In recent months, Matt Rollins has been reacquainting us with our church’s mission statement, part of which affirms that we will “share the Good News through worship, education, ministries, and missions.” Seeing this in our mission statement reminds us to keep attending to the work of the church outside its four walls, as well as within.

There are many ways in which we are doing this, from the local level to the global. In October, we will focus attention on world missions. The Lula Whilden World Missions offering at FBG supports the work of three missions-focused partner organizations: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), CBF of South Carolina, and the Alliance of Baptists. Each week in October, the Missions & Affiliation Committee will invite you to learn about, pray for, and consider making a financial gift to support these organizations’ ongoing work with communities in our state, region, nation, hemisphere and world. You can make a gift either by checking the appropriate box on the offering envelope in the sanctuary pew or by choosing “Lula Whilden” from the drop-down menu if you give online via Engage First.

Who was Lula Whilden, and why is our world missions offering named for her? As the picture from our Heritage Hallway states, Lula Whilden, a member of our church, was the first single woman to be appointed as a missionary (to China!) by the Southern Baptist Convention. For more of her story, you’ll want to read Louise Stanford’s excellent article at As you learn more about Lula Whilden and about the work FBG supports in her memory, feel free to talk to a member of the Missions & Affiliations Committee about any questions you might have. We appreciate your interest and your prayerful support.

—Susan D’Amato, Missions & Affiliations Committee

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