Memorial Day Office Closure

The First Baptist Church office will be closed Monday, May 31st in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

May God bless you and keep you! Have a safe holiday!

Kingdom Kids – Begins April 11, 2021

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
 ~ Matthew 19:14

Jesus had a special relationship with children. It seems that children lack a sense of self-awareness that adults often have. Maybe this is one thing that Jesus loved about them. Their gaze is usually focused outward, taking the world in, taking other people in, and taking Jesus in. When they come to him, it’s in pure delight over just being with him. They’re not thinking about how this experience affects them or how communing with Jesus looks to other people. It is purely about Jesus and their love for him. It really is a beautiful picture of how God desires our relationships with him to be. How do we nurture this love in our children? How do we help them to know Jesus and to find love and acceptance in his presence? Certainly a child’s family plays the most vital role in faith development, but families often look to the church for assistance. We all play a role. The church, for many years, has strived to know the best way to do this. We do not wish to mimic the culture and yet culture has to inform the ways we reach people, children included. We often rework the ways we “do ministry” in an attempt to meet the changing needs of our communities. That being said, you may notice in the weeks ahead a shift in the way our children are being served. 

Beginning Sunday, April 11th, our children (preschool through 5th grade) will join us in worship for the first 10 to 15 minutes. After this, they will go to other parts of the building for their own special time.  This will be our primary children’s time—where they learn the stories, the lessons and the skills that are foundational for us as Believers. Our desire has been to find ways to meet the changing needs of our children and the families who bring them to church. We are excited about trying something new and different!

Chelsey Tyree will be the primary teacher for our preschool and kindergarten children. JL Hamblin will be teaching our grade school children. Please lift them in your prayers daily as they will be teaching our youngest Christ followers. There is a critical need, and they are ready to go to work. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. We believe that the church is the best “village” for helping to raise our children. Please join us!

The Star of Bethlehem – December 21st

The Star of Bethlehem was visible just above the church on Monday, December 21st.

The Christmas Star made an appearance just after sunset on Monday, December 21st. The star was formed by a great conjunction of the planets Saturn and Jupiter, where the two planets appear closest together in the sky. This is the first time these two planets have been this close since 1226 AD. It is amazing that this occurrence would be happening in the year 2020, when the world seems to need it most.

In the year when Jesus was born, there was violence, chaos, political and social unrest. It was dark. The Magi found him by way of the star, which was the “meeting” of 3 stars: Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. They followed the star until it rested on where he was and they began to worship him. In a time where it was dark, Light was brought into our world. Jesus stepped in to the chaos and brought peace.

Fast forward to this year, 2020. It’s a time of violence, chaos, political and social unrest. It is dark. Winter Solstice, December 21st, is known for being a time where the day is the shortest and night is the longest…it’s literally the “darkest day” and is the beginning of what most would say the cold, dark winter season.

But on the darkest day this year, Jupiter and Saturn met, giving us the Christmas Star! How fitting…that in this moment of time, during the Christmas season, we get to see this beautiful reminder…that even in the darkest of times…Light will, and has, stepped in. In our chaos, He is there. In our darkest time, He is there. He brings Light, and makes all things new.

May we always be reminded of His power, and His Light that he brings for all mankind. He is perfect at stepping into chaos and bringing it into peace.

Thank you Jesus!

Zoomed in shot of the Star of Bethlehem.

Holiday Office Closure

The First Baptist Church office will be closed Friday, December 25th through Friday, January 1st in observance of Christmas and New Year.

May God bless you and keep you! Have a safe holiday!