This five-week series examines the last words Jesus spoke from the cross. These “last words” communicate the good news of what He has done for us in His self-emptying life and provide an example for believers in how to live out the Christian journey.
The fifth installment of this series will be on Friday, April 2 at 6:30 pm – this will be a special Good Friday service where we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper, worship, pray together, and study God’s word. I can’t wait to celebrate this Easter season with YOU! If you happen to know someone who’s searching for answers in a world full of distractions, be sure to bring them with you! See you on Sunday at 9:30 or 11 AM! – Pastor Mark
Don’t forget to set your clocks up one hour Saturday night!
You can scan the QR code and sign up for the Wednesday Night Supper on March 24th.
Menu: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetable, Roll and Dessert. Please sign up by 5 PM on Monday, March 22nd.
Easter is almost here! We’re excited to celebrate “The Rescue” with YOU on April 4th!
Who is Annie Armstrong anyway?
FSBC is in the midst of our annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering when we contribute funds to support missions work in North America. But who, you might wonder, is Annie Armstrong? We may know her only as the namesake of this annual offering, but she is an important figure in Southern Baptist history. In the late 1800s Annie was a bold missions advocate, who is remembered for beginning WMU, and for having an influence in the denomination during the era after the Civil War years.
Annie lived from 1850 to 1938. She had become a Christian in 1870 in Baltimore, and was impressed by a women’s group called “Women’s Mission to Women,” and always remembered that circle of kneeling women praying for missions. This group did much for missionaries and gathered funds for them. Her goal was for every church to have a group who would pray for and support home missions. She was instrumental in forming the Women’s Missionary Union in 1888. GO FORWARD was Annie’s watchword and she always saw endless possibilities for ministry. She organized activities involving churches among the black community, worked among struggling mountain people, and took a special interest in reaching international visitors in Baltimore.
Annie was a prolific letter writer, sending 17,718 letters in 1893, mainly to Southern Baptist Convention leaders, missionaries, pastors, and women. She also was a prolific writer of curriculum for WMU, and for young people in a S.S. publication, as well as in other publications related to missions.
Traveling consumed much of Annie’s time. For example, in 1903, she covered over 12,000 miles and was sometimes gone from her home in Baltimore as many as 50 consecutive days. This was travel in jolting wagons and hiking up and down rough mountain paths! She never accepted a salary and paid her own traveling expenses.
Annie had a special heart for young people. She often visited colleges to talk to young women. She believed that youth should be trained so that they would be informed about missions and would respond if God should call them into missions. Because there was hardly any printed material available for this training, she planned and prepared program materials and made them available.
Her biographer called her a “dreamer in action, with the emphasis on action. She worked long, hard hours in too many ventures to recount in a brief story.” Tom Nettles, a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary called Annie Armstrong “a person who looked at her gifts and her opportunities and pushed through any personal inhibitions and contextual prejudices to do what she believed God wanted her to do for His glory and the extension of the Kingdom.”
In 1938 when Annie was 88 years old, she was asked to send a message to the Golden Jubilee meeting of WMU. Missions was still on her heart when she wrote: “Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward…After the study of God’s Word comes the study of the fields. Then people pray. Then they give.” On December 20, 1938, Annie died. Her many accomplishments point to her strong belief that if a person will GO FORWARD in faith, she will find “the stone rolled away.”
Our Easter offering takes its name from this great lady. In 2021 may we at FSBC honor her memory by praying and giving to reach our North American neighbors with the gospel. Our goal for 2021 is $2000, our portion of the $70 million for the greater North American goal. Today, over one billion dollars has been raised through this annual offering, and it continues to support missionaries and their work across the U.S. and Canada. What a privilege to be a part!
Hey Church! We have a newly formed Prayer Team that will be praying during both of our Sunday services at 9:30 and 11am. If you’re interested in joining this team or would like more information on this new ministry, please let us know! You can email Pastor Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for consideration.
FSBC is excited that God led us to start a Broadcasting ministry many years ago. As we entered into this crazy year, the fact that we were already set up to livestream and record our services was a blessing. The equipment that we use for this ministry is beginning to wear out and we are in the process of replacing it. Would you be willing to prayerfully consider helping us purchase the new equipment to keep this ministry running smoothly? Click on the link below to hear from Gary Classen the head of our Tech Team for more information!
We want to say thank you and we really appreciate all the cards, prayers, phone calls, food and flowers given to us. Vicki is healing well from her surgery. We ask for continued prayers and healing due to our son Matt’s passing.