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Dr.

Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor


Benchmarks

Janet and I love the mountains of Colorado. The lush green


valleys and the majestic peaks are used throughout the Bible
as images of our mighty God. We have a favorite drive from
Colorado Springs west of Pikes Peak which takes us up to
a high elevation overlook of the Basin and the Collegiate
chain. These 14,000 feet-plus peaks are named after Ivy
League Universities. In the 1950s, some intrepid rangers
and mountain climbers scaled the summits and drove
bronze markers into the rock, marking the elevation. They
are called benchmarks.
This is a parable of our progress as a church ministry. As I announced last week,
our building debt has finally been paid. After years of the Great Recession, we
truly see a benchmark of Gods faithfulness and our churchs generosity. Over
nine years, our faithview has reminded us of the challenges but also the joy of
the journey. As in life, the scenery along the way is worth the trip. I praise God
for countless testimonies of those who have persevered, sacrificed and believed
as we have sought to Know Christ and make Him known in southwest Florida
and beyond. Multitudes will be in Heaven someday because you invested in
people.
We are now breathing the rarefied air that very few churches our size ever
experience. Our property is potentially valued at well over $100 million,
strategically located in the center of the county population and flexible in sacred
spaces. This is a 24/7 ministry. Good stewardship demands that we have
multiple functions in all rooms.
I have never climbed a 14,000 foot peak by foot, but have ridden the train to
the top of Pikes Peak. I quickly learned what happens when you do not drink
enough water. May we continue to drink of the Living Water of Jesus Christ,
the Fountain which never runs dry or disappoints. May we climb new heights
as we are pressing on the upward way, as the hymn says, praying as we are
onward bound. We must have the faith of old Caleb who refused to accept an
easy portion of his Canaan inheritance, but cried, Give me this hill country.
The giants were there, but God was with him because he wholly followed
the Lord (Joshua 14:12, 14). In David Platts words last week, he was a blank
check for God to cash.
*There is a guest reception in the Commons following the Saturday night and
Sunday morning 11:00am worship services. Pastor would love to meet you!

Rejoicing in Gods Goodness

Celebration Service for Debt Retirement


Based on 2 Chronicles 6:41

Sunday, March 29 at 4:00pm


in the Courtyard

Join us for this special celebration event as we


rejoice together being debt free as a church family.
You will be given a stone to write a verse or prayer
on, then a memorial will be built with these stones.
We will look back at all that God has done, and
look forward to all that He will do in the future.

Car Care Volunteers Needed

Saturday, March 28
Stop by our table in the Commons

In just one week, Car Care will serve over 200


financially challenged individuals. We need 450
volunteers for administrative help, car movers
(just driving the cars), mechanics, faith fellowship
counselors, etc. Sign-up at fbcncarcare.com or
stop by our table in the Commons this weekend.

Churchwide
Jeff Strueckers Books

Available in our Lighthouse Bookstore

Our Lighthouse Bookstore has the following Jeff


Struecker books in stock: Road to Unafraid, Certain
Jeopardy, Blaze of Glory, and Hide and Seek. All
books are 20% off the listed price.

Florida Baptist Childrens Home

Foster Care and Adoption Meeting on


Tuesday, March 24 in DC108

If you are interested in learning more about how you can


help the abused, neglected, and abandoned children in
Southwest Florida, please contact Amy at Amy.Roller@
FBCHomes.org or call 910-5273 to sign up.

FBCN Choral Celebration

Sunday, March 29 at 6:00pm in the Chapel

A special night when all of our age-graded choirs and


arts teams will minister through presentation of songs
and creative elements. The whole family should attend.
Our Resonate and Amplify mission teams will be
sharing testimonies from their recent mission trips to the
Dominican Republic and Jacksonville.

Preschool Volunteers Needed


Easter Weekend (April 3-5)

Volunteers are needed to assist our preschool teachers.


Many hands are needed to welcome our many families
and visitors (and their young children) at Easter. If you
can help us, please call Kim at 596-8600 x360.

