Madison Avenue Baptist Church
Madison Avenue Baptist Church 2015
The Sixty-Second Year of the Church
WORSHIP, MID-WEEK, AND SUNDAY SCHOOL MINISTRIES
Worship Focus to Begin the New Year: What better way to begin the new year in Sunday morning worship than to hear a sermon by Pastor Bob entitled A Diet for the New Year.
Series of Sermons from the Book of James on the Subject of Faith that Works: Pastor Bob, beginning on January 18 and running through March 8 preached eight sermons using the following topics: Tests of a Vital Faith, Doing the Word, Warning Against Partiality, A Faith That Works, Tame the Tongue, Enemy of God, Presumption and Perversion and Living Until the Lord Comes.
Scout Sunday: The Cub Pack of Boy Scouts that meets at the church was recognized during morning worship on February 8.
Seven Years of Faithful Service Recognized: The Fulkerson were recognized at the beginning of the worship service on Sunday, March 29, the anniversary of Pastor Bob’s and Karen’s ministry at Madison. Words of love and appreciation were spoken on behalf of the church by a member of the Pastor Liaison Committee. The flowers on the altar table were placed there by the church in honor of the Fulkersons.
Palm Sundy, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Services: The message during Sunday morning worship on Palm Sunday was The Thrill of Victory. A service of communion and reflection was held during the Maundy Thursday service, and Easter Sunday’s sunrise service began with a re-enactment of the resurrection. Approximately 75 individuals from both Madison and St. Luke UMC attended the service and the breakfast to follow, hosted by Madison Avenue. The Easter worship service was enhanced by the Sanctuary Choir’s anthem, Resurrection Praise, and Pastor Bob’s worship message entitled Encountering the Truth.
A Special Spiritual Show of Love for Pastor Bob: Pastor Bob was scheduled to undergo hip replacement surgery on April 20 in Wilmington. At the conclusion of the worship service on April 19, members present were given the opportunity to show their spiritual love and concern by congregating around him at the altar and laying hands upon him as a special prayer was prayed for his surgery and recovery.
Lord’s Supper Observances: Communion or the Lord’s Supper was observed at the following times during the calendar year: Maundy Thursday, Sunday, July 26, November 1 and at the Christmas Even candlelight service.
Mid-Week Fellowship Meals and Prayer Meeting Time: Every Wednesday evening at six o’clock all members who choose to do so gather for a fellowship meal prepared by member volunteers. The meal is followed by 45 minutes of prayer time and Bible study. Each week special prayer is offered for all those members who have requested to remain on the ”Special Prayer” roster which appears weekly in the Sunday morning worship bulletin. This prayer time is always very special, and in addition to the prayer needs of members, the names of other individuals dear to the membership are also remembered in special prayers.
Wednesday evening fellowships meals prepared by kitchen volunteers were suspended during the months of June, July and August to give the volunteer staff a break during the summer months. In their place, members attending Wednesday evening prayer meeting were encouraged to bring their own snack and fellowship together between 6 and 6:30 p.m.
Graduate Recognition Sunday: Five Madison Avenue young people were recognized in absentia during worship on June 7. Sarah Compton graduated from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University with her Doctorate in Medicine. Her residency was to be done at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Anna Frances Compton Hodges received her Masters in Education Degree in School Counseling from East Carolina University.
Cassidy Morris graduated from Wayne Community College with an Associate Degree in Engineering. She planned to Attend East Carolina University and major in Mechanical Engineering.
Alden Pridgen graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree. While singing with the professional opera company, Piedmont Opera, she planned to continue her studies by applying to grad school in the fall.
Penny Westover graduated from Wayne Community College with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
The son of Mark David Manley graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and planned to report for Flight Training in August. Mark is a former member of Madison and the son of Dick Manley.
Memorial Day Weekend Celebrated in Worship: A special recognition for all those men and women who have given their lives in service to their country was given in morning worship on May 24 with the “Presentation of Colors” and the pledge of allegiance to both the U.S. and the Christian flags, with patriotic hymns, and with a trumpet solo, America, by Doug Tart. Pastor’s Bob’s sermon for the service was entitled The Heart of Sacrifice.
