarships available upon request.


Please call the church office at 853-5520 to register and to also let Deedee know if you are in need of nursery services.


Again this year you may purchase an entire case of 24 backpacks from $86 to $140 depending on the size of the backpacks.  This really helps struggling parents meet the needs of their students and is a wonderful outreach for our church.

Items such as Expo dry erase markers, 3 ring binders, disinfecting wipes, facial tissue, hand sanitizer, and paper towels are also needed.  You may purchase these items yourself or make a monetary donation. This really helps struggling parents meet the needs of their students                                                  and is a wonderful outreach for our church.

See Cheryl O’Neal for more details about backpacks with sizes and costs as well as other needs for this ministry.


Our next 2nd Sunday Dinner is August 11th! We’ll serve from 11:30-1:30, dine-in or take-out.


Menu:  Grilled Bone-in Pork Chop, Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole, choice of Country-style Peas or Beans, CHEESY Bread, Drink & a Yummy Dessert. All for a $10 donation.


Thank you for supporting the Ashley County Fair!!!


Call Sandra Dee Dorman at 870-737-3121 or contact any other Fairboard member for more information.



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

                                                         Box 328

                                                         Hendersonville, TN 37075



Week of August 19, 2019

Bob Barnes                    853-6996

Todd Callaway              831-9538

Dan Courson                 304-7264

Steve Hartshorn           853-6070


August 25, 2019

Ushers: Harry Shiver, Chairman, Dale Streeter, Sam Evans, Kyle Harriman, Brad Shiver, Roy McDuffee, Drew Foote,  Alan Riels


Welcome Desk—Schedule

August 25:            Derenda & Eddie 

September 1:        Brenda & Randi

September 8:       Ryan & Donny Joe

August 25:  Bed Babies:  Taylor Lauhon

                                                                                     2 & 3 Year Olds:  Amy Hartshorn


                                                                 September 1:  Bed Babies:   Jami Hartshorn

                                                                                          2 & 3 Year Olds:    Sarah Summers


Please be in your area by 10:40 for choir members to get in place.