GLAMA’s Palm Sunday March on Lexington

Tell the City of Lexington, Christ is coming!  This is the day the Lord has made!  We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Hosanna!  Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest!

Today’s Palm Sunday Celebration was planned by the Greater Lexington Area Ministerial Association.  We are grateful to the City of Lexington, Davidson County Government, and the Lexington Police Department for their assistance.  Thank you to the Alive Praise Band for sharing their gifts with us.  Thank you to all the churches who enrich this community with love and grace and who made this celebration possible.

The Blessing Bag Project

God’s goodness.

When a loved one is admitted into care at the Hinkle Hospice House, remembering to bring toiletries, journaling tools, even a magazine or puzzle books etc….may be the farthest from one’s mind. So why not make this one less thing that a patient or loved one has to remember by providing them a “gift of comfort and hope” in a bag, a Blessing Bag? Click this link to see more coverage about this project from Fox8.

12= the number of beds in the Hinkle Hospice House (HHH).
32= the average number of patients that are serviced monthly at HHH.
50-100= the number of blessing bags donated by March 1.

What does a “Blessing Bag” contain?
Travel-sized toiletries, a comb, a pen, a small notepad, and always a message of hope. (Contents may vary depending on donations.)

Activity Blessing Bags: a Sudoku, crossword, word search, or coloring book, a pen, colored pencils or crayons, and a message of hope.

How can you be a part of the “Blessing Bag Project”?
Donations of any of the following items for the bags will greatly be appreciated:
Travel-size lotion
Travel-size shampoo
Travel-size toothpaste
toothbrush
mini-notebooks
Sudoku books
Travel-size body wash or bar of soap
Travel-size conditioner
Travel-size mouthwash
A package of combs
A package of mints
coloring books
colored pencils
Travel-size deodorant
Travel-size Kleenex
mini-crossword books
crayons

Donations can be placed in the designated box found in the lobby of the FBC Fellowship Hall.

Thanks FBC!

Terry Hamrick

Renowned National Leader Conducting Missional Leadership Workshop

On March 3 and 4, 2017, Dr. Terry Hamrick will be conducting a Friday evening- Saturday morning workshop on “Missional Leadership”.  Dr. Hamrick, past national coordinator of missional visioning for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, is the author of Leadership In Constant Change, Embracing A New Missional Reality. Dr. Hamrick will present new perspectives on individual, small group, and church outreach with a focus on local mission.

The workshop will be in the Fellowship Hall from:
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday evening March 3
9:00am – 12:00pm, Saturday morning, March 4

Dr. Hamrick is on the cutting edge of new missional philosophy and brings decades of
experience and wisdom.  We are indeed fortunate to have him at First Baptist.  We
encourage everyone to come out and participate in this exciting opportunity to learn from this renowned Christian educator, author, and missional leader.

Come and See

In the first chapter of John, Jesus found Andrew and then Andrew found Simon and invited him to “come and see”.  On Sunday, February 5th as our church celebrates communion, you are invited to find someone who would not be in our service and invite them to “come and see” and offer to experience the Christ with them as you share communion together.

Find someone who would not be coming to church on February 5th.  It could be one of our homebound members or someone in a nursing home.  You might know of someone who does not attend church or hasn’t been to church in a long time.  Offer to come and share the service with them or invite them to your home where you can listen to the service and share communion together.

Once you contact someone, you will need to have a good radio or access to a computer where you can listen to the service.  You will need to provide the elements for communion: grape juice and bread.  We can provide small communion cups if you would like.  Bulletins will be available on Wednesday night, February 1st.  You will listen to the live broadcast until time for communion; then the radio broadcast will have a special recording to guide in the service of communion.

This is a way we can reach out to others and experience the Christ through communion.  We are taking the church to others; not expecting them to come to us.  We are also highlighting our radio and web ministry that reaches hundreds of people each week.

Please let the office know where you will be on February 5th and the names of those with whom you will be sharing communion.

