Thank you for investing in First Baptist during the first quarter of 2015. We’ve had a tremendous response to the generosity emphasis in February. Because you have given so faithfully, and folks have begun to give regularly, we can praise the Lord this quarter for his abundant blessings. Our giving to the budget rose over 13% from this same time last year. Because we normally start the first of the year slowly, this year’s exceptional giving is surely an added blessing from the Lord.
YTD Budget Receipts YTD Budget Needs
2015 653,171 759,301
2014 576,966 732,342
There are so many stories that we could tell from this quarter about how your giving has touched lives for Christ. Let’s go back to January. On MLK weekend, over 70 current and former Youth Choir members from the last 15 years gathered to reunite. Former member and now-Jacksonville resident Justin Sorrell said in the article in the Tallahassee Democrat, “As a high schooler, Youth Choir gave me a sense of belonging, confidence through performing, and a firm foundation for my faith. I came back not only to show my gratitude and demonstrate the lasting impact Youth Choir has had in my life, but also to drink deeply again of the spirit of faith, friendship, and unity it continues to offer.”
A weekend that revived great memories is also a living reality in our midst. This quarter through Dessert Theatre and Disciple Now, our youth, parents, volunteers, and staff have had a powerful impact on us. Through the Boston Mission Trip, our college students have carried the light of Christ to hearts that have been iced over by more than just the cold weather of winter. Through your generosity, you have made these kinds of ministries—and so much more—a reality.
This quarter, we’ve already begun construction on the new air conditioning system for the third floor of Duval. Even though this project will last through the summer, the work of our property committee and staff together will make it possible for us to reach more people through our facilities. I’m grateful to them for their service and assistance throughout this process. We’re already preparing to build on a tremendous Easter Sunday as we expand Vacation Bible School and Sports Camp this summer.
Through your gifts both large and small, you’re making an impact as we Love Jesus together. Thank you for your support.