US SUNDAY EVENING
MARCH 15 AT 6:00 P.M.
IN THE SANCTUARY
COMMUNITY UNITY SERVICE
churches will be participating through music,
scripture, dance, creative movement, drama, and
preaching. Our church will have a group of adult
handbell ringers providing service music. Plan
ATTENTION FBC FAMILIES IT’S TIME FOR THE
WEEKDAY EARLY EDUCATION
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
2 year olds (DO NOT have to be potty trained),
3 year olds and 4-5 year olds
School Care And Summer Adventures
time to get registered! First Baptist Families
registration is March 19, 20 and 23. If you are
interested in any of these programs for your children,
please register before public registration day
on the 24th. Registration forms may be picked
up in the office or can be downloaded from the
church website at www.fbcsmithfield.org (click
on Education). For more information call Margie
Littlefield (ASC, SA) at 934-1829 and June Ward
(WEE) at 934-9771.
FBC Youth Group will meet Sunday, March 8 at 6:00
p.m. for Snack Supper followed by Bible Study.
Muriel Lasater, Hillary Braswell, Grace Ann Carroll,
Whitney & Elizabeth Carter, Chelsea Creech,
Kelsey & Laura D’Artois, Claire Austin
& Reid Hooks, Katlyn Thompson are responsible
for Snack Supper.
BIG YOUTH NITE!!!!!
THIS Sunday, March 15, 6:15 – 8 p.m.
ATTENTION ALL YOUTH!!! Join us for a GREAT BIG
YOUTH NITE! Bring a friend or call a friend you
haven’t seen at youth group for food, music,
games, and interactive small group discussion
led by our youth leaders. SEE YOU THERE!!!
When: June 15 – 20
Deposit: $135.00 by or before March 29
It’s time to sign-up! Sign up and pay a
deposit from March 15 through March 29!
BEACH RETREAT DATES
Sr. High - April 24 -26 $50 due by or before April
7th & 8th Grade – May 15-16 $50 due
by for before May 3
Plans are in motion for a Medical Mission Trip
to Honduras June 6. Non-medical volunteers are
needed as well as nurses, pharmacists and doctors.
If you are interested, please call Anesha Johnson
at 934-1601. Visit www.missionhonduras.org to
see photos of past mission trips to Honduras.
There will be a Relay for Life meeting Sunday,
March 15 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
BIG THANK YOU
I want to thank everyone who participated in our
Variety Show this past Sunday. All of our entertainment
was wonderful and enjoyed by all! A very special
thanks to Kelley for coming up with the idea and
helping to organize, and to Paul Burgess, our
Emcee. The offering taken at this event will go
to the American Cancer Society. God bless each
of you for caring. Carolyn Jones, Captain, Kim
We express our Christian sympathy to Vel McLamb
in the recent homegoing of her husband, Bob.
express our Christian sympathy to Iris Adkins
in the recent homegoing of her brother.
Mac Stacy (Wake), Lib Lane (Home), Ken Williams
(Home), Joyce Wright (Rex)
We welcome into our Christian fellowship Chad
Wilkinson on statement of faith and previous baptism.
Operation InAsMuch is March 28. Sign up opportunities
are on the bulletin board outside the kitchen.
Please be in prayer about how you can be a part
of this day of community outreach.
Bud vases are needed for Operation InAsMuch. If
you have any, please bring to the church office.
for Teen Mothers needs new or gently used baby
items. We have names of 20 girls that will be
participating in the shower for you. All donations
should be dropped off at the church office or
contact Susan Culbreth 965-9141
CORNER FOR OPERATION IN AS MUCH
“Greater love has no one than this, that
he lay down his life for his friends.” John
In 1956, pilot Nate Saint and four other missionaries
were killed in Ecuador by the Auca Indians they
had come to serve. Many years later after these
same Indians had come to know Christ, one of them
told Nate’s son, Steve, that he was the
man who took his father’s life. Steve said
to him “You didn’t take my father’s
life, he gave it!” Most of us are not called
to be missionaries in a foreign country where
we might be in danger of losing our life for Christ.
However, we are called to serve others when and
where He gives us the opportunity. Have you prayed
for the Lord’s guidance in where to serve?
Have you signed up for an OIAM Team? What are
you waiting for? The OIAM Prayer Team meets each
Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 6:15 in the
church library for focused prayer. Join our team!
Your presence is needed! No sign-up required!
weekly prayer guide will be posted to the Prayer
page of the church Website each Wednesday morning.
http://fbcsmithfield.org Note: There will be a
time of prayer for OIAM from 6:00 – 6:15
on Wed. evenings in the church library beginning
this week. Please join us for focused prayer.
