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 handicapped accessible.
On July 2, 2017, we welcomed a new Pastor, Rev. John Hall and his wife Heidi. He comes to us 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. Please help us welcome them to 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 the recipients of the meals to come together 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.
Thursday the 14th of September :
Each month we try to do something a little special for our meal. This month, in addition to having desserts made by Brenda Cheney (and you can't get much more special than that) we made cheese crisps with and without pepperoni. Most of the people hadn't had them before and everyone seemed to like them. Next month I am hoping it will be cool enough to make soup to go with the bag lunches. In the meantime, we continue to get lots of positive comments about the sandwiches, although we could use more chicken salad and egg sandwiches. (Maybe we could set up an additional station for making these sandwiches? Remind me next month.
Thank you to all who participated, including Jane Ogilvie, Everett Goodwin, Cleveland Bemis, Judi Farley, Kathy Gowell, Judy Pruszenski, Kate Roseberry, Erika Bailey, Brenda Cheney, Mae Miller.
If we make soup next month we'll need an additional person at the Salvation Army to make the soup and at serving time (11:45 - 1 pm) to serve the soup. Let me know if that opportunity appeals to you. Next month we'll meet on October 12th. Join us!