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January 30, 2014

Church Leadership
Our ministers and lay leaders are available to answer any questions you may have to help you connect with the ministries of First Baptist Church. Rev. Matt Sturtevant Senior Pastor, x. 202 matt@firstbaptistlawrence.com Rev. Dr. Meredith Holladay Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation, x. 204 meredith@firstbaptistlawrence.com Jenny Purvis Office Manager, x.203 jenny@firstbaptistlawrence.com Nathan Benfield Volunteer Building Manager, x.201 nathan@firstbaptistlawrence.com Jim Davidson Chancel Choir Director jamesrdavidson@ku.edu Holly Grassy Bookkeeper grassyclan@att.net John Pauls Moderator jphawk@yahoo.com Evelyn Falen Organist Buddy Langford Custodian Church Office: 785/843.0020 office@firstbaptistlawrence.com www.firstbaptistlawrence.com

Preparing for Worship February 2, 2014 fourth Sunday after epiphany


We Need You! We Need Your leadership

We Need You!
Winter Worship Series In the coming weeks, we will explore together practices that we as individuals are called to engage in so that we may strengthen and grow our church. They are practices that the church needs from you; and in profound ways, they are also critical to the practice of your own personal faith, and the stewardship of your gifts. The Church needs you, and as we seek a way to be faithful with our gifts, we find that we indeed need the Church! We Need You! We Need Your Leadership February 2 (Romans 12.1-8) We Need You! We Need Your Creativity February 9 (Psalm 150)

Rev. Matthew Sturtevant


Scripture: Romans 12.1-8

Church-Wide Super Bowl Party


Sunday, Feb. 2 5:00 p.m. Bring snacks & friends! Roger Williams Room

Don Harris Willis McCorkill Philip Zehr Melisa Lord Wanda Chauvin Ron Burt Sally Heilman

February 1 February 1 February 1 February 3 February 8 February 9 February 9

Edgar Krieger February 10 Robert Bowline February 15 Suzanne Gilbert February 16 Ellie Heinz February 18 Norma Jarrett February 18 Michaela Schenkel February 19 Edith Eskilson February 20

Lauren Pauls Beth Benfield Delmar Falen Mark Strand John Pauls

February 20 February 22 February 22 February 22 February 23

Theologian in Residence Visiting Scholar


Since 2001, Faith communities in Lawrence, Topeka, Baldwin City, and Kansas City along with specific departments at KU, Baker University and Washburn University have coordinated and supported acclaimed speakers for presentations and dialogue on issues of faith and questions of religion. Typically, the presenter stays for 3-4 days and involves both the academic and faith communities. The next Theologian in Residence will be William Brown, author of The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder and William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian (USA) related school in Decatur, Georgia. Brown has written extensively in response to the question, How do we interpret the Bible today in the light of science? He understands it is through science we see ourselves as an integral part of creation, not just in the world but also of the world. Four opportunities to attend presentations by Dr. Brown: 1. Sunday, Feb. 16, Ecumenical Campus Ministries (1204 Oread Avenue), 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Presentation followed by reception. 2. Monday, Feb.17, Genovese Restaurant (941 Massachusetts St), 11:45 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. (pay for yourself lunch.) 3. Monday, Feb. 17, Lawrence Jewish Community Center (917 Highland Dr.), 7:00 p.m. Presentation followed by reception. 4. Tuesday, Feb. 18, First United Methodist Church (946 Vermont St), 7:00 p.m. Presentation followed by reception. Supporting Faith communities: Ecumenical Campus MinistryFirst Baptist ChurchFirst Presbyterian ChurchFirst United Methodist Church Good Shepherd Lutheran ChurchLawrence Jewish CenterLawrence Unitarian Universalist FellowshipPeace Mennonite ChurchPlymouth Congregational ChurchSt. Pauls United Church of ChristTrinity Episcopal ChurchTrinity Lutheran ChurchDepartment of Religious Studies, Kansas University Presbytery of Northern Kansas

Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching


Since 2007 Baptist Women in Ministry has invited churches to ask a woman to preach during February in honor of Martha Stearns Marshall, an 18th century Baptist woman who preached alongside her husband. This annual event has become a deeply significant source of joy and discovery for many churches as they have celebrated the giftedness of women in ministry. The Sunday is named for Marshall, a Separate Baptist, who preached alongside her husband Daniel, in Baptist churches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. First Baptist Church of Lawrence has a long and proud history of supporting Gods gifts for ministry in women. We support women and men seeking to embrace Gods call in preaching, teaching, leading, praying, playing music, and the myriad other ways God works in our lives and congregations. One way we as a church celebrate Gods call on women to ministry is to open our pulpit to other women to share Gods word with us. On February 23, we welcome Aline Silva-Schreiner to share through proclamation. "Aline Silva-Schreiner is a young CREATE scholar at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Aline has lived in the United States for 10 years now. Her intentions upon arrival from Brazil was to learn English and go to medical school. Those plans changed, however, when she began to experience Gods call upon her life to become a minister. As it was, she changed her major from Human Biology to religious studies during the second semester of her Sophomore year at Kansas University. At the same time she met the love of her life, Andy. They have been married for almost 4 years now. Aline plans to pastor and her husband plans on doing missionary work. Together they plan on working with missional churches locally and around the globe."

Remember in Prayer Stanley DeFries, after a brief return to LMH, is now back at Brandon Woods. Carl Guggisberg, recovering at LMH following gall bladder surgery. International Ministries Missionaries: Katie & Taku Longkumer, serving in India. Regional Minister: ABC of Indiana and Kentucky, Rev. Dennis Bickers, serving in Madison, Indiana. Local congregation: First Southern Baptist Church

Nursery Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to spend a fun filled hour rocking a baby or reading a book to a toddler? Here is your chance! We are in need of volunteers each Sunday during the 11:00 worship. If you would be willing to volunteer one hour on a Sunday morning please come by the nursery and sign up! Contact Amy Munsterman with any questions: 785764-9265.

Chupper Schedule: 2/2: Super Bowl Party 2/9: ABY5:00-7:30 p.m. (Chupper: Haviland) Upcoming Events: 2/23: Quad Nox5:00-7:30 p.m. Summer Camp Deposit is due ASAP! Please let Pastor Meredith know if your student(s) will be going. Also please let her know if you need financial assistance.

First Baptist Church 1330 Kasold Drive Lawrence, Kansas 66049 785/843-0020 785/843-0021 (fax) www.firstbaptistlawrence.com

Life of the Church


Sunday, Feb. 2 8:30 a.m.Worship 9:30 a.m.Sunday School 11:00 a.m.Worship 5:00 p.m.Super Bowl Party, RWR Tuesday, Feb. 4 11:00 a.m.Newsletter announcements due Wednesday, Feb. 5 6:00 p.m.No Church-wide dinner, instead On Tap discussion group will meet at Tortas Jaliscos. Thursday, Feb. 6 7:30 p.m.Chancel Choir rehearsal

Sunday Morning Volunteers


Nursery 9:30 a.m.Jane Miller 11:00 a.m.Peggy Keefe Extended Care Brenda or Shane Schenkel

Wednesday Night Supper Feb. 5 (No meal at the church)

Family Promise Training Opportunity Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m.


New volunteers are wanted for two-hour or overnight host shifts! If you have not taken the one-time, one-hour Family Promise training, please join us Thurs. Feb. 6 at the FP Day House, 905 Tennessee St. (first house behind/south of 9th St. Baptist Missionary building at corner of 9th & Tennessee.) The class is necessary if youd like to be a volunteer when we host families in our church building. Please contact Wendy Wheeler, wswheeler@gmail.com, 393-3688 if you have any questions.

Looking Ahead:
Sunday, Feb. 16Boy Scout Sunday Sunday, Feb. 23Martha Stearns Marshall Sunday

Business Meeting Report Copies


If you were not able to attend the Annual Business meeting on Jan. 26 but would like a copy of the annual report, and/or the annual financial report, please contact the church office, 843-0020. Additionally, you may find the meeting report (minus financials) at this website link:
hp://www.scribd.com/doc/203468474/AnnualReport-2013-V2

New On Tap Location


The February 5 On Tap discussion group will meet at Tortas Jalisco, 534 Frontier Rd. (just east of 6th & Kasold) 6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided at the church from 5:45 p.m. All welcome to attend!