Baptists we are always striving to be better Christians then we were
the day before. Following Jesus is a life-long commitment and it is
not a path that can be traveled alone. At First Baptist we help provide
the tools people need to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. In thought,
in word and in deed, together we are a community of faith.
School & Worship
There are two different classes for adults every Sunday morning.
The first is the long-standing Fidelity Class, which meets in the library
at 9:30 am and is composed of the senior adults of
the church. Class members are led through the Bible and have stimulating
discussions together. One Sunday a month, a breakfast of coffee and
donuts is donated by a class member to offer an extended time of fellowship
for everyone. The class elects officers to represent the group and regularly
contributes their Sunday School offertory toward large projects, such
as repainting the Fellowship Hall. The second Sunday School class for
adults is held in the Fellowship Hall and is designed specifically for
couples and singles who are juggling fast-paced careers and growing
families. This group offers younger adults the chance to take a breather
and commune together as they delve deeply into how the Word of God can
help them on a daily basis in their lives. Our worship service is held
Sunday at 11 am. To learn more about the worship experience
at First Baptist, go here.
are numerous opportunities for exploring the musical side of worshipping
God. First Baptist has both an adult vocal choir, called the Chancel
Choir, that leads the Sunday worship service every week and a handbell
choir which performs regularly and for many special occasions and holiday
events. The Chancel Choir is open to all ages in high school and up,
while the bell choir accepts membership for anyone ages 6th grade and
up. Additionally, church members and guests regularly participate in
special solos and music-related activities, like visits to other congregations
and fellowship events together. There is also participation available
within the Music Committee, where you don't have be gifted with musical
abilities to be involved in strengthening First Baptist's ministry.
To learn more about these activities and the music program, go here.
Baptist Women (ABW)
national womenís ministry, which has been a vital program at this church
for many years, empowers women and girls to become and develop as people
of God through its missions work and social gatherings. From worshipping
God together at national and regional conferences and events, caring
for one another through fellowship and prayer, and developing spiritual
gifts with varied leadership activities, ABW is a gathering place for
the women of First Baptist. AB Womenís ministries provides a rich opportunity
for women to be partners with God in building a faith community with
strong interpersonal relationships, a commitment to nurturing the discipleship
of Godís people, and a dedication to reaching beyond the church doors
in outreach and invitation. Every
year our ABW group chooses a mission project to work toward, just as
the national ministry does, and meets regularly once a month to have
devotions and a luncheon together, communing in faith and fellowship
with God and each other.
Joining First Baptist is a
symbol of the wonderful commitment you are making to God. Being baptised
in Christ's name is a public way of affirming your new faith in Him,
and celebrating with the family of believers you have joined. There
a several ways to become a member at First Baptist, and specific reasons
why being baptised as an adult can enrich your faith as a Christian.
To learn more about how you can become a part of our church family,
Service to the Church
Helping out at church doesn't end with throwing some change in the offertory
plate once a week. At First Baptist we put our passions into action.
From taking a turn watching the infants once a month during the worship
service to more labor-intensive activities, like moving old furniture
during our semi-annual Church Work Day, there are opportunities to help
out all the time. Just as pioneer families came together to build their
neighbor's barn or raise the steeple of the one church in town, we are
a community of faith built on purpose and action. Our church members
are invaluable for the love they contribute with their hands, minds
and hearts. We find that caring for our church and our community strengthens
the bonds among us. To find out more about the groups and committees
that make up our church's foundation, go here.
There's a longstanding religious joke that ends with this punchline:
"...and we knew they were Baptists because they brought the casseroles!"
And it does seem like we enjoy eating a lot together. But then again,
fellowship is always made sweeter with a side of scalloped potatoes
and a slice of chocolate cake. We have many special events at First
Baptist that provide an opportunity for church members to form stronger
relationships. Our largest event is the annual church picnic, held every
summer. We worship, sing, paddleboat, fish, swim, laugh, and of course,
eat together. The Ladies Banquet, held every year near Mother's Day,
is an opportunity to honor the women of the church. The men are charged
with managing the kitchen and serve as wait staff, and every year the
Fellowship Hall is packed. There is the annual fall hayride and bonfire
at a church member's family farm, field trips to different locations
like the zoo, and plenty of workdays for cleaning and decorating the
church. And, lest we've strayed from the subject of eating, four times
a year when we have our quarterly business meeting, we hold a large,
Sunday potluck dinner. Who said you can't mix business and pleasure?