Beginning Sunday, April 11, we will begin a brand new teaching series called, “What’s Next?” Following our Easter celebration on April 4, we’ll ask and answer the question, “So, since Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave, what am I supposed to do next?” This is a sermon series designed to challenge the church to pursue the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. We’re so excited to see what God will do in our church as we respond in obedience!
You can scan the QR code and sign up for the Wednesday Night Supper on April 14th.
Menu: Beef Stew, Biscuits, Salad, and Dessert. Please sign up by 5 PM on Monday, April 12th.
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!
Walter Ediger will be having his 90th birthday on April 17th! His family would like to have a card shower to help him celebrate his birthday. Please send cards to their address at: 1723 NS 119 Road Turpin, OK. 73950.
Our next quarterly business meeting will be on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM in the worship center. Come join us as we plan for upcoming events and ministry for our church.
Secret Church is a 6 hour intensive study of God’s Word. We gather with some snacks and study together with Pastor and Author David Platt as he guides us to understand God’s Word better. The simulcast is taking place on April 23rd this year from 6:00 PM to Midnight. We would love for you to join us! Sign up in the lobby today as we have a limited number of study guides for this event. If you would like more information about this years theme, please click here…
VBS 2021 Destination Dig – – Volunteer Applications Being Accepted
Please mark VBS on your calendar for July 18-22, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m for VBS Destination Dig. VBS is for kids who are 4 years old by September 1 through 8th grade. We would love to have your children and teenagers join us for this huge evangelistic event. We need volunteers for the following areas: teachers, cooks, security, registration, missions, crafts, recreation, music, prayer team, and more. To join the VBS Crew, click on thislink and complete the information needed. You may also reach out to Norma Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. VBS Volunteer training begins on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
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!