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Gratitude and Generosity

in the Real World

The immediacy of need in our times can overwhelm the soul, if we fail to pay attention to God at work in our midst to refresh us, to build us up and strengthen our spirits. This season of stewardship is reminding me of the cost of doing God’s will, and the importance of our faithfulness in all areas of Christian discipleship. The saying is old, but true about more than just our money – it’s not “equal gifts, but equal sacrifice” that makes the difference. Giving makes the difference in effective ministry, yes, and it makes a difference by helping each disciple grow spiritually in faith and trust. It helps us respond to God’s generosity, as well.

I got a lesson in gratitude and generosity from Jack, a two-year-old boy, one Saturday morning, long ago. Angie and I had sponsored a weekend retreat for physicians, health care professionals, and their families to lovely DeGray Lake in Arkansas. Perhaps due to the effects of the long drive the day before, or the quiet and cool of the Ouachita Mountains, young Jack was up much too early. Jack’s dad, being a thoughtful guy, decided to take Jack and head for early coffee and breakfast, without disturbing Jack’s mom from her sleep.

Sitting in the grand dining room and visiting next to its wall-sized glass window, Jack and his dad enjoyed each other’s company in the predawn darkness.

Then it happened. It was an event of biblical magnificence and importance.

“What’s that?” Jack asked.

“That’s the sunrise,” answered his dad.

“Does it happen every day?”

“Every day.”


Yes, that’s where I would like to be – not the mountains, but in living with such fresh eyes to see God’s world and to revel in the gifted beauty of God’s creation. Would that we all could cherish with innocence and intensity the gifts of God in relationship with nature and, more, with each other. God is the Giver of all good gifts, thanks be to God.

Will the sun rise again, Jack? Count on it. Trust it. Believe it. Thank God. Every single day for the rest of your life. The God who neither “slumbers nor sleeps,” who never gets tired, who never gets weary, who is more dependable and worthy of our lives than the most sublime sunrise will make it so.

Grace and peace,
In this Issue: 
Join us this Sunday
for Sunday School at 9:45 am and 
Worship at 11 am.

Interested in our Upcoming Events or Opportunities to Serve? 
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Please contact Stephanie with questions.

Being a part of a community means that we share in one another's joys and pray for one another in times of need.  Please see below if you or someone you know is in need of prayer, visits, or phone calls. 

If there is a specific way we can pray for you or someone is missing from this list (with their permission), please let us know.  You can do so by writing or calling the Church Office.  Please let us know whether your prayer request is private (for the ministerial staff and prayer team), for the Deacons, or for the congregation.
Come Serve our Free Friday Breakfast
Friday, October 13th

We could use a few extra hands this Friday!  Please arrive by 8:15 am.  You can help by serving food, providing refills on drinks, and by warmly greeting and talking with our Friday morning guests.  

For more information, please contact Carol Johnson.
Donation Collections

The Children of FSBC are collecting white socks and washcloths for our NEST and Community Meal ministries throughout the year.  
You can put donations in the box in the Fellowship Hall.  Questions? Please see Stephanie.
We are collecting donations for Thanksgiving Baskets for GAM (Ghent Area Ministries).
Please see the bulletin board or visit Sign Up Genius (click here) to sign up for items to bring in.  Right now our sign ups are in the hopes of filling 10 baskets.
All donations can be placed in the boxes in the Fellowship Hall by November 5th.

If you have any questions, please see Carol Johnson or Stephanie Van Leeuwen.
The FSBC Organizational Structure document, accepted by the membership on September 24, has been posted in the church website on the Members Area page in Church Documents. The three changes made during the meeting, before the vote, have been inserted to the posted document.

Our Updated Church Calendar can be found at:

If you have an event or meeting that needs to be added to the calendar, please email
Membership Matters - October 15th

Interested in joining FSBC? Want to know more about being a Christian, being a Baptist Christian, or being a part of the Freemason Street Baptist family of faith? Then, join us for this 1-session class led by Pastor Guffey.

For more information contact Bob Guffey:
Men's Book Club
October 16, 2017
6:30 p.m.

The Reformation of the sixteenth century was a vast and complicated movement. It involved kings and peasants, cardinals and country priests, monks and merchants. It spread from one end of Europe to the other, and manifested itself in widely differing forms. Yet in spite of its diverse and complex character, to start to understand the Reformation you need know only one name: Martin Luther. Roland Bainton’s Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther remains the definitive introduction to the great Reformer and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand this towering historical figure.

Questions? Please contact Ken Bryant:
Coffee Hour
When it's your birthday month, it's your turn to help by bringing in refreshments for coffee hour and helping set up and clean up. Thank you so much to all of our hosts and coordinators who provide for this mission each Sunday morning.

October 15: January  Birthdays

Children's Volunteers
We appreciate all of our volunteers, but especially those that help out in our children's area.  Because of their help, our parents and guardians are able to attend Sunday School and Worship services.  If you are willing to help serve in this way, please let us know!  A background check is necessary.

Sunday School - Jane Bailey
Worship - Volunteer Needed
Please contact Stephanie Van Leeuwen if you would like to volunteer.
Serving in Worship
Offering Team 
Jack Ferguson
Kim Winslow
Paul Winslow
Deborah Antony/David Davis
Deadline for Church Newsletter Information - Mondays by 5 pm
Deadline for Church Bulletin Information - Tuesdays at Noon

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Freemason Street Baptist Church
Phone: 757 625 7579  |  Email:
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