Dear First Baptist Family,

I am so pleased to be able to serve with you during this time. I pray First Baptist will hold steady and even grow stronger during this time in the life of the church. Sometimes a church “rests” during her “interim,” but that is ineffective! In order to remain strong, the church must continue to seek and act on God’s leading.

“The Church Jesus Envisions,” the sermon series that just concluded prompted quite a bit of conversation—that was intentional. Now, what is needed is action! Using points made during this series, I would like to have several brainstorming/discussion sessions. The purpose of these sessions will be to determine actions the church can hold fast to and remain strong in - to find God’s path and direction.  As we dream, talk, and pray, God will give guidance. Join me two Monday nights, March 18 and 25 at 6:30 PM. We will discuss Scripture, pray, and discern God’s will for the immediate future.

Resurrection Sunday is approaching. We will focus our hearts and minds as we look at Scriptures in Matthew and John during the months of March and April.  As part of our celebration of the Passion of Christ, we will present a play entitled, “The Weaver’s Apprentice.” I am so excited about this play. It will be presented on Palm Sunday, April 14 during the worship hour. 

A Good Friday (Tenebrae) Service will be held on Friday evening, April 19. This will be a solemn worship celebration focusing on the Cross.  Worship in a candle-lit environment with song, prayer, Scripture, observing the Lord’s Supper and other worship elements, reflecting on the crucifixion. Don’t miss this unique, meaningful worship experience.

I am thankful for you. I am thankful for your ministries and your sacrificial service. I am thankful I have the opportunity to serve you. You are a blessing to me.

In His love and service,

Pastor Joe

First Baptist Church
Bible Reading Plan for 2019

 Take the Challenge! Let us be people of the Word! As a church family we will read the Bible together during the year. Imagine what God can say to us as we focus together on His Word. 

 In the year ahead, ask God to speak to you through Scripture. Pray before you read. Be expectant. Allow God’s Word to shape your attitudes and behaviors. Over the course of the year, you will gain greater insight and understanding of God’s Story. The Bible reading plan, produce by Into Thy Word will take you through the Bible in a year. The readings are divided into the main genres such as Gospels, Law, Narrative (history), Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Epistles. This plan will help you maintain interest. Don’t give up!