Practicing our Faith

Upcoming FBC Events

 Trunk or Treat
  Friday, Oct 31 at 6:00 pm

  Sunday, Nov 02 at 4:00 pm

 Glad Ringers
  Sunday, Nov 02 at 6:00 pm

 Jubilation Ringers
  Monday, Nov 03 at 1:00 pm

 Hannah Circle
  Monday, Nov 03 at 2:00 pm

 Zumba Class
  Monday, Nov 03 at 5:30 pm

  Monday, Nov 03 at 6:30 pm

 Prayer Shawl Ministry
  Tuesday, Nov 04 at 11:30 am

 Joyful Ringers
  Tuesday, Nov 04 at 3:00 pm

 Caring Branches
  Wednesday, Nov 05 at 3:30 pm

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Our World Mission Heritage

2014 marks the 200 year anniversary of the very first American Baptist Missionaries being sent from our shores to another part of the world.  Adoniram and Ann Judson went as comissioned missionaries in 1814 to Burma (now Myanmar).  Missions has been at the heart of our identity as American Baptists and this continues to be true even today.  When we have realized this - pulled together, gathered resources, commissioned and sent forth missionaries - we have stayed true to our focus and thrived in service to God's kingdom.  When we have drifted from this focus, it seems to me we have been less than faithful to one of our true charter identity markers.


I'm glad to serve and be part of a congregation that continues to place a high value on mission (both here at home and around the world).  During the month of October we, along with many other congregations, will participate in the World Mission Offering.  This mission offering gives us the opportunity to support the work of International Ministries in over 70 countries around the world.  ABC's International Ministries partners with native groups, churches, and people to carry forth the work of Christ.  And - we continue to send forth missionaries these 200 years later.


First Baptist has a special support relationship with four missionary households who serve through International Ministries.  This means we covenant to pray for, financially support, and learn from the mission work of these missionaries.  In the past year we have had a first person visit from all four of the missionary households whom we support.  This includes Kyle & Debby Witmer and family, who serve in Thailand; Taku & Katie Longkumer, who serve in Northeast India; Kristy Engle, who serves in the countries of Iberoamerica; and the Bolick family, who serve in Chile. Barbara Bolick will be with us on Friday, October 10th to share more about her family's ministry among the native people groups of Chile. 


I want to invite our FBC community to join my family in giving to this year's World Mission Offering as a continuation of the faithful work Baptist's have done in mission for these past 200 years. 

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