Making a Difference: Kentucky Regional Flooding

We have all seen the images from the flooding and devastation affecting our neighbors in Eastern Kentucky. You may have already found a way to help, but if not, below are some ways that our church will focus on to help the flood victims:

1.  Our church will collect for Beavercreek Elementary School, a shelter, in Knott County:
       • Paper Towels
       • Garbage Bags
       • Old Towels (used for cleanup)
       • Individual packets of protein (tuna, peanut butter, etc.)

Bring these items to the church by Noon on Tuesday, August 2nd. We will also send items from our Food Pantry.

2.  At present, (2) groups plan to go from our church this weekend into the area to help. One group will be heading to Knott County to help cook, clean, and serve meals.

       • Items the groups could take are:
                  • Can openers
                  • Pocket knives
                  • Neosporin
                  • Anti-fungal cream
                  • Bug spray
                  • Lysol wipes
                  • Nail clippers
                  • Scrub brushes or sponges
                  • Camper showers (portable)
                  • Box fans, etc.

Bring these items to the church by Noon on Thursday, August 4th.

3.  You can help pay for Bucket Clean-up Kits that will be distributed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky. Monetary donations can be sent to:

P.O. Box 7098
Louisville, KY 40257
or you can give online at

4.  Volunteers are needed to work at shelters, feeding stations, and as cleanup crews.

If you can’t help with any of the above, then prayers for the people of the area, volunteers, rescue crews, and etc. are always welcome and needed!

First Baptist Church Thanks University of the Cumberlands for Food Pantry Donations

     Each year the University of the Cumberlands students, faculty, and staff step up and collect non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Each year we are astounded by the amount that comes in. Particularly this year, we were deeply moved by how much the University provided. Over 30,000 pounds of canned vegetables, oatmeal, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, Mac & Cheese, Spaghettios, hamburger helper meals, and so much more has filled our downstairs storage area. This will make such a difference in our community.
     In a time when life is definitely not normal, when suffering and confusion seem to take the forefront, it is indeed a joy to watch students and staff at UC set all the sorrow and fear aside and choose “to love their neighbor as themselves.” 
     Thank you and know we who distribute the food are just as blessed by seeing your love in action as those who come to our doors seeking help. You are a blessing to us all.

Prayer Ministry at FBC Williamsburg

Throughout the years we have noticed that the members of First Baptist Church do a very good job of caring for one another. We are so very proud of that. Lately our deacons have been very proactive in contacting our church family when they have a need or crisis. As a matter of fact, many times by the time the pastor reaches out, someone in our church family has already done so. This is a great thing. 

That said, in this unique time when we must distance ourselves and limit our face to face interactions, we have encountered new challenges in caring for one another. One of these challenges is knowing how to pray for one another, particularly when there are specific requests.           

The Deacon Ministry Prayer Team has made arrangements for those wishing to receive prayer concerns via text or the Remind App. We want to invite you to participate. This was organized some time ago – but it really comes in handy right now. (See instructions below.)

Here our staff and administrators of the group will post needs and prayer concerns in our church and community as we learn of them. 

During this time where people may feel isolated, take time to send notes, make a telephone call, or in some way make a contact with those in need of prayer.

To add names to the prayer list, please call the church office.

If you wish to receive the notification of prayer concerns by text, the graphic above indicates you can receive texts by taking out your cell phone and dialing 81010 and then text @fbcwpraye

Or if you’d like to use the Remind App,

1. Open the Remind app. The app’s logo is light blue with a white silhouette in it. If you don’t have the Remind app, it is available on the App Store and the Google Play store.
2. Tap + to the right of “Classes Joined.” This should bring you to the “Join Class” interface.
3. Type in the class code. Ours is: @fbcwpraye

Food Pantry Time Change

Food Pantry will continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month. However, the time will change from 6-7 pm to 5-6 pm. This will allow clients to receive assistance during daylight hours.

If you have any questions, please call the church office at 606-549-0280.