Vacation Bible School: The 2015 theme for VBS, held July 12 – 17, was Journey Off the Map.
Total enrollment was 113 with average attendance during the week of 87. Amanda and Edward Williams were co-directors for the school, and a host of enthusiastic volunteers led the various age groups and provided snack meals each evening. Pastor Bob lead the adult study. Offering, which went to Baptist Children’s Homes in North Carolina totaled $163. The school ended on Friday evening with the recognition of various groups, the awarding of certificates, and a delicious barbecue meal with the pig cooked by Edward Williams and his dad.
Mother’s Day and Baby Dedication: Sunday morning worship on Mother’s Day, May 16, included the dedication of Heath William Isaac Allen, the daughter of Kelly Ann Heath and the deceased father, Glyn Allen. All mothers were recognized as were all women who may have given maternal love and care to any number of boys and girls not birthed by them. All were presented carnations either by their children present or by children in the congregation.
Guest Ministers for Morning Worship: Retired Air Force Chaplain Steward Smith preached on three Sundays: April 26, May 3 and 10 as Dr. Fulkerson recovered from hip replacement surgery. Chaplain John Cochran preached in the absence of the pastor on May 3, and Dr. Talmage Williams preached on Sunday, August 9, and again on December 27 during Dr. and Mrs. Fulkerson absence.
Baptism Service: Maddox and Madyson Edwards, the children of Ralph and Kelly Edwards, experienced the ordinance of baptism during morning worship on August 16.
Church Participates in “prayfor30days.org”: The North Carolina Baptist State Convention urged all Baptists to participate in a 30-day prayer commitment designed to encourage spiritual renewal. The daily prayer time was based on Ezekiel 37, verses 1 through14. The website “prayfor30days.org” was developed to help individuals direct their prayers each day in a specific way.
Community Thanksgiving Service: Madison hosted the community Thanksgiving service on Sunday evening, November 22. The entire service was conducted by individuals representing various pats of city government, Cherry Hospital, and SJAFB. John Morton, Goldsboro Fire Department, preached the sermon, and Madison’s Sanctuary Choir sang the anthem, “I Thank You Lord.” Other participants were Jerry Artis, Goldsboro Public Works;, Mark Blizzard, Goldsboro City Nurse; Artie Patelos, Goldsboro Police Department; City Manager Scott Stevens; Jennifer Collins, Goldsboro Planning Department; Thomas Jensen, Cherry Hospital, and Chaplain Major Tony King, SJAFB.
CHURCH CONFERENCES AND SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE CHURCH
Regular quarterly church conferences were held on January 28, April 22, July 22, and October 28. The special conference to consider and adopt the budget for the new church year was held on August 28. A special called conferences were held on May 13. Rick Pridgen, elected by the Diaconate to serve as chairman during the 2014-15 church year, presided over all conferences through the month of August. Edward Williams was elected by the Diaconate as its chairman for the 2015-2016 church year, and he presided over the regular quarterly October conference.
The conferences and significant actions taken were as follows:
January 28: Church treasurer Ed Edwards reported that gifts of $87,978 or 27 percent of the annual budget had been given during the first quarter of the church year, October through December. Jeanie Sherman, upon a recommendation from the Nominating Committee, was re-elected as Sunday School director for the 2015-16 church year.
April 22: The church approved an expenditure of up to $15,000 for the removal of ceiling tile and the refurbishing of the ceiling in the fellowship hall. Edwin Jewell announced that Madison seniors have been asked to host the NABS (Neuse Association Baptist Seniors) group for the fall meeting in September.
Special Conference, May 13: On a recommendation from the Diaconate, the church approved an additional expenditure of $4,940 to cover unexpected ceiling repair costs as well as painting of the fellowship hall walls. The total of $19,940 became the new total approved expenditure.
