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Mack webExodus 16:4-5 tells the story of how God began raining “bread from heaven” on the Israelites as they commenced their journey through the wilderness.  Even as they traversed arid climes, God promised the people there would be enough manna to cover their needs each day.

Recently, I was reminded of my own experience with “manna” after a chance encounter with friends from my hometown.  Members of the church in which I grew up, and the parents of one of my best friends, they decided to come by the church to say “hi” while vacationing in Asheville.  I just happened to run into them as they entered the atrium. 

Over the years, while Erin and I were pinching pennies as students with meager incomes, these friends were among a few folks who would send us random checks.  It seemed like every time we encountered a critical need— a medical bill, a car problem, a leaky roof—a letter would arrive, telling us of their love and prayers.  Inside, there would be a $100 bill.  Erin and I have marveled at the providential timing of these and other gifts.  They were “manna” for us.

Whether we find ourselves more often on the receiving or the giving end, we can be certain that God has equipped us to share what we have.  So, as we prepare to make generous promises to our church this fall, I invite us all to reflect on the ways God has nourished us with manna.  Consider how our confidence in God’s providential care may inspire us to enable our church’s missions and ministries to grow and thrive. 

I invite you to join Erin and me in making a specific giving plan for 2018, and I challenge us all to increase our giving from the previous year.  Once you have prayed and planned, complete and return the enclosed generosity card, or click here to share your promise online.  Aim to respond by or before Sunday, September 24.  Together, we will be a sign for the world that “every perfect gift is from above” (Jas. 1:17), from the God who delights in “raining bread from heaven” on us all.

                                                                                                                 - Mack Dennis


Celebrating God’s Call to Generosity Opportunities Across September 2017Prayer of Generosity

In a new season of vibrant ministry in our church, we look ABOVE to God as we are called BEYOND ourselves to love and serve. Across the month of September, we will celebrate God’s generous ways with us and the difference we can make as we live that generosity into the lives of others. Here are 7 ways you can share in this chorus of gratitude…

  • Worship through the month as we consider God’s call to live as an extraordinary glimpse into the kingdom of heaven.
  • Fill an FBCA food bag to help the hungry in our community. Bags will be available throughout the church beginning September 3.
  • Attend a Sunday breakfast in the church dining room on September 3, 10, or 17 from 9:45-10:30 a.m. to hear more about how your gifts make a difference in our community.
  • Give to our September 10 love offering for Homeward Bound. 100% of the offering will go to help fund successful “move-in” needs for people moving out of homelessness.
  • Explore ministry in Haiti with Jenny Jenkins, RN at a luncheon on September 17 following the 11:00 a.m. service. Look for ways to give or serve. Reservations required. Call the church office at 828-252-4781 to sign up.
  • Read Highlights and develop your Annual Giving Plan to support all we are doing as a congregation. Share your plan in worship on September 24.
  • Living Into Our Generous Hearts - Saturday, September 30
    Live into your generous heart on Saturday, September 30th at the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families, a local partner serving children and youth from across WNC. Over 100 members and friends of First Baptist Asheville will tackle 16 projects with jobs for every age group and skill level. Sign up in the atrium September 10, 17, and 24. Show up on September 30 at 8:30 a.m. to paint, plant, and make a difference. A free churchwide cookout will follow with games and fellowship to 2:00 p.m. If you need transportation to BMH, contact the church office at 828-252-4781. If you need more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 828-713-3948. BMC is located at 80 Lake Eden Road in Black Mountain, NC.