ALABAMA FWB’S PRIORITY:
Alabama Free Will Baptists have a new motto and logo to help us concentrate and communicate what our association is all about.
The phrase, “Committed to the Cause of Christ”, announces our allegiance to Jesus Christ and declares our dedication to His cause. We believe Christ is to be preeminent in all things, and His will to be our priority at all times.
The logo is made up of four key elements:
Alabama – The shape of our state represents us as a statewide organization, cooperating for a common cause.
Free Will Baptists – These three words describe our identity and allude to our doctrine and distinctives.
Cross – There is no more important emblem to Christianity than the empty cross. It pictures redemption and salvation. Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection are the key elements to the gospel message. This is what He did for us.
World – The globe reminds us of the Commission Christ gave to His church. It speaks of reconciliation and service as we go into all the world and preach the gospel. This is what we do for Him.
The message of the logo is: “At the center (heart) of Alabama Free Will Baptists is Christ; His Cross and Commission.”
Is this a cause to which you can commit? Will you find ways to connect with our association and cooperate with us as we fulfill the Great Commission?
One more thing ...whenever you see this logo (hopefully it will be often), please: Reflect on God’s grace and the gospel, Remember our state association in prayer, and Renew your commitment to the cause of Christ.
HAMILTON FWB UPDATE:
In the early morning hours of Monday, April 18th a fire destroyed the sanctuary of the Hamilton FWB Church. The Sunday school area received heavy damage as well. Though saddened by the loss of a facility that has been used for ministry since the 1970's, the congregation and Pastor Tommy Franks are excited about what God is going to do in the days ahead. Pastor Franks commented, "Our church is alive and well. God has great plans for us. This is not anywhere close to the end. This is the beginning of something awesome."
Presently the church is using the detached gym building for their worship services and renting portable trailers for classrooms. After the insurance settlement is finalized the church plans to rebuild. The size and layout of the new structure will be determined in the days ahead.
Pastor Franks expressed his thankfulness for the prayers, gifts, and contacts by the community and Free Will Baptists around the country. Though fully insured the church has had significant expenses. They will continue to incur costs in order to adapt the gym for worship services, provide ministry space, and to build a new facility.
Donations to assist the church are encouraged and appreciated. You may send your financial gifts to Hamilton FWB Church, 1126 Military Street South, Hamilton, AL 35570 or to the AL FWB State Office. All contributions will be used to assist the church in recovering from the fire damage.