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First Baptist Church of El Paso

805 Montana Avenue

El Paso, Texas 79902

(915) 533-1465

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First Family

family first

August 2017

Welcome, Dr. Mark and Teresa Rotramel Welcome Celebration August 6

New Members

Tommy and Sherley Barden by letter

Anayancy Ramos by statement

Rudy Becerra by statement

Jayson Stolley by letter

Tim Markel by letter

Larry Wright by statement

Lalo and Guadalupe Hernandez by statement

Chris, Rhonda, Morgan, and Eli Woody by letter with Rachael Woody pictured

But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.

Acts 12:24

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2016:
2017:

Sunday School
532 attendees
549 attendees

Giving
$140,400
$142,000

Upcoming Events

a word from Dr. Rotramel

Welcome Celebration for Dr. and Mrs. Rotramel. Dr. Mark Rotramel will preach for the first time as the senior pastor of FBC El Paso on Sunday, August 6, during both morning worship services at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. We will welcome Pastor Mark and his wife, Teresa, that evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a traditional “pounding,” bringing gifts (we suggest gift cards for meals, groceries, coffee, etc.) to help them settle into their new home in El Paso. The time will be come-and-go and will include refreshments, music by the Son Tones, a presentation by the Pastor Search Committee, and a time of prayer.

Quarterly Business Meeting and New Budget Vote. Our next quarterly business meeting will be Wednesday, August 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Price Hall. Among the agenda items discussed will be the new budget for 2017-2018. We will vote as a church family on the new budget on Sunday, August 27 at the conclusion of both morning worship services.

135th Anniversary Fellowship and Southern Gospel Concert. First Baptist Church is turning 135 years old! We want to celebrate our long history of ministry and a brand new chapter in the life of our church with an evening of fellowship and Southern Gospel music. Join the festivities on Sunday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Promotion Sunday. Children and youth will promote to their next Sunday School Class during the regular hour at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, August 20. Adults are encouraged to explore our wide range of small group options and plug into a community designed to help you deepen in your walk with the Lord. Information is available at fbcep.com/adults.html or at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings.

Fall Discipleship Training. Discipleship training classes will be offered once again on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. beginning in September. Keep an eye out for announcements on what classes and activities will be made available for adults, children, and youth.

“God is going to do a great work here sometime, I feel sure.” George Baines, the founding pastor of First Baptist Church, El Paso, wrote these words on August 21, 1882. I am confident that Pastor Baines never imagined the extent to which his words would be fulfilled. One hundred and thirty-five years later, FBCEP continues to be a testimony of God’s redemptive work in the lives of people around the world. I am honored, humbled, and excited to take my place with you as we embrace the trust given by many generations of Christians who have ministered through this church as God’s faithful servants.

As Teresa and I transition to life in El Paso, and as FBCEP transitions to life with a new Senior Pastor, remember that our generation serves as a bridge. We stand in the gap between those who built a legacy of faithfulness to Christ here and those who will follow us.

Hebrews 12:1-2 provides a timely guideline for us in this time of transition: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” With our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, and with the past and the future in our peripheral vision, we move through the time of transition with full awareness that it is the transformation of lives that defines our task. We serve as ambassadors for Christ; Jesus transforms lives as much today as He ever has or will.

Today, I repeat the prophetic word recorded in George Baines’ letter to his family and trumpet it anew: “God is going to do a great work here…” He has done so. He is doing so now. And, I believe, He will continue to do so. Thanks for letting me be your pastor. Shalom!

At a Glance

Christian Sympathy

The family of Gladys Nelson, former member.

The family of Patricia Gray.

Rhonda Brister in the death of her mother, Edna Evatt.

Simone Crytzer in the death of her mother in Germany.

Norma Ebert in the death of her brother and Tammy Holmack in the death of her uncle, Leonard Peaslee.

Congratulations

Women on Mission.

Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 a.m.

F101

Kid’s Night Out.

Friday, August 11, 6-10 p.m.

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Deacons’ Meeting.

Sunday, August 13, 4:00 p.m.

Wolf Conference Center

Vanya and Maeleena Wagler in the birth of their son, Luke Johnathan, born June 30. He is welcomed by Liliana, Lincoln, and Lydia.

First Baptist Church of El Paso

805 Montana Avenue

El Paso, Texas 79902

(915) 533-1465