July 22: Church treasurer Edwards reported budget gifts of $230,801 as of July 19, representing 70.2 per cent of the annual budget of $329,988. On a recommendation from the Nominating Committee chaired by Ron Edwards, the church approved the following deacons and church officers for the 2015-16 church year: Deacons: Ed Edwards, Aaron Williford, Margie Warwick with alternates, Donnie Frederick and John Compton. Church Officers: Clerk, I. K. Williamson; Treasurer, Dave Vucinich; Assistant Treasurer, Allie Melton; Historian, I. K. Williamson; Librarian, Susan Edwards; Parliamentarian, Bobby Fuller; Brotherhood Director, Tim Lail. Also approved were the Sunday School teachers and workers for the new church year.
Special Budget Conference: The special conference to study and approved the proposed church budget for October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, was held on August 27. After a full presentation by Finance Committee Chair, Gary Gray, and opportunity for questions and discussion, the church approved a budget of $325,076.97.
October 28: Newly elected diaconate chair, Edward Williams, presided over the quarterly conference. Finance chair, Gary Gray, reported that gifts for the church year ending on September 30 totaled $287,111, or 87.3 per cent of the annual budget. On a recommendation from the Diaconate Phyllis Creech and Earl Murphy were approved to replace the expired terms of Ronald Edwards and Joyce Edwards on the Nominating Committee. On a recommendation from the Kitchen Committee, the church approved an increase in the cost of Wednesday evening fellowship meals from $4 to $5 for adults and from $10 to $12 for a family of more than two individuals.
SPECIAL TIMES AND EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
Valentine Celebration: To show their appreciation to the adult population of the church, the youth held a special celebration on Wednesday evening, February 11. A spaghetti meal with salad, desert and tea was served by youth members in their finest attire of tucks and party dresses. After the meal the youth entertained everyone with their considerable talents.
Fellowship Hall Ceiling Renovation: The fellowship hall underwent extensive renovation during the Month of June. Ceiling tiles that had begun falling some time ago were removed by Daniels Construction Company. The old plaster ceiling was scraped, and a new acoustical finish was applied. Cosmetic improvement was also made with the repainting of the walls in the fellowship hall.
Handrail Additions in the Downstairs Hallway: Thanks to the talented and hard work of Madison Avenue generous “handyman,” hand rails were added in May to the south wall in the downstairs hallway.
Middle School Band Camp: Madison Avenue hosted the church’s first middle school summer band camp on Monday and Tuesday, June 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Daryl Richardson and Edwin Jewel organized the camp with approximately 20 middle schoolers participating. A number of band directors in Wayne County Schools also helped with the camp.
Churchwide Fall Kick Off: A churchwide kick off to the new church year proved to be an exciting time for a large crowd gathered in the fellowship all on Sunday evening, August 31. Various church leaders spoke briefly about their plans for the new year before the assembled group enjoyed hotdogs and all the trimmings followed by eight churns of home-made ice cream
Meritorious Awards Ceremony: Madison hosted the awards ceremony for the Goldsboro Police Department on Thursday evening, September 10.
Dutch Oven Fellowship Time: Members who volunteered to participate were organized into teams, with each team responsible for a meal prepared and cooked in a Dutch oven. Each team had the option of choosing the content of the meal to be cooked. The event caught on with quite a bit of enthusiasm, and the evening of good food and fellowship culminated with about eight Dutch ovens of quite a variety of dishes from roast beaf, stew beef with carrots and potatoes, chicken chile, beef vegetable soup, chicken pot pie, and two or three other varieties of chile.
Appreciation Meals for Goldsboro Police Department: Madison, for the sixth consecutive year served lunch to all members of the Police Department. To enable all Department members to participate, four days over a period of three weeks were designated with each officer choosing the day that best suited his individual schedule.
