Bulletin 1-19-20

Welcome Visitors!


We are honored with your visit! You and your family are important to us and we gladly welcome your presence. If you would, please fill out a gold Connection Card found in the back of the pew and place it in the offering plate or hand to an usher at your convenience. We would like to contact you, but we promise to not be overwhelming. Thank you for your visit and please feel free to return!




Our Vision and Mission:


We seek to glorify Christ by:

  • Gathering to Worship
  • Growing in Faith
  • Serving in our Community
  • Reaching the Nations


We seek to connect you with Jesus and with purpose.



Order of Worship:



  • Welcome
  • “Soli Deo Gloria (God and God Alone)”
  • “There’s Power in the Blood”
  • “This is My Father’s World”
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • Giving | “New Doxology”
  • Message | Pastor Bill Henard
  • Invitation | “I Surrender All”
  • Closing




Today’s Sermon:



Identity: Chosen by the Father

Ephesians 1:3-6

by:  Dr. Bill Henard



First Thoughts:


  • In Christ, you must understand that He is enough. And the reason that He is enough is because a part of your identity is that you have been chosen by the Father. When you understand your identity in Christ, it is then that you discover what God has for you. Here’s what we learn.



Because you have been chosen by the Father:
You are Blessed.


  • Verse 3 who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.


You are Clean.


  • Verse 4 For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight.


You are Adopted.


  • Verse 5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself,
You are Accepted.


  • Verse 6 to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.



  • Where is it in your life that Christ needs to be enough? You are in Him, and because of that one fact, your identity if found in the fact that the Father has chosen you. And His purpose is that you would live now as His child, not as anything that you were before you met Him.







  • The Church office will be closed on Monday, January 20th


  • Senior Adult Luncheon – Tuesday, January 21st @ 12 pm


  • Mart & Wilma Duggan will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 26th from 2-4 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served.


  • Women’s Conference in Chattanooga – March 6th & 7th A group of ladies from FBC will be traveling to Chattanooga to take part in a women’s conference led by Nancy Guthrie. Cost is $33. Sign up in the Atrium by February 23rd.
  • Members’ offering envelopes are now available in the Atrium. If you do not find yours, please contact Myra



Discover First Baptist Class – Sunday, February 9th


  • 5pm—7pm
  • Dinner and childcare provided
  • Sign up in the Atrium or talk with Pastor Drew



Women’s Bible Study – Wednesday, January 29th @ 6pm


  • “Better: A Study of Hebrews” by Jen Wilkin
  • For women of all ages; led by Teresa Leonard & Hayley Tindell
  • Sign up in the Atrium (no cost to attend!)



Learn the 5 Love Languages – Sunday, February 16th


  • Couples are invited to learn the 5 different love languages + real-life ways to improve your relationship
  • Guest speakers Dr. Bill Henard and Sarah Kite
  • 5-7 pm in the FBC Fellowship Hall
  • Dinner and dessert for $10/couple (pay @ church office)
  • Childcare will be provided
  • Sign up in the Atrium by February 9th



Deacons of the Week:


  • Bill Sikes
  • Hunter Sullivan
  • Todd Jewell



Happening this Week:


  • 1/20: Church office closed
  • 1/21: Senior Adult Luncheon – 12 pm
  • 1/22: Wednesday night activities

Weekly Service Times:



  • Sunday School 9:30 am
  • Morning Worship 10:45 am



  • KidSing 4:30 pm
  • Family Dinner 5:00 pm
  • CrossTraining 6:00 pm
  • Prayer Meeting 6:00 pm
  • Adult Choir 6:00 pm
  • Youth 6:00 pm



Pastors and Staff:


  • Dr. Bill Henard – Pastor
  • Dr. Joe Delph – Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Evangelism
  • Rev. Drew Byers – Associate Pastor of Children & Families
  • Rev. Tim Ellis – Minister of Music
  • Karen Ellis – Children’s Ministry Director



First Baptist Athens

  • 305 Ingleside Ave.
  • (423) 745-5441
  • fbcathes.com
  • facebook.com/fbcathenschurch




Last Week:


Budget Giving

  • Last Week – $14,496.20


Budget Totals (Through Dec. 2019)

  • Giving – $923,512.54
  • Expenses – $899,260.39


Forward Giving (Through Dec. 2019)

  • Pledged – $1,050,536.00
  • Given to Date – $998,102.43
  • Last Week’s Giving – $1,962.77
  • Project Expenses – $3,496,501.17
  • Total Project Giving – $2,684,607.70
  • Loan Balance – $1,117,421.90


Attendance – 1/12/20

  • Worship – 437
  • Sunday School – 267