4/30/23 A Note From Paster Ben

Friends and Family,
Recently, I saw a list of the most famous people with the last name Armstrong. The top three were 1) Louis, 2) Neil, and 3) Lance Armstrong. As a child of the 80’s, I was a little surprised that Stretch Armstrong didn’t make the list. As a good Southern Baptist, I was a really surprised that Annie Armstrong didn’t make it. Thankfully, my children would put her somewhere in the top three as her name comes up annually around our church and home. Every Spring, First Baptist takes up what we call the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This offering is the primary way Southern Baptists fund missions in North America. One hundred percent of gifts given to the Annie Armstrong offering go to help plant churches in the most strategic places across North America as well as fund disaster relief. Through this offering, we help support more than 2,400 missionary families serving across the United States and Canada. So who is Annie Armstrong? “Annie Armstrong (1850-1938) was born in Baltimore at a time when there was little opportunity for women. Yet, her devotion to Christ led her to a life of service and leadership. She organized women to pray, to give and to meet the needs around them. She challenged pastors and churches to action and rallied vital support for missionaries. Ultimately, Annie was recognized as a trailblazer for her visionary leadership that still inspires millions today.” (https://www.anniearmstrong.com/who-isannie/). What a glorious thing it is to be a co-worker with God in winning the world for Christ. ~Annie Armstrong Clearly Annie Armstrong was an admirable Christian woman. I want to encourage you to give to the offering in her name, which helps to advance the Gospel and plant churches in the most strategic ways and places in North America. Our goal is $42,000 and we have currently given a little under $37,000. We’re so close! If you haven’t given to the Annie Armstrong Offering yet, will you consider helping push us over the goal? Get your kids involved. It will be awesome. I love you, First Baptist! Let us continue to press on until all is reached.
- Pastor Ben

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