THE LENTEN SEASON
The CLIFF organization of ministers (Clergy Living in Faith and Fellowship) continued its sponsorship of the Community Lenten Services. Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1065 Tommy’s Road, hosted the series of services for 2015. The Lenten Theme was Questions on the Way to the Cross. The homily topics for each of the seven services were: Why this Waste?, Surely Not I, Lord?, Are You Asleep?, What Shall I Do with Jesus?, What Is Truth?, Who Is This?, and Why Have You Forsaken Me? Meals at no cost to parishioners were served each week by the various churches whose pastors offered the homilies. Unfortunately the first two services on February 18 and 25 had to be canceled because of freezing road conditions making travel unsafe.
YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Doing Yard Work in Jesus Name: The youth, children, and leaders joined hands and hearts in helping some of our church families with health issues with yard work. The group continued to look for ways to reach out to our church family and others in the community in Christian love and service.
Children’s Fall Festival: The church family celebrated with a fall festival for the children. For two hours there were games and goodies. It appeared to be a great time for all the children and adults.
Choir Room Refurbished: Thanks to the tireless efforts of John Graybeal, the choir room received replacement ceiling tiles, new carpet, and new paint.
North Carolina Baptist Singers Included Three of Our Own: Edwin and Elisabeth Jewell and Rick Pridgen continued to be active members of the Baptist singing group. The Singers appeared in concert on May 4 at First Baptist Church in Kinston. A group of more than 20 individuals from Madison Avenue attended and were thrilled by the talented and spiritually uplifting music offered by both the singers and the orchestra. Concert theme was A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.
A Change in Time for Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal: With the difficulty of some of the choir members either to drive after dark or to attend rehearsal practice following Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, the choir decided to practice during the month of June from 5 to 6 p.m. As the fall time of year neared and with the June practices a problem for some choir member still gainfully employed, the choir decided on a four o’clock Sunday afternoon practice schedule.
FOCUS ON MISSIONS
Gideon Breakfast Prepared and Served by Baptist Men: For the second year in a row the Baptist Men hosted, prepared and served breakfast to the North Camp of the local Gideon’s organization. The meal was a mission donation to the Gideons, allowing the group to use more of their resources for the purchase and distribution of Bibles.
Special Missions Offerings: Special missions offerings during the year were as follows: Annie Armstrong for North American missions goal, $3,000, gifts, 3,141; State Missions goal, $2000, gifts, $1,960; Lottie Moon International Missions goal, $3,500, gifts, $3,101.
Operation Home Front: The Missions Committee spearheaded a project that sent Home Life magazines and insect repellant towelettes to Chaplain Dixon and our deployed military friends. Two different shipments were made beginning in mid March with a second shipment sent six weeks later. Each towelette cover bore a label that said, “The Members of Madison Avenue Baptist Church are praying for you.”
“Hearts-Apart” for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base: Madison’s Baptist Men and Women for the second year helped with the “Hearts-Apart” meal for the families of deployed airmen from Seymour Johnson AFB. Over 180 meals were served, and lives were touched, and the good news of Jesus Christ was shared.
Warm the World Participation: Madison jointed First Baptist Church is providing coats, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. as well as non-perishable food items to needy families. Distribution day was held at First Baptist on Saturday, November 14.
SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY (VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE – VSP)
Chowan Senior Festival: Several seniors attended the Senior Fest at Chowan University on March 24. Pepper Choplin was the center of attraction, both in the general session and the entertainment following the lunch. Pepper is a highly talented musician and composer who, after years of serving as a music minister, is now free lancing across the state and nation. A number of break-out sessions were held following the general session with participants able to select from the array of sessions.
VSP’s Go Tripping:
Nineteen seniors enjoyed a trip to Harkers Island and Cape Lookout Island and Lighthouse on June 1, enjoying a picnic lunch before boarding the ferry to Cape Lookout. The day was concluded with a seafood dinner at a seafood restaurant at the water side in Beaufort.
Twenty-one seniors had a great trip to Savannah and Charleston the week of September 21-25. Lots of historical sites as well as good food kept the interest and enthusiasm of the traveling bunch.
Madison Seniors Hosted NABS: VSP group hosted the NAPS (Neuse Association Baptist Seniors organization in the fellowship hall on Thursday, September 18.
