Mableton First Baptist Church
In February, 2010, FBC Mableton was the host church for the 2010 Sisters in Christ conference. Over 1300 women attended. Our Women's Ministry outdid themselves by parking cars, greeting attendees, welcoming and seating those in the worship center, serving coffee in the Cafe', and cleaning up afterwards.
God continued to bless in the Awana program in 2010. Average attendance remained steady, and children were being saved. By the end of May, Grades 1-5 had learned approximately 25 Bible verses and had learned either all of the books of the Bible or all of the books in the New Testament, depending on age.
The Student Ministry was re-named "Thrive", based upon the scripture in 2 Peter which instructs us to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." The mission of the ministry was to equip students to do just that. Attendance at youth activities was growing, slowly but surely.
Celebration Choir membership held steady at 55-60. The Technical Team consisted of 10 members. Belinda was student ministry intern from May 2010 to December 2010.
As a result of the struggling economy, the Lighthouse Community Ministry continued to aid increasing numbers of local citizens. During the third quarter of 2010, the Ministry House assisted 236 families and distributed 11,375 pounds of food.
Kindergarten enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year totaled 104 in 4 classes. Mother's Morning Out enrollment for the same time period totaled 39 in 3 classes. Summer Day Camp averaged 45 campers per day.
The first year (35 weeks) of the Awana program was completed on May 28, 2010. Nine children were saved in the first year, four of those from unchurched homes. Average weekly attendance was 71.
The Student Ministry added a 3-piece worship band on Wednesday nights in "Thrive Live". Many students assisted during Vacation Bible School, the Outdoor Movie Night, and the Mableton Elementary Spring Fling. Church members continued to bestow generous gifts on the student ministry, enabling students from lower-economic and unchurched backgrounds to experience the love of Christ.
A beautiful new 15 passenger bus was donated to our church in June of 2010 by long-time members Richard Peal and Pat Murner Peal. This generous gift was given in loving memory of Albert, Esther and Bobby Murner, Pat's parents and brother, who had also untiringly served the Lord at Mableton First.
The Love Loud Ministry was begun, ministering to local schools. The goal was to show God's love loudly throughout the Mableton community. Members of our church personally interacted with over 2000 students in the month of May. We had over 100 attend our Outdoor Movie Night, many from outside the church. In the fall, we partnered with Mableton Elementary and Skyview Elememtary for a couple of events. Our biggest event was our "Celebrating His Presence with Presents" event in December. The church provided Christmas for 45 children. We served a meal to the families on December 12, 2010, and presented the gospel.
Average monthly receipts for 2010 were $53,263.42. The church ended 2010 financially in the black. The loan was paid down by $113,000. Average monthly attendance in Sunday School was 184.