Save the Date: TDCWL 2017

Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors.  Touching Davidson County with Love, a community mission activity, was born to help us fulfill this command.  2015 was the tenth year of celebrating TDCWL, and fifteen Davidson County churches joined together last April to conduct a one-day demonstration of love for the needy.  The churches represented a variety of denominations.

The next Touching Davidson County with Love is April 22, 2017.

We would love to have you involved in 2017!

Here is our outline of activity:
–In January all interested churches will select one or more representatives to serve on the TDCWL Steering Committee.
–There will probably be a meeting of the Steering Committee each month until the day of Touching Davidson County with Love.
–For several months, we will be searching for projects that will demonstrate our love for the needy.  Possibly projects include but not limited to building wheelchair ramps, visiting nursing homes, singing at nursing homes, making blankets for abused children, cleaning yards, delivering food and other gifts, making repairs, cleaning up camps to get ready for the summer and many other ideas that you may suggest.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please use our contact us page to get involved in this priceless local ministry.

Christmas Shoeboxes

For many years, members of First Baptist Church have traveled to the Samaritan’s Purse distribution center to help organize the huge volume of filled shoe boxes that will be shipped all over the world to provide Christmas gifts for needy children.

This year, 2016, we had over 140 Shoeboxes donated by FBC.

Here’s the FBC group that traveled to Charlotte for this special occasion.  What a great group!  Thanks FBC!

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Christmas Food Boxes

It is the time again for Sunday School Mission Project Food Boxes at Christmasfbc-food-boxes
for the needy in our community.

Last year we prepared 60 boxes at a cost of $75.00 to $80.00 box.  Please give as you are able.  All checks should be made to First Baptist Church.  December 7 is the deadline for all contributions.  The boxes will be delivered on Wednesday December 14.

Contact Peggy Barnhardt or the church office if you wish to help box items or deliver boxes.

Jack Causey meeting

The Associate Pastor Search Committee has asked that the results of the Congregation Meeting with Jack Causey on “What Do We Want in An Associate Minister” from September 18, 2016, be published on the website. The file is attached.

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Save this date: November 16, 2016.

Our church has participated in the Christmas Shoe Box collection since it began in operationchristmaschild-smallpng1993. When it first started we collected 200 plus boxes, but numbers have steadily declined in recent years, down to about 65 last year.

We can do better than that!

This year we want everyone to pack a shoe box (from the youngest to the oldest senior adult) boys, girls, men, and women. If you have physical limitations and are unable to shop, contact Barbara Epley at 336-2491331 and she will shop for you, bring the box to you, and help you pack it.

We need your help to collect the most shoe boxes ever!  We have ordered shoe boxes from Operation Christmas Child. They are now available for pickup.

Determine whether you wish to sponsor a boy or girl and choose the age group. Simply pack items that are age appropriate in a shoe box, include a $7.00 check payable to Samaritan’s Purse (covers shipping and handling). Attach a brochure, available in the church office or the Fellowship Hall. The final day for us to these in is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Pick up your box today and start shopping.

Good News!

Good News from South Lexington and South Lexington Developmental Center!

Hearing about food insecurity among young and disabled children prompted alance-crackers benefactor to action. They contacted the CEO of Lance, Inc. to discuss what can be done to address childhood hunger at South Lexington and South Lexington Developmental Center. This benefactor along with Lance will be providing Lance Peanut Butter Crackers for  the 2016-2017 school year. In response to this generous donation, South Lexington, in partnership with this benefactor and the Lance Corporation, has established the Horace Conner Lance Cracker Memorial Fund. This
benefactor hopes each of us will be motivated to do what we can to combat childhood hunger in our community. Please consider a monetary donation to the BackPack Program at South Lexington Please consider a monetary donation to the BackPack Program at South Lexington School or shop when you are able for the following items:
Ramen Noodles, Chicken Noodle Soup, Canned Pasta, Pop Tarts, and instant Oatmeal.

This school year our need for Lance Peanut Butter crackers is taken care of.  God is indeed good and faithful to provide!

Julia Dunn, School Counselor
South Lexington School and South Lexington Developmental Center