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Rustlings (October 19, 2020)

Rustlings (October 19, 2020)

I rarely repeat sermons. I have ‘conference/retreat’ sessions that I’ve repeated numerous times, but rarely do complete sermons garner a second chance in the pulpit. Having said that, I often find myself repeating stories told in sermons, poems recited in sermons,...

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Finding Stillness

Finding Stillness

I find it on the labyrinth—that round stone paver pathway beside our Columbarium and Remembrance Garden on the church grounds. When the world around me and the world within me just won’t quiet down, that’s where I go to find it. As I start walking that maze inward, I...

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Meet Our Staff: Facilities

Meet Our Staff: Facilities

Keeping the 240,000 square feet of First Baptist Greenville maintained, cleaned and set up for ministry is quite a job. During these days of COVID-19, it must also be kept sanitized and safe. We have a wonderful team of facilities personnel (often unseen) who...

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First Baptist 101: Virtual

First Baptist 101: Virtual

This series is for guests, visitors and newer members who want a broad overview of the life of the church, as well as a way to get answers to more specific questions. In addition, this is a great way to meet other newcomers, as there will be plenty of opportunity for...

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Protecting Our Children

Protecting Our Children

In 1998, First Baptist Church took proactive steps to create a program called Protecting Our Children. This was a preventive measure to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse occurring in our church. When our program began, volunteers were asked to sign a covenant that...

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A Small Box of Our Love and Prayers

A Small Box of Our Love and Prayers

College Care Package Ministry Sometimes, there’s nothing like receiving some good ol’ snail mail, particularly when you are away at college. Students always enjoy receiving care packages from home as a little reminder that they are remembered by those who love them....

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Hosting in a Pandemic

Hosting in a Pandemic

It’s a dilemma: how do we provide hospitality at our church for families experiencing homelessness during a pandemic? One of the ways our church is involved in our community during “normal times” is to participate with the United Ministries IHN program in providing...

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Rustlings (October 12, 2020)

Rustlings (October 12, 2020)

As we step into the last quarter of 2020, I’m keenly aware of what and who we have lost this year. Weekly, your ministers counsel with members of the church and community who are grieving the loss of events, milestones and even worse, souls that have been close to us...

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Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

For the past several weeks you have had the opportunity to meet our church staff in the pages of The Branch. This week, we meet our administrative staff. Each of these individuals give oversight to a particular area of our church’s ministry and mission.Jim Dant...

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Rustlings (October 5, 2020)

Rustlings (October 5, 2020)

This past weekend, I traveled for the first time since January. I took all appropriate COVID-19 measures: sanitized before and after fueling my car, was privileged to have two nights lodging in a safe and beautiful home, and was masked during any contact with other...

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AYMC Pulse

AYMC Pulse

These smiling eyes don’t lie. Caleb and I are excited to announce that the AYMC hours have been extended. Starting September 28, in addition to Monday-Friday, 8am-12noon, we will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7pm. With the days growing shorter and...

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Fall Gathering—Alliance of Baptists

Fall Gathering—Alliance of Baptists

In the spring of 2017, a group of First Baptist Greenville members and staff participated in the annual Alliance of Baptists Gathering in Raleigh.   This was one of the more memorable Alliance gatherings I have attended over the years, largely because of the keynote...

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Meet the Staff—Spiritual Development

Meet the Staff—Spiritual Development

This week, please take time to get to know these members of our staff who provide pathways of spiritual development for the varied members of our church. Individually, they primarily address particular age-groups within the congregation. Collectively, however, they...

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Rustlings (September 28, 2020)

Rustlings (September 28, 2020)

I guess it is time for a confession…and the accompanying challenge… The confession… I sat down at the piano last week for the first time in twenty-three years. I adjusted the stool, placed my fingers above the keys in middle C position, and attempted to play a scale....

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