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Company Is Coming!

Company Is Coming!

Save the Date: October 24-October 30 We will host IHN families in our church for the week, October 24-30, by sharing meals, fellowship and a place to stay together as a family. The Interfaith Hospitality Network allows families with children to stay together as they...

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Bake with the Bible

Bake with the Bible

If you walked by the Fellowship Hall in June, you might have noticed teams of kid bakers, hard at work! Our first through fifth graders enjoyed three weekly sessions of Bake with the Bible. As we practiced our baking skills, we enjoyed Bible stories, played games,...

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Residency Reflections—One Year

Residency Reflections—One Year

One year ago, Matthew and I were unloading a U-Haul truck in our new Greenville neighborhood, wondering what life would be like at First Baptist. It’s hard to believe that I am halfway through the 2-year pastoral residency, but time flies when you are part of a church...

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Senior Adults: Save the Date!

Senior Adults: Save the Date!

The Senior Adults are having a picnic! The date is Friday, September 10, from 4:30-6pm. We’ll gather on the AYMC terrace and enjoy food and fellowship. It’s a chance to be together again safely and just visit. Won’t you come join us? Reservations are required, so we...

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Rustlings (July 26, 2021)

Rustlings (July 26, 2021)

I am looking forward to catching up with you this Sunday morning! While I know many of you will be on vacation or attending prior engagements, I’m hoping the vast majority of you will be in worship Sunday. Returning to the office last week was pure joy. I can’t...

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The Bridge Needs a Home

The Bridge (College and Young Adult small group) has had a great summer! After a year of meeting masked and socially distanced on the AYMC Terrace Level, we were grateful to begin meeting in a variety of locations weekly throughout June and July. We enjoyed a pool...

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Voices of the Past

Voices of the Past

This Sunday, July 25, we will conclude our celebration of voices from the past in our worship with guest proclaimer Don Flowers and guest soloist Tyrese Byrd. Both are familiar to First Baptist Greenville. Although he grew up in the American South, Dr. Don Flowers is...

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Senior Moments: Careful Steps

Senior Moments: Careful Steps

A few weeks ago, Tom Oswald commented on those of us who were so agile now having to take careful steps with our canes… I remember those early days aboard a destroyer in bad weather when a grizzled old Chief Petty Officer said to me as I was out on the weather deck in...

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Rustlings (July 19, 2021)

Rustlings (July 19, 2021)

Although I feel a little crazy for doing it, I thought this day might come—the day I become a student again! In August, I’ll begin my Doctor of Ministry at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA, part of Emory University. The program is built for those who work in...

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Focus on Missions: School Tools

Focus on Missions: School Tools

Though children (and teachers) may not be ready to admit it just yet, school will be back in session next month—meaning it’s also time for the annual School Tools program through United Way of Greenville County! Each summer, United Way collects back-to-school items...

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Rustlings (July 12, 2021)

Rustlings (July 12, 2021)

The traffic going to the beach was awful. The traffic coming home was just as bad. The license plates around us on I-26 were from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Florida, California, New York… Not every person caught COVID-19, but Cabin Fever seems to have gotten to...

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A Splash of Summer Youth

A Splash of Summer Youth

How is July already here? Our youth summer began, we blinked, and now it’s past halfway through. The Youth Family had a busy June—especially compared to last summer! The same day we arrived home from our senior trip, we held Unidiversity Day. This allows all our youth...

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Voices of the Past: July 18, 2021

Voices of the Past: July 18, 2021

This Sunday, July 18, we will continue to celebrate voices from the past in our worship with guest proclaimer Clista Adkins and guest soloist (and choir director) Glen Adkins, both of whom were former First Baptist Greenville staff members. In the mid-90s, Clista...

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Voices of the Past

Voices of the Past

Beginning July 11, we will celebrate voices from the past in our worship for three Sundays. The guest proclaimers and guest soloists each have a previous connection to First Baptist Greenville. On July 11, we welcome Hugh Kirby to the pulpit. Hugh was the Interim...

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Come Ring with Us!

Come Ring with Us!

The Bell Tower Ringers are seeking a few more musically inclined people to join them for the 2021 Fall Season. If you can read music, you are qualified, and we’d love to have you join us. It’s really fun and offers a great way to enrich the musical life of the church....

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Rustlings (June 28, 2021)

Rustlings (June 28, 2021)

In Mark 6, Jesus directs his disciples to go out into the countryside “two by two” (a phrase that immediately triggers the song from 2011 Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, to play in my head) to heal people and preach repentance. He instructs them to be as...

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We Went on a Youth Trip!

We Went on a Youth Trip!

After 16 months, we were finally able to travel together. Mary Carol and I took 11 seniors to the mountains of eastern Tennessee for a week of adventure and fellowship to celebrate their completion of high school. We rode mountain coasters, played with lots of goats,...

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Greeter Ministry

Greeter Ministry

Now that in-person worship has resumed, the need for the welcoming presence of greeters has also returned. We are taking this opportunity to invite not only our regular greeters back into the rotation—but also to invite others who might be interested in serving in...

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