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4 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | I s s u e 1 1
write this article after a very refreshing three days of rain. Starkville looks a little cleaner and a little greener afterward. Its amazing how water makes a difference in our lives! Weve also experienced the biggest recorded hurricane in the Western Hemisphere with no lives lost.
Although Mexico got hit with high winds and rain, it drifted over to Mississippi as gentle showers. There was an amazing photo of Hurricane Patricia from space that showed the immensity of the storm. As I consider all of this, I have to respond in awe and wonder at the creative power and majesty of God. Its often very difficult for us to obtain a Godly perspective, but when we do, the impact in our lives is amazing.
Often, we experience crises in our lives that, in their immediacy seem overwhelming and tragic, but God brings good from every aspect! In the lightning, thunder and storm, there is also the gentle rain. We may not see it at the time, but when we get a Godly perspective, we can see God working in and through it all.
Take a few moments to read this months edition of Redefined and get a divine perspective on Gods work in and through the members of First Baptist Church. From mission activities around the world to ministry right here in Starkville, its refreshing to know that God is at work! God desires to work in and through your life to minister to others as well. It may be through a hurricane or a gentle shower, but God is waiting to rain down his Spirit upon you to effect change in your life and for the glory of His kingdom. We have a great opportunity for you on November 15 to get a global perspective of the work God is doing around the world. Well be hosting Missions Launch to inspire and inform the church about our 2016 GO projects. There are many ways to be involved and I want to encourage you to find out how you can GO in 2016.
Lets pray for more rain - the rain of Gods Spirit within us as we become ever more receptive to His guidance and glory.
FIRST WORDFROM TOM JENKINS
F B C S TA R K V I L L E . C O M 5
The ministry to Children at FBC includes a full program on Wednesday nights called Stark Kids. In my work as the Director of Childrens Ministries, I felt the Lord leading to involve more university students in leadership positions. I remember when I first began working with children. It was as a University Student! I then moved on to become the Childrens Ministry Intern at FBC Jackson and continued through summer camps at Pine Cove Christian Camps. It was fun and challenging, and the great benefit was that it ultimately brought me closer to the Lord. I knew that collegiate students would bring a great energy and dynamic to the Childrens ministry, but I also knew that they would be changed through their involvement. We began with around six students in the Fall of 2014.
I'll never forget the reactions of the first and second-grade boys as we introduced them to their leaders. They kept asking, "When is our real teacher getting here?" You see, they expected women, more specifically moms to lead their activities at church. After that night, I knew we were heading in the right direction.
Today, we have 30 university students and 3 moms who lead Stark Kids, a program designed to teach kids Bible skills as they memorize verses and study God's word each week. Our desire is for kids to experience truth and discover who God is! Since adding these students, I have seen a renewed excitement from kids to not only want to come to church but to be actively involved in the ministry.
Each week, our kids are being poured into by the men and women who serve with us. They are watching 19-23-year-olds dedicate their time to teach them God's word and commit to being an active member of the local church. Yet, our kids aren't the only ones being taught. I want to share with you some of what our university students are learning too:
I have learned that kids need patience. I've also learned how much they look up to the older people around them, and the impact that simple things like encouragement can have on them. One thing that the Lord is still teaching me is the importance of being patient and selfless with everyone. Also, I better understand the importance of teaching spiritually immature believers and helping them to be rooted in Scripture.
Leah Frances Eaton
I have learned many things about the local church- how important it is to be involved, how we must all serve each other, and what kind of heart we should have while serving the local church. FBC Starkville has been a huge blessing in my life. It has become my home church, and I have actually transferred my membership to FBC Starkville. I have enjoyed getting to know the people that are a couple steps ahead of me in life, and this is something that I love most. FBC focuses so much on community and truly wants to teach its members how to grow in their walk with the Lord. I have seen this not only from working with FBC Kids but also through D-Groups and Sunday Night Bible Studies.
The Lord has made me realize how selfish I am. He has taught me to be present in the moment. There is a difference in physically being there and emotionally, spiritually, and mentally investing in the kids.
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GATHERF B C S TA R KV I L L E
"Is there something that makes
your ce lebrat ion of Chr istmas
d i f ferent f rom the secular
wor ld? IS there a d i f ference?
Our unchurched f r iends are
constant ly cons ider ing th is
quest ion, whether they,
or we, know i t or not ."
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IT 'S TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
s there something that makes your Christmas different? Many have special traditions and family-centered celebrations. Of course, opening presents, surrounded by friends gathered around a Christmas
tree is central for so many of us. There are office parties, Community Group get togethers, school concerts, banquets and more. But is there something that makes your celebration of Christmas different from the secular world? IS there a difference? Our unchurched friends are constantly considering this question, whether they, or we, know it or not.
Santa Claus is a wonderful addition to our Christmas celebrations, but for many families, Santa has completely replaced Jesus as the focus of Christmas. Lets use our Christmas season as a way to introduce others to the true meaning of this holiday. Christmas gives us special opportunities to gather as Gods family. Lets focus on three events from the Music and Family Ministries of First Baptist that offer a unique way to gather for worship and to invite others to join you.
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N A S H V I L L E C H R I S T M A S
Nashville Christmas is the Celebration Music Ministry Christmas concert. At a special time - Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 pm - this event provides a great way to kick-off the Christmas season with family but also, and more importantly, a great way to invite people who may not attend a church to experience the uniqueness of the Christian Christmas. The concert brings in two guests from Nashville; singer-songwriters Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens. Both of these artists have multiple albums, Dove nominations and awards and many years of music ministry in their experience. The Celebration Choir and Orchestra will be joining our Nashville friends in sharing both new and familiar songs of Christmas. Along with an added string quartet, well also have a fiddle player, mandolins, banjos and multiple guitars to bring new timbres to our concert. A bit of contemporary, folk, traditional carols and some original music will complete the evening.
C H U R C H FA M I LY C H R I S T M A S
The FBC Church Family Christmas is a big social pot-luck affair on Sunday night, December 13 at 5:00 pm. The evening begins with performances by our Childrens & Preschool Ministries in the W