Run for Immokalee 5K

Saturday, April 4 at 7:30am at FBCN


(Register by March 26)

Registration fee is one new pair of childrens shoes (bring


the day of the race). Please register by March 26 so
we will have your t-shirt ready. Race day registration is
available, but a t-shirt is not guaranteed. Prizes awarded
to the first three finishers in each age group. There are
special awards for the first three overall men and women.
Register online at www.runforimmokalee.com.

Marriage Conference with Charles Lowery


Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19
Speaking in All Worship Services
As Well As Sunday Evening 6:00-8:00pm
in the Worship Center

A best selling author, practicing psychologist, and


motivator, Dr. Charles Lowery will humorously and
practically teach about how to improve your marriage.
He will uniquely communicate to the unsaved and
unchurched. Sunday evening limited childcare for infants
through kindergarten by reservation only. Call 596-8600
x360 to make your childcare reservation.

Student Ministry

Womens Ministries and Interests


Spring Teaching Series

Begins Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8

Registration is going on now every Tuesday and Wednesday


before and after RefresHer. There are many classes to
choose from on a variety of subjects. Course offerings are
listed at www.fbcnwomen.org. For more information, call
Cathy at 596-8600 x241.

Annas Tea

Monday, March 30 at 1:30pm in Room WC117

This is a ministry of the deacons wives to the widows of


our congregation. Join us for fellowship and encouragement
from Gods Word as we spring into spring. Sign up in the
Fellowship Hallway or call Vada at 596-8600 x268.

Missions Ministry
Bill & Ginny Hanson

In the Missions Kiosk this Weekend

As missionaries with the Association of Baptists for


World Evangelism (ABWE) and members of FBCN,
they serve around the globe assisting with ministry
building projects. Right now churches are being built in
urban and remote regions, a school in war-torn Kosovo,
seminary buildings, an airplane hanger in the Amazon,
mission camps, and hospitals. They use the ministry
of construction projects to reach the lost globally with
the gospel. There are opportunities for you to serve as
a volunteer on a construction project. Stop and talk to
them in the Missions Kiosk this weekend.

Pregnancy Resource Center

Spring Training for Vounteer Advocates

The training will be Friday, April 10th from 5-9pm


and Saturday, April 11 from 9am-1pm (location to be
determined). If interested, please call JoLynn at 5952159 or Debra at 513-9775. There will be a small
charge of $25 to cover the cost of training. A light meal
will be served.

Legacy Builders Senior Adults


Captiva Island Trip

Thursday, April 9 at 10:00am

Join us as we go to the famous Bubble Room on Captiva


Island. There is a $5.00 transportation fee (non refundable)
and lunch is on your own. Purchase your ticket at the Media
Ministry window in the Fellowship Hallway, or call Vada at
596-8600 x268.

Childrens Ministry

Christian Vocation Scholarship

Vacation Bible School

This scholarship is available for any student (college


or seminary) who is pursuing a degree in a church
ministry, missions, or Christian counseling. You may
download detailed directions and an application
at fbcn.org/college or contact David George at
dgeorge@fbalions.org for more information.

VBSs Everest is coming June 8-12. We need


volunteers to help with making decorations for hallways.
Some of it is easy cutting out of die cuts, such as
snowflakes. If you have time to help make decorations,
or are interested in taking on the decorating of a hallway,
please call Nancy at 596-8600 x350.

Deadline May 1

Volunteers Needed

Last Weekend
Decisions for Christ

Baptisms
Marcel Garcia
Silvia Garcia

South Florida Ultimate Man Day


Salvations = 29
Rededications = 7

Financial Stewardship

2014-2015 Operating Revenues


July 1, 2014 - March 15, 2015
Budget
Actual Variance

$5,777,500

$5,717,976 ($59,524)

Kingdom Missions Offering


YTD through March 15
Pledges
Received
$336,218
$105,143

Worship Attendance

March 14 & 15

Saturday Night
Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Total

1,276
1,906
1,004
4,186

Tuesday Morning/
Wednesday Evening

1,344

Bible & Life Attendance

March 14 & 15

Saturday Night
Sunday 8:15 a.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Home Groups
Total

This Upcoming Week


Deacon of the Week
March 23 - 29
Jason Dean
&
Bob Moorefield

If you need assistance, please call


the church deacon hotline
at 800-732-9573.

