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About Us

The mission of First Baptist Church is best represented by the following priorities: a strong, Biblically based, preaching ministry which communicates Christian theology in terms that are relevant to people's lives; a youth ministry which nurtures faith, commitment and discipleship; active programs of pastoral care, visitation, music, and involvement with members of the congregation; a ministry that leads people to make decisions for Christ and encourages their participation in the local church, community, and the world; a program of short-term Christian counseling; and a church environment which nurtures a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and caring. Our facilities are, broadly, handicapped accessible. Four newly acquired devices are now available to help people who are having problems hearing the service.


Our Pastor:
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Rev. John Hall came to us with his wife Heidi in July of 2017 with 17 years of ministry in previous churches. He states, "My call is to love and care for the people of God. I love theology and there are social issues that just break my heart. But, neither one is of greater importance than the love, care and nurture of the people of God." Heidi and John have 2 grown children and delightful grandchildren. Please join us here Sundays at 11 to meet these sterling folks and our church family!

Rev. John Hall


Pastor                                                                                                Soup Kitchen

We are still making our meals from the church and are still making sandwiches.  We find ourselves reminiscing about the big meals we used to put together at the Salvation Army, but I doubt we will return to that mode until it is safe for us.  The recipients of the meals come together now for the communal meal.  We do so miss serving the people and having the interaction, but will continue to do the thing that is safest for everyone.

People eat at the Soup Kitchen for a variety of reasons.  Some are homeless and are seekng a meal in a friendly, judgement free environment.  We've talked with some folks who have little money left in their budget after they pay their rent so they eat regularly at the Soup Kitchen to make the money stretch a little further.  Some are lonely and like the company.  Yesterday I talked with a retired guy who said he had no idea how much was involved with cooking meals until he was suddenly left in the position of having to do all his own cooking.  He said he was very grateful for the groups who cook for the Soup Kitchen, especially when the food made was so good.

So please, all of you who devote so much of your time and effort to doing this project, feel good about what you are doing.  You are making a positive difference in people's lives.


Thursday, July 11

The secret to today's meal was in the prep.  Potato salad requires stuff be done with potatoes. I am not sure of everyone who took and prepared potatoes, but I know we need to thank John Cheney, Mary Ellen Adams, Mabelle Miller, Pam Frye and Jane Ogilvie.  Thank you to everyone else who volunteered in this way. It was Stacey Taylor who gave the salad crunch by dicing up the celery.

This month's eggs were donated by Kay Patterson.  It is not every day that you get 6 dozen eggs from free range chickens.  What delicious sandwiches they made. Judy Pruszenski and Jim McKenzie made them into egg salad.

At the Salvation Army Erika was asked what we were having for lunch.  All she said was "First Baptist is making" and the person interrupted and said "Then it will be good." We have a reputation.

Lots of people to thank including Mabelle Miller, Judy Pruszenski, Erika Bailey, Everett Goodwin, Jane Ogilvie, Pam Frye, Trish Sanders, Gwen LaPointe, Kathy Gowell, Kayla, Madiline and Eliza Mahar, Judi Farley, Tom Gilbert, Mary Ellen Adams, John and Brenda Cheney and Stacey Taylor.

The Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen at the Salvation Army is a project which is very close to my heart. I've been at it for more than 20 years now and should probably be looking at stepping down, but there are so many parts that I love.

Feeding people is certainly a passion, but you all make it so fulfilling.  I love working together with a community of people who are devoted to showing love in their actions.

This month I left at noon to take my dad to an appointment and learned something.  By noon on soup kitchen day I am tired. It felt quite good to leave at that point with the place in the capable hands of Erika and John Cheney.  True, I missed seeing the happy faces of the people who are enjoying the food we were serving and missed hearing their happy comments, because face it, we make great food, but it made me think that just cutting out that last hour might make the whole experience more pleasant for me.

So, what I am thinking is that perhaps I can find a person or two who might be willing to take over for me on soup kitchen day at noon and stay until we close at 1pm.  It would mean passing out the bag lunches and/or dishing out potato salad or soup and maybe doing some dishes although there aren't many.  It is very rewarding and the people at the Salvation Army are very supportive, too.  Let me know if you are interested and we can talk.  Thanks.

Karen Bailey

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