Approximately 85 individuals from throughout the Neuse Association attended.
THE ADVENT SEASON
CLIFF Organization Sponsors Advent Services: Services were held on December 2 at St. Paul UMC; December 9 at Madison Avenue; December 16 at Mount Calvary; and December 13 at First Presbyterian. All services were held at noon, and no meals were served.
Decorating of the Sanctuary and Education Building: The Sanctuary and Hospitality committees and all other willing volunteers spent the better part of Friday morning, November 27, making the two building look like Christmas. All exterior doors in both buildings held beautiful red-bow wreaths, and the interior of both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall made one appreciate the special beauty of Christmas. Always a focal point in the sanctuary was the Chrismon tree in the center of the narthex.
Tour of Churches: Madison was one of four churches, requested by the Wayne County Historical Association, to participate in a Sunday afternoon open house. Citizens wishing to tour the churches purchased their tickets at the Wayne County Museum and were on their own to go from church to church. Churches were open from two until five p.m. and had individual members in the sanctuary to greet, show guests around the buildings, and offer information of interest.
Special December Calendar: Approximately 35 individuals did the traditional caroling surrounding the Madison Avenue block on Sunday evening, December 6. All families or individuals who were at home surrounding Madison were serenaded with singing and were presented with a basket of fruit.
The time-honored Old Timey Christmas fellowship was held on Wednesday evening December 16. It began with the traditional hotdog meal and was followed with carol singing and with a visit by a special shepherd who gathered the children in a group and shared the Christmas story as seen and experienced by the shepherds who saw the star and went to Bethlehem to worship the “new born King.” The children were each presented gift bags symbolizing the gifts presented to the Christ Child by the Wise Men. The program concluded with a special remembrance of the church staff and other special volunteers, followed by hot chocolate, not cider and cookies.
Advent Worship: The first Sunday of Advent was celebrated with the lighting of the Candle of Hope. Doug and Bonnie Burch lit the first candle and explained its significance. Pastor Bob’s sermon was entitled “The Miracle of Hope.” The second candle, the Candle of Peace, was lit by the Ralph Edwards, Jr., family. The pastor’s sermon was entitled “The Miracle of Harmony.” The third candle was lit by the Special Blessings Class members. This was the Candle of Joy. The Sermon was the second on “The Miracle of Harmony.” The fourth candle was lit by Wade and Eileen Henderson. It was the “Candle of Love,” and Pastor Bob’s sermon was entitled “The Miracle of Heart.”
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service was unusually well attended. The Christ Candle was lit during a meaningful service of singing, special music, homily, and a sharing of the light to everyone in attendance.
CHURCH MEMBER DEATHS DURING THE 2014-2015 CHURCH YEAR (October 1, 2013 – through September 30, 2014.)
The church suffered the loss of the following members during the 2014-2015 church year: Christine Daughtry, October 5, 2014; Charlie Jean McDonough, October 31, 2014; Ann Etheridge, December 26, 2014; Ruth Jernigan, February 20, 2014; Kenneth Coor, March 8, 2015; Lamar Owensby, March 27, 2015; John Kerr, May 24, 2015; Josephine Frederick, July 26, 2015; Billie Rouse, July 26, 2015; David Quick, September 14, 2015; Leon Mitchell, November 1, 2015.
CHURCH MEMBER DATA AT END OF CHURCH YEAR, SEPTEMBER 30
Church membership reported to the Neuse Association in the Annual Report dated September 30, 2015, totaled 226. There were three baptisms during the year. Sunday School enrolment totaled 95 and Vacation Bible School enrolment totaled 112. Tithes and offerings for the year totaled $323,072. Missions offerings were: State Missions, $1,755; Lottie Moon, $3,646; Annie Armstrong, $3,141
THE CHURCH STAFF included the pastor, The Rev. Dr. Robert Fulkerson; Minister of Music and Senior Adults, the Rev. Edwin Jewell; Organist, David Periconi; and Church Secretary, Peggy Bartlett.
Madison Avenue Baptist Church History 2015