Bulletin 2-23-20

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.





Today’s Sermon:




Identity: From Death to New Life

by:  Dr. Bill Henard

Ephesians 2:8-10



First Thoughts: When we come to Christ through faith, He moves us out of certain spiritual death into new life. This new life, however, is not something that we earn. It is solely a gift from God. Here’s why God brings us out of death into new life.



  • It Demonstrates God’s Grace to Us.
    • 2:8 For you are saved by grace through faith


Three important words to learn:

      1. Grace
      2. Saved
      3. Faith



  • It Develops Good Works.
    • 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works





Take these actions steps this week:

  • Walk through your salvation experience – where do you see grace, faith, and works?
  • What steps do you need to take to be more secure in your salvation and in being in Christ?
  • To what good works has God appointed you? How can you begin applying and acting upon the work that God has for you this week?


Live out your faith as one who has been taken out of death and brought into new life. Don’t live your life for what you used to be. Live now for who you are in Christ.




Soloist today: Melonie Carideo – “Ain’t No Grave”








  • The Senior Adult choir will be performing their program, “Sing America” this Thursday, February 27th at Dominion (9:30 am), Morning Pointe (10:30 am) and Athens Place (1:45 pm).


  • Ladies’ Prayer Team will meet Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30 pm in the Prayer Room. All ladies are invited.


  • Monthly Meetings will be Monday, March 9th: Finance – 6 pm, Security – 6 pm, Deacons – 7 pm. Deacon wives will meet in the Atrium at 7 pm for prayer.


  • Women on Mission will meet on Tuesday, March 10th at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch will follow at 12 pm.


  • International Friends will meet Thursday, March 12th at 10:30 am in the FBCA parking lot.


  • Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter email—we promise not to spam you! If you would like to sign up for the newsletter and other FBCA communications, please drop by the church office or send a message to kara@fbcathens.com.


  • A wedding shower for Morgan Shamblin and Jeremy Noel will be Sunday, March 8th in the Annex. Please drop in between 1 and 3 pm. Morgan is registered on Amazon.com and at Greeks Bearing Gifts in Athens.


  • Join us for a bridal shower honoring Katie Shaw and Max McCay on Saturday, March 28th from 2-4 pm in the Annex. The shower is hosted by the groom’s family. Katie & Max are registered at Belk, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon.





Happening this Week:



  • The Senior Adult choir will be perform-ing their program, “Sing America” this Thursday, February 27th at Dominion (9:30 am), Morning Pointe (10:30 am) and Athens Place (1:45 pm).


  • Deacons of the Week: Carey Hicks, Tom Dill, Charles Byrd




Weekly Service Times:




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



  • Wednesdays:
    • 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



Last Week:




  • Last Week – $19,613.00


Budget Totals (Through Jan. 2020)

  • Giving – $58,720.44
  • Expenses – $73,762.10


Forward Giving (Through Jan. 2020)

  • Pledged – $1,050,536.00
  • Given to Date – $1,008,530.38
  • Last Week’s Giving – $4,158.00
  • Project Expenses – $3,496,501.17
  • Total Project Giving – $2,695,035.65
  • Loan Balance – $1,110,899.78


Attendance – 2/16/20

  • Worship – 483
  • Sunday School – 242





Pastors and Staff:



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






First Baptist Athens Info:



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

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