Weekly Schedule

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Wednesday Family Meal

March 25 (4:45-6:00 p.m. in the


Fellowship/Recreation Gym)
Beef Tips & Noodles,
Veggie, Salad, Dessert

Tickets may be purchased at the Lighthouse


Cafe or at the door for $6 each or $25 for a
family. Alternate choices available.

Saturday, March 21

Bible & Life Groups of the Week


Saturday Night at 7:30pm

Jim Evans teaches 30-40 year olds in DC109


(First Floor of the Discipleship Center)

Jim is currently teaching on How to Become a Contagious


Christian. Feel free to visit Jims class, or stop by the information
desk in the Commons for more details.

Sunday Morning at 11:00am

Peter Hone teaches all ages in DC121


(First Floor of the Discipleship Center)

Peter is currently teaching on The Book of Acts. Feel free


to visit Peters class, or stop by the information desk in the
Commons for more details.

First Baptist Academy


Middle School

FBA middle school principal, John McGillicuddy, conducted an informal survey


of sixth-grade students to find out what ministries they have been involved in
recently. He discovered that they are involved in over 30 different ministries
of the church and community. The following is a snapshot of these ministries:
Kidztown, VBS, the poor of Immokalee, Car Care, Living Christmas Trees,
assisted living centers, Helps Outreach, Florida Baptist Childrens Home, and
mission trips. FBA middle school students are very involved in being good
stewards of relationships at church and in the community.

Open House

March 26th from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Visit First Baptist Academy to see for yourself what sets FBA apart from the
rest. FBA offers a comprehensive program, balanced with Kingdom Education,
College Preparatory Academics, Competitive Athletics, and Compelling Fine
Arts. Come and visit classes, speak to teachers, and meet principals. For more
information, visit us online at www.fbalions.org or call 597-2233 x566.

Spring Musical

5:00 p.m. Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus


6:00 p.m. Worship Service: Worship Center
7:30 p.m. Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus

The Music Man Jr.


April 16 & 17 at 6:00pm
in the Worship Center

Sunday, March 22
8:15 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus


Haitian Bible Study & Worship: ED206
Vietnamese Worship & Bible Study: DC221
Worship Service: Worship Center
Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus
Romanian Bible Study & Worship: Modular 4
Worship Service: Worship Center
Bible and Life Groups: Various Rooms on Campus
Spanish Worship Service: DC121
Worship Choir Rehearsal: Choir Room
Childrens Choirs
Romanian Worship Service: Modular 4
Haitian Worship Service: Modular 2

Tuesday, March 24

9:00 a.m. RefresHer Womens Bible Study: Worship Center

Wednesday, March 25
4:45 p.m.
6:20 p.m.
6:25 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

Family Meal: Fellowship Recreation-Gym


AWANA for Kids: Education Building
Band of Brothers Mens Bible Study: Chapel
RefresHer Womens Bible Study: Worship Center
High School Ministry: Student Center
Middle School Ministry: Family Life Center
Worship Choir Rehearsal: Choir Room

Other events this week include: GriefShare, FBCH Foster/Adoption Meeting,


Celebrate Recovery, and Car Care

Tickets are now available online at fbalions.org or


at the ticketing kiosk in the Commons.

Ways to Connect Online with FBCN


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@fbcnaples

Visit our website:


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Like us on Facebook:
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Follow us on Twitter:
@fbcn
@hayeswicker

Contact Us

First Baptist Church Naples

3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL 34109


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Church Receptionist...................................................................597-6057
Enter ext. # for direct connection 596-8600
Lighthouse Bookstore.................................................................449-4488
First Baptist Academy Naples 597-2233
24-Hour Prayer Line......................................................597-PRAY (7729)
Church Email...................................................................fbcn@fbcn.org