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Beautiful Messes: Adoption

Beautiful Messes: Adoption

Stories written by our Youth Family of the beautiful messes in their lives. A beautiful mess. For example, my bedroom; messy, disorganized, clothes scattered all over the floor, pure chaos. But each piece of clothing, each piece of trash, all of the pieces of clutter...

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Drive-Thru Farewells

The First Baptist Day School finished up the year with drive-thrus, so the children could pick up their belongings and work from school. There was much joy shared between the children, the teachers and the parents. —Dewanda, Kathy and Rosemary

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Devotion: Psalm 46

Devotion: Psalm 46

Psalm 46 has long been my favorite psalm. It has been a friend during many challenging times, including this one with COVID-19. The psalm begins by reminding us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” We are told not to fear even though...

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AYMC Pulse

AYMC Pulse

I have missed each one of you terribly! The normal hustle and bustle of the AYMC has been nonexistent for two and a half months now. It’s been way too quiet for way too long, but I’m happy to say that the walking track has reopened as of June 1. Here’s what you need...

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Rustlings (June 1, 2020)

Rustlings (June 1, 2020)

Yes, I was glued to the television for the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket that carried the Dragon SpaceX capsule into earth’s orbit last week. In prior years, I was tuned in as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, as subsequent Apollo missions made it and missed it,...

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Beautiful Messes: Hearing

Beautiful Messes: Hearing

Sharing stories written by our Youth Family of the beautiful messes in their lives. We all go through beautiful messes in our lives. Sometimes the storms we go through are very chaotic and we don’t realize there is beauty in it. I want to share how God has used my...

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Bear One Another’s Burdens

Bear One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6:1-5 (The Voice translation) “My spiritual brothers and sisters, if one of our faithful has fallen into a trap and is snared by sin, don’t stand idle and watch his demise. Gently restore him, being careful not to step into your own snare. Shoulder each...

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Thank You, Music and Missions Leaders!

Thank You, Music and Missions Leaders!

Even though our year was cut short, and we missed our annual Children’s Music and Missions Showcase, we enjoyed a fun fall and winter of children’s music and missions. Our children’s choirs did a wonderful job of leading in worship on several occasions and sharing...

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Roadrunners Fall Bus Trip

Roadrunners Fall Bus Trip

Due to the suspension of church gatherings, many events have been canceled. That being said, the fall bus trip with the Roadrunners is currently STILL ON! September 21-28 (Monday-Monday), a group from First Baptist will travel to the Dutch Country area of Pennsylvania...

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Rustlings (May 26, 2020)

Rustlings (May 26, 2020)

As we look forward to the celebration of Pentecost (Sunday, May 31) and the month of June, the voice of David Bowie is echoing in my head, ‘Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…’ Some things will not change as we enter the month of June. We will not regather in our Sanctuary for...

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Deacon Nominating Committee Election

Deacon Nominating Committee Election

FBG members are requested to submit nominations for the 2020 Deacon Nominating Committee:   Charles McDonald will serve as the 2020 Deacon Nominating Committee Chair. In the fall, Deacon Nominating Committee members will contact deacon nominees equal to the number of...

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More Tips for Worshiping from the Couch

More Tips for Worshiping from the Couch

Staying home has forced us to learn to worship in new ways and in new spaces—from the couch, on the porch, in front of an empty sanctuary... A few weeks ago, I offered some tips for things you can do BEFORE the service to help you get your hearts and minds ready to...

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May Update for Youth Ministry

May Update for Youth Ministry

The youth staff has been in close and thoughtful communication throughout the ever-changing progression of this pandemic. We were hopeful that this virus would slowly fade away and allow us to safely gather for our beloved summer trips and events; unfortunately, there...

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Rustlings (May 18, 2020)

Rustlings (May 18, 2020)

Three years ago, our church evaluated its seminary/pastoral internship program. We discovered the model used through the prior decades did not adequately integrate with current seminary models or the needs of current seminary graduates. After much study and prayer, we...

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Beautiful Messes: Wrestling

Beautiful Messes: Wrestling

Our Youth Family wrote stories of the beautiful messes in their lives to share on Youth Sunday. In the next weeks, we will share some of them here. On November 23, I found a new sport that I love. On this day, it was my first ever wrestling tournament. It was at...

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Devotion: Eternal Wisdom and Truth

Devotion: Eternal Wisdom and Truth

I surely do miss our weekly Sanctuary Choir rehearsals! We have not been rehearsing during this pandemic, and I miss their singing, I miss seeing them face to face instead of on a Zoom screen, I even miss their jokes! (They are a pretty hilarious group of people at...

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Port City Project

Port City Project

Mission is not so much an action as it is a Christian lifestyle. We often think of mission as going to an exciting location and partnering with local organizations to build wheelchair ramps and stock food pantries; however, mission is so much more than that. Jesus...

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Rustlings (May 11, 2020)

Rustlings (May 11, 2020)

I enjoy watching children step onto elevators. If I’ve already boarded the steel box, I resist pushing any buttons. Inevitably, the child wants to push the buttons. The attending parent almost always allows the child to push ‘their floor,’ and then I politely speak...

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