FEST AT CHOWAN
Join older adults from all over Eastern NC on
Thursday, March 26 at Chowan University for a
“Senior Fest.” Morning session features
Bill Leslie, WRAL TV anchor, and afternoon features
Ruby Fulbright, Executive Director WMU of NC.
Breakout interest sessions late morning on topics
of interest to older adults, lunch is included.
Cost is $20 (lunch and transportation) Leave church
at 7:30 a.m. (eat breakfast first), arrive back
around 5:30 p.m. Sign up and pay in the church
office by Thursday March 12.
SENIOR ADULT RALLY
Thursday April 2 is JBA Senior Adult Rally at
Parrish Memorial Church. Morning program, covered
dish lunch. Watch later Visitors for more details.
Congratulations to Trey and Michaela Bearden on
the arrival of their infant daughter, Addison
Marie, and infant son, Logan Carter. The proud
grandparents are Carter and Liz Bearden.
Prayers of Rev. John L. Ryberg
(1969 – 1984)
is now available to order.
Paperback is $10
Hardback is $20.
If you would like a copy of this book, please
place your order with payment in the church office.
to our church today, the fellowship as it were,
that it may be a true and a genuine fellowship
in Christ – not just a group of people self-satisfied
in their selection of each other or looking for
somebody else to receive in a condescending way.
But let this be a fellowship where every man denies
himself in favor of his neighbor, where each of
us, because we would be like Jesus, strives honestly
and sincerely to love his neighbor as himself.”
--Rev. John L. Ryberg
Ryberg always spoke his mind. Not everybody liked
that about him. Not everybody liked what he had
to say. But everybody knew him to be a man of
integrity, a true man of God. That trait is reflected
in the prayers on these pages. His Sunday morning
prayer set the tone for the morning’s worship
and for the message that would soon follow. They,
like his sermons, were provoking, inspiring, often
challenging. He was our pastor from 1960 until
his death, December 13, 1984. For 23 years Mr.
Ryberg challenged us to be ‘intellectually
respectable, socially responsible and spiritually
--William H. Perry
HEALTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Attention Behavioral Health Sunday School Teachers…We
are back on schedule. Please check your list to
see when you teach. If you have questions, please
contact Debra Avery at 965-6768 or email@example.com
There will be an outing for Pastor’s Class
participants on Monday, March 23. We will be going
to Rainbow Lanes in Clayton, leaving the church
at 3:40 and return to the church at approximately
6:30 p.m. The cost is $9 per person (which includes
2 games of bowling, 5 tokens, 1 Himalaya ticket.)
We will have a snack at the church before leaving.
If your child plans to attend this outing, please
complete the permission form sent home this past
Monday and return to the church with the $9.00
the day of the outing, or you may bring it to
the church office any day prior to Monday, March
NCBM is offering training April 3 – 4 in
Clinton, NC, and May 1-2 in Greensboro, NC. Basic
training is Friday afternoon until 2:00 p.m. on
Saturday. If you were trained in 2002 or later
you can recertify by attending Saturday from 8:30
a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you are interested,
please go to www.ncmissions.org
DO YOU NEED A ROOM?
If you wanted to go the NC Mission Conference
March 20-21 in Charlotte but could not find a
place to stay, we can help. There is a reservation
that can be taken over due to a family conflict.
Please contact the church office if you are interested.
Matt & Shelley Gardner
OPPORTUNITIES OF THE WEEK
School Classes for all ages
||Radio Bible Class, taught
by Sylvia Evans, broadcast over 1090 AM
||Morning Worship, broadcast
over 1090 AM
Handbells Rehearsal, end at 6:30
Unity Service, Sanctuary
Supper, Fellowship Hall
& Bible Drill
Running the Rapids will not meet this Sunday
due to the Community Service.
Study, end at 8:00
Devotional at First Presbyterian Church
with guest speaker Msgr. Michael Clay
Afternoon Bible Study, Fellowship Hall
Choirs, Ages 4, Kindergarten: Preschool
V; Grades 1-2, Adult II; Grades 3-6, Music
prayer time, Library, end at 6:15 p.m.
Fashion Prayer Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Groups for Adults
Friends for ages 2 – grade 6
Mission Trip Prep, Ryberg Hall
* 7:30 P.M.
Closet, end at 12:00 noon
Lunch, end at 5:45
Budget needs per week: $16,462.33
Received as of 03/08/09 $17,216.40
Budget needs Year to Date $164,623.27
Received Year to Date $147,189.01
Received 03/08/09 $1,255.00